Comments for Entropic Memes Random musings on history, politics and more Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:05:40 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on Deciphering Gang Graffiti by Betty Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:05:40 +0000 Does anyone know if a sideways R means anything in particular ?

Comment on Deciphering Gang Graffiti by Naom Sun, 13 Jul 2014 08:42:11 +0000 was wondering if any one knew what HKLS means. this was spray painted on a friends window, in northern indiana

Comment on Y Kant Gangstars Rite? by Red Tue, 01 Jul 2014 14:14:27 +0000 Wait…Jewish Crips???

Comment on Writing on the Wall: More Graffiti by Red Tue, 01 Jul 2014 14:12:07 +0000 Maybe the “187 Dreamer” tag was left by a Conservative Vice Lord who opposes the DREAM Act? I’m on a roll here! LMAO!

Comment on Deciphering Gang Graffiti by Red Tue, 01 Jul 2014 14:04:48 +0000 Conservative Vice Lords…OMG, I’m laughing my head off! I know nothing of gang culture, really, so I’m picturing some homeboy dissing liberal economic policies and saying things like, “Yo, dudes, I just be sayin’ that I shouldn’t have to use my hawd-earned coke dollas to pay fo’ my bitches’ health care. Dat shit’s f***ed up, yo.” Say it out loud and you’ll be laughing too!

Comment on Deciphering Gang Graffiti by Tiffany Rolofson Mon, 30 Jun 2014 17:21:31 +0000 I came home to ” hts ” tagged on my fence. I am in Fresno
Does anyone know what this could mean.

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Comment on Down the Rabbit Hole by Al Fri, 20 Jun 2014 20:14:05 +0000 Ok. A couple of things:

This looks like a NYC manhole by the way the chimney is set up.

That’s not straw on the manhole floor. It’s cut offs from the wires he’s splicing. And all manholes have floors. Usually mud covered concrete.

The headset is used to establish a “talk pair” or utilize a working telephone line to communicate with other splicers at other locations.

The “transformer”, I believe is just a form for enclosing a lead splice. Most cables of this era were jacketed with lead and the splice cases were created by forming hot lead over the cable pairs.

The “asbestos” is a group of cable pairs wrapped to maintain their grouping or keep them out of the splicer’s way. It’s likely just muslin.

The fabric is cotton sleaving. It was used as a insulator inspllicing as well as tying up groups within a splice. It’s
Also used as a all around rope, just because it’s handy and plentiful.

The manhole ring at the top of the chimney is very temporary. It’s used to protect the employee and the splice from falling debris and water. It only takes a minute to set up.

Comment on Deciphering Gang Graffiti by lobo Sat, 24 May 2014 11:28:42 +0000 I’m in Panama… the country, not the city in Florida, and we’ve had some youth gangs coming up from the neighboring city, Ciudad de David since a new road was built. It’s a slim chance anyone on here has insight into latin gangs here, but we had our front gate tagged (not very large, seemed like a message to mark our house). Although we couldn’t decipher all of it, the word (spelled in this way, not the way the band spells it) METTALLICA with some other symbolS. To the left of this, directly next to our entrance gate there was an X with a five-pointed star above it. Unfortunately, I washed it off this morning before taking a photo. Any educated guesses on the meanings or gang name of this tag?

Thanks in advance.

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Comment on Writing on the Wall: More Graffiti by michele Sun, 04 May 2014 16:48:28 +0000 can anyone tell me what STK with a underline with an arrow at end of the undermean means and the word SYKE WITH TWO UNDERLINES UNDERNEATH AND SOME KIND OF CIRCLE WITH A SMALLER CIRCLE IN IT ON TOP OF THE Y IN SYKE MEANS? so it reads syke stk thanks

Comment on Deciphering Gang Graffiti by wayde Sat, 03 May 2014 14:12:02 +0000 I found grafitti that says VA POI and SBT and RGB also seeing a triangle with dots, what does that mean???? Also some references to RIP FROGGY.

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Comment on Writing on the Wall: More Graffiti by Kairi Sat, 01 Mar 2014 09:13:58 +0000 Our garage recently got tagged… It looks like either #B or #R.. We have cameras outside our garage and were lucky enough to have it caught on tape, but we still were wondering what the sign could mean… If it was a gang sign or not or if it was just some weird spray paint. It was in black spray paint by the way.

Comment on Deciphering Gang Graffiti by Isaac Mon, 17 Feb 2014 11:41:33 +0000 I work security for a Dallas hospital and a few days ago a tag appeared that I can’t decrypt. I can send you the pic I took but I’d at a loss if I tried to describe it. Any help would be appreciated.

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Comment on Writing on the Wall: More Graffiti by Ken Tue, 21 Jan 2014 14:28:11 +0000 I work in a Juvenile Detention center and have recently observed a few inmates tagging “778″, not sure what it stands for. Can anyone help?

Comment on Deciphering Gang Graffiti by patrick jones Tue, 21 Jan 2014 01:32:20 +0000 i had a problem with a guy in a bad area huntington park ca and the bldg i stay at right under my window was a painting of a dead pig with the eyes x out and a frown for a mouth ! is that a warning or something ? please respond if you can help . thank you ! btw my car was broken into the same night.

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Comment on Writing on the Wall: More Graffiti by Me Sun, 22 Dec 2013 08:16:30 +0000 What does this tag on the back side of an apartment building mean? 2 verticle lines with 3 dots on the right side of the lines.

Comment on Most Awkward Sentence Ever by Patriot Thu, 12 Dec 2013 13:23:38 +0000 As America’s engineered economic implosion accelerates, the parallels with how the Roman empire fell are staggering. It is now abundantly clear that the ruling class is preparing for a planned economic implosion after which they will declare themselves the saviors.

A recent Reuters report highlighting how the Federal Reserve has been telling major banks in the U.S. to prepare for a “worst case scenario” financial collapse and that these banks would not be able to rely on government support underscores once again how the elite are positioning themselves to exploit the next leg of the orchestrated financial meltdown.

Just as happened in the aftermath of 2008, the ruling class is getting ready to offer the solution of more centralized control and more financial serfdom as the solution to the problem they created in the first place.

By making the public and industry beg for QE3, the Federal Reserve will once again try to manipulate the crisis to portray itself as the guardian of a fragile system and accumulate yet more power.

America is now ruled by a gaggle of completely corrupt financial terrorists who will stop at nothing to hollow out the country in pursuit of their own maniacal and selfish gain.

This precisely parallels Rome’s rapacious ruling Emperors and Senators of the fifth century who were so obsessed with seizing wealth and control that they ended up destroying their own culture, their own country and its empire in the process.

Just as in Rome, while the ruling elite got filthy rich, the people struggled and starved.

More than 100 million Americans are now on government welfare, a third of the entire country, and that figure doesn’t even include Social Security or Medicare.

22.3 million households and 46.5 million Americans have now entered technical poverty and live off food stamps.

Just as in Rome, where the need to constantly generate revenue to satisfy the cost of defense and a sprawling bureaucracy ultimately led to the country becoming bankrupt as Nero and subsequently emperors hiked up taxes and debased the currency, America is hurtling towards a similar fate.

Entitlement spending, military defense and a bloated federal bureaucracy has left the United States over $17 trillion dollars in debt, and the prospect of QE3 threatens to sink the dollar as the world reserve currency for good.

Just as Romans found their currency becoming increasingly worthless, the U.S. dollar has lost almost 100 per cent of its value since 1900.

Just like Rome, America was once a Republic that has been hijacked and turned into an empire. Just as the Roman Empire crumbled under its rulers’ inability to afford its maintenance, America’s overseas presence (the U.S. has troops in a staggering 130 countries), is bankrupting the country.

Like America, Rome once had an influential middle class whose wealth allowed them to have a political stake in their country. Merchants and traders were able to prosper because taxes were modest and economic regulation was relaxed. However, beginning in the third century B.C., the Roman economy became more regimented and taxes were raised. This eviscerated and disenfranchised the middle class, just as has unfolded in America, where middle class neighborhoods are disappearing and income is polarized between a struggling downtrodden mass of people and a tiny rich elite.

When the economic collapse arrives, it could be more brutal than anything America has experienced in its history as a nation.

Aside from economic factors, cultural and societal parallels can also be drawn between Rome and 21st century America.

Rome’s increasing use of illegal immigrants to do agricultural work its host population refused to undertake mirrors America today. As Peter Heather writes in “The Fall of the Roman Empire: A New History of Rome and Barbarians”, “The Roman government allowed uncontrolled hostile immigration to dissolve the fabric of their civilization. Illegal and legal Immigrants grew more powerful while exercising their own character of their cultures. They did not adopt Roman ways. Second, vast blocks of once Roman lands became foreign held and even the Roman population, once outnumbered, was no match for hostile immigrants.”

“Factors that destroyed Rome now manifest in accelerating numbers in America. Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, New York City, San Francisco, Raleigh and all large cities suffer millions of illegal immigrants. Uncounted millions of them cannot and do not speak English. Millions work under the table without paying taxes. Millions use our hospitals without paying. They immigrate but do not assimilate. They colonize in ethnic enclaves separated from Americans. They fracture our country,” writes Frosty Wooldridge.

Just as Roman rulers created bread and circuses to distract their population from the fact that the country was collapsing, Americans are also enraptured by entertainment and sports, which in turn encourages them to lead superficial, meaningless lives.

As Roman poet Juvenal (circa 100 A.D.) wrote, “Already long ago, from when we sold our vote to no man, the People have abdicated our duties; for the People who once upon a time handed out military command, high civil office, legions–everything, now restrains itself and anxiously hopes for just two things: bread and circuses.”

This loss of interest in civic duty and its replacement with an obsession for entertainment and folly is routinely cited by scholars as one of the primary reasons behind the collapse of Rome.

As Kyle Trottier writes, “In many modern books written about Ancient Rome and her people, the ancient Romans are often portrayed as people who enjoyed violence and thought it amusing to see people being injured and killed to the point of obsession. It is now common knowledge that, in Ancient Rome, people often attended (and enjoyed) gladiatorial fights to the death, wild beast hunts, naval battles and chariot racing. Some public thinkers today have suggested that “entertainment” today, as it was in ancient times of Rome, reflects the decline of culture, into a plethora of lust, greed, violence, selfish individualism and bad behavior. Some Scholars suggest that history is repeating itself and we are now in a reoccurring cycle of moral decay and social breakdown. From the excessive amount of glorified violence in Hollywood movies, video games, music and on the internet, one can easily see the downward spiral of decency.”

The moral decay of the Roman culture is also being aped almost precisely in America. While fertility and birth rates of the host population continue to plummet, sexual promiscuity and infidelity is lauded. As Dr. Carle Zimmerman’s 1947 book Family and Civilization documented, America shares the pattern of its moral decline with Rome. Zimmerman identified a number of behavior traits that signaled the decline of a civilization. These included “the breakdown of marriage and rise of divorce,” “acceleration of juvenile delinquency, promiscuity and rebellion,” “refusal of people with traditional marriages to accept their family responsibilities,” “a growing desire for and acceptance of adultery” and “increasing interest in and spread of sexual perversions and sex-related crimes.”

All of these traits have come to shape American society in the 21st century.

It does not take a crystal ball to see where all this is heading, and the planned economic implosion is going to be the trigger. Europe has already been rocked by riots over the past two years and federal authorities are already preparing for similar scenes in America only on a far bigger scale.

As Ron Paul has warned, the coming engineered financial breakdown is leading directly to domestic unrest which will inevitably lead to a state of martial law.

Riots prompted by food shortages, inflation, inequality and political corruption are inevitable should the ruling class continue to deliberately implode the economy – as is the brutal police state response that will come as a result.

Just as Rome burned when it was sacked in 455 AD, the historical point which marked the formal end of the Roman Empire, America faces the same fate.

One way to prevent or try to lessen the kind of collapse that could make the dissolution of Rome look like a cakewalk is to use the tools that ordinary Romans never had – the power of the modern alternative media.

Only by relentlessly emphasizing that the collapse is being deliberately engineered by those who seek to exploit it for their own gain can we hope to deflate the myth that the ruling class are our only saviors in the coming time of peril.