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Premonition about 9/11?

I’m moving some of my old OpenDiary entries to this site and I came across an entry I posted on 9/11/2000 and thought I would repost it (please pardon the language):

I’ve been reading this book by Heinlein called “Friday.” Its a novel set in the not-so-far future where America is balkanized into separate, warring nations and corporations have more power than any country. It’s a great book, I’ll recommend it.

The heroine of the book is “Friday,” a genetically modified human who works as a secret courier for a corporation. She has to make it through a whole bunch of shit, just to survive. Anyways, Robert Heinlein likes to put up his own views and prejudices in the books he writes. Like his great hatred for lawyers and such. And a great belief in the power of the stupidity of people in large groups… a belief that I happen to share.

Farther along in this book, the heroine is asked to research what are the warning signs of a mortally-wounded civilization. And it turns out all these signs can be broken down to one idea: bad manners. When people can’t take even a little bit of their time to treat other folks decently, everything else goes downhill from there.

Are we seeing this kind of shit in the world today? You bet your ass we are! People can’t even say hello to each other on a fucking elevator anymore. You talk to a stranger on the street, you’ll at the least get a rude reply back, or at worst gunned down. All these little incidents of rudeness and bad manners, build up into the hostile world we live in now… You be nasty to me, I take that nastiness, add my own contribution and pass it on to the next sucker I see… See how it builds up?

So I guess this is the way the world we are living in now is going to be… Are we all just totally screwed?

What can we do? Is it too late to do anything about it? I think so… I think it was too late the day that the world leaders thought a world wide warfare was a good thing and thought it was OK to kill the other guy. We obviously didn’t learn from that lesson, we went ahead and had another one, plus a lot of little wars here and there… Did you know there has been NO time since WW One, that somewhere, somebody was not involved in a full-blown war somewhere? Killing their fellow man so that they could have his stuff…

Now, it does not bother us much when we here about four people executed in fast-food joint, after all, they weren’t part of our “group” were they? When the dumb f*cks shot up the high school and then off’ed themselves, if you didn’t live there or have kids there, did you really care? Deep down? I didn’t, so I guess I must be part of the problem. I didn’t live there, I didn’t know any of them. Oh well…

Tell me what you think, but please spare me your sappy-ass stories of how the world is a great place and how people are generally nice. Bullshit! Anything someone can think of in their worst nightmares, happens all the time in some other part of this fucked up world. Anything as sick and as twisted as you can think of people doing to themselves and others, is going on regularly as you read this stupid rant…

I’ll watch all this happening, actually its kind of fun to have a front row seat on the end of civilization. Knowing history the way I do, I’m surprised we haven’t all been slagged years ago. So, I’ll watch the world swirling down the tubes, and maybe if I’m lucky, I’ll get to see the final flush before I die. Hell, I’m no angel, I may even do a few things here and there, my little part to contribute… Every little bit helps.

George Carlin has it right… “Fuck Everybody!!!”

I’ve no idea what precipitated this particular rant but the timing was awfully scary, considering what happened exactly one year later…

Review: CBS’s 9/11

Saw the 9/11 show on CBS and I must say I was riveted. The camera views where amazing if a little raw, but what can you expect, given the circumstances. At least they showed no burning bodies, people plummeting to their deaths or body parts laying around. The camera gave us a first-person view of the tragedy from way inside the fire department and what they went through. What started out as a documentary about a rookie fireman turned into view of the worst hell on earth and the story of the two filmmaker brothers reuniting, each thinking the other was dead.

Even thought the video was spectacular, I was more impressed with the sounds. The sound of the first plane as it went by overhead, the sound of people falling 100 stories, the grinding earthquake roar or the tower collapsing and the hissing blanket of the dust cloud. But the hearing the people, how they reacted with courage to the situation, was the best part of the documentary, at least for me.

I even managed to find one bit of comedy in the film, as the firefighters were making their way through the dust cloud, trying to get out of the building, one of them knocks over a heavy pole in the lobby, scaring the crap out of the rest of them. I think I heard a nervous laugh from the crowd as the guilty party apologized for the noise. I know I laughed a bit, otherwise the rest of the horror might have overwhelmed me.

9/11 was a great piece of history and I’m glad I saw it.

I’m also glad I saw “Maximum Extreme: Too Drunk for TV” afterwards, the comic relief was very welcome. Drunk people and topless women are always funny…

Do I Care?

When I though about it a bit, I’m not sure that I care whether the US military smacks the crap outta Afghanistan. You can’t really bomb them back to the stone age, they are already there. I don’t think the US is stupid enough to start bombing Afghans indiscriminately. Hopefully, we have learned better than that.

Reports out of Israel say it’s IRAQ, good ole Soddom, who paid for or planned the dirty deed. Now there is someone who would be worth a good pounding. Maybe first thing we do it flatten everyone of Soddom’s 50 or so palaces. That might actually be worth something. But still, what will it mean? Will it stop terrorists from attacking us or will it just make them pissier? I’m confused…


{Later}

The 9-11 attack and the coming response… Should we be surprised? Haven’t “humans” been doing this to each other for about 100,000 years? People start identifying with a certain group, religion, ethnicity, nationality and from then on everyone who believes something different of what your group, religion, ethnicity, nationality believes is the enemy and it to be destroyed! I’m sure it all started when we were in the caves! One group would yell to the other:

OUR GOD HAS A BIGGER DICK THAN YOUR GOD!

And then the other group, knowing that that statement could not possibly be true, take offense and rush out to defend their god and everyone starts smacking each other in the skull with large pieces of wood

I don’t identify myself with any group, religion, or ethnicity (and I only call myself an American because I and a card carrying, dues-paying member of that particular group). What I am is an old white guy, pushing forty and spouting some really freaked up ideas. I’m just a part of the audience, watching the world fall apart and enjoying the entertainment.

A Sign of the Apocalypse?

I caught the last part of the Mega TV Telethon that was on almost every network and cable channel last night. I caught Paul Simon singing “Bridge Over Troubled Water” Very eerie with all those candles. Very cool song, though. And then Celine Dione (ain’t she a Canadian?) came on to sing “God Bless America” and my ears slammed shut, and I had to change the channel and watch the Home Shopping Network for a few minutes while I waited for the ringing in my ears to subside…

When I returned to the show, Willy Nelson and a whole bunch of folks were singing, can’t remember the song. When I saw Sylvester Stallone and Dennis Franz and a whole passel of other Hollyweird residents singing in the group, I took that for a possible sign of the APOCALYPSE, shut down the tube and went to bed with my pillow over my head. Oh, well…

Notice how fast humans revert to their old, nasty habits. I just heard reports of looting, thefts and robberies around the WTC. I am not really surprised… When things get really shaken up, it seems the scum soon rises to the top. This and the many charity scams going on just goes to show you how, when some people see terrible problems, other people see tremendous opportunities

Fucking, worthless, ass-sucking, piece of shit people…

Tittie Bar Crisis

The current crisis has really had a bad effect on the business done at tittie bars. All the parking lots are nearly empty…

Someone on the radio was talking about a report someone else wrote that said we should use tactical nukes when we get our revenge. It bothers me only slightly and not for the reasons everybody thinks. I’m worried about this escalating into a “my dick is bigger than yours” fight. If we use nukes, what will they use next?

Otherwise I’m all for it…


Flag Flying

Everyone is trying to buy US flags around here. Most of these are folks who wouldn’t have bothered to fly the flag before 9-11. I travel a lot and see a bunch of new flags going up. Wonder how many of these flags will still be up by Christmas… after all gotta make room for the plastic Santa and the glow in the dark reindeer.

I fly the flag all year round, in case you care…

Who’s to Blame?

We’re all looking around trying to find out who is to blame for the terrible events of yesterday. Many folks are yelling for revenge. My opinion?

We need to find out beyond a shadow of a doubt, and them we need to do to them what they have done to us. The world is a different place that it was yesterday. Therefore we need to handle this differently. Nations that harbor the folks who did this to us need to be hit and hit hard. But lets make sure we got the right folks first… everyone thought that brown people were responsible for Oklahoma City. But it was a clean cut American boy that pulled that off.

Those of you who still believe in GOD, send out your prayers. Me? I’ll just sit here in contemplation… and then get on with the business of life in a world that has been forever changed by man’s inhumanity to man…