Introduction

I always have a hard time creating a new avatar.  My own identity is already enigmatic.

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People often tell me that I am opaque.  I remind them that this is true for everyone.

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I am being literal in the preceding.  Perhaps. 

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Somehow I was just automatically signed off, and then back on.  Strange thing to happen while writing my first post, especially when I was writing the following.

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The advertising on this site contains too many images of teeth.  What is this passion for teeth?  What does it signify?

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I was being hasty attributing the glitch to the site.  It may have been a “software” problem on my end.  Windows is an inferior operating system.

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The annoying ads repeat at regular intervals but in different places, so one can’t ignore them entirely even if one tries.  Behavioristic theories of advertising are ineffective, and annoying–always.  And yet, they persist.  This gives the lie to the idea that advertising is just about selling product.  Primarily it is a means of social control.

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The internet is not all bad.  For instance, the music of the 60’s and 70’s is derivative of rock ‘n’ roll from the 50’s, and also inferior to contemporary internet-based music.

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The man-child is a nuisance–we should ignore him.

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Psychology cannot solve your problems.  That’s not the point.  That’s not what it’s for.

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Exercise is required if you plan to lose weight.

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There is no getting away from advertising in America–it is the unofficial culture.

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America cannot claim to be a unique animal in history because at a very basic level it is just another European nation.  The idea that it is unique is an aspect of Cold War propaganda backed by comic-book reasoning.

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The reason Left-wing commentary doesn’t work on the radio is that radio has become a medium used mostly by the uneducated.

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Educated and successful Americans are almost always less homophobic, less sexist, and less racist.  They are also far more classist in their thinking even about the most common and unimportant things.  This constant oversignification of class on their part makes them entirely unbearable as company.

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Europeans talk about class all the time, but it is unimportant to them.  They couldn’t care less about it.  However, they are secretly, deeply, intensely racist, in the same way that Americans were up until very recently.

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I have been traveling for thirty years.  Sometimes people tell me that I should return home, as if one’s place of origin were a vital part of oneself requiring renewal, some sort of spiritual organ.  Nonsense. 

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Getting back to the internet: The reason that newspapers don’t sell in large numbers anymore has nothing to do with the internet.  It’s because newspapers have degenerated into tame, advertiser-whipped newsletters for business.

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In a corporate political system, those who cannot criticize the corporation are useless.

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The greatest writers of the twentieth century from America were Beats and Hippies.  Far from being anti-intellectual movements, these social phenomena are responsible for what little real intellectualism remains in America.  The rest is advertising.

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Intellectualism itself has been labeled “Left-wing” and “subversive” in America since the time of McCarthy–regardless of the real ideological orientation of the thinkers and writers involved.  This denigrating of the intellectual is a necessary function of consumer society, and not a measure of the success of conservatism there.

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America’s anti-intellectual fervor is regarded with humor abroad.  Russians, in particular, take it as an indication of weakness.  In the same way, Americans regard the religious faith of other nations as self-compensation for their impotence.

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No one really has faith in God in the West anymore.  God has become a vague superstition, like hanging a horseshoe above your front door for good luck.

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Faith cannot be a function either of the fear of death or of mere social requirement.  The former is in reality a type of neurosis akin to necrophilia, the latter is just piety. 

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The argument over God is not one of believers against non-believers, but rather one between those who know that God exists and those who know that God does not exist.  There is no middle position.  In this case, a belief in compromise is provincial.

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Philosophy is never abstract.  There is no such thing as an unworldly philosophe.

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