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Archive for November 21st, 2012

Forget that there are colonizers and colonized? Just two sides at war in Gaza?
Ghassan Hage, professor at the Univ.of Melbourne Australia, wrote:
The good unbiased westerner just told me: “Forget that there are colonisers and colonised, what there really is are two sides”.
Forget that there are people losing their land and people stealing it. What we have are two people with different histories.
Forget that the Israelis have killed tens of thousands of Palestinians, while the Israelis killed by the Palestinians can be counted in the hundreds.
For what there really is are two people prone to violence.
Forget that in terms of actual capacity to cause violent destruction the Palestinians are to the Israelis what a single ant is to an Elephant.
For what is important is that both sides ought to show restraint.
The good unbiased westerner is adamant:
“We don’t want to talk about the fact that one side is filthy rich and technologically over-equipped while the other is getting poorer and poorer; Nor do we want to talk about injustice, dispossession, racism and apartheid, for this doesn’t allow us to see what is wrong with both sides…
For the most important thing that one should always remember is that both sides are sides.
And if both sides did not side, there would be no side.”

Is that one of the fucked up Aristotelian logic, uttered by people sitting in comfortable peaceful conditions?

And what the American author Henry James wrote a century ago?

Henry James lived in England for 40 years and died there in 1916. Not until 1914, Henry James avoided being socially and politically engaged and kept aloof from the actual passions of existence. He was blamed for his “Mandarin” attitude toward life…

It was the start of WWI that got James in overwhelming intense activities and involvement, in his old age. He was everywhere, in Belgium, in France… visiting the hospitals, comforting the injured soldiers, raising money for belgian refugees, haranguing the US government to get engaged in the war…

James wrote: “hadn’t it been for the War, I should certainly have gone on as I was, taking it as the simplest and easiest and friendliest thing: but the circumstances are utterly altered now…” 

He wrote to a friend: “I have an imagination of disaster, and see life as ferocious and sinister… The war has used up words… We are confronted with a depreciation of all our terms, speaking with a loss of expression through increase of limpness, that may well make us wonder what ghosts will be left to walk… I eat my heart out alone… the paralysis of my own power to do anything but increasingly and inordinately feel...”

James was aware of the toll such cruelty takes on emotions and the resistance to compassion during these absurd instances, insensitivity adopted as a way of survival…

James had witnessed the US civil war, but didn’t participate because of physical problems in the back, and filled his time reading and writing. His two younger brothers did fight.

Henry James wrote to the newly wed wife of a husband who died in the war:

“I am incapable of telling you not to repine and rebel, because I am incapable to tell you Not to Feel… Feel for all you’re worth, even if it half kills you, for that is the only way to live…”

To his old friend Rhoda Broughton, Henry James wrote:

” I am sick beyond cure to have lived to see it. You and I, the ornaments of our generation, should have been spared this wreck… we have seen civilization grow and the worst became possible… this crash of civilization… the funeral spell of our murdered civilization…”

James’ idea of home was bound up with the idea of civilization. Culture, humaneness, civilization, and independence of thought were everything to James “We must for dear life make our own counter realities...”

Note: The part on Henry James was inspired from “Reading Lolita in Tehran” by Azar Nafisi

Online chat with O2 customer services

Can you explain to me from experience and vast knowledge, and in details what this O2 does, and what it sells, and how it does it?

Who is O2? Who are the deep pockets running this company? How linked it is with State institutions?

I picked up this chat post on FB that Joanna had with O2 customer services:

Resha: Hello, this is Resha, how can I help you?
Joanna: Hi Resha, I have a question.
Resha: I can help you with that.

Joanna: Does O2 use my personal details to send me relevant offers, deals and ads. e.g. by reading my personal messages or picking up keywords from telephone calls?
Resha: No, not at all.
Joanna: Well here are a number of occasions when I believe this has happened: I received an offer on holidays in Sussex. When I was on holiday in Sussex, I received a Nike offer when I was texting about a cycling touring trip to friends.

I received a pensions offer just after I hung up with my brother after a long conversation on pensions,

and I received a Christmas calls deals for Lebanon just after texting a Lebanese friend about their Christmas plans.

Resha: It must have been purely coincidence.
Joanna: Oh yes I thought as much.
Resha: Be assured that your texts and calls are safe.

Joanna: Thank you I feel very assured now.
Resha: Is there anything else I can help you with?
Joanna: No that’s all! Thanks.
Resha: It was nice chatting with you. Have a good day. Bye.

A few bits of news for confirmation:

1.  Is Amazon not paying taxes?

2. Better World Books (UK) donated 6,000,000 books and raised £8,000,000 for literacy projects?

In my last two birthdays, no gift books were forthcoming: Anyone to remind  Better World Books of my predicament?

All the clean energy generated from your urine: Start urinating profusedly

A Urine Powered Generator. An amazing accomplishment by four brilliant African girls.

The girls are are Duro-Aina Adebola (14), Akindele Abiola (14), Faleke Oluwatoyin (14) and Bello Eniola (15).

thefontnazijapesofwrath: and howiviewafrica posted:

How this electrical generator function?

A single Liter of urine gives you 6 hours of electricity.

  • The system works like this:

    • Urine is put into an electrolytic cell, which separates out the hydrogen.
    • The hydrogen goes into a water filter for purification, which then gets pushed into the gas cylinder.
    • The gas cylinder pushes hydrogen into a cylinder of liquid borax, which is used to remove the moisture from the hydrogen gas.
    • This purified hydrogen gas is pushed into the generator.

Do you think we are about to shelve all the other polluting current generators, and we may have just saved the planet?

Just imagine 7 billion people urinating several times a day and the quantity diverted to special hydrogen extraction scheme…

How much liquid borax will we need? Isn’t borax we used for cleaning eyes? This substance shouldn’t be that dangerous…

Shall I invest in borax anytime soon?

And after extracting the hydrogen, can the residual be used as fertilizer?

For example, we need additional information:

1. What single bulb this mechanism light up for 6 hours?

2. What is the initial investment to light up a bulb?

3. What’s the cost of maintaining this energy generator?

I am thinking of what will require from these famished communities in Africa and elsewhere in order to light up every family with a single bulb…

I am thinking “if my urine is of a higher octane rate, for how long my litter will last?”

Note: Apparently, in the 60’s, the US had installed a clear and not expensive nuclear reactor based Not on the dangerous and highly expensive light water reactor, but on Uranium Fluoride, and it was shelved by the US military…




November 2012

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