I know I have been promising a post on Israel/Palestine, but frankly the heavy stress of the last two weeks has induced a crash. And when I read back over what I had written, I realized it could all be found here and in post-2000 detail here. Though it does leave off the most recent development of Israel seizing yet another 1,000 acres of land in the West Bank.
At the end of the analysis the resulting conclusion is: “They are both assholes.” Palestine are assholes for electing and supporting Hamas, who simply can’t stop starting deadly shit and are more trouble than they are worth. Israel are assholes because every time they talk about peace they put up another illegal settlement in the West Bank. What pisses me off the most is both Muslims and Isrealis have offed their own leaders for making peace over Israel’s existence. Because both sides are assholes. The only solution I have at this point is to demand the U.N. rescind Palestine’s non-Member Observer State status until they kick out the terrorist group they have elected to govern them. And for the U.S. to stop sending gobs of military aid to Israel. The whole, “Israel has a right to survive” argument is moot. They are there with the best equipped a military (and that’s beside the fact they have nukes) and the one of the most aggressive intelligence agencies in the planet. No one, outside of the Palestinians (who do not have the ability to drive them out), has made a move to attack Israel in decades. They are not going anywhere. The problem I am having is Israel is using my tax dollar to support their assholery. Up until 2003 (when the top spots were taken by Afghanistan and Iraq for some strange reason), they received far and away more foreign aid than any other country we sent aid to, both in money and military equipment. We bought the bombs they are now taking out entire city blocks with.
So fuck that. I say keep the money, and get the U.K. to keep their money too, and let Israel stand on its own for a while. Maybe they would come to peace negotiations in good faith if they realized that the two Rottweilers that have been standing behind them for 60 years are gone.
And I reiterate, both sides are assholes.
ISIS/ISIL is an extreme form of assholes (but hey, they make the trains run on time) that I agree should be dealt with, hard, and I think NATO, et al. is taking the right approach. If the U.S. wades in there by itself again, we’re just going to destabilize the region and piss the locals off worse than we already have. And as I said before, we should help people escape and let them come to the U.S. (if they want) to live their lives in peace.
So those are my thoughts of the Levant and Middle East.
Other thoughts floating through at random:
~ The Funny, Unusual Things Mainers Say. Some of these are pronunciations, but many are words and phrases you won’t find outside Maine.
Maine has the most difficult accent in the U.S. to replicate. Several friends have heard/read me say this. It is a very difficult accent, the only way I can think to describe it is that it’s kinda like the Boston Southie accent, where ‘You Pahk yeh Cah…” but instead of going through the nose, it comes more from the back of the throat…but not entirely, and slower, dragging out in a certain words along a certain cadence.
Bert and I is a collection of local humorous tall tales collected and told during 1950’s/60’s radio programs by Marshall Dodge with his partner Bob Bryan. (Sadly, a couple of my favorites are not included here.) Ironically, neither was actually a Native, they just spent a lot of time in Maine growing up. This is a slightly exaggerated version of the accent I grew up surrounded by, especially in my grandparents’ generation. Of course, these days homogenizing force of the media has caused the accent to fade a great deal, though it is still definitely there in in the Natives. Just more subtle.
Tim Sample is another Maine comedian. Maine humor wavers between the pithy commentary/comeback and the drawn out tall tale.
Most actors don’t even try to replicate the accent. As awesome movie it is, no one in Shawshank Redemption sounds like they are from Maine. The one actor who came the closest in any film or TV show I have seen is Jeff Bridges in Gettysburg. And I would say he only got 60% there.
~ Comic Books are the most self-aware art form there is. No parodies comic book tropes, no one slips in more references from within the genre, no one comments on and has the back and forth with the fanbase like comic book writers and artists. Even some of the characters themselves are commentary on the genre. I guess because no one took them seriously for so long, comic book writers and artists never took themselves so seriously that they got snooty about their art form. They could always look at it from an objective viewpoint, while loving it entirely.
I’ll write more on that later when I talk about this comic, a soft core send up that evolved into a really great story.
~ Since I am in retreat mode, I have been power-watching Attack on Titan on Netflix.
I’m not a huge fan of Manga or Anime. I have seen a couple I really like (everyone needs to see Perfect Blue) and a lot that were just “Meh.” I respect the art forms and have enjoyed the influence and fresh stories and tropes they are injecting into the various mediums of the SciFi and Fantasy genres here in the West, but I don’t get into them that much. The uh…almost random OTT emotional outbursts sometimes get to me. It’s hard to get into a story when you just want to tell the hero/heroine to take a Valium, smoke a joint and chill out. (And I am completely open to someone explaining exactly what is up with that.) But I had a friend recommend this one to me and it is really good. Most people in the U.S. might find it weird. (It’s Japan after all, the world’s largest exporter of “weird” since 1960. 😉 ) But conceptually, this is pretty interesting and the plot becomes very compelling. I also have to tip my hat to a show brave enough to play with the pacing as this does, jumping years and the devoting four episodes to a single battle, and making it work. And while being an action based series, it does not ignore the frailties and humanity of the heroes or the human cost of war.
~ I have to start the research for my term paper this weekend.
~ The doctors changed my meds to see if we can stabilize me some more.
~ Several people have been kind enough on FanFiction.Net to favorite me and follow my self-indulgent stories. Stories I have not even looked at in years. I’m almost scared to. But I have one that stalled out that I should finish. Maybe writing would stabilize me better than medication can.