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Dr Stuart Jeanne Bramhall

Dr Stuart Jeanne Bramhall
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Retired psychiatrist, activist and author of 2 young adult novels - Battle for Tomorrow and A Rebel Comes of Age - and a free ebook 21st Century Revolution. My 2010 memoir The Most Revolutionary Act: Memoir of an American Refugee describes the circumstances that led me to leave the US in 2002. More information about my books (and me) at www.stuartjeannebramhall.com

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NOVEMBER 26, 2012 5:50PM

A New Zealand View on Black Friday

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Security guards break up Black Friday fight in Kentucky

Security guards break up Black Friday fight in Kentucky (AP photo)

Stuff.co.nz compares America’s Black Friday to “something you might see might see amid a humanitarian crisis, a war or in the aftermath of a natural disaster.”

They link to a video which originally appeared on the Sydney Morning Herald website (the Australian accent is a giveaway):  http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/7999238/Stampedes-and-gun-threats-during-Black-Friday

Read full article here: Stampedes-and-gun-threats-during-Black-Friday

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Uh, I think we need to start asking ourselves why Americans behave like this.
Because, deep down, at its very root, this is what America IS.....



MODERN AMERICA & FRIENDS

There's a sickness in the land
Not afraid to show its hand

It is eating us alive
As for greed we daily strive

Just imagine what we teach
As for goodies we all reach

For the children see us fight
And wake screaming in the night

And Wake Screaming In The Night

AND WAKE SCREAMING IN THE NIGHT!

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Great poem, Sky. Did you write this.
Great poem, Sky. Did you write it? Seems like things are deteriorating fast on OS. I see that I'm top rated on this post with "1" like. I suspect no one but me and you can get in. I tried on and off for 5 hours before I was successful.
Internet hasn't worked its way to Kentucky yet, I guess. I'm sure once the UK Man's Basketball Team gets it, it'll spread and things will cool down.

Given that it's New Zealand, I'd be willing to bet a fair sum of money that I can find a fight breaking out "down" there for an even dumber reason.
Dr. B,

Yup. I'm not much of a poet, I'm afraid, but sometimes even a bad poem can carry a certain message better than any prose that I can come up with at the time.

;-)

PS
I can only get in by going to SALON and clicking on "Open" then clicking on "View Blog". My bookmarks for my page and for Open Salon don't work any more.

Oddly enough, once I get here, OS works pretty well except for the long wait for comments to post but I can hurry that up by clicking on "Home" after hitting "Post this comment", then again clicking on "View Blog" to get back to my page. I always copy my comments just in case OS loses them, as it occasionally does.
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I ate Thanksgiving dinner with a New Zealander (friend of my counsin's) I should have quiered him about his Black Friday thoughts...

I also drank a Steinlager!
It's so sad to see the values of the market economy - that includes the accumulation of ever more "stuff" made by exploited workers in the third world and sold by exploited workers here in the Wal-Marts of America - are destroying the ability of people to enjoy the company of their families and neighbors and to enjoy leisure time. Without the former, people lose their sense of connectedness; without the latter, they lose their ability to ponder and to understand the values that are truly important and that should define us as sentient beings. As our humanity is slowly stripped away, we become unthinking dolts and automatons who are incapable of railing against the darkness.
Sky, the next step is to put your poem to music and get Billy Bragg to sing it.

Malcolm, working class Kiwis are much saner than their American counterparts. They go in for the big time stuff that counts - arson, murder and family violence.

Very profound, Paul. I especially like the last part. It's really poetic:

"Without the former, people lose their sense of connectedness; without the latter, they lose their ability to ponder and to understand the values that are truly important and that should define us as sentient beings. As our humanity is slowly stripped away, we become unthinking dolts and automatons who are incapable of railing against the darkness."