“Under the influence of politicians, masses of people tend to ascribe the responsibility for wars to those who wield power at any given time. In World War I it was the munitions industrialists; in World War II it was the psychopathic generals who were said to be guilty. This is passing the buck. The responsibility for war falls solely upon the shoulders of these same masses of people, for they have all the necessary means to avert war in their own hands. In part by their apathy, in part by their passivity, and in part actively, these masses of people make possible the catastrophes under which they themselves suffer more than anybody else. To stress this guilt on the part of masses of people, to hold them solely responsible, means to take them seriously. On the other hand, to commiserate masses of people as victims, means to treat them as small, helpless children.”
(Wilhelm Reich, The Mass Psychology of Fascism, 1946)
11-year-old Gavin Dingman was the talk of the hunting community with his impressive takedown of a rare 12-point albino buck, a specimen estimated to be found in only 1 of every 100,000 births.
In further good news, Gavin’s dad says he will hire a taxidermist to take the carcass and create a full body mount: “It’s too rare and too pretty not to spend the extra money and have the whole thing done.”
And Win Win Win!
“Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it with religious conviction.”
(Mathematician and philosopher Blaise Pascal from his Pensees (Thoughts), 1670)
Always. Exactly. Forever.
Amid the siren call to conformity and consumerism, a thing of worth occasionally emerges from the MTV machine. This time a short and brilliant film about children, labor and the world in which we find ourselves.
The music is Radiohead’s “All I Need.” The project comes from MTV’s Exit campaign against human trafficking & exploitation.
Kurt Vonnegut’s novel Slaugherhouse Five considers Tralfamadorians, time travel and the 1945 firebombing of Dresden, Germany, which killed tens of thousands of civilians. Vonnegut was there as a POW. He saw the aftermath of the bombing, an episode that might be said to have altered his comic perspective. Hear him read an excerpt from the book below.
“Television has attacked us for a lifetime, now we strike back.”
(Nam June Paik)
Everyone knows how hard it is to stay stylish when you put on your bullet-proof armor. Thank God then for the genius of Miguel Cabballero whose expanding line of protective fashion (all based in Bogota, Columbia, naturally) has really made our lives more splendiferous.
Now if there was just a stylish way to accessorize our sawed off shotgun!