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The New Yearly Civic Church meeting. . .. September 14, 2008

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. . .occurs every Labor day week in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. It is known as Burning Man. A testament to functional anarchy (which sounds like an oxymoron, thereby reflecting the modern Progressive desire to have their cake and eat it too), the groups Principles state:

Principles

Of the variety of goals fostered by participatory attendees, known as “Burners”, Burning Man does not have a single focus. Features of the event are subject to the participants and include community, artwork, absurdity, decommodification, and revelry. Participation is encouraged.[23]

The Burning Man event is governed by the 10 principles of Burning Man, which are radical inclusion, gifting, decommodification, radical self-reliance, radical self-expression, communal effort, civic responsibility, leaving no trace, participation, and immediacy.[24]

Radical inclusion

Anyone is welcomed and there are no prerequisites to be part of Burning Man.[24] All participants are expected to bring a ticket, provide for their own basic needs, and follow the minimal rules of the event.

Gifting

Instead of cash, event participants are encouraged to rely on a gift economy, a sort of potlatch. In the earliest days of the event, an underground barter economy also existed, in which burners exchanged material goods and/or “favors” with each other. While this was originally supported by the Burning Man organization, this now is largely discouraged. Instead, burners are encouraged to give gifts to one another unconditionally.

We don’t have attendees. We have burners.

Decommodification

No cash transactions are permitted at the event in accordance with the principles of Burning Man, with the exception of the following:[25]

  • Admission tickets,[26] although tickets for the 2008 event are only available in advance at select stores, by mail or via the Burning Man ticket website.
  • Café beverages such as coffee, chai, lemonade, etc., which are sold at Center Camp Café.[27]
  • Ice, available for purchase at three places in the city: “Camp Arctica” in Center Camp, “Ice Cubed” at the 3 o’clock portal and “Ice-9” at the 9 o’clock portal.[28] Ice sales benefit the local Gerlach-Empire school system.
  • Tickets for the shuttle bus to the nearest Nevada communities of Gerlach and Empire which is operated by contractor Green Tortoise.[29]
  • A re-entry wristband, which allows a person to leave and re-enter the event and may be purchased at the gate upon exit.[30]
  • An airport use fee, payable at the airport upon first entry.[31]
  • RV dump service and camp gray water disposal service, available for cash from Johnny on the Spot, the official contractor.[32]
  • Diesel and biodiesel, supplied by Sierra Fuels, the official contractor.
  • Private portable toilets and servicing, which can be arranged with the official contractor.
Radical self-reliance

Because of the event’s harsh environment and remote location, participants are expected to be responsible for their own subsistence. Since the LLC forbids any commerce, with the exception of the items stated in Decommodification, participants must be prepared and bring their own supplies such as water, food, proper clothing and shelter, just to name a few.[33] Nothing is provided by the event with the exception of portable toilets.[34]. The only items for sale during the event are ice, chai, coffee and lemonade.

Radical self-expression

Participants are encouraged to express themselves in a number of ways through various art forms and projects. The event is clothing-optional and public nudity is common, though not practiced by the majority.[35][36]

Communal effort

Burning Man is a cooperative and collaborative event. Participants are encouraged to work with and help fellow participants.[37]

Civic responsibility

Participants are encouraged and assume responsibility to be part of a civil society in which federal, state and local laws are obeyed and communicate this to other participants.[37]

“Leave No Trace” policy

Participants are committed to a leave-no-trace event. They strive to leave the area around them in better condition than before their arrival to ensure their participation does not have a long term impact on the environment.[37]

Participation

“Attendees” are encouraged to participate since Burning Man is about participation in one form or another.[37]

Immediacy

Participants are asked to become part of the event, to experience what is around them and society and to explore their inner selves and their relation to the event.[37]

This happy collection of mindless nonsense culminates in the incineration of a huge wooden effigy, the likeness of a man, on Saturday of the event.

This pagan spectacle, embodying all the stale foolishness of modern Wiccanism combined with the last gasps of the Flower Power generation rejects virtually all of the Christian order that Western Civilization was founded upon.

But it does have themes. Art themes from previous years include:

2007 — The Green Man
2006 — Hope & Fear
2005 — Psyche
2004 — Vault of Heaven
2003 — Beyond Belief
2002 — The Floating World
2001 — The Seven Ages
2000 — The Body
1999 — The Wheel of Time
1998 — The Nebulous Entity
1997 Playa Art
1996 Playa Art
1992-1995 Playa Art

2008’s theme was, “The American Dream.” Many long-time hippy hangovers decided not to attend this year, given that such a theme counters their long-held anti-Republican prejudices. Not coincidentally, law enforcement citations dropped for the first time in a decade.

But next year, citations will go up, as the old-timers will flock to Black Rock, along with many New Atheists with whom these dingdongs share a common quest for relativity.

The 2009 theme?

Naturally. Burning Man comes full circle by welcoming the thought of one of its main prophets. Too bad Nietzsche doesn’t have such an appealing theme. “Will to Power” just doesn’t cut it. “God is dead” isn’t too bad for these idiots. In fact, I am now surprised they don’t use Nietzsche as the art theme. Imagine the possibilities: Pictures of Dachau and the Gulag, paired with films shot in Haight Ashbury in 1968.

The mind boggles.

This culture is going to hell.

Oh, Fuck you. September 12, 2008

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No, seriously.  FUCK YOU.

But what of the rest of the world? This is the reaction I fear most. For Obama has stirred an excitement around the globe unmatched by any American politician in living memory. Polling in Germany, France, Britain and Russia shows that Obama would win by whopping majorities, with the pattern repeated in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. If November 4 were a global ballot, Obama would win it handsomely. If the free world could choose its leader, it would be Barack Obama.

If Americans choose McCain, they will be turning their back on the rest of the world, choosing to show us four more years of the Bush-Cheney finger. And I predict a deeply unpleasant shift.

Rachel Lucas has the smackdown on that mendacious horseshit about polling in other countries.

My main beef, other than that, is with this phrase:

If the free world could choose its leader, it would be Barack Obama.

Attention, British Asshat:  We, the American people, are electing an American president.

Not the leader of the free world.  We don’t have that authority.  You don’t like who we elect, for our own fricking country? Then fix your own problems and stop looking to us to pull your chestnuts out of the fire.

In the meantime, STFU and GTFO the Internets, asshat.

The people at dKos and DU are assholes. September 3, 2008

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Plain and simple.

“If health insurance for all, an end to the Iraq War, an end to torture and illegal wiretapping, and a sane energy policy can be obtained at the price of destroying one teenage girl, her family, and the surrendering our self-respect I see that as a cheap trade.”

And:

“Are you telling me that you would not use character-destroying lies to ensure a war against Iran does not occur? . . . What choice do we have? When faced with monsters, we have to be monstrous ourselves.”

And:

Are you telling me you would not destroy the love a family holds for one another, even if it meant letting someone who would destroy the constitution become president?

That is all.

In Case I Suffer a Stroke September 2, 2008

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. . .I have effectively locked the blog.  Only approved observers (that pretty much being me) can view the4 blog, as I do not want students from my teaching blog accessing this one.

No more Pharyngula lurkers.  Boo hoo hoo.

But, some quick commentary on  the Sarah Palin for Veep choice, and the Left’s quick condemnation of her.

Comment 1:  She’s inexperienced. File this under WTF?  I mean, look at Obama’s experience.

Comment 2:  Palin’s 5th child, Trig, is actually born by her daughter, Bristol.  This is how the LEftie’s manage this one:

122. What many here don’t understand. It doesn’t matter if it’s true or not. RUMOR IS TRUTH.

The modern laws of media hype and political warfare have a useful tenet:

Repeat ANYTHING or raise false concern over ANYTHING and it is likely to be planted in the conscious/subconscious of many voters.

If people start to think that there might be something fishy with Palin’s last kid (if hers), then that’s FINE. One more doubt (whether tied to reality or not) is another hesitation at the ballot box.

GET WITH THE PROGRAM PEOPLE. The “rising above it” bullshit has served us so well in the past, hasn’t it?

If you have problems with the story, then STFU and get out of the way of Dems who are engaged in MODERN POLITICAL WARFARE. Go tend your garden or some other pedestrian task, because the “concern trolls” are not helping shape the message.

J

OK, then.  Truth, beauty, nevermind. Start a meme, no matter how Out There, and expect the voters to latch on.

Nice.  I keep hearing how the Dems are the ethical party.

Then there’s the fact that Bristol IS pregnant.  Comments from everyone’s favorite idiot, Little Paul Myers:

Comment 3:

The issues here should not be “OMG her daughter is pregnant out of wedlock”, but “What are the candidates proposed policies for dealing with the issue of teen pregnancy?” That Palin’s daughter is pregnant should not be of any concern to either campaign; that Palin’s policies of an active maintenance of reproductive ignorance are manifest failures is.

But you ARE turning it into an issue, Little Paul, when you bring the two together like that.

Comment 4:

She’s pro-ignorance and anti-civil rights all the way, opposing gay marriage, sex education, and reproductive rights for women. No surprise at all, I know. Here are some answers that jumped out at me:

2. Will you support the right of parents to opt out their children from curricula, books, classes, or surveys, which parents consider privacy-invading or offensive to their religion or conscience?Why or why not?

SP: Yes. Parents should have the ultimate control over what their children are taught.

She wants kids to be taught only what the parents believe, which is a disaster for education. It dictates that the next generation can be no wiser, barring exceptional effort from the kids themselves, than the previous. This is an angle to give religion a trump card over science, and jingo priority over history, by making it easy to prevent kids from being exposed to reality.

Right.  We now see that Little Paul believes that the State is the only being responsible enough to raise kids.  Oy gevalt.

COmment 4:

11. Are you offended by the phrase “Under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance? Why or why not?

SP: Not on your life. If it was good enough for the founding fathers, its good enough for me and I’ll fight in defense of our Pledge of Allegiance.

See Question 2 above. Do we really want stupid people dictating what people should learn?

No.  That’s why we want PARENTS in charge of education.  not you.

Comment 5:

Here’s another answer from Palin that suddenly has more significance:

3. Will you support funding for abstinence-until-marriage education instead of for explicit sex-education programs, school-based clinics, and the distribution of contraceptives in schools?

SP: Yes, the explicit sex-ed programs will not find my support.

Now, are you ready to hear this?

Sarah and Todd Palin say their 17-year-old unmarried daughter is pregnant.The couple said in a statement released by John McCain’s presidential campaign that Bristol will keep her baby.

I’m flummoxed. Here’s another personal issue that is none of the voters’ business, that will distract the media from discussing the issues, yet it speaks directly to Palin’s support for bad reproductive and educational policy.

WTF is this moron’s problem?  She is for abstinence-inly education.  Her daughter then gets pregnant and wants to keep the baby.  And again, he claims this is no issue to be discussed publicly, then he does just that.

Asshole. Brainless asshole.