That's one that I've noticed, with increasing concern.
I'm waiting for "verbal terrorist" or some such label for people who have
the *gall* to actually practice their suppose freedom of speech...
The first step to tyranny is when power is consolidated into a group with a
monolothic ideology. As infuriating as give-and-take can be, and as
difficult, the instant that one group does most or all of the giving, and
another does most or all of the taking, the path to tyranny has already
become a highway.
You mean "Democrat"...? <heh>
...and I've been in the FBI files since, what, 1988 orm'89 (because of my
job application with the agency I used to work for). So I'm on the "fast
track" already. Then I lived in Canada for 10 years.
I'm in deep doodoo.
But hey, Druids are pagans, so they don't know about stuff like "sanctity",
so we're *supposed* to hate them - isn't that what the Prez Sez? - since
they don't beleive the right things (the things we're supposed to), well,
they're...not even really *human*...!
Some sort of instant coffee breast fetishism thing? Frickin' prevert.
I don't know what he says. Don't pay him much mind. When it started looking
like "gruhn gets to die no matter what" I really stopped caring. "President
said something again? What's his new excuse for killing me?" I've been
listening to a lot of Beastie Boys lately. They don't seem to want to kill
oooh, oooh, it ttok ms sum ponderin' but Ah finally got it!
Good one ;) !
Oh, I *hope* so! heh heh heh
I try not to. It's just that, sometimes, things which are ultra-simple,
such as blank white walls, or certain Paul McCartney songs, can drill
maddeningly right into the center of one's poor brain...
You? Wow, they've really expanded the hunt - although I guess that
intelligent people have always been targets.
<dry sarcastic semi-chuckle...> Hear ya 5X5 on that one...
Cool - maybe I ought to get a couple of their CDs ;)
Of course Samoans and Fiji Islanders seem to be pretty mellow... oh wait,
they live on the other side of the planet (literally and figuratively).
OK, so here is a weirdo question:
Do politics and current political agendas influence building styles? IOW
is the recent increase in (1) columns a search for delusions of Classical
respectability, and in (2) turrets related to the increasingly
Medieval/Feudal leanings of recent politics,...?
Or have I just had too much beer? Or not enough beer? Or...?
Just a couple of 20th century guys with ties to Fascist regimes popped
in my mind the minute I read your question.
Guiseppe Terragni (via Sant'Elia? and the Italian Futurists)
I'm sure some others will post more in-depth analysis on this. I was
thinking of the individual architects, but it might be a better to
approach it via different architectural movements throughout history
which had ties to certain political movements.
It's actually something of an interesting question. Certainly public
buildings (including residential complexes, town planning, and the like)
reflect something of the overall attitudes (and of course tastes) of their
current culture, but I have to go to Amazon.com and see whether there's a
book covering the smaller home and/or development.
Once developer locally boasts that they use "customer surveys" to arrive at
their designs and accoutrements, tho' I'm sure all of them do, to at least
some extent. The Edsel was also designed that way and, even though people
stayed away in droves, it does reflect something about the attitudes of the
In looking around at housing developments, I'm reminded of the old Cat
Steven's song, "Where do the children play?" - I see great big houses with
tiny yards (2500 sq ft is considered "quite small"!), and Community centers
that seem incapable of handling the load.
I've been thinking about past building tendencies and trying to think how
it all ties in.
Or whether it really even does. It's very possible that it's just another
goofy idea of mine ;) !
I'm also trying to think back into earlier times.
I think, tho', that what I find most curious is, for all people talk about
individuality, I wonder whether that is actually reflected in residential
areas. It doesn't seem to be; the overall urge - esp. judging by all the
"neighborhood/homeowners commitees" and all their various and often petty
rules and regs - seems to be towards a very restrained individuality.
It's just another one of those things I wonder about.
IMO this ties in with the new =:-p look for the 9/11 site.
It's one thing to design-in big concrete planters to prevent rammings, and
other security features - but it's another thing entirely to make something
look like a bunker/blockhouse. That alone makes me nervious, because it
looks so - well, so *Soviet*...
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