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R.I.P. Garry Davis (1921-2013)

27 July 2013 by Mike Gogulski
Posted in activism, people | 1 Comment »

One of my inspirations and personal heroes, Garry Davis, died Wednesday, a few days shy of his 92nd birthday.

The world has lost a true visionary.

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World Service Authority flag

Davis renounced his US citizenship in 1948, proclaiming himself a citizen of the world. He went on to advocate for global, rather than national, governance, and founded organizations to that end. Since 1954, the World Passport that Davis devised and issued has facilitated crossings of some 180 national borders, and has has saved tens of thousands of lives. as bearers and their families used it to flee conflict zones and genocides.

Garry’s legacy lives on, both in the ideals he articulated and in the lives and descendants of the people his “fake” passports saved.

Ethics in govern{ment, ance}? Not my ethics, not these governments.

10 July 2013 by Mike Gogulski
Posted in mind control, philosophy | No Comments »

From a discussion on a private mailing list today:

>> The focus here is being able to enforce ethics at every level of governance.

An excellent goal! But every system of government we can see around us today is, in my mind, incapable of achieving this goal, as they all depend on entirely unethical principles. In the West, these emerge from (or perhaps pre-exist and are given fig-leaf cover by) risible “social contract” theories which lead to such outrages as sovereign states (which incidentally, co-exist with other sovereign states in a condition of pure anarchy) claiming infants as property (“citizens”) the moment they are born on their territories or to their existing chattels and to such soul-crushing and perspective-limiting beliefs as “taxes are the price we pay for civilization,” “consent of the governed” and “my country, right or wrong.”

Tax resister kitten help at gunpoint

Taxation is theft

Every system of (let’s say nation-state) governance today rests on the power to tax, which in turn rests on an unlimited, unaccountable privilege of certain state actors, no matter how they become so invested, to murder; and on the power invested in those same actors to either compel performance (transitory slavery?) or compel non-performance of certain behaviors, again backed with the ultimate power to kill those who fail to comply. (Some of my reasoning on this: http://www.nostate.com/116/the-penalty-is-always-death/)

It’s strange to me that many find such privileges and unaccountable powers to be ethical. I don’t. I find it very alarming that a great many deny that those privileges and powers exist.

PRESS RELEASE: World Service Authority Issues World Passport to Edward #Snowden

9 July 2013 by Mike Gogulski
Posted in mind control, people, surveillance | 9 Comments »

Washington, DC
Sunday, July 07, 2013

WSA Issues World Passport to Edward Snowden Based Upon Article 13 (2) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

For Immediate Release: Sunday July 7, 2013

Edward Snowden is an alleged National Security Agency whistleblower who exposed the mass monitoring of United States citizens. Deprived of his United States Passport, he is currently immobilized in a Moscow Airport Transit Lounge with no ongoing ticket to any nation. This is a flagrant violation of Article 13 (2) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which states the following: (Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.)

The World Service Authority (WSA), a Washington D.C. corporation and executive branch of the World Government of World Citizens, has issued Mr. Snowden a World Passport so he can travel without limitation. 91 year old Garry Davis and founder of WSA proclaims: “This unprecedented situation reveals dramatically the power of one individual versus the nation-state system, while highlighting individual sovereignty. The fact that Snowden is immobilized in a Moscow Airport Transit Lounge further exposes the fiction of nation-state frontiers.”

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Garry Davis
Founder/President
World Government Of World Citizens
Washington, DC

Link to Press Release on Twitter:

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PRESS RELEASE: Appointment of Edward Snowden as Deputy Ambassador of the Court of Kanapaha to the Slavs and the Magyars

2 July 2013 by Mike Gogulski
Posted in mind control, politics, surveillance | No Comments »

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact:
Mike Gogulski
Ambassador of the Court of Kanapaha to the Slavs and the Magyars
Embassy of the Court of Kanapaha to the Slavs and the Magyars
811 00 Bratislava
Slovak Republic
Tel.: +421 910 199 253
E-mail: mike@gogulski.com
Skype: syadasti

2 July 2013 — Bratislava, Slovakia — Edward Snowden, the man accused of blowing the whistle on pervasive American electronic spying, has been appointed Deputy Ambassador of the Court of Kanapaha to the Slavs and the Magyars. The Ambassador, Mike Gogulski, issued the Decree of Appointment via Twitter, and called upon “Princes, Presidents, Potentates and Police” to guarantee Snowden’s safety and safe passage:

[Copy of the official appointment decree as delivered via https://twitter.com/mikegogulski]

As Ambassador of the Court of Kanapaha to the Slavs and Magyars, I do hereby appoint Edward #Snowden as my Deputy. Deputy Ambassador to the Court of Kanapaha Edward #Snowden enjoys diplomatic immunity under the aegis of Emperor Norton XIII. Princes, Presidents and Potentates are expected to accord Dep. Amb. #Snowden all the privileges, respect and immunities due his rank. I hereby recall Deputy Ambassador #Snowden to the Embassy premises in Bratislava, Slovakia, effective immediately. Princes, Presidents, Potentates and Police are hereby enjoined to refrain from interference with Dep. Amb. #Snowden’s safe passage. President Putin and his Police are thereby required to secure safe passage for Dep. Amb. #Snowden to Bratislava without delay.

By my Hand and Seal this 2nd day of July, 2013, I, Mike Gogulski, do so order, under the authority vested in me by Norton XIII D.G.Imp.U.S.

[illegible blue signature] [red wax seal]

[Official decree ends. Additional information from the Ambassador follows.]

Long live #Norton, by the Grace of God Emperor of these United States.

Media inquiries on today’s announcement by the Diplomatic Mission of the Court of Kanapaha to the Slavs and the Magyars: +421 910 199 253

We pray the offices of @PutinRF @PutinRF_Eng attend to the matter in https://twitter.com/mikegogulski/status/352038020632936448 … et seq. cc: @KremlinRussia_E @KremlinRussia

[Ambassador’s text ends]

About the Court of Kanapaha: The Court of Kanapaha is the principal territory, demesne and residence of Norton XIII, by the Grace of God Emperor of these United States, as declared 1 April 2013 via Imperial Decree. http://norton13.us/

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Every Man and Woman is a Star, so…

19 June 2013 by Mike Gogulski
Posted in art, mind control | No Comments »

Hmmm…

Philosoraptor asks: Every man and woman is a star, so... are their children star-spawn?

Philosoraptor asks: Every man and woman is a star, so… are their children star-spawn?

@exiledsurfer (Michael Parenti) on RT: Edward Snowden and the Surveillance State

14 June 2013 by Mike Gogulski
Posted in police, surveillance | No Comments »

@exiledsurfer, aka Michael Parenti, Best Man (in absentia) at my wedding last weekend, gives a brilliant interview to Russia Today from Vienna, Austria, on Edward Snowden, the American Surveillance State and related issues:

The Bitcoin Foundation is TOXIC and must dissolve, plus a call to action

19 May 2013 by Mike Gogulski
Posted in activism, people | 7 Comments »

[ *** If you like this, please click through to Reddit here, upvote the post, and post a reply either there or on bitcointalk.org. Thanks. *** ]

My apologies for the length of this post, but I believe that it sums up what is broken with the Foundation, shows it is essentially unfixable, and includes at the end a call to action to form a new, democratically-constituted umbrella organization for the advancement and defense of cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin first and foremost among them. I also believe you will find it valuable reading, if you’re not already closely familiar with the matters at hand.

“Outgoing” Bitcoin Foundation Executive Director Peter Vessenes, aka “vess” here, @vessenes on Twitter, states in video from Bitcoin 2013 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=I6jfPXFAToM) at 5:23 that the Foundation will be hiring a lawyer to lobby regulators in Washington DC:

https://twitter.com/mikegogulski/status/335820053926797312

As I wrote:
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#BitcoinFoundation is DEAD TO ME. Lobbyists? Fuck you @Vessenes shyster sellout! Give my BTC 25 back! http://ow.ly/lai8e #Bitcoin2013

Then:
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Is that why you sold me http://app.bitlaundry.com/ @vessenes? So you could look squeaky clean while cozying up to politicians?#Bitcoin2013 (https://twitter.com/mikegogulski/status/335822417400324097)

And:
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I got into #Bitcoin to improve this miserable planet and ESCAPE the iron grip of privileged moneyed interests, not JOIN THEM! #Bitcoin2013

And:
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And @Vessenes sues @MtGox for $75m. Send the king’s swordsmen! I need more money! #Bitcoin2013 #Bitcoin #betrayal #rat #statist #sellout

Plenty more follows in my tweet stream, and includes a conversation with Smári McCarthy of the International (formerly Icelandic) Modern Media Institute (http://www.immi.is/).

I provided more of my reasoning (after a nice barbiturates-and-vodka cocktail and a bit of sleep) on Google+, in comments on Declan McCullagh’s article (http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57585151-38/winklevoss-twins-on-bitcoin-time-to-work-with-the-feds/) from today:

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TL;DR: Sending Bitcoin to DC is like sending My Little Pony to the veterinarian.+Jon Matonis Despite my rantings, for me it’s not about purity either, but about the Foundation running off in a direction starkly counter to the motivations of a good many members, without any consultation at all. I believe I also heard +Peter Vessenes say, in that opening pitch, that there would be a Bitcoin Foundation members’ meeting during the conference. I guess that means that I’ll be getting an invitation with a teleconference number soon(?).

+Jerry Brito and +Declan McCullagh Yes, the exchanges are a vulnerable point, almost a “systempunkt” in John Robb’s terminology, the resiliency of the underlying protocol aside. At the same time, it’s already widely recognized that the best solutions to that sort of risk in the Bitcoin ecosystem involve peer-to-peer fiat/BTC exchange on the lines of #bitcoin-otc, localbitcoins.com and/or some kind of price discovery and exchange mechanism, with market actor reputation tracking, working in distributed fashion either in the BTC blockchain itself or as part of some kind of complementary system based roughly on the same principles. It’s into those kinds of solutions that I’d like to see funding from whatever replaces the now toxic Bitcoin foundation and where I’d like to see the massive amounts of human energy that will otherwise be sucked into the interdimensional tentacle-monster maelstrom of KYC/AML/FinCEN/FATF/make-it-play-in-Peoria compliance (vendor AND customer side) spent.

As +Nick Weaver alludes to, Bitcoin really is fundamentally incompatible with the pharaonic pyramids of the legacy banking system, or, in my parting words from last night, sending Bitcoin to DC is like sending My Little Pony to the veterinarian. Even though we lot on this thread may share similar ideas about the ideal end state for Bitcoin, I think we all agree that the means to reach those ends are important as well. There is clear disagreement about what sorts of means are the most efficient in bringing us all to shiny happy crypto-ponycoin utopia, and that’s fine. I’m asking folks to consider the entire picture very carefully, and especially not with America-centric blinders on.

I could go on to complain (but won’t do so here, hehe) that the Bitcoin core dev team — and, by extension, the Foundation which pays +Gavin Andresen — are, in my opinion, spending a disproportionate amount of time/energy on work which primarily benefits a small number of mining pool operators (taken collectively, another systempunkt!) and on work which tends more and more to support centralized and institutionalized structures such as BitPay and BitInstant — with all due respect to those teams — and to toward the deprioritization of work support independent merchants and the actual peer-to-peer future. Perhaps this is simply a disagreement regarding how to sequence priorities, but I can’t help but think it points to the same sort of issues I mention above, which actually turn out to be key ones as indicated by others.

+Jerry Brito “Allowed” is a hobgoblin. Bitcoin doesn’t need permission from the existing state/corporate financial system. In fact, it presents an existential threat to both. Fine, though, send some “diplomats” out to spread confusion in the enemy’s ranks.

And to +Jeffrey Tucker, it is indeed sad that freedom itself is simply unthinkable, where in a proper society it would be the reflexive, unconsidered default posture and where that society would react swiftly and forcefully to deviations from its principles. Alas, even with several thousand years of thought and experience to guide us, we have not yet collectively made the freedom posture the default.

(https://plus.google.com/u/1/112961607570158342254/posts/YLe37k7vonQ)

CLEARLY, Bitcoin no longer needs the Bitcoin Foundation as it’s currently constituted, and it is probably too toxic to be salvaged in any form. The conflicts of interest among directors should make this perfectly clear. Plus, we now have Vessenes suing Karpeles over the MtGox/Coinlab deal while they are both on the same board. They both should have resigned immediately at the time the suit was filed and served.

Even worse, and utterly inexcusably, Peter Vessenes hired Patrick Murck as the Foundation’s general counsel. This of course is the very same Patrick Murck who serves as Coinlab’s General Counsel, and who is therefore Coinlab’s top litigator in the suit against MtGox.

And, worse still, this is yet the same Patrick Murck who drew up the Coinlab/Bitcoinica/Bitcoin Consultancy deal which turned into such a massive clusterfuck that exactly none of the players involved emerged in any other manner than smeared with shit from head to toe. (https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=196150.0;all)

Note also that NONE of these highly controversial acts and omissions were placed before votes of the Foundation’s membership, in radical contravention of the founding spirit of the organization if not the language of its founding charter.

THUS, IMHO, and as a Foundation Life Member, I hereby move that the Foundation dissolve itself, immediately, and enter into a binding legal plan to reimburse all donors proportionately, once legitimate expenses and outstanding debt incurred to date is covered. Additionally, I move that the Foundation immediately terminate all relations with Peter Vessenes, Mark Karpeles (sorry, dude) and Patrick Murck, and that Jon Matonis be appointed interim Executive Director, to serve during the company’s receivership and through it’s final dissolution as a legal entity.

And I am ready to support a new organization which actually serves the interests of Bitcoin (and other cryptocurrencies, as appropriate), with such egregious conflicts of interest excluded from decision-taking power and with a broad umbrella missing to accommodate ALL of the Bitcoin community, not just those who are only too delighted to cuddle up to regulators and politicians on the little-guy donor’s coin. The new organization shall operate democratically from day zero. I move that Jon Matonis be named custodian of founding donations and that he shall serve, once and only once, as Chairman of the founding, general meeting of the entire membership, at which a full charter and a full set of by-laws shall be adopted and a new slate of directors and executives elected, such meeting to be held not less than 60 days from now and not less than 120 days from now, and to include the technical capacity for as many voices as possible to participate and be heard (that is founding-donors-only google hangout, IRC channel, toll-free teleconference linked to a skype teleconference, etc.).

Who’s with me?

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Jesus, Aldous Huxley, Jim Morrison and Dick Nixon: Debugging the regexes near the heart of the human condition

15 May 2013 by Mike Gogulski
Posted in mind control, rōshi will break my other leg | No Comments »

On the title: “regex” is short for “regular expression”, a basic tool in computer science, programming, linguistics and a variety of other fields. A regex is a tool for elaborating and concretizing patterns which a pattern-matching engine can then locate in the input data and apply further processing to.

In response to my previous post, “Bitcoin, Anonymous and the death of the dawning of the Age of Aquarius” on Facebook, an old friend asks:

To be clear, are you suggesting that those 6 people were killed by the US government? If so, how do you explain the currently accepted accounts, particularly for MLK and Lennon?

To which I responded, perhaps rather verbosely:

Hi Jeff,

I’m a conspiracy nut, sure, but not your typical one at all. I guess I would say that, as might not be crystal clear here, when I say “FBI” and “CIA” and all the rest the way I did, it’s a sarcastic reference to conspiracy theories in general and a specific reference to the work of Robert Anton Wilson (RIP) in the Illuminati! novels and other volumes.

"Bob" and the Fightin' Jesus take on the Conspiracy Hydra

“Bob” and the Fightin’ Jesus take on the Conspiracy Hydra

The Conspiracy is nothing like a unified group of heredity- and secret-society-lineage-linked anemic global bankers bent on word domination, and the Conspiracy’s program certainly isn’t a secret plan aimed at securing its future sovereignty in its much hoped-for Hell on Earth hatched at a meeting at some filigreed Schloss in Bavaria back ’round the 17th or 18th Century with blood sacrifice and references to the Temple of King Solomon. The program, rather, is more like bits of old DNA programming — code once essential for we higher monkeys to thrive and evolve and eventually write novels and epic-length FactBook comments, but code firmly grounded in its original pre-novel-writing world where the wrong shape or sound or smell meant instant death by snake or tiger scorpion for us and our families. Mostly obsolete today, with our effective mastery and dominance of land and creatures, the code tells us things like “tiger face death pain enemy; monkey face maybe family friend mate but strange unfamiliar monkey face want steal/kill/eat/rape me family baby wives nest”.

And if you think this is tricky, try debugging the mind.

And if you think this is tricky, try debugging the mind.

Better put, we carry today a kind of pattern recognition and reaction mechanism along the lines of “Pay attention to survive: The creature you see now that you know you saw yesterday and who is part of your mating/huddling/nesting/grooming circle, and other creatures like it, is somewhat predictable, it may be your friend and you may need it to fill your belly and the wives’ and babies’ bellies, too. When you see a completely different type of creature and never saw it before, the best thing to do is hide or run, but be ready to fight if you must. Watch the creature very closely, especially when you see it watching you. Learn to spot the threat and react. And it is better to overreact, with swift and extreme violence, than to underreact, because if your pattern-matching and attention-paying and so on are less than perfect, you only get one chance to fail at protecting your life and all that is important to you and your world.”

As a result, we don’t worry too much any more about tigers and snakes, but we’re graced through our genetic heritage with almost instinctual behavior patterns which, in some less sensitive or perhaps less learned, give rise to the modern joys of racism, sexism, classism, homophobia, nationalism, linguistic chauvinism, religious intolerance and on and on. And since we are modern and philosophical, and because we grasp history in its broad strokes, we know that the foreigner, the stranger, the wierdo, the one who says strange and unfamiliar things in public, the queer and the deviant must be paid very close attention, for they may well be harbingers of more to come, and we don’t know WHAT might happen then to the people, places and things we love and that our families have cherised for generations if not millennia.

So I suspect, assuming you take the original post and this reply seriously, you find some shred of truth in the thing and start evaluating possible parallels between this and your own knowledge of people, your knowledge of history and even between this and your own religion, spirituality or absence thereof, whichever flavor they may be.

I don’t think it’s crazy to think that when, for example, a carpenter from Nazareth, AWOL for 20 years and remembered for little more than a massive temper tantrum at the temple, smashing tables and scattering coins, then coming back from the desert saying things like, “do unto others as you would have them do unto you”, “love your enemy as yourself; what you do to the least of my brothers and sisters you do to me also”, “render unto Ceasar that which is truly Caesar’s”, and “I have put away childish things; come, follow me, for I will give you rest and point the way to the Kingdom” and breathing life into a two-millenium flavor of the same quest and question which unites every thinking creature with a full belly, a warm fire and eyes to see the stars above, it’s no real surprise that the run/hide/kill program in the local chiefs and many of their dependents and wards runs with this utter strangeness unlike any pattern in the cache as input and produces “kill” as output. And so the wacko carpenter goes to his death in glory beyond measure while his own people scream for his blood and for the release of some pesky-but-familiar thief whose name is remembered only because he was on the rota that day too and because his name contains the funny letter “B” a few times.

Or when, for example, a druggie scrawls, “If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite,” awakening the poetry and brilliance inside a rough beast like Jim Morrison who, as the going got weird took the weird pro, it’s no great shock that Sauron’s eye focused on him for a moment before moving away and that the very people inspired by his poetry then pick him apart at every turn until someone yells “show us your cock!” at a poetry reading. Nor is it outlandish that the poet, trying to artistically and instructively engage even the stinkiest orcs among us, gets triaged in a cage before being fed into the “welcome” end of the meat grinder some call justice and comes to believe that he’ll never have enough Windex to polish the glass on those doors, and chooses to just surrender, not his spirit and not to spirit, but to the agony of beauty and purity mocked and defiled.

By anabertol @ deviantart.com, used without permission

By anabertol @ deviantart.com, used without permission

So, no, I don’t think the US government really killed anyone, because, like a mind virus, that entity doesn’t actually exist outside the minds of humans. It was humans that ruined and destroyed and killed those Faces, sometimes acting through governments, sometimes through private debating societies, sometimes through business but most often and most importantly due to the old software now become is malware still running strong in the depths of the monkey brain. One divine messenger or one lucky cur or one challenging artist or one scientist at the nonexistent frontier between Mind and Reality shows a few just a tiny peek through the Veil of Maya, and then morphs instantly in the minds of some fraction of us poor creatures into the extradimensional chaos monster from some the shrieking outer maelstrom of insanity. OF COURSE that fraction MUST kill, harry to suicide, subjugate, irrevocably and powerfully bind, discredit through slander and libel or otherwhise neuter that Other, that Monster, that Great Beast right away, burn the flesh, crush the bones, drop the ashes down the darkest hole and deliberately forget what happened so that the monster could never harm the children. After all, that’s how they came to survive a period which ended just a shake of a lamb’s tail back in the almost imponderable immensity of geological time, not only alive but with minds and societies they could reflect upon and know to protect.

I could go on. There’s that president-monkey, a particularly vile specimen of Politicus vulgaris vulgaris, taking the paper from the speechwriter and setting the capstone on the hopes and aspirations all the mean mind creatures on this one rock without any conception of the depth of truth and beauty he was reading:

"All the people on this Earth are truly one." -- Tricky Dicky

“All the people on this Earth are truly one.” — Tricky Dicky

“[T]he heavens have become a part of man’s world. And as you talk to us from the Sea of Tranquility, it inspires us to redouble our efforts to bring peace and tranquility to Earth. For one priceless moment in the whole history of man, all the people on this Earth are truly one; one in their pride in what you have done, and one in our prayers that you will return safely to Earth.” — Richard Motherfucking Nixon

But this sort of thinking also challenges, existentially, the cringing monkey brain which, even as it tears out the messenger’s living heart, ignores that messenger’s message itself. For too many, what comes after is too often a perverted caricature of the simple inspiration that triggered the kill button.

(BTW, you already know this stuff. I’m sure you saw the books I was reading, in Calculus II, during the free time that I, Dave, Brian, Paul, and you had after we finished all the classwork in 20 minutes and then rushed to set up the chess boards. But since were five, one was always out, and I read some books that I know you looked at and maybe borrowed from me or from Ellis or someone else. No real news here.)

Peace,
Mike

Bitcoin, Anonymous and the death of the dawning of the age of Aquarius

15 May 2013 by Mike Gogulski
Posted in mind control, rōshi will break my other leg | 1 Comment »

(UPDATE: Footnote[*] below, 18 May 2013)

(originally published as a Facebook note: https://www.facebook.com/notes/mike-agorizmus-gogulski/bitcoin-anonymous-and-the-death-of-the-dawning-of-the-age-of-aquarius/10152824936625232)

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Not this…

In the late 1950s to late 1970s, The Establishment, aka The Man, aka The Conspiracy, aka the FBI (Fucking Bavarian Illuminati) and the CIA (Cocksucking Illuminati Assholes) identified, targeted and destroyed the leading lights of a nascent, shining movement toward global illumination: MLK. Leary. JFK. Morrison. Malcom X. Lennon. And on and on. The dawning of the Age of Aquarius was strangled in the crib.

... but THIS!

… but THIS!

The failure of that time, which culminated worldwide in ’68, was that the movement had FACES, and faces are targets. Destroy the faces, destroy the movement. Take all of the trappings of the new consciousness and recast them as cheap marketing gimmicks: subversion complete. The Hippie pioneers did not drive Volkswagen Beetles because they were some kind of status symbol or mass-consumer-culture signifier. They drove them because they were cheap, simple, minimalistic, trivial to repair and infinitely customizable. It was only later that the cultural imperialists sucked everything good out of the times and pushed it through the marketing meat grinder, until: Fahrvergnügen.

Today, I believe, a few of the surviving “secret chiefs”, if you will, who were active back in ’68 and before are working as cleverly as they can, before they die, to levitate the Pentagon shift global consciousness in much the same way, but with a fundamentally different and more effective strategy: No more faces. Anonymous. Alan Moore’s Guy Fawkes mask. The unknown hero, the nameless brother, the faceless Samaritan. When The Man can’t target a Face, it doesn’t know what to do, and the field is open for massive gains on the side of the regular people. Today, we don’t venerate the Faces. We don the mask. And this Face Book? Oh! Do you jest, or do you not feel the power you have lost?

Whoever or whatever Satoshi is or was knew this, and acted right from the start on that knowledge. No face, no target. Produce brilliance, show some people, fade away into legend.

There is a teaching in Zen Buddhism which I will paraphrase here: If you meet Satoshi on the road, KILL HIM.

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* My friend Arto posted this post to reddit under the title of the last statement: If you meet Satoshi on the road, kill him. What’s clear to me certainly isn’t clear to everyone, so I wrote a clarifying note about the meaning of that somewhat shocking phrase, which I now include here.

“If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him” is an ancient teaching from Zen Buddhism. Like most things written in and through and about Zen, it can be interpreted in many ways. In my post, I use it in the following sense:

In Zen, seekers after enlightenment (true knowledge) are presented, many times, with leaps of insight accompanied by degrees of spiritual awakening. The stories are many of students, perceiving a truth or emerging from meditation, running excitedly to their gurus, exclaiming “I see! I get it!”. The roshi’s (guru’s) response often looks very odd: “great, now do the dishes”, or the roshi may even strike the seeker, up the the point of breaking one of his limbs. The point here is that, having achieved some mastery over the subject/object distinction, having seen beyond the Veil of Maya, the seeker has immediately collapsed back into error by his exclamation.

Likewise, there is a tendency among seekers to perceive the divine in their teachers, whether roshi or random strangers, and then fall immediately into the error of venerating the teacher instead of understanding that, as Tolstoy titled his book, “the kingdom of God is within you”. Thus, if the seeker meets someone while he is on the path (road) to enlightenment who he identifies as a being greater than himself, a Buddha, he should kill that being — meaning not to actually murder anyone, but to recognize the impulse toward erroneous veneration, acknowledge it, grin at it, and let that misidentification slide on by, taking away a lesson in the process.

That may not explain, exactly, the title under which the OP shared my post, but, I pray, may point you in the right direction.

In loving memory and in belated honor of C. Jan Gogulski, Col. US Army (Ret.), * 1933 – † 2000.

11 May 2013 by Mike Gogulski
Posted in art, diary, mind control, rōshi will break my other leg | No Comments »

My dad kept this beautiful teaching on the wall of his office (“the den”) from before the time I could read. My mother, Joan Carol Gogulski, keeps it there now, and it is to her that I dedicate this posting, along with my sorrow at the 12 1/2 years it has taken me to begin mourning.

Obituary — December 27, 2001 — The Orlando Sentinel (link)

CASIMIR “JAN” GOGULSKI, 68, Bradford Drive, Winter Park, died Monday, Dec. 24. Mr. Gogulski was an electrical engineer for Lockheed-Martin. Born in Grand Rapids, Mich., he moved to Central Florida in 1972. He was a member of St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Survivors: wife, Joan; son, Michael, Santa Cruz, Calif.; daughter, Karen, Orlando; brother, Paul, Las Vegas; one granddaughter. Baldwin-Fairchild Funeral Home-Oviedo Chapel.

Be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy. The universe is unfolding as it should.

– Spocken by Leonard Nimoy, 1967
— Conceived and Written by Max Ehrmann, 1927.
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~*~ Desiderata ~*~

Go placidly
amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

~*~
Found at the Old Saint Paul’s Church, Baltimore A.D. 1692.

 

Farewell, toward the final frontier.

Farewell, toward the final frontier.

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