January 10th, 2012

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Marketing BRIC

A bit of a personal post, but it relevant for this community.

True fact; I have never got a job based on a resume.

When I was very young, jobs always came to me word of mouth. My first job was at Ken Young's fruit market. One day he just asked me if I wanted to help out around the shop. A friend asked me if I wanted to work where he was working once. And that led to another job eventually.

But at 18 I left home for the adventure of the west coast. I was a high school drop out and all my references were from 5000km away. So what I started doing was perhaps unconventional, but it seemed to work.

It never made sense to me to apply to a job advertised in the newspaper and then compete against a whole bunch of other jobseekers. Especially when, like most unemployed people, I knew I was more then likely inexperienced and under-qualified compared to my competition. Under such circumstances it always applying with my resume seemed like setting myself up to fail, rather then succeed.

I advertised in the classified want ads of the local newspaper(s) as a somebody looking for a job. Simply put it read: "LABOURER for hire" And people would call and I'd have different jobs. Sometimes for half a day, cash. Sometimes for weeks or months at a time on a payroll. And as I build up experience my advertisements became more specific as to the type of work I was looking for. As opposed to most people who apply for work they hope they are qualified for.

But why I'm posting this here in this community is not to talk about how to get a job. Or to tell you my life story. Neither are political issues. I want to talk to you about marketing.
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Darkness 101: Why the Arian Heresy Will Not Go Away

I have been accused of being anti-Catholic for my portrayal of the Vatican as a brood of vicious vipers. I realize I run the risk of being considered a Klanster, as was seen recently. The Vatican has more in common with the Klan than do I. The Klan is not opposed to Roman despotism, except when it is actually centered in Rome. Since the demise of Vatican II, Rome has been a major force in opposition to civil liberties, making them more Klanish than they realize. A characterization of yours truly as anti-Catholic deliberately ignores my close relationship with individual Catholics and my admiration for Catholic luminaries of the past. A Catholic is simply a heretic who is still wet behind the ears. Catholic dogma cannot be sustained under the close scrutiny of rational analysis.

A man who was present at the creation of Catholic dogma, a presbyter of the Alexandrian church, Arius, opposed that dogma and the political power brokers who crafted it. Catholics have used the term "Arian" as a general appellation for anyone who disagrees with them. When Portuguese Catholics interacted with Ethiopian Catholics during the sixteenth century, the Ethiopians branded the Portuguese as "Arian." Arius eventually recanted his opposition to the troika of Alexandrian Catholic dogma, but it did not prevent him from meeting a violent death. This pattern repeats in history with recanting heretics going up in flames. Recanting was rarely a path to evade the death penalty for thought crimes.

One way to characterize the Arian heresy is that it disagrees with the idea that there is only one True Church. It is open to alternative ideas and alternative personalities outside of the formal power structure of apostolic succession. It recognizes the fallibility of those who passed on the teachings of Jesus. The Church is a political construct that attempted to usurp a prior trademark with its own branding method. It professes the "religion of Jesus" as it practices a cult of power.

Another aspect of the Arian heresy is the idea that we all have the capacity to pursue eternal knowledge. This is the area that has consigned more heretics to the fate of the pyre than any other. Any and all public exposure of the truth about nature or the human condition has been viciously attacked by the Church. It is one thing for a monk or a scholar to know the truth, but it is heretical for them to teach it to others. The laity must be kept safe from reality lest they wander from the fold.

The reason the Arian heresy persists is not because there are evil, scheming, ambitious people like Arius who are out to destroy the Church. The political ambition of the Church is the ultimate driving force behind the heresy. Were it not for the corrupt dependency of episcopal opulence on the deception of the laity, ascetics would never venture to expose people to an alternative path toward understanding. The darkness of deception and delusion causes the heresy to persist in bringing bits of light into the world. The Church has only itself to blame for the Arian heresy.
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Vissarion's Siberian utopia

Hello, my comrades utopianists (sic?)! Political Utopia Month reminds me of a very real utopian mini-society, which still exists in the Siberian Far East. It was created by a self-proclaimed messiah spiritual teacher, former policeman Sergey Trolop now-become Father Vissarion. I learned about this back in my university years, when a Bulgarian traveler once visited my class (I was studying Tourism Management) and promoted his travel book, which included his account of the 2 years that he had spent in that remote utopian colony in Siberia. So here's the story. I don't know if I have a clear conclusion from it, maybe we'll come up with one after I'm done. And beware: it's long!

So the Bulgarian traveler Petar Stankov, a 31 year old working class guy, had spent 2 years in the Russian taiga, in the village of Petropavlovka which is now inhabited by the mysterious sect of Vissarion. The sect has been labeled a "destructive religious cult" by its detractors both within and outside the mainstream Orthodox church. But still, it remains one of the most popular sects in Russia ever since the 90s, when its founder Sergey Trolop started building an "eco-village" to accommodate his followers. The village has grown into a complex of 40 villages around lake Tiberkul in the Krasnoyarsk district, with a total population of around 5,000 followers. Their stated purpose is to live a life in harmony with nature and to separate themselves from the financial system of modern society (i.e., abandon money). Sounds familiar, right? The Amish, anyone? Well, that community is pretty international - mainly Russians and Ukrainians, but also some Germans, Chinese, Koreans and East Europeans, including about 60 Bulgarians.

Vissarion has traveled a lot around the region promoting his social system, and BG has been by far the most frequently visited foreign country. His last visit here was in 2004, and his followers at a local level are about 100. This tradition of environmental primitivist escapism and New-Age inclination may be traced back to the time of the legendary neo-Theosophic teacher Petar "Beinsa-Douno" Deunov, whose Universal White Brotherhood still performs its spring and autumn equinox rituals on top of the highest mountain of the Balkans, and has lots of followers in the US.

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