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De mortuis nil nisi bonum is well and good but upholds the victor’s narrative

It's probably older than Latin. "De mortuis nil nisi bonum" is a propriety imposed at death, as if to offer the deceased a false comfort that, however fraudulent the pretense of their reputation in life, they can take it with them. Well, most commonly, "Don't speak ill of the dead" is a reminder not to rehash petty grievances in the face of another's mortality, death being after all mankind's mutual adversary. It's a pact I suppose that's meant to benefit everyone equally. But the tradition does sort of cement history as written by the victor, where revisionists dare not speak truth to power while that authority is alive.   I saw the adage used in a disturbingly upbeat eulogy for Margaret Thatcher in this week's New Yorker. Disturbing because it was fair handed enough, but mired like New York City, insulated by the growing wealth and cultural disparity, in the Western master narrative. I find that not speaking ill of the dead is completely irresponsible with historic figures like Margaret Thatcher and Henry Kissinger. If we are prevented from hanging them to hasten their death, we must at the minimum garrotte their memory before it's set in stone. To beat a

America hits the dead end all zoned out this zombie s’election’ time 2012

America is zoning out of paying the national elections much heed. Once again, we are presented only 2 horrifying ALLOWED visions for our country; Family Bush and assorted Far Right Christian aligned lunatics or Family Clinton and assorted capitalist governmental bureaucratic hacks? An ugly choice if you allow them to make it your and OUR only choice? 36863

Descansa en paz, Chavela Vargas

Chavela Vargas, a wonderful Mexican musician has just died. Here she is singing La Llorona in a film about the assassination of Trotsky in Mexico by Stalinist assassins... Chavela Vargas- La llorona ...Check out more of her music by simply creating a station at Pandora with her name.

Egypt’s head torturer under Mubarak, Omar Suleiman, dies in Cleveland, USA

What I really love about the US, is that even though I am an RN I have the absolute worst time along with zillions of other Americans getting any decent medical care for me or my family. Yet foreign torturers and thugs can come over here, and Hey! ...it's no problem! Egypt's ex-spy chief Omar Suleiman dies in United States. Barack Obama is just such a swell guy!

Torture and Murder of un-convicted prisoners isn’t off limits to them… so

So I guess Killing Civilians isn't either. Naturally it was the fault of the civilians themselves for living in the middle of a War Zone, obviously they asked God or Allah or the Great Gazzoo beforehand to be born into the poorest place on earth and the middle of a land coveted for millennia by so many Empires for its strategic location. I bet it will make the usual War-Mongers in town, the ones who say they gave me the right to say this so I'd "goddam better shut my pie hole about it" Really Happy to know that some of the "Terrorists" executed without trial or even charges in this airstrike were Kids. 24514

What, are the Chinese trying to mimic ALL our energy-sector screwups?

So they matched our Corporate Mining Accidents-waiting-to-happen-and-guess-what-they-do with similar ones by similar causes and similar results, and using Imported American industry analysts who also work for BP, Exxon Mobil, Massey Energy, The Peabody, etc... Now, they've got a BP-esque Oil Spill in the Yellow Sea. Is it caused by their "socialist" supposedly publicly owned Nationalized Oil industry, now brought to its dying knees by the New Economy Capitalist Oil industry? Either one, of course, run under the supervision of the American and British Oil well, refinery and shipping Industry Experts who also work for BP, Exxon-Mobil, Massey Energy... The Rule of Three seems to have been pretty damned consistent in all of these lately, too, so maybe we can expect the Fully Capitalized Russian Oil Slick on the (deepwater) horizon? 18923

Howabout an unexpurgated face of war

The US media was not permitted to depict fallen soldiers, in or out of the coffin. Next military censors forbade photos of US wounded. Most recently US soldiers have been under orders to prohibit the press from photographing them at all, to promote the illusion that our Iraqi surrogates alone are handling security. How infuriated our officials must have been to see this photograph in the international press. 3922

Tiny doomsday prophets

If we listen closely, there's a small voice in the wilderness, calling out to us, warning of a coming transformation.   No, it's not John the Baptist. It's America's honey bee, dying by the millions, prophesying the demise of the country's fruit and vegetable supplies. 3366

Consumers to the very end

If you've ever watched Six Feet Under, you have a sense of what happens to the body prior to a conventional funeral and burial. If this is an indignity that you are willing to suffer, and a price tag that you are willing to bear, so be it. 2645

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