Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Alien Nation

Scottie resigns

And speaking of an "alien" reality,

I spent Easter visiting with new acquaintances.

And it was an eye opener.

We spent the entire day without saying one word about

Climate Change, Peak Oil, the War in Iraq, Nuking Iran,

the War on Terrorism, the rise of Fascism in the United States,

the demise of an independent and energetic and truly free press,

the rights of aliens (illegal or otherwise)

the 1/2 trillion dollar annual deficit,

the 9 trillion dollar national debt,

the 300 billion dollars and counting spent on Iraq,

the mounting trade defict with China,

the impending Petrodollar collapse,

the softening of the "sky high" red hot housing market,

the President, his shoot em up Veep, or Dr. Strangefeld.

You are probably asking, "did you talk at all"?


They talked about putting a giant plasma screen on the outside

above the bar, overlooking the pool, so they could watch the Spurs.

They talked about their maid who they give lots of things to,

like their old dishes and their old clothes,

but who can't speak English, and who is probably "over paid".

They talked about real estate being where its "at".

They talked about going to Cancun and to "Cabo"

They talked about sweeteners and about losing weight.

Their outside patio was furnished with nice plush outdoor furniture,

that sat on an all-weather rug that had faded a little

from its original rust color.

The outside cooker was one of those really nice stainless steel dudahs.

Inside, the furniture looked like it belonged In WRH's San Simeon.

I counted 19 Lions without going into the bedrooms.

The stucco red tiled house was about half the size of the lot,

so another huge one peered over us, just a few feet away

on the other side of the prefab concrete wall.

Outside, on the drive, was a Lincoln Navigator and a nice BMW.

These folks are pretty, ambitious, success oriented decent participants

in what is generally considered the American dream.

They don't worry about Climate Change making their world

and their childrens world a nightmare.

They don't worry about Peak Oil and resource depletion

dragging the developed and developing nations into an long series of wars.

They don't fret about the rise of the militarism,

which is attempting to justify the murder of millions of innocent earthlings,

with the help of a compliant media, & proven distortions of the truth,

all mixed in with a liberal dose of demagoguery,

So that we can go in, and control strategic resources.

And, for just a moment,

I was jealous.

You can beam me up too, Scottie.

This nation is a little too alien.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oz, your post defines my life.

Most of the people I know are blissfully unaware of most of these same things I am concerned about. To the extent that they are aware of my concerns, they humor me, as they would a crazy old aunt.

Sometimes I wonder if it really is I who is out of touch. Maybe it is all just in my head. All I have to do is just trust the market, and all will be ok, right?

Then I pull my head out and look around. Hmm, $72 oil today, and things there seem to be going just as I have feared for years they would. It is all there to see by anyone whose eyes are open.

Do we win a prize for being aware?


8:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like this Post. It is a reminder - a litany - of all that is wrong with this country.

I appreciate your grasp of what is and your ability to put it down in one concise paragraph..

7:04 AM  
Blogger oZ said...

CW, awareness is its own reward, I think.

7:05 AM  
Blogger Step Back said...

Being aware is a punishment.
The Tree of Knowledge (No Ledge) and all its implications ... good and bad.

9:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can be aware and not care. Don't sweat it until the ledge tumbles away and then hope for that miracle to save you. Awe, gee there is no Superman to save us just "W" and he too is unaware and doesn't really care.

One of my pals here thinks that bird flu will help a lot. Yes, but only if 9 out of 10 people get it and die.

10:44 AM  

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