don’t just [not] vote

election time is coming up just right around the corner and everyone seems to care a lot. ok, whatever. i think people should vote or not vote. but regardless everyone, all of us, should do more than just casting a ballot every 2 or 4 years. direct action gets the goods.

there’s a lot of energy being spent by what seems like everyone [the corporate media, the independent media, water coolers, pop culture icons, activists of all flavours, families, friends, et al] talking about and preparing for the election. all discussion of the merits of either candidate or how well n/either one represents you or me. it just seems like there’s a lot of inertia caught up in this big spectacle. again, i don’t care how you, or anyone votes, i care more that you, and everyone else, does something more than that. voting alone never changed anything. neither did not voting.

so here’s the pitch: go to dontjustvote.com read the intro page and more if you like what you hear. there’s a small half-sized little paper/pamphlet you can download and read/distribute, too. (which was produced in conjunction with the folks over at crimethinc fareast.)

and then on election day, we show the fuckers that mean business. no, not THAT kind of business. both the Republicrats and Demopublicans

i don’t think we a special occasion to come out and party in the streets, (just like i don’t think we need a special day to give presents to people we care about) but it certainly presents an interesting opportunity for us to show our force in large numbers.

cast your vote or not, then hit the streets. neither one of those bastards represent our needs and desires. nor could anyone in that position. the very system itself will always misrepresent people in its protection of the system itself. george w. bush is not our target. if/when he falls, the institution that gives power over our lives to other people will still exist. until we dismantle it.

no matter what happens that day in those polls, take to the streets.

keep loving. keep fighting.

Originally published at: http://sbb.me/b3Xu2

for every shopping mall. and every bomb that’s dropped.

i just saw on cnn on tv that a U.S. plane or helicopter dropped a bomb in a street where about 50 iraqi people were running out of a building. the score is you can’t really tell who these people are from the craptastic quality of the video of the bomb drop.

i haven’t been able to finding anything about this in the webspere yet. the closest i came was on the bbc site, but its not specifically about this one controversial bomb.

it’s times like this that i am surprised [again and again] by how glibly we can stomach such killing. i’m reminded of a magnificient photo book called Inferno by james nachtwey. “Though he is probably the world’s most honored recent war photographer, James Nachtwey calls himself an ‘antiwar photographer…'” He tries to show the true face of war. starving millions. famine. aids epidemics. children victims of land mines. Not the vague abstract far away emotional disconnected images of despots and military men and ‘strategic targets’ and ‘smart bombs.’ [if there was ever an oxymoron, it is ‘smart bomb.’]

Song playing in iTunes while i made this post: headlines by the devil is electric.

Originally published at: http://sbb.me/b3Xo5

the best tv moment i’ve ever seen

available for download from here (as well as other places on the web):

Jon Stewart goes on Crossfire, one of our vapid political “debate” shows and asks them, plainly, to stop hurting America, to leave the side of the politicians and the corporations and start working for the people. “(nod.)

my favourite moment is one that didn’t actually get many laughs. “i always thought in a democracy, and again i don’t really know because i’ve only lived here, that in a democracy …” hilarity.

Originally published at: http://sbb.me/b3Xo2