This is my 6000th and final post to this blog. It’s been grand posting for you and engaging in some form of citizen journalism. I’ve worked hard to be a sort of Anti-Drudge but sometimes it is good to direct energies elsewhere.
We’ll recall the ancient curse ‘may you live in interesting times’, but somehow we will soldier on. If love is not enough to save us it might be right to see humanity fade away. Feel free to drop me a line to stay in touch, as I’ll still keep an eye on this endless chorus of multimedia voices.

This is my 6000th and final post to this blog. It’s been grand posting for you and engaging in some form of citizen journalism. I’ve worked hard to be a sort of Anti-Drudge but sometimes it is good to direct energies elsewhere.

We’ll recall the ancient curse ‘may you live in interesting times’, but somehow we will soldier on. If love is not enough to save us it might be right to see humanity fade away. Feel free to drop me a line to stay in touch, as I’ll still keep an eye on this endless chorus of multimedia voices.

gameraboy:

The Mark I Disneyland-Alweg Monorail. Opening day was June 14, 1959, dedicated by Vice President Richard Nixon! Photos via the Disney Insider blog, my GIFs from Kodak Presents Disneyland ‘59

(via ladysarahkennedy)

What is the real story of Mediterranean terrorism in the 1980’s?

The presenter can be a little obnoxious (he is like a UKIP Penn Jillette), but this is an interesting video.

While Sochi is the most expensive Olympics (at 50 billion) and there is some question as to where the money went; I’m wary of feeding into the Russian inferiority/persecution complex that empowers Vladimir Putin.

'It's just a piece of wood and metal…This bit of metal packs someone off to eternity. That's war. It's my job…I'll blow him to bits, eat him alive. Palestinian, Shia, Socialist, Druze….Kurd, you name it.'


"Unless you understand what Beirut was like before the war, you can’t understand why it started. We began to see that some people lived very well in Lebanon, most of us didn’t…we were a generation that wanted to do something. All my generation were like that!…It was the Right Wing militias that started the fighting. But our generation saw the conflict as an opportunity to change the system, and at the same time to support the Palestinian Resistance movement in the (Refugee) Camps. We began to realize that some of the causes for the conflict go back more than 100 years…I worked (in the hotel) before the war. Now when I saw the broken glass and the burned carpet I was really happy. and I’ll say so until my dying day.”

(Source: stressfm-video)

Here is an interesting (if a bit verbose) take on our dysfunctional government.

You do not just serve your genes. You are possessed by the ghosts of your forebears. Their memes infect us and shape the world. You are a light source and a reflection.

  • Man 1: Do you think we can do anything about it?
  • Man 2: Well, why not? If we can work together now to look after the lives of the people here I don't see why we couldn't work together afterwards to clear up the mess; and help build a better world in which these things can't possibly happen.
  • Narrator: The Qualities we've learned from comradeship and common suffering are not going to be wasted after this War. It is out of experiences like ours that the New World will be built.

There is a cool documentary about Prohibition by Ken Burns on Netflix - I’d say it is a prowatch.

history-kid:

Jimmy Carter- “Crisis of Confidence”

Interesting voice from the past - at 10:18 he calls out Reaganism and the resulting Tea Party.

Who keeps us out of war?
Peace with Honor
These were slogans of the Wilson campaign in 1912 - A good number of Americans did not want to fight the ‘Great War’. The sinking of the ‘Lusitania’ was just the final justification for open involvement. Wilson hired Edward Bernays and they pioneered the PR technique of browbeating people with the flag, ‘freedom’, and ‘democracy’. There were demonstrations and acts of resistance - and they were suppressed. Emma Goldman was deported to Russia for telling people to refuse the draft.
This was all a century ago - history doesn’t repeat itself - but it certainly has motifs

Who keeps us out of war?

Peace with Honor

These were slogans of the Wilson campaign in 1912 - A good number of Americans did not want to fight the ‘Great War’. The sinking of the ‘Lusitania’ was just the final justification for open involvement. Wilson hired Edward Bernays and they pioneered the PR technique of browbeating people with the flag, ‘freedom’, and ‘democracy’. There were demonstrations and acts of resistance - and they were suppressed. Emma Goldman was deported to Russia for telling people to refuse the draft.

This was all a century ago - history doesn’t repeat itself - but it certainly has motifs

The creation of a special White House URL shortcut to Syria information is just Golden Age McNamara.

Can we get a bullet count? A Kill count? Talk to the guys at Bungie. They have the GUI - you have the database.

"Negative freedom- that the Market Utopians had tried to create in Russia- was based on a scientific idea of human beings as rational, calculating individuals; who sought only their own desires and advantage.
But (in the Post-Cold War) World- the grandeur that Isaiah Berlin had given it fell away.
President Putin could offer Russians other things; security, dignity, and above all a meaning that went beyond their own individual lives."

Adam Curtis on Late 20th Century Russia and The Central Liberal Concept of Positive/Negative Liberty

From ‘The Trap’ Episode 3 “We Will Force You to be Free" (2007)