In the Dark
About This Show
I want to understand people I disagree with instead of just being angry at them. I want to have big conversations where I don't have to be politically correct or well-spoken. I'm a jumble of thoughts and words and really I just want to laugh and drink Gin & Tonics.
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Ep. 45 The GTA is a Banana Republic
7 days ago
Don’t go getting sadder on me, baby.
Just because I open this episode with a hopeless message from ISIS doesn’t mean all hope is lost. Remember what Harvey Milk aka Sean Penn said when he was acting Dustin Lance Black’s words: “Hope. You gotta give’em hope.” Well, I am gonna give you (and by you I mean me) hope. I’ll give it to you in the form of proof that grassroots movements are already working in America to overturn Trump’s cabinet appointments. I’ll give it to you in the shape of Ted Lieu introducing legislation that would require there to be a mental health pro at the Whitehouse. And how about hope in the name of a short film by artist Francis Alÿs now screening at the AGO called REEL-UNREEL (2011). It is a hypnotic 18 minutes of celluloid and innocence not seen since Cinema Paradiso. And it made me remember that in spite of all the hopelessness that even in a warzone kids are laughing and playing. No matter what happens play will continue. Isn’t that a relief?
Okay, now onto the bloodshed…
Isis has its own magazine. It’s called Rumiyah (formerly Dabiq). I learned about this magazine from Sam Harris’s podcast called Waking Up. If you haven’t listened to it I recommend it. It’s alternately fascinating and incredibly complex which speaks to my binary use of the form: listening for entercation or listening to aid in sleep. Episode #43 is titled What do Jihadists Really Want? And it is not one of the episodes that help you get to sleep. In it Sam reads from an article called “Why We Hate You and Why We Fight You” in Issue 15 of Dabiq which I found online. According to Sam at the end of the article there is a photo of a man having his head removed and apparently it leaves little to the imagination. That was great to know, so needless to say, I didn’t go anywhere near the end of the article. The gist of it is ISIS and the like hate us for our freedoms. (W was right all along). It is not just about American foreign pol