The Nossiter Net
The net that shall enmesh them all
Edited, Written, and Published by Josh Nossiter
What's the Word?
Friday, July 10th, 2009
There is no single word for the state of being speechless
with rage, frozen by fury. It is time we invented one.
Ragezen? Angerlytic? Paramadic? Furorleptic? Consider
Robert McNamara dying at the advanced age of ninety-
three, the man who coldly dispatched tens of thousands
of his teenage countrymen to grotesquely premature
and futile death. This cosmic bad joke elicited a couple
of pious op-ed pieces in the New York Times, dutiful
biographies on NPR, judicious assessments elsewhere.
But where was the massive outpouring of righteous rage
against this monstrous mass murderer of the last
century? It cannot all have been diverted by the Palin-
Jackson-Sanford spectacle. It must have been bottled
And how about those Iranians, pouring into the streets
in their hundreds of thousands to rage against the theft
of an election and the fraudulent installation of a
dangerous imbecile as their head of state? Despite
arrests, beatings, and slaughter en masse by the thugs of
the regime, the protests go on. We experienced
precisely the same electoral theft in this country in
2000, right down to the actual sanctification of the
fraud by men (and one woman) in black robes. But no
mass protests. No irrepressible outpouring of righteous
anger. Gore beat Bush by over five hundred thousand
votes, only to watch Bush take the oath of office from
the same black-robed charlatan who handed him the
election. The reaction was dumb acceptance, mute
resignation. It can only have been ragezen.
Today the Congress we elected to serve our interests
has legalized usury, passing laws permitting credit card
companies to charge interest of 39%. The president we
swept into office on a wave of reformist zeal is
carefully tending the interests of the same giant
corporations whose larcenous practices have thrown
millions out of their jobs and homes. Instead of the
immediate cessation of the wastage of lives and treasure
in Iraq and Afghanistan, we hear McNamara's old
obscene song of escalation.
No fury? No millions taking to the streets to protest the
theft, injustice, and murder being done in our names?
We are all paramadic now.
©Joshua C. Nossiter, 2009
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A NOTE TO READERS ***Update***
Another three week plus hiatus, from April 30th until May 23rd, again
due to Yahoo Geocities dismal service.
There was nothing new at The Nossiter Net between March 3rd and
April 26th, 2007, nearly eight weeks. The reason: tech sabotage.
Yahoo Geocities, the host for this site, denied access for the entire
period. At one point, they even managed to lose all the files. In many
discussions with Yahoo staff, no clear explanation was forthcoming.
No one seemed able to fix the problem. Ruling out the possibility of
Dubbya’s revenge, I finally wrote to Mr. Terry Semel, Chairman and
CEO of Yahoo! Inc and described the ordeal the page had undergone
since the beginning of March. A week later, a helpful Yahooo engineer
named Jason called. He had my letter before him. Though he couldn’t
do the repairs on on the spot, he promised a fix by the next day. That
was April 26th, nearly two months after shutting me down in the first
The Nossiter Net apologizes, which is more than I can say for Yahoo
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