Sunday 19th of September 2021

Tanks- For the Memory

Fresh on the heels of the warship deal comes the announcement of the announcement of Adelaide's intention to become Australia's armoured vehicle factory.

 Twelve months ago the S.A. Government proposed the conversion of one of the Mitsubishi plants to refurbish our newly acquired M-1 Abrahams tanks.  At the time it looked like a year's worth of work (55 tanks, one tank per week).  The dredging of the harbour to a depth allowing for  the arrival of U.S. Armored Division Task Force Carriers adds a new possible line of work for the local economy... vehicles in need of repair could be "dropped off" at Port Adelaide, freshly rejuvenated tanks can be picked up.

There's been nothing in print about it for a year (excepting a letter from some whacko conspiracy theorist)  but I expect we'll be reading more about it this week.

Let\s make a "prediction" based on a U.K. precedent.  When troops are moved to Adelaide, and need new facility's built, Halliburton will get the job.  How many other Australian Defence construction and maintenance jobs will go to "Cheney's Men" ?

Watching the unrolling of these announcements and announcements of announcements evokes similar emotions as watching a dog eating its own vomit.  It's repulsive yet fascinating.


Fighting for desert Fudge...

from an unamed source The Media Archives In Virilio's chronology, Desert Shield and Desert Storm were followed up by Desert Screen. The same strategic developments that helped visualize the Gulf War in the Arabian Desert are also occurring in the public sector. Just as generals can direct field campaigns without ever leaving their bunkers, so the viewers can do their jobs without leaving their homes. All information converges on, and radiates from, the screen, the pole of inertia. Distant viewing - yesterday's television - has been replaced by distant action, today's and tomorrow's teleperformance; from teleshopping and home banking to telepresence and teletourism in virtual reality. Only, as Virilio adds in "L'écran du Désert" ("Desert Screen"), his war chronicle, we now know what the communication weapons are after. Who is seen will no longer have to die; rather, it is the observer who will be struck blind. Whereas, time and again, Virilio has described the history of control over the external world as an acceleration and refinement of observation techniques and their logistics, with data transmission acquiring the speed of light total fascination turns out to converge with absolute disbelief. What's left of information when it reaches journalists and the public simultaneously, without there remaining a second for verification, analysis, or double-checks? The news that reaches us as information through the media communication weapons can always be disinformation. If information is a weapon, disinformation is the shield. The viewers can no longer believe their eyes. But if they cannot, the world as we know it will disappear, as Virilio has warned us for years. Distrust of the media means the end of the world. The central and final question in "L'écran du Désert" is thus: "Can omnipresence and instantaneity be democratized; that is to say, can inertia be democratized?"

Lest We Remember the Skylight etc

Sadly, many Adolf's little helpers will be able to twist this kind of images into a successful story ... Good news from Iraq: skylights installed in Fallujah schools! Jozef Virtual Reference

Otherwise Weep

It's sad humour but appeals to my warped sense of humour. Disgraceful though it is this if life today.  If we don't manage to find some humour to create a smile or  a bit of a giggle and if we are really fortunate a good belly laugh we will shrivel and die. Thank you Jozef.