stochastic terrorism

Where does the term stochastic terrorism come from?

While evidence for the term dates back to at least 2002, the term stochastic terrorism, as we are using here, spreads in the 2010s, popularly credited to a blog post in 2011. Terrorism experts, security analysts, and political observers have been increasingly using the term stochastic terrorism in the late 2010s, especially in terms of how rhetoric from political and religious leaders inspires random extremists, typically young men considered to be radicalized by ISIS or white supremacist groups.


I don’t trust anybody’s nostalgia but my own. Nostalgia is a product of dissatisfaction and rage. It’s a settling of grievances between the present and the past. The more powerful the nostalgia, the closer you come to violence. War is the form nostalgia takes when men are hard-pressed to say something good about their country.

Don DeLillo, White Noise (via quotespile)

“Anthropotechnics for the Anthropocene”

“According to Sloterdijk, the heroic accomplishments of these spiritual athletes transform the course of history by pointing to new and difficult routes toward which even ordinary people can strive. They offer new horizons, which often take the form of a goal of liberation from everyday life into an “otherworld” or a “beyond.” He doesn’t advocate any single training, insisting that there is no one true path forward, and certainly no fixed end point to reach. Each course of practices and habits is a largely blind striving toward well-marked plateaus, and beyond them, toward untested and previously unknown peaks of “Mount Improbable.”

—John Tresch, “Anthropotechnics for the Anthropocene

αἴσθησις (aisthesis)


From αἰσθάνομαι (aisthánomai, “to perceive”) +‎ -σῐς (-sis).


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  • IPA(key): /ǎi̯s.tʰɛː.sis/ → /ˈɛs.θi.sis/ → /ˈes.θi.sis/


αἴσθησῐς (aísthēsis) f (genitive αἰσθήσεως); third declension

  1. Perception from the senses, feeling, hearing, seeing
  2. Perception by the intellect as well as the senses
  3. That which is perceived: scent
  4. Ability to perceive: discernment
  5. Cognition or discernment of moral discernment in ethical matters




3rd person present:


  1. 1.FORMALcontribute greatly to (a person’s credit or honour).“his latest diplomatic effort will redound to his credit"synonyms:contribute to, be conducive to, result in, lead to, effect;More
  2. 2.ARCHAICcome back upon; rebound on."may his sin redound upon his head!"synonyms:rebound on, have an adverse effect on, come back on, recoil on; More

bupkis (n.)

bupkis (uncountable)

  1. Absolutely nothing; nothing of value, significance, or substance.We searched for hours and found bupkis.

Usage notes

  • Often translated as meaning small round fecal pellets, referring to the shape of goat droppings. A colorful usage, though a more emphatic expression (in Yiddish more so than in English) is “bupkis mit kaduchas” (באָבקעסמיטקדחת‎ (bobkes mit kadokhes)), translating roughly to “shivering shit balls”.

The Mysterious Origin of ‘Copacetic’ (n.)

“Theories about the origin of copacetic abound, but the facts about the word’s history are scant: it appears to have arisen in African-American slang in the southern U.S., possibly as early as the 1880s, with earliest known evidence of it in print dating only to 1919. Beyond that, we have only speculation. One theory is that the term is descended from Hebrew kol be sedher (or kol b’seder or chol b’seder), meaning “everything is in order.” That theory is problematic for a number of reasons, among them that in order for a Hebrew expression to have been adopted into English at that time it would have passed through Yiddish, and there is no evidence of the phrase in Yiddish dictionaries. Other theories trace copacetic to Creole coupèstique (“able to be coped with”), Italian cappo sotto (literally “head under,” figuratively “okay”), or Chinook jargon copacete (“everything’s all right”), but no evidence to substantiate any of these has been found. Another theory credits the coining of the word to Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, who used the word frequently and believed himself to be the coiner. Anecdotal recollections of the word’s use, however, predate his lifetime.” – Merriam-Webster’s online

Slavoj Zizek – A Pervert’s Guide to Family


Slavoj Zizek – A Pervert’s Guide to Family


I’ve always believed I could see things other people couldn’t. Elements falling into place. A design. A shape in the chaos of things. I suppose I find these moments precious and reassuring because they take place outside me, outside the silent grid, because they suggest an outer state that works somewhat the way my mind does but without the relentlessness, the predeterminative quality. I feel I’m safe from myself as long as there’s an accidental pattern to observe in the physical world.

Don DeLillo, The Names
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kerfuffle (n.)

Synonyms of kerfuffle ado, alarums and excursions, ballyhoo, blather, bluster, bobbery, bother, bustle, clatter, clutter [chiefly dialect], coil, corroboree [Australian], disturbance, do [chiefly dialect], foofaraw, fun, furor, furore, fuss, helter-skelter, hoo-ha (also hoo-hah), hoopla, hubble-bubble, hubbub, hullabaloo, hurly, hurly-burly, hurricane, hurry, hurry-scurry (or hurry-skurry), commotion [chiefly British], moil, pandemonium, pother, row, ruckus, ruction, rumpus, shindy, splore [Scottish], squall, stew, stir, storm, to-do, tumult, turmoil, uproar, welter, whirl, williwaw, zoo