Three Days of the Dodo

Another understated and funny essay by Mr. Revusky not quite ever stating his point baldly (part of that being, as he put it elsewhere, “that the Betty Ong we were presented after 9/11, Chinese Betty, almost certainly is a non-existent person”), leaving it, and its import, to be inferred. While reading this article, I thought of Redford’s film, Three Days of the Condor, and the room full of ‘readers’ his character was a member of (that got killed, besides himself), and thought that if there are readers, then there are ‘writers’, at intelligence agencies and think tanks, with people sitting around all day whose job it is to modify various historical records to fit official narratives, and to write those narratives. Seems like maybe Revusky happened upon the work of one of those writers, possibly inadvertantly sloppy, possibly intentionally so (in my view).

Revisiting 9/11, Betty Ong, and the Mystery of “Black Betty”

♫ Je vous parle d’un temps ♫ ♫ Que les moins de vingt ans ♫ ♫ Ne peuvent pas connaître ♫ Charles Aznavour I recall how, as a child, in my teens, and as a much younger man than now, people of the older generation would reminisce nostalgically about where they were when they heard that President Kennedy had been shot in Dallas.

And regarding duping delight, there is a fairly important public building, the Betty Ann Ong Recreation Center in San Francisco, named after her. I noticed some discussion of naming a freeway after her. Also, there was talk of naming a school after her. (Maybe that self-same George Washington High could get renamed after Betty!)

Imagine you’re the person who invented this phony person, the thrill you could get driving down the Betty Ong freeway!! Jon Revusky (in correspondence)

The Drug Peace

It’s collectivist and it’s consequentialist (the state’s still involved, and the drugs aren’t decriminalized because it’s thought that adults own themselves and thus can ingest what they wish), but it’s clearly one of the better ways to handle the social issue that is drug abuse within the current western political paradigm. That this is a better way than the prohibitional, morally and practically repugnant, and embarrassingly hypocritical (U.S. and allied troops guard the poppy fields in Afghanistan, as one spectacular example), “war on drugs” policy carried out in the United States is so obvious that it’s amazing that the approach still has any support at all anywhere, even among non-libertarians, as dangerous as illegal drug trafficking makes many places.

It probably doesn’t have much support anymore, in reality, I suspect, and so here’s an example of a better way to do things once enough people finally snap out of it and want to try something else.

Decriminalization: A Love Story

By SUSANA FERREIRA When the drugs came, they hit all at once. It was the eighties, one in ten residents slipped into the deep of heroin addiction-bankers, university students, carpenters, socialites, miners-and Portugal fell into a panic. The way Álvaro Pereira tells the story, it all began in the south.

Going Off the Groomed Trail

Having a Walden Two-ish aspect to it, so long as the idea envisioned for this town does not include its eventually being forced upon all, become a Venus Project type thing (as much as I admire Peter Joseph’s intellect, and was riveted by and agreed with his Zeitgeist: The Movie documentary), then I admire the trailblazing of this small town and the people in it imagining and trying to implement better economic and governmental systems than our current ones.

The underlying system for the project, Contributionism, looks now to have a large voluntary component to it, and there are some likewise big claims being made about the prosperity to be expected from it by the participants of any UBUNTU/One Small Town project. If it works, and the voluntary nature remains, then the example will surely be noted and emulated elsewhere. I particularly like the built-in provision in the plan for those not participating in it to still be able to live in geographical near proximity to those who are, albeit, and correctly, without access to the spoils of the system’s success, should any materialize.

Good luck to them. I hope they’re able to try it.

Mayor Ron Higgins Makes History in North Frontenac

Mayor Ron Higgins successfully presented his plan for implementing the UBUNTU – ONE SMALL TOWN plan of action in North Frontenac, Ontario, Canada – and was given the full support of the Council to continue with the implementation. His closing words were “One small town, starts today.”

Composting 2.0

I stopped throwing organic matter into garbage cans almost 20 years ago, instead just tossing it into my yard in various spots as I go, where it quickly dries out and turns brown, and/or gets consumed by insect scavengers or animals, and then finally, whatever’s left, chopped fine and mixed into the yard by the lawn mower. Either way, it’s only briefly even noticeable, and only if you’re looking for it. Can’t imagine throwing wet organic stuff into a waste bin at this point. Might’ve gotten a composting barrel, but they were always clunky if cheap enough, and a bit expensive if not.

This is another matter, now, and probably an improvement over the lawn toss.

HomeBiogas Device Turns Food Waste into Clean Cooking Fuel and Nutrient-Rich Fertilizer

Imagine being able to turn your food waste into clean cooking gas and nutrient-rich fertilizer, while at the same time reducing potent greenhouse gases. This was the exact vision of Israeli-based HomeBiogas, which resulted in the creation of an affordable consumer appliance that efficiently produces sustainable fuel out of kitchen scraps.

Icelandic Resolve

I doubt they’re doing it for the complete & deeper reasons that matter to me, but happy to see that little island of integrity, however socialist, resist the siren song of totalitarian lunging Europe. Its people are said to be among the world’s happiest, in spite of the long dark winters, and I think they are the only place that prosecuted and jailed any bankers in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis & shakedown, and they told the European banks they do business with that they would not be paying the bill presented to them as its result. Some stalwart, spineful people up there at the top of the world.

Brussels SNUBBED: Iceland’s europhiles abandon hopes of joining EU amid public backlash

Following last month’s election, which saw a record eight parties join Reykjavik’s parliament, political leaders have been locked in tense coalition talks. Iceland’s centre-left Government applied to join the EU in July 2009 following the banking crisis that hit the country, but the negotiations were then scrapped by its successor in 2015.

Italian Decentralization

Whether Quebec, Scotland, Catalonia, The State of Jefferson, all movements and inclinations away from centralized authority are good news from a black sheep’s perspective, and for critical thinking, history aware people everywhere.

In light of the EU’s governing hierarchy, nothing like the U.S. even nominally, with the body with actual legal authority being a committee of unelected bureaucrats operating in parallel to and independently of the group of elected representatives sent by the EU’s member countries to Brussels, and thus already far more structurally totalitarian in fact and in potential, this is a particularly good thing. If the EU should fail as an entity, that would be best.

“It Could Open A Pandora’s Box”: Italy’s 2 Richest Regions Are Voting In Historic Autonomy Referendums

Voters in Italy’s two wealthiest northern regions of Lombardy and Veneto are voting on Sunday in referendums for greater autonomy from Rome, in which a positive outcome could fan regional tensions in Europe at a time when neighboring Spain is cracking down to prevent Catalonia from breaking away.