Friday, June 26, 2009

Across the Universe

Something cosmic as we contemplate the deaths of stars... human and cosmic... Three versions of John Lennon's song "Across the Universe."

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Video: Another Righteous Israeli vs. Occupation

My comment on the video, which basically asks Obama to kick Israel's butt til it leaves the occupied territories: Excellent. Righteous Jews in Israel give us hope. Just like righteous Americans like me are fed up with US support for Israel (and the war contractors), including through attacking Iraq, Afghanistan and eventually Iran. Many of us are working to dissolve the U.S. and its empire through secession. Righteous Israelis should create a radical decentralist secessionist movement too.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Making fun of the reptilian brain...

George Carlin wrote in Complaints and Grievances, 2001: I realized some time ago that I'm not separate from nature just because I have a primate brain - an upper brain - because underneath the primate brain, there's a mammalian brain, and beneath the mammalian brain, there's a reptilian brain; and it's those two lower brains that made the upper brain possible in the first place. Here's the way it works: The primate brain says, "Give peace a chance." The mammalian brain says, "Give peace a chance, but first let's kill this motherfucker." And the reptilian brain says, "Let's just kill the motherfucker, go to the peace rally and get laid."

While it's often amusing to watch authoritarians like Ahmadinejad and Hugo Chavez stand up to U.S. imperialism, it's even more amusing to watch their subjects stand up to and make fun of them - like in video below. For much as they believe they are motivated by spiritual or politically progressive higher brain, in fact they are little reptiles using violence to grab and hold their territory and subjects.

(Yeah, I'm on twitter, just barely.)

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Iran protesters and rising sunspots

Sunspots give off solar flares that increase negative ionization on earth--and increased negative ionization during sunspot maximum periods increases human excitablity and activity. A cycle averages 11.5 years, though it can be shorter or longer. Right now we are coming out of the bottom of the last cycle (which peaked in 2000-2001). More details here.

While people will rebel when things are bad enough, no matter what the sunspots are doing, a revolution starting at the beginning of a cycle will probably be a big one, even if things calm down for a few more months. (And that includes that little secessionist movement that is getting going.)

But angry Iranians don't seem to be in the mood for calming down.
The Iran government has clamped down on media so it's hard to tell what is and isn't true. But two stories bolstering those who say the election was stolen are here in Forbes and here. That a disgruntled government official leaked results showing Mousavi won is reported in the New York Times and the British Telegraph. Articles about uncertainties include in the Washington Post and Needless to say Iranian challenger Mousavi and his supporters want a brand new election where they will actually have election observers at every polling place!

The Mullahs are promising to count some votes - but that's not enough. Those who want war against Iran hope they can both prove that Ahmadinejad cheated AND see him remain president - one more excuse for a military attack on Iran. Those who love freedom and democracy want to see the truth come out, whatever it is. But by now the election results have no credibility so a new election with observers (not to mention the right for ANYONE to run instead only those approved by the Mullahs) is really the only answer.

In any case, an Israeli and/or U.S. attack on Iran under the pretext of protecting (the colonialist apartheid state of) Israel, will only lead to massive genocidal murder of Iranians and probably escalate to world nuclear war. is one of many sites with lots of photos and videos. Their logo shows a popular picture. (Not to encourage American anti-capitalist black blockers to get a hard on looking at stuff burning in the streets!)

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Haters vs. Obama Speech in Cairo- In vino veritas?

People are preoccupied with hate, after an elderly white supremacist psychopath shot an African-American guard at the Holocaust museum in Washington, D.C. However, the same people denouncing this action excused the racist insults and even a death threat hurled at Barack Obama by Jewish Americans and Israelis in Jerusalem on June 3, the day before his June 4th speech to the Muslim world in Cairo. See this Jerusalem Post article and this Jewish Telegraphic Agency article, linking to another apologia here. Evidently some drunks are allowed to speil hate and be excused as drunks. IMHO these drunks were just as objectionable as the Texas drunks Sacha Baron Cohen as Borat encouraged to sing "Throw the Jew Down the Well" in his 2007 movie.

After the speech, the Mossad's trigger finger must be getting very itchy; but they want to wrap the assassination in a terror attack that can be blamed on someone else, so they have to bide their time. I'm sure these drunken fellows will cheer.

The most interesting quotes from Obama's speech below. Obviously what matters is what Obama does, and except for his refusing to send helicopters to Israel he hasn't done much yet.

Around the world, the Jewish people were persecuted for centuries, and anti-Semitism in Europe culminated in an unprecedented Holocaust. Tomorrow, I will visit Buchenwald, which was part of a network of camps where Jews were enslaved, tortured, shot and gassed to death by the Third Reich. Six million Jews were killed – more than the entire Jewish population of Israel today. Denying that fact is baseless, ignorant, and hateful. Threatening Israel with destruction – or repeating vile stereotypes about Jews – is deeply wrong, and only serves to evoke in the minds of Israelis this most painful of memories while preventing the peace that the people of this region deserve.

On the other hand, it is also undeniable that the Palestinian people – Muslims and Christians – have suffered in pursuit of a homeland. For more than sixty years they have endured the pain of dislocation. Many wait in refugee camps in the West Bank, Gaza, and neighboring lands for a life of peace and security that they have never been able to lead. They endure the daily humiliations – large and small – that come with occupation. So let there be no doubt: the situation for the Palestinian people is intolerable. America will not turn our backs on the legitimate Palestinian aspiration for dignity, opportunity, and a state of their own.

For decades, there has been a stalemate: two peoples with legitimate aspirations, each with a painful history that makes compromise elusive. It is easy to point fingers – for Palestinians to point to the displacement brought by Israel's founding, and for Israelis to point to the constant hostility and attacks throughout its history from within its borders as well as beyond. But if we see this conflict only from one side or the other, then we will be blind to the truth: the only resolution is for the aspirations of both sides to be met through two states, where Israelis and Palestinians each live in peace and security.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Tiananman, Waco and Freedom Lovers

Me protesting in June 1989 at the Chinese Embassy in front of the same symbol students put up during the Tiananmen Square protests which ended in mass slaughter by the state. (Four years later the US government would massacre 82 civilians at Waco and similarly cover up the motives for and savagery of their attack.)

And here's a photo of the new Chinese embassy, whose construction I wrote about when they were building it back in 2006 - and running off any Americans who tried to take photos. (It's about ten stories deep beneath street level - great for a nuclear bomb shelter or generators for spy equipment.) Plus another later rant on a similar topic here.
Of course, as a libertarian I'd be comfortable with a 100 million Chinese moving here, preferably to a continent filled with independent communities making their own immigration policies. Just make sure you leave your communists, state capitalists and weapons of mass destruction back there. True freedom lovers are always welcome.