The Alan Sondheim Mail Archive

May 13, 2005


....A./D.


...Analog digital / analog discrete, but also Anno Domini; one can only
point out that linear time from 0 moves through both negative and positive
numbers; the years are integers, the continuum backgrounded. A/D: Monothe-
ism's gift, this or that, before or after; A/D: the continuum of time
re/produced as discrete. The year 0 of our lord, the year 1 of our lord.
This is the trouble with religions or ideologies with monolithic and
linear narratives apparently grounded in specific and human events -
everything proceeds like a white hole out of them. Of course every system,
however broken, has its accountancy; I am punning here on A./D., the
ferociousness of this division, and from the viewpoint of believers - as
if humankind were waiting for this, the insertion of our lord into
history, breaking history, remaking the codex of dates. Islam is similar.
With monotheisms it's all gone bad; the fabrication carries a suspect
political ideology, as if the world has waited for year 0 and the
insertion of a related temporal framework. This is what happens when
there's a guy - Jesus or Mohammed or whomever - involved. The construct of
absolute time is equivalent to absolute negative and positive, right or
wrong. Clearly history doesn't start or end with the guy, so one counts
forwards and backwards from him. But he's there as a stopper,
transformation, wave equation collapse, as deadly as Schrodinger's cat
might be.

Somewhere Weyl wrote about the last vestige of the self/ego in physics -
the Cartesian origin. The guy hangs out there, claims the origin for
himself/itself, refuses to recognize the tensor algebra of the thing which
isn't a thing. It's be-all and end-all for him. Time begins, marches
forward or backward, a permanent light-cone. The rest are its children.

( Note that this absolute time is _finite,_ that it begins and ends, that
the origin is _historical._ And note that so many other systems portend a
creation behind/beyond which numeracy was non-existent; the numbers begin
in mythic time. So there are configurations that are lost in essence - not
a guy hanging out, as if known by one and all. There's always the problem
of the divine with historical time; mythos turns to miracles, Jesus doing
this or that, almost like a party. Three and one is one by the way; for
any absolute finite X here, X -> 1, I believe it is called a _kernel._ )


===

Why I am narrow.

I am narrow, minded; it is difficult to follow any stream, much less any
particular stream, of thought. On an analog/digital forum I have been
reading, there was already a worry expressed, take the division and run
with it as if something were being said/done. It's on the edge/verge of
nonsense. To be strict with oneself is to mine the sememe, abandon it in
large part. What's left is practically non-existent. For example, issues
of raster: increase the digital raster to the infinitely, small and create
an identity map - that seems simple enough. But then quantum effects come
into play - in fact the wave equation collapse enters here as well. Back
out and try the other - the digital to the infinitely large. Then one has
monotheism, totality. Try from the analog side - nothing occurs. Surely
one integrates the digital to arrive at the analogic, but to begin with
the analogic? To differentiate it? This might map, but then there is still
the question of the raster. The raster? The question of the wave equation
again. Try the abacus. Base 1: counting, enumeration, matching one-to-one.
Base infinite: each number a symbol, memorization of ideograms (English
spelling, kanji). But given infinite memory in the latter, zero memory in
the former, they are both procedural; it's just that in the latter,
nothing carries.

This goes on and on. So far so good, these are abacuses, objects counted,
not too much out of line. If metaphor's involved, it's indexical. But then
perhaps I bring in libido (Dionysian, analogic) and superego (Apollonian,
digital), and I'm off and running. Before long I'm tied in Lacan's knots,
a slippage that's always productive - how can it knot be? Language begins
to curl, everything proceeds with a poetics of the real, and I'm lost, I'm
lost...

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May 12, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DOW REJECTS PROPOSAL TO CLEAN BHOPAL USING FIRST-QUARTER PROFITS

The same man who appeared on BBC World TV last December as a Dow
representative to announce that Dow would finally clean up Bhopal [1]
showed up today at Dow's Annual General Meeting (AGM) to suggest the
same thing to Dow's board of directors and shareholders.

"We made an incredible $1.35 billion this quarter," said "Jude
Finisterra," aka Andy Bichlbaum of the Yes Men [2]. "But for most of
us, that'll just mean a new set of golf clubs. Let's do something
useful instead - like finally cleaning up the Bhopal plant site, or
funding the new clinic there [3]." Dow Chairman Bill Stavropolous
responded to "Finisterra's" suggestion with a curt dismissal [4].

The Yes Men joined other shareholder groups in Midland, including
Amnesty International, which condemns Dow's lack of response to the
Bhopal crisis as a human rights issue [5].

BANKERS EMBRACE "GOLDEN SKELETON" MASCOT

Two weeks ago at a London banking conference to which they had
accidentally been invited, two "Dow representatives" described a new
Dow computer program that puts a precise financial value on human
life.

The 70 bankers in attendance enthusiastically applauded the lecture,
which described various industrial crimes, including IBM's sale of
technology to the Nazis for use in identifying Jews, as "golden
skeletons in the closet"--i.e. lucrative and therefore acceptable.

Several of the bankers then posed for photos with "Dow Acceptable
Risk" mascot "Gilda, the Golden Skeleton," and signed up for licenses
for the "Acceptable Risk Calculator," which helps businesses determine
the exact point where human casualties will start to cut into profit,
and suggests the best regions on earth to locate ventures with
potentially very high death tolls.

See http://theyesmen.org/hijinks/dow/acceptablerisk.shtml for video
and photos of the event, and http://dowethics.com/risk/ to try out the
"Acceptable Risk Calculator" for yourself.

STATE DEPARTMENT FINDS FAKE DOW WEBSITE USEFUL

Dow may not appreciate the DowEthics.com website--but the US State
Department finds it quite useful, and refers requests for information
about Bhopal to various of its pages: see
http://www.dowethics.com/statedeptfoi/ for an example.


CONTACT: mailto:dowmedia@theyesmen.org

NOTES TO EDITORS:

[1] See http://theyesmen.org/hijinks/dow/bhopal2004.shtml

[2] Yes Men Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno had been given one Dow
"proxy" each by actual shareholders, giving them the right to attend
the annual meeting and address the Dow board.

[3] Two weeks ago, the Sambhavna Trust Clinic of Bhopal opened a new
wing to serve the victims whose numbers continue to grow due to
groundwater contamination from the uncleaned plant site. See
http://www.bhopal.org/ for information on how you can contribute.

[4] See http://theyesmen.org/hijinks/dow/2005agm.shtml for complete
statements and responses, including Yes Man Mike Bonanno's feverish,
red-eared tirade in a neck brace.

[5] See http://www.amnestyusa.org/business/dow_letters.html. See also
http://www.proxyinformation.com/dow/summary.htm and
http://www.TRWNews.net/

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charm


we're barreling down the highway it's late at night
headlights towards us veering is it us or them
we can't tell who's awake one direction or the other
there's no time like in the duel to think
we smashed against the rail just a second in midair
falling and hardly breathing before everything disappears
we've got a truck to the left of us throwing things
first small than larger than screaming slamming against us
we've got a small car we can't fight them off we spin
we slalom crashing over the edge we're in midair
just like in easy rider we're dead along the highway
i'm driving sleeping i'm seeing double seeing lamposts bend
everything filtered and shaky i can't think what's that now
the radio's off the radio's on i don't know the difference
is it you talking or me wait you're not moving
i'm not moving the world turns fast suddenly it's all over
we're rounding a bend furious lightning sudden crack
we're startled slide into the traffic down the embankment
just like in crash we're jammed and careening no stopping us
brakes give out no nothing eighteen wheels coming up fast
no stopping them we're crushed beneath no moving now
motor halts we're hard slammed through the windshield
my throat's cut i can't see anything where are you
we're hurt screaming the car's heaped on top us
night the rain the search dead cell phone we're out of luck
the pedal won't ease up we're out of control skidding
hailstorm shattered glass i swerve too fast
engine light's on gaslight oil light brakelight too
we're bullet hurtling night we've got all day
to get there


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