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Ah Pook is Here!

America the stupid (vulgar, ugly, greedy, death-sucker)

I just can’t believe the idiocy of the American administration over the Taliban prisoners held in Cuba. Even 360 News, who I really respect, seem to consider the whole thing a matter of how the prisoners are treated. It’s not about how they’re treated. Like most people, I imagine that the Americans are keeping the prisoners in bearable, if not exactly luxurious, circumstances (although I had to laugh the other day – every news report on the radio said “the prisoners are being treated humanely – none of them has been summarily executed”… since when has humane treatment equated not killing somebody?)

The issue is the total disregard of the Geneva Convention. Sure, there are good arguments as to why the Americans can’t abide by the treaty in this case, but that’s not the point. The point is, if they can make up their own arguments as to why they get to ignore the treaty, so can every other Tom, Dick and Sadaam. In the same way that India and others have been edging towards war using the excuse that “we must stamp out terrorism”, where America goes others will surely follow.

In the few days after the September 11th attacks, I sensed a fresh understanding emanating from around 50% of Americans. This started with the questions “Why us? What have we done? Why does everybody hate us so?” Then it started to dawn on a great many people – citizens of other countries don’t appreciate the way that America has appointed itself world policeman. They don’t like the fact that America is always right, because America has set itself up as the judge of right and wrong, and what America says goes (and if it doesn’t, well hey, there’s nothing wrong with justified force, is there?) People started to realise that if you’re setting yourself up as an example, people might just follow you, and not neccesarily in the direction you thought – they might have their own justification for using force and bending rules. Well, for a few days back then I thought that out of this horrific event some lessons might be learnt, and the world might just change for the better.

No such luck. We’re back the the America the Stupid that so many people in the world have grown to know and hate. It’s business as usual back at the ranch.

AH POOK THE DESTROYER … BRYON GYSIN’S ALL PURPOSE NUCLEAR BEDTIME STORY

by William S. Burroughs

Itzama, spirit of early mist and showers.
Ixtaub, goddess of ropes and snares.
Ixchel, the spider web, catcher of morning dew.
Zooheekock, virgin fire patroness of infants.
Adziz, the master of cold.
Kockupocket, who works in fire.
Ixtahdoom, she who spits out precious stones.
Ixchunchan, the dangerous one.
Ah Pook, the destroyer.

Hiroshima, 1945, August 6th, 16 minutes past 8 AM
Who really gave that order?
Answer – Control. The ugly American. The instrument of Control.
Question – If Control’s control is absolute, why does Control need to control?
Answer – Control needs time.
Question – Is Control controlled by its need to control?
Answer – Yes
Question – Why does Control need humans, as you call them?
Wait, wait. Time, a landing field. Death needs time like a junkie needs junk.
And what does Death need time for?
The answer is so simple. Death needs time for what it kills to grow in for Ah Pook’s sake.
Death needs time for what it kills to grow in for Ah Pook’s sweet sake,
you stupid, vulgar, greedy, ugly American death sucker.
Death needs time for what it kills to grow in for Ah Pook’s sweet sake,
you stupid, vulgar, greedy, ugly American death sucker.
Like this….

Bryon Gysin has the all purpose nuclear bedtime story.
The all purpose bedtime story, in fact.
Some trillions of years ago a sloppy, dirty giant flicked grease from his fingernails.
One of those gobs of grease is our universe on its way to the floor.
Splat

[watch Ah Pook online here]

Don’t kick your mother!

Oooh, there’s nothing like the Daily Mail for getting my teeth griding on the tube. It’s huge frontpage headline this morning was a big rant, something along the lines of “Now it’s illegal to smack your own child” (referring to this story). Apart from the vast factual innaccuracy of the headline, the way they refer to “your child” as an object for your smacking, something like “your punchbag” made me seethe. In my mind, an alternative scenario formed. The government bans physical abuse of senile senior citizens – suddenly you can no longer discipline your dribbling parents with a sharp jab, and the Daily Mail kneejerks as usual: “Now it’s illegal to kick your mother”. I don’t think so.