Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Ordinarily Eras Don't End When Someone Dies?

Tabloids still dot our epoch's checkout lines. Yet figures show less of us are there prey to the highest bid, where accepted wisdom marginalized public taste through bad behavior putting people in the seats. Presently glued to notoriety on multiple screens. Theme-speak is everywhere and why there's neither time, nor an inclination to write it out. Molded and folded together for leisure consumption, so lingering over the stylish hot-shot of the model drinking Apéritif pleases. Either comfortable or agitated aware, wisdom seems an ability to distrust. Case in point, marginalizing, by any means necessary, an obituary of a remarkable advertising man

Yesterday The New York Times reported Oglala Sioux activistRussell Means, who - staged guerrilla-tactic protests that called attention to the nation’s history of injustice, received the headline, Russell Means, Who Revived Warrior Image of American Indian, Dies at 72.

Leaving Court


Reuters synopsized his resume, while, like a rap sheet  (Record of Arrest and Prosecution), The Times extensively recounted Russell Means' controversial career. As in the next paragraph claiming - He styled himself a throwback to ancestors who resisted the westward expansion of the American frontier. With theatrical protests that brought national attention to poverty and discrimination suffered by his people, he became arguably the nation’s best-known Indian since Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse.

Any celebrity knows outside the tribe is the problem. As when what White Man wanted, Indian could no longer roam. An agenda Nike still advocates, advising Just Do It


According to The Times, Mr. Means rose to national attention as a leader of the American Indian Movement in 1970, directing a band of Indian protesters on Thanksgiving Day, seizing the Mayflower II Pilgrim ship replica at Plymouth, Mass. - The boisterous Indians' and costumed Pilgrims' confrontation attracted network television coverage and made Mr. Means an overnight hero to dissident Indians and sympathetic whites. 

Labeledovernight hero to dissident Indians and sympathetic whites - is reduced to complainer as The Times summarizes his public career highlights, citing  Mr. Means' being criticized for commercial forays that seemed to hog the spotlight.  

 Crazy Horse Sculpture in 2008
Now whose idea, really, was hogging the spotlight?
Amen.
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I heard last night's debate and, sans faces, noticed both participants repeat what was said last time. The Times. Reuters. The Washington Post. Los Angeles Times. Boston Herald. Miami Herald. Chicago Sun-Times. Seattle Times
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As all tragedy relates, The Times ran a story today for New Yorkers nostalgic for when pot was gotten, somewhat, civilized with a cup of coffee from the corner store on the spot. The Times shows the dichotomy of a long-trusted neighborhood commercial haven resorting to hustling as quite a haul was retrieved demonstrating intent.  The Times, without specifically printing, describes what's missing from the drug war is heart. 

Yes, criminals are criminals but at the current adversarial level, this is an industry unnecessarily producing criminals. Does it matter it's feasible to efficiently run the Criminal Warehouse State
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Wow. Reuters reports China hints at reform by dropping Mao wording.   - The subtle dropping of references to late Chinese leader Mao Zedong from two policy statements over the last few weeks serves as one of the most intriguing hints yet that the ruling Communist Party is planning to move in the direction of reform.



Rulings, like reading tea leaves, are never out of style. But while policy change does come from reevaluation, smoke and mirrors either way. Reuters even prints the speculation that the disgraced politician husband of the confessed, commercially focused, convicted of murder, wife, represented leftists opposed to reform that can now open up. Even accurate, that's a nuance I'd trust as far as its thrown.



Nah. A lot more is happening, than has happened, so far, before Toto has a grip on the curtain over transparency. But, we are all waiting on political elite aristocracies to view, see and appreciate the light of day. 


Thank you for waiting with us, Russell.

Russell and Dennis Banks during protest of Wounded Knee, 1973 

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 October 23, 2012



The space below is a moment of silence for Russell Means.