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Thursday, January 9, 2014

The greatest poem of the 21st Century: Somebody Blew Up America

Amiri Baraka R.I.P In my estimation, Baraka was the greatest poet of the 21st century, and a he contender for the later half of the 20th.

His poem 'Somebody Blew Up America' stands as a testament to the power of poetry and had a deep effect on me when i first heard it. Then and now, i rate it as the single most informative investigation into the events of 9/11. Full of questions, contradictions, street slang, horror, truth and so a special beauty, the feeling of the unstoppable forces of language, gathered around the poet, Baraka, oozing out into the shared world through his fine tuned poetic being.

What a great American. And somebody i was fortunate to meet once in New York, handing his latest publication to Ravi Coltrane right in front of my eyes. I will cherish this chance encounter for all my days.

--Steve Fly

Friday, December 6, 2013

who do you truss' by Steve Fly

who do you truss'
do you get your

who do you share
it with
why so selective

what you thought
what you doodled last night
that book
those songs

what made you do it
who do
you think
that you are

like that
without our permission

from the law
american beef

global intel &
fast food and fast
mafia or gov.
who to truss'

--Steve Fly

Hard Talk with Glenn Greenwald

My opinion, in a nutshell:

Green world
snow'd on

pine trees
ice glaze
stinging tea tree
of truth

hard talk gone
to pieces

--Steve Fly

"Thanks to Edward Snowden's leaking of American intelligence secrets, the whole world now knows the extent of US-UK surveillance of global phone and internet traffic. Have the revelations flagged up a corrosive infringement of individual liberty, or undermined efforts to protect the world from terrorism? HARDtalk speaks to journalist Glenn Greenwald - he broke the Snowden story. His mission, he says, is to hold power to account. Is this a journalistic crusade that has gone too far?

Interviewed Guest - Glenn Greenwald
Presenter - Stephen Sackur


Monday, November 11, 2013

Seth Blake on The United States of Paranoia : A Conspiracy Theory.

A great book, and the chapter 'Operation Mindfuck' of particular interest to RAW fans and heads. Enjoy, steve fly.


Seth Blake on The United States of Paranoia : A Conspiracy Theory

Walker proceeds to lay out a general taxonomy of American conspiracy theories, “five primal myths […]  archetypes that can absorb all kinds of allegations, true or not, and arrange them into a familiar form.” These he distinguishes as “The Enemy Outside” (foreign actors who plot society’s downfall from a distance); “The Enemy Within” (domestic threats to the status quo); “The Enemy Above” (conspiracies of the ruling classes); “The Enemy Below” (conspiracies of the lower classes and social pariahs); and “The Benevolent Conspiracy” (a secret force working behind the scenes to improve people’s lives).

Enumerating examples of these five primal myths and how they have recurred and recombined throughout American history, Walker is able to convincingly illustrate how conspiracy narratives that may appear at first glance to be isolated, episodic interludes specific to the idiosyncratic circumstances of a particular era or social sphere, though distortions, are also real manifestations of enduring facets of a national consciousness. Conspiracy theories, according to Walker, and contra Hofstadter, are endemic rather than aberrant phenomena, and manifest at every level of American society.

In a particularly telling example, Walker traces the myth of The Enemy Outside from the period between the Pequot and King Philip’s wars (when English colonists’ fears of a “universall [sic] combination” of Indians lead them to form The New England Confederation) to the contemporary misunderstandings by US policymakers concerning the diffuse nature of al-Qaeda (Walker cites a Washington Post from 2012 that referred to Bin Laden as a “terrorist CEO in an isolated compound”). In both cases, an inaccurate but powerful metaphor — diverse and diffuse Indian societies likened to the absolute monarchies of Europe on the one hand, a diverse and diffuse terrorist network likened to a private corporation on the other — opened up a space for conspiratorial thinking and mythical misreadings that lead to reaction-formations with devastating real-world consequences. For infamous conspiracy theorist John Todd — who for nearly four decades beginning in the late 1970s, wound a crooked path across the United States, speaking at churches and community centers about the intertwining plots of the Illuminati, the Freemasons, witches, Jesus movements, and the music industry — the toll of belief came at a no less devastating individual cost: estrangement from his friends and family, frequent arrests, institutionalization, and an early death.

Walker’s chapter on conspiracy spoofs and spoofers is a more lighthearted counterpoint to the personal and political tragedies detailed in much of the book, and also may be his most effective. Here he discusses the Church of the SubGenius (a wicked send-up of New Age religions and self-help guides, ostensibly led by the beatific, pipe-smoking ├╝bermensch “Bob Dobbs”) and The Realist, a magazine that often printed earnestly submitted conspiracy theories alongside deadpan satires of the same. Just as science fiction author Robert Anton Wilson’s The Illuminatus! Trilogy came to serve as a sort of primary text for those who actually believe that its eponymous secret society manipulates global events, the communities fostered by these intended hoaxes were, in fact, very real. For a short time in the early seventies, Paul Krassner, the editor of The Realist, even became convinced that people were following him: as Krassner’s explains: “I thought that what I published was so important that I wanted to be persecuted, in order to validate the work.”

If Walker has, as he claims, written a sort of contemporary American demonology, it is populated by demons of the antique tradition: not necessarily evil spirits, but ones capable, like the humans who invented them, of a wide range of behavior. Perhaps a better term to describe the form of The United States of Paranoia is a bestiary. What differentiates the bestiary as a form most from its more buttoned down cousin, the encyclopedia, is the transparency of its animating ethos. In contrast to the definitional, indexical project of the encyclopedia — whose scriptural tone foregrounds its status as the official book of record, as much as possible striving to erase the specter of human authorship — the bestiary is essayistic, speculative, and most importantly, allegorical. It is as much a work of moral instruction for the beasts that read it as the beasts with which it is ostensibly concerned.

Conspiracy theories, like religious beliefs, have the power to transfigure the believer, and our hardwired apophenia — our tendency to read meaning into random and meaningless data — may lead us to stretch even the most homely and harmless of these theories far past the point of credibility or charm. For all the scope of The United States of Paranoia, Walker’s moral is ultimately a humble one: as Kurt Vonnegut wrote, “we are what we pretend to be.”


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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Who Was Really Behind the 9/11 Attacks?

Who, who, WHOOOOOOOOOOOoooooo?

I watched an interesting and thought provoking podcast called ‘The Corbett Report’ in which James Corbett delivers a series of consistent and well researched pieces on topics the mainstream-of-piss media would not go near (orders from the top son) The latest podcast, called 'who was really behind the 9/11 attacks?' seems to me the best overview of the more probable scenarios, and a good class in basic detective work.

I can hear the echo of Kurt Vonnegut shouting 'Fire, FIRE, fire Rummy' and, of Amiri Baraka shouting “WHO WHO WHOOOO?” in his epic poem ‘somebody tried to blow up America’. Now the question becomes who would start a proper criminal investigation, and a court case to bring Rummy and the others, in particular ENAC members, to the stand for questioning, examination and cross-examination concerning the critical facts raised by the main points of the 'Corbett Report'

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