Friday, December 21, 2012

The Bleat Goes On: Aimlessly

shooting target

Even well-trained soldiers, in a fire-fight, often either DON'T shoot, or simply fire wildly.

What are the chances that a civilian, coming under live fire for the first and only time in their lives, will have composure enough to return fire carefully, and avoid doing MORE damage?

I'll take a guess: Zero! ~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~ 

Fun With Digits: "Numbers" capture and express the unnoticed regularities upon which we depend for our fantastic lives.

Woody thinkz it's downright amusing when folks--like the chap who posted this cartoon with a long expostulation about "fixing things" with strikes, and the like, pompously declare that "we allow," or "we permit," or we "tolerate" the encroachments of the CorpoRat, totalitarian /authoritarian ideologies.

I'd WELCOME just ONE serious suggestion as to how the People are supposed to RESIST these intrusions and usurpations, especially when the political "leaders" are among the ones doing the most damage.

Seriously: Anybody?


Down with anti-Semanticism!

Words matter. They're how we understand what we experience and feel. ~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~+~

Another "Casus Belli?" Where have we heard THIS before?
Remember, Rummie or one of those feculent gunsels proposed that the the reason that the Busheviks couldn't find Saddam's WMD was because he moved them all, along with the "trailers of death," to Syria?
Who knew?
Now there's a good excuse to intevene in Syria, even though them shifty Ay-rabs will just move the WMD to, oh, say, Lebannon...

 Serio-Comic Mash-up: This is an interesting/entertaining  mash-up: Cenk Uygur and Lee Camp. 

Cenk Ugyur gets flack for being a self-confessed "conservative" defector. 
But what I like about Cenk is that he is truly a non-partisan, critical intellectual.
He calls 'em aas he sees 'em, and he sees 'em through the eyes of a first-generation immigrant.
He has that "immigrant" POV, similar to Ralph Nader's. It is skeptical but forgiving, while expecting the public rhetoric to be honored. 
I used to love participating in the 'acculturation' experiences of international students who landed wherever I had a teaching job at the moment. It was mind-expanding. One woman I recall had been a member of the PRC Olympic Rhythmic Gymnastics team in the '84 Olympics, and then defected. Her perspectives were fascinating. Watching her gradually succumb to the blandishments of the mediated realities of #Wonderland# was instructive, if dispiriting.

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