US To Venezuela “Resistance is Futile”

Glenn Greenwald does an excellent analysis of President Obama’s declaration, to bring punitive sanctions, that Venezuela is a grave threat to US security interests.

From the Intercept:

by Glenn Greenwald

The White House on Monday announced the imposition of new sanctions on various Venezuelan officials, pronouncing itself “deeply concerned by the Venezuelan government’s efforts to escalate intimidation of its political opponents”: deeply concerned. President Obama also, reportedly with a straight face, officially declared that Venezuela poses “an extraordinary threat to the national security” of the U.S. — a declaration necessary to legally justify the sanctions.

Today, one of the Obama administration’s closest allies on the planet, Saudi Arabia, sentenced one of that country’s few independent human rights activists, Mohammed al-Bajad, to 10 years in prison on “terrorism” charges. That is completely consistent with that regime’s systematic and extreme repression, which includes gruesome state beheadings at a record-setting rate, floggings and long prison terms for anti-regime bloggers,executions of those with minority religious views, and exploitation of terror laws to imprison even the mildest regime critics.

Absolutely nobody expects the “deeply concerned” President Obama to impose sanctions on the Saudis — nor on any of the other loyal U.S. allies from Egypt to the UAE whose repression is far worse than Venezuela’s. Perhaps those who actually believe U.S. proclamations about imposing sanctions on Venezuela in objection to suppression of political opposition might spend some time thinking about what accounts for that disparity.”

and further:

“As for Obama’s decree that Venezuela now poses an “extraordinary threat to the national security” of the United States, is there anyone, anywhere, that wants to defend the reasonability of that claim? Think about what it says about our discourse that Obama officials know they can issue such insultingly false tripe with no consequences.

But what’s not too obvious to point out is what the U.S is actually doing in Venezuela. It’s truly remarkable how the very same people who demand U.S. actions against the democratically elected government in Caracas are the ones who most aggressively mock Venezuelan leaders when they point out that the U.S. is working to undermine their government.

The worst media offender in this regard is The New York Times, whichexplicitly celebrated the 2002 U.S.-supported coup of Hugo Chavez as a victory for democracy, but which now regularly derides the notion that the U.S. would ever do something as untoward as undermine the Venezuelan government. Watch this short video from Monday where the always-excellent Matt Lee of Associated Press questions a State Department spokesperson this week after she said it was “ludicrous” to think that the U.S. would ever do such a thing:

full article at The Intercept.

Review of ‘Confessions of a Terrorist – A Novel’

Guest post: Anita McKone

If you have ever asked ‘Why?… How could they do this?’ in response to the latest report of terrorism, then Confessions of a Terrorist is the novel for you. But only if you genuinely want to find out the answers.

Reliable factual information gathered by terrorism expert and author Professor Richard Jackson is set within a simple but compelling fiction: Michael, a British intelligence officer, and Professor Youssef Said, a Middle Eastern terrorist organiser, face each other across a table in a rundown building in Leeds, UK. Their interview is recorded and transcribed for comment by senior MI5 personnel. As we read the transcript, we gradually unravel the mystery of the events that led them to this meeting. A truly surprising twist, and plans within plans on both sides keep the dramatic tension running right up to an explosive finish.

So this is an easy novel to engage with at the ‘action’ level, but its depth shines through in Jackson’s believable portrait of two human beings whose experiences of both ordinary life and of violence have shaped them in very real and defining ways. Their particular histories, emotions and cultural preconceptions variously impede and facilitate true listening and understanding of one another. And, in the final pages, Jackson presents a level of despair at the human dedication to believing that violence is the only possible response to violence. He accurately represents how people so often accept the appalling personal and social consequences of violence in the powerless belief that there is no other way.

Meanwhile, if you are not familiar with the story of Empire from the perspective of those invaded, prepare yourself for many shocking revelations which will take you out of the usual good guy/bad guy mindset encouraged by standard media portrayals of world conflicts. People behave violently when they feel themselves to be under threat, and this story demonstrates the danger to all parties of failing to honestly listen to and address your own fears and needs, and those of your enemy, if you truly want to resolve conflict and end the violence.

In this novel, Jackson raises the confronting question: Is the fear and insecurity of Western societies and their violent abuse of people of other countries and cultures causing a violent defensive reaction? In which case, are Westerners the ones who need to de-‘radicalise’ their extremist capitalist and militarist ideologies and behaviour in order to reduce fearful extremist responses to these? Michael’s psychological difficulty in acknowledging his own country’s aggressive behaviours brings up a deeper question: How do you reach a person who is too afraid to acknowledge their own violence, and who continually blames someone else for creating a conflict actually instigated by themselves? How do we expose and address the real source of this person’s fear?

Personally, I found the novel very useful in helping me to redefine terrorism more broadly and accurately, identifying and letting go double standards pertaining to the ‘legitimate’ military and ‘rebel’ militants. In many ways, what is labelled ‘terrorist’ is simply guerrilla warfare – tactics strategically chosen by people with few resources against military forces far superior to their own. And there seems little to distinguish ‘terrorism’ from any form of militarism as it has been practiced at any time by human beings: When have civilians genuinely been protected in a violent conflict? When has violence not been used to terrorise people into submission? When have soldiers not tried to inflict maximum damage on the other side, while minimising their own losses? When have soldiers not been willing to sacrifice their own lives, sometimes suicidally, for a perceived cause?

And when has violence not been a desperate demand for attention and control by those who are terrified?

This is an emotionally engaging book that raises many issues to mull over and discuss, with a solid academic reading list for those who want to find out more. You can also check out Professor Jackson’s other books and articles on his website.

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Biodata: Anita McKone has been a nonviolent activist since 1993. Her work on environmental and anti-war campaigns led to further intensive research into the deep psychological roots of violence. She works to fully comprehend and end behaviours that are destructive of the Self. She is the author of ‘Fearless Psychology and Fearful Psychology: Principles and Practice’ and has also written and recorded eight ‘Songs of Nonviolence’. Website.

Binyamin Netanyahu is Sheldon Adelson’s puppet

Adelson and Netanyahu

There is a lot of talk about Binyamin Netanyahu these days, but Bibi is just a figurehead, the real operator in this whole story is the American casino billionaire, Sheldon Adelson, who is going about proving beyond any reasonable doubt (if anybody still doubted it) that the American political system is for sale. In fact, he has been doing the same thing in Israel.

Since in his mind, Israel and the USA seem to be of one flesh, it might be interesting to visit Sheldon Adelson’s view of democracy in Israel:

“I don’t think the Bible says anything about democracy. I think God didn’t say anything about democracy,” Adelson said. “God talked about all the good things in life. He didn’t talk about Israel remaining as a democratic state, otherwise Israel isn’t going to be a democratic state — so what?” The Jewish Daily Forward

What does Adelson’s money buy for Israel in Washington? Nothing but the best.

Among foreign leaders, nobody has been invited to address Congress more often than Netanyahu. He now stands equal at the top of the table along with Winston Churchill. Behind Netanyahu trail Nelson Mandela and Yitzhak Rabin. That’s a pretty devastating commentary on the state of contemporary American political culture and the very notion of leadership. Roger Cohen – New York Times

The results of Adelson’s meddling could have disastrous results for both Israel and the USA and many Israelis are fully aware of this and very disturbed by the prospect and so are many American Jewish people too.

If anyone ever decides to make a movie of ‘The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,’ the opening scene is already done. An Israeli prime minister bewitching hundreds of American Congress members who cheer him on as if he is their Caesar and they are his legions; a few short miles away, meanwhile, the leader of the free world and sole superpower sits in the White House, helplessly seething, pretending to be otherwise engaged, while his aides studiously ignore his very public humiliation.(…) They see a brash Jewish leader, backed by battalions of loyal AIPAC lobbyists and one casino magnate with billions of dollars to spare, thumbing his nose at the U.S. president and openly trying to derail his efforts to achieve a nuclear deal with Tehran, which most of the world supports. Netanyahu’s success, the conventional wisdom goes, could ultimately lead to war. (…) And if the U.S. and Iran find themselves in an escalating conflict that leads to armed confrontation, Netanyahu, Israel and the Jewish people will find themselves in the dock, cast in a central role in a new chapter in the Protocols of the elders of Zion, but one which will be much harder to refute. As a student of Jewish history, this seems to be Netanyahu’s most reckless gamble of all. Chemi Shalev – Haaretz

Iran may or may not be the existential threat to Israel that Netanyahu insists it is. But a lessening of U.S. support for Israel certainly would be. With an indifferent America, Israel would become a lonely, frightening place. Its chief export would not be high tech, but people looking to get out — Jews once more on the go. This is hardly the settlements policy that Netanyahu intends. Richard Cohen – Washington Post


Alas, Bibi is Churchill when it comes to isolating Iran, but he is AWOL when it comes to risking his own political future to make it happen. I have a problem with that. I still don’t know if I will support this Iran deal, but I also have a problem with my own Congress howling in support of a flawed foreign leader trying to scuttle the negotiations by my own government before they’re done. Rubs me the wrong way. Thomas Friedman – New York Times

How are Adelson’s obsessions, vanity and dollars potentially more even harmful than, say, the Koch brothers’ obsessions, vanity and dollars?

The answer is ISIS.

Everything is building up to this: ISIS’s greatest wish is too draw the US armed forces back into a ground war in the Middle East. The ISIS is mobilizing, radicalizing and even more important, giving military training to hundreds of citizens of the European Union (who can enter the USA without a visa) and dozens of American citizens too. This means that within months, weeks, days, hours, anyone of these men or women could walk into a shopping mall or Wal-Mart in the deepest flyover America and blow him or herself up, along with dozens of peaceful shoppers… And there might be several such instances in the space of a few hours in different regions. It is not difficult to imagine the ensuing paranoia, rage and hostility.

Hysteria is modern America’s default reaction to almost anything, it is hard to imagine how a series of well executed suicide bombings would play out and what lasting effect they might have on American life and institutions… any country seen to have brought it on in any way might face the full force of all the hysterical, paranoia, rage and hostility that might be out of control for quite some time.

Obviously in any US ground war against ISIS, any Israeli intervention against the jihadis would be worse than useless, just as it would have been in the first Gulf War, when Saddam Hussein invaded Iraq. If Israel intervened militarily to help the USA kill Sunni Muslims, it would instantly turn the ISIS into heroes for most of the world’s Sunni Muslims. The only country that could reliably help the USA with the heavy lifting would be, (some say already is) Shiite Iran.

Sheldon Adelson and his puppet Netanyahu are simply playing with fire.

Cross posted from David Seaton’s News Links

Mining & Fracking World Whirl: 3 Mar 2015

Our sun over the past five years.

*Worldwide. Destroying the world that feeds us: shellfish are now threatened. Ocean acidification (OA) is increasing as the oceans try to absorb all the carbon we produce, thus endangering much ocean life. Most vulnerable US coastal areas affected are identified, along with OA “drivers and amplifiers” and how to reduce them.

*USA. Go youth! Teens and young adults are turning to courts for help in combatting climate change. “‘Every suit and every administrative petition filed in every state in the country and against the federal government asks . . . for the government . . . to bring down carbon emissions . . . necessary to avoid catastrophic climate change.” Good videos.

*USA. The bad news: half of “the U.S.’s lakes, rivers and streams are unsafe” due to pollution. The good news: Americans submitted over 800,000 public comments in support of Clean Water Act provisions covering small waterways. The challenge: Keeping Americans’ message about clean water front and center as big corps spend $$$s to ensure continued dumping of “206 million pounds of toxic materials” into those waterways annually. Table shows 10 top polluters, the toxic tonnage released and how much they spend to keep at it.

*USA. What timing. “Two days before contract negotiations are schedule to resume between Royal Dutch Shell and the United Steelworkers’ oil union, the company announced plans to run its second-largest U.S. refinery without union labor.”

*USA. While the US should produce about 9.27 million barrels per day of crude oil this year, can US refineries process all of it? Prolly not, since most are “configured for sour, high-sulfur imports from the Middle East.” And the solution is . . . ? Well, apparently not to stash it somewhere until later, since the US “is running out of places to put it”, indicating “even lower . . . prices . . . in the coming months.”

*USA. 33 oil rigs down by the end of last week, a decrease of 39% “since October, an unprecedented retreat.” Do note, though, that “new efficiencies in U.S. drilling and pumping may make raw numbers of rigs . . . misleading.” Accompanying chart is very interesting.

*USA. Here they are: The 1998 Climate Change Denial Team, courtesy of Big Oil. Who they are, what they did and where they are now, including a couple who apparently paid attention to evidence and subsequently moved on.

*USA. Sen. Whitehouse (D-RI) responds to the Senator with the Snowball. {More} (more…)

ISIS Derangement Syndrome

Max Boot

Here’s Time Magazine‘s David von Drehle: “The greatest threat that ISIS poses — even to the poor souls living under ISIS rule — is the unintended damage that might follow from the effort to eradicate the group. . . . As dangerous as it is to have a terrorist kingdom in the middle of the world’s geopolitical tinderbox, ousting ISIS will be every bit as dangerous.”

Drehle goes from there immediately into the debate over whether U.S. troops or local troops should do the job. His article is followed by Max Boot arguing for U.S. ground troops and Karl Vick arguing for U.S. bombing with local ground troops. All three writers seem to be aware that ISIS wanted U.S. bombing and wants U.S. ground troops even more, that ISIS recruitment climbs in response to U.S. military action. All three can’t help but be aware that terrorist kingdoms like Saudi Arabia already exist in the region with the blessing of the U.S. government (and of magazine writers who seek to please the U.S. government). All three are fairly condescending toward local troops, eager to (somehow) get Sunnis to attack Sunnis, and wary of allowing Iranian “death squads” to get involved in the, you know, mass killing they are proposing.

None of the three have one word to say about the great many innocents already killed in the latest U.S. bombings, but all three seem to grasp that the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 was necessary for the creation of ISIS, all three seem to understand that fighting ISIS is counterproductive, and yet all three strive to place the need to attack ISIS beyond the range of any debate. The question is not whether to make the disaster worse, but exactly how to do it.

What, after all, makes the region a global tinderbox? Israel’s nukes? Certainly not, those are not supposed to be mentioned or even thought about. Well then, all the other weapons? But over 80% of those are supplied by the United States, so that can’t be it. Perhaps the violent overthrows and devastation of so many governments and countries? But it was the U.S. and friends who destroyed Iraq and made Libya what it is and who have done what they’re still doing to Afghanistan. It is the U.S. that has ruined Yemen. It is the U.S. that arms and supports Israel’s wars. It is the U.S. that props up the terrorist states in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain and Egypt. Surely what makes the region a tinderbox (rather than a region rich in oil about which greedy earth-destroying interests might be concerned) is something unthinkable or nonsensical or inscrutable, something ethnic or religious or unworthy of consideration.

Because otherwise we might have to consider cease fires and arms embargoes and diplomacy and humanitarian aid as possible alternatives to the usual choices of (1) do nothing, or (2) make it all worse with more of what caused much of the problem in the first place. We might have to consider that it isn’t ISIS that’s posing the greatest threat in the form of “the effort to eradicate the group.”

Creative Commons-Licensed Photo from the New America Foundation

Camera Work: Mirrors and Mandala

Mandala

Some ten years ago or so, I accidentally became aware of the possibility that single images contained information that, to the eye, in a single image, was not particularly visible, and that is what’s happening at the edges of a photo. Second to that is what incomplete shapes take on meaning by mirroring the shape. The combination of the two set me on an intensive exploration that involved identifying single frames as candidates, digital manipulation in Photoshop,and exploration in color. A visual locution, with the possibility of metaphor. I went looking.

An essential problem: The photograph is a frame, with boundaries From the human perspective, the world has no boundaries, at least of the Euclidean kind, which the frame presents. So, it is as important to understand what you leave out as what you include, and that means define your edges.

The eye naturally looks to some sort of organization within the frame. It matters not whether one paints, draws or photographs. The way photographing differs from painting and drawing, from a production point of view, is the photographer organizes from the edges inward. Which means pay attention to the edges. We do that by concluding “I want to leave that out” and crop to that. The use of zoom lenses it particularly good for that. The zoom allows perfect composition as well as isolation.

However, there is “stuff” at the edges. Particularly in nature photography One never has complete elimination. The tree branch cutting at an angle is left over when eliminating the tree. Eroded rocks have pockmarks, hills and mountains have scree spread over the surface. Etc. Now, when one takes such an image, makes a copy, flips that copy then join the tow exactly at the edge something shows up now at the center of the image, a line if fine detail, and sometimes not so fine, freeing up all sorts of designs, principally faces! All kinds of faces. Animal and human. Many time grim, some Buddha-like, bears, cats, dogs. One thing they all posses is symmetry, a symmetric perfection which rarely, if ever, exists naturally.

The first time I saw this, nature had already done it for me. It was a reflection of a rock wall in a still pool of water. I marveled at the composition . It was only marginally perfect. It balanced top and bottom, so I had the bright idea of making the scan and aligning the original and the flipped versions.

I had my construction. And I had my project!

I spent many a day searching my files for candidates for such imagery. At that point, I was not using a digital camera so I had to scan each candidate, import it into an editor, make the copy then connect the edges, lining them up perfectly. The appearance of all sorts of images was amazing. My problem became one of selection. They all said “Pick me” but no, I had to choose.

During that choosing I noticed that some of the rejects were pretty interesting yet missing something others had, so I decided to copy, flip and match those pairs, and the mandala was born. Now I had a powerful process, with endless possibilities. I made hundreds of experiments.

As I was working this concept, I was also re-reading some of Castaneda’s books on Don Juan Matus. Don Juan kept urging his student, Castaneda, to look carefully, out of the corner of the eye so to speak, and see the forms that defied seeing by conventional means. I wondered if Don Juan was doing this with the paitr of images the optical system produces. The eye presents the image to the retina upside down and flipped left to right. The brain flips it back and combines these images to produce the 3D effect by which we all see. Could the Yaqui “Man of Knowledge” be actually doing this as an alternative process? Combining the images so he “saw” the faces? Figuratively speaking, of course as Don Juan Matus was a fictional character. Or was he? (more…)

Kerry Compares ISIS’ Destruction of Priceless Art to Rampage by Tamerlane & Genghis Khan

http://youtu.be/fwC32ZMTM6k

On ABC’s This Week today, American Secretary of State John Kerry said that the recent destruction of priceless Assyrian works of art by the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq(ISIS) was a “rampage reminiscent of Tamerlane and Genghis Khan.”

Tamerlane? Genghis Khan? Wow. These ISIS guys must be really bad ass. But are they? Really? Let’s take a quick look-see here.

Just about everyone’s at least heard of Genghis Khan, which translates directly from the Mongol for “Great King.” Born Temujin, Genghis Khan united the Mongol tribes in 1206 CE and led them on incredible campaigns of conquest, establishing a Mongol Empire that stretched from northern China through Mongolia, Persia, and Central Asia all the way through Russia to the borders of Europe. His immediate successors completed the Mongol conquests of China, Russia, Ukraine, and even Hungary.

Ol’ Genghis was indeed ruthless. Acutely aware that there were only so many Mongol horsemen available to die in battle, he adopted a very direct strategy in persuading a targeted city to surrender. If it surrendered on the first day his army showed up and agreed to be a good, taxpaying part of his empire, no one was hurt. On the second day, the city’s surrender would be accepted only if its inhabitants gave up its leaders to the Mongols for execution. If it hadn’t surrendered by the third day, everyone in it would be killed by the Mongols once the city fell.

Talk about shock-and-awe. Genghis Khan very consistently used this tactic, and it was very persuasive. It helped him conquer a huge chunk of the Earth’s land mass. George W. Bush had nothing on Genghis.

Or Tamerlane, for that matter.

Tamerlane, or more accurately Timur the Lame, was a man of Turkic and Mongol descent who took over the Mongol khanate of Samarkand, now a city in Uzbekistan, in the late 14th Century CE. Using Genghis Khan’s tactics, he conquered Central Asia, Persia, Afghanistan, northern India, most of European Russia, Iraq, Syria, and most of modern Turkey. Timur was in the habit of chopping off the heads of a conquered city’s population and building a pyramid of skulls out of them. Shock-and-awe again, wouldn’t you say?

Even his tomb was bad-ass, for it had a curse that actually came true. An inscription read, “Whosoever disturbs my tomb will unleash an invader more terrible than I.” Soviet archaeologists excavated his tomb on June 22, 1941, the very day that Hitler’s Germany invaded the Soviet Union. Now that’s shock-and-awe from beyond the grave! (more…)

TODAY 3PM (CST): Shut Down #HomanSquare – @Chicago_Police Black Site

Some background from Spencer Ackerman and Vic Suter on Deomcracy Now! This is the transcript.

 

Spencer Ackerman’s Homan Square ouevre at the Guardian is here.

Marcy Wheeler, writing for Salon.com:’ “I was in a black site”: Chicago’s policing nightmare — and assault on people of color; as Rahm Emanuel fights for his political life, let’s talk about the detention and abuse of black people in Chicago’

(If you can’t access her internal link to TarheelDem’s post about his grisly experiences at Homan Square, as it turned out to be, this is his Daily Kos version a friend provided me.)

From the the #Gitmo2Chicago (albeit backwards, given Zuley went from torturing Chicago arrestees to Gitmo) on Facebook page (#ShutDownHomanSquare morphing into a cyber support page already).

Socialism is American as Apple Pie

Rudy Giuliani’s recent rant questioning President Obama’s love for his country has drawn severe criticism. While the defense of the President’s commitment to his country is laudable, there has been scant comment on Giuliani’s clarification, which was directed at Obama’s supposed socialist leanings.

Giuliani’s charge that President Obama is a socialist is not only factually inaccurate but also underscores how a vibrant American political tradition has been conveniently misrepresented and eliminated from our history.

President Obama is no more a socialist than was President Franklin Roosevelt, who was one of the greatest presidents in American history. What Obama and Roosevelt share with every president since the 1940s is the belief in a regulated free market first expounded by economist John Maynard Keynes. Even Giuliani implemented Keynesian-like government projects that were funded through progressive tax measures. Yet no one is calling him a socialist.

Whether Giuliani likes it or not, American socialism has been an important current in American political life since the rise of the industrial age more than 150 years ago. The countless women and men who considered themselves socialists have sacrificed their lives for this country, helped shape foreign and domestic policy, created this country’s art, assembled the cars, built the highways and contributed in exactly the same way as those with differing economic and political philosophies.

Lucy Parsons, a socialist and advocate for women’s rights, was a former slave who along with her husband Albert led the struggle for the eight hour day in the 1880s. Prior to the movement for the eight-hour day, American workers routinely worked 12-14 hours daily, six days a week. Lucy’s tireless organizing helped transform the workday and bring a degree of dignity to American workers.

Helen Keller, an icon of American history, whose struggle to overcome blindness and deafness has inspired countless people around the world, was an active member of the Socialist Party of America.

Likewise Eugene V. Debs, one of America’s foremost labor leaders in the late 1800s, received nearly a million votes for president of the United States while jailed for speaking out in opposition to U.S. involvement in World War I.

Vito Marcantonio, a socialist, was elected 6 times to the U.S congress representing East Harlem. Bernie Sanders, a self-declared socialist, has represented the people of Burlington and Vermont for nearly 25 years as mayor, congressman and senator.

The people of Milwaukee, Wisconsin elected three socialist mayors including Daniel Hoan and Frank Zeidler spanning nearly 40 years. A. Philip Randolph, one of America’s prominent labor leaders, and Bayard Rustin were African American socialists who helped shape the modern civil rights movement.

America’s rich cultural tradition has been greatly influenced by people sympathetic to socialist ideas including musicians Woody Guthrie and Aaron Copeland, painter Thomas Hart Benton, writers Lillian Hellman and John Dos Passos and multi-talented artists Paul Robeson, Harry Belafonte and countless others.

The American socialist tradition has never been monolithic in its views on a wide range of issues including the nature of China or the former Soviet Union or the strengths and weaknesses of American capitalism. Nevertheless, socialists have either led or been active in the struggles for worker and civil rights, opposition to U.S. military involvement in foreign countries and quality of life issues like social security, health care reform and the environment.

The former mayor of New York may believe that only those who remain silent about the exploitation of workers and the growing inequality of an economic system that benefits the top 1% to the detriment of the 99% warrant the mantle of patriotism. But the words of Helen Keller are as true today as when she wrote them in 1911: “the majority of mankind are working people. So long as their fair demands— the ownership and control of their livelihoods— are set at naught, we can have neither men’s rights nor women’s rights.” That’s true patriotism.

Mister Spock Has Died

Leonard Nimoy, Spock of ‘Star Trek,’ Dies at 83.

Leonard Nimoy, the sonorous, gaunt-faced actor who won a worshipful global following as Mr. Spock, the resolutely logical human-alien first officer of the Starship Enterprise in the television and movie juggernaut “Star Trek,” died on Friday morning at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles. He was 83.

His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed his death, saying the cause was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Mr. Nimoy announced that he had the disease last year, attributing it to years of smoking, a habit he had given up three decades earlier. He had been hospitalized earlier in the week.

He will be sorely missed. His acting as well as his logic was impeccable.

Live long and prosper.