Christopher Torchia reports for Forbes:
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Christopher Turner, author ofAdventures in the OrgasmatronToday when sex combines with politics, the likely result is humiliation. We think of the crotch shot, the Sofitel suite, the airport restroom stall, the stained blue dress. The sex, which we see as sleazy and compulsive, is a sign of a defective self: risk-prone, greedy, compartmentalized, deluded, and hypocritical.
By John Costello, Independent
Despite its reputation for cultural superiority and sexual sophistication, a tidal wave of revelations in the wake of the scandal surrounding former IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn has unmasked France as the dirty old man of Europe.
Since Strauss-Kahn was charged with sexually assaulting a Manhattan hotel maid, complaints against "casual" sexism in the country have rocketed an astounding 600%.
Women have been marching on the streets of Paris vowing to expose the pervasive macho culture in France, where sexism and abuse can thrive.
While Strauss-Kahn's alleged behaviour caused outrage, it was the reaction of prominent Frenchmen who questioned the victim's judgment and the seriousness of the charges that sparked the reaction from French feminists.
Philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy claimed Strauss-Kahn had been "thrown to the dogs" and asked why had the maid entered his hotel suite alone and without knocking.
As Mr Lamy says there is a lack of governance in the global economy. This is in my mind code for the need for social control or socialism. My contention is that a world government is emerging but there are key impediments, one is the persistence of the nation state, and the tendency for local interest to overwhelm the interests of the whole. This is very evident in the EU where Greece may end up leaving the body finding restrictions to be intolerable. Germany resents having to bail out Greece, after German banks were allowed to promote such great debt. The problem is the German people were not involved in generating the loans that incurred the debt but they must participate in the bailout. This is the same with the Greek people. They were not asked if they wanted the government to go into debt. They were simply told that the government had things under control and when they didn't they were asked to pay as if it was their responsibility. Even if they had benefited from going into debt with better salaries etc., it was essentially not their choice.
That is the problem with globalization as far as I can see. There is no mechanism for a world vote by citizens. Only governments which are theoretically representing the people are represented in the UN. Economically there is the dictatorship of the capitalist class, with economic democracy limited to shareholders, similar to the 19th century concept of the vote being limited to property holders, now it is limited to proxy holders. This is obviously the next step in democratization, direct economic voting power for all workers, whether they are owners or not. With the logical development that the capitalist class becomes superfluous except as some sort of coordinating body responsible to the voting workers. This would make the executive of any corporate entity responsible to the workers who have become the voters instead of merely the stock holders, although there could be a vote for stock holders and workers.
Švankmajer has gained a reputation over several decades for his distinctive use of stop-motion technique, and his ability to make surreal, nightmarish and yet somehow funny pictures. He is still making films in Prague at the time of writing.
Švankmajer's trademarks include very exaggerated sounds, often creating a very strange effect in all eating scenes. He often uses very sped-up sequences when people walk and interact. His movies often involve inanimate objects coming alive and being brought to life through stop-motion. Food is a favourite subject and medium. Stop-motion features in most of his work, though his feature films also include live action to varying degrees.
A lot of his movies, like the short film Down to the Cellar, are made from a child's perspective, while at the same time often having a truly disturbing and even aggressive nature. In 1972 the communist authorities banned him from making films, and many of his later films were banned. He was almost unknown in the West until the early 1980s.
Today he is one of the most celebrated animators in the world. His best known works are probably the feature films Alice (1988), Faust (1994), Conspirators of Pleasure (1996), Little Otik (2000) and Lunacy (2005), a surreal comic horror based on the work of Edgar Allan Poe and the Marquis de Sade. Also famous (and much imitated) is the short Dimensions of Dialogue (1982), which shows Arcimboldo-like heads gradually reducing each other to bland copies ("exhaustive discussion"); a clay man and woman who dissolve into one another sexually, then quarrel and reduce themselves to a frenzied, boiling pulp ("passionate discourse"); and two elderly clay heads who extrude various objects on their tongues (toothbrush and toothpaste; shoe and shoelaces, etc.) and use them in every possible combination, sane or otherwise ("factual conversation"). His films have been called "as emotionally haunting as Kafka's stories."
He was married to Eva Švankmajerová, an internationally known surrealist painter, ceramicist and writer until her death in October of 2005. She collaborated on several of his movies including Faust, Otesánek and Alice. They had two children, Veronika and Václav.
Amnesty International has condemned the use of "excessive force" by Greek security forces in suppressing protests against EU-IMF-imposed austerity. In a statement issued Wednesday (29 June) night, the human rights group described how their supporters had catalogued a series of abuses against the largely peaceful demonstrators in Athens' central Syntagma Square in front of the national parliament. "Video footage and witness testimony points to the repeated use of excessive force by police in recent demonstrations, including the disproportionate and indiscriminate use of tear gas and other chemicals against largely peaceful protesters," the group said in a statement.
"Amnesty International representatives present in Syntagma square have witnessed incidents of peaceful protesters being beaten by police officers."
Throughout the day, riot police numbering some 5,000 fired multiple volleys of tear gas and stun grenades into crowds, including into the metro station where a makeshift medical shelter had been set up. ~ more... ~
Amnesty International has condemned the use of "excessive force" by Greek security forces in suppressing protests against EU-IMF-imposed austerity.
In a statement issued Wednesday (29 June) night, the human rights group described how their supporters had catalogued a series of abuses against the largely peaceful demonstrators in Athens' central Syntagma Square in front of the national parliament.
"Video footage and witness testimony points to the repeated use of excessive force by police in recent demonstrations, including the disproportionate and indiscriminate use of tear gas and other chemicals against largely peaceful protesters," the group said in a statement.
"Amnesty International representatives present in Syntagma square have witnessed incidents of peaceful protesters being beaten by police officers."
Throughout the day, riot police numbering some 5,000 fired multiple volleys of tear gas and stun grenades into crowds, including into the metro station where a makeshift medical shelter had been set up.
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Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Behind police lines, provocateurs are led into parliament grounds!
By Jérôme E. Roos, ROAR
Amidst mass protests and an historic 48-hour strike, one ‘no’ vote by a Greek MP could tip Greece into bankruptcy and the world into global financial meltdown.
The eyes of the world are on Greece. Or, to be more specific, on Syntagma Square, where 300 MPs prepare for a crucial vote on the EU-IMF imposed austerity package — and where hundreds of thousands of Greeks will converge to stop the vote from being passed in the country’s first 48-hour strike since the fall of the dictatorship.
There is an uneasy tension in the air in Athens. Just yesterday, Communist protesters stormed the Acropolis and unfurled a giant banner calling for a massive organized counterattack. Today, over 5,000 policemen have mobilized in central Athens to prepare for an epic stand-off with hundreds of thousands of striking workers and indignants.
What is going on in Athens right now is truly historic. Indeed, superlatives aside, it is nearly impossible to describe the gravity of the situation at hand. What happens in the next 48 hours in Athens will determine the fate of the entire eurozone, the EU and — indeed — the world economy as a whole. This is the very climax of the eurocrisis.
In an interview, Mr. Carle said his supervisor at the National Intelligence Council told him in 2005 that White House officials wanted “to get” Professor Cole, and made clear that he wanted Mr. Carle to collect information about him, an effort Mr. Carle rebuffed. Months later, Mr. Carle said, he confronted a C.I.A. official after learning of another attempt to collect information about Professor Cole. Mr. Carle said he contended at the time that such actions would have been unlawful.
It is not clear whether the White House received any damaging material about Professor Cole or whether the C.I.A. or other intelligence agencies ever provided any information or spied on him. Mr. Carle said that a memorandum written by his supervisor included derogatory details about Professor Cole, but that it may have been deleted before reaching the White House. Mr. Carle also said he did not know the origins of that information or who at the White House had requested it.
Intelligence officials disputed Mr. Carle’s account, saying that White House officials did ask about Professor Cole in 2006, but only to find out why he had been invited to C.I.A.-sponsored conferences on the Middle East. The officials said that the White House did not ask for sensitive personal information, and that the agency did not provide it.
Your very lives will be gladly given in tribute to me.
In return for your obedience, you will enjoy my generous protection.
In other words, you will be allowed to live.
Freedoms been overthrown by Skull and Bones scroll and key,
Lunatics, upside down crucifix on their rosary,
It's the home of the brave, land of the supposed free,
And Trilateral Commission expeditions overseas,
Opposing me's a socially accepted secret known to me,
The Jason Group mistakes the truth as its golden fleece,
Am I supposed to believe masons who have a mixture,
Of Satan and Catholic scripture, traded some gas to Hitler?
Should I believe when your forefather's Jack the Ripper?
And you worship statues in the forest to practise Wicca,
I seen it unfold, summer season, reading a scroll,
Translating masons speakin' in code at Bohemian Grove,
Prince Bernard of the Netherlands left some evidence,
And the Bilderberg chose our presidents ever since,
Veteran Illuminati invaded the Scottish Rite,
Denounced god and Christ, worshipped man, and forgot the light,
So I got to fight, coz' I don't care how it sounds,
The CIA planted C4 to bring the towers down,
Planes hit, a weapon's born trackin' us with Echelon,
When a video exists of a missile hitting the pentagon,
What a masterpiece, the past repeats, it's never gone,
In daddy's footsteps junior re-enacts Desert Storm,
Like let's get it on, act righteous, cause a fast crisis,
Double gas prices and blame the fact we tax-hyped it,
But observing optics can see through a vermin's logic,
To just turn a profit and fatten Halliburton's pockets,
Making Satan's fire lakes out a higher place,
So this time I break, there's only so much I can take.
Here's the truth, we the people have been seeing your attempts,
And realized we the ones you declared war against,
Here's the truth, I refuse to have you controlling me,
With my faith in a bunch of snakes I just don't believe,
The holy Roman crown is sacred and it seems the House of David,
Left Black Nobility and Jesus somehow related,
Black don't refer to the colour of these cowards faces,
Their powder pasted skin makes them the proudest racists,
Illuminated lineage on lonely chromosomes,
Known for seeking the return of the holy Roman throne,
Committee of 300 call the shots close to home,
Tappin' in your mobile phones, matchin' up your vocal tones,
It's your darkest belief, started with Harvard's elite,
And Yale's fraternal orders marketing the mark of the beast,
Deceiving as a demon playing the part of a priest,
Habsburg's causing famine while we starve in the streets,
Old School psychology basing fate on numerology,
The newest colony and Lucifer's future prophecy
In aristocracy with souls in the devils hands,
And architecture plans, city streets designed as pentagrams,
Hidden cams on every inch of this blessed land,
A Verichip GPS attached to your genetic strands,
But I'll be damned if I allow some coward to drown me,
In the powers he proudly learned from Aleister Crowley,
Coz' outta' my county on the turnpike, word life,
There's Nazi propaganda promoting Bush's Third Reich,
Turn right at the left wing and find these coke leaders,
Then expose FEMA before you take The Fall like colt severs,
No Geneva Convention peace treaty will be safe,
When the elite make a one world government police state,
I know y'all relate and even I hope I'm wrong,
But I know I'm not, coz' I know what the fuck is going on.
By Arriana Huffington:
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Greek police fired tear gas at demonstrators in central Athens at the start of a 48-hour strike to protest austerity measures demanded by international lenders as the price for more financial aid.
- 14:33:48 chemi A few minutes ago, at Othonos street. police has used chemicals in order to facilitate the escape of an extreme rightwing group which has previously been disapproved by part of the protesters. Now the clashes have moved to Filellinon and Karagiorgi Servias. In the square people are remaining and insisting on keeping the square as decided by the peoples Assembly of Syntagma the previous days
- 14:36:00 collective Just a while ago, the police fire the fist canisters of tear gas, in order to make way for an ultra righ wig group, which had previously been hissed by part of the demonstrators. On and atound the square people is holding ground as was decided in the popular assembly
- 14:55:13 chemi Despite the clashes people with drums and music insist and do not retreat. We stay at the square and we do not succumb to warmonger blackmails
- 15:14:09 chemi 60 protesters have been transferred to the first aid station with intense breathing problems. Rescuers and 30 doctors have arrived. In the square police is keep using teargas, yet the dance is continuing holding together the gathered people at Syntagma square.
- 15:15:56 chemi In a short while people are arriving from Thessaloniki!
By Roddy Thomson, AFP [Industry Week]
-we were underestimated
-they thought we were asleep in their nightmare
-but we woke up!
-we gathered at the squares,
-we came to know each other
-we started to transform our dreams into reality
-with solidarity and dignity
-Now it is US who talk, and THEY that are afraid!
-We will not rest in, until those who stole from us, pay!
-We will not go unless all those who plunder our lives
and burn our future, go first!
-28 and 29 of June, 48 hours in the streets!
-All Greece in Syntagma square!
-The midterm agreement shall not pass!
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