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Interzone / United States: World Babysitter
« on: August 31, 2013, 06:58:21 AM »
The US intends to drop some missiles into Syria.

No allies support this action.

As far as I can tell, this is an exclusively punitive action. "You follow our rules, or else!" There is not much reward to be gained from such posturing. The men with guns are not too threatened by the ape pounding its chest.

Besides, cruise missiles are expensive, and the US is not in the position to be burning through military resources.

Is there more to this than I'm seeing? Is there any potential benefit to the US for punishing other governments? Or is that not what is happening?

Interzone / Literature; Fiction
« on: August 15, 2013, 10:24:37 AM »
Sometimes I unfold these bizarre packages of compressed wood and assimilate categorizable ink stains in their logical arrangement. It is a great pleasure for me.

Two authors that I think are relevant to listeners of death metal are H.P. Lovecraft and Frank Herbert. The similarity between the two lies in their themes of the individual being at the mercy of an utterly merciless universe. The distinction between the two lies in Lovecraft's themes of the individual as ultimately powerless against inhuman cosmic forces, whereas Herbert's characters are willing to sacrifice their individuality (and much more in Paul Atreide's case!) in order to obtain the power necessary to do what they consider necessary in a scheme broader than their own paltry desires and schemes.

Any more recommendations or elaborations? I'm always interested in reading some anit-individualist fiction like these two masterminds have to offer, and I'm running low on materials from both of them.

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