numb3r_5ev3n: Jerry Cornelius (Default)
I've posted about it here before in comments, but it deserves its own post. I have a theory regarding Vaporwave, and it involves the Millennials who are creating it for the most part.

A lot of them were kids or were just being born when 2000 rolled around. As a "Xennial," I was college-aged at the time, and struggling to adapt to a world that already seemed actively hostile and unforgiving - and I had no idea how good we all had it at the time. It has only gotten worse since then. And I think there is a sense, a consensus, held by a lot of people that the future we were all expecting was stolen from us, somehow. Michael Moorcock and Philip K Dick and William Gibson and other artists knew what might be coming, and tried to warn us. Some of us heeded their warnings, even if we were in denial.

The future was stolen from us by crypto-fascist capitalists. I'm not talking about the 2016 election because Trump and his people are openly, overtly fascist, and won support from their base on that platform. I'm referring to the 2000 presidential election debacle, where the crypto-fascist capitalist neoconservatives won through a technicality and ran this country and several other middle eastern countries into the ground for eight years, largely due to what happened in 2001. It was like there was no going back after that. All optimism for the future was replaced by all fear, all the time, broadcast 24/7 courtesy of the Roger Ailes/Rupert Murdoch-owned media networks that worked hand in hand with the capitalist crypto-fascists, who exploited a cowardly terrorist attack and the human suffering that followed for their own cynical, selfish gain.

But even though millennials were kids for the most part when it all went down, and even though their perceptions were warped by the black-and-white rhetoric of the time, they know. They remember that their future was stolen.

Vaporwave is their attempt to take it back, using the only weapons they have been allowed. They're using the sounds of the past to try and create or emulate the sound that would have been the soundtrack of the future that was stolen from them. In this sense, Vaporwave is like propaganda flyers dropped from covert airplanes for this newest incarnation of the culture wars.

Yes, Vaporwave is also about nostalgia, about a time period that the millennials born in the 1990s and 2000s either barely remember or never got to experience. And yes, that was the era of Ronald Reagan/Bush Sr. and Bill Clinton. But I think part of that nostalgia is also a longing for the idea of a time when the deck didn't seem so badly stacked against us; a return to the way things were before the Crypto-fascists came to power - because if Reagan was bad in a lot of ways, the administrations of George W Bush and Donald Trump make him seem like a flaming liberal - and they all make the Clintons look like a couple of saints, even with all of the things about the Clintons that are problematic.

Fascism is trying to creep in, via "fashwave," but it is hampered by the vindictive, malignant resentment that passes for a sense of humor amongst bigots and fascists. The "we can't create anything on our own, so we're going to take your toys away and break them" kind of mentality. But they're already losing the war, because it's pretty much known to everyone who follows it that Vaporwave began as a parody of, and a response to, capitalism, and capitalism and fascism are two sides of the same coin. One can't exist without the other. You can't adopt a meme that criticizes rampant capitalism and try to bend it to its worship with much success, because too many people are already in on the original joke.

Several people have already claimed that the Vaporwave meme is dead, but it's not going anywhere. It keeps mutating into different genres and reinventing itself. If Vaporwave "died" then its already back on its third or fourth life. The medium keeps expanding. People keep reaching for the future that they know was taken from them, by any means they can - even if it is just the feel, the sound, and the ambiance - the "a e s t h e t i c" - that they are achieving right now. If we end up there finally - in that continuum, with the future we were supposed to have gotten - we have them to thank.
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The folks who voted for Trump and the Republicans are going to get the illness, poverty, and eventual death from both that they voted for: which seems to be ok by them as long as a white man with a western sounding name is in office.

The W. Bush years should have taught them better - They got everything they wanted for eight years on a silver platter and it sucked, and they suffered. Republicans promise the moon, but all they ever deliver is misery, recession, and war. Nothing is ever going to "trickle down" to the likes of us. It didn't happen with Reagan, it didn't happen with Bush sr, or Bush Jr. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting something different to happen this time.

Don’t get me wrong - I’m not going to stop fighting for the people who are generally the targets of Republican bigotry. But the so-called “working class whites” (if you consider an income of $72,000 or more a year "working class") who voted Republican AGAIN after what happened 2000-2008 can fuck right off.

They WANTED this. when they whine and cry about losing healthcare and benefits, remember that they voted for this.

I was freaking out this morning. But you know what? I survived the last Republican Recession with no health plan. I will drink cheapass champagne, sit back, and watch them be the architects of their own destruction. When they all die off, I propose that those of us who are left go with Canadian or Scandinavian-style socialism.

numb3r_5ev3n: Jerry Cornelius (Default)
Full disclosure: I was a "9/11 truther" until the report came out sometime in 2004. The part of me that still has truther sympathies is kind of worried right now, because last time a Republican president was ridiculed this hard, a major terrorist attack happened on US soil, and suddenly everyone was buying yellow ribbon magnets and wearing crying eagle sweatshirts, and talking about how we had to "respect the office."

After the report came out it still wasn't a good look for the Bush administration, due to epic bungling. 

For years I was of the opinion that the Bush administration knew something was going to happen, but did nothing because it was convenient for them - one of my first LJ entries was on that subject. Then my opinion changed, and I decided that they had just been incompetent and complacent - but that they used the event after the fact as an excuse to drum up support for Bush, and for war in Iraq, even though none of the 9/11 terrorists were Iraqi, and there was no Al Qaeda presence in Iraq before the 2003 invasion.

According to some stuff I remember from the time, Bush had wanted to go back to war with Iraq prior to 9/11, but there was just no support for any kind of action, and no intel that anything was happening there for us to be worried about. Saddam Hussein was soundly beaten in Desert Storm 1991 - but it wasn't the "redemption" for losing in Vietnam that some people wanted it to be, because he'd escaped.

And if they knew something was about to happen and did nothing to stop it, it may not technically qualify as a false flag - but it still served its purpose of getting people to line up behind GW Bush and support a military action against Saddam Hussein that no one was in support of before.

But then 9/11 happened, and the Bush admin railroaded us to war. And the "we have always been at war with Eastasia" doublethink that conservatives adopted after 9/11 and leading up to the Iraq war laid the groundwork for what is going on right now with Trump. They want to be right, and they want reality to reflect what they think it should be rather than what the evidence says is actually going on. They want to feel good about themselves again after Vietnam and Nixon and Iran Contra and eight years of GW Bush. And everything they do to that end makes them look worse and worse, and deep down they have to be aware of this. But as usual in cases like this, they double down on the fantasy.

They're so deep in their fantasy right now that they're okay with Nazis. This is how far it's gone. When confronted about the worrying fact that so many white nationalists have essentially taken over the Republican party, the standard response is "You libs will call ANYONE a nazi" even though they straight up called Obama Hitler for eight years.

I think that the dissemination of the Richard Spencer punching video may be a wakeup call for some, but others I have talked to are like the "Nice Neighbors" from that one macro, who never rocked the boat and never spoke out of turn, or made trouble for anyone - and who refused to worry about their neighbors being dragged away by the SS or the Stasi.

The problem boils down to the fact that they just don't want to have to think about it.

I mean they can't even admit that Trump's just a trashy reality TV star who closelined Vincent McMahon and cheated on his wives and "grabbed women by the pussy," defrauded college students, and sold shitty vodka and subpar steaks. They have to act like he's some kind of anointed god to even be able to cope - something that they accused Democrats of doing with Obama even though there hasn't been any documented evidence to back this up, as there has been with Republicans doing so with Trump and George W. Bush.

It would be better if they just straight up admitted "we know he is a trashy reality TV star, we just voted for him as a protest vote and to piss everyone else off." But that doesn't make them feel good about themselves. And Republicans are reactionaries who respond to primarily to feeling.

This wasn't something I realized until someone in a FARK.com thread explained it to me, using Newt Gingrich as an example. Republicans experience no cognitive dissonance when New Gingrich, a serial adulterer, talks to them about Republicans being the party of "family values" - not because of the evidence of what he has done, but because of how his words make them feel.

You can present evidence to Republicans until you're blue in the face, and it won't matter - only feelings matter to them. They primarily respond to emotion. And they want to feel good about themselves.

This is why they hate "Social Justice Warriors." They don't want to think too hard about how the things they say or do may effect other people, and they don't want to be made to feel guilty for it. Their reaction is not introspection; their reaction is to angrily lash out at "Social Justice Warriors" because they made them feel bad. Yet the fact that feel bad means that on some level, they know what they are doing is wrong.

Cognitive dissonance is a hell of a drug.

They voted for a hostile, blustering, psychopathic narcissist who has promised to do things which will hurt his own base the worst, if he is allowed to do it; because we made them feel bad.

Think about that. Think about it especially the next time one of them calls you a "snowflake."

There is also an opportunity here for social engineering on a mass scale, if we'll take it - especially if we manage to use the Church Of Kek's own playbook against them. It's just that so many leftists feel like ain't nobody got time for that anymore. But if there is another terrorist attack, or anything of you nature, you can bet the Trumpettes will take advantage of it and rally the fence-sitters into full compliance - exactly the way they did after 9/11, and leading up to the War in Iraq.
numb3r_5ev3n: Jerry Cornelius (Default)
There was a pretty good crowd - early estimates are of about 5000 people. We stand with our fellow protesters elsewhere in the USA, and all over the world.


numb3r_5ev3n: Jerry Cornelius (Default)
 Before posting this, I went looking to see if someone has actually already connected Dylann Roof, who has now received the death penalty for killing nine of his fellow Americans, with the concept of Stochastic Terrorism - which is the phrase which has been coined to describe what happenes when hate speech inspires a "lone wolf" to commit atrocities, leaving the source of the hate speech free to proclaim their innocence, and deny any responsibility for the act. 

This is the only one I've found: "Someone Taught Him To Hate," which was posted on DailyKos back on June 18, 2015.

I won't mince words here - I think it's time we started prosecuting incidents of stochastic terrorism. The First Amendment only goes so far to protect hate speech. Pundits who spew violent rhetoric need to be held accountable for the next time when their hate speech triggers another attack or mass shooting. If the computer of a "lone wolf" shooter or bomber is searched, and stuff like Free Republic and Stormfront and Breitbart comes up, there should be actual repercussions if said "lone wolf" was targeting the people vilified by those websites. There should be fines at least. Gag orders. Something.

The next time some rando shoots up a Planned Parenthood clinic, the authorities need to pay attention to what they might have been reading and what sites they might have been going to, and the people involved should be held accountable for the violence that they're helping to inflict. Authorities should treat hate crimes committed by Christian religious extremists the same that they do crimes committed by Islamic extremists. Get rid of the double standard. It's all terrorism.

 

numb3r_5ev3n: Jerry Cornelius (Default)
This was inspired by a discussion elsewhere, but: a reason why it can be so difficult for victims of Internet Cult Shenanigans to speak out can be the fear of not being believed - because of people’s seeming innate inability to accept that human beings can be predatory monsters.

People tend to want to assume the best of people, (because they want people to assume the best of them) but it appears to be approaching a pathological condition - or maybe those of us who have been victimized just notice it more.

One of the most frustrating things I have encountered personally, not only as a survivor of Internet Cult Shenanigans, but in general when describing or seeing the actions of a psychopath, narcissist, or con artist described, is a response like, “that can’t be real, because I can’t believe that anyone would actually do that.”

We live in a world where the Holocaust happened, (and if the jury is still out for you on that, unfriend me now) and people are still navigating through life with this belief system stuck in their heads. OR: they don’t expect to be victimized by someone who looks like them, talks like them, or is a BNF in their fandom. They fully expect hostility from any assigned “Out Groups,” (i.e “Terrorists,” “Jocks,” “Those People”) but not anyone whom they have not Othered, especially if the con artist/cult leader is telling them things they already want to believe. Part of the reason people get suckered in the first place is because "they can't believe anyone would actually do that." Cult leaders, narcissists, and abusers bank on this mindset. It's what allows them to do their thing.

This is often compounded by the cult leader/con artist in question flailing about in wounded tears, wailing about how they are the victimized party (case in point: Donald Trump’s Twitter account - and yes I actually think he can be considered an Internet Cult leader, especially when you figure in MRAs/Stormfront/8chan) and how they “just want to live their lives, but the mean bullies just won’t leave them alone,” whenever anyone tries to hold them accountable for exploitation or abuse, or warn others so that they don’t get sucked in. I have seen them gain new followers in the wake of a cult meltdown/cult split just from this, as their hand-wringing and bawling histrionics bring in sympathy from formerly neutral bystanders/rubberneckers.

I’ve seen this on an interpersonal level, and I’m seeing it right now in our current national political situation (”you don’t need to worry about Trump or his followers, because the Nazis all died fifty years ago when Captain America punched out Hitler at the end of WWI, and racism is over. You’re just being a sore loser because you lost an election.”)

I don’t know what can be done to remedy this.

Speaking of which: Narcissistic Personality Disorder, now with Trump visual aids. Cited!
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Democrats shrank US spending, deficit in last fiscal year, figures show.



If this is "Socialism," I dunno, maybe the "conservatives" could stand to learn a thing or two about fiscal responsibility, after their performance 2000-2008? I'm just sayin....

Anyway, things are okay here. I have not been able to effect the Pregnant!Bella costume, but I did go as L from Death Note to a Halloween party with [personal profile] flamingsword the other night. Much alcohol was had. It's nice to be in a place where you can say, "I was going to come as Jerry Cornelius, but I thought this would be more recognizable" and folks know who the hell you're talking about. I got my car coat back from the cleaners. I could still do it.

Ubuntu 10.10 is out.
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For things like this gem here:

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/Thread over.

ETA: Also this: )
numb3r_5ev3n: Jerry Cornelius (Default)
Or more specifically, "the flu." And I'm at work. Fun. Anyway, Happy New Year everyone.

And on that note, I would also like to sound off on the following issue - it does seem that famous people always die in threes, doesn't it?

A. EDIT: Oops, according to my brother on the comments page of this post, it was not, in fact, James Brown that he saw, but instead one of the guys responsible for the techno classic James Brown Is Dead. Anyway, rest in peace, Godfather of Soul.

II. I wish people would stop comparing Gerald Ford to George W. Bush. Gerald Ford might not exactly have qualified for MENSA, but he was nevertheless a hard-working, salt-of-the-earth type from small-town America who was wounded during active duty during WWII. He arose to the Presidency pretty much unexpectedly because of the corrupt and nefarious activities perpetuated by the office of President Nixon during the Watergate Scandal, which forced the latter to resign. On the other hand, George W. Bush is a blue-blooded scion of a long-standing New England (Conneticut) dynasty who pretends to be from small-town America, (specifically Crawford, Texas) and who actively avoided active duty during the Vietnam War. G.W. has had everything handed to him on a silver platter, including a baseball team (which he ruined) an oil company (which he also ruined) and two presidencies (again, which he has also ruined.) Ironically, the true power behind Bush JR's throne is most likely his corrupt and nefarious Vice President, Dick Cheney.

THREE: And on that note - yes, Saddam Hussein was a horrific dictator who perpetrated countless atrocities. But like Osama Bin Laden, he was nevertheless a monster that our own government helped to create during the Cold War. Our government knew what he was doing to his own people, and they armed and aided him anyway because he was supposedly the lesser of the two evils (the more "evil" at the time was supposedly the Ayatollah Khomeini, whom our government was supporting Hussein against.) Here's my thought - how about not working with an "evil" at all, "lesser" or otherwise? Because all of these types of deals have ended up just biting us on the ass in the long run.

The only sociopathically homicidal warlord that I want an alliance with is M. Bison, via my Playstation 2. All others need not apply. >:P
numb3r_5ev3n: Jerry Cornelius (IMPEACHMENT)
Yes. I'm beating this dead horse again, but it deserves to be beaten...

Was the 2004 Election Stolen?

Also, someone did a study that showed that if Gore runs in 2008 he'll win by a landslide, while if Hillary runs, she'll lose to the Republican candidate. Would be ironic if it was Gingrich, but it'll probably be Giuliani, and you know HE'D win in that case ("America's Mayor" and all.) Which would also be ironic, since he's apparently also been accused of adultery (and it'll be amusing to watch alllllll of the self-rightous Republicans who tried to tear Bill Clinton apart try and say that Giuliani's alleged infidelities don't matter.)

Not that the Democrats are wonderful...in fact, I don't think that either of the major two parties deserves to win in the next Presidential election. But I don't think that any third party candidate has won in...well, ever. But having to settle for "the lesser of two evils" still sucks.

EDIT: WTF, ELRIC COSPLAYERS?

Is it just me, or do the "muses" resemble the twin Princesses Clarice and Cora in the PBS/BBC production of Gormenghast?

And also, ROTFL at the guy cosplaying Yyrkoon.

And, I can certainly see Cillian Murphy as Elric, based upon the merit of this picture...

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