11
Jul
08

American Myopia

I came across this picture today. My first thought was that the artist is probably giving way too much credit to the average American (and their geographical aptitude). Does the randomly selected college student have any clue about the Soviet Eastern Bloc states? Do they know about the forcefully acquired neo-colonial Pacific territories? Do they teach the kids these days about the nefarious global divide and conquer strategy employed by the Wall Street stooge FDR, Papa Joe Stalin, and Winston Gin Blossoms at the Yalta Conference?

The media psy-op brainwash machination is currently in overdrive. Iran is the supposed evil-doer that, if left unchecked, will usher us into apocalyptic nuclear oblivion. The dogs of war are being savagely whipped by the Neo-Con humanity destroyers who are desperately seeking their War of Terror hat trick. Considering that the CIA forcefully overthrew Iran’s democratically elected leader in 1953, and the U.S. gives over 3 billions dollars of military and financial aid a year to their antagonistic neighbor (with over 140 nuclear missiles), rational individuals can sympathize with the need for an Iranian defensive deterrent to U.S./Israeli aggression.

A majority of U.S. citizens, who are the benefactors of an economic hyper-power with the World’s greatest military arsenal, are blind to the responsibility this power requires. It is not hard to understand why my country is loathed on the World stage. The aggressive threat of force wielded by the maniacal sociopaths in the U.S. government is a symptom of diplomatic impotency. The inability of those in power to negotiate with the other kids in the sand box is a sign of inherent weakness. The problem is that, at some point, a bigger kid is going to come by and thrust their faces into the cat shit in the corner. Power wielded unjustly, and without respect for the weaker among us, has the tendency to create horrific unforeseen consequences due to the alliances of the subjugated.

That ends my political rant. Here is a lyric that sums up my current emotional state.

Waiting for the sun to shine
And you know sometimes it gets so painful
Just like talking to yourself
When everything don’t seem to have no rhyme or reason we all go
Waiting for the sun to shine
~ Van Morrison (Straight To Your Heart) Like A Cannonball


14 Responses to “American Myopia”


  1. July 11, 2008 at 2:58 am

    “the alliances of the subjugated.” great line in a strong post – love the graphic!

    (was that a Hollywood post or what…)

  2. July 11, 2008 at 3:03 am

    ahh…. I meant ” Hollywood comment or what ” ( sans the winking happy face which looks like the Walmart happy face saying ‘hey dude this is between you and me” which is the basic relationship it has with most of its customers. Which is ultimately price point pragmatic sleazy.

  3. 3 sexmahoney
    July 11, 2008 at 7:18 am

    It’s like they said in Spiderman, “Great power requires constant threats of violence to maintain.”

    Sex Mahoney for President

  4. 4 c
    July 11, 2008 at 12:33 pm

    The map is funny in awful, scary and sad ways.

    Our country is a bully and one day, instead of giving up the lunch money, all its victims instead are going to band together and get us. Get us good.

    Another thing- the other day i read about how we are sending copy-editing jobs over to India. So, what do we do here? Exploit international workers, grind down and forfeit our own workers, consume, consume, consume then complain. Oh. And bomb places that won’t cooperate with our delusions of grandeur and where Brown people live. (We don’t bomb where Black people live because who gives a crap about them. They’ve got nothing we want at this time.)

  5. 5 Annette
    July 12, 2008 at 2:55 am

    I’m from Pussy-land, awesome! I knew it!

  6. July 12, 2008 at 10:44 am

    Hmm…I’d say the average college student probably knows more than the usual person on Jay Leno’s JayWalk interviews. Most of us are very eager to claim we’re different from the inept and socially-unconscious teenagers we were accused of being just a few years back. Somewhere after grad school, I think the general knowledge and interest in the big picture begins to fade for most people. Our lives as Americans are just too sheltered from the world. People go on living their everyday lives; the only time people ever get really worked up is when the outside world begins to affect theirs. America isn’t stupid per se; we just generally tend to become ignorant.

  7. July 12, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    I have a German cousin and she is living in USA now for her education. She says so many americans she met there, didnt know if Germany is in the Europe or what.

    It’s very bad sign. American government tries to direct people’s attention to what please it. A nation not aware of what’s going on around the world and just fed by what the ruler tells them, is controled much more easier…

  8. July 12, 2008 at 6:57 pm

    Shahrzad — That is a little strange! I know some people might have trouble knowing where Namibia or Nicaragua is, but Germany?

    I have seriously never heard of that.

  9. 9 elementaryteacher
    July 12, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    Hi Johnny,

    I really enjoyed your map, especially since I was trained as a Geography teacher! But I ended up teaching Grade 3.

    Anyway, I’d like to share a conclusion I reached about a month ago, after spending several years thinking about it. You mention above about students these days not knowing much. I figured out the reason why this seems to be the case.

    Each generation feels as though the “up and coming” generation doesn’t know much, or isn’t being taught the SAME body of knowledge that they themselves learned in school. Thus it sees they aren’t getting a good education, or perhaps ANY education at all! But the fact is, that with each generation, so much changes in terms of what the schools are EXPECTED to teach (new science, computers, just to name a couple things). The fact is, there are only so many hours in the day. For every NEW thing that is brought in, something in the curriculum has to GO OUT. So these days we are getting MORE reading, science and math, and LESS history, Latin, languages, music, and P.E. (just as some examples)

    So that’s what’s happening–American History is considered more important than World History, or Geography. So are Science, Math, and Reading and Writing.

    Anyway, I assure you kids are learning the same AMOUNT of things–but WHAT they are learning definitely continues to change.

    Best regards,
    Eileen
    Dedicated Elementary Teacher Overseas (in the Middle East)
    elementaryteacher.wordpress.com

  10. July 13, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    qazse: I appreciate the kind words. I don’t mind where the comments come from – even “HollyWeird.”

    sexmahoney: No, it is more like they said in Planet of the Apes. “You maniacs!You blew it up! Damn you! God damn you all to Hell!”

    Johnny Peepers for Sanitation Commissioner

    c: They call it progress, the globalism I mean. We were sold a bill of goods with NAFTA, WTO, GATT, and a variety of other economy destroying treaties that promised us high paying Information Age jobs, and a plethora of cheap big box shit to decorate our cribs with. The jig is up. The FED ponzi scheme is crashing like a house of cards in a hurricane. The credit crunch and the mortgage failures are indications of the misery to come. Progress they say.

    Annette: I knew there was a reason I liked you 🙂

    paperdreamer: I think you give cats too much credit. Our society has been intentionally dumbed down by a variety of frontal lobe attacks on the populace. Broken down government schools (with a watered down curriculum that loathes individual achievement in the interest of the collective), fluoridation and mercury poisoning (that reduce IQ and cause autism), the systematic bombardment of banality inducing news and entertainment, etc…

    Shahrzad: Not a surprise. The aptitude for intelligence and curiosity atrophies when there is no need to exercise it. Most Americans live in a state of somnambulistic pseudo bliss. The problem is that what they don’t know hurts everyone else.

    elementaryteacher: Interesting theory. I didn’t learn jack schlitz in high school, or college for that matter. Luckily, I had a desire to self-educate and override the lies and omissions I had been force-fed in schools. I find that drive in lacking in many peoples these days (young and old). There is a systemic brainwash operation occurring in this country. The willingness to question leaders, reject the (his)story lies, and utilize critical thinking has been crushed in the minds of masses to instill blind obedience.

  11. July 14, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    Johnny, well done. I like that map a lot. Do you know the artist’s name?

    Johnnypeeper’s response:

    You motivated me to perform an exhaustive web search for the artist. I found several credits to a site titled Demonbaby.com, but could not find the picture there. Maybe they will contact me with a demand letter. I will keep you advised.

  12. 12 lifeisacookie
    July 16, 2008 at 6:42 pm

    Graph three from you = spot ON. Well said JP … well said.

  13. 13 rideronthet
    July 18, 2008 at 12:45 am

    I like that Africa is not even on the map

  14. July 18, 2008 at 12:47 am

    rideronthet,

    Why? Do Africans bother you?


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