Wednesday, January 17, 2007

IBM, and the holocaust.

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What was it about the Jewish people that made Hitler want to collect them all into camps?
How was he able to round them up like cattle, without even a whimper from the "rest of the West"?

Were there others involved? Has the truth been told?

Are there truths in the allegations that American business interests supported and even armed Hitler with the weapons and machines to aid in the gruesome task of subjugating Europe, and at the same time, killing off the Jews, or driving them to emigrate.
Let`s not forget that as well as the Jews, there were several other groups who were being targeted. The Gypsies, gays, the mentally ill, communists, and so many more.

How was it done? How did it become so efficient?

The answer lies, in part, with a firm, still known as IBM.

Taken from elsewhere....
Only after Jews were identified -- a massive and complex task that Hitler wanted done immediately -- could they be targeted for efficient asset confiscation, ghettoization, deportation, enslaved labor, and, ultimately, annihilation. It was a cross-tabulation and organizational challenge so monumental, it called for a computer. Of course, in the 1930s no computer existed.

But IBM's Hollerith punch card technology did exist. Aided by the company's custom-designed and constantly updated Hollerith systems, Hitler was able to automate his persecution of the Jews. Historians have always been amazed at the speed and accuracy with which the Nazis were able to identify and locate European Jewry. Until now, the pieces of this puzzle have never been fully assembled. The fact is, IBM technology was used to organize nearly everything in Germany and then Nazi Europe, from the identification of the Jews in censuses, registrations, and ancestral tracing programs to the running of railroads and organizing of concentration camp slave labor.

Apparently, the German government still keeps all of these records, along with the names of the American citizens who advised and worked with the Nazis.

Ah well, one day, a lo mejor...perhaps.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Fodder for cannons.

(Grateful thanks to the artist, who has definitely got the gist of bushies madness.)

What the public needs to understand is that cannons need feeding, they need blindly patriotic young people to sacrifice themselves on the blood altar of cannon factories.
All across America there are wealthy middle class shareholders who need their factories making cannons and profits.
Americans need to understand that without war there are no profits, damn, this nation, like England before it was built on the profits of war.
It is a fine tradition, that the rich people manufacture cannons and start wars, and poor people die in war.

This is one tradition that is no longer fit for human purpose.