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November 16, 2017 / Fantelius

Editing Einstein’s Grammar

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“Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it.”
That quote is attributed to Einstein by Barbara Loe Fisher in Mercola, Nov. 7, 2017

Whether or not Albert said that, I’d like to edit it a bit for grammar and style.
“Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it.”

”Never” is too extreme. We all do things against our conscience at times. Where do all of these bad consciences come from?

”anything” is extremely vague. Anything? That’s the opposite of everything and includes walking on the grass, jaywalking and thinking unauthorized thoughts.

”even if” is the weak link in this chain of reasoning. It weakens the nature of the state. We get the impression that the state makes demands on our conscience exceptionally. In contrast to that perspective, compare the following edited edition with the original:

Don’t go against conscience because the state demands it.
Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it.

Not only is the edited quote sharper and more explicit, it is 18% shorter.

9 words instead of 11. Two words less. 18%. Not much? Not much! Suppose 18% of all text masses contained sentences that could be improved in clarity and save the reader 18% less time. (There’s a lot more than 18%) That’s 18 times 18 = 324%. Multiply this by millions of readers and witness the serious number of hours saved by small improvements in grammar and style.

BTW, if  we allow the two words to represent ink and carbon powder instead of time and multiply this by the printers throughout the world we should see a skyscraper of printer cartridges before us. Created by small improvements in grammar and style.

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”If you don’t think geniuses make mistakes
and do stupid things,
you are certainly no genius.”
Dartwill Aquila

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The West Bank is now the Judea-Samaria area.

November 10, 2017 / Fantelius

Geese and Turds

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Eat grass, fertilize grass.
Manurize grass.
Black and white geese
produce black and white manure.
They look as different from each other
as you and I
and all the people we meet?
The markings from their eye to their beaks,
the line that forms between the black and white
running from the head
to the neck,
the length of the neck, beak and chest size all vary.
The geese can recognize a loved one 100 meters away.
And they can express joy
to each other.
They are doing quite well, the geese,
the grass eaters.
Can’t say the same for bats, bugs, bees and birds.
And insects.
Humanity is killing them,
more and more, faster and faster.
And other things as well
(besides each other).
Life will survive,
but not many of the species living today.
Humanity is already suffering.
Besides a catastrophic drop
in the general health standards
every member of humanity
has a contaminated body.
Our children are born polluted,
more and more, faster and faster.
Maybe if we learned to eat grass…?
(”Maybe if you learned to shit
black and white turds,”
I hear a goose say.)

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”The different between sticking your head in the sand
and burying it in the media
is that you retain your own imagination in the sand.”
Dartwill Aquila

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The West Bank is now the Judea-Samaria area.

November 5, 2017 / Fantelius

All ”We” Need Is Love

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All you need is love, sang the flower-power generation. Don’t worry about how you’re dressed… all you need is love. The fashion industry couldn’t keep up to the creativity of the people dressing themselves in anything that fit.

You didn’t need to get married… all you needed was love. Any kind of a party would do. We’re moving in together… all we need is love.

We need not deal with the differences between the flower-power generation and the culture of today to agree that flower-power culture was defeated and assimilated into the present Barock culture, where extravagant diversions dominate the cultural landscape.
All you need is money.

Defeated doesn’t mean wrong. The bully is constantly defeating his victims. The Age of Enlightenment was defeated by Romanticism. The Age of Enlightenment wasn’t wrong.

It’s always a question of We, Them, Me.

Who are ”We”? Humanity should fit into our We. That’s our only hope.

And ”Them”? Who are ”Them”? Them’s the Ones that got all the money and guns.

Which brings us to ”Me”. Our ”Me” is a gift of life, a present from the sun. Whether we like it or not, recognize it or not, Me is an element in community We. If we pretend that Me is a loose element, We grows weaker by one element.

The community, We, garantees individual freedom. We need look no further than the space we occupy. How much of it contains items we could have produced ourselves? How many of the items contain parts that come from lands and people far away? How many people were involved in mining, growing, manufacturing, packaging, researching, transporting, warehousing and selling the items all over the world? How many people are involved in providing us with transportation whether car or train, bus, cycle, boat or plane?

Our lives, health, freedom and standard can only be provided by the community. A healthy community is based on healthy people. By keeping all of the people healthy everyone keeps healthy. Ditto for freedom and standard. A free people raise the standard of the community to raise the standard for themselves. A healthy community works on projects to enhanced the well-being of the members of the community. A sick community takes from the community to enhance the well-being of a few super-wealthy people.

Are there any doctors in the house? Lovers?

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”The size of a wedding does not indicate the length of the marriage.”
Dartwill Aquila

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The West Bank is now the Judea-Samaria area.

October 30, 2017 / Fantelius

Three Big Secrets

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Big secret one:
In a just society,
a people-oriented society,
everyone,
including the richest people today,
would have a much much better life.
Instead of war, peacock fashion, empty consumption, crime, insecurity, entertainment diversions, conflicts, corruption, anger, fear, stress, sicknesses…
the citizens of a just and healthy society would be characterized by calm and determined motivation.
Wouldn’t it be nice to travel anywhere in the world meeting only friendly people and being able to speak with everyone? A world without fear. How rich would your life be then?
When the poorest among us is secure in all basic needs
then everyone leads a rich life.

Big secret two:
That’s not an altruistic ideal.
Either you lead a rich life or you go under.
A just world is not a lofty desire, but a survival necessity.
Nothing less than a well-functioning humanity can prevent the extinction of humanity. Nothing.

Big secret three:
Love is wealth. Health is wealth. Work is wealth. Friends are wealth. Peace is wealth. Security is wealth. Freedom is wealth. Love is wealth. Education is wealth. Honesty is wealth. Trust is wealth. Smiles are wealth. Happiness is wealth. Love is wealth. Justice is wealth. Equality wealth. Helpfulness is wealth. Respect is wealth. Politeness is wealth. Love is wealth. Confidence is wealth. Motivation is wealth. Dependability is wealth. Tolerance is wealth. Kindness is wealth. Laughter is wealth. Sharing a pillow is wealth. Possibilities are wealth. The pursuit of happiness is wealth. Hugs are wealth. Nourishing food is wealth. Clean air and water are wealth. Love is wealth.

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”The end is approaching and we’re out of matches.”
Dartwill Aquila

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The West Bank is now the Judea-Samaria area.

October 26, 2017 / Fantelius

I Pledge Allegiance…

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Why do we have nationalistic political ceremonies at sports events? The public attends football games to watch football games. The singing, standing and flag waving have nothing to do with football or any other sport. But the powers that be have welded the love of sports to a political ceremony and accuse the disobedient of mixing politics with sports.

Why do we need a political flag ceremony to kick off sporting events? A play, lecture, dance or symphony doesn’t start this way. Directors don’t stand in silence listening to the Star Spangled Banner before a board meeting.

What if the home team were to choose an opening song and encouraged the spectators to sing along. Lennon’s Imagine, for example, or Nobody Knows the Troubles I’ve Seen, or Where Have All The Flowers Gone, or Sympathy For The Devil or any of the 10s of 1000s of possible alternatives. Is it unpatriotic to imagine?

We’re supposed to salute the symbols, but not discuss real events. The military views disobedience to the song and flag ceremony as an insult, a heresy. Kaepernick’s refusal to stand during the national anthem tore their act and he consequently comes under attacked for being unpatriotic; for insulting the men and women fighting for our freedom; for disrespecting those who have fallen in duty; and so on…

Let’s skip the fact the Kap’s protest had nothing to do with the military. Not a word. But now that the military has brought it up, what is the connection between football and the military, between sports and the military, and, most significantly, the flag and the military? The American flag does not express a love of military so much as it does love of liberty and justice for all. That’s how the American people view their flag as expressed in the closing phrase of their pledge of allegiance, “with liberty and justice for all”.

This is expressed differently in the final lines of the Star Spangled Banner,
”O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?”

That’s a question. Does it? Does the SSB-flag still wave over the land of the free? We have to disregard the largest prison population in the world, almost more than the rest of the world combined. We can hardly count those to the free. What about the millions employed at wages they can’t survive on? Are they free? Do the citizens have privacy? Are they secure in their health needs? Do they have shelter. Are they well-nourished? Do they have clean water? Can they trust the authorities? If their government is 99% 1%ers, how free can they be?

If the flag doesn’t represent our freedoms, it doesn’t represent us at all. It represents our right to privacy, our right to be secure in our homes, our right to justice, our right to speak, write, discuss and gather freely… the flag represents our rights, our freedoms. It does not represent the military creating enemies all over the world in its name.

The soldiers, mercenaries and terror groups that make up the US military force do not defend our freedom. They kill and get killed to defend the freedom of corporate commanders to gather wealth by any means available. The military is a tool of the rulers, the owners, the plutocracy.

The flesh and blood people who get killed in war today floods our imagination. All this destruction, sorrow and scars.

“With liberty and justice for all.” To this I pledge my allegiance.

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”I pray that you release me from my praying habit.”
Dartwill Aquila

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The West Bank is now the Judea-Samaria area.

October 22, 2017 / Fantelius

Today’s Devils

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Today’s devils never appear as devils.
People would recognize them,
resist
and possibly defeat them.
Devils don’t want us to fear them,
they want us to fear everything
except them.
We should fear things abstract,
complicated,
large,
different,
on a high level,
far away,
uncertain,
definitely uncertain.
The devils are all over the place
well-dressed,
clean,
smiling,
authoritative,
definitely authoritative.
They are willing to protect us
from our fears.
They are confident
that they can keep making us believe
that they and only they
can deal with the problems threatening us,
while they and only they
are the source of our problems
and are our only threat.

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”It’s healthy to fear evil as long as our hate is stronger.”
Dartwill Aquila

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The West Bank is now the Judea-Samaria area.

October 18, 2017 / Fantelius

Democrazy Plutocratic Democracy

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If the word democracy doesn’t mean rule of the people or rule of the majority it doesn’t mean anything. Yet it is employed daily to describe societies where a tiny minority of the richest people rule. Hardly a secret. Nor should it be a secret that it is the tiny minority that most frequently uses the word democracy to describe its (plutocratic) rule.

The other day historian Timothy Snyder was given an entire page in Sweden’s largest ”serious” newspaper (Dagens Nyheter) to discuss tyranny and the threat to democracy.

According to Snyder, ”Trump can destroy American democracy if he doesn’t encounter strong resistance.”

I’m going to whisper my reply so that I don’t disturb the sensitivities of Snyder, his peers, the newspaper or its readers:

If there was any democracy in the USA Trump would never have become president.

I don’t need to whisper that again, do I? The American people were given the choice of voting for two representatives of 1% of the population, the richest 1%. The entire government, The Congress and The House of Representative, are with few exceptions members of the 1%. The laws and policies legislated by this government favors the 1% who grow richer and richer while the people, the majority of citizens, grow poorer and poorer.

Pray tell, Snyder (and the rest of the delusional or lying authorities who constantly take the name of democracy in vain), how can Trump destroy something that doesn’t exist?

I will, in normal voice, repeat that as a closing statement,
Pray tell, learned ladies and gentlemen, how can something that doesn’t exist be destroyed?
(It can only be created.)

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”Life finds a way,
but maybe not just your life
and maybe not just your way.”
Dartwill Aquila

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PalestineMap

The West Bank is now the Judea-Samaria area.