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At [profile] chezsci's suggestion, I’ve been watching Babylon Berlin. Quite unlike anything I’ve seen before. Exceptionally well done.

I heard a story on NPR yesterday that threw me into a blind fury.

Two men who were boys together in some small town in Texas and who met up again many years later on the battlefields of Vietnam.

You were supposed to get misty-eyed as you listened to the story. The horrors of war! But also the gallantry, the bravery, the heightened experiential of war where you feel most alive

Nature bred humans to be predators.

And I do hate humans a small but significant portion of the time.

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Mar. 4th, 2018 04:31 pm (UTC)

Not fond of humans.

Mar. 4th, 2018 04:45 pm (UTC)
Sometimes, I'm fond of humans. :-)
Mar. 4th, 2018 10:18 pm (UTC)
That is precisely why, after being an avid NPR listener for many, many years, I stopped listening. It was during one of the Gulf wars (the second, I think) that I started to notice that the overall tone of news stories was more-and-more about how brave our soldiers are and how their families are sacrificing so much to have them protecting our liberties, and etc.etc.etc. This coincided with a heightened propaganda effort by most other news outlets and a general societal shift in attitude towards the same direction. It seemed like nobody dared say anything even remotely contrary to the militaristic government line and NPR was falling right into step.
It became apparent to me that after publicized "management changes" at NPR their new MO was to surround subtle lies, and other slanted ideas, with both truthfulness and those clever easy-listening stories that NPR people like so much -- thereby insidiously inserting their "truths" into the regular flow of information that many "NPR people" just ingest with little judgement because, after all, it is NPR!
Once I was aware of this it became more and more obvious that that's what was happening. Instead of questioning why the fuck we were in Iraq in the first place, NPR was busy applauding the "brave men and women" who were there doing the bidding of Big Oil via the good 'ol USA, as if there wasn't enough of that type of thing everywhere else.
Mar. 5th, 2018 01:36 pm (UTC)
War sucks.

I'm conflicted over this one because I have friends who've been in the military, are in the military; I have friends who come from countries where nobody protects civil liberties. I understand the compromises people make on the micro level in order to be able to live pleasant lives, and I also understand that once you make those choices, you consciously or unconsciously rationalize them.

So I don't point my finger at individuals.

I just hate the human race. :-)

At least from time to time.
Mar. 5th, 2018 07:23 pm (UTC)
We (I) learned a lesson from the Vietnam era about the mistake of blaming the soldiers, instead of the generals, for wars... or at least we should have learned.
I won't do that.

What I do suspect is that NPR has become an oh-so-subtle part of the overall government propaganda machine, while still outwardly appearing to be the oh-so-liberal NPR that we all know and love -- making it an occasional, highly-insidious tool of the government.
Surround the lie with truth and it becomes less discernible and more palatable...

I, too, for the most part, hate people...
"If I had my choice of matters, I'd rather be with cats".
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