“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.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Světlonoš (The Torchbearer) by Václav Švankmajer 2005

Short by the son of the pioneer of stop-motion animation, Jan Svankmajer.



Monday, March 26, 2012

"Goldfish Salvation" Riusuke Fukahori

"Goldfish Salvation" Riusuke Fukahori from ICN gallery on Vimeo.

When struggling with artistic vision, Fukahori's pet goldfish became his inspiration and ever since his passion and lifelong theme. His unique style of painting uses acrylic on clear resin which is poured into containers, resulting in a three-dimensional appearance and lifelike vitality.

This video gives you a glimpse of his amazing painting process.

Artist Riusuke Fukahori's London debut exhibition "Goldfish Salvation" was held at ICN gallery from 1 December 2011 - 11 January 2012.

Kudos to Charles K. for passing this along.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Monday, March 12, 2012

If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front



IF A TREE FALLS: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front
I have always held the opinion that while the enemy of your enemy is not always your friend, they are still occasionally useful. That epitomizes my position on the Earth Liberation Front, Animal Liberation Front, and kindred hard-line activist organizations operating against human forces harmful to animals and nature. While I find the degenerate radical leftist hippy-types generally affiliated with ELF and similar organizations viscerally repulsive, and useless as anything beyond cannon fodder against deserving targets, I regard their common enemies as valid targets although from a very different political position, and I regard political violence as legitimate where the ends justify the means. I’m not concerned so much with who successfully harms the enemy, or who gets the credit in most cases, so long as the enemy is substantially harmed. Of course this only applies where the enemy is not amenable to reason or less corporeal punishment.

IF A TREE FALLS is centered on the case of Daniel McGowan, who comes across as one of those deeply neurotic garden variety far-left mopes thrown into self-absorbed clinical depression about problems over which he has no personal control yet egomanically assumes he has some personal responsibility for. It is easy to see how someone with slightly more self-loathing could be manipulated into committing suicide attacks.

The documentary follows his trajectory into the environmental protest movement and process of “radicalization” as the result of specific events and in the milieu of specific individuals. The film contains several important lessons for anyone engaged in this type of activity for whatever cause.

One of the radicalizing events was a local case involving the removal of several very old and beautiful trees from a park area, for the purpose of putting in a parking lot. The ELF group and others were keyed to make an appearance at a public meeting airing objections to the project. In a manner common to “developers” and local government sleaze, they changed the dates of the meeting to insure the trees would be removed before the meeting could take place. To counter this, the ELF group organized a non-violent protest, forming human shield-type barriers to the park, as well as climbing and lashing themselves into the trees. The protesters were eventually extracted after well-documented episodes of the police hosing them down with chemical/pepper spray. Footage proving to be a public relations disaster for the police includes officers holding women’s eyes open to be sprayed directly into their eyes, and using fire lifts to reach the protesters in the trees, cutting their pants off so they could spray their genitals with pepper spray.

Ultimately the protesters were removed, hospitalized for burns from the chemical sprays used by the police, and jailed, while the trees were demolished to make room for the parking lot.

The scenario demonstrated explicitly that democratic process is a farce because in virtually every location at all times government is run by self-serving prostitutes, and that non-violent resistance accomplishes nothing where real profit is at stake. A democratic government is only as good as the people who comprise it, unfortunately the only motive to occupy these diminutive local political slots is to exploit the position of petty authority for the profit of the clerk and his cronies – usually this takes the form of “development” and construction contracts paid for by public tax money.

That protestors typically stereotype themselves as preachy dope-smoking hippies only serves to make their issues more easily pigeonholed and dismissed by “establishment” types and only further marginalizes nonviolent protest as a viable strategy - the same retarded scenario that has repeated itself with mind-numbing monotony since the 1960s. I enjoy seeing dreadlocked protestors clubbed and hosed-down with pepper spray almost as much as I hate seeing trees cut down to build yet another parking lot for yet another bovine shopping center.

This scenario was also a prime example of the kind of sleaze you encounter when dealing with “developers” and local government types, who are invariably compulsive meddling control freaks and/or self-serving pricks. In my opinion these are the exact type of people who deserve to be targeted personally, their homes, businesses, and families, by violent resistance to their ignorant short-sighted selfish and destructive self-aggrandizement. They should have their eyeballs smeared on the wall in a Manson Family style home invasion to send a proper message to the rest of their ilk.

The ELF activists were correct to conclude that large corporations motivated solely by profit will not heed any message and certainly not modify their behavior unless they are hit hard, financially.

This resulted in a series of impressive arsons targeting the offices of logging operations, meat packing plants, and corporations involved in genetically engineered agriculture. Overall the direct actions were effective. The cell was very good at insuring complete destruction of the facilities targeted. On the other hand, in several cases, the operations were based on poor or dated intelligence resulting in the destruction of property no longer owned by the corporations targeted or no longer engaged in objectionable activity.

After this series of targeted arson, individuals of the cell eventually went their separate ways. Years pass before the individual who was a key instigator behind most of these actions was arrested for drugs. In turn, facing conviction, he chooses to inform on his former associates rather than face the consequences of his own degenerate lifestyle.

First lesson here being that not only will the most hardcore instigators and coordinators usually be the first ones to fold under pressure, virtually everyone involved will turn states evidence under pressure and testify against their cohorts; thus a strong case for "lone wolf" type actions vs. these kinds of "cell" type actions.

In this case, the principle scumbag avoiding his drug conviction actually wore a wire to entrap his former associates. This is how Daniel McGowan was implicated, arrested, and convicted. Rule of thumb: If someone you committed crime with years ago shows up out of the blue and wants to talk about the “good old days” of committing crime together, assume they are recording the conversation.

The only people who will not fold and testify under government pressure are those who fear retribution from the organization they were associated with. ELF is not an organization who punishes informers – the Mafia and MS13 are. Therefore assume if you are breaking the law for a soft-core non-retributive organization, such as ELF or ALF, that everyone will inevitably take a plea bargain and testify against each other if caught. Fear engenders more discipline than self-respect does.  

This group was generally effective at direct actions but there are several instances of very poor preliminary intelligence gathering that resulted in them targeting facilities that weren't even committing the offenses they thought they were inflicting revenge for or making statements about. The ELF people interviewed in this documentary are of barely average intelligence. I imagine most of them ARE that mis/un-informed and unintelligent.

IF A TREE FALLS is a very well done, objective, and thoughtful documentary film and one I highly recommend to anyone interested in these issues at all.

JDS

Sunday, March 11, 2012

"Invisible Children" vs. Joseph Kony



Prior to the appearance of this “Invisible Children” buzz surrounding the video "Kony 2012", I had recently pointed out in conversation the almost complete media-silence on the previously controversial US intervention in Uganda.

Since the appearance of the viral “documentary” online, my two blog pages about the probable reality behind the intervention have been receiving a drastically increased number of hits:

Sunday, October 16, 2011: US Intervention in Uganda, Why Now?
Sunday, October 16, 2011 What's The Real Motive For U.S. Military Deployment In Central Africa?

To summarize, I think the real reasons for US intervention in Uganda are:

1. Oil: The recent discovery of oil reserves in the Uganda/Congo region and the impending oil development contracts with large Chinese, French, and British corporations, all of which include a “stabilization” clause. Note: I’m not 100% certain that this means “stabilization” in the military/political sense, but it probably does. This would require the suppression of any “insurgency” (from Kony or anyone else) that would destabilize the situation.

2. AFRICOM: A decisive US military presence in Uganda, along with a long-term commitment to “development” would provide a likely inroad for the establishment of a full-scale US command center that is actually on the African continent, instead of in Stuttgart Germany where it is now.

The “humanitarian” reasons for intervention absolutely do NOT hold water, especially considering that Kony has been at this for nearly thirty years, and especially considering that if recent history has established anything at all it is that there is no single instance of US “intervention” improving anything for anyone on the African continent.

While Uganda probably does not pose any imminent threat to Israel (a typical factor for US intervention) they do possess oil and a strategic position for the USA in relation to Chinese (and probably Russian) “investments” in the Dark Continent.

Obama came under considerable criticism for US involvement in Libya and the overall “Arab Spring” uprisings, especially his “humanitarian” pretensions. A leading question was why “humanitarian” intervention in Syria, rather than somewhere like the Congo or any number of other places in Africa where atrocities and “war crimes” occur on a near-constant basis? The answer to that question is simple – there is no profit motive. Now in Uganda there is a profit motive, a lesser strategic motive, and another motive in an election year – namely to convince all the dimwits at home that people should support Obama because he really has the best interests of people around the world at heart.

It is worth noting that the “Invisible Children” charity organization has been coming under increased scrutiny for lack of “transparency” in their financial dealings. It is also worth noting that they were previously responsible for “S.1067: Lord's Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act of 2009” being introduced to congress and passed into law.

It is my opinion that the “Invisible Children” charity organization is in all probability a sock-puppet of the petroleum industry and/or the pentagon – insofar as there can be said to be any substantive distinction between the two.

JDS

Links:
S.1067 - Lord's Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act of 2009
"A bill to support stabilization and lasting peace in northern Uganda and areas affected by the Lord's Resistance Army through development of a regional strategy to support multilateral efforts to successfully protect civilians and eliminate the threat posed by the Lord's Resistance Army and to authorize funds for humanitarian relief and reconstruction, reconciliation, and transitional justice, and for other purposes."

Invisible Children
"Invisible children uses film, creativity and social action to end the use of child soldiers in Joseph Kony's rebel war and restore LRA-affected communities in central Africa to peace and prosperity."

VISIBLE CHILDREN
KONY 2012, viewed critically.

The Red Spectre 1907



Segundo de Chomón (co-director)
Ferdinand Zecca (co-director)
Segundo de Chomón (writer)

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Mussolini and Gandhi: Strange Bedfellows

Saturday, March 3, 2012 8:45 PM EST
Mussolini and Gandhi: Strange Bedfellows
By Palash R. Ghosh

Politics not only make for strange bedfellows, sometimes they create bizarre, confounding, incomprehensible bedfellows.

It would be difficult to identify two historical figures from the 20th century who were more diametrically opposed than the gentle, saintly hero of Indian independence, Mohandas K. Gandhi, and Benito Mussolini, the brutal Fascist dictator of Italy.

Yet, the “Mahatma” and “Il Duce” formed a mutual admiration society during the 1920s and 1930s.

According to a book entitled “Subhash Chandra Bose in Nazi Germany,” author Romain Hayes wrote that in late 1931, Gandhi accepted an invitation to visit Mussolini in Rome while the Mahatma was touring through Europe.

Reportedly, the two men – the vain Italian Fascist and the modest, unassuming Indian ascetic – got along extremely well and admired each other.

Hayes wrote that, among other things, Gandhi reviewed a black-shirted Fascist youth honor guard during his visit.

“Mussolini hailed Gandhi as a 'genius and a saint,' admiring as [Mussolini] did [Gandhi's] ability to challenge the British Empire,” Hayes wrote.

Regarding his visit with Il Duce, Gandhi wrote in a letter to a friend: "Mussolini is a riddle to me. Many of his reforms attract me. He seems to have done much for the peasant class. I admit an iron hand is there. But as violence is the basis of Western society, Mussolini's reforms deserve an impartial study.”

Obviously, Gandhi's enthusiasm for Mussolini was tempered by the dictator's questionable tactics.

Nonetheless, Gandhi's missive continued: “[Mussolini's] care of the poor, his opposition to super-urbanization, his efforts to bring about coordination between capital and labor, seem to me to demand special attention... My own fundamental objection is that these reforms are compulsory. But it is the same in all democratic institutions. What strikes me is that behind Mussolini's implacability is a desire to serve his people. Even behind his emphatic speeches there is a nucleus of sincerity and of passionate love for his people. It seems to me that the majority of the Italian people love the iron government of Mussolini."

Gandhi also hailed Mussolini “one of the great statesmen of our time.”

But the Mahatma's affection was shared by many unlikely sources.

In the mid-1920s, Winston Churchill, who met Mussolini and was impressed by the sense of order and efficiency in Fascist Italy, once gushed: “If I had been Italian, I am sure I would have been with you from the beginning.”

George Bernard Shaw, the famed Irish playwright and Socialist (and avowed enemy of Churchill) one declared: “Socialists should be delighted to find at last a Socialist [Mussolini] who speaks and thinks as responsible rulers do.”

While Gandhi's relationship with Mussolini may seem strange and indefensible on the surface, if one considers the global political climate between the two World Wars, perhaps such linkages are not so unusual.

Following the devastation of World War I, extremist ideologies appealed to millions of people around the world who faced economic recession, starvation, joblessness, sectarian violence, among other seemingly insurmountable ills.

At that time, Fascism, Nazism and Communism were simply political “philosophies” which sought to find drastic solutions to overwhelming social problems.

Long before the horrors of the Nazi death camps and the mass exterminations perpetrated by Joseph Stalin and Chairman Mao Tse-Tung were exposed, many people of goodwill and with good intentions embraced these “extremist” ideologies.

From an Indian Nationalist perspective, Mussolini's Italy and Adolph Hitler's Nazi Germany were viewed not only as bulwarks against British imperialism, but they were widely admired to creating strong, economically robust nations from the wreckage of war and devastation.

Tarak Nath Das, an Indian revolutionary, wrote glowingly of Fascist Italy in 1931: “Italy, under the leadership of Signor Mussolini, is roused to its very depths of national consciousness. It feels that it has a mission of introducing a higher type of civilization. It had the urge of becoming a great power again ... Italy must be great through her national power, achieved through the authority of an 'ethical State'. supported by national co-operation and solidarity.”

Das added: “Every Italian citizen must think first of his duty towards his self-development, welfare of the state and society and make his or her supreme effort to attain the ideal. Class harmony must take the place of the ideal of class-war. So-called democracy must give way to the rule of the aristocracy of intellect. ... Some superficial and prejudiced observers of new Italy have spoken of 'Fascist tyranny' and condemned the Fascist regime. To me it is clear that the Fascist government or a particular official might have made some mistakes on particular occasions; but Fascism stands for liberty with responsibility and it is opposed to all forms of license. It gives precedence to Duty and Strength, as one finds in the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita."

By the time Mussolini invaded Abyssinia (Ethiopia) in the mid-1930s, Gandhi (as well as Churchill, Shaw and other former admirers), completely disavowed Il Duce. Thereafter, Mussolini's prestige declined and completely evaporated in India.

However, Hitler and Nazism are an entirely different matter.

To this day, many right-wing Hindu Nationalists in India admire Der Fuhrer, and his infamous tract “Mein Kampf” remains widely popular, especially among the young.

Strange bedfellows indeed.

SOURCE.