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THOUGHT CRIME DEFINED As A Guilty Act

February 19, 2016

MORAL IMPERATIVE: CORRECT THINKING

Abstract: Correct Thinking is a moral imperative. Acting correctly is a completely different moral imperative from thinking correctly. Thus a modern morality will focus first on correct thinking, Philosophically Correct thinking (PhC), which is often the exact opposite of PC (Politically Correct). Socrates’ tragic fate is all about the distinction between PhC and PC. Socrates practiced PhC, and that violated PC.

As Correct Thinking costs little, and is preliminary, I advocate it as a moral imperative, independently of the prospect of turning it into action. That’s why I am sometimes in agreement, on very precise points, with Putin, Bush, Stalin, Hitler, or even Rousseau or Hume.

This Entire Logic Can Be Transported Metalogically, As A Guilty Neurology, Being A Physical Object, Is A Guilty Act

This Entire Logic Can Be Transported Metalogically, As A Guilty Neurology, Being A Physical Object, Is A Guilty Act

This is not an easy essay, because, in the end, a distinction emerges similar to that between mathematics and metamathematics, and the notion of Thought Crime, the building of a guilty neurology, appears. It is to Mens Rea what mathematics is mathematics, or any metalogic, to logic. But, with an important difference: a neurology is a physical object, so building a guilty neurology is a meta Actus Reus.

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The butchery in Syria confuses critters with weaker minds (this is why Putin is cutting through them as a hot knife in butter: Putin, being simple and brutal, is not confused). The confusion is understandable: half a million people killed, just because the no major Western power had the guts to come in (say from Lebanon), and by air, and take out the hereditary Assad dictatorship. The way things are going, one can expect millions of people killed.

There are those who don’t mind, because for them, a dead Syrian is a liberated Syrian. There are much more people who hate war, and conflict in general, so they prefer not to think about it. That attitude has been encouraged by the plutocrats and the media they own, and the books they publish: if people fear conflicts, they will have none with plutocrats, and plutocracy will grow. London is the number one financial center in the world, thus friendly to Assad’s plutocratic family, and was not interested in attacking what feeds it. That left the USA and France to dispose of Assad, but Obama did not have the balls. At the last minute.

Thus a course in moral catastrophe was engaged, which Roger Cohen justly condemns (see Syrian White Rose).

Philip Gordon was for a few years Obama’s “Special Assistant to the Greater Middle East, now he is “Senior Fellow at the . Gordon mixes up not just completely different, but even antagonistic notions: He claims: “In Iraq, the U.S. intervened and occupied, and the result was a costly disaster. In Libya, the U.S. intervened and did not occupy, and the result was a costly disaster. In Syria, the U.S. neither intervened nor occupied, and the result is a costly disaster.”

You, Gordon, and your ilk, are a costly disaster. Either you confuse everything, or you are a liar, or, more probably, both, because your brain is lazy, and you believe you can get away with it morally. Well, I say you are a sinner, and I am happy the USA bombed the Islamists in Libya today (precision strike which destroyed a building full of foreign ISIL Islamists).

It’s a shame that this sort of idiocy is quoted with approval everywhere (all the way to France by Lea Salame’). Equating the perverse, mass murdering invasion of Iraq by the USA, and the saintly, delicate, punctual French intervention in Libya, is not just idiotic, but a thought crime. (Coming from one of Obama’s own advisers shows, clearly, that we don’t need to have an extreme right wing American plutocratic president to have perversity in command.)

As a reminder: the USA invaded Iraq because of greed and satanic rage. Once there, it violated massively the Geneva Convention by firing the entire Iraqi army (some of it is now the core of the Islamist State), and dismantling the state ), while not enforcing order (hence the theft of museums and archeological sites among other depredations) All this is explicitly outlawed by the Geneva Convention.

In Syria the French Air Force intervened and destroyed the dictator’s tank army reaching the suburbs of Benghazi. The USA intervened several hours later by taking out the Libyan overall air defense system (the French had taken out the mobile anti-aircraft systems of the tank army by using the full capability of the Rafale and its Spectre system made by Thales).

I was the first (I know of) who advocated to take out Qaddafi (plutocratic philosopher BHL followed later).

There was a butchery in Iraq, there is one in Syria, there was none in Libya (Qaddafi and his goons were taken out). Libya,  gigantic country and one of the oldest civilization, with the oldest alphabet still in use, has to free itself of its Muslim past.

Now I will explain why Obama’s attack on the Islamist State in Libya today was Philosophically Correct (PhC).

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Having The Right Mind Comes Is Necessary, Prior & Distinct From Committing The Right Action:

In the last 25 centuries, Western Law, written in Latin learned to distinguish “Mens Rea” (Guilty Mind) and “Actus Reus” (Guilty Act). To be guilty in the eyes of the law, one has to have made a guilty act, with a guilty mind. Actus reus non facit reum nisi mens sit rea, which means “the act is not culpable unless the mind is guilty”.

That distinction, fundamental to law, should be extended to morality. It is difficult to commit an innocent act, if one does not have an innocent mind.

There are two fundamental realms, two fundamental modes of behavior: the mental and the actual. It is important to distinguish them. In the first one, one learns to think correctly. In the second, one behaves correctly, accordingly. The mental always comes before the actual..

The distinction is important, and eminently practical because, confronted to evil, people often say:”What can I do?” Then they conclude that they can do nothing, and thus, should put the subject out of their mind.

Actually, once they learn to distinguish the mental and the actual, they can do something: they can learn, and think correctly, and learn to think correctly. Prior to any physical action, one has to have have a correct mentality.

One can be in a wheelchair, unable to act, and still one is able to think correctly to the best of one’s ability.

To be human in the mental realm is to find and tell the truth to the best of one’s ability. To ignore the truth, to refuse to search for it, is inhuman. In the mental realm, doing nothing to know evil, is doing everything to encourage it.

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How Establishing Guilty Neurology Becomes A Crime:

When the Romans thought of “Mens Rea”, the guilty mind, they had no idea of how the mind worked. Now we do. Building a neurology is an act. Building a guilty neurology is a guilty act.

To come back to the case of Philip Gordon: he is a typical thought criminal, his mind has failed to make crucial distinctions: Iraq = Libya, France = G. W. Bush. And he is intelligent enough to make these distinctions (meta mens rea). Yet he refuses to make them although this has grave consequences (Actus Reus by creating guilty neurological circuitry). Then he uses this all together (concurrence), to further his career (greed through thought criminal intent).

Patrice Ayme’

On The Insolence, & Power, of Plutocrats

February 18, 2016

The American NSA and French intelligence have agreed that the Paris attacks were made possible by unbreakable phone encryption. Their preparations would have been detected otherwise, as they involved communications between a number of countries and were prepared proximally from Belgium.

Apple Inc, whose boss is a dark clad plutocrat named Cook has refused, in spite of a judge’s order to allow the FBI to know the secrets inside Islamist State (inspired) terrorists in San Bernardino, California, who killed many.

The insolence, and impudence, of plutocrats knows no bounds.

Disunion Jack? Nice Flag, Too Bad The Craziness

Disunion Jack? Nice Flag, Too Bad The Craziness

Let me remind plutocrats that we have not yet formally switched to… plutocracy. They don’t command.

Apparently Apple believes it is Big Brother. But who elected them? Money? The State is supposed to represent We The People. Maybe the present state does not do this well, but then it can be modified. Putting plutocrats and tax avoiding ultra wealthy corporations in charge, is no solution.

By protecting the communications of mass murderers, Apple Inc. has clearly gone off the deep end.

In other news, a European conference among the principals is doing “all it can” (“Alles tun” said Frau Kanzler Merkel) to keep Great Britain in the EU. Well, Europe may be better without British obstruction and day-dreaming. Many of the English who fear Europe are typically losers who drank the imperial kool aid of an empire which is no more. The empire, now, however weak, is Europe, not the British empire.

Fear what you ask for. The problem of the millions of Brits who live outside of the United Kingdom and who would be left stranded by “Brexit” is easy to solve: they should be given expeditious ways to acquire the citizenship of their country of residence.

Thus a British citizen whose family lives in France, and who works in London should be offered French citizenship, and Great Britain forced to accept the same sort of treaties that France has with Switzerland.

The latest polls give 54% for Brexit, the British Exit. PM Cameron thunders that his intent is clear: to stay inside the European Union. Then why the vote in 127 days? It’s not like the Brits did not already vote. They did, at 67%. Everybody is angry against the European Commission in Brussels. Well, then, fix it.

But behaving as if Britain, or, more exactly, England, could set sail to somewhere southeast of New Zealand is beyond grotesque.

And how did we get there? The plutocrats who increasingly rule Britain, just as those who rule the USA, or the world (they are all the same), continually accuse the European Commission in Brussels of malfeasance… to hide their own. The EC is just the executive arm of the EU, and it is increasingly directed by the European Parliament, let alone the continual meetings of the European elected leaders with each other (as they are doing today with the British case). The EC has tended to bother cheese makers, rather than the plutocrats who pull the strings. This can all, and should be, fixed.

Countless plutocratic corporations, including Apple, have avoided taxation, and the EC has let it happen all too long. It just woke up to the fact IKEA forgot to pay a billion Euros in taxes. Well…

All what the plutocratic corporations tend to do is to bog down society in useless years of litigation against democracy. Apple Inc. wants to protect dead terrorists, and the psycho plots of plutocrats would only bring years of litigation between the EU and the UK, and between Brits and their own government, all this to end with an independent Scotland joining the EU, while England finds it does not enjoy the affection Switzerland got through 600 treaties with the EU… However, lunacy is the best way for the mighty to lead We The People by the nose.

A great part of English wealth, at this point, comes precisely from immigration of other Europeans to Britain, and, even more, from Franco-Germania closing its collective eyes to the general tax evasion and financial manipulations centered on London, while it profits of a nebulous galaxy of semi-dominions such as the isles of Man, and Jersey, or the British Virgin islands, or making financial conspiracies so dark and outrageous, that they are unlawful in New York. If Brexit happens, don’t expect that Franco-Germania will tolerate it anymore.

And this is why, precisely, and unfortunately, Brexit will not happen. I guess. But the law of unfortunate consequences all too often rules. Norway, or Switzerland, are not members of the European Union (although they are members of Schengen, the passport free area, which the UK does not belong to). However, they both contribute to the European Union budget. The fools who will vote for Britain to get out of the EU do not seem to realize this: Norway and Switzerland are still in Europe, and have to make do with the European superpower (Franco-Germania). Brexit will make Franco-Germania stronger, and thus Britain weaker (projections are that the UK will lose 3% of GDP, Germany, just .3%).

Well, whatever. The Europe empire, the ability of Europeans to command to the crooks of giant corporations, has to rise. English plutocracy is in the way: sweep it out there, and make compost with it.

NSA ought to be under WE THE PEOPLE’s Command (Imperium in Latin). That is not, is extremely deplorable. But it has to be fixed. Snowden should not perhaps get the Order of Merit, fleeing to Putin and what not, but some of what it did is extremely important, and commendable.

Apple has amply demonstrated, that, in spirit, it’s not just plutocratic (Crook is filthy rich), but an outlaw (literally). Apple outlawed profit processing, & that of other pluto corporations, depends upon total secrecy in how it makes money circulate thru filth. We The People can only rule if we can see what the criminals are plotting. Apple, and its ilk, have for business model, though, secrecy. To escape taxes, pay politicians serving them, violating the spirit of the law, and trampling human rights by feeding inequality to the point of inequity… Plus selling personal information, and manipulating public opinion to the point of madness (see the Iraq invasion, the inability of people to comprehend that the Clintons sold them to financiers, the sleight of hand of the 2008 crash, when Transfer of Assets to Rich People was effected, Brexit, etc.).

We The People should have every right in the world to extend the tendrils of surveillance all over. OUR surveillance, under OUR watch. It’s now technically possible, having access to Uranium ore, to make a nuclear bomb in a basement (with laser separation). Let alone make ricin in a tiny lab, etc… Actually since 9/11, the water networks, in countries such as France are watched exquisitely.

Immense powers require now immense surveillance, and we should start with spying all the phones of all the plutocratic corporations, to find out where they hid all the money, they stole from us, and who they pay, among our so-called leaders who are busy bossing us around, and spying on us illegally.

Plutocracy without secrecy is an apple without cyanide: not lethal, delicious to eat. The secret of Brexit: a plutocratic plot so twisted it is turning into its own demise.

We live in a wonderful world: everyday our power on the physical world augments. But that means the power of corporations, and of the richest, augments ever more. We have to watch them carefully to check they are not violating the spirit of the laws. And the same goes for individuals. Freedom and surveillance are two aspects of the same coin.

Surveillance is a direct consequence of the advancement of technology, and, thus, of liberty. Liberty means power, power means surveillance.

Patrice  Ayme’

From Sentience, To Reason & Philosophy

February 17, 2016

Why Is It Modern To Study Ancient Philosophy?

Because one studies this way the roots of reason, as first put into digital form (that’s what writing is). One does not study ancient physics, so why ancient philosophy? Well, one should study ancient physics, that would be an occasion to mention obvious mistakes one is tempted to do, but that one should NOT to do when interpreting nature.

For example, Aristotle believed that one needed to keep on applying a force to keep on moving. That was a curious mistake: anybody running fast, or, a fortiori, galloping on top of a horse, realizes that air resistance is what necessitates to keep on applying a force. And that’s why arrows have the shape they have.

One could make arrows with other shapes: emperor Commodus amused himself by firing in the arena arrows with a crescent shaped blade. Commodus was an athlete of great physical beauty and power (said various contemporaries). The sharp crescent would hit an ostrich’s neck, and the bird would run without a head, to the amusement of spectators (they better be amused).

In serious usage arrows had a very aerodynamic shape (and even could be made to stabilize by rotation thanks to their back feathers).

Humans and Horses Are Capable of Reason. Human Reason Was Communicated to the Horse, and This Is How Horses Learn To Jump

Humans and Horses Are Capable of Reason. Human Reason Was Communicated to the Horse, and This Is How Horses Learn To Jump

[I have practiced that sport, by the way… In Africa, with stallions. Definitively, a good obstacle rider has to be able to able to communicate… reason (what else?) to the horse, in a spirit of trust and conviviality! Otherwise, death and mayhem may result… Aristotle was definitively not a rider, while Xenophon, general, superlative philosopher, and horse breeder, was.]

It took 16 centuries to correct Aristotle’s confusion of aerodynamic resistance and violation of inertia. Buridan, a physicist, philosopher and mathematician, was the first to do so, with his theory of impetus. (Even then he got confused in some detailed examples.)

Explaining to children Aristotle’s mistake should be part of the (early) teaching of physics.

In “Why is ancient philosophy still relevant?”, February 16, 2016, Massimo Pigliucci ponders:

“Why on earth am I devoting years of my life to studying (and practicing) Stoicism? Good question, I’m glad you asked. Seriously, it would seem that the whole idea of going back two millennia to seek advice on how to live one’s life is simply preposterous.

Have I not heard of modern science? Wouldn’t psychology be a better source of guidance, for instance? And even philosophy itself, surely it has moved beyond the ancient Greco-Romans by now, yes?”

Massimo finds the answer in eternal human nature:

“…there is clearly something that the Stoics, the Epicureans, the Peripatetics (followers of Aristotle), the Buddhist, the Confucianists and so forth clearly got right. There is something they thought about and taught to their students that still resonates today, even though we obviously live in a very different environment, socially, technologically, and otherwise.

The answer, I think, is to be found in the relative stability of human nature. This is a concept on which the Hellenistic philosophers relied heavily, though they didn’t use that specific term.”

Notice, by the way, that all our mathematics and physics rest on what the Ancient Greeks knew which happened to be right (although much of their mathematics came from Egypt, for example “Euclid’s Theorem”; also the Greek had modern number system half baked, the final baking happened in India, and were christened “Arabic Numerals”, although they were brought to the West by a Persian…)

Thinking works in a hierarchized way: from the obvious to the extremely subtle revealed by the latest neurology. The Greeks were the first to write extensively on the first aspects of thinking, so their considerations have to be considered first, whenever one studies thinking. So they stay first, and always will, as long as the memory of the past survives.

Massimo: “For Aristotle, humans were essentially rational (meaning capable of reason) social animals. The Stoics agreed, and in fact their theory of oikeiosis (“familiarization”) was essentially an account of developmental moral psychology… Crucially, although other primates seem to share in our natural instinct for sociability, they are incapable of extending it by reason.”

And the big question is: what is reason?

Reason can be put in words, thus expressed digitally. But it can also be transferred by a drawing (that’s not digital). Basically reason is neurology that works, and which can be transferred to other minds.

So reason can be transferred to a dog, or a horse (say when one teaches a horse to jump obstacles).

A sentient animal is one with feelings, it can reason. However, it cannot communicate that reason easily. Although it can learn through communications: songbirds are known to learn from other birds, more or less well, to make more or less complicated songs: educating birds to make mini symphonies is national craze in Indonesia.

Philosophy is the study of reason for reason’s sake. Animals do not do that industrially, nor tribally, but our species and two or three before that, obviously do.

Patrice Ayme’

Marcus Aurelius, INTELLECTUAL FASCIST: Why Rome Fell (Part VIII)

February 16, 2016

Imperator Caesar Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus (“Marcus Aurelius”) is generally revered both as emperor and philosopher. Both attitudes are grievously erroneous, and have a bearing to what very serious people have considered, ever since, as the highest wisdom to be embraced when trying to lead civilization, or the individual lives which sustain it. I will presently roll out some (new) reasons why the Marcus Aurelius’ cult is so wrong.

What endangered the Roman State? The question has been considered since the Third Century’s turmoil, the time of the “Barrack Emperors”, which started with the elimination of young emperor Alexander Severus, for buying the Germans, instead of crushing them.

In 360 CE emperor Julian explained why Christianism was bringing Romanitas down. Christians worshipped a secondary and “evil God” (and that the Serpent, bringing knowledge, was “good”!). Julian removed Christianism’s extravagant privileges (such as the right to execute heretics). However, Julian ruled only three years as Augustus (after 5 years as “Caesar”, subordinate emperor). Immediately thereafter, the Christians came back with great vengeance, burning libraries to the ground.

Inventor Of Intellectual Fascism Catches Flies With Philosophical Honey

Inventor Of Intellectual Fascism Catches Flies With Philosophical Honey

The thesis that Christianism nearly destroyed civilization is obviously true, and was supported in detail by Gibbon in the Decline and Fall of Rome (eighteenth century). However, it’s not the whole story. In truth, it’s plutocracy which brought Rome down, through a succession of ever more dreadful instruments to insure its reign. Christianism was only plutocracy’s latest weapon of civilizational destruction. Political and intellectual fascisms had arrived centuries earlier, rabid theocracy was only a twist therefrom.

Marcus Aurelius, emperor from 161 to 180 was the last of theFive Good Emperors” (his abominable son succeeded Marcus at the grand old age of nineteen). Marcus is also considered one of the most important Stoic philosophers. Generally revered, he will be condemned here as a stealthy, sneaky, subterraneous yet explicit proponent of INTELLECTUAL FASCISM. Marcus’ elevation of Intellectual Fascism to a virtue explains a lot of things, from the “Fall of Rome” to the present sorry state of world governance.

I agree that this is shocking, and all the little ones will run for cover, squealing: Marcus Aurelius has a saintly, superficially justified reputation (and that, per se, is revealing: Marcus is a bit to philosophy what Einstein is to physics: a naked emperor whom the commons imagine fully dressed; critters prefer to have 140 characters anchored by a few celebrities they adore, like simple baboons adore the alpha females and males).

Even more shocking, Stoicism is supposed to be the behavior one adopts when a victim of fascism. Thus Stoicism is a behavior one would not expect from a proponent of fascism…. Until one realizes that, precisely, stoicism is, par excellence, the behavior in the masses which makes fascism possible. So Marcus fed what made him possible.

So let me severely criticize, as deserved, the following passage of Marcus Aurelius kindly provided by Massimo Pigliucci:

There are four principal aberrations of the superior faculty against which you should be constantly on your guard, and when you have detected them, you should wipe them out and say on each occasion thus: this thought is not necessary; this tends to destroy social union; this which you are going to say comes not from the real thoughts — for you should consider it among the most absurd of things for a man not to speak from his real thoughts. But the fourth is when you shall reproach yourself for anything, for this is an evidence of the diviner part within you being overpowered and yielding to the less honorable and to the perishable part, the body, and to its gross pleasures. (Meditations XI.19)”

[I don’t understand Marcus’ last sentence, he seems to take himself for god, but that’s besides the points I will make, so I will ignore this obscure sentence. I will address the two “principal aberrations” accented above. They define what wrecked the Roman State, what will wreck any state, and any civilization: intellectual fascism in its purest form for the first one, and even explicit political fascismo for the second.]

This thought is not necessary.” Says Marcus Aurelius. The emperor calls the apparition of ‘unnecessary thought’ one of the “four principal aberrations”. Sorry, Your Highness. When is a thought not necessary? When it’s not necessary to Your Excellency? And if a thought is necessary, what is it necessary for? Necessary to worship you and your kind, such as your five year old son, Commodus, whom you made a Caesar then, such a genius he was? No Roman emperor had been that grotesque, prior to you. Is that a non-necessary thought?

Is a thought then necessary when it embraces the desire of been guided by only a few thoughts reigning over the entire mind, just as Marcus Aurelius reigned over all men? In other words, is a thought necessary, and only then, when it embraces intellectual fascism? Or is that the big “stoic” philosopher thinks like the general of an army (something he was)..

Another of the Marcus’ “four principal aberrations” is lying… or more exactly “you should consider it among the most absurd of things for a man not to speak from his real thoughts”. In other words, the idea of “bad faith”. To trash and condemn Bad Faith is good. Many philosophers have done it, all the way up to Sartre. But then notice that Marcus Aurelius puts ‘unnecessary thoughts’ in the same category as “Bad Faith”.

Marcus also frowns on as a ‘principal aberration’: Any “thought [which] destroys social union”. Thus “social union” is part of the leading intellectual principles which should rule on the realm of ideas, just as Marcus Aurelius rules on men.

Now, any mental progress will disrupt brains, thus the “social union”. A society which knows “social union” and no revolution is condemned to stagnate mentality until the situation becomes uncontrollable. And this is exactly what happened to Rome the day Marcus died and his teenage son succeeded to him. A spectacular fall, driven by his son Commodus’ fateful decisions, in a matter of days, from which the Roman State never recovered.

Marcus Aurelius had decided that embracing intellectual fascism was the highest behavior, and imposed for more than two decades on 25% of humanity. I would suggest removing that element, that drive to mental shrinkage, from modern stoicism.

Those who know the history of the period with enough detail will not be surprised by my scathing critique. Instead they will realize that this was the missing piece to the logic of the disaster which befell civilization.

Indeed, immediately after Marcus Aurelius’ death Caesar Marcus Aurelius Commodus Antoninus Augustus (“Commodus”), at the grand old age of 19, inverted all his father’s decisions (after saying he won’t).

Where did Commodus’ madness come from? Commodus, had been named “Caesar” at age 5… by his father, the great stoic parrot. How wise is that? It would feed megalomania, and indeed, Commodus was much more megalomaniac than the present leader of North Korea.

Commodus was accused of being a megalomaniac, in his lifetime. Commodus renamed Rome Colonia Commodiana, the “Colony of Commodus”. He renamed the months of the year after titles held in his honour, namely, Lucius, Aelius, Aurelius, Commodus, Augustus, Herculeus, Romanus, Exsuperatorius, Amazonius, Invictus, Felix, and Pius. Commodus renamed the Roman Senate the Commodian Fortunate Senate, and the Roman people were given the name Commodianus.

Cassius Dio, a senator and historian who lived during the reign of both Commodus and his father wrote that, with the accession of Commodus, “our history now descends from a kingdom of gold to one of iron and rust, as affairs did for the Romans of that day.” Soon, it would descend even lower, in part because Marcus’ poisonous ideas would be revered so much.

It is probable that Marcus Aurelius was assassinated by his 19 year old son (officially Marcus died suddenly of the “plague”; but sophisticated poisons were well known, and had been used before in imperial affairs: Tiberius, the second Roman emperor, did not realize, for more than 15 years, that his two own adult sons, both of the most famous generals, had been poisoned to death by Rome’s prefect Sejanus: that was revealed after Sejanus tried a coup, and his accomplices talked). Commodus would kill his own sister shortly after his accession (she had opposed him).

In a way, Marcus’ assassination was well deserved. His superficially noble, but deeply despicable stoicism, and his brazen advocacy of political and intellectual fascism enabled Roman plutocracy to own the entire empire as if it were its own colony.

Whereas imperator Trajan had brought up taxes on the wealthiest to make education free for poor children, Marcus Aurelius went the other way: he did not have enough money to pay the army, when savage German tribes were trying to cut the empire, civilization, in two.

Some may sneer that I am condemning Marcus Aurelius for an unfortunate passage or two. Not so. Marcus’ entire work, both in philosophy, and as imperator, is an extension of his fundamental view that thinking should be restricted to what was useful. As if one could know in advance what thinking will be useful for. In his context, to boot, what Marcus meant by “useful” was what was useful to him, the one who proffered the thought.

Thought reduced to what was useful to just One, the One? How much more stupid and immoral can one be?

Nowadays, we face the fast rise of colossal inequalities which foster impoverishment, be it material, intellectual, or even cognitive. We have to realize that some of the apparently wisest, most respected and ancient philosophy is fully compatible with, and an engine of, this lamentable development.

Philosophy, poorly done, is the ultimate propaganda for the demise of the many by the self-chosen few.

Patrice Ayme’

Supreme Joke

February 14, 2016

The USA is endowed with a “Supreme Court”, which is mentioned in a few words in the initial document establishing the Constitution of the USA. It was not meant as a Constitutional Court, but came to be progressively used that way. Thus a few individuals named for life have enormous powers. Such a system is intrinsically diabolical (thus friendly to the Lord of Hell, Pluto).

Power corrupts, and supreme power, especially in matter of justice, corrupts supremely.

Enormous powers for the few in matter of justice is not democracy. In the Athenian Direct Democracy, some juries had to have a quorum of 6,001 (yes, more than six thousands, depending upon the gravity of the matter). The Athenian system, established more than 2,500 years ago, was not perfect. Ours is clearly anti-democratic.

Scaglia was a judge named for life at the Supreme Court by Ronald Reagan in 1986. Reagan’s education was sport announcer, and then actor. Reagan avoided combat in World War Two, but knew how to leverage McCarthyism. That made him a perfect politician to serve the satanic ones. Reagan became governor of California, where he imposed a tuition on the PUBLIC university of California.

Imagine the enormity: a public service became the exclusive province of the rich. That was just the beginning.

No Plutocracy Is Strong Enough

No Plutocracy Is Strong Enough

After this important symbolic victory, plutocracy flew from success to success. Now tuition at the so-called “public” University of California can be as much as a third of median family income in the USA (the income before taxes, social security, health insurance, etc.). So this distinguished plutophile, Reagan, was fully qualified to name a king of justice to rule over the USA.

That king was Scaglia. Scaglia was the leader of the “conservatives” at the Supreme Court Of The US (SCOTUS). He flew from success to success.

In 2000, SCOTUS stopped the recount of the vote for the presidential election of the USA. The difference of votes between Bush and Gore was around 300 (three hundred) votes, in favor of Bush. Gore had asked for a recount, and Florida law, when it was that close, required a recount. (Had Florida gone to the Gore, Gore, who was only five electoral votes behind Bush, would have been 45 votes ahead, and be elected President. Moreover Gore had won the popular vote.)

Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz, wrote:

[T]he decision in the Florida election case may be ranked as the single most corrupt decision in Supreme Court history, because it is the only one that I know of where the majority justices decided as they did because of the personal identity and political affiliation of the litigants. This was cheating, and a violation of the judicial oath.[57]

At an election night party, “Justice” Sandra Day O’Connor became upset when the media announced that Gore had won Florida, her husband explaining that they would have to wait another four years before retiring to Arizona.[59] However, both Justices remained on the Court beyond President Bush’s first term, until Rehnquist’s death in 2005 and O’Connor’s retirement in 2006. According to Steven Foster of the Manchester Grammar School:

“On the eve of the election Sandra Day O’Connor had made a public statement that a Gore victory would be a personal disaster for her. Clarence Thomas’s wife was so intimately involved in the Bush campaign that she was helping to draw up a list of Bush appointees more or less at the same time as her husband was adjudicating on whether the same man would become the next President. Finally, Antonin Scalia’s son was working for the firm appointed by Bush to argue his case before the Supreme Court, the head of which was subsequently appointed as Solicitor-General.”[60]

In 2013, retired “Justice” Sandra Day O’Connor, who voted with the majority, suggested that perhaps the Court should have declined to hear the case, which “gave the court a less-than-perfect reputation”.

The interpretation of the details can be argued. The basic point, though, is that enormous influence is exerted by putting so much power in a few hands, and it extends to their entourage. For example the Chelsea Clinton of the Clinton Foundation is in charge of fighting pollution in California (yes, more than weird; more exactly she finances, through the Clinton Foundation a private company which sells devices which detect pollution; why should it concern Europeans? Because some day it’s that company, ultimately financed by taxpayers in the USA, and then scaled up, which will be in charge of measuring pollution in Europe).

Gore dropped his lawsuit, and was rewarded by a gigantic fortune and the Nobel Prize (sounds familiar?)

Is the USA a democracy? No. Officially, Gore beat Bush by more than half a million votes:

Winner:   50,456,062 votes Main Opponent:   50,996,582

Then, of course, there was the “Citizen United” decision. Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, No. 08-205, 558 U.S. 310 (2010), is a U.S. constitutional law case approving the unbounded, uncontrolled spending in political campaigns by (PLUTOCRATIC) organizations. The United States Supreme Court held that the First Amendment prohibited the government from restricting independent political expenditures by a nonprofit corporation (such as all and any “charity” financed by plutocrats, or, as they love to call themselves, “philanthropists”) . Then SCOTUS extended that to for-profit corporations, and other associations. By allowing unlimited election spending by individuals and corporations, the decision has “re-shaped the political landscape” of the United States.

The USA, formerly a republic, went, with the Supreme Court’s “Citizens United”, from de facto plutocracy to formal constitutional plutocracy.

Even Jeb Bush, one of its main beneficiaries, wants to get rid of the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision. He said: “this is a ridiculous system we have now where you have campaigns that struggle to raise money directly and they can’t be held accountable for the spending of the super PAC that’s their affiliate”.

Why do nine judge 320 millions? Some will say: expertise. However, the SCOTUS was not created as Constitutional Court. Other countries have specialized Constitutional Courts. In a country such as France, there are actually four distincts “supreme courts”: the Cour de Cassation, the Conseil d’Etat, the Constitutional Court, and the European Supreme Court. It all depends what the conflict is about. None of these judges are there forever, and they can be, and have been, impeached.

In any case, now plutocracy is the Constitutional Law of the land in the USA.

So it is, when too much power goes in too few hands.

And it has an impact, worldwide as the USA, as the world’s most powerful nation, anchor of nearly all the world’s major institutions, is the conductor of the world’s symphony, the One Way Descent to Hell.

So RIP Scaglia, we are left to enjoy the hell you organized for us, serving your masters well.

We write, and some will read. But will it reach? Did Montaigne become Montaigne because he was a close friend of the king and many other plutocrats paid attention to what he wrote? Probably. Some may have written better, and disappeared in a night, which they never left.

Still we go, as humanity always did.

Thought without passion is like motion, without motivation. A parody of humanity. A demolition, of incarnation. Existence, without sentience.

The supreme joke is on those Very Serious People who never understood that their supreme greed, is not just pathetic, but actually comical.

Not so, will the Supremes object: our refined pleasure is the power we have on you, and how much we can make you suffer: “Citizens United”. Sure, I agree. Sadism rules, and not just in black robes, my point entirely. Power enables cruelty to become supreme, and forget, in the thrall of passion, the frailty of the human condition. This is true, but it’s not just.

Patrice Ayme’

Gravitational Waves Directly Detected

February 11, 2016

How Were Gravitational Waves detected?

By two detectors in the USA, one in Washington State, the other in Louisiana (detecting in one place would have been enough; in two places at the same time, the finding is overwhelming certain; the National Science Foundation of the USA had spent $1.1 billion, over 40 years, on that research). The detectors were simplicity themselves in concept: just a light interferometer to measure the distance between mirrors: light is split, sent in two perpendicular directions, and then re-united with itself. If one of the branches vary slightly in length relative to the other as a gravitational waves passes, an interference will show up. However mirrors hanging from pendulum hanging from pendulums five times, the whole thing in an anti-vibration machine had to be realized in half a dozen places in a chain of reflections and interference.

What are these Gravitational Waves?

As far as existing gravitation theory has it, distortion in space (and, thus time: time and space are related by the speed of light, c).

A Field Carries Away A Wave Just As A Whip Does

A Field Carries Away A Wave Just As A Whip Does

What Was Detected:

Einstein’s Gravitation Theory says that gravitation “is” the deformation of space(time) it brings. It is this deformation which was directly detected: a part of space in one direction was made shorter than in another direction. That meant a huge gravitational wave had passed.

The formidable event that caused it was the crash and collapse of two black holes into each other, each around 30 solar masses (much more details are known).

Gravitational Waves Were Certain Theoretically, & Already Detected:

We already had evidence for the existence of gravitational waves, both theoretical and experimental. Einstein’s name was rolled out, naturally enough. Because Einstein contributed to the present Theory of Gravitation (I am not anti-Einstein, far from it, but he closely worked with a number of other people, including the towering mathematician David Hilbert, who published his own approach to gravity within weeks of Einstein).

Einstein tends to appear as the cherry on many a cake. Those who celebrate the photogenic cherry, and ignore the cake, will go hungry.

WAVES ARE PREDICTED BY FINITE SPEED FIELD THEORY:

Actually, once one has hypothesized that gravitation is a field propagating at a finite speed, the apparition of waves is automatic.

The reasoning was made first by British and French Eighteenth Century physicists, in the framework of electromagnetic force; the mathematics is exactly the same with gravitation, as both fields vary with the inverse square of the distance. This is what happens in a radio antenna, with electrons going back and forth: the electric field that those electrons create is deformed in such a way that it moves other electron at a distance, back and forth.

The Gravitational Energy Loss Detection Method:

Thus, how do the waves show up? By shaking things at a distance. Using conservation of energy, it means that the field creating system, by moving just so, loses energy to its waves. An obvious case is two neutron stars (“pulsars”) rotating around each other: as they move back and forth, because of said rotation, they create gravitational waves which carry energy away from their system, As this happens, their system loses energy, the two stars should spiral into each other, thus rotate ever faster, and this should be observable, and computable exactly. This, indeed, was thoroughly observed, so we knew the waves were there.

Einstein’s Gravitation Theory is a sleight of hand:

It affects to identify space(time) deformations with gravitation. The idea actually originated with the awesome German mathematician Bernard Riemann, who invented manifold theory in part to point out that any force could be viewed as convergence, or divergence of geodesics (this is an idea that physics has been milking ever since).

This, though, does not answer Newton’s deeper query about the nature of gravitation (see below). It’s a bit as if a creature asked:’What is an arm?’ And one answered:’An arm is what pushes things, and we can detect the deformation the arm brought.’

What is the discovery good for?

Well, first, one has to make sure. Science is about making 100% sure. The present experiment improved some technology far out what anything else required (but then it does open some possibilities!) Just an importantly, now we will be able to check the details of the Gravitation Theory (the big picture was not in doubt; the details are). Ultimately it may be possible to communicate through gravitational waves, etc (although right now the deformation are only of the size of the fraction of a nucleus, and we could detect them!)

Who were the originators of that idea? First Newton himself pointed out that his own theory of gravitation was grotesque (I am paraphrasing). Newton:

“that one body may act upon another at a distance thro’ a Vacuum, without the Mediation of any thing else, by and through which their Action and Force may be conveyed from one to another, is to me so great an Absurdity that I believe no Man who has in philosophical Matters a competent Faculty of thinking can ever fall into it.”

There were actually two problems: that the action was instantaneous, and that it was at a distance without intermediaries. Newton paid attention to the second one, physics, in the last two centuries, solved the first (which was implicit in Newton’s observations).

As I mentioned in passing above, part of Newton’s worries were addressed by the invention of the concept of field. And then by the realization that fields carried energy away in waves. At that point, gravitational waves were automatic… Riemann’s introduction of manifolds, and how to conceptualize forces in them gave the manifestation of its nature to gravitation we presently have, a distortion of space metric (once again, time follows automatically).

It’s important to know who invented what, and contributed most. Because it unveils how ideas appear and evolve. Then, in turn, one can make theories of that, accelerating innovation (don’t forget there is a horse race between innovation and oblivion, on the scale of the entire biosphere!)

Curiously, this is all very useful; GPS with a precision of 30 centimeters has allowed to find out that baboon society is more democratic than ours, in fundamental ways. “General Relativistic” effects (the fact clocks run slow in a gravitational field) make crucial corrections to the GPS computations (otherwise GPS would be pretty useless). So this is not all academic. GPS will soon allow robotic agriculture… among other things.

We still don’t know what gravitation is. However, we can predict more things than Newton did… Even if he did not suspect they were there. This is just the beginning of what could be revealed, if our satanic impulses are kept in check.

Patrice Ayme’

Stoic Me Up!

February 10, 2016

Intelligence Without Patience is Just Somebody's Else Dinner

Intelligence Without Passion is Just Somebody’s Else Dinner

Plato observed that Socrates became so wise, probably because he had tried everything else before. Did he? The inventor of Cynicism, a bit later, went further by claiming there was a lot to learn from dogs, or, by viewing man as a dog. That sat well with Alexander the Great (the creator of cynicism and the creator of much mayhem met), as the latter wanted to show how philosophical he was.

Cynicism, in turn had an offspring, Stoicism. Astounding times: thinkers who knew each other, gave rise to great current of thought (it all broke down with the rule of Macedonian plutocracy, and its heirs, the “Hellenistic Kingdoms”). Stoicism, in turn appearing more than three centuries before Christianism, bequeathed a lot to that faith. In general philosophy, in the most general sense, a discourse, the logos, was made into one of the aspects of the Christian god (so Christianism did not subdue philosophy in a frontal assault, but used a sneaky method).

Massimo Pigliucci, a Roman-New-York biology cum philosophy tenured professor at CUNY runs a site “How To Be A Stoic”, and his latest was “Stoic spiritual exercises: I, from the Enchiridion”. I approve of all the suggestions made 23 centuries ago by the Stoics (and of the comments of Massimo). However I am a baboonist rather than just a cynic. Namely I think all we can learn from dogs, we can learn even better from baboons, and many things baboons do, dogs don’t have the brains for. Thus, in turn, I have higher requirements for Stoicism (as my Stoicism grew from Cynocephalism, rather than simple Cynicism, as original Stoicism did; the Latin name for baboons is “Cynocephalus”, dog-head).

Further SUGGESTIONS FOR UPDATED STOICISM:

[Some may argue that my view of Stoicism is far removed from the texts we have; but we have little of the original Greek texts; instead we have Roman texts focused on Ethics, written 4 to 5 centuries afterwards. Moreover, I view Socrates as (too much of) a Stoic (although he lived a century before the invention of official Stoicism. So, observing official Stoicism is poorly defined, what I generalize philosophically as “Stoicism” arises also from the common meaning of the word “Stoic”. Although I make a scathing critique of Roman Stoicism, I have no reservation against the original Stoics… But for their naivety.]

Original Stoics viewed the life full of “virtue” as the only free life. However, what they view as “virtuous”: was not necessarily so (as the top Stoic philosophers Seneca and Marcus Aurelius, who were both intimately involved with the Roman empire’s dirtiest business demonstrated magistrally, albeit very unwittingly!)

The original Stoics were naive, indeed. Although they understood the importance of practice, they did not understand that passion leads to practice. Only enough passion leads to enough practice.

This is precisely where Marcus Aurelius failed in the education of his imperial son, and thus led the empire to ruin: Marcus gave his son Commodus the empire, instead of giving him the passion for life, ambition, hunger, and thus smarts. By giving his son everything, Marcus removed from his son all passion. But man needs passion to think. So Commodus searched passion somewhere more outrageous. As Commodus had everything, Commodus assassinated everything, from the dignity of the imperial position, to the empire, to his sister, and others close to him. Because that was not passionate enough yet, emperor Commodus joined the gladiators in the circus.

It was all the fault of the naive view Marcus Aurelius had, that acting according to a simplistic view of “virtue” was enough of a virtue. As If “virtue” were easy to define.

OK, let’s cut off the chase, and do some real philosophy:

If one wants to climb a wall, it’s not enough to know where to put the foot. One has to do it just so, pushing into the rock to hold it there, but not so much that it does not provide support against gravity. How does one do this proficiently? Through practice. Plenty of practice. Practice is not just something which happens according to happenstance. One cannot wait for happenstance “stoically”. It’s something one looks for.

One may view the Will to Stoicism a Will to the Mastery of Moods, to optimize… To optimize what? Avoiding to be distraught? Avoiding others to be distraught? Or is it to optimize personal, or general happiness according to some measure? Which measure? And what if one is driven by various shades of sadomasochism?

Don’t laugh about sadomasochism: it’s found in any serious effort the capability for which has been honed by evolution, such as the hunt, or Sisyphus-like activities. A bit of masochism helps for the more dubious pleasure of the chase, or any serious struggle. Thus giving and receiving pain, breathing pain in and out, is ubiquitous in the depths of human ethology. This makes “goodness as minimizing evil” a rather complex, even baffling proposition, as it implies handling psychological, even physiological metastructures.

For example, Rome would have been better served, if Marcus Aurelius had treated his biological son, Commodus, with enough appropriate passion, that means, in this case, enough severity.

So there will be various notions of stoicism, according to what it is one tries to minimize, or maximize. (Or both: in advanced mathematical calculus, there is a method known as mini-max.)

In any case, the question remains: how does one train one’s moods actively (instead of waiting passively for the world to happen)? First one has to ponder: how do moods originate? They do not originate from the digital logic alone (the type of logic found in books on logic, the type one can put in a discourse).

There is another logic, as Blaise Pascal pointed out: “The heart has his reasons that reason does not have”. Well, so does the amygdala. The amygdala has its reasons that reason does not have.

The brain is full of sub-organs generating their own moods. Pascal did not know about the role the amygdala in fear (hence being distraught, among other things; distress was a passion the Stoics viewed as below them, erroneously enough!). And so it is all around the brain: diverse subsystems in the brain have their own reasons. And then, overall, fifty neurohormonal systems or so, can tweak parts of the brain, or the entire mind, this way, or that (pointing then in more than 50 dimensions, among other possibilities).

From this incredibly complex machinery, moods originate. Think of the solo climber, 10,000 feet above a glacier, standing on a square centimeter planted in brittle ice. Pure mastery of moods and logic, otherwise the climber’s life is over after 15 seconds of ultimate pain and terror.

Such a mastery is the fruit of years of training in logic and moods.

How does one acquire such mastery? Through passion. Training driven by passion, again and again and again. Training for solo climbing in the Himalayas, the Italian climber Reinhold Messner would run uphill for hours in heavy mountain boots. He concluded that training the mind was not enough, but he had to train his liver and kidneys (a conclusion Nietzsche would have agreed with, as he pointed out the importance of the gut, in his own solo climbs in Upper Engadin, nearby; yes, I climbed the same mountain).

Thus training for stoicism in full will imply the gymnastic of passion. It’s not enough not to get angry. One has to find oneself in situation where one should get angry, and then optimize, just as the climber’s mind learns by the practice of climbing.

“Discovering” in oneself self-restraint, self-control, and endurance is not enough. One has to train. Train under conditions one has chosen deliberately to learn to become much tougher. Staying calm under ultimate pressure is ultimate stoicism, and it is the attraction of extreme sports. Extreme sports are rendered possible, and acquire meaning, as research in ultimate stoicism (Messner drew a similar conclusion about his own life: it was a research into what a human could do).

If you want to think properly, think in full. If someone thinks in haste, don’t say they think badly, but in haste, and that thinking in haste is often bad.

And if you want to think properly, address in full why is it that you feel the way you do. Don’t just keep the feeling in check, analyze it. Ideas are great, but they live in the universe of moods. Passions educate the latter, and those in turn come from engaging the universe in full. Stoicism has to be understood dynamically. In particular, as a passionate engagement with the world, because only then is dynamics as fulfilling as it can be.

Patrice Ayme’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Syrian Strategy, Or When PC Grows Evil

February 9, 2016

What’s a strategos? A general, in Greek, the commander of an army. What does an army do? War. What have humanoids done in the last fifteen million years? War. Who are we? The descendants from ancestors who won a billion wars.

War, that’s who we are (as Obama would not dare to say, although he thinks it, weakly). Some may mumble something pacifist, or Buddhist, deny our nature, conflate thinking and comfort. However, some of the fiercest, most ferocious states in the last millennium were Buddhist. Just ask the Mongols. Genghis Khan annihilated the Buddhist Xi Xia empire (because he had been enslaved by it). Or ask non-Buddhist minorities living in Myanmar/Burma. In Medieval Japan, not particularly a nice place for the commons, the elite was Zen Buddhist (with a veneer of ecologically correct Shintoism). Common crime of vulgar people would be strongly discourage with systematic crucifixion, insuring a global Zen attitude.

Vladimir Putin has started carpet bombing of Syria, to regain control the way he did in Chechnya: by killing civilians as needed. Now Putin and Assad have launched the siege of Aleppo. It could starve 300,000.

Putin Is Trying To Make A Bad Situation Worse, A Medium In Which He Swims Best

Putin Is Trying To Make A Bad Situation Worse, A Medium In Which He Swims Best

The war in Syria is a serious thing: the latest estimate in number of victims killed is close to 500,000. More than 11% of the Syrian population has been killed or wounded. All this had started as peaceful protests against Assad, the son of dictator Assad. For years now, Assad has replied by bombing schools and hospitals in rebel areas.

One has to remember that one of the financial support of the Islamist State (ISIL) has been Assad himself: he bought most of the oil from ISIL. One of the root of ISIL was the release, by Assad, of thousands of Muslim Fundamentalist prisoners, in the hope that, by starting their own Allah fanatical state, they would make the initially Secular opposition to the Syrian dictator disreputable. Assad is no less Machiavellian than Cesare Borgia (the nephew of the eponymous Pope, cardinal at 18 years of age, and the model, for Machiavel, of “The Prince”).

Same for Putin: Cesare Borgia, with nukes, and much more legitimacy to go even more crazy.

Roger Cohen in the New York Times had an excellent analysis. Enough is enough. U.S. abdication on Syria must end. http://wpo.st/tgIA1.

Vladimir Putin is leading, and, by letting Putin lead, Obama is collaborating with him, Putin. When good men do not oppose evil, they do not just do evil, they encourage evil to become even more evil.

We have seen similar situations in the 1930s and 1940s: evil, when unopposed, feel encouraged to grow some more, particularly when it emanates from a government.

What happened in the mid-1930s is the paradigm. Japan, Italy, Germany, and the USSR, invaded countries, respectively China, Ethiopia, and Spain, and were unopposed. Thus they were encouraged. By 1939, Hitler and Stalin found natural to invade Poland and Finland.

For example, Hitler, Mussolini and Stalin intervened forcefully in the Spanish Civil War. The French Republic wanted to intervene, but was discouraged by the American attitude to do so. The result was that Stalin, Hitler and Mussolini became persuaded they could intervene militarily with force, and without interference from the Western democracies.

The result? Hitler and Stalin became official allies, to everyone surprise, and carved between themselves Poland (September 1939). Then the Nazis felt free to engage in a deliberate extermination of the Poles, later extended to Jews and others, for a grand total of 3% of humanity killed.

Some say it will not happen again. Well, that’s what they said in 1913, and in 1914, all the way until the end of July. Then, persuaded by the visit of Colonel House, the right arm of president Wilson, that, not only the USA would not intervene, but the USA would try to help imperial Germany, the imperial fascists in Berlin declared war on France and Russia, and boldly attacked, invading other countries on the way. Doing so, they knew, since December 1912, because they had been told so by the British government, that Great Britain would respect the “Entente Cordiale”, and come to the help of France. In other words, since Sunday, December 11, 1912, the top six fascists at the head of Germany knew that attacking the French Republic and Russia would cause a world war. They knew, so they intended to win it fast, before the British could build up their army.

It is more reasonable to expect that the same causes will bring the same effects: the more the forces of evil are free to do whatever they want, the more encouraged they are. If Putin succeeds in Syria, he will not just comfort Assad’s dictatorship.

After a while, the Russian population, considering the weakening of the economy, will have to launch another war. Hitler had the exact same situation in early 1939 (contrarily to repute, the Nazi economy, stressed by intense militarization, the persecution and expulsion of Socialists, Communists, Jews, etc., was in great difficulty in the late 1930s).

Thus Putin may be tempted to let his tanks will roll some more in Europe. Like most fascist everywhere, war is what justifies one-man rule best.

Obama may look very wise, advanced, pacifist and reasonable, but his supine attitude feeds the worst moods, the worst strategies, the worst inclinations, the worst outcomes. And what to say of Europe? Syria was part of the Roman empire for seven centuries. Before that it was Phoenician, and where Princess Europe came from. If Europe cannot impose Human Rights where she comes from, does it deserves to go anywhere? Anywhere good?

Some will say it costs money to impose command (= empire). However, the economic weakness of Europe emanates directly from the fact it belongs more to the American empire than to a putative European empire. Look at the four largest market capitalization companies: Alphabet (aka “Google”), Apple, Microsoft, Facebook. All from the West Coast of the USA, three from San Francisco (aka “Silicon Valley”). All paying no significant European taxes and exerting monopoly powers, propped by inventions a majority of which, arguably, were made in Europe. That’s lack of European empire showing up, ladies and gentlemen. It’s also American empire imposed.

So European impotence in Syria is also European economic impotence. And the American strategy to let the dogs of war run in Europe, as I have pointed out many times, was most profitable… to the USA. So maybe Obama is a traditionalist, after all. An American traditionalist: encourage the best European fascist you can find, see what happens…

As the difficulties of the financial markets presently show, sweeping evil under the rug is no heavens, medium term. Sweeping evil below indifference is how civilization killing infection festers.

Patrice Ayme’

Fighting Spirit Defines Humans

February 6, 2016

What does reality consist of? A caste of Lords overlooking devoted Samurai can afford to affect a Zen attitude (and that’s why Zen blossomed in Middle-Age Japan). However “The  Revenant“, the movie, depicts North America when many of the moods which have characterized that continent, ever since, were institutionalized. The violence is unrelenting… And, with the ‘right’ perspective, that violence, even if not justified, is well deserved. Even more important, the violence is realistic. Against violence like that, prayer is impractical, as it is always time for something more practical, such as reloading.

Hence an American meta-morality: guns are good, because, whoever survived, and had descendants, that person had got to have been right, having survived, and, thus, having fought the good fight! Life is the right of survivorship, all the might that can be right. This is a (seemingly little) detail of the American meta-morality which could have important consequences… And did have important consequences in World War Two: then the Americans behaved and fought pretty much as the characters in “The Revenant”. Relentlessly. Ferociously. That was shown clearly in the Battles of the Coral Sea, Midway, Guadalcanal, and the Iron Bottom Sound. All of these battles were fought with poor odds on the American side, and all of them were won because of innovative, creative American heroism. “Revenant” style. The fascist Japanese admirals could not believe the ferocity of the revenants they were facing. And precisely because, they could believe them, they did not anticipate their actions.

Give A man A Stick, And He Can Fight A Lion, Exacting At Least A Lesson

Give A man A Stick, And He Can Fight A Lion, Exacting At Least A Lesson

“The Revenant” is driven by love: the old Native American chief wants to recover his (adult) daughter, who has been kidnapped (and raped) by white men. This brings massive mayhem. Love can be a villain. So can be a white man who is thief, a racist, a murderer and a consummate liar. One may wonder why so many negative characteristics could pile up on just one. But precisely: when one has risked one’s reputation with one, why not another? When one has discovered that the Dark Side is efficient, where, and why to stop?

Thus the Dark Side acts like a psychological attractor. That is true also with entire countries. In the Second World War, Norway chose heroism, Sweden, the sister country, which long occupied Norway, chose Hitler, that is abjection.

On 16 December 1939 Prime Minister Churchill issued a memo to his cabinet:

It must be understood that an adequate supply of Swedish iron ore is vital to Germany…the effectual stoppage of the Norwegian ore supplies to Germany ranks as a major offensive operation of the war. No other measure is open to us for many months to come which gives so good a chance of abridging the waste and destruction of the conflict, or of perhaps preventing the vast slaughters which will attend the grapple of the main armies… The ore from Narvik must be stopped by laying successively a series of small minefields in Norwegian territorial waters at the two or three suitable points on the coast, which will force the ships carrying ore to Germany to quit territorial waters and come on to the high seas, where, if German, they will be taken as prize, or, if neutral, subjected to our contraband control.”

Great Britain and France informed Norway and Sweden that the exportation of ten million metric tons of high grade iron ore to the Nazis had to stop. Now. Britain told Norway it intended to mine the 1,600 kilometers long Norwegian inner sea corridor between the continent and 50,000 islands. That’s where the German ships full of ore sailed, well protected by the island from the Royal Navy.

Once in Germany, the high-grade Swedish iron was mixed with greater amounts of low-grade German iron ore, to make huge quantities of usable steel for the Nazi war effort.

In January 1940, strident protest by Norway and Sweden delayed the Allied effort (in spite of Churchill’s determination). However, Norway did not resist convincingly a British assault against a Nazi ship holding 299 British sailors as prisoners… in the depths of a Norwegian fjord. By then Hitler had long decided to invade Norway. Probably because he had been advised that France had a mysterious nuclear program in full swing there.

By January 1938, Irène and Frederic Joliot-Curie had told the French war minister of the possibility of making a nuclear bomb. They had jointly been attributed the Chemistry Nobel Prize 1935 (for creating new elements). Irene had discovered Uranium Self-sustaining chain reaction by 1937 (as the Nobel site recognizes!) although the Chemistry Nobel was attributed by the Swedes to Otto Hahn in 1944 for that discovery exactly, although it had taken many letters from Irene to Otto to teach precisely that discovery to Otto, who had claimed for months Irene could only be wrong! (Don’t expect to read the truth on Wikipedia, but I read the original literature, and I am not keen to get in a Wikipedia war about truths Anglophone Wiki fanatics can’t accept.)

The French War Ministry removed all nuclear patents from the public sphere, classifying all of them “Secret défense”. And a nuclear bomb program was started. The Curies had determined that HEAVY WATER (D2O) slowed down neutrons to allow them to fission. (In Heavy Water, the usual protons which make the nuclei of water are replaced by pairs made of one neutron and one proton; so Heavy Water is twice the density). Heisenberg, the top Nazi physicist, did not believe that nuclear bombs were possible, thankfully. However, the fumes that the French were up to no good with a new death energy reached Hitler’s nostrils.

The very day that Hitler launched the invasion of Norway, April 9, 1940, not only did the Norwegians sink a Nazi battleship, but the Deuxième Bureau (French military intelligence) removed 185 kg (408 lb) of heavy water from the plant in Vemork in then-neutral Norway.

Nearly three months later, during a Nazi bombing on ships off Bordeaux harbor, the cargo ostensibly containing the Heavy Water exploded and sank. It had been sabotaged by the french, and the Heavy Water had been transported to another ship, which reached England.

Later the entire nuclear bomb program was transferred to Manhattan and further east, becoming the “Manhattan Project”. Towards the end of the war, Churchill, suspicious of the “Communist” leanings of the French nuclear scientists contemplated jailing them all. However, French top physicists liked neither Stalin nor the French government, and, in the end, helped neither. The French military had to find help from lesser scientists, and, on the way, launched the Israeli and Iranian nuclear programs.The French had no less than 5,000 nuclear workers at Dimona in Israel in the early 1960s. The message was clear: you the Jews shall do like us, the French, and attack evil next time it shows up. That conflated with Hannah Arendt’s message that the “Judenrat”, the Jewish Councils, had been active accomplices to Hitler’s Holocaust.

Isaac Berlin the Jewish-German philosopher, lamented that the founders of Israel had “listened to Hitler, not to us”. Well, if the Jews had listened more carefully to Hitler, as the french government did, in the 1930s, they could have taken measures that would have prevented the Holocaust of most European Jews (let alone more than 50 million other people). So Isaac Berlin was wrong on the most important question, survival, and the French were right to nuclear arm Israel.

History is not made just of long tendrils of surprising connections of facts with each other. It is also made of moods which perdure. And those moods can propagate.

The mood of early America is well anchored in the institutions of the USA, and it even propagated back to France. (French “Coureurs des Bois” are represented in “The Revenant” rather profusely, if not handsomely).

The most basic mood characteristic of the human species is fighting beyond what other species consider reasonable. That ethologically given mood, “The Revenant” depicts very well. A fighting species. Something to remember when contemplating the human condition. To be free means to be capable, and willing, to fight.

Patrice Ayme’

Julian Assange & Arbitrariness

February 5, 2016

Still enjoying the change of mood which pneumonia entails here. So I will be brief. Another disease is what affects Julian Assange. The founder of WikiLeaks has been caged for 5 years, under bogus… Bogus what? I cannot say bogus charges: Julian Assange has NOT been charged. The Swedish police wants to interview him for what is obviously a bogus rape allegation (the “victim”, officially a CIA agent, organized a party for him, and wrote elogious, flattering, enthusiastic tweets about him, two days after she was supposedly raped).

Everybody expects the USA to kidnap (legally) Assange from Sweden if he gets there. Sweden is doing with the USA what it used to do with Hitler: Fascism’s little helper. Here is what the big bad USA’s establishment does not want you to meditate:

How did we get there? Because it’s not know how much Sweden helped Hitler. It’s too delicate a subject. Sweden made the 88mm gun for Hitler. The 88mm gun was the Nazis’ most efficient weapon. The 88mm gun was used by the Nazis all over anti-tank and anti-aircraft defense. (So a Swedish gun killed thousands of Anglo-American fliers).

The USA Political Leadership Has A Pattern Of Killing Hundreds Of Thousands Of Innocents. Obama Is Trying To Cover That Up, Looking Forward, By Punishing Those Who Reveal The Horrific Truth

The USA Political Leadership Has A Pattern Of Killing Hundreds Of Thousands Of Innocents. Obama Is Trying To Cover That Up, Looking Forward, By Punishing Those Who Reveal The Horrific Truth

But the greatest help Sweden provided Hitler with was high-grade iron ore. The Nazis completely depended upon it for guns, tanks, armored vehicles, fortifications, aircraft, ships, submarines, etc. Thus in 1940, the French Republic and Great Britain decided to take over the Swedish mines. The operation, led by the French Foreign Legion, was in full swing, and highly successful, when Hitler attacked France on May 10, 1940.

So here Sweden is at it again, serving fascism, and the biggest Big Brother it can find. Happily, the United Nations just found Britain and Sweden were arbitrarily detaining Julian Assange. To understand fully why, one has to excavate history on a large-scale.

In other news pertaining to a wobbling biosphere, Brazil just cancelled the parade of Carnival, because of the Zika virus, and the USA has announced the virus was sexually transmissible, and urged citizens to embrace condoms or abstinence when visiting the affected areas…

We need ever more science, ever more truth, and hunting down those who reveal the truth, such as Assange, deserve our condemnation and scorn. It does not matter what. Around one million Americans have secret security clearances. What is the justification for that? Is the USA really that dirty that it has so much to hide? And why are war criminals from the USA not prosecuted more vigorously in the USA? Because the leadership intends to engage in more of war crimes, just as it intends to strike with terror those who reveal the truth, such as Assange? By the way, Assange is not a citizen of the USA, but of Australia. Is anybody revealing the truth about war crimes of the USA a traitor? Does the USA own the world? How did that happen? By financing Hitler in the 1920s and 1930s, and even some of the 1940s? Did those crimes, never excavated for the whole public to contemplate, consider and meditate, create a mood of impunity?

It’s interesting, and revealing, to realize that the same actors (Sweden, the USA) and the same mood (truths so awful they have to be hidden at all and any costs) are still in command.

That is what happens when history has not been examined carefully enough. Socrates said the unexamined life was not worth having. I say the unexamined civilization is not worth having.

Patrice Ayme’

 

 

 

 

 


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