Far off in the usual cacophony of background noise, there is the dark rumbling sound of Empire. Amidst the hustle and bustle and the sound of money, the strident noise of capitalism at work, there is an ominous guttural rumbling, a deep, dark groaning sound of a tortured planet and it’s human and non-human habitation. And it’s getting louder every day.
Now that Katrina is downwind somewhere, we are dealing with the “after-action” reports coming from the damaged areas. Many of these reports simply do not match up with the widely circulated rumors and “facts” that we all heard.
First off, it’s probable we will never know the whole truth concerning what actually happened, how many deaths there were and what the individual experiences were “really” like. The after-action reports are rather different then what we heard or read about before – they are downplaying, rather dramatically, the number of dead, the number of rapes, the cases of violence, etc., and this “good news” is making a fair number of people angry.
I’ve not written much lately. Been doing a lot of work around the place and a lot of thinking. I’m getting more disillusioned then ever about the survival of the human species. There seems to be an incredible lack of common sense and clear thinking permeating (and preempting) every so-called “crisis”. It’s like a plague that is jumping from one person to the next, affecting reason and logic, sanity and sane thinking.
The March on Washington is still on, with the same level of hope and expectations as all other Washington marches — zip. I’ve never participated in a march, although I did attend a protest once. It didn’t do any good then either and I learned my lesson. I’m not aware that such actions ever do any good.
But something needs to be done, so I support any effort to stop the Washington juggernaught, but is this even possible? I think this statement sums it up nicely –
Not many blog updates lately, been busy getting my own little “sustainable acreage” built. I’m also doing a lot of work on the website, having to learn CSS and Dreamweaver at the same time. If you’ve noticed the site has been broken, my apologies. Seems like you can’t “fix” something only to break it (and learn what you’re doing wrong in the process). So right now, my time is being spent on the website upgrade that I’m finding necessary. That plus clearing new ground for a large greenhouse is taking priority. I’ll post interesting stuff as I find it or you can make a contribution if you like to firstname.lastname@example.org ~Survival Acres~
I spotted this – and posted it in its entirety.
G’ Day All.
So World War III has begun, and I’m in the bad country. Our President is totally F’ing mad, he and his millennial dispensationalist raptureists backers are trying to fulfill an ancient religious prophecy about an all-destroying battle between good and evil, and the most powerful propaganda industry in history is strangely backing him up, pretending he’s sane and reasonable, leading Americans on a cult of global-scale murder-suicide that may very well leave our country in ruins. How did we come to this?
Perhaps I am wrong, but with all the news on a existing and soon-to-be critical energy crisis – where is the emphasis on abandoning the false gods of economic growth?
I see no evidence (yet) that this is occurring. It is as if this is the only “solution” even being considered, yet it leads to a never ending race of resource extraction and population expansion with a finish line of absolute disaster.
Should we continue to expect more from Government? Steve Hill writing for Truthout thinks so. Arguing in support of “better” government, Steve says –
The better conclusion is that government, done correctly, really has an indispensable role to play. An efficient and effective government can improve our lives, whether in times of crisis or over the long haul.