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PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 10:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK - admit it " dai bach " - has_Your interest in Israel died back ? PASS ?_No - but I find The Ersatz like a Black Hole -_A burning horizon around a slack whole_The Real undefined - a sly pack en masse ? = A friend - or not - has decided now without a dither_To go out and live again in That Place thither -_And this time to accept a passport - and a gun_Which was my joke but that has begun_A separation between us of more miles than hither = I was lectured about how really caring_The IDF is - and I was despairing -_That it is like Northern Ireland was - not so bad -_No : The IRA ... And this became all very wearing = I have no solutions for a country the size of Wales -_Or Butetown - or within any other Pales :_My Faith is in The People because they know no such bounds_The solutions which they will reach for can not be conveyed in sounds :_Without The Shekinah moving them all words are windless sails.

OK - admit it " dai bach " - has_
Your interest in Israel died back ? PASS ?_
No - but I find The Ersatz like a Black Hole -_
A collapsing horizon around a slack whole_
The Real undefined - a sly pack en masse ?
A friend - or not - has now decided without a dither_
To go out and live again in That Place thither -_
And this time to accept a passport - and a gun_
Which was my joke but that has begun_
A separation between us of more miles than hither.
I was lectured about how really caring_
The IDF is - and I was despairing -_
That Israel is like Northern Ireland was - but not so bad :_
And that the occasional acts of violence are just sad -
No : The IRA ... And this became all very wearing ...
I have no solutions for a conflict the size of Wales -_
Or of Cardiff - or of such others within The Pales :_
Other than by placing my Faith in The People because they know no bounds_
For the solutions which they will reach for will not be conveyed in sounds :_
Without The Shekinah moving them all of our words are windless sails.

dai repwblic = Dai Saw = David B Lawrence : the author asserts his moral right - not to sue for copyright !


" What is poetry which does not save nations or people ? "


Czesław Miłosz ([ˈt͡ʂɛswaf ˈmiwɔʂ] (About this sound listen); 30 June 1911 – 14 August 2004) was a Polish poet, prose writer, translator and diplomat. His World War II-era sequence The World is a collection of twenty "naïve" poems. Following the war, he served as Polish cultural attaché in Paris and Washington, D.C., then in 1951 defected to the West. His nonfiction book The Captive Mind (1953) became a classic of anti-Stalinism ... He often is quoted as having said, "Language is the only homeland." ...

... Miłosz's 1953 book, The Captive Mind, is a study about how intellectuals behave under a repressive regime. Miłosz observed that those who became dissidents were not necessarily those with the strongest minds but rather those with the weakest stomachs; the mind can rationalize anything, he said, but the stomach can take only so much. Throughout the Cold War, the book was often cited by U.S. conservative commentators such as William F. Buckley, Jr., and it has been a staple in political science courses on totalitarianism. ...

... During the Nazi occupation of Poland, Miłosz was active in the work of Organizacja Socjalistyczno-Niepodległościowa "Wolność" ("The 'Freedom' Socialist Pro-Independence Organisation"). In his activity with "Wolność", Miłosz gave aid to Warsaw Jews. His brother Andrzej Miłosz was also active in helping Jews in Nazi-occupied Poland, and in 1943 Andrzej transported the Polish Jew Seweryn Tross and his wife from Vilnius to Warsaw. Czesław Miłosz took in the Trosses, found them a hiding place, and supported them financially. The Trosses ultimately died during the Warsaw Uprising. Miłosz helped at least three other Jews — Felicja Wołkomińska and her brother and sister. For these efforts, Miłosz received the medal of the Righteous Among the Nations in Yad Vashem, Israel in 1989 ... A poem by Miłosz appears on a Gdańsk memorial to protesting shipyard workers who had been killed by government security forces in 1970. ...


... The Captive Mind begins with a discussion of the novel Insatiability by Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz and its plot device of Murti-Bing pills, which are used as a metaphor for dialectical materialism, but also for the deadening of the intellect caused by consumerism in Western society. The second chapter considers the way in which the West was seen at the time by residents of Central and Eastern Europe, while the third outlines the practice of Ketman, the act of paying lip service to authority while concealing personal opposition, describing seven forms applied in the people's democracies of mid-20th century Europe. ... The book elaborates the idea of "enslavement through consciousness" in the penultimate chapter, and closes with a pained and personal assessment of the fate of the Baltic nations in particular. Its list of chapters includes: 1. The Pill of Murti-Bing, 2. Looking to the West, 3. Ketman, 4. Alpha, the Moralist, 5. Beta the Disappointed Lover, 6. Gamma, the Slave of History, 7. Delta, the Troubadour, 8. Man, This Enemy, and 9. The Lesson of the Baltics. ...


Written in Paris in the early 1950s, this book created instant controversy in its analysis of modern society that had allowed itself to be hypnotized by socio-political doctrines, and to accept totalitarian terror on the strength of a hypothetical future.


Sunday, November 12, 2006 - Review by Akshay Ahuja

The Captive Mind, by Czeslaw Milosz

... The book’s epigram appeared to prepare me for getting what I wanted; it is a quote from “an old Jew of Galicia”:

When someone is honestly 55% right, that’s very good and there’s no use wrangling. And if someone is 60% right, it’s wonderful, it’s great luck, and let him thank God. But what’s to be said about 75% right? Wise people say this is suspicious. Well, and what about 100% right? Whoever say he’s 100% right is a fanatic, a thug, and the worst kind of rascal. ... ... ...

... In any case, as I started reading, I realized I wasn’t going to get what I was looking for. Milosz describes the attractions of Communism; the hard questions that any all-embracing philosophy spares a person from answering for herself; and the strange sort of dissembling life produced in a society of informants. There were oblique analogies here to American life, but nothing direct. Everything was beautifully written, and clearly the product of an incisive mind, but it felt like a book that no one would much care to read fifty years from now. ... And then, a few chapters in, Milosz starts writing a different sort of book. He produces four character sketches of artists known to him who, in some form of another, decided to bend their art to the demands of the state. ... ... ...

... Most Western artists no longer have to worry about the demands of the state, but the traits that make a person susceptible to one capitulation will always leave him open to others, and modern society has no end of compromises that it encourages artists to make. Forget modern society—life encourages compromises. It is always easier to take your cues from convention, give up before something is quite right—or, for that matter, just leave the damn page blank and go to bed.

There are a few books that I feel like I need to read every few years to steady myself somehow. Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion is one; I think this will become another. I encourage everyone to read it.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 27, 2017 9:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This poem was constantly quoted to me by my dad when I was a child - the owl in question is arguably a reference to Athena the goddess of wisdom



This version was first published in Punch, April 10, 1875, and ran as follows:

There was an owl liv'd in an oak
The more he heard, the less he spoke
The less he spoke, the more he heard.
O, if men were all like that wise bird.


... The owl is a longtime symbol of the Illuminati and Freemasons." ... How did the medieval men understand the owl? For them, the owl symbolized mourning and desolation because it is a bird that lives for the darkness. Thus it represents sinners who have given up living in the light and have chosen the darkness of sin. ... An image of St. Francis preaching to the birds from a 13th century psalter shows a prominent owl sitting on a branch, which was commonly understood as a representation of the Jews ... [ OH DEAR ] ... The owl's symbolism with the occult and secret knowledge has a long history. Since the times of the Greeks and Romans, the owl – ruler of the night – was a guardian of the underworlds inhabited by the demons. An owl was always on the shoulder of Minerva and Athena, goddesses of wisdom and learning, symbolizing the occult knowledge of the pagan gods. ... Since the Illumninati pretend to be the wise rulers of the planet, maintaining and passing on the secret knowledge of the ancient deities, that is, devils, the owl became one of their symbols. Its unblinking large eye represents the all-seeing eye of the Illuminati that never closes. ...



The owl haunts ruins and flies only at night; preferring to live in darkness it hides from the light. It is a dirty, slothful bird that pollutes its own nest with its dung. It is often found near tombs and lives in caves. Some say it flies backwards. When other birds see it hiding during the day, they noisily attack it to betray its hiding place. Owls cry out when they sense that someone is about to die. ... There are several kinds of owls described in the bestiaries: noctua, the night-owl, that lives in the walls of ruined houses and shuns the light; nicticorax, the night-raven; and the bubo, the common owl, a dirty bird that pollutes its nest. ... Hrabanus Maurus says that the owl signifies those who have given themselves up to the darkness of sin and those who flee from the light of righteousness. ... The long, hooked beak of the owl is prominent in most manuscript illustrations; this was intended to show the supposed hooked nose of the Jews. At times the owl is given an almost human face to emphasize this. The scene of the owl mobbed by other birds is common in manuscripts and is often carved on misericords. ...



... 13 And among birds, you shall hold these in abomination; they shall not be eaten; they are an abomination: The eagle [or the griffin vulture], the kite, the osprey, 14 the kestrel, and the vulture after its species, 15 and the raven after its species, 16 the ostrich, the jay, and the sparrow hawk, and the goshawk after its species; 17 The owl, the gull, the little owl; 18 The bat, the starling, the magpie; 19 the stork, the heron after its species; the hoopoe and the atalef [bat?]; ...


... The reasons are debatable as to why certain birds are declared “unclean” (10); however, most of the forbidden fowl listed do consume meat. Eagles, owls, hawks, and other raptors fall into this category. Carrion feeders, such as vultures and crows, are also prohibited as food. These scriptures indicate as well that many kinds of waterfowl, ranging from a broad realm of seagulls to the larger herons, pelicans, and cormorants, are unclean. Again, note that these latter birds consume lots of fish. ... Some restrictions are less obvious. For example, add to the list of the unclean, Israel’s national bird, the hoopoe, which occasionally eats small reptiles and amphibians. While this crested bird (pictured above) is associated with King Solomon (11), the creature’s habit of sifting through animal feces to find insects and of messing its nests are far from appealing characteristics. ...

... A strong case could be made that of all birds presented in Jewish scriptures, literature, and folklore, the owl is the most despised. After all, during the medieval period, the bird came to be strongly associated with Lilith, a demoness and witch, and in some traditions, the first wife of Adam. She is even named in Isaiah 34: 14 as part of the aforementioned curse on Edom. The ninth-century text Alpha Beta de-Ben Sira (or Alphabet of Ben Sira) offers a much more detailed picture of Lilith. Over time, she was taken to be more than just a temptress and disobedient free spirit; she was also blamed for strangling infants at night during their sleep (14). According to Jewish and African lore, the nocturnal cry of a nearby owl, not surprisingly, was once thought capable of inflicting death on a baby (15, 16). ...


Well I was thinking about the poem : I shunned the whole Israel-Palestine issue for thirty years because it was clouded by claims and counter-claims and I resented Lil'Sis playing upon my sense of identity to demand that I give my loyalties to Ersatz Israel instead of the real Israel of The Jews in The World who are suffering because of Zionists screwing with their heads and more importantly other people's heads in order to extract money and political support from especially The USA ... My faith in Jews was damaged to the point whereby I thought that Judaism in Israel was more or less dead - until I could look past these clouds of bullshit and see that The People in Israel and The People in Palestine were not as represented and that many were still behaving correctly and therefore there is hope for the situation ... But the propaganda wars between The Hierocrats in Israel and Palestine is a real problem for me still : lies can be manufactured effortlessly to confuse us and the time necessary to expose The Truth is simply not available to us ... I think that this is where it becomes not only necessary to place our faith in others but positively beneficial to ourselves and others to do so and therefore not have the precious time left to us wasted by The Liars in Israel - and The Liars in Palestine : we not only have to see but to fly and hunt without The Light - our hearing others is more important than our speaking to them.



Israel vs. boycott movement: From defense to offense

One of Israel’s most important and difficult battles is being waged from the 29th floor of a Ramat Gan tower. With a biennial budget of NIS 250 million, Ministry of Strategic Affairs now stands at forefront of the war on delegitimization, adopting methods from the fields of intelligence and technology.


... Brigadier-General (res.) Sima Vaknin-Gil, director-general of the Ministry of Strategic Affairs, which is leading the battle these days, sees it as a war for all intents and purposes. “The delegitimization against the State of Israel can be curbed and contained through public diplomacy and soft tools,” she says. “In order to win, however, we must use tricks and craftiness. The bottom line is the rival has moved from its comfort zone into our comfort zone. Today the rival is on the defense and we are on the offensive.” ... The ministry—led by Public Security, Strategic Affairs and Information Minister Gilad Erdan—has quietly managed to receive a biennial budget of about NIS 250 million (roughly $70 million) and stand at the forefront of the battle against delegitimization, adopting methods from the fields of intelligence and technology. There is a reason why ministry officials define it as “a war on consciousness terrorism.” ... In the past six months, the ministry demonstrated abilities of prevention, torpedoing and thwarting overseas activities like “hate events,” global anti-Israel campaigns, boycott organizations, etc. The ministry has recorded an impressive success in eight cases in this area, but is refraining from making its achievements public so as not to expose its abilities and methods of action. ...



The illegitimate thing which I am worrying about is the re-re-defining of the word " terrorism " in the 21c when it had already been re-defined in the 20c away from its 19c definition. " Terrorism " implies a mass orchestration of the means to instil fear in the populace and the origin of the word is in the first French Revolution when The Democrats moved against The Republicans in 1793 in " The Red Terror " and the backlash against then in " The White Terror." In both cases The State made mass propaganda to scare The People by spreading paranoia about " The Enemies of The People " thus encouraging them to denounce anybody "suspicious." This was very much akin to medieval witch hunts and as in them most of the victims were innocent but marginalised and from the point of view of those who controlled The State merely convenient because none would defend them e.g. they were often Jews and the obvious example to quote is what happened to Alfred Dreyfus.


In the 20c individual acts of violence - originally especially by Anarchists - were re-defined to be " terrorism " because The State seized upon these to use for mass propaganda to scare The People by spreading paranoia about " The Enemies of The People " thus encouraging them to denounce anybody " suspicious." This was different however because the terrorists were not the perpetrators of these acts of violence but were still those who controlled The State who instead of having to invent and suggest a threat could use these marginalised people who were excited by this propaganda for their ends. A lone individual can not by definition be a terrorist because although they might briefly frighten a few people they are not able to induce terror by a single isolated act e.g. a suicide bomber can not repeat his / her action. By definition terrorism requires mass propaganda to spread fear in The People and is usually conducted by The State -


It does not necessarily have to be The State however - terrorism is arguably the preserve of The Hierarchy which may not be in the employ of Monocrats, Aristocrats or Democrats - or rather may they form allegiances with them and dissolve such alliances according to their private interests e.g. rival Hierocracies are visible in various media empires. Newspaper barons and then television moghuls dominated the 20c but a new phenomenon has emerged in the 21c with the internet ... so could the allegation that various international campaigns being conducted on the internet are " terrorism " be justified ? No. By definition terrorism is directed towards promoting fear of a supposed radical minority who seek to overthrow The State by violence, and the propaganda used by terrorists is explicitly about manufacturing such an imagined minority by the use of falsehoods - and as we have seen here in Wales this largely consists of projecting onto such an imagined minority the motives and methods of those who are sponsoring the propaganda ... " The Black Factions " which we have to deal with and refute get their ideas about " Republicanism in Wales " from the grotesque propaganda against imagined Republicans by The Supporters of The United Kingdom ...

... And that is what the campaigners for BDS are facing from Ersatz Israel ...

The danger to BDS is that somebody will believe in Israeli propaganda and go on a bombing spree proclaiming themselves to be doing this on behalf of BDS.
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No - I was not there, I never go : my religious world has shrunk away to almost nothing ... at present ...



“It’s About Equality, and That’s Why I Can’t Work With You on This.”


... It needs a clear, easy to understand message. A bold ambition. But, ultimately, an achievable one. ... When it comes to Israel/Palestine we still don’t have that single, bold, unifying message. ... Okay, are you ready ? ... “Equal rights” ... That’s it. ... It’s simple, it’s clear, it’s easy to understand. ... But tragically, it’s also highly contentious. Highly controversial. ... Because equal rights, International Law, UN Security Council resolutions don’t appear to count for much when it comes to Israel/Palestine. ... We have created too much complexity, too many excuses. Far too many reasons to justify injustice. ... But despite all that’s in our way, I still believe that the concept of equality is where we should start. Because starting out from any other place quickly leads you back to inequality. ... I’m in no doubt that as Jews, our relationship with Israel and the Palestinians is the greatest issue, and the greatest challenge, facing us in 21st century. ... Everything else either relates to that relationship, or it pales into insignificance against it. ... The tragedy is that right now we are making a terrible hash of it. ...

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