Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Kissinger and the Nobel Peace Prize Committee

  We in Stop NATO Norway have spoken a lot about Henry Kissinger lately, about the fact that the Norwegian Nobel Peace Prize committee has invited him to speak about… peace.
  To reiterate: A man who has actively contributed to war during a long life and to murder and torture of many millions of people has been invited to speak at an event supposed to promote peace, by a committee that according to its bylaws is supposed to encourage peaceful coexistence.
  We talked about it and wondered the most whether or not there was anyone worse than this man, one with an entire adult life in the eager service of war, and we struggled a bit with finding any.
  In something becoming a very «cheerful» meeting, we found quite a few upstarts that could be called Kissinger’s equals or at least are aspiring to his high-level status as warmonger and mass murderer.
  George W. Bush was suggested as a candidate for next year’s speaker/invitee, and Tony Blair, Benjamin Netanyahu, David Cameron, François Hollande, Hilary Clinton and similar are also excellent candidates…
  Jens Stoltenberg is a good local name to us Norwegians. He has strongly contributed to the growth of NATO influence in Europe and the world at large. He was Norwegian prime minister during the bombing of Libya, where Norwegian fighter jets were hard at work. The war propaganda against Russia has grown considerably in strength and volume in his time as general secretary. He supported Donald Trump’s demand that smaller member countries should contribute more to NATO and all those peace operations we keep hearing about.
  Perhaps they should give the peace prize to Obama again. He has been extremely active in his peace efforts since he received the prize the first time, active in Libya, Pakistan, Syria and many other places. This can be an annual tradition called the bomb and intervention club or something.
  Remember, it’s better with one bomb too many than one bomb too little, and an invasion or two a month make the war machine stay oiled and primed for new, exciting tasks.
  Henry Kissinger is clearly an inspiration to many of the younger, power hungry whippersnappers and we must also conclude he’s popular in the Nobel Peace Prize Committee. The latter should definitely come as a surprise to everyone, but unfortunately it doesn’t. The Committee has a long, sordid history of supporting US interests.
  There will be a protest in Oslo December 11, against Kissinger the war criminal and against the committee’s decision to have him as a speaker.

  PS The blog Uten Grenser (no limits or no boundaries), where I post all my Norwegian posts, including the Norwegian edition of this one has had 1400 visits from an undetectable source in the United States the last week, an extreme and improbable number at a blog receiving most of its visits from Norway.

Monday, December 05, 2016

We always knew it would end in violent delights

  And it’s great!
  What I most of all felt at the end of Westworld - the TV-show? I felt freedom, or at least a sense of it.
  A great payoff was given to us in the season finale, a magnificent ending of a magnificent season. The only regret is that it will hard to top this or even continue it. I hope I’m wrong, but they will probably scale it back down a bit.
  The plot with William that most viewers had long since solved was over and done early in the episode, and they could move on to the truly important stuff. Another well thought of decision. I love complex and ambitious stories and this is a doozy. It’s so far above almost everything else out there that whatever competition there might be is left far behind. I didn’t think they could pull it off. My expectation to the show before it began was hopeful but moderate. I couldn’t conceive of how they could make the story interesting, quite frankly, but they did, surpassing my expectations.
  Dolores is Wyatt, is the center at the end of the maze at the end of the story. What she had searched for all this time was… herself.
  The man in black, desperate to find a way out of his stale, cynical existence finally found that life was worth living.
  All the bullshit of current mankind is blown out of the water.
  I love it!
  Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, and the adoring circles gathered around them loathe this.
  Among many things this is also great atheism. The god myth is explored and rejected. The Michelangelo painting was a great touch.
  The writers/creators show great imagination, far more so than Michael Crichton did in his rather unimaginative movie. They didn’t take it just one step beyond that, but many.
  This is cinema far beyond cinema and hopefully the future of visual storytelling. I said that it would be five years ago and I was right. Just to go to the theater and sit down for two hours is passé and has been for a very long time. This is how it’s supposed to be, how it should have been from the start.
  Anyone with a camera and somewhat decent equipment can do it, perhaps not with this one’s «production value» (another long since outdated industry expression), but still.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Author's Word (2016) - Thunder Road - Ice and Fire

  This, my second longest novel was originally completed in 2002, and it was ready for publication not long afterwards. I was very pleased with that version and still am for that matter.
  But I still know that I am taking it many steps beyond that as I translate and expand upon it. The narrative flow is much better. Fourteen years have passed, and I have learned even more and experienced so much more, and I can add bits and pieces from my later experiences as I go, and also change the overall story slightly, moving it towards something that is even closer to my original vision.
  It is the same story, but this is a different book, really.
  Looking at it, it’s amazing everything I see now that I didn’t see then.
  This is one of my third generation novels, unlike the fourth generation I’m currently writing.
  A lot of new knowledge has also been added about the human created climate change, even though I’m also pretty pleased about how the first version was in predicting the future. I and other people and scientists were right and those taking the cautious approach in their predictions were wrong: Reality, what is actually happening is far worse than those early official predictions.
  The story of the novel culminates in 2015, but that’s mostly due to its connection with Dreams Belong to the Night and its internal timeline. The story should be seen to take place «a few years from now».
  Most of what is described in the book has already happened in real life, though. Only the last few, decisive events have yet to occur.
  Dreams Belong to the Night was never meant to be the end of it. «Dreams» is about people challenging tyranny head on. This one is about them vanquishing it.
  I made a thorough study of Bergen before and during the writing of the story, studying old and new maps and noticing how far each spot was above the current sea level, stuff like that and more. It’s amazing to make such a study of a city I’ve known since birth, and realize that there was a lot I didn’t know.
  One curious fact is that the length of chapters varies dramatically. Usually, in other books they’re close to the same length.
  I had originally planned two more books in the series. Then I decided I would never do them, that I would give my other books and projects priority instead, but while redoing this one, the desire to do the rest of the story has re-emerged. Sigh…
  Excitement grew as I approached the ending of this book.
  This is not a warning. It’s a celebration. Civilization is collapsing and the characters, the author and the aware readers are all doing the happy dance. It’s cold, hard reality, not a fairytale, but still an optimistic story, exactly because humanity says a roaring NO to what has oppressed us all for so long.
  This story clearly differs significantly from other collapse stories. There’s nothing of the usual praise for what is Going Away, but on the contrary a pure joy of what is returning to human life.

  «In the embers of the century, we are drawn to a glow. We crave the white heat of technology, while our hearts are growing cold». Tilda Swinton - Visions of heaven and hell - UK Channel Four 1994

 Völuspá - the poetic Edda - two interpretations:

 I recall of giants from primordial times.
 Those who gave me birth in former days:
 Nine worlds I can reckon, nine huge expanses,
 And the glorious tree of the world, deep under the ground

 I tell of giants from times forgotten.
 Those who fed me in former days:
 Nine worlds I can reckon, nine roots of the tree.
 The wonderful ash, way under the ground

                                                            Earth First slogan

  They say that those living by the sword will die by the sword, and there is something to that, inevitably, since the chances of dying early are certainly increasing. I’m certainly not romanticizing anything here.
  But those same people don’t say much about what will happen to people not living by the sword, not wielding a sharp blade when it’s called for, when it’s desperately needed.
  Today, today, it’s desperately needed, not by the meek soldier, the eager puppet of tyranny, but by the true warrior, by those using any available and unavailable weapon or given method in order to end tyranny, by those hungering for freedom beyond words, beyond reason, by those eager to see all tyrannies crumble to dust, by those burning by a desire to see the entire, irredeemable current human society be washed away, until only its ashes remain.
  Passion, one almost consuming you, one mostly lacking in those seeking peace no matter the price, is burning in those living and dying by the sword…
  Peace is for the grave, a pipe and wrong dream, and will only rarely touch the warrior in twilight.
  Somewhere, somewhen a hand shaking in fire is picking up the bloodstained blade.

  Amos Keppler
  April 1, 1994 - August 22, 2002
  215. night 12057
  In the second year in the time of the Twilight Storm

  Revision of story and English translation
  December 29, 2010 - June 20, 2016
  181. night 12061

  In the sixteenth year in the time of the Twilight Storm

  The book is for sale at Amazon and AmazonUK and Barnes & Noble and The Book Depository and basically all over the world.

The novel will be published December 21, 2016

Monday, November 07, 2016

Internet mood

  During my first years on the Internet twenty years ago I met up with several people, among them one guy living in the Amazonian jungle. At least he was claiming he was doing it and he posted photographs regularly to match his claim. I lost contact with him after a time and never regained it. I’ve always wondered what happened to him. I had long, nightly conversation with a New Orleans witch. There were many others. Friendly and unfriendly people were right there, at my fingertips. They still are! It was one of my motivations in the first place to join in on the «Internet Craze».I wanted first and foremost to meet people with common interests, and I did.

  I sit here in a chair, in front of a monitor, visiting the world. I talk with people on other continents, visit distant cities and countries.
  It’s a bad exchange for true travel, but still filled with great moments. In spite of my stated distrust and disgust of advanced technology, it’s impossible to not be grabbed by something like that. I keep meeting people I would never have met otherwise and to those of us with our humanity pretty much intact, in spite of the dehumanizing processes dominating today’s society that feels even greater. We’re encouraged to travel and meet up with people in real life, and we do. It becomes real, can be real if we make it so, if we in truth make it a part of the real world and not make the real world a part of the fake world.
  The Internet can never and should never be the most important part of our life, but it can add to it, become a great supplement, adding to the joy we have breathing real air, step on real soil and meet flesh and blood people. It turned out to be something special because it grew into that great meeting place for freedom and free expression of thought. Those in charge didn’t want that. It grew in spite of them, in spite of all their wishes into something they wish to corrupt and destroy.

  So, yes, it turned out to be something valuable.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Storyteller’s word (1994) - Thunder Road: Ice and Fire

  During the preparations and the actual writing of this novel I had to, more than usual pick and choose between what should and shouldn’t be included. The source material is so immense, the potential incidents so numerous that this could just as well have become a novel of a million words, instead of the approximately two hundred thousand. Some technical details had to be left out because of sheer necessity. The sum of the parts, the conclusion of everything, however, is still overwhelmingly obvious. There’s more than enough literature and information, both official and alternative to find out what’s going on. And you don’t really need to read a single word for that, anyway. You just have to look around you, to look at the world as it is, not the way you’re told it is.
  I’ve chosen to emphasize the human factor and the prevalent changes we see today and will see tomorrow, no matter what humanity is or is not doing. To grow up in the stone desert’s gray society, is like being constantly on a battlefield. Your senses are slowly, surely drugged and you’re bleeding to death from a thousand small cuts. The current local, national and global society is a tailspin suicide run and it’s not improving but worsening by the minute. It’s getting progressively worse, not better. The world is not improving in any significant way. Humanity takes one step forward, ten leaps backwards.
  There is no way this story can be told in a realistic manner. Reality will always, in every way, surpass imagination. The suffering, the violence, the river of blood, the total collapse of the horrible, artificial society we’ve constructed around ourselves, between us and the natural world, is an event without parallel in our history. There is no need to exaggerate the description of the coming decades. We can hardly imagine, far less admit to ourselves what’s coming. This is the farthest I come from reality, without painting a way too rosy picture.

Fire and Ice, Heaven and Hell, Thunder Road
April 1, 1994, July 7, 2004, October 13, 2011, June 20, 2016
(according to western, christian time-frame)

It is no April’s Fool

  The book is for sale at Amazon and AmazonUK and Barnes & Noble and The Book Depository and basically all over the world.
The novel will be published December 21, 2016

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Shadows of fall

  This summer I watched Dead of Summer, Dark Matter and Stranger Things. This fall I will watch Agents of Shield, Frequency, Timeless, Westworld, Aftermath, Channel Zero, The Blacklist, Flash, Blindspot, Falling Water, Van Helsing, Luke Cage, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl.

  Dark Matter continues to be one of the best shows around, a very fulfilling ride. I may stop watching Legends of Tomorrow fast. Flash is also slowly falling out of favor.
  I like Van Helsing so far. It is a fairly original take on vampires. I hadn’t expected much from it at all, but it turned out to be pleasant surprise. The same holds true with Frequency.
  Luke Cage has the same slow, intense storytelling as Jessica Jones. It describes a place and group of people I know very little about and makes it somewhat accessible to me, which is always a great feat. The quality dropped after the sixth episode, though, and can’t measure up to Jessica Jones after that, but then, almost nothing can.

  Yes, I do prefer Fantasy/science fiction stuff and would love to see more horror (true horror, not splatter crap). Themes handled in Timeless, Channel Zero, Falling Water, Westworld and Van Helsing are closest to my heart. First and second episode of Westworld were amazing, in so many ways, with such depth, so many layers of complexity and storytelling.

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Worth it?

  I’ve been using Canon 5D Mark 3 since November 2013 and am quite pleased with it. It’s a great all-round quality camera for all types of use.
  Now, the new, highly anticipated model 5D Mark 4 is finally here, and I wondered if it was so much better than the previous model that it was worth buying.
  The short answer is definitely no. The Mark 4 is clearly better, a nice upgrade, with several new and improved functions and features.
  But it’s not a definite improvement. There’s nothing about it creating excitement to the point of making it a must to have and own. I often skip versions, Windows, software in general and hardware upgrades and in this case I feel no burning need to upgrade at all.
  The 4k function is a disaster, an insult to potential users, quite frankly, completely useless and beyond disappointing. I will rather buy Black Magic or similar if I want to upgrade my film camera. 5D mark 2 was a photo camera with film capabilities. Mark 3 is a film camera with photo-capabilities. And now Canon has become full circle, and mark 4 is useless to cinematographers.

  If I needed a new camera for taking photographs, I would have considered it, but I don’t.