“It is necessary to have “watchers” at hand who will bear witness to the values of Tradition in ever more uncompromising and firm ways, as the anti-traditional forces grow in strength. Even though these values cannot be achieved, it does not mean that they amount to mere “ideas.” These are measures…. Let people of our time talk about these things with condescension as if they were anachronistic and anti-historical; we know that this is an alibi for their defeat. Let us leave modern men to their “truths” and let us only be concerned about one thing: to keep standing amid a world of ruins.” ― Julius Evola, Revolt Against the Modern World: Politics, Religion, and Social Order in the Kali Yuga.
“We are born into this time and must bravely follow the path to the destined end. There is no other way. Our duty is to hold on to the lost position, without hope, without rescue, like that Roman soldier whose bones were found in front of a door in Pompeii, who died at his post during the eruption of Vesuvius because someone forgot to relieve him. That is greatness. That is what it means to be a thoroughbred. The honorable end is the one that can not be taken from a man.” ― Oswald Spengler, Man and Technics: A Contribution to a Philosophy of Life.
Friday, October 31, 2008
By inference their argument for Obama is racial blackmail - vote for Obama or blacks will run amok.
Erica Jong Tells Italians Obama Loss 'Will Spark the Second American Civil War. Blood Will Run in the Streets'
by Jason Horowitz October 30, 2008
It seems that the final days of the presidential campaign have made Erica Jong and her friends more than a little anxious.
A few days ago, Jong, the author and self-described feminist, gave an interview to the Italian daily Corriere della Sera, the choicest bits of which were brought to my attention by the reliably sharp-eyed Christian Rocca, the U.S. correspondent of Il Foglio, who published excerpts on his Camillo blog. Basically, Jong says her fear that Obama might lose the election has developed into an "obsession. A paralyzing terror. An anxious fever that keeps you awake at night." She also says that her friends Jane Fonda and Naomi Wolf are extremely worried that Obama will be sabotaged by Republican dirty tricks, and that if an Obama loss indeed comes to pass, the result will be a second American Civil War.
Here's a translation of Jong's more spirited quotes to the Milan-based Corriere, as selected by Rocca.
"The record shows that voting machines in America are rigged."
"My friends Ken Follett and Susan Cheever are extremely worried. Naomi Wolf calls me every day. Yesterday, Jane Fonda sent me an email to tell me that she cried all night and can't cure her ailing back for all the stress that has reduces her to a bundle of nerves."
"My back is also suffering from spasms, so much so that I had to see an acupuncturist and get prescriptions for Valium."
"After having stolen the last two elections, the Republican Mafia…"
"If Obama loses it will spark the second American Civil War. Blood will run in the streets, believe me. And it's not a coincidence that President Bush recalled soldiers from Iraq for Dick Cheney to lead against American citizens in the streets."
"Bush has transformed America into a police state, from torture to the imprisonment of reporters, to the Patriot Act."
She also laments that not all of America's men of letters share her devotion to Obama.
"Tom Wolfe and John Updike are men of the right and Philip Roth is at this point a hermit who leads a monastic life in Connecticut, far from everything and everybody."
Luckily, she said there is her and Michael Chabon, who, she says, have "taken the place of Susan Sontag and Norman Mailer respectively."
They have the same political sensibilities, she said, but a better "sense of humor."
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Suspected Holocaust denier wins his legal fight against extradition
By Daily Mail Reporter
29th October 2008
Dr Gerald Toben today won his fight against extradition to Germany where he is wanted for publishing anti-Semitic material on his website Suspected 'Holocaust denier' Dr Gerald Toben today won his fight against extradition to Germany where he is wanted for publishing anti-Semitic material on his website.Dr Toben, 64, a prominent Australian academic, is wanted to stand trial for posting the alleged diatribes between 2000 and 2004.The German authorities claim they are 'of an anti-Semitic and/or revisionist nature'.In the European Arrest Warrant issued in October 2004, he is accused of approving of or playing down the murder of the Jews by the Nazis.But District Judge Daphne Wickham ruled the warrant invalid as it contains inadequate detail about the offences.It neither states the name of the website nor where the propaganda is said to have been published from - merely referring to the 'world-wide internet'.After discharging Toben, Judge Wickham granted him bail pending an appeal by the German authorities.But he was not expected to be released today, after she imposed a series of strict conditions including a £100,000 security.Grey wavy-haired Toben, smartly dressed in a suit, appeared pleased on hearing the judge's decision from the glass-fronted dock at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court.The public gallery was packed with his supporters.Judge Wickham rejected an argument from Melanie Cumberland, for the German authorities, that the required information could be acquired.The judge said: 'Compliance, in my view, cannot be fulfilled by a drip-feed of information as and when the issuing authority provides it.'I find that the particulars are vague and imprecise, I find the warrant invalid and therefore discharge the defendant.' She added that she had not been required to decide at this stage whether the alleged crimes were valid extradition offences.Toben has been in custody since October 1, when he was arrested at Heathrow Airport on a flight from America, on his way to Dubai.He was refused bail at that time because it was feared he could easily evade the authorities.Ms Cumberland opposed bail today but Ben Watson, defending, successfully argued it would be 'abhorrent' to keep him behind bars any longer.His other bail conditions include residence at an approved address, written confirmation from the Australian High Commission of which passports he holds, and not to access the internet.He is also banned from giving press interviews. These were safeguards 'to prevent any public order act offences', said Judge Wickham.Toben claims he will not get a fair trial in Germany.The controversial author was reportedly jailed in 1999 at Mannheim prison for breaching Germany's Holocaust Law Section 130, prohibiting anyone from 'defaming the dead'.Toben's Adelaide Institute website has drawn criticism for many years.In 2000 he fought an order by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission in Australia to remove its 'offensive' content.The commission claimed it breached Australia's Racial Discrimination Act.Toben completed his Dr of Philosophy course at the University of Stuttgart in 1977 and taught in schools and colleges all over the world.He founded the Adelaide Institute and is the author of 10 books on education, political science and history.When his Heathrow plane was cleared of passengers flamboyant Toben moved seats which officers suspected was a bid to evade detection.When cautioned he replied: 'You can't arrest me on British soil.' At an earlier hearing he accused the 'world press' of wrongly portraying him as 'horrible, terrible, vicious' and said: 'I must respond to that, because this is nonsense.' Attempting to reassure the court he would not jump bail, he added: 'The world is my prison.'I'm well known and to suggest there's no honour in my person is to slander me.' Toben went on to claim he could not be tried in Germany due to 'double jeopardy', referring to ongoing proceedings on the same issue in Adelaide.He also suggested the new warrant was a re-hash of the old matters he was convicted of in 1999 but with a 'cyber-crime' veneer.Toben appeared to admit he left Germany without serving his prison sentence after paying 6,000 Deutschmarks for bail.He said: 'I can't defend myself in Germany because if I open my mouth the prosecutor says I'm in contempt.'
During the fall of 2008 there have been, as usual, numerous reports of the Danish chapter of Hell`s Angles being involved in fire exchange with alien gangs. This is nothing new; violent clashes involving both bikers and aliens, from time to time against each other, has become a weekly event as, during the last decades, both groups have struggled for the upper hand in Denmark`s crime scene.However, a new phenomenon was reported in disgust by the Scandinavian press this fall. Hell`s Angels had, unlike the police and politicians, answered a call of despair from Danish citizens as gangs of aliens were killing, maiming and raping Danes at a rapidly increasing rate. An elite force of street fighters was hastily assembled by the biker organization and quickly came to the rescue of ordinary Danes, freeing the neighbourhoods of Danish cities block by block. The Danish bikers are said to have retaliated with force, armed with assault rifles and grenades. The majority of the fire fights have taken place in the cities of Århus and Copenhagen, but with reports of fire-exchange from a number of smaller cities.
To the horror of the local politicians, Danish citizens, men and women, young and old, saw the HA-taskforces as liberators and cheered them on in internet forums and on the streets. Three days after the battles were first reported by the media, Hell`s Angels were literally drowning in new members, 250 Danes had been in contact with the organization, and the bikers set up a company sized unit, “AK 81”, with the task of training and enrolling the new recruits. "AK" stands for "Alltid Klar"- always ready - and 81 represent the letters HA. The rate of recruitment is of such a magnitude that the Danish police are powerless in the effort to control the organization and the AK 81 is according to federal vice police director Jørgen Isalin increasing in strength on a daily basis.
In addition to this, there are reports that the Danish National Socialist Movement is recruiting, by Danish standards, large numbers of dedicated members. More than one hundred young Danes are said to have joined the national socialist organization during the last 6 months.
Prior to the recent series of events Danes were known as the most tolerant and mild tempered people of Scandinavia. The only questions remaining now are; what was the straw that broke the camel's back, and when will the Norwegians and Swedes decide that they too have had enough?INGSOC in Copenhagen, Anna Ivanov
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Examining issues pertaining to the origin, theory, history, and application of national-socialism and national-socialist ideas.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
A cabled reply to an American poll
First published in Cosmopolitan, January, 1936.
The question whether world peace will ever be possible can only be answered by someone familiar with world history. To be familiar with world history means, however, to know human beings as they have been and always will be. There is a vast difference, which most people will never comprehend, between viewing future history as it will be and viewing it as one might like it to be. Peace is a desire, war is a fact; and history has never paid heed to human desires and ideals.
Life is a struggle involving plants, animals, and humans. It is a struggle between individuals, social classes, peoples, and nations, and it can take the form of economic, social, political, and military competition. It is a struggle for the power to make one’s will prevail, to exploit one’s advantage, or to advance one’s opinion of what is just or expedient. When other means fail, recourse will be taken time and again to the ultimate means: violence. An individual who uses violence can be branded a criminal, a class can be called revolutionary or traitorous, a people bloodthirsty. But that does not alter the facts. Modern world-communism calls its wars "uprisings," imperialist nations describe theirs as "pacification of foreign peoples." And if the world existed as a unified state, wars would likewise be referred to as "uprisings." The distinctions here are purely verbal.
Talk of world peace is heard today only among the white peoples, and not among the much more numerous colored races. This is a perilous state of affairs. When individual thinkers and idealists talk of peace, as they have done since time immemorial, the effect is always negligible. But when whole peoples become pacifistic it is a symptom of senility. Strong and unspent races are not pacifistic. To adopt such a position is to abandon the future, for the pacifist ideal is a static, terminal condition that is contrary to the basic facts of existence.
As long as man continues to evolve there will be wars. Should the white peoples ever become so tired of war that their governments can no longer incite them to wage it, the earth will inevitably fall a victim to the colored men, just as the Roman Empire succumbed to the Teutons. Pacifism means yielding power to the inveterate nonpacifists. Among the latter there will always be white men -- adventurers, conquerors, leader-types -- whose following increases with every success. If a revolt against the whites were to occur today in Asia, countless whites would join the rebels simply because they are tired of peaceful living.
Pacifism will remain an ideal, war a fact. If the white races are resolved never to wage war again, the colored will act differently and be rulers of the world.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Lauri Allan Törni (May 28, 1919 – October 18, 1965) was a Finnish Army captain who led an infantry company in Finnish Winter and Continuation War and moved to the United States after the war. He is known as the soldier who fought under three flags: Finnish and German (when he fought the Russians in World War II) and American (where he was known as Larry Thorne) when he fought in the U.S. Army Special Forces in the Vietnam War.
Larry Thorne, christened "Lauri Törni" at birth, was born in Viipuri, Finland, to a ship captain and his family. He entered military service in 1938 and attended the Reserve Non-commissioned Officers school in Hamina on February 1940 in the middle of winter war.
In the fall of 1939, Lauri Törni was just completing his enlistment in the Finnish Army when the Soviet Union attacked Finland. Törni's term in the army was extended as part of the country's general mobilization, and he was originally assigned to supply troops. During the battles at Lake Ladoga he was transferred to the front line. He took part in the annihilation of the encircled Russian divisions in Lemetti. His heroic feats during these engagements were quickly noticed by his commanders and toward the end of the war he was assigned to officer training where he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant as the war ended. After the Winter War, in 1941 Törni was one of the men who were sent to Germany to train with Waffen-SS, but he soon returned home.
Most of Törni's reputation is based on his successful feats in the Continuation War (1941–44) between the Soviet Union and Finland. In 1943 a famous unit informally named Detachment Törni was created under his command. This was an infantry unit that penetrated and fought deep behind the enemy lines and soon enjoyed a reputation on both sides of the front for its effectiveness. One of Törni's men was the future President of Finland, Mauno Koivisto. The two served together for instance in the crucial Battle of Ilomantsi, the very final Finnish-Soviet fight of the Continuation War in July and August 1944. Koivisto witnessed this battle as a soldier in a reconnaissance company commanded by Captain Törni.
Törni's units inflicted continued heavy casualties on Russian units and the Soviet Army had a bounty on Törni's head equivalent to 3 million Finnish Marks (650,000 USD), reputedly the only Finnish officer so recognized. He was decorated with the Mannerheim Cross, the equivalent of the American Congressional Medal of Honor, on July 9, 1944.
Törni was dissatisfied with the terms of the Finnish peace treaty with the Soviets and went to Germany in 1945 for additional Werwolf saboteur training in order to be able to organize resistance in the case that Finland would be taken by Russia. He surrendered to British troops in the last stages of the war and eventually returned to Finland after escaping a British POW camp. Upon his return, ValPo (State Police) arrested him and he was sentenced to 6 years in prison for "treason," one of many of Finland's decorated officers who paid for their valor in prison during the uneasy years following the war. Törni was pardoned by President Paasikivi in December 1948.
In 1949 Törni, accompanied by his wartime executive officer Holger Pitkänen, escaped to Sweden, crossing the border from Tornio to Haparanda, where many Finns had settled after the war. From Haparanda Törni travelled by railroad to Stockholm where he found protection and shelter from the Baroness Von Essen, who had harbored many fugitive Finnish officers following the war. Pitkänen was arrested and repatriated to Finland, but Törni fell in love with a Swedish Finn, Marja Kops, and was soon engaged to be married. Hoping to establish a career before the marriage, Thorne travelled disguised in alias as a seaman from Sweden aboard a ship, SS Bolivia, whose destination was Caracas, Venezuela. In Caracas' harbour, Törni met one of his Winter War commanders, Finnish colonel Matti "Motti" Aarnio, who, also in exile, had settled in Venezuela after the war. In Caracas Törni, in 1950, was hired still under an alias to a Swedish cargo ship, MS Skagen, whose destination was the United States. In the Gulf of Mexico, near the city of Mobile, Alabama, Törni jumped overboard and swam to shore. Törni travelled to New York City where, with the help of the Finnish-American community living in Brooklyn's "Finntown," he got a job as a carpenter and a cleaner. In 1953 Törni was granted permit of residence through an Act of Congress that was shepherded by the law firm of "Wild Bill" Donovan, the head of the OSS, America's wartime covert military organization.
Törni joined the U.S. Army in 1954 under the provisions of the Lodge Act and took the name Larry Thorne. In the US Army he was befriended and supported by a group of Finnish-American officers who came to be known as "Marttinen's Men." Similar to Thorne, this group of decorated Finnish wartime officers had emigrated to the United States and were inducted into the US Army under the Lodge Act. Several of them were brought into the Special Forces at its inception. With their support Private Thorne, too, was soon on his way into the Special Forces. He ended up as an instructor in the Special Forces and taught skiing, survival, mountaineering and guerrilla tactics. In turn he learned parachuting. Quickly working through the ranks, he was commissioned a 1st Lieutenant (Res) in 1957. He later received an regular commission and was promoted to Captain in 1960. From 1958 to 1962 he served in the 10th Special Forces unit in West Germany. While there he co-commanded a search and rescue mission in the high Zagora mountains of Iran, an operation which gained him a notable reputation in the Special Forces. In November 1963 he joined the Special Forces unit A-734 in Vietnam and fought in the Mekong Delta. He was decorated twice.
In 1965 he had been transferred to MACVSOG training unit in Vietnam as a military advisor. On October 18, 1965, he left for a clandestine mission and his helicopter crashed 25 miles (40 km) from Da Nang, in a mountainous area of Laos. When the rescue squad arrived, they did not find his body. It is assumed that he either died in the crash or in battle afterwards on October 18.
Shortly after his disappearance in Laos, Thorne was promoted to the rank of a major in the U.S. Army.
Larry Thorne's remains were found in 1999 and formally identified in 2003. He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery, section 60, tombstone 8136, on June 26, 2003.
His U.S. memorial is the Larry Thorne Headquarters Building, 10th SFG(A), Fort Carson, Colorado. In Finland, the survivors, friends and families of Detachment Törni formed the Lauri Törni Tradition Guild.
In the book The Green Berets by Robin Moore, the "Sven Kornie" main character in the first chapter was based on Larry Thorne. The book was later made into a movie by the same name starring John Wayne.
In the 2004 TV programme Suuret Suomalaiset ("Greatest Finns"), Larry Thorne was voted the 52nd greatest Finn of all time.
Gill III, H. A.: The Soldier Under Three Flags, June 1998, Pathfinder publishing. 208 pages and 37 photographs, ISBN 0-934793-65-4.
Cleverley, J. Michael: Syntynyt Sotilaaksi, November 2003, Otava Publishing Co. 416 pages and 22 photographs, maps and timeline, ISBN 951-1-18853-4.
Cleverley, J. Michael: A Scent of Glory: The Times and Life of Larry A. Thorne, December 2003, Daphne Publishing Co., 339 pages and 22 photographs, maps and timeline, ISBN 960-7663-48-9.
More on Larry Thorne, by J. Mike Cleverley
Special Forces Association Larry A. Thorne Memorial Chapter 33 website
Facts about Larry Thorne
Monday, October 13, 2008
By Michal Levertov, Haaretz Correspondent
"The entire time we stood before the crematoriums of Auschwitz, the students took more interest in the types of pipes used to pump in the lethal Zyklon B gas, and not the fate of the Nazis victims," a teacher was quoted as saying. In their words, this generation's students are less sensitive to the horrors of the Holocaust than any before.
Friday, October 10, 2008
World Bank Calls For Expanded Steering Group Of G7
10/8/2008 4:28 AM ET
Robert Zoellick, the President of the World Bank Group has called for transformation of the Group of Seven (G-7) industrialized nations into an expanded Steering Group to include rising economies to solve the economic crisis confronting the world, media reports said.
Addressing the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, he said, "Countries matter. The G-7 is not working. We need a better group for a different time."
Asserting that the current world leadership structure is ill-equipped to deal with global crises, he said for financial and economic cooperation, a new Steering Group that includes Brazil, China, India, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa should be considered.
Speaking in the run-up to the G-7 summit and fall meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund later in the week, he said the new approach must build toward a sense of shared responsibility for the health of the global political economy.
Such a Steering Group would bring together over 70 per cent of the worlds GDP... 62 percent of its energy production, the major carbon emitters... and the primary players in global capital, commodity, and exchange rate markets, he added.
Zoellick said the G-7 is unwieldy and has put a priority on "ceremony over policy," but added that the Group would not be a G-14.
"We will not create a new world simply by remaking the old. It should be numberless, flexible, and over time, it could evolve. Others may be added, especially if their rising influence is matched by a willingness to help shoulder responsibilities" Zoellick added.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF), The World Bank (WB) and perhaps even the World Trade Organization (WTO) can contribute to this Steering Group from outside but the sovereignty would be respected.
"We can identify emerging problems, supply analysis, suggest solutions, and draw on our own broader membership to propose coalitions to address issues" he said.
The Steering Group members will still need to work through established international institutions and regimes, which include other states, the Bank's President said.
From Stratfor.com today:
Red Alert: The G-7 -- Geopolitics, Politics and the Financial Crisis
The finance ministers of the G-7 countries are meeting in Washington. The first announcements on the meetings will come this weekend. It is not too extreme to say that the outcome of these meetings could redefine how the financial markets work, certainly for months and perhaps for a generation. The Americans are arguing that the regime of intervention and bailouts be allowed to continue. Others, like the British, are arguing for what in effect would be the nationalization of financial markets on a global scale. It is not clear what will be decided, but it is clear that this meeting matters.
The meetings will extend through the weekend to include members of the G-20 countries, which together account for about 90 percent of the global economy. This meeting was called because previous steps have not freed up lending between financial institutions, and the financial problem has increasingly become an economic one, affecting production and consumption in the global economy. The political leadership of these countries is under extreme pressure from the public to do something to solve — or at least alleviate — the problem.
Underlying this political pressure is a sense that the financial class, people who run global financial institutions, have failed to behave responsibly and effectively, and have therefore lost their legitimacy. The expectation, reasonable or not, is that the political system will now supplant these managers and impose at least a temporary solution. The finance ministers therefore have a political mandate, almost global in scope, to act decisively. The question is what they will do?
That question then divides further into two parts. The first is whether they will try to craft a single, global, integrated solution. The second is the degree to which they will take control of the financial system — and inter-financial institution lending in particular. (A primary reason for the credit crunch is that banks are currently afraid to lend — even to each other.) Thus far, attempts at solutions on the whole have been national rather than international. In addition, they have been built around incentivizing certain action and increasing the available money in the system.
So far, this hasn’t worked. The first problem is that financial institutions have not increased interbank lending significantly because they are concerned about the unknowns in the borrower’s balance sheet, and about the borrowers’ ability to repay the loans. With even large institutions failing, the fear is that other institutions will fail, but since the identity of the ones that will fail is unknown, lending on any terms — with or without government money — is imprudent. There is more lending to non-financial corporations than to financial ones because fewer unknowns are involved. Therefore, in the United States, infusions and promises of infusion of funds have not solved the basic problem: the uncertain solvency of the borrower.
The second problem is the international character of the crisis. An example from the Icelandic meltdown is relevant. The government of Iceland promised to repay Icelandic depositors in the island country’s failed banks. They did not extend the guarantee to non-Icelandic depositors. Partly they simply didn’t have the cash, but partly the view has been that taking care of one’s own takes priority. Countries do not want to bail out foreigners, and different governments do not want to assume the liabilities of other nations. The nature of political solutions is always that politicians respond to their own constituencies, not to people who can’t vote for them.
This weekend some basic decisions have to be made. The first is whether to give the bailouts time to work, to increase the packages or to accept that they have failed and move to the next step. The next step is for governments and central banks to take over decision making from financial institutions, and cause them to lend. This can be done in one of two ways. The first is to guarantee the loans made between financial institutions so that solvency is not an issue and risk is eliminated. The second is to directly take over the lending process, with the state dictating how much is lent to whom. In a real sense, the distinction between the two is not as significant as it appears. The market is abolished and wealth is distributed through mechanisms created by the state, with risk eliminated from the system, or more precisely, transferred from the lender to the taxing authority of the state.
The more complex issue is how to manage this on an international scale. For example, American banks lend to European banks. If the United States comes up with a plan which guarantees loans to U.S. banks but not European banks, and Europeans lend to Europe and not the United States, the integration of the global economy will very quickly shatter, leading to significant limitations on international trade, currency convertibility and so on. You will nationalize economies that can’t stand being purely national.
At the same time, there is no global mechanism for managing radical solutions. In taking over lending or guarantees, the administrative structure is everything. Managing the interbank-lending of the global economy is something for which there is no institution. And even with coordination, finance ministries and central banks would find it difficult to bear the burden — not to mention managing the system’s Herculean size and labyrinthine complexity. But if the G-7 in effect nationalize global financial systems and do it without international understandings and coordination, the consequences will be immediate and serious.
The G-7 is looking hard for a solution that will not require this level of intrusion, both because they don’t want to abolish markets even temporarily, and more important, because they have no idea how to manage this on a global scale. They very much want to have the problem solved with liquidity injections and bailouts. Their inclination is to give the current regime some more time. The problem is that the global equity markets are destroying value at extremely high rates and declines are approaching historic levels.
In other words, a crisis in the financial system is becoming an economic problem — and that means public pressure will surge, not decline. Therefore, it is plausible that they might choose to ask for what FDR did in 1933, a bank holiday, which in this case would be the suspension of trading on equity markets globally for several days while administrative solutions are reached. We have no information whatsoever that they are thinking of this, but in starting to grapple with a problem of this magnitude — and searching for solutions on this scale — it is totally understandable that they might like to buy some time.
It is not clear what they will decide. Fundamental issues to watch for are whether they move from manipulating markets through government intrusions that leave the markets fundamentally free, or do they abandon free markets at least temporarily.
Another such issue is whether they can find a way to do this globally or whether it will be done nationally. If they do go international and suspending markets, the question is how they will unwind this situation. It will be easier to start this than to end it and state-controlled markets are usually not very attractive in the long run. But then again, neither is where we are now.
Browse the Artifacts of Geek History in Jay Walker's Library
By Steven Levy 09.22.08
The View From Above Looming over the library is an original Sputnik 1 satellite, one of several backups the Soviets built. At far left is a model of NASA's experimental X-29 jet, with forward-swept wings. "It's the first plane that a pilot can't fly—only computers can handle it," Walker says. On the top of the center shelves are "scholar's rocks," natural formations believed by the Chinese to spur contemplation. Behind the rocks is a 15-foot-long model of the Saturn V rocket.
Nothing quite prepares you for the culture shock of Jay Walker's library. You exit the austere parlor of his New England home and pass through a hallway into the bibliographic equivalent of a Disney ride. Stuffed with landmark tomes and eye-grabbing historical objects—on the walls, on tables, standing on the floor—the room occupies about 3,600 square feet on three mazelike levels. Is that a Sputnik? (Yes.) Hey, those books appear to be bound in rubies. (They are.) That edition of Chaucer ... is it a Kelmscott? (Natch.) Gee, that chandelier looks like the one in the James Bond flick Die Another Day. (Because it is.) No matter where you turn in this ziggurat, another treasure beckons you—a 1665 Bills of Mortality chronicle of London (you can track plague fatalities by week), the instruction manual for the Saturn V rocket (which launched the Apollo 11 capsule to the moon), a framed napkin from 1943 on which Franklin D. Roosevelt outlined his plan to win World War II. In no time, your mind is stretched like hot taffy.
Jay's Anatomy "What's so wonderful about our knowledge of the human body is how remarkably constrained it has been over time," Walker says. In the center of the table sits the Anatomia universa, an early-19th-century medical masterwork by the Italian illustrator Paolo Mascagni. At front right is a field tool kit for Civil War surgeons. Grasping the box of prosthetic eyeballs at left is the original "Thing" hand from the TV show The Addams Family, signed by the cast. In front of the 19th-century phrenological bust is a book, from about 1500, containing the first published illustrations of surgery on humans. "Pre-anesthesia, of course" Walker says. At the rear are a 300 million-year-old trilobite fossil, a raptor skeleton, and a clutch of fossilized dinosaur eggs.
Wearing a huge can-you-believe-it grin is the collection's impresario, the 52-year-old Internet entrepreneur and founder of Walker Digital — a think tank churning out ideas and patents, it's best-known for its lucrative Priceline.com. "I started an R&D lab and have been an entrepreneur. So I have a big affinity for the human imagination," he says. "About a dozen years ago, my collection got so big that I said, 'It's time to build a room, a library, that would be about human imagination.'"
Planetarium The massive "book" by the window is a specially commissioned, internally lit 2.5-ton Clyde Lynds sculpture. It's meant to embody the spirit of the library: the mind on the right page, the universe on the left. Pointing out to that universe is a powerful Questar 7 telescope. On the rear of the table (from left) are a globe of the moon signed by nine of the 12 astronauts who walked on it, a rare 19th-century sky atlas with white stars against a black sky, and a fragment from the Sikhote-Alin meteorite that fell in Russia in 1947—it's tiny but weighs 15 pounds. In the foreground is Andrea Cellarius' hand-painted celestial atlas from 1660. "It has the first published maps where Earth was not the center of the solar system," Walker says. "It divides the age of faith from the age of reason."
Inspiration Point Walker frequently meets with the Walker Digital brain trust in the seating area of the library, hoping to draw inspiration from the surroundings. Artist Clyde Lynds (known for integrating fiber optics into his work) created the intricate illuminated glass panels and many other visual elements. Walker himself designed the Escher-like tile floor, modeled after a tumbling block pattern from the Victorian age. He bought the chandelier (seen in the Bond film Die Another Day) at an auction and rewired it with 6,000 LEDs. The open book on the table features watercolor illustrations for an 18th-century papal palace that was never built. The globe has special meaning for Walker: "It was a wedding gift Eileen and I received in 1982."
Reading Room In the foreground are several early-20th-century volumes with jeweled bindings—gold, rubies, and diamonds—crafted by the legendary firm Sangorski & Sutcliffe. On the table (first row, from left) is a 16th-century book of jousting, a Dickens novel decorated with the author's portrait, and (open, with Post-it flags) an original copy of the 1493 Nuremberg Chronicle, the first illustrated history book. Second row: the 1535 Coverdale Bible (the first completely translated into modern English), a medieval tome with intricate illustrations of dwarfs, a collection of portraits commissioned at a 17th-century German festival ("Facebook in 1610!"), a tree-bark Indonesian guide to cannibalism, and a Middle Eastern mother goddess icon from around 5000 BC.
Walker shuns the sort of bibliomania that covets first editions for their own sake—many of the volumes that decorate the library's walls are leather-bound Franklin Press reprints. What gets him excited are things that changed the way people think, like Robert Hooke's Micrographia. Published in 1665, it was the first book to contain illustrations made possible by the microscope. He's also drawn to objects that embody a revelatory (or just plain weird) train of thought. "I get offered things that collectors don't," he says. "Nobody else would want a book on dwarfs, with pages beautifully hand-painted in silver and gold, but for me that makes perfect sense."
What excites him even more is using his treasures to make mind-expanding connections. He loves juxtapositions, like placing a 16th-century map that combines experience and guesswork—"the first one showing North and South America," he says—next to a modern map carried by astronauts to the moon. "If this is what can happen in 500 years, nothing is impossible."
Gadget Lab A brand-new One Laptop per Child XO, far left, sits next to a relatively ancient RadioShack TRS-80 Model 100. In back, a 1911 typewriting machine and a 1909 Kent radio. The large contraption at center is the Nazis' supposedly unbreakable Enigma code machine. The book to its left is a copy of Johannes Trithemius' 1518 Polygraphiae, a cryptographic landmark. On the right is an Apple II motherboard signed by Woz. An Edison kinetoscope sits beside an 1890 Edison phonograph (along with three of the wax cylinders it uses for recording). Nearby is a faithful copy of Edison's lightbulb. The gadget with the tubes is an IBM processor circa 1960. In front of it stands a truly ancient storage device, a Sumerian clay cone used to record surplus grain.
Walker struggles to balance privacy with his impulse to share his finds with the outside world. Schoolchildren often visit by invitation, as do executives, politicians, and scholars. Last February, the organizers of the TED conference persuaded him to decorate their stage with some of his treasures. But he's never invited any press in to see the collection—until now.
By Aislinn Simpson Last Updated: 3:54PM BST 01 Oct 2008
German-born Australian national Dr Gerald Fredrick Toben, 64, was detained by the Metropolitan Police extradition unit using an EU arrest warrant issued by the German authorities.
The founder of the Adelaide Institute, a web and print publication that questions the Holocaust, he is accused of publishing material on the internet "of an anti-Semitic and/or revisionist nature" that "denies, approves of or plays down the mass murder of Jews by the Nazis".
The arrest warrant alleges that Dr Toben committed the offence in Australia, Germany and other countries.
In a disclaimer on his website, Dr Toben writes of his work: "If you wish to begin to doubt the Holocaust-Shoah narrative, you must be prepared for personal sacrifice, must be prepared for marriage and family break-up, loss of career, and go to prison.
"This is because Revisionists are, among other things, dismantling a massive multi-billion dollar industry that the Holocaust-Shoah enforcers are defending, as well as the survival of Zionist-racist Israel."
In the past he has denied that he said that the Holocaust was a "lie". He has previously been convicted in Germany of inciting racial hatred.
In 2006, he was among a group of Holocaust academics who attended two-day "Review of the Holocaust: global vision" conference organised by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran, who caused international outrage by describing the Holocaust as a "myth".
He is due to appear at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court in central London.
Oct. 6, 2008jonny paul, jpost correspondent in london , THE JERUSALEM POST
A British parliamentarian has said that Gerald Toben, the Australian Holocaust denier arrested and remanded in London last week at the request of German authorities for publishing "anti-Semitic and/or revisionist" material, should not be extradited to Germany.
Toben appeared at the City of Westminster Magistrates' Court in central London on Friday afternoon where he was remanded in custody ahead of a bail hearing this Friday and a full hearing on October 17.
Speaking on BBC radio on Saturday, Liberal Democratic home affairs spokesman Chris Huhne said that Holocaust denial is not a crime in the UK and that British courts should refuse to act on a European Union arrest warrant requesting Toben's extradition to Germany.
Toben was arrested by British police en route from the US to Dubai last week. The EU arrest warrant issued by the German authorities states that he carried out "worldwide Internet publication" of material that was "anti-Semitic and/or of a revisionist nature; deliberately contrary to historical truth, and publications that deny, approve or play down above all the mass murder of the Jews, planned and implemented by the Nazis."
According to the Crown Prosecution Service, agreements signed in 2003 between the UK and other European countries bind the UK to assist the German authorities.
However, some human rights campaigners have backed Toben's case, saying that his views - however abhorrent - do not make him a criminal in the UK.
Huhne warned that countries could "pick and choose" cases to apply warrants issued by fellow EU member states. He said there were good legal grounds for refusing to participate in the 2003 agreement, citing Belgium, which he said refuses to send suspects to Poland on abortion-related murder charges.
"There is a clear precedent for doing this and I think we should in this case," Huhne said. "In this country we don't tend to prosecute people for issues that we regard as issues of freedom of speech."
Huhne also said the case seemed "pretty dodgy," seeing as the offense was not committed in Germany.
Meanwhile, convicted Holocaust denier David Irving has jumped to Toben's defense. Speaking to a reporter for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) outside Westminster Magistrates' Court on Friday, he blamed the court magistrate, calling him a "bully."
"He [Toben] came before one of the magistrates, who is one of the least friendly magistrates in London," he told ABC. "He's a bully, this magistrate, and he showed it in court.
"I think the magistrate is very loaded, and if he is the magistrate who hears the actual case, then I don't think that Toben is going to avoid being sent to Germany, where he'll be put before a kangaroo court, of course, which is appropriate for an Australian."
Irving said it was the job of revisionist historians to question governments that he said were suppressing free speech.
"I think it's a contagion that's going around the world. It began in Australia, it began in Canada," Irving said. "They're suppressing free speech where it really matters. I think if you have one version of history that is government-approved, then all of society suffers.
"It's the job of us, the revisionist historians, to ask questions, even if they're awkward questions, questions that governments don't like, and if some of us have to go to prison in the meantime, then it's tough on us but society in the long run will benefit."
Irving also said that he disapproved of some of Toben's writing. "I think that he's not nuanced enough. As a historian I do a lot of work in the archives and I write what I find in the documents. He writes what he finds in his brain."
Asked if he would put up the surety for Toben, Irving said he would personally host the Australian but that he could not provide any money for bail, as he had lost everything after serving time in an Austrian jail for "glorifying and identifying with the Nazis."
He was released in December 2006 after serving 10 months.
"I've said that if the court were to release him [Toben], he can come and stay with me and I will personally guarantee that he comes back to the courtroom on the appointed date," Irving said.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Riots have broken out in the mixed city of Acre, reportedly triggered when an Israeli Arab man drove his car during the Yom Kippur religious holiday.
Dozens of cars and shops were damaged as hundreds of people took to the streets, Haaretz newspaper reported.
For Jews, Yom Kippur is a sombre day of fasting, during which it is considered offensive to drive in much of Israel.
The Arab man was reportedly attacked by youths who said he was making noise intentionally, Haaretz said.
The Arab man is reported to have said he was simply driving to a property he owned in the eastern part of the city.
Most of Israel comes to a standstill on Yom Kippur - the Day of Atonement - the holiest day in the Jewish calendar.
Streets are deserted except for a few pedestrians, cyclists and skateboarders, during the 25-hour fast which this year began on Wednesday at 1640 (1440 GMT).
The unrest erupted around midnight local time (2200 GMT), with hundreds of people pouring onto the streets as news spread of the alleged assault, Haaretz reported.
A crowd gathered on Ben Ami Street, a key commercial street in the city, and caused "extensive damage" to vehicles and property in "large-scale" Jewish-Arab rioting, the report said.
Police used force to disperse the rioters, it added.
"This is a very serious incident that the city of Acre has not seen the likes of in recent years and we will deal with all the rioters and those who take the law into their own hands with an iron fist," the head of the Acre police station, Chief Superintendent Avi Edri, told Haaretz.
About one third of Acre's population of almost 50,000 residents are Israeli Arabs, with the highest concentration in the Old City.
Israeli Arabs are people of Palestinian origin whose forbears remained in Israel after the foundation of the country in 1948.
They number about one million - about one-fifth of the Israeli population - and although they have full rights as Israeli citizens, human rights groups say they face discrimination and exclusion.
Story from BBC NEWS:http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/middle_east/7660628.stm
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
October 7, 2008
And police have since arrested six male adults for allegedly assaulting the two female nurses from the labour ward whom they accused of practicing Satanism.
Both Northern Province Health Director Dr. Fabian Kabulubulu and Northern Division Police Commanding Officer Charles Lungu have confirmed the incidence to Zambia News and Information Service.
Dr. Kabulubulu who dismissed the Satanism allegations said trouble started this morning when the baby who still on a resuscitator stopped breathing and word went round that it had died.
It was then that a group of people mobilized themselves and accused the nurses of being Satanist before pouncing on them and started beating them.
The two helpless nurses, one of them a Catholic nun where then dragged to Kasama Police Station by the irate crowd.
The unruly conduct by the mob prompted other health workers to down tools as a protest and only resumed work after they were assured by management that the matter was being addressed seriously.
Dr. Kabulubulu explained that the baby who was born flat and had to be resuscitated had its nose bitted off and part of the skin on top of the mouth by a big rat shortly after it was delivered as its mother was also unconscious and had to be resuscitated.
He said it was unfortunate that the community was making Satanism allegations out of the incidence when one of the patients in the ward had confessed having seen a big rat on top of the baby before he alerted other people.
The PHD has since appealed to members of the public not to take the law into their own hands saying if they had any complaints, there were channels to follow.
He has also assured the public that the hospital will continue providing services and also addressing their concerns.
He revealed that efforts to rid the health institution of rats have been stepped up to avoid.
Dr. Kabulubulu also revealed that plans were underway to refer the baby to University Teaching hospital (UTH) tio have its nose reconstructed once its condition stabilizes.
Last week, a body of a still born baby had also parts of its body eaten by rats.
And Northern Province police commanding officer Charles Lungu said Police have intensified security at the general hospital to avoid the disruption of services.
Mr. Lungu who confirmed the arrest of the six people who assaulted the two nurses also confirmed that Police last week opened a docket following a complaint of tempering with a dead body.
by Janet McMahon
(Saturday, October 4, 2008)
:: Compiled by Janet McMahon ::
Elliot Abrams--Son-in-law of Commentary editor Norman Podhoretz; convicted in 1991 of unlawfully withholding information from Congress in its investigation of the Iran-Contra affair; pardoned in 1992 by President George H.W. Bush. Currently National Security Council senior director for Near East and North African Affairs, in which capacity he told a regular meeting of Jewish Republicans in May that much of what Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice does on her frequent trips to the Middle East is “just process.”
Cheryl Hanin Bentov (“Cindy”): American-Israeli Mossad agent who in 1986 seduced Israeli nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu in London, then lured him to Rome, where Mossad agents drugged him and smuggled him back to Israel. Currently lives with her real estate-agent husband and two daughters in an exclusive golf community in Florida, where they moved in 1988, when she was discovered living in the Israeli city of Netanya. The family reportedly maintains a home in Kochav Yair, Israel.
Stephen Bryen--Member of advisory board and former executive director of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA); as Senate Foreign Relations Committee staff member, was subject of major FBI investigation after being overheard offering documents to Israeli Embassy official Zvi Rafiah; subsequently given top secret clearance and hired in 1981 as his deputy by Richard Perle, then assistant secretary of defense for international security policy. As president of Finmeccanica USA, the U.S. branch of Italy’s largest defense conglomerate which won the contract to build a new version of the presidential Marine One helicopter, Bryen represented the company at the 2005 Iran air show to market his firm’s helicopters.
Adam Ciralsky--CIA contract employee fired in 1999 for failing to reveal a relationship with two U.S.-Isreali employees of Israeli defense firms with possible ties to Israeli intelligence and for failing two polygraph tests about whether he gave or sold U.S. secrets “to an Israeli national.” Subsequently sued the U.S. government for religious discrimination.
John Deutch--Former CIA director whose security clearance was revoked for having prepared top-secret briefings and storing highly classified reference material on his unclassified and unsecured home computer. Facing possible criminal charges, Deutch was pardoned, along with fugitive financier Marc Rich, by President Bill Clinton on his last day in office. Two years later, at an April 2002 Jewish National Fund dinner in honor of Deutch, he was described as “one of Israel’s greatest supporters” who, as deputy defense secretary, helped secure an extra $200 million dollars for the Arrow project. Currently a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Douglas Feith--Former under secretary of defense for policy, he established the Office of Special Plans, which produced “inappropriate” intelligence leading up to the war on Iraq. His subordinate, Larry Franklin, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for passing classified information on Iran to AIPAC’s Steve Rosen and Keith Weissman and an Israeli Embassy official. Feith reportedly lost his security clearance in 1982, when, as a National Security Agency staffer, he came under FBI suspicion for allegedly passing classified material to Israeli Embassy officials. Hired that same year by Richard Perle, then assistant secretary of defense for international security policy, as his special council. After resigning from the Defense Department, he was named a professor at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, a position which reportedly has not been renewed.
Philip Heymann--Former assistant attorney general in charge of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, who failed to act on a written recommendation by Deputy Assistant Attorney General Robert Keuch that a grand jury investigate allegations of espionage against Stephen Bryen. As former deputy attorney general under Janet Reno, according to Alan Dershowitz, Heymann was about to recommend a compromise under which President Bill Clinton would reduce Jonathan Pollard’s life sentence so that he could soon be eligible for parole when he was forced to resign for unspecified reasons. Currently James Barr Ames Professor of Law at the Harvard Law School, where he teaches courses on terrorism.
Michael Ledeen--Former New Republic correspondent in Italy, where CIA station files listed him as an agent of influence of a foreign government--Israel; hired in 1981 by Paul Wolfowitz, then head of the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff; hired in 1983 on the recommendation of Richard Perle as a Defense Department consultant on terrorism; subsequently became consultant with the National Security Council, working under Oliver North, who recommended that Ledeen be asked to take periodic polygraph tests; hired as consultant to Pentagon’s Office of Special Plans under Douglas Feith; member with Stephen Bryen and Richard Perle of JINSA board of advisers, and Freedom Scholar at American Enterprise Institute.
Nathan Lewin--Attorney for Stephen Bryen and Larry Franklin; former schoolmate of and Supreme Court clerk with Philip Heymann; advocates the execution of family members of suicide bombers. Currently criminal defense lawyer with Washington, DC firm of Lewin & Lewin.
I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby--Graduate of Yale University, where he studied under Paul Wolfowitz; attorney for fugitive financier Marc Rich when Rich was pardoned by President Clinton; former chief of staff and assistant for national security affairs to Vice President Dick Cheney. Convicted on March 6, 2007 of obstruction of justice, making false statements, and perjury in the investigation into the leaking of former CIA agent Valerie Plame’s identity, Libby’s 30-month sentence was commuted by President George W. Bush on July 2; three days later, Libby paid his $250,000 fine. Between the time of his October 2005 indictment, when he resigned his White House position, and his conviction, Libby served as a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, a conservative think tank focusing on foreign policy.
Lt. Col. Jeremiah Mattysse--Naval intelligence officer who converted to Judaism and in 2000, carrying several duffel bags containing top-secret information, defected/went AWOL to Israel where, after being missing for two weeks, was located at a hostel in the southern Israeli town of Mitzpe Ramon. He was convinced to return voluntarily to the United States, where he subsequently was relieved of his command.
Richard Perle--As staff member for Sen. Henry “Scoop” Jackson (D-WA), influenced hiring of Paul Wolfowitz by Arms Control and Development Agency; heard on 1969 FBI wiretap discussing classified information with someone at Israeli Embassy in Washington, DC; reportedly received substantial payments for representing an Israeli arms manufacturer; served as Reagan administration assistant secretary of defense from 1981 to 1987. Author, with Michael Ledeen and others, of 1996 paper, “A Clean Break: A Strategy for Securing the Realm,” written for incoming Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. Served on the Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board for 17 years before resigning in 2004, having resigned as chairman the previous year over allegations of financial conflicts of interest. Resident fellow at American Enterprise Institute.
David Tenenbaum--Mechanical engineer with U.S. Army’s Tank Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM), based in Warren, MI, who in 1997 admitted “inadvertently” giving classified U.S. technical data to Israeli officials over a period of 10 years. After a 12-month investigation, the FBI declared the case closed, and Tenenbaum returned to work--although he was not allowed to resume his previous job.
Paul Wolfowitz--While working for the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, investigated in 1978 for providing to an Israeli government official, through an AIPAC intermediary, a classified document on proposed sale of U.S. weapons to an Arab country; hired in 1990 by then-Defense Secretary Dick Cheney as under defense secretary for policy, in which capacity he promoted the export to Israel of advanced air-to-air missiles; former Bush administration undersecretary of defense for policy overseeing Feith’s Office of Special Plans; along with then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, raised the possibility of attacking Iraq the day after Sept. 11, 2001; nominated by President George W. Bush in 2005 as president of World Bank; resigned in 2007 over promotion of his lover, Shaha Riza, a Middle East expert at the bank; currently chair of State Department’s International Security Advisory Board and visiting scholar at American Enterprise Institute.
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Sunday, October 5, 2008
As featured in the previous blog.
Keep an eye out for many new releases from Underworld Amusements in the future.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
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Curse on Christianity
by Friedrich Neitzsche
Translated and Introduced by H.L. Mencken
Afterword by James D. Sass
"What is good?—Whatever augments the feeling of power, the will to power, power itself, in man.
What is evil?—Whatever springs from weakness.
What is happiness?—The feeling that power increases—that resistance is overcome.
Not contentment, but more power; not peace at any price, but war; not virtue, but efficiency (virtue in the Renaissance sense, virtu, virtue free of moral acid).
The weak and the botched shall perish: first principle of our charity. And one should help them to it.
What is more harmful than any vice?—Practical sympathy for the botched and the weak—Christianity...."
Ladies in the Parlor
by Jim Tully
This is the saga of Madame Rosenbloom's fashionable establishment in Chicago and of the ladies in her domain. And here is the Jim Tully of "Circus Parade"—the forthright Tully whose language is as frank as life itself. Tully does not pull his punches. The big men and the little ladies for whom Madame Rosenbloom's house is a social center are portrayed with vigor and honesty. The novel is crammed with incident and penetrating word pictures. It is not a story for the squeamish. But if life itself, —that robust, lusty segment of life that is here so honestly and brilliantly depicted—does not frighten or shock you, this novel will hold your deepest interest.
Upon initial printing of this book in 1935, copies were seized from the publisher and destroyed by police based on allegations that the material was obscene and blasphemous. It is unknown how many copies survived. This is the first printing since that time.
The Iron Youth Reader, Vol. 1
Robert Eisler, Marquis deSade, Oswald Spengler, Savitri Devi, Gustave LeBon, Sir Francis Galton
This is the first annual installment of "Studies Beyond Good and Evil"-- the Iron Youth Reader.
These largely out-of-print works have been selected as a guide to assist the explorer of the taboo and left-hand paths. Neglected, infamous and infernal texts from philosophy, sociology, history and psychology are compiled, with blank pages for notes after each selection.
Starting this collection is Robert Eisler's exploration of sadism, masochism and lycanthropy; Man Into Wolf.
Appearing next in the volume is a short anti-religious tract from Marquis deSade- A Dialogue Between a Priest and a Dying Man followed by Oswald Spengler's Man and Technics.
Savitri Devi's Rocks of the Sun is an excerpt from her book Pilgrimage.
Gustave LeBon's The Psychology of the Crowd, a landmark work giving insight into what happens when an individual finds himself one of many.
The final contribution to the Reader is Sir Francis Galton's Essays In Eugenics.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
But there is a LOT of glossing over important details and specific questions that go unasked, especially specifics about who is confined, why, and in what context they were caught, to the end of supporting the film-maker's POV. It is also interesting to note McCain’s positive depiction in the film.
There are numerous very interesting interviews, especially with the interrogators from Bagram Prison, as well as some classic Prince of Darkness talking head footage from Dick Cheney.
My perspective on this subject has been very influenced by people I know who have conducted this type of interrogation in a Military/Intelligence context (during Vietnam and elsewhere). The dogmatic assertion that this kind of interrogation results in categorically false information is itself false. Rapport works, but not with everyone and not always. In a ticking bomb scenario, under certain circumstances, with certain subjects, putting the screws on will result in essential information. The one talking head debunking of the hypothetical “ticking bomb scenario” is disingenuous, he asked "when did the ticking bomb scenario ever happen?" No one has ever used the metaphor as a literal example that I am aware of.
And yes, I still say that a lot of what they are calling “torture” is debatable, especially considering the level of actual torture in interrogation conducted by most countries such as Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Russia, China, Turkey, etc. and especially if the person being interrogated is actually likely to have significant information. The film makers want to imply more prisoners than not are just innocent people snatched off the street for no good reason, without supplying any real evidence for this assumption. They failed to elicit sympathy from me for the guy who may have been the 20th Hijacker considering the information he could have come up with.
The whole scenario is a cluster-fuck.
An extremely well-done film on a highly controversial aspect of the GWOT that I would recommend highly for anyone interested in current affairs.