Saturday, 27 October 2007

Want to see 5,000 years of religion in 90 seconds?
Love is the reason's hope. Freedom is the reason's triumph.

Love and freedom.
You should present your opinion in an way that readers not familiar with the subject may understand and that is respectful with the people that disagree with you. If you are so taken for something, please write your thought down first and wait until the following day.
Angela Vitelli
La política es el arte de buscar problemas, encontrarlos, hacer un diagnóstico falso y aplicar después los remedios equivocados.
Groucho Marx

Tuesday, 23 October 2007

Enneges Enneco Eneco Ennecho Enecho Enechot Ennecot Enecot Enecco Eneko Enecone Ennecus Enequo Nequo Enego Ennego Eynnego Onneko Genneko Genneco Jenneco Jenneko Jenego Yenego Yennego Yeneguo Yniego Ynigo Hyniego Ynego Yenigo Ienego Iennego Ieneqo Íñigo

My brother's second name acutely reflects the varied, mixed and rich history of Spain. From the Basque to the Spanish, through Latin and dialects of the Castilian and other Spanish languages, the Spanish people have been blessed with speaking and living on this blissful, earthy eden that is Spain.

Love and freedom.

Harry Potter's latest twist

Dumbledore is gay, says J.K. Rowling.

This postscript twists even more the magical end to the Harry Potter saga. Definitely, the seventh book is brilliant and deserves the hysterical wait of its fans.

Friday, 19 October 2007

Having fun with an Apple app

Erich Fromm claims that loving can only be learnt when the phase of narcisism has been overcome by the individual. I think that one of the symptoms that narcisism is being left behind is the fact that one does not take himself too seriously, but instead one learns how to love one´s life while laughing at oneself sometimes. I have attempted to do so all my life.

I hope my sex-appeal hasn't been deadly damaged by these pictures. Although I don't think it can plunge further!

Love and freedom :-)

Tuesday, 16 October 2007

Lives of progressive liars (III)

Una palabra o dos, como dice Otelo, antes de irme. Es, como siempre, una pregunta de despedida. ¿Alguien ha reparado que la imagen del 'Guerrillero Heroico' muestra la cara no de un 'visionario revolucionario' sino de un perdedor nato?
Guillermo Cabrera Infante, El Pais Internacional (16/10/2007)

This is the story of Che Guevara's picture according to Guillermo Cabrera Infante. It includes a brief biography of Alberto Korda. This is another poor Cuban citizen turned into a liar due to ambition, hunger and for fear (of Fidel Castro).

Sunday, 14 October 2007

The basic ethics of a journalist that calls for:

1. Seeking truth,
2. Providing fair and comprehensive account of events and issues
3. Thoroughness and honesty

All are victims of the massive agenda driven competition for economic or political supremacy. The death knell of your ethics has been enabled by your parent organizations who have chosen to align themselves with political agendas. What is clear to me is that you are perpetuating the corrosive partisan politics that is destroying our country and killing our service members who are at war.

My assessment is that your profession, to some extent, has strayed from these ethical standards and allowed external agendas to manipulate what the American public sees on TV, what they read in our newspapers and what they see on the web. For some of you, just like some of our politicians, the truth is of little to no value if it does not fit your own preconceived notions, biases and agendas.

Ltg (Ret) Ricardo S. Sanchez, Military Reporters and Editors Address, Washington D.C. (12/10/2007)

General R.S. Sanchez, former top responsible for the US troops in Iraq, is clearly annoyed with the continuously biased reports that American (and, indeed, the Western world's) press publishes about the Iraq War.

The rest of the report is a categorical blast to the war strategy followed by the Bush Jr. administration, which has been conveniently broadcast by the mainstream press: BBC, Reuters, CNN, etc.

BBC, in another one of its typical "un-biased" liberal news headlines provides a piece of video and audio news with the title "Gen Sanchez speaks out against the Iraq war" (reachable from the link above); once the video is downloaded, one can see that its title is "Gen Sanchez damns Iraq war"; but the brief explanation indicates that Lt Gen Ricardo Sanchez has condemned the current strategy in the conflict, calling it a "nightmare". However, Gen Sanchez critizised the current strategy in the conflict, not the Iraq war itself.: if you spend a bit of time reading such report, you'll notice all kinds of accusations against the war strategy and the US decision-makers, but not even one against the need of the war or the war itself. Have you been able to follow back the degree of distorsion journalists are used to do?

Obviously none of the papers and news agencies have mentioned the first part of the report where they have been directly reprimanded. I support Gen Sanchez at least in his denounce of the ethics-lacking journalists.

The fourth power's unethical behaviour is a corruptive cancer of the democracy.

Friday, 12 October 2007

12-October: Hispanic Day

Today, 12th of October, Hispanic Day, Spaniards should feel, if not proud, at least dignified by the achievements and virtues other people born or raised on the same sole have done during the course of the History.

Furthermore, Spaniards and Hispanic Americans celebrate a universal achievement today. It is not a war victory or a divisive event like other Nations' Days. We celebrate the discovery of America. We celebrate the discovery of a New World and the meeting between Human Beings previously unknown to each others. Columbus' arrival at the American coast was the most striking step before N. Armstrong put his foot on the Moon surface.

All Spaniards and Hispanic Americans celebrate this Hispanic Day as a day of union with people outside their own environment and appreciate the belonging to a group that does not only base itself in race, language, tribe, birthtown, or religion: Hispanity is based on a sense of universality, adventure, justice and passion, and obviously on...

Love and freedom.

Thursday, 11 October 2007

The decadence of the species

Everything comes down to the change of species: from the Homo Sapiens Sapiens to the Homo Sapiens Videns. For this one, only what is seen (or sensed) is real.

Philosophy has gone from being the love of the wisdom (according to the old Greeks), through being the study of the vocabulary (according to Wittgenstein), to being the study of the dress code (according to modern progres). People's ideologies are only in their wardrobes, not in their heads any longer. You're classified by the others in the way you dress, no matter what you think, talk or do.

Wednesday, 10 October 2007

Lives of well-known progressive liars (II)

Ernesto "Che" Guevara, shot to death a 12-year-old boy in his head, according to Cuban writer Zoe Valdes following a story published at El Nuevo Herald. Although this accusation might have been made up, there are other documented crimes this cold-blooded killing machine committed (source: Truth Recovery Archive on Cuba, Free Society Project, Inc.).

It is disgusting how Korda's photograph of his face has turned into an icon. And Korda didn't get a penny!

The Eyeopener's article claims, His image remains intact but his message has been thrown to the wind. Message? What message? How to topple fascist dictatorships in exchange for communist dictatorships? Can anyone explain the benefit to me, please?

Love and freedom.

Lives of well-known progressive liars (I)

Juan Luis Cebrián has been a media supporter of Francisco Franco, Carlos Arias Navarro, Felipe González and José Luis Rodríguez. In other words: whoever was in power.

Sunday, 7 October 2007

Orwell thought that the Spanish Civil War was a just war, but he also came to understand that it was a dirty war, where a decent cause was hijacked by goons and thugs, and where betrayal and squalor negated the courage and sacrifice of those who fought on principle.

Christopher Hitchens, Vanity Fair, November 2007

For the foreigners who came to fight in the Spanish War just based on their principles, please read this article in Vanity Fair and then tell me whether, even in the case that the Irak war was declared to take hold of the oil, the war was worth to have been fought. Prospect, the left-leaning British magazine has made their decision.

In March 2003, when the first images of the invasion of Irak were cast on the Spanish TV news, I had a conversation about the fairness of the war. I said that any war would cause death, but would bring a better future for the Irakis. Even if some of the reasons for the war were merely based on pursuit of wealth, that was the only way to bring a government to spend money, suffer opposition and decide fight for the freedom of other countries and that would release good.
The disolution of the UN is a courageous claim which, given how poorly the UN works, has worked and most likely will work, I support.

Friday, 5 October 2007

Lo realmente maléfico de la democracia es la tiranía de la mayoría que gana las elecciones a través del engaño.

Lord Acton

Just before the last Spanish local elections, Xavier Sala-i-Martín reached an extraodinary conclusion "No votare Socialista" taking into account that:

If the Socialist Party were a business, its market share would be so large as to require regulators to divide or transfer a part of its enormous power.[...]When the different branches of power, which theoretically should balance and check each other, end up in the same hands our liberties are threatened by those who at times act with impunity.

Stalin supported the side of the Republican fighters in the Spanish War only because he wanted to forge the first Communist country outside the Sovietic Union. Had the National side not won the war, Spain would have been the first Sovietic satellite, even before than Poland. Almost 70 years later, after the collapse of the Sovietic Union, Spain looks more like Russia than ever.

Love and freedom.