and then there’s this

Max, 2008/05/30 

Who knew Bill O’Reilly was such a great hip hop artist?

(BTW- I delayed this by half a day so as not to immediately take a big steaming dump on aldous’s beautiful poem.)

children of the earth

aldous, 2008/05/29 

broad back skip back
to an earlier time
with pups whelping
in the woods
and tribesfolk yelping
all for the love of the land
these days have been
and in the midst of morning
we make our stand
on the mountainside
with kids with prunes
for minds all
shriveled and such
and laying in the
crib of mind so vast and
with a switchback
for a tail

What we can draw from Obama


This is one of those “Obama in 30 seconds” videos. Thought raison might enjoy it.

The Michelle Obama Song.

byronius, 2008/05/28 

From culturekitchen

Somebody’s just gotta say it. Oh my.

When I’m 64


I shall still be able to kick ass. Where can I plug in?

The Father Of Conservativism Endorses Obama.



Tuesday May 27, 03:22 PM
Fukuyama backs Obama for US presidency

He is one of America’s most famous neo-conservatives and his ideas on the spread of democracy have informed the Bush administration’s foreign policy.

But Francis Fukuyama, the author of The End of History and Professor of International Political Economy at Johns Hopkins University, is now a sharp critic of US President George W Bush and has even come out as a supporter of Democrat frontrunner Barack Obama for president.

Professor Fukuyama is particularly scathing about the Bush policy in Iraq but he says that regardless of who is elected to lead it next, the United States is about to undergo a significant transformation.

In Sydney as a guest of Sydney University United States Studies Centre, Professor Fukuyama spoke with The World Today’s Eleanor Hall.


Should read ‘Man wakes up after lifetime of building planet-destroying philosophy and tries to make amends.”

Think his flock will follow? Or is it still ‘over the cliff we go until the bitter end, wearing sixteen flag pins’?

Thrill to the war within!


From Nietzsche’s Beyond Good and Evil, Section 200:

The man of an age of dissolution which mixes the races with one another, who has the inheritance of a diversified descent in his body–that is to say, contrary, and often not only contrary, instincts and standards of value, which struggle with one another and are seldom at peace–such a man of late culture and broken lights, will, on an average, be a weak man. His fundamental desire is that the war which is IN HIM should come to an end; happiness appears to him in the character of a soothing medicine and mode of thought (for instance, Epicurean or Christian); it is above all things the happiness of repose, of undisturbedness, of repletion, of final unity–it is the “Sabbath of Sabbaths,” to use the expression of the holy rhetorician, St. Augustine, who was himself such a man.–Should, however, the contrariety and conflict in such natures operate as an ADDITIONAL incentive and stimulus to life–and if, on the other hand, in addition to their powerful and irreconcilable instincts, they have also inherited and indoctrinated into them a proper mastery and subtlety for carrying on the conflict with themselves (that is to say, the faculty of self-control and self-deception), there then arise those marvelously incomprehensible and inexplicable beings, those enigmatical men, predestined for conquering and circumventing others, the finest examples of which are Alcibiades and Caesar (with whom I should like to associate the FIRST of Europeans according to my taste, the Hohenstaufen, Frederick the Second), and among artists, perhaps Leonardo da Vinci. They appear precisely in the same periods when that weaker type, with its longing for repose, comes to the front; the two types are complementary to each other, and spring from the same causes.

The Scots and the French and the Germans and the Italians and the English and those truly nasty Canadians are goin’ at it hot and heavy. Almost a World War B. Let there be no peace in my time.

Pity my son. The Russkies wade in…

Truth, Love, God and Wes Anderson

Max, 2008/05/27 

Another light-hearted post about a few trivial items…

In pondering my recent reading of Nietzsche I found that something seemed to be missing. That something was Love.

He makes a strong case for the absence of objective morality, the sort of thing religions specialize in. He goes further to say that the whole idea of seeking “Truth” is also dubious as it’s just a depersonalized version of God. The truth is that there probably is no Truth and the very tendency we have to seek it is evidence that we are fooling ourselves into thinking that what exists here and now is not Truth and we need to be saved from whatever it is that’s keeping us from finding Truth. This implies that we’re unwilling to accept what we see around us as the marvel that it is and insist on something more marvelous. The eastern religions seem to point to this in all the ‘find eternity in the moment’ kind of thinking; that if we could just understand how amazing simple existence is, we’d be immediately enlightened and walk around with a constant beatific smile.

The believers in objective morality find the idea of its absence to be a horrifying idea. They insist that this is the path of nihilism with its heinous implication that “all is permitted.” The moralist believes that anyone who subscribes to this view has a bleak view of life- “anomie”- and is likely to engage in criminal behavior. The part they- and Nietzsche are leaving out is the wild card of Love. There’s nothing about the disbelief in objective morality that says one cannot love. In fact, the Eastern mystic path seems to lead to a sense of universal love and compassion. I know this intimately because I’ve encountered this sense in my past through various approaches; usually involving harmony with nature, usually enhanced by psychoactive chemicals, and the impressions are so powerful they are truly unforgettable. They will be with me always.

My thinking is that love ties it all together because it provides a source of meaning that is more genuine than any subscription to a belief in a mystical being. Simple, honest love is the only genuine truth. It’s rational and emotionally fulfilling- requiring no self-deception. When one is acting out of love, doing right is the course of least resistance; hence no need for a moral code drawn from dogma.

Here’s a bit of a leap, but I feel it makes perfect sense now from the above strands; the concept of God springs from Love. It’s what the mystics say first when they come down from the mountain, then they or their later re-interpretors always clutter up the message by personifying it and adding various rules and rituals, associated personifications, etc. But the real, genuine, core idea is simply love. I know this isn’t exactly new, but I feel that I’ve read this basic idea many times without understanding it. The past several months of introspection have helped it to crystallize in me in a new way. It feels “true.”

Interestingly, the message in that last paragraph flashed on me about 3/4 of the way through “The Darjeeling Limited,” Wes Anderson’s latest flick which I highly recommend. It’s a gorgeous movie; slightly strange, but that’s Wes.

No One To Turn To

raison detre,  

children: cnn report on

Aid workers

after so much strife

and these were the only ones caught…

In 2003, U.N. Nepalese troops were accused of sexual abuse while serving in Democratic Republic of Congo. Six soldiers were later jailed.

A year later, two U.N. peacekeepers were repatriated after being accused of abuse in Burundi, while U.N. troops also were accused of rape and sexual abuse in Sudan.

Last year, the U.N. launched an investigation into sexual abuse claims in Ivory Coast.

The vast majority of aid workers were not involved in any form of abuse or exploitation, but in “life-saving essential humanitarian work,” Whitbread said.

But humanitarian and peacekeeping agencies working in emergency situations “must own up to the fact that they are vulnerable to this problem and tackle it head on,” she said.

Just Got Back From Jupiter.



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