Allen Ginsberg – Hum Bom!

One of my favourite ways to pass time is book surfing the titles and contents of books wherever I find them. By coincidence I stumbled across a collection of Allan Ginsberg’s poems selected by himself. He instantly made me wonder and laugh – and I was sold to him on the spot!

Reference:
Selected Poems: 1947-1995
Allen Ginsberg, Penguin Classics
ISBN 0141184760

Allen Ginsberg wikipedia.org

War is imminent in the Middle East

Is the so called self-defense by the Israeli Government against the Hizbollah kidnaping of two Israeli soldiers on the northern border of Israel and Libanon just an excuse for a thorough and preplanned attack against Lebanon? Is the Israeli attack against Lebanon just a prelude to a major US attack and war against Iran?

Bush ‘helped Israeli attack on Lebanon’ The Guardian 14. august 2006
Watching Lebanon newyorker.com 14. august 2006
The Coming Wars newyorker.com 17. januar 2005

Doctor Strangelove Now or Never

Stanley Kubrick’s sensational and hilarious dark satire “Doctor Strangelove” from 1964 with Peter Sellers shaping three protagonists in a nuclear race of “hot war” against the Russians is still relevant with all the war maniacs around today in 2006; people (leaders of countries) who really think and thoroughly believe that they can solve the problems of the world with the instrument of war.

Here are some quotes from the “War Room” with the Cabinet of maniacs including the US President on the usage of the Doomsday weapon against the Russkies:

[Strangelove admits that he investigated making such a machine]
Dr. Strangelove: Based on the findings of the report, my conclusion was that this idea was not a practical deterrent for reasons which at this moment must be all too obvious.

Dr. Strangelove: Sir! I have a plan!
[standing up from his wheelchair]
Dr. Strangelove: Mein Führer! I can walk!

Dr. Strangelove: It is not only possible, it is essential.

[Strangelove’s plan for post-nuclear war survival involves living underground with a 10:1 female-to-male ratio]

Dr. Strangelove: Regrettably, yes. But it is, you know, a sacrifice required for the future of the human race. I hasten to add that since each man will be required to do prodigious… service along these lines, the women will have to be selected for their sexual characteristics which will have to be of a highly stimulating nature.

Dr. Strangelove: Of course, the whole point of a Doomsday Machine is lost, if you *keep* it a *secret*! Why didn’t you tell the world, EH?

Dr. Strangelove: It would not be difficult, Mein Fuhrer. Nuclear reactors could easily provide power for several… Im sorry, Mr. President…

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb imdb.com

So much for privacy..

Terror is the word to use when governments wants to diminish or lift the burden of freedom rights from the people. The privacy that each and every person is guaranteed by law and human rights is an illusion for fools.

Your windows software is bugged so big brother can tap into your computer when ever he wants to. All new labtop computers have electronic hardware key-loggers that circumvent your system and collects your every keystroke and sends it to your favorite intelligence agency via your ethernet card as soon as you connect to the Internet.

So much for privacy..

Links:
Government and computer manufacturers caught installing hard-wired keystroke loggers into all new laptop computers! infowars.com 4. october 2005
Our internet secrets stored for decades Guardian 2. october 2005
Clarke tells MEPs to back EU anti-terror measures guardian 7. september 2005
Unlawful, unworkable, unnecessary Guardian 13. july 2005
Britain: a ‘surveillance society’ BBC 13. june 2005
How NSA access was built into Windows 4. september 1999

The danish lesson of the war against Iraq?

The danish right wing government speaks with two tongues to the world in matters of war!

Denmark decided to go to war in the “coalition of the willing” spearheaded by the US and the UK in 2003. History shows they did it for all the wrong reasons. Intelligence was more than wrong, it was staged to the occasion by the US and UK.

The formal reason used by the government and foreign ministry advisors towards the parliament and the general public was the Iraqi lack of cooperation to disarm according to UN resolutions. The coalition forces went in to war without the backup by the UN Security Counsel. The majority where in favor of giving the weapons inspectors more time to finish their work.

History tells us that according to the rules of the UN treaty an armed attack against Iraq by the coalition forces could not be justified because Iraq where not an immediate threat to any member state of the UN or world peace in the period.

History tells us that Iraq did not have any substantial ties to the horrific 9/11 2001 terror attacks in the US. And importantly Iraq did not posses any of the proclaimed weapons of mass destruction. History shows that the US and UK long before events in the UN Security Council had plans to topple the Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

All in all a plot there had and has no legal basis in the UN treaty or international law.

What are the lessons learned by Denmark?

The danish government officially strongly supports the UN system, but at the same time the government still wants to reserve the right to “Just War” outside UN and international law.

Reference: Liberals: No UN mandate needed for war JP 19. maj 2005

Why should 10 stupid men rule over 1 wise man?

Because they know better! Plato was wrong.

At the moment I am reading an interesting book that makes me turn pages with an amazing ease and in the same manner do away with my preconceptions of the wise.

The argument of the book is that chasing the expert is a mistake. We should stop hunting and ask the crowd. Chances are, the crowd knows much better and is much more accurate that any individual or small group of esoteric experts. This simple fact of science is especially true in problems of cognition, coordination and cooperation.

“The best way for a group to be smart is for each person in it to think and act as independently as possible.” “Diversity and independence are important because the best collective decisions are the product of disagreement and contest, not consensus and compromise.”

Given the right circumstances this is one of the best arguments in favor the free market – stripped of all other ideological nonsense! Its one of the best praises of individuality I have ever heard. This thesis of the crowd reinforces my belief in democracy.

Book reference: The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki, Randomhouse 2004

Do you know what the death rate around here is?

Answer: One per person.

Its a frightening world, I know. Even more so if one considers that the death penalty is on the rise all over.

Death is final and no human being deserves an untimely death. The mere possibility for sentencing an innocent man to death should be reason enough to abolish the cruel and medieval death penalty.

According to amnesty international China is by far the worst sinner in this sad field of human rights violation. With the outrageous number of 3.400 human lives taken China carry out more death penalties than all other countries combined. Iran is second with 159, followed by Vietnam with 64. The US is number 4 on the list with 59 executions in 2004.

The UK director of amnesty international, Kate Allen, calls the figures from China “genuinely frightening”.

How many innocent people was sentenced to death and executed in 2004? 1%, 2% or 3%? What is the margin of error in this field?

Would you still accept the death penalty if you where an innocent man sentenced to death?’

Death penalty ‘at record levels’ BBC 4. April 2005
Death Penalty: 3,797 executed in 2004 amnesty.org 4. April 2005

Torture as the doctrine of war in Iraq

In reality its only the horrible nature of man that’s revealed in war. Is civilisation not always preceded or followed by barbaric chaos?

The English army in Iraq can apparently not escape the accusations of mistreatment and torture of the Iraqi people.

The many examples of torture in Iraq raises an important question: Will war, even if it involves civilised countries, always be followed by torture? Should there be an acceptance of torture as a immanent part of the evil of war?

Would we as human beings be ready accept such an answer to torture in Iraq or anywhere else?

Inquiry into Iraqi prisoner abuse BBC 25. februar 2005

Follow up:
U.S.: Abu Ghraib Only the Tip of the Iceberg”? Human Rights Watch 27. april 2005

Just War in Iraq 2003

In November 2003 I received the Master of Law degree from University of Copenhagen. My final dissertation “Just War in Iraq 2003” was in International Law .

The plan was to make “Just War in Iraq 2003” into a living wiki document, but that never happen for several reasons.

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