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Article: 1 of sgi.talk.ratical
From: (dave "who can do? ratmandu!" ratcliffe)
Subject: welcome to sgi.talk.ratical
Followup-To: sgi.talk.ratcial.d
Keywords: borrowing from ciemo, "blazing trails where no one else cares to go"
Organization: Silicon Graphics, Inc.
Distribution: sgi
Date: Fri, 26 Apr 91 16:29:43 GMT
Lines: 209

Welcome to sgi.talk.ratical and by association, it’s companion, sgi.talk.ratical.d.


I created these as an alternative to sgi.talk.politics because I wanted an "archive" of posts, now to be created in sgi.talk.ratical, that devotes itself entirely to the tenor of the kind of things I used to send out to sgi.general. It’s description reads

       reproductions, reprints and analysis of current events

sgi.talk.ratical.d is the discussion arm of this pair. I request that all feedback/responses/debate/diatribes/flames/etc be directed into this discussion group. If you ever wish to place an initial posting into sgi.talk.ratical, please change the line

       Followup-To:

to read

       Followup-To: sgi.talk.ratical.d

so that all responses will find their way into ratcial.d.


The kind of areas I particularly wish to focus on encompass topics such as:

  • looting our children’s future
    A tribe of native people’s of this land—i can’t remember which—lived by a fundamental rule included in their collective decision-making processes, which decreed that the validity of any project they engaged in was first considered in terms of what wud be its impact on their descendants, seven generations hence. That’s an enormously powerful idea when one holds it up to the kind of quarterly time-measuring lens we all witness being practiced in this time and place. As I listened to Ed McCracken speak last week re: the current state of SGI’s health, I thought about how this sort of basis of perceptual reality is so completely fundamental to the kind of society we find ourselves living out our lives within. If we are indeed to honestly dream about our children’s children’s future, we cannot continue to make the decisions that will be so fundamental to whatever future they will inhabit, in so short-sighted and limiting a way. Terence McKenna, a man I find compellingly provocative, recently spoke of how “we are looting our children’s future.” We have to learn how to grow beyond this short-sighted way of structuring our lives and values.

  • endemic denial
    The single most important practice that enables the continuation of the ever increasing numbers of homeless, people with aids, nuclear waste which will not “go away”, continued impossibly useless military spending and procurement and world-wide sales, more traffic and more smog, raping and destruction of the environment at large—all these kinds of visible signs of neglect and avoidance are perpetuated thru denial. It is this endemic quality of denial—that things really are every bit as bad as they appear to be across the board—throughout this society which breeds more and more disintegration and continued resistance to serving the true needs of all people.

  • trading our liberty for security
    Drug war escapades that focus on the casual user rather than going up against the big seam in the guise of the international distributors, building more prisons while simultaneously cutting back more and more on educational spending, artificial art-officials practicing their own righteous brand of censorship—all these things inevitably will lead to the kind of book burning (where people themselves will not be far behind) practiced by the National Socialist German Worker’s Party.

  • the great nation robbery
    The Suckers & Losers scam is THE GREATEST heist ever perpetrated, and all the taxpayers in the United States will foot the bill for this. Current estimates are that it will easily surpass 1 TRILLION dollars with the figure of approximately $2,500 being owed to the IRS by every man, woman, and child in this country to pay for the party hosted by Ronnie and Georgie during the 80’s. Why isn’t this being rigorously investigated by the legislature? They, like everything else in this consumer-based society, are for sale to the highest bidder and who bid higher in the 80’s than those people who were able to loot an entire monied industry with implicit government connivance?

  • 500 years of genocide and pathological lying
    Next year we’re going to be subjected to the ruling class re-enactment of Columbus’ “discovery” of a land already inhabited from coast to coast. They’re going to sail 3 replicas of the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria from Europe to the U.S. which will visit something like 500 different cities along the coast. This perpetuation of the myth of the European discovery of a continent that was already populated with a multitude of cultures is being challenged by indigenous groups that seek to take this opportunity to come together and offer an alternative voice to the kind of official mythologies that this nation has always tried to maintain as being “factual”.

  • breeding ignorance in the guise of being informed—the maturation of the U.S. state press.
    In a recent poll, it was found that with those people who watched more and more TV coverage on the Persian gulf conflict, their level of awareness of the facts of the situation—as well as the events leading up to its inception—was more and more lacking and misinformed. More and more we see the merging of news corporations into massive conglomerates. These are of course just like any other business—they’re in it to make a profit. More and more we’re seeing a “what’s good for the New York Times is good for America” kind of sham like what was practiced by General Motors earlier this century.

  • elected careerists
    These people manage the empire, not the needs of the people. Whatever happened to the civil servants who would participate in the legislative process for one or at the most 2 terms, and then return to their civilian pursuits? Iran Contra was a classic example of how Congress abrogated its constitutional duty to confront the executive with the evidence of high crimes and misdemeanors—impeachable offenses—of which Bill Moyers spent an hour and a half exploring on PBS earlier this year. why did the elected legislatures violate their own oaths to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States by covering up big grand-daddy’s incompetence or criminal behavior? They didn’t want another Watergate—another failed administration—another undeniable indicator of how out of balance our system of government is.

  • new world nightmare
    The new world dysfunctionalism has as its latest “success” the wholesale forced relocation of an entire country back to its pre-industrial age status. What gave us the right to orchestrate and dictate the genocidal destruction that we rained down on the people of Iraq for 43 days in the guise of 100,000 sorties including 88 tons of explosive force? Abraham Lincoln is quoted as saying:
    “Any people anywhere being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up and shake off the existing government and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable, a most sacred right—a right which we hope and believe is to liberate the world.”
    I suppose the commander-in-chief of the armed forces of this country made his own unilateral decision that he would extend the above to include “any leader ... having the military power, has the right to destroy the industrial base of a society whose leader he loves to hate...”

  • national security state junkies
    Communism clearly cannot be maintained as the kind of revered enemy we have been taught to hate. What “group” will now be nominated to occupy the hot seat? There has to be an enemy. Without it, the state cannot sustain its legitimacy. The following points are provocatively discussed by author Leonard Lewin, in his book Report From Iron Mountain On the Possibility And Desirability Of Peace, published by Dial Press in 1967:

      “War is virtually synonymous with nationhood.”

      “The elimination of war implies the inevitable elimination of national sovereignty and the traditional nation-state.”

      “The war system not only has been essential to the existence of nations as independent political entities, but has been equally indispensable to their stable internal political structure. Without it, no government has ever been able to obtain acquiescence in its legitimacy, or right to rule its society.”

      “The possibility of war provides the sense of external necessity without which no government can long remain in power.”

      “The organization of a society for the possibility of war is its principal political stabilizer. It is ironic that this primary function of war has been generally recognized by historians only where it has been expressly acknowledged—in the pirate societies of the great conquerors.”

      “The basic authority of a modern state over its people resides in its war powers.”


In all of this I seek one thing: to stir people up—to get people to exercise their own analytical powers and focus them on what the hell is happening to our world that we all share? Which opinion do you value more—your own or Ted Koppel’s??? The kind of numbing paralysis that the seduction of consumerism engenders in this culture is truly earth-shattering and new to the human experience. It seems to more and more be replacing our penchant for honestly acknowledging the true state of consensus reality and seeking to improve and regenerate it when called for. Mass market culture has almost completely replaced past generation’s experiences of “roots” and local stories and myths. We cannot just sit back and try to “buy off” on the bill of goods being sold to us as a sort of permanent Miller Time. If we do, then there is no future for our children’s children’s children. I hope many more of you than I can imagine will at least every once in a short while tune in to sgi.talk.ratical to feel the breeze of a different point of view than the one we are all constantly ever more being bombarded by like a commercial scud attack for more and more and more of anything we could possibly imagine wanting to possess and have but which we don’t really need.

          Know that the people who are the richest
          are not those who have the most,
                  but those who need the least.



                                                                                                            daveus rattus

                                                                                          yer friendly neighborhood ratman

KOYAANISQATSI

ko.yan.nis.qatsi (from the Hopi Language)   n.   1. crazy life.   2. life
in turmoil.   3. life out of balance.   4. life disintegrating.
5. a state of life that calls for another way of living.



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