Desolate Country – 8/18/17 – KC, MO

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Desolate Country – 8/18/17 – KC, MO

Following the Video Game Crash of 1983

This is 1942
And we are back flips and bombs
This is Rush’n Attack
And we are knives out to anyone scrolling our way
This is Castlevania
And there’s a vampire monologue within our maze-like hearts
This is Gunsmoke
And the shotgun is our favorite convenience to convert the lawless
This is Spy vs. Spy
Where every other day we die a cartoon death
This is Faxanadu
So derided yet somehow playable
This is Dragon Warrior
Too much talk and no bloodbaths allowed within city walls
This is Contra
No, this is Life Force
No no no no no is this is this is this
left right left right
B
A
Start
No.
This is Kid Icarus
And we just want to save Angel Land, but can’t even get out of the Underworld

Following the Video Game Crash of 1983

February 1st, 2017

what is strength?

                    more precisely,
                                                  what is power?

from
the perspective
of
the outsider,

weak leaders
act like
strong leaders,

and

                    strong leaders
                    act
                    indifferent

weak leaders
portray
them-
     selves as stronger
     
in order
          to get
                    their way
          
they gamble
they escalate

what is strength?

                    more precisely,
                                                  what is power?

democrats
&
dictators

the strong ruler
does not issue
any command at all
                         because
her will
is implemented already

that is strength.

                    more precisely,
                                                  it is power.

we cannot infer
whether power
is being exerted effectively,
based on outcomes alone

that is strength.

                    more precisely,
                                                  it is power.

a sign of strength
a sign of weakness
the same
observable
implication

a sign of strength
signs of weakness
radically
different
interpretations

understand what is mi[   ]ing

poem found here:      https://tompepinsky.com/2017/01/30/weak-and-incompetent-leaders-act-like-strong-leaders/

February 1st, 2017

On average, CEOs earn 204 times more than what his or her employees earn

All these greedy bitches
Takin’ money from my pockets
All these greedy bitches
With black teeth sunk in my wallet
All these greedy bitches
Makin’ money off the poor
All these greedy bitches
Wantin’ more & more & more
All these greedy bitches
Shittin’ in my yard
All these greedy bitches
Stackin’ all the cards
All these greedy bitches
Shareholder whores
All these greedy bitches
Rules and regs they deplore
All these greedy bitches
Need lynched like Jello said
All these greedy bitches
Firin’ peons in their stead
All these greedy bitches
Hide in their gold penthouses
All these greedy bitches
Closin’ down the old schoolhouses
All these greedy bitches
Pay the law to look aside
All these greedy bitches
Silver coins instead of eyes
All these greedy bitches
Lie and cheat and steal
All these greedy bitches
Offer a devil of a deal
All these greedy bitches
I ain’t got enough space
All these greedy bitches
Hide their skeletal face
All these greedy bitches
Always seem to escape
All these greedy bitches
Clockin’ grip with every rape
All these greedy bitches
Sucka people wanna be ’em
All these greedy bitches
But we never even see ’em
All these greedy bitches
Tradin’ beatin’ hearts for money
All these greedy bitches
I’m too tired to be funny
All these greedy bitches
They ain’t got no answers
All these greedy bitches
Uncontrollable cancers
All these greedy bitches
That’s just how business done
All these greedy bitches
Soon we gonna make you run

On average, CEOs earn 204 times more than what his or her employees earn