Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The Blobbening!

A Show of Humanity and Decency: Visitors to Tehran's Book Fair, which runs from May 2 to May 14, have been given the opportunity to pose in front of recreated scenes from the war in Syria, casting themselves as heroes. Also on display are photographs of so-called Iranian martyrs who have lost their lives in the conflict. The Islamic Republic News Agency was among the media outlets that published some of the images so that people unable to attend the fair could see what the fuss was about. (IranWire)

DDGD May  11, 2016
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Index of Global Delirium
The Index reflects the state of delirium in a particular country using a 1 to 10 count, with 10 denoting the highest level of delirium. Levels of delirium change on the basis of current development in said country, such as instability, terrorism, elections, sports events and the like,  as well as relevant global developments such financial meltdowns, certain leaks, and stock market indices. Countries shown above are among those where fluctuation in the national and local indices have a greater global impact than is the case with other countries. Note: levels of violence and delirium do not always coincide. Indeed, a country can have a high delirium level even though it is relatively stable. 

The current IDG of 9.1 represents a substantial rise from previous weeks’ figures that have usually hovered around 8.6. this is so largely on account of the worsening situation in Syria, where Cinco de Mayo celebrations in Mexico and the United States coincided with a Russian classical music performance at the Palmyra amphitheater, the spot where the Islamic State had previously executed 25 people, and as warplanes belonging to the Russia-Iran-Assad Alliance struck a refugee camp to the north of the country, killing 28 people, burning dozens of tents and displacing hundreds. In another aspect of the delirial nature of this situation is the involvement of Serb mercenaries in the liberation of Palmyra. Meanwhile, the Syrian pound continued its decline and reached a record low with 1 U.S. dollar now making over 600 Lira. Beyond Syria, there is the issue of that little shit storm surrounding the Rhodes Profile.

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“For now, Iran is not prepared fully to bring Hamas back under its wing. Hamas, for the Iranians, is a “treacherous” movement, thanks to its periodic temporary ceasefires with Israel. The Iranian leaders want to see Hamas killing Jews every day, with no break. Ironically, it has become too “moderate” for the Iranian leadership. . . .” Khaled Abu Toameh

The Deliricon

The Blob II: Out for Vengeance! Now in a Theater Near You

Blob-Beating: The modern equivalent of fighting windmills. Related terms: 1) Beat around the Blob: wasting one’s time by going through the motions of deceiving someone who’s already a willing party to the deception. Usually used in the negative, as in: don’t beat around the blob, just tell me what you need me to do. 2) To Beat one’s Blob: to masturbate, more often in the intellectual sense of making oneself appear more intelligence, in charge, or powerful than they usually are.

(The) Blobbening: The process by which reasonably intelligent and conscientious human beings are transformed into morally apathetic dolts. The process usually involves repeated turning of the other cheek until both cheeks are completely numb, at which point the ongoing beating can be safely ignored. Moreover, the process is usually facilitated by an ideological predisposition to believe in certain lies and comforting illusions, such as the proposition that, when it comes to politics, people will eventually behave rationally, and that the propensity for doing stupid shit can be effectively countered by doing nothing at all, that is, until one can’t really hold it anymore at which point soiling oneself is seen as “no biggy.”

(The) Blobber: 1) A thick layer of pure assholery found just under the skin of certain politicians, journalists, pundits and other public figures. The layer is thought to be the result of excess deposits of ideological bullshit in the brain. 2) A kind of political gibberish designed for the specific purpose of making a twit of a politician sound reasonably intelligent.

(The) Rhodes Treatment: Spinning a certain yarn in such a way that makes it clear to one’s audience how much of a fucking asshole one happens to be. The yarn itself is often badly spun, as spinning is not really the point.

American Rhodesia: In Washingtonian lore, Rhodesia represents a mythical colony where amorality, indifference and moral apathy are presumed to represent sound policy and said to have no consequences of note. Its capital, Obamala, is rumored to be inhabited by a proud people famed for their love of calculus, disengagement, the Shirk ‘N’ Shift and not doing stupid shit like giving the occasional damn or fuck even as horrible things transpire. Indeed, the Obamalites are said to have long traded their damns for drones, and their moral sense for cheap incense. 

Rhodegious: An adjective that refers to the unhealthy appearance of the object being described. It’s often employed within a political context with special reference to someone’s ego. As such, a person said to have a Rhodegious ego is not one with whom we could expect to have a pleasant conversation. On a related note, it’s often observed that people with Rhodegious egos often have small hands.

(The) Echo Chamber: A political synonym for a vacuous mind and/or conscience.

The Delirica

“You’re an imbecile, Olivier!”

“Eat my merde, Gilles!”

En effet, c’est trés compliqué!
Who becomes a terrorist, and why?Both Kepel and Roy are leading experts on political Islam whose works are widely read by policymakers. And they disagree vigorously about why French and Belgian citizens of Muslim extraction turn to terrorism.” Salafism create the social and intellectual environment that justifies and glorifies certain acts of violence and suppression targeting specific religious communities as well as those perceived to hold heretical views or adhere to modern secular values and norms. People don’t have to be a practicing Salafis to be affected by such views, so long as they live in a social setting where these views are common they are bound to be influenced by them. Still, the willingness to cross the line into jihadism and terrorism often happens as a result of certain personal developments that push the would-be Jihadist over the edge.

As my friend Ken Ballen, the author of the wonderfully eye-opening “Terrorists in Love” –a book based on long interviews and encounters with dozens of former and jailed terrorists– has shown, these developments could include failed love affairs, repressed homosexuality, teen rebelliousness, and various assortments of family and social problems. When it comes to the issue of leadership, the questions of motives become even more complicated, involving a mixture of personal ambitions, profiteering and ideological convictions. The waters are further muddied by the involvement of security services belonging to different regimes that see in terrorism and terrorist groups another means for advancing certain of their domestic and foreign policies.

Still, early exposure to Salafism (be it in its Shia or Sunni formulation) with its anti-modern teachings sets in motion internal processes that would later facilitate embrace of nihilistic Jihadism by certain troubled individuals at certain key junctures in their personal developments. It’s is for this reason that we need to counteract Salafism, and it’s for this reason that the issue of education provenance and its quality are of critical importance, and why Madrassas and certain religious channels and networks are dangerous. The more “sophisticated” works produced by Salafists play little role in the initial process of indoctrination. Their importance comes later by way of consolidating the movement by creating internal guidelines and rationale for the behavior of its members, and by distinguishing the various movements from each other.

The Age of Propaganda: A depressingly accurate 29-word description of the dismal state of our politics. “What has taken hold is an alternate reality, a virtual reality, where lies are accepted as truth and where conspiracy theories take root in the fertile soil of falsehoods.” But, let’s not forget the international dimension of this problem, as Anne Applebaum notes in her “The danger of Russian disinformation.” The return of the propaganda machine to the fore can be seen not only in such American phenomenon as the Trump Movement, and the Ben Rhodes Affair, we can also note it in the activities of RT and Press TV as well as the various news outlets and websites run by members of the international left and the Far Right. It’s only the truth that is now in the eyes of the beholder, the “facts” themselves have become disputable and subjective.
Reversed Polarity: Let Normalization Pave the Way to Peace. “Indeed, it’s probably high time the Saudis used their considerable regional influence to put together a high-level Arab delegation to pay an official visit to Tel Aviv with a clear and direct offer of normalization. The delegation should invite Israel to take part in a regional security conference where a variety of current issues, including Palestinian statehood and the Syrian conflict, should be on the table. Open talks on parallel tracks could foster more positive developments than secret contacts and tentative symbolic steps. Time is of the essence these days, for we’re marking its passage with human lives lost, families displaced, homes and schools destroyed, and hopes dashed. For this, normalization should be a means of finding common grounds, not a reward for finding it.

The Daily Delirynth

A policy of willful blindness continues to unfold: America Is Silent as Aleppo Is MassacredThe Obama administration prefers not to notice that its diplomatic strategy in Syria has fallen apart.” … And so does the killing of course. But, as the “White House buys doughnuts for press” in order to remedy one fuckup, perhaps the time will come when a similar approach will is adopted in regard to Syria, at which, I call dips on regular glazed doughnuts as well as the chocolate custard–filled ones. And all will be well with the world.

Meanwhile, in a land far away: Russia sets up Palmyra base. “A Pantsyr-S1 air-defence system was seen in the footage as well as at least three BTR-82A and three BTR-80 armoured personnel carriers (APCs), suggesting a Russian combat unit has been deployed to the base.” Well, it’s that old song goes: A new Russian military base in Syria, a new Russian military base, build another one, say it’s the last one, 99 more Russian military bases to build in Syria.

ISIS executioners throw two men charged for 'homosexuality' from a roof in Mosul, Iraq. The work below represents my take on the situation taken from Reflections on Liberty and Revolution Series. Meanwhile: EXCLUSIVE - We're more than bodies thrown off buildings by Isis! 'Mr Gay Syria' contestants wear leather hotpants in show of defiance against Islamic State as winner reveals his boyfriend was beheaded by extremists.

The Becoming: ISIS and The Thirty Years' War. “There’s no doubt: Raqaa is not Munster, Obama is not Waldeck, and the Sunni-Shia face-off is not the Thirty Years’ War. But the comparisons are seductive for a reason, as they help explain a highly complex set of events (like the Arab Spring, the rise of ISIS, the fight in Iraq and Syria and the execution of a Shia cleric) in terms that we know—or think we know. Put another way, historical analogies are useful (and the Thirty Years’ War analogy is particularly useful), but only so long as we get the history right—when we understand that the Thirty Years’ War had nothing to do with God. It was about power. And that’s true today, in the Middle East.” Power is it indeed, for the ruling elite involved. But these series of interlocking wars and revolutions that are taking place are, just like the Thirty Years’ War, are more about empowerment than the actual exercise of power; that brings with it a variety of issues: modern values, women rights, homosexual rights, etc., where religion is front and center. This is in short a whole becoming, complicated by the involvement of environmental factors, and foreign powers. 

The Shield: U.S. to switch on European missile shield despite Russian alarm. “Despite U.S. assurances, the Kremlin says the missile shield's real aim is to neutralize Moscow's nuclear arsenal long enough for the United States to make a first strike on Russia in the event of war.” There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. So long as Russia is ruled by a Mafia-like organization, and its democracy is a sham, the West needs to protect itself. I just wish its leaders would focus some of their energies on conflict prevention and stabilization needs in places like Syria, Libya and Yemen in order to prevent implosions that can give birth to asymmetric dangers that NATO would find more difficult to contain.

Muqtada Al-Sadr: another mass murderer who masquerades as cleric, or vice versa

A Family Dispute:
ISIS says it's behind Iraq blasts that kill scores. The timing of the bombing is pretty curious, and ISIS willingness to take credit a little too convenient. Sadr City is the neighborhood that fielded most of the protesters who stormed Iraq’s parliament on the previous week, challenging the authority of Iran’s stooges there. That development came as a sign of growing rift between Muqtada Al-Sadr and his Iranian masters. Qassem Soleimani was reported to have been quite furious after the storming of the parliament, and threats were said to have been issued. Something’s rotten in the state the Mullahs are trying to build.

The Exotic Observations & Propositions of Delirian Mundi
Known to those of his followers seeking his canonization and entry into the Valtheon of Deliriology, as Agnus Mundi, and to his detractors as Ranae Dei and even Capra Satanae, Delirian Mundi’s writings, mixing satire and philosophical reflections, continue to be polarizing, inspiring both adulation and ridicule. Bearing this in mind, we, the editors at DDGD, continue to publish these previously unknown series of “exotic observations and propositions,” as Delirian himself referred to them, as part of our continuing commitment to instigate debate over sensitive issues.

* People don’t really have a major problem with politicians who lie to them. They only have problems with the consequences of these lies if and when they are perceived to be negative. Meanwhile, lies that reflect the inherent prejudices of the people and whose real negative impact is not immediately and clearly perceivable are hardly noticed, and revelations in this regard are hardly considered newsworthy.

* The real challenge facing a superpower in a hyper-connected world is never about disengagement. Disengagement is an illusion, or a lie told to hide other policy considerations.

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Macbeth – The Post-Postmodern White House Version: Act 2, Scene 2

I have beaten the Blob. Didst thou not hear a noise?
I heard the neocons scream and the liberals cry; they were so loud the thuds from blob-beating were drowned.
Hark! What’s that other issue we need to be mum and numb about?
(Looking at his iPad) This is a sorry sight.
Consider it not so deeply. These deeds must not be thought after these ways. So, it will make us mad. Rather, be proud, and sleep.
But will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood clean from my hand?
What’s on your hand is chocolate, so soap will do. The blood is on your conscience where none of Neptune’s oceans can do the trick. Ignoring it might be the only solution.
Tomorrow, and tomorrow and tomorrow?
Exactly, just keep that petty pace to the last syllable of our recorded time, and you should be fine.
The bard has spoken.

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