The Age of Acquiescence: “The passionate activists from the Age of Aquarius have grown up to be the new Silent Majority.” NY Times Sorry, Maureen, I know what you’re trying to do. You usually make such eminent sense. But the convenient media appeal of the hypocrisy of ’60’s survivors turned middle aged petty bourgeois or nouveau riche is the only way they cover that generation, and it just isn’t so. The earnest members of the counterculture have not lost their cynical mistrust of the government, their commitment to subversion of the dominant paradigm, and their interest in finding new and better ways to be kind in the face of the advancing oligopoly. To argue that, because “the new boss” is “same as the old boss”, nothing was achieved only criticizes an immature caricature of ‘Movement ideology which thought it would be easy. And certainly admirable, principled people still believe after Sept. 11th, and live the belief, that there’s “nothing to kill or die for”, if by quoting Lennon she meant the principled thoughtful stance that the Bush henchmen’s WoT® has been misguided, deceptive, self-serving, immoral and fruitless.

‘World’s Worst Poet’ Wins Immortality

“A Scottish poet so bad he was often asked to perform just so the audience could laugh at him will have his verse etched in stone in the city where he worked. William Topaz McGonagall, who died in 1902, has gained posthumous recognition in the Scottish city of Dundee, which plans to mark the centenary of his death by engraving part of one his poems on a walkway by the river Tay.” Yahoo! News

An example:

“Beautiful Railway Bridge of the Silvery Tay !

With your numerous arches and pillars in so grand array

And your central girders, which seem to the eye

To be almost towering to the sky…”

“Satellites will shortly swing into action to track sheep grazing habits as part of a project to design farms that make animals happier. The Food Animal Initiative combines scientists from Oxford University and farmers funded by British food industry giants supermarket Tesco and burger chain McDonalds UK..” That tells you how little more than window-dressing the project is to be. I’d venture to say most of the animals destined to end up as a patty or slab at one of the food industry giants’ venues never roamed free in a pasture or had their choice of what to graze upon… Reuters