Thursday, November 11, 2010

Happy Birthday, Kurt Vonnegut

Today is not only Veterans Day. It is also the birthday of Kurt Vonnegut, a WW2 veteran who wrote one of the best anti-war novels of all time, Slaughterhouse Five.

From that book:

Americans, like human beings everywhere, believe many things that are obviously untrue. Their most destructive untruth is that it is very easy for any American to make money. They will not acknowledge how in fact hard money is to come by, and, therefore, those who have no money blame and blame and blame themselves. This inward blame has been a treasure for the rich and powerful, who have had to do less for their poor, publicly and privately, than any other ruling class since, say, Napoleonic times.

Many novelties have come from America. The most startling of these, a thing without precedent, is a mass of undignified poor. They do not love one another because they do not love themselves.

Saturday, November 06, 2010

What Bill Said

Robert Newman's History of Oil

As shown on Ch4 and repeated several times on More4, available at IndyBay on the web and many other places, now on Google video (not great video quality) Robert's stand-up act examines the history of the last 100 years or so but putting oil center-stage. Brilliant!

Friday, November 05, 2010

The March of Tyranny

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Will Rand Paul Oppose GOP Militarism?

Will Rand Paul Oppose GOP Militarism?

The Return of Despair.

When Bush won re-election in 2004, I did serious research into moving to Canada. They have a point system for immigration, and I came up a few points short, according to my calculation. Today, I feel about a million times more despondent than I did then. Any Canadian, Australian or New Zealand women out there who would like to marry an American malcontent who's really a nice guy beneath the gruff exterior? I'm good at cooking, chopping firewood and cunnilingus.