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iamahaingttta Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-03-08 08:36 AM
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12. Ya know... I live in New York City.
I watched the towers collapse from near my Brooklyn apartment with my own two eyes. Friends of mine saw the second plane hit. I was able to detect the putrid smell of death in the air. I and many others got sick with these mysterious illnesses in the months and years afterwards. While I was lucky enough not to have known anyone who died that day, I know several people who lost loved ones. My cousin had a noon job interview in WTC #2. Luckily, she hadn't gotten on the subway yet. We were all freaked out for quite a while.

However, we here in New York City are TOTALLY over it. We are in the midst of a building boom. I am part of a vibrant local arts culture. Young people are flocking here and for the most part, at least from where I sit, New York City has licked its wounds, gotten past the pain and feels pretty optimistic. And it has been that way since... oh, I don't know... mid 2003? We haven't forgotten, but we certainly don't dwell on it. I don't know the last time I had a conversation with another local about 9/11.

I have said many times over the years, and will say it again on this thread - I don't live in America. I live in New York City. It really feels like a different country. I go to visit my mother in southern New Jersey, or go just about anywhere else, and it's a completely different place. And I really don't like it! It's shallow and vapid and fearful. It's fat and stupid and lazy. It's priorities are completely misguided. It's delusional. America is delusional. Oh, there are nice people in America to be sure, and on a good day they are among the most generous people in the world. But they haven't had a good day in over six years. And it's their own fucking fault.

I've met people who I just want to slap around and say "What the fuck is wrong with your brain? Wake the fuck up and smell the fact that you are being exploited, ripped off, lied to and cheated, and when they're done ass-raping you each day, you beg for more! WAKE THE FUCK UP!"

But so many of them don't want to wake up. And I don't particularly care anymore. There seem to be legions of stupid people in America who fight and claw and work very hard to stay stupid and I don't care anymore. I've gotten out there in the streets to protest, putting my ass on the line for their benefit. I've risked getting spied on and worse by the government they elected, to try to get back the rights that were stolen from them. And what do I get in return? I get called unpatriotic. Fuck 'em!

When it comes to the question of "why don't YOU do something?" I am doing something. I'm living frugally and artfully and helping build a village within a city of people who are doing the same. I don't give Corporatia much money, and I try to make the world just a little bit better when possible. It doesn't always work out that way, because I get mad at the idiots. I can be snarky online, but in person I try to always be polite. I have people who love me, and I work to spread the love. And this coming spring and summer, it's gonna get big. And the rest of America can wallow in its vapidity and I don't really care. I don't watch television, so I miss much of the death throes of this once great nation. However, here in the nation of New York City, things are, for the most part, going pretty well!

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  -Hey America- 9-11 is over--git yer shit together already, JESUS! Philosoraptor  Jan-03-08 05:47 AM   #0 
  - Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for..  sazemisery   Jan-03-08 05:57 AM   #1 
  - The over-reaction to 9/11 has been mind-boggling.  mwb970   Jan-03-08 06:45 AM   #2 
  - True. With "presidents" like bu$hit, WHO NEEDS binLaden or terrorists?  Triana   Jan-03-08 07:25 AM   #3 
  - What ever happened to "Standing Tall"?  Benhurst   Jan-03-08 07:27 AM   #4 
  - We have meet the terrorists and they are us ...  Gonnuts   Jan-03-08 04:19 PM   #38 
  - Frankly, the biggest tragedy of 9-11 ...  Cosmocat   Jan-04-08 05:15 AM   #60 
  - Oh Philosoraptor  stellanoir   Jan-03-08 07:41 AM   #5 
  - Empathize w/your sentiment. Even if one buys the "blow back" theory...  Echo In Light   Jan-03-08 07:42 AM   #6 
  - K&R.  malta blue   Jan-03-08 07:46 AM   #7 
  - Yes, we are drunk, stoned and overmedicated on over entertainment..  Virginia Dare   Jan-03-08 07:48 AM   #8 
  - Concur ...  Gonnuts   Jan-03-08 04:37 PM   #39 
  - Concur ...  Gonnuts   Jan-03-08 04:37 PM   #40 
     - oops .. sorry about the double-post  Gonnuts   Jan-03-08 04:39 PM   #41 
  - one of the best reads I've ever read  madokie   Jan-03-08 08:04 AM   #9 
  - K&R  dicksteele   Jan-03-08 08:17 AM   #10 
  - AMEN! n/t  abluelady   Jan-03-08 08:18 AM   #11 
  - Ya know... I live in New York City.  iamahaingttta   Jan-03-08 08:36 AM   #12 
  - Thank you iamahaingttta  Philosoraptor   Jan-03-08 09:24 AM   #14 
  - Great post, iamahaingttta!  Kajsa   Jan-03-08 09:32 AM   #15 
  - Who's getting rich from the building boom?  dailykoff   Jan-03-08 09:34 AM   #17 
  - That's not the building boom...  iamahaingttta   Jan-03-08 12:29 PM   #26 
     - Answer: Bloomberg, Time-Warner, New York Times, Hearst  dailykoff   Jan-03-08 09:26 PM   #53 
  - I read once that many New Yorkers live there to "get away from America"  Oregonian   Jan-03-08 02:58 PM   #32 
  - Thanks  Johnny Noshoes   Jan-03-08 05:01 PM   #42 
  - Seems to me the further you are from the horror the more it effected you  bklyncowgirl   Jan-04-08 05:04 AM   #59 
  - Big kick. Big rec. Great post. nt  chimpymustgo   Jan-03-08 08:48 AM   #13 
  - Except for the trials  dailykoff   Jan-03-08 09:32 AM   #16 
  - But...but... 9/11 Changed Everything...  warren pease   Jan-03-08 09:39 AM   #18 
  - It Changed One Other Thing, Warren  ProfessorGAC   Jan-03-08 10:26 AM   #23 
     - Oh baloney. It revealed just the opposite.  dailykoff   Jan-03-08 11:48 AM   #25 
     - Yeah, good point...  warren pease   Jan-03-08 12:35 PM   #28 
        - Amen to all of that!  bpcmxr   Jan-03-08 03:44 PM   #36 
  - Big Kick and Recommend.  Kajsa   Jan-03-08 09:40 AM   #19 
  - Could you clean that up and repost it farther down thread?  midlife_mo_Jo   Jan-03-08 09:53 AM   #20 
  - The ONLY thing I'm not over about 9/11 is:  danagsk8   Jan-03-08 10:05 AM   #21 
  - The ONLY thing I'm not over about 9/11 is:  nyc 4 Biden   Jan-03-08 12:47 PM   #30 
  - I've been saying it for years! Wake the fuck up! K&R  Jesuswasntafascist   Jan-03-08 10:23 AM   #22 
  - ..................  Philosoraptor   Jan-03-08 11:25 AM   #24 
  - Don't you know 9/11 changed everything?  Neo   Jan-03-08 12:33 PM   #27 
  - Thank you, great post.  krabigirl   Jan-03-08 12:35 PM   #29 
  - To pick up the "America as if it were a single person" example...  ForeignSpectator   Jan-03-08 02:15 PM   #31 
  - Bravo!! Fantastic Post!!  sandyj999   Jan-03-08 03:05 PM   #33 
  - reichstag fire anyone.  zonmoy   Jan-03-08 03:32 PM   #34 
  - Agreed.  FiveGoodMen   Jan-03-08 05:26 PM   #43 
  - The pandering must end.  BushDespiser12   Jan-03-08 03:35 PM   #35 
  - Best Op EVER! ... 911-exploited to the hilt!  DianaForRussFeingold   Jan-03-08 04:07 PM   #37 
  - Wonderful post, Phil  Blue_In_AK   Jan-03-08 05:33 PM   #44 
  - The M$M needs a massive overhaul  Wednesdays   Jan-03-08 06:17 PM   #45 
  - You would like to revise or bury history?  gsplfnk   Jan-03-08 06:23 PM   #46 
  - It's turned us into a bunch cowering fools who will gladly give up any and all rights  Connonym   Jan-03-08 06:50 PM   #47 
  - The Brits faced FAR worse in WWII  Canuckistanian   Jan-03-08 07:45 PM   #48 
  - Yes...Yes...Yes  MadMaddie   Jan-03-08 08:29 PM   #49 
  - Fuck you  lost-in-nj   Jan-03-08 09:09 PM   #50 
  - Good post  LostinVA   Jan-03-08 09:38 PM   #54 
  - Don't tell Ghouliani - his entire campaign is centered around 9-11  Paint It Black   Jan-03-08 09:16 PM   #51 
  - The Answer Is This: 9/11 Had Nothing To Do With Iraq  Southpawkicker   Jan-03-08 09:17 PM   #52 
  - (must be something in the water) K&r n/t  orleans   Jan-03-08 10:01 PM   #55 
  - Why do you hate America?  Swamp Rat   Jan-03-08 10:04 PM   #56 
  - 9/11 was an inside job. And that's ok with you?  Beam Me Up   Jan-03-08 11:18 PM   #57 
  - Hell no its not o.k. with me.  Philosoraptor   Jan-04-08 04:19 AM   #58 
  - That was the intention with the 2006 election.  Le Taz Hot   Jan-04-08 05:20 AM   #61 
  - ...............  Philosoraptor   Jan-05-08 05:58 AM   #62 
     - K&R'd  opihimoimoi   Jan-05-08 06:11 AM   #63 

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