25 Apr 2011

Violence, Trauma, And Death Oh My!

“. . . Oblivion grants we cowards final rest.”

The above was my answer to a question asked by one of my fellow FDL bloggers as to my fear of death. To back track a little, I responded to one of many posts implying that the solution to the predicament we find ourselves in is a “revolution.” Not working to change the system, but over throwing the whole thing. Something akin to the (childish) “rebooting” of the society Naomi Klein talked about in “the Shock Doctrine.”

The thing about rebooting is that it usually involves great trauma and violence. I know, some of you brave Klingon warriors would say, “You got to break some eggs to make an omelet”. Please keep in mind that in reality we are not talking about eggs, but breaking people.

Have you ever thought about the mechanics of violence? Have you really considered the results of such trauma? The nuts and bolts of trauma and death; a place where even the brave seldom go? My wife is an RN; medical people know trauma as reality presents it. It is not like a video game with a reset button.

Consider the few minutes or seconds just before death. That short space of time seems like an eternity when you know your life is about to end.

As an adult, I experienced something close to this during an automobile accident. The steering wheel ruptured my spleen, and the hot engine was pushed into the passenger compartment. It split my knee open. At the time, I was 28 years old; by most standards a grown man. As an adult, it took me months to physically recover from this accident. It took years to mentally recover from the trauma of coming so close to death. Think of what small children who are exposed to violence on such a massive scale as war go through! Watching their parents killed; being ripped apart by our cluster bombs: the face of Urban warfare .

Remember the Iraqi reporter (Muntadhar al-Zaiydi) who threw the shoes at Bush? Although our corporate media played the clip countless times of him throwing the shoes and Bush ducking, not once did any of the talking heads dare repeat what the man was saying as he tried to nail Bush. Thanks to Amy Goodman and Democracy Now, I now know that he screamed at Bush, “This is the farewell kiss you dog….this is from the widows, the orphans and those who were killed in Iraq.”

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23 Apr 2011

Pryor in a Gun Shop

Many years ago when I was young, thin, handsome  and sane I happen to catch Richard Pryor in a Gun Shop.  We all know that “Guns don’t kill people”, but sometimes they may have a story (or two) to tell.

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22 Apr 2011

Move it along, Nothing to see here!

When ever some one (in a authoritative voice) tells you to “move it along, there is nothing to see here” you can bet your freedom there is. I sat in my living room and through the magic of my TV machine watched two towers of glass and Steel crumble into

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20 Apr 2011

Reality from Below

what if reality itself in our macro world is but a projection of what is really “real” in the sub-atomic realm. The true “under world” where Newtonian fixations go to die. A certain “half-spin” of an electron emits energy which projects itself up into our realm as reality (perceptional matter):

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18 Apr 2011

Nanny State

I once had a most enlightening conversation with a young Libertarian who happened to be a self-employed graphic artist. He had no health insurance. During the course of our meeting of the minds, the subject of health care came up. I (being me) put forth the effectiveness of a single-payer

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16 Apr 2011

Myth of the Golden Goose

The law of conservation of matter and energy states:  matter (energy) can not be created or destroyed, only changed in form. What this says is that there is a fixed amount of matter (energy) in our universe, and it can only be either converted into energy, or said energy back

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14 Apr 2011

Who shall be first to die for our Cause?

Like 90% of you guys, I too am at the point where I have very little trust in what Obama has said in his last speech. I (as I am sure you do) understand that Paul Ryan’s extremely Draconian budget proposal was just the “over-lay for the under-play.”  Ryan takes

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13 Apr 2011

Oblivion

“So, as an atheist where do you think you will go after you die?” The above  question was asked by a friend who like most people happen to believe in an after life. I considered the question and some of it’s built in preconceptions: one being the idea that we

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11 Apr 2011

“The Ememy of my Enemy is my Friend”

As a liberal I have a problem with that old saying, “the enemy of my enemy is my Friend”: on so many levels it makes  my bleeding heart  uncomfortable.  First of all, who is this enemy of my enemy?  Do they do harm to others?  How brutal is this enemy

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10 Apr 2011

“The Enemy of My Enemy…”

As a liberal I have a problem with that old saying, “the enemy of my enemy is my Friend”: on so many levels it makes  my bleeding heart  uncomfortable.  First of all, who is this enemy of my enemy?  Do they do harm to others?  How brutal is this enemy

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