Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Dedicated to all those in Egypt...

Meanwhile in Egypt...
I tend to shy away from political or religious posts, because nothing kills the mood of a blogger party quicker than talking about one's god or government. Despite this, hostilities continue to escalate in Egypt as I'm sure most of you who aren't living under a rock are aware of. The country is in the throes of a revolution, happening live as I type this from my semi-comfortable desk chair. I've studied the French and Russian revolutions and have always been fascinated by great social upheavals, but researching historic revolutions of the past, where death tolls are mere statistics, and witnessing one unfold before your eyes (via the internet) are two different things entirety. I personally support the protesters and their desire to oust the corrupt regime but at the same time, empathize with those bystanders who just don't want their families harmed/property damaged/lives destroyed.

I dedicate this "fight the power" jam from my favorite Swedish commies, Refused.


"Rather be dead than alive by your oppression
Rather be dead than alive by your design

Poisoned my fingers
Burned out my eyes
Cut down my throat
To be alive

Rather be dead than alive by your social values
Rather be dead than alive by your tradition

Poisoned my fingers
Burned out my eyes
Cut down my throat
To be alive

Rather be alive..."
I think the most poignant part of the song is the final lyric, "Rather be alive," as in...damn you for forcing us into this.

"Rather be alive"

29 comments:

  1. I wonder if they listen to whatever music to get themselves amped up for a protest.

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  2. My best wishes to those Egyptians fighting for freedom.

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  3. Note to self, do not cut off youtube.

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  4. I can't see the video... but I agree with the message. Maybe someday good people will get what they deserve. And so will the bad people.

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  5. Some times the tree of liberty must be watered and what not.
    YOU FUCK WITH MY INTERNET YOU FUCK WITH MY LIFE!!!!

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  6. Unemployment's a bitch. But seriously, from what I've seen on the news all hell as officially broken loose.

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  7. im sorry there internet got taken away.. that must suck NUTS!@ no more netflix and facebook.
    -Christopher James Chaos

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  8. but since they dont have internet anymore, whats causing these new rallys?!

    -Christopher James Chaos

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  9. I would like to see a mix of refused with a video of the Egyptian protest!

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  10. lol have u seen the guy light him self on fire yet? he goes to throw a molotov apparently he throws it at a wall thats like 3 feet away and well he gets lit on fire then. also urban snowboarding is real and simple. just wait for a snowfall and ride down anything. house roofs, decks, stairs, etc..

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  11. I hear ya man... talking about government or religion is a mood-killer, but your shit was poetic... good choice of song my friend... mubarak is a douche for telling the army to use live rounds... too bad the soldiers had morals...

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  12. From what I heard, the entire country's economy is in lockdown until the idiot steps down...gooo Egyptians! You guys rock!

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  13. WTF man, this shit will never stop til the world has ended

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  14. Will this "revolution" be a pointless bloodbath, or is it the beginning of the falling of the dominoes of tyrannical regimes in the Middle East? Only TIME will tell.

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  15. I've been in two different massive riots in my lifetime. First was real fun. By fun I mean that street merchants sold food that were delicacies. The smell of the food produced an atmosphere that almost felt comfortable, and thus people kept calm and it ended somewhat peacefully with minimal violence. Second one was utter chaos where people were only interested in smashing windows and looting stores. I feel bad for the anti Mubarak protesters. The pro Mubarak protesters really upped the ante on them.

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  16. i see this is the last week for Mubarak
    nice po$t

    http://shadi-mydesigns.blogspot.com

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  17. The lyrics are totally represent the situation in Egypt now.

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  18. I have been watching too and I hope they get what they are fighting for. Unfortunately it looks like they are going to have to take out the Pro- Murbarak supporters before they get taken out by them. It's a shame any human would want to help oppress and repress another human. Good Song.

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  19. The Egyptians rock! I'm debating whether or not to do a post on this! Great song choice btw :)

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  20. Guesstimate breakdown:
    10% urban elite - feel Mubarak has jumped the sharp. Want more democracy and/or westernization.
    20% religious nuts - wound up by Wahabi or Iranian $.
    70% poor, uneducated and hungry - food price inflation >17% in the past year.

    The 10% get disproportionate air-time (they speak English after all). the 20% will probably determine the end game.

    The American Revolution is probably the only one I can think of where the worst players didn't end up running the show.

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  21. I take that back, the Glorious Revolution of 1688 was pretty glorious, and free of bloodshed.

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  22. it's interesting that the protesters from TUnisia and Egypt have been taught the tactics for non/violent fighting from Serbian members of OTPOR, the civil resistance in my country which brought our tyrant Slobodan Milosevic down ten years ago. They've been giving lessons to rebels all around the world after that.

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