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

Colored Folks?

When I born, I black,
When I grow up, I black,
When I go in sun, I black,
When I cold, I black,
When I scared, I black,
When I sick, I black,
And when I die, I still black.

You white folks….
When you born, you pink,
When you grow up, you white,
When you go in sun, you red,
When you cold, you blue,
When you scared, you yellow,
When you sick, you green,
When you bruised, you purple,
And when you die, you gray!
So who you calling colored?

(unknown author)

As supple as a babe

“In concentrating your breath can you become as supple
As a babe?
Can you polish your mysterious mirror
And leave no blemish?”

Lao Tsu Tao Te Ching

Translation by the well renowned D.C. Lau 1963, Penguin Classics

Dear Thitihchai, Thank you for the present of meditation.

The Tiger

TIGER, tiger, burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand dare seize the fire?

And what shoulder and what art
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand and what dread feet?

What the hammer? what the chain?
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? What dread grasp
Dare its deadly terrors clasp?

When the stars threw down their spears,
And water’d heaven with their tears,
Did He smile His work to see?
Did He who made the lamb make thee?

Tiger, tiger, burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

The Tiger by Willam Blake 1757-1827


Dear spirits of the world,

This beautiful piece of William Blake was once again brought to my attention by a dazzling soul. Burn Tiger, Tiger burn.. let the flames of animal instinct play in tribute to the forces of heaven..

Love Thomas

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 4. April 2005

Not Pr0n – Riddle this!

Riddle me a riddle. If you think you are too smart for your own good and have a time on your hands then just maybe you are the “not pr0n” riddle worthy. Up until now some 650000 have tried but only 32 people have reached the final step so far.

Go genius.. go and fetch Elvis in the land of nowhere and bring back Jesus if you meet him on the way.

not pr0n