Keeping it Small and Simple

2008.04.23

Uncle Sam wants rapists

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — Lorenzo E. Danielsson @ 01:32

… for the U.S. Army. You can read about it here.

I sure hope these noble recruits aren’t going to be doing prison guard duty.

2008.04.11

The war on war

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — Lorenzo E. Danielsson @ 03:32

We don’t need a war on drugs. People can drink alcohol, so they should be allowed to smoke pot.

We don’t need a war on terror. Instead of fighting terrorists, we should be fighting the poverty, the inequality, the hopelessness that causes terrorism in the first place.

We do need a war on war. War causes nothing but suffering. This war should have no causalities. It should be a peaceful battle against the forces of destruction.

Make love not war, or in a more modern version: don’t kill, fuck.

2008.04.03

Podcast about the history of Rome

Filed under: History, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — Lorenzo E. Danielsson @ 21:03

Anybody who is interested in the history of Rome might want to check out Mike Duncan’s History of Rome podcast. While it is no substitute for reading books, it is something you can have playing in the background while you are doing other things, like programming or reading. You could also stick the episodes on your favorite portable player (You’d have to convert them to Vorbis format first).

It’s really good for those who want an introduction to the history of Rome, before moving on to more in-depth study. It could also help those who find it difficult to learn by reading. Listen to the podcast episodes before you read your books. It just might help.

I like to listen to something in the background while I’m programming. I’ve found a lot of interesting podcasts that work perfectly for me, one of them being The History of Rome.

2008.04.02

Americans: not as hated as you think

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — Lorenzo E. Danielsson @ 09:50

The BBC is reporting that people’s attitudes towards the United States have got a little bit better, as you can read here. The shift is relatively small, and one can argue about how the study was conducted, but I wonder if there isn’t a bit of misunderstanding here.

I really don’t think that most people have ever hated Americans. On the contrary, many people the world over have a lot of respect for Americans and the values they hold. Even if you go to the Middle East, where most people have been victims of U.S. policies, you will find that a great number of people express admiration for the American way of life. They don’t hate you. They hate your corrupted government. They hate the fact that your government claims to support democracy, yet is supports the most undemocratic of rulers.

The fact is that America would easily have a lot of friends in the Middle East. But when you destroy a democratic movement as was done in Iran in the 1950s, and replace it with a dictatorial ruler, what do you expect? You don’t build friendships when you support dictators and actively prevent democratic movements. And you won’t win friends when you conquer other countries for their oil. You won’t win friends when the people of these countries so rich in their soil, live in misery as American corporations are reaping billions of dollars in profits of their land.

People are opposed to the criminal in the White House, his equally criminal administration and the corporate killing machine that supports him. Starting an illegal war against Iraq, a country that was no threat to the United States was just plain wrong. Going against the rest of the world on the issue of climate change didn’t help much either. The current administration has done its best to ruin America’s reputation around the world.

The American system is one that demands active citizens. In order to safeguard all that which is good about the United States, the population must stay vigilant and not allow power hungry politicians to hijack the nation. But Americans have allowed themselves to get blinded, to become passive, and look at what happened. The American people should have risen up a long time ago and chased the criminal out of the White House. Take the country back. That would be an act of genuine patriotism.

2008.03.31

On Tibet

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — Lorenzo E. Danielsson @ 13:12

First of all, let me say this: I find all conflict unfortunate. This includes, but is not limited to, the incidents that have happened in Tibet recently. I wish there was a better way to resolve conflicts than by force.

That being said, it should be an internal Chinese affair. Tibet is a part of China, period. I don’t have a problem with people protesting against the violence, as long as it is part of a greater protest against violence in general, not something directed simply at the Chinese. But stop calling for a “free Tibet”. Or if you do, support freedom struggles everywhere. Free the American Indians. Give them their land back. Free Iraq. Free Northern Ireland. Free Palestine.

The protesters in Tibet took the opportunity in light of the upcoming Olympic Games. The reaction was predictable, and most likely what the protesters wanted. They succeeded in getting China to be seen as a major global villain, alongside Islam. Of course, those countries that invaded Iraq are not villains. When you rule the world you define what is good and bad. And what you do is good. When others commit the same acts as you do, they are bad. Inconsistent, yes, but consistency is unimportant when you dominate the world.

The failed policies of trying to bring change by force hasn’t worked before, so why should it work in the case of China? They were going to bring democracy to Iraq, and look what happened. Iran even developed democracy by itself in the 1950s, only to have it destroyed. Who destroyed it? Take a guess. The exporters of democracy. The very same people who are now going bring democracy to Iran.

The western concept of freedom is really freedom to be exploited by us. People are concerned that China is destroying the traditional way of life in Tibet. First of all, look into what traditional Tibetan society actually looked like before defending it. But more importantly, if Tibet were to be given independence, it wouldn’t take much time before giant corporations turned it into a thriving tourist destiny, complete with the type of modern hotels that the western tourist has come to expect, proto-Buddhist or not. So much for that traditional way of life.

Then again, maybe the anger against China isn’t really about Tibet. The protests against Tibet happen in mostly in countries who don’t even regard the majority of their own populations, so why should they be so concerned about the population of Tibet? I think it has to do with the fact that China is beginning to assert its position in the world. It is challenging hegemony.

The more I think about it, the more a believe that this is what the issue really is. These darn Chinese are competing with us. They are taking our jobs. They are flooding our markets with cheap goods. They are not being obedient. They are not being the useless communists that we all love to hate, but they listened to us and adopted the market principles that we told them were superior. How bad of them!

Instead of boycotting China boycott the corporations that are sponsoring the Olympics. Their crimes are far worse than those of the Chinese government. Or boycott your own country for oppressing the majority of its own people. Protest against the artificial barriers that prevent people from moving around freely.

2008.03.06

Arabs are evil, right?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — Lorenzo E. Danielsson @ 02:08

If you can read Swedish, this is an interesting read.

In increasingly fascist Sweden, hatred of Arabs has always been acceptable by a large number of people. After all, they have a different culture, a different language, a different religion (funny that so few people comprehend that Arabs don’t make up a uniform religious group). The word “Arab” (possibly with the word “cunt” attached) has become an insult, that can be thrown at almost anybody who does not conform to the Ideal Swede.

Of course, it would be wrong to only point the finger at Sweden. This is happening in country after country. Hating Arabs in 2008 is considered as natural as hating Jews was for a large part of European history (and still is, but I’m not supposed to say that. The Jews are now our allies, which means we send them arms so that they and the Arabs can blow each other to bits while we take care of those natural resources that gives the entire West great big hard-ons. Actually not so big. We Europeans tend to have small cocks.).

Now let’s look at a few truisms: Arabs are terrorists, Arabs hate democracy, Arabs hate their women, Arabs come here and steal our jobs and our women. These “truths” spread like wildfire. Soon enough, somebody will choose to use it for their political agenda, just like Europe has experienced before. Then you’ll all be fucking sorry.

When that happens I hope that I have the moral courage to fight for the Arab people, just like I would have hoped that I would have had the moral courage to fight on behalf of Europe’s Jews during their dark times. I fear that I may not, that I may prove to be a coward, and then I’ll be no better than the rest of you.

Now about this, stealing our jobs and our women. I won’t go into all the details of just how idiotic a statement this is. But, for the sake of it, just for a moment, let’s pretend it’s true. Don’t you think it is a little hypocritical? After all, the West is over there stealing their oil. Don’t accuse another of a crime you yourself are committing. It makes you look moronic beyond fucking words. Also your actions are preventing the very change that you want to see in the Arab world.

If your not an Arab, you may think that this doesn’t concern you. But, you may have green eyes, you may be left-handed, you may have a squeaky voice, you may be Greek, Spanish, Indian, French, Hindu, Buddhist, Atheist, vegetarian, slim, fat, ugly, beautiful, short, tall, or from Oregon. Don’t worry, eventually they’ll find a fucking reason to come after you as well.

The post I linked to was about death threats. Well, I’m not difficult to locate should you have an IQ beyond that of a seagull. Don’t threaten me, just come straight for me. I am peaceful and won’t even resist. I’d rather have a bullet in the head than succumb to fear and live a lie.

2008.02.18

Polisstat: Sverige

Filed under: Sverige, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — Lorenzo E. Danielsson @ 13:10

Vad händer när USA alltmer börjar likna 1930-talets Tyskland? Jo, då följer givetvis lilla lydstaten Sverige efter. Jag antar att man vill krossa den svenska arbetarrörelsen, såsom den amerikanska krossades. Eller är ni alla så jävla blinda att ni inte ser vad som händer?

Trots det valde polisen på plats att, med hjälp av övervåld och pepparsprej, göra ett massgripande av blockadvakter och andra som befann sig på platsen.

Socialdemokraterna körde i och för sig upp den i röven på arbetarrörelsen. Men att avbryta en lagligt varslad facklig stridsåtgärd och dessutom åtala dem som deltog tror jag inte ens att vänsterkapitalisterna skulle ha mage till.

2008.02.16

Dear mosquitoes

Filed under: Uncategorized — Lorenzo E. Danielsson @ 01:39

It would make me really happy if you could stop feasting on my blood you tiny, six legged monsters! And would really appreciate it if you kept your malaria to yourselves. I don’t fancy some this month. Or next. Or the one after that. Thank you.

Best Regards,
Lorenzo

2008.02.03

Accra right now

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — Lorenzo E. Danielsson @ 19:02

It was a harder battle than I expected, by Black Stars are through. Accra is boiling over! Despite the troubles in the second half, they pulled through and came out on top in the end.

Ghana 2 – 1 Nigeria

Filed under: Uncategorized — Lorenzo E. Danielsson @ 18:45

It’s looked so bad this half, with John Mensah’s sending off and all, but then it goes: Ghana 2 – 1 Nigeria! Surely they’ve done it now..

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