Archive for July, 2008
Sorry, I forgot to post this at the time–a really good piece on Hugo Chavez.
Nothing startling in it as such, but stuff like this is always valuable in the face of the anti-Chavez bulldada elswhere.
“Sometimes you hear a stray sentence on the news that makes you realise
you have been lied to. Deliberately lied to; systematically lied to;
lied to for a purpose. If you listened closely over the past few days,
you could have heard one such sentence passing in the night-time of
As Ingrid Betancourt emerged after six-and-a-half years – sunken and
shrivelled but radiant with courage – one of the first people she
thanked was Hugo Chavez. What? If you follow the news coverage, you
have been told that the Venezuelan President supports the Farc thugs
who have been holding her hostage. He paid them $300m to keep killing
and to buy uranium for a dirty bomb, in a rare break from dismantling
democracy at home and dealing drugs. So how can this moment of
dissonance be explained?”
Bonus: The lunatics are out in force in the comments section.
A 16 year-old ‘terrorist’ (he may have thrown a grenade that killed an American soldier) is questioned in this, the first video release from Guantanamo Bay. Link
I wonder what valuable security information he’s given up.
I am also reminded of a certain small room in this.
“They all know it is there, all the people of Omelas. Some of them have come to see it, others are content merely to know it is there. They all know that it has to be there. Some of them understand why, and some do not, but they all understand that their happiness, the beauty of their city, the tenderness of their friendships, the health of their children, the wisdom of their scholars, the skill of their makers, even the abundance of their harvest and the kindly weathers of their skies, depend wholly on this child’s abominable misery.”
There’s so much to love in this pre-Buster Crabbe Buck Rogers short that I don’t know where to begin… Wilma’s entrance, Buck’s entrance, the ‘war arrow’, the many, many looks to camera… it’s the feel-good hit of the day!