Month: October 2008

A nice little rainforest flower in a time of darkness

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Intrepid Ibex – Ubuntu 8.10: Released, installed, configured and running XMMS

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Colonos’ interface to cyberspace has been updated to Ubuntu 8.10 and here are the first impressions – with more to come.

So far most things look fine (the default wallpaper is surprisingly nice), lm-sensors configured painlessly, but getting my favourite music player, XMMS, to work proved a right hassle – basically you have to be Intrepid to get it compiled in the Ibex.

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Christiania evictions spark riots in Copenhagen: A Brave New World in the Duck Pond

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Christiania evictions spark riots in Copenhagen, is not a story by colonos, it just came in on the wire and is reproduced here with no comments, really, unless, that is, THAT THIS is typical of the racist, culturally cleansing Danish government and their coercive police force.

Christiania is a place that they just don’t like, because people are different there. Remember that this is the duck pond country of The Ugly Duckling, where if “you are not from around here” you better get out.

Since the current and far-right founded government began their cultural cleansings with their shocking win and alliance with the racist, anti-muslim, national social-democratic, far-right, Danish People’s Party, in 2001, there has been a war on christiania. Alongside Denmark’s participation in the war on the Afghan people the country has undergone a dramatic cultural turn for the worse. The people have responded eloquently to Prime Minister, Anders Fjogh Rasmussen:

The government in their first few weeks in office announced a cultural genocide when they listed 250 research institutions and projects to be shut down. That was just the beginning. Meanwhile there is a rise of extremist christians as well.

Violence and gang war is now on the daily agenda in a city that suddenly has to sustain a large cannabis market that was previously run by happy hippies in an unholy marriage with Hell’s Angels type bikers. This used to unfold in a fairly organised and mostly peaceful manner in Christiania’s Pusher Street, for all to see and observe and know about, but the market came up for grabs when it was pressurised, as part of the cultural war, out of the Free Town (Fristaden, as Christiania is also called). There was a culture similar to that of the Dutch coffee clubs, but in a lovely park by the water where many cafes and restaurants and social and ecological projects constinue to thrive, but nowadays with the ever present threat of raiding riot cops. Consequently, the cannabis market now unfolds around the city where rival gangs make neighbourhoods their own battlefields.

As violence has become everyday the authoritarian government, of course, has responded by investing more powers in the police, who have, with increasing force, introduced security zones in the inner city where civil liberties are routinely suspended in the form of stop and search interventions without probable cause or reasonable suspicion. The Brave New World has come to the Duck Pond. Of course it is very convenient to evict the cannabis market from Christiania, because the consequent warfare was obvious and serves as a perfect excuse to erode civil liberties and step up spending on policing in general.

In the 1970s Denmark’s social-democratic experiment was still a model and example, although it had many problems, it was certainly better than the extreme right-wing regime of today. It came to an end in 1982 when the country has its first round of the neoliberal waves of destruction that have brought the planet into a financial and ecological crisis. This is round two.

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Another Dodgy, Right-Wing Politician: Osborne’s Downfall

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So he is a smart-ass, a loudmouth and a Tory pig with too much money and too little empathy – no news there either. So let tosser Osborne end our little list of dodgy, righ-wing politicians who couldn’t care less for other people. Some shit paper that deserves no link writes:

George Osborne has been accused of behaving like a lout during the Corfu holiday on which he met Russian tycoon Oleg Deripaska at billionaire Nat Rothschild’s villa.

Other holidaymakers said a motorboat carrying Osborne and his family swept through a stretch of water that was packed with swimming children.

Angry mum Candida Jones said the Osbornes seemed arrogantly oblivious to those around them as they headed towards a jetty.

She told the Guardian newspaper: “Surely no one would drive a boat through crowded water?

“Couldn’t those on board see that there was nowhere to moor as the pier was packed with children playing?

“Several parents, in several languages, complained loudly this was an inappropriate place to bring a motorboat.”

Candida, whose three-year-old daughter was playing on the jetty, said once Osborne’s boat had moored the family left the nanny to struggle along with the bulk of their luggage. She added: “It wasn’t very Greek at all. Indeed it was extremely English in that old imperial way.”

Other witnesses said there was “no backward glance, no apology, no hint of embarrassment” from Osborne.

Surely no one would drive a boat through crowded water?”

Yes, someone who is helpless like a rich man’s child – a politician of the righteous – he would. Of course, who cares about people?

One Not To Miss: Jörg Haider, May He At Least Rest In Peace

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While we’re at it – dodgy politicians that is – then it seems appropriate to bring an obituary, finally the end of Jörg Haider’s (pseudo-)neonazism.

The successor to the Austrian rightwing populist Jörg Haider, Stefan Petzner, has shocked the staunchly conservative country by revealing in a tearful interview that they shared a “special relationship”. Petzner said: “We had a relationship that went far beyond friendship. Jörg and I were connected by something really special. He was the man of my life.”

The news stunned Austria, which has been coming to terms with the death of the anti-immigrant politician. Haider, who voted against a parliamentary motion to lower the age of consent for homosexuals, had presented himself as a family man who drank sparingly. But after the car crash it was revealed that he had been driving at twice the speed limit, his blood alcohol level had been four times the legal limit, and he had spent his final hours in a gay bar in Klagenfurt, the capital of the southern state where he was governor. There has been further speculation that the crash happened after Haider and Petzner argued at a party.

Petzner said that Claudia, Haider’s wife of 32 years and the mother of his two daughters, had not objected to their relationship.But in an interview published in an Austrian women’s magazine, Petzner’s sister Christiane seemed to suggest otherwise. “Claudia was sometimes jealous of him because he spent more time with her husband than she did,” she said.

Or is it really the end of his legacy, or does it only just begin? Someone of the same awful nazi persuasion writes in a comment to a video of Haider in a disco on YouTube:

“Jorg Haider stood up to the Zionists so they eliminated him. I would bet that millions of people around the world have never heard of Jorg Haider but they have now and the Jews have brought attention to themselves and their disgusting behavior. Everyday they are losing support and we are gaining support. Don’t let Haider die in vain, pick up where he left off.”

This idea is also proposed in this video.

So did his lovers’ quarrel produce a martyr for a bunch of degenerate whites with few prospects? What is really happening on the far right of politics? Who is with who?

Maybe Haider was simply a renegade populist – a loose canon. An idiot in the true sense of the word, but there is no doubt that Haider wasn’t a very popular guy in the ranks of the bankers and wankers, who currently struggle to keep hold of world power – these were some of his last words (and you just don’t say that kind of thing on TV):

This video was aired on 25. Sept. 2008. Shortly before the Rightist groups surged to a combined 30% of the vote in parliamentary elections last month, with Haider’s smaller Alliance for Austria’s Future tripling its support to about 12%. 16 days before he crashed his Phaeton and died.”

Sarah Palin’s Vindictive Hot Air for Piano: UnTrue Minimalism?

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It has been brought into plain view on various occasions, Sarah Palin is an ultra-right wing bigot, racist, a homophobe, a lier, a vindictive, vengeful polar bear killing character who abuses her public office’s powers and who together with her family over the last two months have acquired clothes, shoes, makeup etc. worth US$150.000, paid for by the Republican Party (that’s the coffee club of racist, anti-social rich people and stupefied low-paid white trash).

That’s no news, however, many -if not all – politicians are like that — the big difference in this case is that she also appears rather stupid (although politically clever in her stupidity), since she has nothing sensible to say and always only blurps out generalisations so basic and contentless that she is probably only right in one thing: she represents the All-American citizen. Here she goes again, to music by Henry Fey (from The Rest Is Noise):

Meetings with Remarkable Trees: On A Smaller Scale

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Meetings with remarkable trees – even if not as extraordinary as Thomas Pakenham’s and even if these photos are not really very good – these trees, like most other (older) trees – are quite remarkable. When did you last hug your local tree?

Embracing the Future

Holding the Past