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Wednesday, November 27, 2002
Ms Universe Fatwa
I wonder if Ros the Coward
would see this as a reasonable reaction by a reasonable people.
Nigerian state slaps "death sentence" on Miss World reporter
The government of a mainly Muslim state in northern Nigeria called for believers to kill a woman journalist who wrote an article on the Miss World pageant which was seen as insulting to the Prophet Mohammed.
Zamfara State's information commissioner, Umar Dangaladima, told AFP that the state government endorsed a "fatwa" -- an Islamic religious decree -- calling for the death of fashion writer Isioma Daniel, whose report triggered bloody riots.
There is no danger that the decree will be carried out -- Daniel lives far from Zamfara in Lagos and is said to have fled Nigeria -- but the statement marks another dispute between the leaders of the Muslim north and Nigeria's secular government.
Still think they are reasonable Ros?
The Real Silent Genocide
Mugabe starves his people
From The Times
November 26, 2002
AT the age of seven months, Thinkmore Mwinde could hardly be accused of harbouring dangerous opposition thoughts, even in the deranged political landscape of Zimbabwe.
The same cannot be said of his mother, Regina, 39, who voted for the opposition Movement for Democratic Change, and is being punished by President Robert Mugabe's Government by being denied the maize meal she and her seven children need to survive.
Ms Mwinde, along with a majority of the impoverished Tonga people in Zimbabwe's northwestern district of Binga, voted for Joel Gabbuza in the March presidential elections, giving the MDC its single biggest parliamentary ballot. The Tonga did the same again in the rural district council elections in August, providing the MDC with its only rural constituency in the country.
But the price of such persistent opposition has been high. For three months, the ruling Zanu-Patriotic Front party has blocked food shipments into the district, in a blatant and ruthless use of food as a political weapon in the former British colony.
Cradling her baby in her arms, Ms Mwinde said she and her children had not eaten for two days. They have survived for months on leaves, roots and seeds from the bush.
The food situation is similar in scores of villages around the district. Standing in the doorway of his one-room hut, Samson Munkuli, 48, says he has not eaten for days. The muscle and flesh on his arms and legs have wasted away. He is a living skeleton, but he will not live long.
In the town of Binga, the manager of the state-controlled Grain Marketing Board, which has a monopoly on maize sales, admits that food is sold only to Zanu-PF supporters.
"We only sell to Shona-speakers," he said.
Members of the Central Intelligence Organisation and the President's Office stand nearby, ensuring he complies with Harare's directives on food distribution.
Reports that maize is sold only to card-carrying members of Zanu-PF are widespread. There are roadblocks around big cities to ensure maize is not smuggled into the urban areas, most of which are hotbeds of opposition support.
But the Government's stranglehold on food distribution is more sophisticated than that. Under a deal with the UN World Food Program in February, Harare agreed to import 800,000 tonnes of maize, the WFP agreed to supply another 800,000 tonnes for distribution among the young, pregnant women and the elderly, while the private sector would import a further 800,000 tonnes for sale to adults. But the Government is importing only 500,000 tonnes, international donors have failed to raise enough money for the WFP to fulfil its commitments, and the Government has refused to grant licenses to the private sector to import food, in what critics say is a clear breach of the February agreement.
I call this the 'real silent genocide'
because in truth, it is genocide and very few people, outside the BBC, Guardian, Newsmax, and the Telegraph [UK] are talking about it. Just as vocal as many lefties were on the 'silent genocide' which was supposed to take place in Afghanistan last winter, they are silent on the ongoing political and personal repression in Zimbabwe under Robert Mugabe.
Dont take my word for it, go through the pages of any of the leading left wing publications, and you will find very few if any references to Mugabe's Zimbabwe. Counterpunch, ZMag, Indymedia, The Nation, The Progressive, AlterNet, In these Times, virtually none of left's news and opinion staple have written word one about the very real possibility that millions of people will be intentionally starved to death for opposing Robert Mugabe, let alone the political repression they already face [I must ad that Motherjones did a thorough piece on Zimbabwe]. Flip through the pages of these publications and you will see loads of articles about what happened 30 years ago in Chile, but not alot about what is going on right here, right now.
Where are these advocates for 'social justice' and 'human rights' now? The best I could find was an article by George Monbiot which chalked it all up to the 'legacy of colonialism' and underscore that 'the crisis is indeed a sign that land reform in Zimbabwe is not moving fast enough'.
Where is Noam Chomsky, John Pilger, Robert Fisk, Naomi Klein, Greg Palast, Susan Sontag, Arundhati Roy or any of the other assorted list of dildo mastering idiots who constantly whine about the oppressive elites? Are they all out to lunch? Is the evil omniscient corporate media shredding the reports they write about Zimbabwe before they get a chance to be published?
Or are they just ignoring one of the worst human rights crises in the world today?
We are talking about 6 million fucking people! It is tragic enough when large numbers die in natural disasters like a plague, famine, or flooding, but I cannot underscore the fact that this catastrophe is being engineered by Robert Mugabe to eliminate political opposition by starving them to death
. It is so Stalinesque that it sickens me.
The truth of the matter is that they simply do not give a rat’s ass about what is going on in Zimbabwe. They talk a good game about fighting for the little guy and about how the 'elites' are starving and maiming billions around the globe [which they can never back up with anything other than anecdotal evidence] and how they are the lone voices of 'truth' and 'justice', but its all just a con job.
Monday, November 25, 2002
More on why Islamic Fundamentalism’s bad behavior is our fault
Waiter, another cup of ‘shut the fuck up’ for Ros Coward at the Guardian please.
The Beauty Myth
As contestants flee and Nigeria counts its dead, it is now impossible to argue that Miss World is harmless fun
by Ros Coward
What an irony that fundamentalist Muslims managed to do what feminism ultimately failed to do: make Miss World a global political issue. As contestants flee to London, and Nigeria counts its dead, it is almost impossible to retain the idea that an annual parade of female flesh is just an innocent quest for universal beauty acceptable to all reasonable people.
This is the same cultural naivety exposed by the bombing of the Sari club in Bali. The consolation some clubbers exchanged after the outrage betrays this same sense that the world is a playground where the true human (western) values can be paraded. Because no harm is meant, no offence should be taken. One clubber mourned the passing of the club on a website, saying "it was the United Nations of decadence" without any sense that this is what made it a target.
Well Jesus H Christ Ros, mabey it is
just an innocent quest for universal beauty acceptable to all reasonable people.
When are people like this going to get it through their thick fucking skulls that we are not dealing with reasonable people!
Ros Coward, his name says it all.
Could someone get this woman a cup of something to drink?
The Shameful Treatment of the 17-Year Old Sniper Suspect
Why Malvo's Confession Should Be Suppressed
by ELAINE CASSEL
The race is on to get capital murder convictions and the death penalty for the two Beltway sniper suspects, John Allen Muhammad and John Lee Malvo. Indeed, in a blatant case of the cart driving the horse, the jurisdiction for their trials was chosen with the "ultimate sentence" (in Attorney General John Ashcroft's words) in mind.
Malvo has not been afforded the protections even the law of Virginia gives to juvenile defendants. For all the prosecution's invocation of "the law," they sure don't seem to be following it.
Yes, please Elaine, do like the picture and shut the fuck up.
Thoughts of the Day.
Quite a few people tell me that it is unfair to lump leftists and terrorist together in the same pile. And I must make a distinct clarification here, one that I may not have made clearly enough [according to my email] in the past: a liberal is not a leftist. I know many ‘liberals’ who are honest, thoughtful, decent and genuinely patriotic. Although we may disagree on a number of superficial and a few core issues, we all genuinely share the same basic values and beliefs, even if we differ on the degree or interpretation of them.
But back to lumping leftists and terrorist together.
Many people say it is unfair to do so. They say that leftists are truly against the terrorist and that they oppose Osama Bin Laden and his agenda. But is that really true?
It’s like they say: talk is cheap; judge a man [or woman] by his actions, not his words.
Too often I get the feeling that many on the left view terrorist, of the Islamic persuasion, as nothing more than a proud band of misguided anti-imperialists. They tend to transpose their beliefs and worldviews onto those of the fundamentalists, seeking to forge some kind of kinship with the newest revolutionaries of the 21st century.
If you were to read anything by Gore Vidal, Howard Zinn, Noam Chomsky, Tariq Ali, John Pilger, Robert Fisk, George Monbiot, Susan Sontag, Naomi Klein, Arundhati Roy, Michael Moore, Edward Said, Strobe Talbot, Greg Palast, Studs Terkel etc, etc…., shortly after 9/11, you would see one conclusion reached by all of them: the terrorist did this because of US/European imperialism, and we deserved it.
Oh sure, they were not nearly that blunt about it, [well some were], but that was the gist of their argument.
They really see a kinship between themselves and the terrorist. Somehow they have forced themselves to believe that what they picture as an ideal world is somehow compatible with the what the average Mullah sees as an ideal world. They are all, after all, fighting against imperialism and for the little guy.
Take Lynne Stuart for example. Lynne Stuart, protégé of William Kunstler, has taken the cases of many unpopular people. True to her marxist ideology, she believes each of these defendants, from cop killing drug runners, to convicted terrorist Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, convicted of instigating the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, is just a victim of US imperialism. Not that they are innocent of the crimes they perpetrated, but that they were justified in committing them. She was also a prominent speaker
at last months ‘peace’ rallies in Washington D.C.
Here is an example
of what I mean:
Susie Day: Your client, Sheikh Abdel Rahman, is an Islamic fundamentalist allied with a group that claims responsibility for scores of deaths. Don’t you think his history and values repel a lot of people who would otherwise support you?
Lynne Stewart: This fight is not about the Sheikh, let’s get that clear. This fight is about America.
Susie Day: It’s a little frightening that left-wing political prisoners are conflated in the government’s eyes with right-wing Moslem fundamentalists.
Lynne Stewart: I don’t think it’s quite fair to say right-wing, because they are basically forces of national liberation. And I think that we, as persons who are committed to the liberation of oppressed people, should fasten on the need for self-determination, and allow people who are under the heel of a corrupt and terrifying Egypt—where thousands of people are in prison, and torture and executions are, according to Amnesty International and Middle East Watch, commonplace—to do what they need to do to throw off that oppression. To denigrate them as right-wing, I don’t think is proper. My own sense is that, were the Islamists to be empowered, there would be movements within their own countries, such as occurs in Iran, to liberate.
But as you can see from the following, people like Stuart have no problem with repression of some kinds of people.
Susie Day: Let’s say you were part of a government that you actually trusted and supported, and your country held political prisoners. At what point would you think monitoring and controlling these people was acceptable?
Lynne Stewart: I’m such a strange amalgam of old-line things and new-line things. I don’t have any problem with Mao or Stalin or the Vietnamese leaders or certainly Fidel locking up people they see as dangerous. Because so often, dissidence has been used by the greater powers to undermine a people’s revolution. The CIA pays a thousand people and cuts them loose, and they will undermine any revolution in the name of freedom of speech.
So now we can see al little bit better the true motivations of people like Stewart.
And don’t think Osama Bin Laden and the rest of his pre-teen raping buddies are not listening. His latest screed, is a virtual laundry list of leftist complaints, most of which are new for him.
Almost all of his prior decrees were focused on getting US troops out of the gulf, death to Israel, and death to the Saudi Royalty. But I think that over the past few months he must have been intently reading his subscription to The Nation and The Progressive, because I think he has found his ‘useful idiots’ [which is what Lenin referred to Western leftists as].
Besides mentioning the usual: worldwide conversion to Islam, death to Israel, free Palestine, death to America, he has tacked on some rather unusual grievances. These include Failure to ratify Kyoto, Iraqi sanctions, industrial pollution, economic globalization, the IMF and World Bank, the use of nuclear weapons against Japan at the end of WWII, prisoners in Guantanamo Bay and this is just to name a few!
Hell, if you were to take away all the references to converting the West to Islam, which makes up about 10% of the document, someone like Alexander Cockburn or Mark Weisbrot would be proud to call this work their own.
I believe this is a rather shrewd move by Bin Laden. If he can get a sizeable contingent of Western left wing fifth columnists organized against the war, then he will have won a substantial propaganda battle. Many took this view just out of instinctive reflexive anti-American sentiment, but if he can motivate them like Stalin, Castro, Pol Pot, or Ho Chi Min, it would be a virtual fucking coup.
And sure enough, some of them bought it. AlterNet just ran a piece by Diane Perlman
, commenting on Bin Laden’s latest statement. It is Diane’s view that Bin Laden is a righteous and respectable person, whose demands must be seen as genuine and sincere.
We have received three clear, consistent messages from bin Laden in the last year: on Nov. 11, 2001; Oct. 6, 2002; and Nov. 12, 2002. All are credible, plausible, and make psychological sense. They have all been grossly misinterpreted.
Bin Laden's messages are misinterpreted as unconditional threats and vows to attack. This is incorrect. They are all conditional warnings that whatever we do, they will respond in kind. What is missed by media and political leaders, whether intentionally or unconsciously, is the conditionality, the centrality of our role in provoking retaliation or preventing retaliation and reducing terrorism.
Perlman also thinks that besides from being reasonable and fair, Bin Laden will be happy once his legitimate and just demands are achieved.
The alternative is a policy of "Mutually Assured Survival." We promise we won't attack you and you promise you won't attack us. There is nothing to lose by trying. Many will say this is foolhardy and we cannot trust him. This may or may not be so. If we assume we can't trust him and keep on the path we are going, we will be right, as we provoke increased terrorism worldwide.
If we consider that bin Laden's theme of reciprocity could be authentic and if we take that message seriously and accurately, we could shift to strategies that will reduce tension, and have legitimacy in their own right.
So that’s Perlman’s advice? We completely give into Bin Ladens demands and everything will be ok?
There used to be a saying back in the early days of the Cold War: “Better red than dead”.
Simply put, I would rather be a Soviet than fight a Soviet [but what is so ironic about the situation was that American communists were the ones saying it].
Today I guess it should read: “Better a turban on my head than dead”
This was cowardly and disingenuous in 1950 and its counterpart is just as cowardly today. Sorry, but I’ll take the latter of those options.
Thursday, November 21, 2002
Can’t this degenerate even afford posterboard, or is it good enough to simply hold up page one of Linksruck, Germany’s best selling Communist daily.
The psychological roots of left wing masochistic tendencies
Ever see a protest? Like most people, I am perplexed at how much punishment these idiots endure. ‘Direct action’ as it is referred to by the protest community, often takes on wild and unpredictable tones.
BTW, this is not Saudi Arabia, this picture was taken in San Fransisco
It starts innocently enough. There is singing and the waving of Palestinian of Iraqi flags [as opposed to North Vietnamese and Cuban flags a generation ago], candle lit vigils, and as always, lots of crypto-marxist anti-capitalistic propaganda.
And then, things get ugly.
Someone starts a fight, smashes a window, tries to break into a summit, hits a cop, and all hell breaks loose. The fire hoses, German shepherds [my personal favorite], pepper spray, tear gas, baton cracks to the heads and other associated crowd control methods are put into place after a ‘peaceful’ protest turns violent.
But why do they end like this so often?
Some say that the restrictions put on protest causes them to become frustrated and take these frustrations out through violence. But don’t people become frustrated all the time over many different things without resorting to violence? If I had a dime for every time I became frustrated at work or home ……. well, you know how that one goes.
Others say it is the police who provoke this, but I have a hard time buying this as well. I spoke with Chicago PD  and Seattle PD  what they saw was raw, naked, confrontational aggression in the activists from moment one of the protest.
The Palestinians, FARC, Cubans, Mumia, Basque Nationalist, Saddam Hussein [do I see some psued-Marxist/anti-western pattern here?], it’s like they have some warped David and Goliath complex, except one in which Goliath always wins. Always taking on the cases of the ‘oppressed’ [just so long as you happen to reject capitalism] and getting their collective asses kicked for it.
But why? Why would someone knowingly provoke an attack upon themselves. An attack, which causes tremendous physical pain and ends up with the protester in handcuffs, seems quite illogical.
[After Leopold on Sacher-Masoch (1836-1895), Austrian novelist.]
1. The deriving of sexual gratification, or the tendency to derive sexual gratification, from being physically or emotionally abused.
2. The deriving of pleasure, or the tendency to derive pleasure, from being humiliated or mistreated, either by another or by oneself.
3. A willingness or tendency to subject oneself to unpleasant or trying experiences.
n: sexual pleasure obtained from receiving punishment (physical or psychological)
Oh, now I get it, and when one thinks about it, it really makes a lot of sense.
Ever seen the average radical leftist? From the bad breath [personally experienced in several shouting matches] to infrequent showers, to the blissful ignorance of women with more body hair than a orangutan, good personal hygiene does not jive in the ‘non-conformist’ community. Far to bourgeoisie for them.
Lord knows its difficult enough to get laid when you look your best, try picking up a member of the opposite sex when you smell like West Texan roadkill and look like an extra from Planet of the Apes.
The psychological pain facet of this fits in nicely too.
Many leftist I know are, well, kind of geeks. Not much athletic ability, not too good around other people, generally your type II nerds. The type of person who was bullied on the playground when they were 8 because they sucked at kickball. That guy in high school who had the ‘kick me’ signs on his back all the time or was being strapped to a locker room bench with athletic tape after gym.
Shit, go to a Rage Against the Machine show and 9 out of 10 of the concert goers could not punch their way out of a wet paper bag.
Most are middle and upper income white suburbanites who have spent a lifetime desperately seeking attention from their two income parents. And just like with my Great Danes, bad attention is often times considered better than no attention.
Hmm … so it seems we have two counter productive forces at work in the mind of the leftist: humiliation and desperate attention seeking.
What a combo.
Wednesday, November 20, 2002
What about me DAMN IT!
People Picks Ben Affleck as Sexiest
By Associated Press
November 20, 2002, 3:15 PM EST
NEW YORK -- Jennifer Lopez already thought so, and now People magazine agrees: Ben Affleck is this year's "Sexiest Man Alive," the magazine announced Wednesday.
Apparently, People Magazine has not seen me yet.
Plus Ben Affleck is such a fucking tool.
Mike Malloy quote of the day!
While complaining [whiney four year old bitching is much more like it] about gun owners being key in defeating Al Gore and putting Bush into the White House, my favorite statist piece of shit, Mike Malloy, had these kind words:
I will receive immense, perverse satisfaction when the Bushies, these fascists, come and confiscate the guns of these psyco gun nuts.
I will receive even more satisfaction when federal police gun these gun nuts down.
From my cold dead hands, your damn right [emphasis not mine], and it will fill me with joy!
As bad as it sounds, I will [emphasis not mine] take perverse pleasure when that happens.
Perverse satisfaction, you're damn right!
Well, wasn't that nice of him. Here is the best:
It has been liberal democrats who have steadfastly protected the second amendment and your right to own guns.
Now I will admit that there are many, many Democrats who are strong supporters of the Second Amendment [the entire part has not been co-opted by 60's revolutionaries], but liberal Democrats?
Banning guns addresses a fundamental right of all Americans to feel safe.
- Sen. Dianne Feinstein quoted by AP on Nov. 18, 1993
Banning guns is an idea whose time has come.
- U.S. Sen. Joseph Biden, then-chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, in an interview with AP on November 18, 1993.
We're going to hammer guns on the anvil of relentless legislative strategy. We're going to beat guns into submission!
- Rep. Charles Schumer on NBC Nightly News Nov. 30, 1993.
There is no reason for anyone in this country -- anyone except a police officer or a military person -- to buy, to own, to have, to use a handgun ... The only way to control handgun use in this country is to prohibit the guns. And the only way to do that is to change the Constitution.
- Michael Gardner, president of NBC News, in USA Today, January 16, 1992.
I will introduce legislation banning the sale manufacture or possession of hand-guns except in a few cases
-Senator J. Chafee, Minneapolis Star Tribune, June 15. 1992, pg. A13
I don't believe gun owners have rights.
-Sarah Brady,Hearst Newspapers Special Report, "Handguns in America" October 1997
Steadfastly protected huh?
Tuesday, November 19, 2002
Robert Fisk’s first day of ‘Journalist Boot Camp’
I’m sorry, but I just couldn’t help myself.
Did your parents have any children that lived?
Sir, yes, sir!
I'll bet they regret that! You're so ugly you could be a modern art masterpiece! What's your name, fatbody?
Sir, Robert Fisk, sir!
Robert? Robert, what, of Arabia?
Sir, no, sir!
That name sounds like royalty! Are you royalty?
Sir, no, sir!
Do you suck dicks?
Sir, no, sir! [well sometimes]
Bullshit! I'll bet you could suck a golf ball through a garden hose!
Sir, no, sir!
I don't like the name Robert Fisk! Only faggots and sailors are called Robert Fisk! From now on you're Gomer Pyle!
Sir, yes, sir!
Fisk has the trace of a strange smile on his face.
Do you think I'm cute, Private Pyle? Do you I'm funny?
Sir, no, sir!
Then wipe that disgusting grin off your face!
Sir, yes, sir!
Well, any fucking time, sweetheart!
Sir, I'm trying, sir.
Private Pyle, I'm gonna give you three seconds--exactly three fucking seconds—to wipe that stupid-looking grin off your face, or I will gouge out your eyeballs and skull-fuck you! One! Two! Three!
Fisk purses his lips but continues to smile involuntarily
Sir, I can't help it, sir!
Bullshit! Get on your knees, scumbag!
Fisk gets down on his knees.
Now choke yourself!
Fisk places his hands around his throat as if to choke himself.
Goddamn it, with my hand, numbnuts!!
Fisk reaches for Hartman's hand. Hartman jerks it away
Don't pull my fucking hand over there! I said yourself! Now lean forward and choke yourself!
Fisk leans forward so that his neck rests in Hartman's open hand.
Hartman chokes Fisk
Fisk gags and starts to turn red in the face.
Are you through grinning?
FISK: (barely able to speak)
sir, yes, sir!
Bullshit! I can't hear you!
Sir, yes, sir!
Bullshit! I still can't hear you! Sound off like you got a pair!
Sir, yes, sir!
That's enough! Get on your feet!
Hartman releases Fisk's throat. Fisk gets to his feet, breathing heavily.
Private Pyle, you had best square your ass away and start shitting me Tiffany cuff links ... or I will definitely fuck you up!
Sir, yes, sir!
I added some new links today. Be sure to check them out.
Blogs of War
R Lee Ermey
[be sure to check out ‘Martyr Machine’]
The Camel-Toe report
[don’t worry, its all PG]
Boot Camp for Journalists
If you ladies leave my island, if you survive recruit training ... you will be a weapon, you will be a minister of death, praying for war. But until that day you are pukes! You're the lowest form of life on Earth. You are not even human fucking beings! You are nothing but unorganized grabasstic pieces of amphibian shit!
Because I am hard, you will not like me. But the more you hate me, the more you will learn. I am hard, but I am fair! There is no racial bigotry here! I do not look down on niggers, kikes, wops or greasers. Here you are all equally worthless! And my orders are to weed out all non-hackers who do not pack the gear to serve in my beloved Corps! Do you maggots understand that?
It seems as if journalists are going to get a first hand look at any military action in Iraq, that is so long as they can survive 'boot camp'.
Thus begins media boot camp. For seven days, 58 journalists from 31 news organizations are training for war—or, at least as much of the war as the Pentagon will allow us to see. If the Bush administration actually proceeds with a war against Saddam Hussein, the Defense Department is planning to "embed" journalists with military units before they head into Iraq. So for the first time ever, the military is training reporters en masse for the rigors of life in a combat zone.
We leave on Monday afternoon for Quantico, where the Marines are waiting to get their hands on us.
Honestly, this sounds like a terrific idea. It will give the journalists a more realistic view not only of combat by being able to film it up close [like they used to] but it might also give them a fresh perspective for the individuals who do it.
Although not a part of the program I would give my 401K to the like of 'Comrade' John Pilger, Ted Rall, Greg Palast, Alexander Cochburn or any of the other Talibanistas get a first class beat down by a drill instructor.
That would be sweet.
Hating Yankee Chinese Style
A great article
by John Derbyshire
From Chinese hate of the “American bourgeois state”.
The Chinese media types came over on September 8th. They were in a room together with some State Department minders, receiving some kind of cultural acclimitization, when the World Trade Center was hit. There was a TV set in the room, and everyone got to see the second plane hit. When this happened, some of the Chinese party stood up and cheered. My informants differ on how many, from a lower bound of “only three or four” up to “at least half a dozen.” (The list of participants I had been given contained fifteen names.) This made the State Department minders very angry. A shouting match broke out. A report went up the chain of command. Whether it went all the way to Colin Powell I am not clear; it certainly went as far as Richard Armitage, Powell’s second-in-command. The Chinese media people flew back to China shortly afterwards—whether voluntarily or not, my informants do not agree.
There, in the reactions of those successful, well-educated, middle-class Chinese people, you see instinctual Third World anti-Americanism unmasked and unashamed. Where does it come from? What is the cause of it?
To Third world psuedoscience.
To see how it does operate, consider the cargo cults that came up in Melanesia during the middle decades of the twentieth century. The native peoples of Papua New Guinea, the New Hebrides (now Vanuatu), and some other places in the South-West Pacific observed airstrips being built on their islands by white men. Then they saw planes flying in and discharging cargo. Succumbing to the logical fallacy post hoc ergo propter hoc, they assumed that the building of airstrips, control towers, and the like was a thing the gods regarded with approval, and rewarded by sending planes full of cargo. These native peoples thereupon hacked rough airstrips out of the bush, and built flimsy structures of bamboo and thatch in the shape of control towers. Then they waited for the cargo to arrive.
When the cargo did not arrive, the cargo cultists were obliged to come up with some explanation for the failure of their system. No problem! Explaining the failure of philosophical systems is a thing that human beings, at every cultural level, are quite extraordinarily good at. The Melanesians came to the conclusion that it was all the fault of the white men, who, in their malice, and by dint of superior magic, had diverted cargo meant for the natives to their own airstrips.
I frequently detect an element of cargo-cultism when traveling in the Third World. The Americans have skyscrapers! America is rich and strong! If we build skyscrapers, soon we shall be rich and strong! Hence, the cities of the Third World are thick with skyscrapers. Little noticed, and even less understood, is the fact that America’s wealth and strength pre-dated America’s skyscrapers, and in fact had its origins in political and cultural characteristics, of which skyscrapers are merely an occasional and adventitious expression.
Some of those Third World skyscrapers, to be sure, are very busy, and their nations are improving. I have been inside some others, though, where the under-employed workers drowse at their desks, my footsteps sound loud in the empty corridors, and long-exposed duct-work or wiring, thick with dust, shows where the state funding ran out. In these places, the cargo does not come, and the natives turn their gaze toward America, cargo capital of the world, in anger and resentment.
The Hunting Heritage Protection Act
HR 5612, better know as The Hunting Heritage Protection Act, would allow hunters/fishers/trappers access to all federal wildlife preserves.
Be sure to write your congressman and ask for their support of HR 5612.
Friday, November 15, 2002
Art Imitating Reality, or Reality Imitating Art?
Who gives a shit, this is just really fucked up.
First, it’s the preschoolers protesting in the People’s Republic of Berkeley, now some guy sleeps with a pig for 3 days to protest the war?
These people are really starting to lose it.
AP. 15 November 2002. Man shares cage with pig in war protest.
GHENT --A Belgian actor is sharing a cage with a pig for three days in the hope that the animal will reveal why there is so much conflict in the world.
Inspired by the German artist Joseph Beuys, who spent a week in a cage with a coyote to protest against the Vietnam war in 1974, Benjamin Verdonck said he figured the sow had as much chance as anyone of coming up with an answer.
But he insisted he was not taking sides in the conflicts that troubled him, even the prospect of war between Iraq and the United States.
"Of course the fact the pig is a dirty animal is important," he told Reuters in an art gallery in the city of Ghent.
"But it is also said to be very intelligent. It has the eyes of a human... It is pink -- the same skin as I have."
Wearing nothing but his underwear, the 30-year-old is sharing hay, blankets, a mattress and a television with the pig in a metal cage where he will eat, sleep, and perform bodily functions until Saturday.
A nearby restaurant has offered to serve them meals for the length of their stay -- both Verdonck and the pig eat from plates on a low table.
The performance, which began on Wednesday, is entitled "I love America and America loves me."
"I am not pro-America at all," Verdonck said. "But I don't want to make a statement in a real political way like we should do this or we should do that... It is too confusing for me to do it that way."
The Good Protests, and the Bad Protests
Mark Weisbrot loves dissent and protest. It’s the true relief valve for demonstrating for ‘social justice’ and ‘democratic principles’. In his latest piece
, he thinks that with so many people protesting against military action in Iraq, that it must be some sign of the ‘true’ popular will.
These people have nothing to offer American public -- there is a limited political base for repealing taxes on the rich -- and seem to have concluded that war and security issues offer their best hope to stay in power through the next election cycle.
Their main opposition at present comes from the millions of people who have demonstrated against the war -- in such disparate cities as Florence, Rome, London, Washington, Toronto, Tokyo, San Francisco and San Juan.
For now, democracy -- such as it exists -- is truly in the streets.
Weisbrot believes that when people are so fed up with the ‘status quo’ it is up to them to take to the streets and let their will be known. And after all, if you can get a large number of people together, like in Washington D.C., that should be a sign of ‘democratic solidarity’ and widespread ‘dissent’.
Unless you march against a fellow leftist, like Hugo Chavez.
The marches across the US had roughly 150,000 participants. Not too shabby a showing of Marxists/Greens/Anarchists and other associated cunts. By my math that would mean that .0517% of all Americans [290,000,000] participated in these marches.
On October 11th 1,500,000 Venezuelans marched in their capitol of Caracas. That means that 5.35% of all Venezuelans came out to march against the neo-Marxist Castro wannabe dictator, Hugo Chavez.
To put that in perspective, it would be the equivalent of 15,535,000 Americans protesting in the street!!!
It almost sounds like there is a popular movement afoot to oust a rather unpopular leader in Venezuela.
Needless to say, this is what would constitute a ‘bad protest’ to Weisbrot.
The upper classes of Venezuela have adopted a similar attitude as they seek to overthrow their own populist president -- Hugo Chavez. They refuse to respect the results of democratic elections, and have little regard for the majority of their (mostly poor) compatriots. On Monday the nation's largest business federation, joined by some leaders of organized labor, will once again attempt a general strike with the stated purpose of ousting the president.
It gets better, too. Not only are evil capitalistic elite forces aligning themselves against the brave ‘Bolivarian’ [AKA Marxist] populist Chavez, in Venezuela, but we poor saps in America are also being manipulated into thinking that Chaves is a dictator.
Although not as openly prejudiced as the Venezuelan press, the US media has also presented a distorted view of the situation in Venezuela. Chavez is often portrayed as some sort of dictator, when in fact his government is one of the least repressive in Latin America. No one has even been arrested for attempting to overthrow the government, a crime that in most countries would carry a long prison term, and in the United States, the death penalty.
What a nice guy! He would never even attempt to arrest a protestor, right?
Not according to the AP:
A Venezuelan judge ordered military officers demanding President Hugo Chavez's resignation to appear in court to face possible rebellion charges the first sign Chavez intends to crack down on the 5-day-old protest.
Judge Juan Leon Villanueva late Friday ordered 43 military and civilian protesters to appear in court Monday. The order came after Chavez accused them of "cooking up a military insurrection" and then vowed to squash it.
Since Tuesday, thousands of civilians have rallied at a Caracas plaza in support of 14 officers who called on Chavez to resign.
Some people only see what they want to, and I myself am guilty of that at times, but Jesus Christ man, don’t fucking lie about the obvious.
The days of people like Weisbrot being able to get away with such bull is long gone.
Thursday, November 14, 2002
Protests for Tots
proof that freebasing while pregnant can have severe repercussions on children
Once in a great while you run across a story that when after reading you really have to say “what the fuck”? After reading about a group of five and six year olds protesting potential military action in Iraq in the Calpatriot
, I was not sure what to make of it.
They still believe in the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus. They don’t know how to spell their last names or tie their own shoes. But they do know that “war is bad,” and that “Bush is a bully.”
The next generation of Berkeley peaceniks gathered on the steps of City Hall Tuesday to demonstrate their opposition to a pending war in Iraq- after school, of course. Armed with protest signs, microphones, and Harry Potter lunch-boxes, elementary and pre-school children demanded city leaders contact President Bush and halt his hawkish “war for oil.”
Two hundred students from Berkeley schools met local dignitaries, including Mayor Shirley Dean, city council members and a representative for Congresswoman Barbara Lee, D-Berkeley. Surrounding a ‘peace bell’ fashioned out of melted guns taken off of East Bay streets, children took to the microphone saying, “I don’t want people to die,” and, “we can’t keep killing each other. Then we will all die and suffer.”
With city officials looking on, the children sang a song about “peace in the world-that means no fighting.” They held colorful homemade signs calling for peace and no war. One boy had a blue bumper sticker emblazoned on the front of his t-shirt that read: “War in Iraq: NO.” Another held a sign saying, “No War on Children.” With her mother holding a bullhorn, one child shouted a chant for peace across the City Hall plaza, as if taking cue from UC Berkeley students on Sproul Plaza.
The delegation of city leaders addressed the amassed children, telling them “we heard your message.” Berkeley City Councilmember Linda Maio said, “We hear it loud and clear. Bush needs a time-out.”
The elected leaders then signed a pledge to call President Bush and tell him “children want peace” and to urge him to “use words to resolve conflicts as we are learning.”
The rally was organized through several Berkeley pre-schools that pride themselves on their alternative curriculum. At New School, academics are set aside for physical activities like yoga. And at Berkwood Hedge, a private K-5 school with 115 students, the curriculum focuses largely on issues of social justice. This year’s theme at the school is peace. Students in after school programs at public elementary schools in the city also comprised the congregation of young peace protesters.
Sandy Morrill, mother of a seven year old at Berkwood Hedge, accompanied her son to the protest, saying it is important for the children to have a voice in politics.
But Skyler Johnson, 5, hadn’t learned much about the conflict in Iraq. When he was asked who is the President of Iraq, he shrugged his shoulders and said, “My mom might know.” After she came over and gave him a little coaching, he was able to muster, “We don’t want war. Oil kills lots of people.”
This seemed almost too ridiculous, too over the top to be true.
I really hoped I was reading an Onion parody.
True, this is the People’s Republic of Berkeley California, but to hear five and six year old kids spouting off the same bullshit slogans as their tofu eating, organically growing, earth-friendly, Castro loving parents made me a bit upset. I mean Christ, its like some fucking PC version of the Hitler youth.
Instead of concentrating on filling these kids minds with worthless worn out 60’s protest sayings and classes which concentrate on ‘social justice’ mabey these kids should be taught reading, writing, math and science and be allowed to develop their own politics instead of having it crammed down their throats from birth.
Tuesday, November 12, 2002
When it rains it Pours
Better bust out your umbrellas and strap on the hip waders, because the deluge of bullshit is now upon us.
As reported in the New Scientist, as well as many other media sources, the organization Medical Association for Prevention of War claims
that a war in Iraq will cause roughly 500,000 deaths.
A US-led attack on Iraq is likely to result in between 48,000 and 260,000 deaths during the first three months of combat, according to a study by medical and public health experts launched in Parliament House by the Medical Association for Prevention of War (MAPW) today. Post-war health effects could take an additional 200,000 lives.
The report, titled "Collateral Damage: The Health and Environmental Costs of War on Iraq", is based on projections from the 1990-91 Gulf War, which led to an estimated 205,000 casualties. It analyses current U.S. combat scenarios and concludes that a new conflict will be much more intense and destructive than the first Gulf War.
The report forecasts a huge death toll, a massive humanitarian crisis and long term health and environmental damage from any war on Iraq. If nuclear weapons were used, the death toll would rise into the millions. The aftermath of such a military attack could include civil war, famine, epidemics, millions of refugees and economic collapse, according to the report.
The author of this ‘report’, a neo-marxist [or Australian Greenleft member], founder of the Medical Association for Prevention of War, and general all around cunt, Sue Wareham, is clearly fishing for emotions with this piece of trash.
I would go into the report in more detail, but unfortunately only the executive summary is posted on MAPW’s website and the report will be released tomorrow. But sufficive to say, this smacks of Noam Chomsky’s claim of a silent genocide in Afghanistan last year
After the first week of bombing, the New York Times reported on a back page inside a column on something else, that by the arithmetic of the United Nations there will soon be 7.5 million Afghans in acute need of even a loaf of bread and there are only a few weeks left before the harsh winter will make deliveries to many areas totally impossible, continuing to quote, but with bombs falling the delivery rate is down to 1/2 of what is needed. Casual comment. Which tells us that Western civilization is anticipating the slaughter of, well do the arithmetic, 3-4 million people or something like that. On the same day, the leader of Western civilization dismissed with contempt, once again, offers of negotiation for delivery of the alleged target, Osama bin Laden, and a request for some evidence to substantiate the demand for total capitulation. It was dismissed. On the same day the Special Rapporteur of the UN in charge of food pleaded with the United States to stop the bombing to try to save millions of victims. . . .
Well we could easily go on . . . .but all of that . . . .first of all indicates to us what’s happening. Looks like what’s happening is some sort of silent genocide. It also gives a good deal of insight into the elite culture, the culture that we are part of. It indicates that whatever, what will happen we don’t know, but plans are being made and programs implemented on the assumption that they may lead to the death of several million people in the next few months . . . .very casually with no comment, no particular thought about it, that’s just kind of normal, here and in a good part of Europe.
Before it's done the U.S. offensive in Afghanistan will cause the deaths of millions of innocents.
- Steve Perry in, you guessed it, Counterpunch
They make up tales of ‘massive civilian casualties’ to scare us out of doing something which we need to do. They repeat these claims ad-nauseam till they are blue in the face, claiming the moral high ground the entire time they are doing it, and expect us to forget they ever said it after they were proven wrong.
No one listened last time, and considering their track record, it would be smart to do likewise this time.
A Californian Secession, or just more left wing bitching?
It only took a week but it has finally happened. The left has gone from claiming that a huge victory was in the works before the election, to whining and making excuse about it after their loss, to a full steam charge back to the left with Nancy Pelosi, to some meth induced fantasy of a California secession.
Sounds like those Wyoming survivalist.
Why California should secede
Reasons to secede
From choice to medical marijuana to global warming
In California, 6.5 million of the voters didn't vote to elect me president.
East of California, the U.S. is moving in the wrong direction--towards preemptive war, attacks on reproductive freedom, massive deficits, restrictions of civil liberties, environmental rollbacks and free reign for corrupt corporations.
One state stands alone. California resisted the rightwing zeitgeist which swept the rest of the nation and elected a straight democratic ticket, affirming the state's commitment to the environment, a woman's right to choose, equal rights under the law, and world peace.
We're succeeding so we're seceding. Don't move to Canada. Move to the United State of California. A new nation dedicated to preserving the American way of life
I dunno kiddies, the electoral map below does not bode too well for your cause, but what the hell at ;east we would still have Lake Tahoe and San Diego.
Three Gems in one Day from Mike Malloy
If the attack on Iraq succeeds, then this nation as you know it is gone and we will have become a completely fascist nation, and it will take an armed revolution by people like us to take it back.
In a call about Saddam's aggression towards Israel, he had this to say:
Caller: But he fired scuds at Israel in 1991
but that was a defensive move on Iraq’s part, it was not done in aggression. He is not a threat to Israel, he is not a threat to the United States, and he has never been a real threat to his neighbors.
And this one I thought was just an absolute fucking hoot
Caller: if we look at the historical and geo-political histories of the region, Kuwait is nothing more than a province of Iraq, and Kuwait really has no right to independence.
Malloy: Oh, yeah, your absolutely right. Kuwait only broke free because US and European oil interests wanted it to break free.
Caller: Iraq realy had just cause to invade in 1990.
Malloy: Yeah, absolutely right.
I swear, this prick gets more and more hysterical every day.
Drudge Passes On Million
004,263,779 IN PAST 24 HOURS
115,082,446 IN PAST 31 DAYS
995,816,301 IN PAST YEAR
Although he is mocked and slandered by ‘mainstream’ journalist it is the best news site on the web.
Plus anyone who can both simultaneously piss of Alec Baldwin and Barbra Streisand is worthy of my kudos.
Monday, November 11, 2002
Thursday, November 07, 2002
Where did the Democrats go astray?
The Democratic Party [DP] of today, is not the DP of yesteryear. About 30 years ago the bright-eyed 60’s radicals realized that it was futile to fulfill their dreams of revolution through protest and SDA sponsored bombings, and decided they needed a political party. While also realizing that they would never get anywhere running under the CPUSA’s [Communist Party USA] umbrella, the decided to become democrats.
So in a span of 50 years we go from truly good and principled democrats like Harry Truman and John Kennedy, to what Barbra fucking Lee, Danny Davis, Neil Ambercrombe, Dennis Kucinich, Luis ‘I march with Chicago Communists on May Day’ Gutierrez and the other left win throwbacks?
When are all the Democrats who are tired of their party being overrun by these pinkos going to kick them out?
Do democrats really have to wonder why they get the living shit kicked out of them in suburban and rural areas?
The Democratic Party of today has in it the worst parts of the Republicans [monied interests], the worst part of the traditional Democrats [corrupt machine politics], a strong dose of left wing psychosis, and none of the strengths that made it an appealing party for people like me.
When is the DNC going to kick these freaks out? How many more defeats will they have to endure until they become something other than the party of lily livered spineless moderate wannabes [Dick Gephart] and left wing freaks [Henry Waxman]?
If JFK ran today, he would be a Republican.
Wednesday, November 06, 2002
I thought this was kind of interesting.
Talk about a rural/urban/suburban split!
Tuesday, November 05, 2002
Remember, the ‘progressive’ community opposes this war because they want peace not because they support Hussein
-a ‘peace’ rally in Berlin
"This is the hard part for antiwar liberals to ignore. All the Iraqi democratic voices that still exist, all the leaders and potential leaders who still survive, are asking, even pleading for the proposed regime change. Will the American and European left make the mistake of being so eager to oppose Bush that they end up seeming to back Saddam Hussein, just as many of them seemed to prefer the continuation of the Taliban's rule in Afghanistan to the American intervention there?"
Wonder why they love Hussein so much?
Mabey this should help.
BAGHDAD, Iraq - The Baghdad International Trade Fair opened Friday with patriotic songs, praise for Saddam Hussein (news - web sites) and condemnation of America. Participation at the two-week fair was at a level not seen since the 1991 Gulf War (news - web sites).
Saddam's aides hailed the turnout — nearly 1,200 companies from 49 countries — as a global show of support for Iraq's struggle against Washington's "aggressive policies."
Remember these words of wisdom when you vote today
The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.
The proverb warns that "You should not bite the hand that feeds you." But maybe you should if it prevents you from feeding yourself.
When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.
Some see private enterprise as a predatory target to be shot, others as a cow to be milked, but few are those who see it as a sturdy horse pulling the wagon.
In an age of militant mediocrity, an 'extremist' is anyone who takes a firm position.
Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.