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It's Been Five Years 
19th-Mar-2008 12:18 am
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Some links:

Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan. Held this weekend with little mainstream media coverage, veterans and active duty military members involved in the current conflicts in Afghanistan provide testimony on what they did, saw, and heard. The site has several video files from the event as does Democracy Now! for the last few days. The event was organized by Iraq Veterans Against the War, so the panels obviously display a selection bias. However, the selection is genuine (anecdotes and systematic observations) and worth hearing (it's not just a warmed-over set of talking points).

Tibet Through Chinese Eyes, which I found through a comment on a recent Boing Boing post. That the Chinese government is engaging in violence with Tibetan protesters less than five months before the Olympics start in Beijing could make for very interesting times. If the games are to effect change in Chinese policy toward Tibet, I think something must happen causing officials to lose face to other Chinese.

Plastic People of the Universe, a rock band that was a beacon and symbol for freedom in Czechoslovakia behind the Iron Curtain. Our military isn't very well received by citizens of countries we set out to liberate. Our human rights moralizing is ignored by the countries we preach to. But rock and roll has been one of the best American tools of social change. Perhaps we should establish the Rock Corps. One division could be the Hard Corps.


I saw Les Claypool's current band, Electric Apricot, at the Ogden tonight. It was a great show with a funky version of Shine On You Crazy Diamond (without a sax instead of a guitar and xylophones instead of keyboards) and a totally groovy drum jam. To start the encore, Les came out with a bass that looked like a banjo. He started playing Too Many Puppies and the crowd cheered. He remarked "I wrote this song when I was an impressionable lad of about 19." It was almost a generation ago. The song is older than some of tonight's attendees. It's a protest against a Middle East war for control of oil started by President George Bush. Sound familiar?

We live in a country that's done a lot of bad things, but we've still got hope. We've still got access to independent media. We've still got the right to protest. We've still got rock and roll. When you have something to say, speak out. When you don't know what to say, rock out.
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20th-Mar-2008 07:18 am (UTC)
Too many puh uh uh uh uh uh uppies
Too many pUHHHHHHhhhhpieeeees

Great good great stuff, man! I missed a chance to see them at their last reunion tour, the one with Herb on the kit. Good to know he's still rocking out!

Damn man, you really got me wanting to hear some Floyd/Seas of Cheese now. What's that one Primus album with just some B-sides and covers? Miscellaneous Debris? They have a REALLY nice Floyd cover on that, as well as a funky Residents tune I've grown to like.


If Clinton represents all of the negative energy
and Obama represents all of the positive energy
and McCain represents the lack of energy,
then what the fuck?

I can't see this country succeeding in anything if anyone but Obama gets the nod. I've never been very political, but this election has gotten me a political erection. I'm hoping the climax is one worth remembering, but part of me softens at the thought of what happened in '68, and 2000... negative energy winning out in the end.

If Clinton somehow pulls out the Dem vote, it'll be interruptus
If McCain beats Obama at the final buzzer, it'll be like bumping teeth while making out.

Okay, wow. I'm really done. Gnite man
2nd-Apr-2008 01:54 am (UTC)
I saw that Boing Boing post as well.

The following is a good article, if you can see past the author's political bias to the case he makes for more global attention on Tibet:
http://dennisprager.townhall.com/columnists/DennisPrager/2008/03/25/why_do_palestinians_get_much_more_attention_than_tibetans?page=full&comments=true
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