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Beyond The Twilight Zone…

Alright, it was a normal evening, a little dull and dragging but a normal evening… and then after three everything went nuts!!

A guy I’ve met a few times, and been party to a few conversations with, approaches me. I’m bored and wanting to go home but…

I tell him that the sound’s really loud and shrill and I can’t hear anything in that ear… he agrees with me but then keeps repeating himself over and over… Look, it’s really loud in here and I can’t hear anything you’re saying!! Yes, I know. It’s loud, but blah, blah, blah!! And off he goes again… more »


Re-Re-Visiting Schnippit

It’s been a while but, since I’ve been time-travellin’ anyhow, it seemed the obvious place to stop off…

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Obvious Schnippet

“Everything can be explained to the people, on the single condition that you want them to understand.”

Frantz Fanon,
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Lost And Found Schnippet

“I am beyond Left and Right, as I am Good and Evil.”

Gabriele d’Annunzio more »

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Self-Herding Schnippets

What Orwell didn’t get was what Aldous Huxley did get (as Neil Postman long ago pointed out). This was that the real danger to freedom was and is that not enough people will care about it, because they have come to love their own servitude, and mistake that servitude for sovereignty. “Nobody tells me what to do with my own body,” they declare, while allowing all kinds of people to do all sorts of awful things with their minds. Postman wrote in Amusing Ourselves to Death: “What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. …In 1984…people are controlled by inflicting pain. In [Huxley’s] Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure.”

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Timely Schnippet

Free Speech is, therefore, the very best proof of good government; it is like the coldness of a dog’s nose. Men whose conscience is void of offense before God and man, and who are busy with their work, do not give a damn what fools and knaves are saying about them.

Aleister Crowley

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Withdrawal Schnippets

I’m at an age when everything is less exciting and I have to look for inspiration much more inside myself and my home than outside.

Pedro Almodóvar more »

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