May 20 2008
An amazing virtual exhibit on the life and work of Yeats
is what the Internet was made for,
I haven't gone though it all yet, but I look forward to sinking a day or two into this exhibit.
On a side note, I just got through reading a version of Mark Twain's "The Mysterious Stranger"
. I find the philosophy and ideas surprisingly interesting, especially the very oriental perspective at the end.
Is it sad that I see this, the last, unfinished work of Mr. Twain's life, as more a prophecy of the times we are now in than anything else?
Take this passage, for instance:
"Still, it is true, lamb," said Satan. "Look at you in war - what mutton you are, and how ridiculous!"
"In war? How?"
"There has never been a just one, never an honorable one - on the part of the instigator of the war. I can see a million years ahead, and this rule will never change in so many as half a dozen instances. The loud little handful - as usual - will shout for the war. The pulpit will - warily and cautiously - object - at first; the great, big, dull bulk of the nation will rub its sleepy eyes and try to make out why there should be a war, and will say, earnestly and indignantly, "It is unjust and dishonorable, and here is no necessity for it." Then the handful will shout louder. A few fair men on the other side will argue and reason against the war with speech and pen, and at first will have a hearing and be applauded; but it will not last long; those others will outshout them, and presently the anti-war audiences will thin out and lose popularity. Before long you willsee this curious thing: the speakers stoned from the platform, and free speech strangled by hordes of furious men who in their secret hearts are still at one with those stoned speakers - as earlier - but do not dare to say so. And now the whole nation - pulpit and all - will take up the war-cry, and shout itself hoarse, and mob any honest man who ventures to open his mouth; and presently such mouths will cease to open. Next the statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting the blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.
These words were penned nearly a hundred years ago, but one could easily think they were written as a response to the last few of this century.
May 14 2008
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May 13 2008
An archive of all 9/11 TV broadcasts
The Internet Archive has 9/11 TV footage from all major networks taken live during the event online
I'm torn as to whether I want to revisit that particularly dark chapter of history again. But there is no denying its shadow is long, and with us even now.
May 02 2008
Geopolitics: Losing the Great Game
One of the benefits of having my own space is that I can wax as a freely I want on any subject I desire. Today I bring forth this interesting analysis
of why the United States has upped its saber-rattling in relation to Iran.
Given this analysis plus the fact that Iran seems to have shifted from the US Dollar to the Yen and the Euro
for accepting oil payments... I expect there will be military action in the Mideast before long.
The problem is, of course, that the US has spread itself very thinly already across several fronts, and poured trillions down the drain in the money pit of Iraq. The economy is already teetering. Can they afford one more war? And even if they "win", they will have to rebuild yet another nation filled with hostile inhabitants who would not welcome them. Attrition will increase. Can they afford one more "victory"?
Even with a sweeping change of government, the damage of the last 8 years will take about as long to recover from-- if not longer. and in today's fast-paced geopolitical sphere, that might be 8 years too long.
Sic Transit Superpower?