Inspired by my medieval European history book

THE ROMAN SCRIPT DID NOT POSSESS CAPITAL LETTERS. THERE IS NO MENTAL EQUIVALENT FOR IT IN OUR PSYCHO-NUERAL SYSTEM. IT WAS A FRENCH INNOVATION, A DIFFICULT ATTRIBUTE OF THE LOMBARDI SCRIPT, WHICH MADE EVEN KINGS ILLITERATE. THE ANGLO SAXONS DECIDED TO ADOPT THIS QUEER FUNCTION OF LOMBARDI.

I THINK THE ROMANS HAD IT BETTER. UNDERSTATING SOMETHING IN CAPITAL LETTERS IS THE SUBTLEST WAY TO WRITE. IT IS WRITTEN IN STONE, AS EVERYTHING WRITTEN CAN ONLY ISSUE EDICTS. A CHISELED EFFECT.

Amazon.com: God’s Crucible: Islam and the Making of Europe

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R2P and the Holocaust

I was watching the 2002 film The Pianist, about a brilliant German Jew pianist who was dehumanized and almost exterminated by the Third Reich. The film chilling portrayed the human reality of Nazi discrimination against European Jewry; the intentional abuses of Jews on the street, an edict to wear distinctive insignia, a sharp command to walk on the gutter (the curb) of the sidewalk instead of the pavement. You were free to be sadistic to any Jew in this society, and no one saw it as anything wrong. It seems that everyone’s response to the Nazi genocide was nothing but dignified silence.

Polish Jews surrender after the Warsaw uprising

Jews surrender after the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

Which I why I love the Obama Doctrine. While the atrocities in Syria, Yemen, and Libya are hardly those of Nazi Germany (for one, they are not systemically targetting an ethnic minority) — imagine if Asad begun ghetto-izing Syrians, sold their property to finance his war machine, and killed thousands of people a day, and I am confident that the the President of the United States would stop that today. Thanks to Susan Rice, Hillary Clinton, and Samantha Powers, brutality is no longer acceptable in the international arena. Although we still allow countries their own internal persecutions, once the killing becomes macrocosmic — there’s a new sheriff in town.

Barack Obama

He would not let this happen under R2P today.

Having said that, it goes to show the absolutely powerlessness of the American Jewish community during the 1940s, that there was no AIPAC to pressure FDR or Eisenhower to view Jewish interests (like collective survival) as crucial to their worldview or re-election. Most Americans wouldn’t have cared if Jews were exterminated under some conspiracy or racial theory.

But in the progressive Obama era, we see a militant refusal to tolerate mass crackdowns and extermination. (Iran is a curious case which is quite delicate.)

Tom Friedman is too optimistic

(The Earth Is Full – Thomas Friedman, New York Times) – 06/09/11

Thomas Friedman had a piece in the New York Times today, about our lack of response to global warming and food crises has been over the past decade, compared to the American government’s very proactive and ambitious policies against combatting terrorism. Since terrorism isn’t a threat to our existence, and global warming is, Friedman asks some of his pet sources when we will finally get our act together. A scientist concludes that humanity will suddenly realize the magnitude of the problem, and only then start making the decades-long transition to clean energy. “We’re slow, but we’re not stupid,” claims the optimistic Dr. Doomsday.

• First, assuming the liberal claims of impending environment doom are true, and we are indeed facing multiple enviromental assaults from rising sea levels to uncontrollable levels of methane and carbon dioxide in the air — and we only respond to calamities when cities are drowning and the oceans are contaminated with chemicals, our decades-long response will hardly be opportune or cheery. Second, at that point, we will be almost near extinction if rising global temperatures destroy our most productive agricultural regions. As the dinosaurs demonstrate, speed is very important to evolutionary survival, and intelligence or stupidity has little to do with it.

• If this is all true, and we’re running out of food and resources (”The Earth is Full” is the title of the column), then there is no point in even reversing it, because the damage is so extensive at this point, it is irreversible. The human population rate is not going to decrease any time soon.

• Our ideal of a comfortable lifestyle is far too pervasive. It’s absurd to even try to challenge it. Americans are not going to drive golf carts any time soon.

— While natural resources are not the problem of the 21st Century, untapped human resources are the central question to the global economy. There will be free trade across the globe, the what about the tens of millions hungry or unemployed? Many claim that the world could not afford to sustain an American standard of living for the entire human population.

Not everyone needs a flat screen TV, but what about a job and education? A steady paycheck for a daily meal? Skills for a global economy? The poor are always grinded in global mills, but what about the middle-class children who get a liberal arts degree? As they see national GDP and per capita income levels rise, where will be the opportunities for them?

Hail Mary Pass – Wikipedia

Hail Mary pass in American football originally refers to the winning pass in the 1975 NFL game between the Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings. Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach was asked about the play afterwards and said, “You mean Pearson caught the ball and ran in for the touchdown? It was just a Hail Mary pass; a very, very lucky play.” Staubach told reporters that he closed his eyes, threw the ball as hard as he could, and said a Hail Mary prayer.

From Wikipedia. You better believe it was La Virgen.