Monday, March 31, 2008
Truly, the only valid use of Deconstruction is to speak of these times...times of slaughter...times of blood... We deconstruct our thoughts and speak in a "Meta-language" which lifts us out of the level where our hatreds wear rags and uniforms to a higher level where our hatreds wear evening dress.
Here goes: A Palestinian shot 8 students dead in Markaz HaRav.
A week before, more than 100 Palestinians were killed...
or once upon a time, many Palestinians were killed. The next week, a Palestinian entered a yeshiva and killed Jewish students.
Who is to blame? Who put these people in harm's way? Who has conspired to create these unending dioramas of death? No...no....deconstruct...many died, many die, many will die. How can there be cause and effect and reason within a world bereft of reason and science of propriety?
McClatchy provides a lot of important detail about Sunday's surprising developments regarding the fight between the Iraqi government and the Mahdi Army. A parliamentary delegation from Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's own coalition (mainly now the Da`wa Party and the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq) defied him by going off to the holy seminary city of Qom in Iran and negotiating directly with Sayyid Muqtada al-Sadr and with the leader of the Quds Brigades of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, Brig. Gen. Qasim Sulaymani.
Prof. Cole's reference to McClatchy provides a link to them. They are, by the way, a superlative news agency. When I read such things, I find it hard to understand much Bush-speak about Iran. However, I find Bush-speak to be a primitive sort of pidgin that defies my understanding in general.
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Well, the present administration is so insane that it is still pushing for its version of Iran: Axis of Evil in word and deed. The Reptilian Mind which rules Washington still lusts for war, and continues to imagine the threat of Iranian missiles raining down on Slovakia. (!?!) How do the sane people in government react?
1) The Intelligence community threatens to leak a report which differs from the administration unless the administration itself releases the report as it should have done months ago according to law.
2) Admiral William Fallon, commander of CENTCOM, has to retire to get his message out. Fortunately, his retirement is preceeded and caused by a controversial interview. This causes a brouhaha that even the dumb media is unable to ignore.
Perhaps there are others who are trying to sabotage the madness. How to measure success? Both Presidents Ahmidinejad and Bush have visited Iraq in 2008. Bush had to sneak in and out. He spent his time in a fortress. Ahmidinejad, on the other hand, came in in full light of day and went anywhere he wanted. When, indeed, will a high ranking American official be able to visit Iraq without slinking around like a dog? Don't know. Years, maybe. Maybe McCain's forecasted 100 years. Anyhow, on a lighter note, Andrew Sullivan writes on The War Criminals: http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2008/03/the-war-crimina.html#more
"Greetings, people of Earth! We, too, are carbon-based. However, by virtue of our plastic molecules, we are virtually immortal.
We shall inherit the Earth.
Catch ya later!" P.T.F.E. Becker, fluoroethylene superhero, also known as The Teflon Kid.
Saturday, March 29, 2008
News Finance and economics Beautiful woman
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2009年3月26日 星期四 "Hong Kong equities through train", as well as Japan and Singapore in the second half of the stock market may be opening up of China's investors.
“the Hong Kong stock market direct bus” as well as the Japanese Singapore Stock market possibly opens in the second half of the year to the Chinese investors in the proposal the Hong Kong stock market direct bus in the technical arrangement, including the opening area, the bank which and the financial organ, the quota involves and so on, at present has prepared the ready, in the technology all things ready, only owes the east wind. What crest owes?
National decision-making. In the past, because worried many, the government once “the Hong Kong stock market direct bus” will call to stop. But, opens afterward are possibly more than Hong Kong direct bus. That is, speaking of inland investor, not only may invest the Hong Kong stock market, but may also invest Japanese and the Singapore market. Although has one viewpoint to believe that promotes the external market the opportunity to be in inland stock market top digit movement, in the Hong Kong stock market low position movement situation is best.
But, the policy was already formulated, was unable to know in advance the regional stock market's spot position several months ago. Although the Chinese Stock market is not good at present, breaks 3600 points from more than 6100, the condition has been horrible to look. But, Japan, Singapore, is not good including the Hong Kong Stock market, says from another aspect, the opportunities for investment is good....
Well, you would not know that from the people that I hang around with. I mean, they go out of their way to be obtuse. While eating Easter dinner, I happened to remark that I thought the movie "Starship Troopers" was interesting for the way it portrayed a realistic potential future militaristic something-"ism" in the USA.
I got about as far as saying that Robert Heinlein wrote the original novel. Blank stares. Once the odor of literature that was not quite "high" enough reached their noses, the elite turned away to speak of other things. And once again I was left alone with my thoughts. We shan't talk about "Starship Troopers" today, they all thought, nor any day...not on our watch! Anyhow, militarism fits in well with the present age of Bush & Bash. wikileaks, driven underground by the same forces that afflict Tibet: tyranny and absolutism, had a secret memo leaked to us, the American People.
It appeared in Iraq Today: http://warnewstoday.blogspot.com/index.html Classified memo from US Maj. Gen. Kelly confirms Fallujah Gulag
I spent the entire day inspecting the Fallujah city jail. I found the conditions there to be exactly (unbelivable over crowding, total lack of anything approaching even minimal levels of hygiene for human beings, no food, little water, no ventilation) to those described in the recent (18 February) FOX news article by Michael Totten entitled the "Dungeon of Fallujah". When queried the iraqis and marines present throughout my inspection as to why these conditions existed, three conditions were universaly cited as problems in Fallujah as well as the rest of Anbar.
First, there is zero support from the government for any of the jails in Anbar. No funds, food or medical support has been provided from any ministry.
Second, the police that run Anbar's jails are the same personnel responsable for investigating crimes. These jailer/investigators are undermanned and more often than not spend most of their time out begging and scavenging for food than investigating crimes. (It is unlikely the prisoners will eat today).
Third, Anbar lacks trained Iraqi correctional officers (ICOS) to run the jails in Anbar. The development and employment of trained ICOS would enable the IP to focus on criminal investigation rather then jail supervision. I believe the Iraqi police are doing the best they can, and they literally begged me on humanitarian, moral and religious grounds to help them help the prisoners by somehow moving the government to action.
If you click on the line beginning "Classified..." you will be sent to wikileaks and you may visit them in whatever Siberia they have been sent to. --------- Admiral William Fallon sent us a secret message, too, only he made sure it was not so secret. It reminds me of something like Sherlock Holmes and the dog that did not bark. It is all a bit hazy.
However, by the Esquire interview and knowing the junk yard dog reaction of Cheney and the ensuing high profile retirement, Admiral Fallon ensured that he and his message would get center stage for a few seconds, pushing darling Petraeus out of the spotlight briefly. I do not seem to recall any of the cable bright minds getting the point, however. Speaking of General Petraeus, it is not his fault that he happens to be top dog during the Bush & Bash administration. Bush and Cheney, two men who act like the evil queen of the aliens in "Starship Troopers": breeding endless new plots of viscous evil. Bleeeh!
So, how's by Iraq? Let's see what Friday brought: From The Times (London Times) March 28, 2008
Iraqi police in Basra shed their uniforms, kept their rifles and switched sides
James Hider in Baghdad
Abu Iman barely flinched when the Iraqi Government ordered his unit of special police to move against al-Mahdi Army fighters in Basra. His response, while swift, was not what British and US military trainers who have spent the past five years schooling the Iraqi security forces would have hoped for. He and 15 of his comrades took off their uniforms, kept their government-issued rifles and went over to the other side without a second thought. Such turncoats are the thread that could unravel the British Army’s policy in southern Iraq.
The military hoped that local forces would be able to combat extremists and allow the Army to withdraw gradually from the battle-scarred and untamed oil city that has fallen under the sway of Islamic fundamentalists, oil smugglers and petty tribal warlords. But if the British taught the police to shoot straight, they failed to instil a sense of unwavering loyalty to the State. “We know the outcome of the fighting in advance because we already defeated the British in the streets of Basra and forced them to withdraw to their base,” Abu Iman told The Times.
Friday, March 28, 2008
This may explain why a certain major city has been laid out according to plans which render it a mega landing strip for.....what?????
Shall we continue to be ruled by an Alienocracy?!
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Right about now, a little Goya is again is in order to show the Present age destroying the Future, eating it own offspring, as it were, a la some Greek myth or tragedy of a special nauseating quality.
So I shall do a Carl Denham and bring this monster to the New World and show it to the masses. Ladies and Gentlemen, I present The American People, the Eighth Wonder of the World!! Eating the Future!!!
In his essay "Poetry and Apoetical Culture", Adonis makes the remarkable claim that the nature of Koranic revelation destroys the possibility of poetry, and with it the possibility of life. Before Islam, the Arabic language was rooted in poetry; after the advent of Islam, poetic language became impossible.
When this divine Revelation came to take the place of poetic inspiration, it claimed to be the sole source of knowledge, and banished poetry and poets from their kingdom. Poetry was no longer the word of truth, as the pre-Islamic poets had claimed it was. Nevertheless ... Islam did not suppress poetry as a form and mode of expression. Rather, it nullified poetry's role and cognitive mission, endowing it with a new function: to celebrate and preach the truth introduced by the Koranic Revelation. Islam thus deprived poetry of its earliest characteristics - intuition and the power of revelation and made it into a media tool. ... Poetry in Arab society has languished and withered precisely insofar as it has placed itself at the service of religiosity, proselytism and political and ideological commitments. 
I cannot comment on this, for Adonis has experience which I do not. I am mostly interested in " intuition" which I have emphasized by bold font. Intuition is the source of all knowledge. In that time when the first family of living things came to be, there was no structure of knowledge save that within the structure of their own beings...that and their inter-relationship with the world. As they looked upon the world, their intuition guided them. God speaks not in words, rather through our intuitive life. If intuition be cut off, as Adonis says it is, then a person is dead and merely going through the motions of life.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Patrick Buchanan, herein much lionized and praised, has said:
It is the same old con, the same old shakedown that black hustlers have been running since the Kerner Commission blamed the riots in Harlem, Watts, Newark, Detroit and a hundred other cities on, as Nixon put it, "everybody but the rioters themselves." Was "white racism" really responsible for those black men looting auto dealerships and liquor stories, and burning down their own communities, as Otto Kerner said -- that liberal icon until the feds put him away for bribery. Barack says we need to have a conversation about race in America. Fair enough. But this time, it has to be a two-way conversation.
White America needs to be heard from, not just lectured to.
I find his argumentum ad hominem directed at Otto Kerner to be evidence of a junk yard Limbaugh coming out. It is a trait I despise in myself and abhor in others. What am I to make from White America needs to be heard from, not just lectured to? I already know. It is a lie. Oh, it is a mischaracterization based on the heat of the moment, but it will not bear any resemblance to any soon future reality; hence, a lie it is.
White America will not hold a dialogue. It will lecture. It is fond of lecturing. Dialogue implies listening at a deep level, not merely the superficial level of cable tv and most writers on the social scene, but at a profound level. It will not happen. I know these people. I have lived a long time. I am tired of chickens coming home, so tigers will change their stripes when hell freezes over...or when hell comes to earth.
Monday, March 24, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
The truly clueless are precious. However, it is time for that racial dialogue. I think we should give kudos and awards for people and businesses that make the attempt: (1) Walgreens:
(Intro Note: Amos Tutuola wrote a novel entitled "My Life in the Bush of Ghosts", hence my title.)
"It's not government's job to bail out ... those who made the decision to buy a home they knew they could not afford."
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
Rome, Mar. 20, 2008 (CWNews.com) -
A Chinese government spokesman has flatly rejected the call by Pope Benedict XVI for a peaceful resolution of the crisis in Tibet, saying that there can be "no tolerance for criminals." In a statement released during his regular public audience on March 19, the Holy Father had spoken of his concern about the bloodshed in Tibet, and urged both sides to have the "courage to choose the path of dialogue and tolerance." ... China insists on hegemony over Tibet-- a claim that is rejected by the Tibetan people. The leader of the Tibetan government in exile, Samdhong Rinpoche, told the AsiaNews service that his people were grateful for the Pope's public comments. The Pontiff, he said, had "voiced our suffering to the world."
If there be oppression, oppression is its own retribution, just as virtue is its own reward.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Branch Davidian Pennant
I support owning guns. I do, however, maintain that insane people should not possess them. If this seems odd and duplicitous, it is exactly what our society believes about guns, and I am a member of this society. One possible interpretation of the intent of the Founding Fathers is that the 2nd Amendment was designed to allow the citizenry to rebel against a tyrannical central government. Most people think that tyrannical central governments have disappeared.
The Tories at the time of the Revolution believed that proposition: that the central government, the reign of King George was no tyranny; it was a benign autocracy. Tyranny has remarkable genes, however. It tends to live long...and prosper.
I support the rights of the Branch Davidians who wished to, if not rebel, to withdraw from the social tyranny and protect themselves. They were cruelly slaughtered. Somehow the government wants me to believe they set themselves on fire. Possibly all the intelligence here is wrong, also. Our early experience of terrorism was domestic, brought on as a response to the government slaughter of the Branch Davidians at Waco. And there still are militias. Or did you forget that? If this financial crisis turns into depression, I believe we will hear of the militias again. And...get a gun, for pity sake.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
"...at this time, you have most probably received a speech from the first black candidate for US President. The entire country will have embraced the wisdom shown in this speech and the country will renew itself..."
At this point, the dignitaries gathered in the Seldon Vault looked at each other with surprise and dismay, for the speech indeed had been delivered, but the crumby Right could not appreciate it. What would happen now?
"...your course for the future is obvious."
There was pandemonium. The vault room quickly emptied and the people scattered in many directions. Quite alone now, the holographic likeness of Hari Seldon went on, unheeded. "...and most unfortunately, the Tibet people who risked their lives, knowing full well that the Chinese tyrants would kill them, will have died in vain on the altar of Olympic money."
In a display of unprecedented ecology-mindedness, the Bush administration has stated its intention to put a warning label on elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide. From now on, you will not be allowed to be subject to the climate changing effects of elevated carbon dioxide without first reading the warning label: Warning: The Surgeon General has determined that living in a world subject to elevated levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide is indeed hazardous to your well-being. 3 IMF and World Bank If what we foppishly call a third-world country, especially one where there is a substantial source of starving people, were to be in a financial spin similar to that in the USA, would the regimens which the IMF and World Bank forced on them be the exact same as Bernanke's rate cuts?
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Saturday, March 15, 2008
what's all the hubbub, bub?I have decided that my new favorite expression will be, "The chickens are coming home to roost." Try it in various ways. "The CHICKENS are coming home to roost." "The chickens...THEY'RE comin'!" "Them thar chickens are a-comin!" "Chickens are coming, hide your heart now." What happened to cows? I mean, the cows certainly come home, although not to roost. Maybe we should say the cows are coming home to the barn...and sleep...and get hooked up the the milking machine. O.K. "The cows are a-comin' home to the milk machine!" Various other pets come traipsing home; cats, dogs, hamsters, ferrets. I see the cats a-gatherin' and the dogs are comin' home! This diversion leads us down that nasty road which leads to the present day Republican Party. Now we see that US Rep. Steve King has said that the "optics" of a President Obama would be mystifying to the rest of the world. I’ll just say this, when you think about the optics of a Barack Obama potentially getting elected president of the United States, and I mean. What does this look like to the rest of the world? What does it look like to the world of Islam?" It would indeed be a puzzle. The rest of the world would look on, clearly amazed, saying things like: "I say, isn't he one of those negroes they are always complaining about?" "Don't the Americans usually sic the dogs on the coloreds instead of electing them president?" This is Republican vocabulary. A Rowan Scarborough column recently had: A senior Pentagon official said an Obama swearing-in "will give the Arab street the final victory, the best optics, and the ultimate in bragging rights. They win. We lose." Somehow Republicans think using "the optics" instead of "the sight" somehow gives one greater insight into the whole phenom. Many military officers are extremely brilliant. The one quoted above was not. He used arcane vocabulary to try to give the impression of foresight and mask the odor of the rotting flesh of his racism. Pastor John Hagee would say something about the Abomination of Desolation sitting in the holy place. He would, that is, if he hadn't already used that line on Popes Benedict and John Paul II. Republicans are feeling pretty good. My chagrin at this lasted until I saw John McCain talking somewhere about the corporate tax today. He was doing a mighty good impression of an 89 years old guy. He had a most unfortunate tremor or nodding of the head which made me think of nothing but old age. It was not his finest moment. Oh well. This is going to be good.
Friday, March 14, 2008
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Admiral Fallon has tendered his resignation. I believe that he will be sorely missed. I have paid some attention to him over the past 3 years, and have been impressed by his abilities. I also read the article in Esquire and realized he would be in Bush and Cheney's sights, even though the article's load of fustian was created by the writer, not the admiral. He resigned today. Sometime during the night or when I awoke, I had a structure in my head about how a very unpleasant situation would develop. I thought to myself, "At this point, when we see Admiral Fallon go, it will all fall apart." So when I saw a report on his resignation, I was not too surprised, although it seems I should have been. Things are what they are. The President speaks on his war, Cheney goes to Saudi to beg, violence is still the rule in Iraq; there is a bunker mentality taking over as the cannons come closer. We are walking into the eye of the storm...and we are clueless in Gaza. Admiral William Fallon knew that he would be forced to resign after the article appeared. Admiral William Fallon could not come out and tell each one of us what the administration was up to, so he planned the article and his resignation to send a message to us, if we shall only be smart enough to read it. There are many good people who are actively involved in the work of this administration who do not wish to see any further evil done.
Note: When we see the Admiral go, it means that Bush has sabotaged everything the Admiral had tried to accomplish, and things will fall apart. For a different perspective on it, read: The resignation of Admiral Fallon will provoke renewed fighting in Iraq by Thierry Meyssan http://www.voltairenet.org/article155950.html
Monday, March 10, 2008
Deaths in Columbine or Virginia Tech are mistakes. They could have been remedied by letting everyone on the campus have a gun. Or they could have been prevented by using Star Trek gizmos to scan for psychopaths. There is always a fix, no matter how insane it appears...sometimes even surpassing the madness of the original crime.
Skynet is now. Skynet has taken over the financial system and the Federal Reserve and the White House. Where is Solcom and why does he not help?
Sunday, March 09, 2008
"Could a lame duck do this? Bin Laden, you been served!!"
Saturday, March 08, 2008
In the same news conference during which he expressed surprise that analysts thought the price of gas would hit $4.00 per gallon in the Spring ( it is $ 3.25 right now bei mir ), the President said later that he was unable to do some other such-and-such or so-and-so because his time was pretty much tied up with rasslin' with big and tough guy-type economic problems, such as fixin' to do something about the price of gas.
It was one of those "Saddam Hussein has killed all the Mandelas" moments. (A George Bush foggy quote from 2007.)
I bolted out of my reverie, peered closely at the TV, wondered whether it was the same day or whether I had passed out after his first remark and gone into a cataleptic state and only recovered in time to hear his second remark. I would say something like: "I think he's loosing it", but that would be totally misleading, implying as it does that he had had some sort of grasp of it in the first place.
Back to economics. The price of the cheap green peppers is $ 1.59 per pound. These were the cheapies, not like the reds and yellows which were always a bit pricey and made you wear a tie if you served them for dinner. Inflation was 4.3% for 2007. Adjust for energy and food and it was 2.5% ( I have no idea why the Government adjusts for energy and food by subtracting them out of inflation. It's not as if we can do without them. You would think the absolutely necessary items would carry a bit more weight, rather than the reverse. Why not just subtract everything else out. like air and gravity? ) So...the inflation due to energy and food was 1.8%, or 42% of the total inflationary figure. It is likely to increase. As energy increases, thus increasing inflation, the cost of food will increase ( due to distribution and things like ethanol ). Voluntary steps won't work. The only thing we can voluntarily do is jump off a cliff together.
I am afraid that people will look back to the good old times of the Greatest Generation and realize that when they call for a Manhattan Project to accomplish energy independence or some other goal, they will yearn for those wonderful old days. They little realize that the Manhattan Project, beyond needing an enormous stimulus of war, also needed total government control and intervention. This is why it would be sort of nice to have a functioning administration that can do more than threaten, strut, leer, and shoot people in the face.
Fall Forward, Spring Back ( or some variation thereof ) is upon us.
Recent scientific work in Indiana, where a number of counties had been in the habit of not correcting for DST, has indicated strongly that Daylight Savings actually costs more! It is more the pity, since adjusting DST was the only substantive work on Energy that the Executive and Legislative branches were able to perform in the aftermath of Katrina.
Although DST may have worked well during World War II, it seems likely that now air conditioning units run longer during the extra light hours and there is a bit more heating in the dark hours in the spring and fall. The costy difference is substantial. If people need more sunlight, my view is that they may get out of bed earlier. That way they need not inconvenience their neighbors by forcing them to adjust to their energy-wasting nonsense.
There was a terrible shooting at a Yeshiva. How long, oh Lord, shall we go on like this? Freedom is definitely a two-edged sword. It forces you to do things.
If we were not free, we could run a Pastor John Hagee scam or dodge or ruse or caper whereby we say we know the mind of God and wait for God to fire up that good old eight cylinder Plan Eternal, thus getting us off the hook of freedom. When things get tough, let God handle it. When there are tough choices, let God do it. When there is work to be done, slough it off on God. Certainly God must wonder where we all were when He was handing out the Free Will. (Perhaps we got it wrong and went to the theater where "Free Willy" was showing.)