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 Normals2006-10-03 15:41
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by Flemming Funch

A SubGenius rant against normalcy:
Who is it that gets together in mobs and hunts down, tortures and kills people who are different from them? Who is it that teaches modesty, courtesy, and generositv but lives in depravity, rudeness, and greed? Who is it that can gather together the time, energy and money to murder millions and destroy cities for the sake of a flag, deity, or economic system? Not weirdoes, not kooks or cranks or nuts. It's the "Normal" people who do those things.

It's the "Normal" people who believe there's only one "real world" and it's the one THEY'RE living in. It's the "Normal" people who kill each other over differences in that reality, and if someone can't trick themselves into ignoring the millions of inconsistencies or can't gloss over the gaping flaws in that reality-construct, or can't even pretend convincingly that they believe that flimsy and self-contradictory world is ALL TRUE, rather than have their own illusory stability undermined or accept that other ways of thinking and seeing might be valid, the "Normal" people imprison those "mentally ill," and experimentally destroy their personalities by use of drugs, electroconvulsion, and brain surgery.
I couldn't say it better myself. Watch out for those normal people, they're very dangerous.(Via BoingBoing)


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3 Oct 2006 @ 18:03 by bushman : Yep,
Brain dead suckers, cant deal with thier own mental illness, so they have to destroy the truth, or admit they are the ones that have a screew loose. Wishing we had a place to go, another planet maybe, so as we can leave the mad men to live in thier own poop.  


3 Oct 2006 @ 18:52 by tlingel : A Brave New World Revisited

Maps of the Human Heart

"The really hopeless victims of mental illness are to be found among those who appear to be most normal. Many of them are normal because they are so well adjusted to our mode of existence, because their human voice has been silenced so early in their lives, that they do not even struggle or suffer or develop symptoms as the neurotic does. They are normal not in what may be called the absolute sense of the word; they are normal only in relation to a profoundly abnormal society. Their perfect adjustment to that abnormal society is a measure of their mental sickness.

These millions of abnormally normal people, living without fuss in a society to which, if they were fully human beings, they ought not to be adjusted, still cherish the illusion of individuality, but in fact they have been to a great extent de-individualized. Their conformity is developing into something like uniformity. But uniformity and freedom are incompatible. Uniformity and mental health are incompatible too... Man is not made to be an automation, and if he becomes one, the basis for mental health is destroyed."

---Aldous Husley, A Brave New World Revisited  



3 Oct 2006 @ 22:50 by Ge Zi @24.127.146.37 : insult
Yeah - I always considered his an insult when somebody told me that I behaved normally - yuck!  


4 Oct 2006 @ 21:25 by Hanae @69.33.46.10 : Groupthink:The manufacture of "Normalcy"

"How is it", Prwatch asks, that individuals, like, say, actress Janeane Garofalo "had in 2003 a better analysis of Iraq's weapons programs than the combined forces of the White House, U.S. intelligence agencies and leading U.S. news media?"

As early as in a 2002 appearance on Fox News, Garofalo had said that invading Iraq would "destabilize the Middle East further."

"Certainly it is not because she had more information than they did. Her superior analysis was based solely on her ability to think and reason independently, unfettered by the propaganda and groupthink that has become the norm in government and elite media circles that shapes and inform public policy."

Part of the problem here, rests, I think, with the assumption that the "destabilization of the Middle East" was considered then (or is considered now) as a mistake by the current administration.

Does the current administration really believes, as the President put it, that “they were wrong, but so was everybody else"?

Isn’t it clear, rather, that “destabilization of the Middle East” has always, and is still now, part of the program? Hasn’t “destabilization of the Middle East” been a long time desired and sought-out goal of the PNAC? Haven’t the PNAC and AEI scholars, still quoting the President (though to a very different purpose) “made their intentions as clear as Lenin and Hitler before them”?

The claim that this administration didn’t know what it was doing at the time with regard to Iraq seems rather preposterous in view of the available information available on the issue, including the PNAC smoking gun (“Rebuilding America's Defenses: Strategies, Forces, And Resources For A New Century.”)

The simple fact of the matter is that it is always easier, of course, to sell a war of aggression (even the kind of so-called "pre-emptive" war advocated by the Bush doctrine) as "defending oneself", rather than saying “listen people, let’s launch WW III and take over the world while we can (i.e. bring about, at the point of a gun, a “unipolar” world favorable to our interests) now while we are the last remaining superpower.”

Easier to manufacture and bring about a so-called “clash of civilizations” (the next logical step after the invasion of Iraq) than to lead people “knowingly” into a raw undisguised military venture to “reconfigure” the middle-East.

Easier, too, for a majority of the people “not to know.”

- After WW II, most people in Germany “didn’t know,” THEN.

- And most people, nowadays, in America (and increasingly in the western world) do “not know” NOW.

Why was the President given a second mandate in 2004? Where was the outrage about Iraq? Are we to really believe that it was the “gay marriage” issue? The anti-abortion issue? Jesus?

Didn’t people really know better about the military ambitions of this administration? Didn’t they know better about Iraq? Or did they just simply not want to know?

Because in the end this is always what it has come to, isn’t it? It is more convenient to simply “not know.”

Some people do not care to know. Some do not bother to know. But, deep down, most people really know better, and they like what they see.

“Might makes right.”

“…to win either by force or fraud…”

Machiavelli didn’t really invent anything.

And neither did its modern successors, the followers of Leo Strauss, or the PNAC and AEI scholars

Such philosophies are as old as humanity and older; they have no soul, no compassion. They have sight without vision, and cunning without intelligence.

Their followers have a very simplistic and outdated view of the world. It is not hard to think as they might, although after doing so I really feel like giving my mind a bath.  



6 Oct 2006 @ 18:45 by vaxen : Al Norm:
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7 Oct 2006 @ 09:25 by vaxen : Anschluss:
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-- Thomas Jefferson to Eldridge Gerry. January 26, 1799



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"Moving Targets Are Harder To Kill"

When you feel all alone
Just move on
Just move yourself along

When you feel like the love is gone
Just move on
Just keep on moving on

When you bleed, when you cry
When you go cold inside
Just move on
No point in holding on

Because your life’s too short to spend
All your time carrying all those feelings
And we all end up dead in the end
So cut the cord and get on with the healing

If you can’t seem to find the strength
Move away
And live another day

If waking is becoming a fight
Get away
It kills you if you stay

If it’s hard, if it’s long
If it all feels wrong
Just move on
Move on and remain strong

Because nothing’s worth the pain
And worrying is wasting your time
And the people around you will change
So move on and leave them all behind

Instrumental


When you feel
Lost, bruised
Hurt, confused
Tired, spent
Broken, bent
Unknown, unseen
Undressed, unclean
When life is dead
Just clear your head
And move on

Until the feeling’s gone
Keep moving on

Copylifted from Nosferatus' site.  



9 Oct 2006 @ 16:32 by jobrown : Great Poem!
Thanks Vax!

"Normal" Normal seems to me as PERSONAL as each Person on the Planet: We judge others ( to be "the same" as our selves ) -UNTILL proven different -BY the other person!!!!
This is how this Cosmic Truth about this "little fragment" of our Psyche was expressed in the Old Days ".... As you judge, so shall you be judged" ; A Cosmic REALITY....

^!^ /// *!* /// : ) ///

Today we can look at this and understand this same truth slightly expanded: "People think about you what you think about them -only for different reasons!" This is -also- a very very true statement, telling a lot about our COMMONALITY in/of our Psyche! ...yet; Normal is as indivdual as each person!.... Go figure! ; )  



11 Oct 2006 @ 19:36 by Hanae @69.33.46.10 : This seems like a good place for this:

Addams Family Values

Besides, it's seasonable - w. thanksgiving upon us and all ;-)

Wednesday and Pugsley are sent to summer Camp and, well, as expected, they do not "fit in." This leads to this hilarious scene where, out of desperation, the people running the camp try to brain-wash them into "normalcy" by showing them.....a series of Disney movies!!! - lol lol - the children's stuff, that is, since Disney/ABC had not yet, at the time, so openly and pro-actively commited themselves to the production of propaganda pieces such as "Path to 9/11" - I think the recent controversy makes the scene even funnier, in retrospect.

Scholastic Press, which had a deal with ABC to distribute "educational materials" based on the "Path to 9/11" movie, pulled the materials in question from their website on September 7, substituting them with materials focusing on "critical thinking and media literacy skills," instead.  



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Dear Flemming
you did it again ! Thanks ! Heiner  



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