"...it's not the training to be mean but the training to be kind that is used to keep us leashed best." ~ Black Dog Red

"In case you haven't recognized the trend: it proceeds action, dissent, speech." ~ davidly, on how wars get done

"...What sort of meager, unerotic existence must a man live to find himself moved to such ecstatic heights by the mundane sniping of a congressional budget fight. The fate of human existence does not hang in the balance. The gods are not arrayed on either side. Poseiden, earth-shaker, has regrettably set his sights on the poor fishermen of northern Japan and not on Washington, D.C. where his ire might do some good--I can think of no better spot for a little wetland reclamation project, if you know what I mean. The fight is neither revolution nor apocalypse; it is hardly even a fight. A lot of apparatchiks are moving a lot of phony numbers with more zeros than a century of soccer scores around, weaving a brittle chrysalis around a gross worm that, some time hence, will emerge, untransformed, still a worm." ~ IOZ

May 5, 2010

Why No Anti-War Movement?

Want to know why the US will continue to occupy and eviscerate foreign peoples and nation?

"Hands may come into contact with millions of germs every day. Hand washing is one of the most important steps to help stay healthy. But have you ever thought about those germs ending up on your soap pump?

Fact: Your soap pump can harbor a lot of bacteria.

Introducing the LYSOL® No-Touch Hand Soap System, it automatically senses your hands and dispenses just the right amount of soap that kills 99.9% of bacteria.

For use in the kitchen or bathroom, the antibacterial hand soap is enriched with moisturizing ingredients and comes in three great scents!

Never touch a germy soap pump again."


The dirt fearing, hypocritical center-left, center-right, consumptive, short sighted, malleable, manipulable target market for this product: The American Electorate.

In a country where mega corporations can render the damned household soap dispenser a scary vector of contamination - soap as a disease causing agent! - can we really expect a whole lot of support for withdrawing from the global bomb dropping marketing campaign to make pretend to make everything safe, goddamned everywhere?


Richard said...

If you asked them, a lot of Americans would express agreement with the notion that they are entitled to have whatever they want, and take it from other peoples and countries around the world, if necessary. Usually, you hear this in regard to the Arabs having "our oil", but it's a pretty universal sentiment. It's all about convenience and self-centeredness, and makes violent conflict inevitable.

Jack Crow said...

Agreed. Below, I posted excerpts from three excellent essays, two directly about oil and one about consumption and diminishing returns.

As long as there's a hundred million person market of consumers who cannot recognize these diminishing returns, who live in "convenience and self-centeredness," I have to agree that it's a foregone conclusion that the military will get its toys.

Ethan said...

I wonder if there's a point at which our commodities will get so specific that everyone will realize that they'll never be satisfied by them. That will be the true revolutionary moment.

Jack Crow said...

I don't know, Ethan. I think it could be explored in fiction, but short of living in all encompassing virtual reality, I think the 2nd Law will catch up with us before we go universal POPAI, etc.

fwoan said...

Hand wringing pun.

Ken said...

I've also seen a commercial for a paper towel dispenser for your bathroom. Because towels are so gross.

almostinfamous said...

of course nobody cares that a few billion 'germs' are living in your gut, helping you digest and poop.

Jack Crow said...


You're not supposed point that out. Only medical experts are allowed to make that point, and only in the context of a human interest pieces, or after twenty minutes of commercial saturation by pharma and SE Johnson...