6 thoughts on “Tuesday, February 8, 2022

  1. Drat! I accidentally sent a previously OTP’ed poem (see, it’s a verb, now) because it turns out I have two of them numbered 192. (I’m up to 228.) Will send 192a today.

  2. Catalina, Stop in and say Hello to Duane at Pheonix Typewriters.

    Roger, There are many under 40 in the USA who don’t know much about history and many subjects as proven by a news reporter I saw a year or two ago on one of the boardwalks asking young people their education level and they simple questions like if they knew what the Revolutionary war was, or who was the first to walk on the moon, and a few other simple question. Most could not answer correctly. Then we don’t get to see who may have been edited out with the correct answers.

    Kent, congrats on all your reading. I wish I had time to read those kinds of books. I get so involved in others, I seldom read novels or anything similar.

  3. ROGER, you damn Whoopi Goldberg with faint and paternalistic praise to bemoan and mock those who “don’t know about the holocaust.”

    May I ask, apropos my post today, how much you know–without cheating by consulting a reference or the internet–about what happened in the Congo? About what continues to happen in the Congo?

    I do not wish to elevate or denigrate one systematic slaughter over or under another. It is that I am nauseated by your tone of self-righteousness about the holocaust and your not-very-subtle revival of an old attack on Xicano for which you were universally excoriated on these pages, and in response to which you said you would stop posting entirely (if only). You would not–I’d dare to wager–earn passing marks on a short factual quiz I could administer you about the many other systematic slaughters in history that equal or exceed the horror of the Shoah in scale, and in particular those which do not have powerful interest groups, lobbies, nor an entire state whose military is funded to the tune of billions by the US to make sure they do not fade from public memory.

    Since you’re a man of letters, you might consider Sven Lundqvist’s book Exterminate All the Brutes. Sven’s a white man, and as a Swede is not at all involved in US political debates, so perhaps even you may find things in his book to your liking. His argument: you know nothing about the Shoah if you don’t know anything about the European exterminations in Africa that preceded. By that logic, I daresay you’re likely as guilty of ignorance as Whoopi. But don’t quit OTP in indignation. Come back and tell us how much you’ve learned.

    One final plea: please don’t respond with yet another subsequent post about how much you love this or that black musician or this or that black sailor to illustrate your cosmopolitan egalitarianism.

    Sincerely, the Mule who Listens, then Kicks

  4. Bill M, Good tip. It looks like Phoenix Typewriters is on the way to the Phoenix Musical Instrument Museum, which is on my itinerary. My sister in law Deb, reads OTP daily, and spotted my Remington Model 5, in a local auction in San Luis Obispo two years ago. ($37). I have viewed some of their geeky videos. Actually quite good to view before negotiating a repair. Thanks!

  5. Pffffffff . . . I mentioned this Whoopie topic last week as something that seriously annoyed me. It annoyed me because of its very existence. Why? The same reason a clickbait headline like, “Kadarshian might be pregnant…” would annoy me, because they are pedestrian in nature, designed for a pedestrian population whose purview is regulated by a pedestrian media.

    The View might have a guest who has his or her shit together from time to time and who may approach a topic from an honest or unique standpoint, but by and large, The View is a show where an easily-manipulated population is whipped into hysterics by a screaming audience, and convinced that its hosts are by some measure elite. The majority of who is not. Fact of the matter is that they are well represented actors who are set in front of the camera to entertain, and they get tired, and spend much of their time rambling barely coherent blah blah until they make some mistake that causes ratings and recognition to spike, and the feeding frenzy to ensue.

    Are you not entertained?

    The real story here would be the political and business maneuvers taking place among the religious, entertainment and broadcast elite, who find something of a springboard in situations like Whoopie’s, and which pits religious and racial lobbies and interest groups against entertainment moguls to grab valuable and available real estate while it’s for sale. I’d love to be the fly on the wall during conversations between these people.

    Now, before you flip out, I get the point that anti-antisemitism is a thing, and while the current skies are filled with lightening on the topic, I’m curious if anyone is talking about the dismantling of the US education system – the root cause of ignorance in this country and the fuel feeding the fire of white power. Will this increase it’s priority on the docket? They’re burning books in an effort to create ignorant Americans. One would think the ADL of all groups would be screaming about this and taking the opportunity to shed light on it more aggressively. (Maybe they are, I dunno.) But all I hear is Whoopie. It seems to be taking up a lot of air in the tanks. Or are the groups who’s jobs are to focus on antisemitism going to be the only groups walking away with attention here having made desired gains on their limited battlefields? Donkey is right, what about Congo? Likely not to be heard much, too many businesses rely on it, and who its investors are might not look good.

    In one piece I read by Vox’s Aja Romano, the best line was, “Neither she nor The View’s producers have shied away from controversial subjects — but neither are they experts on many of the complex subjects they cover.” Though she misspelled “any” in “…many of the complex subjects …” she has a great point. Remember, they once had Jenny McCarthy, Ms. Antivax, as a one-time beacon of hope for the American people. They don’t know shit, and their priorities are ratings.

    You want to get some legitimacy on the subject, View? Sacrifice one of your slots and sit down with America, Mystery Science Theater 3000 style, and Watch Come And See.

  6. P.S. “Exterminate All the Brutes” is a searching examination of Europe’s dark history in Africa and the origins of genocide. Using Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness as his point of departure, Sven Lindqvist takes us on a haunting tour through the colonial past, interwoven with a modern-day travelogue. Retracing the steps of European explorers, missionaries, politicians, and historians in Africa from the late eighteenth century onward, the author exposes the roots of genocide in Africa via his own journey through the Saharan desert. As Lindqvist shows, fantasies not merely of white superiority but of actual extermination–“cleansing” the earth of the so-called lesser races–deeply informed European colonialism and racist ideology that ultimately culminated in Europe’s own Holocaust.

    Chosen as one of the Best Books of 1998 by the New Internationalist, which called it “a beautifully written integration of criticism, cultural history, and travel writing, underpinned by a passion for social justice,” “Exterminate All the Brutes” is a powerful reckoning with the past and an indispensable contribution to the literature of colonial Africa and European genocide.

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