Iranian Ayatollahs and Science Fiction

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The following headers are surely no science fiction and may fit in any major press article about  the hot events of the day:

….”President’s Barak Obama Al-Hazhar speech on 4 Jun 2009 to the Arab-Muslim world.”

“The lesson of the recent revolutionary events in Iran, after the  Ahmadinejad fraudulaus election.”

These are major straightforward events with a global media dissemination and visualization (..Twitter, Facebook etc…). But despite their realness, they are only the top of the iceberg. The remote hidden part may tell stories on the verge of science fiction.

Now, perhaps the Iranian Ayatollahs should be interested to know that the US homeland security  department in an unpredictable move discover that there is such a curiosity named  science fiction  , I quote:

…”U.S. Mission for Sci-Fi Writers: Imagine That Novelists Plot the Future Of Homeland Security…

The line between what’s real and what’s not is thin and shifting, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has decided to explore both sides. Boldly going where few government bureaucracies have gone before, the agency is enlisting the expertise of science fiction writers. … .Crazy? This week down at the Reagan Building, the 2009 Homeland Security Science & Technology Stakeholders Conference has been going on. Instead of just another wonkish series of meetings and a trade show, with contractors hustling business around every corner, this felt at times more like a convention of futuristic yarn-spinners.”… see here.

And going one step further, remembering the hidden part of the iceberg.

When I read the transcript of Obama’s speech I don’t explicitly think about the print  paper the ink and the whole publishing process. The same is true for twitter, facebook or other  social networking sites. I don’t care about internet protocols or any hardware apparatus. Moreover seeing the harsh Tehran clashes pictures on my monitor does not put me in a meditative mood about pixels or about myself as the one who implacably  produce what in my everyday life I experienced as love, emotions, work, art, war, or the “twittering revolutionary events in Iran”. I am only the end user sitting on the top of the iceberg. No science fiction here.

To be more specific, in this inexorable implicit course of absorbing information I only see the  real life  pictures and don’t have any awareness of let’s say -invoking here some weird science (fiction..) –  something like the Feynman diagrams, which is a mathematical protocol  juggling with discrete energy jumps underlying every physical event, including analogously the internet protocols the paper and ink publishing and my physical self. They are all taken for granted at some hidden semi-science-fiction level like in the Minority Report movie where the police can predict future crimes leading to their prevention, (the film is based on a Philip K. Dick story).

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Feynman diagrams.

A good example for this taken-f0r-grantedness is the neutrino effect, I quote..”I can illustrate that. [Your] thumbnail’s about roughly a square centimeter. Every second, about a hundred billion of these solar neutrinos according to our calculations would be passing through your thumbnail every second of every day of every year of your life, and you never notice it.” see here. ..pure science fiction..

In this context, to most people, jiggling diagrams and neutrinos seems to be a fiction  far away from our real life.. But fiction is the name of the game because  being well suited to dig into my shadowy activities working at some inside level in me without asking my permission to do so, a strategy well understood by the brainless swine flu.

And indeed if I am relying on today’s hard core science, exploring this sort of futurist fiction can create the new visual pictures and their interpretations my hint for the unseen part of the iceberg pointing in new directions where science fiction, fiction and non-fiction merge together. The Iranian events my act here as a good metaphor.

I remember Greg Bear’s science fiction novel “Eon”. Pictures generated by the novel, see here, following these new visual  themes  are in diametrical opposition to pictures from the electoral events in Iran (2009) . The first picture below,  is the  representation by the press, TV  the bloggers and  the social nets of the green Iranian opposition protest against the outcome of the vote. The picture is direct, violent and utterly emotional. For the great majority of media users there is no room for (science) fiction speculation, this the true real stuff.

Vote protest Tehran

The second picture  described by the visual artist Kaufeldt:

…” ..is supposed to depict the moment when Lanier is leaving Patricia with a bunch of books in the Alexandria Library (my words: named after the historical library see here), and she is just about to find the passage describing The Death, which will happen in just a few weeks in their timeline, although it is already ancient history for the historian who wrote the book in question.”…

The “Death” describe the annihilation of the planet Earth. A much greater violent event than the Iranian opposition protest but an event buried into science fiction fantasy so having lesser credibility than the actual  immediate deadly events in Iran.

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Kaufeldt’s drawing based on “Eon”. Click to enlarge.

Kaufeldt , depicting the heroes world of Greg Bear’s novel “Eon” presuppose in their world the explicit action of  their modern physics in their everyday on all his aspects . We don’t presuppose such explicit acting of science and no author would written such fantasies: they are  only science fiction..with no real credibility. For instance, black holes are invoked mostly as a metaphor not as the real thing described by science . . So you can always say that the Iranian opposition will be annihilated inside an Ayatollahs black hole.. and Twitter will spate them out in the reverse direction from within a white hole… the stuff for a good science fiction story..

In Eon the metaphor is becoming real. Historians from our future  already wrote our own history: and events that where actually  going to happen where already recorded in their history book called “the Death”, announcing from their timeline, the imminent destruction of Earth in in our timeline,. Their stories are embedded in what they see or feel or know as time travel,  black hole singularity  and gates to other worlds. For us this is only weird fantasy.

Most conventional fiction writers wrote their novels and stories representing our world without mentioning explicitly that their characters and plots are staged in an underpinning  physical world who can act explicitly as some kind of character. The stories are told on a direct psychologist level and the physical environment is always here anonymously.

So when is the physical environment loosing it’s science fiction anonymity in the sense that we acknowledge it’s merging with the stories  of our life..

With the violent events in Tehran, the social networks and in particular Twitter and You Tube moving explicitly to the front stage not only as social networks transmitting in real time the bloody events in Iran, but as building-up an underlying pattern of some sort of collective random mind sending bits of  information revealing a resource that three decades ago would be considered as pure science fiction curiosity. The metaphor of the virtual and the non-creditable fantasy become a  reality in the Islamic state of the Ayatollahs.

In this context look at what Paul Krugman 2008 Nobel Prize in Economics has to say. Being interviewed by Jim Lehrer, see here, he says:

..”Jim Lehrer
“When and why did you decide to become an economist in the first place?”

Paul Krugman
‘That’s a little embarrassing. I don’t know how many of your viewers read science fiction, but there’s a very old series by Isaac Asimov – the Foundation novels – in which the social scientists who understand the true dynamics save civilization. That’s what I wanted to be; it doesn’t exist, but economics is as close as you can get, so as a teenager I really got into it.’

Krugman is talking about the psychohistorians like Hari Seldon, who practiced the science of psychohistory; in the Foundation series, Seldon predicts the fall of the Galactic Empire and then works with a team to reduce the period during which civilization falls into barbarism to a single millenium.”…

Well let me guess, to the grand dismay of president Obama and many other political leaders who are not psychohistorians, they did not predict the events of the Iranian vote and this seems plausible.  But the social earthquake of the Iranian revolutionary events,  generating the twitter, you tube, sms and cellular phone cameras tsunami, may remind Obama and the Ayatollahs  that we are already a world embedded in the science fiction of a viral eco-information era acting as a flue without a possible medication.

And if talking about the era of information here is the following quote:

…”Harry McDavid, chief information officer for Homeland Security’s Office of Operations Coordination & Planning, had a question for Catherine Asaro, author of two dozen novels, about half of them devoted to her Saga of the Skolian Empire. She also has a PhD in physics. McDavid’s job involves ‘information sharing’ — efficiently communicating information about response and recovery across agencies, states, business sectors. How, he wanted to know, did Asaro come up with the Triad system in her novels of flashing thoughts instantly across the universe?

‘It evolved along with the story,’ Asaro said. Basically, she applied principles of quantum theory — one of her specialties as a physicist — to a fictional theory of ‘thought space.’ “… see here.

And below pictures of funny information languages..

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Are pixels an alien language ?

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The Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli in conventional language..see more.

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A Jewish State in Germany as an Artwork

In the name of ART everything is possible. Ron Edelman a graduate student at an art university in Weimar, relying heavily on this axiom, proposes to launch an alternative Jewish state in Germany in the state of Thuringia with the town of Weimar as capital, about 10 km from Buchenwald, the Nazi concentration camp.

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“Magav in Weimar”, Ron Edelman.

I quote from the Israeli newspaper “haaretz”, 

….”Whenever someone launches an initiative towards establishing a Jewish state in addition to the one already in existence, there is invariably a ripple effect. This time, however, an even bigger stir than usual has been caused by the proposed site of the “second Israel”: Germany.”…

…”Ronen Eidelman, a journalist who espouses politically leftist views and is currently completing his masters studies at an art university in Weimar, says the movement that he heads is in fact his final academic project.”…

…” One of the motivating factors which compelled Eidelman to conceive of his idea was the famous speech delivered by Iran’s president calling for the elimination of the state of Israel and the establishment of a Jewish-run entity in an alternate location in Europe. ‘It’s clear that Ahmadinejad is an anti-Semite and Holocaust denier and not some great theoretician, but he touched upon a very exposed nerve.’A video academic work produced by the artist Yael Bartana, which depicts a Polish member of parliament calling on the Jews to return to Poland (“We miss you”), served as the tipping point for Eidelman.

‘The state of Thuringia is becoming more empty of people, the economy is not successful, and there is no immigration,” Eidelman said. “They’re hurting from the fact that there are no foreigners here. Hitler’s dream of racially pure states has proven to be a nightmare. You walk down the street and notice all the girls look alike. I’m going to convince the Germans that a Jewish state here is to their benefit.’ “ see more.

The ‘haaretz’ ‘s article also mention’s another Israeli artist Yael Bertana whose video work, “Mary Koszmary” (Nightmares), , presented at the Foksal Gallery Foundation was the trigger to Edelsman video, Yael Bertana’s wants to import 3 million of Jews to Poland and in one scene a Polish member of parliament says ” We are missing you” :

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See here for the full scene.

In the Middle East, the law of improbable events becoming real events, works overtime : perhaps Ron Edelman will import a Jewish state to Goethe’s Weimar and Yael Bertana resurrect 3 million of Polish Jews, both in the name of Art.. 

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Latest News from Ahmadinejad (as a Rat Expert) on Israel’s 60 anniversary

Latest news from Ahmadinejad on Israel’s 60 anniversary. I quote:

 …”Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Thursday called Israel a ‘stinking corpse’ which is doomed dissappear, as the state celebrated 60 years of independence. “Those who think they can revive the stinking corpse of the usurping and fake Israeli regime by throwing a birthday party are seriously mistaken,” Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying by the official IRNA news agency.

‘Today the reason for the Zionist regime’s existence is questioned, and this regime is on its way to annihilation,’ he said.Ahmadinejad added that Israel “has reached the end like a dead rat after being slapped by the Lebanese” – a reference to the 2006 war between Israel and the Shiite Hezbollah militia”…..Source: haaretz.com

  Interestingly,  BBC News published in 2000 that “Tehran combats rat plague” I quote,  “Tehran authorities are launching a new scheme to rid the Iranian capital of an estimated 25 million rats. Tons of rat poison have been imported for a month-long campaign that residents hope will free the capital of the pests.” see here.

Well in April 2003 Ahmadinejad was appointed mayor of Tehran. Perhaps after his above statement on Israel as a rat, It is now understandable that theTehran population needed Ahmadinejad as a rats expert .

But, again in 2008,  the Los Angeles Times/Blogs published: “IRAN: Rats, and the sidewalks of Tehran”… here is a short quote.. “But the sidewalk project destroyed the rat’s nests.  And unfortunately, they have migrated to other parts of Tehran. The other day while walking near the University of Tehran, I bumped into dozens of sturdy brown rats braving the crowds and digging through  garbage bins.” see here.

Well Tehran residents, why not ask for Ahmadinejads help, is he or is he not an expert on rats?

Is Switzerland’s Money a Weapon to Foment Terror?

One of the latest Iranian statement, I quote, ..”Iran has begun installing 6,000 new centrifuges at its uranium enrichment plant in Natanz, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tuesday,”…(see here), did not dissuade neutral Switzerland to make a natural gas deal  worth $28 billion to $42 billion, funding in a direct way the military nuclear ambitions of Iran.centrfge

So, it come without surprise, that ads and reactions denounces the neutral hypocrisy of Switzerland. One of the ads is ”Guess who is the world’s newest financier of terrorism? Switzerland.” published by the International Herald Tribune. I quote from the article,…”US-based Anti-Defamation League slams multibillion dollar deal Geneva struck with Iran for supply of natural gas. Full-page ads in major newspapers proclaim Switzerland world’s ‘newest financier of terrorism’ …”The US government and the World Jewish Congress have criticized Switzerland for the deal, saying it gives encouragement to Tehran’s hard-liners. ”ADL is concerned that Iran’s profits from the energy deal could help the regime to accelerate and complete its nuclear weapons program and provide tens of thousands of additional missiles to Hizbullah and Hamas, two terrorist groups and sworn enemies of Israel who routinely benefit from Tehran’s largess,” said a statement on the league’s Web site. …”…”Swiss Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey traveled to Iran in mid-March for the signing of the a deal between the Swiss energy trading company EGL and state-owned National Iranian Gas Export Company. The deal is worth $28 billion to $42 billion.”.see full article

But Switzerland, I quote, ..”.. reject terror sponsor charge by US Jewish group Tue Apr 8, 2008 Switzerland rejected accusations on Tuesday by the U.S.-based Anti-Defamation League (ADL) that it could be financing terrorism after a Swiss company clinched a multi-billion euro (dollar) deal to buy natural gas from Iran.The Swiss Foreign Ministry reiterated that the purchase did not violate U.N. Security Council resolutions imposing sanctions on Iran over its nuclear  Swiss minister meets with Ahmadinejad Photo, Reuters program or U.S. domestic law.”…see more 

On the other hand, US demands to see Swiss gas contract with Iran, worried it might violate US sanctions law..”A posting on the U.S. Embassy Web site raises the question of whether neutral Switzerland’s position as representative of American interests in Iran and Cuba could be affected.”…The Swiss have represented U.S. interests in Havana since diplomatic relations with Cuba were broken nearly 50 years ago, and in Tehran since Iranian militants seized the U.S. Embassy in 1979.”…

  The Swiss energy trading company EGL, majority owned by Axpo Holding AG, has said gas deliveries from Iran will begin in 2009. Here is an excerpt from the  EGL purchase agreement, ..” “Natural gas from Iran is necessary to the opening of a fourth gas transportation corridor to Europe,” Mr. Conrad said. “This corridor will ensure diversification and security of supply on the continent as Europe needs to tap into new gas sources in the immediate future, and EGL today made an important contribution to reaching this goal.”…see more.

Interestingly, it is worth to observe, that Jewish electricity consumers in Europe,not being aware who is their electricity provider ,will take part in the funding of a nuclear Iran.DSC_7369

As to the myth of Swiss neutrality . Neutrality, defined as not making any military pact with other countries and not participating in wars, is more than outdated.  Today, multilateral colossal deals in goods and money, by global companies, like  EGL and state-owned National Iranian Gas Export Company, undermine the notion of neutrality under the cover of legal trade, when money can be considered as a major weapon in the hand of Iran declaring her will to prepare and fomenting war to destroy other countries.

President Bush joins the blogosphere in the Middle East

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 With the headline “Brodeur Journalists Survey Identifies Blogs’ Influence on Traditional News Coverage”, (Tuesday, Jan. 8 2008), Brodeur “suggests that blogs are not only having an impact on the speed and availability of news, but also influence the tone and editorial direction of reporting.”, see here.
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  Perhaps some seeds of the above survey infiltrates President Bush’s team, causing them to join the blogosphere, and planning regular postings during his Mideast trip, see here. The blog is on the White House’s official Web site named ” Trip Notes from the Middle East”, trip  which began today, see here, here is a picture of the blog:
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  Now what possibly can President Bush blog include.
I conjecture  that Bush’s  “Trip Notes from the Middle East” can includes a quote from Eitan Haber’s article from Ynet, who wrote “Welcome, Mr. President”..”  Israel welcomes true friend, who is here because we’re world’s bleeding wound”…”The State of Israel greets you today with gratitude. Two thousand years of exile and persecution have honed our ability to distinguish between friend and foe, between well wishers and evil thinkers, and you, George W. Bush, shall be perpetuated in our history uniquely as one of the Righteous of the Nations – those who helped us in times of distress”…
  I conjecture further that, I quote …”But is he bringing the proper medicine? This is highly doubtful. The Islamic world around us has become more devout, more zealous, and more violent. If “Allah rules by the sword,” then he has been working overtime lately.”.. is a quotation having lesser chance to be included in his “Trip Notes..” see here.
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  On the other hand I would recommend to include in his blog  the following quotation from the “Jerusalem Post”….”Mr. President, the world’s fate is in your hands” and further:
…”The clock is ticking, yet no one wishes to hear. The countdown to a nuclear Iran has begun, and with each passing day the nightmare scenario draws closer to becoming a reality”…”The God of history has chosen you, Mr. President, just as He did Winston Churchill, and He has entrusted you with a sacred mandate: to save the world from the designs of a madman.”…” Less than 1,000 miles to the east of us, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is building an Iranian Auschwitz. Instead of firing up gas chambers, he is installing centrifuges. And in place of Zyklon-B gas, his agent of choice will be uranium. The threat to the existence of the Jewish people, and that of the entire Western world, is no less dire than it was six decades ago in Europe.”…”I urge you, I plead with you: Don’t walk out of the White House in January 2009 without having stopped Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Don’t leave the fate of Israel and the West”.., see full article.
  What actually will history include in President Bush’s blog,  time will tell.
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Bush Olmert 9.1.2008
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As a footnote look a the blog of Ahmadinejad:
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The Blogger President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

I was happy to find out that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a Blogger just like me. Look at his blog:

Ahmadinejad

Interested to know what are his views on Israel as a blogger, I wander around his blog , but to my regret I found nothing newer than his well known official statements. So  I wrote in the search box ‘Israel’ under ‘comments’ and get the following results:

Ahmadinejad-Israel-comments

A further step into his blog, takes me to the link of the Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei (see here). There, under the label Membership, I tried to sign up under ‘General members’, hoping to receive in my inbox the latest news provided with other useful information. But without success. I could not write my name in Arabic ( the only language) and under ‘Country’ Israel is omitted , look:

Missing Israel

If this is Israel’s fate then what about Palestine? Well she exist and is called ‘Palestine (Occupied)’, look:

Palestine (Occupied)

Now this seems to pose some problems. For example, a good koscher Israeli citizen, wanting to sign up for a newsletter, if he is not fluent in Arabic, needs the help of an Jewish Israeli knowing Arabic or an  Israeli Arab. Supposing he overcome the hindrance,  then he has to lie, and under ‘country’  write, for example, Belgium, a not very moral behavior when signing up to the newsletter of the Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei.

But what about an Israeli Arab who wants to sign up for the newsletter? If he signs up under country ‘Palestine (Occupied)’, he will not lie in the Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenein context, but his dilemma is: does he really wants to live in today’s Palestine ? If no, he to is lying to the Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei. Not very nice.

On the same Presidents Ahmidinejad blog there is a link to PRESSTV ( Iranian international news network, broadcasting in English) where I found the headline : ‘Syria: Israel behind Beirut bombing‘ (12 Dec 2007). Well my god, here Israel suddenly is a well know state coming back to life. Not a very coherent blog…

Finally I quote..”Mohammad Ali Abtahi, a former vice president who updates his own blog daily, is not impressed with Mr. Ahmadinejad’s blog, calling the president’s site’just a formality.’ “. see here…Life is really complicated.

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Photo source for Hossein Derakhshan source see here.