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Andrew Auernheimer
Oðinnsson. Market abuser. Internationally notorious computer criminal.
Response to NYT article, part 1
I typically am cautious of the press. Every time the press and I cross paths, it simply causes trouble for me or those around me. I while ago I met with Matt Schwartz from the New York Times Magazine, under the explicit condition that I would be covering philosophy and history and not my personal business. I feel I didn't really get what I want out of this exchange, as the important philosophy I conveyed to him was only conveyed in short bits that I think were taken out of context. What I feel was most important and totally untouched in the mainstream media so far, the history troll organizations, was not covered at all. I am doing pretty well and I risked a lot to spread a message that was beneficial for humanity to a reporter and he basically just made a short biographical note about me. Nevertheless, people may be googling me and finding my lj, so I have given maybe a very small soapbox to stand on.

I've got some deeply veiled gnosis to share about the nature of reality, about ancient Gods, and about the future of humanity. I had to watch the market carefully and also join several nearly dead religious cults to completely understand it all. So here goes.

Posit 1: We are living in a simulation

The more I study mathematics, physics, history and the natural world, the more I know that this reality is a construct created to test us. Evidence of this is everywhere-- from "the edge of chaos", and the natural tendencies to sublimate order from chaos and chaos from order in a manner that can only be described as magical. Everything is clearly algorithmically designed. As an engineer, I recognize the spirals, the logarithms, the mmorpg-style reskinning of already finished creatures to place in different areas. I'm not saying natural selection isn't real, and a very true part of the programming of the universe. But there are certain aspects of reality that are too complex to leave to chance. Divine creation and natural selection aren't mutually exclusive: both are correct.

Posit 2: As part of the programming of this simulation, mankind is regularly and rhythmically presented with crisis, and crises precipitate change

Bear with me.

Remember when Moses commanded the Jews to slaughter those who worshipped the calf idols? Let's analyze the reason for this.

This was the age of Taurus, the bull. The cow was sacred to everyone in the age of Taurus. This prohibition upon the slaughter of cattle came out of necessity. A farmer would have his cow, and in times of crop disease or drought, he may out of desperation butcher his cow to feed his family. Next year, he would have no cow to work his fields or to butcher, and thus his family would starve. However, the philosophy of Taurus was not sustainable with the temporary population growth it enabled. This civilization that spawned in the fertile crescent eventually left vast deserts as its legacy, the direct result of this aggressive agrarian expansion. In response came rigid hierarchies, lack of upward mobility, prostitution and slavery.

So Moses saw the long-term destructive nature of the cow worshippers and came down from the mountain to kill them all, blowing the Ram's horn. Thus came the age of Aries, the age of the trader slash herder, the age of the Jews, and the dominant philosophy (pantheistic animal totemism) disappears everywhere but India, where unique environmental conditions (monsoons, heavy phosphorus deposits) make the old agrarian philosophy sustainable. What else can you do in a vast desert for food, except herd? So after the massive killing spree spurred by Moses, the population of civilization explodes yet again to strain its limits, causing prostitution, slavery, famine and chaos. Along comes Jesus, with yet another moral basis for humanity to live on. The dominant philosophy (Judaism) loses most of its market share to Christianity. So what was the solution to this resource crisis? What's the astrological sign you see Christians advertising on the backs of their cars?

That's right, the nordic invention of the fishing net saved humanity from the wrath of the apocalypse. Thus came the age of Pisces.

So we're at a new resource shortage. Global peak phosphorus happened in 1989. Phosphorus can be recovered though, so it isn't too critical, but it is definitely bad for growing grain. We consistently as a planet consume more grain every year than we produce. Eventually those fat stockpiles are gonna hit bottom, and then shit hits the fan. We have already seen tortilla riots in Mexico, and commodities shortages and export controls in nearly half the world. Oil is going to become a little scarcer, but isn't going to run out anytime soon. The Saudi fields have peaked and Kuwait's are about to do so, but it doesn't matter. There was a strategic decision to bleed the middle east dry of oil long ago. We still have plenty of shit we can drill elsewhere. America's deserts have plenty of light sweet crude, I assure you.

So what resource are we going to run out of? There's a very important one, one that is required to grow things. One that is required for human beings to survive. T Boone Pickens just put 200mil of his own money into securing rights to this resource. The first ETF for this resource appeared a couple years ago, and Sydney is opening the first futures market for this resource. My hedge fund heavily speculates in this resource.

What resource is this? What age are we coming into? Fill in the blank!

This is the dawning of the age of ________.

Now you've got it.i
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araenel From: araenel Date: August 1st, 2008 03:45 am (UTC) (link)
can't wait for part 2

Well I mean at first, I thought wow, this is really interesting.

Then I thought wow this guy is off his rocker.
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hello_jaime From: hello_jaime Date: August 1st, 2008 03:54 am (UTC) (link)
i read the article. congrats! i am going to buy the magazine so i'll have a clipping of you to show my future children.
chunkems From: chunkems Date: August 1st, 2008 04:12 am (UTC) (link)
you never fail to blow my mind weev. kudos.
From: townleybomb Date: August 1st, 2008 04:45 am (UTC) (link)
As someone who googled you from the NYT article, you sounded a lot less like schizophrenic college kid who just took his first shrooms over there....
weev From: weev Date: August 1st, 2008 04:47 am (UTC) (link)
Yes, ridicule me based upon ignorance rather looking at Western civilization from the perspective of a trader and accountant.

Oh yeah, I forget that our liberal ideologues have made it so anyone who mentions God or spirituality in their life philosophy must be a nutcase.

You're an idiot.
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vargtimmen From: vargtimmen Date: August 1st, 2008 04:48 am (UTC) (link)
x77303066 From: x77303066 Date: August 1st, 2008 05:07 am (UTC) (link)
I liked it :D. Disagree with the religious stuff but who gives a shit. There's some good economics and sociology in there.
From: mojopo Date: August 6th, 2008 05:28 am (UTC) (link)


There isn't.
easyjesus From: easyjesus Date: August 1st, 2008 05:34 am (UTC) (link)
Well said. I'm glad to know I'm not the only reasonable person who does not see intelligent design and evolution as mutually exclusive.

I don't know what people are getting at re: "religious stuff", as what you've mentioned here is the historical basis of these events.
x77303066 From: x77303066 Date: August 1st, 2008 06:34 am (UTC) (link)
People = me. Religious stuff = Posit 1. I thoroughly enjoyed Posit 2.
jadedone2many From: jadedone2many Date: August 1st, 2008 05:39 am (UTC) (link)
Water, yes? We're moving backwards on the astrological wheel, so the next sign is Aquarius, the water bearer.

I'm intrigued. Please continue.
From: ex_riolu47 Date: August 1st, 2008 06:36 am (UTC) (link)
why do you have a default icon of yourself? you're ugly.
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jameth From: jameth Date: August 1st, 2008 07:47 am (UTC) (link)
obligatory acknowledgment comment
x77303066 From: x77303066 Date: August 1st, 2008 08:07 am (UTC) (link)
This civilization that spawned in the fertile crescent eventually left vast deserts as its legacy, the direct result of this aggressive agrarian expansion. In response came rigid hierarchies, lack of upward mobility, prostitution and slavery.

You have any links on this? I'm trying to find shit talking about the ecology of that society but what little I can find is in Arabic.
vira From: vira Date: August 1st, 2008 09:48 am (UTC) (link)
This is the classic book on the subject of collapse, it covers Mesopotamia among many others.
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From: (Anonymous) Date: August 1st, 2008 09:52 am (UTC) (link)

As a hacker, I

i can't believe i read this shit you are crazy as shit holy fucking lol "I risked a lot to spread a message that was beneficial for humanity" ahahah hahahah ahahahah

"I've got some deeply veiled gnosis to share about the nature of reality,"
i understand your like a mega super troll so just go ahead and tell me that this was a troll because if not fucking lolllll your "deeply veiled gnosis" is no deeper than a fucking philosophy 101 class you dumbshit.

u mad?

are you gonna ruin me weev? are you gonna.... TAKE PICTURES OF MY HOUSE??????!??!?!?! OH CHRIST NO!!!!!! I WILL BE RUINED!!!!

also, check out this cool thread about you: http://sass.buttes.org/forum/viewtopic.php?id=22619
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 1st, 2008 11:02 am (UTC) (link)
It's easy to place all of the blame on the Jews, but it's not necessarily as simple as that. They are just the group that happens to be holding all the chips at this point in time. We gave them the power they have, and now we are paying for it. Everyone is getting fucked; whites, blacks, even the Jews themselves; they'll screw their own people over in a heartbeat if it spells financial gain, a fact proven time and time again.

They use their propaganda to make us become sympathetic to their plight, and it works. After 9/11, we pointed the finger at the Muslims, and the Jews laughed as we waged war against the people they have fucked over harder than anyone else. We didn't stop and think about the situation in a logical manner. We didn't think about the fact that the terrorist attacks were not simply a random act of violence, but rather, retribution for sending money and armaments to their enemy. We didn't even consider the fact that our government knowingly put us, the citizens, in danger, just so the Zionists can keep a pathetic stretch of land that never belonged to them in the first place. The "terrorists" we despise are people just like us - they're people that have been fucked over and neglected by the system. The Zionists and our government tell us they are enemies and try to turn us against one another for their own personal gain. 3000 innocent, hard-working Americans were killed right here in our own country just because our government wanted to help the Zionists defend a few thousand square miles of stolen land halfway across the world. Am I wrong, or is something terribly fucked up about this?

I think it's only a matter of time before people in this country, and all over the world, start to wake the fuck up. They will start taking a good, long look around at what's going on here, and things will change, hopefully for the better.
weev From: weev Date: August 1st, 2008 01:16 pm (UTC) (link)
Wrong, they're going to take a quick, angry look around them and start killing their neighbors. You are not a student of history.
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labrynthos From: labrynthos Date: August 1st, 2008 01:12 pm (UTC) (link)
Good stuff man. You are always inspiring and refreshingly...clairvoyant? (probably not exactly the right word)

You're spot on about water. My whole summer has been preoccupied with designing solutions for global water crisis for this class I'm taking. The research that I have done is pretty intense... But, most of it is about access and pollution. People in the third world have water - they just can't get to it, and what they can get to is horribly polluted. In the first world, we have plenty of water...but we don't manage it well. We overuse before the water can regenerate, AND we use that water for waste treatment, which increases in concentration daily. There are sources of water that are wasted or ignored.

You might want to look at investing in water reclaimation. They use it in Singapore to reduce the nation's dependence on Malaysia. The technology is there to reclaim water that is safe and drinkable, but nobody has the political will to touch it.
weev From: weev Date: August 1st, 2008 01:14 pm (UTC) (link)
Reclaimed water has to be filtered, reverse osmosized and irradiated before it is safe. This is an extremely energy intensive process. Fine for drinking water, I suppose, for the time being. But not fine for growing crops, or for all those other critical things we use water for.
taumeson From: taumeson Date: August 1st, 2008 02:06 pm (UTC) (link)
Hey. I'm here from MeFi.

I like this. I will read more. To respond:

Just this week some MIT researchers mentioned they're able to mix in a cobalt-based catalyst to an electrolysis setup to up the efficiency. It very well could be the age of Aquarius.


Now, you're hinting at wind power. I'm not sure about wind power being enough -- if you take the energy out of wind and turn it into frictional heat and electricity, you're disrupting weather patterns. Enough to do any damage? Perhaps not, but we don't know because we've never used it enough.

We do know that large windmills are bad for birds, though.

I like wave power better -- again, more of an Age of Aquarius thing. It'll still mess with weather patterns but because of its much higher density it has a lot more energy to give out. It's constantly being replenished by gravity (like how weather patterns are getting replenished by sunlight) so it's very renewable.

And then, of course, there's straight solar. Solar electrolysis, like I mentioned above, is good at giving us something to burn so that we can keep our current energy infrastructure, but photovoltaics have a lot of efficiencies left to discover. Here is where you run into the coming element shortage, unfortunately.
x77303066 From: x77303066 Date: August 1st, 2008 05:22 pm (UTC) (link)
Even with vast fields of turbines you're still only taking a relatively tiny amount of kinetic energy out of the weather system. It doesn't do any damage.
From: gasjews Date: August 1st, 2008 02:36 pm (UTC) (link)

Totally rules

Excellent interview. Keep in mind his editors may have cut some of the best stuff so as not to be too edgy. But, it got out some good ideas. Commentary below:

weev From: weev Date: August 1st, 2008 02:41 pm (UTC) (link)

Re: Totally rules

Word. You know something? I am happier at being on corrupt.org than the NYT Magazine. I am glad someone really gets it, and that my words and effort were not for naught.
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