Obama gets the Peace Nobel Prize? What’s wrong with these people?
Am I so misinformed?
I’ve heard people say that he’s giving hope to those who had none. Well, let me tell you: I still have none!
The United States of America is blessed with two conservatives parties. While they sure sound different, talk is cheap.
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Hope is not a plan.
People claim that he was nominated for the prize after twelve days in office! “The deadline for submitting candidates had come just 12 days after he entered the White House.”  I find that disgusting.
Some people say that “The award is also an example of what Nobel scholars call the growing aspirational trend of Nobel committees over the past three decades, by which awards are given not for what has been achieved but in support of the cause being fought for.” 
Reminds me of certain three individuals in 1994:
You can hope for the best, but you should only reward people with 10 million Swedish crowns having a proven track record for peace. We all hoped that Oslo would lead to peace. But it went nowhere. 
These three people were honored for the hope they inspired in 1994.
But Hope is not a plan.
I know the Godless Paladin blog is full of angry ranting against religious fundamentalists, but being an atheist myself, I find myself enjoying them quite a bit. I’m not up to date when it comes to religious nutcases in the USA, but when I read some of the information gathered in the Huckabee-Palin 2012 god’s ticket blog post about current politicians, it gives me the shivers. Here I was enjoying the fruits of the Renaissance, living in an Age of Enlightenment, and suddenly I see the dark hydra of ignorance rear its ugly head.
I’m particularly amused by the language. The Swiss news report it as “bombing Hamas infrastructure” and I think to myself that the Hamas is an elected government and that the infrastructure includes police stations and the like. And I ask myself whether they prefer no police at all. And then I get a headache. That does not improve when I see a face on TV saying that Israel is counting on the “solidarity of the international community”. I am reminded of Newspeak.
Unfortunately both sides seem to be interested in perpetual war. I wonder if anybody ever thinks: “Hm, I think I’ll bomb these guys and see whether this will bring us peace and prosperity.”
Actually, there are many sad things about it:
“This bracelet would:
My resolve to never travel to the states has been bolstered, once again.
Yeah, I have have been very quiet on the political front. But sometimes things just pop up…
Indeed, the extract is gut-wrenching:
It’s like a bad movie.
God help us all.
In the idle hours of spring, the mind wanders… There’s a slight difference between the English word “Sodomy” and the German word “Sodomie” – even Wikipedia mentions it: “From this biblical narrative the word ‘Sodomy’ is derived and has henceforth come to be synonymous with anal intercourse (particularly between two males) and sometimes also to describe human-animal sexual intercourse (also known as bestiality or zoophilia); this is the primary meaning of the cognate German language word Sodomie.” 
Anyway, today I was looking for music by The Pogues. One of their albums is called Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash (1985). Today I also looked at the iTunes store. And guess what they call the album? If you guessed “Rum Sy & the Lash” you win as many laundry machines as you can carry.
There’s even a Wikipedia article about the album: Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash – Wikipedia claims that the title is “adapted from a quote often attributed to Winston Churchill” and provides this quote: “Don’t talk to me about naval tradition. It’s nothing but rum, sodomy, prayers, and the lash.”
I love it.
The quote. I’m talking about the quote.
Update: Finally I found that Churchill did not utter these words. On Wikipedia’s page on The Pogues there’s a note pointing to Quotes Falsely Attributed To Him by the Churchill Centre, which says that “Churchill’s assistant, Anthony Montague-Browne said that although Churchill had not uttered these words, he wished he had.”
While eating a piece of my tiroler cake 2008-01-20_Tiroler_Cake and figuring out what books need to be sent where via BookMooch, I listened to my Tom Waits collection in the background. And suddenly the lyrics of Road To Peace by Tom Waits bubbled to the top of my attention. Something about Israelis and Palestinians. I then googled for the lyrics and found the following passage at the end of the song:
I really need to activate that Last.FM plugin for my SqueezeBox… My current top seven:
The numbers are probably still ok. Must check back in a few weeks.
Too bad my iTunes Update plugin isn’t working correctly. Apparently I can’t get the CPAN module Mac::AppleScript to work.
So here’s what I did:
cpan Mac::AppleScript– this fails with the error “/usr/bin/ld: /System/Library/Frameworks/WebKit.framework/Versions/A/WebKit load command 20 unknown cmd field”
cdinto the appropriate build directory in
cc -bundle -undefined dynamic_lookup -L/usr/local/lib AppleScript.o -framework Carbon -o blib/arch/auto/Mac/AppleScript/AppleScript.bundle– that’s right, I just deleted
-framework AppleScriptKitfrom that command line
make– no more problems
make test– it works! Weird, eh?
But then again, the plugin itself still doesn’t seem to work.
You can try
cd Library/Application\ Support/SqueezeCenter/Plugins/iTunesUpdate/ and run
perl iTunesUpdate.pl. No more error messages. But no success, either.
Time! Sink! Gaaaah!
I recently read Fingersmiths by Sarah Waters. An interesting story with many surprising plot twists. My cousing suggested Affinity. I might be interested. The book has been a page-turner and I had to stay up until 4:30 in the morning to finish it. Thank you Chrissie, for recommending it to the BookClub.
The book also features a paragraph or two about waterboarding.
Think about it.
In German one would say: “Zum Kotzen!” – roughly “To puke!” or “Makes me want to puke!”
Reading about it makes my physically sick. I have cold sweat dripping down my side, my eyes are filled with tears that don’t want to come, and my stomach a tight little stone. From the inquisition to war criminals in Japan, Germany, Vietnam, Algeria… to the United States of today.
Makes. Me. Want. To. Puke.
What have you become.
Hehe. As I said a while ago, I’ve stopped posting much about politics… I’m having too much fun at the moment, and I can’t stand the feeling of helplessly watching the world go down. So I’ve closed my eyes, decided not to have any kids, and go down singing. Or something like that.
By chance I found a website by somebody interested in roleplaying games and he had an interesting page on US politics on the same site. I liked it.
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