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HEAT TOLLS, AND IT TOLLS FOR THEE.

June 29, 2009

IT WOULD BE UNWISE FOR THE USA TO PLAY WITH THE HEAT OF HELL, AS IF IT WERE JUST NAZISM.
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Paul Krugman in his editorial, “Betraying the Planet”, New York Times, June 29, 2009, observes: “Climate change poses a clear and present danger to our way of life. How can anyone justify failing to act?”
In truth, the facts related by Krugman show that planetary heating is a threat to survival, not just to a particular way (see further quoting of Krugman in the post scriptum).

As I explained on my site a while back, a glance at the elevation map of Antarctica, below the ice, shows that huge basins in Eastern Antarctica are way below sea level (minus 200 meters). Moreover their entry gates are above the polar circle (so in a relatively northern, warm area). The enormous amounts of ice in the basin could turn to water in a decade, if warm oceanic water slips below them, which it will do after melting the frozen margin. That would bring sea level up worldwide by 25 meters. That would follow the melting of the West Antarctica Ice Shield (WAIS) and the attached, warmer peninsula (only a 5 meter rise). A few years ago, in summer, only the fringe of Greenland melted on the surface. Now more than half does.

Frozen methane is all over the world oceans, and a lot of it in shallow waters in the Arctic. Those could erupt anytime, maybe within two months. Over five years, methane has 100 times the warming capability of CO2. A lot of permafrost, now melting, is dominated by methane ice.

What to say? The USA is culprit number one of the worldwide heating (a lot of the Chinese emissions are displaced USA industry). Would the USA be paupers if Americans cracked down on their pollution? No, quite the opposite: France emits less than a third of CO2 than the USA does, per unit of GDP. Everything indicates that, by now, the French, with their free health care, free schooling, much better social services and welfare, a lower unemployment rate, plus very low debt per person, and as good a family income, are richer than the Americans.

Why? Because the best path to riches is to learn to live within one’s means. If one does not live within one’s means, one ends up without means, as simple as that. Ravaging the planet is also very bad manners, and bad manners with others carry onto one’s own house. Time to do something before the ocean invades the Washington mall.

A worldwide carbon tax is a necessity, and, thanks logic and truth, it is coming, whether the USA likes it or not. (France plans to impose it unilaterally, and the EU will follow.) Too bad the USA will have to be dragged to decency and rationality, kicking and screaming, for its own good. How pathetic.

But there is no more time for niceties. Let’s be blunt. Plutocrats of the USA, to make a buck, and built their empire, did business with Hitler. Facing Hitler, the USA practiced selfishness, plutocratic profits, the “invisible hand” and “isolationism”. Result: 73 million dead, and a few problems besides. It was a total betrayal of democracy. Now, as Krugman points out correctly, we are facing a betrayal of the planet. meanwhile we had another betrayal of democracy by giving trillions to private individual called bankers who paid their politicians called leaders.

The betrayal of the planet is more of the same: it’s the usual obsession with the plutocratic profits of some, and their “invisible hand” (the self described American, Chicago school of ethics and way to business).  Now, not content with gouging people with banks and health care, the same sort of oligarchs advocate to keep doing business as usual with the heat of hell itself.

One can only expect a worse outcome.
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Patrice Ayme
Patriceayme.com

http://tyranosopher.blogspot.com/

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Note: Here is more from Krugman: “The fact is that the planet is changing faster than even pessimists expected: ice caps are shrinking, arid zones spreading, at a terrifying rate. And according to a number of recent studies, catastrophe — a rise in temperature so large as to be almost unthinkable — can no longer be considered a mere possibility. It is, instead, the most likely outcome if we continue along our present course.

Thus researchers at M.I.T., who were previously predicting a temperature rise of a little more than 4 degrees by the end of this century, are now predicting a rise of more than 9 degrees. Why? Global greenhouse gas emissions are rising faster than expected; some mitigating factors, like absorption of carbon dioxide by the oceans, are turning out to be weaker than hoped; and there’s growing evidence that climate change is self-reinforcing — that, for example, rising temperatures will cause some arctic tundra to defrost, releasing even more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.”

Well the MIT researchers were very naïve.

Krugman, above, uses units straight out of the Middle Ages: the Fahrenheit scale: any units will do, as long as they are not used anywhere else in the world. Interestingly in some crucial polar regions, such as the Antarctica peninsula (next to the WAIS), the temperature has already risen 4 to 5 degrees CELSIUS (twice the Middle Age units).

What matters is the worst possible case: so far global temps have risen less than ONE degree Celsius. Still some of the polar regions went up 5 Celsius. Thus, if the global temp rise two degree Celsius (the minimum expected), one gets TEN degrees CELSIUS in the polar regions. This is all the more to be expected because it has happened before (they were dinosaurs in Alaska, and Antarctica). Ten degrees up there maybe only ten years away (worst possible case). The catastrophe would be beyond belief.

“Ask not for whom the bell tolls. It tolls for thee… Trillions of tons of frozen methane clathrate hydrates, more than all other fossil fuels put together, are waiting in the sea, peacefully bubbling… But it could change within weeks, or years, and it will…

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VIOLENCE IN "HOLY QUR’AN".

June 22, 2009

THOSE Who Deliberately IGNORE CALLS TO MAYHEM, In Any IDEOLOGY, for example a religion, BECOME ACCOMPLICES TO IT. Here I consider, and quote, the most significant verses of violence in the most basic text of Islam. Those quotes call for sometimes lethal brutality. I Quote, You Decide.

Time to Read the Qur’an, People, So You Learn What Some Pontificate About Disingenuously. The Qur’an is an Important Book, full of violence, which most have not read while falsely claiming that they know it is all about peace. (This disinformation campaign is part of a greater manipulation which originated in Washington and New York, as early as 1945, not be be addressed here.}

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Many, among the inferior types, brazenly identify quoting the Qur’an with “Islamophobia. The subject is that sensitive, the lie, that enormous. A lie all too many Western “intellectuals” have become inured to. Some even identify criticizing some aspects, or ideas of Islam with “racism“. Some are very confused, while some are lying deliberately on an industrial scale. No confusion here. The clarity of reality, the transparency of quotes, instead, is embraced. Thus read, below, hundreds of quotes from the Qur’an, a very short book.

What is racist is to hold that ways and means which have been considered to be intolerable and insufferable to us, in Western Europe (and its numerous ex-colonies) since the worst depths of the Middle Ages, lethal religious obscurantism, is not just perfect for them, Muslims, but even ought to be what defines them. And what is racist is to view that lethal religious obscurantism, an inhuman cult, is perfectly appropriate for much of humanity.

Obama went to Cairo, and evoked the “Holy Qur’an” in glowing terms, several times. So did Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Supreme “Guide” of Iran, in equally glowing terms, after many got killed in the streets of Teheran, while theocratic order was reestablished, under Khamenei’s command. As I explained in my analysis of the Qur’an’s Sura 4, verse 59, Khamenei was theologically correct. Khamenei is viewed by most Shiites as the functional equivalent of a Pope. Later Iranians were heard calling for the death of the “dictator”, Khamenei. Savage repression ensued, and now calm reigns.

The naive ones may be baffled by the violent behavior of the theocrats in Iran. Is not Islam all about peace, as Islamists always insist? Apparently it’s eternal peace, in the sense of Neda Agha-Soltan, a woman deliberately shot in the chest, one the many bystanders shot to death by the forces of theocracy. The idea? Kill the obviously innocent, and the slightly rebellious shall tremble.

Will Violence Set Below The Horizon With Islamism, As It Did With Christianism?

Will Violence Set Below The Horizon With Islamism, As It Did With Christianism?

The most sacred text of Islam, its very foundation, is the Qur’an, the exact word of God Himself, transmitted by His Messenger, Muhammad. We want to have an opinion about Islam? Let’s get to know the Holly Qur’an better! The Qur’an is in 114 chapters (“suras”) each made of “verses”. The first numbers below refer to the sura, the second numbers refer to the verse inside that particular sura. The length of suras diminishes dramatically as one proceeds further down the Qur’an (that’s why there are fewer quotes from higher sura numbers down below).

The Qur’an has around 80,000 words, so roughly a tenth of the Qur’an is found below. In a preceding work, I selected all the quotes in the Qur’an pertaining to women.

This time, I tried to select quotes exhibiting Allah’s no non sense, robust character. The Qur’an is mostly a list of orders from God (“Allah”), the exact same God as in the Bible, claims Muhammad, the Messenger, PBUH. (After they mention The Messenger, adoring Muslims like to add “PBUH”, the abbreviation for Peace Be Upon Him; the reason for this desperate, obsessive longing for peace will become obvious after reading the 7,200 words below.)

As God Himself points out in the Qur’an, you are presumptuous if you think you can judge God, or ask Him for His motives. Just believe what God tells you:

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“You know of those of you who broke the Sabbath, how We said unto them: You Be apes, despised and hated!”– [Qur’an, Sura 2; verse 65]

A fire has been prepared for the disbelievers, whose fuel is men and stones.’ [Qur’an s. 2: v. 24]

Disbelievers will be burned with fire.” [Koran, S. 2:39, v. 90]

“Jews are the greediest of all humankind. They’d like to live 1000 years. But they are going to hell.” [Koran, s. 2: v.96]

“Allah will leave the disbelievers alone for a while, but then he will compel them to the doom of Fire.” [Koran, s. 2:v. 126]

Kill disbelievers wherever you find them. If they attack you, then kill them. Such is the reward of disbelievers. (But if they desist in their unbelief, then don’t kill them.) [Qur’an s.2:v. 191-2]

War is ordained by Allah, and all Muslims must be willing to fight, whether they like it or not.” [s. 2: v. 216]

Those who marry unbelievers will burn in the Fire.” [2:221

“Disbelievers worship false gods. They will burn forever in the Fire.” 2:257

“Those who practice usury … are rightful owners of the Fire.” 2:275

“Those who disbelieve will be fuel for the Fire.” 3:10

Those who disbelieve will be burnt in the Fire. 3:116

The Fire is prepared for disbelievers. 3:131

We shall cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Their habitation is the Fire 3:151

If you die fighting for Allah, you’ll be rewarded in heaven. 3:157

“Is one who followeth the pleasure of Allah as one who hath earned condemnation from Allah, whose habitation is the Fire?”
Unbelievers will burn forever in the Fire. 3:162

Think not of those, who are slain in the way of Allah, as dead.”
(Quoted by Osama bin Laden in his ‘letter to America’ regarding the 11 September 2001 attacks.) s. 3: v.169-171

Unbelievers will be tormented forever with fire. When their skin is burned off, a fresh skin will be provided. 4:56

Allah will bestow a vast reward on those who fight in religious wars. 4:74

Believers fight for Allah; disbelievers fight for the devil. So fight the minions of the devil. 4:76

Have no unbelieving friends. Kill the unbelievers wherever you find them. 4:89

If the unbelievers do not offer you peace, kill them wherever you find them. Against such you are given clear warrant. 4:91

Those who oppose the messenger and become unbelievers will go to hell. 4:115

Allah will lead them astray and they will go to hell. 4:119-121

For the hypocrites there will be a painful doom. 4:138

Allah will gather hypocrites and disbelievers into hell. 4:140

The hypocrites will be in the lowest part of hell and no one will help them there. 4:145

You must believe everything Allah and his messengers tell you. Those who don’t are disbelievers and will face a painful doom. 4:150-151

For the wrongdoing Jews, Allah has prepared a painful doom. 4:160-1

God will guide disbelievers down a road that leads to everlasting hell. 4:168-169

Those who deny Islam will be losers in the Hereafter. 5:5

Disbelievers are the rightful owners of Hell. 5:10

The owners of the fire. That is the reward of evil-doers. 5:29

Those who make war with Allah and his messenger will be killed or crucified, or have their hands and feet on alternate sides cut off, or will be expelled out of the land. That is how they will be treated in this world, and in the next they will have an awful doom. 5:33

Disbelievers will have a painful doom. 5:36

Disbelievers will want to come out of the Fire, but will not. Their will be a lasting doom. 5:37

Cut off the hands of thieves. It is an exemplary punishment from Allah. 5:38

Allah makes some people sin. He will not cleanse their hearts. They will have ignominy in this world, and in the Hereafter an awful doom. 5:41

Life for life, eye for eye, nose for nose, ear for ear, and tooth for tooth. 5:45

Christians will be burned in the Fire. 5:72

Christians are wrong about the Trinity. For that they will have a painful doom. 5:73

Muslims that make friends with disbelievers will face a doom prepared for them by Allah. 5:80

Disbelievers will be owners of hell-fire. 5:86

Allah will test believers to see if they are afraid. Those who fail a second test will suffer a a painful doom. 5:94

After agreeing to send down a table of food from heaven, Jesus warns his disciples that will catch holy hell if they ever stop believing. 5:115

Those who deny the truth of Islam will be punished by Allah. 6:5

“See the nature of the consequence for the rejecters!” 6:11

Many generations have been destroyed by Allah. 6:6 “Evil-doers flout the revelations of Allah.” 6:33

Allah will torment those how deny his revelations. 6:49

Those who disbelieve will be forced to drink boiling water, and will face a painful doom. 6:70

When nonbelievers die, the angels will deliver to them doom and degradation. 6:93

Allah allows some to disbelieve in the afterlife, and to take pleasure in their disbelief, so that he can torment them forever after they die. 6:113

Allah chooses to lead some astray, and he lays ignominy on those who disbelieve. 6:125

Allah will send everyone the Fire, except those he chooses to deliver. 6:128

Let the idolaters kill their children. It is Allah’s will. 6:137

The worst thing anyone can do is deny the revelations of Allah. Those who do so will be awarded an evil doom. 6:157

How many a township have We destroyed! As a raid by night, or while they slept at noon, Our terror came unto them.

7:4-5 Disbelievers are the rightful owners of the Fire. 7:36

Entire nations have entered the Fire. Some get a double torment. 7:38

“Taste the doom for what ye used to earn.” 7:39

Disbelievers will be excluded from heaven. Theirs will be a bed of hell. 7:40-41

Those in the fire will be taunted by those in the Garden. “So how’s it going down there? Are you enjoying the warmth of the Fire?” 7:44

Those in the Garden will plead with Allah not to be cast into the Fire. 7:47

Those in the Fire will cry out to those in heaven, saying: “Pour water on us.” But Allah has forbidden that to disbelievers. 7:50

Allah drowned everyone on earth (except Noah and his family) because they disbelieved. 7:64

Those who believe incorrectly will face the terror and wrath of Allah. 7:71

“We cut the root of those who denied Our revelations and were not believers.” 7:72

Allah killed the disbelievers with an earthquake. 7:78

Allah killed everyone in Sodom and Gomorrah except Lot and his daughters.
7:83-84

“So the earthquake seized them.”
Allah killed the disbelievers with an earthquake. 7:90-91

“How can I sorrow for a people that rejected (truth)?”
Shu’eyb tells the Allah’s victims that they deserved to die for rejecting Islam. 7:93

“Then We seized them unawares, when they perceived not.” (Unbelievers are never safe from Allah’s wrath.) 7:95-99

“We straightened Pharaoh’s folk with famine.”
(Allah sent a famine on all of the Egyptians to punish Pharaoh.) 7:130

“So We sent against them the flood and the locusts and the vermin and the frogs and the blood – a succession of clear signs.” 7:133

We drowned them in the sea: because they denied Our revelations.” 7:136

Those who worship the calf will suffer terror and humiliation from Allah. 7:152

“But those of them who … changed the word … We sent down upon them wrath from heaven.” 7:162

“Why preach ye to a folk whom Allah is about to destroy or punish with an awful doom?” 7:164

“When they forgot that whereof they had been reminded, We … visited [them] with dreadful punishment.” 7:165

Allah will punish the disbelieving Jews until the Day of Resurrection. 7:167

Allah has already sent many people and jinn to hell. They were worse than cows: they couldn’t see or hear and were neglectful. 7:179

“Allah … cut the root of the disbelievers.”
Allah destroyed the unbelievers. 8:7

Allah will throw fear into the hearts of the disbelievers, and smite their necks and fingers. 8:12

Disbelievers will be tormented in the Fire. 8:14

When you fight with disbelievers, do not retreat. Those who do will go to hell. 8:15-16

Those that the Muslims killed were not really killed by them. It was Allah who did the killing. 8:17

Taste of the doom because ye disbelieve. 8:35

Those who disbelieve will be gathered into hell. 8:36

“The wicked will He place piece upon piece, and heap them all together, and consign them unto hell.” 8:37

The angels smite the face and backs of disbelievers, saying: “Taste the punishment of burning!” 8:50

Don’t let the disbelievers think they can escape. They are your enemy and the enemy of Allah. 8:59-60

Had it not been for an ordinance of Allah which had gone before, an awful doom had come upon you.” 8:68

He [Allah] gave thee [Muhammad] power over them.”
(Allah gave Muhammad slaves as war booty.) 8:70-1

Give tidings (O Muhammad) of a painful doom to those who disbelieve. 9:3

Slay the idolaters wherever you find them. 9:5

Don’t let idolaters tend the sanctuaries. Their works are in vain and they will be burned in the Fire. 9:17

“Count ye the slaking of a pilgrim’s thirst … as (equal to the worth of) him who believeth in Allah and the Last Day, and striveth in the way of Allah?”
Helping the poor is not as important as believing in Islam and fighting in holy wars. 9:19

Give tidings (O Muhammad) of a painful doom to the rich and greedy Christian monks and Jewish rabbis. 9:34

Those who are tormented in the Fire will have their foreheads and backs branded. 9:35

If you refuse to fight, Allah will afflict you with a painful doom. 9:39

Disbelievers go to hell. 9:49

“Allah will afflict you with a doom from Him or at our hands.” 9:52

Those who vex the Prophet, for them there is a painful doom. 9:60

Those who oppose Allah and His messenger will burn in the fire of hell. 9:63

Allah promises hypocrites and disbelievers the fire of hell. Allah curses them. They will have a lasting torment. 9:68

Fight the disbelievers and hypocrites. Be harsh with them. They are all going to hell anyway. 9:73

Allah will afflict disbelievers with a painful doom in this world and the Hereafter. 9:74

“Theirs will be a painful doom.” 9:79

Those who refuse to give their wealth and lives to Allah will face the fire of hell. 9:81-83

For disbelievers there will be a painful doom. 9:90

Non-Muslim who pretend to believe (so they won’t be killed by Muslims) are unclean and will go to hell. 9:95

The unbelieving Arabs will be punished by Allah with an evil fortune. 9:97-98

“We shall chastise them twice; then they will be relegated to a painful doom.” 9:101

Those that ignore Allah will be thrown into the fire of hell. 9:109

Believers must fight for Allah. They must kill and be killed , and are bound to do so by the Torah, Gospel, and Qur’an. But Allah will reward them for it. 9:111

Don’t pray for idolaters (not even for your family) after it is clear they are people of hell-fire. 9:113

Fight disbelievers who are near you, and let them see the harshness in you. 9:123

Disbelievers will have a boiling drink and a painful doom. 10:4

(If you enjoy life and ignore Muhammad’s bullshit, Allah will torture you forever in the Fire after you die.) 10:7-8

Allah has destroyed entire generations. 10:13

“Ignominy overtaketh them – They have no protector from Allah – as if their faces had been covered with a cloak of darkest night. Such are rightful owners of the Fire.” 10:27

On the last day Allah will kill all the disbelievers (and then he will torture them forever in hell). 10:45

“His doom cometh unto you as a raid by night.” 10:50

The damned will feel remorse for what they have done, but it will not save them from the doom that Allah has prepared. 10:54

Those who disbelieved will face a dreadful doom. 10:70

Allah drowned those who disbelieved his revelations. 10:73

Moses asked Allah to harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they would not believe until they saw the painful doom. 10:88

If you deny the revelations of Allah, you will be among the losers and will “see the painful doom.” 10:95-97

“The doom cannot be averted from them, and that which they derided will surround them.” 11:8

Allah sent a lasting doom on those who mocked Noah. 11:39

Allah will send a painful doom on several nations. 11:48

“Lo! there cometh unto them a doom which cannot be repelled.” 11:76

Allah killed everyone in Sodom and Gomorrah by dropping burning stones on them. 11:82-83

Lo! Is fear for you the doom of a besetting Day.” 11:84

“Ye will soon know on whom there cometh a doom that will abase him.” 11:93

“He … will lead them to the Fire for watering-place.” 11:98

“The doom of the Hereafter” 11:103

Those in the Fire will suffer as long as the heavens and earth endure. 11:106-7

“Incline not toward those who do wrong lest the Fire touch you.” 11:113

Allah will fill hell with humans and jinn. 11:119

Disbelievers are the rightful owners of the Fire 13:5

Those who do not answer Allah’s call will go to hell. 13:18

Allah leads disbelievers astray while he torments them in this life. Then after they die, he makes them suffer even more pain in the doom of the Hereafter. 13:33-34

The reward for disbelievers is the Fire. 13:35

“When Allah doometh there is none that can postpone His doom.” 13:41

Woe unto the disbelievers. Theirs will be an awful doom. 14:2

Those who are in hell will be forced to drink festering water which they can hardly swallow. They will want to die, but they will not be able to. Theirs is a harsh doom. 14:16-17

There is no escape from Allah’s doom. 14:21

“Lo! for wrong-doers is a painful doom.” 14:22

Allah leads wrong-doers astray and then sends them to hell. 14:27-29

“They set up rivals to Allah that they may mislead (men) from His way. Say: Enjoy life (while ye may) for lo! your journey’s end will be the Fire.” 14:30

“Warn mankind of a day when the doom will come upon them.” 14:44

Those in hell will be chained together. Their clothing will be made of pitch and fire will cover their faces. 14:49-50

Iblis will lead humans astray. Only perfect Muslims will be safe from him. The rest will go to hell. 15:39-43

[A little background here: Iblis, created from fire, was furious against Allah, when Allah decided that man, created from clay, was its equal; Allah bestowed on Iblis the title of “Shaitan” (“Rebel”) and in order to test mankind and jinn alike, God allowed Iblis to roam the earth to attempt to convert others away from Allah’s path.]

Allah’s doom is a dolorous doom. 15:50

Allah made a roof fall in to kill unbelievers. “And the doom came on them whence they knew not.” 16:26

Disbelievers are evil and will dwell in hell forever. 16:27-29

Allah “will cause the earth to swallow” those who plan ill-deeds. The doom will come on them when they least expect it. 16:45

Theirs will be the Fire, and they will be abandoned.” 16:62

“Theirs will be a painful doom.” 16:63

“The Hour of Doom is but a twinkling of the eye.” 16:77

“When those who did wrong behold the doom, it will not be made light for them.” 16:85

Allah will add doom to doom for those who disbelieve. 16:88

Those who oppose Islam will face an awful doom. 16:94

Disbelievers will have a painful doom. 16:104

Those who loose their faith in Islam will face an awful doom. Allah’s wrath is upon them. 16:106

Those who invent lies against Allah will have a painful doom. 16:116-7

Allah made hell to be a dungeon for disbelievers. 17:8

Allah has prepared a painful doom for those who disbelieve in the Hereafter. 17:10

Allah destroyed entire towns. 17:16

How many generations Allah has destroyed since Noah! 17:17

Allah intends to burn people in hell. 17:18

“Set not up with Allah any other god, lest thou be cast into hell.” 17:39

“Lo! The doom of thy Lord is to be shunned.” 17:57

Allah will destroy every town before the Day of Resurrection. 17:58

Whoever follows Iblis will be cast into hell. 17:63

Allah will send disbelievers astray. Then he’ll burn them in hell, increasing the flames from time to time. 17:97-98

Allah has prepared a Fire for the disbelievers. When they want a shower, Allah will give them a shower of molten lead to burn their faces. 18:29

Christians will cry out to Allah’s “partners”, but they won’t hear them; Allah will send them to their doom. 18:52

Those who are condemned to the Fire know they will have no way to escape. 18:53

Nothing prevents non-Muslims from believing in Islam. So it’s their own fault when they are sent to their doom. 18:55

There is an appointed time in which the doomed will find no escape. 18:58

Allah has destroyed many towns. 18:59

On a certain day, Allah will present hell, in plain view, to the disbelievers. 18:100

Allah will welcome the disbelievers into hell. 18:102

The good works of disbelievers are all in vain. They will go to hell anyway. 18:104-105

Hell is the reward for disbelievers because they made a jest of Allah’s revelations and messengers. 18:106

“Woe unto the disbelievers from the meeting of an awful Day.”
Jesus was not the Son of God. Those who say he was (Christians) are going to hell. 19:35-37

Allah will pluck out from every sect those who should burn in hell. 19:69-70

“How many a generation have We destroyed before them?”
(Allah brags about destroying entire generations.) 19:74

Allah will prolong the lives of non-believers so they can see their punishment, either in this world or in the Hour of doom. 19:75

Allah will record what disbelievers say and then prolong their torment. 19:77-79

Allah has sent the devils on the disbelievers to confuse them. 19:83

Allah will “drive the guilty unto hell, a weary herd.” 19:86

Allah has destroyed many generations. 19:98

Allah destroyed entire towns, yet the people still disbelieved. 20:6

The people cried out for mercy, but Allah killed them anyway. 20:15

Lo! It hath been revealed unto us that the doom will be for him who denieth and turneth away.” 20:48

“There [in hell] he will neither die nor live.” 20:74

Those who do not believe Allah’s revelations will face doom in the Hereafter. 20:127

Allah has destroyed many generations. 20:128

Allah destroyed entire towns, yet the people still disbelieved. 21:6

“And one of them who should say: Lo! I am a god beside Him, that one We should repay with hell.” 21:29

Disbelievers will not be able to put out the fire on their faces and backs. They will be stupefied and no one will help them. 21:39-40

“Fear the Lord … and dread the Hour of doom.” 21:49

Every person alive at the time of the flood was evil. So Allah drowned them all. 21:77

The disbelievers will stare in terror at what Allah has in store for them. 21:97-99

When the doom of Allah comes, pregnant women will suffer miscarriages, and men will act like they are drunk. 22:1-2

The devil will guide some to the punishment of the Flame. 22:3-4

Those who turn from the way of Allah will face ignominy in this world and burning in the next. 22:9

Whoever thinks that Allah will not give Muhammad victory should go hang himself. 22:15

“There are many unto whom the doom is justly due. Allah doeth what he will.” 22:18

Disbelievers will wear garments of fire, boiling fluid will be poured on their heads, their bellies and skin will be melted, they will be tormented with iron hooks, and when they try to escape they will be driven back with the taunt: Taste the doom of burning. 22:19-22

Allah will provide the disbelievers with a painful doom. 22:25

How many towns Allah has destroyed! 22:45

“They will bid thee hasten on the Doom.” 22:47

Those who disregard Allah’s revelations are the owners of the Fire. 22:51

“Those who disbelieve will not cease to be in doubt thereof until the Hour come upon them unawares, or there come unto them the doom of a disastrous day.” 22:55

Those who disbelieve Allah’s revelations will have a shameful doom. 22:57

Those who disbelieve Allah’s revelations will burn in the Fire. 22:72

Allah told Noah not to bother pleading for the people he was about to drown. 23:27

Those who don’t believe in the Hereafter will receive extreme punishment from Allah. 23:74-77

“Those whose scales are light are those who lose their souls, in hell abiding.” 23:103

When fire burns their faces, they will be glum. 23:104

Scourge adulterers and adulteresses with 100 stripes. Do not show them any pity. Have a party of believers watch the punishment. 24:2

Those who spread slander will face an awful doom. 24:11

Those who murmur will face an awful doom. 24:14

Those who traduce virtuous, believing women … cursed are they in the world and the Hereafter. Theirs will be an awful doom.” 24:23

Disbelievers will never escape the Fire that will be their home. 24:57

Those who deny the coming of the Hour will be chained together and burned with fire. They will pray for their own destruction. 25:11-13

Allah will force the evil-doers to taste great torment. 25:19

It will be a hard day for disbelievers and wrong-doers. They will gnaw on their hands and wish they had chosen Islam. 25:26-27

“Those who will be gathered on their faces unto hell” 25:34

Those who deny Muhammad’s revelations will be destroyed. 25:36

Allah drowned everyone in the flood of Noah, and has prepared a painful doom for evil-doers. 25:37

“They [the non-Muslims] will know, when they behold the doom, who is more astray as to the road.” 25:42

“The doom of hell; lo! the doom thereof is anguish.” 25:65

Those who cry out to another god with Allah will be tormented doubly in hell. 25:68-69

“Hell will appear plainly to the erring.” 26:91

Allah killed those that ignored Hud’s warnings. 26:124-139

Allah destroyed the people in Lot’s town with a dreadful rain. 26:172-3

Many will not believe until they see the painful doom. 26:201

Those who believe in another god are doomed. 26:213

Allah leads those who do not believe in the Hereafter astray by making things work out OK in this life, so that he can torment them forever in the next. They will get the worst punishment and will be the greatest losers. 27:4-5

“Allah destroyed them and their people, every one.” 27:51

Allah sent a dreadful rain on “those who stayed behind.” 27:58

Whoever does something wrong will be thrown into the Fire. 27:90

“We made them (evil-doers) patterns that invite unto the Fire, and on the Day of Resurrection they will not be helped.” 28:40-42

Allah has completely destroyed many communities. 28:58

Allah will taunt Christians on the day of their doom, saying: Where are My partners whom ye imagined? 28:62-64

Allah caused the earth to swallow Korah. 28:79-81

Those who disbelieve in the revelations of Allah have no hope of mercy. For such there is a painful doom. 29:23

“Ye have chosen only idols instead of Allah … on the Day of Resurrection ye will deny each other and curse each other, and your abode will be the Fire, and ye will have no helpers.” 29:25

“Bring Allah’s doom upon us.” 29:29

The doom of hell will come upon disbelievers suddenly, when they least expect it. 29:53-55

The worst thing you can do is tell a lie about Allah. Hell is the home of disbelievers. 29:68

Allah seals the heart of disbelievers. (And then he burns them in the Fire.) 30:59

Those who mislead others from Allah’s way and mock Islam will have a painful doom. 31:6-7

Allah will give disbelievers a little comfort for a little while, and then he’ll torment them forever with a heavy doom. 31:23-24

Allah will fill hell with the jinn and mankind together. 32:13

Allah: Taste the doom of immortality because of what ye used to do. 32:14

Those who used to deny the Fire will be tormented in it forever. 32:20

The worst thing you can do is to deny the revelations of Allah. 32:22

He hath prepared a painful doom for the unfaithful.” 33:8

Allah cast panic into the hearts of the disbelievers. He killed some, and enslaved others. 33:25-26

Those who oppose Islam will be slain with a fierce slaughter. 33:60-61

Allah has cursed the disbelievers, and has prepared for them a flaming fire, wherein they will abide forever. 33:64-65

The disbelievers will be burned in the Fire with a double torment. 33:66-68

Those who challenge the revelations of Muhammad will have a painful doom. 34:5

Those who disbelieve in the Hereafter will be tormented. 34:8

But some of the jinn Allah burned with flaming Fire. 34:12

“They are filled with remorse when they behold the doom; and We place carcans on the necks of those who disbelieved.” 34:33

Those who strive against Allah’s revelations will be brought to the doom. 34:38

Those who worshipped the jinn will taste the doom of the Fire. 34:41

Those who ignore Allah’s messenger (Muhammad) will face a terrific doom. 34:46

Those who are cast into hell be terrified when they see that they have no escape. Then they will believe. But it will be too late. 34:51-52

The devil is real. He and his followers will burn forever in the Fire. 35:6

Those who disbelieve will have an awful doom. 35:7

“Those who plot iniquities … will have an awful doom.” 35:10

Disbelievers will burn forever in the fire of hell. Allah will keep them alive so that he can torture them forever. When they repent and ask for mercy, he will ignore them. 35:36-7

Allah has blinded the disbelievers so that they cannot see the truth. So it don’t bother warning them. They will go to hell anyway. 36:8-10

Allah has destroyed many entire generations. 36:31

If Allah feels like it, he will drown everyone. 36:43

Allah will burn the disbelievers in hell. 36:63-4

Those who “did wrong” will go to hell, and their wives will go to hell with them (no matter how they behaved). 37:22-23

Those who refuse to believe in Muhammad’s revelations will face a painful doom. 37:31-38

“Then looketh he and seeth him in the depth of hell.” 37:55

If you’re not favored by Allah, you’re doomed. 37:57

Those in hell must eat from a tree with the heads of devils, and then drink boiling water. After that they return to hell. 37:62-68

Allah drowned everyone except Noah and his family in the flood. 37:82

Allah tells Abraham in a dream to sacrifice his son. (But is the son Ishmael or Isaac?) 37:102

Only the “single-minded slaves of Allah” will be saved from the doom. 37:127-8

Allah killed everyone in Sodom except for Lot and his family. 37:136

No one is against Allah, except those who burn in hell. 37:162-3

Just wait a while and watch. The unbelievers will soon be destroyed in the doom. 37:176-9

Allah has destroyed many generations. 38:3

Those who doubt will soon taste Allah’s doom. 38:8

Those who deny the messengers deserve doom. 38:14

Those who wander from the way of Allah will have an awful doom. 38:26

Those who disbelieve will burn in the Fire. 38:27

David slashed their legs and necks (with Allah’s approval). 38:33

The transgressors will roast in the Fire and be forced to drink boiling liquids followed by ice cold drinks. 38:55-9

“Whoever did prepare this for us, oh, give him double portion of the Fire!” 38:61

Iblis asks Allah to let him hang around and mislead humans. Allah allows him to do so, and Iblis leads all humans to hell except for the single-minded slaves. Allah agrees, and plans to fill hell with Iblis and his followers. 38:79-85

Tell the disbelievers to enjoy themselves now, because later they will be owners of the Fire. 39:8

Those who disobey Allah should fear his doom. 39:13

The losers will be those who lose themselves and their families on the Day of Resurrection. They will be surrounded by fire. 39:15-16

No one will be able to help those that Allah torments in the Fire. 39:19

“Wrong-doers” will be taunted while suffering in an “awful doom.” 39:24

The doom will come upon those who deny what Allah has revealed. 39:25

Allah will make non-believers “taste humiliation in the life of the world” and ” the doom of the Hereafter” which will be even worse. 39:26

The worst thing you can do is tell a lie against Allah. The home of disbelievers is hell. 39:32

“On whom there falleth everlasting doom.” 39:40

“They … will seek to ransom themselves … from the awful doom.” 39:47

Surrender to Allah before he sends the doom upon you suddenly. 39:54-55

Disbelievers had their chance to believe. They will all suffer in an endless doom. 39:56-59

Those who lie about Allah will be sent to hell and will have their faces blackened. 39:60

Those who disbelieve will be driven into hell. 39:71-72

Allah sent an awful punishment at the time of Noah. 40:5

Those who disbelieve are the owners of the Fire. 40:6

When the doom comes, the hearts of the doomed will choke in their throats, and no one will help them. 40:18

Those who ignore Allah’s “clear proofs” will be seized and punished severely. 40:22

Disbelievers will burn forever in the Fire. 41:41-42

The prodigals will be owners of the Fire. 40:43

“A dreadful doom encompassed Pharaoh’s folk.” 40:45

The doomed will be exposed to the Fire morning and evening. 40:46

While burning in the Fire, they argue about who is to blame. 40:47

Those in hell will beg to be relieved from the Fire’s torment for just a day. But the prayer of a disbeliever is in vain. 40:49-50

Those who bicker about Allah’s revelations are filled with pride. 40:56

Those who scorn Allah will go to hell. 40:60

Those who deny the revelations of Allah are perverted. 40:63

Those who deny the Scripture and Allah’s messengers will be dragged through boiling water and thrust into the Fire. 40:70-72

Allah will taunt the Christians in hell, saying: Where are all my partners that you used to believe in? 40:73

Thus does Allah send astray the disbelievers (in his guidance). 40:74

Those who scorn will go to hell. 40:76

When they see Allah’s doom they will believe in Allah. But their faith will not save them. The disbelievers will be ruined. 40:84-85

Allah will make life miserable for those who deny his revelations and then he will torment them forever in the Hereafter. And they will not be helped. 41:15-16

“The doom of humiliation overtook them because of what they used to earn.” 41:17

The enemies of Allah will be gathered into the Fire where their skin, ears, and eyes will testify against them. 41:19-20

Non-Muslims will be tormented forever in the Fire. Allah will not have any mercy on them. 41:24

Allah will make those who disbelieve taste an awful doom. Their immortal home will be the Fire, since they denied Allah’s revelations. 41:27-28

“Lo! those who distort Our revelations are not hid from Us. Is he who is hurled into the Fire better?” 41:40

Those who disbelieve will taste hard punishment. 41:50

While some lounge in the Garden, others will roast in the Flame. 42:7

Those who argue about Allah will have his wrath upon them. Theirs will be an awful doom. 42:16

For wrong-doers there is a painful doom. 42:21

“And as for disbelievers, theirs will be an awful doom.” 42:26

Allah sometimes kills people for misbehaving. 42:34

“For such there is a painful doom.” 42:42

Allah sends some people astray and then punishes them for it by burning them in the Fire. 42:44-46

“And thou wilt see them exposed to (the Fire), made humble by disgrace.” 42:45

Those who turn people away from Islam will “be sharers in the doom.” 43:37-39

When the Egyptians angered Allah, he drowned them all. 43:55

Those who argue and do wrong will have a painful doom that will come upon them suddenly. 43:65-66

The guilty are tormented forever in hell. Allah will not relax their punishment. 43:74-75

“But they will come to know.”
Allah will torment disbelievers forever in hell. 43:88-89

Those in torment will claim to believe and ask Allah for relief. But he will refuse since they will return to their disbelief. 44:11-16

Those in hell must eat from a tree like molten brass that burns their bellies. Then boiling water will be poured on their heads. 44:43-48

“He hath saved them [Muslims] from the doom of hell.”
(Everyone else is going to hell.) 44:56

Those who hear and reject Allah’s revelations are sinful liars. Give them tidings of a painful doom. 45:7-8

Those who joke about Allah’s revelations will go to hell. Theirs will be a shameful doom. 45:9-10

Those who disbelieve in Allah’s revelations will have an awful doom of wrath. 45:11

“Your habitation is the Fire, and there is none to help you.” 45:34

Disbelievers will be rewarded with the ignominious doom of the Fire. 46:20

Serve only Allah or face the doom of a tremendous day. 46:21

The guilty will face a wind with a painful torment. 46:25

Allah has destroyed entire towns. 46:27

If you believe Muhammad, Allah will forgive some of your sins and protect you from the painful doom (that he plans to torture everyone else with). 46:31

Allah will taunt the disbelievers that he torments in the fire, saying: “Taste the doom for that ye disbelieved.” 46:34

Smite the necks of the disbelievers whenever you fight against them. Those who die fighting for Allah will be rewarded. 47:4

Allah will damn the disbelievers and make all their actions fruitless. 47:8-9

Disbelievers may eat and be happy now, but the Fire will be their final home. 47:12

Those in the Garden will drink delicious wine, while those in the Fire will drink boiling water that will tear apart their intestines. 47:15

Allah curses people by making them deaf and blind. 47:23

Angels will gather them together and smite their faces and backs. 47:27

Those who think an evil thought concerning Allah will be cursed and sent to hell by him. 48:6

Allah has prepared a flame for the disbelievers. 48:13

If you refuse to fight for Allah, he will punish you with a painful doom. 48:16

“Whoso turneth back, him will He punish with a painful doom.” 48:17

But if you’re willing to fight for Allah, he will provide you with lots of booty. 48:19-20

Allah punished those who disbelieved with a painful punishment. 48:25

Those with Muhammad are ruthless toward disbelievers and merciful toward themselves. 48:29

Allah will hurl those who believe in another god into a dreadful doom. 50:26

“We say unto hell: Art thou filled? and it saith: Can there be more to come?”
Allah talks to hell about it’s occupancy level. 50:30

Allah has destroyed many entire generations. 50:36

Accursed are the conjecturers who ask: When is the Day of Judgment? It is the day they will be tormented by the Fire. 51:10-14

“We left behind therein a portent for those who fear a painful doom.” 51:37

Lo! the doom of thy Lord will surely come to pass.” 52:7

Those who deny the existence of hell will be thrust into its Fire. 52:11-16

“Their Lord hath warded off from them the torment of hell-fire.”
(Everyone else is going to hell — and the believers are all okay with that.) 52:18

“Allah hath been gracious unto us and hath preserved us from the torment of the breath of Fire.” 52:27

Allah sent a storm of stones on Lot’s folk, killing all but Lot’s family. 54:34

The suffering in hell will be more wretched and bitter than anything experienced on earth. 54:46-48

Allah destroyed many people, but does anyone remember anymore? 54:51

“There will be sent, against you both, heat of fire and flash of brass, and ye will not escape.” 55:35

The guilty deny hell. But after they die they go circling between it and fierce, boiling water. 55:43-44

But those on his left hand will face scorching wind, scalding water, and black smoke. 56:42-43

Those who deny Allah and the Hereafter will eat from the Zaqqum tree and drink boiling water. 56:51-54

Allah will welcome the rejecters and erring with boiling water and a roasting in the hell fire. 56:92-94

Those who disbelieve or doubt the revelations of Allah will be face the doom. 57:13-14

The home of disbelievers is the Fire, a hapless journey’s end. 57:15

Those who disbelieve and deny Allah’s revelations are the owners of the fire. 57:19

For disbelievers is a painful doom. 58:4

For disbelievers is a shameful doom. 58:5

Those who disobey Muhammad will go to hell. 58:8

Don’t make friends with Allah’s enemies. For those who do so, Allah has prepared a dreadful doom. 58:14-15

Those who turn others away from the way of Allah will have a shameful doom. They are rightful owners of the Fire. 58:16-17

Allah cast fear into the hearts of the disbelieving People of the Scripture. Their home in the Hereafter will be the Fire. 59:2-3

The disbelievers fear the believers more than Allah. 59:13

The devil and disbelievers will be in the Fire. 59:16-17

Allah loves those who fight for him. 61:4

“O ye who believe! Shall I show you a commerce that will save you from a painful doom?” 61:10

Those who disbelieve will have a painful doom. 64:5

Those who disbelieve are the owners of the Fire. 64:10

The fuel of the Fire is men and stones. 66:6

Be stern with disbelievers. They are going to Hell anyway. 66:9

Allah has prepared for the devils a doom of flame. 67:5

Disbelievers will go to hell where they will hear its roaring and boiling. 67:6-7

Who will protect the disbelievers from a painful doom? (Nobody) 67:28

Those who consider the Qur’an to be “mere fables” will be branded on the nose.68:15-16

Those who do not believe in Allah will be chained up and cast into hell-fire where they will eat filth. 69:30-35

“Lo! it is the fire of hell Eager to roast.” 70:15

Doom is about to fall on all disbelievers. Only worshippers (Muslims) and those who preserve their chastity (except with their wives and slave girls) will be spared from “the fires of hell” that are “eager to roast.” 70:1-30

“Lo! the doom of their Lord is that before which none can feel secure” (except for maybe those who are fearful of it). 70:27-28

Disbelievers will enter hell with frantic with fear, knowing they will be tortured forever by Allah. 70:36, 44

Allah sent Noah to warn people about the painful doom he was planning to send. (It didn’t work out well; Allah sent it anyway.) 71:1

Those that Allah drowned in Noah’s flood were then tortured forever in the Fire. 71:25

Noah asked Allah to drown all the disbelievers. 71:26

The fires of hell will be fueled with the bodies of idolators and unbelievers. They will experience an ever-greater torment. 72:15-17

Those who disobey Allah and his messenger will dwell forever in the fire of hell. 72:23

Allah will take care of the deniers. He will tie them up, burn them in a raging fire, and feed them food that chokes them. 73:11-13

The last day will be a day of anguish for disbelievers. 74:9-10

Those who are stubborn to Allah’s revelations will face a fearful doom. 74:16-17

The fire of hell shrivels humans and spares nothing. 74:27-29

Allah has appointed angels to tend the Fire and has prepared stumbling blocks for those who disbelieve. He sends some people (whoever he wants) astray. 74:31

Those who pay attention to this life and ignore the Hereafter will suffer forever in hell. 75:20-29

The doom is coming soon. 75:35

Allah has prepared chains, manacles, and a raging fire for the disbelievers. 76:4

Allah has prepared a painful doom for evil-doers. 76:31

Allah destroyed “the former folk.” 77:16

Woe unto the repudiators on that day! 77:19, 77:24, 77:28, 77:34, 77:40, 77:45, 77:49

Depart unto that doom which ye used to deny.” 77:29

Those who deny the revelations given to Muhammad will burn forever in hell. 78:21-30

“Lo! We warn you of a doom at hand, a day whereon a man will look on that which his own hands have sent before, and the disbeliever will cry: ‘Would that I were dust!’” 78:40

Those who rebel by choosing this life over the next will go to hell. 79:37-39

The wicked will burn in hell forever. 82:14-16

Those who reject Allah’s revelations will burn in hell. 83:10-17

The disbelievers used to laugh at the believers. But the final laugh will be on them. 83:29-36

Some folks will be thrown into a scorching fire. 84:11-12

Disbelievers will be given a painful doom. 84:22-24

“(Self-)destroyed were the owners of the ditch Of the fuel-fed fire.” 85:4-5

Those who persecute Muslims, without repenting, will burn in hell. 85:10

Those who are flung into the great Fire will neither live nor die. 87:12-13

On that day many will be sad and weary. Scorched by the fire, drinking boiling water, with only bitter thorn-fruit to eat. 88:2-7

Allah will punish disbelievers with the direst punishment. 88:23-24

Allah poured the disaster of His punishment upon those who rebelled against him. 89:11-13

Those who disbelieve Allah’s revelations will have the Fire placed over them like an awning. 90:19-20

“Allah doomed them for their sin” and burned their houses. 91:14

Those who deny Allah’s revelations must endure the flaming fire. 92:14-16

Allah will grab those who deny His guidance by the forelock and call the guards of hell. 96:13-18

Those who disbelieve will abide in the fire of hell. They are the worst of created beings. 98:6

What is the Calamity? It is a day when dead people’s bodies will be scattered like moths, consumed in a raging fire. 101:1-11

Allah will show humans hellfire and then he will ask them about pleasure. 102:5-7

Some rich folks will be flung into the Consuming One, the fire of Allah. 104:4-6

Abu Lahab will die and be plunged in flaming Fire. His wife will have on her neck a halter of palm fiber. 111:1-

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This was the Qur’an, the most basic, sacred text of Islam, because it is the word of God Himself. Who is this “god”, and do we want to trust him with nuclear bombs? (Reminder: the author supports pacific nuclear energy, even in Iran, and I have explained why this is no contradiction, but complementary.)

There are many other basic texts in Islam, such as the Hadith (gossip about what Muhammad, and other sacred ones, were heard saying, supposedly) and the Sunna (gossip on how Muhammad lived). They are more of the same. Example:

Narrated Al-Mughira: I heard the Prophet Muhammad saying, “Ascribing false things to me is not like ascribing false things to anyone else. Whosoever tells a lie against me intentionally then surely let him occupy his seat in Hell-Fire.” … (Sahih al-Bukhari 2.378, cf. 1.106-108).

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Conclusion:

Steven Colbert asked the singer formerly known as “Cat Stevens” why he became a Muslim. Cat Stevens (born Steven Demetre Georgiou) now calls himself “Yusuf Islam”. Yusuf answered that what impresses him the most in Islam is that Muslims say “Salam” to each other, and “Salam” means “peace”. Thus, said “Yusuf” when you are around Muslims all you hear all day long is “Peace”, “Peace”, “Peace”. But why to obsess about peace? Is it compromised? How come one has to call for it constantly? Is not the one who is beaten up calling for peace? Well the text above was answer enough.

 

Patrice Ayme

RELIGIOUS FASCISM ORIENTAL GENESIS.

June 21, 2009

ORIENTAL ROME SUBMITTED TO FASCO-PLUTOCRATIC RELIGION, IRAN GETS THE FRUITS.

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Intro: What is going on in Iran did not originate there. And it’s not just a question of the 1953 CIA instigated Shiite coup. Way back, at the origin of Christo-Islamism, was the turn that Oriental Rome did not take, as it imploded into feverish theocratic terror.

In other words, the rise of the West occurred because, there, Christianism, or more exactly Orthodox Catholicism, was made into a philosophical minority, subservient to the (Pagan) political authority of the Franks (OK, the Franks claimed to be Catholic, and they made their own version of Catholicism; but, truly, they were, in their practice, Pagan).

This anti-Christian mood of the European civilization lasted until the murderous craziness of the crusades, which culminated with religious fevers, such as the Reformation, Inquisition and many religious wars, a full 1,000 years after Constantinople went off the deep end. (And it did not last very long, as political powers put a clamp on the various Christian sects, after a few centuries of religious madness, say 1100 CE to 1700 CE). A running analogy with the USA and the EU is made.

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I am preparing another study on theocratized fascism, contrasting what happened in the “Occidental Part” of the Roman empire, and what happened in the “Oriental Part”. It is highly relevant to the situation in Iran, and relevant to the rise of religion in the USA, as plutocracy grew. Here is a foretaste.

Basically, because of the German invasions around 400 CE, several types of tolerance were imposed on the “Occidental Part”. The overlords were a minority, so they made sure that respecting minorities was the majority of feelings expressed.

In a violent contrast, having been preserved from the Germans, the “Oriental Part” (“Pars Orientalis”) went the exact opposite way, not just inventing and practicing so called Caesaropapism, but even engaging in massive holocausts, and severe state religious oppression, and monumental intellectual fascism.

This murderous religious “Orthodox Catholic” craziness in the “Oriental Part” led to a tremendous, morally erroneous war with Sassanid Persia. Persia was defending civilization, whereas the self proclaimed “Orthodox Catholic” theo-dictatorship in Constantinople was destroying it.

Both Persia and Oriental Rome came out of that war exhausted, and the Arab army to the south was not paid, while all Christians of the Middle East and Egypt hated Constantinople’s tendency to massacre all Christians who did not agree that 3 = 1 (the absurdity of the so called “Trinity”). The result was that the Arab army revolted against its non paying “Roman” paymasters: even before Muhammad came out of Medina, Gaza and other Arab cities had revolted, because of this absence of payments. Muhammad and his successors exploited it quickly, and, of course Islam exploded, a logical derivative and extension of emperor Justinian’s religious terrorism (relative to Justinian’s crazed Catholicism, Islam was very enlightened).

Next, the more tolerant, less religiously obsessed West, stopped the Arab and Berber armies (721-737 CE), in “Francia”, in the name of secularism, or more exactly, in the name of “Europe” (not in the name of Christianism). This indirectly destroyed the Arab Caliphate (it was replaced by the much more sophisticated Persian Caliphate, 750 CE).

Then the Franks, not satisfied with repelling Islam from Western Europe, all the way down to Sicily, wiped out Constantinople, Oriental Rome, as an independent entity (1204 CE).
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THE LORD OWNS EVERYTHING, THUS SO DO BANKERS AND AYATOLLAHS:
In any case, Caesaropapism had allowed plutocratic corruption to marry superstitious religion, solidifying both. Superstitious religion encourages submission, because, being unbelievable, it trains people to believe whatever, making them docile to absurdly abusive masters. That is why as plutocracy grows, so does the encouragement for organized superstition, and the more absurd, the better, a phenomenon clearly observable in the USA in recent years (Bush was told by God to invade Iraq, remember, and each American politician orders God to “Bless America”).

Plutocracy, the reign of the few, the rich, the special, is naturally deified and sort of incarnated by that ultimate plutocrat, God, who owns everything, but never has enough, and wants your mind and your heart too. Ali Khamenei, Iran Supreme Guide (not to be confused with the ex “Guide” of the Germans) just informed us that God is of the opinion that the Iranian religious dictatorship is what is best for Iran (nothing like being sure of one’s connection with God, especially if one goes about, killing people, that is why the SS had “God With Us” on their belts: “Gott Mit Uns”).

How does one get there? Having leaders telling People what God wants? And ordering God around? How does one get to the point that leaders, such as Bush, or Khamenei, can justify killing people in the name of the ultimate plutocrat, up in sky? Well, one gets there through odious little steps, always further down the road of mental indecency, and also, let’s be blunt, increasing mental incapacity.

Here is The Wall Street Journal, 6/18/2009: “Some executives at banks propped up by government aid have retained a coveted perk: personal use of the company jet. Flight records show numerous occasions when banks receiving federal money have flown their planes to destinations near resorts or executives’ vacation homes, including spots in Europe, Mexico, the Caribbean, south Florida and Aspen, Colo. In some cases, it’s clear that bank executives were traveling for personal reasons; for other flights, many of which were over weekends or holidays, the passengers and purpose couldn’t be established.”

And the WSJ to explain that some jets waited more than a week on the runways of exotic locales as the executives’ families relaxed. Some of these flights cost more than $90,000 (without counting the cost of the waiting jets and crews). (For more information: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124536271699529031.html#mod=djemalertNEWS.)

So what is going on in the USA? How come this is tolerated? The bankers and their shadows feel they own the country, and the People does not care enough, does not feel enough outrage, to go in the streets as the outraged Iranians do. So they pay and shut up. Americans, like the proverbial frog, are boiled very slowly, so they do not resent it, whereas the Iranians have noticed that they are being jerked around.

But can a country be owned by bankers and their shadows only? Can it go on that way? No. Ultimately, a country owned by the few becomes dysfunctional because plutocrats care first about themselves, and, in the fullness of time, it leaves the country with nothing. That is what happened to Rome. And here is the reason: if there is no democratic control of the basics of investing, there cannot be a true democracy.
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ONLY A DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT CAN INVEST FOR THE PEOPLE:
In the economic system as it is in the USA, bankers, and their shadows, by deciding who gets the money, create the economy. They create which enterprises, which sectors, which activities are worth, in their opinion, investing in. But this is their private opinion, oriented towards their own profits and, maybe, if they so please, those of shareholders they supposedly take care of.

And the question is, once those bankers and their shadows are done, does this economy do anything the People want, or even anything the People need? The latest crisis, and the state of the present economy of the USA show that the answer to both is a resounding no. One has just to look at: decaying health care, deindustrialization, and a median income stagnant or going down for decades, and an economy that is losing its comparative advantages in so many ways that it is incapable of maintaining its independence.

Hence the economy is too important to be left to bankers. Somehow the place of the state (hopefully elected by the People, not bankers) has to grow. So the question becomes: how do you control plutocracy, once it has got out of control? It is not easy. Once the influence of private interests on government has grown enough, very little stop them.

An extraneous example: eleven French engineers were killed by a bomb in Pakistan. It was assumed that it was Al Qaeda. But yesterday two French antiterrorist judges informed the families that it was actually agents of the Pakistani government, who were unsatisfied by how much money they got under the table. Those unsatisfied greedy types did the deed.

The point: after some degree of expectation is reached, the powerful will not be held by anything, to keep getting the power they view as their due. It does not matter if it is in Pakistan, or Iran, or Zimbabwe.

Back to the USA: ten days ago or so, a Congressman, Collins Peterson, said in the New York Times about bankers and Congress: “They run the place”.

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TO RISE MORAL STANDARDS TROUGH TAXATION, OR NOT NOT TO RISE THEM THROUGH PREACHING SUPERSTITION, SUCH IS THE CONFUSION:

When moral expectations are too low for the main economic actors, one gets an economy that has no morality. And, as I pointed out, ultimately, no performance.

To fix that, moral standards have to rise again. A place to start is by limiting compensation. In Europe, main street is asking for it, just as in Iran main street is asking for the right to change the government. But what is main street asking for in the USA? Did it get bad enough yet? In Iran, or Europe, people know that a government not representing them can make things turn immensely bad in daily life.

But the population of the USA does not have such collective painful memory. So the Obama administration is in a difficult position, trying to impose on bankers something the People did not ask for.

Plus, a major problem is that international corporations are able to declare profits in low tax jurisdictions (part of the tax heaven problem). A triage of what needs to be addressed first is of the essence. By inventing new methods for limiting the powers of rich individuals overseas first (fixing the tax heavens abroad), it may be just a question of translating them back in the USA (fixing the compensation heavens at home).

We will see what Obama does. In the core of Europe, the danger has been perceived. Europeans know well that weak taxes mean a weak state, thus a weak People. This notion is less important in the USA, where the government is much less of the People (the increasingly boiling frog), and much more of the plutocracy. That is why Obama feels it is an important part of his duty as American leader to give religious lessons to the world. Just as Khameini does in Iran. Both claim to defend “God”, the omnipotent one.

Why does omnipotence need to be defended? Because, after all, it’s not omnipotent? But then, if it is not, what is it, that Bush, Khamenei and Obama need to defend? When Obama tells Europeans that women ought to be dressed as tents, because God ordered it, what does that mean? Does that mean Obama teaches God to European democracy, and knows best, just as Khamenei knows best?

Superstitious religion is strong in the USA, because plutocracy is strong. Superstitious religion is strong in Iran, and people there use the euphemism “corruption”. The French revolution was made against the Clergy (the same Clergy, basically which gives the orders in Iran). It’s all very classic, and it was all written down first by Constantine, Theodosius and Justinian and their numerous fanatical theo-fascist colleagues (312 CE to ~ 600 CE). Those most cataclysmic of the Christian Caliphs caused the Dark Ages, antijudaism, antisemitism, the destruction of books and free thinking. among other disasters. They too, were leading the nation, and telling people who and what to worship and how to get dressed.   
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Patrice Ayme
http://patriceayme.com/

http://tyranosopher.blogspot.com/

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Notes: 1) Obama, Cairo, 4 June 2009: “I consider it part of my responsibility as President of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear.” In other words, Obama wants to pose as Defender of Islam, the exact official title and duty of the Khalifa (Caliph = Successor). Welcome to the secular republic of the USA, version lost its head in an accident.

On religion in general, here is Obama’s illuminated position: “Moreover, freedom in America is indivisible from the freedom to practice one’s religion.” I guess Aztecs, Carthaginians, Maoris and old Celts are welcome back, and free to engage in human sacrifices. Hawaiian long pig, anybody? Oh, human sacrifices would violate democratic law? Um… I guess, then, democracy will have to surrender. Too bad. Anyway, democracy had already to surrender to plutocracy, so it better keep trained to submit. (Applause.)

2) Islam nearly wiped out the much more advanced and non fascist Zoroastrianism (the 3,000 years old religious-philosophical advance on the even older Mazdaism), the old religion of Iran. It opposed truth to lie, and that is clearly because of this opposition that Sassanid Persia found itself at war against the fascist-obscurantist power of the theocrats in Constantinople.  

Islam mostly wiped out Zoroastrianism through a succession of tricks. Paradoxically, as Iran took control of the Caliphate (750 CE), it was in the Iranian interest to stay Muslim. But it was a very relaxed form of Islam, complete with see through blouses… Obscurantism can grow on its own: Khamenei is waiting for the Mahdi, the Hidden Imam, who will return with the oligarchic “company of his chosen ones”… With, or without Jesus… Don’t ask…

NUCLEAR ECOLOGY INEVITABLE

June 19, 2009

THE POLLUTION FROM COAL IS WAY WORSE THAN IT IS FELT TO BE. IT HAS TO BE DISCONTINUED, AND NUCLEAR WILL HELP.

Abstract: Coal is ‘base load” energy in many countries, and poisons, earth, wind, ocean, and life. With present technology, we need to bring nuclear energy out of the closet, lest we want to destroy civilization.

In the Arctic, mercury vapor in the air condenses, and poisons everything. It comes from burning coal. Burning coal produces billions of tons of various wastes.  By comparison, the yearly High Level Waste from nuclear energy, worldwide, is 12,000 tons, and most of that is actually precious nuclear fuel, and could be reused in advanced nuclear reactors.

The arguments against nuclear have to do NOT with principle, but with execution (that is, law and practice). In other words, clean nuclear is just a matter of deciding to have it. Not so with coal.

Nuclear fission is part of a carbon free future, not because it’s so pretty, but because there is nothing better, for now. Let those that think otherwise rise, and whine. Thanks logics, and truth, Obama, and now the Congress of the USA, have decided to spend around 20 billions towards nuclear.

A good decision, but, to help the world’s ecology, and the world economy, research into advanced reactors (generation IV and V) has to be pushed much more.

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WHEN BIG IS SO BIG THAT DETAILS ARE IRRELEVANT:

Some republican senators are huffing and puffing about the “cost” of Obama’s health bill. But as Obama and Larry Summers have pointed out, the aim, and intrinsic nature of the health plan, is to save money, for the entire nation. The Obama health plan targets cost to the nation first, so to brandish its cost to sub-entities is irrelevant. Revealingly, the right’s counterproposal is to give tax breaks for private insurance, another case of taxing the poor to help the rich.

Morality? When it’s big enough, the big picture makes details irrelevant. Same with nukes: the big picture there, too, is to save cost. This time the cost is measured in world pollution.
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IMMENSELY LETHAL MULTIBILLION TONS WASTE PROBLEM FROM COAL:
Energy from burning renewable carbon allowed ever greater human comfort and population for one million years. But now we are desperate, and burning non renewable 300 million years old fossils, on an inconceivable scale. The waste produced pollutes the atmosphere massively, collapsing the climate, and more than half of the pollution goes in the oceans. There the CO2 reacts with H2O, acidifying the oceans. Moreover, since coal is extracted from the ground, it comes out with lots of poisons, such as radioactivity and mercury. The mercury goes into all the large animals of the sea, slowly killing them and making them poisonous. Officially coal extraction kills about 2,000 miners in China a year, but it’s rumored to be ten times this. In the USA, pollution caused by coal officially kills 24,000, and probably much more.

 

“Hands down, coal is by far the dirtiest pollutant,” said Dan Jaffe, an atmospheric scientist at the University of Washington who has detected pollutants from Asia on peaks in Oregon and Washington. “It is a pretty bad fuel on all scores.” China burns about two billion tons of coal (2009) and its inky smoke contains at least 600 tons of MERCURY VAPOR. In sixty years, that would be 36,000 tons. scaled up to the entire world, we get about 100,000 tons. In the atmosphere, and then in the ocean. Interestingly really high energy nuclear waste in the USA is said, to be 60,000 tons. Yes, mercury is about just as bad.  (To be fully honest, the coal burning in the USA is supposed to pollute the air with only as a third of the mercury as China; still hundreds of tons a year).

A by product of burning coal is coal ash, a hazardous substance, if there ever was one, although it is not regulated as such. It contains plenty of heavy metals, arsenic and selenium, that have leached into waterways, and sometimes has apparently induced cancer rates as high as 1 in 50 for those living near the worst sites.
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MOST NUCLEAR “WASTE” IS ACTUALLY PRECIOUS FUEL:
Nuclear energy development was started by France (1938), and then propagated to Britain and the USA. The idea was to atom bomb the Nazis, before they got there first. Japan had also no less than three frantic nuclear programs, but got atom bombed first. Then attention turned towards Stalin, and his minion, Krutchev. Krutchev, in 1956, during his invasion of Hungary, where he was killing 36,000 Hungarians, threatened to atom bomb Paris and London. In this ambiance, nuclear energy was long axed around bombs, to stop fascism whatever it took. Thus corners were cut, even in the West, and the death of hundreds of thousands (!), or long term pollution, was no a primary consideration (see note).

The nuclear waste problem is caused by what has now become primitive, ridiculously inefficient technology. Brick walls are also a problem, because if one bangs one’s head too hard on them, one dies. Not to say that nuclear waste is an excellent thing. It is a very bad thing. But High Level Waste augments by 12,000 tons a year, worldwide, that’s two stories piled up above a basket ball court. Just the Chinese waste from coal is several billion tons a year, spread into the atmosphere, falling and flowing into the sea.

Panicky anguish from Greenpeace asserts that nuclear materials (say Plutonium 239, half life 24,000 years) would have to be contained for 240,000 years. This is much better than the containment one would need for fossil fuel, though. If one put 1,000 tons of gasoline in a tank, one would have to contain it for one billion years. At least, with Plutonium 239, it would be all gone after a million years, from its natural decay. Now, of course, why would Greenpeace want to store gasoline forever? Why not to burn it, instead? So, sure, Greenpeace would put the fuel in boats and philosophically correctly go harass whalers somewhere. After a while, Greenpeace would have burned all the gasoline, and would not need to store it anymore: problem solved. So the question to Greenpeace is this: why not to burn the Plutonium 239, too? Well, in the past one did not know how to burn Pu 239. But advanced reactors can be designed to burn whatever.

But first thing first. First of all, nuclear energy in the USA uses an open cycle. The nuclear fuel is burned once in the USA, using only 1% of the energy inside. Then the fuel, being contaminated by decay products, cannot be used anymore in the primitive reactors. Those are so finicky that when the fuel is not just so, they stop working. So the mostly unused fuel is disposed of. But of course it’s very dangerous, since it still has 99% of its energy, or so. The USA has thus accumulated 60,000 tons of this so called “Highly Level nuclear Waste”. Except it’s not waste. It’s as if when fueling up a tank with 15 gallons, use just a pound, one would re-extract the rest and store it in a shed in the courtyard. Dangerous and wasteful, sure. But also perfectly idiotic.

Instead, France uses a more advanced CLOSED CYCLE. French engineers, may be exaggerating, claim that, if they have enough of them, they can mix any transuranic elements and make them into fuel. That mix is known as MOX (Mixed OXyde). Nowadays, French reactors use only MOX. The French are so good at MOX, they MOXed plutonium warheads from the arsenal of the USA (making bombs into fuel). Advanced reactors can burn that waste, because, in truth, that waste is fuel. The great fear of having to wait 240,000 years with Greenpeace turns into 200 years at most in some cases. (The real problem may come from low level nuclear waste from industrial and medical sources.)

NUCLEAR HELP SOLVE THE WORLD WASTE PROBLEM:
Today’s industry and agriculture are NOT sustainable. Not only this, but they are absolute, clear, and present disasters. All the hysteria about nuclear waste has diverted from observing much worse pollution. For example agricultural areas that have been intensely cultivated for at least 3,000 years in France are now sitting on poisonous groundwater, thanks to fertilizers, and the like (it’s not me who says it, but the European authorities in charge of enforcing basic safety, and they want to fine France). Swiss studies have shown that land devastated by fertilizers and other standard chemicals is so deeply dead and poisonous, it would take many millennia to recover, if not much more. Some will scoff, and ask what it has to do with nukes. Simple: the scaling up of old obsolete technologies has become unsustainable. It may be time to do away with a lot of them. Maybe cutting forests to grow sugar cane or corn should be discontinued, and agriculture should be grown without soils (so called “hydroponics”). The efficiency is very high, the pollution minimal. All what’s needed is energy.
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NO UNSOLVABLE SAFETY PROBLEM WITH NUCLEAR:
People legitimately worry about nuclear reactors exploding. But that all depends upon how they are built. A nuclear bomb is made to “burn”, or more exactly fracture by chain reaction a lot of uranium or plutonium nuclei in a short time. But, similarly a napalm bomb is made to burn lots of fossil fuel in the shortest time. The famous Chernobyl reactor, which underwent a nuclear explosion of sort, and a dramatic meltdown, was designed like a bomb (it had a positive heat coefficient, and a positive void coefficient, among other absurdities), moreover the operators forcefully removed all the safeties (they wanted to see if the reactor would cool down with absolutely all the safeties removed). The reactor tried to shut down, but the operators kept on overriding it. Some similar will to override the safety mechanisms animated the operators at Tree Mile Island. But because the reactor type was not as dangerous, things did not get as bad. Moreover Three Mile Island had a containment building, which Chernobyl did not.

Containment buildings can be made arbitrarily strong. Just make them as strong as giant Nazi submarine installations in France, and they will last forever (and in particular resist to anything may be even a nuclear bomb).

Advanced reactors tend, and can be designed, to have a negative temperature coefficients: if temps go up, or anything goes wrong, the nuclear reactions stop, on their own. It is just a matter of a more sophisticated design. There was the same problem with train brakes: initially power had to be applied for trains to brake. There were spectacular accidents, with hundreds killed. Then it got to be understood that it was better to apply power to prevent trains from braking. Clever change of design, no more accidents. 
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BANNING MILITARIZED NUCLEAR GOES THROUGH INSPECTING CIVILIAN NUCLEAR:
As North Korea demonstrates, the world cannot control rogue states that want to go militarily nuclear. Now that North Korea has threatened us with nuclear war, the ultimate rampart is to have better technology, and win that war. To prevent getting there with other countries, there is no choice but an intrusive program of inspections, worldwide, as world nuclear disarmament proceeds apace. Pacific nuclear energy would allow to give a pretext for such intrusive inspections.
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COULD WIND, SOLAR AND SEA REPLACE NUCLEAR?
Solar has a great future, and should be pushed to the maximum. The best, latest photovoltaics in the lab are competitive with anything. Still, there is an energy storage problem: solar does not produce 24/7, except in the polar regions, half the year. This cannot be solved partly by pumping water up into the same dams nuclear energy also replenishes in the middle of the night, but it will allow to draw down the dams less. Another problem is that the best sites are in the desert, far from cities, or wet, cold, and dark lands. Thus big electric grids will have to be built, but those are sensitive to terrorism and decay, besides being expensive eyesores.

Wind has been pushed as an alternative, but, first, it’s not base load: it’s not present 24/7, as nuclear is. There is deeper major conceptual problem with wind. Indeed the world atmosphere is a CARNOT ENGINE. It transforms the difference between a heat source and a cold sink into motion: winds and sea currents. The problem is that, as the planet warms up, the cold sinks, the poles, are warming up much faster. That will accelerate as the ice is lost, and heat is absorbed there instead of being reflected back to space. It is known what happens in the end: dinosaurs in Alaska and Antarctica, roamed the forests. At this point, there will no more Carnot engine, and normal winds will stop. it is already well know that on the day where more power is needed, on the hottest days, the wind, in places such as Texas, tends to die.

That means the winds could die. (Giant hurricanes and super thunderstorms would increasingly happen, though; recently in the Inter tropical Convergence Zone thunder storm clouds (“mesocyclones”) going up 20 kilometers have been observed.) already claims have been made that the world wide average of wind speed went down 10% in thirty years. This is grave for wind energy, because a decrease of 10% in wind speed leads to a decrease of 30% in efficiency (above 100 km/h, wind resistance, hence power is proportional to the cube of the speed).
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WHAT’S LEFT?
Well, geothermal and the energy of the sea. Geothermal works, but not everywhere, and it’s not clear (to me) how it will age, outside of volcanic zones (plants exist in California and France). Another problem is that geothermal will cause some quakes (it did cause a 3,4 Richter quake in Basel in 2006; it could be argued that in quaking zones, it could relieve built up stress, though: Basel was ravaged by an 8 Richter quake in 1356 CE…). But the energy is enormous (thousands of times what the USA uses).

The energy of the sea comes in various forms, from sea current to temperature differences. France has operated a large tide power plant since 1966 (the 240 MW Rance plant). More are coming, and various sea currents turbines are tested around Britain and France. Such turbines are much more dependable and powerful than wind mills. Plants using the difference of temps between sea surface and the depths are possible on paper, a large prototype is planned in Hawai’i.  But, with the sea, the devil is in the barnacles.

Also, of course, there are fuel cells: they are much more efficient than Carnot engines (which all nuclear reactors are). The hydrogen they would use would have to be produced cleanly from the sun or from advanced high temperature nuclear reactors. Meanwhile the hydrogen can be produced from natural gas (not perfect, but not bad). Weirdly, the department of energy has decided to stop supporting research in fuel cell cars (although Honda, Ford and GM have demonstrated what looked like very promising fuel cell cars, Dr. Chu decided to ax that, and when Science magazine, an institution representing the AAAS came to ask questions in May 2009, Dr. Chu refused to explain; it all sounds childish and irrational!)

Efficiency is a must. It means high speed electric trains, clean cars, efficient houses and factories, compact cities. It means a carbon tax.

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THE SCALING UP AND SUBSIDY PROBLEM:

To establish a new energy source often takes 50 years. In any case, it requires a lot of energy. So one needs energy to get more energy.

That is a big problem with wind. If my reasoning above of the earth as a Carnot engine is true, the wind could die on us. Since if wind speed goes down 10% wind energy down 30%, wind is problematic as a long term solution to heating. As I said. On the other hand, thanks to coal, to cook eggs, any stone will do.

A bit more subtle is the problem of having enough energy to scale up new energy sources. First, you don’t want to depend in a major way on a source that may die on you (wind). But conventional photovoltaic based on silicon has the problem too that it requires a lot of energy to make the crystal. So it scales up poorly as a new energy source, because it takes so much energy to make it. That’s why it was important to find cheaper ways to make photovoltaics (and they are now for sale).

Many will say that nuclear is subsidized. Maybe, but much less so than coal, or oil, or a fortiori renewables. Roads get a subsidy of more than 100 billion dollars a year from the general budget of the USA. Now civil nuclear energy (including the grotesque Chernobyl explosion) has killed very few people, whereas coal kills enormously, and the coal catastrophe gets  ever worse.  It’s high time we all stop breathing mercury vapor.
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Conclusion: REAL ECOLOGISTS HATE COAL: The keeper of official US government stats, the EIA says that: “Fossil fuels supply 85 percent of the primary energy consumed in the United States and are responsible for 98 percent of emissions of carbon dioxide.” We are talking about making as many dents in the 85% as possible. I doubt charging windmills can do it. Britain is not happy with its huge wind power deployment: the winds are synchronized, from Cornwall to Scotland. They all die down together, and I gave a new argument for wind energy being more problematic in the future, as heat goes up. Wind energy is at risk of the entire planet becoming a warm still blanket, as it used to be. The sun is a great hope, and is no doubt coming.

Fossil fuels, especially coal, are an unmitigated disaster. All and any talk about clean coal is just propaganda: there cannot be such a thing, except by making coal too expensive.

Nuclear has to take some of the base load energy production, and the more advanced it is, the better. Besides, it will help the economy of the USA considerably, because advanced materials and techniques of advanced reactors will provide the USA with comparative advantage, leaving China behind in the (coal) dust.
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Patrice Ayme.
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Notes: 1)  My bare minimum for immediate ecological relief: I would put a massive worldwide carbon tax and tax aviation fuels, both with the effect of impacting massively international exchanges of goods and people; I would also extend the European Union Value Added Tax of a minimum 15% to the entire planet, to reduce consumption; I would re-people vast expenses of the developed world with man trampling, man eating mega fauna, and evacuate human abuse from most of the land surface.

2) During the fifties, nuclear fission explosions above the ground created intense radioactive pollution in the following weeks, which seems to have killed hundreds of thousands (from epidemiological studies, for example as hospitals observed consequences of nuclear fall out on New England from bombs exploding in Nevada). Abysmal, but irrelevant to the present debate, except to point out that horrors were not pointed out in a timely manner in the past, and then pointing out that all indicates that this is the problem with coal now. Except that the coal problem is orders of magnitude worse than the worse radioactive pollution brought. 

3) As Paul Krugman puts it, June 17, 2009: “And I was on the grassy knoll, too: One of the funny aspects of being a somewhat, um, forceful writer is that I’m regularly accused of all sorts of villainy. I was personally responsible for the demise of Enron; my nonexistent son worked for Hillary; etc.. The latest seems to be that I called for the creation of a housing bubble — in fact, the bubble is my fault! The claim seems to be based on a piece of … economic analysis. What I said was that the only way the Fed could get traction would be if it could inflate a housing bubble. And that’s just what happened.”

Krugman concentrates on economic and political analysis, which are inseparable. The present author is worse, being totally omnivorous, respecting only facts and logics, very little besides, and having no reputation to lose.

4) Funding for next-generation, Generation IV, nuclear plants would rise to $191 million in Obama budget, a six percent increase. Way too little. Nuclear fuel cycle research and development would receive $192 million, a 32 percent increase from the current year.  “These technologies will support potential of nuclear power as a secure, efficient, cost-effective, and emissions-free source of energy”, says DOE.

5) The nuclear energy programs were started in a panic in January 1938, when the French Ministry of War withdrew from public scrutiny patents deposited by some French scientists about nuclear chain reaction. France wanted to develop nuclear energy before Hitler and his minions. Soon France enrolled Norway in the effort, using what was once the world’s most powerful hydro plant, producing 12 tons of heavy water a year. In 1940, the French Government purchased the entire stock of heavy water from Norway. The Germans had offered to purchase it, also, but the Norwegian Government was told by the French of its possible military use. Hitler reacted by invading Norway (he wanted also to protect his iron he was getting from “neutral” Sweden through Norway). France and Britain counter-invaded in the north, defeated elite Nazis, and were going to invade Sweden, when France fell.

The French nuclear program, with scientists and equipment fled to Britain. Boats were switched, and the first one was sunk in a Nazi Luftwaffe bombing, in the hope of making the Nazis believe the nuclear threat was over. That worked. Nazi scientists were in one house full of microphones on August 6, 1945, when Hiroshima happened, and they could not believe it. It took Heisenberg three days to figure it out.

The nuclear program then fled, well, to Manhattan, and even Chicago, and all over the USA. It was found that boron was better than heavy water to slow down the neutron, and soon the first nuclear pile produced energy in Chicago. Things were amateurish in the beginning, and rushed by war. Many scientists believe that, since Nobel Prize winner Irene Joliot-Curie had told everything to Lise Meitner and Otto Hahn, the Nazis knew that a fierce, self feeding nuclear chain reaction was possible. But as luck had it, not so.

6) Total wind energy is 121 GW (2008). UK’s 3 GW of wind power ranks eight, just behind France. 25 GW in the USA (number one) and 23 GW in Germany (second)… Spain has 17 GW, China 12GW, and India 10 GW…The point with the UK is that one cannot use wind power for baseload (because it fluctuates all over simultaneously). Besides, who wants a big, 1,000 feet high wind mill in their backyard… This being said, wind has a great future, especially back on ships…

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ISLAM ALONE: NO DEMOCRACY.

June 14, 2009

IT IS WRITTEN IN THE HOLY QUR’AN: OLIGARCHY YES, DEMOCRACY NO.

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Abstract: The results of the election in Iran should not be surprising. Just as Christianism when it ruled, alone, in the late Roman empire, Islam, left to its own devices, is a fanatical enemy of democracy (see below before exploding in shreds of screaming mind, this has nothing to do with racism, quite the opposite).

We exhibit just one verse of the Qur’an, the most sacred text for most (not all) observing Muslims. This verse makes THEOCRATIC OLIGARCHY into a religious command. Both words have an impact: theocratic, and, or, oligarchic. (Actually I am trying to be polite here: in truth, it is MUSLIM oligarchy, the verse is clear on this). Not just this, but civil disobedience is made into a sin (even if peaceful, and Ahmadinejad reminded us of that: he said his opponent has “burned a red light”, by protesting, and that it was normal that the police go arrest him. Ahmadinejad knows his Qur’an).

This verse, S4, v59, motivates the non democratic structure of Iran. A number of people, the Guardian Council, rule Iran, because they know God best.

By ignoring the political impact of the Qur’an, the West is wrongly positioned to provide philosophical help to the Islamist republics of Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and those entities are self contradictions waiting for various explosions. (This why the oldest democratic republic that used to be an Islamist regime, Turkey, has such strong secular safeguards, and the EU should be respectful of that.) 
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What Barack Obama calls the “Holy Qur’an” is a short text of 80,000 words. It was redacted by a commission named by Caliph Uthman, and purported to describe the revelation made to the Messenger Muhammad by Archangel Gabriel.

Gabriel was no nobody. Gabriel appeared during the captivity in Babylon of some Jews. Gabriel is a super natural character of what Barack Obama calls the “Holy Bible”. Gabriel said: “Understand, son of man; for the vision belongs to the time of the end…” (Daniel 8:15-17). Then Gabriel announced, in the following centuries, the births of other famous dignitaries of what became Judeo-Christianism. For example Gabriel appeared to announce to Mary a happy event that had nothing to do with frolicking in the hay, believe me.

Thus, since Muhammad had a professional Christian monk in his family, it was only natural that Archangel Gabriel made one of its reappearances to announce to Muhammad the latest elucubrations of the Judeo-Christian God, the one and only.

The professional Christian, Muhammad’s wife cousin, Waraqah ibn Nawfal, used his expertise to reveal to Muhammad that the apparition in the desert was, indeed, Archangel Gabriel. 

After Muhammad died, the small Arab army had the good luck to destroy within months, both the gigantic Persian and Roman armies. Arab women finished off the wounded enemies on the battlefields (it was before Muslim sexism!). The Arab victories were relentlessly exploited through manhunts of all and any soldiers. In a few years, Muslim armies had created the world’s largest empire. Uthman, leading the empire, came up with the idea of tightening the doctrine.

Members of Muhammad family that lived at the time disagreed with the version of the Qur’an Uthman presented them with. Uthman was the object of a massive revolt, and a coup, and was killed, while reading his Qur’an.

Aischa, Muhammad’s child bride, was very explicit that the Qur’an was sexist, and that Muhammad was not, and that she was in good position to know better than Uthman and his pseudo religious Qur’an writing generals. She went to war (but she lost). Muhammad’s son in law, and cousin, Ali, tried to become Caliph, several times, and when he finally made it, he was assassinated, and so were his sons. Observing Muslim Iranians mourn these losses constantly.

The result of these disagreements about the legitimacy of the Qur’an caused many a religious war within Islam, which started as soon as the Qur’an was written, and as soon as Uthman ordered the destruction of other versions by boiling. And that war has never ended (even with American soldiers in between). Islam was at peace within itself before the Qur’an.

Because of the brevity of the Qur’an, some verses are not repeated, and thus, are of extreme importance. The importance of beards and tent like outfits for women come from interpreting only a few words in the text. In other words, worlds were made from words by Muslim scholarships, often generations later.

Of particular interest to understand the elections in Iran is the following verse:

“O YE WHO BELIEVE! Obey Allah, and obey the messenger and OBEY THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE IN POWER.” (Qur’an’s , Sura 4; verse 59).
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How nicely one flows from God to “power”…

What does this verse mean? It means:
1) The Qur’an (that is, God) expects that some Muslims are in power, and others are not. Thus God expects people not to be ruled by democracy (the power of the people), but by a few among the people, “those of you who are in power”.  This is a subtle point, and crafty ones will try to reject it, they will say: “Oh, if those who are in power are elected democratically, then the Qur’an says to obey them.” Sure. Except that s4, v 59 is addressed to Muslims only (“Oh you who believe”). The “believers” are the Muslims, and only them, preceding parts of the Qur’an are very clear on this.

2) Moreover, Believers are supposed to obey Allah, the Messenger, etc. Who judges of that obedience? In Iran, the “Supreme” Leader (rahbar) is Ali Khamenei, since 1989. He has the ultimate say. He was elected by the “Assembly of Experts” made of 86 “Islamist Scholars”, male men who are best qualified to interpret God and His Messenger. So we end up with 86 Big Brothers, and their Supreme Leader.

3) If one has to “obey those in power”, how do we put them out of power? In Iran, millions obeyed those in power, making it so that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his minions were able to organize the entire country in a totalitarian way. Then truth itself is what Ahmadinejad and his minions have decided it was, and average voters vote for him, because they know no truth but that truth, and Ahmadinejad is its messenger. And those who do not obey God (Khamenei) and his messenger (Ahmadinejad) are, well, not believers, and the Qur’an is very clear about what to do with unbelievers: “They will know an ominous fate”.

4) Pacific civil disobedience to one’s Muslim rulers is disobeying God. Thus disobedience a la Gandhi or Martin Luther King violates the law of God (if and only if the ruler is a Muslim).

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Hitler used similar methods, modifying completely the very notion of truth. That allowed him to win a referendum or two, and make himself very popular with the youth, as he pointed out with relish.

As Hitler said:”Whatever you do, you are coming too late, the youth belongs to us!”

Indeed Hitlerian youth knew no truth, but the one and only truth fully made up of Hitler’s big lies. It worked very well: even as the war was completely lost, in spring 1945, gangs of heavily armed Hitler Youth roamed around Germany, trying to kill Allied soldiers with bazookas (Panzerfauste), and other serious stuff. In some cases, American soldiers, disgusted with having to kill children, brought the local school teacher to tell the kids they had to drop their weapons, and go back home to their parents.

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In practice, throughout history, assassins, mobs, and professional clerics judge what the obedience for Allah and Messenger is. Khamenei, the “Supreme” Leader of Iran, is a typical Muslim dictator (the cries of “death to the dictator” have been heard in Teheran in the last two days).

Who else than excited mobs, and predatory clerics are going to certify who is a true believer? Theocratic law does not depend upon objective criterions, as secular law does. This was so true that even the fanatical Christian emperor recognized it, and he ordered secular law to be separated from Christian law when Roman law was refurbished (that was a full century before Uthman’s Qur’an).

The arbitrariness, but importance, of who is really a believer, is why some of the top Muslim intellectuals were killed by mobs (there is no such a case in Western Europe; tellingly the last case was Hypatia, the philosopher in Egypt, killed by a Catholic mob supremely led by Saint Cyril, 5C).

Please notice that, in the very few places where they had jurisdiction, the professional clerics of the Catholic Church and Calvin did cruelly burn alive a number of intellectuals in the 15C, 16C and 17C (the most famous cases being Hus (15C) and Bruno (17C), there were many others, typically philosophers). In Islam, it rarely got to that, because the local mob or chief will do the intellectual in first.

In practice, tyrants in the Middle East, since ever, have justified their rule over populations submitted to Islam by evoking Sura 4, verse 59.

Traditionally, of course, defenders of the Qur’an point to the great achievements of “Islam”, but a closer examination shows that most of these achievements happened not because, but in spite of, or even in the absence of, strict Islamist teachings imposed upon all. The maximally golden periods of Islam (of which there are several), are always characterized by trans cultural, multicivilizational times.

The autonomous Umayyad Caliphate of Al Andalous is the best example: El Cid, a famous Christian general, served many times Muslim rulers, and Christians, Jews and Muslims lived in tolerable balance during the best times; these best times were crushed when strict Islamists imported from Africa acquired control, precipitating the destruction of the Caliphate when Christian warriors reacted in kind.

This is true to this day; societies where Islam dominate as a religion but are nevertheless democracies, are societies that are multicultural (Indonesia, Turkey, Senegal, Lebanon, Bangladesh), and which do not call themselves “Islamist Republics”. Interestingly, as Malaysia original “Westminster Constitution” got diluted, Islam was made and enforced into the religion of Malaysia. The constitution of Bangladesh is explicitly secular (although “the state religion of the Republic is Islam, but other religions may be practiced in peace and harmony in the Republic.”). Bangladesh had rebelled, in a deadly civil war, terminated by an attack of Islamist Pakistan on secular, democratic India (which backfired). Thus Bangladesh was freed from the Islamist regime of Pakistan, with its Islamist (non secular) constitution.

So what does this Sura 4, verse 59, means in practice? Well, “Islamist Republic” is a contradiction in adjecto. It was a major mistake of the CIA of the USA to use Islamists to throw down secular Iranian democracy in 1953, with the aim of procuring more oil. Now the USA is confronting nuke loving religionists, who read Qur’an S4, v. 59 everyday.

A similar situation perdures in Pakistan, with no oil, but plenty of nukes. It was a major mistake of the West to allow Afghanistan to make itself into an “Islamist republic”. It would have been better if it had called itself a dictatorial “republic”. (Fighting dictators is bad, but, when they are getting their orders from God, it’s worse.)

The thing-public (res-publica) is not compatible with power given to an oligarchy, be it made of those “believers” who “are in power”. If one interprets “Islam” as scrupulous conformity to the Qur’an, Islam alone is home alone. It will not last for ever.

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Patrice Ayme.  

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Note: There is has long been a whole industry of when and where sentences in the Qur’an, or part therefrom, have been written. Some contemporary scholars have claimed one extract may be as late as the Tenth Century (10C).

A difficulty is that the Qur’an was the first book written in Arabic, which was then using an incomplete alphabet.

The important point, in any case, is that the Qur’an was NOT written by Muhammad, and his close family disagreed with it.

Sura 4, verse 59, above is not in Muhammad’s spirit. Muhammad, we know, be it from his interaction with Aischa, was no tyrant. We also know that Muhammad was troubled by the idiocy of some of his followers who were interpreting in an overly obsessive and literal what he said. This is in the Hadith.

Around the time of Saladin, literalism was made into a crime. It resurrected as Wahhabism 450 years later. Now the later is interpreted as pure Islam, in some places full of oil, dollars and tyrannical agendas.

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CONSPIRACIES HAPPEN.

June 13, 2009

HISTORY IS FULL OF THEM. DENYING THAT MAKES ONESELF INTO A BLEATING SHEEP. RES-PUBLICA AS ANTAGONIST TO CON-SPIRARE.

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Abstract: A lot of the history of the world originated in conspiracies. If the beating of the wings of a butterfly can generate a hurricane, a week later, surely human conspiracies can do better than that. Actually the financial crash of 2008 originated as a vast conspiracy. It is true that, in general, other ingredients are also crucial to generate history, such as, for example, consilience, but this is for another essay. Here I show why democracy ignores the concept of conspiracy at its own risk. The USA has been involved in several of them in the last century, and some, after prodigious entanglements, have started to backfire. I finish by a long list of mostly recent conspiracies that have come to light (a good conspiracy, of course, does not come to light).

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In every single culture, mental habits are taught and reset all the time with mantras. (One never uses twice the same brain, so culture has to rebuild it all the time, same as it was before.)

One such mental enforcement, in the USA, is attached to the notion of “conspiracy theories”, more exactly to the notion that ‘one is a quack if one believes in conspiracy theories’. Educated Americans are supposed to ooze with contempt when they detect someone who “believes in conspiracy theories” (much better to believe in God, the one and only big conspirator in the sky). This is overdone to the point that all and any critical thinking is viewed with suspicion, and prone to “believing in conspiracy theories”. Soon all and any thinking is viewed with suspicion,  an inferior sort of activity, and it is much better to watch sports on TV, and live as much on credit as possible, since the friendly bankers would never conspire with credit rating agencies, real estates brokers, assessors, and legislators…

It is true that schizophrenia most commonly manifests itself with auditory hallucinations, paranoid or bizarre delusions, or disorganized speech and thinking… And often by believing in a crazy conspiracy. 

But any creative thinking is initially disorganized, and may represent a significant departure from previous perceptions of the causality of a situation. And the situation may perdure: to a classical physicist, Quantum Mechanics is completely crazy (particle go through walls, are in several places at the same time, etc…) By condemning at the outset intellectual disorganization and an extremely critical, suspicious spirit, one condemns minds to apathy and vulgarity.

“Conspire” comes from con-spirare, which means breathing together: it is the notion that people can be so close to each other, they breathe together. And then soon they think together. Then they do something advantageous to themselves, by acting together. Then anything can happen if they are not interrupted, from the KKK, to bankers making everyone believe that it’s their right to own the world, and the best path to prosperity. Racism in the USA was long, not just an ideology and an emotionality, but also a conspiracy. The Ivy League school system, and societies such as “Skull and Bones”, can be viewed as conspiracies (to help the ongoing reign of a plutocracy).

Labor Day, initially the First of May, celebrated some horrendous and lethal conspiracy in Chicago, that resulted in the execution of innocent union organizers. So it came to symbolize worldwide, the union and oppression of workers. Then crafty conspirators ordered Congress to deliberately change the date of “Labor day” to the opposite side of the year, the first Monday of September, so that the American people would lose its collective memory of one clear example of its abuse by plutocrats, and how they can manipulate the police and justice to their egregious advantage. Amusingly, people, worldwide, now remember an American event, that a (plutocratic) conspiracy robbed from the common American memory. Not coincidentally, workers are better organized overseas.

To stop such conspiracies, intellectuals have to consider their right, duty, pleasure and calling to intervene, and disrupt them, by exhibiting their intricate details. And people ought to get in their thick skulls, that, contrarily to what those who insist that there are no conspiracies, insist upon, there are, in truth, plenty. History is so full of them, one could argue that they constitute its skeleton.

Nazism, for example, was a vast conspiracy (by the top Nazis themselves and a set of plutocrats in Germany and the USA). We also know (from a little known document) that W.W.I was a conspiracy (between half a dozen top generals of the so called Prussian General Staff, 16 months before the Sarajevo assassination, that they manipulated into a casus belli). The so called “One Hundred Year War”, in truth initially a struggle between two French houses, boiled down to a conspiracy of lawyers in Paris against Isabelle de France, queen of England, daughter of the very French king those lawyers had feared nearly as much as they did her. The result of that conspiracy was war between France and England that lasted from 1337 to 1815: so conspiracies can have lasting effect.

Christianism itself was imposed as a conspiracy of Constantine and his close advisers (some he later executed), and his pagan Franks (who helped provide the muscle to conquer the Roman empire). The rest of the tumultuous history of the Late Roman empire was pretty much an entanglement of conspiracies on steroids.

The fall of the Athenian republic was a conspiracy: imperialistic Persia secretly paid Sparta to make war against Athens, to the point that Sparta could build for itself a fleet as big as the Athenian fleet. Then Sparta destroyed Athens’ fleet, and starved the Athenian republic into surrender. Because Sparta was posing as the defender of the little cities in Greece against big bad Athens, and because fascist Persia was well known to be the exact opposite of Greek ideals in roughly all ways, the Spartans kept their financing hush hush. Hereditary regimes, such as North Korea, are pretty much conspiracies.

The republican process is the exact opposite of letting conspirators rule, because the “thing” (res) becomes public. By reminding itself everyday that conspiracies could not possibly exist, the USA allows itself to fall prey to, well, conspirators. Stealth is a lot of their strength. The financial crisis is a case in point, with all the financiers having breathed together, for quite a very long time.

Patrice Ayme
http://patriceayme.com/

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More examples of conspiracies:

Many coups and revolutions, or invasions, started as conspiracies. The assassination of the father of Alexander, clearly a conspiracy, was never sorted out (was Alexander involved?). Caesar was assassinated in a conspiracy. Now the USA itself got started in a conspiracy (there were French secret service agents very active in Philadelphia before the revolution). Now let’s concentrate on the USA, in a very short recent period: 

President Obama recognized (spring 2009) that the USA conspired (with the Shiites!) to overthrow Iranian democracy in a coup in 1953 (replacing it by a fascist regime led by the Shah).

In Yalta, in Crimea, in winter 1945, Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin conspired to give Eastern Europe to Stalin. They even jotted it down in what Churchill called the “naughty document”. The French had no been invited because then they would have conspired with the British to stop that non sense (which made a lot of sense to Roosevelt and Stalin, as they conspired to divide the world between each other).

Then Roosevelt when to Egypt, to conspire with Ibn Saud, founder of Saudi Arabia. The conspiracy was Saudi oil versus American corruption, while ruling the people with a feudal theocracy.

In general, in a conspiracy, the USA used systematically Islam as a trick to drug the Middle East, occupying its mind with religiosity so as to be better able to exploit it. That required conspiracies within conspiracies, such as when the USA financed Pakistani nuclear weapons, while fighting nominally their ex allies of the Qaeda that Pakistani intelligence was supporting. No wonder the American head is spinning so much, the true north is hard to find.

The USA, or more exactly Roosevelt and his government, were hostile to France, and had conspired to occupy her in 1944. They had even prepared an occupation  currency. The conspiracy collapsed when it turned out that the million man French army was just as big as the 66 divisions or so that the USA had in Europe (plus the top US general, Patton was not anti French; instead he detested the nasty conspiracy he had been victim of inside the US army: he had been reduced in rank, so he had to obey his own clueless pupils).

Patton also detested Stalin. Unaware of the conspiracy in Yalta, he wanted to march on Berlin. Instead his superior, Eisenhower, just the general commanding the Western front, wrote directly to Stalin to confirm to the Soviet dictator that the US Army would not get to Berlin first (as per the conspiracy). 

The Eastern European troops that had fought Stalin on the side of the Nazis, in the hope of freeing their countries from Stalin’s cruel subjugation, surrendered to the Western Allies, under the condition that they would not be given to Stalin. In a side conspiracy, they were given to Stalin, who killed them all.

In a conspiracy many Nazis were recycled by Soviets and Americans for many tasks, not all them noble. The notorious “butcher of Lyon”, Barbie, who executed, often by torture, 5,000 people, was sent to South America to set up arms and drug networks that the CIA, and even Israel (!) found most helpful.

In general the CIA conspired to set up drug networks all around the world, including Afghanistan and Pakistan, in an effort of self financing. Now some Pakistani leaders are whining about it, and the USA has pontificated that the Taliban financed itself with drugs, which it should know, since it set it up… And that this is intolerable, which is a bit rich.

A famous little conspiracy in the same spirit was Iran-Contra. It consisted in selling weapons secretly to the Khomeini/Shiite regime in Iran, while official ally Saddam Hussein (supported by the defense department of the USA) was fighting it in a terrible war, and using the proceeds of said sales to finance the Contras, a guerilla in Nicaragua. (Remember that the Shiites were secret allies of the USA in a conspiracy since 1953).

Conspiracies, as the list above shows, often backfire: for example Israel conspired to support Hamas so as to undermine the PLO.

Most of the conspiracies above are around the Second World War, which may have been the greatest conspiracy of them all. Stalin and Hitler conspired to dismantle Poland. Then Roosevelt and Stalin conspired to dismantle a lot of Germany, occupy Poland, and practice ethnic cleansing throughout (more than ten million Germans were expelled from their ancestral lands, solving the German problem once and for all, in a final solution of sorts).

The official curious apathy towards Nazism, doubled with a deliberate hostility to the French republic, was an apparent American conspiracy to facilitate the growth of the malignant Hitler. The Congress of the USA designated the French republic, a democracy, as hostile, because France was getting ready to fight Hitler. But it was all a conspiracy: Roosevelt made no mystery that he disliked the European empires, and he wanted the USA to take their place. Waiting, and aiding and abetting  Hitler hopefully could lead to the destruction of Europe. That was never said that way, instead, it was conspired. The USA, by putting France in a bad light, made it so that the Netherlands and Belgium did not cooperate with France as they ought to have (under American pressure, Belgium refused to build its segment of the Maginot line, through which Nazi tanks passed).

Instead of really genuinely helping Britain, a lot of the American “help” during W.W.II consisted in lending to Britain crucial military equipment at interesting rates, insuring that the UK would be crushed by debt at the end of the war, and would be as a serf to the American lord.

The Shoah was also a conspiracy. First, of course, the Nazis kept it secret. Although, with more than 20,000 camps throughout Germany (latest count, 2009), it required a lot of breathing together to hide it.

The conspiracy extended to the Allies. Every significant leader knew that the Jews were being exterminated (be it only because the French government had made formal declarations to this effect). To stop the extermination, it would have been enough for Churchill and Roosevelt to inform the German people of what was really going on, and that the criminals would be punished according to the law, for war crimes (a notion the Germans were familiar with, from W.W.I). But, in a conspiracy, Churchill and Roosevelt stayed silent (amazingly Jews such as ben Gurion were part of the conspiracy, because they preferred a lot of dead Jews and a bigger Israel, or so he said, the idea being that as the surviving Jews would hate Britain for having abandoned them, they would go to Palestine, instead of the UK; I am just relating what ben Gurion said; after a while, he was not keen to explain the subject further). 

As I already mentioned, the most recent, in-your-face conspiracy has been the financial crisis. As Simon Johnson points out in his “Baseline Scenario” blog, June 13, 2009: “We have effectively nationalized any banking system losses, but we’ll let bank executives enjoy the full benefits of the upside.  How much shareholders participate remains to be seen; there will be no effective reining in of insider compensation…” Now the insiders connect to a vast conspiracy, that Johnson calls an oligarchy (which it is), because, per his status in the world, he has to be exquisitely polite, but that I more precisely call a plutocracy (money/underground/evil power). Now, of course, if trillions of dollars are transferred from poor People to the filthy rich, it can only be as the result of a conspiracy. it does happen magically. 

HATE CRIME, LIE CRIME.

June 12, 2009

 

REFURBISHING JUSTICE IN LIGHT OF WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION.

Paul Krugman points out that, in today’s USA:”The rise of right-wing extremism is being systematically fed by the conservative media and political establishment.” (NYT, June 12, 2009). I concur, and propose a little addition to the world legal system.

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Those who play with hatred, play with fire. Indeed.

People love to talk about love, and love love. Who would not? It is the first emotion, the only one babies know for months on end.

But love then meet Malthus, or more exactly finite resources, and thus it has been for millions of years. The herbivores get eaten, but who eats man? Well, most land predators learned, long ago, to try to stay away from people. People controlled people’s numbers, and soon the entire planet. This is the tragic nature of man. Both God of Goodness, and Devil of Eradication.

Sometimes, the only key to survival of the group is to be carried by suicidal hatred. It was true when fighting the numerous large predators of the past (eliminated since), and it was even more true when fighting man.

So man has a strong predisposition to the most extreme lethal hatred. Man has a strong disposition to take extreme pleasure in hatred, and adverse circumstances wake that up. Because only thus did the species survived. After all, our ancestor, Homo Erectus, eliminated at least 14 other species of hominids.

The number one job of civilization has been to keep that cruelty in check. Sometimes, this fails spectacularly (example: the Nazis).

The old religion of Zoroaster, which preceded the earliest signs of Judeo-Christo-Islamism, had the interesting concept of opposing as main divine categories, truth and lie (rather than good and evil). The uncreated creator (Ahura Mazda) would be born out of discovering truth.

When one goes back, and look, at, say, Nazism, it is very clear that it would never have happened if everybody had known the truth in Germany.

Lies can be of two sorts. The first sort is logical and factual, and those can be corrected readily. The other sort is much more devastating, it’s the emotional lie, where something emotionally false is allowed to guide the logic. And guide the discovery of the logic.

If someone, say, feel that a certain type of people are repugnant, based, say, on physical appearance, that then lead them to find facts and logics, somewhere, somehow, to support that emotion. Now it becomes really difficult to extricate, because people often find either true facts with a twisted logic, or false facts with correct logic, or a mix.

This malignancy of the mind occurred because the physical genesis of said mind was guided by wrong, powerful repugnance. If the repugnance itself is not based correctly upon truth, one builds a mind that hate, for wrong reasons.  

How does civilization defend from this? Well, until 1945, civilization had no studied the problem. But the existence of means of mass destruction and massive stealth led the Allies to forge ahead, and invent “hate crimes”. Some of the top Nazis were basically executed for this. And that was very good.

Then the democracies found they could use the concept of hate crime at home, and thus found a new category of behaviors to repress (pedophilia was also a new criminal category). Things improved. Violent racists and haters of all kinds ended in jail more readily, others learned to behave. Now we have a brown president, obviously very bright, and the rights of those with different gender or disposition are better respected. But things could go in reverse fast, as the support for torture has shown.

Because of the existence of WMD, at home or abroad, it is more important than ever to reinforce the category of hate crime, make it more pervasive, increasingly repressing more rigorously all types of emotion with increasingly adverse consequences for humankind (just as an emotion is repressed in pedophilia). All are capable of hatred (whereas pedophilia is the province of a few), so it is urgent to do something more in the way of prevention.

Maybe the systematic telling of lies potentially conducive to hate crimes ought to become a new behavior subject to criminal prosecution. It is not just the fact that crimes have been committed because of hatred, or that threats are made with hatred, that should be repressed, but distortions of reality conducive to hatred.  

This should cover logical, factual, but also emotional lies (increasingly emotional actors are used on right wing media: Limbaugh, Beck, etc…)

And that repression of egregious lying should apply internationally too. Heads of States should not be allowed to get away with blatant lies, such as holocaust denials. The United Nations ought to be able to prosecute severe, systematic infractions to truth. 

Thus talk show hosts playing with hatred and lies would have to explain themselves in front of a judge. Progress. 

Then we can all celebrate Noh Ruz, the Persian New Year, in honor of Ahura Mazda, for real…

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Patrice Ayme
http://patriceayme.com/

http://tyranosopher.blogspot.com/

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Notes: 1) Some may say that this is way too repressive, an intrusion of Big Brothers into the mind, and that, ironically, intellectuals such as the present author would be the first victims. Yes, but only if the process was abusive.

Not so, if it were properly applied. Then, actually, it would be protective, because genuine intellectuals live off the truth. Unpopular truth is still the truth, but the mob is its enemy. The idea would be to make judges into allies of truth, and not just (as it is now) when grave consequences have already occurred.

As long as there is reasonable doubt as to their veracity, controversial points of view potentially leading to hatred, or mayhem, ought to be allowed to survive. In other words the same right to reasonable doubt that protects physical individuals ought to be extended to ideas and emotions.

An example: some European countries already repress lying about two holocausts (the Armenian and Jewish holocausts of the 20C). The existence of these two holocausts is established beyond a reasonable doubt. To deny them is to deny history itself, hence it is a refusal so extensive of reality, that it allows to prevent learning anything from them, and entices to repeat the same sort of feat. Since denying they ever happened allows to have had them, without any adverse consequences whatsoever for their perpetrators, or their spiritual descendants.

Thus the Bosnian Serb Colonel General Ratko Mladic was shown recently happily dancing among a crowd, fully recognizable, literally leading the dance. He is considered responsible of the death of many thousands, and is the world’s most wanted fugitive, and his non rendition is an obstacle to the candidacy of Serbia to the EU. The spectacle of Mladic leading the dance entices hatred, both active and reactive. 

The denial that it committed an Armenian holocaust remains a major obstacle for the admission of the Turkish republic in the EU, since that republic denies that two-third of the Armenian population was destroyed in the early years of said republic… Of course, the French do not celebrate a tally of all the dead caused by Napoleon’s ill considered actions, everyday… Or of the French intervention in the German Thirty Year War… And one can make some very educated French very angry when mentioning Napoleon’s millions of dead.

It is of course unlikely that the French would invade Spain and march on Moscow, again, whereas more massacres against Armenians or Kurds could well happen. 

One should not stop there: there has been more than two holocausts, so this, condemning just two of them, although a good start, is a bit unbalanced… A fuller list of holocausts ought to be agreed on by the UN, and States ought to be asked to recognize it, and take responsibility when appropriate (that would be basically a generalization of what the European Union is asking from Turkey about the Armenian holocaust).

2) Twice more Americans approve of torture than a few years ago (comparing 2002 with 2009). This, too, is a measurable symptom of rising hatred, and of an abandonment of civilization. And a proof that relentless propaganda of lies and hatred can degrade civilization. (As Hitler approached power in Germany, the Nazis degraded many of the red lines of civilization, for example about anti Jew hatred).

3) Wrong emotions build wrong brains, because neuronal dendritic architectural build-up is guided by astrocytal activity. Astrocytes, although they make networks, as neurons do, are chemically sensitive (thus emotionally sensitive). In that precise physiological sense, chemically based emotions dominate electrically based logics. 

4) Hitler wrote entire chapters on what he called the “Big Lie Technique”. That was how to manipulate the masses, he said. “People

do not expect big lies, because all they know, in normal life, are little lies. So they are not ready for the big ones. Thus they will believe them.” (I am para-quoting Hitler from memory, being not reverential enough to find and dig in my copy of “Mein Kampf”.)

That is how Hitler misled Germany to play its part in the killing of 73 million people (the latest -2009- evaluation of the number of dead from W.W.II): ever bigger lies.

5) Pat Buchanan, a well known US writer, politician and media personality claims that UK & France caused holocaust & WWII. He wrote books on this, and was given giant audiences by appearing on TV, pretty much not contradicted, as he exposed that theory on the “useless war”, W.W.II.

More crazy and criminal than that in the world of propaganda is difficult. The problem is that saying such a huge pro-Hitler enormity should fall under the realm of the law. Because what of young people who know nothing on the subject? And because otherwise, this crazy pro-Nazi propaganda is given support by the Main Stream Media. The fact that Buchanan occasionally say unconventional things which are correct sometimes, makes it worse…

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NO LESSON LEARNED.

June 10, 2009

DOWN WE WILL GO AGAIN.

Abstract: When the Titanic zooms and scraps among icebergs, those who steer the ship ought to be replaced. And also the philosophy of zooming and scrapping among icebergs. But nothing of the kind, so far.

A free market does not make a free country. Bankers can’t steer ships with the proficiency required.

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In his blog, June 10, 2009, Paul Krugman observes that:”has the economic news started to darken again? Up through about March, every report was worse than you expected, often worse than you could have imagined. Since then, most reports — although continuing to be bad in an absolute sense — have “surprised on the upside.” But my sense is that in the last few days we’ve been getting reports — Korean trade, Japanese orders, German exports — that are once again surprising on the downside.This thing ain’t over yet.”

How could the crisis be over? American bankers, private individuals in charge of allocating the public money supply, while driven by their own personal profit, a conflict of interest if there ever was one, are back in charge. Representative Collins Peterson said, speaking of Congress, alluding to the bankers: “They run the place”. (June 6, 2009.)

The USA has such powerful bankers banking, that is is, indeed, banking, instead of having a massive, long term industrial policy. It has an industrial policy only for the military-industrial complex (which does careful long term planing, hence produces the best tools and weapons in the world in its specialty).

Bankers have small financial minds, focused on what they know, usury and leverage (to describe it parodically). Seriously, they live off credit, and, if one left it to them, everybody would be indebted to them as much as possible. This is the sense of  the subprime crisis, this is also why the USA is a credit country: everybody is owned by banks. Pushed to the max, one would go back to serfdom, with the lords, the bankers, owning everything. It seems they own already the political process, in the USA.

Bankers cannot deploy any investment that does not provide them with short term profit. The smarties in the Obama administration said they will try to encourage rewards for longer term profits. The fact is, though, that we are still talking financial profits, and the  basic profits of civilization are not financial, but provided by the State (example of these profits that cannot be monetized: security, democracy, a healthy environment, a legal system). By having only the financially obsessed ones steering the country, they steer it off civilization, by confusing the superficial for the fundamental.

Obama said that one should steer away from a cliff, if one is driving towards one. But, so far, he has just stepped on the gas. Total liabilities of the USA is over 100 trillion dollars, whereas the GDP is no more than 14 trillion, and the U.S. federal tax revenue is 2.4 trillion. (See A. Laffer, Wall Street Journal June 10, 2009.) The only way out will be a massive default, if one is not very, very careful (to avoid this, that is why the ECB plans to rise interest rates next year).

How course there is a stimulus. And, if well done, the stimulus could provide with a way out. But, so far, it has been mostly to compensate for the catastrophic collapse in states’ spending. Obama speaks renewables, but the investments in renewables have collapsed. One of the reasons is that renewable energy produced in the desert or geothermally has to be transported. But the electric grid is hopeless. It needs 300 billion dollars right away, way more than anything Obama dreamed of. The “smart grid” in the stimulus is getting 4.3 billion dollars, 295 billions short. Is that smart?

A 3,500 Megawatts (2 large EPR nuclear reactors worth) geothermal plant is ready to go by the Sutton sea, but the tini tiny line there could never transport the power to LA.

An example of long term lunacy of the USA is the dearth of financing of advanced civilian nuclear power. It should be financed enough to produce a profitable, full scale fourth or fifth generation nuclear reactor in a private-public partnership (it is one of the sectors where the USA is still ahead). Such reactors basically solve the waste problem, and can be made completely safe. The reason they have existed only in baby form so far has been that technological progress, especially in high temperature materials, has to be made, to get large scale profitability.

But this does not interest the Obama administration: too intellectual, too much oriented towards hard science? Although it is clear that such reactors are necessary. Be it only to get rid of the 60,000 tons of piled up wasted, barely used nuclear fuel that constitute most of the waste of the U.S. open nuclear cycle in the last 65 years, or be it only to provide with a clean base load capability. Coal is extremely dangerous. It is not just the CO2. Coal officially kills 24,000 people a year, in the USA, and apparently around as many miners a year in China. Chinese coal releases many extremely toxic substances, including plenty of mercury to poison the Pacific ocean with. Pollution from nuclear fuel is much easier to control, because the quantities of material involved are much smaller by orders of magnitude.

Many other countries are not that stupid and arrogantly leaving their destiny to the money manipulators. To stick to the nuclear example, several countries have advanced programs (even Iran knows it needs nuclear). Without mentioning France and its deployment of advanced reactors, India has embarked on a very sophisticated program with three types of interlocking reactors using thorium (because India has little uranium, but a lot of thorium).

Meanwhile, the aerospace industry threatens to follow the car industry. A lot, actually most, of the future, mythical “Dreamliner”, Boeing’s 787, is made and conceived overseas, including some of its most crucial parts (wings, fuselage, landing gear). The Computer Assisted Design, for the entire plane is the, worldwide ubiquitous in aerospace, CATIA, made by Dassault Systemes S.A.. Not to say it is not smart to collaborate with European powers (it is, because it’s the exact same democratic, republican civilization, joined at the brain). What is not smart is to depend upon  non democratic powers. What is not smart is to leave financial vultures in charge of an entire gigantic country. That, in turn, drains the entire world economy down.

Indeed the money (coming from, say, China) goes to support American plutocracy (which produces nothing valuable to civilization at large), instead of American civilization (which, say, is just what some non democratic regimes would like)

The way it’s supposed to be right now is this, according to the free market mantra: American bankers will extent credit to worthy American projects. In truth, they cannot take the initiative on the most worthy projects, they are out of their depth.

Obama has the correct impulse here, and a little plan, but it’s, so far, too modest (not personally his fault, obviously, he is pretty much alone with the correct ideas, surrounded by plutocratic wolves). The plan of reindustrialization of the USA needs to get much more ambitious, following a bit what is done in the military.

Feynman said about the space shuttle Challenger disaster: “For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled.”

Well, Nature should take precedence over the bankers themselves, and the old fashion economic theory itself. Indeed, the economy is completely technological. Even, and especially, agriculture.

This civilization is a giant technological artifact, so Feynman’s observation should be front and center at all times, when trying to steer civilization, which is what Mr. Obama and various other leaders are trying to do. In general, economy should switch from the “invisible hand” (Hedge funds? SIVs? CDSs, “Private Equity” from borrowing public funds?) to the visible laws of physics.

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Patrice Ayme
http://patriceayme.com/

http://tyranosopher.blogspot.com/

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P/S: The USA electric grid needs are for investing 300 billion dollars, as I said above. The Obama plan has set aside 4.3 billion dollars. Another detail: ever since they existed, grids had to be smart, to avoid overloads.

A STIFF NOTE ON JUNE 6 1944, D DAY.

June 6, 2009

 

 

TO ERADICATE WAR, ONE HAS TO ERADICATE ITS DEEPEST ROOTS.

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Those who don’t know what to learn from history are still living it, same as before, and the time before that.


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Abstract: Great Franco-Americano-British-Canadian mutual celebration about D-Day in Normandy, June 6, 2009, to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the reopening of the Western Front against the Nazis, four years after France and Britain suffered a severe defeat.

The funny part, rich in wisdom, is that D day would never have happened if the USA had done its duty as republic, democracy, and progeny of France and Britain, right from the start. Instead of waiting apathetically for Hitler to call it to order.

To make things worse, the deepest lesson has not been drawn: apathy allowed plutocracy to get away with murder. More of the same is unfolding today. And now one cannot accuse Bush. It’s the system, the same one that brought us Hitler before.
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Sarkozy said “we” will never forget the children of the USA that fell in Normandy, and that “we” owe them our freedom, etc… True enough for those who fought on the Allied side in 1944.

A slight difficulty though, is how “we” got there. OK, an infection of fascism in Germany was the main ingredient, certainly in 1870 and especially in 1914. By 1939, many Germans, at least in the military, had learned their lesson, but still, W.W.II happened. American plutocracy made the difference, as it turns out, and that lesson was not learned, because it is little known.  

The soldiers of D day were heroes, etc. Sure, and thank you. But why did the American army not disembark, four years earlier, on May 6, 1940? It would have been easier; they could have used any French port, and they would have been welcome with flowers and big smiles. The Nazis would have been crushed quickly (the German generals would have revolted against Hitler). So the big question is: why did the USA come so late into the war? The first American soldiers saw combat against the Nazis more than three years after the French did. When the Americans engaged the Nazis seriously, the later were much weaker, having endured gigantic defeats in Russia (Moscow, Stalingrad), and had been decimated from massive British long range bombing at night, which drove them crazy (and forced them to keep more than one million men mobilized for ineffectual air defenses).

The atrocious behavior of the Nazis was well known by May 1940. Some will say; no. But those holocaust deniers don’t know anything. For example, people love to claim that the extermination camps were a big surprise (and that is why, they say, nothing was done against them before). Nice; OK, suppose nobody could understand what the French authorities had been saying about the deliberate massacre of civilians, including at least 700,000 Jews, by October 1940. Please explain how to hide more than 20,000 camps? Remember, the USA was a practical ally of Hitler, and Americans could go all over Germany. All the Americans were going around Germany with their eyes closed, except when Hitler was offering them the Order of the Great German Eagle, and they adored him with their eyes? (This was a snide remark about some top American bosses: Ford, Watson, etc…)

Because, indeed, amazingly, there were more than 20,000 camps of concentration and extermination all over Germany. In the best cases, people were treated as slaves. The major camps, like Auschwitz and Buchenwald (just visited by Obama), had galaxies of camps around themselves. Buchenwald had at least 117 such secondary camps. Some, such as Auschwitz, were mixed up with factories managed by Americans (Bush with the American Silesian AG), or outright created by Wall Street (such as IG Farben, the world’s largest chemical monopoly, maker of extermination nerve gas).

In truth, people often know only what they want to know. The USA was not interested in Hitler’s bad behavior. After France fell, the ambassador of the USA, Kennedy, declared that democracy had proven to be an inferior system, and that it was also finished in Britain and the USA. He made no mystery that he would make it so that his sons would soon command-in-chief.

An excellent example of knowing only what one wants to know is Obama’s strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan. It is a strict extension of the strategy pursued by the USA since 1945: using a religion, Islam, to keep people subjugated. But now the Islamists, ironically, have figured it out, so they are fighting back with the very instrument that was used to oppress them, Islam. This is getting confusing. What to do? Well, simplify. Use forever 9/11 as a pretext for great American outrage, justifying the Forever War. Never mind that the USA killed at least several hundred times more civilians in the Middle East than was killed during 9/11, since 9/11.

There was no such outrage in 1940. During the 6 weeks of the Battle of France, about 5,000 people died every single day. Two 9/11 a day, Two 9/11 a day in beloved republican, democratic France, every day, for five weeks, and what did the USA do? Nothing. Proportionally to the size of France then, and of the USA now, it was around the proportional equivalent of TEN (10!) September Elevens, every day, every single day, for five weeks.

Yes, Auschwitz had been open for business (exterminating Poles) for more than six months. In May 1940. But no outrage in the USA. Good business, through: direct investment of the USA in the Nazi Third Reich, had augmented considerably since the racist Nuremberg “laws” had passed in 1935. Great racist minds invest alike.

The USA did not intend to go to war in 1942. Fortunately, Hitler declared war to the USA on December 11, 1941. Thank you, Adolf!  

Ah, and why were France and Britain defeated by the Nazis in 1940? Well, American military and industrial technologies played a fundamental role. So the problems with Wall Street did not start in 2008. Wall Street had financed Wall Street massively, and corporations of the USA had signed monopolistic treaties, transferring for example artificial rubber and oil, and computer tech to the Nazis, so secretly that they were not supposed to transmit said technologies to their own war department.

Another point: Americans know about Omaha Beach. 2374 Americans died there. Nobody knows about the simultaneous attack in Vercors, a high giant plateau in the French Alps, 70 kilometers long, 50 kilometers wide. The French resistance was asked to seize it, and it did, and to prepare a runway. The assumption was that the disembarkment would be there. But it was a feint made to divert large Nazi reserves. The heavy weapons that had been promised never came. Instead, after many weeks, four elite Nazi divisions landed and parachuted and attacked the flanks of the mountain. The more than 20,000 elite Nazi troops deployed there were as many not deployed during the battle of Normandy (where the Nazis were always a division short of throwing the allies in the sea). The battle of Normandy was long and terrible (until 29 August). But it killed far less than the Battle of France of May-June 1940.

Meanwhile the Nazis deployed enormous means for the battle in Vercors. About 1,000 resistants and civilians died, completely betrayed. By the way the French resistance destroyed 500 bridges in the night before D day (to hamper Nazi movements, and thus the Nazis could only bring a trickle of armor to the beaches). There were 50,000 Nazi soldiers for 135,000 Allied soldiers (which, by the way, included slightly more Canadians and British soldiers than American ones; the American sectors had the two beaches of Utah and Omaha, way west, so they were not in contact with the Brits and Canadians and their three beaches, and may have thought they were liberating France all by themselves; the front extended over 80 kilometers).

Answering my own question: the USA did not collaborate with the democracies, Britain and France, against fascism, because of flaws it is still exhibiting today (albeit fewer, hence the importance of celebrating D day for Americans: it reminds them that their culture at some point dropped the ball, and the price was heavy).

OK, the USA collaborated when with Britain and France when it was forced to (by Hitler).

There were two main flaws in the American character, as Hitler engaged in his holocaust of Europe, and they are related.

One was that many American plutocrats collaborated extensively with Hitler, and made a fortune this way (the Bush family being the most famous example; but there are many such examples: IBM had 35 factories in Hitler’s Reich, one of hundreds of large American corporations that boosted Hitler). That was bad, and that mentality of American plutocracy to have no restraints whatsoever still shows up in the economic troubles of 2008-2009. The American plutocracy is still influential enough to have requested and received 13 trillion dollars of gifts, loans and guarantees, so that it can stay rich, owning the world. That was just in six months, and it’s equal to the GDP of the USA. So Americans have decided to serve their lords, an interesting twist on the concept of serfdom. When serfdom appeared in the Middle Ages, it was not by choice, and the lords had duties.

In 1939, American plutocracy brought us the Second World War: 73 million killed. Right now it is just bringing us the Forever War in the Middle East-South Asia area. Only a few millions killed so far. Does this means it is getting reasonable?

Some will say I exaggerate, and I distort. But, without American (plutocratic) support, and push, the Nazis did not have a chance, and the German generals would have revolted (as they did on a chronic basis, but they would have done it earlier, and, more carried by enthusiasm, they would have succeeded.)

The most fundamental reason why the USA was not involved in 1939, 1940, and 1941, was APATHY.

Apathy is a master emotion because it makes people cool until there is nothing for them to do, or learn. And it subsumes the preceding one. Indeed, plutocracy is strong in the USA because people don’t care, or don’t care enough, about what they ought to care about. If the plutocracy wants them to watch sport on TV all day long and have no health insurance, so be it… (An example of apathy: Obama seems to be conniving all alone to provide Americans with public health care: but he gets no support from massive demonstrations, as he deserves)

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Conclusion: Parrots repeat the history they know, making lots of noise. But it does not mean they got it right. True, WWII and its 73 million killed happened in first order because of fascism in Germany. But, instead of talking about Munich, one does ask the proper question: Chamberlain gained time to build a modern Air Force, instead of the obsolete one Churchill wanted to mass produce right away. Munich was about whether Paris and Prague would fight Hitler alone, or whether France would wait until Britain had some combat capability (Britain had made a pact with Hitler in 1935, and was defenseless). These were details. The big picture about Munich was that the USA was not there. Its brain was completely missing.  Lack of intellectual activity, that is what apathy is. A-pathy: no-pain, no emotion.

The brain gets richer in a richer environment, but this environment, the brain itself can create. Those who only obsess about sport scores and reject intellectual debate as “arguments” (a pejorative term in the USA), fabricate for themselves an intellectually poor environment.

Apathy is still around, in the refusal to consider many important things (hence impoverishing one’s mental environment, thus encouraging more apathy, by having an ever more stupid brain). Apathy is what has to be fought now (with the telling fascination for being “cool”).

The fight against apathy, hence low mental performance, starts by shunning facile conventional wisdom, which can be as wrong as wrong can be. Obama just celebrated “Holy” books which have caused more people killed than any other ideologies, and that should get intellectuals going: was it good to kill all these people, was it “Holy”? After all, Hitler just renewed with the Catholic program against the Jews (among others). During the period 380 CE to 580 CE the Catholics engaged in deliberate wars of extermination, starting with a “war against the philosophers”, and then extending to millions. This little known fact is the major component of the Dark Ages. Just as dark as a SS uniform (actually the killers monks dressed all in black, later to be imitated by the Inquisition, and then the SS). Only some Jews, many Visigoths of Spain, and all the Franks escaped the Catholic holocaust (the fanatical Christians never forgave themselves to have spared the Jews, hence saint Louis and Luther’s rage against the Jews).

Oh Obama, inquiring minds will want to know what “Holy” means. How many million dead does it take to be “Holy”?

Another good subject of reflection: was giving as much money again to those who stole just as much, just before, crucial to the functioning of civilization as Obama knows it? That, and bombing Pakistan? Or, is fighting a nuclear war with a Taliban led Pakistan an important new stepping stone for the military-industrial complex? Because that is where we are going, this way, let me tell you.

And is fighting the greenhouse by burning ever more carbon, never taxing it, the American way to cook the planet? Or is it the way to organize the next holocaust, same as the old one, just way bigger? Just in case it does not work with Pakistan?

These are good, invigorating questions. They should rise the fires of the mind, and thus allow to eschew apathy.

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Patrice Ayme
http://patriceayme.com/

http://tyranosopher.blogspot.com/

 

P/S: 1) The reactions on the Internet to the preceding were of course insulting and uncomprehending. People know the propaganda they were taught, and consider an insult to ever find out their world picture was wrong.

Even when many simple questions are in their face, with obvious ugly answers. For example: why was the USA not at Munich? It  is one of the many simple questions which has no non paradigm shattering answer (there are many of these, such as the deliberate ignorance of the extermination). Before people get started to howl, a useful book is “IBM and the Holocaust” [Edwin Black, 2001]. That book, written by an American Jew, who wanted to know why there were IBM computers in all extermination camps, addresses only one of the hundreds of American corporations that were part of Hitler’s war machine.

Moreover, some of these corporations were the chicken to the Nazi egg. There is plenty of evidence that Henry Ford, and other plutocrats, flooded Hitler with money as early as 1922. The equivalent of dozens of millions of today’s dollars. At least. In other words, the plutocrats did not just support Hitler, they invented him.

Ford was the famous author of “The International Jew”. He also made cars (disclaimer: I have driven on of these for 15 years, and I must recognize it’s a good car).

 

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Britain had only a Navy in 1938

British planes were hopelessly obsolete. PM Chamberlain scrambled to get state of the art planes massively produced (Churchill’s advice was terrible in this matter: he advised to mass produce the obsolete planes; thankfully, he was not PM yet).

So Munich meant that France had to go at it alone, with Prague. The war would not have been over quickly.
France would have looked as an aggressor, losing moral superiority: there were three million Germans in the Sudeten Lands, occupied by Prague, the way they, and the Nazified Germans saw it.

Moreover, the French knew they were the object to the active enmity of the Americans (the emotion the extensive D Day ceremonies are supposed to soothe and totally cure). French policy since 1815 had been dominated with the principle of friendship and alliance and reunification with Great Britain. France had to wait for Britain to be ready. No reason to stress the relationship again considering the 100 years war (which lasted from 1337 until 1815, as everybody knows).

Another point was that the economic-military-industrial power of the French and British empires combined was much greater than that of Hitler’s Third Reich. the Nazis knew this perfectly well. 

Anyway, this was a red herring of sorts. Back to my question: where were the Americans in 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941? They were not even getting ready to play hero in 1944. They just liked it the way it was. 

STEALTH TERRORISM?

June 3, 2009

ILLUSTRATING WHY PHILOSOPHICAL PERFECTION IS A NATIONAL SECURITY MUST.

Reminder: On January 15, 2008, a U.S. federal judge ordered the Government of Libya and six of its officials to pay a total of approximately $6 billion in damages arising from the mid-air suitcase bombing of a French-operated UTA Flight 772, DC-10 wide-body jet, which was flying from N’djamena, Chad to Paris, France. The aircraft crashed into the Tenere Desert in northeastern Niger, killing all 170 people on board. The 1989 attack came only nine months after a similar suitcase bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, which killed 270 people.

The attacks were not revindicated, and it took a very long time for Western investigators to prove Libya’s culpability. Even though, who exactly gave the order(s) is not clear. Considering what passes for balanced mental activity in Libyan leadership, the worst would not be too surprising (namely that the Great Leader ordered the bombings himself, in which case he could have been tried for mass murder).

When Carter did nothing after a US Air Force AWACS was attacked, Libya engaged in bombings (for example in Berlin). Awkwardly, counterproductively, and amorally, Reagan finally reacted with a massive air raid which killed innocent people, including toddlers.

The next step for Libya was to try to terrify the French and American republics. The idea was apparently that they would then be cowed, a la Carter, and beg for mercy to the “Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab republic” (exact title). The key was not to accept responsibility, and make the French and American governments accept the message implicitly.

Why all the animosity? OK, I will not talk much about the famous verse of the Qur’an who says that Allah wants us to obey whoever detains power:

“O YE WHO BELIEVE! Obey Allah, and obey the messenger and OBEY THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE IN POWER.” (Quran’s fascist principle, S.4; v. 59). This is a fundamental part of the Quranic ideology that makes the Islamic religion hostile to democracy. It is not a question just of clash of civilizations, it is a question of the Qur’an wanting to make society into an army.

So countries where Islam reigns without sharing with any other ideology are always dictatorships. Dictators reign because of terror that they justify best by war with a foreign enemy. Name the country with undivided Islamic ideology, and many enemies can always be found, and an active war, justifying the dictatorship. That is why the Sultan of Turkey, even at the heights of the powers of the Ottoman empire, traveled with their treasures, all the way to the battlefield (because in a state of dictatorship, there is no law, hence no security, and even the dear leader is afraid…) Khadafi, the Great Leader, although an enemy of Muslim fundamentalism (which is why the Western powers, after the Iraq disaster, decided to not apply to him the treatment they gave Saddam Hussein), had to fight the West. War creates that atmosphere dictators need to breathe…

France fought an undeclared war against Libya for years, to block Libyan attempts to extent its violent influence to the south. The USA was implicitly backing France. In the end, in a measured response, France, the USA and Britain were able to put Libya back into reasonable control (in a rare success of Bush diplomacy, headed by Biden (!), Libya consented to give up its nuclear weapon program, something developed with the rogue Pakistani, Dr. Khan).

Fast forward to spring 2009. France just opened a new military basis in Abu Dhabi. Invited and paid by the United Arab Emirates. The base has state of the art stealth supersonic interceptors (Rafales). A stealth frigate and a spy ship so secret, journalists were kept away from it when president Sarkozy came to ceremoniously inaugurate it, were in attendance.

A sophisticated French military basis, right in the middle of the Middle Earth, 200 kilometers from Iran, is a strategic game changer. An attack on the Emirates is now an attack on France. The move is part of the long term strategy of the Emirates, which are trying to push forward a version of Islamic civilization far removed from Qur’an literalism (during the Golden Age of Islam, the Shariah was under construction, but not yet an imposition).

Next thing we know, an Air France Airbus 332, four year old, just out of revision, as sophisticated as any jet anywhere, cruising in the middle of the Atlantic, disintegrates over a vast distance (it seems), without the crew being able to send any message (although they had a plethora of systems to do so, are trained to do so immediately, and had three pilots on board). No revindications. Of course.

Does this mean that we are sure the plane was downed by terrorists? No. Actually, the few facts we have indicate rather the opposite. There are pages of automatic messages sent by the stricken plane indicating a succession of failures in crucial computer systems, something never seen before, and hard to reconcile with the effect of a conventional bomb. An exceptional thunderstorm, a kind the greenhouse effect should be making more and more of, seems more likely.

The aircraft flight plan led it straight through a massive Multicell Convective System of thunderstorms which was at peak intensity. Clouds were rising fast, which makes them hard to detect on radar (http://www.weathergraphics.com/tim/af447/). Vertical winds of the order of 200 kmh have been detected by satellite. 

In any case, this mysterious tragedy is a reminder that the possibility of terror itself is something that can only get worse, if we do not take drastic measures. One cannot let the situation rot, as in, say, Afghanistan.

The drastic measures, though, cannot come from conventional military means, such as the USA is still presently naively using in Afghanistan and Pakistan. One cannot philosophically police a country by bombing the population, ordering it around, or terrorizing it. It has to be reasoned, instead.

Similarly, Israel’s brute force approach to its existential problem cannot go anywhere close to the best outcome. 

Only new PHILOSOPHICAL approaches will bring better outcomes. Philosophy, applied to everyday life, is the difference between the most civilized people and blood thirsty savages.

To abate their rage, the opponents of the West have to be seduced by the advantages of the West. So one has to have a fully functional Western civilization to seduce with. Not the civilization of Enron, or Goldman Sachs, or of AIG and the TARP. Not the civilization of the plutocracy. (In particular, although sexist, bellicose and enslaving, Islam, at least as depicted by the Qur’an, has a strong equalitarian, even socialist and anti-capitalist ideology; thus it can easily attract those disgusted by the plutocracy, and that is exactly an old argument of the Qaeda.)

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Conclusion: Whether we like it or not, it’s just one world. One small world. There is no space for rogues. The potential power of rogues has never been greater. That is one reason to not tolerate Cheney’s rogue ideology, and it is exactly the same reason for not tolerating rogue regimes either. The bottom line is that Cheney says to the entire planet that the West is disgusting, and should be fought: Cheney compromises the security of the West. Certainly more so than the North Korean nuclear dynasty, which could be crushed, if it attacked. Many would die, but it would be done.

But how would you crush billions of souls stealthily poisoned by a hefty dose of hatred for the degenerated travesty of the West ex Vice President Cheney has assaulted us all with? Thus philosophical triage requires us to deal with Cheney and company as a priority. A good way to improve air safety, and, indeed, planetary security. 

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Patrice Ayme

 

Note on aviation safety: 1) Some software modifications of the automatic transmission system the Airbus was carrying would allow to replace many, if not most, of the functions of “black boxes”. As a plane crashes, the automatics could send the data to satellite, as the A 332 did. 

2) The Airbus was equipped with two radars. But radars see only as far as the next anvil thunder cloud. It cannot see the ones behind. There could be a trap behind, with convective cells everywhere.

AF 447 flew through a terrible Multi Convective Cell system for 15 minutes before disintegrating. Air turbulence as high as 9 (nine) g, nine times the acceleration of gravity from air turbulence have been measured. Under such an acceleration, a 250 tons widebody jet weights 2,250 tons, more than the space shuttle at take off, and of course it will disintegrate. 

Meteorological data should be downloaded to planes in real time from satellite, and the crew could map out, in real time, what to do.  As the greenhouse keeps on augmenting, the violence of storms has done so, at least anecdotally. Some large planes have recently found themselves upside down, something that did not use to occur. 

3) The clouds of Inter Tropical Convergence Zone are the highest in the world, because the troposphere is the highest in the tropics (the sun energy brings warm wet air incredibly high, and then it flows north, where it cools, drops and feed back the lower elevation trade winds. On the trajectory of AF 447, clouds went at least to 15,300 meters, nearly ten miles high. (As determined from space data later.)

Only Concorde could fly higher than this.

At high altitude, there is less air drag, and this is why planes fly there, and can go faster than trains (the Japanese experimental maglev and French TGV got limited at 580 kmh from air resistance…). But that less dense air carries less, and planes, cruising as economically as possible are not far from the speed at which air would not carry them enough, and they would stall. It is a question of 100 kmh at most. Once again a problem that Concorde, moving at 600 meters per second (2,000 ft/sec) had less of.

But there may be some mitigation possible. Modern airliners have winglets at the end of their wings, little wings that point vertically. The idea is to reduce the vortex a wing creates. Because of the pressure difference between the upper and lower surfaces of the wing (the difference which provides with lift) air rushes at the extremity of the wing in a curling pattern, and the vertical wing reduces that vertex (which the plane drags with itself).

To have a fixed wing sticking up all the time is a waste, and Boeing and Airbus are studying how to make them mobile. By putting them flat, they would give greater lift. An application (besides lower speeds for take of and landing) could be to fly higher when need be (after all the subsonic U2 could fly as high as Concorde, because it had giant wings).

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