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9.03.2014

Wordy Wednesday September 3

The Comedy Film Nerds had a very interesting podcast this week;  a themed episode on horror films with Dana Gould as the host.  I could listen to this a few times.  Gould makes the off-hand remark that Terri Gross' show is execrable, and it's such a breath of fresh air (!) to hear someone finally say that.

But that was just his off-hand remark, one interesting points Gould makes is how movies will reflect the mentality of the culture at the time; and all of the movies today are about destruction of civilization.  They all seem to corroborate this mentality as valid (suggesting that they think destruction is coming down the pike).  But then, somewhat quizzically, they also dismiss the people who are preparing for this impending collapse by writing them off as wackos.  Huh.


Maybe that's all I have to say.  Oh, except that I also listened to the Eisenhower farewell address....another that I could listen to again and again.  In it, he makes the famous remarks about the effects the military industrial complex has on all of our daily lives.  



Until the latest of our world conflicts, the United States had no armaments industry. American makers of plowshares could, with time and as required, make swords as well. But we can no longer risk emergency improvisation of national defense. We have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. Added to this, three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishment. We annually spend on military security alone more than the net income of all United States corporations.
Now this conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence -- economic, political, even spiritual -- is felt in every city, every Statehouse, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet, we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources, and livelihood are all involved. So is the very structure of our society.
In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.

Oliver Stone starts JFK with these lines; and Stone makes the point that this industry of creating military weapons is what (in part) caused JFK's assassination; as he was trying to end the cold war and end fighting in Vietnam.  

Also saw Lethal Weapon this week.  Was '87 kind of our blind spot insofar as making movies goes?  Some of the fighting scenes, and the plot...omg, so bad....that it's kind of good I guess.  I loved the conversation between Danny Glover and the Hunsaker about rogue CIA members bringing heroine into the country....and then Hunsaker is killed by an approaching helicopter.

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