Marginalia

Odd scraps, bits and pieces, notes from other blogs and other stuff.


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in speaking of “the Constantinian era” Western scholars display the very ethnocentrism, chauvinism and racism they are trying to distance themselves from by blaming it on Constantine. St Constantine, Scapegoat of the West | Notes from underground
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Nato forces are quitting a country that has in the past twelve years of their presence become the world’s biggest opium producer and ranks 175 out of 177 on the global corruption scale. The public relations propaganda teams of the US and Nato pour out good news about how many children are now being educated and so forth. But as the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan reported, civilian casualties rose by 14 per cent last year, and that “since 2009, the armed conflict has claimed the lives of 14,064 Afghan civilians and injured thousands more.” Nato was supposed to protect the population against militants but has achieved nothing except disaster. It is, however, retreating with all propaganda guns blazing. NATO’s Happy Days » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names
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Instead of being concerned that as a direct consequence of U.S. actions a government came to power in Europe that for the first time since the 1930s included ultra-nationalist, racist neo-Nazis in key positions, the left along with the general population allowed the corporate media and U.S. propagandists to turn the narrative away from U.S./EU destabilization of Ukraine to Putin’s supposed expansionist aspirations. The ease in which the corporate media was able to flip that script and to make Putin the new face of evil has been truly astonishing. And the fact that that narrative was embraced by most liberals and large sectors of the white left in the U.S. only affirmed that having abandoned class analysis, anti-imperialism and never really understanding the insidious nature of white supremacist ideology, the U.S. left has no theoretical framework for apprehending the complexities of the current period. Left-White Solidarity? » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names
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Telkom technician called

19 Mar 2014 11:37 AM
Telkom technician called, said he had restored ADSL access, but it is so slow
as to be useless. It has displayed “connecting” on smtp for 20 minutes,
without sending any of the 2 weeks’ worth of accumulated e-mail. At this rate
downloading the incoming mail would probably take another 2 weeks. When tthis
message gets out, we’ll know it’s working again. He said another technician
would have to come to fix the voice line.

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Violence in the world

Yesterday I turned on the TV to watch the news and see what was going on in
the world. As usual, Al Jazeera and Russia Today were much more
informative than the other news channels, and it seemed that there
were violent protests in Thailand, Ukraine and Venezuela, with
those in Ukraine having some nasty fascist overtones. Russia Today
had an interview with one of the monks who had been standing and
praying between protesters and the police, and he said that the
thing that saddened him most was that people did not want peace any
more, they wanted violence.

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Catching up with e-mail

One advantage of having no incoming e-mail for a few days is that I have been
able to clear my in-box for the first time in years. My outbox has been
growing, however, with mail to be sent as soon as service is restored.