Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Once upon a time [Friday 3 February 2006 or five days ago], a rather stubborn and determined middle-aged man decided to record for posterity, exactly as it happened, word by word and step by step, the story of another man for indeed what is great in man is that he is a bridge and not a goal, a somewhat paranoiac fellow unmarried, unattached, and quite irresponsible, who had decided to lock himself in a room a furnished room with a private bath, cooking facilities, a bed, a table, and at least one chair ...
-Raymond Federman, Double or Nothing

Violence and the Lack of Spiritual Humour
Anyone who appreciates the relationship between philosophy and politics should want to take a look at this site political theory daily review : From Around the World and Denmark, Jyllands-Posten, the newspaper that first published the cartoons of Muhammad, refused to run drawings lampooning Jesus Christ three years ago (and here are cartoons mocking Jews and Christians). Der Spiegel interviews Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Is this a clash of civilizations or just a conflict between western radicals and Islamic fundamentalists? Robert Fisk on why this isn't an issue of Islam versus Secularism. Western governments have nothing to apologize for. An article on the misplaced defense of free speech, but why can't Muslims take a joke? René Descartes, where are you now that the world needs you?
War of Nerves: Chemical Warfare From World War I to Al-Qaeda and JI The poisonous legacy of the chemical arms race
By JI The Cold Truth of Freedom & the Poisonous Anthrax