last changed 2012/06/17
 3 weeks ago

miss you so much

 4 weeks ago

Human

Imperialism was born when the ruling class in capitalist production came up against national limitations to its economic expansion. The bourgeoisie turned to politics out of economic necessity; for if it did not want to give up the capitalist system whose inherent law is constant economic growth, it had to impose this law upon its home governments and to proclaim expansion to be an ultimate political goal of foreign policy.
"The Origins of Totalitarianism"
[..] the nation-state cannot exist once its principle of equality before the law has broken down. Without this legal equality, which originally was destined to replace the older laws and orders of the feudal society, the nation dissolves into an anarchic mess of over- und underprivileged individuals. Laws that are not equal for all revert to rights and privileges, something contradictory to the very nature of nation-states. The clearer the proof of their inability to treat stateless people as legal persons and the greater the extension of abritrary rule by police decree, the more difficult it is for states to resist the temptation to deprive all citizens of legal status and rule them with an omnipotent police.
"Origins of Totalitarianism"
I must go.

Go where? Hm? Do what? Go dancing, fall in love? What is it you think you are?

Alex Murphy.

That's a delusion. It's a glitch in your system. Alex Murphy is dead. You take away the plastic and metal and wires, and you're just a couple of chunks on a coroner's table, you're not even a corpse. What are you? Respond.

I am Officer Alex Murphy... Detroit Police Department.

That won't do. [types commands into terminal] What are you?

Robocop. Crime Prevention Unit. OCP.

Better. Much better. I type it, you think it.

You type it, I think it.

What a wonderful opportunity you represent. Psychotherapy, it's such a... It's a slow, clumsy practice, but with you this is so simple. Direct. You know you're really very lucky. We can do in moments with you what would take years with a human patient.

I'm really very lucky.

You're free. You're free from doubt. Free from having to make painful choices.

I am free.
Robocop 2

It is in the very nature of things human that every act that has once made its appearance and has been recorded in the history of mankind stays with mankind as a potentiality long after its actuality has become a thing of the past. No punishment has ever possessed enough power of deterrence to prevent the commission of crimes.
"Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil"
Behind the blind bestiality of the SA, there often lay a deep hatred and resentment against all those who were socially, intellectually, or physically better off than themselves, and who now, as if in fulfillment of their wildest dreams, were in their power. This resentment, which never died out entirely in the camps, strikes us as a last remnant of humanly understandable feeling. The real horror began, however, when the SS took over the administration of the camps. The old spontaneous bestiality gave way to an absolutely cold and systematic destruction of human bodies, calculated to destroy human dignity; death was avoided or postponed indefinitely. The camps were no longer amusement parks for beasts in human form, that is, for men who really belonged in mental institutions and prisons; the reverse became true: they were turned into "drill grounds," on which perfectly normal men were trained to be full-fledged members of the SS.
"The Origins of Totalitarianism"
Tyranny is content with lawlessness; total terror replaces the fences of law and the lawfully established and orderly channels of human communication with its iron ring, which links everybody so tightly to everybody else that not only the space of freedom, as it exists in constitutional states between citizens, but even the desert of neighbourlessness and mutual suspicion disappears, so that it is as if everybody melted together into giant being of enormous proportions. This too does the for a totalitarian environment so well prepared vernacular express in its own way when it no longer speaks of "the" Russians or "the" French, but tells us what "the" Russian or "the" Frenchman wants.
"Elemente und Ursprünge totaler Herrschaft" p. 682
We don't know a perfected totalitarian power structure, because it would require the control of the whole planet. But we know enough about the the still preliminary experiments of total organization to realize that the very well possible perfection of this apparatus would get rid of human agency in the sense as we know it. To act would turn out to be superfluous for people living together, when all people have become an example of their species, when all doing has become an acceleration of the movement mechanism of history or nature following a set pattern, and all deeds have become the execution of death sentences which history and nature have given anyway.
"Elemente und Ursprünge totaler Herrschaft" p. 683
Humans, in so far as they are more than a completion of functions able to react, whose lowest and therefore most central are the purely animal like reactions, are simply superfluous for totalitarian systems. Their goal is not to erect a despotic regime over humans, but a system by which humans are made superfluous. Total power can only be achieved and guaranteed when nothing else matters except the absolutely controllable willingness to react, marionettes robbed of all spontaneity. Humans, precisely because they are so powerful, can only be completely controlled when they have become examples of the animal like species human.
"Elemente und Ursprünge totaler Herrschaft" p. 667
{2do: write down OCP directives}
 2 months ago

no more owning fuck all

The new generation of gaming is about playing where you want, when you want, and how you want - wherever you have wifi. Stadia streams your games across compatible screens. No more waiting for game downloads or installations when you’d rather be playing.
 2 months ago

bleurgh

"UNICEF Kid Power gives kids the power to save lives by connecting their everyday activity to real-world impact. Named by TIME Magazine as one of the “Best Inventions”, the UNICEF Kid Power Band is the world’s first Wearable-for-GoodⓇ,connecting activity to impact."
 3 months ago

shit beam bre-- I mean youtubers say

  • [talking about loot drops] "but it really made you feel as if all of your hard work finally paid off, and you were truly rewarded with something special"
  • "I love you guys so much"
  • "make sure you guys sit back, relax and enjoy"
  • "is it worth? this is so worth!"
 3 months ago
Once a month, I'm tempted to implement something that goes it looks like you arrived here via Google [and/or] are using Chrome, see [link] for a list of reasons why that is a problem. Once you are done reading through all them, visit [link] to take a quick, simple test to verify that you did and gain access to the page you were looking for.
 3 months ago

speak for yourself.

[when saying it's unethical to do business with China and mentioning the Uyghur torture camps as one of the reasons] people aren't actually interested in the plight of the Uighurs. Rather, it's convenient ammunition for justifying pre-existing political and national feelings
Uighur Muslims are the latest cause celebre to feel good about how virtuous we are
 3 months ago

a lot of gaming and a lot of rap in one single nutshell

as Noam Chomsky said about Google Glass: "a way of destroying people"
 4 months ago

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