Today is Friday and it’s about 20 Deg.C, partly overcast and a bit windy. In fact it’s very nice for strolling here in downtown Copenhagen.
For some reason the flea market on the Israel Plaza is closed today, hence I move on to the bookcases outside the Paludans antiquarian booksellers in Fiolstraede, a five min. walk.
I found two books at 10 Kr ($1,50) each – more later.
From Paludans it’s another short walk to the Photografica camera store.
In their odds-and-ends box I saw an old SLR from abt. 1975 swimming around. It’s the Mamiya DSX1000 35mm SLR with a 42mm lens mount thread.
It came with a – not original – Soligor 35mm f.2,8 lens in the so-called T.4 mount now rarely seen even in the fleamarkets.
Everything seem to work ok – only I’ve not brought a suitable cell battery for the light meter and thus can’t know if the meter works correctly, or at all.
But the price asked was only 75 Kr ($11,50) whence I decided I could accept the risk. It’s not too often you find a Mamiya 35mm SLR in usable condition, by the way (no pun intended!).
In the McDonalds where I’m writing this someone left an issue of todays EKSTRABLADET, the largest tabloid in our small capital. Why not take a quick look at some of the headlines?
On page 2 there’s a small piece about something I really have a certain difficulty writing about at all, on account it’s an outrage. You feel really offended and pissed off on several levels, a feeling I believe is quite widespread.
It’s about NETS. NETS is the company managing the card-payments for Danish shops plus the log-in facility for Government websites.
And whose board, perhaps unsurprisingly, has managed to draw up plans for appropriating a few hundred million dollars for themselves as a bonus – reportedly.
I believe NETS was originally a public service company, just like f.i. the Post Office? But according to the general agenda drawn up by the Global NWO DeepState power brokers (Bilderberg et all?) all such Government owned companies are to be privatized (as we say in Denmark, I believe the english-speaking world says ‘taken public’?). The billionaire investors can’t get enough…
Usually there are two steps – One: The company is sold off, but most often still part-owned by Government.
Two: Eventually the company is offered for the general investor on the stock exchange.
For the managements this modus operandi happens to give wonderful opportunies for selfish and reckless enrichment – quite legally, of course. And is a well known spectacle all over the world, I believe.
Think of the wast assets appropiated from public Russian wealth beginning at the collaps of the Soviet Union abt. 1990.
Wast fortunes were purloined by businessmen (or gangsters?) with almost unlimited energy and schutzpah in this line of work.
Or think of our Danish Post Office sold off abt. a decade ago. The Danish part of the consolidated Danish-Swedish Postal company has been totally asset-stripped, almost down to the last nail ‘in the coffin’.
Figuratively speaking, the president of NETS seem to most likely have extended family in WallStreet? And very fittingly, inded. A total lack of scruples makes everything happen much faster and more effectively in the short run in this sort of business?
This world wide DeepState directed asset-stripping of citizen owned public assets is perhaps basically to be regarded as a racket?
But the culpable racketeers are certainly not the company boards, they are probably as a rule following the law to the letter – but the politicians making this asset-stripping possible through negligent laws or supervision or perhaps underhanded ways.
The Globalist DeepState always rewards any and all willing nation-disrupting puppet handsomely – the rewards are called ‘fat-cat-jobs’ – and of which Denmark may have seen several emblematic samples in recent decades?
On pages 4-5 there’s a report about the American ambassador in Copenhagen throwing a garden party for 1500 of her ‘closest friends and associates’. 1500! – that’s something, I dare say.
However our photographer and/or reporter may possibly be on their first job? At least the pictures seem to be slightly indifferent?
There’s a large picture from the large garden with mostly unspecified samples of the guests; there are also two or three pictures of a few – not very exiting and at most unintendedly funny? – Danish politicians.
There’s also a picture of the ambassador addressing the guests. Only her picture is so small you can hardly discern her features. Which is a pity, as she seems to be a real pretty lady?
On page 12 is a report about quality problems in one of the Danish ‘Super markets’ – i.e. large general food stores.
Where I live we have several within a 10 min walk: Aldi, Fakta, Irma, Meny, and Netto.
Some of these stores obviously have occational management problems; but I believe this cannot be avoided as it’s probably well neigh impossible to hire qualified staff at the compensations offered?
On page 14 the former editor in chief of EKSTRABLADET, Mr. Bent Falbert, gives us his opinion on one of the latest missions or fads of our (now presumeably unseated) government or rather of most all of parliament.
This clever fad is to demolish low income housing plans with the objective of destroying the ghettos comprised of mostly muslim – 1st, 2nd or 3rd generation – immigrants.
Mr. Falbert is rightly critical of this plan, whence he – hilariously – writes (in Danish):
‘Bygningerne skal rives ned, fordi folk er for ens på et for lavt niveau. Man kunne med samme logiske begrundelse rive Christiansborg ned’ (mener Bent Falbert).
Mr. Falbert is of course a very clever hombre. Incidentally he may also be a nice person, as he will gracefully step aside if you have to pass him in our local Aldi.
Only he apparently thinks the left side of parliament is less clever than the right side. Could be an unintentional blunder, of course.
The two books I fetched at Paludans are:
1. BREAD & CIRCUSES. THEORIES OF MASS CULTURE AS SOCIAL DECAY. By Patrick Brantlinger. 1983, Cornell University Press, Ithaca and London, 307 p., paperback.
From the back cover I quote:
‘Brantlinger maintains that the idea that modern society is repeating an ancient pattern of decline and fall pervades most of the writing on mass culture over the last two centuries.
‘Discussing many of the most influential and representative theories of mass culture, Brantlinger ranges widely from Greek and Roman origins, through Marx, Nietzsche, Freud, Ortega y Gasset, T.S.Eliot, and the theorists of the Frankfurt Institute, down to Marshall McLuhan and Daniel Bell.
‘Brantlinger shows how the belief in the historical inevitability of social decay – a belief today perpetuated by the mass media themselves – has become the dominant view of mass culture in our time.’
Doesn’t a ‘BELIEF (that)… has become the dominant view’ smack a good deal of ‘religion’? If so, it’s perhaps not so strange that Satanism reportedly now has become a popular ‘religion’ in the West?
If the Western World don’t overcome the religious lure of decadence, social decay and satanism in quite short order, and shut down their missionaries, the glib snake oil salesmen of cultural disruption so eagerly supported by the Globalist power- and money-brokers, – we shall certainly perish.
2. THE CULTURE OF TIME AND SPACE 1880 – 1918. By Stephen Kern, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass., 372 p, paperback.
From the back cover:
‘Stephen Kern writes about the sweeping changes in technology and culture between 1880 and World War I that created new modes of understanding and experiencing time and space.
‘This overview covers such figures as Proust, Joyce, Mann, H.G.Wells, Gertrude Stein, Freud, Conrad, Einstein, and Picasso, as well as diverse sources of popular culture and the transformation of traditional values.’
‘No brief summary can do justice to the riches and range of this exciting book, which brims with ideas and insights, evidence and examples, and provides the most comprehensive account of the life of the mind in these crusial decades before the First World War, when so much of our modern world was formed and fashioned.
‘Kern’s command of art and literature, painting and architecture, philosophy and psychology, physics and technology is awesome: he moves from Proust to Picasso, Einstein to Stravinsky, with consummate ease and unquenchable enthusiasm’. (London Review of Books)
There are 11 chapters: 1.The nature of Time. 2.The Past. 3.The Present. 4.The Future. 5.Speed. 6.The Nature of Space. 7.Form. 8.Distance. 9.Direction. 10.Temporality of the July Crisis. 11.The Cubist War.
Lets just cast a fleeting glance at the second page of ‘The nature of Time’ (p.11 of the book), from which I quote:
‘As every child quickly learns, there is only one time. It flows uniformly and may be divided into equal parts anywhere along the line.
‘This is the time Isaac Newton defined in 1687: “Absolute, true, and mathematical time, of itself, and from its own nature, flows equally without relation to anything external.”
‘In THE CRITIQUE OF PURE REASON (1781) Immanuel Kant rejected the Newtonian theory of absolute, objective time (because it could not possibly be experienced) and maintained that time was a subjective form or foundation of all experience. But even though it was subjective, it was also universal – the same for everybody.
‘No doubt Newton and Kant experienced different paces of private time, but before the late nineteenth century no one (with the possible exception of Laurence Sterne, who explored private time in TRISTRAM SHANDY) systematically questioned the homogeneity of time. The evidence for it was written on the faces of the millions of clocks and watches manufactured every year.’
A few remarks of mine: Time is not an entity of it’s own. It’s not an ‘it’. From where I started writing this post I had a view of the Copenhagen City Plaza. If you feel you should or could name this view an ‘entity’ of it’s own you might of course also be silly enough to name Time an entity?
Like in ‘Space-Time Continuum’ – which I believe is or until recently has been new-speek for the classic ‘Ether’. Sounds good but makes no sense.
I never had the propensity nor the leisure to plod through Kant’s KRITIK DER REINEN VERNUNFT. Hence I cannot know with certainty exactly what was his meaning with the concept of time as ‘a subjective form or foundation of all experience.’
But I certainly agree that the conception of Time is something subjective: In brief it’s your counsciousnes’ sensing or experiencing and recording in some sort of memory change in (yourself or) your environment.
By the way it would be rash to stipulate, that clocks and electrons rotate with exactly the same speed everywhere in the Universe. But ofcourse, if Earth is your Universe, things are simpler.
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