Equal Rights For My People, But Not Those People: Ghandi Edition

Recent news is that people want Ghandi’s statue removed since he was a racist, but he was also a womanizing jerk. He is an icon so its taboo to point out his flaws. So I’ll let others, like Hitchens, do it.

“It’s my estimation that every man ever got a statue made of ’em was one kinda sombitch or another.” -Mal, Firefly (s01e04 Jaynestown)

The Atlantic: Christopher Hitchens The Real Mahatma Gandhi (Questioning the moral heroism of India’s most revered figure) 2011-07/08

MSN News Academics want “racist” Gandhi’s statue removed from Ghana’s oldest university 2016-09

This should be a ride

Six Flags has the rights to the Merrie Melodies / Looney Tunes franchise, so they could potentially build a Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarves ride at any number of amusement parks.

Side Note: Of the Six Flags parks, I’ve only been to Magic Mountain, which is kind of a  shithole, although I haven’t been there for at least 20 or 25 years.

Friday Night Video XC

Interesting week at work.  Most of the week was spent in meetings regarding a giant 20ish million dollar project in which many key decisions have apparently already been made by non-technical project managers rather than actual engineers.  Cisco gave me a coffee tumbler.  Lunches were provided.  This afternoon we just gave up and sat around talking about guns and police brutality and what sort of RAID arrays are best for home labs porn collections.

Video confusing and offensive but otherwise not at all related.

Thanksgiving Prayer

By William S Burroughs

“To John Dillinger and hope he is still alive.
Thanksgiving Day November 28 1986”

Thanks for the wild turkey and
the passenger pigeons, destined
to be shat out through wholesome
American guts.

Thanks for a continent to despoil
and poison.

Thanks for Indians to provide a
modicum of challenge and

Thanks for vast herds of bison to
kill and skin leaving the
carcasses to rot.

Thanks for bounties on wolves
and coyotes.

Thanks for the American dream,
To vulgarize and to falsify until
the bare lies shine through.

Thanks for the KKK.

For nigger-killin’ lawmen,
feelin’ their notches.

For decent church-goin’ women,
with their mean, pinched, bitter,
evil faces.

Thanks for “Kill a Queer for
Christ” stickers.

Thanks for laboratory AIDS.

Thanks for Prohibition and the
war against drugs.

Thanks for a country where
nobody’s allowed to mind the
own business.

Thanks for a nation of finks.

Yes, thanks for all the
memories– all right let’s see
your arms!

You always were a headache and
you always were a bore.

Thanks for the last and greatest
betrayal of the last and greatest
of human dreams.