Archive for March, 2014

Kessab, Syria and the ABC, inter al.
March 27, 2014

Time magazine had a brief essay on the subject of Islamists and the Syrian border town of Kessab.  It seemed largely sympathetic to the marauders.  A blogger, Mark Movsesian, with First Things informed readers of the existence and events at the place.  He further observed:

Many Armenian Christians in Kessab descend from refugees who fled the last great persecution of Christians in the region, the Armenian Genocide of 1915–itself a byproduct, in part, of a jihad the Ottoman Empire declared against Christians during World War I. The sad ironies will not escape any of the Christians in Syria today.

Mark Twain’s rhyming history diligently creates new couplets.  

And western media?  Except for Time as mentioned, neither seen nor heard.



Apple as poisoned fruit.
March 6, 2014

Two reports give pause to this long-time user of the products initially of Apple Computer, latterly reduced to Apple Inc.  

The first told of CEO Tim Cook’s remark that climate change sceptics need not hold shares in his company.  I presume that extends to customers as well.  If not, why not?

The second tells of Apple cheating Australian taxpayers of significant taxation revenue.  Still, I don’t suppose anybody else–say, Microsoft, Dell etc.–does anything differently.  But Apple does promote itself as somewhat more pure morally than most like firms.  Perhaps that’s just part of the Democrat ethos (what with former Veep Al Gore on the board).  I have often wondered just level of market share Apple has lost owing to its Democratic connections and promotion (e.g. New York Times).  Given that elections in Australia are no more than auctions with even the expression of bids by the opposing players paid for by taxpayers compelled by law to attend, this may not be that important.  Against that is the expense of Apple (and other) products in Australia.  iTunes, which cannot define a music file, is breath-takingly expensive here.  But, again, what the heck?  

Recall that Thomas Hobbes remarked that “the life of man [was] solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short” in the absence of political community.  The twentieth century showed that it held true even in many forms of political community.  Life itself is longer now, but the qualifications on “solitary”, “nasty” and “brutish” are weakening.  Apple seems determined to advance, if that’s the right word, these conditions.