Daily Archives: July 19, 2009



by Rosie Hardy


The Lounge


This is the lounge at Austrian Airlines in Vienna.

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War Profit Litany


Profit Litany

Allen Ginsberg

Ezra Pound

These are the names of the companies that have made
from this war
nineteenhundredsixtyeight Annodomini fourthousand
These are the Corporations who have profited by merchan-
skinburning phosphorous or shells fragmented
to thousands of fleshpiercing
and here listed money millions gained by each combine
and here are gains numbered, index’d swelling a decade,
in order,
here named the Fathers in office in these industries,
phones directing finance,
names of directors, makers of fates, and
the names of the 
of these destined Aggregates,
and here are the names of their ambassadors to
the Capital,
representatives to legislature, those who sit drinking
hotel lobbies to persuade,
and separate listed, those who drop Amphetamine
military, gossip, argue, and persuade
suggesting policy naming
language proposing strategy, this
done for fee as ambassadors to Pentagon,
tants to military, paid by their industry:
and these are the names
of the generals & captains mili-
tary, who know thus work for war goods
and above these, listed, the names of the banks,
investment trusts that control these industries:
and these are
the names of the newspapers owned by these
and these are the names
of the airstations owned by these
and these are the numbers of
thousands of citizens em-
ployed by these businesses named;
and the
beginning of this accounting is 1958 and the end
1968, that static be
contained in orderly mind,
coherent and definite,
and the first form of
this litany begun first day December
1967 furthers this poem of these

December 1, 1967


The Mad Prophet of the Airwaves

“Network” (1976) Howard Beale – The ‘Mad Prophet of the Airwaves’ speech
delivered by Peter Finch


Edward George Ruddy died today! Edward George Ruddy was the Chairman of the
Board of the Union Broadcasting Systems and he died at eleven o’clock this
morning of a heart condition! And woe is us! We’re in a lot of

So, a rich little man with white hair died. What does that got
to do with the price of rice, right? And why is that woe to us?

you people and 62 million other Americans are listening to me right

Because less than 3 percent of you people read books.

less than 15 percent of you read newspapers.

Because the only truth you
know is what you get over this tube.

Right now, there is a whole, an
entire generation that never knew anything that didn’t come out of this

This tube is the gospel, the ultimate

This tube can make or break presidents, popes, prime

This tube is
the most awesome goddamn force in the whole godless world.

woe is us if it ever falls into the hands of the wrong people.

And that’s
why woe is us that Edward George Ruddy died.

Because this company is now
in the hands of CCA — the Communication Corporation of America. There’s a new
Chairman of the Board, a man called Frank Hackett, sitting in Mr. Ruddy’s office
on the 20th floor. And when the 12th largest company in the world controls the
most awesome goddamn propaganda force in the whole godless world, who knows what
shit will be peddled for truth on this network.

So, you listen to me.
Listen to me!

Television is not the truth. Television’s a goddamn
amusement park. Television is a circus, a carnival, a traveling troupe of
acrobats, storytellers, dancers, singers, jugglers, sideshow freaks, lion
tamers, and football players.

We’re in the boredom-killing

So if you want the Truth, go to God.

Go to your

Go to yourselves!

Because that’s the only place you’re ever
gonna find any real truth.

But, man, you’re never gonna get any truth
from us. We’ll tell you anything you wanna hear. We lie like hell. We’ll tell
you that Kojak always gets the killer and that nobody ever gets cancer at Archie
Bunker’s house. And no matter how much trouble the hero is in, don’t worry. Just
look at your watch. At the end of the hour, he’s gonna win. We’ll tell you any
shit you want to hear.

We deal in illusions, man. None of it is

But you people sit there, day after day, night after night — all
ages, colors, creeds.

We’re all you know!

You’re beginning
to believe the illusions we’re spinning here!

You’re beginning to think
that the tube is reality and that your own lives are unreal.

You do
whatever the tube tells you —

You dress like the tube.

You eat
like the tube.

You raise your children like the tube.

You even
think like the tube.

This is mass madness, you maniacs!

In God’s
name, you people are the real thing.

We are the illusion!

So turn
off your television sets. Turn them off now! Turn them off right now! Turn them
off and leave them off. Turn them off right in the middle of this sentence I’m
speaking to you now.

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Fern Lattice


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