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Oct. 22nd, 2007

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I want to write down this quote for my own reference before I loose the page:

Political Correctness Is Social Dementia [of the Western Society]

http://www.users.bigpond.com/smartboard/pc.htm

Oct. 21st, 2007

Less Than Zero

Read American Psycho and then Less Than Zero. Less Than Zero I liked much more, because it does not have all this violence blockbuster bullshit, the book talks about real stuff. I think it's a sequel to both On The Road and Catcher In the Rye. Less Than Zero goes like this: you do not enjoy the language or word play or shades or meaning; I imagine waking up in 10 years thinking - boy, Brett Easton Ellis is right. Dostoevsky is like that too.

Oct. 14th, 2007

Big Sur

I am more amazed by Big Sur than by my trip to Amazon. I have been there many times, but yesterday it got me.
Dry yellow Alpine meadows at 4000 feet, blue ocean under the round slopes covered with Agaves, black angled ridges- there is some colossal space that astounded me. It's hard to describe it better that this English/Spanish mixed name, Big Sur.

On a more earthy note, many tourists visit Hearst castle south of Big Sur- I climbed a small muntain near Pfeiffer state park, and noticed a post- "residents and invited guests only"- when you are at the top, you can see that this road leads to about 15 Hearst castles.

Sep. 27th, 2007

shot on pills

2001: A Space Odyssey (part 2) and Zabriskie Point, which are similar movies of the American hippie era, do not feature a single black or asian personage.
The whites jumped the shark in the summer of 1967. Contrary to the conventional wisdom that Space Odyssey is about the space age and the computer age, both movies actually herald the dawn of the post-industrial post-white civilization biotechnology age (LSD pill in 2001: A Space Odyssey (all of part 2); birth control pill made Zabriskie Point possible).

Jun. 11th, 2007

Tallest buildings

A construction of the world's tallest building often precedes social or economic depression or disintegration.

The tallest building in the world in the 19th century was Ulm Münster cathedral in Germany. It was finished in 1890 and was 167m tall. In 24 years Europe led by Germany destroyed itself in the First World War. The focus of the world shifted to New York: in 1908 a 47 story Singer Building was constructed, and quickly surpassed in 1909 by Met Life Tower, which was 213m tall and had 50 floors.  Europe was dead: both new American buildings were commercial, while until then all tallest structures in the human history were cult buildings. Met Life still paid some tribute to Europe: it was inspired by one of the St. Mark’s Cathedral towers. However, by 1914 it was over: Europe was about to plunge in the war, while Woolworth Building was constructed in New York: 55 stories, 241 meters, and no inspiration from the old world cathedrals: a modern and by today’s standards elegant commercial skyscraper. 

The roaring 20s created 318m Chrysler Building, and then the Empire State, which was finished already during the Great Depression.  Both these 77 and 101 story buildings were in a different league from the first wave of New York skyscrapers. Europe was licking its war wounds, getting ready to start another war.
In America, the Great Depression ended the period of Old Skyscrapers. The Empire State remained the tallest building for 40 years, until 1972.
Some cities of the old industrial cities of then young America: Philadelphia, Detroit, Baltimore forever remained the cities of Old Skyscrapers. 

However, America was to have another peak: in late 60s, when people flew to the moon and the incredible wealth fueled by capital transfer from Europe allowed the 1967 hippie Summer of Love, both World Trade Center and Sears Building were started. Then in 1970 US has finally rolled over its peak- the domestic oil production, the lifeblood of American industrial economy,  has begun its irreversible decline. WTC and Sears, both around 526m, were finished at the beginning of the First Oil Crisis.

The Sears remained the tallest building for 26 years. Then the consequences of the 2 oil crisises of the 70s, and the subsequent dismantling and sale of the American industrial economy to the East  Asia by MBA yuppies of the 80s have become more apparent. The Petronas Twin Towers in Malaysia and Tapei 101 in Taiwan are the tallest buildings in the world now. No planned American building is poised to compete: the next one is Burj Dubai, 818m, symbolizing American economy bleeding dollars for the increasingly expensive Mid-Eastern oil. 

America is over.



Woolworth, 1913 USA                                  Burj Dubai, 2009 UAE

Apr. 5th, 2007

Trip North

I went up north to Tamales Point.
http://tinyurl.com/3xhezw
during this trip I had one observation and one revelation.

The traffic on Golden Gate Bridge slowed down, because the right lane was blocked by a police go-around sign. There was an ambulance and two police cars parked in the right lane, but no accident. The bridge has a sidewalk; it's a spectacular walk across the bay. Three tourists were explaining something to one policeman, and another was writing in his notepad. Slowly passing them by, I noticed that there was nothing else- no injured bicyclist and no person sitting on the sidewalk. Realizing what I saw, I accelerated to 70 mph, and turned into an observation area immediately after the bridge. With San Francisco on the background, I saw police lights on the bridge, and two boats circling right under the lights. Then the bigger boat, a Coast Guard cutter sped up towards the shore, and the smaller boat followed. The Coast guard station was right underneath the observation deck, about 400ft below. People were acting fast- the coast guardsmen on the pier were mooring the cutter, while others put out something that looked like a big plastic sleigh. Then they unloaded a body on this sleigh, and two people in white coats leaned over the body, doing something that looked like pumping. I was standing on a concrete barrier, and an Americanized Aztec-looking tourist from probably Modesto, California with a huge telescopic camera climbed up next to me to take pictures of the bridge. I told him what happened. This guy had his shit together: he immediately produced two pairs of binoculars, handed one to me. Often when people are faced with matters of death or when they suffer an injury, they fixate on some little irrelevant details: I noticed that the small binoculars was of khaki color. Also, in retrospect, it was interesting how my approach to this binoculars was different from a geeky curiosity of holding a new gadget, in which I would indulge in another situation, it was "fuck, fast, how do i make this work?". It was hard to see, because the picture was shaking, but I saw a fat naked body on that plastic stretcher, with two doctors trying to resuscitate by pumping its chest. In 5 minutes it was all over, they covered the body with a white sheet.  The guy’s wife came on a rented bicycle, with attached map of San Francisco- they rent them to tourists encouraging to bike across Golden Gate. He told her, she said: “oh my…”, kind of quietly. I liked that there was no further comment, she looked very upset. The guy asked me: “Why would anyone do that?” I thanked him for the binoculars, and shambled to the car.

The tip of Tamales Point is covered by grass- there is no need to walk on a trail. Right now it blossoms- there are purple flowers. I was walking on this grass, with Pacific Ocean on the left, and Tamales Bay on the right, visible at the same time. I thought: fuck San Francisco, it would be nice just to stay here, sleep in this grass, and walk every day. Then I thought that I would eventually get hungry. And then it dawned upon me that the waiters are the gatekeepers of food: when you try to satisfy your basic need to eat and if you do not have “money”, the waiters would either say no and send you off, or call the cops. Those good looking chicks in the restaurants, the Mexican immigrants making burritos, they are the teeth of the Darwinist society- they dispense the food. They are the hired police, the first line of control in the conveyor of natural selection.

Mar. 25th, 2007

Monotheistic religion

They have one in common- the god plays a role of an exemplary father that you must obey. And a believer wants to be a good boy (or girl).
Now, what about post-paganism, that superseded monotheistic religions, the New Age? Did the believers grow up?
I am not sure. At least it seems that it reflects the dissolution of the Western family: there's no father anymore.

beat

from http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070323/ap_on_fe_st/deer_sex

Thu Mar 22, 10:25 PM ET


SUPERIOR, Wis. - A 20-year-old man received probation after he was convicted of having sexual contact with a dead deer. The sentence also requires Bryan James Hathaway to be evaluated as a sex offender and treated at the Institute for Psychological and Sexual Health in Duluth, Minn.

"The state believes that particular place is the best to provide treatment for the individual," Assistant District Attorney Jim Boughner said.

Hathaway's probation will be served at the same time as a nine-month jail sentence he received in February for violating his extended supervision.

He was found guilty in April 2005 of felony mistreatment of an animal after he killed a horse with the intention of having sex with it. He was sentenced to 18 months in jail and two years of extended supervision on that charge as well as six years of probation for taking and driving a vehicle without the owner's consent.

Hathaway pleaded no contest earlier this month to misdemeanor mistreatment of an animal for the incident involving the deer. He was sentenced Tuesday in Douglas County Circuit Court.

"The type of behavior is disturbing," Judge Michael Lucci said. "It's disturbing to the public. It's disturbing to the court."

Nov. 4th, 2006

Armed and Naked

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061104/ap_on_fe_st/armed_and_naked

Sat Nov 4, 12:41 AM ET

EL CERRITO, Calif. - A man was arrested on suspicion of carrying a concealed weapon after police found him outdoors — naked — and he told them he had a tool in his rectum, authorities said.

The man was lying on a tree stump, masturbating beside a nature path, near a Bay Area Rapid Transit station Thursday, police said.

John Sheehan, 33, of Pittsburg, was initially arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure. But when asked whether he was carrying anything police should know about, Sheehan mentioned the tool, said El Cerrito Detective Cpl. Don Horgan.

"You can't get much more concealed than that," Horgan said.

Officers drew their weapons and firefighters were called to the scene. Sheehan removed a 6-inch metal awl wrapped in black electrical tape without incident.

Sheehan, who was paroled from state prison last week, was then booked into jail on suspicion of parole violations, indecent exposure and one felony count of possessing a concealed weapon.

"When you're talking about an awl or an ice pick and you're dealing with somebody who's fresh out of prison, it's a weapon. That's a stabbing instrument," Horgan said.

It was not immediately clear what Sheehan was on parole for. A person answering the phone at the jail Friday night did not know whether Sheehan had a lawyer.



awl

Sep. 24th, 2006

Missing link

I noticed a special edgy type of hipsters in San Francisco. They like bandanas, sometimes goatees, are typically fit, tatooed and ride fixies. They prefer wearing colorful t-shirts with no sleeves, emphasizing their slender figures, some kind of stylized wife-beaters.
I suspected long time ago that this type descended from white trash, but today I have seen the missing link.
A couple in their late 20s was unloading a large Ford F-250 truck, that apparently belonged to their parents who sat in the truck. They were moving into an apartment in the lower Height. The parents were typical white trash, however of the "curious" or "exploratory" flavor: I imagined how the peroxide wife would put out her painted fat feet on the dashboard when the hubby is finding a way to Disneyland in the AAA atlas.
The young couple was that edgy hipster style, especially the guy, who was the son: Burning Man sun burnt face, forming wrinkles on his forehead from the deep, creative, meth-induced thoughts.
The girlfriend was more homely, less advanced, a throwback to his mother, perhaps a sweetheart from Fresno, California.

My real question is- what happens to them in 20 years?
What happens to hipsters in general in 20 years, when SF hills become too steep for a fixie?

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