Friday, February 27, 2009

WAR Is in Our Genes

Bulletin: I (thegrowlingwolf) am sorry to say that The Rocky Mountain News went belly up today--they are out of business. I started reading The Rocky Mountain News when my family would vacation in Colorado way back during the Eisenhower years. I loved reading their sports section in the summer time because they listed the box scores of all the Pacific Coast League games in those days and also a lot of minor league box scores like from the Frontier League, the Longhorn League, the West Texas-New Mexico League, the Western League--with coverage of the then Denver Bears who played in the original Mile High Stadium. This famous old newspaper was approaching its 150th anniversary this year--it was a controversial newspaper that started as a white-citizen rag back when Denver was a baby-white-invasion frontier city--The News had a vicious role in encouraging the Sand Creek Rebellion, for instace, where the Colorado whites massacred Native Americans without mercy--white toughies (read: cowards) scared shitless by "red people," shooting and butchering men, women, children, animals, in order to exorcise their fears of these "Red Devils." Recently, however, the News had a big change from racist white to progressive everybody in the Mountain States, and back a few years ago hired its first Native American reporter. The News also in the 90s changed its anti-Latino stance (Colorado is home to many Latinos, including Puerto Ricans as well as Mexicans--they originally came to Colorado to harvest beet crops (beets once were used to make sugar), cotton crops, etc.) and added nearly 100 Latino reporters, comprising half of its staff of 203. The News was not a nonprofitable newspaper. Its problem was that the McClatchy Group of greedy investors bought it as they went around buying up newspapers over the last 10 years or less--and this McClatchy Group paid so much for the newspapers it (speculated in) bought it took all these papers's cash reserves and ad revenues to cover that Group's huge bank loan debt--finally as Wall Street comes tumbling down, the McClatchy Group has run out of money and can't meet its loan payments so The Rocky Mountain News is having to go bankrupt. The McClatchy Group is also responsible for the recent bankruptcy of the Chicago Tribune and The Philadelphia Enquirer--again not unprofitable newspapers but unable to repay the subprime loans they got to buy these several big American papers. All due to these private equity rich fools who know nothing about the newspaper industry totally mismanaging and fucking up the viability of all they touched, meaning all they bought and took management of--or should we say "took mismanagement of." Yesterday, New York City's Newsday (a newspaper started on Long Island back in the 70s and was once owned by Brother Bill Moyers) declared it would now charge to read it on the Internet. So there ya go, folks--the great US newspapers are all folding. Read The Daily Growler instead now--we'll cover the Denver area--no problem.
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War Quotes

A democracy which makes or even effectively prepares for modern, scientific war must necessarily cease to be democratic. No country can be really well prepared for modern war unless it is governed by a tyrant, at the head of a highly trained and perfectly obedient bureaucracy.

Good old Aldous Huxley said that.
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Either war is obsolete or men are.

Our old pal Buckminster Fuller said that.
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I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.

Old Al Einstein said that. Pretty cool, eh? (click on the quote and get info about it)-- 'cept Al's half wrong--there won't be any sticks left in WWIV.
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I think a curse should rest on me — because I love this war. I know it's smashing and shattering the lives of thousands every moment — and yet — I can't help it — I enjoy every second of it.

Old privileged buffoon Brit snob asshole Winnie Churchill (half an American) said that during his lusty military heroics in WWI.
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"When the rich make war it's the poor that die."
— Jean-Paul Sartre

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"War, that mad game the world loves to play."
— Jonathan Swift
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"Every gun that is fired, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. The world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children."
— Dwight D. Eisenhower

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“Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation, are people who want crops without plowing the ground. They want the rain without the awful roar of the thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the roar of its many waters. Without struggle, there is no progress. This struggle might be a moral one. It might be a physical one. It might be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without demand. It never did and it never will. People may not get all that they pay for in this world, but they certainly pay for all that they get.”
—Frederick Douglass, 1857
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And of course what list of "war quotes" would be complete without this quote:

“Why of course the people don't want war... Naturally... That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.”
—Hermann Goering

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Check out the end of Brother France's statement on war--"financiers and manufacturers":

“A people living under the perpetual menace of war and invasion is very easy to govern. It demands no social reforms. It does not haggle over expenditures on armaments and military equipment. It pays without discussion, it ruins itself, and that is an excellent thing for the syndicates of financiers and manufacturers for whom patriotic terrors are an abundant source of gain.”

—Anatole France

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And From a US original-thinker type:

"The loud little handful — as usual — will shout for the war.

"The pulpit will — warily and cautiously — object — at first; the great, big, dull bulk of the nation will rub its sleepy eyes and try to make out why there should be a war, and will say, earnestly and indignantly, 'It is unjust and dishonorable, and there is no necessity for it.'
Then the handful will shout louder. A few fair men on the other side will argue and reason against the war with speech and pen, and at first will have a hearing and be applauded; but it will not last long; those others will out shout them, and presently the anti-war audiences will thin out and lose popularity.

"Before long you will see this curious thing: the speakers stoned from the platform, and free speech strangled by hordes of furious men who in their secret hearts are still at one with those stoned speakers — as earlier — but do not dare to say so. And now the whole nation — pulpit and all — will take up the war-cry, and shout itself hoarse, and mob any honest man who ventures to open his mouth; and presently such mouths will cease to open.
Next the statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting the blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception." — Excerpted from Twain's "The Mysterious Stranger."

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From old Sartre on down were collected off the following great "war quote" Website:

www.ncca.org.au/departments/involving_youth/resources_for_peace/quotes_on_war

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thestaff
for The Solvent Daily Growler

Meet a Great and Honorable WHITE Man (our first entry):

http://www.tommymarkham.com/Lowry/John_Brown.JPG

They hanged him from a sour apple tree.

2 comments:

Carol Moore Report said...

War comes from the psycho-social need of males to prove their manhood by fighting other males. That's why women refusing them sex or love or anything until they cut the crap remains a good strategy. Women remain enables of male psychopathic behavior.

The Daily Growler said...

Sounds logical to us.

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