Everyone has AIDS

July 11, 2008

I can’t believe I never realised before on how many levels Team America works.

Take the scene in the beginning (Everyone has AIDS) and combine it with the main plot revelation of Watchmen (and, for that matter, Heroes season 1). If everyone in the world had AIDS, things would go in one of a couple of choices for direction. Either we would all die in the AIDS World War. Or all wars would cease and everyone would simply have to work together to find a cure and maybe we would solve all the other problems of this world too. Or maybe people would just give up and humanity would die on a generation or two due to inaction. Whatever the result, it could be just what we need.

Think about it. But don’t act on it, there might be a better plan.

And the soundtrack for this nice, if a bit slow, morning is:
Nightmares on Wax – Passion

The Rage

July 9, 2008

Autechre – Further

I read some editorial texts in Sydsvenskan, the local newspaper, today (for some reason, we got one in the mail). I hardly ever read papers. It seems like a waste of paper when news are just as available digitally. Seems even more a waste after reading this crap.

One of the texts were about the G8 summit in Tokyo. More specifically it was about the agreement on the climate which even the US agreed on, but critics are disappointed because it could have been a better deal and may already be tool little, too late. The text ends by some kind of attempt to ridicule the protesters because they seem less interested in the environment and more anti-G8 and anti-war.

Of course, the environment is important and we may all be fucked if it isn’t fixed fast, but it also seems to work as a diversion. It’s very convenient for some people to talk about the environment and ignore war, poverty, oppression and all that.

Here’s some inspiration:

Malmö 26

July 1, 2008

Some clips about the events that inspired/provoked Piracy is Liberation 004: Copies and Originals

Malmö 26 website

Media responsibility?

July 1, 2008

I’ve been watching the news on TV these last couple days, for some reason (normally I hardly ever watch TV). Two days in a row they were talking about people smuggling.

How horrible it is that some people make a profit on others’ misery. How good it is when these smugglers are caught. How horrible it is that so many (I think it was 90% of all Iraqis coming to Sweden last year) come to our country in this illegal manner.

I might agree that it is a bit dirty to make a profit on others’ misery. It also means that people who are too poor get stuck where they are. As usual. But…

At no point in these two reports was it mentioned that for a lot of people this is the only way to go anywhere, since the authorities (of Sweden as well as the rest of the EU) have made it so difficult to come here. And at no point is it questioned that the people who were smuggled here should be sent back home. Because they came here illegally.

So we are meant to feel sorry for these people who have paid so much to get here, the only way possible for them, but we shouldn’t feel sorry enough to think that they should be allowed to stay. Or even get the chance to go through the immigration system before they are thrown out.

They only tell us half the story, but maybe people watching will see the bigger picture. Maybe…