"As far as Saddam Hussein being a great military strategist, he is neither a strategist, nor is he schooled in the operational arts, nor is he a tactician, nor is he a general, nor is he a soldier. Other than that, he's a great military man, I want you to know that."
Spotted when I went running the last two evenings, one basset hound, several white-breasted waterhens, joggers of various varieties, one prime minister, one prime minister's wife, three bodyguards, a couple of unidentified dogs, one monitor lizard, two squirrels, many tourists including Chinese ones, three wedding couples, three photographers and assistants.
"It's like those groups of non-conformists. If they all have black nail polish, black trench coats, long dark black hair and wear mascara then aren't they really conformists? I like Escher too and think I had that hand-drawing-a-hand poster when I was 5 years old. Not very esoteric in my book either. It's like thinking Scarlett Johannson is hot - you ain't alone, buddy."
In the early 90s, when it was trendy to be a non-confirming rebel here in Singapore. All the rebels here wore rebel style clothing (bandannas, etc), listen to rebel music (trendy folk, indie music and jazz), read indie literature (Beats generation stuff), read 'indie' underground comics (Neil Gaiman/Sandman) and watch 'dark' movies (Tim Burton)! WOO HOO! How original is that? Extremely rebellious I should say.
Tom also said:
"It's like Doc Martens. They used to be used exclusively by punks in the U.K. and were badass. Then, before you knew it, there were sold at Urban Outfitters in the color Pink and every punk wannabe chick had a pair. The only thing that sucks more than conformity is non-conformity."
The works of M.C. Escher are commonplace. They appear in calendars and these calendars are very popular. For some strange reason, a lot of friends that I know who like the work of Escher seem to think that they are the only unique person around who likes Escher. I find that strange because I have many such 'unique' friends.
Bah. No season left. As early as one month or so ago, I said that the season was essentially Manure's. I think I am right. I will likely stop following this season except for the Champion's League. Nothing much left to watch.
I had a curious dream last night. I dreamed that I was a waiter serving in a diplomatic dinner in a crumbling mansion in Italy. I dreamed that I had opened the windows and looked out at the expanse of the industrial town, the tall smokestacks, the dirty factories and warehouses.
"Religious belief is a totalitarian belief. It is the wish to be a slave. It is the desire that there be an unalterable, unchallengeable, tyrannical authority who can convict you of thought crime while you are asleep, who can subject you - who must, indeed, subject you - to total surveillance around the clock every waking and sleeping minute of your life - I say, of your life - before you're born and, even worse and where the real fun begins, after you're dead. A celestial North Korea. Who wants this to be true? Who but a slave desires such a ghastly fate? I've been to North Korea. It has a dead man as its president, Kim Jong-Il is only head of the party and head of the army. He's not head of the state. That office belongs to his deceased father, Kim Il-Sung. It's a necrocracy, a thanatocracy. It's one short of a trinity I might add. The son is the reincarnation of the father. It is the most revolting and utter and absolute and heartless tyranny the human species has ever evolved. But at least you can fucking die and leave North Korea!"
Pompous and pretentious. That was the impression I got from that 'death vibe' and the stereotypical love of certain imagery and music, for instance, Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet. It is trite and predictable. Then, there are the political cartoons, done in a school textbook style. And more proclamations of death and so forth. Has he ever looked at himself in a mirror? Has he ever really thought about things instead of adopting such a posture?
"What is a totalitarian system if not one where the abject glorification of the perfect leader is matched by the surrender of all privacy and individuality, especially in matters sexual, and in denunciation and punishment — "for their own good" — of those who transgress?"