I've been thinking.. had another long thought session last night.. about tribes and subcultures. If you look at the various 'scenes' you'll find the pro-active people, the ones who DO things they dream about, seem to network. All the best hip hop homie dj's hang together.. little pockets of artists hang together.. all 'cliques' or 'scenes'.. the people who isolate themselves to a certain degree because they want to focus on something they identify with.. something they can relate to and something that interests them.. there are followers in all of these scenes but there are the leaders. the people who create the scene... I have alot more respect for gangs in LA and new york now. They are a close knit community that has reclaimed some of their land. Unfortunately drugs are involved but if you talk to people now it seems gangs aren't so much into drugs anymore.. they're into establishing their own land and identity.. there are areas of LA and New York that I'd be killed with seconds of entering. That's cool. Too bad they judge me so fast but it's the tribes surfacing again. Native indians and their roadblocks.. spirit of unity.. spirit of the people running the people is slowly seeping in. Every major empire in history crumbles.. look at rome greece spain. The more things change the more things stay the same. Technology is shifting man. Society is going to go through huge changes.. at silicon graphics they had amazing visual things.. amazing.. one of the presenters was showing off a new showcase product. He was saying there's no money in millitary development anymore it's all headed towards entertainment... all the scientists that have been tied up for making machines of war.. the shackles they've been under are getting loosened. shift shift slide. people are looking around.. sure there are too many sheep (in my opinion) but there will always be sheep.. my goal is to educate myself enough so I'm not a sheep. never have to rely on the sharks.. besides I am going to be a shark. learn man. shark have to eat sheep but it's the way it goes.. sheep feed sharks so sharks can grow and enhance the environment we're in. tribes man. communist china. human rights are questionable but we're placing our values on them and what about the states? no one questions their 'human rights record'. communism is working there.. oriental work ethic is kicking in. major superpower.. soviet union worked under lenin. scary eh ? what have we been taught about it ? 'it was bad' 'why?' 'it was bad'... the word 'comrade' came back to england/america when the soldiers returning from that part of europe (when we were on the same side) came back home. the communism 'scene' exploded when they came back.. they saw it first hand. brainwashed populace ? perhaps.. perhaps not.. perhaps just a different way of think that we , as infinite consumers , just can't understand. Looking at the old communist states now.. fuck it's twisted.. capitalism requires taking advantage of people to survive.. mark up on most consumer products is between 50-100% in North America.. that's so twisted. gouge people for as much as you can so you can pay for the gouging yourself. pretty stupid eh ? we've locked ourselves in some morbid state.. america was the pioneer .. where we are limitless consumers.. even to the point of consuming our planet.. soon it will be us just living here with highly skilled jobs using the third world as a collective factory. what will happen then is that they will realize how fucked we are and revolt. that could be one of the ways america could fall.. they'll start using other countries more and more.. relying on them too much. Look at how we were created.. us being canada and the united states. the royalty in europe were playing games man... all this was just games.. the americans almost went to war (well they did but on a biger scale) because americans wanted to go back on their treaties with the indians.. the canadian s (french) wanted to honour their agreements.. of course the onslaught.. the decimation of north american indians resulted from that.. they would have taken over the americas.. both north AND south but.. they went to war over whether THEY SHOULD ALLOW SLAVES ?!?!?!?!.. holy shit. america has been fucked in their ideals since the start. As they pump cash into other nations they had better watch out.. no one likes them. they are evil. facist bastards. at least I look around and see pockets now.. people who think.. I was so scared that us in TABnet were a extreme minority.. we are a minority.. I don't really know how many people who read TAB are sharks.. Beatle is .. he created the whole damn thing.. the goodness that TAB has generated is amazing. I zone, Tab and EoP were what made me want a BBS.. I wanted to become a shark in that sense. all it takes to be a shark is eduction.. knowledge of what's going on.. AND (big and) a sense of motivation. I look at myself.. I'm content to sit back and learn and analyze man.. but now I'm starting to realize that if I took a pro-active role in my environment I could seriously disturb some shit. It's what ILF is all about. I need people who want to be sharks though.. smart.. desire change... go out there man.. there's so much.. and everyone who's smart enough to use a modem and actually bothers to read ranting messages like this.. anyone who takes that kind of time and has the knowledge CAN BE A SHARK man.. It would blow my mind if people would do it. Beatle scares me.. he was a shark.. he tweaked his BBS to extremes.. knowledge man.. now he 's retreating somehow.. don't know why.. maybe no one is receptive to what he preaches.. I think he could twist his knowledge and use it mroe effectively for his message. One thing is our audience on TAB is limited and almost incestuous.. it's too tight knit a group.. no new refreshing ideas.. only what comes from us.. beatle and I seem to play ping pong sometimes but... I dunno.. I'm also guilty of not taking the time to give each message the time they deserve but school is all time consuming.. and if I'm going to take it to the extreme I'm planning now I'm going to be living on 5-6 hours of sleep with constant learning.. TAB and school .. ilf and AHoM... these are things I'm placing the priority in my life on. social life? bah.. that'll come when my mind slows down.. unless I (however unlikely ) find a woman who stimulates the way I think.. propels me even further.. I've met people like that..in fact I just posted a message about 4 women who would satisfy that need. another thing about a woman is you learn so much about your body. knowledge of yourself.. not just what's in your head but your actual meat... it's powerful too.. all this bullshit diet.. it's all crap. media hype to sell the newest consumer food idea. marketing man. ignore health just sell people dreams.. dreams that they can achieve through a product and not through education.. that's what america is all about. disturbing. fucks me up. same with inner exploration.. lsd causes no permanent physical effects... wonder why it's illegal ? the canadian report stated (paraphrased) 'the enlightened social conciousness would be detrimental to society'. Think about that.. imagine if people did drugs and realized the consumer existance they've been living ? even drugs are a cheap way out.. the trick is to search this out for yourself .. no one I can think of , except maybe fup , really gets into meditation man. it takes alot of of effort.. it won't slap you in the face like lsd does. you have to have some sort of idea of what you're looking for when you go deep in your head... that in itself is hard to find. drugs are the tool for the 'gimme satisfaction RIGHT NOW or to hell with it' generation. if drug technology does increase.. maybe it *will* take you to where you can get to with meditation. lsd is just a play tool.. I want heavy hardware man. Mind you I'd probably get screwed up but.. I just don't have the time to naturally explore my head and what's inside. technology.. fuck.. i wonder if the scientist who were making biological weapons.. now that their funding has been cut.. what the HELL are they going to make ? genetic engineering ? what about nuclear physicists... there is one school in arizona.. a reseach institute.. it has government funding TO THE MAX.. there are no real students there.. just a zillion brilliant (genius?) scientists all working on their own projects.. alot of stuff coming out of there is way way beyond what we can understand.. quantum.. something going SO fast it loops around.. cycling through time. that's where the next breed of microprocessors for computers is going to come from. this school.. you have to be invited.. you never graduate.. the american government loves the place because they keep an eye on what everyone is doing and they hire people to use that tech to build military applications. If you read stuff on VR it'll blow your mind how they've analyzed how it can be used.. everything man.. with VR.. it's so huge people are taking it WAY past military and even entertainment processes.. it's a hardcore tool for learning.. being able to SEE data.. different textures , colours, movement rates.. they can all be different ways of displaying data.. our society has no shortage of information.. it's how to DEAL with it that's the problem.. some of the things my classmates and I discussed while stoned.. hardcore. things are changing. if you don't grab ahold of it now it'll be too hard to catch up.. it's almost like that now.. and to understand what's coming up it help to understand the past.. looking at tube computers.. holy.. new ideals.. new understanding.. how I envy my profs who have been hardcore into knowledge of technology for so long.. how they envy the students of today.. we are going to see AND SHAPE (at least that is what I hope) new things..