ALL HAIL LORD ALEX BULLHORN SPITTLE-FACE JONES, QUEEN OF THE WILD FRONTIER!!
"The truth is an offense, but not a sin"
thus always to tyrants in the past
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Tuesday, March 31, 2009
ALL HAIL LORD ALEX BULLHORN SPITTLE-FACE JONES, QUEEN OF THE WILD FRONTIER!!
contributor: splitbabyniblet at Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Popular Art Undergoes Serious Deconstruction for the Past Century
Thursday, March 26th, 2009
Johann Sebastian Bach, father of modern music
From Johann Sebastian Bach to "Sebastian Bach" of the ridiculously fake 80's band Skid Row, and from Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn to the pretentious crap that passes for "abstract art" nowadays, one can start to see a pattern from complicated art, requiring not only talent but the drive to accomplish, to artificial, commercial art, which requires nothing more than a look or an attitude--in other words, a profit motive.
Edgar Allen Poe, 19th century American writer
From the writings of Edgar Allen Poe, a writer whom one needed at least half a brain and a decent education to follow, to the sophomoric "novels" of Dean Koontz, we see a degeneration of the English language. And one may successfully argue that the more words we understand, the higher our capacity for discerning external manipulations.
Self Portrait by Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, 17th century Dutch painter
Taken all together--thanks to the emergence of legions of artificial pre-fab artists in the music, fine arts and literature fields--we can observe the devolution of art in living color and real time, right in front of us.
I've watched it my whole life: the degeneration of morals, the destruction of family values through use of commercials aimed at young kids to convince them their parents aren't cool, indoctrination into brain-sizzling video games, the praise of violence and sex on television, and endless other signs of a society's deconstruction. It only seems to get worse, and I'm not paying much more attention than I did fifteen years ago. I do believe it's time to pronounce the stranglehold of popular art as at least equal in malevolence to any other attack by the international banking elite.
Why do I see a conspiracy in this? Don't I see a conspiracy in everything? Sure, any crime involving two or more people.... Let's just make it easy and not mention things like Payola, or Bryan Adams, or how Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy missed the entire point of the books, simply to make it more profitable to the producers, or the fact that Hollywood can't seem to come up with half of a good idea any more, so they remake films that were actually great, but which now will be inexcusably bastardized and sensationalized. And ALL the major studios do it. Conspiracy?
If you're truly interested in discovering just a portion of how corrupt and collusive the Hollywood elite can be, read this (warning: that link leads to what essentially is an online book, so you may want to dig up your spectacles and make some Jiffypop).
B movies have gone from laughable, campy affairs, to big budget studio nightmares of
repetitive, idiotic diatribes and shock imagery meant to startle more than stimulate.
Popular music has devolved from the maestros, who studied music for decades before achieving their well-deserved success, or were virtuosos who couldn't be held back by studying, to the modern day, where any schmo can walk into a music shop, spend a week's pay on a guitar, and annoy his neighbors till the stars fall and hell hosts the winter Olympics.
I can't even fathom how some of these authors manage to publish their toilet paper, but all you have to do is sit down, read Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, and then really try to compare that to any book written in the last thirty years, with a few exceptions. We're speaking a different language today, although we still call it English.
The driving force behind the human being, from where I stand, is creation. Man creates ideas, which shape realities. Without creation, the individual lacks luster. All of us create on different levels, whether it is a great work of art, a cabinet for a kitchen, or an amazing equation. Maybe you know how to create a mood. It could be anything. Art, in all forms, is the one creation of the human race which has no literal, pragmatic reason for existing. It is created and experienced for purely aesthetic purposes, from infinite individual perspectives. Art is the one abstract relaxation of the human race. The carpenter finds comfort and satisfaction in his creation, just as the painter finds comfort and satisfaction in his creation. Without this comfort and satisfaction, very bad things happen. Shall we talk about the Soviet Union, Red China, or Cambodia? In all three countries, anyone with a creative force was rounded up and slaughtered, in a so-called attempt to cull the "bourgeoisie" from society. When the creative force was gone, you had "sewers of seeds and hewers of wood," (read the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion to understand fully what that meant) who could create nothing but food and fuel. And regardless of these diabolical attempts to stifle the human spirit, artists are still doing what they do, in all three of those countries ...
Creation shapes the future of humanity, on both the broadest and narrowest scales. Without it, we have no hope of fighting off the intellectual assault we are under, whether it be through lack of writers to inform us, musicians to scream it at us, or visual artists to put it right in front of our faces.
The point of creating art is not to create beauty, but to draw the person experiencing it into the mind and soul of the artist. The gardener creates a piece of art (if he wishes) simply by trimming plants, just as the housewife creates a work of art for supper, and together with her spouse, creates the most amazing of all human creations: the human being...
copyright Brandon Dean, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
March 25th, 2009
UPDATE: William Bennett Was a Retired U.S. Army Special Forces Lieutenant Colonel
Via: Washington Post:
According to military and court records, William Bennett was born in Rochester, Minn., and had retired as a lieutenant colonel from Army Special Forces. He joined the Army in October 1977, and his postings included Vicenza, Italy; Fort Lewis, Wash.; and the District. He had received numerous commendations.
Cynthia Bennett also served in the Army, as a captain. She had joined in 1978.
A lot of people who serve the beast feel as though they’re safe, as long as they play by the rules and keep their mouths shut.
And then the white van pulls up…
A man killed while apparently exercising with his wife on a trail in Loudoun County over the weekend had worked for the CIA until 2000, sources said.
Early Sunday morning, deputies found William Bennett’s body in a grassy area next to Riverside Parkway in the Lansdowne area. His wife, Cynthia Bennett, was found injured nearby. She was airlifted to an area hospital in critical condition.
The couple apparently was attacked by three people in a white van, investigators said. Both were wearing jogging outfits.
Investigators still do not know the motive for the attack or whether it was gang-related or random.
“If this does turn out to be strictly random, that’s probably our worst nightmare and for people who live in this community,” Loudoun County Sheriff Stephen Simpson said.
The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office got a call at around 5 a.m. Sunday. When deputies arrived, they found William Bennett’s body. He had suffered severe head trauma.
Cynthia Bennett wasn’t discovered until the sun started to rise. She was in a grassy area across the street, over a fence.
“We found the blood on the fence and then we found the female laying over the fence as though she may have been injured and crawled over the fence and was out of sight of the suspects,” Simpson said.
Investigators ask anyone who might have seen or heard anything unusual in the area Sunday morning to call the sheriff’s office at 703-777-0475. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Loudoun Crime Solvers at 703-777-1919.
besides the fact that pastor manning seems to like John McCain for some ungodly reason, I think he's great, and he's spreading a necessary message about Precedent Obama...
ummmm this is huge news.... the czech republic is much more populated than iceland, whose government already failed due to the worldwide credit crunch. ---brandon
Czech Government Ousted For First Time In History; Another Economic Casualty
KAREL JANICEK | March 24, 2009 04:51 PM EST | AP
Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek reacts after the Czech Chamber of Deputies expressed no confidence in the center-right government in Prague, the Czech Republic, on Tuesday, March 24, 2009. The Czech Republic's three-party coalition government has lost a parliamentary no confidence vote, partly due to its handling of the economic crisis, and must step down. In the 200-seat lower house, 101 lawmakers, the minimum needed, voted Tuesday to oust the government. (AP Photo/CTK, Roman Vondrous)
PRAGUE — The Czech government collapsed Tuesday after losing a parliamentary no-confidence vote over its handling of the economic crisis.
It was a huge embarrassment for Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek, coming just days before a planned visit by President Barack Obama and midway through the Czech Republic's six-month European Union presidency.
The lower house of Parliament voted 101-96 to declare no confidence in the three-party coalition government, after four lawmakers broke rank with their parties and voted with the opposition. Three legislators were absent from the vote.
It was the first time a government has been ousted by parliament since the country came to existence after the 1993 split of Czechoslovakia.
Topolanek said he could resign after a planned trip to Brussels on Wednesday. "I take the vote into account and will act according to the Constitution," he said.
There has been no indication of whom President Vaclav Klaus might choose to form a new Cabinet. If three attempts to form a government fail, early elections must be called.
Topolanek's minority coalition took charge in January 2007, after months of difficult negotiations following 2006 general elections that resulted in no clear winner.
The government has struggled to resolve deep divisions within Parliament over whether to allow components of a U.S. missile defense shield on Czech territory, and whether to adopt the EU reform treaty to streamline decision-making in the bloc.
In recent months, opposition lawmakers also said they became frustrated with the government's response to the global economic slowdown. Before the crisis, the Czech Republic's export-oriented economy had been growing fast, but the country is expected to enter a recession this year. Annual industrial output fell 23.3 percent in January.
The opposition said the government acted too late and did too little _ approving a stimulus package only last month worth 70 billion koruna ($3.5 billion), including measures for investments in ecology and infrastructure along with tax cuts and loan guarantees.
"The government got what it deserved," said former Prime Minister Jiri Paroubek, who leads the opposition Social Democratic party. "It was not able to handle the affects of the economic crisis." Paroubek said, however, that he was not against Topolanek's government staying in office until the end of the Czech term leading the EU presidency.
The European Union executive said it trusted the Czech Republic would be able to continue its duties in the EU presidency.
"It is for the Czech Republic's democratic process under the constitution to resolve the domestic political issues; the Commission is confident that this is done in a way which ensures the full functioning of the Council Presidency," the European Commission said in a statement.
Meanwhile, it will likely be left to a new government to deal with the two other main issues in Czech Parliament _ the proposed U.S. missile defense project and the EU reform treaty.
The Czech Parliament's lower house has passed the so-called Lisbon Treaty, but the upper house _ controlled by Topolanek's own Euro-skeptic party _ has yet to vote on it. All 27 EU nations must approve the treaty for it to take effect.
The government's deal to allow a U.S. radar base near Prague is also up in the air. Topolanek was forced last week to withdraw legislation on the U.S. missile defense plan from lower house because he did not have enough votes to ensure it would pass.
The missile defense shield was likely to be high on the agenda during Obama's visit April 4-5 to Prague. Obama has never said if the U.S. will go ahead with the deal, brokered under President George W. Bush.
The opposition has argued against the missile defense plan because it could anger Russia, which has vehemently opposed the missile shield within its former sphere of influence. Washington has said the shield, also including 10 interceptor missiles to be housed in neighboring Poland, would protect Europe from attacks by "rogue states" in the Middle East.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Formula For Life
By Judit Kawaguchi
The Japan Times
Doctor Shigeaki Hinohara JUDIT KAWAGUCHI PHOTO
- Energy comes from feeling good, not from eating well or sleeping a lot. We all remember how as children, when we were having fun, we often forgot to eat or sleep. I believe that we can keep that attitude as adults, too. It's best not to tire the body with too many rules such as lunchtime and bedtime.
- All people who live long - regardless of nationality, race or gender - share one thing in common: None are overweight. For breakfast I drink coffee, a glass of milk and some orange juice with a tablespoon of olive oil in it. Olive oil is great for the arteries and keeps my skin healthy. Lunch is milk and a few cookies, or nothing when I am too busy to eat. I never get hungry because I focus on my work. Dinner is veggies, a bit of fish and rice, and, twice a week, 100 grams of lean meat.
- Always plan ahead. My schedule book is already full until 2014, with lectures and my usual hospital work. In 2016 I'll have some fun, though: I plan to attend the Tokyo Olympics!
- There is no need to ever retire, but if one must, it should be a lot later than 65. The current retirement age was set at 65 half a century ago, when the average life-expectancy in Japan was 68 years and only 125 Japanese were over 100 years old. Today, Japanese women live to be around 86 and men 80, and we have 36,000 centenarians in our country. In 20 years we will have about 50,000 people over the age of 100.
- Share what you know. I give 150 lectures a year, some for 100 elementary-school children, others for 4,500 business people. I usually speak for 60 to 90 minutes, standing, to stay strong.
- When a doctor recommends you take a test or have some surgery, ask whether the doctor would suggest that his or her spouse or children go through such a procedure. Contrary to popular belief, doctors can't cure everyone. So why cause unnecessary pain with surgery? I think music and animal therapy can help more than most doctors imagine.
- To stay healthy, always take the stairs and carry your own stuff. I take two stairs at a time, to get my muscles moving.
- My inspiration is Robert Browning's poem "Abt Vogler." My father used to read it to me. It encourages us to make big art, not small scribbles. It says to try to draw a circle so huge that there is no way we can finish it while we are alive. All we see is an arch; the rest is beyond our vision but it is there in the distance.
- Pain is mysterious, and having fun is the best way to forget it. If a child has a toothache, and you start playing a game together, he or she immediately forgets the pain. Hospitals must cater to the basic need of patients: We all want to have fun. At St. Luke's we have music and animal therapies, and art classes.
- Don't be crazy about amassing material things. Remember: You don't know when your number is up, and you can't take it with you to the next place.
- Hospitals must be designed and prepared for major disasters, and they must accept every patient who appears at their doors. We designed St. Luke's so we can operate anywhere: in the basement, in the corridors, in the chapel. Most people thought I was crazy to prepare for a catastrophe, but on March 20, 1995, I was unfortunately proven right when members of the Aum Shinrikyu religious cult launched a terrorist attack in the Tokyo subway. We accepted 740 victims and in two hours figured out that it was sarin gas that had hit them. Sadly we lost one person, but we saved 739 lives.
- Science alone can't cure or help people. Science lumps us all together, but illness is individual. Each person is unique, and diseases are connected to their hearts. To know the illness and help people, we need liberal and visual arts, not just medical ones.
- Life is filled with incidents. On March 31, 1970, when I was 59 years old, I boarded the Yodogo, a flight from Tokyo to Fukuoka. It was a beautiful sunny morning, and as Mount Fuji came into sight, the plane was hijacked by the Japanese Communist League-Red Army Faction. I spent the next four days handcuffed to my seat in 40- degree heat. As a doctor, I looked at it all as an experiment and was amazed at how the body slowed down in a crisis.
- Find a role model and aim to achieve even more than they could ever do. My father went to the United States in 1900 to study at Duke University in North Carolina. He was a pioneer and one of my heroes. Later I found a few more life guides, and when I am stuck, I ask myself how they would deal with the problem.
- It's wonderful to live long. Until one is 60 years old, it is easy to work for one's family and to achieve one's goals. But in our later years, we should strive to contribute to society. Since the age of 65, I have worked as a volunteer. I still put in 18 hours seven days a week and love every minute of it.
- Judit Kawaguchi loves to listen. She is a volunteer counselor and a TV reporter on NHK's "Out & About." Learn more at: http:// juditfan.blog58.fc2.com
contributor: splitbabyniblet at Sunday, March 22, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
U.S. Attorney General Reaffirms Administration's New Pot Policy Stance
March 19, 2009 - Washington, DC, USA
Washington, DC: United States Attorney General Eric Holder reaffirmed yesterday that he will not authorize federal justice resources to target or prosecute medical cannabis users or providers that are compliant with state law.
Holder's statements clarify remarks he made last month when he said that the Justice Department would uphold President Obama's campaign pledge not to use federal resources to circumvent state medical marijuana laws.
"The Obama administration's position is a dramatic shift in US drug policy, and is a major victory for the 72 million Americans who reside in states where the use of medical cannabis is legal," NORML Executive Director Allen St. Pierre said. "This stance is a marked departure from those of the Bush and Clinton administrations -- both of which consistently used the power of the federal government to try and undermine state medical marijuana laws and prosecute those who followed state law. Further, it also lends support to the ongoing efforts in several states, such as Minnesota, New Jersey, and Rhode Island, each of which are currently debating legislative proposals to make the production and distribution of medical cannabis legal under state law."
For more information, please contact Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director, at (202) 483-5500.
contributor: splitbabyniblet at Friday, March 20, 2009
French boycott of Israeli products - crowd of protesters enter market and remove all Israeli products!
contributor: splitbabyniblet at Friday, March 20, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Investigative Reporter Wayne Madsen Arrested
Thursday, March 19, 2009
This editor has covered the news in nasty dictatorships and corruption-ridden countries from Rwanda and Uganda to India and Thailand. I have also reported on journalists like our colleague John Caylor, who was arrested in Panama City, Florida, while trying to obtain public documents, pursuant to Florida’s open government law, on that state’s abuse and even murder of prison inmates.
In the eight years of the Bush-Cheney administration, I covered anti-war protests in Washington and never once did I face an arrest situation, although there were some close calls. My arrest-free journalism record was shattered last night in Alexandria, Virginia, while meeting a confidential source.
I hoped to report today on a significant link between “Sir” Allen Stanford’s collapsed Stanford Financial Group and a top Democratic Party lobbyist who is close to the Obama administration. I also hoped to report on the covert activities of Stanford’s operations in Venezuela and Panama.
That story will have to wait, unfortunately.
Last night, while meeting the source in O’Connell’s Irish pub in Alexandria, Alexandria police, who apparently had plainclothes police inside the St. Patrick’s Day-jam packed establishment, arrested my source for no apparent reason while I and the source’s wife looked on in shock. When I asked one of the men who forced the source to the ground outside why they were placing him under arrest, he shouted to me to “back off.” I asked the man if he was a police officer. His response was, “No, I’m a fireman.”
I then told the “fireman” that I was a member of the press, produced my credentials, and wanted to know what the charges were against my source. He then motioned to someone behind me who shoved me up against a police SUV and placed me in handcuffs.
I was taken to Alexandria city jail and booked for “drunk in public.” Of course, there was no blood test or field sobriety test administered by anyone, police or “firemen,” to prove the spurious charge.
Then again, I did not have it as bad as some people who have been victims of America’s “justice” system. I was not hooded, chained, placed on a plane for God-knows-where and subjected to torture by brutish Third World interrogators. Nor was I placed in solitary confinement without seeing the light of day. However, I was not permitted to speak to an attorney nor was I read my Miranda rights in this Kafkaesque post-Miranda era.
I am also quite concerned about the fate of my source whom I only saw once in the “lockup.” The cops were extremely physically rough with him for some unknown reason.
There was also something very unsettling about the police retaining custody of my reporter’s notebook for some three hours while I was under arrest.
In a way, I should not be surprised that this arrest took place in Alexandria. The town has always crawled with intelligence types and other covert players, from neo-Confederates involved with the global small arms business to the CIA-linked International Association of Chiefs of Police and the infamous U.S. Court for the Eastern District of Virginia national security “rocket docket” team of Chief Judge James Cacheris and his attorney brother, Plato. Alexandria is only outdone by trendy McLean for the greatest number of spooks per square mile.
However, Alexandria was not always a center for right-wing ne’er-do-wells. Alexandria was once the home of George Washington, the leader of the American Revolution. Its inns and meeting halls once attracted such revolutionary Virginia notables as Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and George Mason.
In 1735, New York publisher John Peter Zenger was charged with seditious libel and in a case many thought he would lose, he was acquitted of all charges. The Zenger case later spurred the founders of this nation to enshrine the freedom of the press in the First Amendment to the Constitution.
My trial is scheduled for March 25 at 9:30 am in the Circuit Court in Alexandria at 520 King Street in Room 201. I intend to plead not guilty to the charge against me and cite the First Amendment of the Constitution in my defense. I invite all those in the Washington area who value a free press to attend what I will simply call “mini-Zenger II.”
I, for one, will not see a free press in this nation go down without a fight. And I must also say that even in Uganda, a dictatorship, President Yoweri Museveni’s security agents never tried to stage an incident while I met opposition leaders at the Sheraton Hotel in Kampala. Although the agents were intently interested in whom I was meeting, they had much more class than the brutish Alexandria police and the “fireman.”
UPDATE 1X: WMR can report that our source was released from Alexandria jail and is doing fine today.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
ok, I've gotten around this god damn internet thing finally... I've been catching up on my reading and piano playing in the last two months without internet. In the last two months, I've read Hitler's War, The War Between the Generals, and The Nuremburg Trials, all by David Irving (and excellent reads to boot). I also read The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956 by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, a MUST read. Oh, and I also re-read the Lord of the Rings trilogy for probably the tenth time, and the Silmarillean (both by J.R.R. Tolkien) for probably the fourth time. Right now I'm in the process of reading The Age of Reason, by Jean-Paul Sartre and Stalin and the Shaping of the Soviet Union, by Alex De Jonge.
Anyhoo, I'm back with a vengeance. Expect big things in the shape of many posts from me in the near future and beyond...
contributor: splitbabyniblet at Wednesday, March 18, 2009