Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Finally

Finally George W. Bush has been kicked out the backdoor in a building he should never have been given a day pass to.


The wait is over. Barack Hussein Obama was finally inaugurated. This is a great night, a watershed in more than one way. They called him a friend to terrorists, called him a socialist, a Muslim and virtually every «four-letter-word» in the book, threw all their considerable resources at him, but nothing worked. That makes it twice as fun. Obama gained support of just about any group in society, except the narrow-minded and ignorant and intolerant. The future is the multicultural. The past is a bunch of white, intolerant, ignorant, tyrannical christian assholes and war mongers. To hear the new janitor say «I, Barack Hussein Obama solemnly swear» was just as much fun as I had imagined it would be.

My excitement concerning events such as these will never be ecstatic, though, since I don’t believe in democracy as a system, because it is the sneakiest tyranny in history, because it gives people the illusion of participation, and never more than that.

But it is still a great night, just like Election Night.

It was my first time today, the very first time I watched everything from Washington DC on inauguration day. I have been excited. He is very engaging, in spite of typical American language like «god bless America» and such garbage. I followed Obama throughout his campaign, since he declared himself a candidate, heard him state that he wants to change the United States and the world, and I have even, at least once in a while, to a certain extent believed it. It was a great moment when we saw him speak in Chicago during the Election Day. We didn’t see an arrogant winner, but a reflecting and cautiously optimistic human being, and his inauguration speech was pretty much the same. I was even fearful on his behalf today, for the assassin’s bullet that might be waiting for him, stopping his presidency before it began. Too bad he is not the agent of true change we saw in glimpses at the start of the primaries, but rather a radical pragmatist, which is far better than most janitors before him, but not really what the world and humanity truly needs.

Might one dare to hope that the Republican Party is done, is finished, that they will never regain former «glory», that they are forever exposed for what they are in people’s eyes, that a certain degree of intelligence and reflection, represented by Obama from now on will dominate American politics, and that a third, far more radical force eventually also will challenge and supplant the Democratic Party? Probably not, but nothing is impossible. We have seen that much the last few months.

Christianity is declining, also in the United States, even in the United States, slowly but surely, no matter how much these creeps are holding on to established positions of power. And let’s not for a moment forget that Obama is a christian.

Two issues stand out where I can say I’m very much in disagreement with Obama: One is the war in Afghanistan, and thereby his support of the lies after 9/11. US foreign policy won’t change by the waving of a magic wand, but over time it will, to a certain degree. There will be a shift towards a more reasonable approach, inevitably. The difference between him and other US presidents is huge. I agree with those saying we will keep protesting against American foreign policy for a long time yet, though.

The other is that he hasn’t denounced nuclear power completely. He has to do that. Nuclear power is just as much of the past as John McCain and his backers is.

Obama has to close the gulag in Guantanamo and free, unconditionally all the prisoners there. He has to do so fast, or he will not be trustworthy. To give them an apology and lots of money for their troubles is also a good idea. He must give crystal clear orders to all the torturers he has in his employ, among them people in the CIA, and all the secret services. It will be hard for any kind of court to punish them for their crimes, though, even though it has long since been established that it is no excuse to be under orders. Bush and cronies should definitely be put on trial, but Obama will not do so, in the spirit of bipartisan cooperation.

He has to remove all the oppressing laws approved under Bush, what Bush implanted under the guise of «the war on terror», the false war, created to more easily approve such laws.

The new «rocket shield» in Eastern Europe should be scrapped, totally and without reservation.

A completely new Middle East policy is mandatory, even more than before. Israel must be forced to stop its murderous and tyrannical ways, stop its genocide of the Palestinian people. If the United States had stopped its economic and «moral» support Israel would be forced down another path instantly.

He spoke about hope, something that is very unrealistic in my eyes, and that isn’t the cynic in me talking. There is not much reason for hope, not because of the so called financial crisis, but because of the totally overwhelming problems today’s humanity is facing, where every step seen as an improvement is really the opposite, if you look at the big picture, the truly important issues. To hope in this context is to deceive oneself and others. Hope can be very dangerous and contrary to intelligent thinking.

But it is a great night, in spite of it all. Barack Hussein Obama is real, is an honest and true human being, at least the closest approximate we have seen in a while, and unless he is assassinated before he gets things seriously under way he will make his mark on the world, and potentially change it. At least he can help it take a crucial first step on the long walk towards the enormous changes that will have to come, those far more far-reaching than most people can imagine.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The mystic Storyteller

Edgar Allan Poe, Henri le Rennet, Edgar S. Perry and others… who was the real person and who was the reflection? Was it in truth some unnamed creature never seeing the light of day?

Today it is 200 years since Edgar Allan Poe was born. Amazing how time flies, isn’t it. Poe wrote stories and poems, haunting both to himself and to those reading them, and most important of all: his life was as strange and mystical as the stories he wrote.

His life and work was groundbreaking in so many ways. He was among the first writing what would later be known as mystery novels, including murder mysteries and also the first stirrings of science fiction. 200 years later it’s clear that he has had an enormous impact on both writing and art in general, inspiring countless people to seek an unusual life. Poe is very much present in current art and life. Novels would be completely different today without his input. The very process of writing would be different.

He was also the first well-known writer attempting to live of his earnings as a writer, something that clearly contributed to him dying fairly young and being poor most of his life. Publishers made a habit of not paying him for his work, and even though he gained a rare notoriety for his poems and stories he remained a struggling artist to his death, also because he never got along with his publishers, and attempting self publishing as much as his low income would allow.

I have always been interested in Poe, for several reasons, the main one being the aforementioned fact that his life and death was equal to the stories he told, something all artists should aspire to. He lived a quite the varied life and doing a lot of different things, never really settling down, not in life and not in art.

Even though many facts are known and his life is fairly well documented, his life as well as his death is clearly shrouded in mystery, no matter how much some people strive to «de-romanticize» all the mystery. People had strong, totally opposing and contradictory opinions of him, when he lived and after his death, and a lot of it persist today.

A guy named Rufus Griswold had several disputes with him, about literature and otherwise. After Poe’s death Griswold managed, somehow to be named his literary executor, and used the opportunity to repeat his previous attempts at character assassination. He really dedicated himself to the task, and portrayed his enemy as a drunk and gambler and vagrant, making up facts, a lot of facts as he did, claims that has been disputed later and even proven to be base lies, but never truly fading from public consciousness. There has never been put forth a satisfactory explanation as to why Griswold began and persisted his crusade against Poe. Many theories have been put forth, also about Griswold’s state of mind, none of them truly satisfactory.

Poe disappeared several times during the last years of his life, never really explaining his absence. Some of his work is said to be autobiographical or too close to call to be fiction. Tragedy marred him most of his life. His father vanished and his mother died while he was a small child, and he never really clicked with the couple raising him (he was never formally adopted). He married his thirteen-year-old cousin Victoria Clemm, supposedly claiming she was his eternal beloved, one of his many startling statements. She died after a long sickness eleven years later.

Four days before his death he was found wandering deliriously through the streets of Baltimore, in ill-fit clothes clearly not his own. He had left Richmond, Virginia for his home in New York six days earlier, never reaching his destination. There have been many claims as to where he had been during that time, none of them substantiated. People he encountered after he was found, like the Doctors Joseph Snodgrass and Poe’s attending physician Joseph John Moran have later been proven to have lied through their teeth about what happened during Poe’s final days. Poe cried out for a guy named Reynolds, one no one knew or were able to identify. His corpse was removed from the original cemetery and reburied. Claims were put forth that it wasn’t his body, and that even the body being buried the first time was not Poe. Had he died where they said he had? Had he died the way they said? Had he died at all? Again we see that all the so called probable explanations as to what happened are in serious doubt.

Some people claim entire sciences have been invented to explain the life and death of Edgar Allan Poe. Compared to all the other tales circulating about him this may not be such an extravagant claim.



A dream within a dream
Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow-
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand-
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weep- while I weep!
O God! can I not grasp
Them with a tighter clasp?
O God! can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Definition of genocide

Genocide according to Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (1948), Article 2

...any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:

(a) Killing members of the group;
(b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
(c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
(d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
(e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.


Article 3

The following acts shall be punishable:

(a) Genocide;
(b) Conspiracy to commit genocide;
(c) Direct and public incitement to commit genocide;
(d ) Attempt to commit genocide;
(e) Complicity in genocide.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The Destroyers (I)

Presenting, for all truth-seeking readers many of the world’s foremost groups of destroyers, of industrial companies and corporations.

The first one out is powerful Union Carbide and their even more powerful owners, Dow Chemicals.

24 years after the disaster in Bhopal, India Union Carbide is still refusing to pay up, to pay for the clean up after the enormous poison spills December 3. 1984 from a factory producing pesticides near a larger slum area in the central parts of town. A large, yellow cloud descended on the city and 10 000 people died instantly and between 20 000 and 30 000 after the accident. Close to a million have developed cancer, damages to the central neurological system, the spleen and other organs. All disease has increased dramatically in Bhopal since 1984.

The disastrously lousy security was an issue before the accident and has certainly been one afterwards. The Indian government is now taking it all to court again, in an effort to force Dow Chemicals, the company owning Union Carbide to foot the bill for the clean up of the «accident», the clean up only. Dow refuses, saying they no longer have any legal responsibility for the factory. Dow bought Union Carbide in 2001. Union Carbide sold its Indian subsidiary to Indian Everready Industry India Limited in 1994…

With such and similar reasoning yet another chemical production company is escaping its obvious liability.

170 tons of poisonous waste remains on the plant and the surrounding area, in addition to everything released to the air, water and the ground. 57 of 120 children entering into medical treatment had serious brain diseases. Average age is significantly lower compared to comparable areas in India.

There is a lot of heavy leaning on the Indian government to drop the suit, both from the US AND India. Ratan Tata, a local «wealthy entrepreneur» with strong US-ties says he will pay parts of the clean up if it is dropped. Nobody believes him, since he is notorious for working with foreign interests, at the high cost of local populations, but it is part of the accumulating pressure, just like those holding his chain wants. This is also a propaganda battle, like so much today. The chemical industry has a long, sordid history in that regard. They have a lot on their plate and many similar cases, where their public relation associates are working overtime to distort reality in their favor.

Like industry in general is doing they do what they like everywhere, but they encounter a bit more resistance in the so called developed countries, both in terms of economics and regulations. That’s why they move their factories to Bhopal and countless other places all over the so called third world, where they hardly need to take precautions at all, compared to in the western world, where they have to take a few here and there.

Dow Chemicals is also denying, of course the obvious harm the spill has caused and cause to the people of Bhopal. They are doing it, even though, with the usual delaying tactics and legal poppycock in place they don’t need to do it in this case, since this particular case isn’t about compensation. As stated, Dow Chemicals has a lot on their plate and fights their war on many fronts. The amount they have paid out so far, in what they call aid can hardly be called a trifle. It’s a mere fraction of what was and is necessary, and compared to their high earnings, mainly because of the lousy security, and the constant spills long before the «accident». They are a typical industrial venture and even a more typical multinational corporation.


The Wikipedia article, as it stands today is actually fairly good and accurate. Union Carbide has, naturally its version of the truth at the top of the Google search, and also owns the legal rights to the bhopaldotcom address, where they, in their generosity give us their usual heavily distorted view on reality.

Of course they do.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Blood on their hands and worse


I’ve stated repeatedly for years that supporters of israel and its oppressive, murderous policies have blood on their hands. But it’s really worse than that. They’re supporting a government or series of governments that can easily be compared with the worst throughout history, like Nazi-Germany, Pol Pot, South Africa during apartheid and so on. It doesn’t change much that the majority of the population belonging to the ruling class has basic rights («democracy» and stuff). In many ways it makes it worse.

My first blogarticle about israel was published the summer of 2006, after yet another massacre by israeli forces, and after yet another leader showed himself to be no better than all of his predecessors. There have been numerous such occasions, both before and after. And every time the supporters of tyranny is riling up to defend the indefensible. They put the terrorist stamp on Hamas, insisting that they should discontinue their resistance, their very justified war against the brutal israeli occupation. The tiny mosquito bites used by the israelis to justify israels’ undeniably horrible acts. Whatever Hamas is doing and what they are dwarfs in comparison with israel and the israeli supporters. The evidence, the illustrations we see every day of the occupant’s policy are or should be obvious to all.

Yes, these people should indeed be held accountable. Their attitude or lack of it is quite simply completely unacceptable. Again and again we are forced to ask the same, inevitable question: What’s wrong with people?

To say that israel has a right to defend itself is like saying that laundry is dirty. It’s meaningless, especially since they are not doing that. What they are doing is slow, painful genocide, and that is to put it all in the right perspective. The fact that it is a slow, thorough process doesn’t it make it less genocide. Hamas isn’t the issue here. Israel is. Both in terms of «quality» and quantity we see that it’s israel and their supporters’ misanthropic view of mankind that is victorious here.

To speak about «dialogue» and «neutrality» in this context is totally meaningless and inappropriate. Those doing that or claim to be that, is siding with israel.

There has been a discussion about various kinds of boycotts lately. And even though I am now reluctantly in favor of a total boycott without exceptions I can understand why some people as disgusted with israels actions as I am don’t support it. Boycotts, generally speaking don’t work, because they tend to be incomplete. But in israel’s case, if all its old friends in the west desert them it will probably be very effective. And one thing such an act will do, no matter what, is to send a message, a clear and not to be misunderstood message to israel and their accomplices: STOP! And that is by far preferable to the disgusting endless inaction dominating the world’s Middle East politics for more than sixty, no, make that more than hundred years.

Israel should be totally isolated from the international community, politically, militarily, economically and culturally, with no exceptions, until they stop. We can't stop them today, but we can certainly stop them from eventually erasing the Palestinian people. Yes, we can.

Yet another true criminal on his way out.
Whatever the result of the upcoming election...
Yet another criminal will take his place.

Friday, January 02, 2009

The reason the Neanderthals are extinct

The Neanderthals were, succinctly put another human species existing parallel to «us», to Homo Sapiens Sapiens, going extinct 35 000 years ago. Many reasons have been put forward why that happened, creating controversy since the first fossil bones were discovered, but the most accepted, or what used to be the most accepted for a long time was that they lost the competition with tribes of Sapiens, that our brain and survival traits proved superior to theirs.

During the last few decades another, completely different alternative explanation has been put forward and been given credit, though. Fairly new archeological findings are more than implying that the reason for the Neanderthal’s demise is that they gave up their nomadic lifestyle. Their lives turned static and stale, without true variety, a theory expanded upon by, among others the anthropologist Kathleen Gibson. While Sapiens’ seasonal migrations and their lifetime wanderings proved beneficial in a number of ways the Neanderthals became stuck in one place, one they hardly left at all.

Gibson and the others claim there were miniscule differences concerning intelligence and evolutionary levels between the two species. If anything the Neanderthals had bigger brain capacity. They made and transported fire (Science Jan 1996), and had an equal cultural development. Gibson says that the difference between the species isn’t biological, but social. After a shared evolution lasting millions of years they split about 100 000 years ago. 70 000 years after that there were no Neanderthals left. In a historical perspective they vanished quite quickly. Both species were natural nomads. It was only when the Neanderthals stopped wandering they vanished from the face of the Earth.


Modern men should take this to heart. We are natural nomads, but we have disregarded our heritage, one of our most important valuable skills, much of what makes us human beings, and we see the results. While we once lived in tribal societies where variety and creativity were hailed and encouraged, we now merely exist in a static society without much variety to speak of at all. Sounds familiar?

We are emulating the Neanderthals, echoing them in what most probably led to their downfall. They died, as a species during a crucial time in their evolution, during what was just a few thousand years. Looking at the world today it seems more than clear that we are facing a similar crucial challenge, and that what is threatening us is exactly the same factors making others before us fade from the face of the Earth.


Israel reveals its true face time and time again

At the first day of israel’s new campaign, its massive bombardment of Gaza, in response to the rocket attack where one Israeli was killed and one wounded approximately 225 Palestinians, among them 2o children were killed and approximately 700 wounded. Last time I checked 4 israelis and 400 Palestinians had been killed. Hundred to one in terms of fatalities. That’s quite something, even for the israelis.

It’s very typical for the ongoing conflict. Every time an israeli gets a tiny scratch the israeli army cuts the throat of Palestinian men, women and children, blowing them to kingdom come, bombing their cities, houses and villages to rubble, without even considering where the bombs might hit.

One has to look long and hard throughout history to find a similar brutal war machine and occupant. I agree with those saying that israel is a vicious apartheid power. I agree with those calling for a total boycott of israel, military, politically, economically and culturally. A guy responded to a christian «israel can do nothing bad» by saying: «the situation is too horrible for me to have the will to respond to a christian conservative on autopilot defending israel’s crimes». I agree with that as well.

Another guy, on the same thread is also hitting it right on the head: «I’ve given up israel a long time ago. It’s no use having any sort of meaningful dialogue with them. They don’t care shit about us and the rest of the world. This regime is criminal in both execution and inclination».

When is enough enough? How far will israel be allowed to go before the world community says stop? It has gone way too far already. Extreme measures should have been taken against its brutal reign long ago.