The name is Bryan... Wear it out all you want. :P I am crazy, eccentric, and an enigma even to myself. I am an activist and member of the ISO (International Socialist Organization) as well as The Coalition to End Rape Culture at Umass. I am a certified rape crisis counselor and an educator advocate at the Center for Women and Community. I am interested in psychology and want to get into some sort of human services field. Some of my hobbies are drawing, writing poetry, rapping, doing spoken word, making jewelry and performing. I do lots of meditation. I have an interesting set of beliefs mixing Marxism, Buddhism, Taoism, and Atheism. I enjoy listening to political talks and Dharma talks. I also burn a lot of fucking incense! If you want to know anything else about me, just ask! :]
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Music: I am a fan of old hip hop and underground hip hop. I love punk, rock, ska, jazz, blues, soul, motown, funk, reggae, metal, folk. I am very picky about country music. I like Johnny Cash and country music from the 1920's. I like music from Latin America such as Bomba music. I also like music from the East and Middle East. I like Buddhist chanting and singing bowls. I like tribal music too. I also like chain gang prison songs. They are so raw and emotional with the simple singing and rhythmic banging of hammers. I just love music!
Books: I enjoy political non fiction mostly. I also enjoy books on Taoism, Buddhism, and eastern philosophies even though I am not really religious. I love poetry as well: Plath, Poe, Ginsberg, Rumi, Kerouac, Jim Morrison's written poetry, Bukowski, Whitman, Chaucer, Saul Williams, Shakespeare's sonnets, Thoreau, William S. Burroughs, Neal Cassady, Mark Twain, Charles Baudelaire
Above all else, be yourself. Don't try to impress people. It leads to exaggerations of who you are. That exaggeration won't last. You have nothing to prove, other than that you are a perfectly flawed individual who is awesome in your own ways and fucked up in your own ways too. Lets remove our masks... I am not here to impress any of you, and if you want to impress me do so by not being ashamed of your flaws. I see beauty in all of our uglies and the strength it gives us all to be beautiful even with our demons. What is beauty without the ugliness? If we are friends, I will make you happy. If we are friends, I will drop the ball and upset you.... Perfectly imperfect.... fucked up and beautiful....
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Memoirs of a Madman Volume 2
Memoirs of a Madman Volume 1
I can’t think of much more destructive than war. It destroys lives and families in all countries that engage in war. It leaves whole countries and cities in ruins. When it is all said and done, what has the average person got to show for it? Death, destruction, terror, agony, homelessness, suicide, birth defects, missing limbs, dead friends and family. What did the ruling classes and corporations get out of it? Record profits and control over natural resources.
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War On Terror? (Instrumental: Necro - Gory Days)
The United States fights a war on terror
I am not afraid to say that is a bad joke played on us
Punch lines of death and we the people play along
Moved by 911 so fear hijacks our ability to think about the truth
And see reality
We rationalize killing innocent people
manifesting anger with
Tanks and bombs
Army knives and missiles
soldiers sent to their slaughter
So they can slaughter
Trained to kill but for what
A war on terror
While causing terror
Actions of a hypocritical government
Feeding their quote unquote enemy’s a dose of terrorism
Through a war umbilical
Nourishing a monster in the womb of destruction
We need to be analytical
Look at the truth and be cynical
When tongues speak hypocritical
Hungry for world domination
And their stomachs are never full
Retinas are replaced by dollar signs
The two fingers we put up to symbolize peace
Are replaced with a formation to hug the trigger
We are told that we better pull
Soldiers drop bombs on their conscious
While dropping bombs on targets
When they can’t block the thoughts
Of all the lives that they demolished
New recruits soon get their conscious tarnished
Unlike their polished boots
Shiny and beautiful
If only their conscious would follow suit
But remorse continues to pollute
Don’t think just shoot
If you think then you will get shot
I support the troops by saying wars must stop
And even if it takes away their military jobs
It will save lives if they stay on their own soil
Just think of all the deaths when wars uncoil
We got a war on terrorism
While funding the killings of innocent victims
And I fear people wont listen
Because imbedded in so many minds
Is the belief that all Arabs are bad
And thus need to be the targets that we stab
That attitude justifies the people that die
As long as it is Arab blood that sheds
We are justified to take away their lives
Without thinking about the dead
So who are the enemies
Is it mothers fathers babies and the elderly
Back home the reality of their death is seldom seen
So we don’t think about the terror the United States causes overseas
Easy to kill Arabs when you associate them with animals and beasts
This history repeats
From actions and mindsets to the slurs in our talking
In Vietnam it was Gooks now its hadjis
Before Nam it was Crouts back in world war two
And not only that we all demonized the Japs too
Like all Germans and Japanese people were evil
Just look at the past
Fear tactics led to Japanese concentration camps
Lock up Japanese Americans on our own land
Fear plagues us once again
So soldiers patrol Afghanistan
It’s not just our own armies terrorizing
listen to what I am saying
We also fund an army of Israelis
When we send 6 billion dollars a year
To kill innocent mothers and babies
We give that military
free planes helicopters and guns
3 billion dollars direct aid
which is two thirds military
increase the amount of Palestinian civilians buried
Indirect aid totals 3 billion
with half of that military aid
to a powerful army
making the native ethnic group fade
When its leave or die
violent and illegal land theft
while we drown in our national debt
Our tax dollars and government money
Goes to cause innocent death
Where would you rather our money go
To support apartheid
Or to help fix our problems at home
Fight for human rights and don’t be scared
you can argue that Israel is our ally
We have support them so the money isn’t wasted
At the same time a war on terror is what you’re claiming
But by the definition the epitome of terror is done in the occupation
A whole country fights terror
While supporting this apartheid across the nation
That’s why I call war on terror the ugly face of hypocrites
Whether its greedy politicians or population that’s ignorant
Go ahead call me unpatriotic
Imperialism is wrong and we need to stop it
War Drunkard U.S. : OBAMA Guilty of Crimes Against Humanity : Mike Gravel
The US is like a drunkard who charges to war with anyone who might pose a threat, ex-Senator and former US presidential candidate Mike Gravel says.
"I like the US. But at the same time I think my country is an imperial country that is going downhill, and our leadership does not even acknowledge the problem," confesses Gravel.
"Phony triumphalism has turned into a device to make Americans live in fear of a terrorist attack, yet you are a thousand times more likely to catch cancer than ever be hurt by that," he points out.
"All I can say about what the US is doing — it’s immoral," Gravel says, explaining that "as a result of 9/11, we have altered our moral compass. And people began to get used to brutalizing each other."
"We Americans used to think ‘oh, what happened in Germany could never happen with us!’ Well, it is happening with us. And it is happening to the detriment of our global position."
"In Afghanistan, in Iraq and in Vietnam at the era, all American soldiers died in vain," Gravel claims, recalling the millions of war victims in Vietnam, which is now developing along its own path, regardless.
New American policies enable US military or security officials to take a decision and dispatch a drone to kill a suspect without trial — together with all civilians who happen to be close to the target, Gravel says.
"The morality of that is removing responsibility — those who drop bombs [from remotely operated robot drones] do not see people die," he says.
"We have not matched the progress in the private sector of technology and science with the ability to govern ourselves in a proper fashion. We do not have a democracy. We have a system of representative governments worldwide, and that is not good enough for people to govern themselves in the XXI century," argues the former Senator.
President Barack Obama is
"guilty of crimes against humanity after the operation in Libya and the continuing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq"
— and Mike Gravel has got proof.
"He [Obama] was asked whether or not there would be a possibility that we begin an investigation of the invasion in Iraq by George Bush — which was an absolute crime. What was Barack Obama’s response? ‘We don’t look back’. That means we do not want you, the American citizens, to see what happened, because you may turn around and accuse us of the same thing," Mike Gravel says, "it’s even worth than that. It is not an accusation. He has been doing exactly the same thing as George Bush did."
"Obama is raising a billion dollars for his re-election campaign, and he has made a statement which demonstrates what respect he has for the people. He made the statement ‘We’re not going to take any money from special interests’. I tell you — the billion dollars come from special interests," ex-Senator Gravel accuses.
Noam Chomsky on Dilemmas in Humanitarian Intervention
On September 15, 2011, Noam Chomsky shared remarks on the pitfalls of humanitarian intervention with the Williams College community. A prominent American public intellectual and activist, Chomsky has written and lectured extensively on linguistics, philosophy, intellectual history, international affairs, and foreign policy.