Separating Migrant Children
June 20, 2018

THE CANDLE
May 21, 2018

It took thirteen billion years for the human race to arrive, and here we are on a planet that occupies a “Goldilocks Zone” of miraculous perfection–a planet that has no habitable neighbors for light years
 

We are, quite simply, the greatest accomplishment known to us in the universe, and we achieved enlightenment and industry in only the last several thousand years. However, we are steady on a violent and irresponsible course of self-destruction, and causing great pain and suffering along the way

We inhabit a world that shows a ‘universe-defying’ diversity of life, in a solar system devoid of such. We are just beginning – as a space faring species, but space travel should be for knowledge… however–more and more, it seems it is going to have to be for survival–which is a shame of epochal proportions

We must save our species and as many others as we can. We must dramatically alert more of the world–China, India, and the already biosphere-tanking mega-polluters: America, Europe, and Australia… to the urgency of this cause, not just its fact of being

We must garner a level of ubiquitous agreement on the awareness of what I call the Veritas Maximus, or Maximum Truth, and we must dispel the misinformation obscuring it

CA

 

To Condemn Israel
May 16, 2018

Sanction And End Aid Until Israeli Policy Changes for 1 Year

Regardless of how one entity instigates and provokes another, it is still the other’s responsibility as to whether it reacts violently or not; this is ever more so the case in terms of responsibility when the other is more powerful and even more egregiously when an occupier. The ‘he made me shoot him’ alibi is always an admission of culpability and it is up to intellectually honest and mentally healthy people to say so.

The policeman who shoots the perpetrator, the teacher who smacks the annoying student, the parent who beats the recalcitrant child, the prison guard who abuses the troublemaker inmate, the owner who does the same to his dog; all are to blame in the end.
I, myself, in poems and speech and essay have blamed the Arabs for behaving the stupidest in the universe, for verbal, physical and military provocation – taking their side! – agree that they should remain peaceful and maintain the moral high ground, which they own bar all arguments to the contrary – and could keep if they would not attack their oppressors, but the final result is what matters. The bully is killing the annoying bullied – and must be condemned, regardless the reasons.
Israel is wrong for its genocide-like policies toward the Palestinians and anyone who sees it otherwise is engaging in identity politics, disinformation and lies at worst and is ignorant and in-compassionate in the least. In either case, they are unfair and wrong.
We don’t live in the past, a fantasy and a recollection of dead times, so the wars Arabs prosecuted against Israel are not the issue anymore. Israel won and has taken Arab land and has abused Arabs on it for far too long.
While it is true the Arabs there have attacked Israel and this is wrong and stupid, it is at least as justifiable if not more so than Israelis attacking Palestinians with sophisticated weapons who stand near a fence and throw epithets, slogans and even rocks.
If a group mounts a paramilitary attack, shoot at them, but only at them. Once you kill even one person who was only speaking, you are wrong and morally culpable. The Israelis and their American-backed (and now -directed, in some cases) war machine have killed thousands in this way and have made life in the territories a prison sentence of privation and desperation. Were you or I there, we would be tempted to be protesting – perhaps even violent – too.
Men and women in fully outfitted military hardware, carrying the latest in sophisticated weaponry and overseeing the people they are self-appointed overlords of have a greater responsibility than the average national in a far off land at odds with an enemy; the Israelis must act like the parent, the pet-owner*, the prison guard, the school teacher, the baby sitter, the doctor, the police officer; instead, they are the new Nazis and must be condemned, and I would even say sanctioned for it and cautioned they risk losing their place in the UN. To do otherwise makes us partners in their axis and is morally reprehensible.
CA
*The reader fully understands what is meant by this choice of words and will only misinterpret this choice of words to deliberately leverage an intellectually dishonest agenda, which will not be recognized. the remaining body of this piece and the other writing done by this author is ample evidence of fairness and compassion, respect and care for all human beings. Any malicious, ethniphobic or otherwise insulting interpretation taken from this writing is the fabrication, authorship and responsibility of the reader.
Photo: REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

 

The Iran Deal, Taught Right
April 25, 2018

Language Warning. Picture Copyright Carl Atteniese, all rights reserved.

Watch Today in Tokyo: Japan And America
April 3, 2018

20180403_150456.jpgToday’s is a great morning, because I have a quiet space I can rent at a reasonably normal human fee – as my own, I have the kitchen just right and a work and sleep and meditation space from which I can observe people out two window – on a corner – in a bedroom neighborhood of working class Japanese, the sort of location any writer or artist would feel very rich.

Now the bad news:

From a country that has done what humans in every society should want to do – that is, master the concept of civil society – I watch America with anger that can not brew to hot given my peaceful circumstances – sadness, given that we gave democracy in its present form to the world – and not much hope, because Americans cannot seem to make the cultural changes necessary.

The reason Japan and Asia and Latin American and European countries to a large extent achieve peace, good infrastructure and a communal society that is safe is these cultures have a common philosophy, not merely a body of rights that champions only freedom, which in America means diametrically opposite views and too much fantasy – combined with no sense of national communal cohesion run amok under a senseless system of politics run by money, not democracy.

You have to ask yourself, American, why and how the nations we bombed and aided are doing what we proclaimed to be bringing them – much better than we are. In fact, why is our version of democracy a disaster? And don’t tell me it isn’t; only tell me how to fix it – because with children shot in schools, movie house and shopping malls, the EPA reversing of environmental laws and Amtrak trains crashing every several months in cities where police officers shoot the people they are meant to protect – and lets not forget many in our country cannot get proper food, shelter and health care – that is a disaster by any intellectually honest reckoning.

Have a better day, America,

One of Your Sons

卍道

CA

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