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Taking the ‘A’ out of SAS

They handed down the Brereton report today. It’s grim. Dozens of civilians and prisoners murdered. New unit members ‘blooded’ by being ordered to execute a prisoner. Slitting the throats of fourteen year old farm boys for suspected ‘Taliban sympathies’, putting their bodies in bags and dumping them in a river.

The report places nearly all the blame at NCO level or lower. The officers had no idea apparently. I guess military officers really are as stupid as everyone says. So multiply three wise monkeys by the number of soldiers in the Special Air Service hierarchy and you get the sort of command and control being exercised over Australia’s elite military units. The same ones that train the other elite forces in the region that keep featuring in war crimes allegations.

But I guess we have to draw the line somewhere, right? If we start implicating those who knew or should have known who can say where we should stop? The lieutenants? The majors? The major generals? What about the entire culture of the Australian Army that glorifies the SAS because it ‘has what it takes and does what it takes’? What about our national leaders? What about the broader Australian economy and culture that feeds off and feeds war, its glorification and its excuses?

What about us?

It’s a good thing the military is so good at whitewashing. Gotta get that responsibility under control before it spreads all over.

Don’t go anywhere nasty

Today our intrepid Guardian reporters look down into the sordid world of saying nice things about places they don’t like.

It seems some people have been promoting Pakistan as a tourist destination despite the fact that the government and military suck and there’s loads of social problems. After all, who could possibly want to know the land and people if there’s terrorists and poverty and oppression by those in power?

A complete scandal, worthy of all the Guardian’s investigative talents and prurient, pro-imperialist posturing.

I look forward to the next exclusive, exposing the useful idiots and corrupt stooges who continue to promote the US as a tourist destination despite its murderous racism, militia violence, poor public health, massive rate of imprisonment, despotic plutocracy and position as the world’s foremost promoter of terrorism and war.

Or should I soon expect to see the US fomenting a coup in Pakistan by a group who are trying to sabotage the Pakistan tourist industry and have been put in touch with helpful Guardian journalists?

At least Australian tourism promoters adhere to strict truth in advertising guidelines.

uninspiration #14

To find meaning one must abandon value.

uninspiration #13

Life. Worth the cost of entry.

ipso non facto?

if i can be expressed as an algorithm

i am one


touch is only excusable to save a life

life is only excusable to bring a touch


song born of tension

stretched string

stretched skin

stretched throat

stretched heart


as articulation unloads it moves on

“Where am I?” x 3

  1. I’m part of everything. Contingent upon and continuous with all of it. The reflector is reflection.
  2. I’m embraced by everything. I begin where the universe ends and visa versa. The perfect piece for the gap in space-time and cause-effect that would exist without me.
  3. I am that which the universe acts upon and which acts upon the universe. I’m defined by the struggle at my boundaries.

I think they’re the answers I come up with most often. The first two seem to work fairly well for me. The third, not so much.

Goddesses and Gods

The more you learn about someone the less you know about them.
The mystery unfolds and deepens.

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