In a previous post I mentioned watching the movie “Zeitgeist”. Here is a short clip from the movie.
H/t to Shirley Heezgay
So in the middle of the day today, i look outside to see this:
That’s right, snow. That glorious white substance that falls from the sky once in a blue moon here in alabama. It was wonderful… until it started to rain on the snow. Now it’s just a jumbled slushy mess outside. Oh well, it was pretty while it lasted.
This is a blog post from Homo reader Jeff from the Readers Lounge. As users post blogs on their pages, I’ll review them and post the best here on the main blog. Here is Jeff’s blog post.
Blog post from Nov. 11, 2007 (Veterans Day)
Open letter to SMA Kenneth O. Preston
As a proud American veteran, I’d like to send my thanks to all of my colleagues who have served in uniform. In times of war and times of peace, men and women such as myself donned the uniform before daylight to maintain a fighting force that history has known only during the time of the Spartans.
The following is an open letter to Sergeant Major of the Army Kenneth O. Preston, the U.S. Army’s top enlisted soldier. A lot of people write letters to the commander-in-chief, to the Secretary of Defense, and other top military brass. I was a simple enlisted soldier who, in spite of suggestions to West Point as a young private, enjoyed and appreciated the guidance and leadership provided by the NCO’s to whom I was assigned.
I watched a movie a few nights ago called “Zeitgeist” . It’s an interesting film which deals with the questions revolving around 9/11 and the current state of media in the world. But it opens with a discussion about religion and its origins. If you haven’t seen it, I would recommend it. It gets a little far out with theories from the 9/11 truth movement, but it’s message is pretty clear. The media is being used as a tool to isolate, scare, and distract us from realizing the truth about our liberties being taken away.The mainstream media continually feeds us stories meant to scare us and isolate us from one another.
Why is there more coverage of Britney Spears latest meltdown than deaths in Iraq?
To keep you distracted from what is really going on.
Have you ever thought about the cost of the war in Iraq? According to CostofWar.com, which has a running counter, it is at over $486 billion. So if we’re spending so much on the war, why are soldiers saying they don’t have enough armor to equip everyone?
Where is the money going?
My point, and the point of the film was this: there are people in this world who are making billions, if not trillions of dollars off of this war. These people have no interest whatsoever in the war coming to an end any time soon.
Meanwhile we get stories of evil brown people coming across out borders to steal our jobs, how a terror attack could happen at ANY minute and how values are being destroyed by ‘teh gays’.
Then we get a quadruple does of Britney! Lindsay! Movies! iPod! to distract us so we don’t think too hard about the bullshit we were just spoon fed.
Gatlin and I were talking a few days ago about people we automatically assume are crazy. We heard “I believe in aliens” and we automatically think “crazy!”. Someone says “9/11 was an inside job” and we automatically call them a wacko. Why?
Why are we, as a culture, conditioned to think anyone who challenges our current paradigm must be crazy?
Because big questions are what we’ve been trained to avoid. 24 hour news stations, MySpace, Entertainment channels galore all feed us distractions and we eat it up. We eat up the shit we’ve been told is good entertainment and we’ve almost convinced ourselves it doesn’t taste as bad as we think it does. But it keeps us quiet and keeps us from asking big questions.
I’m as guilty as anyone else. Guilty of assuming that someone else will take care of the problems.
Well, there is nobody else. There’s you and me. There are the people that speak truth to power, people who try to make a difference. Those people usually get shot.
Am I saying that entertainment is bad? No. Diversions are good every once in a while. its good to relax and its good to unwind. But for God’s sake… no.. not God’s. The way this place is going, you can’t help but think God gave up on us a long time ago. For YOUR sake, For the sake of your families, for the sake of the grandchildren that I may have someday, for the sake of human sanity, don’t stop asking the big questions. Don’t stop telling our leaders “you’re wrong!”. Don’t stop speaking the truth to power. Scream it as loud as you can and with as many voices as you can get to join you.
If you don’t, you’ll wake up on a breathing tube 20 years from now with unbreathable air, whole cities underwater, and a government watching your every move “for your safety”. Or you won’t wake up at all.
We now return you to your regularly scheduled program, already in progress…
So, you listen to me. Listen to me. Television is not the truth. Television is a Goddamned amusement park! Television is a circus, a carnival, a traveling troupe of acrobats, story-tellers, dancers, singers, jugglers, side-show freaks, lion tamers and football players. We’re in the boredom killing business! So, if you want truth go to God. Go to your gurus. Go to yourselves because that’s the only place you’re ever going to find any real truth. But, man, you’re never gonna get any truth from us. We’ll tell you anything you want to hear. We lie like hell….
We’ll tell you any shit you want to hear. We deal in illusions, man! None of it is true! But you people sit there day after day, night after night, all ages, colors, creeds…We’re all you know. You’re beginning to believe the illusions we’re spinning here. You’re beginning to think that the Tube is reality and that your own lives are unreal. You do whatever the Tube tells you. You dress like the Tube; You eat like the Tube; You raise your children like the Tube; You even think like the Tube. This is mass madness! You maniacs! In God’s name, you people are the real thing. We are the illusion! So turn off your television sets. Turn them off now. Turn them off right now. Turn them off and leave them off. Turn them off right in the middle of this sentence I’m speaking to you now. Turn them off! – Howard Beale, “Network” (1976)
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To provide a little back ground for this story, I’m in college learning how to be a journalist, so I can be the next Anderson Cooper. Previously I took a few classes at UAB which started my journalistic career.
Yesterday, I was standing in front of the theatre building waiting for G to get out of class when a truck with a giant Red Bull can on top of it pulled into the parking lot. Two girls got out and approached my little group of friends and asked us all if we wanted free red bull. (sidenote: about this time i posted the twitter “Yay free redbull!” yesterday)
Of course we all said yes, and as one of the girls went to hand me a can she said “Didn’t you used to go to UAB?”
I was surprised as I sort of recognized the girl, but wasn’t sure. “Yeah I did. Did we have a class together?”
She smiled, “Yeah, we had a communications class together. In fact I already got my degree in communications from UAB”
I knodded “Cool! how’s that working out for you?”
She looked at me handed me a can and said “Red Bull?”
Not really a gay, or political thing… or even really a nerdy thing…
The truth is, I have no reason why this fascinates me so.
From daily blog read Wired.com Discoveries come this video of a chemical reaction that after 35 years, scientists still don’t fully understand.
I could watch this video for hours!
A few days ago I noticed a lesbian friend of mine on myspace posted a “status message” saying she was pulling for Giuliani, also saying that he needed to beat Hillary because a “Bitch” couldn’t run the country. So being the passive aggressive fracker that I am, I posted a status message on my profile that said “ZACH wonders why lesbians would vote for giuliani? he hates you!”.
Then I found This Gem of a response in my inbox:
I was astounded! and so being the passive aggressive fracker that I am.. I’m going to post my response here for everyone to read. I’ll send her the link to this post as well. Here goes..
Dear (Name Redacted),
First of all, I don’t believe that calling someone a “bitch” is intelligent political discourse. That being said, I don’t think you can accuse me of sexism when you are the one calling candidates “bitch”es. I wonder why Lesbians, my sappho sisters, would vote for someone who is pandering to the religious right on gay rights issues. I agree that Democrats haven’t the perfect record on LGBT issues that we would like them to have. But the fact is that Dems are usually the ones open to progress on such issues. Granted, yes, Giuliani was pretty pro-gay as mayor of NYC, but you have to be to get elected there.
Now you bring up Giuliani’s “war tactics”. What war tactics? He hasn’t even commanded troops! The only thing that he’s done is survive 9/11 (a fact that he reminds us of every time he opens his mouth) in a love nest paid for by city funds.
As for Hillary (who I haven’t endorsed or discouraged) “slapping the Iran and Iraqs on the wrist”.. have the first two Bush wars taught us anything? Maybe we should be trying to solve our problems diplomatically rather than dropping bombs the first chance we get. We’ve already had one Clinton in the White House and the only “terrist” attack here was done by someone who was a registered republican.
Don’t claim sexism on me just because I disagree with you. I have angry lesbians, gay moms, gay dads, drag queens and interior designers who will break the legs on your coffee table.
You can’t out gay me, Honey.
For the record, I haven’t decided who exactly I’m voting for. Though Patricia Todd did give me a lecture the last time I mentioned that I might not vote for Hillary. I look forward to your repsonse in the comments section.