9.27.2001

WAG THE DUBYA

The White House Whitewash enters the spin cycle.

Required Reading: The Image : A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America
by Daniel Joseph Boorstin

Required Viewing: Wag The Dog (1997)

9.15.2001

BEFORE WE BOMB AFGANISTAN BACK INTO THE STONE AGE...

Remember:

   We come now to the question of bombing Afghanistan back to the Stone Age.
   Trouble is, that's been done. The Soviets took care of it already. Make the
   Afghans suffer? They're already suffering. Level their houses? Done. Turn
   their schools into piles of rubble? Done. Eradicate their hospitals? Done.
   Destroy their infrastructure? Cut them off from medicine and health care?
   Too late. Someone already did all that.


            -- Tamim Ansary (an Afghani-American writer)

When it comes time to do something we must think of all that we haven't done
already, the incompleteness that cannot be undone.

From Caterina (9/14 posting).

Or on DaveNet.

9.14.2001

INFORMATION OVERLOAD

America's technology crumbles during a crisis

by James Coates
Chicago Tribune

Link via FmH.

9.13.2001

NO CONSOLATION

There is no consolation for the death of innocents, nor for the death
of our own innocence. -- Ned

     A Refusal to Mourn the Death, by Fire, of a Child in London

     Never until the mankind making
     Bird beast and flower
     Fathering and all humbling darkness
     Tells with silence the last light breaking
     And the still hour
     Is come of the sea tumbling in harness

     And I must enter again the round
     Zion of the water bead
     And the synagogue of the ear of corn
     Shall I let pray the shadow of a sound
     Or sow my salt seed
     In the least valley of sackcloth to mourn

     The majesty and burning of the child's death.
     I shall not murder
     The mankind of her going with a grave truth
     Nor blaspheme down the stations of the breath
     With any further
     Elegy of innocence and youth.

     Deep with the first dead lies London's daughter,
     Robed in the long friends,
     The grains beyond age, the dark veins of her mother,
     Secret by the unmourning water
     Of the riding Thames.
     After the first death, there is no other.

               -- Dylan Thomas

We defer to other blogs to link to substance on the tragedies: Rebecca, the
always fine Wood_s_lot, and BookNotes.

9.03.2001

LUDDMUSIC: AUTOMATION SONG

Labor's Troubador
From NPR's Morning Edition (9/3/01):


   Host Bob Edwards highlights the musical accomplishments of Joe Glazer, a musician
   who writes and performs labor songs. Glazer has just published a memoir, titled
   Labor's Troubador. Audio clip (.ram) includes an excerpt from the 50's song "Automation," in
   which a worker visits his factory to find it completely automated, with a robot
   for a supervisor (3:59)...