Wednesday, May 24, 2006

I am bad business's worst wet dream


You should see what I do offline.

Some say I'm harsh, critical, cynical even. But they refer to my online presence in this and other blogs. They are seeing only the softer, articulate Vaspers the Grate. They have never seen the real thing in real kick-butt action in a real situation in the real world.

Reason I say this is: I do try to practice what I preach. I attack. I fight. I proclaim truth and reason, against deception and hysteria/paranoia. I go up against actual corporate and religious leaders and fight against them to the bitter end, using every means at my disposal.

You can pretty much bet that at any given moment what I post to my blogs is a pale shadow of what I'm combatting in my offline life.

I'm in a new battle and just finished an assault yesterday. That was Phase One, going to the district manager to her face, and bitching for an hour on assorted sins against my business. I was hired to do a job, I did it, I stumbled upon some devastating behaviours by employees, and I am now considered an unwanted intruder upon protected turf.

Pay attention to what I'm saying.

I'm no martyr and I'm certainly no masochist or chump. I'm just the voice of a hate machine of pure and total war against liars, scams, hypocrites, molesters, traitors, terrorists, criminals, mediocrity, domination systems, and religious tyranny.

Sort of like Shelley, Milton, Dickens, Derrida, Lacan. Right, like I've got their brains.

If you get some courage and decide to make your life count, and you attack things that need to be exposed, shamed, and destroyed, you will be fighting hard and fast every hour of every day for the rest of your rotten life on this stinking planet.

I discovered employee theft, employee violations of corporate policy, and unauthorized computer cash register activity. I reported it. I am now hated by low levels who did me in. I will now fight back, as ethically, harmfully, and hatefully as humanly possible. All within the law, morality, and metaphysicality.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Shelley on government arrogance

Shelley was a Romantic poet who was often in conflict with government and religion. In these times we witness massive insanity in the behaviour of nations and religious fanatics of Christianity, Islam, and other faiths.

I like Shelley because he fearlessly spoke out and proclaimed his radical beliefs.


Ozymandias
by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1818)

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: "Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown

And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.

And on the pedestal these words appear:
`My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!'
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Semantically Correct speech


There is no such thing as "politically correct" anything, certainly not "politically correct speech", so I propose Semantically Correct (SC) speech.

Political means unjust domination. To be political means to manipulate the masses to gain power over the masses and become financially secure, famous, important. Thus, anything that's political is always already corrupt.

Semantics is "meaning in language usage", or "the relations betweeen signs and the influence of these relations on human behavior".

In other words, good semantics is saying what you really mean, in a manner that will make sense to your intended audience, so they can autonomously adjust their actions if necessarry, for their own and others benefit.

If I want a woman to help me or listen to me, I cannot call her "bitch", for example, or "chick", or "girl" or "you sexy witch".

If I want a native American to help me or listen to me, I cannot refer to him as "chief", "how", "Tonto", "injun", or "redskin".

To speak respectfully and optimistically seems to be the underlying basis of the Politically Correct speech movement. I think most of us can champion and applaud that. But to gloss over real phenomena, to downplay a heinous crime, to sugarcoat a grievous situation is a troubling, linguistically incorrect, mishandling of the original object of PC.

Here is my comment posted to "Politically Correct" post at Mr. Angry:

[QUOTE]

I champion the underlying issue of Political Correctness, the desire to include everyone and to not make fun of anyone.

When right wing evangelical whackos attack PC, they talk about how "innocent" it is to say "he spazzed out", "fat guy", "trailer trash", "colored guy", "those people", "tree-hugger", or "weaker sex".

All these things are said by Non PC twerps with prejudice and White Male Patriarchal Religious zeal, as if God was a White Male Republican, probably American too.

So even though I hate all politicians and politics, as an Ethical Anarchist, I still applaud the sane aspects of PC.

I hate the term "politically correct" which implies you belong to the Communist, Fascist, Demopublican, Labour, or whatever, party.

It' more *correctly* "Linguistically Correct" or "Nominationally Correct" or "Semiotically Precise"...??? Somebody help out here, not you, you white bread cracker.

[END QUOTE]


Semantically Correct speech is respectful and optimistic, but not deceptive in phobic glossings, criminal coddling, or political bias.

To call an illegal alien an "immigrant", gangsta rap "urban reality", a static corporate web site "online presence", or an occupying force "liberators" is Politically Correct and Semantically Deceptive.

Monday, May 15, 2006

in the service of truth


As bloggers, we get a taste of the new interactive social media approach to customer relations.

Each blogger has a product: his or her blog. Visits by your readers can be thought of as votes or purchases. They're spending time at your blog, and indicating their trust in your credibility and other values.

Sometimes you may feel compelled to state things you know many people will not like. You may need to say something that most people will not agree with. You may even know that your specific blog audience will not support you on this issue. But--you post it anyway.

This test of integrity can happen to just about any blogger, even if your blog is purely personal, whimsical, and mundane. At some point you may be tempted to minimize, or avoid altogether, a controversial issue.

Before you publish your opinion or statement of belief, consider what your intent is. If you wish to just blurt our your beliefs, because so many others are shouting this and that, you probably should refrain from expressing yourself.

Why?

Because to just arbitrarily pop off about religion, sex, politics, immigration, the war on terror, or some other hot topic, may not be worth it. You may only turn off otherwise loyal readers, and it's doubtful that you'll convert anyone to your point of view.

On most hot issues, most people think like their parents, priests, pastors, professor, or peers. Few people read deep books that challenge their prejudice and bias.

Then again...we must be bold, and tell it like it is.

Never flinch after publishing a controversial post. You, blogger, are expected to be In The Service of Truth, your personal truth.

Transparent, candid, spontaneous...you aren't hiding or deceiving, you're expressing your freedom to think outside the box, outside the political party, outside the normal mediocre human narcissistic mentality.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

blog values vs. corporations


In a recent post at my primary blog, Vaspers the Grate, I provided a running commentary on a Harris Poll on corporate blogging.

"Corporate Blogging: Snowball in Hell"

It seems that the ideas of transparency, candor, honesty, generosity, vulnerability, spontaneity, and reciprocity are alien to most corporate cultures and business environments. This is deeply troubling news for consumers.

Why don't corporations care about forming an intimate, two way conversation with customers?

I think you know why.

All they want to say is: "buy my product".

All they want to hear is: "love your product, help me buy more".

Good companies want to hear from customers.

Smart companies consider carefully what customers complain about and suggest.

Ethical companies reach out to customers with integrity and user-friendly products.

For the time being, the blogosphere is a realm with higher standards than the business world, but corporations can improve their culture by letting blogs set the pace.

Get FREE CompuMusik CD "the void blue human"


"the void blue human" CD by Steven Streight CompuMusik is now available for shipping, and in keeping with the Anti-corporate Music Distribution Revolution, this professional music CD is FREE.

Just email me a P.O. Box or land address to mail it to, and I'll get it to you.

I consider this my magnum opus, the culmination of disparate tastes and lopsided perfectionism. If you like science fiction film soundtracks (Forbidden Planet, 2001: A Space Odyssey, etc.), you may enjoy this sequence of electronic computer noise concertos...based on refined sampling techniques, precision cut & paste, and disturbing sonic filters.

You will hear sounds you never dreamed possible. Makes great background music for computer work, blogocombat, and poetry writing.

From the CD liner notes:

Steven Streight (composer) uses Audacity freeware for CompuMusik.

Streight was co-founder of art band Camouflage Danse of NYC (1980-89). CompuMusik was performed and recorded in Peoria, Illinois. Made in the USA.

This is publicly available CD #3, released May 10, 2006,
containing 9 noise concertos, and entitled "the void blue human".

The only musical instrument used was a plastic musical snowman bubblegum dispenser toy (Hilco Corporation, 2004).

Other CompuMusik CDs: "Christian Noise Metaphysics"
and "Assorted Sound Confusions".

CompuMusik: "Ambient sludge for interplanetary infotainment."

Contents:

1. burnt diode (0:15)
2. message from outer space (12:41)
3. rays of clean living (14:48)
4. nice day in the moon tomorrow (7:39)
5. discontinuum (8:53)
6. infinitude (8:54)
7. unnatural noise (9:07)
8. floximizer [power mix] (7:45)
9. de-filibration (8:48)


NOTE: This time, it's not "ragga junglist" music, like I featured prominently on "assorted sound confusions". My CD "the void blue human" is far less melodic, virtually beat-free, and will annoy and disorient traditional rock/rap/techno musicians.

This is sonic environment experimentation, ala trippy hippy electronics, and *not* sleepy new age, boringly slow progression, minimalistically trite, three-chord synthesizer sloth-crap.

Request your FREE copy on archive quality Maxell MusicPro CD-R...

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