Selasa, 29 Oktober 2013

Pictures Old of Central Kalimantan (13) : Kasongan-katingan

Pictures Old of Central Kalimantan (13) : Kasongan-katingan

Any pictures that important relic (Age Netherlands - 1990) then located in Central Kalimantan.

Let more neat old photographs classified according to their respective regions (alphabetical order).

Kasongan-katingan : by albert alang Foto-foto Kalteng jaman dulu.

'Kawok-Toegal'(Tumbang  Lahang) 1937

Mission school in Kasongan (Borneo) 1924

Sandong in Tewang-Rangkang (Katingan) 1924

Taking a rest between Kasongan and Sampit on the little River Hampalit 1925

Tumbang Samba 1924,

Tumbang Samba 1924,

Pictures Old of Central Kalimantan (11) : Kotawaringin Barat

Pictures Old of Central Kalimantan (11) : Kotawaringin Barat

Any pictures that important relic (Age Netherlands - 1990) then located in Central Kalimantan.

Let more neat old photographs classified according to their respective regions (alphabetical order).

Kotawaringin Barat : by albert alang Foto-foto Kalteng jaman dulu.

Local legislators (DPRD) GR first Western Kotawaringin

Een groep Dajaks in feestkleding te Pangkalanboeoen, Beneden Doesoenlanden, Borneo : A group of Dayaks in costume Pangkalanboeoen, Downstairs Doesoenlanden, Borneo. NOT IN THE KNOW year

The first school (SMP) building in West Kotawaringin

PalaceLawang Agung Bukit Indra Kencana or more popularly known as the Yellow Palace in Pangkalan Bun

Office of the First Air Force  (AURI) in West Kotawaringin

first Office of the District Military Command (KODIM) West Kotawaringin 

First POLRES office in West Kotawaringin

Government Kotawaringin kingdom when Prince Kasuma Anom AlamSYAH (1939-1948)

Kotawaringin royal coronation as Prince Kasuma Anom Alam (1939-1948)

Prince Kasuma Anom Alam out of the car

The bigroof over the sultans graves in KotaWaringin, 1928

The holy canon of Kota-Waringin village (This place is called Kerbau Tidur) the sleeping bull, 1928

The Karamat of Kiai Gadai in KotaWaringin village, 1935

The royal palace in Kotawaringin, 1928

The Kraton in Kota Waringin in which the Sultans used to live, 1928

The old mosque in Kotawaringin village, which was built by Kiai Gadai. Foto 1928

The old mosque in Kotawaringin village which wasbuilt by Kiai Gadai, 1928

Senin, 28 Oktober 2013

Pictures Old of Central Kalimantan (10) : Sukamara

Pictures Old of Central Kalimantan (10) : Sukamara

Any pictures that important relic (Age Netherlands - 1990) then located in Central Kalimantan.

Let more neat old photographs classified according to their respective regions (alphabetical order).

En route for Sukamara. The carriers in the boat. 1939

here typical Dayaks from Kerta Mulia Kotawaringin 1928

In Sukamara, a dove-cot above the western branch of the Djalui River (Sungai Jelai). 1928

In Sukamara. An islamic wedding. The bridegroom is accompanied on the street by his friends, who surround and protect him - a sign of high honour. 1928

Sukamara mosque in 1928

Sukamara view of the village. 1928

View of Sukamara 1928

Jumat, 11 Oktober 2013

10 Borneo Pygmy Elephants poisoned

Fikri Hidayat | Tuesday, January 29, 2013

A baby Bornean pygmy elephant (Elephas maximus borneensis) near mother who died poisoned. Sabah Wildlife Department released photos of Borneo pygmy elephant (Elephas maximus borneensis) Gunung Rara Forest died, 130 kilometers from Tawau, Sabah, on Tuesday (29/01/2013). - Ten Borneo pygmy elephant ( Elephas maximus borneensis ) was found dead endangered and is thought to have been poisoned , Malaysian officials said on Tuesday ( 01/29/2013 ) . They released a poignant photograph shows a baby elephant who sniff and caress its mother .

Sabah Wildlife Department has formed a special task force and the police together WWF organization to investigate the death of the elephants .

Sabah Wildlife Department released photos of Borneo pygmy elephant (Elephas maximus borneensis) lying dead in Gunung Rara Forest, 130 kilometers from Tawau, Sabah, Malaysia, on Tuesday (01/29/2013). A total of 10 rare elephants found dead and suspected poisoning.

Sabah Wildlife Department director , Laurentius Ambu said it received a report last Wednesday about the death of the pygmy elephants in the forests of Mount Rara , 130 kilometers from Tawau , Sabah .

" Earlier this year , two of eight elephants that have been rotting carcasses found near settlements . We believe that all of this elephant -related deaths , " he said in an official statement .

Sen Nathan , a senior veterinary department , the animals died of suspected poisoning after finding severe ulceration and bleeding in the digestive tract .

" It's really incredibly sad to see all the elephants die , especially one with a dead female baby was three months old are still alive while trying to wake her mother , " he said .

State Environment Minister , Masidi Manjun , vowed to take stern action if the animals are intentionally poisoned . " I will personally ensure that the perpetrators will be brought to justice and pay for their crimes , " he said .
Image Credit: The Golden Chersonese and the way thither / New York: GP Putn
Browsing around the Borneo jungle in 1883. Isabella L. Bird and two natives up the elephant in the swamp area, Perak, Malaysia.

The activists warn that pygmy elephants are very quickly losing natural habitat due to deforestation , forest conversion to plantations and large -scale human encroachment on Borneo , a vast island owned by Malaysia , Indonesia and Brunei .

Was assigned the status of endangered species and threatened species is very risky ( endangered ) . Its population is only 1,500 head and now only live in the north of the island of Borneo .

Organization WWF says elephants are genetically different from other Asian elephants . DNA evidence proves these elephants were isolated about 300,000 years ago from their cousins ​​on mainland Asia and Sumatra . Over time , they became smaller with relatively larger ears , longer tails and straight tusks . Currently, the Borneo pygmy elephant is the smallest Asian elephant . AFP

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Kamis, 10 Oktober 2013

Found in Borneo Sumatran rhino

Badak Sumatera

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 , 16:55 pm

After finding traces Sumatran rhino in Borneo , a joint monitoring team of the WWF - Indonesia and West Kutai regional government and other partners , again managed to get the physical evidence the existence of Sumatran Rhino in West Kutai , East Kalimantan through video trap .
" The physical evidence has become very important to restructure and develop rhino conservation efforts in Indonesia are more comprehensive , " said Minister of Forestry , Zulkifli Hasan finding the video announcing the opening of First Asian Rhino Range States Meeting , a ministerial meeting of countries spread rhinos in Asia that took place in Bandar on Wednesday , 2-3 October 2013 .
Zulkifli explained , the video image was obtained after a joint monitoring team conducted a study to install 16 video-camera ( videotrap ) which operated for three months . Video was taken from several different locations and the results are quite surprising as well as presenting new evidence , the visualization of the first video where the two -horned Sumatran rhino ( Dicerorhinus sumatrensis ) in Kalimantan .
" This discovery represents the hard work of many people and become one of the donations to reach the target population of rhino in Indonesian growth of three percent per year , " said Minister of Forestry .
According to him , it needs further study and the cooperation of many parties , including local communities , corporations and other parties concerned to immediately take appropriate measures for the conservation of the Sumatran rhino in Borneo , particularly in efforts to improve the protection and security of rhinos and their habitat .
Forestry continues , images recorded on video is one of them shows the pitfalls of daily activity that is wallowing rhinos to lower his body temperature . Other images are obtained rhino ongoing activity and foraging .
Nazir Foead , Conservation Director of WWF - Indonesia said , " A joint team from the local government , RPU , and WWF has conducted regular patrols in the important areas . We call on all parties , in Indonesia and around the world to take part immediately to save rhinos in Indonesia, especially Sumatran rhino in Borneo . "
Picture rhinos known activity recorded at 23 and June 30 and August 3, 2013 . All rhinos are captured in this video , is estimated to different individuals , but required further research experts to make sure.
Ministerial level meeting , Firts Asian Rhino Range States Meeting held in Bandar October 2 to 3 , which was attended by representatives from Indonesia , India , Malaysia , Nepal , and Bhutan .

Editor : Karta Raharja Ucu

Sabtu, 07 September 2013

Develop Eco-tourism , Central Kalimantan Private Teams

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Palangkaraya : Central Kalimantan which has an area of ​​157 983 square kilometers is the third largest province in Indonesia.

According to a decree forestry minister : SK 529/Menhut-II/2012 , Palangkaraya city 's thousands province has an area of ​​12,719,707 hectares of forest which consists of nature reserves and conservation areas covering an area of ​​1,630,828 hectares and the area of ​​nature reserves and conservation not natural area of ​​11,088,879 hectares , consisting of protected forest , limited production forest , production forest and convertible production forest .

Central Kalimantan Governor Agustin Teras Narang said the nature and potential of the area of ​​forests , sustainable development of nature and forests of Central Kalimantan requires commitment and togetherness of all parties given the vastness of the area and the many problems faced .

Not only forest products , such as coal mines , gold , iron ore , bouksit , and others are also growing there . Not to mention the considerable potential of palm oil .

" The leaders and policy makers should be able to think hard and sincerity between the utilization of the existing potential and sustainable development , " said the Governor of Central Kalimantan , on Monday ( 27/5 ) .

By cooperating with the private sector , PT Lestari up Forester (Sustainable Management Group ) , Central Kalimantan provincial government plans to develop the concept of a planned eco-tourism similar to the existing National Parks such as Tanjung Puting National Park and Yosemite National Sebangau .

The concept of utilizing the potential of existing natural , but enhanced by building a floating inn , lodging in the tree and provide a tour of the location .

" CK has tremendous natural potential as Tanjung Puting National Park . Everything has to be maintained and used , sold its potential , to change the mindset of a National Park just got it, " he explained .

Related to that , the signing of a cooperation agreement between the Government of the Province of Central Kalimantan PT Lestari up Forester (Sustainable Management Group ) on the construction and development of sustainable tourism and natural forests in Central Kalimantan .

Teras Narang said the signing of the cooperation agreement is part of an effort to develop the potential of nature and forests of Central Kalimantan .

There are efforts such as deforestation and reforestation . But both rated him yet walk in balance .

Use of natural resources in sustainable forest associated with the people who live around the forest as well as their economic conditions .

Chairman PT Lestari up Forester (Sustainable Management Group ) Makes David said the signing of cooperation agreements aim is to make forest management and forest development and sustainable natural and mutually beneficial to exploit the potential that exists without damaging nature .

In addition to the signing of this agreement is also intended to keep abreast of the existence of forests and natural forest .
" Various models for forest development and conservation of natural forests has been done .

But after decades of running , the project only generate reports without generating sustainable development for nature and forests , " he explained .

This Agreement governs the preparation of a master plan to determine how much of the need for the development of nature tourism .

This cooperation also regulate the division of labor between the portion of the provincial government of Central Kalimantan - PT Sustainable Management Group that do not overlap .

by  ( Vera Erwaty Ismainy )

Editor : Asnawi Khaddaf

Selasa, 03 September 2013

ngayau tradition in war banjar

Approximately 152 years ago, on 28 April 1859, riots broke out in Kalimantan greatest, namely Banjar War. One aspect that escaped or at least less exposed to the writings of earlier about the incident is related to the presence of ngayau practices in the war. 

Ngayau or Kayau generally understood to be in the habit of decapitating Borneo indigenous past. But according to Darius Dubud (2004: 45), mangayau not just cut the head without meaning, or some sort of barbaric acts. As the oldest inhabitants of the island of Borneo, the Dayaks had always lived at one with nature. In this encounter with nature they experience the power of God, so that all behavior is directed to maintain balance jamal jalaldan aspects (positive and negative). Any deviant behavior would invite the wrath of God He claimed in the form of natural disasters. From this angle by Dubud, can understand the true meaning of mangayau, that tradition of decapitating it is a ritual to maintain the balance of nature. 

Subjectivity of interpretation 

Darius Dubud above explanation reveals the philosophical and theological value behind tradisingayau. In this case, the victim surely kayauan individuals or groups that are considered sinful by customs, so her 'legitimate' for dikayau. So kayau is a form of sanctions, or some sort of sacrifice for the sake of avoiding the natural balance of the human race from the wrath of God. 

The problem is, when the Dayaks were not in the 'ethnic unity' as it is now, of course there is subjectivity among ethnic subgroups in interpreting who is deviant behavior, and who has the right to punish?As revealed by Helius Sjamsuddin (2001: 50-56) until the 1850s inter-tribal warfare was common in the hinterland of Central Kalimantan, for example, between the Tribe Ngaju afternoon versus-Glum, or between the tribe versus tribe Ngaju Pari. Of the two types of tribal warfare (kayau and Asang), kayau is kind of a small group attack certain parts without prior notice to the enemy to be hunted his head. 

For most civilized nations, such practices are common sense clearly unacceptable. No wonder when in 1802 Dutch politics and the economy contracted by Sultan Banjar (South Kalimantan and Central authorities at that time), their representatives, Commissioner F. van Boeckholtz, of whom require sultan must act decisively "to people in countries who labor Dajak So that the chief was given a sentence cut cut back on the face of the Compagnie lodji .." (National Archives, 1965: 163). 

Moreover, more than half a century later, the Dutch were also targeted kayau in Banjar War. They recorded-at least-is the soldiers and sailors who drowned in war Onrust Barito river in December 1859 by Hero Soerapatti and his followers. According Parelaer (in the Sjamsuddin.Op.Cit: 233), in the invasion of Dayak warriors led Soerapatti cut off the heads of his victims as trophies of victory. 

As bearers of European civilization (Western), can be understood when the Dutch tried to remove the barbaric tradition, as implied in the contents above 1802 contract. Yet another fact Banjar War on opposition leaders presented Idwar Saleh (1991: 26-27, see also Saleh: 1985: 23) may present a startling paradox. 

Here are the facts: 

Once captured in Batu slick ruse, Demat demang Lehman who was hanged in 1864 in Martapura, his head cut off to get the Dutch museum. A year later, Rashid penghoeloe wounded in combat in Lawas Banua fa, head decapitated by someone who also tempted by the Dutch paid. The head of the prince handed to them anyway. Experienced a similar fate Hero Jalil who died in 1861 at the Battle Tundakan in Awayan. Hero's corpse actually had long been buried in secret by his followers.However, after the location is known, the tomb was immediately dismantled and his skull was also taken to museum Netherlands. 

-------> The Elusive, Netherlands who consider themselves civilized it was also 'mangayau' enemies. This fact proves, how thin the difference (even sometimes confused) between the civilized nations that are considered barbaric. 

Western ambiguity

If civilization is defined by the dictionary as an inner cultural progress, then the failure of a civilized nation was not fully measured by the values ​​of civilization itself. In the context of international relations of the past, civilization or savagery is more determined by the party that controls the mass memory system to support printing technology, writing culture, and also supported by, of course, military and economic power. Advantage in that it allows the parties free to define ourselves as a civilized nation, and in the name of civilization was entitled to annex, be aggressive, and colonize other nations are labeled barbaric.

Then east civilize the world also seemed to be an obsession and noble mission of Western nations that period. This is for example reflected in the Dutch military marching song excerpt when they fight Aceh: "Into Aceh Sultan! Nest of all evil ... With the three colors Netherlands 'civilization' grow .. "(Tempo: 2003: 70). But when translated into reality, it was none other civilizations is a fact about all-out exploitation of the colonies for wealth flowed into Europe there.

Ironically the spirit of colonialism as not easily disappear from the face of the earth, even though he was wrapped by methods more subtle, sophisticated, and legitimate. The proof, the world seems helpless with the actions of the United States as the vanguard of Western civilization today. Through the mastery of communication and information systems with all its advanced technologies, America can dictate world opinion about everything, according to his interests. All as 'enchanted' to always be subject to the 'word' of the Adi Power of steps that must be taken as a collective action, in order to create a better world order, democratic, and civilized (in the American version, of course).

Vietnam, Uganda, Cuba, Afghanistan, Iraq (maybe next Iran) is the part of the victim of an American civilization. As in the past, always grinning greedily kavitalis fangs behind the civilizing mission that wrap tightly. Fangs are ready to pounce on, sucking, and eating oil, gas, coal, gold, tin, or other strategic potential in every inch of the earth.

By Because almost all take place under the UN resolution, it was a legitimate military aggression waged for. Diberadabkan world in a way that is not at all civilized. Countries in democratic tyranny right through undemocratic means (but not against the tyrant who became slaves kavitalisnya). Nuclear technology is threatening the world, except in the hands of himself and his allies. Facts arbitrarily distorted rhetoric me.

For a careful study of history, the real ambiguity West has long read. Tata world-even human civilization-is not built based on the facts, but rather is determined by the 'strong man' so that they are always weak in the power. Entering the second decade of the third millennium BC era, human relationship system apparently has not moved away from the 'law of the jungle'. Naturally, when the 'barbaric instincts' appeared and asked, why do the wicked do not 'dikayau' alone? In order to balance the universe re-created? Order no longer a humanitarian disaster struck?

Of course this is just a utopian instinct amid helplessness third world. Moreover affairs kayau-mangayau long extinct and living the story.


* This paper was published in the Daily Edition * RADAR BANJARMASIN Monday, May 7, 2007

* I am very grateful if there is a friend who re posting this article as my previous post "National Geger for Local Performing (Speech Sukarno in Small Town)" via personal blogs or other media. But this time please include the author's name, so that we avoid plagiarism practices that clearly violate the intellectual ethics. Thank you. Greetings.

Senin, 02 September 2013

Tradisi Ngayau Dalam Perang Banjar*

by Norpikriadi 

Kurang lebih 152 tahun lalu, tepatnya pada 28 April 1859, pecah huru-hara terbesar di Kalimantan, yaitu Perang Banjar. Satu aspek yang luput atau minimal kurang terekspos pada tulisan-tulisan terdahulu tentang peristiwa tersebut adalah berkaitan dengan terdapatnya praktik ngayau dalam perang tersebut.

Ngayau atau Kayau umumnya dipahami sebagai kebiasaan memenggal kepala di kalangan pribumi Kalimantan tempo dulu. Tapi menurut Darius Dubud (2004: 45),mangayau bukanlah sekedar potong kepala tanpa makna, atau semacam tindakan barbar. Sebagai penghuni tertua Pulau Kalimantan, orang Dayak sejak dulu hidup menyatu dengan alam. Dalam perjumpaannya dengan alam mereka mengalami kuasa Tuhan, sehingga seluruh perilaku diarahkan untuk menjaga keseimbangan aspek jalaldan jamal (positif dan negatif). Setiap perilaku menyimpang akan mengundang kemarahan Tuhan yang dinyatakanNya dalam bentuk bencana alam. Dari sudut inilah menurut Dubud, bisa dipahami makna sebenarnya dari mangayau, bahwa tradisi memenggal kepala itu adalah suatu ritus untuk memelihara keseimbangan alam.

Subjektifitas Penafsiran
Penjelasan Darius Dubud di atas menyingkap nilai filosofis dan teologis di balik tradisingayau. Dalam hal ini, korban kayauan tentulah individu atau kelompok yang dianggap berdosa secara adat, sehingga kepadanya ‘sah’ untuk dikayau. Jadi kayau adalah sebuah bentuk sanksi, atau semacam tumbal keseimbangan alam demi terhindarnya umat manusia dari murka Tuhan.
Persoalannya, ketika orang Dayak belum berada dalam ‘kesatuan etnis’ seperti sekarang, tentu terdapat subjektifitas di antara sub-sub kelompok suku dalam menafsirkan siapa yang berperilaku menyimpang, dan siapa yang berhak menghukum? Sebagaimana yang diungkap Helius Sjamsuddin (2001: 50-56) hingga tahun 1850-an perang antar suku masih kerap terjadi di pedalaman Kalteng, misalnya antara Suku Ngaju versus Siang-Murung, atau antara Suku Ngaju versus Suku Pari. Dari dua jenis perang suku (kayau dan asang), kayau adalah jenis serangan dari sekelompok kecil suku tertentu tanpa pemberitahuan terlebih dahulu kepada pihak musuh yang akan diburu kepalanya.

Bagi kebanyakan bangsa beradab, praktik semacam itu jelas sukar diterima akal sehat. Tidak heran ketika Belanda pada tahun 1802 menjalin kontrak politik dan ekonomi dengan Sultan Banjar (penguasa Kalimantan Selatan dan Tengah waktu itu), wakil mereka, Komisaris F. van Boeckholtz, di antaranya mensyaratkan sultan harus bertindak tegas: “kepada orang di negeri-negeri Dajak jang kerdja itu potong kepala supaja dikasih hukuman potong kembali di muka lodji kompeni..”(Arsip Nasional RI, 1965: 163).
Apalagi kurang lebih setengah abad kemudian, orang-orang Belanda juga menjadi sasaran kayau dalam Perang Banjar. Mereka–setidaknya yang tercatat–adalah para serdadu dan awak kapal perang Onrust yang ditenggelamkan di hulu sungai Barito pada Desember 1859 oleh Tumenggung Surapati dan pengikutnya. Menurut Parelaer (di dalam Sjamsuddin.Op.Cit:233), dalam serbuan itu prajurit-prajurit Dayak yang dipimpin Surapati memenggal kepala-kepala korbannya sebagai piala kemenangan.
Sebagai pengusung peradaban Eropa (Barat), dapat dipahami apabila Belanda berupaya menghapus tradisi barbar tersebut, sebagaimana yang tersirat pada isi Kontrak 1802 di atas. Namun fakta lain Perang Banjar tentang para pemimpin perlawanan yang dikemukakan Idwar Saleh (1991: 26-27, lihat juga Saleh: 1985: 23) barangkali menyajikan sebuah paradoks yang mencengangkan. Berikut fakta-faktanya:
Setelah ditangkap secara tipu muslihat di Batu licin, Demang Lehman yang dihukum gantung pada 1864 di Martapura, kepalanya dipotong untuk masuk museum Belanda. Setahun kemudian, Penghulu Rasyid yang terluka dalam pertempuran di Banua Lawas Kelua, kepalanya juga dipenggal oleh seseorang yang tergiur oleh bayaran Belanda. Kepala sang penghulu diserahkan pula kepada mereka. Nasib serupa dialami Tumenggung Jalil yang gugur pada 1861 dalam Pertempuran Tundakan di Awayan. Mayat tumenggung ini sebetulnya telah lama dikuburkan secara rahasia oleh pengikutnya. Namun setelah lokasinya diketahui, makam itu segera dibongkar dan tengkorak kepalanya juga diambil Belanda untuk dimuseumkan.

Sukar dipahami, Belanda yang menganggap diri beradab itu ternyata juga ‘mangayau’ musuh-musuhnya. Fakta ini membuktikan, betapa tipisnya perbedaan (malah kadang tertukar) antara bangsa beradab dengan yang dianggap biadab.

Ambiguitas Barat
Bila peradaban oleh kamus diartikan sebagai kemajuan budaya batin, maka beradab tidaknya suatu bangsa ternyata tidak sepenuhnya diukur berdasarkan nilai-nilai peradaban itu sendiri. Dalam konteks hubungan internasional tempo dulu, keberadaban atau kebiadaban lebih ditentukan oleh pihak yang menguasai sistem memori massa dengan dukungan teknologi cetak, budaya tulis, serta ditopang pula oleh–tentu saja–kekuatan militer dan ekonomi. Keunggulan dalam hal ini memungkinkan suatu pihak leluasa mendefinisikan diri sebagai bangsa beradab, lalu atas nama peradaban merasa berhak untuk mencaplok, mengagresi, dan mengkoloni bangsa lain yang dicap biadab.

Maka memberadabkan dunia timur pun seakan menjadi obsesi dan misi mulia bangsa-bangsa Barat masa itu. Ini misalnya tecermin dari kutipan lagu mars militer Belanda ketika mereka memerangai Aceh: “Ke Aceh Keraton! Sarang segala kejahatan… Dengan sang tiga warna Belanda’ peradaban’ tumbuh..” (Tempo: 2003: 70). Namun ketika diterjemahkan ke dalam realitas, pemberadaban itu tak lain adalah sebuah fakta tentang eksploitasi habis-habisan kekayaan negeri jajahan untuk dialirkan ke Eropa sana.

Ironisnya spirit kolonialisme ini seperti tak mudah pupus dari muka bumi, meski kini ia terbungkus lewat metode yang lebih halus, canggih, dan legitimate. Buktinya, masyarakat dunia seakan tak berdaya dengan sepak terjang Amerika Serikat sebagai garda depan peradaban Barat saat ini. Melalui penguasaan sistem komunikasi dan informasi dengan segala teknologi canggihnya, Amerika sanggup mendiktekan opini dunia tentang segala sesuatu, sesuai dengan kepentingannya. Semua seolah ‘tersihir’ untuk selalu tunduk pada ‘titah’ sang Adi Daya tentang langkah yang harus ditempuh sebagai tindakan bersama, demi terwujudnya tatanan dunia yang lebih baik, demokratis, dan beradab (dalam versi Amerika, tentu).

Vietnam, Uganda, Kuba, Afganistan, Irak (mungkin berikutnya Iran) adalah bagian dari korban pemberadaban ala Amerika. Seperti di masa lalu, taring kavitalis selalu menyeringai rakus di balik misi pemberadaban yang rapat membungkusnya. Taring yang siap menerkam, menghisap, dan melahap minyak, gas, batubara, emas, timah, atau potensi strategis lain di setiap jengkal muka bumi.

Oleh Karena hampir semua berlangsung di bawah resolusi PBB, maka agresi militer pun menjadi sah untuk dilancarkan. Dunia diberadabkan dengan cara yang sama sekali tidak beradab. Negara-negara tirani didemokrasikan lewat cara yang tidak demokratis (tetapi tidak terhadap tiran yang menjadi budak kavitalisnya). Teknologi Nuklir dinilai mengancam dunia, kecuali berada di tangan sendiri dan sekutunya. Fakta-fakta diputarbalikkan lewat retorika semau gue.

Bagi yang cermat mempelajari sejarah, ambiguitas Barat ini sesungguhnya telah lama terbaca. Tata dunia–bahkan peradaban manusia–memang tidak dibangun berdasarkan fakta-fakta, tetapi lebih ditentukan oleh ‘si kuat’ agar mereka yang lemah senantiasa berada di bawah kuasa. Memasuki dekade kedua dari millenium ketiga tarikh masehi, tata hubungan umat manusia ternyata belum beranjak jauh dari ‘hukum rimba’. Wajar bila ‘naluri barbar’ muncul dan bertanya, kenapa si durjana tidak ‘dikayau’ saja? Agar keseimbangan jagad kembali tercipta? Agar bencana kemanusiaan tak lagi melanda?
Tentu saja naluri ini hanyalah sebuah utopia di tengah ketakberdayaan dunia ketiga. Lagipula urusan kayau-mangayau telah lama punah dan tinggal cerita.


*Tulisan ini sudah publish pada Harian * RADAR BANJARMASIN Edisi Senin 7 Mei 2007
*Saya amat berterimakasih jika ada kawan yang memosting ulang tulisan ini seperti postingan saya terdahulu “Geger Nasional karena Pentas Lokal (Pidato Soekarno di Kota Kecil)” melalui blog-blog pribadi atau media lain. Tapi kali ini tolong cantumkan nama penulisnya, agar kita terhindar dari praktik plagiatisme yang jelas melanggar etika intelektual. Terimakasih. Salam.

Jumat, 30 Agustus 2013

great ARTIKEL : The deadly pit viper


While out walking in the forest the other day a few of the volunteers found one of the star species we have here at Sabangau. Here’s a brilliant photo By Mel, one of the volunteers. She must have a fairly good lens on her camera since you don’t want to get too close to these beautiful but potentially deadly snakes.

                                          Photo by Mel Bo, OuTrop volunteer, 2013

This vibrant green serpent with a triangular head is one of the most visually striking species we have here at Sabangau.

The Wagler’s pit viper (Tropidolaemus wagleri) is one of two pit viper species we come across in the forest – the Sumatran pit viper (Trimesurus sumatranus) also hangs out here.

These two species’ names come not from the fact that they live in pits, but from the heat-sensitive pits in their cheeks. Heat sensitivity is a feature allows pit vipers to detect their prey. In Wagler’s pit viper this sensitivity is acute enough to detect changes of 0.3 degrees celcius in the air temperature.

These snakes are largely nocturnal and hunt creatures low down in the branches. Both species tend to feed on reptiles and amphibians, birds and small mammals. During the day they tend to sleep, sometimes coiled high up in trees. They can be very docile during daylight hours, so much so that you can walk right up to one without realizing, or indeed without the snake realising!

Female Wagler’s pit vipers may reach 1m and Sumatran pit vipers can reach up to 1.6m. The pit viper is also one of the two species of snake that can be fatal (the other one being the King cobra). We sometimes see pit vipers around camp, so I’m hoping I don’t bump into one any time soon in the bathrooms!

Sabtu, 24 Agustus 2013

Pictures Old of Central Kalimantan (6) : Palangka Raya City

Pictures Old of Central Kalimantan (6) : Palangka Raya City

Any pictures that important relic (Age Netherlands - 1990) then located in Central Kalimantan.

Let more neat old photographs classified according to their respective regions (alphabetical order).

Pantan cutting ceremony to welcome guests. Looks Governor Tjilik Riwut official duty

Heavy equipment on the road Palangkaraya - Tangkiling

Panarung Airport (Now Tjlik Riwut) Palangkaraya 1964

Somewhere field in Palangkaraya city, March 8, 1973

This is a personal photo collection Tjilik family, taken on July 17, 1957

The road towards the axis of Palangkaraya Tangkiling

Road bridges in Palangkaraya Tjilik 1964

Road bridges in Palangkaraya Tjilik 1964

Education Office

Office of Public Works of the past

Office of the Governor of Central Kalimantan past

Palangkaraya Mayor's Office (now the location of a branch office of Bank Indonesia Palangkaraya,
located on  Diponegoro street)

Christian graves Pahandut: Christian cemetary on the sand-dunes of Pahandut
(with pineapple plants at the side of the path) 1930

Tower taps (water companies) while still under construction

Mission school in Pahandut 1929

Pahandoet Abraham Badjas (oloh bakas) 1924 : 1

Pahandoet Abraham Badjas

Pahandut a dajak house 1929
Pahandut from the Annual Report 1926

Pahandut modern Dayak house. 1924

Pahandut. Landscape (in the background the Kahajan River). 1929

Pelabuhan Rambang

First President of Indonesia, Ir.Soekarno present in the development process to be
the capital of Palangkaraya  in Central Kalimantan.

It looks like an official ceremony in the past Palangkaraya

The village of Pahandut, (In the foreground little houses for bathing, boats, and trading posts).
The white house is the rest house for stangers passing through. 1924

Laying of the first stone monument city of Palangkaraya. Photo taken in 1958

Village street in Pahandut 1929 (Could this be Jalan Borneo now!)