Wanna Stay relevant? Redifine yourself.

The Iranian Activists in Diaspora version.

When it comes to the citizen journalists who cover the Middle East, I admire most of the controversial posts of my Facebook friend Leila [in Persian]. Most of them because I think she is cherry-picking when it comes to the military aggression of the Iranian regime in the areas where they bring more tension.

Anyhow, she is constantly calling out on some Iranian political activists in exile, who in their opposition to the Iranian government and paid by the western media outlets or other mainstream organizations in the free world, strategically side with financial sanctions and military invasion against Iran or even go as far to covertly side with its enemies, the likes of ISIS.

 Lubomir Arsov
Lubomir Arsov

I don’t know about the accusations in this particular case. But want to draw attention to a situation we are facing here, which is financial:

Follow the money.

Activism and journalism hardly pays off, and even harder for immigrants with a different cultural background and a mother tongue other than that of the host country. And it is natural for people to survive doing what they have been doing for years if they don’t have an immediate access to another occupation. So I observe that there is an increasing population among the Iranian diaspora who even though started with an honest and genuine pro-democracy and pro-freedom cause, are now finding themselves increasingly struggling to stay relevant and are prone to be hijacked by malicious causes who want to optimize their profit by using them.

Of course a lot of things regarding the situation inside Iran has not changed and the struggle for freedom should always be valid, but as the game in the region changes the old paradigms expire, become ineffective or get worn out. Now imagine you are a political discident, a refugee, or an activist. And your very identity in the host country is being a political discident opposing an oppressive regime in the Middle East. What are your alternatives after paradigms shift?

Now that after nuclear negotiations, the failure of US/NATO policies in the whole region, from Iraq and Afghanistan to Syria and Libya and what not, you find yourself barking the wrong tree, what should you do? Jumping on a new train somehow? Stirring geopolitically to upgrade (which may be counter-productive)? Or switching to a new branch of job? Or should one choose to not survive instead?

It is a big problem, but it is not the problem of the public who have to consume the cultural products these genre makes.

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From the volunteer human right activities during the past two decades, I have already accumulated a whole representative group of this profile as Facebook friends or I follow them on other social media. During the times of campaigning, collaboration or personal acquaintance we were united towards similar goals but time passed and things changed. So some chose one way of adaptation to another. And so as time went by those most rigid or most egoistic (if I may call them that way), diverged and came out clearly to took side with a different oppressive dominating force. Practically out of habit or financial ties.

I have become increasingly careful giving my trust help organizations or NGOs before studying their financial ties or seeing close to which think tanks their activities is coordinated. And I sense that there is an increasing number of corporate activists, corporate journalists, writers or even artists who functionally under the cover of a human right cause side with the authority and covertly justify military actions, defend US invasion or NATO’s aggression or at least financial sanctions against the countries in the Middle East or North Africa. This has started to emerge implicitly, and even explicitly and activists exhibit this in a whole range of human right causes from freedom of speech, anti-death-penalty, pro-democracy, women rights or LGBT rights. For obvious reasons, the only exceptions are environmental, anti-war or labor right activists.

So what these activists used to do for the benefit of their people, may now serve the opposite purpose. I can not even think of a particular person but I think in patterns. And nature always finds models to satisfy. So here is a test if you have been a pro-democracy activist:

Wherever you are, if you read this and secretly know this is your story there are a couple of signs and symptoms before things break out: You have a tribune from which you can freely condemn the dictatorships of ME but can not not speak up against carrier politicians in the West? Or even some of them because your very survival depends on this self-censorship? Then you are at least susceptible if not affected. Please be pro-active before it is late, reconsider and find new horizons to stay relevant, especially in connection with the host society.

But If you are affected, have you gone that far to join or help a tink tanks who promote wars or financial sanctions officially, not OK.

And since no descent human deserves to have in their social circle a corporate activist/journalist who works against the well-being of their homeland, I thank for your friendship already. But please remove me, before your track record start to indicate enough in few years to come and things start to look bad. I had to already remove few of such connections from Facebook or oppose/unfollow them elsewhere. They had crossed the boundaries. With the ever increasing role of finance in the politics, the current political climate, and the basic rule of “follow the money”, I predict there will be more over time. Feel free to take the upper hand!

The world is complex, geopolitics are dynamic, and an intelligent organism needs to adapt. In the case of us humans not only financially, but also to presevere their dignity.

Peace <3

Dream: Ticking Bombs of Ancient Wisdom

Finally, the Sci-Fi dream of two nights ago. As promised here, the tried topic for lucid dreaming was about the wild ways we could possibly encounter aliens.

Here’s the outcome, to be drafted in linear terms, in three eposides:

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Episode one, Ancient Intelligence: 👽

There were aliens long before us. They were very intelligent. Too intelligent for their own good, like us, only more. They were like what we could be in a thousand years, however still not immune from the existential threats caused by their own progress.

Their expeditions kept imposing frequent threats upon their safety, and their knowledge could only marginally solve them. Plus they had used up their planet, so they wanted to go for the stars. For that they had also started to spread seeds of life in to the vast darkness of the galaxy, hoping that one day one of them hits a livable planet and contaminate it with life.

This charitable cosmic initiative was still a humble investment by our ancient grandparents: First it would take billions of years for those life forms to create a discent biosphere. Then once any of these life forms could reach an intelligent level, it would not be immuned from a self-distruction that seems to be the natural course of evolution. Because of such prognosis they were working to make better plans and manifacture more resilient seeds of life.

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Episode two, Edible Knowledge: 💊📕

These aliens survived long enough to know how to hack life. Their bodies were customizable and could transform, their age and faith and habits were out of their own choice and above all they had this organic technology that allowed them to learn new knowledge by eating stuff; a library for a spoon of whatever knowledge they wanted to learn and store!

Among those edible flash memories, there were even more flexible variations compatible with some other potential life forms that could have evolved out of those pollinating seeds. And the aliens wanted to preserve their legacy and save their civilization, but if not that, they new they can stand a chance to save their future descendent life forms from doing similar mistakes.

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Episode three, ticking bombs: 💣☄

Fast forward… Their civilization was long gone. But in a cold corner of their solar system, in danger of solar flares and cosmic hazards, there were these space stations rotating silently with thousands of ticking bombs in them. They would go off once in a million years according to the plan to hopefully end up landing on a now-matured life form to give them the edible wisdom of survival, showed long ago to successfully transfer the knowledge to most imaginable life forms of this family, lab-tested and scientifically proven!

May be this time we could survive and go interstellar…

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PS. This was obviously influenced by Terence’s Food of the Gods and any originality must go to his machine elves and their ecology of souls. 🍄 What was new to me was the third episode, especially the sad punchline that reminded me of the detached scene of Gravity. There was no scenes of dildosphere!!

Not alone, but we’re lonely

Aliens probably exist. But they didn’t make our pyramids. And they didn’t negotiate with our governments. That’s just a childish scenario.

It’s reasonable to believe in extraterrestials. They are likely to exist, given the vastness of the universe, and given us. So we are probably not alone, but our companions are perhaps not so hangable either.

Aliens, at the time of us encountering them, could be inconceivably different from us. In their size and time constants, intelligence, capabilities, goals and morals. So the cosmic pluralism that makes us unlikely to be alone, makes us even less likely to have friends.

The most realistic scenarios of us and aliens encountering each other has got to be the wildest ones. Not like we both go to space and we then meet and exchange ideas. Or they come find our planet and throw a pyramid at it and leave, then millenia later return with fancier UFOs to negotiate with our government.

We have probably not met aliens yet, not conventionally, recently, and in equal terms at least. And they have probably not encountered us. But if they already have, it must have been a long time ago, and perhaps in ways less imaginable to our day to day minds.

So this was a preperation for what I am going to dream about tonight. In what ways we may have encountered aliens! There may be episodes or scenes of dildosphere too. Will let you know how it goes.

Good night!

Dildosphere

1. The end of bio-diversity: Perhaps a while before but certainly after the agricultural revolution, we humans as one of the many species dominated the earth and killed off or domesticated all the other species. We redefined the earth’s gene pool according to our own genetic code. A hundred thousand years ago it would be impossible to guess which of these animals [who populated the earth and if any] would eventually get out of balance and dominate the earth like we did. It turned out to be us who killed the planet’s bio-diversity and instead created a cultural diversity based around our own species.

2. The end of cultural diversity: The cultural diversity did not last long either and after the industrial revolution one of these many cultural codes killed the rest or tamed them to dominate the civilization. Industrial capitalism eradicated all the other cultures and life styles, or largely made them adapt to become yet another implementation of consumerist culture. A thousand years ago it would be difficult to guess what kind of cultural code will dominate the earth, but consumer capitalism turned out to kill the rest of the cultural pluralism and instead created a diversity of consumer goods and products.

3. The end of product diversity: Will the product diversity of today last for ever? Now it’s very difficult to guess what branch of these product groups will eradicate all the other goods to take over the scene in decades to come. But we can always speculate and my blind guess is dildo!

My prediction for the faith of the humanity is that we will swim in an ecosystem of dildos and AIs who serve them, and any other product you see today around yourself will seize to exist, or will be taken out of its traditional “wild” usage – including eggplants and joysticks – and shall serve the amazingly diversified dildosphere from pole to pole! 🕹🐛🌂🍼🏑🍆

Now should we not be pro-active, to preserve the pluralism of our beloved dildosphere? Share if you agree that shafts are shafts, no matter their color, frequency, size or curvature!

PS. Mankind’s pecularity is divergent. It has no limit! Colonies of ants or bees do their usual same thing no matter how large they get, but we humans in large groups are capable of showing anything absurd. Any weird act that is conceivable, a bunch of us will happen to do someday somewhere! If other animals look at us, they would probably think this human thing is the strangest experiment Earth has ever done. Hope she doesn’t regret the gamble!

Still we ourselves are being the reason to dreduce such a beautiful diversity to one single-branded world-wide uniform?

Wars and Crashes

Few powerful humans can decide a war, but no one can predict a market crash.

Few hours before any bloody conflict there are people on earth who know hell is about to break loose, and they can as well stop it.

Market bubbles are inflated by humans, but their crash is really hard to see. Even few hours before a market crash no body can see it coming, and if they do it’s a point where it has become certainly out of control. Out of everyone’s control.

And when a financial bubble is about to burst, what can take the public attention away from it?

A war!

“That was my point”

I think those gun owners who compare mass shooting to rape have a valid point.

The main reason behind mass shooting is not guns or victims, religion or the second amendment, is the individual who abuses them, the mass shooter.

The main reason behind rape is not human penis, provocative clothing or rape regulations. Is the rapist.

But of course confiscating all guns from a city will reduce mass shootings. And cutting off everyone’s penis will certainly put an end to the rape problem forever.

One of them just seems a little easier than the other. So it may not be a crazy idea after all.

To cut off everyone’s penis!

Quotes!

I just collected my impulsive status updates on social media during the last year. Here they are, sparks of wisdom humbly left for the humanity!

On Existence:

• Things that don’t exist, exist outside existence.

• Non-existence is non-existent.

• If I existed I would probably be an atheist.

• Our world has this amazing property that we can describe things that don’t exist. Don’t take it for granted.

• Best status updates get the least number of likes, since they’re never written.

On Empathy:

• We don’t believe in Karma, since it doesn’t “exist”. But groups, cultures or species who didn’t believe in Karma, went extinct. Now that is, precisely, Karma.

• “There is no cold. Only absence of heat.” There is no psychopathy. Only absence of empathy.

• “Always forget. But never forgive!” – a forgotten unforgiven dude

• Behind every hill there is an uncanny valley.

• Think, before you act: Transcend, before you scale.

On Truth:

• I can spot patterns in data like very few can. The issue… I find patterns in nothingness, like no one can.

• There are many alphabetical combos with absolutely no meaning. There are also lots of concepts which don’t yet have a name. It’s no shortage of either, we just need an app to connect them. #UberForWords

• Everyone knows that common sense is a reliable source for the truth. Everyone is wrong.

• If the majority believe in something, does it make that thing more valid? Or less valid?

• The majority is usually wrong. Although most people may disagree. Here we go again!

• Can you bring up a particular truthful belief, that the majority of the human society agrees with it? Something that you can confidently claim that the majority of your species – finally – got it totally right. Anything less trivial than “The earth is not flat” is accepted!

On Society and Politics:
I think if I were an American I would – most likely – be already in the streets revolting today oppising the TaxScamBill! Most likely like 99.9%, because chances are that I would be in the 0.1% richest which makes it stupid to oppose it.

• Can America not have a president for four years? Our high school didn’t have a principal for a year and that turned out to be the year with the best results.

• Everyone is unique in their own special way. Stop being like everyone. Stop being unique.

• Radicalism is being a misfit. There’s nothing wrong with radicalism. What’s wrong is in which direction we choose to grow away from the mainstream.

• Mass media journalist goes to Wall Street asking experts: Is Wall Street business model fraud? Makes you wanna go to KFC asking “chicken experts”: Is your fast food chicken-friendly? – Sure ut is. I’ve had KFC for years. It’s awesome!

• Have you noticed that right after you pay for something, it becomes free??

• Sometimes I avoid products that are advertised, seeing a part of my money goes to the ad, and not the product itself. I save that money and pay it to myself later, for self-advertising the alternative product. That’s my secret side job, self-advertiser, with quite some income.

• I understand that they don’t make the weekend longer, like eight days or ten days. Cause that has some mathematical limits.
But why don’t they make it like five or six days?? What’s the excuse for that?

• We should try to see the positive in everything, and at least the positive thing about our society is that it is more forward-thinking and progressive than tomorrow!

On Life:

• If we come from creationists, why are there still creationists?

• Which species you think will survive the end of the world?

• We are not made to understand the world, or to enjoy it. We are made to survive it. Strangely enough, we understand it a tiny bit, and enjoy it, but will never survive it.

• Do mosquito know what’s going on in the air they swims through, with all the radio frequencies and control signals humans transmit? Would mosquitos and humans have any idea if super intelligent beings run technologies parallel to their lives? Should we ask mosquitos?

• What if perception and action converge in small scales? Things observe their observer. And affect what is trying to affect them a little earlier.

• If copying the info of life was possible, say 3D printing it remotely with some form of radiation, wouldn’t it be much faster way to colonize distant planets instead of phisically travelling to them with our luggage? Astrobiology at the speed of light.

• Aliens in the southern part of the galaxy have this weird accent the way they send their cosmic rays.

• It’s important to understand that aliens are not alien to themselves, to their wife and children and to the waiters at their local pub.

• Why on earth do we not have something that moves freely while doing photosynthesis? Or do we?

On Astronomy:

• Happy first day of spring, vernal equinox, and all other types of equinox “whethever” they occur. (* wherever and whenever in spacetime.)

• Did you know that Solar eclipses are typically darker at nights and less harmful to stare at when they don’t happen during the day? Did you know that looking at eclipse is even more dangerous when the Moon that blocks the sun is a full moon? Just look up “solar eclipse by full moon at night”.

On Personalities:

• One should be open to new possibilities. For example being open to not being open to all new possibilities!

You matter!

This made me confess that, honestly, it’s been a while since I accepted (or forced myself to believe) that – just like you – I am being watched.

Not only by some unknown pairs of eyes sitting at NSA envying Snowden for his courage, but also by my grand children – already! – having fun in an extrapolated virtual reality of my life in data-archeological musuems of the future (if my boring practices interests any of them at all).

That’s why I find myself at ease assuming that we are at different simulations at the same time. The human park owner of the future, the alien simulator, God and the big brother are all staring at you.

This at least shows that you matter to someone.

Dream: The Phosphorous Botanical Garden

I was visiting a botanical garden exhibiting “cousins of life on earth” curated from other planets. Although the items on the show were quite exotic, they still seemed familiar to our life forms, so I was a bit dissapointed by them being not extraterrestial enough.

There were a lot of exotic plants and a whole department of huge carnivorous ones. Many of them slooked like human eye with their spikes being like eyelashes.

I was arguing that their look is not just like general eyes actually resembles our very human-specific eyes, with very similar eyelashes and same sharp angles. Therefore they must have evolved after modern humans and are very recent.

Meanwhile I was trying to walk between the plants to avoid the phosphorous dust they were spreading, since their shiny pollination dust was dangerous radioactive material for us.

All of a sudden it turned out that the whole department we are walking on is a huge carnivarous plant like a typical flytrap and its snaps are coming together to eat us all alive probably faster than we can escacpe it.

I ran away and woke up to our boring terrestrial life forms.

PS. The voice in my dream, few nights earlier:

There’s a closet full of strange creatures in the back of everyone’s mind. Once you know in which direction to turn your head, you will be amazed by seeing them all. But even more surprised how in the universe had you not done that simple twist of the neck before.