April 11th, 2003


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So, an interesting little realization I'm having. I decided to look up the definition of Democracy on a whim, and found myself wading through many pages of rantings on the drawbacks of direct or "pure" Democracies, the drawbacks of representative Democracies, the vile nature of the U.S. purporting it is a democracy, and other such wonderful conspiratorial sites. But finally I found this site which seems to provide a reasonable (I use this with a pro-American bias, of course) definition:

Democracy is about the people and their power. The power or authority exercised in a democracy is derived, directly or indirectly, from the people in one of two forms:

Direct democracy: This is where everyone is given the opportunity to participate in making all policy decisions. In countries and large organizations, direct democracy is rarely utilized.
Representative democracy: This approach entails people voting to elect representatives in a free and fair electoral system to make policy for them under a wide range of checks and balances to help ensure leadership accountability.

The fact that it underlines the checks and balances is interesting, and I realize that it is, in fact, very important. You see, it is the process of checks and balances that keep us from being a Monarchy, Dictatorship, etc. The process of frequent election is only part of the process, keeping the powers reigned in at the head of the state is also very important to prevent the pitfalls of despotism. At that point I remembered that the current administration is seeking to remove many of these vital checks and balances with the Patriot II Act.

So then I realized.... we're placing them in charge of giving the Iraqi people "freedom and democracy"; but they don't even know what that means. This frightens me. It really does.

Furthermore, this talk of America First and Foremost (no checks or balances on our world position) is absolutely a despotism to the world. And yes, folks, we have tortured and killed people in the past two months. Think back a moment to Afghanistan (you know, that other war we're still fighting?)

Today's news is funny!

First of all, want some Saddam paraphenelia from eBay? This then led me to IsSaddamDeadYet.com.

Which is really making me want to make a new domain, DoTheIraqisLikeUsToday.com: Today's prognosis is No, No, and Not really. Tomorrow they'll be rejoicing in the streets again as we take over another city I'm sure! And so turns the wheel of the collective Iraqi opinion.

But sadly I found this:

There've been exchanges of gunfire between looters and shopkeepers, and we saw one alleged looter beaten to death in front of us.

And I know this sort of thing will be used against the entirety of the Iraqi people shortly in the future. Please remember that they're individuals, with individual points of view, and individual reactions to events as they unfold.
  • Current Music
    Dead Kennedys - Kinky Sex Makes the World Go Round

music meme

1. What was the first band you saw in concert?
Dead Milkmen. Great show back in the days of the Electric Banana.

2. Who is your favorite artist/band now?
I guess the bands I have the most CDs for are Tom Waits, Portishead, :Wumpscut:, Stromkern, VNV Nation (Yah, shut up Don), Concrete Blonde, Negativland, and ... yes .. Toad the Wet Sprocket.

My mp3 collections adds Anti-Flag and SNOG to that list. Though, I don't know how representative my mp3 collection is anymore since I've decided to go (largely) legal and have been ripping my music from my own collection, or pulling from emusic.com.

I've really been digging on Backlash, The Fall, and The Generators in recent times too.

For classical, I've not really varied from Mozart, Verdi, Shostacovich, Orff, and Randall Thompson for most of my life.

3. What's your favorite song?
Verdi's Requiem.

4. If you could play any instrument, what would it be?
The piano so that the large object in my living room isn't so f(*&ing useless. :)

Yah yah, I know I can play Greensleeves. That doesn't count.

5. If you could meet any musical icon (past or present), who would it be and why?
Tom Waits, and go fishing with him. *humming some in-joke theme music*
  • Current Music
    The Strokes - The Modern Age

times I wish I had money.

so, Mozart's Ruhe Sanft came on my mp3 player, and after testing the pitches with the soloist, I've realized it sits wonderfully in my range. In fact, it's really perfectly suited for my voice. This is always why I've loved Mozart, he wrote music for me. :)

Anyway, now I want to make a trip out to Volkwein's for some sheet music, and then I remember I'm piss poor. Alas.
  • Current Music
    Tom Waits - Starving In The Belly Of A Wha