Comments: Today Is the 13th Anniversary of an Enormous Opportunity

Only IF we could LEARN SOMETHNIG from these HORRORS?????

And let us not forget another Sep 11....
here

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=en8yqVxuT-U

Posted by rupa at September 11, 2014 03:57 PM

i offer the following in the spirit of 9/11


MICFiC - an acronym every child should know

I'm formally suggesting an easy-to-say acronym for the ruling class. The phrase "the military-industrial complex" was featured in Eisenhower's 1961 Farewell Address, which in a humane and reasonable America (in the future? in an alternative universe? in one's dreams?) will have the prominence it deserves. Wikipedia tells us

The first public use of the term was by the Union of Democratic Control, formed by Sir Charles Trevelyan in the United Kingdom on 5 August 1914. Point Four of their pacifist manifesto declared:

4. National armaments should be limited by mutual agreement, and the pressures of the military-industrial complex regulated by the nationalisation of armaments firms and control over the arms trade. -- page 144, DeGroot, Gerard J. Blighty: British Society in the Era of the Great War, London & New York: Longman, 1996.

Eisenhower's speech in draft form had the phrase "the military-industrial-congressional complex", but he took "congressional" out after objections from those who thought it might offend important people (as it would have, of course). I've restored that word, and added a couple of others for comprehensiveness.

MICFiC

M ilitary
I ndustrial
C ongressional
Fi nancial
C orporate Media Complex

The second "i" in MICFiC is not capitalized, which makes it a bit more interesting if it should ever come to the "graphic design" stage, as well as facilitating easy pronunciation -

mick-fick

I wondered if I could come up with an aphoristic explanation, and decided that the elevator version is:

The MICFiC is a conspiracy to use, abuse, and confuse the people, to "milk, shear, and slaughter the sheeple", figuratively speaking - except the "slaughter" is literal.

Posted by mistah charley, ph.d. at September 11, 2014 06:18 PM

Of course, a wise leader knows to make their own opportunities. Cory Doctorow's recent essay on the moral hazard that shows up in particular kinds of SF refers:

"‘The Cold Equations’ shoves every one of those questions out the airlock along with the young girl. It barks at us that now is not the time for pointing fingers, because there is an emergency. It says that now is the time to pull together, the time for all foolish girls to die to save brave explorers from certain death, and not the time for assigning blame.

"But if a crisis of your own making isn’t the time to lay blame, then the optimal strategy is to ensure that the crisis never ends."

My emphasis, just to be obvious

Posted by weaver at September 11, 2014 10:27 PM

sorry for the poor choice of words - "in the spirit of" can be taken in various ways - what i mean is, let's hope we or those who observe our example will eventually learn from various tragedies, what led up to them, and how to avoid repeating them

Posted by mistah charley, ph.d. at September 12, 2014 09:21 AM

One of my favorite reruns. (Oh, for the day it won't be timely.)

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