“The so-called 'Left-Hand Path' - that of Kaulas, Siddhas and Viras - combines the... Tantric worldview with a doctrine of the Übermensch which would put Nietzsche to shame... The Vira - which is to say: the 'heroic' man of Tantrism - seeks to sever all bonds, to overcome all duality between good and evil, honor and shame, virtue and guilt. Tantrism is the supreme path of the absolute absence of law - of shvecchacarī, a word meaning 'he whose law is his own will'." ― Julius Evola, The Path of Cinnabar.

“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.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Night of Samhain

Thanks to our friends at SOILED SINEMA for this one!

Night of Samhain from Rick Patton on Vimeo.

‎1974. 16mm. 13 min. color.
‎"Night of Samhain is a humorous look at Halloween, the holiday with no redeeming social value. A holiday that values outrageous behaviour. A holiday that has been a thorn in the side of organized religion for centuries and one that many wish would disappear."

Verdi’s “A Masked Ball” - The Bregenzer Festspiele 1999

Floating stage on Lake Constance in Bregenz, Austria. The Bregenzer Festspiele (Bregenz Festival) has become renowned for its unconventional staging of shows. Verdi’s opera, “A Masked Ball” in 1999, featured a giant book being read by a skeleton.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Salvador Dali - A Soft Self Portrait - Complete

Originally produced for a French television audience, this portrait of the surrealist artist Salvador Dali details the dreamlike inspiration behind many of his avant-garde creations. Set in Dali's hometown of Lligat, Spain, the artist himself takes the viewer on a tour of the creative process that is behind his remarkable body of work. Journey into the subconscious of one of the most influential artists of the 20th century and take a look at the world through Salvador Dali's eyes with this program that he both designed and performed. The documentary is directed by Jean-Christopher Averty, with narration provided by Orson Welles.

Salvador Dali - A Soft Self Portrait - Complete - YouTube

Sunday, October 16, 2011

What's The Real Motive For U.S. Military Deployment In Central Africa?

A good follow-up to the previous blog post.


What's The Real Motive For U.S. Military Deployment In Central Africa?
Ugandans today are more concerned with ejecting the U.S.-backed dictator

Ugandans also fear that the U.S. intervention could extend a lifeline to dictator Museveni, who has been using his own troops --now "partners" with the U.S. military personnel deployed there-- to suppress the opposition.
Black Star News Editorial

Ugandans Today More Concerned With Ejecting Museveni, Than LRA

What are the real reasons behind the announced U.S. "limited" deployment of armed forces in Central Africa today?

The official reason is to assist African countries --Uganda, Congo, Southern Sudan and Central Africa Republic-- to defeat the vicious Lord's Resistance Army (LRA).

Yet, an earlier U.S. military co-involvement with Uganda’s army –operation Lighting Thunder—in December 2008, was a disastrous failure, leading to the massacres of Congolese civilians; both the discredited Uganda Army and the brutal LRA accused each other of the massacres.

More troubling is that there's not a single place in Africa where U.S. military intervention has resulted in a favorable resolution and restoration of peace and stability.

The current involvement in Libya, has turned a country that, while ruled by a strong man who had overstayed in office, was relatively stable and prosperous into a country that now is beginning to resemble Somalia or Afghanistan. The most powerful commander, in Tripoli, Abdul hakim Belhadj, is a former Al-Qaeda fighter.

Also recall that U.S. intervention in Somalia in the early 1990s ended with disastrous consequences, captured in the movie "Black Hawk Down," with the deaths of American servicemen. Meanwhile conditions in Somalia are much worse than during the original U.S. intervention. The U.S. has now outsourced Somalia intervention to Uganda's dictator, Gen. Yoweri Museveni, who faces popular discontent at home, especially since the economy plunged after he printed millions of shillings to buy votes in the February presidential election which he stole.

Recently, the U.S. has been seeking to establish bases for the so-called Africa Command (AFRICOM), which is now based in Germany because every African country has refused to host it. The U.S. hopes to blunt Chinese economic penetration in Africa; the Asian giant continues to gobble up African resources to fuel its dynamic economy.

There was initial speculation that a post-Muammar al-Quathafi Libya would provide haven for AFRICOM. This increasingly appears more uncertain. The NTC government imposed by NATO on Libya does not appear to be popular. The Wall Street Journal reports that the nominally allied militias that make up the NTC have started turning their guns at each other. There's no guarantee that the NTC regime will survive once NATO departs the scene.

Many legitimate questions have to be raised concerning the U.S. deployment in Africa.

Why now? Why is the U.S. suddenly interested in being militarily involved in the pursuit of the LRA's Joseph Kony, when in fact the most vicious period of LRA rampage are years behind?

Why now when in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) worst atrocities occur daily; committed by militias far more brutal than the LRA, which were created and sustained by Uganda's Yoweri Museveni and Rwanda's Paul Kagame.

These two U.S.-backed dictators have been able to siphon billions of dollars of Congo's wealth by sponsoring mayhem -- massacres, mass rapes, and mutilations-- in the vast country through their allied militias. Rwanda still harbors one of the most sadistic of these killers, Laurent Nkunda.

Uganda's army, with Museveni as commander in chief, was in fact being investigated for possible crimes against humanity and war crimes in Congo, when it occupied parts of the country, according to an article in The Wall Street Journal on June 8, 2006. Luis Moreno Ocampo might have halted that probe at some point; The Journal reported that Museveni had called then U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan and asked that he block the investigation.

The U.S. intervention could also be designed to bolster the newly independent Southern Sudan Republic. The new nation, although oil-rich, is still militarily weak and fears outright invasion from Khartoum, which stands to lose access to the oil wealth which is concentrated in the south.

Ugandans also fear that the U.S. intervention could extend a lifeline to dictator Museveni, who has been using his own troops --now "partners" with the U.S. military personnel deployed there-- to suppress the opposition. As reported in The New York Times today, security agents have even killed people protesting his 25 -years rule, since the bogus February elections.

Now the Obama Administration has provided political capital to Gen. Museveni, amidst the mass Uganda protests, including a popular "walk to work" campaign to protest runaway inflation.

Currently, the Museveni regime is paralyzed as its parliament seeks the ouster of Museveni's closest aide, Amama Mbabazi, over allegations that he accepted millions of dollars in bribes from Tullow Oil company, for favorable access to newly discovered fields. Charges of bribes being paid to Ugandan officials by oil companies were first mentioned by the U.S. ambassador to Uganda, Jerry Lanier, in a memo leaked by Wiki leaks last year.

Once echoed in parliament last week by Ugandan lawmaker Gerald Karuhanga, it lead to the resignation of foreign minister Sam Kutesa; he and former energy minister and current internal affairs minister Hillary Onek, also allegedly accepted bribes, including from ENI. The Uganda member of parliament, Karuhanga, displayed documents he said itemized the up to $25 million paid out in bribes; the ministers, Kutesa and Onek, claimed they were forgeries.

Gen. Museveni himself had to deny last week in a press conference that he too accepted bribes.

Of course the LRA must be quelled and Kony, indicted by the ICC, brought to justice. Yet, given the laundry list of woes, competing regional interests, ongoing Congo atrocities where more than six million people have perished, and political intrigue, the Obama Administration will need to answer many questions about the deployment, and its timing and duration, before well deserved skepticism is dispelled.

US Intervention in Uganda, Why Now?

Aside from the fact that Obama and Holder are floundering and need as many distractions as possible (phony Iranian conspiracies to bomb Saudi diplomats can only hold up to scrutiny for so long), there are also other motives to intervene in Uganda.

Joseph Kony is an absolute lunatic, even by African standards, but he's been raping, pillaging, and hacking off ears, noses, lips, and limbs for a long time now without anyone in the USA squawking about it. I've been following his "career" since he took over from Alice Auma. She was famous for instructing her fighters to paint themselves with blood because it would make them bullet-proof. She was sane compared with Kony.

The LRA (Lord's Resistance Army) makes the transvestite cannibal guerrillas of Libera's General "Butt Naked" look like a UN peacekeeping force.

Mainstream news commentators, and pres. candidates are all speculating as to why Obama would choose to intervene in Uganda, especially after Kony has been at it for 25 years and is practically played out at this point.

In this context the following articles are of interest:
KAMPALA Uganda -(Dow Jones)- The Ugandan government will expedite the enactment of laws to regulate its nascent oil sector as a key deal involving U.K.-based Tullow Oil PLC (TLW.LN, TUWOY), France's Total SA (TOT, FP.FR) and China's Cnooc Ltd. (CEO, 0883.HK) hangs in the balance following a parliamentary resolution to delay its approval earlier this week, Uganda's energy and minerals minister said Saturday.
...After two days of deliberations, Ugandan lawmakers across the political divide voted Tuesday to support a motion to compel the government to halt the approval for Tullow's $2.9 billion sale of two-thirds of its interests in three blocks in the oil-rich Lake Albertine Rift Basin to the larger oil companies, Total and Cnooc, until all the necessary legislation is in place for the country's oil industry.
...According to Muloni, despite the parliamentary resolutions, discussions are continuing over the deal, which is expected to unlock up to $10 oil development projects in the East African nation.
Tullow's attempts to sell part of its stakes in the country have been dogged by a spate of disruptions since early this year, ranging from tax disputes to disagreements with government officials over the oil-development plan for the rift basin.
Tullow had expected to conclude the deal in September before the Ugandan government contested the inclusion of stabilization clauses in the joint-venture-oil-production agreement.
Muloni told reporters that Uganda is now in a better negotiating position since risks have been removed from the Lake Albertine Rift basin following the commercial oil discoveries.
..Uganda has discovered at least 2.5 billion barrels of oil in 20 oil fields in three blocks along its western border with mineral-rich but eastern Congo. The country is expected to start commercial oil production by 2013.

KAMPALA, Uganda -(Dow Jones)- Uganda's internal affairs minister said Friday that he would resign his position to pave the way for a smooth investigation into graft allegations in the oil sector during his tenure as energy and minerals minister.
Friday's resignation of Hilary Onek, who headed the energy and minerals ministry until May, was the latest ripple-effect from a stormy debate in the Ugandan parliament earlier this week during which lawmakers alleged that oil company Tullow Oil PLC (TLW.LN) had bribed several Ugandan officials. Tullow, which has already denied the allegations, Friday said documents presented in the Ugandan parliament purporting to show the bribery were frauds.
Onek Friday also denied the allegations, but said he was resigning to let the probe proceed.
"I will step aside as soon as the parliamentary adhoc committee starts investigations," Onek told Dow Jones Newswires. "The truth will be established--that's why I am in support of the probe," he said.
During the parliamentary debate earlier this week, ruling party lawmaker Gerald Karuhanga presented a number of documents alleging that london-listed Tullow Oil PLC (TLW.LN) had bribed several Ugandan ministers with up to $25 million to sway some key decisions regarding its operations in the country. Some of the documents showed alleged payments from Tullow to Ugandan officials from bank accounts at the Bank of Valetta in Malta.
Tullow spokesman George Cazanove said these documents presented to the Parliament as evidence of fraud were forgeries.
"Transaction receipts handed over by the Ugandan authorities for investigation by the Bank and the Maltese authorities were forgeries," Cazanove said. "None of the alleged transactions took place and that none of the individuals or companies named have ever had accounts with the Bank of Valetta."
Officials at the Bank of Valetta and with the Malta police could not be reached Friday.
Lawmakers Tuesday voted in favor of on a motion to slap a moratorium on the execution of any new oil deals, including Tullow's $2.9 billion sale of two thirds of its interests in the country to France's Total SA (TOT) and China's CNOOC (CEO).
The development leaves the key deal in balance as Uganda awaits the commencement of up to $10 billion oil development projects in the oil rich Lake Albertine rift, where at least 20 oil fields have been discovered so far in three oil blocks.
Onek's resignation follows resignations earlier this week of John Nasasira, the government's chief whip; Sam Kutesa, the foreign affairs minister, and Mwesigwa Rukutana, junior labor minister. The three officials resigned ahead of the commencement of their trial over corruption charges in relation to the misappropriation of funds meant for the 2007 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. The three officials have denied the allegations.
Kutesa was also named in the oil graft allegations during the parliamentary session this week.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Justice & Le Fool

From Yale University Library Rare Books Blog: http://blogs.law.yale.edu/blogs/rarebooks/default.aspx
Justice as a Sign of the Law: The Fool Blindfolding Justice
Posted Saturday, September 24, 2011 2:19 PM by Mike Widener

The first image, known as "The Fool Blindfolding Justice" from Sebastian Brant's Ship of Fools, comes from the 1497 Basel edition and is sometimes attributed to Albrecht Dürer. The 1509 London edition offers a close copy. The woodcut was one of a hundred illustrations for this popular book, subsequently printed in many languages.

The scene is one of the earliest known to show a Justice with covered eyes. The deployment is derisive, evident not only from the fool but from the chapter that the illustration accompanied, which was entitled "Quarreling and Going to Court." Brant, a noted lawyer and law professor, prefaced the book with a warning against "folly, blindness, error, and stupidity of all stations and kinds of men." The 1572 version is all the more insistently negative; in this rendition, the fool has pushed Justice off her throne as he covers her eyes.

Brant, Sebastian. Stultifera navis (Basel: Johann Bergmann, de Olpe, 1497). Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

Brant, Sebastian. This present boke named the shyp of folys of the worlde (London: Richard Pynson, 1509). Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

Brant, Sebastian. Stultifera navis mortalium (Basel: Sebastian Henricpetri, 1572). Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

"The Remarkable Run of a Political Icon: Justice as a Sign of the Law" is curated by Judith Resnik, Dennis Curtis, Allison Tait, and Mike Widener, and is on display Sept. 19-Dec. 16, 2011, in the Rare Book Exhibition Gallery, Level L2, Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School.

Justice as a Sign of the Law: The Tribunal of Fools
Posted Saturday, September 24, 2011 6:38 PM by Mike Widener

"The Fool Blindfolding Justice" was not the only image of that era deploying a blindfold as a warning against judicial error, as can be seen from the 1508 and 1580 editions of an illustrated volume, Die Bambergische Halsgerichtsordnung. The volume, setting forth the criminal law and municipal ordinances of the city of Bamberg, included some twenty woodcuts.

In the woodcut called "The Tribunal of Fools," a presiding judge (marked by his rod of office, the collar of his robe, and his place of honor on the throne) sits with his four colleagues. All are blindfolded and wear jesters' caps. The legend on the scroll above their heads reads: "Out of bad habit these blind fools spend their lives passing judgments contrary to what is right." Once again blindness is equated with error. Blindfolds could also be found on other readily recognized Renaissance icons -- Synagoga, representing the Old Testament, was bent and blindfolded (blind to the "light" of Christianity), while Ecclesia, standing ramrod straight and clear-eyed, embodied the New Testament. Similarly, Fortuna, and Eros were also shown blindfolded, exemplifying that the loss of sight leads one astray.

Bambergische Halssgerichts Ordenung (Metz: Johann Schöffer, 1508). Lillian Goldman Law Library.

Bambergische peinliche Halszgerichtszordnung (Bamberg: Johann Wagner, 1580). Lillian Goldman Law Library.

"The Remarkable Run of a Political Icon: Justice as a Sign of the Law" is curated by Judith Resnik, Dennis Curtis, Allison Tait, and Mike Widener, and is on display Sept. 19-Dec. 16, 2011, in the Rare Book Exhibition Gallery, Level L2, Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School.

Thanks to J.P. for pointing this out.
Source: http://blogs.law.yale.edu/blogs/rarebooks/default.aspx

This post mirrored from TARONOMICON.

Monday, October 3, 2011

From Fritz Lang's Indian Tomb

Kudos to E.Z. for this one!