August 23, 2004
A lengthy but fascinating article about terrorism and how people around the world react to it on a day-to-day basis.
Blaise Bailey Finnegan
13 years ago
Everything we are, Becker argued -- our personalities, our attitudes, our very being -- is an elaborate lie, a carefully crafted self-delusion constructed to avoid having to face a fact so terrifying it would drive us mad: ...
Oh fuckin' yeah! Here
is some acknowledgement of the unspeakable horrors that lurk among us, twisting our very thoughts into celebration of the ungodly visage of The Thing That Sleeps! Err, wait:
... not only are we certain to die, but death could come at any moment, followed by an eternity of nothingness.
That's it? I paid eight minutes for
Thanks for this BBF, interesting read.
This just shows people can adapt to anything. France and Italy has adjusted to living with terrorists over many generations. Even those in earthquake or hurricane areas
live in denial
get used to it.
Washington accused of ignoring nuclear terror threat
that is very interesting... it's really funny cuz I commute right thru two of the cities that have been targeted (newark and NY) and of course, do so by train... yet I'm not scared. I guess it goes to prove how automated we are. I mean, I don't really wanna discuss my chances of dying, but honestly, Americans need to realize that no matter how big al qaeda gets, it'll never be big enough to take out every city in America. It's kinda like the flee that stings the elephant. I say, go on with you life...as he said "when your number's up, your number's up"
I reacted to 'terror' by moving from my native country to one with saner policies. The terror i felt in the U.S. was not from Al Qaeda or any other (domestic or foreign) group identified by the government as 'terrorist' -- it was from the leaders of the U.S. who swiftly and surely have eroded the rights and freedoms of all its citizens while senselessly attacking nations who pose no threat. I also count as fear-mongering and terroristic the current lack of separation between church and state, the attempts to rewrite the Constitution to legislate bigotry and hatred, the voter scandals of the past (and impending) election, the increasing corporatization of the country and the exploitation which goes hand-in-hand with it, and most, if not all of the crimes of Bush. People in the U.S.
terrorized. If only more of them were aware by whom....
Rove Lays Out '06 Scare Tactics
George Lakoff would agree that that's the point to push. *sigh* Where are the Merry Pranksters these days?
Bush and the Cultivation of Fear
Only traitors try to make us afraid of terrorists
Kung Fu Monkey is not scared.
From Kung Fu Monkey: "But God gave me a brain, and a modicum of spine. Taking something seriously, and panicking over it are two different things." Word.
That said, it sucks that I can't even bring a book or comb with me onto the plane.
You could threaten the stewies with papercuts from the pages of your book, Neddy. That is a serious threat. And kazoos? Don't go there.
Fear and Smear
The Nexus of Politics and Terror
(and that makes him a
What the Terrorists Want
Is There Still a Terrorist Threat?
James Fallows explains why the foiled airline bombing plot actually strengthens the argument for declaring victory in the war on terror.
A provocative new book from an expert on terrorism argues that Bush's tough-guy stance is making things much worse -- and that we should negotiate with al-Qaida.
Sources: August terror plot is a 'fiction' underscoring police failures
Lieutenant-Colonel (ret.) Nigel Wylde, a former senior British Army Intelligence Officer, . . .
I totally have a new sock puppet name. Thanks!
The war on terror is a ripe issue for political advertisements, and the spots have never been more partisan—or more terrifying. In this week’s List, FP looks at five recent ads that hope to sway your vote in November, either by inspiring raw fear, stoking your anger, or appealing to your sense of patriotism.
Yep, let the same people who bring you feminine hygene and beer ads bring you your presidental information. beer ads=teh old drug ads=teh new!
Olbermann’s Special Comment on GOP Fearmongering
The Psychology of Security
The Nexus of Politics and Terror
Portrait of the Modern Terrorist as an Idiot
"The JFK Airport plotters seem to have been egged on by an informant, a twice-convicted drug dealer. An FBI informant almost certainly pushed the Fort Dix plotters to do things they wouldn't have ordinarily done. The Miami gang's Sears Tower plot was suggested by an FBI undercover agent who infiltrated the group...." This is a scenario that had not occurred to me before.
I flew in to Albuquerque last week, and due to a screw-up in Vegas, went through FOUR
FOUR freakin' security checks. When I got into my daughter's car at the airport, I got stuck with something poking out of the side of my carry-on bag. Turns out I had last used that bag on a road trip, and carried my crewel work in it. There was a great big honkin' 3 1/2 inch needle stuck in the front of it. They also missed the 4oz tube of hand lotion in my purse I always carry (and forgot about) as well as my itty-bitty pocket knife. But they made me throw out my sealed bottle of Crystal Springs water, oh yes, they did. Stupid bastards. You can all relax. There will be no terrirst baptisms on THIS plane.
Homeland Security Threat Level Raised to Chicago Dog With Everything
The Evolutionary Brain Glitch That Makes Terrorism Fail
There's No Such Thing as the Homeland
Colbert Puts a Happy Face on the Iraq War
Keith Olbermann Updates The Nexus Of Terror And Politics - Creating Terror Scares
I can't watch the clip at work, but I also thought the whole "cheese/dry run" "leak" thing was pretty fishy.
Run for your lives, it's a
Death Grip: How Political Psychology Explains Bush's Ghastly Success.
Fearing Fear Itself
The War on the Unexpected
Orwell reminds us that the fear produced by war and terrorism allows those in power to create their own truth.
The Roots of Fear: The evolutionary primacy of the brain's fear circuitry makes it more powerful than reasoning circuits.
Contradicting His Hero Ben Franklin, Gingrich Says Americans ‘Will Give Up All Their Liberties’ For Safety
Daily Show: Terror Attack + Election = Republican Victory
Pro-McCain Group Dumping 28 Million Terror Scare DVDs in Swing States
New terrorist tactic: Suspicious bags?
Homeland Security: Bringing you new scare tactics daily and heightening your sense of demoralization!
The Case for Calling Them Nitwits
Oh yeah, way to dehumanize the 'enemy.' How about considering them
human beings--just like us.
Some are smart, some are stupid, some are iniquitous (I'm looking at YOU, you damn politicians) and most just want to get along, make a living, raise their kids, and be as happy as one can be in this world. WE created the next generation of terrorists. Time to get the hell out of where we don't belong.
Snakes in the MRI Machine: A Study of Courage
Snakes on a brain!
Get these motherfucking snakes away from my motherfucking brain! Except for Glycon; he seems cool. Alan Moore vouches for him so that's good enough for me. Oh, and Mike and Mack from Promethea's Caduceus. You can learn a lot from those guys. They're welcome to hang out too. I should probably try to get some sleep...
Anybody else here think homunculus needs sleep---or more meds?
I never did see Snakes On A Plane. I might rent it or download it or, heck, even buy it sometime. Is it worth seeing? Like, campy-funny? I'd like to have a firmer basis for making and snickering at jokes about it.
It's probably the worst movie ever made! Unless you can get it on the five dollar rack, I don't know as I'd buy it. Rent. Spend your money on cheap beer, pop some popcorn and invite your loudest, most irreverent friends over to mock and throw popcorn. Bonus points for bringing
in a can.
Dressing as pilot, copilot, stewardess, snake, etc optional. Here's your
snake play participation script.
Spoilers, yes, but so worthwhile being prepared. Copy/paste the best/funniest participation events and prepare hand outs for your friends. A few of the best quotes:
in no particular order
"Who's your daddy now, b*tch?" (when he stuck the snake into the microwave.) "This plane is going down faster then a Thai hooker." "We need weapons. Do you have any silverware or cutlery?" "We don't have any silverware. All we have are these--" "Sporks?" "Turn this big motherfucker left, Troy!" "You sure you can fly this thing with one hand?" "Honey, you'd be surprised at what a man can do with one hand." "Everybody strap in. I'm about to open some fucking windows!" "Why exactly are there snakes on this plane?" And of course...
"Enough is enough! I have had it with these motherfucking snakes on this motherfucking plane!"
And if you're still not convinced, here's the
The top eight reasons to watch Snakes on a Plane
Oh, and here's some lyrics
for Snakes on a Plane
Oh, yeah. When you have your fabulous plane party, invite me, willya?
Oops! Forgot the
I never did see Snakes On A Plane.
My (then new) fella and I saw it, together, on one of our first dates, at Grauman's Chinese Theater on Hollywood Blvd. I'd never been there before, though I grew up in a beach town just west and had driven past it a hundred times in punk rock days. It was a romantic date, because the fella was very shy. By goofing on the silliness of the footprints in the front of the theater, and the lousiness of the movie we actually paid money to see, we loosened up. We giggled our way thru it, agreed that it wasn't worth the money, ran away past the tourists, and came home (I lived nearby; now we live nearby together) to cook and eat and kiss and more. We've never felt compelled to watch it again, tho. We love goofy - we have toothless Chihuahuas! - but that movie was really bad.
So how was it, Jay?