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“To desire love . . . is to desire to be chained to a lunatic.”

–“IdrisPukke” in Paul Hoffman’s The Left Hand of God

[the] PEOPLE’S WILL, phr. A variant spelling of “God’s Will.” Curiously, even though the usage and meaning of the two phrases are virtually identical, those who use the one are habitual enemies of those who use the other, though “habitual competitors” might be more accurate.

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–from The American Heretic’s Dictionary (revised & expanded)

American Heretic's Dictionary revised and expanded by Chaz Bufe, front cover

(if you’d like more definitions [in pdf form], you can find them here)

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Today’s definition seems apropos given the death of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. We’ll put up another pertinent definition tomorrow and, we hope, a fairly lengthy post on Castro and his counter-revolutionary regime on Wednesday or Thursday.

This insightful post describes the leftist mirror image of the rightist “Support Our Troops” bumper sticker “virtue signalling” of recent years. The criticisms below apply equally to that empty gesturing as they do to the “safety pin” signalling.

Godless Cranium

I was reading a post this morning (honestly, it was almost noon because I’m a lazy ass) about the new safety pin phenomenon. If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, here’s what the creator of the safety pin movement said:

The founder of the campaign, who tweets as @Cheeah, told the BBC ‘This is meant to be more than just a symbolic gesture or a way for like-minded people to pat each other on the back.If people wear the pin and support the campaign they are saying they are prepared to be part of the solution. It could be by confronting racist behaviour, or if that is not possible at least documenting it. More generally it is about reaching out to people and letting them know they are safe and welcome.’ she says.

Anyhow, it was created after the Brexit vote and recently it has been taken up by…

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There are maybe 35 pop musical genres. Considering the sub-genres (Norteños, rancheras, banda, mariachi in “Mexican,” for example) that expands; take the sub-genres as separate species, and there are well over 100.

Here are the ones that are truly despicable:

  • Techno/electronica. Totally mindless. Totally suited for lobotomized robots to jerk themselves around to.  The incessant, repetitive four-on-the-floor beat is all that you need to  realize that no one you’d ever want to know would listen (rather jerk around to)  to this shit. “Moronic” would be high praise. “Music” totally devoid of higher brain functions.
  • Modern-day country. Take country music, put it through a blender, filter out everything that doesn’t lull you to sleep, and then start chanting “We’re number one!” and start goose stepping. A good antidote, an emetic, is real country music: Merle Haggard, George Jones, Junior Brown, Jerry Reed, Hank Williams, The Mavericks, Al Perry, Hank Topless, and Willie Nelson.
  • Rap/Hip Hop. As nine-time Grammy winner Wynston Mardsalis says, “Old school minstrels used to say they were ‘real darkies from the real plantation’. Hip-hop substitutes the plantation for the streets. Now you have to say that you’re from the streets, you shot some brothers, you went to jail. Rappers have to display the correct pathology. Rap has become a safari for people who get their thrills from watching African-American people debase themselves, men dressing in gold, calling themselves stupid names like Ludacris or 50 Cent, spending money on expensive fluff, using language like ‘bitch’ and ‘ho’ and ‘nigger’…. I don’t have to attack hip-hop. Hip-hop attacks itself. It has no merit, rhythmically, musically, lyrically. What is there to discuss? … Is it okay to call me a nigger and your wife a bitch?”
  • Present-day rock/pop. Music has gotten progressively dumbed down for the last 40 or so years: fewer chord changes, more restricted vocal range, a more restricted dynamic range (for you cognoscenti who know what “dynamic range” means), and all too often not even a fucking bridge. Pop really is worse than it was in the ’60s. Don’t even try to defend it. And stop listening to it.



Can Only White People Be Racist?

Posted: September 23, 2016 in Uncategorized

Godless Cranium

I’ve read a number of articles and been told specifically that black people can’t be racist, although they can be prejudiced.

As soon as I heard this claim, my bullshit meter went into high alert. However, being the skeptic that I am, I decided to do some research on my own.

So before we begin, let’s take a look at the definition of racism. I will even share more than one accepted definition, just in case you think I’m cherry picking.


Here we have 3 definitions. All of them seem to agree with one another. The definitions are from Merriam, Oxford and Wiki.

I also can’t imagine a case where anyone couldn’t do these things, whether they’re white, black, purple etc. In fact, saying these things can only apply to one race of people could be seen as a racist statement.

According to studies, we all hold prejudices towards people

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Our First 1,000 Posts

Posted: September 14, 2016 in Uncategorized

Sharp and Pointed has been around for just over three years, and we’ve now put up 1,000 posts — this  is number 1,000! — in 37 categories. Coincidentally, we reached 30,000 hits today.

Our plans from here on out are to concentrate more on our most popular categories: Anarchism, Atheism, Book Reviews, Humor, Interviews, Music, Politics, Religion, and Science Fiction. We’ll still sometimes put up posts in other categories, but we’ll concentrate on these core categories.

Later today we’ll begin putting up “best of” lists linking to posts in the above, and other, categories. The first will list the best science fiction posts we’ve put up in our first three years.

Please stay tuned.

Nightmare(The Nightmare Stacks, by Charles Stross. New York, Ace, 2016, 385 pp., $27.00)

reviewed by Zeke Teflon

It’s always sad to see one of your favorite series running out of steam, but that’s what seems to be happening with Stross’s “Laundry Files” novels (regarding “applied computational demonology” — the summoning of “tentacled Lovecraftian horrors,” either intentionally or unintentionally, via mathematics or computation) .

This first became apparent with the last novel in the series, The Annihilation Score,  in which Stross ditched his longtime central character, the sardonic, very funny, perpetually harassed Bob Howard, in favor of Bob’s believably drawn and sympathetic, but humor-devoid wife, Mo. Why? Apparently just to do something different. He apparently felt that he’d run out the string with the Howard character, and would, after five very successful novels, try another central character.

Here, he’s turned to yet another central character, Alex one of the PHANGs (Post Human vampires infected with other-dimensional parasites)  formerly at the heart of an investment bank and now a “Laundry” employee, introduced in probably the best “Laundry” novel, The Rhesus Chart. Alex is a 24-year-old math-nerd virgin, and the character provides fertile ground for Stross’s dark humor. The description of Alex’s family get-together with his other-dimensional girlfriend, his kid sister, and her trans lover is cringe-inducing but extremely funny. As is a lot of the other material in the book. (At one point, Stross compares wearing a tie with castration.)

All of these very entertaining diversions aside, it’s difficult to see where Stross can go with this series after The Nightmare Stacks. He killed off one of his most intriguing secondary characters in The Rhesus Chart, whose tense relationship with Howard was one of the driving forces of the series. And in the last novel, The Annihilation Score, he seemed to have nowhere to go but to amp up the weirdness with everyday characters receiving super-hero powers.

Here, he’s ramped it up even more with a full-blown, and very lengthily described, alien invasion from another dimension.

It’s hard to see where he can go after this. I’ll read the next novel, yes–I’ve read the first seven–but I’m not especially looking forward to it.

Recommended only for “Laundry Files” completists.

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Zeke Teflon is the author of Free Radicals: A Novel of Utopia and Dystopia. He’s currently working on the sequel and an unrelated sci-fi novel.

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