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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Stickin' It To The Man
Yesterday, I posted about our problems with upgrading to the new Movable Type. I was hoping for a lot of people to agree with me, but apparently I'm pissing up a rope. The only real reply I got was from a celebrity in the Movable Type world, Arvind Satranarayan from Movalog, and it basically read like an extended "u r dumb". I was really disappointed because I learned a lot from Arvind in my early days learning the ropes of Movable Type, so I replied at length. I hope I changed his mind. More importantly, I hope I change someone at Six Apart's mind.
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Walk through the garden...
Blue flowers have a special place in my heart but plants with black foliage or blooms run a close second. Most "black" plants are not truly black; they are getting very popular at nurseries with many new cultivars being developed.
Blooming right now in my garden is Rosa 'Louis IV'. 04227[1].jpg Mine is much darker than this! An Old Non-Climbing Rose in the China catagory, it has rather small, double flowers, quite black in bud and opening to sweetly scented, purple-black velvet. I don't know much about roses and this one is slightly tender and -like all roses seem to be -definitely not disease-resistant. I still couldn't do without it. Even our dog Molly smells it when she walks by!
At 10', this is the tallest tree we are taking with us, Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy' (red bud). cercis-canadensis[1].jpg I sure hope we don't have to rent for a while...
I love willows and this Salix gracilistyla 'Melanostachys' is one of my favorites. Look at the amazing red new growth and branches - images[36].jpg which develop into this beauty. salix_melanostachys[1].jpg
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Mao, the monster
The truth about Chairman Mao is pretty obvious to anyone that looks at his death toll, but this new book tells more-how many of his heroic deeds were complete fabrications, what a power-hungry sociopath he was, and much more. This is the man that China disgustingly lionizes even to this day.
Jung Chang, the author of Wild Swans, and her historian husband, Jon Halliday, have torn away the many masks and falsehoods with which Mao Zedong and the Communist Party of China to this day have hidden the true picture of Mao the man and Mao the ruler. Mao now stands revealed as one of the greatest monsters of the 20th century, alongside Hitler and Stalin. Indeed, in terms of sheer numbers of deaths for which he was responsible, Mao, with some 70-million, exceeded both.

Far from being the first Chinese communist leader to stand up for the Chinese peasantry, Mao disdained them. He is shown, during his command of armed forces in the countryside in the late 1920s and early 1930s, to have lived off local peasants to the extent of leaving them destitute. He consciously used terror as a means to enforce his will on the party and the people who came under his rule. In the course of the Long March, Mao had no qualms in sacrificing thousands of scarce fighters in fruitless diversions serving no other purpose than his bid for leadership.

His callous disregard for life became more evident once he commanded China itself. He prolonged the Korean war in the expectation of tying down hundreds of thousands of United States troops, regardless of the disproportionate sacrifice of far greater Chinese casualties. The livelihood of China’s peasants was tightly squeezed through most of Mao’s rule, not simply to meet the needs of industry and the urban population, but also to pay the Soviet Union and the East Europeans for the weaponry they supplied.

The suffering of the peasants plumbed new depths during Mao’s hare-brained scheme known as the Great Leap Forward, which led to the starvation and premature deaths of 30 to 40-million people. To the end of his life, Mao continued to sacrifice the Chinese people in his search for superpower status.

Chang and Halliday cast new and revealing light on nearly every episode in Mao’s tumultuous life. Among the most significant of their discoveries are the lies of the Long March. The fabled crossing of the Dadu chain bridge, for instance, when, according to Mao, his heroic soldiers managed to cross the narrow bridge against heavy machine-gun fire, is shown to be a complete invention. The authors consulted many sources, interviewed local historians and even visited the scene. Mao is shown to have been completely dependent on Soviet support.

Some of the distortions of history perpetrated by Mao and the communist party have already been exposed by Western and Chinese scholars. They have had access to writings and documents released by Chinese party historians, and their studies have also been enriched by access to archives from the former communist bloc, notably those in Moscow.

Chang and Halliday have not only made full use of this literature, but judging from their notes, they have spent the past 11 years going through the archives themselves, some of them in countries whose records had not been examined for this purpose before. They have also used their contacts in China to interview an extraordinary array of people who were close to Mao and other leaders. These range from family members to friends, colleagues, secretaries, witnesses and even a woman who once washed Mao’s underwear.

Consequently, the authors are able to shed new light on virtually every episode of Mao’s life. Mao himself comes across as a uniquely self-centred man whose strength was his utter disregard for others, his pitilessness, his single-mindedness, his capacity for intrigue and his ability to exploit weakness. He neglected his wives, who he treated cruelly, and had no time for his children. He loved food and reading and had an infinite supply of young women. Mao lacked personal courage and had about 50 villas built for him in different parts of China, which were constructed to withstand even nuclear attack.

Mao had none of the skills usually associated with a successful revolutionary leader. He was no orator and he lacked either idealism or a clear ideology. He was not even a particularly good organiser. But he was driven by a personal lust for power. He came to dominate his colleagues through a mixture of blackmail and terror. And he seems to have enjoyed every minute of it. During the Cultural Revolution he watched films of the violence and of colleagues being tortured.

The use of terror typified Mao’s rule. Although he had his equivalent of the KGB, Mao’s distinctive form of terror was to get people to use it against each other.

This magnificent book is not without its blemishes. There is no discussion of the quality of the sources or how they were used. Nevertheless, it is a stupendous work and one hopes that it will be brought before the Chinese people, who have yet to come to terms with their own history.
Actually, he reminds me a lot of Saddam.
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Hatewave Festival 2005
I had posted about an extremist right wing festival that will be held in Greece in September with the participation of several European far-right leaders and neo-nazi groups. The original location has been changed due to strong opposition from the locals but according to the festival's organisers, the event will still occur at an undisclosed location. In response to concerns from the Greek Jewish community, the Ministry of Public Order pointed out that the participants have a constitutional right to meet and since they're all European citizens, Greece cannot stop them from entering the country.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center has notified the Greek Prime Minister that the failure to stop this festival validates the travel advisory issued in the past to Jewish people traveling to Greece.

By the way, the theme of the festival is "Turkey out of Europe" but it really translates to "we hate Jews and Turks alike."
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The Thief
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Returning the Favor
After 9/11, the bars and taverns in New Orleans raised money to send to their fellow New York bartenders and restaurant workers. Now New York is returning the favor.
The Big Apple will raise its glasses to the Big Easy — not for toasts, but to collect money for more than 80,000 hospitality workers from the hurricane-ravaged city. In addition to New York, bars around the country also have promised to mix cocktails to help the Louisiana bartenders and hotel, casino and restaurant workers facing unemployment. Four New York-based cocktail experts are spurring the "Save New Orleans Cocktail Hour" — a two-hour nationwide drinking session scheduled for Sept. 12 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
If you want to donate to the hurricane relief effort, lady redhawk has recommended this site, Network for Good, and FloridaHeat found out that FedEx will ship your donations to the victims at no charge to you.
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Suicide Murderers: they're not nuts, they're just killers
Who ever thought they were nuts in the first place? Thanks, experts!

ABC News: Experts: Suicide Bombers Not Crazy
Aug. 6, 2005 — It's been said that the suicide bombers who cause the scenes of carnage and chaos relayed on American TV screens and front pages must be driven by a cocktail of religious fanaticism and outright insanity.

However, some experts — including people who are advising the U.S. government on terrorism — said not only are suicide bombers sane, but also that anyone of us, under the right circumstances, could become one.

"Absolutely, this is normal psychology, normal group dynamics," said Clark R. McCauley, a Bryn Mawr College psychology professor who is part of an outside team consulting for the Department of Homeland Security.

"Normal people, given the right circumstances or right set of friends, can become suicide bombers," said Marc Sageman, a forensic psychiatrist and former CIA officer.

"None of the suicide bombers would be put in a mental asylum on the order of the district psychiatrist," said Ariel Merari, one of the leading Israeli experts on suicide bombers, who has interviewed dozens of attackers captured before they could kill.

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"Absolutely, this is normal psychology, normal group dynamics," said Clark R. McCauley, a Bryn Mawr College psychology professor who is part of an outside team consulting for the Department of Homeland Security.

"Normal people, given the right circumstances or right set of friends, can become suicide bombers," said Marc Sageman, a forensic psychiatrist and former CIA officer.

"None of the suicide bombers would be put in a mental asylum on the order of the district psychiatrist," said Ariel Merari, one of the leading Israeli experts on suicide bombers, who has interviewed dozens of attackers captured before they could kill.

Sageman saw such a process in America in connection with the massacre at Columbine High School in Colorado. There, the two boys who killed others and themselves got their inspiration from a wider group.

"The guys in Columbine, although they were two, they were very much connected to a whole community on the Internet," he said.
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A new word is needed
I'm sure there aren't many Jews in China, so I assume that most Chinese people have never met a Jewish person. But thanks to old biases and prejudices, the combination of Chinese characters used for "Jew" refer to "an animal of the monkey species" and it implies stingyness: What’s in a name? In Taiwan, group says a new word is needed for Jews
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On the Sunday after
I know we normally have a quiz or something fun on Sunday mornings but this morning is a little different. I know that I speak for everyone here when I say that our hearts have been heavy these days. We've looked helplessly at a tragedy unfolding, we've yelled in anger and frustration, we cried in sympathy and we felt relief when the rescue finally started.

If you believe in God, please say a prayer for our fellow citizens who have suffered so much this week. And if you don't believe in God, say a prayer anyway.
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