Thursday, April 12, 2007

Slightly unstuck in time

Kurt Vonnegut has passed away. If you want to hear something strangely beautiful, this page has a link to Vonnegut reading from Slaughterhouse-Five. It's the part where Billy Pilgrim comes unstuck in time and watches a WW II movie backwards, so that the fighter planes suck their bullets OUT of the big slow moving bombers, and the anti-aircraft gunners on the ground do the same, and when the bombers fly backwards into the base, and the bombs are unloaded, they eventually get turned back into their raw materials and put back in the ground, where they'll never do anyone any harm.

For something kind of sad, read this excerpt from his memoirs.

Why are Vonnegut's comments in the above article sad? Well, he speaks a lot of truth about things that are wrong in the world.

I was once asked if I had any ideas for a really scary reality TV show. I have one reality show that would really make your hair stand on end: "C-Students from Yale".

George W Bush has gathered around him upper-crust C-students who know no history or geography, plus not-so-closeted white supremacists, aka Christians, and plus, most frighteningly, psychopathic personalities, or PPs, the medical term for smart, personable people who have no consciences.

They might have felt that taking our country into an endless war was simply something decisive to do. What has allowed so many PPs to rise so high in corporations, and now in government, is that they are so decisive. They are going to do something every fuckin' day and they are not afraid. Unlike normal people, they are never filled with doubts, for the simple reason that they don't give a fuck what happens next. Simply can't. Do this! Do that! Mobilise the reserves! Privatise the public schools! Attack Iraq! Cut health care! Tap everybody's telephone! Cut taxes on the rich! Build a trillion-dollar missile shield! Fuck habeas corpus and the Sierra Club and In These Times, and kiss my ass!

Vonnegut must have loved this 2004 story, which I only heard about today from a comment on the posting below about SUV's. The country that calls itself the "home of the free" is not so free for activist cyclists at Republican Party conventions. Bikes Against Bush is a great idea, but be careful of cops controlled by the Republican Party keeping you under surveillance and arresting you when the timing is right.

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