Geek Mythology

January 31, 2011


Filed under: Main — Mackanlee @ 5:19 pm

This is one of the funniest scenes in a movie. At the end of Top Secret! they are fighting and fall off a bridge into the water where they keep fighting in an underwater wild west saloon. So classic when he puts on the cowboy hat and the saloon girl says goodbye.

January 30, 2011

Filed under: Main — Mackanlee @ 8:05 pm

Check out this awesome Elvis figurine that Valeria got me for my birthday! This figure is based on his “If I can dream” performance. A kind of gospel tune that he performed two months after Martin Luther Kings death. The song has some direct quotations from him in it. Here it is:

January 29, 2011

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Im planning on going to this rockabilly party in June. It should be amazing. One of my favourite bands, The Rhythm Shakers from Los Angeles will be performing along with many other great acts. The Caezars, Omar Romero and Big Sandy and the Flyrite trio will also be playing. Its going to be in England, anyone of y’all want to come with me for this 4 day rock n’ roll fiesta?

Filed under: Main — Mackanlee @ 12:59 pm

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A riot is the language of the unheard- Martin Luther King

January 27, 2011

The global cold war (part 1)

Filed under: Main — Mackanlee @ 10:29 pm

In the book ”The global cold war- third world interventions and the making of our times” Odd Arne Westad has written one of the most impressive and conclusive coverage’s of the cold war that I have ever read. It goes into great detail to explain the dynamics of this important piece of history. The book focuses on the conflicts between the Soviet Union and the United States in the third world (today sometimes referred to as the global south). These countries where traditionally seen not to be aligned with capitalism and Nato or the communist movement and the Soviet Union. After the Second World War ended both the Russians and the Americans (who both came out as winners) started a global scramble for power and resources in the third world countries.

The author describes how the successes of Castros Cuban revolution and development of communism close to America as well as the success of the North Vietnamese in the Vietnam war both came as two major setbacks against the Americans. These two factors would galvanize the US government to press harder policies in relation to what they saw as a growing global communist threat. Eventually when the Cubans started aiding resistance movements in Africa the Americans would supply help and weapons to their opponents. The Soviets also joined in with money and supplies leading to wars by proxy being fought on the African continent between America and Russia.

Angola was one of these places. Angola was an old Portuguese colony and the conflict there began around 1975 and was fought between the communist People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) and the the anti-communist National Liberation Front of Angola (FNLA) and the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA). There where other factions who where involved in the fighting as well. The eastern bloc threw in their support of the pro communists and the Chinese came to the aid of the anti communists since they at this point had started going against the Russians on the world stage after the Sino-Soviet split in the 1960’s. The South African government also stepped in to help the anti communist forces.

In the operation IA FEATURE the CIA supplied almost 50 million dollars to be used to fight anti MPLA troops. This heightening of US support would drive the Soviets and Cubans to escalate their involvement as well. 12000 Cubans where flown to Africa and they where given tons of heavy arms and tanks and also some planes from the Russians. The Russians would come out on the winning side of this conflict and in America the Ford administration felt dejected and there was also a strong anti interventionist sentiment among the American public. Now Castro spoke of Angola, Cuba and Vietnam as ”the main anti-imperialist core” of the world. The Soviets also thought that with the successes in Vietnam and Angola that the world was moving in their direction. The Chinese at this point where furious that the Americans had lost against the Russians in Angola and thought this was another example of their powerlessness.

At this point in history, the United States and the Soviets had on the surface been practicing a diplomatic policy toward each other called detente, which meant that they seeked to relax tensions with one another. But beneath the surface the conflicts continued. The next conflict was to be played out in the horn of Africa. In Ethiopia, Haile Selassie was the countries regent. He had together with the British helped to drive out Italy during the Second World War and was receiving American and European aid to train the countries armies and develop its industries. But many people in Ethiopia saw the countries leadership as being corrupt and many where without jobs. A famine hit Ethiopia in 1972 and there was little response from the government making peoples resentment grow. Eventually Selassie was overthrown and killed by a leftist army junta called the Derg. They quickly disposed of many of their enemies within the government. The leader of the revolution, Mengitsu, was an officer who started working the Soviets for military and economic aid. This was slow coming since the Soviets where also supplying Ethiopians enemy Somalia. But slowly the came around and gave the general what he wanted. Now Ethiopia was moving from the US and Western sphere of influence and into the Soviet and Communist one instead. Then Mengitsu released the dreaded ”red terror” which was an attempt to kill as many of his opponents as possible. Thousands of men and women were rounded up and killed. According to Amnesty international the number of dead could have been up to 500,000.

Somalia who was in a conflict with Ethiopia over the Ogaden territories now saw the Soviets moving their allegiances over to Ethiopia so At this point the United States saw an opportunity to support them covertly and by proxy. They wanted to drive the Soviets out from the Horn. By 1977 the Soviets where pouring in arms and military equipment into Ethiopia. With the help of 15,000 Cuban infantrymen they succeeded in beating the Somali army who was receiving massive US military support to their government. Having lost again to the communists in Africa the Americans felt dismayed. To the American right wing Jimmy Carter had failed in containing the communist threat. Reagan who would later be president said: ”in a few years we may be faced with the prospect of a Soviet empire of protégés and dependencies from Addis Ababa to Cape Town”. They also feared that a communist take over of Africa’s horn could lead to destabilizing governments on the Arabian Peninsula.

Filed under: Main — Mackanlee @ 4:19 pm

Check out these little Japanese kids when they freak out over their Spongebob Happymeal toys:

Filed under: Main — Mackanlee @ 1:08 pm

Den stora andliga utmaningen för oss människor i vår ensamma, högteknologiska, tävlingsinriktade och perfektionistiska kultur, är att öppna oss för varrandra och att vi börjar ta itu med hur vi behandlar oss själva och andra.

-Olle Carlsson

January 26, 2011

See you at the Tiki Room this friday folks!

Filed under: Main — Mackanlee @ 11:10 pm

Hey kids! Yours truly will be playing wild rock n roll music at the famous TIKI ROOM here in Stockholm on Birkagatan 10 this friday. Dont miss out on the tropical drinks and fun times! Photo by Von Sven.

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