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  • stupidstuff

    Yes there is a short collective memory but I think more than anything it's a matter of desensitization... Abu Ghraib? We all still know about that one... a scandal and then nothing... we all still know there was no WMD... and really the only fall guy of note I can think of is Colin Powell - the MIC are still heroes, the Navy is still a "global force for Good" and an admission of American guilt is considered wild-eyed raving. I can recall the GOP admonishing Obama to "stop apologizing" for the USA. Anyway, I love Judy Henske's self-titled live album... a lot of fun.

    4 Dic 2014 Rispondi
  • stupidstuff

    Thought I'd shout... I think you have it right with the "sterile sounding" comment though that's one of the things that attracts me to the band. I actually had the same first impression and what brought me around was reading the lyrics as the song played. It wasn't the lyrical content so much as the way in which the words are sung. I can't describe it... but I've never heard singing like this. btw I'm currently reading Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee,,, I've had a hardcover version of it for years and finally after running across mention of the book with another last fm-er I decided to read it. I don't know why but I expected it to be dull... quite the opposite so far.

    2 Dic 2014 Rispondi
  • stupidstuff

    Interesting! I'm not good with anniversaries of even a personal nature, but letsee... it was just over 11 years ago that the USA spearheaded Operation Iraqi Liberation in order to remove the yoke of oppression from the oil fields there.

    26 Giu 2014 Rispondi
  • stupidstuff

    Here's wishing you a Happy War Day! You've sent me so many holiday greetings I wanted to send you one, too! ;-D

    26 Mag 2014 Rispondi
  • stupidstuff

    around. :-D

    17 Nov 2013 Rispondi
  • stupidstuff

    Have you seen An Inconvenient Truth? There's a bit in it where it shows a cartoon of a frog in water that's gradually heated and it won't jump out so long as the temperature doesn't drastically increase at any point in time. That's how I see society as a whole... so really I think the best hope we have is for the worst, most autocratic, fascist, you name it... politicians to be elected. It's like in Wisconsin when the Republicans wiped out the unions... it takes overreach to have any kind of response. The bank bailouts and Occupy... things like that. So yeah I think we're pretty much looking at it from a similar point of view. But hey I don't want to live through times as rough as it will take to bring about real change. OTOH I see how futile it is with the societal water temperature gradually (pointedly) increasing with the Dems and Reps. So like I said, I see things as getting worse. I;m reminded now of a Police song - when the world is running down you make the best of what's still

    17 Nov 2013 Rispondi
  • stupidstuff

    I'm going to say that things are getting worse. I agree with your comments about how in some aspects improvements have been made - and I am glad for them - but more and more I am thinking there is only one division of importance, and this, as I see it, is where things are getting decidedly worse, and that's economic status. All kinds of oppression are solved if you have power, and that with money - and full-time jobs are becoming part-time ones, and have been following this trend since... oh I'll just blame Reagan... I have to upgrade my cable modem for my internet access, and I'm supposed to do it myself because the cable company got rid of their service employees who used to do it (if I'm offline here for a length of time in a little while that's why btw) and so on... workers have become accustomed to not having fulltime jobs and that's going to be the death of everything. At least that's how I see it.

    16 Nov 2013 Rispondi
  • stupidstuff

    I have a question for you. Should you choose to answer we'll follow the Johnny Cash format in that after that answer I'll give mine. Ok then, this question is intentionally vague - do you think things are getting better?

    15 Nov 2013 Rispondi
  • stupidstuff

    I thought there might be a holiday greeting for War Day! Actually, dropping by to check out the avatar - couldn't quite make it out in the smaller version on my page. It looks suitably energetic, determined and optimistic to me.

    14 Nov 2013 Rispondi
  • stupidstuff

    It's an odd album. I like it. Cash was inspired during its making (even if wrongly so) and thus I consider it comparable to the prison recordings he would later make. I'm currently reading The Grapes of Wrath and it's occurred to me that it the book had been written in recent years its author would be raked over the coals for being un-American and so on... and I think the same applies to Bitter Tears. I do wonder what the reaction at the time of its release was.

    7 Set 2013 Rispondi
  • stupidstuff

    And I meant to ask what you think of the Johnny Cash album Bitter Tears.

    4 Set 2013 Rispondi
  • stupidstuff

    I was wondering if there would be a Happy Labor Day message. It is a rather diluted holiday...

    4 Set 2013 Rispondi
  • stupidstuff

    Well no, on 2nd thought, not in mind but in heart.

    18 Lug 2013 Rispondi
  • stupidstuff

    I was unaware of the significance of the 19th. As I head off for work I will be doing so with rebellion in mind!

    18 Lug 2013 Rispondi
  • stupidstuff

    I am ready now for another holiday.

    15 Lug 2013 Rispondi
  • clytie_hizashi

    Thank you, and to you too! Unfortunately no one even knows the significance of May Day where I live... it's a pity.

    1 Mag 2013 Rispondi
  • stupidstuff

    Thanks! Happy holiday to you, too!

    1 Mag 2013 Rispondi
  • bakhtnassar

    Yeah bro, the soundtrack to Rafaad iyo Raaxo by Dur Dur was pretty good.

    10 Apr 2013 Rispondi
  • stupidstuff

    OK. I figured there would be one. ;-D

    25 Mar 2013 Rispondi
  • stupidstuff

    So whats the story behind the latest avatar?

    25 Mar 2013 Rispondi
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For every society, against every state;
for every people, against every government;
for every culture, against every nation.

Societies, peoples, and cultures are social groupings that, whatever their faults, are created spontaneously. They thus are in a position to evolve in positive directions as a result of the interplay between social forces. States, governments, and nations, however, are defined by their faults. They are all about coercive power, and thus in a better position to evolve in the direction of concentrating that power.

The state (the monopoly of socially legitimated violence, in Max Weber's generally accepted formulation) is the underlying power structure; the government is the apparatus the state uses; and the nation is the object of a sort of "secular religion" the state uses to legitimate itself.

Are you familiar with "The Wizard of Oz"? The nation is the Wizard of Oz, the government is the mechanical illusion used to create the "wizard," and the state is the man behind the curtain.

Visitors: I'm curious about who you are and where you are. Go ahead and say something, either in the "shouts" below, or in my inbox--especially if you want to add me to your "friends" list. Us both saying something about ourselves is the first step, you know.



But I'm not interested in what piece of cloth the politicians wave in front of you as they send you, or your child, or your parent, to slaughter in the national interest. No flag counter here.

"True socialist workers have no patriotic interests. Of course, they love the landscapes they live in, and they love their language and their customs. However, they know that the quarrels between governments are not over landscapes, languages, or customs. They are over money.

"True socialist workers do not want war. They would even reject any revolution that committed systematic mass murder the way the state does in times of war."

-----Gustav Landauer, 1911

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