Fat congressman hurries down Capitol steps in panic over terrorist germs and last month it was suicide jets and what went through his mind then? How the airlines bought him off with campaign contributions to ease security regulations? by now he’s had time to think of corrupt regimes he’s helped out, bombing raids and other state terror he’s approved or condoned and all the consequences of bad policies are flying into his face in the form of germs and jets and god knows what
Why do the politicians of the last empire sound so confused and look so scared? Its not just the jets and the germs. For Homeland Security we’ll wrap orselves up in bulletproof flags, sleep in hazmat masks and head phones that play Whitney Houston God Bless Amaerica non-stop to drown out scary facts.
How many subway bombings would it take to make you too scared to use mass transit?
How many cases of smallpox before you leave the City?
The old problem:
putting the dead in their place
first you have to find them,
then you have to hide them.
Don’t want them sneaking up on you or turning up in unexpected places - no nasty surprises - eek! - a severed hand, a finger. A skeleton under the sofa. A shoe with a foot in it in the garden.
An army of rescue workers dig in the pile to rescue the dead - “recovery” because they are uncovered so they can be covered up Put them in their place.
October gold sun lights 57th street, air is smoky - imagine its a camp fire - imagine you’re a Boy Scout pretending to be at war
or get real - it is war, of a sort -
Onedge and wondering if overcoming fear means getting used to attacks
looking out for suspicious packages, suspicious people, suspicious microns
Another beautiful day stolen by this new anxiety
You look so cute in your Haz Mat suit
smallpox anthrax sarin and cholera
Wait a minute Mr. Postman
Instant blowback’s gonna get us
I’m afraid to ride the bus
Dream word game
Prehistoric energy under ground
ancient mythology unconscious unending
territorial disputes and unresolvable geopolitcal conflict and
paranoid toxic religion mind control of weapons of mass destruction
ethnic hatred genocide
arrogant empire war machine
In the Future everyone will be either a hostage or a refugee -
and the Future has arrived
NOW is WON
ONE is TOO
TO is FOR
FOUR is WHY
Y is YOU
U R EYE
I is SEE
B is HEAR
HERE is NOW is NO is KNOW is YES is RIGHT
WRITE is WRONG
10/25 Same old stories, legends that inspire fantasies that influence history. Like David and Goliath. Little guy with a slingshot kills a giant. 10 guys with box cutters bring sown the WTC. A guy hiding in a cave in a desert masterminds an assault on the Empire.
The Empire could voluntarily “step sown” by contributing to the creation of a decentralized global community
You may say I’m a dreamer. I don’t know if something like world peace is possible but I doubt that it is possiblle for a single superpower to survive for long.
Daniel’s vision, the Exodus.
Empires rise and fall
The NEW NORMALCY
Where do you hide?
Can’t hide under the Flag
Stars + Stripes are not
Pakistan pop group
You have to do something, get even.
THEY killed a few of US,
WE will kill a few of THEM, whoever THEY are.
Identify a prime suspect.
Since the actual killers already killed themselves we’ll go after those we think financed and planned the attack.
Since those we think financed and planned the attack are hard to find we will attack those who provide them “safe harbor.” Since those who provide them safe harbor live among those who had nothin to do with this innocent people will also be killed.
We will bomb residential areas, senior citizen homes, U.N. mine -cleaning operations, and Red Cross warehouses, because we have tolook like we’re doing something
(if you can’t kill the one you hate, kill the ones you can
We will bomb Afghanistan until the Taliban’s resolve is weakened, and if the Taliban’s resolve is strengthened by the bombing, the Red Cross may surrender to us.
Is the ship sinking?
No, the ship is not sinking
Are you sure?
Yes, the ship is not sinking
The rich own all the lifeboats
and nowthey are having them gold-plated.
Don’t know her last name but she has a distictive face.
Not sure where she worked.
She said “Japanese bank” and it may have been -- probably was? -- the Fuji Bank in Tower One, which lost many people.
This is the specific face I look for in the photos of “missing” people.
Hers and Miguel, the UPS guy. But mainly hers, and now the 5,000 deaths of people I didn’t know are concentrated into that one face I do know and liked and now I wonder how to find out when I don’t eeven know her last name
USA dropped feed and bombs.
Trick or treat.
Then USA drops warnings --
Don’t cnfuse cluster bombs for food packages.
And USA is also worried that Taliban evil-doers will poison the food to make Afghans hate USA.
I am not confident in USA.
I am afraid my subway train will explode.
I am afraid nuclear war will break out between Pakistan and India or between somebody else and somebody else.
These are not irrational frears.
I was given advise on post traumatic stress disorder, told where to go for therapy, counselling, told what the symptoms are.
But its to soon for pst-traumatic stress, because the TRAUMA is still here, still happening.
And then there are the threats I don’t know about.
Midtown, that’s where I work, now that Lower Manhattan has gone to hell
But Startbucks scatters its sameness everywhere. Same music, same coffee here on 57th that was on Fulton.
Read newspapers, write in notebooks, draw, drink coffee, try to flirt, stare out windows at passersby who don’t appear concerned about free floating spores
We each do our own threat assessment
When trains are stopped for “police activity” we never learn what that activity was.
When a woman who worked in a hospital on 64th Street dies of anthrax we don’t know how she got it.
“Spore” is the root for “sporadic,” so anthrax attacks are literally sporadic
The rich white men are now in a panic over the cracks that have appeared in the American empire. They punch walls, kick doors, and bomb Afghanistan.
When a rich white man is scared he attacks poor nonwhite people. It always makes him feel better and blessed by God.