“Grampa, what were the Obama Years REALLY like?”
“Well, Sluggo, it was a really magical time when…
by Russell Means
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by Bodwyn Wook
I have taken the liberty of lifting the text below by England’s Philip Pullman, with attribution. This is because now in the Obama Age we here in America may be a little bit too inclined to forget the problem of the very real shadow of all government.
First and last government is a human matter. This means in effect, really, that all government in one way or another is by and of the people — depending solely on what “the people” will put up with in each different cultural setting. Nonetheless, in a time of emergency, real or perceived, remedies by government to here-and-now problems can be tempting. Now there are at least two problems with our present situation. Firstly, much of what is proposed by President Obama and his advisors and cabinet is a replay of the 1930s “New Deal.” Only all doubtless even more expensive, adjusting for the relatively worthlessness of today’s money. The real problem though is that in these first decades of the post-modern age, any late-modern strategies are increasingly anachronistic.
Otherwise, every good-hearted increase in outdated central power now creates employment opportunites for more and more of our friends and neighbors who begin by being terrified for the suffering of the innocent, want to “do something” and wind up with an emotional hatred of life (more…)
by Sam Adams
We are free and getting freer every day. So now it is time to start acting that way. And why are we so free all of a sudden? Well, rather obviously…
…nobody, and I do mean nobody and no one, is in charge. Not any more “they” aren’t. If there ever was a “conspiracy,” the people trying to have it are so obviously stepping on their (more…)
The Banality of Bush White House Evil
By FRANK RICH
“The newly released Justice Department memos, like those before them, were not written by barely schooled misfits like England and Graner. John Yoo, Steven Bradbury and Jay Bybee graduated from the likes of Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Michigan and Brigham Young. They have passed through white-shoe law firms like Covington & Burling, and Sidley Austin….”
[Published: April 25, 2009]
We don’t like our evil to be banal. Ten years after Columbine, it only now may be sinking in that the psychopathic killers were not jock-hating dorks from a “Trench Coat Mafia,” or, as ABC News maintained at the time, “part of a dark, underground national phenomenon known as the Gothic movement.” In the new best seller “Columbine,” the journalist Dave Cullen reaffirms that Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris were instead ordinary American teenagers who worked at the local pizza joint, loved their parents and were popular among their classmates. On Tuesday, it will be five years since Americans first confronted the photographs from Abu Ghraib on “60 Minutes II.” Here, too, we want to cling to myths that quarantine the evil. If our country committed torture, surely it did so to prevent Armageddon, in a patriotic ticking-time-bomb scenario out of “24.” If anyone deserves blame, it was only those identified by President Bush as “a few American troops who dishonored our country and disregarded our values”: promiscuous, STD infected-looking US Army bottom-feeders like Lyndie England, Charles Graner and the other diseased low-IQ grunts who were held accountable while the top command got a pass.
We’ve learned much, much more about America and torture in the past five years. But as Mark Danner recently wrote in The New York Review of Books, for all the revelations, one essential fact remains
by Bodwyn Wook
“…in the summer of 2004 she debuted at the Salzburg Festival. Following a guest appearance with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, DIE ZEIT was enthusiastic, reporting Skride’s Tchaikovsky performance with the words: ‘Then a girl enters the hall, walking as if on waves and plays so reflectively and refined, so analytically and forcefully, that all wild things in this arena are tamed.'”
You can hear for yourselves a little bit of Bach’s Partita No 2 in D minor played by Baiba Skride, here:
Skride’s 1725 instrument is perhaps a darker sounding violin say knowledgeable critics and with more tonal depth than most Stradivari, even making allowances for (more…)