A sample of the original content that appeared in OVO blog this month:
Christ @ Work. The Bible does contain some fine moral advice in it. It also contains some inhumanly evil moral advice. It also contains some foolish nonsense that dresses itself up as moral advice. That doesn’t make it much different from any number of other books, ancient and modern.
Extremophiles. What might humanity be able to engineer for ourselves to become extremophiles? What dangers do exremophiles present to humanity?
Interfaith Dialog. In some places, disagreements are resolved by discussion. In other places, disagreements are resolved by flogging.
Islam is Peace. Islam, like Christianity and all religions, is a collection of mean-spirited superstitions invented by illiterate pre-scientific nobodies that we have no reason to heed.
More Sperm. February 2005 saw the return of OVO after 13 years of hibernation. The theme for that issue was ‘sperm.’ Sperm remains in the news, and here are some of the top sperm stories from the past two years.
Priorities. It seems that other people being free to celebrate or have their own superstitions is intolerable to Muslims, while public whippings and stoning are just fine as long as they occur in-house.
Publius Enigma. It has something to do with Pink Floyd and the Internet and a treasure hunt.
Saturn Return. Saturn Return is when Universe picks you up from under the Christmas tree and shakes you to see if it can figure out what you are.
SB777. SB777 protects religious belief against discrimination. It also protects discrimination in religious belief. Only religion can distort the rule of law to this degree.
Superstitious Exemption from the Rule of Law. For better and for worse, it is not the case that we can all happily get along. But where there is the rule of law and not force, fiat or superstition we can at least get along peaceably.
Two Links via God is for Suckers. All money spent on religion is money wasted, wasted more thoroughly than money spent on weapons or torture. At least when someone is killed or tortured, something happened.
Comparisons of America and Rome are everywhere these days, whether deploring an over-extended military, social decadence, or illegal immigration. A more disturbing—and largely ignored—similarity lies in the wholesale privatization of the U.S. government, which has blurred the line between public good and personal gain. In an excerpt from his new book, Cullen Murphy charts a dynamic that is more dangerous than corruption, unprecedented in scale, and visible everywhere from Hurricane Katrina to the Iraq war, to the justice system.
Donald Rumsfeld should be more careful about where he travels.
In Paris last week, Rumsfeld left a prestigious speaking event in haste, slipping out a side door to avoid the human rights lawyers and journalists waiting to confront him with criminal charges of torture. He reportedly avoided the confrontation by sneaking out a door that attached the conference venue to, of all places, the United States Embassy.
The charges have been filed in a French court by international human rights organizations. The claim is that France is under a legal obligation to investigate and prosecute Rumsfeld’s accountability for alleged crimes.
The legal pursuits against Rumsfeld are the latest in a trend toward invoking universal jurisdiction.
The essence of the principle is that some crimes are so serious as to be of “international concern.” Hence torture in Guantanamo and Iraq is the business all of humanity, existing everywhere, and should be heard in the French courts. Indeed, any court in the world could host such a trial.
The death of economist Milton Friedman last week* at the age of 94 marks a great loss for advocates of freedom everywhere. He was perhaps the most successful free-market economist of the 20th century, in terms of his real-world impact on politics and policy. Many modern politicians, including Ronald Reagan, considered him a major influence in their careers.
He (Ron Paul), isn’t there as an alternative to anything. He’s there to make sure an alternative movement doesn’t develop.
I’m also beginning to suspect that is also the role of the Kucinich\Gravel gambit; to be used knowingly or not as an OFV (overflow valve) and set of sealing washer’s.
OFV (overflow valve)and sealing washer’s
Ultimately provided for with actuating means for a discharge valve. Often, an overflow valve is for use in a vapor return line of a vapor recovery system. In other words, returning dissent back into the current flow.
To discharge collective angst.
An overflow valve controls the pressure on the inlet side. It is used wherever a specific inlet pressure must not be exceeded. And status quo must be maintained.
Does the U.S. Government have a reason to believe that the American people are about to snap out of their zombie trance and actually do something?
Maybe… Just maybe the USG knows that the situation on the ground is going to change substantially and that the general level of comfort is going to drop. In other words, less bread and fewer compelling enough circuses. If that was the case, increasing numbers of people could become radicalized. The USG will do what all other governments do as they collapse: Turn inward.
As the level of sociopolitical cohesion falls, the state increasingly views the people as a national security problem.
To wit, from the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007:
(2) VIOLENT RADICALIZATION- The term ‘violent radicalization’ means the process of adopting or promoting an extremist belief system for the purpose of facilitating ideologically based violence to advance political, religious, or social change.
(3) HOMEGROWN TERRORISM- The term ‘homegrown terrorism’ means the use, planned use, or threatened use, of force or violence by a group or individual born, raised, or based and operating primarily within the United States or any possession of the United States to intimidate or coerce the United States government, the civilian population of the United States, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives.
Yes, indeed. People are about to become very uncomfortable indeed. When that happens, there will almost certainly be trouble–demonstrations, protests–and riots.
Sounds like “homegrown terrorism” is intended to cover any form of protest by US citizens, whether peaceful or otherwise:
“…the use, planned use, or threatened use, of force or violence…to intimidate or coerce the United States government, the civilian population of the United States, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives.”
So, how do they define “force”? I suppose that could include blocking a public road or sidewalk, or even making a forceful statement–or perhaps even planning to do these things.
A while back the [House Judiciary Committee] set up a web tipline for tipster with information on politicization and wrongdoing at the Bush DOJ. Today the committee sent an email to all the tipsters alerting them to extremely tight safeguards in place to keep their identities and stories confidential. Unfortunately they put the 150+ email address in the “to:” field in the email, not “bcc:”. So everyone’s email got sent to anyone else. And probably because of pranksters one of the addresses those emails got sent to was to non other than the vice president’s office.
Incompetence? Really? Really??? There will be no further comment from moi…
unfrigginbelievea…. ahk, who am I kidding, nothing these dinks do is surprising. Seriously sad, these are peoples lives and livelihood they are toying with, this will be seen as deliberate rather or not it was, just as torture is purely for the shock value. In other words deliberately meant to silence dissent.
Now the Bush administration wants to take away the American people’s freedom to travel within their own country by airplane. Not content with an 80,000 “no fly” list, a subset of a 500,000-750,000 “watch list,” the Bush administration’s Transport Security Administration has proposed new rules that will require Americans to get government permission 72 hours in advance prior to being allowed to board a domestic flight.
Both books are about the Blueprint for Transforming A Society Into Fascism.
Klein’s book is about the economic transformation.
Wolf’s book is about the political transformation.
Even if they seem obvious, much of the historic parallels they both reference are well worth re-reading (if not learning about for the first time).
For me, these two books are the best two books I’ve purchased in 10 years, as obvious as they seem. For many people, they should be must-reading, if you’re concerned about historic fascism but are not fully aware of world history of the 20th Century.
We are a society in the latter stages of a final metamorphosis.