structure of reality

“The important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery each day.” ~ Albert Einstein

There’s “TED Talk liberalism”. This is largely an economic position that takes an implicitly trickle-down approach; very much concentrated among wealthier cosmopolitan types who drop all kinds of techno-jargon and pseudo-progressive terms when discussing basic capitalist tactics. The Edgy White Liberal page on Facebook is the pinnacle of this. Think millionaire/billionaire CEOs who actively campaign for Hillary Clinton and other establishment shills, CEOs who donate lots of money in bulk at set times to increase their cultural capital and to supposedly offset the structural theft they participate in every day. Obviously not everyone who fits this bill is a CEO, but they are pretty much exclusively wealthy.

There’s “Buzzfeed liberalism”. This one may acknowledge the existence of white supremacy and patriarchy, but it condenses all of the revolutionary potential of knowing these things into a defanged form of privilege politics. White supremacy and patriarchy are understood as merely held in place by attitudes rather than by a structural reality of capitalist class society. Sure, class may get acknowledgement here, but it’s generally within the context of “don’t be classist” alongside the “don’t be the racist” and “don’t be sexist”. This form of liberalism gets insidious because all kinds of mainstream outlets are jumping on this bandwagon. Hegemonic liberalism has become perfectly comfortable elaborating vaguely on injustices, but you’ll never see it point to the root causes, lest otherwise receptive people organize and topple the system that maintains the TED Talk liberal’s power.

At what point will Buzzfeed liberalism go to? Will it ever acknowledge owning the means of production as problematic? Will it ever trace the power of white supremacy and patriarchy to the material oppression of class society? I highly doubt it.

The Chaos star is a spoked device with eight equidistant arrows radiating from a central point. It was originally devised by the fantasy author Michael Moorcock as a symbol of chaos (infinite possibility), and has been adopted as a symbol of Chaos Magick. Its current rounded shape was devised by occult author and chaos magician Peter Carroll.

“The Chaosphere is the prime radiant or magic lamp of the adept – a psychic singularity which emitteth the brilliant darkness.It is a purposely created crack in the fabric of reality through which the stuff of chaos enters our dimension. Alternatively, it may be considered as a demonstration of the axiom that belief has the power to structure reality.” - Liber Null & Psychonaut

First principles: what do grifters (like Trump and his cronies) fear?

Let’s assume for the sake of argument that you are a grifter – a con artist. You have an act that seeks to manipulate others’ weaknesses in ways that enrich you and your shills. By definition you are putting on a con: you in fact cannot do the thing you claim to be able to do, but you need others to believe in your skills if you are to be a success. 

There are, it turns out, rules embedded in grifting: structural realities that cannot be avoided if one is to “win” at deceiving. For example, you have to be an exceptional liar. You have to be good at winning allies even among a hostile crowd – even if you’ve seeded it with your allies. And, of course, you can never let the facade break: the moment anyone sees the truth, your game is up. You might go to jail, you might get humiliated, you might get a beating. You might get them all.

Thus the ultimate rule of grifting is, don’t get caught. Don’t let the green curtain get pulled back. The worst thing in the world isn’t failing to do whatever it is you claim you can do (but can’t, because you’re grifting). It’s being exposed as the grifter you are.

Hence grifters have to be particularly skilled at fighting back just at their most perilous moment. They have to be able to quash their personal demons, projecting an easy confidence as they figure out ways to manipulate your uncertainty and your anxiety about confronting them. Grifters get good at mobilizing latent supporters in the audience to join the grifter in mocking and marginalizing the challenger. The grifter, in other words, turns the charge of being a charlatan around, accusing the accuser of malfeasance and ill will. And, because grifters (good ones, anyway), assume the mantle of authority, ordinary people comply with the grifter, not the whistleblower.

Which is to say two things. First, the way to beat a grifter like Trump is to expose him, mock him, and demonstrate the transparency of his lies. But, second, exposure is not enough. Like any wounded creature, grifters in traps lash out and fight back. You have to sustain the fight over time. You have to let the accretion of lies and foul play permeate the community such that everyone understands the rot at the center.

It’s going to be a long fight. Let’s focus on what can beat the grifter. It’s all we have.

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery each day.
― Albert Einstein

Gemini Rising: It’s nice being curiousness about everything and everything but being scattered can make you stretch yourself thin and waste your energy on nothing. Do not fear choosing one thing and focusing on it, it will be a satisfying experience. 

Gemini is ruled by the planet Mercury, which is about thinking and being knowledgeable and Gemini you tend to have a huge store of information about many things and this is so captivating and it makes us want to listen to you think and talk endlessly. Gemini are smart and can pick up quickly what is left unsaid and can read between the lines. Gemini will never allow it self to be downgraded by anyone and will always stand up for what it believes in. Gemini are usually chill people who likes to talk and exchange ideas, to explore everything and to learn more and more each day. 

Gemini knows people think they are snobbish and self centered for always knowing stuff and they are okay with that because they don’t care what people think about them. Gemini wants to be authentic to itself and its believes. Gemini wants people to listen and respect their ideas and opinion cause deep down they know they are right and chances is that they are. Gemini can do everything and this is why they are known as the multitasks because they can handle many things at once. Gemini wants to have a moment to shine and share with the world all that it knows and one day they will have their moment and you will realize why you should have listened to them when they told you that advice. 

Gemini are fun to be around, not only you will have unlimited number of topics to discuss but they can make you laugh so hard and cry tears from happiness. They are quirky in their own way and they will accept you if you are weird, hell they will even encourage that side to come out even more. They will give you room to breathe as long you do the same and they will be there if you need them and will do their best to help you.

With this rising you will have on your 7th house/the descendant the sign of Sagittarius. It is your opposite sign and it suppose to indicate the type of partners you like and how you will behave when in love. It is your opposite sign and it is the sign that balances you out, you may think of it as your shadow side when you are in private or in love. With Sagittarius on 7th on the descendant you desire someone who is fun and exciting to be around. Someone who is accepting and open minded. Someone to talk about the endless subjects that interest you. To be a friend with your partner and see the world with. To have someone who respects your need for freedom and exploring. To have someone who makes your life filled with sparks and laughter.

Features: They depend on the planets that exist on the first house, so having other planets can change your features from your typical Gemini rising.  

The eyes tends to be small and clear. The nose is of medium height and ends with a tip, which makes the nose pointed at the end. The lips are small and thin but becomes wide when smiling. The face gives youthful and boyish appearance. Strong cheeks!!! 

How about multilingualism?

If solarpunk is about cultural celebration without approtiation, how about an educational system that teaches kids multiple languajes? I think this could be oriented regarding the particularities of the community, paying attention to its own diversity, and adapting its educational structure to this reality.

Verse of War [Faction Paradox/Lesser Species: Culture/Technology]

The history of the verses of war is difficult to describe, it’s possible non-linear nature makes the question of its origins as pointless as the question of whether the chicken or the egg came first. However, for the sake of simplicity, we shall start with the possible beginning of the Sokal Affair. During the late 1990s, the physicist Sokal wrote a hoax academic article in order to mock and discredit the postmodern and deconstructionist elements within academia. The article in question proposed that quantum gravity was a socio-linguistic construct with potentially liberating implications. Of course, the Faction, having a love of both alternative structures of reality and perversity in general, decided to take this hoax seriously.

This resulted in an explosion of theory and experimentation among both the Faction and the post humans they interacted with. This resulted in, among other things: the translation protocols of the Great Houses being classified as weapons over a vast number of post human worlds; of the creation of several different languages by the Faction for the purposes of shifting reality; and ultimately of the mass manufacturing of the linguistic star drives [1].

This is, more or less, the House’s version of events, wherein an academic joke and the actions of perverse terrorists spread easily made linguistic weapons across post human space-time. However, the Faction has a different perspective. In particular, Mother Psalm argued that these Verses of War were in fact a natural extension of the practices of humans.

The first Verses of War, claimed Mother Psalm, were in fact a part of Irish history. Ireland, and the rest of the British Isles for that matter, are defined by being invaded by waves of new cultures. According to Irish mythology [2], the armies and heroes from these cultures would make war not only with conventional weapons, but with poetry itself. The most famous depiction of these Verses of War is actually from Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings”, and more specifically the chapters relating to Tom Bombadil [3].

A more modern version of these Verses of War was actually written by Milton. When he wrote Paradise Lost, he hoped to recreate man’s fall from grace in the reader, in having them sympathise with Satan he seduced them before showing them how horrifying this actually was. In effect, the reader was made to relive the seduction of Eve and the fall of the Garden of Eden over the course of the poem. In the process, Milton had at least created the structure of a memetic weapon, if not a primitive linguistic virus [4].

Mother Psalm insists that the Faction was simply carrying on these human traditions, albeit with a spin of post modernism borrowed from Sokal’s hoax. In turn, she has been accused by House sympathising War historians of trying to ritualistically wed the histories of humanity and the Faction through this theory. Instead, they suggest  that the Faction inspired the human traditions that Mother Psalm insists helped inspire the Faction. It is perfectly possible that both are true: in which case a future act by the Faction would have created the human traditions of Verses of War in time to inspire the past Faction. Given the time-active nature of the War, attempting to find a definite beginning to this history is essentially pointless.

[1] Star ship engines, with artificial intelligence that is connected to the nervous systems and micro-noosphere of the crew. They work more or less by altering the language of the crew of the ship in order to alter and “loop hole” the laws of physics into moving the ship. Used by post humans, although currently the Faction themselves consider the linguistic star drive to be either out dated or simply not of use given their current status as a 4 dimensional guerrilla organisation instead of a space navy.

[2] Though as Mother Psalm insists, “It’s only myth to the extent that the Houses have decided it’s a myth”

[3] To be more specific, the scene where the Tom Bombadil first appears, where the hobbits are trapped through the song of predatory tree Old Man Willow, and the last scene where we see Tom Bombadil, wherein he defeats the song the Barrow Wights sang of the stars dying with a song of a man with a Star mounted on his crown. Similar creatures to Old Man Willow and the Barrow Wights have been seen in a number of Faction territories, though given the Faction’s macabre tendencies and knowledge of biological engineering this is not a surprise.

[4] This was entirely accidental, and the actual effects of this virus were not what Milton intended. Notably, the common perspective on Milton’s Satan is of a liberty loving rebel against authority, when given Milton’s actual politics it is more likely that Satan was written as an aristocrat who had learned to wrap his entitlement in the language of liberty whilst rebelling against a meritocratic proto-whiggish God.

Vacuum Energy Driving Our Universe.

The Vacuum of Space Connects us All. Atoms consist of 99.9999999% empty Space. That means everything from the chair you’re sitting on, the computer you’re staring at, even You, are only 000000001% there. Even the Planck Length is simply a Renormalization of the Infinitely dense Vacuum of Space. As such, Matter does not define Space, Space defines Matter. Matter is just a Perceptual division of the Vacuum itself. However, Matter does inform Space. Reality Creates Us. The Vacuum Creates Us, but we inform the Vacuum. We are Interacting with the Structure of the Vacuum over and over again in a Fundamental way. All the electrons and positrons in the atoms that make up our Bodies are constantly interacting with the Vacuum like a game of hide-and-seek: appearing and disappearing, over and over again. We are informing the Universe about our unique point of view of the Structure of Reality. We are recursive, self-similar Structures of Consciousness at arbitrarily small scales that represent the Universe as a Whole; like a wave represents the ocean, or a water-drop represents the wave.

On a Hill in the Midwest

Swirling my finger in the stars,
this daydream is alluring,
but it also has its festering sores;
Under lunges towards ascended peaks
illusions cracked, letting the floor give way,
leaving my projection floating in an aimless mindscape.

Losing its mild amusement, I retract myself from its web.
Descending, the hand falls to my side,
returning into orbit and finally back to Earth
where complex structures of steel and reality arch over.

Peering through a cavalcade of distractions
I measure the space to the nearest star in my head,
well, the measurement is in my head,
but I guess the star is too.
Planted firmly onto step zero,
the meters and miles filling the air
between the star and I
is a frightening maze to get lost in.

And a painful smile emerges as if pulled by hooks.
The grass shoots up between my knuckles.
Digging into the dirt,
I wrap my fingers around the anchor and tighten my hold
in fear of drifting off into the unconscious whimsy.

Grown into the curse of bone and skin,
every inch of me vibrates with consciousness,
like a light shedding a vestige of ignorant will.
The combination of things coming together to form my life
is a series of acts I end up hating myself for,
mostly this toil with inert day dreaming.

Ambition doesn’t click on to a wish,
but years of trying to find ways to entice it
has consumed more time
than the work I wanted to use it on.

Its a tyrannical rule that keeps me trudging through the mud
with a notebook of ideas and a handful of dirt
trying to pull myself a few inches further,
closer to the door out of this routine
of eating shit and laughing at myself.

-Jerald Mathieus

The important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery each day
—  Albert Einstein
At the visible limits of our solar system, this good cop/bad cop duo patrol our personal unknown, all that mystery beyond us-which is everything really, until experiences are interpreted by this pair and crystallized into a point of view. That’s the insidious part: what Jupiter and Saturn discover about our world eventually becomes our world. Conditioned to expect certain experiences, we’ll either use Jupiter and Saturn as springboards to reach our highest potential or as giant barriers to hold us back. Indeed, as the reality structure inherited from our elders and the freedom to transcend the same, Saturn and Jupiter are the de facto architects of our world.
—  The Planets: Jupiter and Saturn by Dana Gerhardt
planets in astrology

sun: conscious, pride, leadership, self & expression

moon: emotion, unconscious, moods, ability to adapt & react

mercury: communication, patterns of thinking, rationality & reasoning

venus: beauty, love, appreciation of art & creativity, harmony & balance

mars: aggression, sexuality, energy, strength, ambition & impulsiveness

jupiter: growth, prosperity, higher education, travel & humanities

saturn: limitations, practicality, reality, structures, ambition & hierarchy

uranus: individuality, ideas, inventions & revolutions

neptune: sensitivity, idealism, illusion, compassion & deception

pluto: power, transformation, regeneration & rebirth

How is this appearance of ideology as its own opposite, as non-ideology, possible? It hinges on a shift in the predominant mode of ideology: in our allegedly “post-ideological” era, ideology functions more and more in a fetishistic mode as opposed to its traditional symptomal mode. In the latter mode, the ideological lie which structures our perception of reality is threatened by symptoms qua ‘returns of the repressed'—cracks in the fabric of the ideological lie—while the fetish is effectively a kind of envers of the symptom. That is to say, the symptom is the exception which disturbs the surface of the false appearance, the point at which the repressed Other Scene erupts, while the fetish is the embodiment of the Lie which enables us to sustain the unbearable truth. Take the case of the death of a beloved person” in the case of a symptom, I “repress” this death, I try not to think about it, but the repressed trauma returns in the symptom; in the case of a fetish, on the contrary, I “rationally” fully accept the death, and yet I cling to the fetish, to some feature that embodies for me the disavowal of the death. In this sense, a fetish can play the very constructive role of allowing us to cope with a harsh reality: fetishists are not dreamers lost in their own private worlds, they are thoroughgoing “realists,” able to accept the way things are because by clinging to their fetish they are able to mitigate the full impact of reality.
—  Slavoj Žižek, First as Tragedy, Then as Farce

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.”  ~ Albert Einstein ~

Motion effects by George RedHawk

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Seriously though, this movie is, for lack of a better word, outrageous.

I don’t know what I find more insulting: The blatancy of the spank material with the five girls dressed in frilly outfits and always looking sexy; the nonsensical storytelling and messy structure of reality within a dream within a hallucination; the obnoxiously loud soundtrack that made me want to cover my ears more often than not; the protagonists that have a personality smaller than the size of their miniskirts; or the fact that this movie could have been absolutely fantastic was it not plagued with more flaws than frames.

I’ll give it one thing, though. It looks great. It has a lot of memorable visuals, inventive action set pieces, and a lot of personality. But that’s what kills me. This is why I know this movie could have been amazing. It’s like the director only focused on making it look pretty and then disregarded everything else.

So, I’m sad to say this but I can’t recommend this movie. It feels more like a waste than an investment. If you can put up with loud music and exploitative overtones, then be my guest. I won’t be re-watching it anytime soon.

And now, if you excuse me, I need to find the way out of this scenario. And out of this outfit. It’s very itchy.

Featuring: Pearl, Aela, and Pyrite.

Provided we can escape from the museums we carry around inside us, provided we can stop selling ourselves tickets to the galleries in our own skulls, we can begin to contemplate an art which re-creates the goal of the sorcerer: changing the structure of reality by the manipulation of living symbols … Art tells gorgeous lies that come true.
—  Hakim Bey