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Tank-Man1hi all. timing this with the protests about democracy in hong kong. they remind me of the pivotal one in tianamen square. its long been noted as strange & ironic that some foreigners are more patriotic and idealistic and risk far more about democracy & democratic ideals than many amer… Read full post »
epa_usa-hurricane-sandy-aftermathhi all. timing this post with NYC march & global climate awareness efforts.

"systemic breakdown" is a phrase that didnt make much sense in my youth but now seems to have a glimmer of reality.

have not written much on Climate Chg on this blog, but have been… Read full post »
050614nsahi all. its been about a year post-snowden and what a different world it is. as they say "for better or worse". a bit of both. some serious pain. the pain will probably continue. but at least a light has been shone on a dark place. snowden hasnt been kidnapped… Read full post »
hi all

sometimes have the feeling of drowning in all this econ info. when the US economy is buzzing, nobody talks about the economy. when its in the tank, its a huge topic. but thats now been the case for ~6yr. its exhausting, stultifying at times. occupy wall st was… Read full post »
rtr42cvkhi all. Ferguson is already fading from headlines, but its a perfect occasion to spill out some collected links on the topic and disturbing trend of police militarization in the US (but of course its also generally a worldwide phenomenon).

this blog has been sensitive to the issue
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@#%& WTF! what is this ISIS thing? it seemed to come out of nowhere. is it a big deal, or not? up until just a few weeks ago, was thinking they might within some time break apart into pieces and maybe slink back to the hell holes they came
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hi all. its only been ~4mo since my last post on the subj but my bookmarks overfloweth with links. whats up with that? there seems to be a huge explosion of striking sexuality-related content this year over the spring/ summer. or maybe its just me? seriously, there is possibly some at… Read full post »
hi all. bored out of my mind here again at the fortune 500 company. its that edgy boredom where I still have deadlines and certainly should be doing some real work, but just cant muster the willpower in the face of thin/ impossibly sketchy/ contradictory expectations/ demands/ conflicting signals. ca… Read full post »
hi all. its a milestone & paradigm shift. never thought Id write this post, but am doing it for some personal closure (and a big pile of links and the bergdahl scandal-du-jour frenzy!). honestly, did not ever expect to write this post.

the USWarmachine has been a big political topic… Read full post »
92214_600hi all. my 5yr blog anniversary on this site came up on early april. bittersweet. overall the experience has been positive but its painful to see this site slowly drift/fade into oblivion. there is just no other good alternative around... will just write another post in full denial of sky-has… Read full post »
MARCH 28, 2014 7:00PM

girl crazy XXXIV

Belle-Knox-Photos-Part-34hi all. not much going on around here on open salon these days, it seems to be on the long slow decline with a whimper, not a bang....

but hey blogging has always been kinda solipsistic & about thinking/talking aloud anyway, right?

have been following the belle
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NSA-insidehi all. yeah theres a lot of ranting in this blog over the yrs now closing this )( far on ~½ decade! its not *entirely* serious. if one takes humans totally seriously, one could easily go crazy.

the snowden revelations have been dizzyingly "right down the alley" of this blog… Read full post »
overloadhi all ... its been a wild ride. many yrs ago thought something like cyberspace social networking (even before it existed) could have big impact on mass culture. here in 2014, its fully materialized. its been a wild blur. making even someone very wired like me quite dizzy. yeeks. its… Read full post »
mermaidhi all how was your valentines day? getting to it a little late on this blog. better late than never right? one of my fave/least fave holidays. a luv-hate relationship there. just like life in general.
[what'd you do/get? tell me in comments! bought almond rocha for theRead full post »
family across the street, three teenage boys/girl liked pot. turned them down age ~10. didnt tell parents (otherwise they wouldnt let us hang out). older sister told brothers not to peer pressure me. once dad saw older sister lighting up pot on streetcorner. he said he was really utterly upset/disapp… Read full post »
hi all. am deluged with matrix-oriented news and topics lately. am swimming/inundated under the pile & its hard to sort out & prioritize various high priority items to pass on. all competing for top attn...

a thought from wm gibson, author of neuromancer, part inspiration for the Matrix mov
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hi all. around here I have occasionally adopted the persona/alter ego "Mr.conspiracy" (among others).

the title of the blog reflects this gritty/edgy worldview.

yes, conspiracy thinking is a learned trait. not everyone has the ability, interest, or talent. 

conspiracy thinking is about looking a… Read full post »

hi all. part 4/4. as youngsters, didnt we all dream of being rich someday? after we grow up, didnt we all realize how much of a dream it really is?

now that Ive seen the reality of extreme wealth disparity in this country, it makes me sick a bit. Ive… Read full post »
hi all, part 3/4.

occupy wall st targeted wall st, but its just the more visible and ostentatious component of the Big Machine. other major subsystems are the corporatocracy (b), big banks (c), and the fed (g).

there are two very notable shifts in this area. the establishment
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hi all. oh yes its the post youve been waiting for on the edge of your seat.

(wow, I missed the JFK 50yr assassination anniversary for this. a conspiracy theorists day of remembrance... it must be good.)

by amazing synchronicity obama just had a major speech on income
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hi all. this blog has covered quite a bit of economic issues over the years and its inception was partly motivated by the crash of 2008. it was a definitely unprecedented moment in economic history in the US and it seemed like it might be an opportunity in the sense
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NOVEMBER 11, 2013 6:56PM

rihanna 11/9/2013 pepsi center denver!

DSC04549hi all, saw rihanna on sat nite at pepsi center in denver. OH YEAH!
have been collecting a few links on rihanna for many months, maybe before buying tickets last summer. my main interest in rihanna is of course her music. ever since she popped onto the scene ~1/2decade… Read full post »
wantyou2hi all. the NSA tends to frame the debate about balance of "privacy vs security" and obama obligingly, spinelessly repeats the mantra. but theres a much more compelling aspect of this debate. hard vs soft power! secrecy, spying, the police state "lite" undermines our democratic principles an
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hi all, well the glory days of open salon seem to be an increasingly fading memory. remember when the front page changed every day and there were routinely posts with many hundreds, even thousands of views? highly lively & volatile debates virtually every few days?

I started this series long… Read full post »
hi all. found a moment to write up this topic Ive long been wanting to write about & have been saving up links ever since the obama election, the rock-and-hard-place current position (to say the least) of the right wing. have been waiting for the right moment. it would be hard… Read full post »