Category: Sociology

Lucretius on the pussification of the modern human

Compare the modern human to the pre-cellphone people. Or how about the stronger ones of the 90s? And the stronger coke fighters of the 80s? And the even stronger psychedelics-graduated social critics of the 70s? And the sensitive avant-garde psychedelic poets of the 60s? And … back … back farther.

Teddy Rose...

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The new “Ninez” Kakao Babies introduced in 2017.

The Korean Sangha

The Korean Sangha is the common deep concern among Koreans with education. It’s intuitional-ritual expression is the Suneung exam. But the concern permeates everything. Most notably, in the set of emoticon-characters beloved by all Koreans—and many Americans—the Kakao Friends. About a fourth of all emoticons are about studying. They show victo...

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Trump’s Iran move: just like an American cop

American cops know how to kill without getting in trouble. One way is to just shout STOP RESISTING while they beat, choke, suffocate, compress, taze, or shoot them to death. This usually works, even when cameras are involved (see here and here).

A better technique is to push the victim-to-be...

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The Trump-loving poor find self-deception homey

Poor working white Americans are willful illusionists. So is Trump. This explains why lying isn’t a problem for them.

Trump has made compensatory wishful thinking, a staple of redneck resentment culture, professional. Rednecks like him because he’s stupid and racist and loves to increase the suffering of “others.”

If you’re poor and ...

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New theses on Feuerbach

New theses on Feuerbach. All that good stuff that we used to displace onto God is in advertising now. The TV is God. The computer is God.

Those commercials with women smiling and spinning around in joy. “Being fully yourself; or, dancing like no one’s watching.” Oozing surplus sexiness and fulfi...

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All that is religious melts into self-help

How ceremonial magic became self-help after a brief stint as ultimate evil

All that is religious melts into self-help. Everything that used to be the property of the religious has melted into self-help. The death of God has produced more than just cultural malaise. It also led to syncretism in hopes of discovering a generic universal religious system. But what is really...

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God as rich Corinthian leather

People love “God” in the same way they love “rich Corinthian leather”—because it’s an attractive idea, a comforting fiction.

Receiving value and being wanted

The fact that it is also an ingenious fabrication by the seller (or his trainer) makes it even more charming. Value is being evoked in the imagination...

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Trump after life inside the Nordic Model

Also: Kubrick prefigured Trump in The Shining

The secret of human production is out in the Nordic Model countries—and it makes the biggest and most shocking cultural difference.

In Scandinavia, the working class (WC) knows that it is the WC and the ruling class (RC) acknowledges that it is t...

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Radical placebo policy idea

We now know that placebos work on even the most peripheral cellular systems, ones that are way outside the purview of the sensory or voluntary nervous system, even when the language-grasping organ of the organism it told, “… Oh, by the way, this is just a placebo.” (Click here for the p...

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When snowflake cops murder

Warning: Ultra-disturbing video below

The video below shows a naked white man crying and quivering while crawling on his knees. He is in a hotel hallway and a cop is screaming at him with an urgency that makes no sense and portends that cop bloodlust will soon be slaked. The victim is Daniel Shaver,...

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When is murder fun?

When I was 11, I got a BB gun for Christmas. Along with a Panasonic Platinum ghetto blaster, a Queen The Game cassette, and a Blondie Autoamerican cassette.

A BB gun.

When you have a gun, you want to shoot something. For those of you who have never shot anything,...

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Placebo Comedy: Earthing Therapy

I know someone (I have mentioned him before) who actually bought a “grounding mat,” which is a mat connected to a cord that plugs into the round grounding wire in a wall outlet. This is supposed to “supply more free electrons” to your body, which you need, of course. Unlike our Ear...

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Placebo Comedy: Meet the hexagon vendor

Heartfelt marketing makes you dumb

I went to a birthday party last night and met a bright and charming salesman who said something so ridiculous that I became obsessed with trying to understand how he could believe it. It was an silly claim that anyone with high school physics would know to be impossible. What...

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Manson is dead!

Charles Manson just died.

The finger points to my bedroom window c. 1976. The angry face is where someone painted … it.

The finger points to my bedroom window c. 1976. The angry face is where someone painted … it.

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Sexuality is just plain harmful

American sex idolization/hate has been elevated to a new level. Not only is teen sex taboo, but puberty itself is taboo because it connects sex with teens, who are required to be non-sexual for the sake of cultural-legal consonance.

This is how Americans worship their demons. They take what is...

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Duran Duran made bottoming cool

… and revealed a deeply occult alchemical secret

Duran Duran was the most important culture-changing life form of 1980s America because they made faggy cool.

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When everything is an offending penis

Had a date last night at the Union. Girl came by, said she needed a beer ASAP. I offered to get her one at the bowling alley, but she said she wanted to sit down and text first. I sat down and she sat behind me to text. Odd. 10...

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My take on the current horse eye stimulation craze

Offer you special dumb feeling

It looks like the Chinese sellers on AliExpress and DHgate copy each others’ bad English. And at some point in their timeline, some sex toy seller added horse eye stimulation to their description and it stuck.

Here is the 2016 model of the popular male female stainless steel metal catheter s...

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The joy of other people’s suffering

It’s better to be dead than hanging by a thread over a pit of spikes, or lions, or acid, or lava, or boiling oil. True sadists prefer that others be imprisoned than dead. The purpose of prison is to give all the people not in prison the comforting knowledge that o...

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Whole Foods vs the nazis

I was just listening to NPR. Fake-wispy voiced female babbling about the power of the “stories in our national parks” and how these stories will CHANGE society by ending racism, building bridges, etc.

Normally I would piss on this for being irrelevant or counter-revolutionary. We have institutional (gun-backed) racist genocide, and...

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Lovecraft’s thrill of impossible truth


What is more delightful than beholding an image wherein opposites have been artfully merged? What is more fascinating than an impossible object, like the ones appearing in Escher paintings, wherein two contraries come to be combined or even identified.


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Jenga and Schadenfreude

People love the suffering of others. In particular, we love what psychologists call public display of failure (PDF). When someone experiences disaster in public, we cannot look away. First, we want to enjoy the physicality of the destruction—the burning down or demolition of a building, the bombing of a city o...

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Sauron and property law

Fara just wrote an essay on Sauron for her Tolkien and Morris class. The topic: Sauron and property law. And it got me thinking …

Who is Sauron really? Sauron represents the all-for-one without the one-for-all. Sauron is not just the corporeal Sauron, but thousands of friends—where friend here means gua...

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AC/DC: Important American Acid Fire

I just realized that AC/DC really is the official HELL band. They have “Highway to Hell” with Bonny Lad Scotty, and “Hell’s Bells” with acid throat Briany McJohnson. No other band at the time even had one hell song, except KISS, but the meaning of KISS-hell was the opposite of the Satan...

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I am the anti-god goddess.

Why I love cults

Why do I love cults? Why are the Hubbard, Rand, and Erhard organizations so damn fun for me? I mean, walking into Scientology is like walking into a brightly lit (sex) toy store. Or an incense and penis-candle filled occult book store. Promises of power and happiness everywhere!

Nothing is...

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Maybe it’s the face.

Why is smoking sexy?

But in the town it was well known when they got home at night … [that smoking is sexy].

Pink Floyd

As everyone knows by now, smoking conveys the essence of a kind of hardcore sexiness. People start smoking in order to look a certain way. Self-destructive is the b...

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The Innocents (1961) and the dead-end of lust-resentment

Feel what others feel!

Put yourself in others’ shoes!

Familiar but underappreciated.

It’s in the movie The Innocents.

At 1:02:20–59, the new governess and protagonist (Miss Giddens) nearly swoons at the mere thought of lust-based involuntary suicide. She was just told the story about how the previous governess (Miss Jessel) commi...

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The friend business

Just met a bunch of converts to Camp No Counselors.

The social world is now being app-ified.

Men’s groups, authentic relating groups, life-party think-healthy groups, Law of Attraction groups. And outside here are four people who just met at this camp. “No phones allowed!” they tell me, wide-eyed with surprise at su...

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Admiration is the gold standard of value. It is the determinant of the highest pleasure.

Admiration is spontaneous, gut-level love but going outwards as a bath that wants to be seen as a giving-up of life-force to another as a gift of genuine love.

Of all the pleasures the monkey...

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Many minds controlling one embodied brain. Such a being was spotted in Austin.

A real-life borg girl

CSH: Heidi was talking about a girl who was outside that was on the phone with a team of people watching and texting her. And my thought was, “The reason this is repulsive is we think that a normal human is a body with a single unitary will. So when y...

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Before you die, become a hypertext object

We are born into this world with a communications problem. On the one hand, I seem to posses an inner self. I take my self to be deep, interesting, and all-important. Which is the same thing as saying that I want my self to be valued and loved by others....

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The problem: other people

The things that hurt us the most in this life are usually people. Over time, we develop a grudge against others. Unless we are talking about on-duty service industry employees, strangers generally arise as threats.

I am guilty of already being mad at you when I first meet you. And...

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Why is the Borg Collective scary?

It’s amazing that a group of people can “exist” as a single person. The whole Borg idea really does have a disturbing feature, one that hurts us to consider. What would it be like to be a member of One Borg Mind?

What is most startling is that if you were ...

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Culture: the strongest placebo

How to choose among competing worlds; that is, competing cultures; that is, competing placebos?

The distinctions—the linguistic conventions and categorizing practices—that carve up my world and populate it with identities are already placeboic. Things are what we say they are, and every view is true, to some degree—i.e., to the degre...

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Wear a meme, become instantiated plurally

CSH: The easiest way to get rid of the anxiety of separation and isolation from other people is to adopt a familiar persona. There is a repository of very well-known personae that you can try on—i.e., the fictional characters of television and film. Here you will find a well-known glossary o...

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Lovely Candle Cove fan art!


Scaring people is fun. And scaring people with scary stories is really fun—because you get to create fake facts and tell with with a straight face. But scaring people with outlandish or impossible stories is really, really fun. It’s more fun because it requires better acting and the ability to kee...

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