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  • Depressing, yeah. But pretty clear-eyed. I think “addicts about to face cold turkey” is about the best, and scariest, analogy for the war for fossil fuels that I’ve read.

    May 20, 2004
  • Sometimes Mr Vonegut is so clear-eyed that I feel vaguely hopeless. The Cold Turkey bit is also a marvelous piece. What really makes me angry is that if any of those with clout (i.e. “money”) had just given serious consideration to the possible solutions proposed by folks like Bucky Fuller, well…we’d be a little closer to my Star Trek utopia and not teetering (still!) on the edge of endless war and ruin.

    *sigh*

    May 20, 2004
  • “endless war and ruin” — isn’t that the tagline for Warhammer 40K? I wonder if the Bush-ites are gamers…

    These sorts of articles are showing up so much these days that I cannot understand why any reasonable person, Republican or not, would support Dubya and his klan.

    Chris

    May 20, 2004
  • thanks!

    It was a good article, thank you for posting the link!

    Vonnegut’s on my summer reading list- he is one of those shameful holes in my education. Not exactly sure which one to start with, I guess Breakfast of Champions seems fine. Do you enjoy him?

    May 21, 2004
  • Re: thanks!

    PS- I know that went off-topic, I apologize. My first thought after reading the article was: “where can I read more”. This is one of the many burdens of being ruled by instant gratification!

    May 22, 2004
  • Re: thanks!

    Not rude and not off-topic. No apologies necessary.

    May 23, 2004
  • Re: thanks!

    You’re welcome! “Slaughterhouse Five” and “Galapagos” are two of my favorite Vonnegut novels. Also, see the excellent film “Mother Night,” starring Nick Nolte, from the Vonnegut novel of the same title. Oh, and read the short story “Harrison Bergeron,” which is anthologized everywhere.

    May 23, 2004
  • Of course they’re gamers, Chris: and we’re the pieces in the game. You can’t start a war as callously as this administration did without regarding its victims from a safe distance.

    May 23, 2004
  • I’m jealous, frankly, that you only feel vaguely hopeless. I think about the 45% of the electorate that’s polling for Bush, and I’m fucking stymied.

    May 23, 2004
  • Oh god, exactly. It’s like the blank look you get from loggers when you ask what they’ll do when all the old growth trees are gone.

    May 23, 2004
  • If you don’t already visit, opensecrets.org is a good place. Its not the most user-friendly site around, but you can obtain lists of corporate sponsors and who’s getting the money. If Bush wins, our main recourse, as far as my short sights can see, will be to stop supporting his contributors as much as we can.

    I know…it won’t really stop the feeling of dread, but its something .

    May 23, 2004
  • Re: thanks!

    All in my cart, Bob- and “Mother Night” is on DVD! Score!

    May 23, 2004
  • If Bush wins “again,” we won’t have to worry, since we’ll be swept off to secret prisons for penning such treasonous sentiments in the first place. But thanks for the heads-up. I’ve been to opensecrets.org; I find that I get quite enough stomach-churning news from the newspapers–Bush’s corporate welfare program is hardly a secret.

    May 24, 2004

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