School makes you busy, and being busy means that there isn’t a lot of time for the finer things in life, i.e. pileofcrap.org. 🙂 But, anyway, I somehow managed to get some free time this weekend. Don’t know how that happened. Oh, yes I do – all of my professors decided to rape me with papers and tests in every class. And then they dreamed that I’d do reading assignments over the weekend. Fuck off!!
My Thoughts About the War: We shouldn’t be having it. I’m going with my instincts on this one, folks. I think there probably are some good reasons for invading Iraq, and I’m sure that my country’s propaganda machine has been waving all of them in the faces of my countrymen and the international community. That’s fine. I am equally sure that the reason my country is fighting a war against an impoverished nation has nothing to do with any of the good reasons that we might be fighting said war. I think that the major players are motivated by revenge, greed, and a desire to close the curtain on more embarassing and difficult problems. E.g. corporate fraud (Enron), failed economic policies (taxes), increased unemployment (upwards of 2.4 million jobs in a nation with a lax unemployment system), failed energy policies (turns out that California’s energy shortage really was artificial, flawed leadership (mispronouncing words that map on to weapons that can destroy nearly all of the world’s animal population is indicative of a certain… ignorance), the list goes on and on folks. So we’re going to have a war! And we’ll get really huffy with France for being, well, whatever it is that we don’t want them to be. The president knows how well this war will play into the calculus of electoral politics; funny how everyone (including the Post and the Times) became pro-war once it began. Fuck off! I’m sick of the easy patriotism (nationalism? jingoism?) that pervades my society. People wave flags, but can’t enumerate the major points of five of the ten first Constitutional amendments (Bill of Rights). I’m sick of talking heads like Bill O’Reilly, Chris Matthews, and the like. “I don’t know what I’m talking about, I just play a person who knows what he’s talking about on T.V.” Might not make sense, oh well. Oh gosh, I’m going to stop this here. But first, a quote that I’ve lifted and modified from a movie:
“[Bush’s] problem isn’t that he doesn’t get it; [Bush’s] problem is that he [can] sell it. We have serious problems to solve, and we need serious people to solve them. And whatever your particular problem is, I promise you, [George W. Bush] is not the least bit interested in solving it. He is interested in two things, and two things only: making you afraid of it, and telling you who’s to blame for it. That, ladies and gentlemen, is how you win elections. You gather a group, of middle-age, middle-class, middle-income voters who remember with longing an easier time, and you talk to them about [fear], [evil doers], [terrorism] and American values, and then you wave an old photo of [burning buildings] and you scream about patriotism and you tell them that [brown people are] to blame for their lot in life, and then you go on television, and you [start a war].”
Some personal stuff: School is going okay. Not spectacular – just okay. My best course continues to be Philosophy of Mind, with my professor from last semester’s ethics course. I have a cool professor for my french class, too. We marched together last weekend, and it was a blast. Work is the same old stuff: silly people can’t get their silly programs to work on their silly computers and then they call our silly office. It’s a very silly affair. I’ve been going to the gym more often! Score! I also started doing tae kwon do. (Is that a proper noun? In either language?) Classes are at school, twice a week, and they’re free! It’s very fun, very challenging, and very exciting. I’m looking forward to competing, and using the stuff that I’m learning. I saw Bowling for Columbine!!!! It rocks full-on! It’s perhaps one of the best movies I’ve seen in a while. Gosh, I’m speechless. I saw it twice in the last week, so I can’t get over it.
So anyway, I hope that everyone is cool and safe. Beautiful weather we’re having. Morgan?