Archive for January, 2003

The Life and Death of Brandon Vedas

Sunday, January 12th, 2003


Suicide visits in unexpected ways. People — addicted to the pretense of everything they do being just fine, and no need to watch out for the grim reaper or other Darwinian ghosts — choose to ignore the cause->effect relationship of events. Thus to them suicide “just happens” and cannot be predicted.

A more sensible outlook provides that all events have causes, and that if a suicide comes about, an underlying discontent actually caused it to happen. In some cases, the discontent and the suicide merge, as was the case with Brandon “Ripper” Vedas, who overdosed on a mixture of drugs while friends in an online chatroom watched him die via video chat.

While other participants urged him to take more drugs of different kinds, Ripper kept up a brave face. His ultimate goal: to shoot down criticism and affirm his importance through social position, inverting peer pressure. As he told them:

[04:49] I told u I was hardcore

At the point he typed those words, Ripper had just consumed what many participants in the chat recognized as a dangerous cocktail of drugs. Apparently his mother only one room away had no idea what was going on and saw no reason to check on what he was doing. He rapidly lost consciousness.

During the time when Ripper slumped at the computer monitor but before his death, chat room participants debated what to do. Some encouraged calling emergency services; others, fearful of their own participation, encouraged no contact. They did not want to possibly face prosecution for their own drug use.

[05:23] i am on line with 911
[05:23] is this the right choice?
[05:23] NO
[05:23] ??
[05:23] mayb
[05:23] probably is
[05:23] just tell him for help
[05:23] or somehting
[05:24] NO
[05:24] NO
[05:24] NO

As the situation worsened, panic in the chatroom picked up, but most of it involved the fear of the members that they, too, would be somehow culpable for the drugs or the impending death. Self-interest trumped concern for the individual member of the group. And then it had become too late.

Before losing consciousness, Ripper typed his last words on this earth:

[05:04] ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~shoa
[05:04] I’m fukcin

This and his famous lines “told you I was hardcore” and “I’ve got a grip of drugs” serve as his epitaph. When the body was discovered, recriminations began. And yet no one went to jail for drugs, or even for debating their fears of their own culpability as he died.

His death remains emblematic — moreso than his life, apparently — because it showed a person going along with the mob will to the point of self-destruction. Standing up to peer pressure is harder than survival because social coercion is so intense, even though social coercion is the basis of our morality, democracy and social interaction. We have the last moments of Brandon Vedas to remind us of that.

If all bad parents killed their kids, the gene pool would thrive

Sunday, January 5th, 2003

The other day, something happened. A young girl (2 years old) in the UK was beaten to death by her family, while social workers were afraid to intervene. You can read more here.

My response?

I say give the parents a medal.

1 – They were obviously unfit as parents.
2 – Humanity is overpopulated.

Instead of raising another half-pissed, half-useless human, they simply terminated the little idiot-in-training. Right on! These people understand correctly.

If society – like the big, bad ‘n’ brave armchair warriors we see all over the internet, loudly clamoring about what is “right” and to what they are entitled – wants to do something about this, give them a coupon for a free sterilization as well.

In the world of nature, they’re small but still valid success stories.

America is so liberal we believe freedom is conformity

Sunday, January 5th, 2003

I was waltzing through a website the other day with a no good frame of mind, looking for images to pirate, when I came across some people talking the typical liberal bloviation that is the hallmark of our time.

I know you’re trained to disagree, but actually open your mind for once. This whole era is liberal – brought on by liberal religions, liberal attitudes toward markets, and liberalization of society from a sensible tribal order into the dystopian, dysfunctional and degenerate civilization of “the now.”

America is so liberal that we actually pretend to care what each and every person thinks about two choices on an issue (voting), and we don’t bother to educate or allow competition or foster hierarchy or do anything else that would allow the more intelligent and capable to rise above the lumpy, television-addicted masses.

So out of the clouds far above a liberal reality of revenge, egalitarianism and masturbatory self-congratulatory “morality,” I descended like the Red Baron until I had the enemy in my sites, and let fly with:

“Prejudice and discrimination are great, if used correctly. I never work with Christians, hire Christians or date Christians. Why? Because in my view, Christianity is the most twisted and useless religion ever, and I don’t want to associate with it.

Some would call that ‘hate’ and ‘prejudice’ but I’d call it my personal integrity at work.”

I’m sure that tummies are fluttering, keys are flying and rage is fomenting as I type this, but in my view, this statement opens up a new world of something so democratic all good Americans should support it.

The only changes that really matter in this place, America, and the world following its path, are economic ones. So let’s see a real diversity of opinion. If we’re really democratic, we can handle any opinion too, right?

Some don’t like blacks. Boycott them.

Some don’t like atheists. Boycott them.

Some don’t like drug users. Same there.

When I say “boycott,” I mean “discriminate.” If your favorite grocery store is owned by your target, go to the one down the street that isn’t. And so on. Anytime you have two options, and one coincides with your dislike, take the other.

Unfortunately, that’s not how liberals see things – they believe in an objective morality and a need to make us all behave like liberals. More’s the pity for that, as it not only crushes diversity but doesn’t allow us the option to express our character and decisions in any significant fashion.

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