This July 4th, Let’s Remember What Patriotism Isn’t

Fuck every single one of these people involved in storming the Capitol and the people giving them cover. Watching this little shit show, I cannot help but marvel at the discipline of the Capitol Police and how well they stuck to the rules of engagement, and how this “riot” could have been contained Texas ranger style, if a few key people had been either pulled from the crowd and detained and/or shot from the start. It’s not hard to figure out who, many were at the front of the line, some even with megaphones. Of course, the building was cleared in 20 minutes once the guys with the heavy weapons came out, and it was clear they were prepared to use them. If that had been true from the beginning, this little farce wouldn’t have happened in the first place.

So, happy Fourth of July. If you think this is patriotism and are celebrating the beating of police by a crowd with greater numbers and when the police have their weapons holstered due to “optics” and the subsequent turning of tail when the odds start looking like they are not in the mob’s favor, I’d suggest you spend some time this holiday rethinking what qualifies as patriotism and courage.

Anything Can Go – Interview With Paul Feyerabend in English

A quote from Paul Feyerabend‘s Stanford Encyclopedia page, quoted this bit:

“One of my motives for writing Against Method was to free people from the tyranny of philosophical obfuscators and abstract concepts such as “truth”, “reality”, or “objectivity”, which narrow people’s vision and ways of being in the world. Formulating what I thought were my own attitude and convictions, I unfortunately ended up by introducing concepts of similar rigidity, such as “democracy”, “tradition”, or “relative truth”. Now that I am aware of it, I wonder how it happened. The urge to explain one’s own ideas, not simply, not in a story, but by means of a “systematic account”, is powerful indeed. (pp. 179–80).

-Giedymin, J., 1976, “Instrumentalism and its Critique: A Reappraisal”, in R.S.Cohen, P.K.Feyerabend & M.Wartofsky (eds.), Essays in Memory of Imre Lakatos, Dordrecht: D. Reidel, pp. 179–207.

Found Footage Festival

“The Found Footage Festival is a one-of-a-kind event that showcases footage from videos that were found at garage sales and thrift stores and in warehouses and dumpsters across the country.”

http://www.foundfootagefest.com

Let me walk you through my experience. I go to videos, click in a bit and find this one:

Rub your stomach and balls 81 times. The video appears to have guys swinging weights from their testicles. And then, there’s this comment from YouTube: “This should have stayed secret.” Very funny. You know I’m going to work through the Shaturday Morning cartoon series next.

Colette

“Colette has won the Academy Award in the category of best documentary short…90-year-old Colette Marin-Catherine confronts her past by visiting the German concentration camp Mittelbau-Dora where her brother was killed. As a young girl, she fought Hitler’s Nazis as a member of the French Resistance. For 74 years, she has refused to step foot in Germany, but that changes when a young history student named Lucie enters her life. Prepared to re-open old wounds and revisit the terrors of that time, Marin-Catherine offers important lessons for us all.”

–Anthony Giacchino, “Collette.” The Guardian. November 2020.