Propaganda: Lions for Lambs

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I have never reviewed a moving propaganda before, but I thought since I watch it all, why not tap in.

Lions for Lambs is a very interesting attempt to rationalize going to war against two countries whose leaders decided to bite the hand that fed it.  First against Osama Bin Laden, then Saddam Hussein.  The only true words in the entire movie were, “Rome is burning”.

I don’t mind being called a “conspiracy theorist”, because, first, I concluded there was a conspiracy and second, theory is based on scientific observation and experiment.

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You may not agree, but 9/11 was prepared for, allowed and cleanly executed.  The twin towers and the adjacent buildings were felled by demolition by the incumbent powers to incite Americans to war.  Doing so did not require a large group of people, just a small backroom fraternity.  Let’s call them the Fight Club.

This set up things for the attack of Afghanistan, followed by the really big lie:  The incessent repetition, and little more, of weapons of mass destruction paranoia until the country was psychotic enough to attack Iraq.  It wasn’t a war on terror.  It was a war based on terror.

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So, six years later, we have Lions for Lambs.  With Meryl Streep doing her trademark crying jag, this time for all the American cannon fodder in the middle east.   The rationale of continuing the offensive?  World War against China whose allies are the Al Quaeda in Pakistan, the Iranians, North Korea.  The new Axis.  This is all sprinkled in amongst a call to raise an American civilian army little different than the pre-war force in Nazi Germany building the Autobahns and marching in formation with shovels.

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Obama is currently changing the American legal system systematically to create a judicial system for future crime using the moniker “Rule of Law”.

America is preparing for war.  They are preparing to put a general into the next Republican Presidential seat or an actor called Tom Cruise.

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Hey, young America, grab your shovels, the Long Marchers are on their way.

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It’s Truue.

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Mental Order: A Right for this Century

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You have the right to your own mental order.  You need not be ashamed of anything you think or any way you think.

Performing, advocating or threatening harm to others are the only crimes.

Harm is deliberate inequality.

In the last few days I became strongly concerned about a political issue.  I cared so strongly about that issue that I contacted the leaders of Canada’s federal political parties, including the Canadian Prime Minister and my provincial political parties, including the Premier of my province.  I cared so much about this issue I revealed personal information regarding something that is not understood by society, those entrusted with its care or the leaders I contacted.

There is a large community that does understand what I revealed.  I spoke out to protect them.  I spoke out for a group that was executed by the Nazis to no one’s protest.  No movies are made about their disappearance.  They were among the first to die.

I want the rights of these people protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms–the Canadian Constitution.  Nothing less.

I don’t think there is a leader among us up to it.

We have to help ourselves.

I take comfort in the words of Aristotle: “Evil destroys even itself” and “All virtue is summed up in dealing justly.”

The Brain: Beautiful Indeed

A Beautiful Mind: The Life of Mathematical Genius and Nobel Laureate, John Nash by Sylvia Nasar is a far superior portrayal of the life of John Forbes Nash than the motion picture version. His super-egocentric personality, his ambition, his bisexuality, his relationships with mistress and bastard son, his wife Alicia and son John would never have popular appeal. The power of his mind would never be within the grasp of a lay audience. However, his actual breakdown, the faithfulness of his wife, even after divorce and the devotion of his peers that maintained him through the decades of mental illness after he turned thirty should have made film.

John’s paranoid schizophrenia was not as physically dramatic as portrayed in the motion picture. Most schizophrenia isn’t. Much of John’s battle was trying to make sense of the distorted input his mind was feeding him. He cycled between a sense of omnipotence and impotence as his delusions grew within him only to collapse like a deck of cards as they collided with reality. His illness drove him across Europe and the United States and exhausted his family and colleagues as they sought to help him and resurrect the unique intellect.

John’s recovery was helped by medication, however in his 40s and 50s, living with his ex-wife, as there was no one left to take him in, he wandered Princeton campus like a ghost. And somehow his delusions turned from pathology, to numerology, to mathematics and finally to actual pure mathematical research. John said that aging itself had altered his mind and he began to recognize that the delusions caused by political thought and religious thought could be deliberately rejected as wasted effort and what was left was science.

John’s Nobel for Economics did not come without controversy, however his supporters prevailed. They felt that Nash had been overlooked his entire life by the mathematical community and finally he could be vindicated. Nash’s contribution to game theory, the Nash equilibrium, that has changed every science where there were noncooperative systems was finally recognized.

A very good video lecture on John Nash by Sylvia Nasar at MIT in 2002 is here.