Saturday, May 31, 2008
Friday, May 30, 2008
where will they get new water for us to drink? land on which to live? the thriving billions need more than solar power. the industrial economy demands expansion.
they're not stopping to consider if they should, only how.
"'The church does not feel authorized to change the will of its founder Jesus Christ,' Amato said in an interview prepared for Vatican Radio that was released to reporters. The reference is to Christ's having chosen only men as his Apostles."
that man was serious.
Monday, May 26, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
"Myanmar has been in arrears since 1998 and legally we cannot lend to a country in arrears." - no, the people who run myanmar have been in arrears. the people of myanmar have been suffering a shitty life all the while. they have nothing to do with the world bank. be clear on that.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
"An American sniper was removed from Iraq after he used a copy of the Quran for target practice, the military said Sunday, a day after a U.S. commander held a formal ceremony apologizing to Sunni tribal leaders." - really. as though this is for what the military should be apologizing. shooting a fucking book. fucked priorities.
"The elaborate ceremony — in which one U.S. officer kissed a new copy of Islam's holy book before giving it to the tribal leaders — reflected the military's eagerness to stave off anger among Sunni Arabs it has been cultivating as allies." - brilliant! some fucking christian kissing the quran. man, he must have been sandpapering his mouth for hours after that fact, all telling his friends and co-pigs that he secretly spit on it and that he would never kiss some flying carpet manual.
"'I come before you here seeking your forgiveness,' Maj. Gen. Jeffery Hammond was quoted as saying at the ceremony. 'In the most humble manner I look in your eyes today and I say please forgive me and my soldiers.'" - again, as though this is the chief fucking problem in iraq. jesus christ. priorities still fucked.
"'The actions of one soldier were nothing more than criminal behavior,' he added. 'I've come to this land to protect you, to support you — not to harm you — and the behavior of this soldier was nothing short of wrong and unacceptable.'" - yeah, soldiers are generally in the business of criminal behavior. guns and whatnot. i'm sure that shooting a book ranks pretty low on a list of what sort of heinous shit americans have done in iraq.
"The military statement called the incident 'serious and deeply troubling' but stressed it was the result of one soldier's actions and 'not representative of the professionalism of our soldiers or the respect they have for all faiths.'" - i feel like this is the kind of thing that literally no one believes.
"The hard-line Association of Muslim Scholars condemned the shooting and what it said was a belated acknowledgment of the incident, calling it 'a hideous act against the book of almighty God and the constitution of the nation and the source of its glory and dignity.'" - fuck your god. it's just as stupid as the rest. i can find better things about which you should be upset. not a book.
"U.S. troops also have struggled to overcome the perception that they are insensitive to Islamic traditions after several missteps in the early stages of the war in Iraq." - insensitive at best! "hostile" is more appropriate. "insensitive," yeah, what a pleasant euphemism that is.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
it's funny, because i think they will get richer for a bit, and then their profits will not bottom out, but vanish. supply and demand, you know? oil prices have exploded. they are straight raking it in. they can raise prices all they want, but you cannot sell something that no longer exists. at some point soon, they will no longer have a product to sell. and before that, they will not have enough to sell to people to interest them any longer.
i guess maybe they will do the best out of anyone, at least initially. other manufacturing-oriented economies will be feeling the effects sooner, when those countries cannot get the supply of oil necessary to run their facilities and supply themselves. as a result, all the countries dependent on them will not be able to get the products to which they have made themselves addicted either.
it won't be long though. saudi arabia will have some money, will be able to hold onto some oil for its own uses. money is no good when there's nothing (or as aus rotten puts it, no one) left to buy. i'm sure some people will get militaries to take some of that last oil by force. it doesn't really matter in the end though. just one fix. they won't get off their addiction. those who built this industrial reality are and were so profoundly stupid. they constructed it on such a weak fucking foundation. they can't stand for long. and when they fall, i mean really fucking fall, we are going with them. they have already taken so many lives. more will be lost. more than we can imagine. and those lives will be so fucking degraded before they end.
"when i look back and think, when i ponder and ask 'why?' i see my ancestors spend with careless abandon, assuming eternal supply."
Thursday, May 15, 2008
it sucks. this is where i was born, it's where i grew up, it's where i live now. but it's not who i am. i've been fighting it my whole life. school taught me to be a nihilistic asshole, and i've been working to extract that from me ever since. it's a hard struggle, especially when seemingly everything around you is encouraging you to be pointlessly shitty to anyone around at any time. this poisons our lives at home, it poisons our lives in our heads.
i know that there are other ways to live. i've seen some. i do not hold out much hope for things to change here. new york, as far as i can tell, is the epicenter of useless hostility in this country. it casts its pall over hundreds of miles. it's all so intense and compressed here. it doesn't have to be. we make it that way. we let it be that way. being nasty to other people for no good reason might make you think that you feel better, but it just keeps you down. nothing is gained. fight it.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
people are shitty to one another. living here pressures one into that sort of behavior. so aggressive. so competitive. for what? such fleeting gains. to be in front of another car. jesus christ. i do not want it. i do not want it. i do NOT want it. that's not me. that's what this region, this town, this proximity to new york has made me, or has at least pushed me to be. fuck it. i'm fighting. i don't want to be a horrible fuck. i'm not miserable. i do not have to be. i've seen quite clearly that there are other ways to interact with people, whether you know them or not. i may have to leave to escape it. don't know yet. it's so high-pressure here, so compacted, so dense. i want more from life. don't we all, though?
also, fuck how many pigs there are here. i thought that was standard. it's not. america is pig-ridden.
Friday, May 2, 2008
i spent the last month throughout southeastern australia. while there are nine million things i could write about here, i'll try to keep it relevant to what has been the theme of this blog so far.
one thing i noticed is that there is what seems to be, at least compared to here, a pretty serious water shortage. everywhere you go, there are signs announcing the level of water restrictions, which vary from area to area, city to city, state to state. in melbourne, it was level 3a. in apollo bay, it was level 2. basically, the country is in a serious drought, the worst it's been in one hundred years. guess that's to be expected when you colonize a land that is largely desert, huh? yeah, they don't really have enough water to support twenty-one million people living in a land area essentially the size of the states. and especially not twenty-one million people living these fat fucking existences like americans, eating all types of irrigated produce and factory-farmed livestock.
so anyway, there are signs everywhere telling you not to drink from a lot of water sources, such as particular sinks, as well as most sprinklers and whatnot, as it is recycled water. there are also large (maybe six to eight feet tall by eight or ten feet in diameter) water tanks in a lot of places that are used to collect rainwater, which is then filtered for consumption. there are signs by lots of sinks and toilets reminding you of the water emergency and telling you that you should use as little water as possible.
toilets there generally have two buttons. they don't have levers, whether in public or private facilities. it's basically all the same. there is one button with a half filled circle for flushing pee down the toilet and another button with a completely filled circle for flushing ca ca down the drain. the latter uses more water than the former. and no, the water doesn't go the other way there. the coriolis effect is not really in effect cause toilets don't flush, they gush. really - water just fucking shoots down the drain, straight. their toilets use a lot less water than ours.
i felt like i was living life just a bit closer to industrial collapse. i mean, shit, just last year, the city of adelaide was in discussions to provide its residents with bottled water if things got much worse than they were. it simply doesn't rain very often in a lot of places.
that will come here at some point. it has to. it should be already, but it won't come until people are fucking pushed to do it. i'm sure using water however like, provided that you can pay for it, is essential to most americans' concepts of freedom.