The US Navy plans to deafen 11,200 dolphins and whales. Here it is. Here it is. Here it is – “+hey: what do you want?+
-an end to capitalism?
-a job that <3s you?
-a family that <3s you?
-student loan forgiveness?
-to be able to get married?
-a government that pays for art?
-a chicken coop?”
A blade of grass is marvelous, world. You can pull two blades taut together and make hideous music by the power of your own lungs. Or you can just leave em alone. Forgotten your password? 487,000 US soldiers are suicidal and have acute Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. That it might be, as many scientists think, ‘too late’ — an unliveable, unsustainable world already ‘in the pipeline’ — is too baffling to the soul. So then, how to live? I mean, not just what to ‘do’ — there is so much hope in doing, in inventing — bath salts? Precision, procession, possession — Percussion. Grenade. Not only a boom but a particular-sounding boom. Then thinking a bit more specifically on Joyelle Mcsweeney’s body of writing (I think about her talking about the thematic / philosophy of the Necropastoral (“where chromosomes kiss and divide”) – (“the killer of little shepherds appeared in a white rabbit-fur toque”) – Referring to cows, he says: “... they should command a premium at each step of the way because the feedlot operator would know, 1) that this clonal line performs best on this ration, 2) that this clonal line will be ready for slaughter after X number of days in the feedlot, and 3) that the packing plant will pay a premium for these animals because they are assured of a known uniform product. In the end the consumer will benefit with a more uniform product.”
Now if we can get down to brass tacks the point was to boldly go
into the deepest recesses of the darkest caves of
god help them without a softly speaking big stick to bludgeon
at least a couple barrels of crude out of the tar sands
in your busted thighs. So cut me some slack — you know it ain’t easy
running all the pretty horses straight into the ground.
As for the war machine in itself, it seems to be irreducible to the State apparatus, to be outside its sovereignty and prior to its law: it comes from elsewhere. Indra, the Warrior God, is in opposition to Varuna no less than Mitra. Sie can no more be reduced to one or the other than he can constitute a third of their kind. Rather, sie is like a pure and immeasurable multiplicity, the pack, an irruption of the ephemeral and the power of metamorphosis. Sie unties the bond just as sie betrays the pact. Sie brings a furor to bear against sovereignty, a celerity against gravity, secrecy against the public, a power (puissance) against sovereignty, a machine against the apparatus. Sie bears witness to another kind of justice, one of incomprehensible cruelty at times, but at others of unequaled pity as well (because sie unties bonds …) Sie bears witness, above all, to other relations, because sie sees all things in relations of becoming, rather than implementing binary distributions between “states”: a veritable becoming-other of the warrior, which lies outside dualities of terms as well as correspondences between relations.
[Note: Sources: Lynda Storey, “Navy to deafen 11,200 whales and dolphins and kill 1,600 more”, at SignOn.org (these are the Navy’s own estimates); Jack Collom and Lyn Hejnian, “Horizon”, in Situations, Sings; Sara Wintz, as quoted in Michael Cross, “The Feeling is Mutual”, at The Disinhibitor, 20 Jun 012; Oil Changes, 22 Jun 012; JBR; Jorie Graham, as quoted in “Jorie Graham on a World Apart from Reality”, at Harriet, 22 Jun 012; JBR, in Facebook conversation with Angela Genusa, 22 Jun 012; j/j hastain, and Joyelle McSweeney, as quoted in hastain’s “Creative Engagement with Joyelle McSweeney’s Percussion Grenade (Fence, 2012)”, at Big Other, 22 Jun 012; David King, “The Luddites and bio politics now”, at Luddites at 200, 22 Jun 012; Richard Owens, “Lincoln Memorial”, at Barque Press; Elaine Castillo, “On Prometheus, Berlin’s O2 arena, Wings of Desire, androids, assemblages, agencements, corporate-imperial subjects and rebels, translator-traitors, and pain”, at Big Other, 22 Jun 012]