I have been wondering about was the story in the news from a little over a week ago about some terrorist turning evidence against Ben Ladin talking about this network of terrorists and them arresting people all over Germany and what a great "Intelligence Coup" this was and how valuable the man's information was. Did we get played? Sure sounds like it.
The main thing that I'm anxious about is the "Black Box" for the flight that crashed in Pennsylvania. What a story! From what I can tell from the accounts a group on the plane figured out that they were going to die anyway and rushed the hijakers. Wow! We will probably never know how amazing it was.
New York gets a real bad rap in terms of community, but thinking about the story of firefighters running up the stairs of the WTC trying to help people in a building that is very likely to collapse very soon is just amazing.
Wondering about all this talk of War. War on terrorism. What does that mean. Once upon a war was a very clear thing. Make lots of weapons. Train lots of soldiers. Kill the enemy. Now we have wars on poverty, wars on drugs. If we consider these things wars, than we have been failing pretty miserably when it comes to war of late. When I think of war I think of the old movies where poeple line up enlisting in order to fight the enemy of the day. Nothing like that matters now. I don't think that our language has words for what is happening to us now and the fact that our leaders have no way to express what is happening makes it all sound like platitudes.
The fact is that there is little that you can do against groups that are willing to die to kill you except stop giving them reasons to blame you for there problems. But is that really possible? As long as we cast ourselves as self appointed defenders of Capitalism and World Cop (We did that the moment we began ignoring World Court rullings and began police actions against other nations without UN sanction or leadership) than there are going to be a lot of people who hate us. As long as we continue to be slaves to our desires we will have to do anything and everything to ensure that our desires are met. What are our desires? Cheap oil. Cheap goods. Cheap easy to cook food. High standard of living. How do we maintain this except by insuring NO MATTER THE PRICE TO THE STANDARDS OF LIVING OF PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD that oil runs, that sweatshops sweat, that the glutton gets his lunch.
I don't think that our economic system can function in a police state. So much of what we do is dependant on the free exchange of things and ideas. Slow those down and you slow down the economy. Not something that we can afford given the courner that we have painted ourselves into.
Raymond's nutty comments just make me think again about the wacky nature of the human brain. Being really really smart at something, people naturally want to hear what you have to say about things other than your expertise. And what do you know, being really good at coding Lisp doesn't mean SHIT when it comes to explaining terrorism. I care as much about his opinions as I do Bobby Fischer's or James Brown's or Cortney Love's.
I'm just thinking about flying in this plane will everyone packing. "Sorry Sir, you can't store that assault rifle in the overhead bins. We'll have to store it for you." "Now son. Make sure that you always set the safety on your gun when you carry it in public and STOP POINTING IT AT YOUR BROTHER." I for one am grateful that we live in a nation that makes it very easy for people to express how nutty they are so that I can know what to expect from them.
Woke up this morning as I always do, clicking on slashdot (Funny how that is my major source of news these days). FUCK. All this shit will become a huge payday for the police state and should be marked as the day that killed the bill of rights.
How many innocent people is the US gov going to kill as payback? There is no respose that can match this. There is no amount of destruction that we can cause that will equal it. How do you effectively punish someone who has nothing to loose when you have everything to loose?
But we will try because we are tough guys. The leader of the free world. What a fucking sand castle. Maybe we need to think about becoming world citizens instead of world bullies.
Here's the wild card: How many of the terrorists that have and will continue to fuck us over were once on the CIA payroll? How many still are?
The story of Bobby Fischer playing chess online finally gave me a reason to post on ./. Chess was my big obsession before computers and after gaming. I got good enough at it to know that I totally SUCKED.
I'm a big fan of his playing. His is such a psycho in so many ways and being that good at chess only fuels it. It must really burn him that so many of his paranoid rantings about the Soviets were right. I'm glad that he's found a way to express himself and feel safe.
How do you judge people that are so brilliant and yet so flawed? Wagner was one of the early movers and shakers in the Anti-Semetic movement in Germany. Richard Strauss, Orff and Respighi were all were big wigs in the Nazi cultural organizations. Can one love the art and hate the artist?
I'm a huge fan of radio dramas. I actually enjoy listening to baseball on the radio more than watching a game. Something about the way that the commentators paint the picture of the game. Reading over the history of the show, I was very impressed with the story of the theme song. So cool that it was done without synthesizers. Just different bizarre gizmos and noise makers recorded and spliced together. When you compare the original to the later versions that they have, the original is so much better.
Andrei Codrescu is right. Cyber reality is in the same league as plastic flowers. Cheap imitations of the real thing for people to lazy to deal with reality.
The fact is that the reason that people try to excape into their computers is the real life on this planet sucks. Community is dead. Human interaction is dying. Soon it will be so unbearable that cyber will be everything not because it is so much better than reality but because reality is so much worse.
This all plays into the goals of consumerism. Create and control desire. The greatest achievement for corporations is the day that consumers are forced to buy reality itself. We already have to buy everything else: water, food, shelter, light. What is left? Air, sight, sound. Soon you will have to upgrade to MS version whatever just to be able to talk to someone in the approved fashion. "No, I don't like talking to people in real life. I'm much thinner online."
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