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Hard News: History is now

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  • Sam F,

    ...and I sincerely hope that's the last time we here the old 'wall street/mainstreet' metaphor. Not that it's a particularly baddie, just a little overused i felt.

    Just slightly off on a tangent here, whilst I have an opening of sorts - I remember hearing a piece on NatRad recently featuring a representative of the NAACP. He commented that the test of the new government won't be what it delivers to "mainstreet America", but what manages to filter down to the "backstreet" - in other words, to people in poverty and to the working poor who are still struggling towards the modest prosperity which the "mainstreet" trope implies.

    I liked that.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1549 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov,

    nice, nothing beats a well stretched metaphor.

    your taxed dollar • Since Mar 2008 • 1295 posts Report Reply

  • Sam F,

    Well, not when the stretching demonstrates what a trite metaphor it was in the first place.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1549 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov,

    Could have just been a one off throwaway. But was definitely the epitome of triteness by the time we reached victory speech. But this new shape exudes a pragmatic aroma, now awaiting someone to stretch it just a little further till we get to 'sesame street' and Obama's education policies.

    your taxed dollar • Since Mar 2008 • 1295 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov,

    "For the last eight years, all we've heard about is some mysterious outside force that threatens our security and our livelihood everyday... we've been told the last eight years...that some outside force is threatening our way of life and our jobs and our livelihoods...and after eight long years of that bullshit...it must dawn on all of us that its that same government that is the terrorist force sitting across from us. And I'm not just talking about the Bush administration, but the whole sick, conformist apparatus - Democrats too! They're supposed to step up and be our voice in congress and they turned their backs on us. They turned their backs on the workers. They turned their backs on the soldiers. They got right behind Bush lock step and got this country into another sick war. Now we know brother Obama. We know brother Obama. But I tell you what, if he comes to power come November and he doesn't start pulling troops out of Afghanistan and Iraq, I know a lot of people who are gonna stand up and burn down every office of every Senator that doesn't do his job. All this hell we've been seeing is just the beginning, it's just the beginning. And no matter what happens in the elections, I'll say this. That there is a generation of young black and latino brothers and sisters that are gonna force everyone in this country to make a decision very soon about what side they're going to stand on. And they're a generation of kids who don't give a fuck about national politics. They care about bread. They care about water. They care about housing and they care about justice. And they ain't gonna fucking stand for any of that shit. They're just not gonna take it.

    This new generation of blacks and latinos and Muslim brothers and sisters are gonna stand up and make this country an offer it can't refuse. An offer it can't refuse. So wake up! Wake up! Wake up!"

    — Zack de la Rocha

    In his early youth, de la Rocha's father Roberto de la Rocha (known as Beto)—a member of Los Four, the first Chicano art collective to be exhibited at a major museum (LACMA, 1973)—suffered a nervous breakdown and took his religious ideals to extremes. He destroyed his art and when Zack visited him on the weekends, he was forced to fast, sit in a room with the curtains closed and the door locked and help destroy his father's paintings.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zack_de_la_rocha

    your taxed dollar • Since Mar 2008 • 1295 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    "Fok you I won't do wot u tell me!"

    — That guy from Rage Against the Machine. They're quite good, eh. I saw them at Big Day Out that time - wicked as man. The whole pit was goin' off. I would rate that in the top 5 of all the live bands I've seen. Probably Metallica would be #1 or Guns n Roses in '94. And Pearl Jam would be #3 or #4.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1843 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    Third!

    (Rats).

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7320 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Hey third is still damned fine, considering the size of the crowd. Congratulations, sir.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16272 posts Report Reply

  • Yamis,

    I found it. Dusted off and ready to go again?!

    Jokes.

    Anybody want to trawl back through it and see what needs deleting?

    I posted this in an irrelevent thread elsewhere in PA so will put it where it belongs...

    >>>>
    NZPA
    >>>>
    17-4-2009 8.43am

    First sites shut down.

    2 websites claiming additional assaults were committed by Broadcaster Tony Veitch have been shut down following an initial injunction obtained by Veitch and his legal team late last night in the High Court.

    One, a sports website and another sports blog refused to remove articles and discussion threads discussing the Veitch case in graphic detail as well as containing what were considered defamatory remarks regarding Veitches ability as a broadcaster.

    Veitch was quoted as saying “hopefully this will send a clear message to many other sites that its not OK to slander people on the internet”. Veitch also stated there were “several other sites” he hoped to target by the end of today.

    Since Nov 2006 • 862 posts Report Reply

  • Yamis,

    cough cough splutter.

    The above is fake. The sod who wrote it has now informed me. Well done that man though. :)

    Since Nov 2006 • 862 posts Report Reply

  • Sam F,

    ^Veitch thread is elsewhere... ;)

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1549 posts Report Reply

  • Yamis,

    yeah but this is the OG thread!

    Since Nov 2006 • 862 posts Report Reply

  • Sam F,

    This is the Obama thread, no?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1549 posts Report Reply

  • Heather W.,

    History may be now but it sometimes gives the impression of repeating.

    The US has decided to boycott the UN racism conference

    They also boycotted the 2001 conference when under the Bush rule.

    Israel again being the alleged catalyst.

    North Shore • Since Nov 2008 • 187 posts Report Reply

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