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3454 – Three

If it doesn’t help to close your eyes and pretend, if it doesn’t help to vote for racism and xenophobia, what does then? And if it doesn’t help to keep refugees out, do we need to take everyone who knocks on our door? We can’t, can we?

Well, a good start would be to stop bombing the world to peaces. It may seem surprising, but it does not work. It never did.

You know, from the perspective of a young Iraqi or Syrian or Lybian, say, someone just old enough to fight for the IS, what we, the “Civilized Western World” did to their countries, may not seem so very different from what they try to do to ours. Bombs in Paris and Brussels? Hundreds of deads in our metropoles? Yes, it’s tragic, but do you realize that things like that happen every few days in those countries? And guess who keeps the fires burning?

Is Assad a dictator? Was Saddam Hussein? Was Gaddafi? Yes, sure. But then, before our attempts to foster a regime change, it was definitely possible to live in those countries, or can you remember hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing Syria, Iraq and Lybia during the 1990s? I can’t and I’ve been around for 52 years now.

The problem is, that we offer the victims of our wars nothing but lies. Those lies may convince our voting public long enough to keep it from opposing war (“Weapons of Mass-Destruction” anybody?), but to the targets of our aggressions it is completely clear that we lie. So, really, what can you expect of a young man whose hopes you’ve just shattered, whose country you’ve just destroyed, just for a geo-strategic advantage, just because after 911 “something needed to be done”, just because you could and just because his country couldn’t protect him?

Those young people fighting today in the middle east, you can be certain I have no sympathy for their cause, no sympathy for their methods. But I understand why they do what they do. If you are 18 years and from northern Iraq, you’ve been living under the conditions of war since before you had the chance to go to school. War is your reality, and if you ask someone who can remember how peace was, he’ll tell you exactly how the hell you’re living in came to pass. Mission Accomplished and Democracy to the World? To the sons of those who die from our drones, the daughters of those incinerated by Hellfire missiles, our words and excuses are nothing but crual, sick jokes.

It’s an assymetric war, but so was Vietnam, and just like Vietnam it can’t be won. What will we do, once we have everyone against us? Extinguish them with nuclear bombs? All of them? The whole Middle East, just sparing Israel, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Emirates? Is that it? Won’t work either, huh?

3348 – Book A Tuk!

These small motor carts, in Lisbon commonly called Tuk, are a major means of tourist transport. I didn’t use them but many tourists do. It’s a bit like the Fiacre, the horse-drawn four-wheeled carriage so common in Vienna. I haven’t ever used one of them either, although you see them everywhere.

By the way, remember my confidence to find from Santa Luzia to Sรฃo Vicente without looking into a map? This was the place where I realized I was wrong. The road signs in the background of this image point to another Miradouro and Igreja da Graรงa. Well, I thought, why say no to another view over the city and another church?

2663 – Don’t You See How This World Made A Change

Here’s the post for yesterday. I was slightly incapacitated after shoveling 450 square feet of snow, three feet high, from our roof terrace. Btw, I am metric all through, but in some cases feet sound much more impressive ๐Ÿ˜€

This is an image that I made in Vienna when I left work. It’s just a busy street and ugly old architecture, but can you see it? Old advertising painted on the walls, new advertising, electrically lit, mounted all over the building. Layers of usage.

The Song of the Day is “Don’t You See How This World Made A Change” by Blind Willie McTell. Hear it on YouTube.

2072 – And With His Stripes We Are Healed

Or maybe not ๐Ÿ™‚

In any case I got an email from JustHost, telling me that the hardware upgrade has been done. I am not sure if I understand it correctly, the first email told me about two switches, maybe it’s only the first part that’s done, but then, I’ll just try posting and I’ll save the post’s text in a local file, just in case they do another switch.

The Song of the Day is “And With His Stripes We Are Healed” from Handel’s Messiah. As usual: if you have no recording of it, you deserve at least the one directed by Trevor Pinnock. Go for it ๐Ÿ™‚

I didn’t find the Pinnock version, but among many others on YouTube you could hear this one by The Brandemburg Consort and The Choir of King’s College Cambridge, conducted by Stephen Cleobury.

1925 – Can’t Wait

This is where the LX5 meets its physical limits. ISO 320 is not much, but this image was fairly pushed in the shadows and it shows.

The image was taken in 16:9 aspect ratio and after processing I had already uploaded it, but somehow it felt unbalanced and didn’t satisfy me. I reconsidered, cropped heavily from the bottom, and as an extreme panoramic it suddenly works. In a way ๐Ÿ™‚

The Song of the Day is “Can’t Wait” from Bob Dylan’s 1997 album “Time Out Of Mind”. Hear it on YouTube.