loomed, loom?ing, looms.
To come into view as a massive, distorted, or indistinct image: “I faced the icons that loomed through the veil of incense” (Fergus M. Bordewich). See synonyms at appear.
To appear to the mind in a magnified and threatening form: “Stalin looms over the whole human tragedy of 1930-1933” (Robert Conquest).
To seem imminent; impend: Revolution loomed but the aristocrats paid no heed.
A distorted, threatening appearance of something, as through fog or darkness.
An apparatus for making thread or yarn into cloth by weaving strands together at right angles.
To weave (a tapestry, for example) on a loom.
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“Shock and awe’ is a disabling phenomenon, which in conjunction with ‘spin’ deployed, can render the ability to hold things self evident all but nonexistent, and where self evidence does yet exist, then ‘marginalisation’ in numerous forms is ‘liable’ to present itself, such the austere environment of ideological impoverishment evidenced?
In the ‘realpolitik’ version of ‘The Emperors New Clothes’ the child who declares the ‘self evident’ as ‘out of the mouth of babe and sucklings’ would be ‘extraordinarily rendered’ to a ‘Gulag’ along with his or her family for good measure, or immediately bloodily executed, such the example made. Any event there would be no ‘joining in’ encouraged; no sense of collective relief at being free from the suspension of disbelief, no mass catharsis or purge paralleling ‘peristalsis’ in a psycho political context.
That is to say, the ‘realpolitik’ of Totalitarianism is full of shit; such the loom.
There is as little room for ‘truth’ as there is for ‘self evidence’ in a Totalitarian loom – sense of the weave of illusion. The only ‘contrast’ permitted on the ‘black block’, see below, is that of the redness of blood; serving as a warning for those who would step out of line. Be careful, very careful what you say ? and even more so when it comes to whom you say it to. Careless talk costs lives. Be afraid, be very afraid. -These are the pragmatic demands made axiomatic when Totalitarian loom weaves a ‘tapestry’; when there would be the ‘power of mind over mind’ enforced.
Other than Orwell on the subject of Orthodoxy, perhaps the German ‘Moritaten’, or ‘Ballads of Death’, best articulate the consequences of the ‘loom’ of Totalitarianism as a gradual darkening of the World, whereby it becomes patently obvious that there is little Independence or Individuality permitted; sense of such darkness falling that there is a pragmatic acceptance of the ‘fact’ that not all men are created equal, all men do not have equal rights, and life liberty and the pursuit of happiness is not for all.
Sense of such darkness at ‘High Noon’ being a gradual denial of Life and of what can be held to be self evident, as in the muting to point of silencing of a Declaration of Independence through ‘words falling as soft snow on fact’ as Orwell contended – to the point of blurring and covering up the death of a Democratic Constitution, so it goes, this New American Century?
In context of Moritaten and the loom of ‘blur and cover up’, perhaps extract from ‘The Executioners Song’ illustrates clearest what such ‘mission creep’ can mean, sense of gradual distortion; and other sense of ‘loom’:
It looms on high that black block
We judge heartily but pierce,
Blood red heart, blood red frock,
Our fun is always fierce.
Any enemy of the time
Will bloodily executed be.
Whoever is a friend of death,
Adorn with song and sound will we
Recent events give the above a chilling resonance; a resonance rooted in the ability to ‘rejoice’ in death; to be a ‘friend of death’ – as consequent of ‘bloodily execution’?
Two events in particular come to mind.
The first, in context of historic occurrence, the deaths of Col. Gadaffi’s youngest son and three of his Grandchildren, in a missile strike in Tripoli carried out by NATO. Two of the Grandchildren were at what is oft described as the ‘toddler’ stage, that is to say they were still learning to walk, though it is notable that Corporate Media were reluctant to use such term, preferring instead the term ‘three grandchildren’ – where detailed. Should the rationalisation of bloodily execution occur, then the abominable term ‘collateral damage’ will undoubtedly rear its ugly head.
The second event, such the ambiguity of loom deployed, is the execution of Osama Bin Laden, and his rapid burial at sea, to prevent any shrine, and if we are to believe further, in respect of Muslim tradition concerning the rapidity of burial. In such execution, there was an abandonment of the rights accorded even Nazis at Nuremberg, which by all authoritative accounts occurred at the insistence of America. The death of Osama Bin Laden was trial, judge and jury wrapped up in a ‘bloodily execution’. Was it ‘fierce fun’, one wonders, for the national security team to watch the Bin Laden ‘snuff movie’ in the situation room?
‘Osama Bin Laden he sleeps with the fishes’ indeed.
This latter event of bloodily execution led to a general rejoice of death looming, rather than a sense of regret; led to a failure of upholding of Justice by America as evidenced at Nuremberg – led to a loss of information which could have been vital in the ‘war on terror’ which in large part this ‘New American Century’ represents?
For everyone is a potential terrorist now, such as the black block looms?
Or, even as war can be declared on an abstract noun, it still remains no more than a racket?
Perchance this ‘New American Century’ should have a system of information awareness based on preventing terrorism, to ensure the Security of the Homeland?
For there is surely greater threat now of reprisal by terrorist than there has ever been, surely we should be more afraid now than we have ever been ? surely the black block looms as demands we should give up our liberties, surely the siren of the ‘stuka’ as dives and bombs is now as an Executioners song?
Why no ‘extraordinary rendition’ as could have revealed so much about the workings of Al -Quaeda possible in the case of Osama Bin Laden? Surely such an ‘evil mastermind’ could have revealed much of utility concerning preventing any further atrocities such as ‘9/11’ in the future?
It is just a question about ‘evil mastermind’.
But then of course these small quarters forget that ‘terrorists’ are by definition ‘unlawful combatants’ , and as such unworthy of trial, or judge, or jury; they are, as it used to be put in Nazi Germany, ‘Untermenschen’, or mere animals form of ‘vermin’ who must be destroyed, before they destroy us. This how the Orthodoxy goes, though it must not be spoken of in deprecatory terms; lest one is to become an ‘enemy of the time’ – such as the Moritaten above goes concerning ‘loom on high’.
Of Black Block.
Is it not better that any man, even if he or she be guilty of abhorrent crimes, be accorded the rights due any man such as are self evident; that he or she be accorded the rights as any man has regardless, that he or she has a right under Justice to a ‘defense’ ? or has ‘self’ become so meaningless in this time that ‘unlawful combatant’ means the loss of any and all rights – means that such as Osama Bin Laden was no more than an Untermenschen?
It is just another question.
It is not popular to exercise such refrain from ‘rush to rejoice in fierce fun’, such articulation is more liable, as per the words of ‘The Executioners Song’ above, to make one seen as ‘an enemy of the time’, and as such ‘unfriendly with death’?
It is not popular to question; such the loom?
The case here is that to be friendly with death is to say ‘Goodbye’, such the Orthodoxy attained, to thought. It is to abandon the ability to hold truth self evident – it is to deny life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Being a friend with death is to cease to be an individual, it is to become One Dimensional or Hollow – such as the Wasteland ‘looms’ as by the death of a Dream, not to say Hope?
It is to become too emptily fearful to ‘speak up’; to potentially deny the line, to fail to see what the loom of that bastard black block means, to realise that one will never be ‘adorned with song and sound’ when it comes to recognition, and it is to invite ‘appreciation’ of what ‘fierce fun’ means – from the receiving end. It is to become, in context of America as Independent denied, blind to self evidence as a capability of the Citizen or ‘Demos’ as the Greeks put it in context of ‘Democracy’; it is, as stated apposite; to say farewell to ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness’.
Perchance Martin Niem?ller put it best as concerns ‘loom’.
Though he spoke of the ‘Thousand Year Reich’ rather than the ‘New American Century’ his words evidence prescience concerning how the loom of Orthodoxy occurs in any Country, how the ‘machine’ as would aspire to being a bastard works, how ‘it’ becomes intimate as an agent of externalisation to form of ‘fierce fun incorporative’?
In this New American Century, what the good Pastor spoke of so damningly is rationalised and euphemised in many ways- ‘extraordinary rendition’ exemplifies perhaps; although whatever the historical context of occurrence as tragedy, the removal of the People as Citizens is the finality or trough of one degenerate paradigm; but long before such ‘bloodily execution’ there is a more subtle ‘assassination’ of the body of Humanity, such the hunger of the black block for blood, such the loom as when the Executioner sings of fierce fun -and as when Corporate Media in this New American Century adorns with song and sound – to cause of ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness’ being denied, such the loom reiterated as in the weave of a tapestry all too bloody real in the illusion, such as the black block has a thin edge transparent, so it goes:
First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a communist;
Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a socialist;
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a trade unionist;
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out – because I was not a Jew;
Then they came for me – and there was no one left to speak out for me.
Stephen Martin can be reached at: email@example.com