Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Tek-Gnostics Update

We’ve been working on a variety of updates over at our “Mothership” website, tekgnostics.com. Of special interest is the re-design of our Pop Future page. In this latest revision, we have published an expanded version of the recent: a vision of the future post, from this blog. This expanded version is worth a look.

We also have revised our Extra-Terrestrial Transmissions page. Here we have published our blog series, AAT: are the world’s religions cargo cults? Now this three-part series is available in one place! In addition, there are several more minor updates, so if you haven’t explored our website lately, Check it out…

Questionnaire Results

Recently, in this blog’s surveying the collective widget, we asked the question:

Q: Will there be a world-media disclosure, concerning extra-terrestrial contact?

The results of this query are in and we can report that there was a tie for the most popular answer submitted by our readers…

Tied for first place, each with 29% of the total votes… Survey said!!!

A: Yes, intelligent life! …and/or

A: Yes, alien agenda!

Second place answer, with 21% of the vote – No, just potential conditions.

Third place answer, with 13% of the vote – Yes, microbes on mars.

Forth and last place answer, with 8% of the vote – No, we’re alone.

Check out our newest survey question in our surveying the collective (upper left-hand column) widget. Please respond to this question, as it will help us define “What the hell is Tek-Gnostics, anyway?” … any clarification you can provide will be greatly appreciated!

Spring Membership Drive

We are also excited to announce a new feature of our Affiliate Program… Now membership in the Tek-Gnostics Affiliates includes a personalized Certificate of Heresy!

Upon subscription, each new member will receive, in addition to all the other perks… a spiffy, full color certificate (suitable for framing!), verifying their blatant heresy and their ability to think for themselves… This official document is authorized and signed by none other than the Demiurge! Accept no substitutions! …and remember… you don’t have to be a heretic to enjoy Tek-Gnostics… but it helps!

So if you find the Tek-Gnostics website to be entertaining… or informative… or in any way useful… please consider subscribing to our members site. All proceeds go toward keeping Tek-Gnostics on-line.

Blessings to you & yours...

Sensei & Co.

Friday, March 15, 2013

A Vision of the Future

"The future belongs to those who give the next generation reason for hope."
- Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
We stand upon a precipice of unquestionable horrific consequence. We nonchalantly name this precarious moment: “the present.” That vast expanse that we call “the past” unfolds behind and beneath us like an immense nightmarish plain, stretching to infinity. The nexus of possibilities that lay before us, collectively known as “the future” is obscured… clouded by a fog of potentialities… created in part by the amazing events of the near-past.
The first decade of the 21st century has been quite a ride. Consequently, most of our visions of the world in which we live had been greatly influenced… tainted, even… by the events of September 11th, 2001. Seemingly overnight our planet's socio-economic landscape had been re-arranged into a mix of archaic tribalism and multi-nationalism. A “Jihad” or holy war had been declared against capitalism in general and the United State’s neo-empirical expansionism in particular.
For decades leading up to 9/11, a “Crusade” of western interests had descended upon the Islamic world, most notoriously (and militarily) Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan. Little wonder that there would be a push-back from conservative factions within Middle Eastern countries such as Iran, as well as lawless territories such as Waziristan. The so-called Arab Spring aside, ultra-conservative fundamentalism, from all of the “Desert Religions,” east & west, seem to hold disproportionate sway over the affairs of man.  
Terrorists… Crusaders… Fanatics… Infidels…
Presently, a murky, slightly sinister haze obscures a clear view of our near future, making prediction difficult and more than a little fuzzy. Terrorism and covert operations have replaced diplomacy as a political first option. Even as “terrorist cells” get their footing around the world, traditional global economic mechanisms are breaking apart. We now find ourselves living in a post rule-of-law, spy-vs-spy world.

Preppers vs Hippies

Obviously, there is a myriad of ways in which a conversation about our near-future could proceed. For purposes of forecasting the future, we want to focus on, and contrast two trends emerging in contemporary American culture. One trend is the proliferation of what has been popularly referred to as the “prepper” or survivalist movement. The other trend has been labeled the community resilience movement. These two factions pursue very different agendas, both driven by the same macro-political climate mentioned above.
The survivalist camp has been growing over the decades and includes such factions as the militia movement, wilderness survivalists, proponents of the second amendment and “right to bare arms” …and more recently the doomsday preppers. Extreme right and left wings are represented by the likes of posse comitatus and earth first! It could be argued that the radicalism of the NRA and the libertarianism of the Tea Party can be traced back to the survivalist mentality that was incubating in the 70’s, emerging into public view in the 80’s.
This conservative collective continues to grow in popularity. The recent revival in fringy right-wing conspiracy theories, what the Southern Poverty Law Center has called “Patriot Paranoia” has proliferated since President Barak Obama’s election, and subsequent re-election. The sentiment that is fed by these assorted conspiracy theories is an ever increasing distrust of the American Government. A certain amount of skepticism is healthy… the question is… how much is too much? At what point does mistrust become crazy?
It is reasonable to assume that the survivalist camp is fueled by “fear based” sentimentality. There appears to be an entropic, not enough to go around, survival of the fittest attitude that promotes a defensive posture, including the caching (hoarding) of provisions and weaponry. This mentality operates on the principle of scarcity. Survivalists feel the need to “protect what’s mine.” Again, the question arises… when does a defensive posture turn offensive? At what point do the defenders become predators? 
Coinciding with the popularity of the doomsday preppers, another movement has recently emerged. Responding to similar concerns, the community resilience movement seeks to mitigate a perceived erosion of national infrastructure. If it true that the United States is going to hell in a handbag, the “resiliencers” (we coined this phrase ourselves) seek to fill the void, created by a retreating federal government, with self-sufficiency.  
The community resiliency camp can trace its modern roots back to the 70’s, vis-à-vis the “back to nature” movement. It loosely includes such diverse factions as master & organic gardeners, alternative energy (solar, wind & hydro) or “off the grid” enthusiasts, the environmental movement and even natural childbirth advocates. Both right and left political ideologies are represented. Everyone from open source war strategist and former USAF pilot in special operations, John Robb, to Hippy media entrepreneur and futurist, Stewart Brand.
The resiliency movement is rapidly gaining ground to the point of critical mass within the consciousness of the American public. This localized, yet networked response to diminishing services, crumbling infrastructure and lack of political will to fund such services, also speaks to an increased mistrust of government. More specifically, it speaks to skepticism over the government’s ability to continue to deliver such services. “Resiliencers” operate from an extropic, “we can do anything we set our minds to” mentality. This philosophy also resonates with rural dwellers such as ranching and farming communities.
The resilient community approach is one of optimism and expertise. This mentality operates on the principle of abundance. It is an open, (dare we say) “love based” creative solution to the very serious challenges facing us all. Resiliency is also a “strength based” strategy that instills self-reliance within one’s home and community. Growing food, generating local power and providing local manufacturing all promote economic stability within the home, the neighborhood, the community and the bio-region.

Dreaming the Future

The question becomes… which movement makes more sense as we move into a shared brave-new-future? On the one hand, the survivalists seek to address active security… as in providing paramilitary protection for their community and cached resources/provisions for their loved ones. Additionally, there is a desire to protect constitutional rights… specifically the second amendment right to bear arms and fourth amendment right against unreasonable search and seizures. This position looks to be confrontational… “Keep the hell away from our personal freedoms and our god-given liberties, thank you very much.”
On the other hand, the resiliencers seek to address the passive security (self-reliance) question by building infrastructure, thereby decreasing dependence on the centralized state. They seek to meet their needs locally, not relying on interstate commerce, especially interstate freight delivery via semi-trucks. This speaks to a larger desire to end reliance on big oil… ie: international energy commerce. This position appears to be dismissive… “We no longer need your artificially propped up international capitalism, thank you very much.”
It is our assertion that in the long run, the path to community resiliency is the wiser choice. Active security is important, but at the end of the day… real and sustainable security is created by real and sustainable self-sufficiency. The immediate and essential choice before us is one of vision and intention. Before we can create a better future, we must first dream it… visualize it. This is not so much a question of how do we get there, but one of who do we want to be, both individually and as a community, in getting there? Do we move into the future with compassion and integrity? …or does the end justify the means?
Perhaps each faction has something to learn from their counterpart. Regardless, the future we choose is the future we get. Let’s all get there together, helping one another along the way. Amen.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Dealing with "the Sequester" – a Manifesto

On Friday, March 1st, the 10% across-the-board federal budgetary cuts called for by the Budget Control Act of 2011, automatically kicked in, as our legislative branch of government failed to act. I single out our legislature because it is their job to authorize the federal government’s expenditures. Remember, the administrative branch… the president, et al… are in reality merely glorified accountants. The president administers fiscal policy upon direction from the legislature. This is how a representative form of government is supposed to work.
By now, it has become all too clear that our legislative governmental apparatus is highly ineffective, if not completely broken. As stated in an earlier post, our legislature has fattened into an aristocratic over-class, far removed from the experiences of the American public. They have devolved into a one-percent wannabe subclass of the bourgeoisie. They have grown into the very social strata… the very upper class elitists, that our representative government… a government of the people, by the people and for the people… was originally designed to protect our citizenry from.
Absent any constructive, bi-partisan legislation being put forth by our government, we at Tek-Gnostics have taken it upon ourselves to develop and publish our own plan to address the hardships created by the sequester, to help the American Experience return to a path of prudent fiscal responsibility and prosperity. This plan takes the form of a three-plank manifesto…


One – Tax the Churches

Too long have the myriad religious cabals been allowed to run rampant in this country without paying their “fair share” of healthcare, education, infrastructure and national dept servicing costs that the rest of us (big corporations excluded, of course) routinely pay through national, state and local income taxes, not to mention employment and various state sales taxes.
With total church revenues in the US being estimated at somewhere between $93 billion, to as much as $220 billion annually, the additional revenue would be significant.
Taxing the Churches falls within the “increased revenue” school of thought, in dealing with “the sequester” as well as dealing with our ever increasing national debt (the two schools of thought being increased taxation vs spending cuts). Generating more money in this manner would at least prolong the inevitability of our government increasing taxes on the middle-income and low-income among us.


Two – Eat the Rich

This imaginative idea accomplishes several desirable benefits, simultaneously. First, it provides another as-yet untapped food-source to those in our society who don’t get enough to eat. I’m sure many of you are familiar with this variation of the Soylent Green solution.
Second, it closes the circle… completes the cycle… of poorest to wealthiest within our culture. Previously in America, wealth has always flowed one way… from the bottom or poorest strata, to the top or wealthiest strata. If it is true that you are what you eat, then by eating the rich, the poorest in our society would literally become the wealthiest! And so the cycle of the poorest to the wealthiest within this nation would finally come full circle.
Finally, eating the rich would go a long way toward solving the 1% problem in America. There would finally be a real motive for the 1% to join the 99% in this country. As we all know, there will always remain serious parity issues in this country until the 99 and the 1 merge into a 100% America. Strength in unity! 


Three – Nothing is so sacred that it cannot be made fun of

This third and final plank of our manifesto actually comes from the Tek-Gnostics Eight-fold path… a field guide to mindful consciousness in the 21st century. As is pointed out in the 5th facet of the Eight-fold path… A well developed sense of humor is indicative of a well developed intellect. If you don’t have a sense of humor… it’s just not funny.
So if you are repulsed by any of the above… lighten up. If consideration of the absurd is in any way entertaining, enlightening or if it allows you to think outside the box… then our work here is done.