Tuesday, February 9, 2016
...In this first primary a lot of people, many young ones with no sense of history among them, are excited by Bernie Sanders because they see him as revolutionary and anti-establishment. I am sitting here wondering what exactly that means. The man has been suckling at the establishment tit for 25 years; he has been in congress for twenty effing five years ()!, even if representing the tail end of its distribution. He is the establishment.
We've been living on hope for eight years while the world has been falling apart around us, and all some people seem to be able to do is vote for Napoleon? ...Both Trump and Bernie are certainly populists and would surely win if they ran together... ...Fate help us either way.
Monday, December 28, 2015
Thursday, December 17, 2015
While reading today about the Lyon Biennial I ran into the sentence: As Robert Smithson succinctly put it in 1973: 'The opposite of waste is luxury. Both waste and luxury tend to be useless.' My thought of the day, which is certainly not very original, is that art is luxury and, succinctly put, it too tends to be useless.
Next jour addendum: As the wife of the Ranting Economist I should know that the word "use" (unqualified) is itself rather useless....
Saturday, December 5, 2015
…In a culture where women are impotent, it is actually possible to imagine why they would turn to violence condoned within that culture if it means that they can finally make individual decisions and take personal action. If killing the infidel is the only non-subservient act afforded to women in said culture, it is not hard to see how the choice might make sense…
Twisted but imaginable.
Friday, December 4, 2015
In what kind of a petri dish does a doctrine emerge that successfully encourages a mother to abandon her newborn baby in order to die as she kills and maims? What kind of doctrine, while proclaiming its superiority, condones an attack on a center where the most vulnerable in society go to feel safe? No amount of western humanist relativism and spouting off of “difference” can possibly accept such a doctrine as valid.
Welcome to the Middle Ages with modern weaponry and the complicating factor of western belief in the sanctity of life (or something like it, most of the time)....