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Crisis meeting between Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy was arranged before the participants knew of the disastrous growth figures in the Eurozone that emerged in the morning. Today the Germans and the European Union are once again focusing the peoples’ minds on the Holy Roman Empire. Otto von Hapsburg said, “The [European] Community is living largely by the heritage of the Holy Roman Empire, though the great majority of the people who live by it don’t know by what heritage they live.” http://www.makeahistory.com/index.php/recent-news/42996-fourth-reich-in-disguise-how-germany-is-using-the-financial-crisis-to-conquer-europeCrisis meeting between Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy was arranged before the... more
This can’t end well.
But then, how often do empires end well, really? They live vampirically by feeding off others until, sooner or later, they begin to feed on themselves,This can’t end well. But then, how often do empires end well, really? They... more
http://ramanan50.wordpress.com/2011/02/28/jesus-did-not-rise-from-the-deadthe-bible-is-not-eternal/On Christianity.... more
Mass media and popular culture are powerful tools of manipulation when wielded by those skilled at waging way by way of deception. When shaping the opinion of an unsuspecting public, the star power of military leaders and sports heroes is routinely appropriated.
That duplicity was on display in February 2003 when Colin Powell gave false testimony to the U.N. Security Council that helped launch the U.S.-led invasion of a Muslim nation. Similar duplicity was deployed in May 2005 when Pakistani cricket icon Imran Khan launched from Islamabad a false story that provoked outrage at the U.S. in Muslim nations.
Since the “bread and circus” era of the Roman Empire, pop culture has proven a potent means to distract and misdirect. With the modern reach of mass media, pop culture can be deployed not just to manipulate the public’s mental state but also to promote for political office high-profile personalities such as astronauts, newscasters, war heroes and even well known comedians.
Those who induced the U.S. to wage war in Iraq on false pretenses used Secretary of State Colin Powell for that purpose when he was dispatched to the U.N. to vouch for phony intelligence. The Powell “brand” as a credible four-star general was appropriated by pro-Israeli war-planners to market the false impression that Iraq had mobile biological weapons laboratories.
By deploying a public official’s known integrity to obscure their duplicity, those complicit in this deceit discredited both Powell and the U.S. while also undermining the credibility of the U.N. The phony intelligence on which Powell relied was provided by George Tenet, Director of Central Intelligence, and vouched for by Paul Joyal, reportedly Tenet’s Ashkenazi Chief of Staff.
A similar power-of-association ploy emerged two years later when the pop culture celebrity of Imran Khan was appropriated to provoke violence worldwide that damaged the image of the U.S. A global crisis commenced soon after those handling public relations for this legend of the cricket world summoned reporters to a May 6, 2005 press conference in Islamabad.
As an international sports figure, Khan’s star power and his position as a Pakistani politician directed media attention to an April 30th issue of Newsweek where Ashkenazi journalist Michael Isikoff reported that U.S. interrogators had flushed a Koran down a toilet in an attempt to exert pressure on Muslim combatants in custody at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Not until May 16th did Newsweek editors publish a partial retraction along with an apology in The New York Times conceding that the widely reported story was inadequately supported by the facts. By then Isikoff’s tale of Koran desecration had gone viral.
Game Theory Warfare
The story provoked massive anti-U.S. demonstrations in Pakistan, Lebanon, Egypt, Indonesia, Palestine, Jordan, Bangladesh, Sudan and Malaysia. Though the Guantanamo inmate retracted his statement, by then the story had done lasting damage to U.S. interests throughout the Islamic world while adding plausibility to the thematic Clash of Civilizations.
In game theory terms, the results were foreseeable because the reaction was mathematically predictable; the response could be projected—within an acceptable range of probabilities.Mass media and popular culture are powerful tools of manipulation when wielded by... more
The more complex an economy is, the more fragile it is, and the more cataclysmic its disintegration can be. Our economy is, of course, in a different league of complexity to that of Roman Britain. Our pottery and metal goods are likely to have been made, not many miles away, but on the other side of the globe, while our main medium of exchange is electronic, and sometimes based on smoke and mirrors. If our economy ever truly collapses, the consequences will make fifth-century Britain seem like a picnic.
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/4b44d88e-ef39-11de-86c4-00144feab49a.htmlThe more complex an economy is, the more fragile it is, and the more cataclysmic its... more
If you try to explain to a foreigner what are the recommendations in Italy often he doesn't understand. Because in English the word means to mention someone, and it's completely normal. It's when a person is suggested for a job because someone deem him worthy and capable. In Italian the meaning of the word is just the opposite. It's when is mentioned for a job someone who is neither worthy nor capable, only well-connected.If you try to explain to a foreigner what are the recommendations in Italy often he... more
"On-stage chariot races, herds of horses, camels, vultures, eagles, 400 performers and a supporting cast which includes Jesus Christ, Tiberius Julius Caesar and Pontius Pilate ... What else to do but set Ben-Hur the stage show in Latin and Aramaic? The £5m production will show at the 20,000-seat O2 arena in London from 15-19 September.
Only one song in the score – written by Stewart Copeland, formerly a rock drummer for the Police – will be composed in English.
Actors will learn their lines in the ancient language of the Romans and the Jews. A narrator will explain the action in the native language of whichever of the seven countries the play is touring, among them France and Germany, as well as England.
The creator, Franz Abraham, said he wanted to stick authentically to the novel by Lew Wallace, an instant bestseller when it was published in 1880 – instead of following the better-known film adaptations, among them the 1959 movie starring Charlton Heston, which won 11 Academy Awards. (Some grisly endings are different in the novel.)
"When I decided about the language everybody said 'Are you crazy? Is it possible?'," Mr Abraham said.
"I explained to them that there was short dialogue and that everything, for the understanding of children, is narrated. The narrator will appear whenever necessary.
"I originally wanted to do a passion play in Latin in Rome in 1999. Mel Gibson's film The Passion of The Christ uses Aramaic, and Kevin Costner's Dances with Wolves uses dialogue in the original (Lakota) Indian language ... This is proof that it's possible."
The problem of how to disguise the German accents of the two lead actors could also be avoided if they spoke in the ancient languages, he said.
"We are touring through seven countries in three months and I didn't want to sacrifice the quality of the actors by changing them wherever we went," he said. "We chose this to be on the safe side, to not destroy the pronunciation of the language of whichever country we went to."
Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London and a long-time supporter of the continuation of Latin studies, gave his approval to the show.
"Ave! This is a fantastic idea. Cives londinii spectabunt et mirabuntur," he said. "We have much to learn from the Romans, not least since the horse is the ultimate low-carbon vehicle."
The plot revolves around Judah Ben-Hur, the prince of the Hebrew house of Hur, whose childhood best friend, Messala, a Roman, becomes his bitter rival in adulthood.""On-stage chariot races, herds of horses, camels, vultures, eagles, 400... more
A book dating back the Romen Empire has been uncovered buy a Cambridge academic. The book written in Greek is entitled Philogelos, which translates as Laughter Lover. One joke dates back to 248AD when Rome held what was billed as the 'Millennium Games' - tells the story of a distraught athlete: "Never mind," says a spectator. "You can always try again at the next Millennium Games."
There is also an ancient version of the Monty Python dead parrot sketch.A book dating back the Romen Empire has been uncovered buy a Cambridge academic. The... more
Compared to the enormity and thousands of years of history, America is only a blip on the radar in the history of the Middleast. With all the wars and empires, what do we think we're going to accomplish over there that many, many countries and empires haven't tried to do already, besides drain our own resources and put the country deep into debt?Compared to the enormity and thousands of years of history, America is only a blip on... more