Hi Doug. Glad you made is back from France. Interesting observations about
what's really going on there. Leaders around the world seem determined to
make life tough for normal people. At exactly the moment in history when
it's possible to improve the living conditions of almost everyone, and to
ensure genuine liberty, the power elite and the hypnotized chickens with
iPhones and designer clothes have decided to roll everything back to 7th
I'm watching the latest Adam Curtis documentary "Bitter Lake" for the
first time. I always need to watch Curtis' films at least three times or
more. As usual, Curtis opens a perspective that does a splendid job of
explaining things. He's always seemed to be one of the most honest
reporters I can think of. All his documentaries are worth careful study.
I'm also listening to the audio book of A.E. Van Vogt's 'World of Null A'.
I've been studying General Semantics for a long time. Some of its concepts
were even part of my education. So the book is interesting on many levels.
Interesting bit you wrote about the fiction works you've read. How they're
affecting you. We often get more from fiction than from fact. When people
describe dramatic real-life events, they'll often say 'it was like a
movie'. If you've ever been in a real gun battle, you'll know it's true
that things seem to slow down. You don't really hear the gunfire as you do
when on the shooting range. Afterwards, when writing the 'after-action
report' the words often come out in a mechanical way... like a third-person
observer robot. The language tends to be artificial... perhaps because
there's a psychological need to distance oneself from what happened. But,
when having a few Black & Tans (or Coors) and talking about it with others,
the language is natural, more honest (I think). Leading some to suggest
that we forego the written report and go straight to the Black & Tan
chat... let some secretary make a transcript. By the way, whenever
possible, I prefer Belhaven Ale - difficult to find in Israel.
I think Walter Benjamin addressed some of these ideas about how cinema
changed how we see the world. He was quite insightful in his writing about
cinema (still in its early stages at the time). I'm going through what I
can find online from the book 'From Caligari to Hitler'... how cinema
became so important to the Nazis... eventually surpassing radio. Films like
'Jud Sus' and 'Der Ewige Jude' were considered factual documentaries and
were required study for prison guards. It was film that put the fine point
on the psychological conditioning the Nazis learned from Le Bon and Bernays
(and Schopenhauer). Today, those methods are systematized and so integral
to modern social media that they're like water to a fish (invisible).
I'm re-reading McLuhan's 'Understanding Media' and appreciating his insight
I've decided to NOT respond to the rhetorical questions and silly
statements of Peter. I've had enough of such tar-baby arguments. Your
citations ought to suffice. Especially the '25 Points' document. I read
'Mein Kampf' years ago... studied parts of it in undergrand and grad
school. Now it's officially back in the world and we'll see what comes of
that. The Muslims are avid readers of this book.
A few years ago, I had a young Arab guy from Hevron start talking to me
about Hitler. He was well informed and thought highly of him. Unlike most
Jews, I acknowledge Hitler's brilliance and mastery of rhetoric. I hate
what he did, but think it's foolish to call him deranged. He gave voice to
sentiments that were common in the world... many from ancient times.
Today, more people think the same way about Jews than in Hitler's own time.
I don't believe it's justified since the things they talk about are almost
always part of the Human Process (that is, common to everyone).
Mostly, people don't understand Judaism... and this is because Jews also
don't understand it! It's not a noun, but a verb. It's a way of thinking
based on freedom and arguing about everything. That, to me, isn't a
condemnation. Abraham was the first Anarcho-Libertarian. Ayn Rand would've
gotten along just fine with him (as far as she was able to get along with
anyone). All that 'cosen people' stuff is misrepresented. The question to
ask is 'chosen for what, exactly?' I say, chosen to be stubborn,
argumentative, and refusing to bow down to arbitrary authority.
Back to your French trip. I've wanted to visit Paris since I was a
teenager. I wanted to go to the restaurant Au Chien Qui Fume, where one of
my favorite mystical philosopher writers Crowley spent so much time. I also
wanted to see if the French 'Sisters of Mercy' lived up to their reputation.
But those 'wandervogel' days are long gone and now my focus is on visiting
as much of Israel as I can before I'm not allowed to go to ancient Jewish
places. This is a troubling reality... the number of places I can visit
without any trouble has decreased dramatically over the past nearly 12
years. In the near future, I'll be forbidden, by law, from freely traveling
in large parts of Judea and Samaria.
Thanks for your insights and suggestions. Will do my best to find
information on the works you mention.
As my friend Robert Anton Wilson would often say, 'Keep the pizza flying'...
All the best...
On Thu, Jun 2, 2016 at 7:06 PM, douglas rankine <dmarc-noreply@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Hi Chien & Peter,
Whilst on holiday in France and completely oblivious to the goings on
between the government and workers of the country...until it was time to
get petrol to get home...:-). I was lucky to find some in a garage in the
middle of France. Apparently the Socialist President Hollande of France was
in the process of teaching the workers of France all about improving
democracy and socialism by introducing new laws which extended the working
week from 35 hours to 64 and cutting back on pensions, increasing the
pensionable age, and making it easier for employers to sack people so that
the employers could be induced to employ more workers and help expand the
economy and make working people better off...:-). The workers of France
aren't particularly pleased with the way in which the lessons are being
taught, neither are they very pleased with the intended outcome...in fact
they have found Hollande's conclusions quite revolting...if you will pardon
In between my housing project and other researches, I read a few books
which you may...or there again...may not be interested in reading...
One was a trilogy of books by Ken Follett, called the Century Trilogy,
Fall of Giants and its follow ups, and the other was a biography of
Gertrude Bell by Georgina Howell.
The trilogy by Follett is a fictional work of history, which deals with
some of the main events taken from conventional history of the 19th and
20th century right up until the 1980s. What I like about this series of
books is how well the history is researched and how well the novels are put
together, with a linking of fictional characters, families and situations
tied in with historic events. They make the lives of people at the time
come alive somehow. In particular I would like to draw both of your
attentions to the period leading up to and between the 1st and 2nd World
Wars, in the UK. Palestine, the creation of the state of Israel, the taking
over of power in Germany by the NSDAP, the USA and protectionism and
interference, Russia the defeat of the Tzar and the landed aristocracy, the
takeover by the Bolsheviks and the creation of the Soviet Union and the
creation of a number of new Middle Eastern States when the geographical
lines and political entities were redrawn as a result of the Versailles
Treaty and various other aspects of secret diplomacy. He looks at the
abstract theories and beliefs of politics and philosophies, which governed
the events at the time, and how the various ruling classes, circles and
establishments interpreted them; and with the use of some fictional
characters introduces the reader to the practical happenings taken from
real events which occurred in all of those countries at the actual time.
History turns out not quite what it seems, or how it was supposed to turn
out. His fictional history of the ups and downs of a German family in the
years from 1933 to 1945 in Germany, I found particularly interesting.
The work by Georgina Howell, is a much more factual historical account of
a very unusual woman, Gertrude Bell, and how she, from a background of the
ruling English UK establishment played a very important role in formulating
UK foreign policy in the Middle East, in particular the Arab, Moslem
countries during the first three decades of the 20th century. She was not
only a polymath and a British Spy, she was a great mountain climber, walker
and explorer of countries throughout the Middle East, working very closely
with the Arab Moslems, the many tribes of Bedouins and the various
countries and personalities who were involved in the creation of Iraq at
the time, including Winston Churchill, Balfour and Lawrence of Arabia. She
managed to survive through all of the male attacks and prejudices put in
her way, trying to prevent her from learning about Arab and Moslem culture
and attempts to subdue her by various authorities, from Government
Ministers to Arab Sheiks, even being trusted by some of them. Her reports
were much valued at the time and are an important part of the historical
record of the Middle East and the British and French ruling class ideas at
For more on Gertrude Bell, her history, background, the role she played
and the reports she produced, you can find out on Amazon or in Wikipedia.
See url: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gertrude_Bell
I must say, I do love fiction in all its forms and think that historical
fiction is one of the best ways of explaining all that is good and bad in
the world...and gives the writer so much leeway to accommodate their own
views and interpretations of the world, the universe and what it is all
I was thinking about doing a treatise on the superior Aryan race and how
it dealt with the Biblical Chosen people, and how their blood line and
intellectual, political, philosophical and practical activities made them
think that they were superior, and how the Chosen people came to be chosen,
and how I cannot be one of them...but then I thought...can I be bothered, I
would rather stay as I am, unenlightened, stupid, full of prejudices,
dogmatism, contrariness, ignorance, hypocrisy...and in deep shit most of
the time...but at least I am happy in the shit...it can be a nice warm
place to be in...and most people avoid delving in the shit...unless they
have a penchant for it...:-).
Cest la vie.
On 08/05/2016 16:44, Peter Presland wrote:
On 08/05/2016 10:57, Chien Fume wrote:
Doug - You've provided a good overview of the issue. Another summary isSo tell us Chien, what exactly was the NSDAP planning?
It might have more credence in some quarters since it comes from a
It's interesting to watch how people are reacting to this
well-documented historical event. In Israel, it's caused an uproar and
shown the extent to which most people are misinformed. Or, perhaps, so
troubled by the facts that they must resort to sophistry and flat-out
(but clearly foolish) denial.
There was enormous, often violent opposition to the effort to get Jews
to go to Palestine. The super-religious were the worst of all and simply
refused to acknowledge the plain facts regarding what the NSDAP was
One influential Rabbi who strongly opposed Jabotinsky's call
for massive aliyah lived just long enough to regret his stance. While onWhat was happening to them Chien?
the run from the Nazis, he wrote one of the most compelling arguments in
favor of religious Jews going to Palestine. But he died at the hands of
the -- although his book survived and still influences Jews to this
While the Labour (Marxist) Zionists got the most benefit from the
agreement with the Nazis, people in the other side of the Zionist
movement also wanted to do anything that would help rescue Jews from
what was happening.
Ben Hecht's 'Perfidy' opened the can of worms and proved that the Ben
Gurion Zionists (the Marxists) were, indeed, deeply involved with theWhy Sovereign *Jewish* state Chien? why not just *sovereign* and
Nazis... a subject that's still 'sensitive' here in Israel and seemingly
impervious to objective analysis.
Suffice to say that the Ben Gurion klatch won the civil war when they
sunk the Altalena and murdered Jews who were escaping the sinking ship.
By sinking the Altalena, Ben Gurion assured an Arab victory that let
Jordan illegally occupy huge parts of Israel until 1967.
Currently, the ruling elite are busy as termites undoing all the
progress towards a sovereign Jewish State as defined in the 1922
required to conform with the same international norms that International
Jewry prescribes for the rest of the world?
The malicious desire to reduce, then eliminate what's left of the
never-really-Jewish State is intensifying, and unless Jews (religiousAnd what a celebration for the rest of humanity that will be. But
and secular) in Israel stand up and fight, it's quite likely that Israel
will lose what little sovereignty it has.
frankly, with the sheer insular insanity evidenced by the Israeli
Likudnik power-freaks, I reckon we'll likely see some version of the
Sampson option first
The stated goal is a return to
the mythical 'Golden Age' when Arabs and Jews supposedly (but didn'tWhy does your brand of Judaism require special treatment only for Jews
really) lived in harmony. But the result will be a return to inequality
and subjugation (dhimmitude) for Jews.
http://www.dhimmitude.org/d_history_dhimmitude.html As in 'Animal Farm',
Islamic ideology says that all of us are equal, but Muslims are more
equal than those of us who refuse to submit to their deadly theocracy.
and the State of Israel. Is it because you believe you are "Chosen" and
thus in some fashion superior to the Goyim that you live among?
For those who champion the anti-Israel cause, one can only say that
eventually the Muslims will also subjugate them. That's what's reallyAh; I see. Have the thoroughly befuddled Christian and Muslim worlds
fight Huntingdon's "Clash of civilisations" to the death so that the
Chosenites finally triumph and get to build their mythical 3rd Temple.
Something like that I guess. Right?
All the best from the front lines of one of history's longest battles
for genuine freedom (more than 1,400 years since Mohamed's armyAs an example of deeply duplicitous crocodile tears, that para really
slaughtered the Jews of Khaybar and got the wealth and power that would
help them conquer and subjugate many civilizations... and provide the
inspiration for the Islamic Empire we're seeing manifest in many
places... such as Iraq, Syria, and London)...
does take the biscuit.
As if Israel does not have its fingerprints over all the vast death and
destruction that has rained on the Middle East since 1945 and especially
since that fateful day in September 2011
Israel was born in a Bloody ethnic-cleansing conflict that has continued
ever since. It will see no peace unless and until it can bring itself to
treat non-Jews - in all respects - equally; which of course is never
going to happen. So God help us all (Not just the Chosenites I say)
On Sat, Apr 30, 2016 at 8:50 PM, douglas rankine
and url: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haavara_Agreement
"The Haavara Agreement was an agreement between Nazi Germany and
Zionist German Jews signed on 25 August 1933.
The agreement was finalized after three months of talks by the
Zionist Federation of Germany, the Anglo-Palestine Bank (under
the directive of the Jewish Agency) and the economic authorities
of Nazi Germany.
The agreement was designed to help facilitate the emigration of
German Jews to Palestine.
While it helped Jews emigrate, it forced them to temporarily
give up possessions to Germany before departing. Those
possessions could later be re-obtained by transferring them to
Palestine as German export goods.
The agreement was controversial at the time, and was criticised
by many Jewish leaders both within the Zionist movement and
Hitler’s own support of the Haavara Agreement was unclear and
varied throughout the 1930s.
Initially, Hitler criticized the agreement, but reversed his
opinion and supported it in the period 1937-1939."