It all makes sense now.
It is all kind of coming together for me now.
"Are U.S. citizens powerless in preventing a war with Iran?"
"The Exciting And Bizarre World of South Korean Protests"
Also, the CNN, Sicko, Moore debate also has relevance. We all know that we are tools of capitalism, tools of the corporate monopolies. We have to work 40-60 hours a week all of the time which doesn't leave room for "fighting back" against the man. What happens if you decide to take a week off to go down to Washington to protest? Will you have a job to go back to? And sure enough the upper-class in this country are probably more aligned with the conservative movement than the liberal one.
People always ask why Congress and the White House can get away with most of their policies including escalation against Iran. It is because the people are zombified by their present situation to care enough to do anything. Sure, someone will post a blog entry on dailykos or post some comment on reddit, etc, etc. But, nobody (none of us anyway) will take the time to go down to Washington in protest and get in the face of our representatives and hold them accountable.
Maybe we should stop complaining about the runaway policies of our current administration. We are at fault for not really doing enough to stop them.
(In comparison with other nations: "Europeans work up to 12 weeks less than Americans, according to the International Labor Organization.")
July 16th, 2007 3:43am
I saw the Korean article and wanted to bring it up with you. Aren't Koreans cool? I think they are all crazy, smart and insane. They have a really different culture from other asian countries.
July 16th, 2007 3:46am
"I saw the Korean article and wanted to bring it up with you. Aren't Koreans cool? "
I haven't researched their culture but seems interesting enough.
July 16th, 2007 3:50am
They're passionate, sometimes dangerously so.
I agree with the rest of what you say. I think TV and Prozac and lack of education in history and civics are to blame.
July 16th, 2007 3:53am
I think it is more caused by our work and desire for more crap. Or maybe it is not even a desire for these things but it is such a common endeavor, going after the American dream.
By in large, education seems to be distributed among everyone. May not be the best in the world but most are guaranteed a complete education. And if they aren't, there is a lot of public information out there.
July 16th, 2007 4:05am
> "But, nobody ... will take the time to go down to Washington in protest and get in the face of our representatives and hold them accountable."
Of course not. Not as long as people have so much to lose. Truly large scale protests and revolts require large numbers of people that have nothing to lose. And they need to be in that condition despite their talents, potential, study, work and sacrifice.
America and most of the western world has a long way to go before that will happen.
Locutus of Borg
July 16th, 2007 4:15am
Koreans are maniacs. My best friend is Korean. I wanted to marry his sister, but sadly, I didn't move quickly enough. She ended up marrying some stupid mexican guy who is into bad guitar music and woodworking. Fuck. The stereotypes are mostly true: Korean guys are super smart, but totally irrational, prone to alcoholism, and have terrible tempers. They are really into drinking, firearms, and tricking out their cars. Korean women are super smart and funny, but are totally bossy and will bust your balls whenever they get the chance. However you won't care, because they are way hotter and smarter than all the annoying white chicks you know.
I'm pretty sure this has nothing to do with the OP, but whatever.
July 16th, 2007 4:33am
>>"Are U.S. citizens powerless in preventing a war with Iran?"
I'm beginning to think that this powerlessness is no longer based on apathy, but it may actually be a real thing.
July 16th, 2007 11:38am
My block prevented war with Iran on May 18th. We sat together and sang Kumbaya all night long and prayed for no bombing. It worked.
Here's a website where your community can 'own' a day of peace:
As you can see, we've covered quite a lot of the calendar into the future (we tripled up for this past evil Friday, just to make sure).
You just have to believe. The slightest whiff of skepticism will register a domain (a Holy Domain) not found error. Sorry, pagans, them the site log-in rules.
July 16th, 2007 11:52am
It is the dreaded cheetos and wrestling apathy. As long as they are around, it doesn't matter what Bush does to the constitution, our nation, or our global reputation.
Even if there were, I have a funny feeling the people would lose anyway. Those most fit to enable change are a bunch of pussies raised in the throws of the feminist feel-good uprising.
July 16th, 2007 12:27pm
"Those most fit to enable change are a bunch of pussies raised in the throws of the feminist feel-good uprising."
JOC, that should have been spelled "throes".
July 16th, 2007 12:57pm
I disagree, and could make a case based on dictionary.com. But then you'd just cry European on me.
July 16th, 2007 2:22pm
I'm pretty you had it right: you meant sofa blanket. Only feminine people have those.
July 16th, 2007 3:42pm
I meant that which was casted aside or gotten rid of, but there are 6-7 specific ones I could go for when I look under the noun 'throws' on dictionary.com.
I'm no spelling/grammatical genius but this one I got right.
July 16th, 2007 5:30pm