From the Blog
2. Terrorists are not soldiers who hate our way of life. They are actors trying to appeal to the passions of a suggestable populace. Terrorism is calculated theatre. Killing terrorists, particularly alongside collateral civlians, increases the drama of the theatre to the benefit of the actors and the sway they wish to exert. The promise of almost any kind of action is irresistable to impoverished, otherwise powerless audiences. There is not a military solution to this problem. There is a quality of life solution to this problem. The play called What America Stands For needs a drastic re-write.
3. The country that grows the best opium has always indirectly controlled the rest of the world.
4. The country whose populace spends their leisure time writing the dullest and most indulgent blogs will be the first to emulate The Last Days Of Rome.
5. Imperial Rome went from a populace of a million people to less than twenty thousand in the span of a generation.
6. Comparisons of just about anything at all to Rome, Fascism, Football, Your Mother, Gandhi, Einstein, Mick Jagger, or Faulkner should be illegal.
7. I'll give up my pessimistic sarcasm when they pry it from my cold, dead, low-paid editor's hard drive.
8. A true harbinger of Doom is when the New York Times goes under. Some people are saying it'll be by April.
9. This country has been on a downward path since the day people stopped yelling "Eureka!" in their basements.
10. On the plus side, conflagrations, social degredations, widespread panic, and economic woe has always heralded bursts of great new music.
11. Spend your last money on a quality subwoofer.
Coming in part three of this message: Why I am learning to read a compass and dig a well.