"...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

Jan 26, 2011

Don't know how I feel about self-immolation, as in, I don't think I could do it. But it's got to be better than killing children, blowing up a bus of day laborers or shooting a woman in the head.

And on a spectrum of violence, it's as far away from taking Uncle's dollar to murder mothers on their doorsteps, or flying a sky robot from the comfort of an operation center thousands of miles removed, Pepsi in hand, as is humanly possible.

Remember this name. Add it to the arsenal of our Long Memory:

Mohamed Bouazizi.