Sunday, October 01, 2006


Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation

-Kahlil Gibran


Anonymous Nemo said...

All the king's LIARS! The "No one could ever have imagined" shams by the mouthpieces, past and present, of this foul NeoConNazi dictatorship wear thinner by the day: Rumsfeld, Ashcroft Received Warning of al-Qaida Attack Before 9/11 [McClatchy Newspapers] ==== Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and former Attorney General John Ashcroft received the same CIA briefing about an imminent al-Qaida strike on an American target that was given to the White House two months before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. ==== The State Department's disclosure Monday that the pair was briefed within a week after then-National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice was told about the threat on July 10, 2001, raised new questions about what the Bush administration did in response, and about why so many officials have claimed they never received or don't remember the warning. ==== One official who helped to prepare the briefing, which included a PowerPoint presentation, described it as a "10 on a scale of 1 to 10" that "connected the dots" in earlier intelligence reports to present a stark warning that al-Qaida, which had already killed Americans in Yemen, Saudi Arabia and East Africa, was poised to strike again. ... ==== [This purported "presidency" itself is clearly one HUGE conspiracy -- of DENIAL (among many other things).]

Tue Oct 03, 09:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Nemo said...

Robert: You stirred a distant memory in me. So I sought and I found: "... Your joy is your sorrow unmasked. ==== And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears. ==== And how else can it be? ==== The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain. ... ==== When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. ==== When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight. ==== Some of you say, "Joy is greater than sorrow," and others say, "Nay, sorrow is the greater." ==== But I say unto you, they are inseparable. ... ~ Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet.

Tue Oct 03, 09:52:00 PM  
Anonymous UT said...

Terrorism Readiness

My team and I developed this video capsule. Lots of people have been watching the video. Click on the 3rd window to watch the video called "Terrorism readiness", that is the latest one we produced so far. I had to write a disclaimer for not endorsing it with any political party; we only did that for fun.

Wed Oct 04, 10:17:00 AM  
Anonymous UT said...

Does anyone agree with that?

The French spend much more time, energy and bile criticizing the French
government and its policies than they do the U.S. or any other country!
That is part of the revolutionary heritage. They would be even more
vocal if the level of external criticism were greater, but few
non-French seem concerned about French policies, even when they should
be. I, for one, wish Africans and other people of the world would make a
bigger issue out of France's post-colonial policies, as egregious in
Africa today as they have been at any time since post-WWII
decolonisation. But of course no one thinks or seems to care much about
Africa (except when there's a genocide as in Rwanda or Darfur; and this
endemic indifference should be seen as a contributing factor to a
political culture where genocide is always possible).

The major difference with the U.S. is that, in France, criticizing the
government, venerable French institutions (such as the Grandes Ecoles)
or businesses is never confused with criticizing the country, the
culture or the people. That's what's extraordinary about the U.S.: the
facility with which criticism of government policy is labeled as hatred
of the country and its people. This is, of course, equally frustrating
for U.S. citizens within the U.S. who are opposed to the current
politics, but they seem to find that reflex a natural part of the
political landscape, even though they themselves are victims of it.

Today's asymmetry in levels of criticism is linked to the fact that the
U.S. is by far more active in other people's affairs than any other
country, and therefore the behavior of the U.S. government is an issue
they feel increasingly compelled to address. It's no coincidence that
the level of criticism has increased radically in the last six years.
Can anyone seriously pretend that this criticism is directed against
"America" rather than against the particular policies of this government
and the image of the U.S. it has decided to project to the world?

I imagine that, as you point out, the tradition is different in Latin
America (and I remember it being so in Mexico in the 1970s) as well as
China, where the tradition of authoritarian governments had been strong
for many decades. But the French people -- just like the Indians, to
take another example -- are very outspoken in their criticism of their
government. Then there are the Italians (especially under Berlusconi)
and the British. Europeans generally don't feel that they will be
branded as traitors if they oppose the current politics.

I see the hypersensitivity of the U.S. to external (and internal)
criticism as a symptom of its longstanding insecurity about national
identity due to the lack of a serious notion of roots.

Wed Oct 04, 04:32:00 PM  
Anonymous UT said...

bbl i'm @ work...

Wed Oct 04, 04:32:00 PM  
Anonymous UT said...

My winter booklist

I'm reading Life after Capitalism
It is an excellent book so far and it is available online. After this one I will read also ABC of political economics Both books are about capitalism and its alternatives, it should keep me busy for a few days. I reject partially the american capitalist model and prefer another doctrine of mine associated with socialism. Everything that I had learned so far in France in business school about capitalism and economics turned out to be not entirely true in the US, because the French system is too elitist. Nowadays we can't associate the word "competition" with "fairness", "market studies" are replaced with "ideas and money and political backups" and so on and so on. We live in times of wild capitalism or neo-capitalism. The "war on terror" is the example, there is no more diplomacy. This is why I hope to find some answers in these books to understand better the challenges of the XXIst century. Remember it is all about money, nothing about freedom.

Thu Oct 05, 07:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Barnita said...

Point I feel I ought to mention - there are anti-terrorism signs put up everywhere from bus stands and train stations to bill boards and in theaters, in the papers on TV and on radio...check unidentified parcels/bags, be wary, u're not a wimp if u're concerned sort of messages. Damn irritating. And oh yes - metal detectors, bags and car checks everywhere except of course the city's life line (the railway) - kinda defeats the purpose for the rest of the security hype. And they won't let us carry the baby's formula into hospitals or malls (liquid you see).....its just not right.

Fri Oct 06, 09:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Barnita said...

I was talking about Mumbai, India.

PS- excuse my irregularity .... still love you guys :)

Fri Oct 06, 09:58:00 AM  
Anonymous UT said...

P. just bring us some shankra please.

Sat Oct 07, 12:05:00 AM  
Blogger Again said...

glad to see you back, barnita, was worried about your silence...

hope, your mother is still getting better

and yes - i see the signs on the wall, too - even Jerry Bruckheimer quits now the path of the (nearly) egalitarian team and hails the military - i know, it was always there. American movies always were something like "Top Gun", but always movies like "Born on the 4th of July" or even "A Few Good Man"

no, i'm really not a fan of Cruise, the "believer", but i always was impressed how someone like him could make such good movies as "Born.." or "A Few..." - especially the last, of which i often think in the last time: TODAY, Tom Cruise would NOT win - i loved Jack Nicholson for being so ugly to hail torture and murder as "protecting the family" - and i loved America for a movie like that and for impeaching such a Nazi.... - and now even Bruckheimer glorifies the Pentagon and paints it pink - the nation has to be prepared for the Total War - next there will be "The Triumph of the American Will"?...

Sat Oct 07, 12:37:00 AM  

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