Saturday, April 01, 2006

What It Doing at the MOXIE

The MOXIE. What a great place. (Link in Sidebar)

Yesterday since it was so nice, I left the batcave to take flower photos at Wickman Gardens and headed downtown to see what's going on. Photos will follow on my flickr site.

Nice snack at the Rasta, one of the best and most unusual eateries in Springfield, and then, since I was right across the street decided to see what's happenin' at the MOXIE. What a smart guy I am.

A documentary, Why We Fight, was playing. You can go here to read a synopsis of the film and a few reviews.

"An agit-doc of unusual depth. It has a point -- that the primary business of America over the past half-century has been waging war -- and it supports that point with nuance, research, and a willingness to hear the other side of the argument."
- Ty Burr, Boston Globe


With the exception of interviews much of the footage I had seen before, but it was presented in a powerful and compelling way. One of the more fascinating interviews was with two F-117 Stealth pilots. They were thoughtful, and I would guess that they represent about 50% of the airplane drivers. They say that they simply follow orders and don't give a lot of thought to the consequenses of what they do. It's above their pay grade. The other 50% have varying degrees of thoughtfulness considering the use of the awesome weapons they use -- and actually -- use pretty easily, with not a great deal of danger to themselves.

Also, were the haunting clips of President Eisenhower in his farewell address warning against the influence of the military/industrial complex, which apparently now has free run of our nation, and their hands deep into the public treasury.

An excellent movie. There are still some showings left ... be sure to get there to see it.

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