Thursday, September 15, 2005

Situation Awareness


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My brother has"a line" that he has been using since we were in college.

The saying probably comes from the country side, where we grew up.

You say it when someone is worrying about something

that is really not that big a deal,

at least not in the big view of things.

I thought of it today as I saw the news and read the progressive blogs.

For example, the Democrats were blocked from creating a

bipartisan committee to study the failure of the federal response

to Katrina.

As of right now, it is the lead story on Buzzflash.

Atrios at Eschaton is worried about Potty Breaks for the POTUS

and how the Republican governor of Mississippi

got more phone calls from the POTUS

than the Democratic governor of Louisiana.

Josh Marshall at TPM is worried about funding bills,

And Kos, the giant of the cybercommunities,

is worried about gay marriage in Massachusetts,

and of course, the selection of the new Chief Justice of the SCOTUS.

For three days now, NPR has covered every non-answer from

this dancer prancer from Harvard with those dimwitted eyes.

The geographic state of the United States has just suffered

a huge, perhaps 200 billion dollar loss and all the liberal community

can think to do is blame the administration for its terrible performance.

In the meantime, Bill Clinton acts more like the son

that George H W Bush wished he had.

Here we have the worst, most mendacious, most irresponsible government

in the history of the American Experience,

And Bill Clinton makes it legit by hanging out with Dad.

Except for Al Gore, Howard Zinn, Kurt Vonnegut, and a just a few others,

most of the liberals just don't get it.

They just want their power back.

Like my brother says,

"They are worrying about their dandruff,

when they are dying of cancer."

And as the Bob Dylan song goes,

there is a train a coming.

And it ain't so slow anymore.

If you think you can live your life the way you used to,

You have a crude awakening coming.

We should have a bipartisan committee on how we are going to survive

Climate Change.

We should have a 3 week international conference covered by NPR

on how to make affordable energy from the light that surrounds us.

We should meet to figure out how we are going to live on this earth,

peacefully.

We should begin an emergency dialogue to determine how the earth

can shake the dual pathologies of nationalism and corporatism.

We are losing our young men and women, our material wealth,

and our moral high ground in a war for a substance

that we should immediately stop burning,

or we will perish.

We have just lost a city to an angry climate,

not a President with bad situation awareness skills.

What concerns me,

is our situation awareness skills.





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9 Comments:

Blogger glycotech said...

As for the coming plagues, history shows that those with strong immune systems survive. It is well known how to have a strong immune system, yet due to modern agricultural practices of picking green and poor soils etc, the American immune system goes down substantially every year.
The answer lies in the immune system, not vaccines, which will never include all the possible diseases.

7:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautifully crafted power message. The images speak loudly. It left me thinking what it will take to get everyone on the same page - nothing short of a miracle.

I did get a laugh at the prancer dancer comment.

8:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the selection of Roberts is not dandruff, it will affect so much for so long. It is huge.

8:13 AM  
Blogger God said...

Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.

8:31 AM  
Blogger OZ said...

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8:33 AM  
Blogger OZ said...

my previous post went up with a typo and then I saw the post from god, which seemed important enough.

First for anon, yes the Roberts appointment is extreemly important, but these hearings will not change it. And, all of the hoopla about it only feeds the nationalistic fervor that has taken over our group consciousness.

As for you Lord God, why did you ever leave us in the first place?

What? You create the world, create us, create all that is, and then take a vacation?

Then, you come back to punish your creations for being who and what we are?

My God... That's weird. Sounds passive aggressive to me... almost bipolar.

I would rather think that you are with us always, and I think your son said that.

So get your talking points together, and come down here right now and lets see that miracle of love and light that will turn this train around..

8:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

love the use of Magritte here.

8:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

keep it up OZ, nice post. No one wants to hear this, so keep trying. MS

11:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Warrior of the Light needs time to himself. And he uses that time for rest, contemplation, and contact with the Soul of the World. Even in the midst of a battle, he manages to meditate.

Occasionally, the Warrior sits down, relaxes and lets everything that is happening around him continue to happen. He looks at the world as a spectator, he does not try to add to it or take away from it, he merely surrenders unresistingly to the movement of life.

Little by little, everything that seemed complicated begins to become simple. And the Warrior is glad.

Paulo Coelho

9:42 PM  

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