Thursday, September 15, 2005

THE END OF TIME...Interviewing the Fullmetal Alchemist

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By Elaine Meinel Supkis

fHello, this is Rush the Cyberdog seen by millions of children and some deranged adults on the popular Japanese TV show, "Rockman-EXE". The human running this blog has decided to beat her brains out with a cement block so I inserted myself into her data base and now run things.

Seeing that humans in general have decided to begin deleting themselves, it is only natural for us cyber creations to fill in the empty ecological niches. The airheads working in the media have deflated so much, they need a truckload of boxtox to puff themselves back up. Indeed, they and their kind, being really true cannibals, have been using even more curious stuff to make themselves look vampirically beautiful. From the Guardian:
A Chinese cosmetics company is using skin harvested from the corpses of executed convicts to develop beauty products for sale in Europe, an investigation by the Guardian has discovered.
Agents for the firm have told would-be customers it is developing collagen for lip and wrinkle treatments from skin taken from prisoners after they have been shot. The agents say some of the company's products have been exported to the UK, and that the use of skin from condemned convicts is "traditional" and nothing to "make such a big fuss about".
Next, we will see Martha Stewart talking about cutting edge lampshades.

Talking about fascists fucking up the world, we decided to visit an authority on authoritarianism and black magic and how the two work hand in hand, the star of the block buster anime, "Fullmetal Alchemist", Edward Elric.
fYou want me to explain what? I don't know. This topic can piss me off. A lot.
fDon't worry. I am pretty unflappable. If anyone loses control or starts fight, I open a hole in cyber space/time and disappear.

fI suppose you want me to talk about how the leaders supposedly protecting America fucked up during the hurricane, right. I must warn you to get your hole ready. Last week, I was crying. This week, I am getting pretty pissed off.
fHere, have a sip of coffee and let her rip. (slurp)
fHere is the first story this morning. From the Wall Street Journal
As the director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency stepped down yesterday, government documents surfaced showing that vital resources, such as buses and environmental health specialists, weren't deployed to the Gulf region for several days, even after federal officials seized control of Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.
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In addition, FEMA's official requests, known as tasking assignments and used by the agency to demand help from other government agencies, show that it first asked the Department of Transportation to look for buses to help evacuate the more than 20,000 people who had taken refuge at the Superdome in New Orleans at 1:45 a.m. on Aug. 31. At the time, it only asked for 455 buses and 300 ambulances for the enormous task. Almost 18 hours later, it canceled the request for the ambulances because it turned out, as one FEMA employee put it, "the DOT doesn't do ambulances."

FEMA ended up modifying the number of buses it thought it needed to get the job done, until it settled on a final request of 1,355 buses at 8:05 p.m. on Sept. 3. The buses, though, trickled into New Orleans, with only a dozen or so arriving on the first day.
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"I noticed that every email to a FEMA person bounced back this week. They need a better internet provider during disasters!!" one frustrated Department of Health official wrote to colleagues last Thursday.
Now, this is too pathetic. Just too pathetic. The President of the USA can call upon any of his flunkies and no flunky is funkier than that flunk out of school idiot, Chertoff. He works for Bush and like Bush, was out of touch.

Out of touch from reality. Thinking about both of them makes me want to...arrgh. I better not think about that. Even idiots knew that buses should have been marshalled to clear out New Orleans before the hurricane. There was time to do this, time to talk about this. Doesn't anyone working for Bush know how to use a damn calculator?

They could use their fingers and toes to count! Fuzzy numbers, they all laughed at Gore about his obsession with facts and figures. I am getting pretty angry now. Better stop.
fI'm sorry, but we do have this block of time to fill in here and there are more things to talk about, I hope we can finish this interview without too much destruction of the blog's studio, OK?
fAll right. I keep promising Al, my little brother, to not lose it, at least not in public.
fThe next news item is this, From Rense.com
The federal official with the power to mobilize a massive federal response to Hurricane Katrina was Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, not the former FEMA chief who was relieved of his duties and resigned earlier this week, federal documents reviewed by Knight Ridder show.

Even before the storm struck the Gulf Coast, Chertoff could have ordered federal agencies into action without any request from state or local officials. Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Michael Brown had only limited authority to do so until about 36 hours after the storm hit, when Chertoff designated him as the "principal federal official" in charge of the storm.

As thousands of hurricane victims went without food, water and shelter in the days after Katrina's early morning Aug. 29 landfall, critics assailed Brown for being responsible for delays that might have cost hundreds of lives.

But Chertoff - not Brown - was in charge of managing the national response to a catastrophic disaster, according to the National Response Plan, the federal government's blueprint for how agencies will handle major natural disasters or terrorist incidents. An order issued by President Bush in 2003 also assigned that responsibility to the homeland security director.

But according to a memo obtained by Knight Ridder, Chertoff didn't shift that power to Brown until late afternoon or evening on Aug. 30, about 36 hours after Katrina hit Louisiana and Mississippi. That same memo suggests that Chertoff may have been confused about his lead role in disaster response and that of his department.

fThat asshole! Jerkoff, that's who he is! What a numbskull. He looks like a bad guy in an anime or video game. He makes me want to do something I won't regret in the morning, that's for sure! Grrr. He is protecting America? He isn't even giving alliegance to America!
fIndeed, I read today, a lower court has decided forcing people to recite the pledge of alliegance is now unconstitutional. I expect all the fascists in America to go nuts over this ruling while at the same time, handing America over to foreign powers without hesitation, right?
fWhat a bunch of morons! I can't believe this once great country has fallen so low that it can't take care of a major port city, can't fight a war against barely armed civilians in Iraq, can't negotiate with anyone, a parade of fools and traitors, all of them. I think I will scream. Cover your ears, Rush. ARRGH.
fI'm still with you, Elric. Now onto another hurricane story, I know this is not going to end well but I must finish this interview, OK? So bear with me, Eric. From the SF Chronicle:
Outside one house on Kentucky Street, a member of the Army 82nd Airborne Division summoned a reporter and photographer standing nearby and told them that if they took pictures or wrote a story about the body recovery process, he would take away their press credentials and kick them out of the state.

"No photos. No stories," said the man, wearing camouflage fatigues and a red beret.

On Saturday, after being challenged in court by CNN, the Bush administration agreed not to prevent the news media from following the effort to recover the bodies of Hurricane Katrina victims.

But on Monday, in the Bywater district, that assurance wasn't being followed. The 82nd Airborne soldier told reporters the Army had a policy that requires media to be 300 meters -- more than three football fields in length -- away from the scene of body recoveries in New Orleans. If reporters wrote stories or took pictures of body recoveries, they would be reported and face consequences, he said, including a loss of access for up-close coverage of certain military operations.

Dean Nugent, of the Louisiana State Coroner's Department, who accompanied the soldier, added that it wasn't safe to be in Bywater. "They'll kill you out here," he said, referring to the few residents who have continued to defy mandatory evacuation orders and remain in their homes."

"The cockroaches come out at night," he said of the residents. "This is one of the worst places in the country. You should not be here. Especially you," he told a female reporter.

Nugent, who is white, acknowledged he wasn't personally familiar with the poor, black neighborhood, saying he only knew of it by reputation.

fHuman cockroaches? I'll show him what a chimera human cockroach looks like! Bring him to me! I have the power to make him one!
fI'm sorry to end this interview. We hope to have you on the show again, Edward Elric, as soon as we get our government grant and Halliburton rebuilds it at tremendous expense. See you on the beach in North Carolina!

Thank you, everyone, for joining Eric and I this morning. Ciao!

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