Sunday, October 30, 2016

Who Wants to Be the World's 5th Largest Economy? Plese, STOP THIS SHIT





***"Garbage (Plastic Debris/ Torres)" for more images of the same region see here;
Roberto Saviano (L'Espresso, 2013);
Mario Sergio Conti (Globonews) interview avec José Arthur Gianotti
(a philosophe brésilien beaucoup plus intérressant que Marilena Chauau et Márcia Turíbulo);
Bonna Petit!!! (vio by A/Z, for more see here);

"L'ossessione dello sviluppo è cosí efficace nel nostro tempo, perché coincide col progetto biopolitico di produrre un popolo senza frattura."
Agamben, Homo Sacer
"O progresso é uma ação de despejo em execução."
Iberê Camargo, Gaveta de Guardados
You could say that sometimes things work in a narrow context, but they are producing havoc in a greater context. It is like the idea of making a pact with the Devil, as Faust does. He got everything he wanted, but the whole thing was worthless.
David Bohm (interview)

— a description from HELL, that is, of Sao Paulo's public transport system at a time when Brazil was expected to become the world's fifth-largest economy (laurels to right and leftwing politicians, PT and PSDB alike): 
"At rush hour commuters can line the subway platform ten people deep, and when the train pulls in, spitting out a few passengers, the crowd outside will do its best to ram its way into the crowd inside. You'll see people half-emerging from the doors, and still someone will run up and press herlself against them, seeking to enter by osmosis. Station attendants wedge people in so the doors can close. The bus experience is similar, except without air conditioning; bad shocks lurch you into sweaty strangers" (Alex Cuadros, Brazillionaires, p. 10). 
#tvplimplim
#PSDBemManiacos
#foratemer

The mistake is the same: to complain against Lula with dictatorship nostalgia & to celebrate Lula as a watershed. Actually, both the military government and Lula embraced a desenvolvimentista program, backed by similar coalitions and even the same companies (with the help of people that nowadays support Michel Temer's government, such as Paulo Maluf and Delfim Netto): "Camargo Correa wasn't the only contractor to acquire power in those years. A few others leaned on regime friendships to grow their businesses—including Odebrecht..." (Alex Cuadros, Brazillionaires, p. 44).
"Since 1970, a fifth of Brazil's Amazon rain forest has been slashed and burned, an area nearly equal to that of France and Germany combined" (Brazillionaires, p. 61-62).

You won't see the things displayed in the pictures below in discourses of either right or left-wing politicians. All of them advocate economic growth. You also won't see them in media channels like Rede Globo (#PlimPlim) or RBS (an affiliate of Globo in the South of Brazil), which actually benefit from economic growth, sometimes in the most hoggish way.
But this is what follows an undertow, when the ocean throws up everything people have been disposing of near it.
The pictures are of a stretch of coast in the Northeast region of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. This is a small beach, which used to be clean.
I believe that garbage concessions in many cities are just criminal, almost mafia-like (and we need a Roberto Saviano here to expose them). On the other hand, people cast garbage away irresponsibly, thinking that the government will automatically take care of it.

****Rupert Sheldrake on big science and politics:
"While there is a difference between countries in the question of separation of churches and state, in all modern countries there is very little separation between science and state, as you point out. All modern countries empower scientific academies and scientific expertise, and fund enormous amounts of scientific research—in the defense sector, above all. Because modern states rely so much on science as the basis of technology, innovation, and high-technology businesses, and because most politicians know very little about science, scientific experts and advisers can have a very large influence, causing governments to spend billions of dollars that they might not otherwise have done. The Star Wars program in the United States—very actively promoted by Edward Teller, the “father of the hydrogen bomb”—was one example. It is probably inevitable that governments will be influenced by experts, including educational experts. Presidents, prime ministers, and ministers cannot know everything and have to rely on advisers in all sorts of different areas, including science, technology, security, business, banking, medicine, and so on," (Rupert Sheldrake's interview, TBS);

See also:
American "Liberal" Hell;
Banality of Evil in Brazil;
And also:
Land of the Southern Lapwing;
Torres (Northeast of Rio Grande do Sul);
Garbage (Plastic Debris, Coast of Rio Grande do Sul);

***NEW, about the Venezuela's crisis (12/02/2019): 


"El gobierno de Hugo Chávez, que hace veinte años despertó alguna esperanza de cambio de esa realidad, al menos en el discurso, también quedó atrapado en la lógica de “la maldición de la abundancia” y de la funcionalidad a los intereses de grandes capitales transnacionales (entre rusos, chinos y demás, e incluso norteamericanos)...
"En especial, con Maduro en el poder luego de la muerte de Chávez, la represión adquirió un tinte brutal que, junto con la caída de los ingresos petroleros, transformó al “clientelismo” político en un burdo uso de la fuerza y del chantaje. Así, al ahogar la participación ciudadana sobre todo el madurismo terminó por vaciar la democracia, tendencia irreversible por más consultas repetidas hechas al pueblo en las urnas."
"Con esto arribamos a una explicación profunda: en la periferia capitalista, el hiperextractivismo -y la consecuente falta de transformación estructural- camina de la mano del hiperpresidencialismo, que cobija y alimenta el autoritarismo y la corrupción. O en palabras de Eduardo Gudynas, “las distintas asociaciones entre extractivismos y corrupción se articulan entre sí, derivando hacia situaciones que erosionan la calidad de la democracia”, ahondando la violencia consustancial a los extractivismos (situación vista también en otros países extractivistas, con gobiernos conservadores o progresistas, como es el caso de Ecuador y sus patologías de la abundancia)."
"Y son estos gobiernos hiperpresidencialistas los que atienden de manera paternalista y clientelar las demandas sociales obteniendo recursos de la ampliación de los extractivismos, configurando el caldo de cultivo para nuevas conflictividades sociopolíticas y ecológicas. Tal como se constata con el fin del reciente ciclo de gobiernos progresistas, no se enfrentaron estructuralmente las causas de la pobreza y marginalidad, menos aún la matriz productiva primario exportadora y dependiente (más cuando se toma en cuenta que muchos sectores burgueses que se “enchufan” al proyecto clientelar de hecho lucran de la dependencia y el estatus quo). Igualmente los significativos impactos ambientales y sociales, propios de estas actividades extractivistas a gran escala, aumentan la ingobernabilidad, lo que a su vez exige nuevas respuestas represivas…"
"En este complejo entorno emerge el actual conflicto venezolano. Las presiones e intereses del imperialismo occidental chocan con las del imperialismo de oriente, como Rusia y sobre todo China. Como plantea Emiliano Terán Mantovani, “China es también responsable de la crisis venezolana actual”; Rusia tampoco se queda atrás con los multimillonarios préstamos entregados (e incluso con las importantes ventas de armamento al país caribeño)," (Alberto Acosta, Venezuela y la guerra por el excremento del diablo, Equador Today);

*****On the Ecological Apocalipse and how to avoid it:


'For Isra, when it comes to discussing the environment, it’s crucial to talk about environmental racism – i.e., environmental and climate change issues that specifically affect black and brown communities. “There’s a pipeline being built in my state (Minnesota) and it’s going straight through indigenous treaty lands and sacred wild rice beds,” she explains. “This pipeline will destroy their water and their sacred wild rice and also just ruin their land. Some places are more privileged than others.” More than anything, we should make sure people “recognise their privilege in the movement”.'
'As far as US Youth Climate Strike is concerned, Isra says, “we try and avoid things like sit-ins or a lot of marches, only because we deal with so many minors – we don’t want any of them to get arrested – especially with youth of colour. We try and focus on really safe forms of activism so everybody can participate.”'
'Everybody gets there at their own pace. It took me some time – it probably takes everybody some time. And whether or not you get media coverage or you get a great response it doesn’t mean what you’re doing is wrong. You should know what’s best for you and what you believe in, and nobody should be able to tell you any different.”'
'“It is a lot to handle, and it’s a full-time job,” says Isra, who is a high school student, juggling her school work along with her activism. “You have to make sure you balance time and that you get your priorities right.” Self-care is a must. “There are so many things that need to be tackled, but also you come first – make sure that you are OK enough to partake in that activism,”' "How to fight for climate action, according to Isra Hirsi" (Niellah Arboine/Dazed, 05/13/2019);
'“We have shown that we are strong, we are determined,” she said. “I have never – I’ve been a police officer for 36 years – I have never known an operation, a single operation, in which over 700 people have been arrested.''Max Wedderburn, a 13-year-old from Milton Keynes, addressed crowds at the bridge and received cheers and applause. “We are getting bigger, we are getting stronger, we are gathering momentum. Together we can change the future,” he said.'
'Speaking afterwards, he said he became inspired to fight against climate change after learning about it from his mother. He explained: “My lifelong dream is to become a zoologist but I feel there is no point if half of the animals are all dead by the time I reach that goal.”'
'Around 20 activists, most of them aged under 17, had staged a brief demonstration on roads near Heathrow Airport on Friday morning and were arrested. “One thing that is unusual about this demonstration is the willingness of those participating to be arrested and also their lack of resistance to the arrests,” said a spokesperson,' "Extinction Rebellion: More than 750 protesters arrested as climate change activists block London roads for sixth day" (Independent, 04/21/2019);
'The political class, as anyone who has followed its progress over the past three years can surely now see, is chaotic, unwilling and, in isolation, strategically incapable of addressing even short-term crises, let alone a vast existential predicament.'
'Even when broadcasters cover these issues, they carefully avoid any mention of power, talking about environmental collapse as if it is driven by mysterious, passive forces, and proposing microscopic fixes for vast structural problems. The BBC’s Blue Planet Live series exemplified this tendency.'
'Our system – characterised by perpetual economic growth on a planet that is not growing – will inevitably implode.'
'... for a peaceful mass movement to succeed, a maximum of 3.5% of the population needs to mobilise.'
'When a committed and vocal 3.5% unites behind the demand for a new system, the social avalanche that follows becomes irresistible,' "Only rebellion will prevent an ecological apocalypse" (George Monbiot, The Guardian, 04/15/2019);

- Extinction Rebelion;
- UK Student Climate Network/ Youth Strike For Climate (YS4C);

Friday, October 28, 2016

B4 Trump Turns Real: BANALITY OF EVIL IN BRAZIL








Against a communist dictatorship that HAS NEVER existed in Brazil, the right in the country (PSDB, MBL, Globo) has now institutionalized a dictatorship and STATE OF EXCEPTION.
The fable of the WORM & the WOLF (which might pretty well be preposterous, see below);

Invasion of MST's school Florestan Fernandes by the police. Wagner Moura's testimony;
Bonna Petit!!! (video by A/Z, for more see here);
History of US rule in Latin America (Noam Chomsky). *****I would usually dismiss much of this narrative as unreliable conspiracy theory; but since totally incredible things such as Trump, Brexit & Bolsonaro indeed turned up as totally REAL, what would be fair to believe in?! at least Chomsky gives a clear narrative from the opposite side of what has now "succeeded";
Ex-president Lula interview (Mônica Bergamo & Florestan Fernandes, 27/04/2019);
***Misinformation Wars & Mass Surveillance;

"Sinistro!!!"
Gerald Thomas, Entre Duas Fileiras
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The Eighteenth Brumaire of Brazil's 1964:
"Ipês's function was to unite business leaders and military officers in a conspiracy to take down João Gulart... It coordinated with the American ambassador and the CIA. Comparing the Forbes list with one of Ipês's backers, I saw some of the most powerful families in Brazil today—Klabin, Gerdau, Ermírio de Moraes—on both. It dawned on me that many of Brazil's great fortunes contained the traces of crimes committed in the name of keeping the economy free...
A weatlhy cattle rancher from down south, Goulart was no commie, even if he did have radical proposals like redistributing land and capping rents... Radio stations ran Ipês propaganda claiming the Soviets had infiltrated Goulart's government..." (Alex Cuadros, Brazillionaires, p. 39); 
#foratemer
#PMcovarde
#PSDBemManiacos
#MBLixo
#tvplimplim
#bundi
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One thing explains why international media keep more or less neutral in relation to Temer’s excesses. The Workers Party really screwed things up. While raising consumerism, both Lula and Dilma backed things such as Eike Batista's Megalomaniac Empire (a bubble of speculative capital) and dealt irresponsibly with notorious corrupted institutions such as FIFA. 
In the case of Brazilian universities, they poured money into a system wrecked by bureaucracy, cronyism and even nepotism. People get undergraduate and graduate degrees without hope for proper jobs. In the humanities, most thesis and dissertations are not even well-written. Generally, they do nothing but help stablished academic cliques to get more funds. It is a house of cards unable to check the fascist mentality fostered by consumerism.*** 
Temer however represents the worse of the Workers Party legacy. Together with PSDB (#PSDBemManiacos), MBL (#MBLixo), Globo (#TVPlimPlim) and Bandeirantes (#Bundi), he hopes for nothing but tightening the belt of the general population to keep exactly the same old system running without major losses for the 0,0001%.

The following was written about a time Brazil was governed by Fernando Henrique Cardoso (#FHCinico) & PSDB: "São Paulo, a terra da desigualdade, onde um carro de R$ 300.000,00 disputa espaço com o catador de papelão, onde o almoço mais caro é visto pelo menino que não come há três dias" [São Paulo, land of inequality, where a R$ 300.000,00 car fight over space with the garbage scavenger, where the view of the most expensive lunch tantalizes the kid starving for three days] (Ferrez, Capão Pecado, p. 173).
***"O problema é que, por uma conjugação única de circunstâncias históricas e culturais, a universidade pública brasileira, que cresceu no Brasil de forma tentacular a partir dos anos 1970, e seguiu num movimento de expansão que prossegue até hoje, acabou por se transformar numa gigantesca estatal, engessada em todas as suas instâncias transformadoras, vítima de uma centralização absoluta, e de fato consentida... a ditadura militar acabou por criar as bases da universidade com que a esquerda dos anos 1970 sonharia: um certo espírito de quartel... Não é meu interesse aqui discutir a universidade pública brasileira; é até possível que esse seja mesmo o melhor modelo para um projeto de popularização de acesso ao terceiro grau, projeto que por princípio joga para segundo plano o horizonte da excelência acadêmica, uma excelência radicalmente incompatível com o modelo..." (Cristovão Tezza, O espírito da Prosa, Rio de Janeiro: Record, 2012, p. 145-46). 
***"“O PT tentou romper as oligarquias e despontar uma terceira via, mas não conseguiu e acabou fazendo conchavo... “Defendo a administração pública, seja lá que partido for... O que se fazia na secretaria [da educação] era o empreguismo. Mais de oitenta escolas e tudo o que se arrecadava era para pagar pessoal, apaniguados e correligionários. As escolas não tinham orientação pedagógica. Era a educação feita por fazer, como em muitos lugares neste país”, explica [Tiana] Tapety, famosa por ser radical em suas colocações, mesmo em relação aos aliados..." ("A cidade do Piauí que quer se tornar a Finlândia brasileira da educação, " El Pais);
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A letter to the journal El Pais (never published):


O que é difícil engolir num texto como o publicado por Eliane Brun em sua coluna do dia 04 de janeiro de 2019 ("O homem mediano assume o poder") é a total falta de senso crítico com relação à falência moral, quer dizer, em última instância, real, de figuras da esquerda tradicional como o ex-presidente Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Estou utilizando a palavra "real" em termos do senso comum, mas também do discurso psicanalítico, de Lacan a Deleuze, pode-se escolher. Trata-se supostamente da mesma base teórica da perspectiva da qual autores como Eliane Brun ainda partem. Porque, fazendo referências explícitas ou não, aquilo que dizem não deixa de soar como uma versão um pouco requentada de pseudo-teoria crítica (que absorve tanto o marxismo quanto a psicanálise e deveria fazê-lo em suas versões mais ousadas). Mas digo pseudo-teoria crítica requentada, porque, em última instância, Eliane traça uma linha dicotômica entre o bem e o mal, o excepcional e o ordinário/mediano, num terreno que, segundo a própria teoria crítica, em suas versões mais sofisticadas (e até mesmo segundo o senso comum), é pantanoso e escorregadio demais pra esse tipo de demarcação. 
Pode-se tomar como fato consumado a excepcionalidade da trajetória histórica de Lula até a presidência? Não foi numa única eleição que ele chegou lá, e a história dele como sindicalista poderia ser dita antes exemplar que excepcional. Mesmo assim, se Jair Bolsonaro chegou onde chegou foi porque Lula, independente dessa suposta excepcionalidade, incorporou e se tornou representante de uma lógica tão universalizante que a longo prazo ela se autoinviabilizou e se revelou vazia. Os que pretendem que essa suposta excepcionalidade permaneça inabalável e incólume até hoje (senão projetada por toda eternidade do horizonte histórico) têm de se valer do álibi de raciocínios ad hoc como a narrativa do golpe, da manipulação midiática, do imperialismo. 
É exatamente a mesma lógica que sustenta, até hoje, nas universidades, toda uma rede de proteção artificial a esses mesmos intelectuais que idolatram políticos como o Lula (mas até poderia ser o próprio Bolsonaro ou um Fernando Henrique), permitindo a circulação ad infinitum de um discurso muito bem intencionado, mas generalista e manjado que, a longo prazo, não foi e não é capaz de viabilizar nenhuma mudança estrutural nem mesmo dentro do seu quintal, quer dizer, das próprias universidades. Seguem os concursos e seleções com cartas marcadas, as tramoias nas agências de fomento, o compadrio generalizado, o plágio descarado na pós-graduação, o favorecimento dos discípulos e coleguinhas amigos, o analfabetismo funcional, etc. 
Então você tem 2013, e depois a Dilma "sendo obrigada" a adotar da forma mais descarada uma política neoliberal que era a cópia exata daquilo que, até então feito de espantalho, tinha permitido justamente ao Lula (de forma extremamente reativa) se tornar essa suposta excepcionalidade que pra alguns ele permanece sendo até hoje! 
E como ele, Eliane Brun nunca vai deixar de ser aplaudida... ad infinitum! Ao menos dentro dos quadros dessa mesma academia, dessa burocracia kafkiana sem fim (mesmo Eliane tendo construído um percurso ímpar e independente, mas no fundo dialogando com os bem formados). 
Exceto se Jair Bolsonaro se revelar, concretamente, algo diferente do medíocre consumado que estão imaginando que ele seja... E isso vale pro bem e vale pro mal. E as pessoas que pretendem falar de excepcionalidade histórica, deviam se lembrar o quanto escorregadio e pantanoso eh realmente esse terreno. O neoliberalismo e a globalização, fizeram, por exemplo, muito mais pela "emancipação" efetiva de mulheres e outras minorias que toda verborragia politicamente correta de colunistas e acadêmicos. E minha posição não é anti-intelctualista. O que se requere é mais, não menos inteligência, e sobretudo mais senso crítico. Justamente pra se poder fazer frente a forças de ordem concreta. Eliane Brun, é claro, não pertence à academia, mas o tipo de texto que veicula, como o publicado nessa coluna, parece a quintessência do discurso acadêmico oficial no melhor e no pior sentido, universalizante e pseudo-universalizante, tão bem intencionado quanto anódino, acrítico, estéril.
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News: 
- "Quando atuava no Batalhão de Operações Policiais Especiais do Rio, o Bope, Nóbrega tornou-se conhecido por sua habilidade com todo tipo de armas – era atirador de rara precisão – e pela crueldade com que comandava os treinamentos entre o fim dos anos 90 e o início dos anos 2000. “Ele batia nos alunos com barra de ferro. Chegou a quebrar o braço de um e a estourar o rim de outro”, me disse um policial que atuou no batalhão na época.
Tanto Adriano Nóbrega quanto Ronald Pereira foram homenageados na Assembleia Legislativa do Rio com menções honrosas propostas pelo então deputado estadual Flávio Bolsonaro. Para justificar a homenagem a Nóbrega, que ocorreu em 2003, Flávio argumentou que o então capitão prestava “serviços à sociedade, desempenhando com absoluta presteza e excepcional comportamento nas suas atividades”. Nóbrega havia sido apresentado a Flávio por um antigo colega do Bope, Fabrício Queiroz – o ex-assessor do filho de Jair Bolsonaro que está no centro do escândalo envolvendo repasses suspeitos de dinheiro para Flávio na Alerj," Allan de Abreu's "A Metástase" (Piauí, Março 2019);

- Democracia Brasileira foi Corroída, diz instituto francês (DW);
- Brazil is in Crisis (The Guardian);
- CUNY Students Support Brazilian Student Occupations (Left Voice);
- Une adolescente brésilienne pour sauver l'éducation du pays (Europe 1);
- Brazilian schoolgirl's speech on education funding goes viral (BBC);
- Au Brésil un millier de lycées et d'universités occupés contre les politiques d'austérité (Basta!);
- O Grande Irmão: Abin tem megabanco de dados sobre movimentos sociais (Intercept);
- Como foi o ato contra a PEC em 50 Cidades, 18 Estados e 3 Países (Ninja);
- Conheça os bilionários convidados para "reformar"a educação brasileira (The Intercept);
- Tortura em Brasília (Lenio Luiz Streck);
- Educadores se unem a policiais para espionar estudantes (Ponte);

See also:
Instead of revolution: démontage;
- American "Liberal" Hell;- right truths to slay the enemy;
Environmental Issue (Brazil);
Blue Crab/ Siri Azul (Torres, Brazil, Jan 2019);
Who Wants to Be the World's 5th Largest Economy?
Brazil after Rousseff's Impeachment;
A Place Where Everything Is Permitted;
List of Infamous Brazilian Esquerdofrênicos;
Humanitarian Rhetoric;
Inside Job;
El estudiante, political movie;
***O Galho mais Alto de um Pau Gigante (Revista TriploV);
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the fable of the WORM & the WOLF (which might pretty well be preposterous):


Unfortunately, it looks like the move of Equator's president does nothing but prove the everlasting calling for insignificance and subservience of the Latin American "elite" (sic). After all, grotesque stupidity is the essential feature of the Latin American "new" right, elected with a tacit collusion of the mainstream media (that is, in Brazil, Globo, Bandeirantes, etc. which keep giving unrestricted support to aggressive neo-"liberal" unchecked policies besides being critical of the most caricatural traits of a Bolsonaro):  
'Moreno’s move against Assange has proved controversial in Ecuador. The previous president, Rafael Correa, has accused his one-time political ally of “a crime humanity will never forget” and described Moreno as “the greatest traitor in Ecuadorian and Latin American history”.'
'In what may have been part of a campaign to weaken Moreno, WikiLeaks was linked to an anonymous website that claimed Moreno’s brother had created an offshore company...'
'[Moreno] insisted the decision to cooperate with the British and remove Assange from the embassy was a sovereign decision of his government and was not forced upon him by any external power.'
'He also asserted he had been given guarantees about Assange’s possible extradition to the US. “For us the maximum right to protect is the right to life,” he said. “For this reason, we consulted the government of the United Kingdom on the possibility of Assange’s extradition to third countries where he could suffer torture, ill-treatment or the death penalty. The United Kingdom extended written guarantees that if extradition is eventually requested he will not be extradited to any country where it may suffer such treatment,”' "Assange tried to use embassy as 'centre for spying', says Ecuador's Moreno" (Patrick Wintour, The Guardian, 04/14/2019);

***Just as Important:


'... it was curious to hear Diane Abbott, when answering questions about Labour’s enthusiastic objection to Assange’s possible extradition to the US to face charges of involvement in a computer-hacking conspiracy, say those sexual assault charges were “never brought”. The allegations were made, she generously conceded, but the charges were never brought.'
'It really doesn’t have to be this way. It is entirely possible to believe two things at the same time, that Assange should not face extradition to the US but that we should perhaps take a look at why he jumped bail and was in hiding for seven years. More than 70 MPs and peers have now written to Sajid Javid and Abbott, urging them to focus attention on the earlier Swedish investigations.'
'There is a tendency by some on the left to have a hierarchy of worthy causes. At the top is all the big banner stuff; the US, imperialism, neocolonialism, foreign policy. Further downstream are social justice and economic redistribution. And all the way at the bottom of the waterfall are those who don’t fit quite as neatly on one side or the other of the ideological odyssey between good and evil. Women have pesky gender issues that break the solidarity with men, and if we are to protect the workers, how do all the immigrants fit in to that?'
'Assange’s threatened victimisation by the US would be a worrying precedent and a reason not to extradite him, but that does not mean that sexual assault allegations should be brushed aside, "Why is the left blinkered to claims about Assange and sexual assault?" (Nesrine Malik, The Guardian, 04/15/2019);

***A more Equitable Perspective:


'States that commit crimes in foreign lands depend on at least passive acquiescence. This is achieved in a number of ways. One is the “othering” of the victims: the stripping away of their humanity, because if you imagined them to be people like your own children or your neighbours, their suffering and deaths would be intolerable. This is what the attempted extradition of Julian Assange to the US is about.'
'Back in 2010, the then US soldier Chelsea Manning downloaded hundreds of thousands of classified documents relating to US-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, US state department cables, and inmates imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay. Assange’s alleged role consists of helping Manning crack an encrypted password to gain access to the US defense department computer network. It is Manning who is the true hero of this story: last month, she was arrested for refusing to testify to a grand jury investigating WikiLeaks, placed in solitary confinement for four weeks, and now remains imprisoned. We must demand her freedom.'
'These leaks revealed some of the horrors of the post-9/11 wars. One showed a US aircrew laughing after slaughtering a dozen innocent people, including two Iraqi employees of Reuters, after dishonestly alleging to have encountered a firefight. Other files revealed how US-led forces killed hundreds of civilians in Afghanistan, their deaths otherwise airbrushed out of existence. Another cable, which exposed corruption and scandals in the court of Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, the western-backed then-dictator of Tunisia, helped fuel protests, which toppled him.'
'... Assange must answer the accusation in Sweden without the threat of extradition to the US,' "Whatever you think of Julian Assange, his extradition to the US must be opposed" (Owen Jones, The Guardian, 04/12/2019);

***Ultimate piece on Snowden and his ring (written by a woman):
"[In five years since Edward Snowden’s revelations about NSA surveillance], we’ve learned much more about how Big Tech was not only sharing data with the NSA but collecting vast troves of information about us for its own purposes. And we’ve started to see the strategic ends to which Big Data can be put. In that sense, we’re only beginning to comprehend the full significance of Snowden’s disclosures... This is not to say that we know more today about Snowden’s motivations or aims than we did in 2013. The question of whether or not Snowden was a Russian asset all along has been raised and debated... [NSA's PRISM, whose documents were leaked by Snowden and disclosed by Glenn Greenwald and Barton Gellman] secured cooperation between the Internet companies and the NSA at the point when an individual suspected of involvement in terrorism had been targeted and the NSA wished to retrieve that suspect’s messages from the companies’ servers. Many Americans will still feel that this program constituted an unwarranted breach of privacy, but what PRISM does not do is vindicate the idea of a “deep state” operating entirely independently of the rule of law. Although this might seem like a fine distinction to some, it is an extremely significant one. But the narrative of deep-state lawlessness was too appealing... Assange’s allies, Milne included, have made clear that their allegiance doesn’t lie with liberal democracies and their values. They have taken sides with authoritarianism in their fight against the hypocrisy of liberal democracies... Assange, a former libertarian, has called Russia under Putin “a bulwark against Western imperialism”... For his part, Greenwald has repeatedly, in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, decried as Russophobia the findings that Putin ordered interference in the 2016 US presidential election—even appearing on Fox News to do so. The very term “Russophobia” obfuscates the distinction between Vladimir Putin’s regime and Russia; the two clearly can’t be identified with one another... The distinction between left and right, he argues, will increasingly be replaced by the opposition between people who are pro-establishment and anti-establishment. But being anti-establishment is not a politics. It defends no clear set of values or principles. And it permits prevarication about the essential choice between criticizing and helping to reform liberal democracy from within or assisting in its demise. It encourages its partisans to take sides with a smaller, authoritarian state in order to check the power of the one whose establishment it opposes... In their book Red Web: The Kremlin’s War on the Internet, the Russian investigative journalists Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan recounted the experiences of human rights activists who were summoned via an email purportedly from Snowden himself, to a meeting with him at Moscow airport when he surfaced there with Sarah Harrison, to find they were joining the heads of various pro-Kremlin “human rights” groups, Vladimir Lukin, the Putin-appointed Human Rights Commissioner of Russia, and the lawyers Anatoly Kucherena and Henri Reznik. It was clear to the independent activists that Kucherena had organized the meeting... So whether we trust [Snowden] matters. It matters whether we view him as a bad actor, or as a well-intentioned whistleblower who has shown bad judgment, or as someone who has allowed himself to become an unwitting pawn of the Russians... In a 2016 lecture by video-link at Fusion’s Real Future Fair, Snowden discouraged his audience from pursuing the legal and political remedies that liberal democracies offer... If there’s one thing Greenwald, Assange, and their followers got right, it’s that the United States became a tremendous economic and military power over the last seven decades. When it blunders in its foreign or domestic policy, the US has the capacity to do swift and unparalleled damage. The question then is whether this awesome power is better wielded by a liberal-democratic state in an arguably hypocritical way but with some restraint, or by an authoritarian one in a nakedly avowed way and with no restraint. In the five years since Snowden’s revelations, we have seen changes, particularly the election of Donald Trump with his undisguised admiration for strongmen, that compel us to imagine a possible authoritarian future for the United States," "Edward Snowden Reconsidered" (Tamsin Shaw, The New York Review of Books, 09/13/2018);

***What should have been the ultimate piece on Glenn Greenwald (& still much more on Assange): 
"What’s astonishing about their ascent to heroism is the breadth of their support. The embrace of the antiwar left and the libertarian right was to be expected. But effusions of praise for the leakers can also be found throughout the liberal establishment... Contrary to [Snowden's] claims, he seems to have become an anti-secrecy activist only after the White House was won by a liberal Democrat who, in most ways, represented everything that a right-wing Ron Paul admirer would have detested... In several cases over a five-year span, Greenwald represented Matthew Hale, the head of the Illinois-based white-supremacist World Church of the Creator, which attracted a small core of violently inclined adherents... Greenwald’s other clients included the neo-Nazi National Alliance, who were implicated in an especially horrible crime. Two white supremacists on Long Island had picked up a pair of unsuspecting Mexican day laborers, lured them into an abandoned warehouse, and then clubbed them with a crowbar and stabbed them repeatedly. The day laborers managed to escape, and when they recovered from their injuries, they sued the National Alliance and other hate groups, alleging that they had inspired the attackers. Greenwald described the suit as a dangerous attempt to suppress free speech by making holders of “unconventional” views liable for the actions of others... most of [Greenwald's] writings, his critique of America abroad was congenial both to the isolationist paleo-Right and to post–New Left anti-imperialists... Along those lines, Greenwald found common ground with the upper echelons of right-wing free-market libertarianism... When bloggers confronted Greenwald about his associations with libertarians, the darling of the netroots and MSNBC left angrily batted the claims away as distortions. He need not have reacted so forcefully. Accused of working for Cato, for example, he might simply have said that he believed in addressing any organization that wanted to hear from him and left it at that. Instead, Greenwald attacked his critics as “McCarthyite” purveyors of “falsehoods, fabrications, and lies”... In 2010, Greenwald began attacking the Obama administration from the left on a variety of domestic issues, attacking Wall Street corruption, opposing cuts to Social Security and Medicare, and decrying inequality. Yet even as he insisted on his left liberalism, he remained a steadfast promoter of Ron Paul—“far and away the most anti-war, anti-Surveillance-State, anti-crony-capitalism, and anti-drug-war presidential candidate in either party.” (After Paul’s son, then senatorial candidate Rand Paul, questioned the Civil Rights Act, Greenwald agreed with criticism that the remark was “wacky,” but insisted that the real “crazies” in American politics were mainstream Democrats and Republicans.)... During his political pilgrimage, Greenwald became consumed: For him, the national security apparatus is not just an important issue; it is the great burning issue of our time... In the wake of the WikiLeaks frenzy, Assange often tried to clarify where he stood politically. His simultaneous embrace of leftist icons such as Noam Chomsky and right-wing libertarians seemed to indicate that he was open to ideas from either end of the political spectrum, so long as they were directed against authoritarianism. Finally, in 2013, Assange proclaimed, “The only hope as far as electoral politics presently ... is the libertarian section of the Republican Party”... Yet even that declaration was misleading. In practice, Assange has a history of working closely with forces far more radical than the Republican Liberty Caucus. Late in 2012, Assange announced the formation of the WikiLeaks Party in Australia. It had been expected that WikiLeaks would ultimately throw its support to the Green Party—especially after the party’s National Council voted in favor of such a move. Instead, WikiLeaks aligned with a collection of far-right parties. One was the nativist Australia First, whose most prominent figure was a former neo-Nazi previously convicted of coordinating a shotgun attack on the home of an Australian representative of Nelson Mandela’s African National Congress. Members of the WikiLeaks Party blamed the flap on an “administrative error”; mass resignations from the party’s leadership followed. Those who quit cited a lack of transparency in the party’s operations, and some pointed to remarks Assange had made blasting a Green Party proposal to reform Australia’s harsh treatment of asylum seekers... Snowden, Greenwald, and Assange have largely set the terms in the debate over transparency and privacy in America. But the value of some of their revelations does not mean that they deserve the prestige and influence that has been accorded to them," "Would You Feel Differently About Snowden, Greenwald, and Assange If You Knew What They Really Thought" (Sean Wilentz, The New Republic, 19/01/2014);

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

God Save the Queen (Blake's Palace of Wisdom)




John Lydon & Sex Pistols.
Pictures taken from the Internet (montage A/Z, for more see here).
Andy Warhol, Lou Reed, Nico & The Velvet Underground.
Pictures taken from the Internet.
Kurt Cobain. Pictures taken from the Internet.
Me from Mommy Dearest Photo Album.
Presuming Ed from
Bruce Robinson's
Whitnail and I (1987)
Anselm Kiefer
Unternehmen Seelöwe (1975)
picture taken from
Daniel Arasse's Anselm Kiefer
Devenir Musicien (video by A/Z, for more see here):
Pillage (A/Z);

"... e, uma vez, apaguei de repente, caí com a cabeça em cima dos pratos e elas me ajudaram, com massagens, estímulos e mais drogas, é lógico."
"... virei mentor dum garoto judeu e gay... Eu dizia, você não acredita em nada? Marilyn Monroe? Elvis Presley, George Harrison?"
Júpiter Maçã, A Odisséia
"This danger was more real in London under the Blitz, which dominated everyday life in 1940-1, as Britain alone opposed Germany."
Matthew Gale
"In India, many people visit holy men and women for their darshan, literally their look, which is believed to confer great blessings. Perhaps an unconscious survival of the same kind of belief is involved in the popular desire to see in person the Queen of England, the President of the United Sates, the Pope, pop stars, or other luminaries."
Rupert Sheldrake
"Pure experience is an animated state with maximum freedom in which there is not the least gap between the will's demand and its fulfillment."
Kitaro Nishida
See also:
- Kur-d-t My Ghost;
- Alice in Chains (Moore Theatre, Seattle, 1990);
- Genug! Manifesto;
who is afraid of Sylvia Plath? (& e. e. cummings);

Excerpts from Aleister Crowley's Confessions:
"There is nothing to warn a fishmonger's wife that such sublime devotion to etiquette is in any way ridiculous. English society is impregnated from top to bottom with this spirit. The supreme satisfaction is to be able to despise one's neighbour, and this fact goes far to account for religious intolerance. It is evidently consoling to reflect that the people next door are headed for hell."
"Adaptation to one's environment makes for a sort of survival; but after all, the supreme victory is only won by those who prove themselves of so much harder stuff than the rest that no power on earth is able to destroy them."
"[My father's] integrity was absolute... It was horrifying thought to him that he might be caught by the Second Advent at a moment when he was not actively and intensely engaged on the work which God had sent him into the world to do. This sense of the importance of the slightest act, of the value of every moment, has been a tragically intense factor in my life."
"My mother was naturally a rather sensual type of woman, and there is no doubt that sexual repression had driven her as nearly as possible to the borders of insanity."
"Men and women will never behave worthily as long as current morality interferes with the legitimate satisfaction of physiological needs. Nature always avenges herself on those who insult her... society is blowing up in larger or smaller spots all over the world, because it has failed to develop a system by which all its members can be adequately nourished without conflict, and the waste products eliminated without discomfort..."
"Milton was a great poet; and the subconscious artistic self of him was therefore bitterly antagonistic to Christianity. Not only is Satan the hero, but the triumphant hero... On the Christian theory, goodness is, in fact, nothing but absence of character, for it implies complete submission to God. Satan's original fault is not pride; that is secondary. It springs from the consciousness of separateness... this is, mystically speaking, sinful... Christian theology has not had sufficient logic to see..."
"The school had a long way to go. Bullying went on unchecked, the prefects being foremost offenders... concentrating on obscenity and petty tyranny. It annoyed them particularly that my conduct was irreproachable."
"The fact is that (as my brother-in-law, Gerald Kelly, once told me, with astounding insight), I was the most religious man that he had ever met. It is the inmost truth. The instinct was masked for a long time, firstly by the abominations of the Plymouth Brethren and the Evangelicals; secondly, by the normal world... and I was a Satanist... in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi."
"It seems as if I clung to the idea of the wickedness of love, and the belief that it entailed divine retribution, partly perhaps because of my tendency to masochism... as adding actual value to sin. Pleasure as such has never attracted me."
"It is monstrous for a man to pretend to be devoted to securing his wife's happiness and yet to wish to deprive her of a woman's supreme joy: that of bearing a child to the man whom she desires sexually, and is therefore indicated by nature as the proper father, though he may be utterly unsuitable as a husband."
"We have abolished all kinds of injustice on our attention being called to them; but the result has been that we have created an artificial doctrinaire society... All classes are complaining. We are in the condition of a man whose nerves all talk at once instead of doing their work quietly."
"Material welfare is only important as assisting men towards a consciousness of satisfaction. From the nature of things, therefore, life is a sacrament; in other words, all our acts are Magical Acts."
"It is a remarkable fact that only very exceptional men retain their normal reasoning powers in presence of mountains... A high degree of spiritual development, a romantic temperament, and a profound knowledge based on experience of mountain conditions, are the best safeguards against the insane impulses and hysterical errors which overwhelm the average man."
"I had come across Von Krafft-Ebbings' Psychopathia Sexualis. The professor tries to prove that sexual aberrations are the result of disease. I did not agree."
"Swinburne had taught me the doctrine of justification by sin. Every woman that I met enabled me to affirm magically that I had defied the tyranny of the Plymouth Brethren and the Evangelicals."
"Baudelaire and Swinburne, at their best, succeed in celebrating the victory of the human soul over its adversaries... Even James Thomson, ending with 'confirmation of the old despair,' somehow defeats that despair by the essential force of his genius. Keats, on the contrary, no matter how hard he endeavours to end on a note of optimism, always leaves an impression of failure. I well know how strangely perverse this criticism must sound, but I fell its truth in the marrow of my bones."
"Havelock Ellis and Edward Carpenter have been treated with the foulest injustice by ignorant and prejudiced people."
"Every particle of one's personality is a necessary factor in the equation, and every impulse must be turned to account in the Great Work... I had a thorough instinctive understanding of the theory of psychoanalysis. To this fact I attribute my extraordinary success in all my spiritual undertakings."
"I made a point of putting God on His honour, so to speak, to supply anything I might need by demonstrating to him that I would not keep back the least imaginable fraction of my resources."
"Acts of Will, performed by the proper person, never fall to the ground..."
"Eckenstein business in life was mathematics and science, and his one pleasure mountaineering. He was probably the best all-round man in England, but his achievements were little known because of his almost fanatical objection to publicity."
"... my limbs posses a consciousness of their own which is infallible. I am reminded of the Shetland ponies which can find their way through the most bewildering bogs and mist."
"It is useless to have strength if you don't know how to apply it."
"I must record one adventure, striking not only in itself but because it is of a type which seems almost as universal as the flying dream. It possesses the quality of the phantasmal. It strikes me as an adventure which occurs constantly in dreams and romances of the Stevensonian order... I cannot help believing that something of the kind has happened to me, though I can not say when, or remember the incidents..."
"I ask myself whether, after all, it is not conceivable that the immense number of facts which point to intelligent control of very various energies, which claim to be so, could not be in reality an accident in the true sense of the word..."
"Ireland has been badly treated, we all know; but her only salvation lay in forgetting her nonsense."
"I see no sense in violating conventions, still less in breaking laws... On the other hand, it is impossible to make positive progress by means of institutions which lead to one becoming Lord Chancellor, and Archbishop, an Admiral, or some other flower of futility."
"It seems to me no mere accident that Cambridge was able to tolerate Milton, Byron, Tennyson, and myself without turning a hair, while Oxford inevitably excreted Shelley and Swinburne. Per contra, she suited Walter Pater and Oscar Wilde perfectly. Had they been at Cambridge, the nonsense would have been knocked out of them."
"Fate familiarised me with this psychology in another form. It breaks out every time any man speaks or acts so as to awaken the frantic fear which is inherent in all but the rarest individuals, that anything new is a monstrous menace... whatever science may say,  there is such a thing as moral superiority, a spiritual strength independent of material or calculable conditions."
"The majority of old Magical Rituals are either purposely unintelligible or actually puerile nonsense... But there is one startling exception to this rule. It is the Book of the Sacred Magick of Abramelin the Mage."
"... even the crudest Magick eludes consciousness altogether, so that when one is able to do it, one does it without conscious comprehension, very much as one makes a good stroke at cricket or billiards. One cannot give an intellectual explanation... as one can explain the steps in the solution of a quadratic equation... [it] is rather an art than a science."
"There is always occult opposition to the publication of any important document... This is one of the facts whose cumulative effect makes it impossible to doubt the existence of spiritual forces."
"Magick is one of the subtlest and most difficult of the sciences and arts... It is above all needful for the student to be armed with scientific knowledge, sympathetic apprehension, and common sense."
"Money grubbing does its best to blaspheme and destroy nature. It is useless to oppose the baseness of humanity; if one touches pitch one runs the risk of being defiled. I am perfectly content to know that the vileness of civilisation is rapidly destroying itself; that it stinks in my nostrils tells me it is rotting... wealth, the most dangerous of narcotic drugs. It creates a morbid craving..."
"I was bound up with the welfare of humanity, and could only satisfy my aspiration by becoming a perfect instrument for the regeneration of the world."

Frank Lebon's Grafeeti:
GRAFEETI from Frank Lebon on Vimeo.