Tuesday, October 6, 2015

21st century


Sorry folks, this "blog" actually serves as a kind of notebook for moi, especially lately at the top. For my ideas in general you might try the third post down from the top entitled "Intro." In its early days I was hoping to turn on the comment feature, but I never found the time to figure out how to do so.


We have arrived where the scenario commences. Seems, with enough hard hearts, courses of events on a broad scale become inevitable. But if many, many humans give "the other" more attention, then perhaps the force emerging from smaller scale situations may effect a large scale swerve from determinacy.

"Most of the time the work to keep the good spirit alive is done individually, but once in a while it transforms into a group effort." Arlo Guthrie
https://www.facebook.com/arloguthrie/posts/10154626464610195



10/20 "There are lots of small rebel groups in the hinterlands of Homs, Hama and Aleppo and in Idlib province who are not al-Qaeda. But most have become hard line Salafis a la Saudi Arabia who want sharia law and allow as how they might not kill all the Alawis, Christians, Druze and other minorities that come under their rule but keep them as second class citizens under a dictatorship. Some are still Muslim Brotherhood, some of whom want a Muslim state but with elections.

"However, these groups are small and not very effective fighters, and have been forced to ally with al-Qaeda to avoid being killed by the Syrian Arab Army and in hopes of taking more territory. Moreover, the amount of Syrian territory now held by rebels who want democratic elections and full legal equality for all Syrians would be in my estimation zero percent..."
http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/10/20/american-hypocrisy-against-muslim-sharia-law-home-calls-it-moderate-syria

Just who are they saying are the moderates? (it's the fog of war, people)

10/3 "Despite the squawking from the likes of Sen. John McCain, Russia mainly hit al-Qaeda in Syria and groups closely allied with it such as Ahrar al-Sham (Freemen of Syria) and  Suqour al-Jabal  (Mountain Eagles)–which allied with al-Qaeda in an Aleppo campaign this last summer. Russia also may have hit some small independent groups left over from the old, collapsed Free Syrian Army along with these bigger targets.

"Radio Free Europe reported, 'The areas in northern Homs Province reportedly targeted by the Russian air strikes are controlled by a number of Syrian rebel groups — including the Free Syrian Army (FSA), as well as Syria’s Al-Qaeda affiliate, Jabhat al-Nusra (Al-Nusra Front), and hard-line Islamist rebel group Ahrar al-Sham, according to activists, locals, and experts.'

"The Russias also hit Talbisa. RFE says “The U.S.-based think tank the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) reported that the rebel-held town of Talbisah is controlled by the Nusra Front, Ahrar al-Sham, and a number of other local rebel groups.” In other words, the Russians hit the Nusra Front/ al-Qaeda and its allies.

"The fact is that the United States has  bombed the Support Front/ al-Qaeda on several occasions, itself, so it is odd to criticize Russia for that. As for the others, if they are al-Qaeda allies sitting with al-Qaeda operatives they seem fair game for bombing...
http://www.juancole.com/2015/10/saudis-russia-allies.html




Could be that folks who feel the grief most at these times feel compelled to speak out about our conflicted policy. There's a cost to speaking out. Among progressives it's ok to blast Bush right now; many have arguments against the '03 war down pat. But distracting "mainstream" items and short attention spans arrest interest in how the blunders go on under Obama. Some can put 2 and 2 together just standing on the sidelines, but apparently with our media it takes a moderate attention span simply to find a way to the sidelines. Patrick Cockburn had a point of view 15 months ago that hasn't simply been forgotten...that point of view was never even ACKNOWLEDGED or encountered by mainstream media...hence by most Americans.

Aug 2014 "There are extraordinary elements in the present U.S. policy in Iraq and Syria that are attracting surprisingly little attention. In Iraq, the U.S. is carrying out air strikes and sending in advisers and trainers to help beat back the advance of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (better known as ISIS) on the Kurdish capital, Erbil. The U.S. would presumably do the same if ISIS surrounds or attacks Baghdad. But in Syria, Washington’s policy is the exact opposite: there the main opponent of ISIS is the Syrian government and the Syrian Kurds in their northern enclaves. Both are under attack from ISIS, which has taken about a third of the country, including most of its oil and gas production facilities.

"But U.S., Western European, Saudi, and Arab Gulf policy is to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad, which happens to be the policy of ISIS and other jihadis in Syria. If Assad goes, then ISIS will be the beneficiary, since it is either defeating or absorbing the rest of the Syrian armed opposition..." See second link below

All we're told now is that Putin's tyrant for supporting Assad. Follow Patrick Cockburn, folks.
http://www.juancole.com/2015/11/friends-remember-freedom.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook

http://www.juancole.com/2014/08/resulted-bizarre-moderate.html


rsial piece claiming that Turkish intelligence had armed Jabhat al-Nusra with Sarin, citing a combination of news reports of Syrians detained in Turkey near the border with Sarin and anonymous government and intelligence officials (17). Hersh also claims that the US made a “rat line” to move weapons seized in Libya through southern Turkey to Syrian rebels fighting against Assad.
It must also be mentioned that ISIS has been very successful smuggling oil through Turkey, something that opposition MP Ali Edibo─člu insists the Turkish state must know about (22). This ironically parallels the silent cooperation of the Assad Regime, which also is knowingly part of a chain where it receives oil from ISIS through a middleman named George Haswani (23). ISIS also profits handsomely from smuggling of looted antiquities through Turkey (24), and the total trade between Turkey and ISIS-controlled areas has gone up while Turkey’s total trade with Syria has been badly hit by the war (25). It is thus clear that ISIS’ finances could not be what they are without this quiet cooperation by both Turkey and Syria. https://historyxisis.wordpress.com/2015/07/27/syria-isis-and-kurds-turkeys-changing-positions-in-a-region-of-uncertainties/


http://feeds.feedburner.com/panoramio/Riqg


Members of it seems are manpower sources for Daesh as they defect (three links below). It seems there could be a logic for drying up these swamps first. If Turkey would prohibit the influx of volunteers, wouldn't that sort of round out the latter approach?

"There is little doubt that any special training given Syrian Sunnis by the US will be acquired by members of al-Qaeda affiliates for use against the US. It will be acquired because out on the battlefield US-trained moderates will be de facto allies of ISIS, and so will need the latter and will fight alongside them, sharing techniques. It will also be acquired when the moderates defect to the al-Qaeda affiliates." Juan Cole, June '14, http://www.juancole.com/2014/06/moderate-fighters-quixotic.html

"1. The Sunni Syrian fighters are not all that wedded to a particular ideology. Several important groups originally operating as part of the pro-Western Free Syrian Army  defected to the al-Qaeda affiliates last September,  apparently mainly because the latter pay better. That is, the assumption that there are essential or perduring 'moderates' is incorrect. Guerrillas need resources and admire winners, so groups with more resources that have more victories will pick up allies over time even if they are horrible groups." http://www.juancole.com/2014/06/moderate-fighters-quixotic.html


20TH CENTURY MAN- The Kinks

A A A(move A shape from down a fret back) A D D A E E

A (riff 2x)           A D G D G D A (riff 2x)

A                                              E
This is the age of machinery, a mechanical nightmare
  A                        
A wonderful world of technology
D                 G        D        A  (riff)
Napalm, hydrogen bomb, biological warfare
A                                            E
This is the twentieth century, too much aggrevation
  A      
It's the age of insanity
  D                      G              D          A (riff)
What has become of the green pleasant fields of Jeruselem?
A                G G A                    G G
Ain't got no ambition, I'm just disillusioned
       D      (no chord)                                         A(riff)
I'm a twentieth century man but I don't want, don't wanna be here

A    D G D G D A (riff)

A                              G  G#  A
My momma says she can't understand me
                  E
Can't see me motivation
A
Just give me some security
          D                G             D      A (riff)
I'm a paranoid schitzoid product of the 20th century
A                                G G# A
You keep all your smart modern writers
                   E
Give me William Shakesphere
A
You keep all your smart modern painters
D                    G        D           A (riff)
I'll take Rembrant, Titian, DeVinci and Gainsborough

A                         G G# A                         G
Girl, we gotta get out of here,  we gotta find a solution
        D         (no chord)                                     A(riff)
I'm a twentieth century man but I don't want, don't wanna die here
A                        G G# A                             G
Well, we gotta get outta here,  we've gotta find a solution
       D    (no chord)                                            A
I'm a twentieth century man but I don't want, don't wanna be here

BRIDGE:
        Em                A5      Em             G G/F# Em
I was born in a welfare state, ruled by bureaucracy
    D                   Am          C      C/B       A5
Controlled by civil servants and people dressed in grey
A5         Am  A5          G G/F# Em
Got no privacy, got no liberty
          D                  A5            C   C/B     A     (riff)
Cos the twentieth century people took it all away from me

RIFF #2 FOUR TIMES


A (no chord)                    G D A
Don't wanna get myself shot down
(no chord)                      G D A
By some trigger happy policeman
(no chord)                      G D
Gotta keep a hold of my sanity
         D        F      C          G          A
I'm a twentieth century man but I don't wanna die here

RIFF #2 FOUR TIMES

(no chord)                  G  D  A
My mama says she can't understand me
(no chord)             G  D  A
Can't see my motivation
(no chord)           G D
Ain't got no security
          D        F     C          G           A
I'm a twentieth century man but I don't wanna die here

RIFF #2 (repeat ...)

I don't want twentieth century man, I don't want twentieth century man
I don't want twentieth century man, I don't want twentieth century man
A                           G D A
This is the twentieth century
                      G D A
Too much aggrevation
                          G D
This is the age of insanity
          D        F     C         G           A
I'm a twentieth century man but I don't wanna be here


RIFF:
    'A' chord
----------------------------
-------------------3-3-3-2--
-------------------2-2-2-2--   repeat
-------------------4-4-4-2--
----0-5p0-5p0---0-----------
--------------0-------------

RIFF #2:
  A           G      G/F#    Em
------------------------------------
----3-3-2---------0------0----------
----2-2-2---------0------0----------
----4-4-2---0---0------0------0-----
--0-------0-------------------------
--------------3------2------0-------

NOTE: Pick notes on the bridge, strum all other times.  The riffs are
approximate, to give the general idea.  The bridge has been altered a bit
to make it sound better for guitar.  This is the way the song goes in my
mind.
(from Muswell Hilbillies, 1971)
(sent by Harlan)





 A                                              E
This is the age of the telescreen, survellance nightmares
  A                     
The wonderful world of technology
D                 G        D        A  (riff)
Alt facts, drones, and financial warfare
A                                            E
This is the Donald's presidency, too much aggravation
  A      
It's the age of insanity
  D                      G              D          A (riff)
What has become of the green pleasant fields of Jeruselem?
A                G G A                    G G
Ain't got no ambition, I'm just disillusioned
       D      (no chord)                                         A(riff)
I'm a 21st century man but I don't want, don't wanna be here

A    D G D G D A (riff)

A                              G  G#  A
Blog replies say they don't understand me
                  E
Can't see my motivation
A
Just give me some security
          D                G             D      A (riff)
I'm a paranoid GIG dude product of the 21st century
A                                G G# A
You keep all your smart modern writers
                   E
Give me William Shakesphere
A
You keep all your smart modern painters
D                    G        D           A (riff)
I'll take Rembrant, Titian, DeVinci and Gainsborough

A                         G G# A                         G
Girl, we gotta get out of here,  we gotta find a solution
        D         (no chord)                                     A(riff)
I'm a 21st century man but I don't want, don't wanna die here
A                        G G# A                             G
Well, we gotta get outta here,  we've gotta find a solution
       D    (no chord)                                            A
I'm a 21st century man but I don't want, don't wanna be here

BRIDGE:
        Em                A5      Em             G G/F# Em
I was born in a trickle-down state, ruled by bailoutocracy
    D                   Am          C      C/B       A5
Controlled by commitee members and people dressed in grey
A5         Am  A5          G G/F# Em
Got no privacy, got no liberty
          D                  A5            C   C/B     A     (riff)
Cause the 21st century people took it all away from me

RIFF #2 FOUR TIMES


A (no chord)                    G D A
Don't wanna get myself shot down
(no chord)                      G D A
By some trigger happy policeman
(no chord)                      G D
Gotta keep a hold of my sanity
         D        F      C          G          A
I'm a 21st century man but I don't wanna die here

RIFF #2 FOUR TIMES

(no chord)                  G  D  A
Blogger friends say can't understand me
(no chord)             G  D  A
Can't see my motivation
(no chord)           G D
Ain't got no security
          D        F     C          G           A
I'm a twentieth century man but I don't wanna die here

RIFF #2 (repeat ...)

Don't wanna be a meltdown man, Don't wanna be a meltdown man,
Don't wanna be a meltdown man

A                           G D A
This is the 21st century
                      G D A
Too much aggravation
                          G D
This is the age of insanity
          D        F     C         G           A

I'm a twentieth century man but I don't wanna be here





This is the age of the telescreen, survellance nightmares
                       
The wonderful world of technology

Alt facts, drones, and financial warfare
                                           
This is the Donald's presidency, too much aggravation
        
It's the age of insanity
 
What has become of the green pleasant fields of Jeruselem?

Ain't got no ambition, I'm just disillusioned
      
I'm a 21st century man but I don't want, don't wanna be here




Blogger friends say they don't understand me
                 
Can't see my motivation

Just give me some security
         
I'm a paranoid GIG dude product of the 21st century

You keep all your smart modern writers
                  
Give me William Shakesphere

You keep all your smart modern painters

I'll take Rembrant, Titian, DeVinci and Gainsborough




Girl, we gotta get out of here,  we gotta find a solution
     
I'm a 21st century man but I don't want, don't wanna die here

Well, we gotta get outta here,  we've gotta find a solution
    
I'm a 21st century man but I don't want, don't wanna be here




I was born in a trickle-down state, ruled by the neocons
   
Controlled by commitee members and people dressed in grey

Got no privacy, got no liberty
         
Cause the 21st century people took it all away from me




Don't wanna get myself shot down

By some trigger happy policeman

Gotta keep a hold of my sanity
        
I'm a 21st century man but I don't wanna die here




Blogger friends say can't understand me

Can't see my motivation

Ain't got no security
         
I'm a twentieth century man but I don't wanna die here



Don't wanna be a meltdown man, Don't wanna be a meltdown man,
Don't wanna be a meltdown man



This is the 21st century
                  
Too much aggravation
                         
This is the age of insanity       

I'm a 21st century man but I don't wanna be here


original by The Kinks https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnlze1ygsfI