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'War crimes' are defined by the winners. I'm a winner, so I can make my own definition.

Trailer for The Act of Killing, a documentary about the “anti-Communist purge [in Indonesia] that claimed over a million lives in 1965-66”, and about some of the present-day people involved in it. It also documents a surreal movie being made by some of the gangsters that participated in the purge, reenacting some of the events and killings. Potential spoiler below:

Watching his finished film with his grandsons, he begins to understand something essential about himself and his victims. Oppenheimer seizes the moment, posing a question that knocks the wind right out of him. This masterpiece about propaganda, cinema and vanity as instruments of power and terror ends on an excruciatingly sustained, righteous money shot: a monster who could have been a good man suffocates on the truth. —Steven Boone, RogerEbert.com

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kateoplis:

"The most surreal moments you’ve ever seen in your life. It’s something completely and utterly unprecedented. It’s not gonna leave you until the end of your days."

— Werner Herzog, on Joshua Oppenheimer’s new, eight-years-in-the-making documentary The Act of Killing, on which he and Errol Morris executive produced.

The film’s subject matter is insane enough on its own: In 1965, the Indonesian military began a year-long, U.S.-backed campaign to…

Wow… that’s saying something, coming from Herzog. The full article is worth reading.

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ramirezbundydahmer:

The Lakes of Mount Kelimutu, Indonesia are considered to be the resting place for departed souls, the lakes are locally referred to as “the lake of evil spirits”. All 3 lakes change colour from blue to green to black or red unpredictably.

Evil spirits? Volcanic chemical reactions? Do people conceive of the waters changing color because they believe like the essence that spirits are composed of is physically soluble? O__o
Maybe a better question is: why is my brain trying to parse out the mechanics or chemistry of evil spirits?

ramirezbundydahmer:

The Lakes of Mount Kelimutu, Indonesia are considered to be the resting place for departed souls, the lakes are locally referred to as “the lake of evil spirits”. All 3 lakes change colour from blue to green to black or red unpredictably.

Evil spirits? Volcanic chemical reactions? Do people conceive of the waters changing color because they believe like the essence that spirits are composed of is physically soluble? O__o

Maybe a better question is: why is my brain trying to parse out the mechanics or chemistry of evil spirits?

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8.7 magnitude quake off-coast of Indonesia. Tsunami warning for Indian Ocean

(Source: MSN)

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reblololo:

OVERCOMING AN OBSTACLE: Adults escorted students to school on the other side of Ciberang River over a flood-damaged suspension bridge in Lebak, Indonesia, Thursday. (Associated Press)

Wow. Bravery, dedication and an education necessarily tethered to the Earth and the Environment. Obviously and ideally, kids shouldn’t have to climb across a perilous bridge, but you gotta do what you gotta do. Much respect. This is something to balance out the negative story from Indonesia I posted the other day.

reblololo:

OVERCOMING AN OBSTACLE: Adults escorted students to school on the other side of Ciberang River over a flood-damaged suspension bridge in Lebak, Indonesia, Thursday. (Associated Press)

Wow. Bravery, dedication and an education necessarily tethered to the Earth and the Environment. Obviously and ideally, kids shouldn’t have to climb across a perilous bridge, but you gotta do what you gotta do. Much respect. This is something to balance out the negative story from Indonesia I posted the other day.

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Are you losing money because there are people riding for free on top of your train(s)? Have previous threats and measures failed to stop them? Well, you’re in luck! Now you can kill them off! Just hang these ‘human sweepers’ on station entrances/exits and let physics do the rest!
[This advertisement paid for by the Indonesian government]
Image credit: Achmad Ibrahim  /  AP

Are you losing money because there are people riding for free on top of your train(s)? Have previous threats and measures failed to stop them? Well, you’re in luck! Now you can kill them off! Just hang these ‘human sweepers’ on station entrances/exits and let physics do the rest!

[This advertisement paid for by the Indonesian government]

Image credit: Achmad Ibrahim  /  AP