Archive for March, 2006

Ten Million Dead Girls

Apparently in India it is illegal to reveal the gender of an unborn child to the parents, because if it’s a girl there’s a good chance they’ll kill her. A physician was jailed there for two years for this. Note that the doctor did not perform an abortion, but only revealed the gender. I thought about it from the perspective of human rights and freedoms and decided that i support the Indian authorities on this one. The doctor surely knew the law and if the child was aborted as a consequence of what he had done then he participated in denying the right to life from someone who’s going to be born in just a few months and it is just as bad.

I’m not pro-life for religious reasons. Religious and “moral” bigotry is the reason for many abortions of children born out of marriage. If a woman became pregnant from someone who’s not her husband, then she was either raped, in which case it’s not her fault at all or wasn’t so religious in the first place and should have been responsible enough not to become pregnant. If she’s still afraid that her family will hurt her if her pregnancy is revealed, then someone should help her leave this family. Violence against the fetus is not a solution for violence against the woman.

Abortion for economic reasons is wrong too. Both parents should be responsible, and if they don’t have any means to feed the child, someone should help them. Killing the child must not be an option. The answer to overpopulation is education and responsibility.

And i have nothing against abortions of children about whom it can be known for sure that they will have severe diseases.

Gathering Moss 17 – That’s It

Come on come on come on,
Love’s the sweetest thing
That we have.

I stopped to park today and i wasn’t sure whether the spot was legal. I asked a guy in the car near me whether i could park there and he said: “Yes – but i’m answering you as an exception, because i don’t talk to settlers.”

He saw the orange stripes on my car. Later i thought that i should have answered: “Thanks and by the way, i’m a settler from Haifa”1, but it’s good that i didn’t. I really should stop thinking about it.

Israelis like to feel safe in their hate. East vs. West, Sephardi vs. Ashkenazi, Everyone vs. the Russians, Everyone vs. the Settlers, Everyone vs. the Ethiopians, Jews vs. Arabs. All of these animosities will persist as long as at least one of them is legitimate. Today is one of those very rare days when i just want to pack and leave.

I voted National Union. Everyone calls them conservative racist extreme right, i call them the most humane party available. At least they don’t pretend to like the Arabs like everybody else.

I volunteered as an observer for Green Leaf. I despise their hate towards the settlers, but i like their fun anarchist pose, so i helped them a little to receive their fair chance. In my ballot box they received three votes. The other Greens received seven. That weird Pensioners Party received a lot of votes in my ballot box too.

As for the actual final results – there are NO final results yet. We all read the same crappy news sites. I don’t care too much. Hate, hate everywhere, i can’t stand it any-more-more…


1 He might have not known that Giv’at Yearim is not a settlement and if i would say “Jerusalem” he would probably hate it too.

Gathering Moss 17 – The Universal

I’m past 444′th entry.

Every paper that you read
Says tomorrow’s your lucky day
Well, here’s your lucky day

It really, really, really could happen.

R.I.P. Stanisław Lem

R.I.P., Stanisław Lem, one of the greatest underrated science fiction writers.

People Speaking – Common Sense

— “You just cannot explain anything that happens in this country with material common sense. You’ve been in the army, you’ve seen how it works – don’t tell me that such an army could win the wars with common sense, courage and good planning. It could only be a miracle. All, all! of this country is run by miracles, overt and covert. So just sit and do nothing. Try the best you can, and let the miracles do the rest.”

"Convergence"

The Belarusian opposition, which is obviously unhappy about the re-”election” of A. Lukashenka, has reassembled in larger numbers to mark the “Freedom Day”, commemorating the foundation of the short lived independent Belarusian state in the beginning of 20th century. And the police beat them and arrested some. There are reports that one protester was killed, and both opposition candidates are arrested. Everyone’s favorite Belarusian blogger wrote about it. Read the BBC for more.

In the comments to that post Suzanne asked me to tell my opinion about Olmert’s so-called “Convergence” plan. My opinion is that it is, quite obviously, a total disaster – but there’s nothing new about it.

Giving this disaster a different name every time will not change its nature. The only thing that changes is the promise. In 1993 Rabin promised peace in exchange for territory. In 1996 Netanyahu promised “safe peace”. In 1999 Barak promised “better future” or something. Then Arik Sharon promised that the disengagement will bring “security” and “redeployment” of the army. He didn’t even mention peace. We didn’t get any peace; we didn’t get security; as for redeployment, well, no more troops are dying in the Gaza strip, which is good, but Hamas are preparing for another war, so it doesn’t really matter.

And under those different names the disaster remains the same – evacuate the settlers from Judea, Samaria and Gaza. Evacuate, disengage, pull out. Evict, transfer. Drive away. What’s the difference?

Did Russia evacuate its settlers from Kaliningrad (Koenigsberg) exclave, a.k.a Eastern Prussia? Did China evacuate the many millions of Chinese settlers from Turkestan and Tibet? Are they the problem? Am i crazy, am i the only to miss this simple fact there are some terrorists around here who really don’t mind whether it’s convergence, disengagement, or some peace process? That they just want to kill us? That they don’t care whether one lives in a village in Samaria or in downtown Tel-Aviv? So, are those settlers a problem? Why isn’t anyone talking about evacuating Arabs who came to live in sovereign Israeli territory in the last few decades? Because, quite simply, evicting people from their homes is unthinkable. Unless they are Jews, of course.

And now Olmert, who was until recently one of the champions of supporting the settler movement, has became the champion of the eviction. He promises “permanent borders”. Only a fool will believe that ridiculous promise – the borders that he promises won’t be permanent, because the UN won’t recognize them, EU won’t be happy about them, Hamas will kill because of them and the US government will say that it never promised to support Israel’s decision to keep the so-called “settlement blocs” (and, judging by the way the Disengagement from Gaza went, Olmert is simply lying about the “blocs” anyway). He says that he finally realized that permanent safe borders are important, and to create permanent and safe borders some settlers need to be evicted. What he really realized is that a politician who anounces that he is going to evict any amount of settlers immediately becomes the darling of the media, the UN and the EU (there are no Jewish settlers in the media, the UN and the EU). So, if it makes him the prime-minister for a few years, why not try it? He’s calling it “convergence”, which is a good word to put people in the suburbs of Tel-Aviv to sleep. Now that the “Hitnatkut” – Disengagement is over, and no-one wants to hear this word anymore, there will be the “Hitkansut” – Convergence. Very quickly the Israeli bourgeoisie will not want to hear this word anymore either and will consider the settlers’ protests as a mere annoyance stuck in between reality shows, soap operas and basketball games. That is, until the war with Hamas breaks out. But that war won’t hurt Olmert’s family – his children live abroad. And in the meantime he’ll play a little with being a head of state. And the public is asleep. And the public will blindly vote for Olmert, without even considering the alternatives. Without even bringing to mind that evicting people – any people – from their homes and destroying whole villages is just bad on every possible level.

But then maybe the opinion polls are just lying, or as they say in Ukrainian – “пiдрахуйство1. We’ll see about that on Wednesday. Until then – “You and me are idly gathering moss…”


1 пiдрахуйство – technically, this word word means something like “recounting” in Ukrainian, and is used in the sense of faking opinion polls or the vote count. But to everyone who knows Russian – and most Ukrainians know Russian, often even better than they know Ukrainian – this word sounds much more like cuntfagdickery. In the USSR faking votes and opinion polls is a known fact and an accepted norm; Israelis, on the other hand, won’t admit anytime soon that such things are accepted, but fall for it just as well. The closer the results will be to the opinion polls, the more i’ll think that they are fake. It’s just impossible that so much people would vote for Olmert’s ridiculous lies. Conspiracies, conspiracies everywhere.

Lost and Found

Found:

  • Visa card.
  • Employee card.
  • CD’s: Television – Marquee Moon1 and Sonic Youth – A Thousand Leaves2.
  • A bunch of headache and common cold drugs, which i put in a bag that i used a lot in 2003, but not much in the last year. They still have not expired.

Lost and not yet found:

  • My favorite nail clipper.
  • Beige pants.

1 No, not the one that i lent to Manfred “stdlib” Libster in 1998. I already bought another one since then, but if you are reading this – i’m still waiting for you to return it.

2 Yes, the one i bought in the middle of Programming Course and violently robbed RoZ of his megacool discman so i could listen to it. Oh, those were the days.

Alexander

I’ve been following the election campaign in Belarus, which ends today. And only today i suddenly noticed that three out of four candidates are named Alexander (also spelled Alaksandar in Latin-script Belarusian, Аляксандар in Cyrillic-script Belarusian and Александр in Russian).

If the Alarm Clock Rings When You Are Not Fully Asleep

Wait until you’re properly sleeping and then wake up.

Kinda Made Me Cry – Humanity

Yesterday i drove through Bney-Brak and stopped at a traffic light. An old man with a trolley bag crossed the street. When he reached the other side, the trolley bag stumbled upon the sidewalk and opened and several potatos rolled out onto the driveway. The old man looked miserable. For a brief moment i was sad about the wasted potatos, but immediately understood that for him it’s more than wasted food – he doesn’t have much money to buy it. There’s also the matter of “thou shalt not destroy” (Deut. 20:19) and preparing for the Sabbath. I really wanted to go out and help him, but everything happened too fast. He managed to gather a few of them, but the cars passed every few seconds. He kept looking at the pavement with hope of gathering them all until the last one was smashed by the indifferent cars.

Later i heard on the radio about bird’s flu that was discovered in some kibbutz in the south. It’s headline news. All the birds in the area will be killed. The saddest part was the description of the way they will be killed – “poison will be added to the birds’ drinking water; the government will compensate the farmers”. It would sadden and shock me even if i wouldn’t be a vegetarian. The poor birds, miserable enough as they are, won’t even know that the water they’re drinking will kill them. One day the government will do it to people – in the name of public health, security, order and democracy. They won’t even be anyone left to compensate.



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