Who is the voice of our generation? Is Bono, our Pankhurst? Is Geldof, our Mandela?

You have two babies very hungry and wanting to be fed. One baby is a patient baby, and waits indefinitely until its mother is ready to feed it. The other baby is an impatient baby and cries lustily, screams and kicks and makes everybody unpleasant until it is fed. Well, we know perfectly well which baby is attended to first. That is the whole history of politics. You have to make more noise than anybody else, you have to make yourself more obtrusive than anybody else, you have to fill all the papers more than anybody else, in fact you have to be there all the time and see that they do not snow you under.

Emmeline Pankhurst, Hartford, Connecticut on November 13 1913

Suppose Bono is our Pankhurst, and Geldof is our Mandela. Just think about that for a minute. Have you slit your wrists yet.

As a rock star, I have two instincts, I want to have fun, and I want to change the world. I have a chance to do both.

The less you know, the more you believe.

We thought that we had the answers, it was the questions we had wrong.

Bono from: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/b/bono.html

Who is leading the charge? Who is the voice of our generation? I think the last person who earned that title was Bob Dylan, that was a long fucking time ago. We have a serious problem ladies and gentlemen, not only do we not know what we are fighting for, we are fighting with out leaders. We’ve got people wasting their time complaining about organic food; marching against the Iraq war; protests about McDonalds; boycotts against Coke, but none of these are the problem. The problem is the capitalist machine has become greedy, and is biting the hand that feeds it (that’s you dumb ass). Sadly, we don’t stop feeding it, we just keep on upgrading, and supersizing our planet and lives away. What a bunch of dumb fucks we are.

I came to the conclusion that as violence in this country was inevitable, it would be unrealistic to continue preaching peace and non-violence. This conclusion was not easily arrived at. It was only when all else had failed, when all channels of peaceful protest had been barred to us, that the decision was made to embark on violent forms of political struggle. I can only say that I felt morally obliged to do what I did.

Nelson Mandela Supreme court of South Africa, Pretoria, April 20 1964

Disambiguation: Deciding to disambiguate

I was not the one to invent lies: they were created in a society divided by class and each of us inherited lies when we were born. It is not by refusing to lie that we will abolish lies: it is by eradicating class by any means necessary

Jean Paul Sartre, Dirty Hands: act 5, scene 3. 1963

Ask yourself: When you look at your life 50 years from now (that’s assuming that we have 50 years), what would you like to (or be expecting to) see? For example if someone read your wiki page entry (assume that all humans have wiki entries 50 years from now),  would they see a middle-class, over-educated, self-obsessed loser or would you see something else.

The truth is unless you start taking steps now, it will be too late. You need to wake up and smell the coffee. You need to act, draw, paint, sing, scream, write, fight, kick, punch and scream. But whatever you do, don’t do nothing.

It’s time to disambiguate yourself from things which are morally corrupt and detestable.

We declare our right on this earth to be a human being, to be respected as a human being, to be given the rights of a human being in this society, on this earth, in this day, which we intend to bring into existence by any means necessary.

Malcolm X, 1965

It is time to draw a line in the sand, between now and then. Between your loser self and your self. I’m not talking about global warming and climate change, I’m not talking about George W. Bush and his ne0-c0n half-truths. The problem isn’t those idiots, the problem is that we have no voice, they did it to us, because we let them. We deserve everything we get. We need to take control of our lives, hearts and planet by any means necessary. Now.

 inspired by Wikipedia:Disambiguation#Deciding_to_disambiguate

I got old today, I discovered Twitter

I was randomly perusing websites when I heard about Twitter (social networking meets blogging), that’s when a lightning bolt from above struck me.

I wasn’t randomly surfing, I admit I was reading http://scobleizer.com/2007/04/25/zawodny-trying-to-define-web-20/, but I promise you, I think very little of what he says. Know your enemy.

Anyway, that’s when I visited Twitter and realised that I’m either dumb or old. Let’s be clear about this for a second. Twitter is smart, a really clever and creative use of technology. And maybe social networking is useful. But Twitter, which seems to be getting a lot of press as the NBT, looks to me like the most useless thing since HTML’s <blink> tag.

I’m not going to use offensive terms like Web 2.0 and Web 3.0, I’ll leave that to people who get paid to masturbate in public. This is when the bolt hit me, let’s face it, either Twitter is a pile of old horse shit, or I’m too old to get it.

Addendum

Although I know that myspace.com is a pile of old horse shit, I completely get it.

When you are about to give up, don’t.

The days are filled with boredom and the news is only an update on how humanity is continuing and inventing new ways to assault itself and our planet. The chips are down and I’m not sure where the poker metaphor leads, but I do know that from almost every angle, things suck.

Facism in America, the occupation of our planet by a corporate militia, neo-con assholes, climate change, hell (no pun intended) the list goes on and on. I’ve not even mentioned the plague of apathy and the culture of cynicism which afflicts us, or the wars and injustice that ravage the world.

This week, the Guardian (bless ’em) is publishing Great Speeches of the 20th Century, today while reading The only thing we have to fear is fear itself I realised that there are always reasons for optimism and hope. We have been down before and have shown an ability to Rise Above. So just before you decide to turn off, give up and drop out, remember that.

I can’t recommend reading the Great Speeches highly enough.

We interrupt this program to tell you that there is no news

Ever since the first Gulf War, we have been addicted to live news. You know the drill, a sensational story breaks (a ‘mass’ shooting, for instance) and the TV news stations go into overdrive, an orgy of news, bombarding you with facts, figures, interviews with witnesses, interviews with friends and relatives. Hell at some point, just any old shit will do, as long as it’s vaguely on topic.

I’ll concede, that during big stories (like 9/11) there is a real appetite for news, but usually we are being force fed crap that we don’t care about. Even during a big story there is often little concrete news, this doesn’t stop the broadcast companies from rehashing the same shit over and over and over, ad nauseum). In the main, the totality of a news story can usually be covered in about 2 or 3 minutes, sometimes less:

“A crazy guy (a student called Cho), just shot 32 people at an American university”

Is there anything else you really need to know?

The rest is all just idle speculation, and mainly bull shit. Take this post, /cho-seung-hui-and-the-not-so-secret-school/ for instance, it is plain old rubbish, but at least it isn’t being shoved down my throat by a ‘respectable’ news corporation.

I’m sick of it. Do yourself a favour. Read about the news, when the armageddon comes don’t watch it on TV.

As bad as the next guy (maybe worse)

The problem with all of this mindless and empty “discussion” is that it’s just a waste of time, but seriously, at least it is amusing. Here we have a definite case of the pot calling the kettle black.

The site http://www.virginiashooting.net/ (clearly made with cashing in in mind) which opens quite promisingly with:

I was astonished by the superficiality of the psychological profiles of the so-called experts analyzing the 1800 word manifesto mailed to NBC by the Virginia Tech killer Cho Seung-Hui.

then offers us this old horse shit insight:

But it was clear that Cho’s anger and rage had been repressed for a long time, something we often see with a conjunction of Mars (aggression) to both Saturn (repression) and Pluto (power struggles) such as Cho had in his astrological chart .

(more bio-waste at: http://www.virginiashooting.net/2007/04/20/cho-seung-hui-ismail-ax/)

 Anyway that tickled me, and I needed to kill 15 minutes, so said, so done.

How to make a killing

That’s not a question, as such.

I really cannot understand why it is necessary to paste pictures of the VT killer brandishing guns over the front page of every newspaper in the world. I completely get why he sent the videos and images to MSNBC, but I can’t really understand why they felt it necessary to broadcast it.

Sure we all want to see the images and the videos, but it doesn’t mean that we should. I know Americans idiots get all carried away with free speech and their “rights” but just because we are allowed to say anything, doesn’t mean we should. You would hope that newspapers and TV stations would’ve figured that out a long time ago. Remember those same rights let crazy people buy guns.