Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Mad As Hell and Terrorstorm

I found this website and I can only afford timewise to watch this first video I'm posting, along with the last video on that link. It's from Network made in 1976, but like many speeches, lectures, lyrics, and essays I've been finding lately, the age-old message is preserved with the humanistic desire to change and progress, beginning with getting people to willingly open their eyes. This Howard Beale character might as well be you or me or any of the fellow Davids standing up to Goliath. Underneath the first video I posted a monologue taken out of the last video, also found on the link. I also found the trailer to this Alex Jones film (Jones is another Robert Greenwald, who made Iraq for Sale) called Terrorstorm. It's on YouTube in its entirety but I don't have the time to spend the two hours watching it at the moment so I'll just post the trailer that I saw. After Loose Change and In Plane Sight, conspiracy theory skeptics, like most of our parents, ask WHY the government would do something like stage a terrorist attack, "Our government would never!". YOUR government. Anyway, this film might help us find or compliment the answer to that "Why?" question.

Beale: I don't have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad. It's a depression. Everybody's out of work or scared of losing their job. The dollar buys a nickel's worth; banks are going bust; shopkeepers keep a gun under the counter; punks are running wild in the street, and there's nobody anywhere who seems to know what to do, and there's no end to it.

We know the air is unfit to breathe and our food is unfit to eat. And we sit watching our TVs while some local newscaster tells us that today we had fifteen homicides and sixty-three violent crimes, as if that's the way it's supposed to be!

We all know things are bad -- worse than bad -- they're crazy.

It's like everything everywhere is going crazy, so we don't go out any more. We sit in the house, and slowly the world we're living in is getting smaller, and all we say is, "Please, at least leave us alone in our living rooms. Let me have my toaster and my TV and my steel-belted radials, and I won't say anything. Just leave us alone."

Well, I'm not going to leave you alone.

I want you to get mad!

I don't want you to protest. I don't want you to riot. I don't want you to write to your Congressman, because I wouldn't know what to tell you to write. I don't know what to do about the depression and the inflation and the Russians and the crime in the street.

All I know is that first, you've got to get mad.

You've gotta say, "I'm a human being, goddammit! My life has value!"

So, I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window, open it, and stick your head out and yell,

"I'm as mad as hell,

and I'm not going to take this anymore !!!"

Alex Jones' Terrorstorm sneak peak:

1 comment:

Sylvia said...

hey. Let's watch this together.