Appetite for Distraction – Another Day.


Appetite for Distraction – Another Day.

He wakes up. He writes some of his wonderful hit novel that will sell millions. He makes breakfast. He uses the egg shapers. It is a delight to use the egg shapers. He cooks the sausage patties. He heats the breakfast biscuits. He combines everything and puts it under a cloche. He feeds the cat. The cat is as grateful and forgetful of it’s gratitude as ever. As is expected. He watches the…

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Appetite for Distraction – Another Day.


Appetite for Distraction – Another Day.

He wakes up. He writes some of his wonderful hit novel that will sell millions. He makes breakfast. He uses the egg shapers. It is a delight to use the egg shapers. He cooks the sausage patties. He heats the breakfast biscuits. He combines everything and puts it under a cloche. He feeds the cat. The cat is as grateful and forgetful of it’s gratitude as ever. As is expected. He watches the…

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Appetite for Distraction – Another Day.


He wakes up. He writes some of his wonderful hit novel that will sell millions. He makes breakfast. He uses the egg shapers. It is a delight to use the egg shapers. He cooks the sausage patties. He heats the breakfast biscuits. He combines everything and puts it under a cloche. He feeds the cat. The cat is as grateful and forgetful of it’s gratitude as ever. As is expected. He watches the television. He records CitizenFour. He does not watch it. Will he be put on a list if he watches it? He is probably on that list already. He watches Mad Men. He watches House of Cards. He watches Knights of Sidonia. He reads about the 100 years War. He reads about the creation of the Modern World. He reads about the difficulty in translating a work of literature into another language. He exhausts himself playing Wii fit. They bake some cookies that are tasty. He goes to sleep.

Appetite for Distraction – Another Day.


Appetite for Distraction – Another Day.

He wakes up. He is inside a horrendous political commercial full of loss and hate and barely disguised threats of rape and murder and corruption. He is a plate on the wall of the commercial watching the actors perform their lines. There is sport in forgetting the horrors. We are born in violence in the crucible of the powerful. The dead and the dying are the mulch for all tomorrows parties. The…

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Appetite for Distraction – Another Day.


Appetite for Distraction – Another Day.

He wakes up. He is inside a horrendous political commercial full of loss and hate and barely disguised threats of rape and murder and corruption. He is a plate on the wall of the commercial watching the actors perform their lines. There is sport in forgetting the horrors. We are born in violence in the crucible of the powerful. The dead and the dying are the mulch for all tomorrows parties. The…

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Appetite for Distraction – Another Day.


He wakes up. He is inside a horrendous political commercial full of loss and hate and barely disguised threats of rape and murder and corruption. He is a plate on the wall of the commercial watching the actors perform their lines. There is sport in forgetting the horrors. We are born in violence in the crucible of the powerful. The dead and the dying are the mulch for all tomorrows parties. The stars of sport jackhammer their fists into the faces of their lovers. A woman commits suicide by climbing into a crocodile pit. She takes off her shoes first. She loved her shoes and did not want them to be ruined by the prehistoric beasts. Who will get to keep the shoes afterwards. Will her relatives keep them in a box, uncleaned, perhaps a grass scuff on one corner from where she slipped them off on the wet ground. He reads about the Criminals of Wall Street and their desperate and ultimately successful attempts to save their kingdoms but not without first sacrificing some of their own. These perfidious knights see themselves as heroes even as the world is sickened by their villainy. He eats fried rice. He drinks coffee. He watches a talk that took place the day before the large climate change walk in New York. The speakers are Chris Hedges, Naomi Klein, Bill McKibben, Brian Lehrer, Kshama Sawant and Bernie Sanders. As Senator Bernard speaks protesters put up a cloth decrying Saunders voting for the bombing of Gaza. There is awkward murmuring. The audience is mostly white. He is happy when a bearded man stands up at the end and says he is sad that there are not more brothers and sisters of colour. The leader of the movement Bill Mckibben does not acknowledge this but deflects it as he tells the questioner to look outside tomorrow and to look at those at the frontline of the climate debate but he does not engage with the truth of the questioner at that particular moment.  America and secret allies start bombing Syria around 830 eastern time. This is half an hour in to The Voice. Someone is singing their heart out as enormous missiles smash into buildings as incredibly powerful ordnance cremates numberless human beings. The new acts are pretty good. Everyone trusts that no civilians are targeted. He feels sick. There is no criticism, no questioning. The Forever War. The Endless War. The Neverending War. Whatever it is called it is a hydra. Each war begetting a new war. Each murder creating two new murderers. And on and on and on. He watches Elementary. He eats food. He enjoys The Blacklist. It is utterly ridiculous. He snuggles. Obama is the War President. That Nobel Prize for peace must be in the attic of the White House slowly decaying into a puddle of shame. He goes to sleep.

A Warning from History to John Kerry from Colin Powell Through the Medium of Sculpture.

A Warning from History to John Kerry from Colin Powell Through the Medium of Sculpture.

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A Warning from History to John Kerry from Colin Powell Through the Medium of Sculpture.

A Warning from History to John Kerry from Colin Powell Through the Medium of Sculpture.

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A Warning from History to John Kerry from Colin Powell Through the Medium of Sculpture.


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A Warning from History to John Kerry from Colin Powell Through the Medium of Sculpture.


So here’s a subliminal military recruiting tool that I was not familiar with.

Rambo and The Force of Freedom…

I love the fact that this show was from 1986, the same year that the Iran-Contra Scandal came to light.

You have got to love serendipity like that.

Here is an excerpt from the Wikipedia article for the show which hasn’t been sourced so I can’t confirm whether it’s accurate but it does accord with what I imagine happened so that will have to do for now:

The cartoon generated a mild controversy at the production studio, with writers wondering how they could present a child-friendly main character who was created as a troubled Vietnam War veteran suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The show’s child psychology advisors believed that the target audience, young children and preteens, would not grasp that aspect of David Morrell’s character. They recommended that the cartoon not make any references to Vietnam, POWs, or Rambo’s experiences in 1982’s First Blood and 1985’s Rambo: First Blood Part II.

Here also is an excerpt from The New York Times about violence in cartoons that came out just before it’s release:

The “Rambo” program will start in April with five weekly episodes timed to the arrival of a Rambo line of “action-figure” dolls in toy stores, manufactured by Coleco Industries, makers of the Cabbage Patch Kids.

Next fall, the show will begin a cycle of 65 episodes currently in production.

Do the show’s producers think that the R-rated “Rambo: First Blood Part II” is an appropriate source for children’s entertainment?

“When you think that the President has mentioned him, the symbol of Rambo transcends the film,” said Amy Kastens, a spokesman for Anabasis Investments N.V., producers of the television series. “That symbol is a symbol of good. He’s very patriotic. He stands for strength, he only does good, and he undoes evil.”

She added that the lead character of the children’s shows will not be a Sylvester Stallone look-alike. “It’ll be a total departure from the film,” she said of the television show. “There won’t be any violence. He will have giant muscles and all of that. But he will be a guy who loves nature and won’t look for trouble.”

The show will become “a sales tool” for the toys, Mrs. Kastens said. Although not directly involved in the “Rambo” film production, “we are working in conjunction with the producers to make sure that the product line and cartoon series carry the same messages,” said Barbara C. Wruck, a spokesman for Coleco.

So let us embrace shameless propaganda to sell toys and also a fictional idea about the super warrior and the inherent goodness of American foreign policy.

My reality is that as a 10 year old at the time of the original release I am now having flashbacks to loving this show.


So here’s a subliminal military recruiting tool that I was not familiar with.

Rambo and The Force of Freedom…

I love the fact that this show was from 1986, the same year that the Iran-Contra Scandal came to light.

You have got to love serendipity like that.

Here is an excerpt from the Wikipedia article for the show which hasn’t been sourced so I can’t confirm whether it’s accurate but it does accord with what I imagine happened so that will have to do for now:

The cartoon generated a mild controversy at the production studio, with writers wondering how they could present a child-friendly main character who was created as a troubled Vietnam War veteran suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The show’s child psychology advisors believed that the target audience, young children and preteens, would not grasp that aspect of David Morrell’s character. They recommended that the cartoon not make any references to Vietnam, POWs, or Rambo’s experiences in 1982’s First Blood and 1985’s Rambo: First Blood Part II.

Here also is an excerpt from The New York Times about violence in cartoons that came out just before it’s release:

The “Rambo” program will start in April with five weekly episodes timed to the arrival of a Rambo line of “action-figure” dolls in toy stores, manufactured by Coleco Industries, makers of the Cabbage Patch Kids.

Next fall, the show will begin a cycle of 65 episodes currently in production.

Do the show’s producers think that the R-rated “Rambo: First Blood Part II” is an appropriate source for children’s entertainment?

“When you think that the President has mentioned him, the symbol of Rambo transcends the film,” said Amy Kastens, a spokesman for Anabasis Investments N.V., producers of the television series. “That symbol is a symbol of good. He’s very patriotic. He stands for strength, he only does good, and he undoes evil.”

She added that the lead character of the children’s shows will not be a Sylvester Stallone look-alike. “It’ll be a total departure from the film,” she said of the television show. “There won’t be any violence. He will have giant muscles and all of that. But he will be a guy who loves nature and won’t look for trouble.”

The show will become “a sales tool” for the toys, Mrs. Kastens said. Although not directly involved in the “Rambo” film production, “we are working in conjunction with the producers to make sure that the product line and cartoon series carry the same messages,” said Barbara C. Wruck, a spokesman for Coleco.

So let us embrace shameless propaganda to sell toys and also a fictional idea about the super warrior and the inherent goodness of American foreign policy.

My reality is that as a 10 year old at the time of the original release I am now having flashbacks to loving this show.

Lethal Aggression in Mobile Forager Bands and Implications for the Origins of War


Not as violent as you would have us believe, Jared Diamond and Steve Pinker…

So War is not our default setting? That’s possibly an opportunity for optimism.

Lethal Aggression in Mobile Forager Bands and Implications for the Origins of War

Lethal Aggression in Mobile Forager Bands and Implications for the Origins of War


Not as violent as you would have us believe, Jared Diamond and Steve Pinker…

So War is not our default setting? That’s possibly an opportunity for optimism.

Lethal Aggression in Mobile Forager Bands and Implications for the Origins of War

Woman’s work


War, What is it good for? Not very much except, perhaps, this article, which is excellent:

Woman’s work

Woman’s work


War, What is it good for? Not very much except, perhaps, this article, which is excellent:

Woman’s work

Culture of Illusion – The Stretched Twig of Peace is At Melting Point.


Sometimes, when I’m at work, it feels just like this:

Champing at the bit for explosions on the Korean peninsular today.


Lest we forget, in the juggernaut one body, two headed political system of big business, that there are other parties out there, vying for votes they will never get with energy that will never be appreciated. Here, today, Stewart Alexander, representing the Socialist Party of America. Here is his platform. Watch as it is crushed and ignored. So sad. 

Here, for the few who follow this blog, is their dream for a better tomorrow:

A man can dream, a man can dream.

  1. Genuine democracy for the 99%
  2. Free speech, press, assembly, association
  3. An end to wars and military occupation
  4. Bring the troops and the money home
  5. Initiate global disarmament
  6. Deploy our troops for disaster relief
  7. Create a democratically-controlled national bank
  8. End Bush-Obama tax cuts to the wealthy
  9. Productive jobs and/or a living wage for all
  10. Single payer universal health care
  11. Free dental, mental, optical and long term care
  12. Decent affordable housing for all
  13. Free or inexpensive reliable public transit
  14. Hire more teachers – Reduce classroom size
  15. Free education through college level
  16. Legalize and tax marijuana – End the drug war
  17. Restore our air, water, land – Protect the environment
  18. Rebuild America’s infrastructure

Lest we forget, in the juggernaut one body, two headed political system of big business, that there are other parties out there, vying for votes they will never get with energy that will never be appreciated. Here, today, Stewart Alexander, representing the Socialist Party of America. Here is his platform. Watch as it is crushed and ignored. So sad. 

Here, for the few who follow this blog, is their dream for a better tomorrow:

A man can dream, a man can dream.

  1. Genuine democracy for the 99%
  2. Free speech, press, assembly, association
  3. An end to wars and military occupation
  4. Bring the troops and the money home
  5. Initiate global disarmament
  6. Deploy our troops for disaster relief
  7. Create a democratically-controlled national bank
  8. End Bush-Obama tax cuts to the wealthy
  9. Productive jobs and/or a living wage for all
  10. Single payer universal health care
  11. Free dental, mental, optical and long term care
  12. Decent affordable housing for all
  13. Free or inexpensive reliable public transit
  14. Hire more teachers – Reduce classroom size
  15. Free education through college level
  16. Legalize and tax marijuana – End the drug war
  17. Restore our air, water, land – Protect the environment
  18. Rebuild America’s infrastructure