Goodbye Cruel World
This blog started in March 2003 - more than 4 years ago, with a post entirely lifted from another source - an interview with Kurt Vonnegut called "Kurt Vonnegut vs. the !*!@". I didn't know that wholesale lifting of entire articles was not entirely polite. I just wanted a spot to put news articles that I wanted my friends to see, so I wouldn't have to be a pest forwarding emails. In the time since then we've seen activity on this blog - all by friends, hopefully still friends - peak in the first 2 years, and then it's steadily dropped off.
So I see no time more fitting than now, on the news of Kurt Vonnegut's death, to close this blog and to say goodbye.
Goodbye cruel world,
barry (evil-barry, Mortimer Snerd, etc.)
P.S. - OK, there's tentative plans for a rebirth of a new Citizen Blog at another easier-to-remember web address, perhaps using Wordpress, Expression Engine or Drupal.. When that happens I'll post the forwarding address here...
P.P.S. - OK. Last word. I'm still pissed off. I'm fatigued by the unending bad news and spin of our imperial clowns. I was, and still am, outraged about the level of political discourse in this country, and the vapid hyping of the war machine and the Bush Administration policies in fighting the so called "War on Terror." I think that citizens of this country should have the blood and guts of this war and every war rubbed in their face like a bad dog would be punished. I think we should look at the machevellian foreign policy, and yes: Imperialism and Empire. Would the middle east be what it is today without US interventions , both covert and overt - I can think back to Iran and the removal of a democratically elected president there who was intent on nationalizing it's oil industry from British corporate colonialism - fast forward to now - today's "Islamacists." Would they be in the powerful position if the U.S. hadn't supported authoritarian 'client states', friendly to our interests?