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Hippie Digest: Storm Thorgerson, RIP – Berkeley Hippies Attack… – Laos Hippies during Vietnam – ‘Searching for Sugar Man’ – Ours is yoursTHE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A DAYDREAMER-Discovering hippies and teen rebellion when ‘Searching for Sugar Man’-Hippie Culture in Laos during the Vietnam War-Video: Homeless Berkeley Hippies Attack Stanley Roberts-Legendary album art designer Storm Thorgerson, RIPTHE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A DAYDREAMER-Discovering hippies and teen rebellion when... more
"By the time of the election in November 1968, LBJ had evidence Nixon had sabotaged the Vietnam war peace talks — or, as he put it, that Nixon was guilty of treason and had 'blood on his hands.'""By the time of the election in November 1968, LBJ had evidence Nixon had... more
“Strafe the town and kill the people,
Drop napalm in the square,
Get out early every Sunday
And catch them at their morning prayer.”“Strafe the town and kill the people, Drop napalm in the square, Get out early... more
In the summer of 1972, when I was 15, I persuaded my parents to let me ride my bike down to the local George McGovern headquarters every morning to work on his campaign. McGovern, who died early Sunday morning in South Dakota at the age of 90, embodied the core values I had been taught to cherish.In the summer of 1972, when I was 15, I persuaded my parents to let me ride my bike... more
Peace out . . . http://latestbloomer.uskoa.com/?p=1252
This day on Planet Earth in 1971.
Another haywire week on Planet Earth in 1973.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is the invisible wound that scars war veterans, and some individuals are so afflicted that they die physically or psychologically from this traumatic wound through suicide, homicide or incurable psychosis. In 2012, this disorder is recognized and understood in ways it never was before, making it more possible for traumatized men and women to get the help they need. However, war-related PTSD certainly isn’t new, and when the 20th century and its technological might ushered in massively brutal, worldwide conflicts that buried forever idea of a “gentleman’s war,” it also drastically increased the psychological pressures on combat troops. Motion pictures have been used to document the many aspects of war. Over the years, the United States government has commissioned a number of documentaries that look at soldiers returning from theaters of war, as they attempt to reintegrate into the society they left behind.
Perhaps the most famous documentary about returning soldiers is the 1946 film “Let There Be Light” by the acclaimed filmmaker John Huston, who considered the film to be one of his best movies. However, its fame derives mainly from being kept hidden for 35 years after it was made, by a War Department uncomfortable with the notion that there is any lasting downside to war for the returning veteran. The War Department was so uneasy about this documentary that it had the film remade as “Shades of Gray,” a propaganda docudrama based on “Let There Be Light,” which not only eliminated African-American soldiers from the cast, but also suggested that only soldiers who were disturbed before they went to war broke down upon their return.
Film history isn’t the only context in which to appreciate Huston’s hour-long documentary, his third and final film for the Army Signal Corps. “Let There Be Light” is also one of the earliest commercial depictions of psychotherapy, in this case the military’s use of it to treat what we now call Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The U.S. military now offers a wide array of pre- and post-battle therapies to help soldiers recover from traumatic experiences. In contrast, “Let There Be Light’s” gruff doctors, who inject sodium amytal and conduct religious group therapy sessions, look prehistoric by comparison.
Nevertheless, “Let There Be Light,” like its routinely under-appreciated 1946 fictional counterpart, “The Best Years of Our Lives,” remains essential viewing. Each of the films conveys a sense of compassion toward soldiers; the soldiers presented in these films don’t ask to be called heroes, they only want normalcy. Today’s returning soldiers surely feel the same, and yet their experiences on the battlefield are increasingly abnormal, even unknown, to most people they encounter upon returning.
Seven months after the War Department forcibly prevented “Let There Be Light” from premiering at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art, a disabled Army veteran named Harold Russell became the only man to win two Oscars for the same performance. Russell received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and an Honorary Award for Nonprofessional aActing for his role as a returned soldier in “The Best Years of Our Lives.” William Wyler’s 168-minute drama concerns the homecomings of three soldiers, and it was showered with awards throughout the winter and spring of 1947, including a Best Picture Oscar and multiple Golden Globes and New York Film Critics Circle citations.
“The Best Years of Our Lives” and “Let There Be Light” aren’t cynical or judgmental of American society, but are quietly brave and emotionally devastating. “Let There Be Light” attempts to shield us with its presentation of hospital interiors that are clean, orderly and positively overstaffed. Nonetheless, the men and their stories are unforgettable. You finish watching the film feeling emotionally drained and deeply grateful that they won’t have to fight again.
This piece includes a number of photographs and the full version of both films.
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2012/08/12/a-soldiers-heart-let-there-be-light/Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is the invisible wound that scars war veterans,... more
In case 1968 seems odd, distant and foreign to you - or you were just stoned.
Sen. John Stennis talks about the Military budget for Vietnam in 1965.
I can't believe this weekend marked the 40th anniversary of one, if not, the most iconic photos of the Vietnam War. On June 8, 1972 AP photographer Nick Ut took the Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph of 9-year-old Phan Thị Kim Phúc skin falling of her body as she ran from her village after a Napalm bombing.
This and other photos were influential in forcing the US in a truce in Jan. 1973. Of source it took 4 1/2 years to work out a settlement for the US to withdraw making US involvement in the Vietnam War nearly 20 years [1 November 1955– 30 April 1975 (19 years, 180 days)]
Luckily Phan Thị Kim Phúc survived her injuries. Photographer Nick Ut rushed her and the other burned children to a hospital in Saigon.
After over a year and numerous surgeries she was able to return home until he was evacuated during the fall of Saigon. Her life post war was not any easier she was used as a propaganda tool by the communist government of Vietnam. On her honeymoon during a refueling stop in Newfoundland, she and her husband escaped and asked for political asylum in Canada. They, along with their two kids, now live in Ajax Ontario. In 1997 UNESCO honored her when they named her Goodwill Ambassador for Peace.
I call her a hero not because she survived, escaped, or has become a peace activist but because given all that has happened to her she was able to put all of it behind her and raise a family----that is a hero!
http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/about-us/who-we-are/goodwill-ambassadors/kim-phuc-phan-thi/I can't believe this weekend marked the 40th anniversary of one, if not, the most... more
Every Memorial Day we attempt to get closer to peace on earth, but alas, we are usually just winding down in one place, while watching another powder keg get closer and closer to an open fire. WHACKO-TV salutes the men and women of our armed forces. Someday, we just might have a country that is not in a war and we can say the soldier is a thing of the past, but for now, we are all US Soldiers. We all support our troops. I am the US Soldier.Every Memorial Day we attempt to get closer to peace on earth, but alas, we are... more
May 16th marks the 100th anniversary of Studs Terkel’s birth and an occasion to memorialize one of the most prolific writers and cultural critics in the history of Chicago letters. As an author, broadcaster and oral historian, legendary Chicagoan Studs Terkel celebrated the lives of ordinary Americans. Some of Terkel’s many friends and fans are hoping to return the favor with a series of events marking the 100th birthday of a man whose work is a chronicle of the 20th century.
The Studs Terkel Centenary, a group headed up by Terkel’s friends, including Chicago Tribune reporter Rick Kogan, on Saturday will rededicate the Division Street Bridge, which was named after Terkel 20 years ago. On Wednesday, The Newberry Library will host a birthday party featuring guest speakers who will share stories about Studs. Terkel’s friends will ensure that his memory lives on with a day of Studs-only programming on WFMT-FM on his birthday, with performances of passages from Terkel’s 2001 book “Will the Circle Be Unbroken?” at Steppenwolf Theatre next week and by phoning in personal anecdotes about Terkel to a hotline set up by Chicago’s Hull House Museum.
This piece includes a number of photographs, an animated short and five documentary short films about the life and works of Studs Terkel.
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2012/05/16/the-studs-terkel-centenary-chicago-celebrates-legendary-studs-terkel/May 16th marks the 100th anniversary of Studs Terkel’s birth and an occasion to... more
The Bay area has a long history of protest. At 1960s UC Berkeley, Vietnam war opponents started as idealistic, flowers in your hair protestors who morphed into building grabbers. Next door, the hard-scrabble neighborhoods of East Oakland are the perfect breeding ground for discontent. It's the right place for the Occupy movement to set up tents. Plenty of people with grievances and lots of rich people to snub. But, Occupy Oakland has a dark side.The Bay area has a long history of protest. At 1960s UC Berkeley, Vietnam war... more
Christopher Hitchens dies; Vanity Fair writer was a religious skeptic, master of the contrarian essay
(MARVIN JOSEPH/WASHINGTON POST)
- Christopher Hitchens in May 2010.
By Matt Schudel, Updated: Thursday, December 15, 9:15 PM
Christopher Hitchens, a sharp-witted provocateur who used his formidable learning, biting wit and muscular prose style to skewer what he considered high-placed hypocrites, craven lackeys of the right and left, “Islamic fascists” and religious faith of any kind, died. He was 62. He had cancer of the esophagus.
Vanity Fair, the magazine for which Mr. Hitchens worked, confirmed his death.
Mr. Hitchens, an English-born writer who had lived in Washington since 1982, was a tireless master of the persuasive essay, which he wrote with an indefatigable energy and venomous glee. He often wrote about the masters of English literature, but he was better known for his lifelong engagement with politics, with subtly nuanced views that did not fit comfortably with the conventional right or left.
In his tartly worded essays, books and television appearances, Mr. Hitchens was a self-styled contrarian who often challenged political and moral orthodoxy. He called Henry Kissinger a war criminal, savaged Mother Teresa and Princess Diana, ridiculed both Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, then became an outspoken opponent of terrorism against the West from the Muslim world.
In 2007, Mr. Hitchens aimed his vitriol even higher, writing a best-selling book that disputed the existence of God, then enthusiastically took on anyone — including his own brother — who wanted to argue the matter.
His supporters praised Mr. Hitchens as a truth-telling literary master who, in the words of the Village Voice, was “America’s foremost rhetorical pugilist.” Writer Christopher Buckley has called him “the greatest living essayist in the English language.”
Enemies vilified Mr. Hitchens as a godless malcontent. His onetime colleague at the Nation, Alexander Cockburn, called him “lying, self-serving, fat-assed, chain-smoking, drunken, opportunistic [and] cynical.”
Mr. Hitchens was a raffish character who constantly smoked and drank, yet managed to meet every obligation of a frenetic professional and social schedule. A writer for the Observer newspaper in Britain described him as “at once resolute and dissolute.”
Friends and enemies alike marveled at how the hedonistic Mr. Hitchens, after a full evening of drinking and talking, could then sit down and casually produce sparkling essays for Vanity Fair, the Nation, the Atlantic, Slate.com and many other publications without missing a deadline.
“Writing is recreational for me,” he said in 2002. “I’m unhappy when I’m not doing it.”
He seldom produced an uninteresting sentence while writing with authority on a dizzying array of subjects, including books on Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine and the Elgin Marbles. Besides his political essays — usually about international affairs, seldom about domestic U.S. policy — Mr. Hitchens also wrote about strictly literary subjects, including authors Charles Dickens, Ernest Hemingway, P.G. Wodehouse and Philip Roth.
The writer he was most identified with, though, was George Orwell, the British essayist and author of “1984.” His bracing moral courage and brisk prose were among Mr. Hitchens’s ideal models.
.Washington Post... . Christopher Hitchens dies; Vanity Fair writer was a... more
And on top of everything else, MyLai.
Looking good on paper.
Looking at the state of the world today we are at a transitional phase. On one hand you have the old guard that wouldn’t give up power without a fight and on the other hand you have a new generation who is telling the old guard that their time is over. The era of struggle is just beginning.Looking at the state of the world today we are at a transitional phase. On one hand... more