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Anonymous Comrade writes:

"Under the Shadows of Terrorism"
Mathew G.H. Toll

The 7th of July terrorist attacks which set off four bombs throughout the London public transport system have murdered 56 and injured 700 people. This is the worst bombing Britain has seen since Pan Am Flight 103 bombing on December 21, 1988.

With theses attacks on London and the British nation a leading member of the "coalition of the willing." This event forces those of us who aren’t taking in by Tony Blair’s much loved “stoicism” to ask a few questions.

Anonymous Comrade writes:

"Bush in a Bottle"

John Chuckman

There have been rumors of Bush taking to the bottle again. Since alcoholics are never cured, this is possible. The stress of having his ineptitude so publicly displayed as it was in New Orleans and of having his every major policy collapsing before his eyes would certainly tend to push him in this direction.

There are also rumors of very ugly behavior towards associates and especially anyone bringing unwelcome news.

These rumors have sparked stories of the dangers of a drunken President, but I think these stories are misguided. If true, Bush's drinking is a development we should welcome. There is, in fact, less danger from a drunken Bush, and his return to drinking would provide one of the most fitting possible outcomes for his destructive, miserable time in office, a political version, if you will, of time wounds all heels.

His handlers will not allow him to do anything truly dangerous. Neo-cons are moral ciphers, but they are not suicidal. Remember the precautions taken during Nixon's last days in office when he was gulping whiskey by the tumbler? Not only will a Bush back on the bottle effectively be side-lined, but all his ghastly entourage will be forced to spend their remaining time trying to hide the facts.

In the meantime, I think it would be helpful, as well as a fitting political statement, for all concerned Americans who can afford the cost to send a gift bottle of Bourbon to the White House. Who knows, it might just speed things along?

Phil Rockstroh writes:

"Levees Made of Lies:
Rage, Grief, and the Chimera of the American Dream"
Phil Rockstroh

An entire American city has become an uninhabitable mire of fetid water, sodden ruins, and toxic sludge. Moreover, the destruction will not end there: the financial, political, and psychological spill-off, incurred by the deluge, will cause our nation to sink further into a morass of debt, denial, and despair.

How did it come to this? How did we come to buy this worthless plot of swampland known as George Bush's America?

Anonymous Comrade writes:

"Lessons From Hell"

John Chuckman

Amid death and destruction, Bush not as Nero, but as Caligula's horse Incitatus

If he is alive, Osama bin Laden surely is enjoying some hearty laughter. Nothing he could imagine, short of the virtually-impossible task of obtaining a tactical nuclear weapon and detonating it in an American city, compares to the damage just inflicted upon the United States by its own President.

Ten thousand dead is the estimate of New Orleans' mayor. A morticians' emergency measures organization is ready for forty thousand corpses. We won't know for weeks, maybe months, as attics, basements, sewers, canals, and dumpsters are searched. The economic damage is nothing less than colossal.

Phil Rockstroh writes:

"Listen Up, You Christo-Fascist Bullies,
You Apostles Of Perpetual Psychosis,
It's High Time Somebody Called You Out"
Phil Rockstroh

"If he [Hugo Chávez] thinks we're trying to assassinate him, I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it. It's a whole lot cheaper than starting a war. And I don't think any oil shipments will stop." — Pat Robertson

"Muslims want to rule the world. They want to take over the whole world. That's their evil purpose... Most of them are very harsh. There's no tenderness or love...." [Where do you get your information about the war?] "The Bible and the 700 Club. I also listen to preachers who know what's going on. Pat Robertson." — Mary Fowler, 54, Oklahoma Housekeeper, excerpted from Rose Aguila's "Stories in America"

Listen up, Reverend Robertson, Mary Fowler — every last one of you Apostles of Perpetual Psychosis — it's time that you were called out.

The time is long past due the rest of us ceased our cowering and stood up to you Christo-fascists bullies.

The hour has come round that we look you straight in your bulging, true believer eyes, and told you that we've had it with your smugness, with your blood-drenched crusades, with your victim mentality — and with the madness begot by this cracked-brain belief system of yours, which all began (according to your sacred delusions) more than two thousand years ago, when, at the behest of a wicked cabal, a mob of mammon-worshipping, blood-lusting rabble went on a cosmic killing-spree and murdered your god.

Anonymous Comrade writes:

"All Bush, All the Time, for the Rest of Your Life"

John Chuckman

A group of Republican legislators proposes to rescind the 22ndAmendment to the American Constitution. This is the Amendment, passed after four terms of Franklin Roosevelt scared the bejesus out of Republicans, limiting a President to two terms in office. The legislators apparently believe that with continued Republican gains in Congress, they may be in a position to change the Constitution by 2006, in time to extend Bush's benevolent work.

Robert Smigel Animation

When the President needs help diverting a scrutinising but manipulatable press, there's just one man to call: Divertor

"Late Capitalism"

Bert Stern

I got the last box off the shelf but it was empty.

No mouse holes or telltale top torn open

just the sealed box with nothing in it.

At the meat counter, more of the same,

but this time, feathers for chickens

and for swine the slop that fed them.

I thought, depilatory, I thought

old men shrinking in their bones,

April past, then the summer gone.

Meteors stop for lunch. The wheel

grinds to a stop. Here and there,

like detritus, a man hammering,

the inviting space of a sky

with high clouds scudding

north, the bewildered jetstream

strayed from its path, sunshine

pale and lethal. In the street

you are watched by 78 eyes

that love you after their nature.

You are a blind and frightened mouth,

that believes what it is told and eats

what it is given. What else is man

that anyone should be mindful of him?

Give us back our sky

and constellations, our fiery courses,

our bloom in languages that open

and close like a rose.

stevphen writes

"In Support of David Graeber"
Andrej Grubacic

Recently David Graeber and I wrote an article together attempting to explain why anarchist ideas have received almost no attention in the academy. When you think of it, academia is full of Marxist radicals, but only a handful of professed anarchists. We came to a conclusion that it must have something to do with anarchism's concern with forms of
practice; with its insistence that one's means most be consonant with one's ends; with its stubborn rejection of the idea that we can create freedom through authoritarian means, embracing instead the position that we should embody the society we wish to create. All of this does not square very well with operating within a university. The university has survived in much the same form since the middle ages, waging intellectual battles at conferences, re-enforcing class distinctions, making cabalistic decisions in secret rooms. As we stated in our article: "At the very least, one would imagine being an openly anarchist professor would mean challenging the way universities are run and that, of course, is going to get one in far more trouble than anything one could ever write".


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