Saturday, December 29, 2012

Extraordinary Discourse 101

Here's To The Outsiders 2 of 2

And now at the edge of the year, we gather in the Edge community.

I get a kick out of being an outsider constantly. It allows me to be creative.
Bill Hicks

Jesus Himself, John the Baptist: Raggedy outsiders.
John Updike

...we needed three centuries of self-imposed alienation, of tearing things to pieces to see how they worked to be be able to come back to a coherent world, this time with the powers and knowledge we always felt were our birthright--powers and knowledge we had mimed with magic. But now that we have come back, we must cast away the habits of exile--the self-contempt, the illusion of alienation, the hatred of the past, the sterile existentialism, the fear of the future, the wilful imposition of meaninglessness on a universe bursting with meaning.
Frederick Turner

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Extraordinary Discourse 100

Here's To The Outsiders (1 of 2)

We have come, along the wandering path of these podcasts, in the darkest time of winter, at a time when the news has also been dark, to the hundredth episode. Somewhere around 10,000 items so far. First day after the Mayan calendar cycle, just under Christmas, the time of family trauma and much loneliness. Let us take a leisurely stroll for a couple of episodes through the land of the Outsiders. Come with me and join the Outsiders!

It didn't work in the composition of this work to drop names with every item. But listen for Margaret Visser, Robert Anton Wilson, David Cayley, Jack Kerouac, John Livingston, Bucky Fuller, Leonard Cohen, Alan Watts, Douglas Rushkoff, Caroline Casey, Derrick de Kerckhove,  John Taylor Gatto, Michael Ignatieff, Noam Chomsky, Marshall McLuhan, Jonathan Winters, Richard Kearney, Ivan Illich, James Hillman, Nils Christie. If I've missed any that concern you, please contact me and I'll see if I have a name.

Song clip: Baby Mine
Music: Frank Churchill
Lyrics: Ned Washington
Performed by: ? (let me know)

Poem: The Beginning, by Rabindranath Tagore
Performed by: Deepak Chopra

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Extraordinary Discourse 099

The Current Scene Through Different Windows

The strength of language doesn't consist in its capacity to pin things down or sort things out. "Word work," Toni Morrison said in Stockholm, "is sublime because it is generative," its felicity in its reach toward the ineffable. "We die," she said. "That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives." Shakespeare shaped the same thought as a sonnet, comparing his beloved to a summer's day, offering his rhymes as surety on the bond of immortality: "So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,/So long lives this and this gives life to thee."
 Lewis Lapham
 Word Order: The Internet as the Toy With a Tin Ear

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Extraordinary Discourse 098

In A Thousand Nutshells

All artists are pickpockets.
friend of Robert W. Fuller

The right way to wholeness is a longissima via, not straight but snakelike, a path that unites the opposites in the manner of the guiding caduceus.
C. G. Jung (1968 [1944] par. 6)

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Extraordinary Discourse 097

Diverse Disclosure

Gratitude to Old Teachers

Robert Bly

When we stride or stroll across the frozen lake,
We place our feet where they have never been.
We walk upon the unwalked. But we are uneasy.
Who is down there but our old teachers?

Water that once could take no human weight-
We were students then - holds up our feet,
And goes on ahead of us for a mile.
Beneath us the teachers, and around us the stillness.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Extraordinary Discourse 096

Playful Learnings And Teachings

On Blue Morning, my big bicycle, steel crow or raven, minimally gentrified in the land of finance capitalism, dressed for the investment climate, anonymous among brokers and quant geeks, adjusting for fiscal drift and partial de-indexation, bank rates and prime rates, in the great field of consortiums, task forces, hardliners, cabinet shuffles, party hacks and scrums, among wholly owned subsidiaries, past hot money flows, bond ratings, protected by the gnomes of Zurich and the oracles of the IMF, I was on alert to push my envelope/diversify my portfolio.

My strategies were dream strategies. Apocalyptic-tack-talk strategies. Hallucinatory and liberal strategies. Rhizomatic and arborescent strategies. Visionary-fairy strategies. Musical stragedies. Strategies of laughter. Today I saw powerful wind in a hurry haul a graceful maple, rakish half crown shining gold, almost horizontal: it bowed over a house and showered its dark roof with leaves. My strategies are storm strategies.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Extraordinary Discourse 095


[G]enuine intellectual inquiry is always subversive. It challenges cultural and political assumptions. It critiques structures. It is relentlessly self-critical. It implodes the self-indulgent myths and stereotypes we use to elevate ourselves and ignore our complicity in acts of violence and oppression.
Chris Hedges

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Extraordinary Discourse 094

Assisted Migration Of Ideas

Any counsel worthy of the name should have culture at its core. Any counsel worthy of the name should begin to make a place in personal life for the rumoured, scattered story of who you come from where, and why. Counsel well done and honest makes a home for the orphan wisdom of personal life in the life of the world.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Extraordinary Discourse 093


When Lyotard states that "every utterance [in a language game] should be thought of as a 'move' in a game", his statement is itself a 'move' in a language game.
Jean-François Lyotard Page

The time-frame is the "neo-liberal" years. The painting refers beyond the frame now and again. The deep themes are emancipation, birth and rebirth, and Play.

The poet is Ernest Hemingway.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Extraordinary Discourse 092

Saturday School For Hackademics

In an information-drunk culture like our own, knowledge must be the life-tested skill of gathering what is needed to make life live, without killing life by getting what we want. You could say that knowledge gathers wood and flint and gut. Wisdom must be the place where that knowledge is fired, forged and annealed to become something of great beauty, useful to the world. You could say that wisdom conjures a cranky, playable fiddle from what knowledge gathers. Human culture is made when that beauty swells into life and dies to nourish a time we won’t live to see. You could say that people who have been bathed in grief and a love for life play some small magnificence on those fiddles together and sing their unknown songs to each other, and make human culture.
Stephen Jenkinson

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Extraordinary Discourse 091

Deeper Zingers

An entertainment, and instrument of Orpheus. Utterance, that is, statutory (words legislate) and statuary (Figurines of Speech) expressive holons in fecund marshlands of coherence-probability fields.

My gallery. It's seamless stitchery, like different-colored crystals in rock, for an involved dramatization. It is labor-incalculable. The gravitas of years of concentrated labor cut each of these jewels from conglomerate and earth, cooked each of these ingots out of raw mined material, and touched up with a brush that could paint variations of silence, even on fire.

Much from my own garden but most, it turns out, from CBC1, a favorite radio station, "Canada's Public Broadcaster." It is to the edge of that gravitas grindwheel we could press the sudden new noses and tails of utterance (in sudden raw ways like the fish tap their noses on the glass in the Undersea Gardens. From across what to the human may appear to be a great gulf, you and this fellow earthling, one standing, one floating, each have reason, and no need, to regard each other. Plucked [each selected utterance] succinctly. Phonemically) to that great grindstone like that giant Gouda cheese-wheel I fancy I sawed during that town's annual cheese festival, a single cheese-wheel, flat, filling a cart behind a horse; that's right, grind your axe on the meat-wheel, alias alias alias, whiplash whiplash whiplash, the Wheel of Birth and Death, until you have the sword of sharpness, the blade so sharp it cuts things together.

--Jack Saturday

There are no truths, only stories.
Simon Ortiz,
Acoma Pueblo poet

The man talking about men as working buffoons is Barry Bien. Here's a tribute to Barry Bien by his son,

Thanks to David Cayley's CBC Radio Ideas series on prisons, among the best radio journalism I have ever heard.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Extraordinary Discourse 090 Special: The World Owes You A Living: The Great Work

Extraordinary Discourse 090: The World Owes You A Living: The Great Work

This is the 8th in the World Owes You A Living suite.

Episode 1 is here
Episode 2 is here
Episode 3 is here.
Episode 4 is here
Episode 5 is here.
Episode 6 is here
Episode 7 is here.

Anyone who has dipped into my podcasts knows that a major theme of these compositions is the idea that the world owes us a living. "Something for nothing"? Yep! Well, meet me beyond the quid pro quo. An age of abundance is at the door. The arguments and illustrations for this theme run through this work like a river runs through a valley. Right behind this theme loom the wider themes of emancipation in general, Play, and the great option for maturation beyond the unfortunate scarcity-based compacts of the job system - the nightmare of history from which we are trying to awaken.

In this time of change, while just about every major institution is under siege of metanoia, both Left and Right (a model itself in question) call for "jobs." "Jobs jobs jobs" they intone.

In my opinion, it is time to call for freedom from the bondage of commodity labor, to kick the "work ethic" back to its place, a questionably useful goad in limited situations like households or family farms, in which the "slacker" would be a drag on the enterprise. In large communities and nations, and planetarily, the idea of "pulling your weight" is absurd in a world of high-tech industrial computerized technology, a cornucopia of wealth that could, as Buckminster Fuller and Jacque Fresco explain in scientific terms, take care of everyone on earth at a higher standard of living than anyone has ever known.

Delivered from the "job" which so many hate, and which sickens and kills so many, people would have the option of recovery, and then of devising their own projects, beautifying their communities, voluntarily joining others in worthwhile enterprises, spending time with their kids and grandparents, etc. etc. In short, of finding the health of humanity, which got sucked into the morass of profit-maximization and exploitation of labor.

"How," I thought, "can people equate working for McDonald's or Wal-Mart with "contribution"? How can they think a rise in GDP is in their interest?

The "work ethic as we have known it", templated in children by violence for centuries enforced by true believers, its very victims who have internalized the values of their masters, Calvin's thought-police ("the damned must police each other") - that dragon needs to be confronted. My confrontation took the form of attacking with the "sword of sharpness" wielded by Jack the Giant Killer, the Taoist sword so sharp it cuts things together. In the form of a mouse's cursor operating on the endless flow of human talk - because first we talk, then we change.

My contribution, then, is to the Great Work, a term from Thomas Berry, explained in the podcast.

My continued thanks to all those at CBC Radio 1 over the last 30 years.

--Jack Saturday

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Extraordinary Discourse 089


Maybe editors and producers should expand beyond the usual “talking heads” and
give the many important outside voices and movements some deserved coverage.
Ralph Nader

Time is a pomegranate, many-chambered,
Nothing like what I thought.
David Young
Poem For Adlai Stevenson And Yellow Jackets

Special thanks to Dr. Dave of Shrink Rap Radio
today for
Shrink Rap Radio #129, Process Work with Julie Diamond

Click here for Julie Diamond's site.

Song clip:
Connie Kaldor, Relax

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Extraordinary Discourse 088

Shape-Shifting Samizdat

Inner Highlighter

I read Lewis Thomas's adventure with the essays of Montaigne. Thomas said he would fold over the corner of the page if there was something on it he was sure to want to come back to-- after a while the book was much thicker with all the folded page-corners.

All readers have an "inner highlighter." I have had occasion to wonder how many actually do get back to those yellow-highlighted lines of text, and what they do with them if they do get back to them.

At least text is somewhat stable, it's dry land, you can find your way back to it. As for electronic media, what you don't record is gone, around the bend down the river. And yet the spoken word is human, nuanced, ensouled, grounded in a body, closer to us, you and I, as we sit here with warm breath in our nostrils.

For many years I hunted (aggressive receptivity) and electrically gathered an eclectic harvest, clipped out the highlighted utterances, burned the tares (erased the tapes). From text, I rendered the highlighted items oral by my own "dramatic readings"-- from lots of locations-- inside a variety of cars parked in empty lots in winter dawns, in rainstorms, on park roads and back roads in summer, in Jenny's little white Mazda, Greg's Beetle, my Dodge Tradesman camperized van-- microphone taped to the steering wheel; or inside apartments and houses when I felt free enough to open the voice unself-consciously, and experiment with its engagement with text. I read from the deep-belly car deck of a BC ferry, and to loud birdsong in a chalet up Mount Washington in the off-season. I read into reel-to-reels, a variety of cassette decks, recording walkmans, a minidisk machine, and "directly" into the computer. I telephoned myself to leave messages.

It all felt like hunting-and-gathering jigsaw puzzle pieces from here, there, and everywhere: CBC radio, friends in conversations, found tapes in old answering machines in thrift stores and yard sales, and of course all over the Internet.

I think the overall picture may have been my education in process, like the field mice rescuing Dorothy from the poppy field-- a hum, or rumble of cultural synergy could be heard if one listened, a hint of birth and delivery.

So it was all very personal. Who cares that a guy collected a bunch of stuff that was meaningful to him?

But as Thomas said of Montaigne, who repeatedly revealed what an "ordinary man" he was, and realizing how then he was everybody, I had a little whispering intuition that this gardener's clippage of mine may have social value after all. To me, leaves of spoken language are perennially green.

Writers write of the fragmentation of modern media content, complaining about the "sound-bite culture" which doesn't allow for interconnection or depth. Disequilibrium theory (Prigogine) transposed might suggest not putting out extensive analyses or programs-- big books are a dime a dozen and weigh down many a shelf. Utilitarian activists say "organize"-- well then, organize sound bites, and let the ludic organization be the radicle: no commentary needed, the speakers speak for themselves and the organization of utterances speaks for itself, except for the occasional rhetorical technique of repetition, which is embedded in an offset way. My fantasy is that it will become easy to digitally isolate each of these discrete utterances and save them separately, then they can be remixed, randomly and otherwise. Stir the wisdom, and vice-versa!

--Jack Saturday

Lloyd deMause

The dear old lady recites from Henry Miller's "Tropic Of Cancer".

The actor reads from an unpublished novel "Bobbo", by S. Slavik and M. Fair

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Extraordinary Discourse 087

Underground Railroad Of Utterances Passing

We're Holding A Class Here, Beneath The School

In general, this podcast can be likened unto an anti-class in the School for Intelligent Skivers and Wishers - a strong theme is Freedom Through Guaranteed Livable Income, so those who come looking for that subject will find a plentiful harvest. This is a one-stop Liberal Arts Deprogram. Listen: the class is deliberately loosely woven institutional analysis ("analysis" = loosening). There are pranksters in the anti-class, balloon-poppers who not only mock anything and everything most unexpectedly, but also spin us, pop us around with non-sequiturs and total irrelevancies and offers to change the subjext. Subjest. Subtext. Context. Non-text. We return regularly and lazily to the topics/themes, but we also go hyper-topical, in a way that is tropical, and sometimes hysterical.

readers refer to
Robinson Jeffers:
Shine, Perishing Republic


Alan Watts
tells a tale or two from Chuang Tzu

song clip:
I Want A Cookie
the Evolution Control Committee

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Extraordinary Discourse 086

Moiety Bricolage

Entertainment for thinking workers and players.

I am willing to pass for a fool in my own desperate, perhaps foolish, efforts to persuade them to lift the veil from off the possible and future, which they hold down with both their hands, before their eyes. The most valuable communication or news consists of hints and suggestions.
Henry Thoreau

…men [sic] will have to be less like Achilles, imposing their will on the world, and more like Odysseus, the crafty, many-sided sojourner.
Why Men Fail
New York Times
Published: September 10, 2012 

Supernumerary: more than is needed, desired, or required.
   Rousseau: supplement: his word to describe writing: it means      
 both the missing piece and the extra piece.

          Tales out of school                              
          The Stone Which The Builders Rejected
          Time out.
          Tour de force
          (the) Transcendent Function
Transitional object
          Under the counter
Under the table
          Wild card (in the genetical deck)
          Wildcat Strike
Wild goose chase
          Without Portfolio 
          Yin dot    

Thanks to Robert Newman

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Extraordinary Discourse 085

Doodle Tonguing

A gigantic cultural potluck offering countless dishes to sample.
Sue Rosenthal
describing the third phase of socialism.

Let us meet the new era of abundance with self-chosen work and freedom…
Ivan Illich,
A Call To Celebration

Less than 3% of DNA’s function involves protein manufacture; more than ninety percent functions in the realm of bioacoustic and bioelectric signalling.
Dr. Leonard Horowitz

        Party Out Of Office
        Pot luck
         Spare  (spare change, spare person)
         Stenochoric: of a plant or animal-  not widely distributed              


Saturday, September 1, 2012

Extraordinary Discourse 084

Steps, Stops, Stairs
On The Journey Yonder

Postmodernity is characterised by an abundance of micronarratives.
Jean-François Lyotard Page

Profound change can happen in a click because of someone's example, or a casual comment that sinks in because it holds a truth. The power of random events to alter behaviour is grist for fiction and the real stuff of human lives.
June Callwood
A thought, or maybe two
Dropped Threads 3

 Loss Leader
 Lumpen: disenfranchised.
Mezozoic mammals
No man's land
Obiter dicta (passing remark)
Off the cuff
Off the record
 Off the wall
Open category
Out of bounds
 Out of it.
Outside chance
Out takes

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Extraordinary Discourse 083

Field Notes From The Perimeters

Kibitz, Kibitzer: 1. a spectator at a card game who looks at the players' cards over their shoulders. 2. A giver of uninvited or unwanted advice. 3. A person who jokes, chitchats, or makes wisecracks esp. while others are trying to work or discuss something seriously.

"The word will shatter concrete. Solzhenitsyn wrote, 'The Word is more ancient than concrete.'"
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova

Helter Skelter
Hors concours


Interest that has outstripped the principle.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Extraordinary Discourse 082

Story, Story, Aleatory

This is an idea-generating jukebox/talkbox from the Edge. Songbirds select their music stands along forest edges, which means edges of roads or railway cuts or perhaps rivers as well as the edges of clearings, swamps, lakes etc. Burroughs said about text cut-ups, "cut into the present and the future spills out"… Another Burroughs wrote, “Down into Africa from the storied port of Alexandria, through Memphis and Thebae into the great unknown...”

Are you ready to move on to being cut up? Jump metaphors: These utterances  were planted for the wind to catch and flip up into spontaneous tableaux vivant, encounters, unexpected engagements: this is the domain and daimon of the funny, and a stretch and oxygen cocktail throughout the dimensions that rarely get together in organized, compartmentalized days: rarely a cross-sectional party, a head-to-toe visit or two, a hunker down in the riverbed with a mad hatter and a committee.

        Fringe benefit
        Grey Eminence
          Green Monkey

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Extraordinary Discourse 081


Cognitive Synergy - "The state wherein two or more cognitions achieve a level of cooperation which results in an intellectual output greater than the sum of their individual contributions."

Over 60 minutes of irreverent contemplation-packed fun!!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Extraordinary Discourse 080: The World Owes You A Living: Happiness

The World Owes You A Living: Happiness

This is the first of a series of islands off the shore of The World Owes You A Living series.

Many of the speakers in this associational documentary are not named. Among others are Ronald Wright, Susan Sontag, Robert Thurman, Douglas Rushkoff, Jean Vanier, Thomas Berry, Robert Anton Wilson. 

Song clip:  Leonard Cohen, Villanelle For Our Time, lyrics by F. R. Scott 

Song: Dick Gaughan,Your Daughters And Your Sons, by Tommy Sands

Dalit Freedom drumming

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Extraordinary Discourse 079

Learn, Unlearn, Learn

It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin, barefoot, irreverence to their studies; they are not here to worship what is known, but to question it.
Jacob Chanowski

         El modo lirico
        Ex officio         
        Extra! Extra!
        Fifth column

Song clip: Bon Jovi,
Someday I'll Be Saturday Night

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Extraordinary Discourse 078

Radical Utterance Lab

All knowledge, all discoveries belong to everybody. ... All knowledge all discoveries belong to you by right. It is time to demand what belongs to you.
William S. Burroughs, The Job

Words are animals, alive with a will of their own.
C.G. Jung

Acte Gratuit                                      
       Ad hoc    
       Ad lib
         Back country
         Bank shot
Bardo (between death and birth)
         Between the lines
        By the way!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Extraordinary Discourse 077

Come Outside And Play

There are still many sparks of life in art, music, writing and comedy that break through the immobilizing gloom.
C L'Hirondelle

We can 'play up a little', meaning that we can try to 'spritefully' (as well as spiritually) 'breathe new life into old texts…
Pat Kane
The Play Ethic

The real danger to the elite comes from déclassé intellectuals, those educated middle-class men and women who are barred by a calcified system from advancement. Artists without studios or theaters, teachers without classrooms, lawyers without clients, doctors without patients and journalists without newspapers descend economically. They become, as they mingle with the underclass, a bridge between the worlds of the elite and the oppressed. And they are the dynamite that triggers revolt.
Chris Hedges
Colonized by Corporations

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Extraordinary Discourse 076 Special: Unmasking Modern "Medicine" 2: Are You Nuts?

Extraordinary Discourse 076 Special: Unmasking Modern "Medicine" 2: Are You Nuts?

"Who am I, what power have I...?  I do my duty, I do what my boss tells me, and I do not meddle in high politics." And when you drag thousands of men, women and children to the gas chambers, you also do just what you are told to do, is that it, little man?  ...You have locked up the crazy people, and the normal people manage this world. Who, then, is to blame for all the misery?  Not you, of course, you only do your duty, and who are you to have an opinion of your own?
Wilhelm Reich, Listen, Little Man

Each kind of madness is a distortion of privacy at its boundary with the social world.
J. Bronowski,
William Blake And The Age Of Revolution

There is a madness which is a divine gift - the greatest of blessings have come to us through madness.

We want a few mad people - see where the sane ones have landed us?
G.B. Shaw

Yippee!!! I am crazy!!!
Fritz Perls

These guys care about you: click on the names.

1. Szasz 

2. Breggin

3. Breeding

4. Maté

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Extraordinary Discourse 075 Special: Unmasking Modern "Medicine" 1

Extraordinary Discourse 075 Special: Unmasking Modern "Medicine"

This Extraordinary Discourse Special is in memory of Deborah J. Millar (August 1957-June 2012).

Valley of Decision

The War of Armageddon, I'm given to understand, is fought in the Valley of Decision.

Have you received a "terminal" diagnosis?  Have the revered medical experts plotted your upcoming death on their graphs? Do your doctors know anything about your life? Your loves, your socioeconomic situation, your gifts, your family, your history? Have they seen your home, your living conditions? No, unless they're a family friend. But they tell you to go home and die - while offering you a pleasant array of torturous "treatments" and all the "pain killers" anyone could wish for, and more super-expensive chemicals for the side-effects, and more for the side-effects of those.

Some will turn to Google and look for "alternatives." But who will look behind the curtain of "conventional" treatments equally with the others? After all, at the end of the day they too are only an "alternative." Their dominance is backed by billions of dollars they gained from the helpless and sick.

So you are in the Valley of Decision. And, if you are in the majority, you won't look behind these important diplomas on your doctor's wall, or learn the sordid history of medical schools. You will bow to the authorities without questions, investigation, or analysis.

The placebo effect is huge - that much is conceded. But what does that imply?  "Your faith cured you," Jesus is reputed to have said to a woman. So one hesitates to offer this material to those whose faith in "modern medicine" is intact; but when "modern medicine" sends you home to die, then, if you love life, it may behoove you to question your faith or at least look around.

This associational documentary is not offering a path to cure, this episode is just a look behind the curtain of the huge and profitable sickness industry. Episode 2 will focus more on "mental illness."

Medical school does its best to turn smart students stupid, honest students corrupt, and healthy students sick. It isn’t very hard to turn a smart student into a stupid one. First of all, the admissions people make sure the professors will get weak-willed, authority-abiding students to work on. Then they give them a curriculum that is absolutely meaningless as far as healing or health are concerned. The best medical educators themselves say that the half-life of medical education is four years. In four years half of what a medical student has learned is wrong. Within four years of that, half again is wrong, and so on. The only problem is that the students aren’t told which half is wrong! They’re forced to learn it all. Supervision can be very close. There is no school in the country where the student-teacher ratio is as low as it is in medical school. During the last couple of years of medical school, you frequently find classes of only two or three students to one doctor. That doctor has tremendous influence over those students, through both his proximity and his life-and-death power over their careers.

Medical students are further softened up by being maliciously fatigued. The way to weaken a person’s will in order to mold him to suit your purposes is to make him work hard, especially at night, and never give him a chance to recover. You teach the rat to race. The result is a person too weak to resist the most debilitating instrument medical school uses on its students: fear.
Robert S. Mendelshon MD, 
Devil's Priests

Must-See Cancer Movies: click on the names

2. Gerson

4.  Griffen  


Saturday, June 23, 2012

Extraordinary Discourse 074

Head Torque

Almost every one of these clips applied torque to my head to turn it a little. In these times, I don't think I'm alone in thinking that my head (or neck) needs some WD-40 to  let it turn around easier - or perhaps the tightness is necessary so our heads don't continually spin.

Why is it that, even when there is next to no other constituency for revolutionary politics in a capitalist society, the one group most likely to be sympathetic to its project consists of artists, musicians, writers, and others involved in some form of non-alienated production? Surely there must be a link between the actual experience of first imagining things and then bringing them into being, individually  or collectively, and the ability to envision social alternatives - particularly, the possibility of a society itself premised on less alienated forms of creativity?
Graeber, 'The new anarchists',
New Left Review
quoted by Pat Kane

The Play Ethic

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Extraordinary Discourse 073

Quester's Kit

Extraordinary Discourse is a continuous text, in which you can jump in anywhere, and jump anywhere.

This is the 73rd segment but could be 1st, 50th, or 200th. The narrative is not linear, but radiating, like spokes in a wheel. It dips into different depths of time.

The quality of the global conversation has to improve urgently.
Pat Kane
The Play Ethic

Jim Andrews

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Extraordinary Discourse 072

From The Vestibule Of Emancipations

A conglomerate heap of trash, that's what I am. But it burns with a high flame.
Ray Bradbury

song clip:
Charlie Major - I'm Somebody

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Extraordinary Discourse 071

Heady and Hearty Snack Banquet

The Devil's Advice to Story-Tellers
Robert Graves

Lest men [sic] suspect your tale to be untrue,
Keep probability—some say—in view.
But my advice to story-tellers is:
Weigh out no gross of probabilities,
Nor yet make diligent transcriptions of
Known instances of virtue, crime or love.
To forge a picture that will pass for true,
Do conscientiously what liars do—
Born liars, not the lesser sort that raid
The mouths of others for their stock-in-trade:
Assemble, first, all casual bits and scraps
That may shake down into a world perhaps;
People this world, by chance created so,
With random persons whom you do not know—
The teashop sort, or travelers in a train


Seen once, guessed idly at, not seen again;
Let the erratic course they steer surprise
Their own and your own and your readers' eyes;
Sigh then, or frown, but leave (as in despair)
Motive and end and moral in the air;
Nice contradiction between fact and fact
Will make the whole read human and exact

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Extraordinary Discourse 070 Special: The World Owes You A Living 6

Extraordinary Discourse 070 Special: The World Owes You A Living 6
59.38 minutes

Today's Extraordinary Discourse Special is Episode 6, the final episode of The World Owes You A Living suite, a 6-part Millennial Associational Documentary.

Finale. Here we employ our leisure to step out from the Hades of today's work world to survey the broad prospect. What news from the islands? We hear overarching philosophical and deep poetical views, we harken back to Athens and consider the freedom from livelihood they considered a self-evident requirement for citizenship. We recall the great drama of the soul, responding to the Sufi Khidr (guide), "man of bright prospects, leave your work and meet me at the riverside."

Hey-- We're People!
16 Seminal Quotations
3rd And Last Stage Of Emancipation
Veridical Visions
Liberal Arts
Radiant Aliveness
The Joy Of Not Working
What Are You Living For?

Lao Tzu: "Heaven prefers no-one,
but the sensible person prefers heaven."

Jack Saturday 's The World Owes You a Living is like the wonderful audio
montage artistry of a Firesign Theater or a Ken Nordine, but with a
discernable political point. Highly recommended.

James J. Hughes PhD,
Changesurfer Radio; Executive Director, Institute for Ethicsand Emerging Technologies

"I have listened to The World Owes You a Living over and over again. The CDs deftly strip away the many layers of brittle toxic and dangerous lies told to us about the nature of work. The hundreds of clips of interviews, news stories and commentary are arranged in a way that the CDs are a pleasure and not an effort to listen to. Anyone who wants to know why society is f…ked should check these out. If you can’t afford to buy them for yourself, find some   friends to share the cost or ask your local library to buy them."
C. L'Hirondelle
Founding member of Livable Income For Everyone (LIFE) society and coordinator of the Victoria Status of Women Action Group

Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3

Episode 4

Episode 5

Saturday, May 19, 2012

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Deeper Current

What Joyce did to prose and Pound did to poetry, in my opinion, made those arts contemporary with both quantum physics and the films I liked. They had broken linear order into luminous fragments--quanta--which they reassembled into synergetic wholes--like a Bucky Fuller design... to read them involved stepping outside subject-predicate order into the modes of thought you find in differential calculus or in the montages of directors like Wells, Eisenstein, Kurasawa.
Robert Anton Wilson

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Extraordinary Discourse 068

Speil Macht Frei

…very civic and public yearnings - the notion that an 'emergent democracy' might come to fruition, through some orchestration of the many articulate voices now expressing themselves through social software, like blogging and affinity networks, Wikipedia and open source. I very much hope that the rhetorics and justifications for more playful forms of life outlined by this book are taken up by these digital constituencies, and 'hacked' into better, worse or at least more interesting shapes by their passionate engagements. 'We are an enterprise of mortals, disdaining to protect ourselves against surprise; living in the strength of our vision, we eschew power and make joyous play of boundaries.' Amen to that, brother Carse.
Pat Kane,
The Play Ethic

Saturday, May 5, 2012

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Interlocking Conversation Pieces

Try these lenses. Come to the irreverent multilogue.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

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Vocal Chord Progressions

Utterances by polymath autodidacts, heavy equipment operators, professors, bards, and irreverent hecklers.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

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Discordian Offshots

Relevant clips in odd conversations.

"The Russian biophysicist and molecular biologist Pjotr Garjajev and his colleagues also explored the vibrational behavior of the DNA... The bottom line was: 'Living chromosomes function just like solitonic/holographic computers using the endogenous DNA laser radiation.' This means that they managed for example to modulate certain frequency patterns onto a laser ray and with it influenced the DNA frequency and thus the genetic information itself. Since the basic structure of DNA-alkaline pairs and of language (as explained earlier) are of the same structure, no DNA decoding is necessary.

 One can simply use words and sentences of the human language! This, too, was experimentally proven! Living DNA substance (in living tissue, not in vitro) will always react to language-modulated laser rays and even to radio waves, if the proper frequencies are being used."
Scientists Prove DNA Can Be Reprogrammed by Words and Frequencies
By Grazyna Fosar and Franz Bludorf

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Extraordinary Discourse 064

Gamechanging The Narrative

Jobs, school, drugs, therapy, heckling, meat, fun!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

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Utterance Wuzzle

"Eliot himself, of course, argued in favour of an art which was open to the utterances of others rather than purely based on the artist's personal beliefs or concerns - see his famous essay Tradition and the Individual Talent. He also used the technique of bricolage in his own poetry, most notably in The Waste Land, where he described human knowledge as 'a heap of broken images', a phrase which summarises the mood and method of the poem as a whole."
Edward Picot

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Extraordinary Discourse 062

Flipping Work And Other Orthodoxies

Social critics, poets, speakers, clowns, digressors, seekers and seers in unorthodox conversation/narrative.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Extraordinary Discourse 061

An Insurrection Of Subjugated Knowledges

To my writing classes I used later to open by saying that anybody who could talk could also write. Having cheered them up with this easy-to-grasp ladder, I then replaced it with a huge and loathsome snake: “How many people in this class, would you say, can talk? I mean really talk?” That had its duly woeful effect.
Hitchens, June 2011

Story-based strategy views social change through the lens of narrative power and positions storytelling at the center of social change strategy. This framework provides tools to craft more effective social change messages, challenge assumptions, intervene in prevailing cultural narratives, and change the stories that shape popular culture.
Vision -- How You Can Use 'SmartMemes' to Win Campaigns, Build Movements, and Change the WorldPM Press / By Patrick Reinsborough and Doyle Canning

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Extraordinary Discourse 060 Special: The World Owes You A Living 5

Extraordinary Discourse Special: The World Owes You A Living 5

Today's Extraordinary Discourse Special is Episode 5, the penultimate episode of The World Owes You A Living suite, a 6-part Millennial Associational Documentary.

Lucky enough to have a job? No security, no benefits, invasive surveillance, sexual abuse, desperate rush, no reward, no recognition, kids neglected. Bad for millionaires. Puritan underpinnings. Let's give ourselves freedom with a Guaranteed Livable Income.

More On Social Fabric
Loneliness Of Millionaires
Religious Heritage
Plenty For Everybody
Guaranteed Annual Income

R. Buckminster Fuller: "There is enough to go round... handsomely."

Click on images for links to previous episodes:

Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3

Episode 4

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Extraordinary Discourse 059

For Radical Adults of 2012

Jobs and the soul

Synchronicity, I propose, is the matrix. Or say that any great artwork is a field, that the Masnavi, like the Divan of Hafez, spreads out a spontaneously exploratory, tending region of consciousness.
Coleman Barks

Saturday, March 3, 2012

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Bon Mot (ley)

Stirring the Humanities. Smorgasbord for Progressives.

"I am convinced... that sound does something that the other senses do not do, and that is a need, a growing need. Sound addresses the interior man [sic] in a way which the other senses do not. Except for touch, but we can't go round so easily touching everybody. It is the body coming back at you. It has been neglected and now it is going to come back. There is going to be a need for the things that sound can do and that visuals don't."
 Helen Thorington

Saturday, February 25, 2012

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Indirections To A Better World

The Zibaldone, or by full title Zibaldone of thoughts, is a personal journal which contains a large amount of notes written between 1817 and 1832 by Giacomo Leopardi.

The title comes from the characteristic of literary composition, as a mixture of thoughts, like the namesake Emilian dish that consists of an amalgam of many different ingredients, and sometimes the term is used to describe a confused heap of people. Although the term was known even before, after the composition of Leopardi the term is used for annotation of notebooks or diaries of random thoughts. "Zibaldone" can also be used disparagingly for speeches or writings without logic, messy, made of heterogeneous ideas.

In this original sense, commonplace books were collections of such sayings, such as John Milton's commonplace book. Scholars have expanded this usage to include any manuscript that collects material along a common theme by an individual.


Saturday, February 18, 2012

Extraordinary Discourse 056

 Incidental Anecdotal Antidotes

The individual’s memory of many surprising moments, of dawning
comprehensions of an interrelated significance to be existant among a number of what had previously seemed to be entirely uninterrelated experiences, all of which remembered experiences engender the reasonable assumption of the possible existence of a total comprehension of the integrated significance, the meaning, of all experiences.
R. Buckminster Fuller

The mythic or iconic mode-of-awareness substitutes the multi-faceted for point-of-view.
Marshall McLuhan, Understanding Media

Thanks to Richard Grove and Associates for the best interview with John Taylor Gatto.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Extraordinary Discourse 055

Holonic Documentary

Death, genius, the morality of slaves, deconstructing taxonomies, and more!

I ran into this in a media magazine: years ago someone asked a kid whether he liked TV or radio better. He said radio because the pictures were better. (I think it must have been in the fifties when the radio had dramas and serials...not just doggerel music....but that's a guess.) Works for me.
RE: a related story
Posted by: davidg on Feb 9, 2008 6:57 PM

Song Clip: G Love And The Special Sauce-This Ain't Living

Thanks for the clip of the Technocracy spokesman to James Corbett, The Corbett Report Episode 217

Saturday, February 4, 2012

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Horse's Mouth Hypomnemata

The hypomnemata is a special type of notebook used in ancient greek society by variety of common people such as tradesmen, philosophers, theologians, and students to keep personal records and formulate opinions about the experience of the self. This habitual type of personal notekeeping was coming into vogue in Plato's time (ca. 4th century BC) and represents one of western culture's earliest technological advancements to create a conscious logos.

The hypomnemata constituted a material memory of things read, heard, or thought, thus offering these as an accumulated treasure for rereading and later meditation.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Extraordinary Discourse 053

The March Of Folly

It's modern to use history as a kind of closet in which we can rummage around, pull influences from different eras, and make them into collages or pastiches. People are doing this with music all the time. I hear it in, say, Christina Aguilera's new album, or in the music of Sufjan Stevens.
The Ballad of Henry Timrod
Published: September 17, 2006

One can name all kinds of great men [sic] who were not very gifted. They acquired greatness ... all of them had that diligent seriousness of a craftsman, learning first to construct the parts properly before daring to make a great whole. They allowed themselves time for it, because they took more pleasure in making the little, secondary things well than in the effect of a dazzling whole.
Friedrich Nietzsche

…irregularity -- that is to say, the unexpected, surprise and astonishment -- is an essential part and characteristic of beauty.
Charles Baudelaire

Saturday, January 21, 2012

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Diversified Portfolio

From Winter at Zarathustra's House to God's Playroom, with many timely stops and starts between.

The daily paper is a good example of a happening because everything that’s in it happens at the same moment. The dateline is the only organizing principle in a newspaper.  There is no connection between the items otherwise than the datelines. And if you take away the dateline from any newspaper whatever, you have a quite handsome surrealist poem.
Marshall McLuhan,
Contemplating Me

Utterance alone can heal the ailing spirit.
Irving Layton

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Extraordinary Discourse 051

We Could Play Today!

Deconstructing work, school, development-- and much more!

We assumed that nothing would be published from the very beginning. So the private world of my friends became the center of our artistic activities, rather than the public world of publishing, media, universities and literature.
Allen Ginsberg

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): In 1878, Thomas Edison perfected the phonograph, a machine that could record sounds and play them back. There had been some primitive prototypes before, but his version was a major improvement. And what were the first sounds to be immortalized on Edison's phonograph? The rush of the wind in the trees? A dramatic reading of the Song of Songs? The cries of a newborn infant? Nope. Edison recited the nursery rhyme, "Mary Had a Little Lamb." When you make your own breakthrough in communication sometime soon, Scorpio, I hope you deliver a more profound and succulent message.
Rob Brezsny, Free Will Astrology

the poems are 
Eavan Boland read by Lorna Crozier

Clip of GRASS, by Carl Sandburg, read by Lister Sinclair

ETRUSCAN TOMBS, by Irving Layton, read by R. H. Thomson

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Extraordinary Discourse 050 Special: The World Owes You A Living 4

Extraordinary Discourse 050 Special: The World Owes You A Living 4

Today's Extraordinary Discourse Special is Episode 4 of The World Owes You A Living suite, a 6-part Millennial Associational Documentary.

How Much Is Enough?
Abusers Of The System?
Workers Against Workers
Social Fabric Unraveling/Violence
More on Rich vs Poor

Why the feeding frenzy on full stomachs, the killing frenzy, and the endless energy expended to create scarcities for most people, rather than share the plenty? Why do the rich do it? Robert Heilbroner, famous Harvard economist, says they are driven by "infantile fantasies". Now we see how propaganda, "the cynical manipulation of patriotic sentiment," "weaves of itself" a very nutty world. We may be fooled by the Potemkin's villages of our residential districts and the order, safety, cheerfulness of our consumer items. Hunger, abuse, neglect of the poor, gag orders on Child Welfare workers. Whose interests are being represented?

"The man [sic] in chains, seeing another man without them, thinks, is it possible I could have struck these chains off if I had only tried, that I didn't have to wear them all these years? The thought is unbearable. Better get some chains on the other guy."
John Holt

Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode  3