måndag, februari 28, 2011

Olof Palme dead 28/2 1986

lördag, februari 26, 2011

Obama behind the changes in the Middle East?

(Photo taken from: http://www.linternaute.com/actualite/politique/

When the countries in the Middle East and Arabian Peninsula now are shaken by protests against their corrupt, despotic dictators many commentators believe that the USA is working hard in the coulisses.

This not least as 'the Super Power' USA (today not entirely the only super power) have had - and still have - economical and military interests in many countries in this region.
This goes for Egypt and Yemen as well as many other more or less dictatorial states.
In Tunisia the situation was different as this country is of no greater interest to the USA and as Tunisian leaders haven't been to interested in collaborating with the USA.
In Yemen the USA is leading a (or 'the') war against terrorism and the support for Egypt dates back to the Yom Kippur War in 1973, when Anwar El Sadat succeeded Gamal Abdel Nasser as the president of Egypt.

When president Mubarak declared his decision to resign or his intentions to reform the country, many commentators said that the words he used was a copy of what president Barak Obama earlier had said and that this should indicate the intervention by president Obama.

The USA does have intrests in Yemen too and there we saw president Saleh declare that he intends resigning in 2013.
We have seen that the USA:s Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, to a great extent also have been involved in the development in Jordan.

If the democratic changes to a certain degree is due to the 'behind the scenes'-work by the USA, this could be seen as their obligation - and other democratic countries as well - as the turmoil in these countries to a great extent is caused by the policies among democratic countries in relation to the Middle East.

As we all know the policies among all democratic countries in the world, is not first of all aimed at helping poor people or people suffering under dictatorships, it's to gain geopolitical and financial control or access to other countries, their natural values, their markets.
If this is best done by transforming them into democracies, one try to promote democracy but if the status quo is the best way of gaining economical advantages, one prefer this tactic.
Pragmatism is the foremost ideology in all democracies - and non-democracies, as we know.
This goes for the USA as well as for the countries in Europe and elsewhere.

It would be interesting to see if the USA will proceed by influencing the corrupt dictatorship of Saudi-Arabia, overthrowing the dictators ruling this rich country, transforming it into a democracy.
In the case of Saudi Arabia, we know that many countries have benefited from the fact that it's a dictatorship, having prevented the surrounding world to 'disturb' the 'interior stability' (no dictatorship is stable more than superficially as a result of military- and police terror) as the country is one of the most important providers of oil and the oil is of course - in accordance with the cynical approach in politics - more important than the life and well being of the citizens of Saudi Arabia.

In what way will the USA and president Obama be able to influence the leaders in Israel and Palestine, making the relationship between those two countries more stable and non-violent?
In my opinion one have to discuss with those groups within the two countries, that are slightly less indoctrinated by a historical-religious and geopolitical luggage.
The question is if this is possible.

Many countries in the region are also very critical against the USA and this is often understandable, taking into consideration the impact the American politics have had in this part of the world.

Finally one can establish that the uprising in the region, superficially, seem to be a result of the direct reactions and actions by the 'ordinary women and men' on the street, not the result of the work carried out by diplomatics or political leaders of the world. What is hidden underneath the surface is of course harder to discern.

If president Obama and the USA wishes to continue being an influential force in this region, they have to start by killing their darlings, beginning with e.g. Saudi Arabia and Israel.

fredag, februari 25, 2011

Yes, you should go!!

tisdag, februari 22, 2011

Saad Hussni, Mark Zuckerberg, FB and censorship

In a time when people all over the world - not least in the Middle East - living in dictatorships, are trying to overthrow their leaders in favour of a democratic society, Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg (as the most well-known representative of FB) are heading the other way.

We've seen this many times before on FB: Pages with an intellectual and interesting content are being shut down or restricted while 'intruders' whose only goal is to destroy certain pages by spamming them are able to continue their 'destructive work'.
This might be due to the fact that Zuckerberg is not an intellectual himself, nor his collaborators and this leads them to perceive people using FB as an intellectual forum for interesting discussions as a threat to their existence and ideas.

I will give you one current example:
One of my friends on Facebook is Saad Hussni.
I joined his group as he initiated a page dedicated to film, directors, actors and other topics closely related to these subjects.

On this page he has displayed images and information, including film clips containing data and knowledge about 'Le Septième Art'.
This has lead to interesting discussions, complementary information added by others, intellectual discourses concerning films/movies, actors, directors and how to use the media in different ways etc.
Included in these discussions were also related topics as literature and influences from artists (and their paintings), musicians and so forth.

During the uprising in the Middle East and other countries Saad Hussni also published photos of the dictators now being opposed by the people in these countries, discussing their imminent(?) fall.

A couple of days ago his account was shut down and through other friends he has forwarded information where he explains that FB has decided to shut him down due to the fact that he has published material that infringes the publishing rules and -regulations controlling the content on FB!

What have we been able to see that might be seen as an 'abusive misuse of the FB-rules'?
Some photos have shown naked actors (Oh' My God!) and others the photos of dictators in different countries in the Middle East, as related above.
The photos of naked actors are by no means offensive, on the contrary they are very 'prim' if I may say so.
I here refer to photos publically available with the consent of the actors.

If this is to be regarded as 'abusive' I would urge those responsible for Facebook to take a more thorough look into the pages where people try to discuss serious matters but being 'abused' by spammers whose only goal is to degrade and humiliate the participants.

As one example I can mention a page where one discussed violence and rape against women and where a group of men 'participated' by using arguments like:
"In my country we use women as toilets"; "Women should be 'held hard' and 'trained', otherwise they don't learn to obey..." etc etc.
When I tried to initiate a serious discussion, they answered with anti-intellectual arguments, with the only goal to destroy the page. Sometimes they tried to 'defend' themselves by saying that this was their way of joking! The administrators closed the page down.
Facebook and Zuckerberg did not act against these men as far as I know.
Maybe he and his collaborators share their point of views?

Could the publication of photos of the dictators constitute the principal ground for FB:s action?
In that case it means that Zuckerberg and his 'friends'/collaborators, don't wish to upset alternatively share the same views as those very same dictators?!

If this is not the case one have to ask oneself if Facebook more and more is developing into a world of its own with censorship of ideas that might upset or create tensions between FB and different governments, organisations or institutions in the world.

On the one hand it's necessary with a certain control of the content being published on Facebook, on the other hand the freedom of opinion has to be respected, otherwise FB in a strange way diverge from the rest of the publishing world - except in the dictatorships - and in that case I think we all should reevaluate our participation in this giant social forum.

If FB has any other arguments for shutting down the account of Saad Hussni, it would be interesting to see them published, if possible.

In accordance with many FB-friends (Saad Hussni's 5000 'friends' on FB among others), I consider it totally unacceptable that Saad Hussni's account has been shut down and demand that it will be reopened.
So far no acceptable explanation has been given to the closing down of his account!

(Picture of FB-logo taken from: http://beachandbay.com.au/realestateblog/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/facebook-connecting-people.jpg)

(Photo Mark Zuckerberg taken from: http://www.linformaticien.com/Portals/0/2008/fevrier/mark%20zuckerberg.jpg)

Laila Westersund dead

The Swedish singer, actress/comediènne Laila Westersund is dead. Well known in Sweden but perhaps not a name familiar to others than Swedes and people in the other Nordic countries.
The above example in Swedish unfortunately.

lördag, februari 19, 2011

Journalisten Bert Sundström efter misshandeln i Egypten

Smart women are dangerous?

fredag, februari 18, 2011

Inside Job

The global financial crisis 2008 led to that millions of people lost their jobs, homes and savings and it costed society more than 20 billion dollars, almost resulting in a global financial meltdown.

'Inside Job' tells the story about how this could happen, displaying a villainous industry and its corrupted relations influencing every part of society, from politics and legislation to the academic world.

Some call this documentary 'shocking'. I don't!
This film can only be perceived as shocking if you live in a fantasy world, believing that there within the financial market with all its multinational companies, their banks, politicians etc. exists one single honest and serious person.

It's however an important documentary, displaying the very obvious fact that people within this sphere at an early stage in the process knew that the financial market was going to collapse. I knew it and I'm no economist.

Another important thing we get to see in this documentary is that you do seldom reach the top of an organization due to the fact that you're competent, on the contrary, more due to the fact that you're incompetent! Yet these people are awarded bonuses you don't deserve.

This have to do with the 'Peter Principle':
"In a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence".
This is very obvious in this case!

lördag, februari 12, 2011

R.I.P. Hans Leygraf

Homepage of Hans Leygraf

måndag, februari 07, 2011

Susanne Bier and 'Haevnen'

The interview is unfortunately done in Swedish/Danish but it's a way to learn those languages, if you're not familiar with them!

Listen to music with your whole body

This video cut is from a combined concert and 'class' with Evelyn Glennie, a renowned percussionist who not only is a virtuoso on her instruments but also deaf, something that might seem incompatable to most people but obviously is not.

She 'listens' to the music through her body and this is what she is trying to explain to the audience.
She also underlines the fact that even if you are a hearing person, you don't perceive the music in the same way, not even acoustically. In a concert hall it depends on where you ar seated and this is something one might forget. Most people probably think they perceive the music in approximately the same way.

R.I.P. Gunnar Bergsten

The Swedish Jazz musician (baritone saxophonist) Gunnar Bergsten is dead, a musician also performing with the group 'Fläsket Brinner', a group he co founded.

söndag, februari 06, 2011

R.I.P. Per Grundén

One of the foremost operetta (light opera) singers - Per Grundén - is dead.
In Vienna he's even regarded as one of the best operetta tenors of all time.
He also acted in Swedish theatres and films (IMDb).

R.I.P. Gary Moore

fredag, februari 04, 2011

R.I.P. Tura Satana

Tura Satana was a Japanese-born American actress, debuting in a supporting role in Billy Wilder's 'Irma la Douce' but she's probably best known for her role in 'Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! by Russ Meyer (1965).

R.I.P. Lena Nyman

torsdag, februari 03, 2011

R.I.P. Maria Schneider

Le dernier Tango à Paris (Last Tango in Paris) was a film that according to Maria Schneider destroyed her career and left her traumatized for a long time.

It was especially due to the 'butter scene' where Marlon Brando 'fist-fucks' her (sorry for the bad language but this is actually what he does) with butter.
She had not been told about this scene before and she has told reporters that her tears in that scene was for real.

Maria Schneider declared that Bertolucci and Brando took advantage of the fact that she was young and innocent, trusting these two men and their seriousness, not prepared being used as a tool for their pervertedness!

onsdag, februari 02, 2011

Jussi Björling Centennial celebration

Today we (should) celebrate the centennial of one of the greatest lyrical-dramatical tenors of all time, some would even say The Greatest - me for example!

Jussi Björling was born the 5th of February in Borlänge, a small town (almost) in the middle of Sweden but in the Church registers one find the date 2nd of February and Jussi himself always celebrated the latter date as his birthday, and therefore we do the same.
Through the link in his name you are directed to 'The Scandinavian Jussi Björling Society' and there you can find more information on him.

Below some pictures of this great tenor and ever further below some youtube-cuts with Jussi singing solo or duets.

(Photo taken from: http://www.jussibjorlingsallskapet.com/contents/bildgalleri/1.htm)
Studio portrait from the 1930's

(Photo taken from: http://www.jussibjorlingsallskapet.com/contents/bildgalleri/4.htm)
As Faust at the Metropolitan Opera 1939

(Photo taken from: http://www.jussibjorlingsallskapet.com/contents/bildgalleri/7.htm)
Jussi as the Duke of Mantua, making his debut with the La Scala opera company,
at Palazzo dello Sport in Milano, August 1946

(Photo taken from: http://www.jussibjorlingsallskapet.com/contents/bildgalleri/9.htm)
Metropolitan general manager Edward Jonhson, world-famous coloratura soprano Amelita Galli-Curci at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles 1948
after a performance of " Trovatore" where Jussi sang Manrico.

(Photo taken from: http://www.jussibjorlingsallskapet.com/contents/bildgalleri/11.htm)
Robert Merrill and Jussi in a publicity photo promoting their duet-recordings of 1950 and 1951.

(Photo taken from: http://www.jussibjorlingsallskapet.com/contents/bildgalleri/10.htm)
Jussi, in costume as Canio in "Pagliacci", and Dorothy Caruso
in the TV program "We, the people", New York February 16th, 1951.

(Photo taken from: http://www.jussibjorlingsallskapet.com/contents/bildgalleri/12.htm)
Jussi and son Lasse fishing at Siarö in Stockholm archipelago, 1951.

Jussi Björling - The Centennial Voice

More of the same in American film 2011...?

tisdag, februari 01, 2011

From The I Say-Team to the A-Team