Monday, November 1

Goat Lab

So, Sunday was a dick around day . . . now back to the real grime.

The link is to an extract from Jon Ronson's new book The Men Who Stare At Goats, about the murky netherworld of PsyOps within the US military.

There's also a three-part series on Channel 4, beginning next week. That should be some jolly-jols viewing.

Horrorshows like the recent events at Abu Ghraib reflect the one major problem with having the US as the defacto rulers of the world: whosoevers in charge, it always seems as if it's Sonny who is bossing the Corleone family.

You know what? The simple truth is, a historical perspective is one thing - maybe the only thing - you just can't buy.

And I do have qualms about where we're going, led by a people whose cultural default mode is akin to botoxing their brains on a regular basis.

But the other simple truth is, all the alternate empires are worse.

Huh. A dream start to my dry November. And just around the corner is Recount Wednesday (incorporating the rolling thunder of Operation Injunction).

Right: off to dilly-dally and shilly-shally with this NaNoWriMo thing. Instantly darting through my mind comes that Peter Cook sketch - The Aftermyth of War:

"We're two down, and the ball's in the enemy court. War is a psychological thing, Perkins, rather like a game of football. You know how in a game of football ten men often play better than eleven?"

"Yes, sir."

"Perkins, we are asking you to be that one man. I want you to lay down your life, Perkins. We need a futile gesture at this stage. It will raise the whole tone of the war. Get up in a crate, Perkins, pop over to Bremen, take a shufti, don't come back. Goodbye, Perkins. God, I wish I was going too."

"Goodbye, sir - or is it au revoir?"

"No, Perkins."

So here comes my NaNoWriMo Blog - yep, another futile gesture. That's if I have the sheer cojones to become a word whore . . .

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posted by DD @ 09:21 

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