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Soulless Machine Gods

I do not claim that the Big Bads in charge of Wall Street and their psychotic, narcissistic, solipsism are entirely to blame for all of this. Corporations, as Cenk Uygur put it, are profit-creating robots. They were constructed of the same bent morality and depraved decadence of an insulated minority of powerful elites, but how could they be expected to do anything else, gone unchecked and unregulated? Fault might be better placed with our public officials and policy-makers… but if we’re extending the graces of ambivalence and blissful ignorance to cash-hungry machines, should we not do the same for the lying legislators, brutal police forces, lawyers, judges, bill collectors and heck, just about every one of us that let it get to this point because we sold out the American dream for false promises of greed?

It has been shown that those in the top 1% do not even know they are in the top 1%. And gaffes like Mitt Romney‘s numerous attempts at populism backfiring and revealing his alienating elitism serve to illustrate what little his perception of reality has to do with the ‘average American.’ However, who’s to say that any of us would be any different, given the chance? How the money is obtained seems of little matter; examples can be found in both the nouveau riche and old money of the corrupting, power-mongering miser or the socially-aware, generous philanthropist. Religious leaders with piles of cash turn out on both sides of the spectrum as well, brainwashing new cult members or funding community service organizations.

There are many philosophies of mind, but we are still at the forefront of scientific research into the most important organ of our functioning body, from which our identity and sense of being, our very abilities of self-awareness and understanding arise. It’s possible that we all have the capacity for evil, or that at the edges of a psychopathic diagnosis, we’re all capable of some form of psychopathic behavior or thought! The startling results from such famous and controversial psychological studies as Stanley Milgram’s authority experiment or Philip Zimbardo’s Stanford prison experiment may support this idea. This is perhaps similar to theories that we’re all a little dyslexic or attention deficit, we all may be somewhere on a scale of autism, that we all have an inherent amount of racism and sexism, we have all have a dose of psychosis, about half of all our time is spent daydreaming, all brains have different levels of focus, consciousness and multi-tasking, we all find coping mechanisms and adapt to sleep routines that work for us, we all react differently to psychedelics within a certain range, and we all may naturally hallucinate.

Our brains are all the same, and our brains are all different.

Evolution produces a range of functionality in organisms at any randomly given time in their history… our genetic variance may provide examples of many different levels of psychopathy. The same temptation to steal a pittance at your place of business (relative to the hefty sums they take in overall) is the same corrupted thinking that allows executives to routinely embezzle ridiculous sums (relative to the corporation’s ludicrous profits overall). If we strip a thing of all identity, any personal connection, we lose our innate and rational empathy which might otherwise prevent us from acts of malice.

Furthermore, if it’s true that most of the world is related to Ghengis Kahn, Alexander the Great and Charlemagne (psychotic conquerers all), then the genes are most likely inalterably embedded in all of us. Psychopaths, it has been shown, are more prolific maters. Most of us alive today are the descendants of those nefarious winners, not the losers.

It seems obvious to our understanding in this era that old modalities of ‘inherent good’ or ‘original sin’ are fallacious presumptions not rooted in biology. We’ve known for some time that we’re all a little angelic and a little devilish, to varying degree. True psychopaths, however, have a particular knack and tenacity for weaseling their way to the top. At a rate of four times the general population, in fact.

Scott.net interviewed Dr. Lobaczewski about psychopathy and political ponerology (the study of evil), posted by Harrison Koehli at the Ponerology blog:

This field of study is difficult, and relatively new. What was once in the realm of theology is now being understood in the terms of brain activity and genetics. Perhaps a deeper understanding will lead to the elimination of serial murderers, corrupt executives, and man’s predilection towards war and rape.

So lately I find myself wondering what will happen in the future when we have more reliable technology and methodology for identifying the psychopaths (or levels of psychopathy) among us. Do we root them out, treat them as pariahs, lock them up, force them into rehabilitation, or continue to vote them into office, hire them as CEOs, and revere them as gods?

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Brother from another Mother (Earth)

I met a doppelgänger of mine from a parallel dimension today on my lunch break. He didn’t explain how he managed to end up in our worldline (it never came up, I only get an hour!) but it did become evident fairly quickly that I was the evil one for several reasons, not the least of which being that he DIDN’T have a beard.

We spoke the same language, though his accent was indescribably different, and we had trouble communicating on some odd, conceptual level. He was far more convivial.

He told me that in his dimension, the rich routinely philanthropize, so much so that there are no destitute or super-rich classes, safe synthetic meats ensure delicious bacon without any animals being tortured, money we would spend on guns and bombs are going towards cancer and free energy research, politicians argue over the most logical and efficient ways to serve the weak and sick, and Adolf Hitler was only a slightly renowned drag entertainer.

He was shocked to discover that our media glorifies violence, but is also frustratingly both perversely obsessed and shamefully repressed when it comes to sex. He seemed to think the internet was a good sign for us, something they have had since the nineteen-twenties. They have had jazz music since the seventeenth century.

All of the water fountains shoot cream soda, as they have found the cures for both diabetes and obesity, or as they archaically remember them, “diabesity.”

There is free health care, but they are not a socialist dictatorship. In their free market economy, the affluent volunteered to pay the higher taxes that they can afford, and every corporation profit-shares with their employees.

When I asked about the Third World he replied that yes, both of our planets were the third from the sun, but being the homeworld, Earth was simply more populated than the solar system’s colonies. I couldn’t bring myself to clarify the question.

He failed to check out the passing perfectly plump posterior of an attractive female, which made me consider my double was a little light-in-the-loafers, but he assured me that in his utopian reality, nearly everyone is bisexual at least at some point in their lives, that they simply don’t view the opposite sex as objects, and that additionally all elected officials are cannabis-smoking voluntary-eunuchs.

There are no suicide bombings or underaged, oversexed Disney pop divas.

Jimi Hendrix is alive and well.

Christianity exists there, but is more of a self-reflective non-judgmental philosophical set of ideals meant to help and love each other, than the self-righteous violent rhetoric meant to control and degrade each other that it is on our plane.

People say thank you, acknowledge each other, and don’t complain when they agree to help one another move.

People are allowed to experiment with altered brain states up to and including death, without governmental criminalisation.

The Cold War ended nearly the moment it began, with heartfelt letters of apology and a good, stiff drink or two.

Pie is the same.

Fascinated by each other’s cultures and technologies, we set a lunch date for tomorrow. I intend to ask him about world peace, the brotherhood of man, and the exact manner of his dimensional travel. Then I am going to kill him, shave my beard and take his place

To you, my otherworldly friend:

Remixology

2010-06-19

Revisioned jazz and rock nuggets and a Child’s Garden of Grass, commentary on these revolting times with yours truly as well as the always nefarious Black Waffle, who must decide the fate of remix culture forever…

PLAYLIST
Wolf Hoffman – In The Hall Of The Mountain King
Donovan – Sunshine Superman – #1 Gold Tracks
Beatles – All Together Now – Yellow Submarine
Béla Fleck – Trane to Conamarra – Left of Cool
Styx – Suite Madame Blue – Greatest Hits
Dobie Gray – Drift Away
Small Faces – Itchygoo Park – Psychedelic Years
Santana – Europa (Earth’s Cry Heaven’s Smile)
New Riders Of The Purple Sage – Gypsy Cowboy
Jack Margolis & Jere Alan Brain – Time And Space (LP Version) – A Child’s Garden Of Grass
Jack Margolis & Jere Alan Brain – Listening To Music (LP Version) – A Child’s Garden Of Grass
The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown – Fire
Woody Allen – Pappy’s B-Flat Blues – Wild Man Blues
Long John Baldry – Don’t Try to Lay No Boogie-Woogie On the King of Rock and Roll-
Ides Of March – Vehicle
David Bowie – 1984/Dodo – Sound + Vision
Kumquat – Everyone’s Afraid of Clowns – Peanut Butter Wolf’s Jukebox 45’s
Undisputed Truth – Smiling Faces
Billy Holliday – I Hear Music – When Summer Turns to Fall
Sarah Vaughan – Peter Gunn Theme – Verve Remixed, Vol. 4
Yuichi Tsuchiya – Vampire Killer – Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles (Original Game Soundtrack)
Edwin Starr – War
JACKSON 5 – ABC (Salaam Remi Krunk-A-Delic Party Mix) – Treadmill Training
Martin Denny – Quiet Village – The Exotic Sounds of Martin Denny
Arthur Lyman – Misirlou – Taboo
Neil Diamond – The Shelter of Your Arms – 12 Greatest Hits
Lee Hazlewood – Dark End of the Street – The Cowboy and the Lady
Tricky – Overcome – Maxinquaye

Stranger in a Strange Land 2010-06-19: Remixology (with Ze Black Waffle) by The Stranger on Mixcloud

~The Stranger
thestranger@earthling.net
“so baby it’s arrivadiosciaociaogoodbye!”

Ponerology

We delve into the science of evil, ponerology, with Harrison Koehli of the Ponerology Blog, http://ponerology.blogspot.com.

PLAYLIST
Terraon – In the Hall of the Mountain King – Terramix
Emir Kusturica & the No Smoking Orchestra – Devil in the Business Class – Unza Unza Time
Voltaire – When You’re Evil – Boo Hoo!
Rochelle Rosenthal & the Kickball Queen – Lottery
Aphex Twin – Stone Focus – 51/12
Ozzy Osborne – Mr. Crowley – The Essential Ozzy Ozbourne
Alice Cooper – Go to Hell – Goes to Hell
Nino Rota – Halls of Fear – Godfather Soundtrack
Howlin Wolf – Evil – Chess Box
Nina Simone – Sinnerman
Necro – Evil Shit – Instrumentals
Extended Famm – Evil That Pens Do
Madvillain – The Illest Villains – Madvillainy
Michael Jackson – Thriller
Gein and The Grave Robbers – The Soul Collector – Songs in the Key of Evil
Shadowy Men on A Shadowy Planet – Shake Some Evil/Our Weapons Are Useless – savvy show stoppers
Matt Hole – Temple of Doom – Rockabilly Express
Elvis Costello – When I Was Cruel (Island Def Jam 2002)
Esa-Pekka Salonen & Los Angeles Philharmonic – Psycho, Suite for Strings: IX. The Knife – Herrmann – The Film Scores
Willie Nelson – You Look Like the Devil
Elvis Presley – You’re the Devil In Disguise

Stranger in a Strange Land 2010-01-30: Ponerology by The Stranger on Mixcloud

~The Stranger
thestranger@earthling.net

A Lot of Nice Things Turn Bad Out There

12/5/09

Evil global organizations, the most reviled power-hungry madmen outside the world of fiction, and music you claim to hate but secretly mouth the words to and do your little dance. All of those nefarious leaders and musicians who got away with it. The sad thing is that only some of these supervillains were one-hit wonders.

Its the show you love-to-hate!*

Call-in with the news, music, people, and dirty jokes you love-to-hate: 510-747-8228

PLAYLIST
Animal Stampede – Hall of the Mountain King
B-52’s – Rock Lobster
Power Rangers Orchestra – Go Go Power Rangers
Fastball – The Way
Barenaked Ladies – The Old Apartment
Semisonic – Closing Time
Philip Glass – Prophecies (Koyaanisqati)
Hall & Oates – She’s Gone
Lenny Kravitz – It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over
Peaches and Herb – Reunited
Minnie Riperton – Lovin’ You
Astor Piazzolla & the Kronos Quartet – Anxiety
Paper Lace – The Night Chicago Died
Pilot – Oh Oh Its Magic
Cat Stevens – Wild World
Kenny Rogers – Lady
Crash Test Dummies – Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm
Yellow – Oh Yeah
Vicki Sue Robinson – Turn The Beat Around
Eiffel 65 – Blue (Da Ba Dee)
Thomas Dolby – She Blinded Me With Science
Hot Butter – Popcorn
Van Halen – Jump
Salt N Pepa – Push It
Cameo – Word Up!
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 – Mystic Cave Zone
Anita Ward – Ring My Bell
Air Supply – Even The Nights Are Better
Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse of the Heart
Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass – Spanish Flea
Pat Boone – Moody River

Behold the power of cheese.

Stranger in a Strange Land 2009-12-05: Nice Things Turn Bad Out There by The Stranger on Mixcloud

How could I possibly do this, you do-gooder listeners may ask? Because at least I wouldn’t subject you to Christmas music.

~The Stranger (making good my escape)
thestranger@earthling.net

*’love-to-hate’ ratio, according to google = 8.19

A BOLT OF FEAR WENT THROUGH HIM

11/21/09

The forces of light and dark, good and evil, life and death, raspberry and tutti frutti, do battle in a disjointed series of songs, news, and comment involving ghost cowboys, ninjas, pirates, snakes, robots, industrialists, politicians, warriors, viral enthusiasts, time travelers, and the Shatner, having little or nothing to do with this show.


Still shaking out the archives and peppering the airwaves with plenty of favorite flavors and wholly new spices..

PLAYLIST
Terraon – In The Hall Of The Mountain King
Kompressor – Destroy Mass Media
DJ Shadow – Fixed Income
Larry and Tommy – Here Comes The Judge
Carla Bley – Over Her Head
Willie Dixon – Evil
Lettuce – The Flu
Warren Zevon – Don’t Let Us Get Sick
Tennessee Ernie Ford – Sixteen Tons
Elvis Presley – Mystery Train
Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass – Zorba the Greek
Agent Orange – Pipeline
Voodoo Glow Skulls – Adicción, Tradición, Revolución
The Pixies – Isla De Encanta
The Aquabats! – Attacked by Snakes!
Dick Dale – Nitro
The Riptones – Rebel Rock Armageddon
Johnny Cash – Ghost Riders In The Sky
They Might Be Giants – Drink!
The The – The Beaten Generation
Sun Ra and his Arkestra – Love In Outer Space
Mel Torme – Comin’ Home Baby
Lee Hazlewood – Dark End Of The Street
Gordon Lightfoot – Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald
Sir Julian – Elliott Fisher
Jethro Tull – Black Sunday
Elton John – Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeing
Journey – Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)
Franco Micalizzi – Affanno
Tom Waits – I Never Talk To Strangers
Ada Jones & Walter Van Brunt – When Sunday Rolls Around

Here we stand.

Stranger in a Strange Land 2009-11-21: A Bolt of Fear by The Stranger on Mixcloud

~”Never Talk to” Stranger
thestranger@earthling.net

Organize for Your Eyes and Drop Science on Your Ears

9/11/09

Tonight more of the same from a different perspective and a dimension where everyone has goatees and thinks YOU’RE the evil ones! Also a brief chat with scientist Dr. Merkwürdigliebe, who has plans to help with this deafening cacophonous mess that is our ongoing state of affairs. (http://drmerkwurdigliebe.blogspot.com)

Didn’t something tragic happen on this day? Something that crazy television pundits and chalk-armed hoboes still rant about? Oh, yes, my Blue Haired friend was born some time ago on this day. Ya gotta have Blue Hair.

PLAYLIST
Vernian Process – In the Hall of the Mountain King
Voltaire – Hello Cruel World
DJ Shadow – Basmati Beatdown
Viktor Vaughn – Vaudeville Villain
Tsutchie/Fat Jon – Absolute
Gogol Bordello – Let’s Get Radical
The Beatles – Get Back
Emir Kusturica & The No Smoking Orchesta – 09 09 09 09
Large Professor – The Mad Scientist
Eligh – The Chronik
MF DOOM – Smokin’ That Shit
George Baker Selection – Little Green Bag
Cab Calloway – Reefer Man
Incredible Bongo Band – Raunchy ’73
Mystic Rhythms – Rush
Tin Hat Trio – Width Of The World
Pink Floyd – Free Four
Eric Stambaugh – Dead Babies in a Jar
Blood, Sweat and Tears – Symphony for the Devil
Terry Scott Taylor – Triangle Square
Tom Lehrer – The Wild West is Where I Want to Be

Stranger in a Strange Land 2009-09-12: Drop Science on Your Ears by The Stranger on Mixcloud

~The Stranger
thestranger@earthling.net

“Quit arming the fucking world, man!” – Bill Hicks