All Bloody Options

I’m sure that many people have already said everything interesting about the utterance “all options are on the table” by the usual suspects.  Nevertheless, hard to resist plagiarising some of them, not wittingly.

This sentence has a range of connotations that may look somewhat at odds with each other.  It sounds, at 1st, so evil, terrifying, and bloody of course.  But, at the same time, also sounds hackneyed and boring these days.  Especially these nobody-knew-how-to-pronounce-guaido days.

Besides that, there’s something curious going on in here.  Don’t know how to name it.  But I’m mellowly thinking it’s about nature of speech.

Anyway, the thing is this:

The easiest to see is that The Option, among others, is meant to be the military option(s) from the outset.  And the bigliness and ugliness in this language is exactly what those usual hawks want us to be reminded of.

But do they really have more of severer means on their fancy table?  In most cases, they’ve already waged the most savage kind of economic warfare, for decades here and there, killing nearly one million of children elsewhere.  Also have taken other measures such as ‘peaceful’ demonstrations demanding democracy, soft coup, or ‘moderate’ rebellion, typically mobilised by ned or open something foundation money, haven’t they?

Having done them all, it doesn’t look like they have far too many broad and diverse kind of options

… except for military ones of course.  Sheer abundance of options in that area is too excessive, kinda obscene, according to k. bigelow type fictions.  From clandestine ones to wildest kind.  The beautiful missiles for brian w. to watch to the dirtiest ones.  Drone-monitored random slaughter to plain-ol random slaughter.  The ones successfully bloody to the others bloodily botched … all may result essentially in the same thing for victims, and it’s no joke.

And this one is bloody certain: absolutely no diplomatic or dialog’ish kind of blah blah was on their table at the points of utterance.

The phrase ‘all options’ which may look, at first glance, as if it consisted of various many things effectively boils down to only a single massacring type of options.  Outright bloodiness aside, you smell something ironical in this utterance, if not so much as logically paradoxical, don’t you?


After all, getting back to speech-act’esque kind of things, isn’t it pretty much impossible to decontaminate ordinary languages of non-straight, impure, or non-sound elements, those seen in jokes, theatrical effects etc.?  And in actual ordinary conversations, those impure parts frequently play more important roles, don’t they?

… Though being nefarious, effect of the trope is all the more discernible.


Yet another bloody ironical thing to remember:  years ago, the tali, accused of being a terrorist organisation, couldn’t be a counterpart of negotiations of any kind.  Decades later, after butchering and mincing literally countless people up there day in day out, those usual suspects do not have better options to solve the problem they caused, other than negotiations.  And I hope they’ll need to thank bowe for possibly successful negotiations someday.




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Impression of Samouraï in poljpn

In short, it’d be a harakiri moment for samurais.  But don’t worry.  They are totally different kind of weirdos:

Japan’s Players Redefine Sportsmanship By Cleaning Up Locker Room After Losing at the World Cup

May look like a good behaviour.  But weirdo is weirdo anyways.

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Congrats Jpn, or Fuck samouraï

O your utmost cowardice and unprecedented disingenuity. How beautifully can you show them off…

And you bought a ticket to the next stage with the ‘fair-play points’? I cannot think of any joke more disgusting than this.

Overall, you did very well, did exactly what we expect from people like you. Congrats Jpn.

But remember. That was not a game. That was not a match. That was something furthest from what one calls sports.

And let us recall these guys once called themselves samurai something.  Fuck samurai.

You guys shouldn’t be allowed in any international games any more, let alone fifa ones. You guys shouldn’t be allowed to get jobs that are remotely related to sports.

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Slavoj Žižek: 2nd half of 2014


Terry Eagleton reviews Trouble in Paradise and Absolute Recoil by Slavoj Žižek | Wednesday 12 November 2014 08.59 GMT | The Guardian

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Slavoj Žižek: 2nd half of 2013

Chomsky – Žižek ‘Debate’

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Slavoj Žižek: 1st half of 2013


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それはそれとして、どういうわけか足を止めさせるなにかがある。 例えば、ものすごく凡庸、てえのは全く違和感のない言い回しと感じられる。 Tariq Ali の extreme centre も、まあ分かるわけです。 そりゃあそういう文脈のなかの言葉だから当たり前かもしれないが。 極端に中庸、とかだってそういう発話の場面は想像できますわね。 やや中庸、ですらその前になにかがあればいいわけです。 が、いきなり「やや中煎り」とくると、どっちから接近してるのかというあれ

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Slavoj Žižek: 2nd half of 2012

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Slavoj Žižek: 1st half of 2012

English: Painting of Slavoj Žižek by Dirk Kola...

English: Painting of Slavoj Žižek by Dirk Kolassa. Title: Das Richtige im Falschen Deutsch: Slavoj Žižek gemalt von Dirk Kolassa. Titel: Das Richtige im Falschen (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


A modest plea for enlightened catastrophism

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