Such a heartbreaking picture. A mother learns that her son died in Soviet captivity, along with up to 1 million other German POWs captured during WW2. 

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“A returned German prisoner of war identified this woman’s son. He will never return because he is dead. Prisoners released by the Soviet Union, Germany, 1955.”

From: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_prisoners_of_war_in_the_Soviet_Union

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Armed girl at checkpoint, Ukraine 2014

by Limbic on May 17, 2014

Armed girl at checkpoint Ukraine 2014

Armed girl at checkpoint, Ukraine 2014 (source unknown)

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Prufrock23

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T.S. Eliot | julian peters comics

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C.S. Lewis on Masturbation

by Limbic on May 17, 2014

“For me the real evil of masturbation would be that it takes an appetite which, in lawful use, leads the individual out of himself to complete (and correct) his own personality in that of another (and finally in children and even grandchildren) and turns it back; sends the man back into the prison of himself, there to keep a harem of imaginary brides.

And this harem, once admitted, works against his ever getting out and really uniting with a real woman.

For the harem is always accessible, always subservient, calls for no sacrifices or adjustments, and can be endowed with erotic and psychological attractions which no woman can rival.

Among those shadowy brides he is always adored, always the perfect lover; no demand is made on his unselfishness, no mortification ever imposed on his vanity.

In the end, they become merely the medium through which he increasingly adores himself…After all, almost the main work of life is to come out of our selves, out of the little dark prison we are all born in. Masturbation is to be avoided as all things are to be avoided which retard this process. The danger is that of coming to love the prison.”- Personal Letter From Lewis to Keith Masson (found in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume 3)

Via http://www.catholic.com/blog/matt-fradd/c-s-lewis-on-lust-women-and-masturbation 

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Revolt of the Right

by Limbic on May 10, 2014

Good Citizens Don't Think by Propaganda Times on Flickr
“Good Citizens Don’t Think” by Propaganda Times on Flickr (CC)

 

Some interesting passages from Tim Black’s review of “Revolt of the Right – Explaining Support for the Radical Right in Britain by Robert Ford and Matthew Goodwin” in Spiked

“What Revolt of the Right captures is a society that, politically speaking, is cleaving along new lines. These lines are not those of nineteenth- or twentieth-century class-based politics; and the political vernacular is not that of socialism and capitalism, of left and right.

The emergent picture, rather, is of a society dominated by a financially secure, university-educated middle class. And more importantly, it is a society dominated by the values of this class. Ford and Goodwin namecheck Adam Przeworksi’s Capitalism and Social Democracy when describing these values as ‘post-material’, encompassing such concerns as the environment, civil liberties and global social justice. But there’s more to this ruling outlook than new left verities. It is seen by its possessors as progressive. They are pro-gay marriage, and against all forms of nastiness. They are cosmopolitan, and against all forms of narrow-mindedness. They are for the European Union, and against all forms of Little Englander sentiment. In short, their values and attitudes are, in the own minds, completely and utterly the right values and attitudes. Their ground is the moral high ground.

But just as this social stratum has come to dominate British public life, to fill public space with its sense of progressive self-righteousness, so other sections of society, from older generations of Britain’s working class to shire Tories, have experienced a shutting out, a quick-quick-slow assault on their values, attitudes and experiences. These people, then, are not simply the Daily Mail-reading Home Counties stereotype, trotted out by too many a complacent London liberal; they number, as Goodwin and Ford make clear, a large section of Britain’s working class, too. And not only do they feel under cultural attack, not only do they feel that even raising the issue of immigration, for example, is ‘politically incorrect’, not only do they feel that they are constantly being told that their values and beliefs are wrong, or backward; politically they have no representation, no voice.

As Goodwin and Ford point out, none of the mainstream parties try to appeal to this ‘left behind’ section of society. More importantly, given the deracinated, relatively memberless nature of the modern political party, which has deeper roots in Oxford University’s politics, philosophy and economics course than in society at large, they have virtually no connection with the so-called left behind. As Ford and Goodwin put it: ‘[The left behind] look out at a fundamentally different Britain: ethnically and culturally diverse; cosmopolitan; integrated in a transnational, European political network; dominated by a university-educated and more prosperous middle class that holds a radically different set of values, all of which is embraced and celebrated by those who rule over them. This is not a country that the rebels recognise, nor one they like.’

What you have, then, is not a political conflict, but a culture war, a face-off between two sets of values and attitudes, with each competing for moral authority. Yet so far it has been a largely one-sided battle, with a self-styled progressive middle class, represented fairly uniformly by a political and media cohort, telling the ‘left behind’ that they’re, well, wrong: that their ‘bigoted’ views are wrong; that their fags and fatty-foods are wrong; that their whole being is, somehow, a bit wrong. The discourse is intemperate and condemnatory, personal and insulting.”

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RIP Michael C. Ruppert

by Limbic on April 30, 2014

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Sad to see that Michael C. Ruppert has passed away on April 13th 2014. He committed suicide.

I just finished watching the 6 part series of shorts that Vice did on him, and went to look at Lifeboat Radio when I learned of his death.

http://www.heavy.com/news/2014/04/michael-ruppert-suicide-9-11-conspiracy/
http://www.maxkeiser.com/2014/04/mike-ruppert-rip/
http://www.resilience.org/stories/2014-04-16/in-memoriam-michael-c-ruppert
https://www.collapsenet.com/free-resources/collapsenet-public-access/news-alerts/item/12454-collapsenets-founder-michael-c-ruppert-has-committed-suicide
http://www.ballerstatus.com/2014/04/15/conspiracy-theorist-michael-c-ruppert-commits-suicide/

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Links for April 27th 2014

by Limbic on April 28, 2014

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“Set in the year 2038, Earth portrays citizens in that near-future era looking back upon a brutal struggle that took place in the 2020s.

The Helvetian War was unlike anything we’ve seen since the French or Russian Revolutions. A radical rising by a fed-up world middle class, pushed against the wall by cynics and the corrupt connivers.

What they seek – and attain – is not socialism, a discredited foolishness that arose out of silly abstractions that bore no relationship at all to real human nature. Market economies have out-performed socialist or communist or oligarchic ones so overwhelmingly that only delusional fools – or would-be oligarchs – should prefer top-down, bureaucratic control instead of the fluid productivity that we get out of creative competition. (Does that make me sound like a right-winger? Silly. Broaden your memes.)

No, the new radicalism that may be demanded in the 2020s — especially by emerging middle classes in the developing world — is to give all people a chance to compete fairly, free from parasitism by their homegrown kleptocrats and from the rising global variety. Free from the secret, conspiring control of a caste that Adam Smith himself called the oppressors of freedom and market economics across 6000 years.

‘All for ourselves and nothing for other people, seems, in every age of the world, to have been the vile maxim of the masters of mankind.’ –Adam Smith, in The Wealth of Nations”

CONTRARY BRIN: Will the world’s middle classes rise up, in a “Helvetian War”?

This is similar to the idea that J.G Ballard had in “Millennium People”.

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Firoozeh Bazrafkan

by Limbic on April 27, 2014

Passion for Freedom by Firoozeh Bazrafkan

In honour of Danish-Iranian activist and artists Firoozeh Bazrafkan.

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The Tree of Contemplative Practices

by Limbic on April 27, 2014

Tree of Contemplative Practices

From http://www.contemplativemind.org/practices/tree

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