Get your Rapture hats ready, kiddies! The sky is falling, and our wise gift of nuclear winter will propel us all into the loving arms of the all-knowing and all-everywhere G-d.


Our lives are spent in a lucid dream, half asleep and half awake. In this dream everything is just fine. Our elected representatives are busy creating bills that provide for the common good, judges are devoted to protecting civil liberties and ensuring that the less powerful among us are shielded from misguided aggression and our president is intelligent, enlightened and understands the limits of power and the need for accountability. Also in this dream the relationship between business and government is one of differing interests but shared goals. Both are committed to the protection and encouragement of the right to free association as well as political dissent. This dream is very nice. We continue uninterrupted until a slight disturbance, like passage of the patriot act, causes us to roll over and fluff the pillow but we don't wake up and it's back to the dream. It seems that we only fully awaken in the middle of wars at which point we run to the window and watch in shocked silence as our leaders drive up and down the street with megaphones beseeching everyone to "Go back to sleep! It's not what you think!". And we do go back to sleep but with the vague feeling that something's not right. Our last thoughts before falling into a deep sleep is that "Congress seems to be gutting the bill of rights and I never noticed it before but the president seems kind of...of....well he doesn't seem like the kind of person who could or should be president". But the final thought is the most unsettling, " I don't know how I could have missed it but I just had the strangest feeling that corporations have grown so powerful that they actually own congress and the mainstream media ................nah.....I must be sl-....".

"Until they become conscious they can never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.

That, he reflected, might almost have been a transcription from one of the Party textbooks. The Party claimed, of course, to have liberated the proles from bondage. Before the Revolution they had been hideously oppressed by the capitalists, they had been starved and flogged, women had been forced to work in the coal mines (women still did work in the coal mines, as a matter of fact), children had been sold into the factories at the age of six. But simultaneously, true to the principles of doublethink, the Party taught that the proles were natural inferiors who mist be kept in subjugation, like animals, by the application of a few simple rules. In reality very little was known about the proles. It was not necessary to know much. So long as they continued to work, and breed, their other activities were without importance. Left to themselves, like cattle turned loose upon the plains of Argentina, they had reverted to a style of life that appeared to be natural to them, a sort of ancestral pattern. They were born, they grew up in the gutters, they went to work at twelve, they passed through a brief blossoming period of beauty and sexual desire, they married at twenty, they were middle aged at thirty, they died, for the most part at sixty. Heavy physical work, the care of the home and children, petty quarrels with neighbors, films, football, beer, and above all, gambling filled up the horizon of their minds. To keep them in control was not difficult. A few agents of the Thought Police moved always among them, spreading false rumors and marking down and eliminating the few individuals who were judged capable of becoming dangerous;… It was not desireable that the proles should have strong political feelings. All that was required of them was a primitive patriotism, which could be appealed to whenever it was necessary to make them accept longer working hours or shorter rations. And even when they became discontented, as they sometimes did, their discontent led nowhere, because, being without general ideas, they could only focus on petty specific grievances. The larger evils invariably escaped their notice."

Excerpted from George Orwell's prescient work "1984"

Good night, and good luck

well saying its Dubya's fault is far reaching to say the least..he hasnt made a choice for anything his entire life..its the top elite power family handlers that make these calls..

so what do you a hybrid,dont eat crap fast food,drink water from a spring and never do something as STUPID as joining the so called all volunteer army..I do or dont do all these things and my heart still aches very BAD daily..

Gravatar There are many, many legitimate organizations throughout the world trying to "right" the wrongs Mickey speaks about. When one finally "wakes up", s/he should pick a "cause" or two and support their goals in any way they can. Effecting=> Affecting change is a long, frustrating process. STick with it.

Gravatar The best cure for depression and haplessness is action. For those who have gone awake: go and engage with something of value. Join a NGO, write letters of protest, let the others see your angry, alert face.

Gravatar Americans are so na├»ve… it hurts!

You are the laughing stock of the civilized world…

We have become a nazi monster in the eyes of the whole world – a nation of bullies and bastards who would rather kill than live peacefully. We are not just whores for power and oil, but killer whores with hate and fear in our hearts. We are human scum, and that is how history will judge us… No redeeming social value. Just whores. Get out of our way, or we'll kill you. – Hunter S. Thompson

Sad thing is, short of a second American revolution we're all pretty much fucked !

You could have had it all via seduction with your music, films & art…

But to do so, you'd need real balls !

Gravatar Oh how well written!! Yet I would like to point out some of us are responsible and accountible. We know we have obligations and accountibility in a democracy as citizens.
Yet, for the majority, they don't accept their responsibilities in a democracy at all. It is always the politicians fault!

Gravatar If this makes any of you feel guilty and wonder what you might do, I would suggest that you join Kevin and Monica Benderman in their fight against the insanity of our leaders.
Kevin has just served a fifteen month prison sentence for refusing to return to Iraq and applying for a conscientious objector status. Look up Kevin Benderman on the net and then send your check to the
PO BOX 1122

Gravatar George Carlin, comedian:

"Where do people think these politicians come from?
They don't fall out of the sky, they don't past through a membrane from another reality... they come from Americans homes, American schools, American churches, American businesses, american universities and they are elected by American citizens.
This is the best we can do folks, this is what we have to offer, it's what our system produces: garbage in - garbage out. If you have selfish ignorant citizens you're gonna get selfish ignorant leaders. The term limit won't do you any good, you're just going to end up with a bunch of brand new selfish ignorant Americans.
So maybe it's not the politicians who suck, maybe it's something else which sucks around here... maybe it's the public, yeah, the public sucks!"...
Because if it's really just the fault of these rotten politicians then where are all the bright, honest, intelligent Americans ready to step in and save the nation and lead the way?? ...we don't have people like that in this country. Everybody is at the mall scratching his ass, picking his nose, taking his credit card out of his fanny pack and buying a new pair of sneakers with lights in them....
This country was bought and sold and paid for a long time ago. ..."

George Carlin, "Back in town".

Nobody can say the predicament we're in has come as a surprise, we had warnings a long time ago... but now, it's actually too late.

It's no different in Australia.

Gravatar Having visited the US several times I believe the majority of american people are nice,decent people, but oh so parochial.Most seem to believe the "world" revolves around a 10 square kilometre of where they live.Their knowledge of the war crimes being commited in their name by Bush and Co is zero, nor do they appear to want to know. I heard that Bush didn't have a passport before he became President. The situation is similar to that which existed in nazi Germany during World War two,what were the German people doing while the most atrocious crimes in human history were being commited? Is "we didn't know" any excuse.
Lets face it Bush was put into office by the [exertion of corpo-media via toob-fed] American people.They also have the power to remove him,if they don't are they any different to the Germans.

I full agree..these are the most selfish people on this earth who only care about themselves... a recent media survey named "US economy" the most important factor for Americans!
Well, when its foreign policy is responsible for thousands & millons of innocent lives and no one care... I fear for the worst of those.

Gravatar 1) CAN'T YOU BLOCK THOSE IDIOTIC POSTS BY ROSEMARY WHITELAW? They are becoming increasingly irritating.

2) Mickey Z is on the money - we're getting the government we deserve. We live in the United States of Denial and Self-indulgence.

Its an even harder pill to swallow if you're not an American. We can at least fall even further back into pseudo-intellectual America-bashing. But the real point is (and I know I'm gonna get called a zealot or whatnot) that the very essence of our society is rotten to the core. YAY CAPITALISM!! For those diametrically opposed to even the slightest hint of marxism, consider the words in the Bible - "The love of money is the root of all evil". Boy oh boy, are we ever seeing the truth of those words now! Of course, as I'm writing this, I'm sippin' on a nice cold can of Fanta ... so what on earth can be done?

I thought Mickey's piece was all familiar. Pretty good.
I never heard of colan, i am gonna have to look it up. I doubt though that colan was the reason for the fighting in Congo.

That said i prefer the sharpness of George Carlin remarks. Can't better describe americans apathy and "ignorance".

Americans have so much to loose by speaking out: House, kids education, health care. What a stressful life...

OK folks. Here it comes. ABC/Disney is putting out a docudrama called "Path to 9/11. It is laced with mendacial fantasies aimed to tarnish, UH, the Clinton administration?? I can see it now. "Mommy, wasn't Bush President during 9/11. "Yes dear but it was Clinton's fault". Brainwashing 101!!

that was coltan not colan. :o)
Path to 911, Qaeda tape, London suspects, Danemark suspects, etc.
I hear the spin Terror Machine cranking. So people elect dumb asses...

Gravatar Mickey Z. certainly put the blame where its due. Only the working-class can bring about the necessary changes required.

It really is up to the individual to become well informed before making such serious choices such as permitting themselves to be used as weapons against civilians or defenders of legitimate countries such as Iraq.

There will be no fundamental difference in the atrocious foreign policy of the US just as Clinton's regime supported the murderous sanctions against Iraq in the intervening years between the Bush-1 and Bush-2 administrations.

Delve into my Homepages to get a sound understanding of reality to enable humanity to establish a rational alternative to the present madness.

Wars of aggression offer no solutions only problems.

Gravatar Bill, in America, they ARE the "working class"! When everyone
is led to believe they have a RIGHT
to everything anyone else has, they
quickly acquiesce to a fraudulent
currency system and rogue politicians
who promise just that... so they truly believe they can HAVE IT ALL.

"If John has a farm - and Joe does not - John's property should be
confiscated to be distributed, in part, to Joe." What kind of logic
makes THAT a desireable society?

That has a terrible price. It causes unproductive, uneducated, lazy
idiots to have a degree of power which results in the very society
most of us see (in America) as an

Don't worry - they'll soon be forced to walk, with or without capitalism,
socialism - or any other goddam
"ism" somebody tries to promote!

"Condemn the war but support the troops"

SO many people always saying "I hate bush" and then go on to defend the very policies he represents....

Backwards. Just plain dumb. These statements make PERFECT sense when describing your "average American". I know there is a considerable portion of us with open minds enough to understand our plight so it is possible to change our neighbours understanding in their role in this, as Americans.

Good article Mickey Z. Keep it up.

My response is that I support the troops who support our Constitution, which does not promote pre emptive wars.

Gravatar lmfao as if i care if anyone reads this or not i just had to write it somewhere.
I just read a story in what is called world talking about the Iraqi's fighting an Iranian backed militia in "central" Iraq.
What war has ever been fought that allows the enemy to supply their comrades within our ranks?

I know Iran does not fly supply drops to central Iraq so what, do we just allow them to drive trucks past our guards so they can continue fighting us in Iraq?
It seems obvious to me world tribune, as well as our armed forces in Iraq, is a agency operation to provide info and justification to support Bush's administrations' plan to attack Iran.
How are you going to take a country and allow enemies to be resupplied within that country. That would be like allowing the bulge to roll on to Amsterdam and claiming the Russians were supporting the Germans in order to justify our invasion of Russia at the end of world war 2.
I have to laugh to keep from crying for the misery to come.

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