Reel Terror

August 30, 2007

I was watching the BBC channel on a television in a restaurant I eat at a few times a week.  They played a spectacular reel of suicide bombers (primarily car bombs) and attacks on US personnel which had been caught on film.  There were at least twenty different examples on the reel.

 I thought it was awesome, devastating and terrible.

Then it occurred to me…”Wow, these camera people are pretty lucky to have their cameras rolling and focused on just the right spot at just the right time.”  Luck to this degree is possible but not probable.

Someone has to be informing videographers about impending attacks.  I don’t think a terrorist group would call any media and give the exact location and time of a suicide or other attack on US Occupation Forces.  That would kind of reduce the ‘terror’ element.

Who then?  Who benefits from ‘terror’?  The aggressor.

In this ‘War on Terror’ – Who has created more victims?  Who has received more money?  Who has more at stake?  Who’s political agenda has made the most progress?

I think the answer to these questions is the same as the answer to who would inform the media about ‘terror attacks’.  How do they have advance knowledge of ‘terror attacks’?  Well, probably because they are the people responsible for planning the attacks.

Why?

Nobody likes a bully.  David kicked Goliath’s ass and the people rejoiced. 

But what if Goliath had prevailed?  Surely David would have been cast as villain.  Surely David would have thrown the first stone.  Surely David would have gotten what he deserved – a healthy thrashing.

Today, ‘Goliath’ is poised to destroy ‘David’ and it’s an unfair fight, so ‘David’ is being painted as the antagonist, the aggressor, the terrorist.

There needs to be the perception of a struggle, of a fight and a retaliation.  If ‘David’ does not fight, then there’s no fight & that won’t do.  So we’re told that ‘Dave’ is pretty resilient and we’re shown a whole reel of explosions as evidence.

The pictures of the ‘Highway of Death’ from the Kuwait conflict took a considerable amount of steam out the US war machine.  It was an obvious and absolute rout. Therefore, the US pursuit had to be called off at the Kuwait-Iraq border.  This mistake will not be made twice.

Ask yourself one simple question – when was the last time the US actually won a war (conflict)?

They cannot claim sole victory in WWI or WWII (Europe or Pacific), for too many Allies participated in the effort.  As a matter of fact, the US was the last to join either of these wars.  Things went well in Korea, Vietnam, Yugoslavia, Bosnia-Herzegovena.

The War of 1812 resulted in a return to the pre-conflict status quo, meaning the US regained losses suffered during the conflict.  The Spanish-American war worked out, until Castro took Cuba back.

I think the only war the US may have actually won is the American Revolution, which they probably would’ve lost had their not been an ocean between them and the British leadership. 

I should actually research this claim about the US never really being ‘victorious’ in a conflict.  I am pretty well-read in history, particularly the history of war/warfare.

Prove me wrong.

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The Silent Revolution (vote but don’t vote)

August 30, 2007

Ontario elections are coming up.  All right!  I love elections.  I find the shit-chucking very sophisticated, intelligent and classy.  Everyone demeans themselves in their efforts to demean everyone else.  Funny no one seems to stop and think about that. 

I think I finally understand why you can’t take the shit out of elections.  Essentially, the country does not undergo any dramatic change when power changes hands.  It’s always the same crap.  We learn about the previous government’s wrong-doings when the new one takes over & it becomes the built-in excuse for the new government to reneg on all of it’s grandiose campaign promises.  The faces may change, but the stink is always the same. 

Politicians assume we understand this process and make an effort to convince us that their competition will be much worse than themselves.  So when their eventual scandal is revealed, it won’t be as bad as it otherwise could’ve been.  Vote for me!

Screw it.  Waste of time.

I am a firm believer in voting.  I like voting.  Here’s my quandary: what if I don’t like any of the people I am supposed to vote for?  Am I supposed to settle of the least nefarious of the horde?  Do I leave it blank?  Do I destroy the ballot in an act of indignance?  I wonder.  What would happen if I experienced an uncharacteristic sense of generosity and voted for everyone?

In the Canada Elections Act, Paragraph 167(2)(a) says, “No person shall wilfully alter, deface or destroy a ballot.”  Okay.

Paragraph 489(3)(e) states “Every person is guilty of an offence who contravenes any of paragraphs 167(1)(a) to (d) (prohibited acts re ballots) or 167(2)(a) to (d) (prohibited acts re ballots or ballot box with intent to influence vote).  Uh oh!

Paragraph 500(5) contains the punishment – for summary conviction, a fine of not more than $2000 and/or a prison term of not more than a year.  Yikes!  And for a conviction on indictment, a fine of not more than $5000 and/or a prison term of not more than five years.

So…my guess is that it’s a punishable offence for me to vote for everyone, to write ‘Screw You’ or draw a happy face somewhere in the margin, or anything.  Thank goodness for paragraph 163 which plainly states “The vote is secret.”  Direct quote, no paraphrasing!

The vote is secret.  I can’t be caught.  I can do whatever I want, so long as I keep it to myself.  I can vote for everyone if I feel like it.  I’ll (maybe) start the revolution, but will (probably) be silent.  Vote for everyone, drop the ballot in the box and smile.

Don’t tell anyone about this!


A Simple (Sn)Observation

August 29, 2007

If we’re stupid, how can we expect to teach our children?  If we’re ignorant, how could we expect our children to know anything else?  If we’re wrong, how can we expect our children to get it right?

We are the example.  A poor example are we.

Children want to watch and help.  If you do nothing, you can’t expect anything more from your child.  If you hate your job, your child will never understand anything more than the pleasure of signing out.  If you degrade people, your child will grow up with a false sense of superiority.

We are in trouble.  Our collective state of mind is not well.

Our kids are worse.


Is this what you want?

August 29, 2007

Cows, sheep and lamb are led as easily to water as to slaughter.  Force-fed food for your fattened son and daughter.


How Can Nothing Be Something?

August 19, 2007

789-456=333     456-789=-333

456-123=333     123-456=-333

123-789=-666     789-123=666

The sums of these equations are equal to 0 (nothing).

The two measures we use for time & space are sexigesimal (base-60) systems.

60minutes = 60x60seconds = 1hour

6x60=360degrees

A full cycle on the clock and compass is a complete circle, or the sign for zero.  We understand days and years in terms of cycles (or circles), but we consider time as a line.  When travelling on a the line of a circle (circumference), the sense is that you are moving straight ahead and not on a constant curve.  So, it’s easy to loose sight of this on the cosmic scale of time (existence).

All time and space is a cycle (circle, sign for zero).  Everywhere one looks, one can find cycles.  These are all signs for zero (nothing, nil).  Zero is infinite nothingness.  Zero adds meaning by destroying it.  It has a dramatic impact on mathematic equations, yet none at all.

 It is meaningless or meaning less.  I don’t know.


A July Rainbow Doesn’t Always Mean Peace!

August 17, 2007

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Both sides of the same rainbow.  Actually, there were two rainbows, a lighter one is barely visible in the picture on the right.

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And then this…storm!  I should mention – these were taken at about 5pm on July 12, 2007.


Rhyme or Reason?

August 17, 2007

I can’t really do either, but I try.  Oh, I try.