Thursday, July 22, 2010

Philosophy, Political Science, Digital Revolutionaries, and Holocaust Denial

“A new history of Face Book portrays the company's founder as an idealist devoted to the cause of total transparency. But the digital revolutionaries may not understand their own rhetoric,” writes Evgeny Morozov

Morozov argues that political science and public intellectuals are losing ground among the young, and not so young, to digital revolutionaries who hold that transparency is everything. Our society has become innovation-obsessed, more interested in business than in politics. Web sites such as Face Book are used for “all kinds of dubious purposes, from killing time with the numerous games that have sprung up on its platform to joining Holocaust denial groups.”

“… . Zuckerberg (Face Book’s founder) and his colleagues believe that neither human behavior nor the manner in which technology unfolds can be altered. It’s not surprising that there is no place for politics in the digital revolution: for its leaders, the state exists, if at all, merely to provide cheap broadband.”

“… . But even if the likes of Face book do believe in the social usefulness of what they are doing, societies need more than their blind faith to assess such claims. The promises and perils of innovation need to be assessed through a value-laden prism of ethics. As it happens, this has been the bread and butter of philosophy and political science, the two disciplines that digital revolutionaries were quick to discard in favour of computer science.”

What has proven more useless for human life than philosophy and political science? Thousands of years of both and we remain today what we were then. Violent, brutal, and selfish. Maybe it is precisely our philosophies and our politics that we should discard. Maybe transparency is the way to go. Particularly when we look in the mirror. Keeping in mind that the mirror is not transparent.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

UNESCO for a Free Press – Always!

UNESCO promotes “freedom of expression and freedom of the press … by making governments, parliamentarians and other decision-makers aware of the need to guarantee free expression.” Okay.

Meanwhile Gerd Honsik stood by his claim in an Austrian court today that there were no gas chambers in Germany during World War II. Honsik was found guilty in April 2009 of denying the Holocaust and the existence of gas chambers in a number of publications between 1987 and 2003. He was imprisoned.

He served four years in prison in the 1960s on the same charge and was sentenced again to one and a half years in 1992 following the publication of his book Freispruch fuer Hitler? (Acquittal for Hitler?).

He’s in jail today.

“Empowering people through the free flow of ideas and by access to information and knowledge.” That’s UNESCO!

Memory recalls the old bumper sticker: “Get America out of the UN. Get the UN out of America.”

The Electric Intifada: More than one way to exploit the Holocaust story

In a column published by the Electronic Intifada titled “Liberate All Ghettos” we are told:

“The action that we recently undertook on the terrain of the old Warsaw Ghetto -- to spray the words ‘Liberate all ghettos’ in Hebrew and ‘Free Gaza and Palestine’ in English -- has been used by some commentators in Israel and the Jewish community in Poland to accuse us of anti-Semitism.

“Yad Vashem, the Holocaust museum in Jerusalem, called the action ‘a provocation that perverts the history both of the Holocaust and of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict,"’ and the graffiti as ‘tainted with anti-Semitism.

“Noah Flug, Chairman of the Center of Organizations of Holocaust Survivors, said ‘Those who compare the Warsaw Ghetto to the Gaza Strip are in the same category as Holocaust deniers.’

“Dr. Leah Nass, Israel's Deputy Minister for Pensioner Affairs, called the action a ‘vile act’ which ‘demonstrates how imperative commemoration is these days, in order to prevent Holocaust denial.’ He added that he planned "\’to contact the authorities in Poland to prosecute the law-breakers and anarchists.’

“Piotr Kadlik, Chairman of the Union of Jewish Religious Communities in Poland, also said, ‘The perpetrators of this hooliganistic escapade should be punished as ordinary vandals. Where will Jasiewicz leave her signings next? In Treblinka?’”

Here is where our favorite irony comes in.

The reader is told the obvious by the Electronic Intifada: “History as we well know can be co-opted and sanctified and instrumentalized to serve present-day agendas of colonization and repression.”

Then the reader is assured: “This wall cannot be compared to the memorial sites that are Treblinka and the other extermination camps in Poland.”

The “exterminations” did happen then. The Electronic Intifada says as much. If the exterminations happened, they were carried out by a (necessarily) monstrous people in homicidal gas chambers. The Electronic Intifada itself is co-opting history in its own way, by distancing itself from “monstrous” Germans, to morally justify its own campaign against Israeli Jews.

Whatever works in the moment.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Chemical evidence relating to the ‘gas chambers’ at Auschwitz/ Birkenau.

By Nick Kollerstrom – 30th June 2010

I used to work at University College, London, getting by as a science historian.
Having written papers on various suitably obscure subjects - from Newton’s lunar theory to the discovery of Neptune - three years ago I made what in retrospect looks like a rather large mistake. I began to take an interest in the published chemical evidence relating to the ‘gas chambers’ at Auschwitz/ Birkenau.

Maybe it was foolish to imagine that hard scientific data was of relevance in this case. It strangely turned out that I was engaging with a predominantly religious issue, and I simply became damned as a heretic.

There is no disagreement that cyanide gas chambers existed at many WW2 concentration camps. These were delousing rooms built to kill the bugs that threatened the health of the camp inmates. They were designed to keep the prisoners healthy so that they could carry out their work effectively. Their purpose was hygienic.

We can nowadays agree that many tons of cyanide (in granular form as the insecticide Zyklon) was used during the WW2 for hygienic delousing technology. Before DDT was invented around 1945, Zyklon was the normal delousing method. Special gas chambers made by a firm called Degesch, 10m3 in volume, were installed in all the German labour-camps in 1942, the year when typhus hit the camps. That epidemic is spread by bugs, so all clothing and bedding had to go repeatedly into the delousing chambers. It was a procedure designed to be safe for regular use.

These chambers still exist at four WW2 labour camp ruins, Madjanek, Dachau, Auschwitz and Birkenau, and can be easily identified because their walls are mostly turquoise blue. There is iron in the walls of the old chambers at Auschwitz and Birkenau and this combined permanently with the cyanide then used, the brick walls being very porous to the cyanide gas. These walls are blue on the inside and on the outside, showing that the cyanide soaked right through them. The blue in the walls is ferrocyanide – just like the colour in a tube of turquoise oil paint.

In contrast to these real gas chambers, the walls of the alleged human gas chambers have no such blue colouring. This simple and obvious fact was one of the first causes of skepticism for some of those who visited the camps.

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Revisionism is the means towards a better future

by Gilad Atzmon

At the moment our history books are sealed and cemented. We cannot engage in a real study of our most relevant past and we are therefore denied the right to consider its meaning.

Consequently, we have failed to encompass the real ethical meaning of world war II and the holocaust in particular. Similarly, we are silenced when it comes to the events that led towards the 2nd Iraq War. We are supposed to wait for the current Iraq Inquiry with the almost absurd hope that rabid Zionist Martin Gilbert will be kind enough to show us the truth.

With history being squashed it is hardly surprising that the same people who flattened Hamburg, Pforzheim, Dresden, Hiroshima and Nagasaki continued to do the same in Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq.

Similarly, the same lobbies that pushed Britain and America to a deadly confrontation with the Mulsim world are now pushing us to flatten Iran.
To save the world and to bring peace about, we must learn our past and we must be free to so. Revisionism is the means towards a better future.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Gilad Atzmon argues the ethical and logical need for history to be open to revision.

Gilad Atzmon, an Israeli Jew, tries to convince Michael Conniff, an Irish-American radio talk show host, that intellectual freedom is a good, even when addressing the Holocaust story. Conniff is good with the concept of intellectual freedom generally, like most Americans, but he’s got a degree in history so he’s appalled to hear that such a concept should include arguments critical of the orthodox Holocaust story. What would his history professors say?

Atzmon writes: “This set of six video clips covers an almost taboo controversy to do with freedom of speech. In the discussion, I stress the ethical and logical need for history to be open to revision.”

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The State and other matters in "broad-brush" highlights

Got a message on Face Book from a Ben Leeds Carson responding to a request from us to become a “friend.” On Face Book I identify my political interests as Libertarian, “more or less.” Carson wrote in part: “ … since libertarianism is, to me, the belief that freedom consists primarily in leaving people alone (and is therefore antithetical to ideas like "the commons", the neighborhood, and to social justice in general), I cannot, unfortunately, begin there for our basis.

I replied: “Leaving people alone -- to conceptualize for themselves how they want to view the “the commons”, their own neighborhood, and the ideal of social justice (whatever that might be), rather than placing these high ideals in the hands of “Authority.”. The idea that conceptualizing these matters should be left to “Authority” is the time honored ideal of the Assyrians and Egyptians on down through the centuries to the Soviet Union and any number of present day nations and, increasingly, the U.S. of A. “Democratic Imperialism.” As a first thought.

Carson replied in part: “Beware of any notion ("authority," for example) that requires you to sweep across history with such a broad brush. The socialist critiques of capital are not nearly so monomaniacal. If tyranny were reducible to one handy principle we'd have defeated it by now.”

And it went on from there. I think it clear, upon reading our brief exchange (which you can see on Face Book), that Carson knows more about the “socialist critiques of capital” than I do. Occurs to me here to wonder what the socialist critiques of authority (power) are. If authority/power is used by the few for the greater good for the greatest number, then I would say it’s all for the best.

Ambrose Bierce wrote someplace: “Death -- the greatest good for the greatest number.”

Meanwhile, Carson has reminded me, with very little effort on his part, that if I am going to reply to any message on Face Book or anywhere else, that I should do so in thoughtful manner, not how I did it here.

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I myself am the personal beneficiary of socialist programs run by the Federal Government. None of which I am refusing to participate in. Only recently the Veteran’s Administration, run by the State, put several tens of thousands of dollars into curing me of lymphatic cancer. It will be argued by some that I deserve this financial help because I am a wounded veteran who helped defend his country. That was Korea 60 years ago. This scenario is questionable, just as the righteousness of that brutal, murderous war are questionable.

And it is questionable because I did not volunteer for Korea to serve my country. At the time I was a corporal of the guard for the Army Security Agency in Carlisle Barracks in Pennsylvania. I volunteered to go to Korea as a rifleman (the only way you could get there) because I wanted an adventure, wanted to be in a place of danger, wanted to experience warfare. I was 20 years old.

All in all, it worked out pretty well. For me. Not for the masses of the murdered. Two, three, four millions? Is that irony? The greatest good? The greatest number? The greatest State?

Meanwhile, the State is not going to help me forward an environment of intellectual freedom for revisionist arguments about the Holocaust story. The Head of State himself, Barrack Hussein Obama, has condemned such an effort. At the same time, I expect him to encourage the U.S. Congress to participate in contributing millions of dollars toward preserving the Auschwitz Hoax for future generations.

The State in operation. A "broad-brush" notion?

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Mises and Holocaust Controversies Update

Never mind! Yesterday, our old friend Jonathan Harrison of holocaustcontroversies.blogspot.com must have been drafting a post about Murray Rothbard and Lew Rockwell of the Ludwig von Mises Institute of Auburn, Alabama. This post replaces my post of yesterday about Harrison's post, which he apparently deleted after posting, possibly to extend, complete, or correct. I've done this, too, inadvertently.

So ignore my (now deleted, by me) post of yesterday, and enjoy Harrison's disquisition on the gang at LvMI, as it's called for short. Only about 10 percent of it concerns the Holocaust, and none refers back to Harrison's January attack (on the same blog) on N. Joseph Potts, the former writer with Smith's Report.

Another Friend, Tom Usher

I don't know if this is the first time Pastor Usher of the Real Liberal Christian Church has poked his head up above the trench, but if so, he may be surprised (haven't we all?) by the fire he draws for coming out in favor of not only spurned anti-Israel speaker Gilad Atzmon, but in ever-so-gentle a way, Holocaust revisionism, or at least everyone's right to engage in it without harassment.

The cancellation of Atzmon's scheduled talk in Rochester yesterday is news, and the value of the news is greatly amplified by Usher's linked (what's left of it) research on the nature and origins of the pressure that brought about the cancellation.

As Usher experiences the fallout from this fearless position he's taking, he'll be reminded - perhaps more than reminded - of the flak he has undoubtedly taken in his foursquare stand against every form of homosexuality and against capitalism. That's right - he's evidently a communist-with-a-small-c.

People have all kinds of reasons for standing up to oppression and threats, and thank God for that!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Humus, Volkswagens, and dirty diamonds

Was on the other side with my wife doing errands, shopping and so on. At Henry’s Market I found a new brand of humus. I always buy humus when we shop at Henry’s. The brand name of the new humus is “Sabra.” Sabra Dipping Co LLC. A New York company. I hesitated. Did I want to support with my purchase folk who represent a folk who are foursquare against intellectual freedom? After a moment I put two of the little 10-ounce plastic containers in my basket.

Yesterday, while eating the humus with a tortilla, the brain recalled (it’s as if the brain has nothing really important to do) standing in the little kitchen of Merle Edelman and Joan Sitzer's house in Hollywood with half a dozen other guys drinking beer and talking about Volkswagens. That was in the early 60s. In the 50s and 60s the Volkswagen was all the rage in California. These guys, we were all Jews I think except me, were talking about how they would never buy a car manufactured by Germans. The Holocaust and so on. While I saw a certain lack of reason in the argument, I didn’t think much about it.

Today I was telling Hernandez about the humus this week and the Volkswagens of 50 years ago and his response was that not buying a product manufactured by folk who do things you do not approve of was a “civilized” way to protest. Sounds right. So far as Volkswagens and humus go, the Volkswagen is gone, while the Sabra humus is exceptionally creamy, just like it says on the lid.

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Talking to Eric Hunt about his work with the Zisblatt lady and how she ate, defecated, and ate again her family diamonds at Auschwitz, and how in an email thread the story is defended by a Harvard PhD in history, Professor Kenneth Walzer, who is now director of Jewish Studies at Michigan State University.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Both Sides, Now

You don't look for the just-appointed Head Warrior of NATO's Forces of Justice to play both sides against the middle, but this post on the estimable site Mondoweiss displays in its full, weasel-worded complexity the switcho-changeo game undertaken by General David Petraeus with famed pro-Israel Commentary columnist Max Boot.

If it weren't so two-faced, if it didn't involve such a senior administration official, the pathetic passages of this purloined exchange would be funny. As it is, it offers clear, incontrovertible evidence of the terrible fix the United States is in with its fraudulent, failed wars, the foreign subversion driving America's involvement in those wars, and complicity of all the government's senior officials with agents of that foreign power in the never-ending, duplicitous effort to curry favor with Zionism while fooling the American people into supposing that their interests are somehow being advanced.

It's all verbatim - the accidentally leaked e-mails, the Congressional (written) testimony. Turn off the music, get a cup of coffee, and enjoy the twists and turns of our leaders in peace and war.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Elie Wiesel pondering ( I wrote "pandering" and caught myself just in) time

Talking via telephone with Eric Hunt, the exceptional young man who made the egregiously exceptional error of judgment in waylaying Elie Wiesel, believing (egregiously) in the moment that it was a principled act, in a San Francisco Hotel elevator and got a year and a half in the jug for it. He actually thought, in the moment, that Elie would want to talk to him. Ahh . . . youth.

In any event, Eric Hunt is telling me his story and I am going to publish it. Which will give the Abraham Foxmans, the Sara J. Bloomfields and the rest of those folk, not to mention professors everywhere, new ammunition to use against me and CODOH. I’m going to have to live with it. Of course, I’ve been living with it for a long time now and I’m used to it.

And then there is the fact that Eric is more than a little on the bright side, as you can see by what he is posting on the CODOH Forum. He’s working on a concept for doing film. Concepts come and go, but I have a feeling that this one will go straight ahead. There is no timetable for this work yet, but I have a strong feeling that one will develop.

*** Ironically, a young lady named Carolyn Yeager is developing a Web site for CODOH that will focus on what may prove to be an identity crises for our friend Elie Wiesel. It won’t be a crisis for Elie, he will ignore it, but it may well become a crisis for those who exploit his nonsense for money and a crisis for the professors who sooner or later are going to have to face the fact that they have been unwilling to face the fraud of Elie Wiesel. I don’t know how far this will go, I don’t yet know how solid it is at the very bottom, but there is something there, there is considerable there, and we are going to try to find out how much.

For some reason, in this instant, the brain asks why I never hear anything about Elie Wiesel’s son. Looking around I see that in 2001 Time Magazine mentions that Shlomo Elisha Wiesel was 12 years old, making him about 21 now. I thought he was older. I thought that about this time he would be having perhaps some serious psychological issues re his parentage. What might he be thinking of his father? How was that going? But he’s still very young, younger than Eric Hunt even, though not by much, and I don’t think I want to be a bother for the young man.

In the Time piece, when the subject of Elie’s son is being addressed, Elie gazes down from his New York apartment at the bare trees in Central Park and ponders: "Frequently I ask myself, how can one bring a child into this dreadful world, where Holocaust is now preceded by the word nuclear? And then I answer: In a faithless time, what greater act of belief is there than the one of birth? And what better thing to do than prevent the greatest murder of all: the killing of time."

I sense that listening to Elie ponder might itself be the killing of time. Maybe the greatest murder of them all. Still, it’s good to know that Elie ponders this question along with Jim Crawford and me. As Crawford reminds us in his Confessions of an Antinatalist, and as any number of Chinese intellectuals would agree, and which is obvious in any case, “Procreation is both the initiator and the sustainer of illness, oppression, starvation, war and death.” Good luck to Shlomo Elisha then, and all other young men and women everywhere.