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theKnaveofNevermore: ah, yes i don't watch the vid, but the music is particularly enthralling, actually i almost never watch the vids, utube is mostly a an unopened file, i can hear it but remain focused elsewhere. yes i was into the talking heads right from the beginning but remain in light was the first album i possessed and still my favorite. the great curve is a killer tune.
theKnaveofNevermore: well we,ve turned a corner ladies and gentlemen, canada as of just a handful of days ago has joined only a handful of nations in this world to legalize devil weed, the worst is anticipated, i anticipate a shortage of dingdongs and doritos, but the fear runs much deeper a many hand wringers see the inevitable collapse of western civilization and the lowering of social standards across the board. ah yes ask not for whom the bong tokes, it tokes for thee. as for now however one may place orders on line through a government run distribution agency, and contraband, er, legal product, old habits, will be received via venerable government run snail mail. actual brick and mortar stores will be open for walk in trade in the new year, as of april 1st. ( fools day, anyone else see the irony) in the first twelve hours of legalization the government received one million orders averaging fifty bucks apiece, ( people are already getting their noses bent out of shape over the increased cost. the street dealers are still a better deal) but even with this reality, they cleared a cool 50 million dollars right out of the gate. for my part i do not believe much will change, the people who have always used, , will continue to do so, a handful of people in their 30,s 40,s and older who never tried it will be curious and end up scaring the crap out of themselves and never touching it again. like the two cops who ate some edible thc brownies and ended up having to be talked down out of a tree. oh yeah, true story. so the great experiment, as those who have their doubts like to say, begins, but with legalization, as the proponents point out, comes regulation, and the government will do what it does best, and regulate pot and make it nice and tidy, and most of all, profitable. welcome to new amsterdam, home of the red eye cafe. interestingly they threw a party to celebrate the legalization and it wasn't lost on anyone that since no actual legal pot has been distributed to the public all the celebratory weed being smoked at this gathering was black market. what could go wrong.
theKnaveofNevermore: ah, thanks giving, and i do give thanks for a long overdue and most earned and deserved long weekend, happy thanks giving, truly any day of the year.
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theKnaveofNevermore: tomorrow never knows, man that is iconic stuff, even for the beatles, john wrote it inspired by an acid trip, they were only just beginning to experiment in that direction. she said she said is that songs acid book end. check it out.
theKnaveofNevermore: 'An Irishman,s house is his coffin'. - james joyce. jesus christ, that is too real. lol.
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theKnaveofNevermore: hahah, so true, and really you have not lived till you awake without clothing with a towel for a blanket in a tub, in a bathroom you have never seen before. strange imagery looming out of the time fog, indeed. ha, but i have already said too much. haha.
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theKnaveofNevermore: ah, yes i understand, and in the strictest sense i agree, i could call you a regretful pragmatist. but the description that was offered for the badge seemed more apt to my mind, the seeker.
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theKnaveofNevermore: gord downie the front man of the tragically hip, the band formed by a handful of 17 year olds way back in 1983, who together became the voice and sound of canadian pop music, as canadian as maple syrup and mounties, passed away this week, its wasn't unexpected, but this does not lessen the hole it has tron in the fabric of what we embrace as being all canadian.
theKnaveofNevermore: we stand collectively on a threshold, looking back we see clearly what we are leaving behind as we brace ourselves for the departure and bidding fond farewell to the twentieth century, more different from its predecessor than we can rightly imagine for there was another threshold that western civilization stepped though one hundred years ago. more than a turning point, the catalyst that would serve to undo all that had come before, changing everything, not the least of which being how society and more specifically the peoples within these societies defined themselves. the trigger event, the cataclysm that would break the back of history and forever set in stone the divide that separates us in our modern reality from the ancient world, and i would say historians in the years ahead will look upon this event with the gravity that has thus far mostly escaped our notice still being too close to see the patterns play out in their historical context. the world prior to the first world war, the great war or war to end all wars as it has come to be known, was the province of kings, noble houses ruled over europe, and though mostly blood related these families, they did love playing chess with the lives of their loyal subjects. a concept difficult for us to conjure up in our machinations, existing as we do in the full flower of democracy. this however was not their world, the world as it existed in 1913, when the few controlled the lived of the many with impunity, and their rule was unquestioned, although not entirely unquestioned. the late 18th century and into the 19th saw although on a small level, the actions of a resistance movement among the people, nobles began to be routinely assassinated, bombs being the principle means, members of the peerage were being murdered at an alarming rate, but none of such significance as to warrant action on the part of the royal households. until the killing of the archduke franz ferdinand, who was next in line for the austrian throne, a king in waiting. that tiny event had achieved political critical mass, and the chain reaction boiled over into an unstoppable catastrophe no one could have predicted. western civilization willingly and wantonly beat itself senseless and almost to death, and came out the other side spitting iconoclast venom, their kings had betrayed them sending millions to certain death, the church did not leave this carnage unscathed, many recall all too vividly the pressure placed upon them by the goodly church to take up arms and kill, die for your god like a good christian. the foundations of society had with their deception and treachery crumpled in the hands of those who had always fought the hardest on their behalf, the commoners. the world for these people, prior to the conflagration that would be the undoing of all things, was outside of themselves, and as in all societies the object of this collective focus had always been deemed the center of the universe. around which society would gather and draw collective inspiration and strength from. the omphalos, as the ancient greeks called it, and for them it was the oracle at delphi, or rather delphi in and of it self being the portal between the world and the heavens. for the romans it was rome it self that was the center of all things, royalty long having had some tenuous connection with divinity served for the people who lived under them as a living omphalos, the center all beneath them to be gazed upon and look to. needless to say the church, religion it self being the essence of the philosophy behind the concept of the omphalos, would languish as readily as the nobility had and these things were the pillars that supported civilized society, our devotion unifying us all. this was undone. the pillars smashed, leaving only a vacuum in the hearts and minds of the peoples of the western world who had been most effected by the purge that was world war one. the omphalos required a home , humanity needs to fixate, and if not outwardly then with introspection. unchained from both the stiffly control of the lords of the land and the grasping relentless neediness of mother church, common individuals began to see and think of themselves in a different way, not the first time in history to be sure, learned fellows from all ages stepped outside of the herd and observed the behaviour from a new perspective, their own perspective. but not a thing for the masses, not entire societies waking up together as the sun rose on a very different reality than they had known the evening before. no, the world had been reborn and people understood themselves to be individuals, and not property as their parents had been in the heady days before the war. the omphalos became us. we, each of us has become the center of our own universe. new ways of interpreting reality were born out of the fires of destruction and death of the war, driving sanity to the brink, new ways to expressing how the world had seemed to change found their voice in data and cubism, psychology being the new narrative, as individuals having found their thoughts to be truly their own. and this new inner voice now free to form opinions and envisage possibilities establishing intellectualism. the mind now free to develop, explore a world once only the purview of the class of nobility that had with a sweep of the hand been rendered an arcane relic of bygone days. individualism was now the zeitgeist and while attempt were made to resurrect the paradigms of the past, the absolute rule exemplified by the brief reign of the nazi,s the death throws of imperial grandiose. the trend towards what aliester crowley called satanic individualism, or what he saw rightly or wrongly as humanities fall from grace. no gods no masters, just as satan was cast down from heaven non serviam spat from his lips, 'i will not serve' and thus we all unwittingly found our way to freedom, in servitude to none in a house divided. and so we find ourselves looking back upon the world that created our view of reality, the science, art, politics that has shaped us even as we in our new found self determination shaped it, and we must ask ourselves, how much of what we have become do we dare surrender to the forces that would seek to send us all back to the world that came before, the world that would once again see us leashed. our individuality may be our undoing as we have lost the ability to see the world from outside ourselves and embrace the united humanity that had in the past made us much stronger even at the price of our personal rights and integrity.
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FistOfStone in reply to theKnaveofNevermore: you have a hell of a knack for history knave ... you have significantly influenced my understanding of contemporary western and specifically american culture, particularly the degree to which it was influenced and shaped by the wars of the 20th century
theKnaveofNevermore: thanks man, i wholly recommend the series, understanding the war you understand the sixties, and understand that you can get a clear idea as to what is going on between the right and left now, being a legacy of the war.