...But of these sophisms and elenchs of merchandise I skill not...
Milton, Areopagitica

Except he had found the
standing sea-rock that even this last
Temptation breaks on; quieter than death but lovelier; peace
that quiets the desire even of praising it.

Jeffers, Meditation On Saviors



“the people have no voice because they have no information”
Which is pretty much exactly what I was thinking about half an hour before I saw this. What's most exasperating is the presence of literally millions of for lack of a better term nice people in the US who don't know what to do. About anything. Except keep the household stuff going to the best of their abilities.
Almost immediately before I thought that I had the misfortune of viewing cinemax's new year's celebration of its snarky little self, featuring some essentially Judeo-Christian God-fearing satire of generic Eastern religion and stuff. Also featuring prominently that valiant warrior Sasha Baron Cohen as Borat. Cohen's the brave artist who's made his quick fortune belittling Arabs and those whatever-they-are's over in the 'stans.
Maybe he didn't realize it but, thanks to his efforts on their behalf now every time most - many more millions sadly than the nice - Americans think of the people in those countries they'll be thinking how ludicrous and unimportant they are. Which will work to someone's advantage here pretty damn soon, I bet.

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