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Below you'll find your test result. After, continue on to your
homescreen to discover what we're about.

You are propagating a useless meme!

By participating in this quiz, copying its results and passing it on to other people, you are spreading a useless meme. Its sole purpose is to further its own existence by occupying a cultural niche. In this case, it is exploiting the simplistic quiz-replicating trend that is popular amongst persons who use social networking websites. It is insinuating itself with dry and slightly snotty postmodern humour which is utilized to point out the folly of mindless replication. In the spirit of memetic accuracy, all quiz participants will receive the exact same results which will then be displayed and passed on. This will ensure that there are no mutations in the evolutionary process.

My test tracked 1 variable How you compared to other people your age and gender:
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Link: The Memetics Test written by DestroyingAngel on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test
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MungBeing #12 - The Collaboration Project

The twelfth issue of MungBeing Magazine is online now. 12 issues on and this train shows no signs of slowing down.

We are taking a huge leap here into uncharted territory! Normally, the issues of MungBeing are connected thematically. Well, for this issue the theme is collaboration but the SUBJECT MATTER is open for interpretation. So with each contribution there are at least two names attached. They're all collaborative efforts. How cool it that!?

The most ambitious project is The Salted Earth Letters, a novella by KD Bryan, Tim Kirk, Ian Donnell Arbuckle and Cavendish. There's also a wonderful interview with Frank Warren, America's Most Trusted Stranger and the founder of PostSecret. And, in addition to the other fine
musical projects, we are thrilled to present a CD-length archive of experimental audio works from the 1980s by renowned Dutch musicians Harold Schellinx and Ronald Heiloo.

If that ain't enough for ya, check out these fine collaborative partnerships:

Robert Dayton and Alexis O'Hara
Joel Barber and Natalie Oswald
John Zachary, Terry Givens, Genaro Cordova, and Ed Hume
jody franklin, David "Starchy" Grant, Rachel Haywire, and r. a. gillespie
Mark Givens and Dave Carpenter
Liz Clayton and Liz Parkinson
Jesse Reno and Ashley Montague
Luke Ramsey with Andy Rementer, Sune Ehlers, Owen Plummer, and Joanna Price
SJ Chambers and Virginia M. Mohlere
Peter Klint and Mark Givens
Joel Huschle and Ben Muggin
Buzzsaw and Rik Albatros
jody franklin and Danielle Hagel
James Whitman and Owen Plummer
Amy Maloof and Allen Callaci
Mark and Trygve Givens
Experiment Haywire and Nevyn Nowhere
Mancat and Cash Nexus
David Greenberger and Matt Love
Owen Plummer and Danielle MacDonald

That's a whole lotta talent comin' atcha in one issue! So sit back and enjoy the creative energy that spews forth when MungBeing contributors get together.

MungBeing is an online bimonthly magazine published under a Creative Commons license, the cloak of night, and the covers.

Thanks for taking MungBeing under your wing,

Mark and jody
MungBeing Magazine

Livejournalists in this issue include lx6, starchy, _haywire_, frankie23, penguinkeggard and snowy_owlet.

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Robert Anton Wilson has passed on

Robert Anton Wilson passed away this morning. Although I saw it coming, it is still a shock. If I'm truly honest with myself about this, and this might be the hardest thing to be honest about because my ego gets in the way, he was probably the biggest influence on both my writing and my philosophical outlook. I'm honored to have had the opportunity to interview him, and to engage him in correspondence. Despite his handicaps, he was always glad to indulge my requests.

If there is a place in the heavens for him I imagine it is on the planet Eris. It is a timely synchronicity that She returned in time to greet his death.
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MungBeing 11: Urban Landscapes and Environmental Psychology

The eleventh issue of MungBeing Magazine is online now, pending the outcome of expected court challenges.

This bi-month we are looking out across our Urban Landscapes and pondering Environmental Psychology. And, as ever, our contributors have a lot to say!

Around the holidays, it's important to be aware of where you are and how your environment affects you. We hope your surroundings add to your seasonal experience and do not overwhelm you.

Along those lines, we hope you enjoy these thoughtful offerings:
* Sprawlopolis by R.S. Deese
* spring_alpha project by Simon Yuill
* Hello. Hello. Hello. Hello. by David Greenberger
* The Baseball Experience, A Guy Named Dick, and Rainbow Man by Kevin Ausmus
* excerpts from "Time & the River" by Tim Miller
* Virtual Landscapes: New Urbanism in the New Web by Cash Nexus
* J. Ambulance Sandpaper by Food Fortunata

Joining our legendary worldwide cast of incredibly talented visually artists is Tiki Expert and Graphic Artist Michael Uhlenkott. We are looking forward to his further contributions, that's for sure!

This issue we are also pleased to be able to present the long awaited debut of the MungBeing Podcast! Radio Onslaught and MungBeing Magazine are happy to have joined together to give you the wonderful "Sean's First Apartment" by James Rhodes. Please enjoy this delightfully thematic offering, the first of many.

We also have new music from rock acts Star Alpha Five (without The Math Equations this time around), Food Fortunata, and bibble. And we are very proud to present a long lost seven inch (in its entirety!) from July Fourth Toilet. Collectors, take note.

MungBeing is an online bimonthly magazine published under a Creative Commons license, and released into the wild by sheer force of will.

Thanks for allowing MungBeing into your holiday season,

Mark and jody
MungBeing Magazine

Livejournalists in this issue include watery, molasses, mckenzee and bibble

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long-lost July Fourth Toilet 7" released online!

Childhood Will End
by July Fourth Toilet

A four-song EP recorded in 1996 for consideration of Stomach Ache Records, Childhood Will End is now available for download in MungBeing #11, ten years later! With original (stained) cover art by Robert Dayton salvaged from our archives, and liner notes by Robert and jody franklin. Full lyric sheets included, too!

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I'm not performing. I just made the poster. Drawings collected from one of my most recent sketchbooks, clip art from Better Homes c. 1957. Go see monkehtree bellydance and listen to ediebabe read her erotic poetry, among other delightful things. Part of the proceeds go to help my friends at http://www.twomoms.ca
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MungBeing 10: Obscurity

The tenth issue of MungBeing Magazine has been plucked from the ether
and made manifest in a feat of literary and artistic alchemy.

This bi-month we cast light upon shadows and overturn rocks in our hunt
to root out the Obscure.

Enigmatic musician Gary Wilson waxes about his musical childhood and
meeting John Cage. Christopher P. Reilly and Darron Laessig bring us a
"Xenofolie A Deux" in comic form. Geneticist Andrew Hessel discusses
life engineering and hacking the genome.

And we are happy to introduce two new ongoing items; a serialized
novella, Ian Donnell Arbuckle's "Last Name", and a column called
"Revolting Literature", the first of which critiques the recent writings
of Kristopher Young and Gina Ranalli. Both are welcome additions to our
diverse and eclectic blend of diversions and eclections.

Other writings unearthed include
* "A brief reflection over the Outsider as an archetypical artist and
humanitarian hero" by SJ Chambers
* "Chocolate Starfish Oracle" by Heidi Morgan
* "Musing Upon The Food For Thought" by Milos Vujasinovic
* "Death of an Engineer" by John Helmer

Anomalous audio oddities emanate forth from Dave Carpenter, bibble (with
Spacemummy), and Erin Emerson. There's a classic track from the
legendary Sockeye in there to boot.

Our hauntingly beautiful cover graphic was created by Erin Emerson. She
joins raw artist Jesse Reno, James Whitman and Iraqi surrealist Muayad
Muhsin as our newest visual artists.

Jim Bumgardner delivers THREE pages of puzzles, including the new
"Jiguko" variety. And, as a special thank you to readers of MungBeing,
we are including a FREE GIFT with every issue.

Plus all the comics, witticisms, and insights that you've come to expect
from the internet's most intriguing bimonthly magazine. All this and
Rachel Haywire, too!

MungBeing is an online bimonthly magazine published under a Creative
Commons license, and we dig the whole theory behind that, man.

Thanks for catching a glimpse of MungBeing and reading it,

Mark, jody and Starchy

MungBeing Magazine

Of interest to Livejournalists:
Joining myself and starchy in this issue are our (semi-)regular contributors spacemummy, ethora, watery, _haywire_ and penguinkeggard. And xpaerimtlslaekv and bibble both make their debuts.
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Contribute to Two Moms

If you can, please help out my friends. They are lovely people who are having a hard time trying to adopt a child, and I can think of few people in this world who'd make better parents. You can make a contribution to their fund on their website. - jody


Contribute to Two Moms

...and help prevent what happened to Frances and Gaynor from happening to someone else
Frances & Gaynor

Two Moms was set up by friends of Gaynor McCaslin and Frances MacKinnon in their home town of Vancouver, B.C. and throughout the Lower Mainland, to raise money to help recover the costs they incurred as a result of being defrauded while attempting to adopt a child.

Please take just a few moments to read their story...

Gaynor and Frances have been trying to become parents for a long time. When both were unable to become pregnant, they decided to try to adopt. Since they began the process in March 2005, they’ve faced many obstacles.

First, as a same sex couple, they faced restrictions on international adoption. Canada and the United States are the only countries that allow same sex couples to adopt. When Frances and Gaynor signed up with an agency in Vancouver, they were told their chances of adopting a local child were slim. Few babies are adopted locally and the agency had never before placed a child with a lesbian couple.

When they decided to try to adopt from the United States, they met their second obstacle. Many agencies and lawyers do not work with Canadian same sex couples because it can be hard to find a woman who will choose to place her baby with them. Finally, though, they found a Los Angeles lawyer who had had success placing babies with same sex couples and began to work with him.

The Journey So Far

Frances and Gaynor spend a day at the beach with their adopted son, Ezra, whose mom defrauded Frances and Gaynor by lying about the birth father’s consent. The father is now arranging to take custody of little Ezra.

After several months, the L.A. lawyer matched Frances and Gaynor with a birth mother from the Eastern U.S. They met with her in July 2005 and she told them that she wanted them to be the parents of her baby. Unlike Canada, in the U.S. adoptive parents pay the birth mother's living expenses for a few months before the baby is born. Gaynor and Frances gladly did this.

Tragically, this woman lied to Frances and Gaynor. She lied to four other couples as well, telling them all she would place her child with them, and accepting money to cover living expenses all the while. (She has since been convicted of fraud.)

As you can imagine, Frances and Gaynor were devastated. So were their families and many friends, all of whom had been ecstatic to hear that they had found a child to adopt.

A year of healing

It took over a year for Frances and Gaynor to rebuild their trust and confidence in the system. It also took that long for another suitable birth mother to contact their lawyer...

On August 8, 2006, Frances and Gaynor traveled to Los Angeles to meet the mother of a five-week old baby boy. After trying for over a month, the mother realized she could not parent her son and decided to place him for adoption.

Gaynor and Frances spent two days with the birth mother and son, getting to know her and her story. On August 11, the woman decided she wanted Frances and Gaynor to parent the baby. The birth mother signed the consent forms and Gaynor and Frances became the baby’s legal guardians. They returned to Vancouver -- exhausted and joyful.

Their long journey was over. They were moms!

But in a cruel twist of fate, their precious joy was short lived.

It lasted less than two days.

Just as they were settling into their new roles as parents, their lawyer phoned to tell them that the birth mother had lied about the birth father’s consent to the adoption.

They had been defrauded a second time.

The birth father has since filed for sole custody of the baby and the process has begun to have him returned. While the red tape is untangled, Frances and Gaynor have been caring for the baby, and needless to say, have bonded with him. Their hearts are breaking at the prospect of losing him. The emotional distress has taken a severe toll. Frances and Gaynor are exhausted, heartbroken, and wondering if they can even try again, for fear of more heartbreak and financial loss.
How you can help

Adopting a child is an expensive undertaking even under the best circumstances. For most couples, the end result of a child to love and nurture makes the cost worth it. For Frances and Gaynor, however, they have had to pay the cost for two full adoptions, despite the fact that they have been the victims of fraud both times and will soon lose the child they have cherished these past weeks.

Tens of thousands of dollars have been lost because of lies.

On behalf of Frances and Gaynor, we ask for your support. These are two wonderful women who are trying to do the right thing even as the costs and stress increase. We, their friends and families, had been feeling frustrated by their situation and were not sure how to help. We do, however, feel that one way is to offset their increasing costs, if only to help alleviate some of their stress.

There are two ways you can make a financial gift to Frances and Gaynor. We have a Paypal account set up for this purpose, or you can donate to them directly. If you would like to send a cheque by mail please email address@twomoms.ca to get their mailing address, and make your cheque out to either Frances MacKinnon or Gaynor McCaslin. Of course, there is no expectation of a large financial contribution.

Even $20 would be a great help.

Frances and Gaynor have given permission to have this website passed on to those who do not know them. If you like, please pass it on to those you know who may want to support Frances and Gaynor. In fact, even if all you do is pass this story on, you may help to prevent this type of madness from happening to someone else.


Friends of the “Two Moms”

P.S. Frances is a teacher for deaf and hard of hearing students and Gaynor works at a daycare. As it would be for most of us, tens of thousands of dollars is a great deal of money. Their finances have sustained a real blow. If you can, please help them recoup some of their loses with a financial gift today. Thank you!
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Thoughts On The Media Coverage Of The Montreal Tragedy

Let us for a moment strip away the "dark, troubled" facade of Montreal shooter Kimveer Gill: imagine him without a Mohawk, a black trenchcoat or a blog on VampireFreaks.com. The sensationalistic media always needs a cultural scapegoat, they always need to pad their articles with uninformed, speculative pop sociology to explain terrible acts of violence. In the process, they end up damning and damaging people who have nothing whatsoever to do with the act of violence in question. In the absence of a goth subculture to blame, the media would've had to hang it all on the fact that Gill is Indo-Canadian. The reporters would snoop around the Montreal South Asian community and perhaps try to blame this on a conservative religious upbringing or some other nonsense.

I believe there are undoubtedly complex cultural factors that influence how tragedies like this play out. After all, none of us live in a vacuum, we are all shaped by everything around us. Gill was part of the goth subculture. The Columbine killers went bowling before they shot up their school. Karla Homolka came from a perfect white middle class background. I can drag up the names of dozens of well-known murderers and append simplistic sociological summaries to their personal profiles.

Two years ago a friend of mine was viciously assaulted in a mugging at Burning Man. In the criminal's weak defense, he cried out "the booze made me do it!," and alibis were trotted out condemning the "chaotic atmosphere" of Black Rock City. As if this explains it away. Out of 30,000+ participants, many of whom spent considerable amounts of time intoxicated, only a handful perpetrated violent acts.

There are certain persons in society, regardless of background or subculture, who are more prone to episodes of violence than others. When we were children we saw these same few folks day after day beating others on the playground, torturing cats and setting fires. In adulthood, they get drunk and beat their spouses and get into barfights, time and time again. These people are a societal aberration. We all think of committing acts of violence in our lives, but most of us are not psychologically predisposed to act upon it except in cases of extreme duress (immediate, automatic self-defense in the face of violence; war or revolution; or dire poverty. But even under these horrid conditions there are people who do not resort to violent means.) The violent fantasy worlds conjured up by television, motion pictures, novels and video games are enjoyed by the masses, by millions of people around the world who never lift a hand to strike another. These fantasy worlds may act as safe surrogates for real violence by releasing the tension of violent thought, channeling it through relatively harmless forms of entertainment.

Psychopathy is a condition that often develops in young childhood, before one is able to truly choose subcultural affiliations. There is considerable evidence pointing to genetic factors that play a role in the develoment of a psychopath.

The psychopath may slip into any cultural milieu at any given time. And when his/her act of violence inevitably spills out, its expression is often draped in the cloak of the particular subculture. Goth. Indo-Canadian. Punk. Raver. Hippy. Headbanger. Black. Hip-hop. Redneck. Yuppie. Gamer. Christian. So ultimately cultural influences do not play a significant role, as the psychopath will simply use the most convenient tools available to exploit and destroy people around him. Certain aspects of the ideologies or lifestyles of specific subcultures are used by the psychopath to justify or carry out his act of violence, but it is hardly the subculture itself that is to blame.

Kimveer Gill does not represent goth culture, nor does he represent Indo-Canadians, youth with Mohawks, visitors to VampireFreaks.com, manufacturers of black trenchcoats or Montrealers. Any scientist will tell you that correlation does not equal causality.

The only person to blame for this tragedy is Gill.