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VeeJay sagte, "Hast du dich im Spiegel gesehen?"

VeeJay says, "Have you read this article in Der Spiegel?"
Hmm...
Archeologists are still on the trail of the Holy Scriptures. How fascinating. One may wonder what would be the significance of some more tattered manuscripts. The title of the article, "The Invention of God," seems odd, doesn't it? The invention of God. What could that mean? God is God. Who could invent God? Why would God be invented? Why was there no big splash when this issue of Der Spiegel was published? Is Germany a nation of heretics? A Japanese couple from Osaka, Jun and Yoshie, after reading the article had no problem with it. They informed us that 85% of Americans are Christians. Really? That many? Japanese examine America very closely. They delve into minute details. Some Japanese know more about Americans than Americans know about themselves. They asked us if the notion that God could be invented would not set well with Americans. Probably not. Can you imagine such a title appearing on the cover of Time magazine? It isn't likely. It would probably be toned down quite a bit.
spiegel.de/spiegel/0,1518,228159,00.html

The article isn't exactly heretical. It does include some interestingly phrased questions.
"Der leere Thron
Ist der liebe Gott erst 2000 Jahre alt? Besaß er ursprünglich gar eine Frau? Archäologen haben in Israel heidnische Heiligtümer und vergoldete Götzen entdeckt. Die Funde ermöglichen einen neuen Blick auf den Ursprung der monotheistischen Weltreligionen.
Der Artikel ist einzeln für 0,40 Euro abrufbar.
spiegel.de/spiegel/0,1518,228159,00.html



You may click the magazine icon to go to Der Spiegel online to view this article. They have a lot of interesting articles. Archived articles are pay per view but well worth the nominal fee.
www.spiegel.de

Here's a thought.
What might Mel Gibson think of this particular Der Spiegel article?

Bush Reinvention of Science
Silence may be golden but, do your eyes still see? For George Bush which is most golden, silence or ignorance?
Who needs physics experiments which may endanger precious religious dogma? Junk science. Couldn't Tommy Thompson promote the manufacture of scientific evidence supporting the Noah fairytale? What a swell expenditure of tax dollars.


Scientists voice dissatisfaction over Tommy Thompson's intended misdirection of research to suit a Right Wing Christian Religious agenda. Tommy poo-poohs their concerns saying he just wants, "efficiency."
Nature, p250 January 17, 2002 issue
nature.com

We checked the "Reality Zone", and found that the Ark of Noah had been found! Way cool, huh? See for yourself.
" This is not the sensationalized program aired on CBS in 1993 which depicted Noah's Ark protruding from the ice on Mt. Ararat. That program was later shown to have been based on falsified stories, myth, and bogus documents. This is the real Ark site!"
"Noah's Ark has been found. Here is the evidence, including photographs, to prove it. Furthermore, you can visit the site yourself, and you won't have to climb into a glacier to get there! Here are the facts. It is in Turkey 17 miles from Mt. Ararat on a gentle slope at the 6000-foot elevation. It is a man-made object and was clearly designed as a boat. It incorporates principles of higher mathematics and advanced hydrodynamics. It contains decks and interior chambers. It is the proper dimension for the Ark. It is in the proper geographical location. It is accompanied by large, anchor stones of an appropriate size. It has been visited by religious pilgrims for thousands of years. It is consistent with the Bible, the Torah, and the ancient clay tablets from Sumer. And it is surrounded by mountains and villages which carry names from antiquity relating to the Ark's landing. This program was written and narrated by G. Edward Griffin. It is based upon the book, The Ark of Noah, by David Fasold and includes testimony by Mr. Fasold, author Donald Patten, marine engineer Sam Windsor, and archaeologist Marvin Luckerman. "
realityzone.com/disofnoahark.html

FORSCHUNGSPOLITIK

Präsident Bush: Forschung in Gottes Namen
"Jesus muss Mittelpunkt sein",
18 März, 2004, Der Spiegel, Marco Evers
"Ob in der Stammzellforschung, der Aids-Bekämpfung oder der Sexualaufklärung - mit aller Macht versucht die fromme Bush-Regierung, US-Wissenschaftler auf Linie zu bringen."
"Für Blackburn ist der Fall klar: 'Hinter meiner Entlassung steht der Wunsch, abweichende Meinungen aus dem Ethik-Rat zu verbannen.' Und sie ist nicht die Einzige, die dahinter 'ein Muster' am Werk sieht: Ob bei Stammzellen oder Sexualaufklärung, Aids-Prävention oder der Kriegsgrunddebatte zum Irak - was Experten sagen, das interessiert nicht."
"In Bushs Amerika, so monieren Kritiker, werde die Wissenschaft derzeit von religiösen Eiferern, Industrielobbyisten und Sicherheitsfundamentalisten beherrscht. Im Bund mit der Administration schafften sie ein bisweilen mittelalterliches Klima, das viele ängstigt: Ideologie siegt über Information; Amerikas Hardliner schrecken nicht davor zurück, die Fakten zu verfälschen. Mehr als 60 prominente Forscher haben jetzt einen Brandbrief unterzeichnet - 20 Nobelpreisträger sind darunter, Koryphäen von einigen der besten Universitäten des Landes, ehemalige Wissenschaftsberater von demokratischen wie republikanischen Präsidenten. Sie alle werfen der Bush-Administration vor, wissenschaftliche Ergebnisse zu politisieren, Fakten je nach Lage zu verzerren, zu entstellen oder zu ignorieren, um die eigenen Ziele durchzusetzen. Die Unterzeichner fordern den US-Kongress auf, sich der Sache anzunehmen."
"Begleitend zu der Deklaration hat die 'Union of Concerned Scientists' (UCS) einen Untersuchungsbericht vorgelegt. 'Der Missbrauch von Wissenschaft', schreibt darin der UCS-Vorsitzende Kurt Gottfried, 'habe ernste Folgen für unsere Gesundheit, Sicherheit und die Umwelt.'"
"Der in Österreich geborene Physiker dokumentiert Beispiele, wie Bush-Getreue systematisch Beratergremien mit unqualifizierten, aber ergebenen Kandidaten bestücken, wie sie Zensur ausüben auf unliebsame Forscher - oder ihre Expertisen einfach in den Wind schießen, etwa in der Klimapolitik oder auch im Irak: Nuklearexperten des Department of Energy wussten von vornherein, dass die von Bagdad bestellten Aluminiumröhren nicht zur Herstellung von Atomwaffen taugen. Interessiert hat es nicht. Frühere Administrationen hätten in Teilen ähnlich gehandelt, aber 'so krass war es noch nie', urteilt Val Fitch von der Princeton University, Physik-Nobelpreisträger von 1980. Der Irrsinn hat Methode."
"'Es ist schockierend zu sehen', sagt die Biologin Blackburn, 'wie generell akzeptierte Maßnahmen von dieser Administration aus politischen Gründen missbraucht werden.'"
spiegel.de/spiegel/0,1518,290489,00.html

The Social Construction of Reality:
A treatise in the sociology of knowledge

Peter L. Berger and Thomas Luckmann
Warning: While reading this book, you'll never look at another human being the same way.
Well maybe. But only if you are able to stop laughing at the introduction and the preposterously arrogant pretense of the rest of the "treatise," long enough to look at another human being.
BTW. Do you need someone to explain how reality is but a social construction?

Little David
Little David was in his 4th grade class when the teacher asked the children what their fathers did for a living. All the typical answers came up -- fireman, policeman, farmer, doctor, lawyer, computer engineer, etc., etc.
But Little David was being uncharacteristically quiet and so the teacher asked him about his father's occupation. "My father is an exotic dancer in a gay cabaret. He takes off his clothes in front of other men."
The teacher, deeply shaken, hurriedly directed the other children to a project in their workbooks. She took Little David aside and asked him, "Is it really true, what you said about your father?"
"No," said Little David, "He works for the Bush administration, but I was too embarrassed to say that in front of the other kids."


Montag, 22. März 2004
A snapshot of Der Spiegel.
What do you get when you combine Bush and bullshit? Der Spiegel apparently spells it "Bushit". Click image to enlarge.

Der Spiegel posts reprints of a very few selected New York Times Editorial Opinions.
One such Op/Ed, Axis of Appeasement, by Thomas L. Friedman, gets it about half right. In this case, the half which is right is very much right. In fact the Dems could do well to give the article a read.
spiegel.de/politik/ausland/0,1518,291214,00.html
The rest of the story? Well heck, in this best of all possible worlds one could hardly expect the good Mr. Friedman to present a full picture. That's not what he is paid so handsomely to do. Besides, his quote of Churchill's remark to Chamberlain is so handily appropriate that it would be a shame to muck up such a beautifully worded piece. Why spoil the effect? Don't bother to click this link...
Vee Jay says 62; Dems don't want the presidency

Axis of Appeasement
March 18, 2004, by Thomas L. Friedman
"The new Spanish government's decision to respond to the attack by Al Qaeda by going ahead with plans to pull its troops from Iraq constitutes the most dangerous moment we've faced since 9/11. It's what happens when the Axis of Evil intersects with the Axis of Appeasement and the Axis of Incompetence." (snip)
"But if they (the Axis of Evil) are so bad, why aren't we doing better? It has to do with the pigheadedness of the Bush team and the softheadedness of many allies. Regarding the Bush team, let me say yet again: We do not have enough troops in Iraq, and we never did. From the outset, the Bush Pentagon has treated Iraq as a lab test to prove that it can win a war with a small, mobile high-tech Army. Well, maybe you can defeat Saddam that way, but you can't build a new Iraq - and control its borders to prevent foreign terrorists from coming in - with so few troops, especially when you disband the Iraqi Army on top of it." (snip)
"My dream is that the U.S., Britain, France, Germany and Spain announce tomorrow that in response to the Madrid bombing, they are sending a new joint force of 5,000 troops to Iraq for the sole purpose of protecting the U.N.'s return to Baghdad to oversee Iraq's first democratic election. The notion that Spain can separate itself from Al Qaeda's onslaught on Western civilization by pulling its troops from Iraq is a fantasy. Bin Laden has said that Spain was once Muslim and he wants it restored that way. As a friend in Cairo e-mailed me, a Spanish pullout from Iraq would only bring to mind Churchill's remark after Chamberlain returned from signing the Munich pact with Hitler: 'You were given the choice between war and dishonor. You chose dishonor and you will have war.'"
spiegel.de/politik/ausland/0,1518,291214,00.html

"La Mosca Cojonera" gives one Spaniard's view of war, Iraq, Aznar, Zapatero, etc.


La Mosca Cojonera describes this issue of La Razon as:
"Las oscuras razones para oponerse a la guerra"
Other descriptions of other issues of La Razon by La Mosca Cojonera...
moscacojonera.org/larazon.html
The current issue of La Razon can be read directly online at ...
larazon.es/


"No hay ninguna exageración en decir que la opinión pública mundial contra la guerra se ha convertido en una potencia con la cual el poder tiene que contar. Nos enfrentamos deliberadamente a los que quieren la guerra, les decimos "NO", y si aún así siguen empecinados en su demencial afán y desencadenan una vez más los caballos del apocalipsis, entonces les avisamos desde aquí que esta manifestación no es la última, que continuaremos las protestas durante todo el tiempo que dure la guerra, e incluso más allá, porque a partir de hoy ya no se tratará simplemente de decir "No a la guerra", se tratará de luchar todos los días y en todas las instancias para que la paz sea una realidad, para que la paz deje de ser manipulada como un elemento de chantaje emocional y sentimental con que se pretende justificar guerras. Sin paz, sin una paz auténtica, justa y respetuosa, no habrá derechos humanos. Y sin derechos humanos -todos ellos, uno por uno- la democracia nunca será más que un sarcasmo, una ofensa a la razón, una tomadura de pelo. Los que estamos aquí somos una parte de la nueva potencia mundial. Asumimos nuestras responsabilidades. Vamos a luchar con el corazón y el cerebro, con la voluntad y la ilusión. Sabemos que los seres humanos somos capaces de lo mejor y de lo peor. Ellos (no necesito ahora decir sus nombres) han elegido lo peor. Nosotros hemos elegido lo mejor. Leido por José Saramago al finalizar la gran manifestación contra la guerra."
15 de marzo de 2003 José Saramago
La Mosca Cojonera
moscacojonera.org/

So whatever happened to "la gran manifestación contra la guerra" ? Have you seen pictures of the bombings in Iraq in mid March 2004? Could you imagine anything more grotesquely ridiculous? We predicted that some who had objected to the second war in Iraq would get egg all over their faces. We told you so, we told you so, we told you so.

How many people would want Paul Brenner's job? Is Paul Brenner doing a great job or what?
Maybe you could let him know what you think,
osec.doc.gov/bmi/staff%20directory.htm
pBrenner@doc.gov
There is more reconstruction of infrastructure to come. More hospitals, hospital equipment, pharmaceutical supplies. More roads and bridges. More sewage disposal infrastructure. More infrastructure for generation and distribution of electricity. More commercial and housing construction. More air conditioning. For us that would be the biggie. The sine qua non. Air conditioning.

Iraq has a land area equivalent to California. Iraq's habitable areas constitute only a small area, a swathe of land through the center of it's map. Iraq's population of 25 million persons is relatively small and concentrated. It will take a relatively short time before enough development has occured to make a visible difference to the extent that the great majority of Iraqis will become happy campers. Opinion polls of Iraqi citizens conducted in March, 2004, had definitely been leaning in that direction already. Finish the build-out and the populace will have little or nothing tangible about which to gripe.


Ridiculous and futile will become more ridiculous and more futile before it goes away.
Road bombings of American Armed Forces vehicles and personnel had been expanded to include vehicles and personnel of other nationalities. Later, bombings were targeted at Iraqi security forces and civilians. Soft targets? Is infrastructure a soft target? Development of infrastrucure has always been the main objective of the occupational forces. It will be the key to their success. What if bombers changed tactics and began to hit targets representing infrastructure development? There are not enough suicide bombers nor enough explosives to make a serious dent in infrastucture development. As more development occurs, bombings of infrastucture will become less and less effective and more and more unpopular with Iraqi citizens. Future bombers may find themselves tarred and feathered. Or maybe worse. And then expelled from Iraq.


spiegel.de/politik/ausland/0,1518,291973,00.html

14 `enduring bases' set in Iraq
March 24, 2004, by Christine Spolar, Chicago Tribune
"From the ashes of abandoned Iraqi army bases, U.S. military engineers are overseeing the building of an enhanced system of American bases designed to last for years. Last year, as troops poured over the Kuwait border to invade Iraq the U.S. military set up at least 120 forward operating bases. Then came hundreds of expeditionary and temporary bases that were to last between six months and a year for tactical operations while providing soldiers with such comforts as e-mail and Internet access. Now U.S. engineers are focusing on constructing 14 'enduring bases,' long-term encampments for the thousands of American troops expected to serve in Iraq for at least two years. The bases also would be key outposts for Bush administration policy advisers. As the U.S. scales back its military presence in Saudi Arabia, Iraq provides an option for an administration eager to maintain a robust military presence in the Middle East and intent on a muscular approach to seeding democracy in the region. The number of U.S. military personnel in Iraq, between 105,000 and 110,000, is expected to remain unchanged through 2006, according to military planners"
groups.yahoo.com/group/energyresources/message/54266

Almost everybody thinks war stinks, don't they?
Japanese armed service personnel may go to Iraq and build roads, bridges, hospitals, and sewage treatment plants. They may not suffer casualties. For some war may be just a construction job.
What to do if you are a member of the American Armed Forces in Iraq? Going AWOL is not an option you should consider even for a nanosecond. Ditto for conscientious objector. Not an option. Unless the thought of spending time in Leavenworth, Kansas is somehow attractive. Imagine signs of demonstrators outside your home back in the US. Imagine what most who will have known you may think or say, after the infrastructure build-out is to the point where Iraqis themselves will have cause for celebration. Where would conscientious objectors find sympathy or solace? It might seem like the day may never arrive but eventually you will become a two digit midget. Then you may choose to celebrate. Or contemplate the unfairness of life.


Matt WuerkerTM


"The Madness of King George:
The Ingenious Insanity of our most 'Misunderestimated' President." A book that ponders the question, "What did we do to deserve a leader like this?"
Matt WuerkerTM


An impromptu polling of seven Japanese citizens was conducted on a subway one afternoon during non-rush hours by Masa, one of the Pufferfish Trio. "Why only seven citizens?" we asked. No answer. The question was, "What do you think of the American president, George Bush?"
Results:
Two citizens, one male, one female, said that the American president, George Bush is handsome.
Two citizens, both male, said that the American president, George Bush is handsome and does what he says he'll do.
Two citizens, both female, had no comment.
One citizen, Masa, said that the world must be saved from Mr. Bush.
Masa's last comment. If a guy says he'll cut off your left pinky finger and then does so, why wouldn't that make him a swell guy?


Masa says, "The Invention of God Makes Sense!"
March 22, 2004
"I would like to give you my answer on your subject question (regarding the invention of god).
My answer; I think it is't odd at all. I must say to believe in God is rather odd. In fact God is invented by human beings. Looking at history, one can see the strife brought on by the conflict bewteen religion and materialism which is based on the Science-Darwinism. But, it seems that people always wants to have God. Otherwise we might be mad. If we don't want to have God, we will make other objects instead of God. Do you know what is meant by that?
I'll show you an example.
Upon Japan's defeat of war in 1945, GHQ had begun to democratize our society by destroying our previous system and peoples' sense of value established in our long history. But, the emperor system was an exception. Though it has been changed from representing genuine sovereignty to just a symbol of the nation by GHQ. Because GHQ considered Japanese might be mad without the emperor. Human beings can not live without a God though the notion of God is different from nation to nation.
Best regards,
Masa


Tired of King George's "Bushit"? Ostensibly, Der Spiegel readers know better than to be bothered by something as trivial as that.
Mittwoch, 24. März 2004


spiegel.de/panorama/0,1518,291947,00.html
spiegel.de/panorama/

NACKTE TATSACHEN
Galionsfigur mit nackter Brust verschreckt US-Schüler

Mittwoch, 24. März 2004
Seit Janet Jacksons "Nipplegate" stehen nackte Brüste in der US-Öffentlichkeit nicht allzu hoch im Kurs. Kein Wunder, dass eine amerikanische Schulklasse eher irritiert reagierte, als sie auf einem niederländischen Segelschiff die blanke Brust einer Galionsfigur sah. mehr...
spiegel.de/panorama/0,1518,291940,00.html

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