The Meaning of Ennui
Even then, its hard to make the writing come lately. The political side of things is nothing new. The paradigms and limits of the Libelous Republican Noise Machine, the General Bunnypants division of Blogging Colonels, and the Licenced Lunatics of Family Values were set long ago. The new permutations are merely repetitions of the same familiar types: numbing, boring, and morally trivial--since the general karmic effect for the perpetrators is so deeply ingrained that repetition merely lengthens the amount of time they will spend dealing with it in the future.
So what's to write about?
Even the wells of memory and the currents of immediate life do not yield more than a trickle of interest lately. How can they when eight hours a day revolves around either staring at a computer flat screen or staring at other people staring at a computer flat screen?
So I'll leave you with one really good quotation:
Col. Janis Karpinski, a former one-star Army Reserve general who was punished in the scandal, blamed Gen. Geoffrey Miller for the methods that were used to humiliate detainees. Miller headed the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba and was sent to Iraq to recommend improvements in intelligence gathering and detention operations there. "I believe that Gen. Miller gave them the ideas, gave them the instruction on what techniques to use," she said in an interview on the ABC News "Nightline" program. Asked if she was referring to the positioning of prisoners in human pyramids and putting dog leashes on detainees, Karpinski said, "I can tell you with certainty that the MPs (military police) certainly did not design those techniques, they certainly did not come to Abu Ghraib or to Iraq with dog collars and dog leashes."