September 1st, 2004


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Earlier today I wrote a post about what I referred to as the American conundrum.
It was a platform to express some personal views on the political and conflict issues.
My initial post was[ :: here :: ]

There have been some really good points made in that thread.
One had me thinking about a response, and I wanted to post
it as a separate  entry...

So...  I'm motivated by [ :: this response to my post :: ]

... and wanted to make this entry;

WAR.... uh huh... WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR?
ABSOLUTELY NUTHIN... I'll say it again...
WAR... uh huh...

Only fools rush in... This used to sound good.

But we all know that doing nothing is just as much of a fools game.
I don't begrudge the world its wars. They are part of our history, worthy of reflection and as considered elements in shaping our common course.

Sound arguments based in fact remind us that religious intolerance has been at the root of history's stories of war.  It remains, to this day, a constant source of conflict if not outright war.

Religion shares this stage with other motivations. The distribution of resources and more specifically, the sources of energy - through the ages - have also been at the heart and on the sword of conflict and war.

Religious and Commercial/Government giants achieve their goals at the expense of the faithful or common man and woman. I doubt I will live to see that change.

I blame and hold accountable the leaders of the world’s religions for their pathetic failure to find harmony.  I know that this “blame” will change nothing.

I blame and hold accountable the leaders of the world’s great powers for too often taking a short view of the future they are shaping. They raise their swords and not their intellect in the face of conflict, perceptions - real or imagined - of inequity, and worst of all... the pursuit of financial gain.
The genie is out of the bottle in so many pathways through this issue, that it is unlikely any amount of change will come about in our lifetimes.  This does not, however, mean that change is an unworthy pursuit. 

Wars have most often been won by decisive events... and where it is not so, attrition has made obvious the need to end today a fight that can be picked up again when the will, resources, or votes are available.

Those "decisive events" reflected the great advances of the age. Whether it is the overwhelming numbers brought to bear in early conflicts, the use of horses, mechanization, chemistry, or – and most notably – physics, these advances heralded the end of a battle. Each is a milestone in the history of the winning side.

We sell ourselves short when we do not keep searching for the next milestone. I believe we are not fully embracing the concept of growing beyond the need to wage a conventional war.  Information, I think is a good candidate for a mile marker. Its management and manipulation can subjugate entire populations without dropping a single "bunker buster", let alone a weapon of mass destruction. Better still, draw upon our resources to address the reasons these conflicts come to our door before they explode.  Clearly this would be difficult, but we’re smart. We’re just not motivated at the proper levels of our social and political infrastructure.

Being legally authorized to do a thing does not always make it right.  A sad but poignant example is the lowly Nazi sergeant in a concentration camp following the orders of mad men. It's the same for an elected, thus empowered, president. It's just a question of scale. No one needs to know, claim to know, or postulate on what motivated The President to invade Iraq. The President told us why. Is that reason is true? Who cares? It seems to me that it is hardly relevant any more.

A worthy cause; to have a positive impact on the proliferation of terror tactics in the expression and execution of conflict, has been mishandled and, indeed, laid aside to pursue a questionably tactical objective using conventional methods of doing battle. 

Here's the central issue.  "Conventional" has officially worn out its welcome as a descriptive adjective for WAR. 

I think there is much that can be done on the world’s geo-political landscape to coerce and otherwise force capitulation from any nation without resorting to troop transports carrying our children in one direction and their bodies in the other.  Unfortunately it's too costly and without the same expectation of a return on investment for the short sighted trans-global corporate and government interests that profit from "conventional war".

What exactly is it we think our veterans are saying when each year, in their dwindling numbers, they gather to draw our attention and whisper "never again...?”

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gah... long day.

Great evening!! :D
Dinner, grocery shopping, scraping and "caulking" an outdoor window frame (in anticipation of painting it tomorrow), kids stuff, and then short convo with the admiral... some tv... and some writing...a nice Tuesday night.

Big Brother: But they never mentioned (so maybe thursday) this "zapping" electro shock toy they gave the house mats to play with???  hahaha... and then gave them alcohol... So, of course, they start electrocuting themselves for fun and excitement.

And AR was a blast!!

but now it's time for bed.

ni ni

Wednesday? is it Wednesday already... WOW September 1st.

So night one with the new fangled strange-as-hell-I-can't-wait-to-show-you-in-pictures mouth guard thing. Ladies, let me tell ya... when you want to sex-ify up your hubby... you gotta get him one of these bad boys. (oh look... the sarcasm is puddling at my feet...)

I woke up with the alarm, unhooked my mouth (the thing is about the side of a small strawberry but it feels like a jeep in my mouth) and ... passed right back out. Woke up again at 8:16... gah!

It's a sunny and truly beautiful day... If you listen... you can hear fall sneaking around behind stuff. It is one of the real gifts to putting up with life here in the land of mother natures crack head dreams... the way fall jumps out and repaints the universe in new colours. Those days will be here soon. :D

~ black ftls
~ black jeans
~ really nice (my fav) gray t-shirt
~ dk gray button up shirt...
~ my I'm a colourful boy today...
~ to go to dodge... er... Department of Justice (DOJ)... contract thing at work...
~ wait for someone to realize that actually connecting the Oracle server to the network would greatly improve the chances that I could download the Oracle patch set... doofus...
~ write about BB and AR ...
~ to send some heart felt applesauce? out to rini ... goals reached should be goals celebrated...
~ to remind my friend serraph that her birthday wish was made quite early in the AM on August 31. Happy Bday sugar...
~ like mad for news to reach my dear friend teaser that her brother and his finance are ok... [ :: explosion at plant in SA :: ] !!!!
~ the best of fortune to aint2nuts on "Moving Day". :D
~ and I hope you finally get your computer issues sorted out canuckgirl !!

Yeah.... so a peek at corto's morning routine*
Get to work... open up laptop and read company email... send notes and schedule the day.
Open up my dev pc and read my gmail email...
Start up the corto "office web cam"
Load up my friends page... click to open "back 35 posts" in a new window... click again (now I'm back about 70) and I should hit my "night night" post. That's the road marker. Scan over pages responding to short posts that draw my attention, and click to "open in new window" any longer posts I want to dive into. String all those posts together via cut and paste into ms word and print them...
Take the print out to the lunch room (big bay windows) and pour a fresh coffee. I'll read a few minutes worth... then get back to work with whatever is pressing.
Open up my sema lj client and press "cntl - shift - c" and the morning post templates paints it way across the screen...
Fill out my post and think about what to say ... unless I was incensed with something to say on the drive to work.
click post... :D

As you can see... I was not much incensed en route to work today.

Oh... wait...
dogs!!! There's a lot of shit going on in the news about dogs... pit bulls and other breeds that tend to grab headlines by consuming humans or ... parts of humans.
Imagine the amount of time and money that will be spent in courtrooms arguing about whether or not "Rex" is actually a pit bull (example) if they made Pit Bulls illegal. The language of such a law would have to be very seriously strict... and would end up creating loop holes that ultimately do nothing for the fact that little Beckie got her face chewed off by Rex.
In Canada, dog owners are not held accountable in the way that they are in the United States. In the US a dog owner is actually charged with Second Degree Homicide or some shit if their dog kills you.
Either way... accountable or not... this still does nothing for Beckie.

People are soooo fucking stupid... Dog owners are their own worst enemas. Train your fucking pet for chirst sake... and if it looks like it has a tendency to be aggressive ... kill the fucking thing. It's a dog!!! I mean... I'm a dog and cat lover... absolutely LOVE pets... awful allergies but that's beside the point. But my love of dogs and cats changes nothing from the notion that it is UNFORGIVABLE for a dog owner to let their 100 lb bag of furry muscle and teeth be untrained, unrestrained, and angry.

Society shouldn't have to make goofy, resource wasting laws to control dog issues... Dog owners should be self managing. And Guess What... YOU SUCK AT IT. The result of all this will be new unenforceable laws... increased policing costs, stain on the already overburdened court system and why is all that? Back to the "you suck at it" comment!!!

Of the ten dogs I can name that are owned by different friends or people in my neighbourhood... I can only think of two that actually sent their dog to dog school. A big honking dog looped out onto the soccer field in the middle of one of Georges tourney matches two weeks ago... his "master" had him off his leash... in a park with several hundred 7 and 8 year old kids... and the big fat bastard could barely move his ass to catch his dog as it ran up to various moms sitting with toddlers at the side of the field... The guy is yelling "Come Rex" or something ... and then "Grab him will ya..." Yeah... right.

Don't get me wrong... I do honestly love dogs... I've just no patience with idiot dog owners. None.

Ok... off to face the day... see ya :D

*ack... talking about myself in the third person... clear sign of pending dependence on mood stabilizing medications... must resist...

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hacking the shit out of metalink...
oh... lookeee... patchset and you're... 383 megs??? fuck!

Bring me the head of Larry Ellison on a stick!!!!

Big Brother 5 Update!!

Big Brother 5 Update!!

Twin Kabobs Anyone?

Where-in... we watch as the end game in the life and times of the Evil Bible Thumping Twins is played out. Diane, and her really ugly panties, completes her transformation into “outrageous skank blanket of a bitch” and, of course, Cowboy sheds more tears… because, you know, “Real cowboys cry daddy. Don’t hit me daddy… please… wahhhhhh”

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I'm sorry if the geekiest thing you're heard in a while...
Trinity, holding up her gun, the long arm camera angle, and saying "Dodge this..."
... is one of my all time fav moments in Cinema.

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gah... long evening.
finally time to ourselves...

~ off to make coffee, chat with the admiral and write about AR5.
~ and I even managed to get the window "outdoor trim" painted after dinner! :)