“I’m mad as hell…and I’m not going to take this anymore!” the immortal clarion call of Howard Beale from the prescient, and never more relevant 1976 film Network brilliantly written by Paddy Chayefsky, directed by Sidney Lumet.
Howard Beale is a
central character from the film Network (1976). He is played by Peter Finch, who won a posthumous Oscar for the role.
In the film, Beale, the anchorman for the UBS Evening News, on the fictional UBS television network, struggles to accept the ramifications of the social ailments and depravity existing in the world he reports on; rather than give him the psychiatric assistance that some (like his friend Max Schumacher) believe he needs, his producers use him as a tool for getting higher ratings.
“I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!” ranks as one of the most memorable scenes in film history, the line made #19 on the American Film Institute’s list of 100 great movie quotes.
Here’s the brilliantly written scene, a chillingly prescient excerpt from the 1976 film Network, which distills and delivers the moral payload of the film: the sociopathology of world domination by Mega-corporations of Capitalism:
<click> TO VIEW THE SCENE FROM THE MOVIE NETWORK AND VIEW THE SCREENPLAY TEXT IN ANOTHER BROWSER TAB
following video to jump start the process of restoration…
So…the first step toward restoration (after the Cuervo Cure)…drain the swamp…and reclaim the land formerly known as America…or…impeachment is “just another word for nothing else to lose…”
“To get out of the mess we’re in, we need a new story that explains the present and guides the future, says author George Monbiot. Drawing on findings from psychology, neuroscience and evolutionary biology, he offers a new vision for society built around our fundamental capacity for altruism and cooperation. This contagiously optimistic talk will make you rethink the possibilities for our shared future.”
Visit TED.com to view this short video (RT: 15 min) for an inspirational uplifting discussion on a new vision for society built around our fundamental capacity for altruism and cooperation.
IN A TIME OF NATIONAL DARKNESS AND DESPAIR, SHINES THE BRIGHT BEACON OF ART…
An essay by Michael A. Kominsky
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This website is a cautionary parable of man’s indefatigable hubris—the Corpocracy(Rule by Corporations), the worship of industry, technology and oblivious reliance on fossil fuel, despite imperative warnings of 97% of the credible scientific climate community.
The idiot light on the dashboard is now frantically flashing red, admonishing us to shut down the engine of greenhouse gases…before any more irreparable damage is done. It is the redundant replay of the Tragedy…over and over again…of the Greek mythos of Nemesis, (Gr. to pay what is due) divine retribution for man’s hubris blithely allowing the slow systematic Matricide of Gaia.
Tortured and slowly suffocated by a blanket of CO2 at the hands of her own ungrateful children—a deadly irony—with the same slow irrepressible efficiency of the technology that caused it.
The planet and its diverse life forms are in such imminent existential crisis that we no longer have the time or luxury for political…or literary correctness. The time for nuance is long past. It is with this sense of exigency, that I have created this unapologetic website. Given the urgency of the moment, my hope is that one can transcend…and forgive if at times, it rings of excessive moral purpose…and, yes…outrage.
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THE AMERICAN ENTROPY TRILOGY
A Long Day’s Journey in to Light
A Cautionary Parable in III ACTS
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“You are entitled to your opinion. But you are not entitled to your own facts.”
– U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan.
The AMERICAN ENTROPY TRILOGY, is a series of three sequential novels.
The term Entropy is used in the context of a measure of the disorder or randomness in a closed system, in particular, the gradual, not necessarily inevitable, steady deterioration of a system or society to collapse.
This oeuvre of 3 novels, humbly attempts to explore the causes, and possible prevention and cures of an AMERICAN ENTROPY through fictional parable. While as a novel it strives to entertain, it’s primary raison d’ etre, frankly is to inform. It is inspired by the eternal literary verity:
Fiction is the lie through which we tell the truth.
– Albert Camus
AMERICAN AMNESIA Book 1: 1900 – 2000 443pp – Now available on Amazon.com
The origin of the title AMERICAN AMNESIA, in this context as a metaphor for the failure of contemporary American society to be cognizant and indeed, heed the lessons of history. History is unkind to those those who abandon it, and can be especially unkind to those who make it ignominiously. It traces the history of how American democracy has become the obsequious servant of unfettered capitalism and neo-liberalism, resulting in colossal and catastrophic failures of the economy, and irreparable harms done to the middle and working class.
AMERICAN ALGORITHM Book 2: 2000 – 2004 338pp – Now available on Amazon.com
The origin of the title AMERICAN ALGORITHM, derives from the complete proliferation and increasing predominance of virtually every aspect of distinctly American culture by the computer-driven Digital Age, which utilizes algorithms to instruct the CPU(Central Processing Unit), essentially the brain of every microprocessor controlled device, including computers and “smart phones” etc. The good, the bad and yes, the very ugly of the Digital Age.
AMERICAN ANARCHY Book 3: 2008 – 2024 Spring of 2022
The title AMERICAN ANARCHY is an avatar to call out, through fictional depiction, the alarming sociological and political pandemic intended to sow discord, divisiveness, and a basic distrust of American governmental institutions. Its primary virulent vector, is unfettered, uncurated and unregulated social media platforms of the internet. It contains scenes of a graphic nature, strong language and depictions of wanton social and political deceit and obfuscation by some very rich, very smart, and very evil people—Evil Geniuses—and their assault on the American democracy.
But, that it must not go unsaid, it’s well past time to break the glass, sounding a shrill siren, warning of the long-term pathological consequences of:
- Existential global threat to humanity of widespread deliberate distortion of facts and disinformation promulgated on the essentially unregulated, uncurated internet through opaque social media algorithms and artificial intelligence;
- Unregulated/unfettered corporate surveillance capitalism, aided, abetted and enabled by the U.S. Government;
- Existential global threat of neo-liberalism/fascism to democratic forms of government;
- Radical right nativistic nationalism and alarming rise of populism and domestic violent extremism in America; and
- Anthropogenic Climate Change causing catastrophic Global Warming.
The TRILOGY, through fictional depiction, attempts to remind and reinforce the lessons of history, replete with inspirational, courageous acts of heroism, oftentimes against great adversity including extraordinary personal sacrifice and physical harm, to advance the cause of freedom, justice and equality.
So in someways, this is my Russian Novel—a dark, Slavic melancholy morality play, panoramic in scope with lots of characters over an ambitious time line. My contemporary take on Leo Tolstoy’s epic novel “War and Peace”…as may have been told by Mel Brooks.
Grandiose? Perhaps. Middlebrow? Probably. Pedantic? Sure. It’s a gift.
This is not a drill...
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Barbra Streisand – Don’t Lie to Me (Official Video)
Art…as a powerful agent of change…
The spirit of the troubadours of the 60’s lives on.