From the Archive
Wow I didn't know that! What a great idea. Please keep me updated -- how are you transcribing them and what are you thinking about the resulting texts?
Thanks Juan. Those images were possibly of the Iraqi retreat at the end of Desert Storm (Desert Shield was the first part of the operation), when the retreating Iraqis were fried from the air. But I am with you: in my experience, it is better not to see such images, or to choose to. I am not a fan of the rise of snuff videos on social media, I don't think it is a good thing for more people to consume more such images, which come to take the place of text and only make people more reactive and affect-driven. Plus they can really stick in your mind and imagination in a horrible way that serves little purpose. If reality forces scenes of horror on you, then deal with them, sure, but to seek them out? Or go watch an autopsy video if you want some mortal realism. OK, end of soapbox.
Erik, I’m transcribing the expanding mind archive as a side project. Is that something you’re already doing?
Thanks for the memories. I was living in Baton Rouge when Jimmy Swaggart made his crying apology on tv. It was a great excuse for a keg and a crawfish boil. I also remember that war, though I confuse Desert Storm with Desert shield. I had the misfortune of seeing some pictures from a veteran I knew who was there during one of those 2 horrors. It was photos of soldiers that were killed still in their vehicles by some apparently incendiary bombs. They looked like black petrified demons. I guess killing each other will never cease. I wish never saw those pics.
I’m glad you are reopening the expanding mind webpage. Finding it way back when had a great impact on me for which I am still grateful. Bless you Erik.