Friday, December 25, 2015

泡在水里的公园

Grüner See (Green Lake), Tragöß, Styria, Austria

还剩下几天,多灾多难的2015年就要划上句号了,根据过去100年来,羊年的特点就是战乱纷争不断。
就好像1919的羊年,第一次世界大战在梵尔赛条约的签定下终於结束,而印度甘地也在同年发起了非暴力不合作运动,反对英国在印度的殖民统治。
1931羊年,日寇发动9.18 事变------------1991羊年迎来了苏联的跨台,同年爆发海湾战争。2003羊年,美国强行侵占伊拉克。

至於2016年的火猴,又将会是以那一种姿态登场呢?不须算命师来预测推算,稍微有关注全球时局趋势者皆目睹:以巴战争、叙利亚战争仍旧持续,那些伊斯兰国妖魔依然张牙舞爪。令人忧心的是,单靠一个俄罗斯,如何把这些恶魔彻底歼灭呢?还得提防美国、土耳其以及阿联酋在背后的暗算。
美国「大中东计划」下的副产品,就是制造了庞大的难民潮,接着,美国把所有的难民问题,好像派大礼似的,全送给欧洲北约盟友们去承担。欧洲国家已逐步陷进美国所设计的泥沼深潭里去,难怪保加利亚灵媒Baba Vanga 曾经预言,极端分子将会把欧洲搞得天翻地覆,最终会使欧洲「不复存在」。


Grüner See (Green Lake), Tragöß, Styria, Austria

还是暂时把这些烦心锁事放置一旁,先去看一些能让人达到心平气和效果的照片吧!

靠近奥地利小镇Tragoess ,有一个美丽的公园叫做Gruner See ( Green Lake)。冬季里,宁静翠绿的草原、水深仅有1至2公尺(3至6英尺)的湖泊,是公园里野餐和徒步的居民们最留恋享受的景点。




Wooden bench in overflowed Green Lake

公园旁边就是高耸的Hochschwab Moutains,到了春天,山顶上的积雪开始溶化,顺着山坡流下,汇集到山脚下的盆地,把原本的小湖变成大湖, 整座公园慢慢淹没在清澈的融冰中,形成了一个湖底公园。


Wooden bench in overflowed Green Lake

公园里的长椅、茂盛的树木、桥梁全部浸在水里,湖泊面积从平常的2平方公里,扩展到4平方公里以上。由於水下有大量绿草和树木,呈现着与众不同的绿色,阳光直射水底,大树、草地、枯木和悠游的鱼群构成一幅奇特景观,每年6月这里的水位最高,深达12公尺(40英尺)也是潜水爱好者最向往探索的地方。


Wooden bridge in overflowed Green Lake



为了一窥宛如魔法世界的美丽湖底公园,夏季时,各地潜水客皆蜂拥而至。他们可以跟着鱼儿,在绿草如茵的地面、桥梁、蜿蜒的公路、小径、岩石、树木间悠闲地游来游去,累了还可以坐在长椅上小憩片刻,继续欣赏着水底下的童话世界。每年7月底,Green Lake 的水位开始下降,公园又再回复到半年前的本来面貌。



Wednesday, December 16, 2015

金针菜


以前,家里煮食所用的金针菜,都是从杂货店买那些已经晒干的进口货。无论是蒸鸡、蒸猪肉、煮斋菜,配上金针和云耳,就成了一道清爽美味又健康的菜肴了。后来听说许多干的金针菜都经过硫磺烟熏,以达到保色、防腐及避免氧化的效果,难怪有时会吃到酸味,那是残余的硫磺味道。从此,金针菜也不再出现在俺家的餐桌上了。



金针菜(daylily)也叫做黄花菜,学名萱草,也叫忘忧草。据《诗经》记载,古代有位妇人,因为丈夫去了远方从军,自己在家栽种一些萱草,看着那些黄色美丽的花朵,也可以稍为解愁忘忧,所以就有了「忘忧草」的雅名。

苏东坡曾赋曰:“ 萱草虽微花,孤秀能自拔,亭亭乱叶中,一一芳心插” 。这里的“芳心”,就是指母亲的爱心
至於白居易,为了他晚年的知己刘禹锡因屡遭贬谪的身世,予以安慰而诗云:“ 杜康能散闷,萱草解忘忧”。



据说,金针菜不单是有营养价值,还有药用价值,金针菜的花,有健胃、通乳、补血的功效。如果乳汁分泌不足的妈妈们,金针菜的花就可以起到通乳下奶的作用。金针菜的叶,则有安神的作用,能治疗神经衰落、心烦失眠、体虚浮肿等症。至於金针菜的根,也有利尿和消肿的功效,可以酿酒。
通常人们食用的,是金针菜的花蕾,那些嫩绿嫩绿呈细长条状的花蕾,味鲜质嫩,含有丰富的花粉、糖、蛋白质、维生素C、钙、胡萝卜素、氨基酸等养分。金针菜性味甘凉,有止血、消炎、清热、利湿、消食、明目、安神等功效。难怪小时候,俺几乎三天两头都会吃到金针菜搭配的菜肴。

金针菜还有健脑抗衰老的功效,因其含有丰富的卵磷脂,这种物质是机体中许多细胞,特别是大脑细胞的组成成分,对增强和改善大脑功能有重要的作用,同时能清除动脉内的沉积物,对注意力不集中、记忆力减退、脑动脉阻塞等症状有特殊疗效,所以金针菜也被称为「健脑菜」。据研究表明,金针菜能显著降低血清胆固醇的含量,对高血压患者来说,金针菜可以作为他们的保健菜。金针菜中亦含有抑制癌细胞生长的有效成分,丰富的粗纤维能促进大便的排泄,可达到清肠排毒的功效。




在金马伦高原,随处都种有金针菜,菜市场上一包包看起来新鲜脆绿的金针菜,当然是咱们的首选。回家把金针菜冲洗干净,在锅里放姜片、蒜末,再放金针菜,加点绍兴酒去腥,也可以平衡金针菜的凉性,最后放点盐调味,一大盘香气清甜爽口的金针菜,不到一会儿,就被一扫而空。
金针菜的其他功效还没有显现之前,俺首先就尝到了它的清肠排毒功效。算起来,吃了好多美味的金针菜的那天晚上,俺去了10趟洗手间,就好像灌肠后,把所有的宿便都清除得干干净净。

原来新鲜的金针菜含有一种叫做秋水仙碱 (Colchicine)的物质,这种物质在人体代谢过程中,会变成氧化二秋水仙碱,对一些人的肠胃造成强烈的刺激,随而产生恶心、胃痛、腹泻的症状。不过这种反应也是因人而异,家里一堆人都没拉肚子,偏偏只有俺一个。

至於干品的金针菜,由於秋水仙碱在晒干的过程中已被破坏掉,所以就不会有刺激肠胃的情况出现。杂货店的老板说,避免金针菜有残余的二氧化硫,可以先用热水泡过,使二氧化硫溶於水中。食用新鲜的金针菜,应先在热水中焯一下,然后再炒得熟透,不要多吃,仅吃一点点就好。





Wednesday, December 9, 2015

QQ的虾仁



也不知从何时开始,许多人吃东西要讲究口感,鱼丸要弹牙、芽菜要爽口、虾仁也要爽口兼弹牙;鸡、鸭、牛、羊、猪肉都得入口嫩滑;油炸鬼、咸煎饼、炸香蕉、炸蕃薯芋头等等,就连炸葱头仔,只要是脆卜卜的就认定是好吃。

记得许多年以前,曾经在隆市一间大酒店的中餐厅吃点心。当小蒸笼的盖子被揭开,晶莹剔透的虾饺皮底下,一颗颗看起来新鲜肥美的虾仁令人垂涎三尺。那是俺生平第一次,吃到这么爽口又弹牙的虾仁,当时俺还傻傻的认为,大酒店的食材,真是宁舍不同的吧!?

可后来友人告诉我,她的孩子就在那酒店上班,他的主厨曾经私下叮嘱,最好不要吃虾仁,因为虾仁都是由供应商处理好才送过来的,而且全都是加了「料」的。据说,要使虾仁变得肥美又爽口兼弹牙,只要加上「综合磷酸盐」,就能得到肉质厚实、口感很Q的效果。

美味的虾也是一种腐食性动物,虾的食道累积不少的过敏原,而虾的经济价值却相对很高。在养殖过程中,通常都会加入使虾能够速长的药物、防止生病的抗生素,还有在运送过程中避免损坏的防腐剂,然后就是让虾看起来更具卖相的添加物。




据说,在肉品行业生产的过程中,为了使制品形态完整、色泽好、质嫩、切面有光泽,常会掺入一些磷酸盐,以增加肉的保水性,改善肉制成品的鲜嫩度和粘结性。磷酸盐分有好几种,如焦磷酸钠 (Pyrophosphate,代号E450)、三聚磷酸钠 (Sodium triphosphate)、六偏磷酸钠 (Sodium hexametaphosphate,E452(i) )等。各种磷酸盐可以单独使用,也可以把几种磷酸盐,按不同比例组成复合磷酸盐使用,效果会更好。至於泡过「综合磷酸盐」的虾仁,会增加重量20到35%,让业者可以增加获利。







在大多数的食品中,磷酸盐扮演着稳定、保色、防止变质腐败等多功能角色,但是,人体一旦摄入太多磷,会阻止体内的钙充分吸受和利用,容易引起骨折、牙齿脱落和骨骼变形。

据研究显示,动植物体内在自然状态下,本来就含有「磷」,而膳食中的磷酸盐食量过多时,能在肠道中与钙结合成难溶於水的正磷酸钙,从而降低钙的吸收,造成钙的横定失调,导致人体内发生缺钙又缺磷的情况下,骨骼组织中会自然释出钙和磷来补充不足的部分。长此下去,就会造成发育迟缓、骨骼畸形、骨质疏松、甲状腺肿大、钙化性肾机能不全、肾结石等疾病。还会促使血管钙化变脆、慢性肾脏病、心血管疾病、高血压、癌症等。

磷几乎无处不在,人们往往摄取过量却不自知。天然食物中的有机磷,人体吸收有限,至於食品添加物所含的无机磷,人体吸收率几乎达到100%。所以,那些色泽出奇的鲜艳、口感极佳、爽脆弹牙、又能存放长时间而不易腐败的食品,都一定是经过磷酸盐等添加物的处理。




加工的「食品」好吃,未加工的「食物」不好吃,可是加工的「食品」对身体是一个负担,因为身体要代谢一大堆有毒的物质确是很辛苦,所以,我们应该要选择吃「食物」?还是贪图那QQ的口感而去吃那些加工的「食品」呢?



Wednesday, December 2, 2015

蔗渣板和胶水肉



大约在20世纪初,德国首创把零零碎碎的木削,加上合成树脂胶粘剂,加热再用机器压成了一块块可以用来做家具的「刨花板」(particle board)。用木质纤维以及植物纤维制成的人造板,也叫做微粒板、颗粒板、蔗渣板。人造板主要包括有胶合板、刨花板、纤维板(fiberboard)和三夹板等。






制造人造板的胶粘剂,是以甲醛(formaldehyde / methanal)为原料生产,这种胶粘剂中总会残留有反应不完全的游离甲醛。最常见的就是新装修的房子、新家具、甚至新的车子里面,都会充斥着一股刺鼻的气味,过度强烈时,会导致人的眼睛和喉咙不舒服,这就是残余的甲醛继续释放在空气中的原故。
甲醛是最常见的室内空气污染毒物,甲醛对人体黏膜,比如咽喉、眼睛和鼻腔等,会造成黏膜细胞的伤害,引起慢性呼吸道疾病。甲醛也会导致皮肤过敏,肝炎、肺炎、肾脏损害,严重者甚至会变成癌症。






美国人的脑袋可灵活,竟然把德国人制造蔗渣板的概念,推展运用到食物方面去了。好几十年前,美国餐厅就已经开始售卖所谓的restructured beef 和 reconstituted beef。 把牛肉中的筋抽掉,以meat glue把小块的牛肉重新黏合,放入一个模型重组成统一规格的肉块,这种就叫做restructured beef。至於reconstituted beef 或 emulsified meat,则是把零零碎碎、各个部位卖相不好的肉渣混合,加入添加剂,压缩而成的汉堡肉。






这种神奇的粉状肉类黏合剂(meat glue)究竟是啥东东?为什么可以好像胶水般,把碎肉黏合成完整的肉扒和汉堡肉呢?
原来所谓的meat glue ,是一种可以催化转酰基反应,从而导致蛋白质发生交联的酶(enzyme),这种酶有个学名,叫做Transglutaminase(转谷氨酰胺酶,俗称TG酶)。TG 酶遇到蛋白质,就能产生重新黏合的效果,还黏得非常稳固,就算把肉块丢进锅里煎炸焖煮,那块胶水肉都不会散掉。於是,神奇meat glue 被广泛使用于肉制品、鱼肉制品、植物蛋白制品、焙烤制品等等。以前的酶,是来自於动物的血液中,现在则取自於细菌发酵。





至於胶水肉,也叫做组合肉、重组肉,即指将剩余的肉块切成不同大小颗粒、薄片、或细条的形状,混以食盐、磷酸盐(phosphate),然后按摩滚打,又或以盐溶性蛋白质作为黏合剂,经加压成各种不同形状的制品,包括绞肉、合成肉块、肉条等。

多年前,美国和日本都曾经发生过有人因吃下没有完全烤熟的重组汉堡肉而死亡的事件;这些致命的汉堡肉,都曾在加工过程中,受到大肠杆菌感染。因为胶水肉是由很多不同的小肉块所黏成,如果其中一块肉含有细菌,自然就会把其他肉块也污染了。




其实,消费者每天吃得津津有味的牛排、羊排、鸡排、火锅肉片、鸡块、香肠、肉丸、鱼丸、汉堡肉等,都是以牛、羊、猪、鸡、鱼那些边边角角的肉丁、肉渣、内脏、皮等等,再以淀粉、meat glue等把碎肉黏合,挤压成肉柱再切片而成。




如果要让重组牛肉卖相更好,色香味俱全,就一定要加入粉末牛油。固态牛油要制成牛油粉,除了添加粉类让油和粉结合,也一定要加防腐剂才能长久保鲜。

有人会认为,价格便宜的牛排才会有重组肉,那些贵价的就一定是原片的肉。结果有牛肉业者向媒体爆料,现在重组肉的技术已经进步得简直出神入化,不但火锅店那些圆滚滚的肉片,是由重组肉的「肉柱」薄切而成,就连中高价的沙朗 (sirloin)、菲力(fillet)、丁骨(T-bone)、超大块的厚切牛排,通通都可以拼凑出来。至於价格更高、富含油脂的牛小排 (short ribs),也根本难不倒那些组合肉类的高手,只要用背肩肉黏合上脂肪,再加上化学嫩精,就能制造出诱人口感的牛小排了。

在日本也曾经发生过,业者在来自澳洲和纽西兰的牛肉中进行注射,冒充霜降牛肉,并将用meat glue 黏成的合成肉冒充作贵价的和牛。




1983年,卖当劳推出了麦克鸡块,那是将鸡肉经过加工并搅拌成肉浆后,再加入面包粉然后油炸而成。
2003年,一群肥胖的青少年控告麦当劳提供的垃圾食物,损害了他们的健康。当时的纽约联邦法官虽然驳回了这宗案件,但是在他的判决书有一段如此写道:
“麦克鸡块不止是锅子里的炸鸡而已,它是由家庭料理不会用到的许多成分所制造出来的麦当劳怪物。”

美国密西西比大学医学中心的一项研究发现,两大速食连锁业者出售的鸡块,所含的鸡肉成分只有40%到50%,其他成分是脂肪、鸡皮、血管、神经细胞和鸡骨碎片。

2010年7月,CNN 报导在一项研究中发现,美国麦当劳的麦克鸡块,含有橡胶化学物。麦当劳用的化学物叫做「聚二甲基矽氧烷」(Polydimethylsiloxane),那是常被用来制造橡皮黏土的原料,而麦当劳却是在炸鸡块时,用来防止油产生气泡。麦克鸡块还被检测出,含有特丁基对苯二酚(tert-Butylhydroquinone,简称 TBHQ)的防腐剂。TBHQ 作为食品添加剂的E编码为E319,此外,也常用於油漆、清漆及树脂中。

麦当劳的「粉红色大蛇」,即是准备被制造成麦克鸡的组合肉,这个由鸡骨、鸡皮、脂肪、内脏与血管等组织混合而成的条状物,麦当劳用阿摩尼亚(氨水)消除细菌,同时用人工调味给组合肉增添美味。为了改善「大蛇」那诡异的粉红色,「胶水肉」也会被重新再染色。









Tuesday, November 24, 2015

人、不如狗



二战末期,日寇训练了一批狂热的军国主义年轻人,成立一支「神风敢死队」(kamikaze);一个飞行员,驾驶一架只有单程燃料兼装满炸药的飞机,瞄准了美国的航空母舰就直冲目标,实行自杀攻击,小刀锯大树,以最少资源获取最高破坏力。

这种在军国主义影响下的精神病、把自己的死亡当作牺牲的自杀式袭击、以达到杀害和打击敌方信念的恐怖手段,往后全被伊斯兰宗教极端主义的恐怖分子承传下来了。

巴勒斯坦和以色列长年的冲突之下,美国援助下的以色列,拥有许多高科技武器,相比有着健全军事体系的以色列,巴勒斯坦则是处於极度弱势的地位。尤以哈马斯恐怖组织,不断使用人体制作自杀式爆炸去对抗以色列。而恐怖组织的任何举动,都能成为以色列报复的把柄,一起自杀性爆炸,就足以引来以色列对巴勒斯坦的狂攻滥炸、摧毁民房,同时也炸死许多无辜的老百姓。


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回顾上世纪80年代,苏联入侵阿富汗,美国和沙特把亿万的资金,通过巴基斯坦资助培训“圣战”人员返回阿富汗,参加反抗苏联的斗争。
当年巴基斯坦第6任总统Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq,将其中大部分的钱给了宗教信仰最极端的阿富汗游击队领导人。1989年苏联撤离阿富汗,巴基斯坦军方和情报部门,继续支持伊斯兰极端分子,让他们在印属克什米尔地区搞斗争。

1994年,Benazir Bhutto的政府,也决定给与宗教狂热著称的前对抗苏联分子支持,称他们为塔利班,意即伊斯兰教的学生。在美国和巴基斯坦的支助下,塔利班於1996年控制了阿富汗首都 Kabul。
巴基斯坦原以为通过帮助阿富汗实现和平,就可以将自己的影响力扩展到石油资源丰富的中亚地区,岂知却搞出一大群妖魔鬼怪祸害人间。

据统计,单在2010年,就有1224名巴基斯坦国民在自杀性恐怖袭击事件中死亡,其中遇难平民为1041人,塔利班选择的人肉炸弹,大部分是年龄在12岁到17岁的孩子,连8岁儿童也不放过。在阿富汗和巴基斯坦边境地区,塔利班给穷苦人家的孩子提供免费食宿,甚至给这些家庭一些津贴,而大多数的孩子,都是克什米尔和阿富汗战争的下一代或遗孤,战斗,就是他们生命的一部分,也是他们唯一认识的一件事。
在宗教学校里,孩子们不许读报、看电视、听收音机等等,就只能读《可兰经》。塔利班以教授可兰经帮他们洗脑,教他们使用手枪、冲锋枪、火箭炮、手榴弹和各种炸弹,告诉他们用这些武器来对付异教徒,最后,教他们如何进行自杀性袭击。被洗脑后的孩子们都相信,塔利班为他们提供了上天堂的捷径,消灭异教徒就是尽忠他们的真主,当人肉炸弹是一份荣誉,能使他们成为乡间邻里的大英雄。


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毒辣的车臣非法武装分子,把那些死在战斗中非法分子的寡妻或姐妹,煽动她们为亲人报仇,把她们变成不惜屠戮老弱妇孺的冷血杀手——黑寡妇。还有一类“人肉炸弹”,是被车臣恐怖分子掳劫并惨遭凌辱的无辜少女。高加索山区少女一旦失去贞操,就被所有人唾弃,连亲人也拒不接受,在恐怖分子灌输宗教极端思想,甚至强制吸毒后,这些可怜的少女就只有走上自杀攻击的死路。

自9.11以来,美国开始打着反恐的口号,邀同它的北约盟友先后出兵阿富汗、伊拉克、也门、利比亚、索马里、叙利亚。另一方面,美国和沙特却资助伊斯兰极端分子,在个别国家成立武装叛军扳倒该国的政权,导致恐怖主义日益蔓延扩散,恐怖分子组织越加壮大。


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2015年11月13日法国巴黎及其近郊,连续发生恐怖攻击事件,造成130多人遇害,300多人受伤。恐怖分子在身上绑上自杀式炸弹,带着枪支在法国首都的心脏地带,进行恐怖袭击行动。事后,恐怖组织伊斯兰国(IS)公告,法国继续是伊斯兰国的主要目标,并警告法国,这次袭击只是风暴的开始。

11月18日凌晨时分,法国警方精锐部队的110名警员,带着反恐警犬Diesel (柴油)往圣德尼市中心一所公寓顶楼围剿恐怖分子。在突袭行动中,一名女嫌犯手持AK-47步枪向警方扫射,然后引爆身上的炸弹,身处最前线的Diesel 被炸成了碎片。Diesel 是一头7岁的比利时牧羊犬,曾经立下许多赫赫军功,接受过嗅出爆裂物的专业训练,所以牠会死死咬住身穿自杀式炸弹背心的女恐怖分子。

Diesel 殉职后,法国警方的官网布满了向“柴油”致敬和悼念的讯息。在推特上出现了一个新的热门标签——“Je suis chien” (我是狗狗)。全球各地网友用“ Je suis chien” 的标签发布了数万条推文,一些网友把自己的爱犬照片写上“Je suis chien ”,向法国英雄狗狗Diesel 致敬。一名法国警员说:“ 我们就像失去了一位挚爱的同袍。”


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俄罗斯已经决定送一只牧羊小犬给法国,以替代牺牲的警犬Diesel,小狗叫做Dobaynya。(那是以俄罗斯民间传说中,以能力、善良和勇气著称的英雄Dobrynya Nikitch 而命名)



Wednesday, November 18, 2015

转载:Ignorance and Indoctrination of Westerners Kills Millions

Andre Vltchek is a philosopher, novelist, filmmaker and investigative journalist. He covered wars and conflicts in dozens of countries. His latest books are: “Exposing Lies Of The Empire” and  Fighting Against Western Imperialism Discussion with Noam Chomsky: On Western TerrorismPoint of No Return is his critically acclaimed political novel. Oceania - a book on Western imperialism in the South Pacific. His provocative book about Indonesia: “Indonesia – The Archipelago of Fear”. Andre is making films for teleSUR and Press TV. After living for many years in Latin America and Oceania, Vltchek presently resides and works in East Asia and the Middle East. He can be reached through his websiteor his Twitter.

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Our Planet Earth is heading straight towards the most dangerous collision in its history. It is not a collision with some foreign body, with an asteroid or a comet, but with the most brutal and selfish chunk of its own inhabitants: with people who proudly call themselves “members of the Western civilization.”
Again and again it is clearly demonstrated that Western culture, which the paramount psychologist Carl Jung used to call “pathology”, couldn’t be trusted.
This “culture” had already mercilessly slaughtered several hundreds of millions of people in all corners of the world; it enslaved entire continents, and plundered all that had any value, whether it was located above or under the surface of earth.

Inhabitants of Europe, the United States, as well as rulers of the client states, showed chilling indifference towards the suffering of their victims.
They also demonstrated utmost ignorance and the highest level of indoctrination!
For centuries, citizens of France, United Kingdom, Belgium, Spain, Portugal and other Western nations were staring at the battle ships leaving their shores, sailing towards Asia, Latin America and Africa … Mouths open wide; they were pretending that they did not really know what horrors these ships were going to spread. When the ships returned, packed with slaves and unimaginable booty, they shut down their brains, claimed ignorance once again, attributing thriving of their cities and states to some “Western ingenuity, enterprising spirit and hard work,” but definitely not to terror, rape and appalling plunder of the world.
What Germans did, gazing at the chimneys of the concentration camps that were regurgitating thick smoke of the victims of Holocaust and then claiming that “they did not know”, was exactly what all Europeans did for centuries and millennia, when their troops and “investments” into all sorts of Crusades, were looting and brutalizing everyone on the surface of our Planet.
Throughout the history, holocausts have been performed, again and again, all over Africa, in the Middle East, in Latin America, Caribbean, sub-Continent, and Asia Pacific, even in Oceania.
The Westerners never lifted a finger to stop crimes that their states have been committing! As long as they were getting fat, why should they? Their servile and cowardly intellectuals are still refusing, with some tiny exceptions that do not constitute even 1 percent, to depict gruesome destruction, humiliation and torment of “the others”. Western philosophers are locked at the sclerotic institutions called universities, whoring for tenures, instead of describing the world in all its sickening dismay. The media and artists are not fairing any better.
The role of Christianity has been vast and monstrous. In a foreseeable future I will dedicate an essay that will describe its responsibility for the global genocide, as well as a slender but provocative philosophic book on the same topic, co-authored with one of the leading Christian theologians. Christianity (even its non-religious forms called “secularism” or “atheism”) has been spreading intolerance, bigoted dogmas, exclusivism and complexes of superiority. It offered justification; it even inspired the crusades, colonial expansionism, mass murder as well as destruction of entire local cultures.
And yet, the same bandit nations, the same cowardly but sadistic culture, the same perverse religion, are still clinging to power, still torturing and murdering the millions.
Their gangrenous sisters, capitalism and nihilism, are brainwashing people all over the world, while driving them into dark valleys of despair.
It is because their weapons of mass destruction are the deadliest, their propaganda the most advanced, their opposition the most indoctrinated and their opposition almost non-existent!
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War after war, genocide after genocide, the Westerners are still playing dumb! They refuse to acknowledge whet they are doing to the world.
When over 100 French people died during a bizarre recent string of attacks in Paris (who was behind them? West’s allies – jihadists, or maybe their own establishment?), Europeans began mourning their own victims – and pointing fingers at “the others”. People all over the world, either too scared to say “no” or too brainwashed as well, began expressing solidarity with the French nation.
Part of “The Jungle”, a terrible refugee camp near the French city of Calais, went ablaze. Refugees got attacked all over Europe, as “retaliation”. But retaliation for what? After all, refugees were only escaping their countries that were ruined and plundered by both Europe and the United States!
But this is not how a common European was instructed to see the world.
The common European and North American is much more submissive to the regime, than a common inhabitant of any other part of the world. He or she learns what is required to be learned, listens attentively what the media/propaganda people digest and serve. Debates are almost always within the permitted framework.
A common citizen of a Western country devours hours of bizarre entertainment daily (including “news entertainment”). They watch dozens of propaganda films and clips, every year. He or she can hardly make any distinction between reality and fiction, anymore. Such a citizen is willing to sacrifice billions of men, women and children all over the world just for their own material benefits and wellbeing.
All he or she knows, all he or she feels is (somehow abstractly) is that they are somehow “superior” to the rest of humanity; that their culture is exceptional and predestined to rule the world. All heor she senses is that he or she has the right to consume and to use all the natural resources of the world, and that their government can decide which country outside the Western realm should be allow to stand and which would be forced to fall.
Millions of human lives lost in the Middle East, tens of millions of men, women and children murdered by imperialism in Africa? Who cares? Who bloody cares? Westerner eats, copulates, sometimes works and then he either tries to enjoy his life, or he fights for much better benefits… for himself, or for herself. Rest of the world is there to provide or to subsidize such benefits; that is all.
The dumber they, the Westerners, are, the more self-assured and arrogant their worldview. You see people like this in a pub, but you also see them controlling all international organizations, even the UN agencies. Those big, beefy, tall Germans, Scandinavians, North Americans, Brits – speaking with air of a stone superiority to those “agile Asians, clumsy Africans and insecure Arabs”! Telling them what to do, how to run their societies. Absolutely no shame! You would never hear them lamenting: “We fucked up the world. We raped the planet. We are still doing it…” Never.
No apologies, no remorse, no grand plan for how to reverse the flow, how to return at least some part of what had been stolen and how to stop murdering.
Of course, everywhere you go, you read stuff like “May Peace Prevail on Earth!”
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Yes, over 100 people died in Paris. Right before that, almost 50 died in Beirut, Lebanon. While thousands are dying in Yemen, every month… While 17,000 already vanished in Iran – victims of West-sponsored terrorism… While hundreds of thousands have been dying in Libya and Syria… While millions have been dying in Somalia and Iraq… While some 10 millions already died in a looted and raped DRC (the Democratic Republic of Congo) … All of them victims of Western assaults and banditry or of Western-sponsored terrorism directly!
All those Mujahedeen, al-Qaida, al-Nusra, IS… That entire Wahhabi fundamentalism created first by the British and later North American imperialism. All that vile, toxic stuff that had been armed, and financed and serviced by the Europeans, as well as Saudis, Turks and other great allies of the West.
And why was that stinky stuff so diligently armed and financed? So it could ruin and destroy progressive, socialist Islam, from Egypt to Iran to Indonesia! So it could destroy the Soviet Union and any Marxist roots in Afghanistan! So it could murder millions of progressive people in those proud and independent nations. So the West could rule, unopposed, grabbing all it wants, deciding who will be governing where!
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Now Russia stands against the terror with its fighter jets. Its bombers are flying sorties for survival of this humanity. Just recently, Russia already paid a tremendous price, and we all know what it was. But it is used to paying unimaginable prices, for the survival of our planet. 25 million human lives in just one war, in order to defeat Nazism. Or great chunk of economic output of the USSR, “just” in order to defeat Western imperialism and colonialism.
China sent military advisers, and is standing by, rock solid, shoulder-to-shoulder Russia.
Syria managed to shock the world by refusing to surrender, by fighting with unimaginable heroism against all odds. Half of its people are on the move, millions of refugees are flooding all shores, but the country is standing tall, injured and bleeding but standing, nevertheless.
And so is Latin America, despite all those vicious attacks from the West. Standing, damn it, standing towering and proud!
And those ignorant, selfish, brutal hordes in the West see nothing. They repeat propaganda injected to their heads, providing slight variations to it, calling it freedom of expression!
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After the “Paris attacks”, Western propaganda is in top gear once again. Its apparatchiks were clearly “prepared and ready”. Future direct attacks against Syria are already “justified” well in advance. Not against ISIS (although that would be the official pretext), but against President al-Assad and his government which is, despite everything, supported by the majority of Syrian people. Attacks against Syria will not be called “Western terrorism”, but something like a “heroic revenge”.
Can this planet be entrusted to those who watch crap on their television screens, day after day – both Hollywood propaganda production, and news propaganda briefings?
Can anything that comes from the West be taken seriously, after centuries of lies and murder?
Who is killing whom, lately? Who is behind what?
I will stick to what I know. And what I know is who is actually killing millions in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
I will not speculate about some “insider job” of the Empire, although I have some strong suspicions; of course I do! For now I will only stick to facts that I can prove.
And the facts are simple and horrendous: the Empire has been murdering tens of millions of people on our planet. The Empire, and that self-perpetuated ignorance, fundamentalism and blindness of its indoctrinated citizens!

Monday, November 16, 2015

金马仑的故事(3)


1933年,霹雳州Gopeng 有家法国人经营的锡矿公司-Societe Francaise des Mines d'Etain de Takka, 在金马仑碧兰璋(Brinchang)Kamunting Road 的一个山丘上,建了一栋英国式别墅,叫做French Tekka bungalow。英殖民政府和马来亚共产党对抗时期(1948-1960),别墅易名为 Moonlight bungalow。




1967年3月26日,一名惯常到金马仑度假并下榻在 Moonlight bungalow 的“红毛人”,下午时分,独自在别墅附近的森林散步,从此就消失得无影无踪。

失踪的可是一个大有来头的“红毛人”,他就是上世纪50、60年代著名的泰国丝绸大王——James Harrison Wilson Thompson。

Jim Thompson是美国人,1906年出生,最初是一名建筑师,曾任职美国CIA前身(OSS)情报机关。第二次世界大战时,被派到泰国,战后,金汤森负责在泰国的美国中央情报局事务 (OSS 在1947年正式成为了CIA-Central Intelligence Agency),并成功在当地展开他的泰丝事业版图。

泰国丝绸大王在金马仑闹失踪,这宗新闻让当年寂寂无名的金马仑高原,霎时在国际间声名大噪。其实,在金马仑别墅附近的森林里,有许多羊肠小径可以直接通往镇上去。据金汤森的好友透露,金汤森最喜欢在附近的森林里寻觅新的幽径。在金马仑,通常人们迷失在森林里也是很平常的事,只要叫Orang Asli 往林里找一找,很快就可以把人给找出来的。

寻找金汤森的队伍,包括对森林瞭如指掌的原住民、警察森林搜救队、英军的廓尔喀部队(army ghurkas ),连美军的直升机,也从泰国美军基地,飞往金马仑参加搜救行动。

平时,如果看到有直升机,金马仑居民就知道,那一定是有什么大人物要到金马仑了。金汤森失踪事件发生后,不仅直升机每天来来回回起起落落,就连军人和警察,也在丹那拉达(Tanah Rata )扎营,总动员扩大搜救范围。(Moonlight bungalow 地处於碧兰璋和丹那拉达之间)

可是,金汤森有如和大家在玩捉迷藏似的,找了3天也没丝毫结果。到了第4天,许多当地居民提早下班帮忙去找金汤森,因为如果有谁能够成功找到金汤森,或者提供有关线索,就能获取由金汤森的泰国丝绸有限公司所发出的一笔20万马币奖金。

接下来,连游客、童子军、教会人员、金马仑美国学校的师生们、本地的巫师、灵媒,甚至来自国外的所谓通灵大师等等,全都加入寻找丝绸大亨的下落。而金汤森有如人间蒸发,连半点痕迹都没留下。



诚如一名作者所言:“Losing your founder in the jungle is an extreme form of marketing, but nothing sells better than gossip and intrigue.”

往后,Jim Thompson丝绸名闻全球,营业额大增,许多有关金汤森的书籍陆续出版,而金汤森在金马仑的失踪事件,至今过了48年,依然是一件无头公案。
 至於金马仑的Moonlight bungalow 也改名为 Jim Thompson cottage。金马仑高原度假村有一条小径叫做 Jim Thompson Mystery Trail,草莓园度假村也设有Jim Thompson 露天茶座,还可以在那里order 一个Jim Thompson burger。


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

金马仑的故事(2)





从新邦波赖到金马仑,首先会经过 Kampung Raja,然后就是游客的聚焦点——碧兰璋的Kea Farm,全程应该是不会超过2个小时。Kea Farm目前是金马仑最高海拔的一个村落,大约是1610米。在周末和假日期间,这里总是人潮汹涌,车龙排到几公里远,大部分都是从Gua Musang ( Kelantan-吉兰丹)和 Bentong ( Pahang-彭亨)过来的马来游客,众人都挤往那些pasar malam 和 pasar pagi。
本来已经是相当狭窄的道路,如今许多建筑物和摊档都建到马路边了,而游客又随意把车辆停在马路两旁。每逢有车子进出,其他车辆全部停下动弹不得,造成严重的交通阻塞。

在大路上塞车塞了整整1个小时,好不容易才转到菜市场后面的民宿。民宿主人在这块小小的土地上建了几个小房间出租给游客,平时在空地上种菜,连屋前的小小空间也租给人家泊车,看来这个uncle 挺有生意头脑。








隔天清晨早起,在附近逛逛,只见这里到处是乱七八糟、杂乱无章的建筑和耕地。历年来,大型土地、斜坡开发以兴建旅游公寓、商店、菜园、花园、高尔夫球场以及高官富人的豪宅等,已造成金马仑环境的破坏与污染。土地失控开发和滥用的结果,导致金马仑每逢暴雨,必定山洪爆发和水灾土崩事件的发生。





离咱们下榻的民宿不远,就有因山壁土崩被压坏了的房子。毫无节制的房屋发展与菜园开发,严重缺乏规划排水系统和基建,金马仑高原上的河流,几乎都被农业废料、垃圾、淤泥等堵塞,如果连续几天下大雨,河流的水位就会上升,土地跟着崩塌,淤泥流入河中,接着带给当地人民的是灾难、生命丧亡以及财物损失。




在金马仑,非法开垦活动猖獗的程度,简直令人咋舌。乌洞公司旗下的地方和州政府,根本就没有积极去执行应尽的任务。据说从2008年开始,政府就没有发放过任何新的TOL准证,然而却会有不少人利用旧的临时TOL去开发原始森林。有更厉害的,持着买通了某某单位,有人甚至可以明目张胆去砍伐燃烧道路旁的森林树木。还有更加离谱的是,据R.E.A.C.H. ( Regional Environmental Awareness Cameron Highlands)披露,以每亩地计算,本地人得付某某单位一个特定价格,而对於那些身为外国人的外劳,某某单位却仅收一半的价钱。乌洞公司旗下的贪官污吏,不择手段,不顾后果,只为了获得更多的「孔方兄」,竟然连番薯邦唯一的高原土地也被极尽利用,极尽摧残。就连外劳也可以目无法纪、肆无忌惮、大剌剌的在番薯子民的土地上,搞耕种赚钱的玩意儿。





这就是一名孟加拉外劳的菜园,他一直叫我们买zucchini和其他蔬菜,当我告诉他只想参观一下而已,孟加拉立即臭脸,在旁边一直嘀咕,说咱们没帮襯他买菜,就只顾着拍照。

2014年11月5日傍晚,一场大雨再度造成金马仑冷力河上游山洪爆发,湍急浊黄洪水冲击冷力新村河岸两旁的30多间房屋,也把多辆汽车冲毁;同时,金马仑多个地方也遭受洪水肆虐。番薯政府发动了所谓的象牙行动(Operasi Gading),出动了军警等16个部门去摧毁金马仑的非法菜园、花园和草莓园。
至於贪腐、规划和管理不当的问题,完全没有被提及,被抽中开刀的对象,都是一些生活淳朴的小农民,弱势的小农民也因畏惧而不敢举报涉及贪污的官员。
其实,「象牙行动」的主要对象,本该是那些不断开垦的大园主、大型的建筑发展商,尤其是众多的高级公寓,难道那不是导致土崩的其中一个原因么?据说R.E.A.C.H. 也曾经尝试去投诉,因为涉及到big money,结果是状告无门。

几个月的摧毁园地和农作物行动,导致部分农地和排水系统全毁,塑料棚架倒在地上未被适当处里,下雨时就会积水,如果下暴雨,又再加多一项促使水灾土崩的因素了。

农业是国民经济的基础,农业是人类社会的衣食之源,生存之本。任谁也会知道,解决了吃饭问题,人民才有精力去发展其他产业,才能保证社会的稳定。乌洞公司执政番薯邦将近60年,讽刺的是,这里大部分的农民都是没有土地的;「没有土地的农业」,也可以算是番薯邦的一项「创举」吧!?