Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Futile Search for The Noble Savage

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The Asmats

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Michael Rockefeller

In November of 1961, 23 y/o Michael Rockefeller (yes, of THOSE Rockefeller’s) was floating on a capsized boat about ten miles off the coast of New Guinea, an area he’d spent well over a year exploring and getting acquainted with its indigenous inhabitants.

After about 24 hours floating on their overturned catamaran, Michael Rockefeller left his shipmate Rene Wassing and began to swim to shore.

About 19 hours later he’d made it to within a 100 yards of shore, where a group of Asmat hunters saw him, first mistaking the form in the water for a crocodile.

The natives paddled their 40’ long canoes toward a man they’d seen before in their village, a man they knew as, “Mike.” They reached him and tried pulling him into their boats, but Rockefeller was too exhausted to help, so they got out and helped drag the man to the shoreline.

According to Carl Hoffman’s account in Savage Harvest (https://www.amazon.com/Savage-Harvest-Cannibals-Colonialism-Rockefellers/dp/B00OHXVCEO/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1493122257&sr=8-2&keywords=Savage+Harvest), as they approached an inlet, one of the tribesman said to another, “Now’s your chance,” which was more a taunt than a statement. The taunted man (Pep) was the head of a Jeu, or five - a men’s house. He had killed more men than any of them and collected more heads. His reputation, like all reputations among the Asmat’s was forged on fearlessness, boldness and aggression. Pep didn’t hesitate, arching his back and shouting, he plunged his barbed spear deep into the chest of Michael Rockefeller, mortally wounding him.

What followed was an account of how the Asmats butchered and ate Michael Rockefeller and collected his “seed,” or head.

Carl Hoffman’s account is a haunting tome and it held a special significance for me.

The Asmat’s allegedly killed Rockefeller over the deaths of some Asmat warriors killed by the Dutch Armed Forces trying to gain control over the area. In their culture each death required another death “to balance out the world.” They ate human flesh NOT out of hunger, but for “ceremonial reasons.”

For their part, the crew that Michael Rockefeller worked on was guilty of their own abuses. Dutch District officers complained to the government that the American scientists were encouraging the Dani (another local tribe) to start a tribal war so that they could film the event. The Hague even sent a parliamentary commission to investigate these charges.

In a report about the situation the commission described the actions of the expedition as being ‘unwise’ and it made the following statement in its official report to the government: ‘The Dutch Authorities are well aware of the expedition leader being extremely keen on filming tribal warfare. In the first two months of the expedition there were at least seven deaths and a dozen or more were wounded in the area around of Kurulu the village’. 

At any rate, years ago, I’d rejected out of hand the inane idea that is STILL popular among many pseudo-elites today, that of the mythical “Noble Savage.” I believe I responded rudely to a Professor who espoused that theory, spending nearly 20 minutes trying (in the nicest possible way) to explain to him what an abject moron he was (yup, I failed that class), finally definitively stating, “Well, I’ve never actually considered whether or not there COULD’VE been such a pristine and ‘noble savage,’ BUT I’m quite certain that had I considered it, I’d have flatly rejected it out of hand.”

Since that period, I’ve learned that the “Noble Savages” in the Americas were horrifically warlike, dabbled in tortuous ritual murders, as well as the timeless art of chattel slavery.

Ironically enough, it was the world’s FIRST Industrialized societies of the West (England, America, France, etc.) that banned chattel slavery and sought to snuff it out around the world. So, maybe it’s “the Noble Modern”?

Carl Hoffman’s work merely told the tale of perhaps the most pristine, the most authentically primitive people left on earth at the time, the Asmats of New Guinea.

Here’s your conclusive proof that all those years ago, I was right and that misguided professor, wrong.

There was NEVER a time when mankind, “Pristinely primitive and unspoiled by modernity, lived in peace and harmony.”

No, not at all, such primitives had the moral equivalence of the average serial killer in our modern world. They practiced cannibalism, head-hunting and were skilled in ritualistic, torture-murder.

In short, they were pretty much SCUMBAGS.

So, there was never a time when humans weren’t SCUMBAGS, we came into this world SCUMBAGS...and SCUMBAGS many of us (maybe most of us) remain, ESPSCIALLY those among our pseudo-elites.

Arkansas Executes Two...AND Smarmy, Slimey Rachel Maddow Weeps...For the KILLERS

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The saddest thing about the death penalty in the U.S. is that it is so rarely used...and so sickeningly sterile.

The death penalty IS "a deterrent." It deters THAT individual from ever committing so heinous an act again. That's all the deterrence required.

It is also far too sterile, for a people far too squeamish. Hanging breaks the neck and death is virtually instantaneous. The Guillotine slices off the head in one felt swoop and even has a basket to catch the severed noggin...no muss, no fuss and death is virtually instantaneous.

BOTH are quick and relatively painless, although the latter SHOULD NOT be a concern for those who inflicted tremendous pain, often even deliberate torture on their victims.

In the recent past a “Slip Knot Hanging” was often employed to execute the condemned. THIS is the hanging that results in the famous “rope dancing,” in which the condemned would usually urinate and defecate all over themselves, before their eyes, under the exquisite pressure of the tightening slip knot would bulge from the swollen, purple face and eventually “pop out.” It could take as long as 50 minutes for someone to die during that ordeal. Often the head would wind up severed from the body as the weight below the rope (neck) would eventually exert enough force to separate itself from the neck at the spinal cord.

Now THAT’S an “execution”!

To paraphrase the late Phil "the Scooter" Rizzuto, "It's a great day for an execution. Let's do TWO!"

I don’t find such things disturbing.

I DON’T find a “civilized” society condemning egregious offenders to death, to be at all disturbing.

What I DO find disturbing is this misplaced sympathy for the condemned.

My ONLY sympathy, in such cases, is for the victims of these predators, as witnessed by the Rachel Maddow spectacle.

It would be different IF one could argue, “Our society made these people what they are. They all sprang from us, and so we each share some responsibility for what they’ve become.”

The ONLY proper response to that is, “Go f*ck yourself! These cretins weren’t “created” by any social forces. Poverty, a dysfunctional home, an unfair economic system, poor education, etc. DID NOT “make them what they are. Most likely, like gays and “little people”...they were just born that way.”

Sadder still, is how even such sterile executions elicit such misplaced sympathies for the predators.

Last night Arkansas conducted a rare double execution, putting to death Jack Jones and Marcel Williams on the same night. Jones was administered the lethal injection at 8:06 p.m. ET Monday and pronounced dead 14 minutes later. Williams was administered the injection at 11:16 ET p.m. 

Here’s what Williams and Jones did to deserve to die;

In Marcel Williams case, “On November 20, 1994, Stacy Errickson, the victim, on her way to work, stopped at the Jacksonville Shellstop for gas. The time was approximately 6:45 a.m. Williams approached Errickson’s vehicle, drew a firearm, and forced her to move from the driver’s seat to the passenger’s side. Williams then drove Errickson’s car away from the convenience store. Williams then took Errickson to several automated teller machines and coerced her to attempt withdrawals. A total of eighteen transactions yielded the sum of $350. The last transaction occurred at 7:37 a.m. These transactions were recorded by security cameras at several banking facilities. Stacy Errickson did not make it to work that day, nor did she pick up her child from the babysitter at the end of the day.”

“The decision continues: “Police arrested Williams on an outstanding warrant on November 29, 1994, and questioned him based on physical evidence linking him to two other assaults on women. During the course of an intensive interrogation lasting some thirteen hours, Williams admitted having abducted Errickson from the convenience store and robbing her through ATM withdrawals. However, he denied any sexual assault and assured the officers that to the best of his knowledge Errickson was alive. Appellant attempted to implicate others as accomplices asserting that they were the ones responsible for physically harming her.”
However, based upon information Williams supplied, “the police recovered a sheet matching Williams description as one he used in connection with the abduction and also recovered a gold ring which Williams identified. On December 5, 1994, police discovered Stacy Errickson’s body buried in a shallow grave. Other evidence adduced at trial indicated that witnesses Tammy Victoria and Tammy Keenahan identified Williams as a man they had seen on the morning of November 20, 1994, at the Shellstop. They also testified that after they left the station he followed them in a car and attempted to stop them until they sought refuge at the air force base. Williams subsequently returned to the Shellstop and abducted Stacy Errickson.”
Errickson’s last moments were horrific. The court decision described: “The State’s evidence reflected Williams forcibly abducted Stacy Errikson, robbed her, raped her, and killed her. It further showed Errikson had a significant period of time to contemplate her fate. The physical evidence established a violent physical assault by appellant against the victim. Injuries to her head indicated deep bruising to her neck and to her face. he victim was bound with her hands behind her back. The medical testimony further indicated her death was by asphyxiation from strangulation.”
“In the case of Jack Jones, “Jones “was convicted of killing bookkeeper Mary Phillips in 1995 and trying to kill her daughter, Lacy, during a robbery at an accounting office. Phillips was found naked from the waist down with a cord from a nearby coffee pot tied around her neck. Lacy, left for dead, woke up as police photographed her.”
“Lacy was only 11.
“The attack was horrific. A court decision in the case contains graphic details. Jones might never have been caught, except the child survived the attack. In fact, law enforcement officers who showed up at the scene were photographing what they thought was her dead body when they realized she was still alive.
“The court decision says, in part: “When he (Jones) returned, Lacy, now crying, asked the man not to hurt her mother, to which he replied, ‘I’m not. I’m going to hurt you.’ He began to choke Lacy until she passed out. After Lacy lost consciousness, Jones struck her at least eight times in the head with the barrel of a BB gun, causing severe lacerations and multiple skull fractures.”
“The child clung to life. “When Lacy woke up, she saw blood and began to vomit. She went back to sleep and awakened later when police, seeing her bloodied body and thinking she was dead, were taking photographs of her,” court records say.
Police found a gruesome scene: “Mary’s body nude from the waist down. A cord from a nearby Mr. Coffee pot was wrapped around her neck and wire was tied around her hands, which were positioned behind her back. Bruises on her arms and back indicated that she had struggled with her attacker prior to her death. According to autopsy results, Mary died from strangulation and blunt-force head injuries. Rectal swabs indicated that she had been anally raped before she was killed.”
Jones confessed that “he had committed the crimes because he wanted to get revenge against the police. He reasoned that his wife had been raped, and that the police had done nothing about it.”
When Williams asked for clemency, he said, “to those I hurt, I’m sorry is not enough."
Williams attacked several other women, including Dina Windle, who offered forgiveness, “This man has turned his life around and he’s found God."
Well, such forgiveness is an individual thing, but the people CANNOT forgive the unforgivable actions of such predators. Those who demand vengeance are as justified as those who completely forgive...at least on a personal level.
The better argument is that a civilization is more course, unjust and horrific when it treats such predators well...seeks to redress their past issues, seeks rehabilitative incarceration over punishment. In doing so, such societies diminish and discount the victim.
As to “God,” just me, but I don’t believe this “God”/”Creator” is the anthropomorphic entity that so many of us seem to envision God as.
Look at the works of Nikola Tesla, especially those concerning his view of the importance of 3, 6 & 9. Tesla claimed the numbers 1,2,4,5,7 & 8 represented our physical world and that 3,6 & 9 represented the ethereal, spiritual world of thought, spirit, etc. that brought the physical world into being.
Tesla wrote nearly 1,000 pages of “notes” on all this, so it can’t be adequately distilled here, suffice to say, his view presupposed the modern quantum view that perhaps, “Consciousness is the building block, or basis for our entire reality.”
It’s not such a bad thing to be returned to the bed of consciousness and those who commit egregious crimes deserve that fate.
Unlike 9th Circuit Court Judge Alex Kozinski, I do not necessarily support a return to the Guillotine (http://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-judge-calling-for-a-return-to-the-guillotine/) although I’d agree that it is highly preferable to our current morass.
I would personally support a Bounty Hunting position, in which licensed hunters would be incentivized to hunt down such people, as we would a dangerous, or rabid animal and (1) verify the condemned’s identity beyond a doubt. Humans, like all living things leave DNA wherever they move and (2) eradicating the threat, usually by killing the predator. This would create jobs, while administering justice.
The hunter would be able to collect his reward by turning in proof of the kill (preferably the skull), so that the rest of the carcass could be fully utilized, as hunters are wont to do. Bones can be used to make knives, arrowheads, a good femur bone can be used as a strong axe handle...and long pig (look it up) doesn’t “taste like chicken,” more like a spicy pork.

Monday, April 24, 2017

To Paraphrase Michael Kay...

The good guys win...THAHHHHH GOOD GUYS WIN!!!

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I STILL Don't Believe in "Hate Crimes"...

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YES...this woman (Angela Jones) clearly attacked this couple because of their race.
Who cares?!

IF she'd merely attacked them because she was mad at the world that day, that would've been better...and worthy of LESS punishment?


The SAME assault, different motive...different sentence?

THAT'S NOT "equality before the law."

In fact, it's a THOUGHT CRIME! We're seeking to punish a PERCEIVED MOTIVATION more than the crime itself.

There's something wrong with that! Actually, there's a LOT wrong with that.

Now, I carry all sorts of weaponry with me in my car, including a few polymer blades...knives crafted from black, polymer resins that are really stealthy at night.

Yup, for even TRYING to swat me with a hammer, I'd have punctured her liver...and maybe a lung.

Now. In my defense, I really am pretty much an asshole, with a bad temper around people who misuse carpentry tools.

Oh yeah...and then, as she's writhing in agony on the ground, I'd have stomped on her skull awhile. That's because I'm an asshole with a side order of scumbag...and believe me, mine WOULDN'T have been out of any "hate." It would've been FIRST (and most importantly) SELF DEFENSE (well, at least the stabbing) & (2) my "motivation" would have simply been not wanting to let someone abuse innocent carpentry tools.

I STILL say this guy f*cked up, letting this lowlife skank assault his wife...his Porsche and most of all...his BELOVED boat! In 34 states, "assault on a boat" is grounds for lethal self defense, in and of itself.

Was Trump (and America) Chumped by Syrian Rebels/ISIS?

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A growing chorus of voices is now claiming that it was the Syrian Rebels (a/k/a ISIS) that used the nerve agent Sarin on the Syrian people, NOT the Assad government.

The Investigative Journalist Seymour Hersh claims "Hillary approved sending Libya's nerve agent stockpile to Syria, some of which was used by rebels during the Obama administration as part of a 2012 deal between the U.S., Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar to set up a chemical weapon attack within Syria, blame it on Assad as a pretext for a U.S.-led invasion of Syria, to topple the Assad government. (SEE: http://www.strategic-culture.org/…/seymour-hersh-hillary-ap…)

In 2013, the UN's Carla Del Ponte told the BBC that it was the rebels (ISIS) and NOT Assad who used Sarin in that FIRST chemical weapons incident! (SEE: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-22424188).

Now, after this latest attack the same cages are being made (SEE: http://m.washingtontimes.com/…/syrian-rebels-used-sarin-ne…/)

There's little doubt that ISIS was an American creation. We armed them, like we did Afghanistan's Mujahadim (Al Qaeda), then we downplayed their significance despite their wave of atrocities. Obama infamously called them Al Qaeda's "JV Team."

So what IF it turns out that THIS is true?

So the Trump administration got CHUMPED!

So did the American people...but NOT by Trump, but by whatever rogue factions within our Intelligence Bureaucracy that sold this lie about Assad.

BUT...what to do? We're committed now, right?

Maybe IF we had a slimey member of our rancid political-media class in office...BUT we DON'T!

Anyone who thinks that Donald Trump isn't capable of simply reversing course upon seeing new evidence is NUTS! Trump is Zappa's "Central Scrutinizer"! He just doesn't give a f*ck about the things most members of the political-media class do.

AND...he knows that changing course in the face of new information/evidence WON'T hurt him politically at all going forward.

He's already taken the Intelligence Bureaucracy-run Newsmedia's best shots....and they haven't even phased him.
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