September 9: And It Has Been September 11 For A Week Already
- From: Tiglath <temp6@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 9 Sep 2011 12:05:06 -0700 (PDT)
Americans have a grossly overdeveloped emotional system, and it's
doing us no favors.
The media frenzy to achieve saturation coverage of 9/11 for its ten
anniversary it's just another puke fest.
NPR today interviewed people who were born on 8/11 (of any year) to
let them vent how since the attack their birthdays have not been the
Hear Those Babies Cry.
An interview of the boyfriend of one of the victims tells how he has
decorated his room in the favorite colors if his dead girlfriend...
Please Shoot Me In The Head Now.
Another woman is ready to mourn for the great loss we had on that
What makes those people who were in the wrong place at the wrong time
more special than say the 50,000 who die in traffic accidents every
And what makes their relatively quick death deserve more compassion
that say the 20,000 people who die in the long agony of bone and liver
cancer (two of the most painful) every year?
I never mourned the 9/11 victims a single day. I reserve mourning
for family and friends. I am certainly sorry they died, but it's not
a big weight on my shoulders, I assure you.
The only distinction of the 9/11 victims is how they died, in the
event that has seized the American psyche the way Hannibal traumatized
the Roman mind. The only difference is that Hannibal slaughtered
10-20% of the Roman population, while 9/11 took care of only 0.001% of
our population. But we have the tabloid factor to make up the
difference. Cancer and traffic are not front-page worthy. Falling
towers are a journalistic dream. The enablers of this excess is of
course the US population: massively credulous and always ready to have
an Oprah moment.
Get Me Out Of Here.
We train soldiers physically but their psyches remain soft. The wars
on Iraq and Afghanistan are not by any measure as terrible as any
preceding, yet military suicides are a real problem, and war syndromes
are common on returning soldiers.
An eloquent media can perpetuate the horror of 9/11 as long as they
want. An eloquent politician can get elected even as he is as
unqualified to lead the foremost scientific and technological nation
in the world, as one who doesn't believe in climate change and
evolution. It doesn't matter, as long as he has the gift of the
Look at the result. Washington is full of well-spoken but utterly
incompetent charlatans, who don't know which way to run when bubbles
burst or the Shiites hit the fan.
We have allowed these crooks to position all political incentives in
misalignment to the the interests and needs of the country and to the
benefit of themselves, their mini-empires, and their sponsors.
It's time we begin to call lobbying for what it is: bribery, and make
Fire the lot in 2012 and start afresh, with short term limits, and
sweeping campaign reform.
Instead of letting private interests and corporations finance
political campaigns and in the process do favors to be repaid through
legislation, let the American People fund political campaigns. Get a
big chunk of treasure and divide it equally among the qualified
candidates. Let merit shine instead of wallet, for once. And let
favors be repaid to the proper beneficiaries of political processes:
The American People.
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