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Singing like a caged bird

Tuesday, October 21, 2003

HERE....

More about Tim O'Brien and his discussion of July,July. Tim was asked about having difficulty writing about women...the piece he read was about breast cancer and a womans life. This piece had been excerpted in the New Yorker. In answer, he said that he had always written about men, particualrly soldiers within the context of his life, and it took a while for him to get into a "woman's skin". The questioner asked if he had recieved any feed back about this piece in the New Yorker. Surprisingly, he said he had gotten tons of mail on it, from survivors...in fact he had gotten more mail about it than any other piece he has written. Which when you think about the subject of "Things They Carried" and the many who were effected by that war..it is truly amazing that his writing had that effect on this other subset of humanity. And he indicated that it was a very positive response and that it effected him deeply.

There....

Continuing on the theme from yesterdays blog about Red Square, the more thing change the more the stay the same.....for instance in La Paz. The indiginous peoples have been exploited by and fighting with outsiders since the time of the Incas. The Aymara Indians are among the poorest people in all of South America. And they are tired of having their mineral wealth stolen. And they do not trust the ruling elite who they know will take the lion's share....as well of some of the lambs' share as many of them are shepherds. They seem to remember the treachery and butchery of Pizarro and also the methods of Francisco de Toledo, who subverted the preColumbian mita to extract forced labor for the silver mines. Adult males could be required to spend every sixth year working in the mines. Silver declined, then tin was exploited and declined, then it was Standard Oil with its trickery, and now they got the discomfort and bloating of gas. So I guess they must have a "PR" problem down in La Paz, cause the Aymarra indians living up the hill in El Alto don't believe them anymore. Maybe the white house spin masters can teach the new Bolivian ministers the use of smoke and mirrors. Christ the indio people don't even have Al Franken to help set them straight. Oh wait, they don't need no stinking gringo......they already know the scoop, errr, poop. And took matter into their own hands. Things have been the same for a long long time....1500's in this case.

But wait, we have movement in an even longer conflict over exploitation......the Brits have decided to hold an election in the north of Ireland...when you get to that site, click on the "Troubles" and then on the "Timeline before 1970"...got one going back 800 years. Have things changed in todays world?

Nowhere....

The Kyoto accords have been ratified by 119 countries by the end of last month. But since the USA had not, only 44.2% of worldwide emmissions are covered by the accord. But hey, Chile and Argentina are on board.....guess they can see the ice sheets melting just to their south. How long will the american people be asleep at the wheel of their SUV's? Who knows...maybe Haliburton is planning to rent out offshore oil rigs to the elite as vacation hideaways when the oceans cover enough land. Now that is global positioning!!!! And maybe Pat Robertson has bought up the rigths to Water World

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