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11 December 2007 @ 12:13 pm
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Thought I'd post some links to some recent blog posts I made on http://linchpin.ca

BC dockworkers force feds to back down

The state robs the unemployed

Ontario Labour roundup

and finally, here's a teaser...

Perhaps my favorite anti-war song of all time is given the youtube treatment with footage from the destruction and occupation in Iraq.

Overall, I think it's pretty well done though you should be warned that some of the footage has graphic violence. In honesty it could have been even more graphic as in my opinion too much of it is soldiers running around with guns and stuff blowing up - which to a lot of young Americans is going to look kinda cool. If you're going to make an anti-war music video you should show more of the results of the violence of the occupation on the civilian population even if it is extremely disturbing. Still it's well worth a watch.

Current Music: War Pigs, Black Sabbath
A Dish of Ortsorts on December 11th, 2007 05:55 pm (UTC)
That video was pretty heavy, yeah. The compiler had a good sense of the patterns and rhythm of the song.

Any echoes of Nuremberg there, you think?...
retinal_strain: noseretinal_strain on December 11th, 2007 08:22 pm (UTC)
Also, while I love people commenting on my lil' LJ here, I'd encourage people to also register on the linchpin.ca site and post comments there too.
retinal_strain: antihippieretinal_strain on December 11th, 2007 06:31 pm (UTC)
The video reminds me of a critique of anti-war movies that was published when the movie Jarhead came out, basically saying whatever their intent anti-war movies become pro-war movies through the eyes of people who aren't already critical of war.
A Dish of Ortsorts on December 11th, 2007 06:45 pm (UTC)
As I recall that was the whole point that Swofford was making...
retinal_strainretinal_strain on December 11th, 2007 07:32 pm (UTC)
yeah, pretty much. Here's an excerpt from an interview with him;

INTERVIEWER: Just before the Gulf War, when you heard that war is about to start, and that you may have to ship out there, what was the first thing that you did?

A. SWOFFORD: The first thing we did was go out and get fresh high and tight haircuts, which the name "Jarhead" comes from-the kind of absurd haircuts where there's nothing-no hair at all on the head except a little at the top.

INTERVIEWER: Is there a special reason for these haircuts?

A. SWOFFORD: It's just tradition. One of the more extreme traditions. It's the most extreme haircut, that kind of says, "Marine". and "Jarhead." So we sent some guys out to the town near our base and they bought a lot of beer, and some war films, and we went back to our rec room in our barracks, and started drinking and watching these movies, and it was this chance for us see, , what was forthcoming, in a way, and we were excited by it, and thrilled, and it was kind of a celebration of our, of our, well of our destiny in a way, and of the possibility of us as Marines.

INTERVIEWER: Which films did you watch?

A. SWOFFORD: we watched-mostly we liked the Platoon, Full Metal Jacket, Apocalypse Now kind of the-, the Vietnam films, because they were closer, , in proximity to us, and also they were gory. , they were the ones with the most vivid, violent images.

INTERVIEWER: Aren't most war movies anti-war movies?

A. SWOFFORD: I think they're supposed to appall the average viewer, and generally they do-but for the young man who's about to go fight, it's like , a woman's naked body, it's, it's sexy, it's war, it's the thing that you might soon enter, and it's sexy, and exciting, and thrilling. And not anti-war at all. Pro-war, even. Because it's-it's combat, it's war, it's what you're trained for, it's what you'll be doing. How you might be dying
Frandroid Atreidesfrandroid on December 16th, 2007 10:32 pm (UTC)
Hey dude, I just want to acknowledge that I got your message the other day, but it was already too late when I got it. But I'm up for it another time.