Doug's Darkworld

War, Science, and Philosophy in a Fractured World.

Rant with links, or Doug’s Darkworld meets Donnie Darko

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For those who don’t get the reference, Donnie Darko is a kid in a  movie who has a series of increasingly bizarre and creepy adventures only to discover at the end that he was killed at the very beginning of the movie. Sort of. As the news, especially the Republican’s War on Women, gets weirder and creepier, I wonder sometimes if I didn’t survive my stroke, and this is just some bizarre afterlife. That, or some evil force has taken control of the body politic in the USA. It all ties together, the war on women, the war on terror, and our overseas adventures … all driven by a cult that has infiltrated our government and apparently the minds of many Americans.

First, the War on Women or whatever one wants to call the increasingly harsh laws being proposed to, well, put women in their place. And to turn back the clock to an era where there was no birth control. In the seventies we had Bobby Riggs spewing misogynistic nonsense, and the media and most people considered him a joke and a throwback. Now we have leading pundits calling women sluts and laws designed to force women to have children if they get pregnant. All  the name of saving babies, but since the only method they are proposing is making their religious code public law, this is about religion, not saving babies.

And this segues neatly into the Kony 2012 thing. This is a slick You Tube movie telling about the atrocities committed by the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda and surrounding countries. And it’s very much pro US intervention in the region, yes, the US army is going to go in and catch or kill this terrible man. Aside from the fact that the film wildly simplifies a horrible mess that the Ugandan army and government played a big role in creating, it’s predicated on the colonial assumption that the poor Africans need our help. And since an Evangelical organization created this movie, this is about crusading and conversion, all in the name of saving babies of course. Here’s what Africans say about it. I particularly liked: ” … once again Africans are being made to look like they need saving by yet another White person with a saviour-narcissist complex.”

Like all the children we saved in Iraq and Afghanistan. Some lovely stuff going on now, kids who dare wear western dress are apparently being stoned to death in Iraq now. Yeah, we turned Iraq into a fundamentalist Iran aligned mess, and seemed to have learned absolutely nothing from the situation and are going ahead and doing the same in Libya and Syria. And with our heads completely in the sand with what is going on In Afghanistan. Yes, the forgotten war, project number one in our post 9/11 cowardly violent ongoing spasm of re-shaping the world to prevent anything bad from ever happening to the USA again. It was our Christian duty, how could it have gone wrong?

The truth though is that many or most Americans completely swallow the “We’re there to help those poor brown people” line. And the beauty of the crusading colonial mind set is that when ti fails, as it almost invariably does, why it was because they were too stupid and primitive to learn our clearly superior ways, hamstrung by a 7th century religion. Said the people hamstrung by a 1st century religion. It’s a war on the truth. And that goes hand in hand with a war on science. The people making huge sums of money off the current situation, and the religious right, both hate science and are doing their best to suppress it. Using the power of modern technology and advertising, they are doing a good job of it. And going at it from both ends, science education is under attack across the USA, as evangelicals get their corrosively anti-science teachings into the classroom, one way or the other.

And of course while all this is going on, the rich are making out like bandits. Yes, the economy has been recovering the past two years … except virtually all of the recovery has gone to the top 1%. That still blows my mind, Obama bailed out the rich, and there’s still people who think he’s a man of the people? I could go into his enthusiastic endorsement of assassinating Americans or outlawing protest, but I guess believing in Obama is no more insane than believing the Earth is 6,000 years old or that “intelligent design” is a scientific theory. Hell, I guess compared to Rush Limbaugh calling the women of America sluts, Obama must look damn good to many people.

Basically evangelists and the rich have hijacked America and aren’t even hiding where they are going anymore. Two thousand years after Christ’s ministry, global misery is still being perpetrated in his name. A war on women, a war on science, a war on truth, a war on the non-Christian people of the world. And of course a lot of oil and money to be made on the side while we are saving all those souls, I mean babies. Is it all my stroke damaged brain’s imagination? I wish. Have a great weekend everyone.

(The above image is the rabbit from the movie Donnie Darko. It’s a low resolution grey scale copy of the original, and I’m basically plugging the movie, so I think I am safe claiming it as Fair Use. It’s not being used for profit, yadda, yadda, yadda. I chose it because that’s the sort of mood I’m in. My Muslim neighbours are having a party downstairs, I think I’ll go join them.)

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Written by unitedcats

March 10, 2012 at 5:10 pm

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  1. 28 days… 6 hours… 42 minutes… 12 seconds. That… is when the world… will end.

    Matt Johnsen

    March 10, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    • I could quote Donnie Darko ALL FRACKING NIGHT.

      Zandoren

      March 10, 2012 at 9:05 pm

  2. “I wonder sometimes if I didn’t survive my stroke, and this is just some bizarre afterlife” :-). So you consider Obama to be too conservative? I’ve read other blogs stating Obama is an ultra left wing communist. I’m confused.

    Rob From Amersfoort

    March 10, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    • No, I’m saying Obama’s only a progressive on window dressing wedge social issues. Yeah, now gay Americans can die openly in our colonial wars, progress! The same way the Republicans are only conservative when it comes to biblical family values. Both parties are now both pro big government, pro executive privilege, and pro war … the antithesis of both progressive and conservative values.

      unitedcats

      March 10, 2012 at 9:26 pm

  3. The “Right” is also making an assault on Citizenship, trying to deny citizenship to people born here. Currently children of illegals as per the 14th Admendment, ARE citizens of the US and A.

    What is an illegal? Well as a signatory to the UN Charter, our being in Iraq as the result of a War of Aggression, we are “Illegals” in Iraq. Maybe we should worry more about that than some of God’s children who by some edict are deemed less worthy than those already here.

    Wade O Kane

    March 10, 2012 at 7:47 pm

  4. At the risk of sounding like Tina Brown, I really do wish the women of the world would join together and stage a global coup. We men are clearly doing it wrong in every way imaginable.

    And as for Kony, I definitely don’t want the US to interfere, terrible as his crimes may be. Though I do hope someone ends his life, and soon.

    Zandoren

    March 10, 2012 at 9:15 pm

  5. Aye, aye, and aye, Doug.

    Pandionna

    March 10, 2012 at 9:19 pm

  6. With regards to your comparison of an Iraqi hate crime to Iran – I think that’s an oversimplification – that kind of thing is not happening in Iran and western cultural influences are present in Iran without any concern to officials.
    Incidents in Iraq are a direct result of Allied meddling in that country.
    That said, it would be silky to suggest that Iran should have no influence on its neighbors because their values differ to yours. Does the US have influence on Mexico or Canada?

    Joe

    March 13, 2012 at 12:27 am


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