Songs Of Innocence & The End Of The World

The senseless death of innocence! No, this is not a recently discovered poem by William Blake, or one of James Joyce’s lost novels. But how does the self-described avant-garde master of Western civilization, i.e., the most hierarchically-driven, dominion-focused, militarized nation on earth react to the incomprehensible violence of a schoolyard murder-suicide, where a lone young-adult shooter leaves two score of dead children and countless broken hearts or destroyed families in their wake?  Of course, they call in the paramilitary State militia, the Swat team with semi-automatic weapons at the ready, fully locked and loaded, costumed in fatigues and riot gear. Is that really the way to deal with a domestic tragedy of this nature: with a show of militaristic force – a post-modern, post-mortem surge, if you will – in Newtown, Connecticut?  A little too much swagger, and just a tad bit too late for those whose world ended far too early, earlier last week.

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This scene alone would inspire a whole squad of  domestic(ated) terrorists, patriotic psychopaths chasing down the dream or just disgusted with the entire game, just waiting for the end of the world and the chance to show us they have what it takes – “the right stuff.”

There is apparent escalation in the frequency and brutality of mass murders in this country, almost proportionate to the rather obvious increase and viciousness of natural disasters, all in lock-step with mounting war carnage and collateral damage brought to you courtesy of the US Military Inc.  Look at the events just last week at the mall in Portland, Oregon, during an ordinary round of holiday consumption; but the seismic after-shock in Connecticut this week was substantially worse than the prior tremor.  Perhaps this is what insurrection looks like in a “real” democracy; momentum building around all the edges until the center finally can no longer hold .

Let us swoon over and eulogize the fallen assassin from Seal Team 6 who was killed rescuing an American doctor last week in Afghanistan, let us sing a chorus of hallelujahs to the death of sundry enemies of our lavish lifestyle; but whatever we do, let’s make sure we keep fanning the flames of vengence, violence, death, and discontentment.  Let us applaud the Israelis for their viciously patriotic stand against the boogeyman of “terror,” as they unleashed their own barrage of real terror on neighboring woman and children, and just as we here in the homeland foment violence elsewhere around the globe; let us torture those we mistrust or who mistrust us – whether in Quantico Virginia, Guantanamo Bay, or elsewhere in some undisclosed locations around the world; yet we will still scratch our heads and wonder why there is so much violence, so much death and destruction visited upon the homeland by our very own citizens.   Well, when you feed your citizens on the meat and potatoes of competition, violence, and death in pursuit of some imaginary exclusivity or elusive promise of living the American dream, this is what you get; each disenchanted citizen looking to outdo the previous one in carnage and publicity.  We learned from a very early age that Madison Avenue sells, that propaganda is the coin of the realm.  So let’s go out with a big bang and that fifteen minutes of fame. Or maybe it is even simpler than that. Perhaps when you declare that your citizens can be assassinated at will by the regime, perhaps then life no longer means much to some of them.

Folks, when you set your foundations upon the moral necessity, indeed, the presumed righteousness of the American Way, upon uncompromising competitive advantage in a zero-sum game, until the other guy submits and cries uncle; when you recognize as god-like those diverse victors in competitive sport, business takeover, and imperial warfare; and, when you continue to militarize and securitize your own State, pitting person against person, citizen against the State, body politic against the regime, then the steam in the pressure-cooker is bound to expand, creating the perfect conditions for continual explosiveness, along with the normalization of death-dealing and murder in the homeland.  When you struggle to maintain diverse wars – against a nation, terror, cancer, drugs, or the president’s new one – the war on ‘gun violence’; when you threaten your citizens with arrest, torture, or even assassination by drone, simply on a vague suspicion of aiding an ill-defined and elusive enemy, you breed the sort of contempt and viral energy that is now fully grown and living off its own host in the homeland.

We did not care so much that the Israeli military recently and callously exterminated hundreds of Palestinian children and other innocents in Gaza. Yet, we are in shock and horror over twenty dead ones here in the homeland.  Why do we mourn our own, yet callously kill untold women and children abroad, cavalierly dismissing their deaths as collateral damage? What about the innocents in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Iran, Afghanistan, or elsewhere who have died as a result of our covert or direct support of regime change. Tell me, what is the difference between an afflicted twenty-year old running wildly around a schoolyard shooting up the place, and a barrage of bombs falling willy-nilly around Gaza, killing whomever might be accidentally at hand.  Tell me, are these not senseless loses as well?  And when one of our own allegedly sought to bring some of empire’s more recent warts and senseless carnage of innocence to light, he himself became the enemy, a victim to be abused, tortured, defamed, and possibly hung by the neck until dead. When will the carnage stop?  When will this empire stop itself from engaging in acts of terror and death-dealing?  I tell you; it will stop only when the last drop of oil is burned-up, the last tilled field has produced nothing edible, and the last man is standing looking for his next fix.

Shame on you America!  Get over yourself!  But I hear a faint chorus of retorts from the back-benchers: ‘How dare those Moslems come over here, terrorizing and killing our innocents, taking away our innocence.  Let us just go over there and pay them back, terrorize and murder their innocents – show them we got what it takes.’ Recognize that you feed this virus daily with every vote you cast, with every tax dollar you donate, with your shameless and relentless consumption of frivolity and novelty, and yes, with your deafening silence in the face of genocide, assassination, and the public evisceration of your own Bill of Rights committed in your names by an immoral, impervious hegemony running your country, America.  Wake up, folks; smell the stench of death.  It is of your own making, and something to which you need to get accustomed, or reverse the entire direction of your current trajectory – as if mother nature, our rape of the earth, catastrophic resource depletion, and our increasing belligerence weren’t already taking care of that reversal for us.

Pit company against company, corporate raider against raider, captain of industry against captain of industry; congratulate those financial hooligans who run your banks and steal whatever they can hoist out of your paychecks and your pensions, and then reward them by giving them from the very public trust they pillaged. Glorify the assassination of an unarmed Osama bin Laden, and the special ops team that got him.  Demonize Private Bradley Manning or Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange and criminalize protest; promote fake-reality TV shows to the unwashed masses for their entertainment and punch-drunk consumption. Then sit back and watch how life will imitate your art, how an increasing number of your citizens will act out belligerently and callously, perhaps less deftly then the professionals, but just as effectively making their case for “doing god’s work.”  As we get closer to global collapse, the social, economic, and psychological indicators are going to go even more haywire, particularly as a population raised on the promise of “freedom and plenty” begins to wonder what those words really mean and how far they may be pushed: standby as we recognize that we can no longer control the vertical, no longer control the horizontal.  They are controlling you.

The horrendously violent death of children in Newtown, Connecticut, is the darkest of tragedies.  As a father of a young boy, those families’ losses cut deep into my soul. To say I feel their pain is fake; I can never feel their pain.  But, to focus on the shooter, his family, his personal or psychological issues, is the eternal mistake of our society and its effete elites.  To demand the suspension of gun sales, or the right to bear arms is only an answer if we also agree to disarm the military, the police, the national guard, the CIA, and homeland security.  We are “not seeing the forest for the trees.”  The problem is not crazy people with guns, it is a sickened Empire with an obsession for violence and conquest, still marching onward in the throes of its own death; it is a culture of excess – excessive security, excessive needs, excessive consumption, excessive expectations – bursting with excessive violence.  It is a culture that self-righteously strikes out at anyone even tangentially in its way.  It is this all-consuming selfishness that leads individuals in this culture to demand that their interests and their voices be heard, as they struggle to compete against all the noise that routinely and relentlessly bombards us all.

We have entered into the cyclone my friends, the course is already laid out, as we set sail. The beginning of the end, the long emergency, has already begun. Happy December 21st, 2012.

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92 Responses to Songs Of Innocence & The End Of The World

  1. kulturcritic says:

    Folks – I posted early this week, in the event the world ends just after midnight tonight. In that event, I wish all a very Bon Voyage!!! LOL kC

  2. Funny that the way so many people respond to violence is more violence. We don’t like all the violence so we are gonna declare a war on it! And how are all those other wars working for you? The ones on poverty,drugs, terror? What you say? We have to fight harder? Guess they haven’t heard that doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different out come is a definition of insanity.
    Anyway, I’m going to celebrate the Solstice and the cycling over of the Mayan long count calendar.. .

  3. izzy says:

    Indeed, indeed.

    And so five Mayan Long Counts rotate through one Great Cycle as we proceed around our galaxy. There’s a reason the calendar is circular – everything runs in spiraling cycles, but some of them are extremely long. Things in the Empire of the Free are in a complete state of schizophrenia, as outlined above. Half the folks are ready for a change, the other half want more of the same, even at gunpoint. It’s almost enough to make you wish it was all over, but it won’t be.

    See you next week.

    • Disaffected says:

      Although, I’m beginning to wonder if the “victims” of violence aren’t in fact the lucky ones. Something about a biblical passage saying “the living will envy the dead.” Just sayin’. Not going on a bible spree or anything.

  4. “When will this empire stop itself from engaging in acts of terror and death-dealing? I tell you; it will stop only when the last drop of oil is burned-up, the last tilled field has produced nothing edible, and the last man is standing looking for his next fix.”

    Or maybe it could get fed up with this reckless hopeless behavior and thinking just before the “last.”
    Many excellent points made in this weeks contribution, Sandy. I appreciate your expressing them. One point points to the natural law that the more you hate your “enemy” the more you become your enemy.
    The various behaviors you describe will only change with attention to the thinking and attitudes that promote the behaviors. Here is something I wrote a couple of days ago on the theme of gun violence:
    The glamorization of gun violence in movies and TV is assuredly one potent ingredient in the cultural cocktails we sip daily. These addictive cocktails are the cause of our society’s intoxication, emphasis on the “toxic.”. One scene in an enormously popular movie stands out in my memory that may have unleashed an evil attitude responsible for an increase in gun violence, gun ownership, and the glamorization of firearms. The groundbreaking scene appears early in “Indiana Jones.” Our “hero” is faced with a loud, sword -wielding man seeking to engage Jones in a fight, perhaps to the death. Jones’ response is to pull out his handgun and shoot the man dead as if he were swatting a fly. Finding this scene amusing, as many chuckling audience members did, and likely still do, to my way of thinking, opened the door to the conventional attitude that having a gun available to kill another person automatically makes one a superior person. Some audience members may have sensed the lack of honor and humanity shown by the so-called hero, but probably not many. I ask you now to reconsider your own position.

    • Disaffected says:

      That’s funny Ron, because once again, a Hollywood blockbuster faced delayed release due to a real life gun-violence atrocity. This time it was “Sir” Tom Cruise’s latest Jack Reacher (reaching for what?). A former(?) paramilitary type who takes the law into his own hands “American style.” Almost too coincidental, huh? See my comment and links down page.

  5. I was sent this link yesterday. It is a strongly presented message that echoes much of what you have written about today, Sandy:

  6. derekthered says:

    it gets to the point where i don’t want to feel anything anymore, just numbness. probably a lot of people feel the same way. i must gather my thoughts on this one, any body know where i put them? not even funny.
    ” Uppers and downers
    Either way blood flows.
    Inside outside. Leave me alone.
    Inside outside. Nowhere is home.
    Inside outside, Where have I been?
    Out of my brain on the five fifteen

    Why should I care?
    Why should I care? ”

    The Who – The 5:15

    sometimes i wish i didn’t care. this grieves me, mr. hardboiled.

  7. hines says:

    Sandy, isn’t a truer reading of the Mayan calendar suggesting that this is a reset and not “The End”? If so, maybe that’s what we really need – a reset of this sickened, struggling and unholy experiment called humanity. Although the end may be more fitting and deserving.

    It’s funny, but as I watched the news last Friday I had the same thoughts as you; Where is the collective outrage at the slaughter of innocents half way around the world by the US killing machine? We are such fucking hypocrites. The mothers and fathers of those children are no less crushed by the loss of a child, but we chalk it up as collateral damage in the War on Terror. The War of Terror is more like it.

    • kulturcritic says:

      Reset is a good explanation. But, I really don’t have a dog in that fight, hines. And, yes, the US killing machine knows no limits. Anything to preserve the way of life… til its gone.

    • Disaffected says:

      War of Terror is what I’ve called it many times on many boards. And I’m sure the NSA has taken due notice.

  8. derekthered says:

    Eli Lapp: This gun of the hand is for the taking of human life. We believe it is wrong to take a life. That is only for God. Many times wars have come and people have said to us: you must fight, you must kill, it is the only way to preserve the good. But Samuel, there’s never only one way. Remember that. Would you kill another man?
    Samuel Lapp: I would only kill the bad man.
    Eli Lapp: Only the bad man. I see. And you know these bad men by sight? You are able to look into their hearts and see this badness?
    Samuel Lapp: I can see what they do. I have seen it.
    Eli Lapp: And having seen you become one of them? Don’t you understand? What you take into your hands, you take into your heart. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing. Go and finish your chores now.

    Witness (1985) starring Harrison Ford

    “What kind of human beings does such a society require in order to sustain itself? What are the dominant psychological modes of being in Western capitalist society? How do these concrete, systematic features of capitalism impact upon our value/preference formation? Some core psychological modes of being under capitalism include alienation, objectification, abstractification, and quantification. The most fundamental psychological phenomenon with which people suffer under capitalism is that of alienation; “a mode of experience in which the person experiences himself as an alien…estranged from himself. He does not experience himself as the center of his world, as the creator of his own acts.”

    http://www.zcommunications.org/the-pathological-psychology-of-western-capitalism-by-collin-harris-1

    denial, grief, anger, acceptance; that’s the name of that tune.

    either this Colin Harris guy is stealing my stuff, or i am just a goddamned genius, the way i have put it is, “quantification, commodification, exploitation, and death” either an outgrowth of reading Baudrillard, or something that stuck from “The Sane Society” after 40 years, or like i said, smarter than i think i am.

    “a mode of experience in which the person experiences himself as an alien…estranged from himself. He does not experience himself as the center of his world, as the creator of his own acts.”
    credited to Erich Fromm, in more than one place on the web.

    you can’t just go treating people like objects, use them, abuse them, and then expect any results other than what we see. so now we have people who want the firepower to protect themselves from the very problems the firepower engenders, as JHK states, Clusterfuck nation.

    i have no answers here, i am really split about taking people’s protection away from them, i’m not so sure it’s the collectives place, or mine, or anybody’s to tell people what they can or can’t have to protect themselves against whatever threats they perceive, real or imagined. many people comment about the role of pharmaceuticals in our society, you see the add on TV, along with warnings about side effects. this whole thing just makes the Red sad, those in power have no clue, they claim to want to solve problems, but they don’t ever speak to the root causes of the alienation. maybe this is something the human race is going to have to go thru.

    for myself, i just plan on keeping my head down. as the old Amish farmer said in Witness

    Eli Lapp: You be careful out among them English.

    you see? it’s all in the movies.

    • Disaffected says:

      Derek,
      Your instincts and influences are wise. I’ve come to the same conclusion myself. In the end, “Pay attention and keep your head down!” might just be the best advice you can either give or follow for the foreseeable future. A war-like footing for a war-loving society – IMAGINE THAT! Best of wishes to you and yours!
      DA

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  10. Malthus says:

    Wow, finally getting down in the mud and grime of what life has become. Not one reference to someone else’s considered intellectualism and actually what I have been thinking. The hypocracy of it all is appalling. Truly great writing Sandy. All the best for you and yours and the same for everyone that comes here.

    • kulturcritic says:

      Well, Malthus, I thought it might be your cup of tea, today.

    • Disaffected says:

      Not sure it’s hypocritical anymore. We’ve seemingly redefined “morality”, never mind “reality” now to fit the new American Imperium. More like delusional. Or better yet, hallucinatory. Delusions of Imperial Grandeur (WRIT LARGE!). Yeah, that’s the ticket!

  11. bmiller says:

    Oh, we do like it when Brother Sandy pulls on his populist-party pants: Great rant/screed, right on the money essay this week. “To demand the suspension of gun sales or the right to bear arms is only an answer if we also agree to disarm the military, the police, the National Guard, the CIA, and homeland security.” I was arguing the same at a holiday party this last weekend, that I personally refused to cede the moral high ground to the State when (insert catalog of violence by State); as the final arbiter or guarantor of peace.

    • kulturcritic says:

      And the USA is still up to its games of control!! Per the Real News:

      Backed by US, Muslim Brotherhood Tries to Reproduce Mubarak Regime

      US Blocks UN Condemnation of Israeli Settlements

    • Disaffected says:

      Agreed. Quite a conundrum our economic/political overlords have built for us, eh? Although I must agree, I’ll trust the “lone gunmen with a problem” every time vs the armed forces of the state. Just me.

  12. derekthered says:

    Senior senators slam ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ torture scenes
    http://www.cnn.com/2012/12/20/opinion/bergen-senators-torture-film/

    please note that these “senior senators” do not deny the torture, they just claim it produced no actionable intelligence. i make no conclusion regarding the morality or efficacy of torture, just pointing out that i think this is the kind of double-talk you reference in your essay. this is the problem with universal, one size fits all linear narratives, you are hoist on your own petard.

    gee whiz, wonder why violence is so acceptable.

    • Disaffected says:

      Note that “senior senators” means first and foremost “senior elected official most invested in the current system.” Everything else follows from that. “Senior.” A prejudicial term if there ever was one.

  13. Collapse Watch says:

    Well, if the official version of events is to be believed, it’s a big score for the Introverts, don’t you think? Vera asked the introverts to rise up against the extroverts, and AL (alleged lunatic) answered in a BIG way.

    That which you manifest is before you.

    ~Enzo

    • Disaffected says:

      That which you manifest is before you.

      Truer words were never spoken. Kind of adult to children words no matter your age. That which we’ve imagined has in fact happened. Threats from our worst imagination have in fact materialized before our very eyes. We’ve brought our worst horrors into material existence by our very mental insistence!

  14. Disaffected says:

    Actually, the world did end last night – for the several million people who died overnight – just as it does every night. Although I think there might be something to the idea of a “new dispensation of human history” or something along those lines, but that’s just sort of a “loosely entertained possibility” at this point, and certainly nothing that I’m wed to. In the end, I think all of our religious and philosophical musings about anything at all are just that – musings. I seriously doubt that anything we dream up at all has any serious basis in “higher reality.” If there are indeed truly higher realities and higher states of consciousness either before and/or after we die, I think that’s why they are higher states in the first place. Because we simply can’t or can only extremely dimly comprehend them in the first place. As recent events have proved once again, we’re mostly just intelligent apes (some more than others) whose grasp of tools and primitive technologies has greatly exceeded our grasp of the most basic understanding of all: ourselves.

    • DA, you seem to be rambling between conflicting views. There either are higher states or not. Do we have any capacity to grasp beyond the intellect/reason any greater, deeper, broader understanding of self or Self? We either have it or we don’t. The only way I know to find out any of this is to set out with utter resolve to seek it. And then live in accord with the findings without the burden of conflicts.
      There is a story about a fellow who gets into an argument with his barber about whether there is a God, the barber claiming that there is no such thing. After the man leaves the shop, he returns after a few minutes to tell the barber that “there are no barbers.” The barber responds with, “What the hell are you talking about? I am a barber and I just gave you a haircut.”
      “Well come and look and see for yourself,” urging him to walk outdoors. “See,” he says while pointing to a very long-haired, unkept fellow across the street, “what did I tell you.”
      “So the guy needs a haircut. It’s not my fault he doesn’t come into this shop to get one, and it certainly doesn’t mean that there are no barbers–that’s just absurd.”
      The man says, “You are correct, sir, and the same holds true for God, Who is simply patiently waiting to reveal Himself to anyone interested in approaching and getting to know Him.”

      • Disaffected says:

        Very perceptive Ron. I am – rambling that is. Thanks for asking. But rest assured, it’s not the questions we ask ourselves about an imagined “higher state” that I’m in doubt of these days, it’s the answers we arrive at. I’m sorry, but I’m still not comfortable at arriving at the one word answer “God.” But hey, that’s just me, and what do I know?

        A fellow seeker,

        DA

        • I happen to come upon a treasure of quotes from, and commentary on, the wise thinking of Erich Fromm. This is a link to the site: http://eqi.org/fromm.htm

          And this two quotes on the theme I want to share:

          I have said that man is asked a question by the very fact of his existence, and that this is a question raised by the contradiction within himself–that of being in nature and at the same time of transcending nature by the fact that he is life aware of itself. Any man who listens to this question posed to him, and who makes it a matter of “ultimate concern” to answer this question, and to answer it as a whole man and not only by thoughts, is a “religious” man; and all systems that try to give, teach, and transmit such answers are “religions.”

          Making the unconscious conscious transforms the mere idea of the universality of man into the living experience of this universality; it is the experiential realization of humanism.

          • kulturcritic says:

            But, when did such questioning begin? I would bet not 20,000 years ago

            • “But, when did such questioning begin?”

              I don’t see any reason why questioning should not have begun as soon as humankind (“life aware of itself”) came into being. Although, from what I understand about our ancient ancestors they may have been more connected to the spirit realm such that the question my have proven easier to answer even if less souls were asking (receiving) the question. The various major paradigm shifts are bond to affect the whole questioning process.

              “I would bet not 20,000 years ago.”

              Sandy, what leads you to think that the ancient folk would not question “the why and wherefore of their being?”

          • derekthered says:

            i question the very idea of universality, especially when so many religions, and humanist beliefs, have spread their message at the point of a sword, or the point of a Hellfire missile. we have universality right now, it’s called the UPC, soon to come to a tattoo near you. universality can be too much of an excuse for messianic beliefs.

      • Disaffected says:

        Round Here:

        As good as it gets?
        DA

      • derekthered says:

        true story. om my first day of school we were introduced to the baltimore catechism, the first question of this edition being “who made me?” the desired answer being “god made me”, at which point yours truly stopped participating.
        now, this did not go unnoticed by the Dominican in charge, whereupon i was interrogated, now if you do not know the hierarchy of this sort of thing it goes
        1- Gestapo
        2- Jesuit
        3- Dominican 🙂
        during said interrogation i made the statement (me being a mere 5 year old) that there was no god and they could not prove there was. now these smart old nuns asked me where i thought i came from, which stumped me for a minute, before the logical answer came to my mind simply, “my mommy”.
        long story short, the old lady was summoned, none too happy, and her simple answer was that she believed in god, she hoped i would also, but that i could believe whatever i wanted (which is logical), but that i would give the teacher the answer she wanted, thus began my religious indoctrination.
        point being, this question about the existence or non-existence of a spiritual being can never be proven or dis-proven, people will believe what they want. i have had periods in my life when i did believe, fortunately this madness was short-lived.

        i’ve read the OT, NT, parts of the Torah, Koran, Upanishads, i put them all about on the same level as Ayn rand, and Adam Smith’s hidden hand, and just about as readable, which is not very. now, i would say that the NT has the most coherent message, and if you left out the supernatural stuff it’s fairly Zen.

        we are here, the cosmos is here, that is what my senses tell me. thank goodness for a lady who was just too busy to argue, or more likely had the good sense to give her child the gift of freedom of conscience, but then she was a good old girl.

        • Disaffected says:

          Good work Derek. As a kid, I always found people talking about “God” and “ultimate reality” just funny from the start. I honestly assumed most were just joking, just telling me a tale – which as it turned out they were. THANK GOD! I never had to go to Catholic school and get the “truth” beat in to me. Wouldn’t have worked in any case. Some of us are just hardwired to be intransigent.

  15. Disaffected says:

    By the way, thought I’d share this link that I picked up over on the <a href="http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2012/12/externalities-and-the-dubious-defenses-of-gun-enthusiasts.html"<NakCap comment boards today.

    Sandy Hook massacre: Official Story Spins Out of Control

    Haven’t spent any time fact checking any of it at all, but it was certainly an interesting little article all the same. I’m not a “conspiracy nut” per se, but then again (for example) I’m now firmly convinced that both 9-11 and the JFK assassination were inside jobs, so I certainly don’t trust our government/powers that be one whit either. Food for thought.

    • Disaffected says:

      Looks like I screwed that link up. Sandy, please fix. Thanks again.

      • kulturcritic says:

        I am not that technically literate to fix it DA. LOL

      • Ivy Mike says:

        Here is the original:
        Sandy Hook massacre: Official story spins out of control
        December 20th, 2012 | Posted by Niall Bradley
        Veterans Today
        http://www.veteranstoday.com/2012/12/20/sandy-hook-massacre-official-story-spins-out-of-control/

        Interesting reporting they uncovered, to say the least, especially in light of the Connecticut State Police threatening those who put out bad information on the internet with being charged with Federal Crimes.

        Sandy Hook School Principal Dawn Hochsprung told The Bee that a masked man entered the school with a rifle and started shooting multiple shots – more than she could count – that went “on and on.” ~The Newtown Bee, December 14, 2012

        Did the local newspaper use an Ouija board to communicate with the dead?

        But rather than conspiracy, I mark such garbage to pure incompetence, laziness, and on the part of the media; they write gushy, heart-tugging junk to sell ads. If you’ve ever been in an incident that the newspapers/TV reports, you have to wonder if they were in a different universe sometimes.

        But the sad thing is, I wouldn’t put it past certain actors in the Ruling Class to coldly kill dozens of Americans to push their political agendas; they’re already killing dozens around the world each day anyway. And if you’ve ever been around the Ruling Class, you’ll understand that they don’t see themselves as equal with you.

        • Disaffected says:

          I think the sheer “fog of war” aspect of it plays to the powers that be advantage as well. What happened? Who knows? Oh my! SOMEONE protect us all!

    • kulturcritic says:

      From DA’s linked article:”Roig had logically deduced by that point that multiple perpetrators were involved, and that they were either impersonating police officers or were indistinguishable from SWAT team police commandos, either in the way they dressed or the way they behaved upon entering the building.”

  16. Disaffected says:

    And an oldy but a goody song for all seasons…

    Sinead O’Connor and the Chieftans

  17. kulturcritic says:

    This is from the ScottFocus piece posted somewhere above… I find it somewhat compelling in a perverse way. Sandy

    “The main agenda, in my opinion, was to instill visceral fear in as many Americans as possible. Fear of their fellow Americans, fear that their neighbors, or their neighbors kid, of some guy in the mall, at school, at work … fear that anyone, really, could be the next ‘lone nut’ who might take out a couple of dozen innocent civilians on a whim.

    Why instill fear of this nature? Well, this kind of fear tends to make the average person more disposed to looking to and relying on authority and the forces of law and order to protect them. It gives the government more freedom to enact new police state laws and helps to ensure that such laws will be met with the least resistance and most acquiescence from the population. After all, there is no shortage of hard evidence that the US government has been making strenuous efforts to pass legislation that will, if it continues, lead to a truly overt police state USA.

    The 9/11 attacks were a psy-op to traumatise and scare the American people into accepting the ‘reality’ of ‘foreign terrorists’ that their government had to invade and occupy other countries to defeat said terrorists and thereby protect the American people. Events like the Sandy Hook massacre (and all the others that came before) may be psy-ops with a more domestic agenda: to traumatise and scare the American people into accepting laws that usher in an overt and draconian police state USA in order to ‘protect the American people’. Of course, in reality, it’s all about protecting the elite from ever having to face the day when the true will of normal human beings expresses itself.”

    • Sandy, whether these disasters occur from plans created by conspirators or that there is simply adequate insanity, fear and opportunities for the expressing of hopelessness/recklessness is almost not as important as the fact that those who seek to maintain power and control will use these to their advantage. In “The Shock Doctrine” book and documentary movie disaster capitalism is well explained.

  18. Ivy Mike says:

    “Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than has any other factor.” ~Robert A. Heinlein

    Human hands have ‘evolved for fighting’
    The Telegraph | 20 Dec 2012
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/9757641/Human-hands-have-evolved-for-fighting.html

  19. Ivy Mike says:

    The 2A as THE EGALITARIAN CLAUSE

    What other nation proffers such a broad Egalitarian Clause—what academics should have called the 2nd Amendment of the Bill of Rights—in its foundational governmental document?

    Egalitarian dispersal of State power is the intended purpose behind the “right to bear arms.”

    The Americans’ egalitarian sentiments expressed in the Second Amendment issues directly from close contact with the egalitarian, power-sharing Non-State eastern woodlands tribes, as documented in anthropologist Jack Weatherford’s Native Roots: How the Indians Enriched America (1992) and Indian Givers: How the Indians of the Americas Transformed the World (1988) and Jame’s Axtell’s The Invasion Within: The Contest of Cultures in Colonial North America (1986) (especially chapter 13, The White Indians of Colonial America.)

    A good example of that dispersed—egalitarian—power being used against an entrenched, elite hierarchy, is The Battle of Athens (sometimes called the McMinn County War) in August 1946.

    America’s Constitutional Egalitarian Clause coincides with how Christopher Boehm describes the evolution of egalitarianism in his Hierarchy in the Forest: The Evolution of Egalitarian Behavior (Harvard University Press, 1999) as a “reverse dominance hierarchy,” that depends on the less powerful to band together “to deliberately dominate their potential master if they wish to remain equal.”

  20. cpopblog says:

    Sandy, bravo. Thank you for such a candid articulation of what I’ve been thinking all week. How painful it is to realize such an evident and profound truth: as I first came to terms with reading Slotkin, and finally comprehended with Zinn and Hedges, that the sinew in the bones of America have “something to do with death.”
    I think about this often, especially in regards to the American Civil War. A war, where the “blood drawn by the lash shall be paid with blood drawn by the sword”, seems prescient as we account for the untold millions that continually pay for our silence, our apathy, our “helplessness”, our tacit participation and “comfort.” I wonder how many songs of the innocent will be drowned in the sacrificial symphony of senseless blood.
    In Denali National Park last summer I saw two moose skulls, their horns locked together. What began as just another competitive row, for them, turned into a death grip. The two males likely struggled for days to let go of each other, staring eye to eye. Eventually they collapsed, hungry and exhausted, their bodies scattered by the scavengers and elements, their mighty horns bleached by the cold Alaskan wind. That’s how they were found and how they remain.
    I wonder how much we are able to “let go” (even if we wanted to) of this violent struggle with a violent past–as if to deny if the axiom ‘a person who lives by the sword dies by it’ were not true for nations, or empires, or communities where the blood of the innocent and the guilty alike lay mixed.
    Thanks again for your tonics of wisdom. For whatever its worth, it makes a difference.
    ~J

  21. kulturcritic says:

    HERE WE GO AGAIN FOLKS
    UN Approves Intervention in Mali
    Nii Akuetteh: France, US, and African Union push resolution for an African led military force to take northern Mali back from militant Islamic forces

    • derekthered says:

      well now come on, what else are we to do with our brand-spanking new African Command?
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Africa_Command
      please note the qualifier, “militant Islamic”, in other words, it’s just fine and dandy for Sharia to be forced upon people if it’s not done militantly, but with other more refined methods of control, our old favorite inverted totalitarianism comes to mind. you don’t expect our lords and ladies to sit idly by while the Chinese get a foothold on our turf do you? besides, the UN (largely a dog and pony show run by the US, UK, and the France) i am sure will need air bases to run in supplies and such, which will of course be run by US! that’s right Bob! please note that Mali is also right close to Nigeria where there are rebels who want just a smidgeon of the oil profits being extracted by extra-national corps.

    • derekthered says:

      expect news reports of atrocities, which will be true enough. but see, the methods are just so crude, blood and gore, such a mess. much better for the UN to go in and teach more modern and sanitary ways to deal with recalcitrant populations. why, i wouldn’t doubt that CCA could be cajoled into going in there and constructing a couple hundred prison for the malcontents, just to help out, after all it’s Christmas! all using the most modern and up to date penal theory of course. could just flood the water supply supply with Prozac.

      • Ivy Mike says:

        Prozac, or rather a society so horrid that people turn to Prozac to numb the pain, is the problem.

        This website is a collection of 4,800+ news stories…mainly criminal in nature…

        • 1999 COLUMBINE: 15 Dead: 24 Wounded
        • 2007 Student Kills 8: Wounds 10: Kills Self: High School in Finland
        • 2009 Germany: 16 Dead Including Shooter: Antidepressant Use: Shooter in Treatment For Depression

        http://ssristories.com/

    • Ivy Mike says:

      The pretext of a “War on Terror” is being used to mask the CorpGov grab for African oil and minerals. How else can ya keep a G550 zippin’ along?

      Mali Oil Exploration Is ‘Well Advanced,’ Prime Minister Says
      http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-11-08/mali-oil-exploration-is-well-advanced-prime-minister-says.html

      • derekthered says:

        just love your references
        http://www.gulfstream.com/products/g550/
        “This is a brawny aircraft with an international reach.”
        now if that wouldn’t get Jack Ripper’s juices flowing i don’t know what would.

        • Ivy Mike says:

          It’s a real rush to push the power levers to the firewall and get slammed back in your seat. If you don’t mind being away from your family for days on end, sleeping in damned hotels, eating in restaurants every meal, insomnia, boredom, and dying of cancer at 62 because of the cumulative affects of radiation at altitude, carcinogenic oil/chemical (bearings do leak) infused bleed air from the engines to pressurize the cabin, and never-ending stress of somebody else owning (controlling) your life most of the day.

  22. kulturcritic says:

    Why does America shy away from admitting it militarization… we need to face the facts… we are a military totalitarian state.

    http://news.yahoo.com/nra-chief-lapierre-call-crazy-165009229.html

    • Ivy Mike says:

      Ironically, the 2nd Amendment was originally intended to prevent the government from raising a standing army, i.e., militarization.

      “What, Sir, is the use of a militia? It is to prevent the establishment of a standing army, the bane of liberty….” ~Rep. Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts, spoken during floor debate over the Second Amendment, I Annals of Congress at 750, August 17, 1789

    • derekthered says:

      “Why does America shy away from admitting it militarization… we need to face the facts… we are a military totalitarian state.”
      doesn’t fit with the narrative, the hogwash fed to the American consumer (formerly known as citizens), but we have been fascist for quite awhile, most certainly for the last 100 years.

      • kulturcritic says:

        Exactly; the narrative doesn’t fit.

      • Ivy Mike says:

        Fascist. Civilized. What’s the difference?

      • Disaffected says:

        I’ve come to the conclusion that we don’t so much not admit it, as we simply redefine it, including special code words that help us with the cognitive dissonance. War on Terror, Terrorists, Evil Doers, Dissidents, Peacekeepers, Humanitarian Effort, etc. Orwell had a thing or two to say about all this long before we came along. Now that I’m beginning to think clearly again, it really is amazing to hear about all of the very intelligent people who foresaw all of this coming long before I was even born who were subsequently silenced or simply ignored.

  23. kulturcritic says:

    Do they really think we are this stupid?
    “A U.S. Army brigade will begin sending small teams into as many as 35 African nations early next year, part of an intensifying Pentagon effort to train countries to battle extremists and give the U.S. a ready and trained force to dispatch to Africa if crises requiring the U.S. military emerge.”…
    http://news.yahoo.com/army-teams-going-africa-terror-threat-grows-082214765.html

    • derekthered says:

      here shortly i may just take up your special offer, meanwhile back at the ranch………….
      it’s not that they think we are that stupid, they just know the american people. i have come to the conclusion after having discussions with people, reading on the web, etc. that the citizenry just doesn’t care; it’s just fine if factory workers in China jump to their death, as long as they get their i-pods. if extra-national corps. would share slave wage profits more evenly? hell, folks would be just fine with that. of course myths and superstition play a role, but more likely people just don’t care. pretty harsh, i know.

      • Ivy Mike says:

        Like Phil Collins, I don’t care anymore. Can’t dance either. 😉

      • Disaffected says:

        Actually, more like Americans are simply overwhelmed with the distractions/benefits that come from empire. And yes, we ARE stupid, in a totally willful way. Kind of a “we have it good, so fuck everyone else” way.

        • Ivy Mike says:

          Caring only for one’s close group is just human nature, and primitivist anthropologist Jason Godesky challenges the ideological notion that humans can be any different.

          “Tribalism,” to most people, means a small-minded, parochial view–disintegration into many small, hostile groups. It means an ethnocentric view where we believe our own small group superior to all others. This is not without basis. Ethnocentrism is a human universal. Every society believes itself superior to all others.

          ~Jason Godesky | The Ugly Side of Tribalism | July 27, 2005

          • Disaffected says:

            True, as far as it goes. Still, comes off as far too apologetic for a culture that’s turned it’s over-educated ass on everything other than self-indulgence. In other words, we Americans can’t have it both/all ways.

            For a civilization that’s supposedly bigger and better than anything that’s ever come before, we remain amazingly smaller and more parochial than any future historian should ever expect. And I think that’s the only context by which will be judged very shortly.

            ~Disaffected – Dec 24, 2012

            • derekthered says:

              “the only context by which will be judged very shortly”, yes however, consider the Pyréolophore
              http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyr%C3%A9olophore
              little over 200 years ago, before you know we have XNA
              http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2909387/
              and you can trust them, they’re from the government 😉
              in between? civil war, corporate personage, kkk, world war, red scare (depression/repression), jim crow, world war, red scare/jim crow, until finally we made some progress 50 years ago. and that’s just in the USA, never mind all the wars on this and that, “here and there, as it were”. always helping
              modern society is a giant energy sucking machine, science is practically dangerous, not just approaching sci-fi, but there.
              there’s the context, change happening so fast it’s not planned for, it just kind of develops, Hulk and Alice have baby sort of thing.
              it’s a long and sordid history, not much we can do about it, that’s life in the big city.
              me, i’m having some ham, that’s my big splurge an $18 ham, put some “Kicking Chicken” down in there, spice it up.
              but it doesn’t do to get mad about it, not that i don’t sometimes, but then you just get angry, and you’re the only one who suffers, cause you can be sure some aren’t.
              now for something completely tacky.

              there’s lot’s of copycats, i believe this is the original.

              • Ivy Mike says:

                science is practically dangerous

                Indeed, science comes from the same root word as scythe, to cut and reap.

                Also see Ran Prieur’s essay Science the Destroyer.

              • Disaffected says:

                Yeah, I agree about the getting mad about it part. That’s something I’ve really come to notice about myself. A whole lot of pent up rage at a whole lot of things that I can’t really do a damn thing about. A lot of similar feeling out there by a lot of similarly minded people apparently these days, which hardly seems surprising given the scope and magnitude of our current predicament. Still, that’s tops on my “work on it” list for the new year. To remain positive and focus my efforts on the things that I actually have some control over, and to learn to let the rest slide. Pretty tall order for someone as knee-jerk caustic as myself. It’s a “work in progress” as they say.

                BUT, for what it’s worth, I really do believe that 2013 marks some kind of mythical “sell-by date” for the current go-round of humanity. I won’t go so far as to say any of this was preordained, and as a matter of fact I actually believe the opposite to be true. But I do believe in cycles and I do believe that there’s some sort of higher order to the universe which we – quite obviously – don’t yet understand, and I do believe that with recent and ongoing decisions on our part, we’ve flipped a sort of “cosmic bird” to the universe which is going to be final and irrevocable. Contrary to the religious traditions of the world (in their best moments at least), forgiveness is going to be found NOWHERE ANYMORE. Not that we’re apparently going to ask for any. Hubris continues to drive our collective train toward the cliff – fiscal, military, environmental, or otherwise. At this point, it’s no longer a question of IF the current world must end, but only a matter of WHEN. And in the end, I think almost all of humanity will welcome it.

  24. Great post, Sandy. Why do Malcolm X’s words keep ringing in my ears, “the chickens have come home to roost.”? Peace.

  25. DrCiber says:

    A rather succinct summing up, if I do say so myself. Bravo!

  26. javacat says:

    This thought had crossed my mind. The author addresses the way we convert the killers into something else so we can preserve a small-world model of reality: http://gawker.com/5973485/the-unbearable-invisibility-of-white-masculinity-innocence-in-the-age-of-white-male-mass-shootings

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