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Nationalism and Religion in a Global Age

In case you missed it at RMIT Storey Hall in March, you can now listen to the very interesting 2009 Tom Nairn lecture by Professor Mark Juergensmeyer, University of California.

Global Rebellion: Religious Challenges to the Secular State 
If you don’t have a spare hour and eighteen minutes, here is the text version of the lecture (PDF 193 KB)
From his site…
Professor Mark Juergensmeyer is director of the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies, professor of sociology, and affiliate professor of religious studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is an expert on religious violence, conflict resolution and South Asian religion and politics, and has published more than two hundred articles and twenty books, including the recently-released Global Rebellion: Religious Challenges to the Secular State (University of California Press 2008). His widely-read Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence (University of California Press, revised edition 2003), is based on interviews with religious activists around the world–including individuals convicted of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, leaders of Hamas, and abortion clinic bombers in the United States–and was listed by the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times as one of the best nonfiction books of the year.

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Tag clouds are like the quality of mercy – they swarm like leaf-cuter ants in the heavens, stripping the tree of knowledge so as to feed it to the eternal fungus that rules beneath the earth with its endless mycelium, stretching across the kilometres and boundaries of common sense. Especially is you are reading this on a mobile device. Really?

Wordle tag clouds are of special interest. The gallery seems quite pointless, but interesting nevertheless.

An issue of Web: may have this technology applied to it.

Issue number 38 of Web: as represented ideo-diagramatically. With words.

Issue number 38 of Web: as represented ideo-diagrammatically. With words.

Or the speeches of various individuals. All of who are interesting, but some of more relevance than others.

Automated concrete poetry has its moments.

And who writes the best concrete poetry? Guillaume Apollinaire? Malarme?



How many different version of reality are out there? As many as there are people. How many are ludicrously racist? Slightly less, but still a lot. One of the more bizarre is Metapedia, or to put it another way – Nazipedia, which unfortunately isn’t an example of Poe’s Law. But definitely Godwin’s law

Ah, the good old days of Wolfenstein 3D

Ah, the good old days of Wolfenstein 3D

From their preamble…

Metapedia is an electronic encyclopedia about culture, art, science, philosophy and politics.
The word ‘Metapedia’ is derived from two concepts from classical greek: ‘meta’ that means ‘outside’ or ‘beyond’; and ‘enkyklios paideia’ that means ‘encyclopedia’. The name has a dual symbolic meaning:

  • Metapedia sets its focus on topics that usually are not covered in — i.e. that falls outside of — mainstream encyclopedias.
  • Metapedia has a metapolitical purpose, to influence the mainstream debate, culture and historical view.

The project is still in its early stages, but the database is growing every day and you are heartily welcome to contribute to the growth of this valuable and unique encyclopedia.

At least they claim it’s unique. I certainly hope there aren’t more like it lurking out there. But what they really mean is…

Hey everybody, we’re Nazis! National Socialism, which is the polite name for the Nazi party, was really misunderstood – we just wanted to rule the world for 1000 years (for starters), in which time we would have killed everyone who was the least bit different from us and by us we mean some idealised version of the Aryan race (but not actually Aryans as they came from India which is full of brown skinned people) and people who think Nazi apologist David Irving is actually an historian instead of an hysterical racist.

The Register has a good take on it.

Conservapedia too pinko? Try Metapedia

Even Conservapedia finds it too strange a bedfellow. But that might make it homosexual, which it really isn’t, really.

And at time of writing, Consversapedia have this on their front page

The YouTube video producer Swordsman of Faith continues to battle evolutionists over his anti-evolution video which cites the Conservapedia evolution article and the video was produced over 60 days ago! It appears as if many Darwinist cannot face the truth that Adolf Hitler was an evolutionist and that the Nazi eugenics program and the Holocaust have their roots in Darwinism!

The Black Knight always triumphs!

The Black Knight always triumphs!

Take that you dammed evolved beings and windmills! Yes, this animated gif went with the text. Classy.

And speaking of windmills – Metapedia — The Encyclopedia for Racists, by Racists

But perhaps the last word should go to somewhat dubious and dramatic Encyclopedia Dramatica.

Metapedia is a Nazi wiki ridden with a prime example of arrogant white trash who think that they’re well cultured in the fine arts of philosophy and science. Encyclopedia Dramatica is often mistaken for this horrible website for some inexplicable reason. As of May 10th 2009, was voted number one in’s 5 Terrifying Bastardizations of the Wikipedia Model(though metapedia put it on their current events section of their site that they were voted number one alternative wiki.). In what can only be described as a tragedy, Encyclopedia Dramatica was only voted number three, but that’s fine, seeing as how batshit crazy the other two were. (in case you were wondering, number two was some shitty website about paganism whose domain expired in 2008)

So maybe the final last word can go to Cracked.

5 terrifying bastardizations of the wikipedia model

  1. Metapedia
  2. Pagan Wiki
  3. Encyclopedia Dramatica
  4. Wikifur
  5. Conservapedia

Republican party consipracy weirdos

Of course they are. And increasingly desperate, according to Jeffery Feldman writing in the Huffington Post.

Conspiracy theory conservatism

I doubt anything similar will happen here on a federal level, but hopefully it will in the Victorian Liberal party, as they’ve got pretty much nothing else to run with. Well they do, but they’re too useless to capitalise on any public sentiment. Where is Big Ted anyway? Is he still the opposition leader?

Trouble in school for Big Ted

Watching paint peel is as interesting as it gets in opposition

And so on and so forth