Aside from the ongoing crisis in Vermont following Irene’s departure, it apparently was a slow news week folks: no activity in Congress – well, Obama did cry uncle for JB on the timing of his upcoming economics-kabuki-speech to the joint session. But, I would think Boehner’s colleagues would be more upset by this move than anyone else. After all, they are the ones who will have to sit there and listen, while foregoing the Thursday night NFL season kick-off. And then, of course, there was a new earthquake registering a 7.1 magnitude in the Aleutian Islands off the coast of Alaska. We will wait and see now what else mother nature has in store for us.
Well, thank the gods and goddesses for D.C. Of course, I mean the other D.C. – Dick Cheney, that is. He certainly helped us out by making the media rounds to peddle his new memoir, In My Time. But, I cannot understand why he would come right out and confess to the “exploding heads” thingy. Hasn’t he been fighting the possibility of indictment for precisely these sort of acts while in office?
But perhaps Cheney is right, and he is only pointing out the obvious: that a few or perhaps many heads in the nations’ capital should explode. After all, the crowd there cannot seem to accomplish much in the way of protecting the environment, the economy, jobs, or the peoples’ social security. Perhaps seeing some exploding heads will make us all feel better about the imminent demise of this great experiment in growth and greed. So, in the event you missed it, I have saved the Exploding Heads video for your eyes only.
And what a better guy to introduce the idea of exploding heads than Dickey boy himself. Of course, heads may explode either way if this Keystone XL pipeline deal goes through and receives the big guy’s signature, allowing the transport of all that toxic crude from Alberta’s tar sands to our sacred Gulf of Mexico. Oh, but wait! the sacred Gulf has already been defiled and filled with toxic waste. Deepwater Horizon cocktail, anyone? Haven’t you heard, there are new “leaks” down there.
But, for some reason I don’t think these are the kinds of exploding heads Dickey is talking about here. In fact, it sounds to me more like a Dickey-leaks sort of phenomenon. Dickey may have gotten jealous of all the publicity and notoriety Wicki was garnering for revealing State secrets, so perhaps he decided to have a good long leak of his own [double entendre, he thinks]. He wants to get even with that alleged sex machine Julian, and reveal some of his own secreted conquests. I’m sure Private Manning would love to change places with ole’ Dickey right about now; but I don’t think D.C. will be heading in Manning’s direction any time soon and visa versa.
Meanwhile, the student revolt in Chile over education cuts and privatization is heating up, with hundreds of thousands of kids and adults taking to the streets to protect what they feel are their civil rights. And all of this while the atmosphere both around Fukushima and far beyond Japan’s borders is heating up as well. In fact, The Examiner.com is reporting that the coming die-off from the nuclear fallout there will be in the hundreds of millions; the largest “depopulation” event in human history [talk about exploding heads]. Not to mention earthjustice’s report on the “frack-cidents” occurring with increasing frequency around the US commercial fracking operations, including poisoned drinking water, polluted air, mysterious animal deaths, industrial disasters and exploding heads [oops, how did that get in there]. And, just for interest, Yandex, a Russian internet news service today reported that Moscow airports are facing a shortage of jet fuel due to the growth of air travel and something about the diversion of fuel production capacities towards winter diesel fuel production needs. If the situation does not improve, they may be cutting flights says the airline servicing company, Rosaviatsia. And Russia has lots of oil, right? Speaking of oil, let us turn to another piece of news for the week.
According to the AsiaTimes online, this little “non-war” that the USA and NATO waged in order to provide “humanitarian support” for Arab aspirations of freedom in Libya, has already provided the French with a substantial promise of loot. It seems that President Sarkozy was delivered a letter in June from the TNC (the Libyan Transitional National Council) ceding as much as 35% of Libya’s annual crude oil production in exchange for their help; and this, just a few days after the UN Resolution 1973 was passed authorizing such “support.” Furthermore, France’s Total Oil Company was already in Libya discussing business with the would-be winners that same month. It now appears that an intra-European “oil war” between France’s Total and Italy’s ENI is already underway for that which the West helped plunder from the dictator. But, if this is the case, then perhaps the exploding heads D.C. was referring to are the heads of those USA politicians who may have let that oily opportunity slip-slide away into European coffers. After all, didn’t we do the lion’s share of the heavy lifting over there? Was it not “an American-led military assault” according to our own man on the ground, Obama? And wasn’t the oil the real reason we went in, after all? Certainly, the dust has not settled on this civilized affair of internecine war among men of honor [he chokes on his words].
Meanwhile, as the air around here becomes thicker and increasingly toxic with the poisons of our dream factories, including the microscopic particles of nuclear fallout from our Japanese comrades at Fukushima, our fearless leader has decided to scrap his own administration’s controversial plans to tighten USA clean air rules, for fear of stalling this wondrous economic recovery that was a no-show on any new jobs in August.
Finally, the federal authorities are about to engage in another kabuki-dance strictly for public consumption. They have filed a lawsuit against some Big Banks for behavior unbecoming civilized financiers. It looks like the Federal Housing Finance Agency is just trying to protect the interests of its children, Freddie and Fannie in the swindle of the century. Boy, I am certain with that bit of news Lloyd Blankfein may be carrying around one of those exploding heads himself [he says with a chuckle].
In all seriousness folks, if you look at the headlines from media around the world, online or in print (even if fractionally true), the situation that is unfolding certainly seems to have a specific tone and directionality, screaming downward in a spiral of death. We may indeed be witnessing the slow-but-quickly-accelerating failure of our diverse man-made systems, and the natural resources upon which these systems depend, brought on, in no small measure, by our own hubris and the maniacal forces of manipulation, domination, and control that have characterized the very heart and soul of hierarchical industrial civilization.
When a certain segment of the human family (homo sapiens) took those bold but awkward first steps down the path to urbanization, resting tentatively upon the surplus provisions created by a developing neolithic monoculture, the trajectory of further civilized progress was essentially set. Rather than reciprocity and trust – an unscripted organic intertwining with our environment – we humans sought greater dominion and control at every turn: with every city wall, every standing army, every political institution, every alphabet, every specialization, every social law, every new technique and technology. And at every doorstep we set down our mark, and we expected the world, and everyone within it, to conform. Ultimatums were handed out to the indigenous peoples of the world, in the Americas, in Africa, Siberia, Europe, Australia, Asia, and elsewhere. The indigenous inhabitants had little choice but to comply or retreat further into the darkness, the heart of the forest, the coldest outposts, the most arid deserts, or in the case of the USA, those reservations where we could keep a close eye on our primitives while we plied them with alcohol and they could get accustomed to our civilized ways.
D.C. is right. Heads are exploding in Washington, my friends, and not because of Dickey’s memoir, but simply from the kinetic energy created by their own whirling momentum, created by an autistic ignorance crafted over hundreds of generations of legislators seeking greater control of their surroundings and dominion over us, the unwashed masses. Nostradamus move over, Dick Cheney has arrived! And he has made his predictions public! Behold the future is upon us!