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$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ $$$$$$$$$ $$$$$$$$$$ $$$$$$$$$$ HOLY TEMPLE of MASS CONSUMPTION $$$$$$$$$$$ $$$$$$$$$$$ $$$$$$$$$$$$ $$$$$$$$$$$$ *N*E*W*S* $$$$$$$$$$$$$ $$$$$$$$$$$ $$$$$$$$$$$$ $$$$$$$$$$ Issue #13, Put the "Xist" back in "X-Mas" $$$$$$$$$$$ $$$$$$$$$ $$$$$$$$$$ $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ the best things in life are F R E E F R E E For more info, send all your money to: F R E E Holy Temple of Mass Consumption Hardcopy - send SASE PO Box 30904 SLACK@ncsu.edu Raleigh, NC 27622 Finer BBS's everywhere HAPPY SOLSTICE!!! NEWS since the last time: FUNDIES FALL DOWN ON JOB --- Possibly still comatose from their stinging defeat last November, local fundamentalist churches have completely FAILED in their yearly crusade to flood local parking lots with possibly the best bulldada of all, the anti-commercialism pamphlets. WHERE HAVE ALL THE "SATAN-CLAUS" FLYERS GONE??? After checking every mall, shopping center, and grocery store in the region, the search yielded ABSOLUTELY NONE of the poorly drawn, over-dramatic screeching hysterics that we've come to love and expect over the years. Maybe they're all too busy trying to pack the local school boards. They aren't even *decent* scumbags. If anyone can get some to us from your part of the country, it would be appreciated. Best ones will be reprinted here, plus you will win a SECRET PRIZE!!!! $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ [graphics] Comics: Post Brothers #28 Rip-Off Press [Motorcyclist with PO Box 4686 no helmet?????] Auburn, CA 95604 Ron Post finds a new victim to tell his [Aha- helmet hidden yearly story of his first car - a van - under long-hair wig!] and how he lost it. Plus, grisly bits. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ HIGH WEIRDNESS by EMAIL 2.0 now available California motorcyclists, The ultimate guide to everything strange, angered over a new law exciting, and just plain interesting which requring that helmets be is available on the Internet. Includes worn, are donning wig-helmets listings of electronic zines (ezines), FTP to annoy and confuse archive sites for everything imaginable, highway patrol officers. Internet BBS's, and more. Plus, mini- reviews when available. For info, mail: mporter@nyx.cs.du.edu, or look for this great file in alt.slack... ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ From San Jose Mercury News November 18, 1991 GOLF GODDESS GUIDES JAPANESE DUFFERS Really Newsweek neat graphics TOKYO - Call it Zen and the art of lowering your all handicap. In Japan, where golf is practically a over religion, duffers now can turn to a "Golf Goddess this of Mercy" before starting their rounds. page. The goddess is a statue called Gorufu Kannon that Too sits in front of a 430 year old Zen temple in the bad city of Annaka, 70 miles northwest of Tokyo. you're stuck Smiling benignly, the goddess holds a golf ball with and putter. Behind her are 13 golf clubs the representing 13 Buddhist teachings. ASCII version. Golfers flock to the temple on weekends, leaving golf balls and tees on the altar in front of the goddess. Police dog finds COMMENTARY: stolen pizza I do enjoy that old time religion and wish there was more of it in the USA. This demonstrates the views of our remote ancestors regarding the gods. I'd like to see more of this in the future. -------------------------------------------------- Donning my Pink-resistant glasses, I ventured into the Pinkest Place hereabouts: Crabtree Valley Mall, in search of Subgenius. Not only was this Mall of Halls nearly illiterate (only two bookstores), it was effectively literate in the Pink-only sense. I asked the Clerk at the bookstore desk, "Have you any copies of "The Book of Subgenius", author Staff of the Subgenius Foundation, ISBN 007-0622299, McGraw-Hill, $9.95, that you can sell me so that I will not have to tie my large intestine into large Pink knots and spew creamed corn onto your Pink Clerk's Counter?" The Clerk just laughed, saying "We don't have any weirdo stuff here." Do not leave large piles of rotting refuse in this bookstore. Do not EVER do this as often as possible. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ So we're speeding headlong into the eco-econocataclysm, business-as-usual, corporations so big you scream "Fuck You" from the bottom of your lungs and the echo from the top of the power pyramid comes back a year later as a NOTICE OF DISHONOR OF CHECK form letter. Or no echo returns at all, and you try to scream again but the wet-thick coughs rack your chest (too much NOx from the street) and you realize that the corporate death aliens are turning our air into a hydrocarbon copy of their smog-and-CO2 atmosphere; "Boy Howdy! You can sell those humans anything! We've got 'em buying nuclear-waste fertilizer, we've got 'em buying mercury-loaded meat by-products, we've got 'em buying FEAR as an entertainment industry... We can sell them smog-making machines and ozone-wrecking machines, we sell 'em exotic cancers AND the expensive ineffective cures, we sell them brain-rotting guilt-programming on our favorite electronic drug: TV!" And the aliens LIKE television! Sure it slows a human's alpha waves and puts us in the hypnogogic state for hours on end; sure, it turns our minds into Play-Do for the mass-advertising jackals to shape into whatever tractable sheeplike form pleases them. BAA! BAA! "Read my lips: No new taxes!" "This is your brain on drugs." "GE brings good things to life." And the Earth is their Third World and they've spent the past three billion years mastering the Art of Vertical Integration AND our planet is their latest levered buyout...TV is GOOD for them, that raster cutting across the phosphor puts them into disease-free ECSTASY while turning our brains to pink MUSH. So you eat some more paper because that's the only way your mind can find its original shape, and you go into the woods, knowing that those trees will only be there a few more years because the goddamn US Forest Service is selling all of the "National" forests to Mazda and Mitsubishi Bank... and subsidizing the sales with your own "no new tax" money. Yes, your brain is on that hot skillet, sizzling, turning brown around the edges, and you feel SANE for the first time in months. Because you've been getting more and more paranoid lately, haven't you? You see a dumb horror flick by a low-budget director while you're really baked and you realize it's a fucking DOCUMENTARY, not just another teen slasher product, but a last-ditch effort to wake people UP: They Live, We Sleep, OBEY, CONSUME, NO THOUGHT. You see an old friend and he has a poster that says "Paranoid? Most of your fears are real." And you really ARE paranoid, but if ever there was a time for paranoia, it is now; you watch Jollie Ollie North casually explain to Sen. Inouye his plans to suspend the Constitution, as if there even WERE a Constitution anymore, after the National Security Act. But the A gives you wisdom and comfort: YOU aren't going crazy, you're JUSTIFIED in being paranoid because it isn't paranoia, it's being brutally REALISTIC. Land of the Free, right, we live in McSuperPower and who do you think sells this cheap plastic CRAP that TIME MAGAZINE calls "the American Dream?" George Bush? HA! He is Pure Product, he IS chicken McNuggets, he IS an expendable fuse through which the real powers dump vast energies...the Trilaterals? The Council on Foreign Relations? You don't even want to ASK about these guys, because they're the Big Boys, the Grim Secret Men in Black, and just THINKING about them draws their attention; it's like yelling HASTUR or YOG-SOTHOTH out loud, or invoking the Freedom of Information Act to see your FBI file, you just don't want to do it, if they notice you you're finished. So there are pretty vortical tracers flowing off your fingers now and you remember that death is an illusion and Mind is the fundamental ordering principle of the Universe...obvious things that everybody including you seems to forget...and the neon rainbow colors remind you of that new Floyd bootleg CD you bought from Second Coming records, GEE! How do they get all that DATA onto one spectrally chromish disk? They can store ENCYCLOPEDIAS on one of those things, and by GOD, the FBI must have thousands of pages of surveillance info on EVERY SINGLE NETTER in North America, all neatly stored and indexed, ready to be consulted when they find it necessary to send YOU to one of the FEMA camps...If you say, "George Bush, ex-CIA director, was out of the loop" enough times maybe they'll take pity and only use the thorazine; if you say "Lee Harvey Oswald, acting alone, murdered President Kennedy" they may even send you to Tiger Island to join up with the Death Squad Elite. You chant over and over, "Lee Harvey Oswald, acting alone..." and maybe you can even convince yourself it's TRUE, but not while you're frying, because right now you're NOT asleep, you see through the NSA even if they DO own over half the Crays ever made, you see through the petty little treacheries that are sold to the public every day: Reagan and Khomeini, Bush and Noriega, goddamn GE and NBC bringing good things to life at Hanford and Pinellas, Exxon and the environment President, BP on the move, RJR and their sickeningly subliminal Smooth Character Penis Camel, the glorps at work who don't MIND toxic waste as long as it's "disposed of" in some IBM-owned Third-World country, and we BUY this shit. And above it all, you can HEAR the slack-sucking aliens laughing their ASSES off, because this invasion was so damn easy it's pathetic. "Gawd, you can sell them ANYTHING! Just last week we convinced them that a war on their own country will make them MORE FREE! This 'Freedom' product is the best scam since the $64,000 question!" Yes, Earth is the laughingstock of the galaxy, creatures in the Small Magellanic Cloud tell human jokes: "Hey Vornan-17, how many humans are buying Men-From- Planet-X brand National Security at this very moment?" "Dunno." "Three hundred million! HAW HAW HAW!" So now you're peaking, and tears are rolling down your cheeks from the relentless giggling. It really is funny after all, this "Bob"cid is the best fry you've had in years, at least the aliens haven't gotten their tentacles on the vitamin A industry; in fact they made it a felony because it makes you HUMAN again, blows their Jack-in-the-Box raster- scanned molasses lint out of your brain...it should be given away FREE on every street corner. And a Forest Ranger, wearing the official Weyerhauser smile, puts a .38 to your head and turns you off. . "You don't have many suspects who DEATH . .. are innocent of a crime. That's . . . contradictory. If a person is innocent . . . . of a crime, then he is not a suspect." . .. . . . . - Edwin Meese III . . . . . .. . . . . . . . [More neat-o graphics here] ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ "$22 BILLS" - "LOVE 22" - "1993" (HOLIDAY-22-GIFT LIST OFFER) More neat stuff from: Love 22 PO Box 4022 Key West, FL 33040 After 5 Independent Presidential campaigns, this will be the 18th year for the "$22 BILLS". Being a past supporter of the infamous "LOVE 22", here is the "UPDATE" all new "ADVANCE""1993" HOLIDAY GIFT LIST order form "SHEETS". "PLEASE" take tim to "CLIP" "N MAIL" NOW to solve your holiday gift ideas & support the "LOVE 22" Independent '96 campaign. Give them what "THEY" all want for the holidays....the money!!! The eye catching funny money "$22 BILLS" plus PAPER FOLDED ACCESSORIES: $22 rings, $22 bow ties, $22 shirts, and $22 boots will delight, both young and old. With free "TRADES" a reality, you may now order "ALL NEW" Canadian $22 bills. The "2200" Mexican Peso notes are on the drawing board. As always, the new U.S. $22 bills which have been "CASHED" over 500 times, "NOT ME", in their history are available A real "NICE" gift of course are the attention getting "LOVE 22" $22 T-shirts & sweat shirts available both U.S. & Canadian sizes (S) (M) (L) (XL) When not traveling as a "BUSKER" comic performer all over the world, "LOVE 22" is now the official KY*WEST", Fla. Amabassador greeter by proclamation from the Mayor. With best regards for a happy & healthy holiday season, I look forward to serving you. Sincerely, LOVE 22 Name___________________________________________ MAIL ORDER: make check or money order payable to: LOVE 22 Address_________________________________________ City___________________________STATE_______________ZIP_____________ "PLEASE" check below which items & send self addressed stamped envelope!! __ UNITED STATES __ CANADIAN "$22 BILLS" __ 5 for $1.00 __ Rings $1.00 T-Shirts __Canada __US __ 11 for $2.00 __ Shirts $1.00 __SM __Med __Lg __X-Lg __ 30 for $5.00 __ Bow Ties $1.00 Sweat Shirts __Canada __US __ 75 for $10.00 __ Boots $1.00 __SM __Med __Lg __X-Lg __ 222 for $22.00 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- C O N V E N T I O N S -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- January 1-3, 1993 (Virginia) EVECON 10. Doubletree Inn, 300 Army Navy Drive, Crystal City (Arlington) VA. 24 hour gaming, 24 hour video room, costumes, 2 live-action role-playing games, Saturday dance, more. Info: Evecon 10, c/o Bruce Evry, 1601 Thomas Rd., Ft. Washington MD 20744; (301)292-5231 (before 10pm Eastern). January 8-10, 1993 (Florida) TROPICON 11. Airport Holiday Inn, West Palm Beach, FL; rms $65; (407)659-3880. GoH: Ramsey Campbell; Guests: Ben Bova, Richard Lee Byers, Scott Ciencin, Hal Clement, Jack Haldeman II. Memb: $21 until 11/30/92, $25 after. Info: Tropicon 11, c/o SFSFS, Box 70143, Ft. Lauderdale FL 33307;(407)435-9572. January 14-17, 1993 (Los Angeles) Institute for Inquiry Seminar: "Astronomy and Pseudoscience", sponsored by CSICOP, and "The Scientific Examination of Religion" by CODESH. Cost is $125 for one, $225 for both, plus special benefit performance by Steve Allen. Airport Marina Hotel, 8601 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. Hotel number is 1-800-225-8126, for more info call CSICOP at (716) 636-1425. January 15-17, 1993 (Massachusetts) ARISIA '93. Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers, Boston MA; $72 sngl/dbl, $82 tpl/quad. GoH: Ellen Kushner; AGoHs: Charles Lang, Wendy Snow-Lang; TM: Marty Gear. Memb: $30 until 12/1/92, $40 after. Info: Arisia, Inc., 1 Kendall Square Suite 322, Cambridge, MA 02139. January 15-17, 1993 (Tennessee) CHATTACON 18. Read House, Chattanooga TN. GoH: Glen Cook; AGoH: TBA; SGoH: David&Lori Deitrick; TM: Brad Strickland. Memb: $15. Info: Chattacon 18, Box 23908, Chattanooga TN 37422. January 15-17, 1993 (Washington) RUSTYCON 10. SeaTac Radisson Hotel, Seattle, WA. GoH: Roger Zelazny; AGoH: Phil Foglio; FGoH: Greg Cox; SGoH: John G. Cramer. Memb: $30 until 12/31/92, $35 after. Info: RustyCon 10, P.O. Box 84291, Seattle, WA 98124-5591. January 16-19, 1993 (California, Northern) MAKING ORBIT '93. Berkeley Marina Marriott, 200 Marina Boulevard, Berkeley, CA 94710; (510)548-7944. Convention for people interested in space technology presented by the Space Access Society. Guests: Max Hunter, Jerry Pournelle, Larry Niven, G. Harry Stine, Gary Hudson, Jordin Kare, Steve Hoeser, Jim Ransom, Tim Kyger, Art Bozlee, J.P. Del Fevero, more. Memb: $30 until 10/30/92, $35 until 12/31/92, $40 after. Info: Making Orbit '93, 909 Marina Village Parkway #237, Alameda, CA 94501; (408)321-0154. January 29-February 1, 1993 (Australia, Victoria) RADICON. Radisson President Hotel, Melbourne, Australia. Guests: Bjo & John Trimble, other media guests. Convention also is a benefit convention for the Red Cross. Info: Radicon, c/o Christopher Ballis, Box 322, Bentleigh 3204, Australia; phone 011-61-3-557-7088. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ R-A-V-E-S ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ | December 26 wonder party happening new year's eve: | Milwaukee | The return of Drop Bass Network.. thome tomato presents | SUPPORT THIS EVENT. it's important. | (414) 283-1XHI S M I L E |-------------------------------------- | December 31 thursday, dec 31st *new year's eve* | DC Area | Catastrophic's New Years Rave all night long --->$10 | call (703) 971-4555. 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He was in great form. Last year he looked tired and burned out, but he was on top of his game yesterday. I walked over while he was sitting on a bench, shook his hand and thanked him for coming. He said, "Thank you, god bless you." I forgot to tell him I was possessed by the demon Gnirut. Brother Tom, his understudy, had improved a lot since last year. He was interactive, responding to questions and generally having a good time. Sister Cindy isn't here. "The little baby machine," as Jed calls her, is home taking care of the kids. Carl Turner turner@webb.psych.ufl.edu Brother Jed's next stop is off for holidays, then the west Coast. 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