Sunday, October 11, 2009

John Lennon and the Moon: Piss in our time


Irksome Yoko Ono tweets excitedly that something called The International Lunar Geographic Society (formerly the Lunar Republic Society) has renamed a crater on the Moon in honour of John Lennon on the 69th anniversary of his birth. The John Lennon Peace Crater measures approximately six kilometers in diameter, with a depth of about 990 meters. Get your cunting bunting out.

I'd be impressed except I notice that among the other "select few luminaries" honoured by the Society with a lunar crater handle is Julius Caesar who, if I recall from my readings of Plutarch, murdered one million people and enslaved another one million in his Gallic Wars, in the furtherance of his notice-me political career. Plainly a commitment to peace will not in itself earn you nominal possesssion of a bit of a dead rock in space. Iconic celebrity might.

However, the Society did help to remove a crater designation to accused Nazi war criminal, Dr Hans Eppinger, Jr: whether this cunt killed more people than Caesar I couldn't say, but two millennia separates them. Nothing like a bit of historical distance to launder a name.

So who or what is this International Lunar Geographic Society, that is as celebrity obsessed as OK! magazine? Well, just read part of its Proclamation: "The people of the Lunar Republic do hereby mandate that all beings throughout the Universe do recognize, respect and uphold our sovereign right to self-determination and self-governance as a free and autonomous citizenry."

For $16 you can become "a citizen-partner with the Lunar Republic Society, joining in the groundbreaking international effort to bring about private ownership of property on the Moon, as part of a ten-year, three phase $3.8-billion program to return humans — including professional astronauts, engineers, scientists, and civilians — to Luna....We are on a fast track to return to the Moon by the year 2015." In other words, the Society admits it owns nothing on the Moon to sell. However, for as little as $34.25 per acre, you, too, can "buy" a tract of lunar land near Crater M Jackson.

Just like Yoko's Imagine Peace Tower on Videy Islandm near Reykjavik in Iceland, the International Lunar Geographic Society is another organisation for the nattering-on about fantasy projects. The John Lennon Peace Crater is in good company. It was born on the same day NASA bombed the Moon.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

At least Yorko's trying, you horrible person.

Madame Arcati said...

Yorko? You mean the Yorko Bar Kid?

The Cainer said...

Madame seems to have her Moon in Uranus

Anonymous said...

Another bizarre item. Get back to the meds. Fast.

Anonymous said...

Totally agree, Madame. So many pointless activities. Has Yoko Ono actually prevented a war? And this Lunar company is just a scam.

Five-Centres said...

No more ludicrous than Barack Obama getting the Nobel Peace Prize.

Blithe Spirit said...

It's funny you should bring up the question of landmarks on the Moon named after someone on account of merit vs. having a dark side when you talk about John Lennon. For some reason, ever since the outpouring of love people demonstrated for him when he was murdered, making him a symbol of peace, he has represented to me the perfect example of how everyone of us has a bright and a dark side and how we are all imperfect human beings. God knows his closest acquaintances did not think of him as anything close to being a saint; still, his work has always inspired people to call for peace - That must count for something. On the same token, I think it would be hard to find too many leaders that brought about peace, progress and/or freedom without first starting a war with the corresponding death toll. Julius Caesar is not the only example, be it 1M or "just" 10 victims. Historians will tell you the perception on who's a hero and who's a monster shifts based on which side won.

On another note, I agree with the thought on Barack Obama; I was floored when I heard the news. The least they could have done is wait another year to see if this image he has is not all smoke and mirrors, but I guess they have the feeling it is indeed and they couldn't wait to pull down their panties for him now while there are still lots of people that think of him as a messiah.

Ehrm, about those pieces of land on the Moon for sale, I wonder if they would take for payment Golden Gate bonds instead of cash...

Madame Arcati said...

Dear Blithe, just gawp at the Moon some night and say to yourself "That bit's mine". It won't cost you anything and will have the same legal effect as "buying" a lunar tract.

Anonymous said...

Where can you buy cunting bunting?

a private eye said...

wacky name, wacky woman.

forgotten ones fund/stephmastini said...

..As John so eloquently penned: "better to burn out than to fade away!"
Maybe that is the thought behind Yoko's choice of that date for her "cause"..more of a gesture to John than a way to save the world..as for bombing the moon, there is some merit to the idea, but we won't see the fruition of that act in our lifetime...so, why didn't someone (our new nobel peace prize recipient maybe) earmark that money for our present sad state of affairs in our own damn country...think of how many homeless people would have had warm beds and a hot meal that night..not to mention money for breast cancer research month..just a thought..I will stop here, or I will be on a witch hunt list!
s~