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“We do not know very much of the future” (Thomas)

February 9th, 2016 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Thomas: “We do not know very much of the future
Except that from generation to generation
The same things happen again and again.
Men learn little from others’ experience.
The same time returns. Sever
The cord, shed the scale. Only
The fool, fixed in his folly, may think
He can turn the wheel on which he turns
.” (Thomas)

Latest Swedish and International News

Real Clear World

Change that must have been destined since the beginning of eternity:

From Hezbollah Terrorist to Orthodox Rabbi.

Remembering Paul Kantner

Remembering Bert Jansch:

The Lily of the West

Curragh of Kildare

Heavy Jelly

Once upon a time, Humpty Hump’s Digital Underground doing Same song

W-o-r-d-s: The world of Globalised English:

Glocal English: The Changing Face and Forms of Nigerian English in a Global World

Chigozie Obioma author of a much acclaimed The Fisherman is coming to Sweden soon (in April) to discuss with Nina Solomin the authoress of the immensely readable OK Amen

Johan Palme: Why doesn’t anyone write about Makode Linde’s art?

Good news Sweden: New Study:

Segregation has declined somewhat

Only a few crimes in Sweden linked to refugees


Not so good

Catia Hultquist: The new men’s movement is similar to a World Cup in a sexual bitterness

More Sweden. Politics: Today’s picture

In the context of migration to Europe, some interesting issues:

Europe is doomed (an opinion written in 2011 – before the Europe migrants’ crisis)

Europe’s Man Problem

Erdogan Threatened to Flood Europe With Refugees Unless EU Deal Agreed?

Now let us move
our attention onto the brakes
in your head

Let us move to America: Real Clear Politics

Fascinated, let’s literally emigrate – and if you were in Syria or Iraq recently you may soon be needing special clearance and even that will not necessarily take you off the suspect terrorist list. But if you can’t move your feet and flap your wings in that direction or you don’t want to, then let PJ O’Rourke, you know him, let him take a look for you, a look or peek-a-boo at the pre-election day circus that’s going on over there: According to the leanings of the young women folk and the latest opinion polls “Old hag Hillary” is not – as Donald J Trump would say, she is not doing too good, in fact is doing badly and that’s why she’s going to taste defeat and she’s going to bite the dust in New Hampshire.

Fighting for his life and his wife, fighting for a third term in the White House, Bill faithfully turning up and railing against Bernie Sanders supporters alleged sexism – all just in order to hustle a few more female votes on his wife’s behalf is not helping her cause very much, because everybody’s asking “Guess who’s talking? “– and the answer is “Slick willy!” and his “Now, I have to go back to work on my State of the Union speech.”

Moreover – the next financial meltdown could be worse than the last crash in which Brother Obama had to bail out more than just the big buck banks. Now just imagine : “Hillary Clinton Refuses To Promise Not To Cut Social Security Benefits

Bill Clinton now “regrets. We may soon read that he has just “repented”. More Clintons? Bill wants a third term in the Oval Office, through the back door?

# Here on this BBC website is a fascinating piece; I have never read anything like it before : “American political satirist, PJ O’Rourke casts a scathing eye over the candidates hoping to make it to the White House” #

The absolute latest – White Man Michael Bloomberg is mulling over whether or not to enter the race for the White House. Even though according to my trusted commentator this New York Tycoon has no name recognition nationwide, yet if he does decide to throw his hat in, I think that 1) it will serve to split the New York vote – on which Senator Hillary Clinton reposes so much hope (and Bernie too) – 2) it could throw much attention on Donald Trump’s much vaunted position as Mr. Successful Billionaire and by a side by side comparison with Donald Trump could answer this question highlighted here : “Trump not as successful as he would like to believe” because Mr. Trump is only worth $4 billion whereas Michael Bloomberg is worth at least $41 billion…3) If Michael Bloomberg decides to run and later on – if he does not win the nomination Donald J. Trump also decides to run as an Independent, that will surely shake up the US’s two party system for some time to come, but who will it hurt more, the Democrats or the Republicans and could either Bloomberg or Trump win as an independent?

As commander-in-chief, State Trooper Donald Trumper or Donald Trumpet will soon be firing shots from his underground bunker, but before and even after that we simply cannot afford to Miss PJ O’Rourke’s unique takes from the Campaign trail.

Dear everybody, no man is an island. Senor Trump is going to like this:

News Update: Netanyahu: security fence to be built on all of Israel’s borders to keep out the terrorists and illegal immigrants…

And one last word: I think that Donald Trump is a great guy, a great human being and a great American, moreover he always speaks highly of Sweden

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Today: Stockholm Temperature 5 Celsius, Wind: 15 mph

February 8th, 2016 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Happy Chinese New Year!

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Sweden: Ygeman wants to increase diversity in the police

Sweden: Immigration the most important issue for voters

Germany : Fake ‘brothel vouchers’ for refugees stir far-right hatred

A new word: Occult

Weather With You

Wondering what it’s like just now at Julie’s island

Stockholm weather today

My morning routine includes taking a look at the thermometer by the kitchen window, I now see that it registers 4 degrees above zero, but I got to thinking about the weather over here a little earlier after reading the latest Israel Commentary this morning, featuring an article by Rabbi Berel Wein about our Foreign Minister Margot Wallström who – to use the Swedish expression – is in “blåsväder” (in trouble). I don’t know to what extent – if at all – the rabbi is guilty of violating the laws of lashon hara, otherwise I think that the revered rabbi is very kind when he says that he thinks that “the horrid winter weather of Sweden is partially responsible for the wondrously idiotic statements of its current Foreign minister about Israel.” He continues: “Obviously she is depressed by the Swedish winter and focuses her frustrations and melancholy on poor little Israel.”

“A change in the weather is known to be extreme
But what’s the sense of changing horses in midstream?
I’m going out of my mind, oh, oh
With a pain that stops and starts
Like a corkscrew to my heart
Ever since we’ve been apart” (Bob Dylan : You’re A Big Girl Now)

In any case, the rabbi is thinking positively, even optimistically, pragmatically, not only about how the change in weather will affect everybody even The Prime Minister as soon all Sweden will be singing happily, “Here comes the sun

Little darling, it’s been a long cold lonely winter
Little darling, it feels like years since it’s been here…
Little darling, the smiles returning to the faces
Little darling, it seems like years since it’s been here…
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it’s all right

Sun, sun, sun, here it comes (x 5)

Little darling, I feel that ice is slowly melting
Little darling, it seems like years since it’s been clear
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it’s all right

Soon folks will be sitting on the steps outside the Stockholm Concert Hall , eyes closed, faces turned towards the sun, doing the sit down Surya Namaskar

The main problem now facing our foreign ministry’s efforts to get a seat in the Security Council is the Julian Assange debacle and I guess that we will stay out of trouble as long as we do not get into a clinch with the UN panel that wants to award itself overlordship over the Great Britain and the Sweden way of dealing justice – that all must bend to the will of the fugitive Julian Assange who either believes that he has done no wrong or that he is such an important world personality/ statesman that he is above both British and Swedish Law and that the minute he leaves the Embassy of Ecuador he should not be arrested. Such an egotist. He probably thinks that he is Jesus or Little Lord Fauntleroy


Julian Assange: If the mountain will not come to Muhammad, then Muhammad must go to the mountain

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Re- “Leave room for “holy envy”!”

February 7th, 2016 by Cornelius Hamelberg

So much happening : Latest Swedish and International News
Bert Jansch: Live At the 12 Bar:Curragh of Kildare”, “The Lily of the West”
In reading one of the Chapters in the Torah Portion for the just concluded Sabbath, I came across much that seems to have escaped my notice these past several years – will re-read it again and again, only 18 verses: Shemot / Exodus Chapter 24

Will Brother Nathanael listen ?

It was Bishop Krister Stendahl who promulgated these three rules:

(1) When trying to understand another religion, you should ask the adherents of that religion and not its enemies.
(2) Don’t compare your best to their worst.
(3) Leave room for “holy envy.”

The extent to which this is the best course of enquiry when it comes to the rivalries in the political arena is doubtful. In making any comparative study I should think that it’s a good idea to acquaint oneself with both sides of an issue, whether it be Judaism or Islam, whether it be the Republicans or the Democrats, and as the saying goes, “Self-praise is no recommendation” – therefore the need to know what the Republicans are saying about the Democrats who have been enjoying power for two presidential terms now, and vis-versa what the Democrats are saying about the Republicans. In my heart, I hope that Jeb Bush does well tonight in his own right. GOP wants end to pro-Bush attacks on Rubio

It’s the debate season in the USA and the whole world is watching. A few days ago it was

Hillary Clinton VS Bernie Sanders – at New Hampshire

Dylan: My back pages

(Some Hillary revisited (2008)

In 2008 when the Democrat hopefuls were asked to tell the American people about their greatest weakness, Brother Obama lamented that that he sometimes kept an untidy desk – Mrs Clinton’s answer to the same question was that she was “too impatient to move the country forward “ – after which – sometime later Brother Obama regretted that if he had only known the latitude which some people would give themselves in honestly answering such a simple question he would have said “ My biggest weakness is I like to help old ladies across the street.

The next Republican debate is tonight!

Old hat:

Historic debate between James Baldwin v. William F. Buckley Jr. at Cambridge University on the question: “Is the American Dream at the expense of the American Negro?”

Shaykh Dr. Abdalqadir as-Sufi: Terror and Coercive Engineered Migration – Part 2

Salim Mansur: Trump’s Ban on Muslims: The Discussion the Media Won’t Have

Old hag (definition)

When Advisers Hate Israel

Frontpage Magazine: Hillary Clinton

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The strange case of Julian Assange

February 5th, 2016 by Cornelius Hamelberg

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The strange case of Julian Assange

2014: Assange and the European Arrest Warrant by Bernard Porter

(No, the arrest warrant was not issued by Bernard Porter – on the contrary)

2016: Julian Assange:

the seasons come and go as he grows older, his beard is turning wisdom’s grey and he’s a little weary about his self-imposed confinement, but at least it’s not solitary confinement. After voluntarily or involuntarily holing himself up at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for the past three and a half years because he doesn’t want to face the charges of sexual assault laid against him by his two ladies here in Sweden the scene of the alleged crime, by the day he must be feeling more and more apprehensive especially now that with the latest wave of rapes in Sweden, Sweden has legally or illegally earned herself the reputation of being the rape capital of Europe and rape is said to be commonplace, the only difference being that it is now being more frequently reported.

Otherwise, nothing’s changed: the arrest warrant remains, won’t go away it’s a new case of old Assange and the European Arrest Warrant

And why should he be afraid to face the music? Why should everything about the matter – the hearing etc. the confrontation with his accusers etc. be at his own convenience and not at their convenience or at the alleged scene of the crime: Sweden?

Now Ban Ki-Moon and the United Nations want to say that Mr. Assange’s detention is illegal when in fact he is the one who is detaining himself? Ove Bring thinks that the UN is being ridiculous

With Peter Wright (Spycatcher) and the Official Secrets Act in mind, in my humble opinion Snowden and Assange have caused a lot of damage – and it’s not merely a matter of “civil courage”. If you have done the crime then you must do the time is a powerful legal argument and that is enough reason for them to be extradited to the United States to face the music.

How did the UN get it so wrong on Julian Assange? asks Joshua Rozenberg

Haven’t got round to how brilliantly Bernie Sanders did with stiff upper lip Ms Clinton who goes around with the air of entitlement writtten on her weathered brow

It’s Torah Portion : Mishpatim

Shabbat Shalom dear everyone.

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“Our Heart is bigger than our budget” (Ahmet Davutoglu)

February 4th, 2016 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Latest Swedish and International News

“What Sweden fears most is a British EU exit”

Sweden has remilitarized a base in Gotland to combat a rising threat from Russia

The rape of refugee asylum seeking boys in Sweden is alarming

Noteworthy: “Film Festival shows Iranian propaganda film”

Iranian artists protest about Iranian film at the Goteborg film festival

Iyad Amin Madani was on BBC Hardtalk on Tuesday

An Israeli gets a life sentence another gets 21 years imprisonment for burning Mohammed Abu Khdeir a Palestinian teenager alive

How to Deal With Terrorism? It’s a big question. Ask Donald Trump…

Here Michael Laitman suggests other answers on how to deal with different types of terrorism

Jordan: ISIS Infused Refugees Draining Jordan Economy

Our Heart is bigger than our budget” :That was Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu speaking at the Donors Conference for Syrian Refugees “Supporting Syria and the Region” taking place in London today. I listened to him live on al-Jazeera.Turkey is currently hosting 2,5 million mostly Syrian refugees and as he said, with another 60, 000 from the Aleppo area presently on their way to Turkey. Turkey is currently hosting more refugees than any other nation in the world.

For the rest of Europe, led by Germany’s Angel Merkel who has pledged 2.3 billion Euros it’s a matter of putting their money where their mouth is and we can certainly say that in the case of Ahmet Davutoglu, the heart is speaking through the mouth. David (like Richard) the lion-hearted has also pledged £1.2 billion pounds sterling.

Altogether $11 billion has been pledged in aid for Syria

Meanwhile, “Islamic invitation to Turkey

Islamic Relief: Syria Crisis Appeal

Margot Wallström tells Russia to “stop bombing Syrian opposition” the US (of course) is saying the same thing. Angel Merkel is calling for a ceasefire.

The United States.

Bernie Sanders did tremedously well last night, at the Democrats town hall meeting. He has also picked up an endorsement from former NAACP Chairman Ben Jealous. I watched Hillary the first five minutes within which time she was already putting on airs and graces and that was enough for me…

Going to eight years now as President of the United States Brother Obama – maybe to avoid giving fuel to the rumour that has been circulating that he is a closet Muslim “The Future must not belong to those who slander the Prophet of Islam” etc. Brother has turned up at churches, synagogues but for the first time since he became president it was only yesterday that he visited a mosque in the United States to tell the brothers and sisters there that they are also Americans that it’s not a matter of being Muslim or American but of being Muslim and American. He tactfully avoided the issue of whether a person is Muslim first and American second. Of course, someone like the Hon. Minister Louis Farrakhan knows in his soul that he is both Muslim and American – and no US president has to assure or reassure him of that – Final Call after all is always on the barricades calling for Justice and fair treatment.

I believe that Mr. Trump understands that no American Muslim or indeed any other kind of Muslim is going to vote for him. I guess that Hillary will soon be putting on her hijab more regularly – she always looks so innocent and sweet in the ritual Muslim headgear slightly reminiscent of Mona Sahlin in the same kind of attire – except that showing too much solidarity with Muslims after the next terrorist attack in America – the one that is surely on its way – too much solidrarity then might backfire and even be mis-interpreted thus jeopardising her chances as future president.

But Hillary and maybe Bernie too may soon start taking off their shoes to enter various mosques to hustle the Muslim vote. Bernie of course has a lot more credibility in everything he says – when he says workers, Middle class, students, that includes everybody, believer, unbeliever, disbeliever, fidel , infidel agnostic, atheist, straight, gay, lesbian, transgender, mother, father, sweetheart, married, unmarried, not married, pregnant not pregnant , black, yellow, blue, brown, red, white even as white as Hillary Clinton’s White Water

140 000 asylum seekers expected in Sweden in 2016

Last year (2015) 162,550 asylum seekers arrived.

Dear hearts, minds, bodies and souls, it’s not looking too good here. It says:

Sweden: Death by Immigration

This crisis puts Nordic cooperation to the test

Some pertinent facts and more at the bottom of the page in the link above):

Sweden: Asylum seekers in 2015: 162,550
Denmark: Asylum seekers in 2015: 18 300 (up to November)
Finland: Asylum seekers in 2015: 32,476
Iceland : Asylum seekers in 2015: 345

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3rd of February 2016 (The Russians are coming? Some, not all of life is lived in hell

February 3rd, 2016 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Always new: Latest Swedish and International News

Israeli Police Officer Dies Preventing Major Terror Attack in Jerusalem’s Old City !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I’m afraid that Makode Linde’s Negerkungens återkomst in indecent English (The Nigger-king’s return) – like Terminator X – will have to take a back seat and wait when the most pressing matter at hand is our collective survival and how to thwart the fulfilment of Anton Johansson’s apocalyptic vision now at hand as any time from now on threatened by nuclear annihilation

our collective ass could soon be grass…
tragic sad
and into ashes all my lust

all our lust, to nuclear dust

Russia simulates a nuclear attack on Sweden. Why Sweden?

Lovers of Sweden, to digest the latest sad-bad news read this:
The Local: Russia carries out practice nuclear strike against Sweden

Unperturbed? Dream on..

Dagens Nyheter is a little more hysterical:

Russia practiced nuclear strike against Sweden

Anyway, it’s not even front page news yet, after all the Ruskies are only “practising”- against Sweden and that’s why the only reaction that we’ve heard coming from our Foreign Minister so far has been her barking a command at Russia yesterday:

Russia must stop bombing the opposition in Syria ! – but it’s doubtful that Putin will ever take her seriously. Why doesn’t she tell him to stop rehearsing nuclear attacks on Mama Sweden?

This is the sort of Curtis Mayfield song that we don’t want to hear right now, Wallström telling us: “Don’t worry

And everybody saying don’t worry
They say don’t worry
They say don’t worry
They say don’t worry
But they don’t know
There can be no show
And if there’s a hell below
We’re all gonna go

Even our Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist is being a little pompous here, when he says that “Sweden views with the gravest concern the increased Russian military activity in Sweden’s vicinity” -there is not much of a threat in his words. No “or else!”

For the whole world it would be a higher state of alert if it was a report that Russia was simulating nuclear strikes on the United States of America; then prospective commander-in-chief Ms Hillary Clinton – on the advise of her husband, would be chirping something not very different from Peter Hultqvist about “viewing with the gravest concern ” nothing stronger. But if you had a guy like Trump with his finger on the American nuclear trigger – and you never know what a crazy son of gun can do – so – Mr. Putin would be taking him more seriously than any weak-hearted old lady in the Oval Office…and some Zhirinovsky ribaldry about the “bich” in the White House…

Other news: North Korea Confirms Satellite Launch

Long hot summer

Better news: It was an excellent, heart-warming poetry reading by Gunnar Harding this evening and I complimented him on this. (You know that some poets – I know them by name, by verse and also by recording – have been pretty awful at reading their own poetry – or maybe it’s the tension between what you have internalised as the authentic voice ( your own) and your (your own) disappointed expectations about their performance – and here we’re talking about poetry – not theatre – I remember my English teacher in lower secondary school being bemused by Marlon Brando’s rendition of Mark Antony in the Hollywood American version of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar – my English Master was a Sir Laurence Olivier and Sir John Gielgud fan – the latter two of course must have had Richard Burbage DNA lineage flowing not least of all through their vocal chords as does my current favourite the inimitable Derek Jacobi. There’s also Anthony Hopkins, many, many others and of course this special mention and not just voice: Laurence Fishburne

Imagine if: we had an authentic sound recording of the Almighty declaring the Ten Commandments at Mt. Sinai

Of King David singing some of his psalms

The Whole of the Mahabharata

Buddha delivering his first sermon

Jesus of Nazareth delivering his Sermon on the Mount in living colour (video)

The Prophet of Islam (sallallahu alaihi wa salaam) delivering his Last Sermon!

That was some daydreaming…

After a brief introduction in which we were told the jury’s motivation for Poet Harding being awarded a certain prize

in this case the Elsa Thulin Prize (for translators) motivated by his verse and also “his translation of poetic life, which already spans half a century. There is an interplay swinging gracefully between the translator and poet, scholar and introducer of a mainly French-English repertoire, Apollinaire, Byron, Cendrars and Donne only forms the prelude…” Yes Sir! Indeed, Swedish is a melodic language…

I felt – intuited – that I was in the prescence of one of the kindest persons on this earth. He read (superbly,natural deep modulations) altogether five poems from his latest anthology Från Vinter till Vinter (in decent English: From winter to winter)

and the verdict is that the poems were utterly delightful

starting with Götgatsbacken

After he read

där det är svårt att urskilja vilka som går nära varandra
för att de står varandra nära

I noted down this line from Joni Mitchell’s Down to you:

You brush against a stranger and you both apologize.”

The last poem had a line about becoming small like a child – to see things like for the first time…

We got a bonus reading after the applause for the first five: Planeterna (The Planets

The man has translated John Donne, Keats, Shelley

Some time between readings he paused to explain the introduction/ infusion of the English word “claret” in Swedish poetry

From poetry to prose:

Good news Trump: Donald Trump wins the must-have Scott Brown endorsement ( Never mind the CV (Catholic Vote diatribes against Mr. Trump. Shouldn’t they be more concerned about the pedophile priests in their ranks ?

Something that must be said about his rivals Ben Carson and Ted Cruz : it’s about this God business, to wit Ben Carson saying that a Muslim should never become president of the United States and his brother-in- Jesus Ted Cruz famously testifying “I’m a Christian first, American second” – both of them of course seriously hustling the Christian vote and in Ted Cruz’s case I guess it was to draw more attention to his claim of being AMERICAN (not Canadian. Now – of course – if Brother Obama were to suddenly proclaim “YO! I’m a Muslim first and president of America second!” he would be needing extra security service protection – and if Bernie Sanders were to yap “Shalom y’all – I am what I am and what I’ll always be: I’m a Jew first and American second” the whole Congress, Senate and White House, Trump, Cruz, Carson and pals would fall on him and that’s more than a ton of bricks or pricks…the Dreyfus affair all over again

This might tickle or shock your funny bone:

The Republican version of Allahu Akbar

Well surprise of surprises: I was listening to this short take:

Top Ten Creationist Arguments

and point 8 goes like this : about the claim that America was founded as a Christian nation or that “America is a Christian nation”:

(a rough transcript of what I heard):

The US Constitution never mentions God. Article 6 says that “No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States – and the mention of God in Article 6 and the 1st Amendment serve to separate religion from government altogether.

The words “In God We Trust” weren’t found in the American Constitution until 1863 – after a religious surge during the Civil War. …. Paper money didn’t have it until 1957 …. The words “Under God” weren’t even in the original Pledge of Allegiance. They were added by Congress in 1954… and many of our founding fathers were either deist or ambivalent about the Christian God, including Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, James Madison, John Adams, Thomas Paine and even George Washington…”

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Last Night in Iowa

February 2nd, 2016 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Always new: Latest Swedish and International News

Palestinian Incitement: Hate-Speech That Kills by Ms. Hotovely, Israel’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs (Ms. Wallström could pay some attention to this)

Michael Moore: My endorsement

The Clinton System

New Jim Crow” Author Michelle Alexander on Hillary Clinton’s Embrace of Mass Incarceration

Clinton was able to seduce black audiences, who ignored some of his actions that were unfriendly, even hostile to blacks. His interrupting his campaign to get a mentally disabled black man, Ricky Ray Rector executed. (Did Mrs. Clinton tear up about this act?) His humiliation of Jesse Jackson. His humiliation of Jocelyn Elders and Lani Gunier. The welfare reform bill that has left thousands of women black, white, yellow and brown destitute, prompting Robert Scheer to write in the San Francisco Chronicle, “To his everlasting shame as president, Clinton supported and signed welfare legislation that shredded the federal safety net for the poor from which he personally had benefited.” (Has Ms. Clinton shed a tear for these women, or did she oppose her husband’s endorsement of this legislation?) His administration saw a high rate of black incarceration as a result of Draconian drug laws that occurred during his regime. He advocated trade agreements that sent thousands of jobs overseas. (Did Mrs. Clinton, with misty eyes, beg him to assess how such trade deals would effect the livelihood of thousands of families, black, white, brown, red and yellow?) He refused to intervene to rescue thousands of Rwandans from genocide. (Did Mrs. Clinton tearfully beseech her husband to intervene on behalf of her African sisters; did Ms. Gloria Steinem, whose word is so influential among millions of white women that she can be credited by some for changing the outcome of a primary, and maybe an election, marshal these forces to place pressure upon Congress to rescue these black women and girls?) Ishmael Reed : Ma and Pa Clinton Flog Uppity Black Man

Just like in some parts of yesterday’s Africa where some people want to be democratically elected president, by hook or by crook::

Clinton voter fraud in Polk County, Iowa Caucus

BBC: Migrant crisis: Finland’s case against immigration

Yesterday I was at the Makode Linde exhibition. Ah, the tax payers’ money! I was there for exactly nine minutes. More about that later – it’s a response about “the struggle” that needs careful articulation.

I have to dash this off and have some pressing matters to attend to before getting back and paying some attention to what has been transpiring in the interesting times in which we live, here in Sweden. For me an important matter tomorrow (if I’m still alive) will be listening to Gunnar Harding reading some of his poetry at Hedengrens at 17.30, when the early darkness sets off against the sky etc., tomorrow evening. Gunnar Harding is said to be Sweden’s premier beat poet, in fact to be the king of Sweden’s beat poets (If there are really any) the Swenglish counterpart of, in alphabetical disorder

Mr. Ginsberg represented here by America or better still his Ode to Plutonium (which my son Nathan and I witnessed him read like a water fall, his lover Peter Orlovsky prancing around in white shorts, absentmindedly scratching his arse on stage, at Kulturhuset sometime in January 1983)

Mr. Ferlinghetti

Mr. Snyder

and neither last nor least

Mr.Corso – represented by Marriage

So, the first time Mr. Harding was introduced as “Sweden’s beat poet”, I imagined him as being composed of the above gentlemen + Jack Kerouac + Neal Cassidy + Old Bull all rolled into one great, giant joint…as in the lines

Let us roll all our strength and all
Our sweetness up into one ball

I was familiar with some of GH’s poetry in the early seventies of the last century, last sat at a table at which he was sitting, it was at the reception after a dear person’s funeral, and I thought of the line

I may look like Robert Frost but I feel just like Jesse James

But back to I-o-wa! And about the Native American names of some of the US states, here’s some history

Last night: As expected Ted Cruz cruised to victory. “As expected” means that I expected it and yes I did after reading this tract from CV (Catholic vote) which I got from a friend and which I was made to understand was being distributed in the 1% Caucus state known as IOWA, the mother of all primaries. The tract in question is entitled Not.Trump

As Trump has previously described Cruz, said to have been born on the other side of the border, not Mexico, but Canada, “He’s A Nasty Guy” and “Nobody likes him”. I don’t like him either and this is for one reason only: he says that on Day One when he becomes president, this is the very first thing he will do: “I will rip to shreds the Iran deal”. It does not look like he wants to give peace a chance.

All said and done he (Cruz) did make a very Presidential type of victory speech last night whereas old Hillary – as expected – even when she only managed to ”overcome” with a mere 0.3%, was – as usual : gushing and horrible.

I have disliked her since her and her husband’s tussles with Brother Obama, and all the things they did and said when she and he were fighting him tooth and nail for the Democratic ticket about nine years ago. If she ever gets elected president I’ll stop following US news and start praying fervently for the salvation of the United States of America. My salvation? You don’t have to worry about that.

Marco Rubio – nothing unlikable about him was also strong – young and strong.

Donald Trump – will probably get a major boost after the next terrorist deed on US soil – he was surprisingly calm and wholly credible in his short speech, after coming second

But last night, gracious BERNIE SANDERS was THE MAN! Judge for yourself: Here’s his victory speech

Of course, God willing, he’s going to take New Hampshire and Vermont…

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“There is no confusion – only difficulties” (William Carlos Williams)

January 29th, 2016 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Always new: Latest Swedish and International News

Israel National News

UK : Prime Minister’s Questions: 27 January 2016

Dayan ha emet : Paul Kantner one of the founding fathers of Jefferson Airplane

That is: life is absolutely simple. In any civilised society everyone should know EVERYTHING there is to know about life at once and always. There should never be permitted, confusion –“(William Carlos Williams – The red wheelbarrow XXII – followed by the prose section) ..the red wheelbarrow followed by his musing (to the imagination)

The aim is true: “There is no confusion – only difficulties” The refugee migrant problem is the herculean task that Sweden’s most capable Minister for Home Affairs Anders Ygeman has been dealing with, credibly, and in the ever- changing, always very demanding circumstances, sincerely and to the best of his ability – for all to see. That’s why it’s no wonder that in this morning’s SvD he is described as being “More popular than his boss

When individuals are at their weakest, society must be at its strongest” is the motto on his website and a terse summation of Social Democracy’s philosophy – that nobody gets left behind, that the strong must help the weak. Perhaps this is what cut-throat society’s rat race Ted Cruz means when he says, “And I think Bernie Sanders is a good candidate for president … of Sweden.”

The bad news for Mr Cruz is that he ain’t ever gonna be the next potus of America either, no matter how hard he tries and this is basically because of his “forgetting” to report the $1 million loan he got from Goldman Sachs to help fund his campaign to get a seat in the senate

Sweden : As a political commentator lamented only yesterday, it looks like the reporting of each and every matter to the KU (Constitutional Committee) is now being used as a political weapon

- Within the past few days Margot Wallström has already been reported twice (it serves her right) and now it looks like it’s Mr. Prime Minister’s turn as he is being reported to the KU for something like “gross mismanagement of the refugee crisis”, which is surely not fair? So, what are the alternatives to reporting to the KU, if and when it’s not a violation of legal constitutional procedure? Cornelius Ignoramus asketh.

A day is a long time in politics and yesterday was a long day for our Prime Minister as he faced a barrage of questions in parliament

The Prime Minister’s Question Time

I fear for the survival of the current government if the KU series continues, especially after the Sweden Democrats’ promise that they will vote for the Conservatives’ budget proposals this autumn

A hard-hitting indictment: Sweden: A Church with No Conscience

It’s never a dull moment in the USA, Land of the Free:
Even his enemies agree that he – Donald Trump

is a genius at getting all the media attention that he needs. He decides to not show up at the losers’ debate and the media focus is on him and not at all on them but on him as he holds his own alternative show, a fund-raising event (raised $6 million) – for respected US veterans.

Meanwhile, the media spin will soon begin to hit the Democrats’ front runner Ms Hillary Clinton.

Try this for size: Hillary Clinton: The Bride of Frankenfood

More from Global Research: Hillary Clinton

Brother Nathanael

Old news: The politically correct Jeb Bush (said to have already spent over $79 million in the Republican primaries): Unwed Mothers Should Be Publicly Shamed to Teach Them a Lesson (neither he nor Cruz could say such a thing in 21st century Sweden or even Ireland, and survive…

Mugabe on gay marriage

Torah Portion : Yitro

Rabbi Yosef Mizrachi: Yitro

TORAH FOR THE NATIONS: The weekly Torah portion and its lessons for all people: Yitro, Exodus 18:1-20:23: Courts of Law

Stockholm candle-lighting 15.38

Shabbat Shalom everybody!

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It’s the time of the year

January 28th, 2016 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Heroes of Israel: Chief Rabbi Lau


Latest Swedish and International News

How Iran Rejoined the World’s Economy in Just 10 Days

Russians let Hizballah into Daraa

World, please wake up! 71 years after the Holocaust, here is Jordanian Professor Salah Al-Khalidi preaching incitement, that The Palestinians Will Rid the World of the Jews

Sweden : According to the latest Novus opinion poll it’s neck and neck, the Social Democrats at 24.4% leading the Conservatives by a hairsbreadth, Anna Kinberg Batra’s party at 23.9% and the Sweden Democrats at 20.3% whilst Batra’s Alliance partners the Christian Democrats (KD) out for the count are still hovering slightly below the margins of annihilation….

The Social Democrats have to get their act together or lose power. About the refugee crisis, even Angel Merkel the humanitarian is no longer sitting safely on her throne. The Social Democrats understand all this:

After the fall (in the opinion polls) the party tops require new S policy

An interesting article here giving reasons why it should be “un-Swedish” to be nationalistic. To what extent will the Sweden Democrats agree about what is “un-Swedish” according to that article and elsewhere? As for me, I’m often that (“nationalistic”) when the Swedish national football team is playing against any other country’s team and even the thought “The Russians are coming” makes me feel extra nationalistic or maybe a better word to describe the conditions of heart and mind would be “ patriotic” even knowing full well that Johnson said that “Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel” – so let it be – scoundrels y’all and Polar Prize Winner Bob Dylan takes support from Johnson when he sings

They say that patriotism is the last refuge to which a scoundrel clings; steal a little and they throw you in jail. Steal a lot and then they make you king” –

although one of the meanings that I understand here is him referring to people like himself and some of the others, stealing my blues…like in the story of St. Augustine, the pirate and Alexander the Great

Sweden: Refugee crisis latest: Up to 80,000 Asylum seekers could be deported
(part of the problem is verifying that people are from where they claim to be coming from i.e. Syria, Iraq etc and not from some other places…

Sweden plans to expel up to 80,000 asylum-seekers: minister

It’s now World News (although prospective refugees probably don’t read the papers : “The announcement comes after a teenage asylum seeker was arrested on suspicion of murdering a female employee at a youth refugee centre in Molndal, near Gothenburg, earlier this week”:

SWEDEN TO EXPEL UP TO 80,000 Migrants

More big news: Margot Wallström’s Foreign Affairs Department investigates

USA: It’s eight long months to November and the upcoming US presidential elections are heating up.

With or without an apology, can this be true?

Oh no, not my Hillary!

This can’t be true in the land of Lincoln?

And now she wants to be the first female president, the best and greatest US president ever.

Who wants to be her running mate?


Red Hot Chili Peppers Announce Concert for Bernie Sanders and if John Lennon were alive today, he would probably be singing “Working class hero” together



Big name news: Noam Chomsky who actually needs no introduction as an intellectual icon of The Left has just endorsed Bernie Sanders

It’s true : Bernie Sanders gets support from Noam Chomsky

Hillary is probably happy about this, since there’s no way that Chomsky would ever endorse someone like her….or her friend Donald the name caller who to be sure must think that that they’re all ” commies”

a wide spectrum of establishment media insisted that Bernie Sanders couldn’t win. Now they’re sounding the alarm that he might.”… and the media hasn’t even started on Ms Clinton yet…

More honest news about Bernie of the Left, by the Left

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Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day

January 27th, 2016 by Cornelius Hamelberg

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

International Holocaust Remembrance Day, 2016

It was 71 years ago that the remaining 7,600 prisoners who had survived in the Auschwitz Concentration Camp were liberated by the Red Army on 27th January 1945

Today in history

Something to think about: A photo from Rabbi Sacks’ timeline

Holocaust Memorial Day 2016: Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis -

Latest Swedish and International News

Germany: Holocaust Art being exhibited in Berlin

Sweden: 91 year old survivor Hédi Fried is afraid that Europe will forget

The third generation of survivors transmit the stories further

Björn Wiman: Underestimating the danger paved the way to the abyss

Sweden: Politics: The Social Democrats are definitely no longer the biggest party in Sweden – I think that the fallout from the various phases of the refugee crisis, not to mention the antics of foreign minister Wallström have contributed to the general downfall of the Social Democrats in the most recent opinion polls. Observers of the on-going drama are witnessing a reverse of the old missionary position, and Anna Kinberg Batra’s Conservative Moderate Party is now on top.

The question being asked is ”Should the Conservatives try to unseat the government, and then take over the leadership with an Alliance Government?

It is also being observed that kingmaker Jimmie Åkesson is openly flirting with Anna Kinberg Batra

How a call for early elections would destabilise the Swedish economy and other market forces is another question …

The United States’ and the upcoming presidential elections: I’ll be damned. As Adorno said- – no matter what he may have meant, writing poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric and I myself have been living behind the times and that’s why I thought that the Clinton-Sanders debate had been scheduled for Tuesday night, when in fact it took place on Monday night, the same night as the Swedish Sports Oscars. So last night I finally watched the complete video of the CNN Iowa Democratic Presidential Town Hall event

I was also wrong about I thought would be the format as in previous debates, 90 minutes to reply etc., but it wasn’t even a “debate” – at least not between the candidates – it was a moderator and some chosen people from the floor fielding no unexpected questions, first to a fiery Bernie Sanders for approximately 40 minutes, soul on fire, mostly up on his feet and hollering throughout – I think that he did a fantastic job and was convincing – followed by Baltimore Mayor O’Malley (I had forgotten he was still alive) and then another 40 tortuous minutes of having to listen to old lady Hillary dressed in red (black pantaloons) Dolly Parton style headgear -with a sense of entitlement, prancing around on stage speaking of her greatness. It was painful, but I watched and listened to the end. Some politicians are lawyers, some are professional liars, others professional story tellers. Old friends, as Trump has formerly described slick Hillary, well here’s the list and Trump says that she’s the worst foreign secretary that America has ever had: ‘Hillary Clinton was the worst Secretary of State in history… she killed hundreds of thousands of people with her stupidity

The US under Hillary? Pitiful. Surely, the US can do better than that? I can imagine the ribaldry and the jokes

Well, I listened to the end and as for the last question which she answered and for which she was so well prepared, a question about “when she becomes “president”; if only she could have been one iota more humble she could have started answering that question with at least a holy preamble such as, “By the grace of God – when or if I become president” – and she would have thus won over some of the Christian fellowship — but so full of herself she went on and on, giving cause to this thought: is there not anyone else ? As Trump infamously said, “She can’t even satisfy her husband” – and so, we will have to leave it at that and not talk about satisfying America, the Ayatollahs, the world, the settlers, outer space, the universe.

Trump says that he is boycotting the next Republican debate and rightly so, they have been ganging up on him and have been treating him unfairly – so if he objects to the moderator there could be a better one – and if not why not – is it better to make a martyr out of him?

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