"Part of this came from Herzog's description of the Amazon river when it rises in the jungle, as he saw while filming Fitzcarraldo. The other part was Nero's order to allow coal dust to be dumped in rivers. Only relative to capitalism can…"
"As always, beautifully, emphatically perfectly said.
The deed is done. Then done again. And again. Its overkill already.
Clean up is wishful thinking. I think the best we can hope for is some sort of half ass work around where a portion…"
"I read this the other way. This is all part of the new abnormal as we continue to decline.
America lost her soul when we decided not to impeach Bush for lying us into a false war. Obama continued the decline, especially rejecting the rule of law for…"
"Legally murder is a matter of intent, premeditation and degree: First and second degree murder, manslaughter, negligent homicide and such. I have to wonder if heaven juges US Presidents by the total number of body bags and shallow graves on…"
Agreed, with one or two qualifiers. We R fucked, have been for quite some time, if you believe what Sheldon Wolin says in Democracy, Inc, and it's kinda hard not to if you have a couple brain cells to rub together. Now, as to how and why we got to where we are... do you really think the American people are self loathing? Self loathing presupposes some level of self awareness, the ability to understand why one does the things one does or at.least to understand that those things are bad, but after observing Americans for decades, my take on us is that we tend to be - in effect, when viewed collectively, even though quite a few of us are perfectly nice as individuals - smug, complacent, selfish, vicious motherfuckers and a whole lot of other stuff too, but aside from some bleating immediately after 9 1 1 to the effect of "why do they hate us?" I haven't noticed much if any handwringing or introspection about who and how we are, still less any genuine sense of guilt or self-hatred for the atrocities daily committed in our name so we can have more Bluetooth speakers and 2017 V8 Dodge Challengers and carrier battle groups and all the other rewards attendant on generating the world's grossest national product.
Wow. My apolyogies about the uber-long sentence there - I looked and looked but couldn't seem to find any appropriate places in that sumbitch to break it into more manageable segments...