politics


I would like to point to this article by Juan Cole.  Where he essentially restates all the assumptions that I outline in my last post that got so many negative comments. Also he talks about boycotting gas stations. In that vein check out my bike blog and my flickr page which have just been updated finally.

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Thom york is a mumbler but we can forgive him because he writes such badass lyrics.

Drag him out your window
Dragging out the dead
Singing I miss you
Snakes and ladders flip the lid
Out pops the cracker
Smacks you in the head
Knifes you in the neck
Kicks you in the teeth
Steel toe caps
Takes all your credit cards
Get up get the guns
Get the eggs
Get the flan in the face
The flan in the face
The flan in the face
Dance you fucker dance you fucker
Don’t you dare
Don’t you dare
Don’t you flan in the face
Take it with the love its given
Take it with a pinch of salt
Take it to the taxman
Let me back
Let me back
I promise to be good
Don’t look in the mirror at the face you don’t recognize
Help me, call the doctor, put me inside
put me inside
put me inside
put me inside
put me inside

I keep the wolf from the door
But he calls me up
Calls me on the phone
Tells me all the ways that he’s gonna mess me up
Steal all my children if I don’t pay the ransom
And I’ll never see them again if I squeal to the cops. . . .

Walking like giant cranes
And with my X-ray eyes I strip you naked
in a tight little world
and are you on the list?
Stepford wives who are we to complain?
Investments and dealers
Investments and dealers
Cold wives and mistresses
Cold wives and Sunday papers city
Boys in First Class don’t know we’re born you know
Someone else is gonna come and clean it up
Born and raised for the job
Someone always does
I wish you’d get up get over
get up get over and turn your tape off

I keep the wolf from the door
But he calls me up
Calls me on the phone
Tells me all the ways that he’s gonna mess me up
Steal all my children if I don’t pay the ransom
And I’ll never see them again if I squeal to the cops

So I’m just gonna. . . .

 

Now go listen to the song with the lyrics in front of you and it will make sense. I apologise to anyone who already understands.

My Ipod wanted you to know about the american radio works podcast called imperial washington on how google fought the good fight for net neutrality for us little guys. Hiring lobbyists to go up against the lobbyists for the big telecoms companies (who own the infrastructure). They had to form an alliance with the christian coalition. It also appears that lobbying got it’s start during the Grant administration in the late 1800’s. It said president grant’s wife didn’t care too much for his drinking so he would go to the Willard Hotel across the street. It became known around washington that if you wanted access to the president you had to hang out in the “lobby” of the Willard where he liked to drink.

george bush – er I ummm…

A 7.1-magnitude earthquake off the coast of Taiwan on Tuesday night, which was followed by several smaller quakes in the region, apparently damaged the vast network of underwater cables that enables modern communication. (yahoo news)

Isn’t humanity great!

  1. Humans invent agriculture. Farming is done by monoculture leading to the situation that if one variable affects one individual in the crop it will affect them all, then we get famine.
  2. Humans invent industrialization. We have successfully poisoned ourselves out of our own environment. And our economies, which are the basis of civilization, are based on that industry.
  3. Humans invented the technological age. An earthquake can take that all away in an instant.

Think what your house…apt…whatever would look like if you took everything out that couldn’t be made by hand. Pretty bare huh? I mean everything: no lights, appliances, or whatever else rich people have because I’m looking around my room I can’t see much except the electronics, I guess. Well, my point is…it’s boring unless you like going blind reading by candle light (myth?). That’s the way that humanity has lived for most of it’s history. Sure, nowadays we couldn’t imagine life without cars, computers, Wiis, dishwashers (some people), hell electricity. And where would we be without credit cars, mortgages, lines of credit, car payments, and the bottom of the barrel, even worse than the payday loan, the dreaded car title loan. Brrr, shudder.

Now maybe if you’ve traveled out of the U.S. or you pay attention every once in a while. You read the line above (bold) and something about it caught your attention. Could it have been that you thought to yourself , “Hey wait I think I heard something about some people in that country, oh wait…what’s it called again paprika or pafrica yeah something like africa or shmindia, it ended in a “ah” sound and wern’t they poor and didn’t have stuff or somthin”. Yes, I didn’t forget about all the people alive right now who don’t have electricity, or water and food for that matter. But you know what many of them do have access to…pause…a TV. And you want to know what they may have seen? “Sex and the City, South Park, Friends, Seinfeld, and (number one, I hear) Oprah. Seriously they are very popular around the world.” (Martha Bayles)

So all these “economically subjugated” or poor if you will, individuals think most U.S. citizens live like the characters in some sitcoms about people living fruitless unproductive lives of privilege that they didn’t work to earn. (I must add here I’m not so sure about Oprah, I’ve never seen it, and Southpark kicks ass, kenny’s family had an engine on their coffee table) Can you tell me they are wrong? Well it seemed to me like that’s the way most U.S. citizens were, when I watched how even seemingly lower income individuals always had the newest cell, jewelry, or game console or even a nice ride. Maybe the reason it seemed to me that individuals in the U.S. spent money they didn’t even probably have “credit YEAH!” on crap they didn’t need was because they watch shows even more delusional then Sex and the City, Friends and Seinfeld. Some of the adults may not know what I’m talking about but to some of you two letters may mean something O.C.. Yes, my friends I’m referring to that piece of garbage I had the unfortunate privilege to view on one or more occasions, let’s all say it together “thank our feeble human brains for repressed memories”. This show is simply about the most spoiled, self-centered, brain-damaged humans on the planet. Well they could be tied with some princes on the arabian peninsula but the princes probably whine less. If people are actually watching this show, not just out of some masochistic fetish to be horrified that orange county california could possibly be as narcissistic as this show portrays, but out of some demented notion that this is a life they would be attracted to. Then you realize, what that explains…

 

  1. Why we buy all the useless overpriced crap we own that we never use. (check out Gizmodo)
  2. Why “economically challenged” individuals across the globe despise us. (but secretly or even blatantly envy us)
  3. Why agriculture inevitably lead to industrialization which in turn allowed for the technological age and forced us to strive to become whiny, unrealistic, addicts that lay by the pool all day and at night do things I don’t want to get into. And therefore the earthquake that cut the info between the U.S. and Asia might have been a government plot to try and raise the perception of the U.S. by Asia peoples. Because…

“movies and television are arguably the two main venues that have defined the United States as a popular icon.� Yet the data suggest a “striking” degree of “dislike” of American popular culture among those individuals who had a favorable opinion of the United States: about 38.2 percent of the people who were mildly supportive of the United States disliked its music, movies, television, and about 29.5 percent of those with a very high opinion of the United States thought likewise of its popular culture. (Martha Bayles)

 

Maybe I just feel like my stuff runs my life sometimes and I am simply a body going through the motions.

 

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Today on DN (democracy now) Scott Ritter and Investigative Journalist Seymour Hersh discussed the implications of a War with Iran and in particular the role of israel. So I surfed over to my trusty (but mostly mainstream) google news and typed in “U.S. War Iran” and it came up with 209 articles from the 19th to today. You can listen to the show on DN or just read some of the news articles. As I was reading about these issues I was listening to a podcast from This American Life which you can hear for yourself entitled “Shouting Across the Divide”. The last story is about an Ad agency trying to make an Ad campaign to convince muslims that they should feel more favorably toward the U.S. or something like that. Towards the end of that story the company brings in “an arab” to help the jewish guy who is on the campaign. The Lebanese arab guy tells the the other one that the biggest problem for all the arab’s is that there will be no peace until 3 cities are under muslim rule. mecca in saudi arabia, madina in saudi arabia, and jerusalem are the three cities he stated. I looked around for the whole legend but could not find it easily. Anyway, the key is the jerusalem thing because that is an excuse for all arabs to blame israelis for all of the problems in the middle east. Form that point all we have to do is read a little recent history about the west’s (U.S. and Britain et. al.) in the middle east (and let’s just forget the crusades and such) such as this:

In May 1941, in the midst of a World War, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill ordered his reluctant Commander-in-Chief Middle East, General Sir Archibald Wavell, to march on Baghdad to effect a “regime change.” The British Prime Minister’s arguments reflected many of those same concerns expressed today by members of the George W. Bush administration: British intervention would “pre-empt” Axis support for Rachid Ali, a violently anti-British Arab nationalist whose government threatened Britain’s strategic position in the Mediterranean and the Middle East. It would strike a blow at a terrorist challenge orchestrated by a charismatic Islamic cleric. British intervention also would protect oil reserves vital to the British war effort. Furthermore, Churchill was willing to wave aside offers of third-party mediation in favor of a “unilateralist” approach.

you can read the rest of this here. So the west repeatedly invades the mideast and supports the militarism of israel and therefore the occupation of jerusalem by non-arabs. What do I think about this?

There are too many people in the world.

There are not enough resources for everyone.

People, by virtue of the LAW of self-preservation, are inherently violent.

Violence begets more violence.

This is a very simplistic and narrow view for sure but I want to share one more thing with you I heard on DN the other day. This is Robert Fisk, chief Middle East correspondent for the London Independent and veteran war correspondent. He is the author of several books, his latest is “The Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East.”

I’m going to read you a very brief paragraph by Winston Churchill, not about the Battle of Britain. It is Churchill prophesying the future from 1937, eleven years before the Nakba. This is Winston Churchill writing in a totally forgotten essay. He reflected upon the future and wrote of the impossibility of a partitioned Palestine. And he talked of how, I quote — this is Winston Churchill in 1937 — “The wealthy, crowded, progressive Jewish state” — see, it doesn’t exist yet, but he’s already getting it right — “lies in the plains and on the sea coast of Palestine. Around it, in the hills and the uplands, stretching far and wide into the illimitable deserts, the warlike Arabs of Syria of Transjordania, of Arabia, backed by the armed forces of Iraq, offer the ceaseless menace of war. To maintain itself,” — 1937, remember, — “To maintain itself, the Jewish state will have to be armed to the teeth and must bring in every able-bodied man to strengthen its army. But how long will this process be allowed to continue by the great Arab populations in Iraq and Palestine? Can it be expected that the Arabs would stand by impassively and watch the building up, with Jewish world capital and resources, of a Jewish army, equipped with the most deadly weapons of war until it was strong enough not to be afraid of them? And if ever the Jewish army reached that point, who can be sure,” Churchill asked, “that, cramped within their narrow limits, they would not plunge out into the new undeveloped lands that lay around them?”

“Ouch,” I said when I read that. 1937

So will the U.S. go to war with iran? Scott Ritter outlined 3 things that wouls need to happen to make that possible.

 

  1. There has to be a serious diplomatic offensive to secure the military basing required to support the aerial forces necessary for sustained bombardment and the logistic apparatus that goes along with that — the fuel, the bombs, the support personnel, the maintenance. We haven’t done that. We’re doing it.
  2. There has to be political preparation here at home. The Bush administration is not a dictatorship yet. They still have to go to Congress, and they still have to get a degree of congressional approval for military operations against Iran. Not that much, though. I mean, everybody is aware that after 9/11, Congress pretty much gave the Bush administration a blank check to wage war anyway they saw fit, so long as it dealt with the global war on terror.
  3. The most important thing is the American military, getting the American military positioned. The easy thing is getting the air forces positioned, the naval force and air forces that will do the bombardment. The hard thing is getting the American military leadership to go along with that, and that might be the one little glimmer of hope that’s out there.

 

 

 

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