Alex Symington

Actively engaged human being distressed by the current global paradigm of destruction of the planet for short term profit by the global corporatocracy and the bovine reaction of the people most affected. I write essays and poetry in order to sleep at night. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- More Articles by Alex Symington Prior to November 2014.

May 012015
 
The Mythology of Ideology

Following up on last week’s contribution to the Blue Paper I wanted to elaborate on and counter the notion that privatizing publicly funded entities is the panacea for all things governmental. It is not. As I pointed out there is an on-going relentless effort by private/corporate business to sell the idea to the American public that no matter what the pursuit, the free market will always work more efficiently and be more cost effective than any government run enterprise. Again, not true. History and personal [continue reading…]

 May 1, 2015  Posted by at 1:00 am Alex Symington, Issue #112 2 Responses »
Apr 242015
 
Here We Are

by Alex Symington…. After attending the annual ACLU meeting, Policing In Paradise, last week at the Harvey Government Center, Key West, I came away with a realization that today’s police misdeeds and brutality are part and parcel to and a direct bi-product of a much greater challenge that America faces; the intentional destruction of civil liberties and social contracts, the corporate co-option of our government and the privatization of nearly everything formerly in the public domain. This phenomenon has not been an organic or random [continue reading…]

 April 24, 2015  Posted by at 12:55 am Alex Symington, Issue #111 13 Responses »
Apr 102015
 
Good News

It certainly is refreshing to hear some good news from the world stage for a change. That good news being the promising preliminary agreement between the nations of Iran, the US and the European Union that would “end” Iran’s nuclear weapons manufacturing process. Of course the devil is in the details, but it certainly is looking good on paper and all the players are pleased with the agreement thus far. This complex and vexing issue of the balancing of a sovereign nation’s autonomy and its [continue reading…]

 April 10, 2015  Posted by at 1:35 am Alex Symington, Issue #109 14 Responses »
Apr 032015
 
Letter To the Editor: Bad Manners

If the subject of global warming/climate change and the reactions it elicits are any indication of the subject’s incendiary nature, I guess we can add that to the things to never discuss at a dinner party; Politics, Religion and Climate Change. Actually there is very little that remains to discuss that hasn’t been painted with the left/right political brush now that weather has been politicized to the point of paralysis. What used to be considered harmless conversation is now a minefield of highly charged emotional [continue reading…]

Mar 272015
 
Ground Zero

by Alexander Symington… I went to the movies the other night and saw a preview for a documentary called, “Merchants of Doubt”. I was curious about it, so I did a little interweb sleuthing and discovered that the documentary exposes professional science deniers as a group; well funded by special interests that have found a niche career casting doubt on overwhelming scientific evidence that is deemed a threat to the corporate status quo. This particular hatchet job is currently being focused on climate change science, [continue reading…]

 March 27, 2015  Posted by at 3:55 am Alex Symington, Issue #107 18 Responses »
Mar 202015
 
Barbarism Du Jour

by Alex Symington… As Louis Petrone’s article, “Mass Killings Common” in KonkLIFE (link below) pointed out there is nothing new to the horrors of man’s inhumanity to man, referring to the latest incarnation that is ISIS. I could not agree more. Mr. Petrone recalled several examples of atrocities, starting with “our own backyard”, of mass killings and beheadings of Native Americans upon the arrival of the English to their shores and murders and beheadings of African salves that had the audacity to rebel against their [continue reading…]

 March 20, 2015  Posted by at 3:40 am Alex Symington, Issue #106 10 Responses »
Mar 132015
 
Letter to the Editor

It used to be you could expect some fairly unsophisticated and unprofessional behavior from the 435 odd members of the house, but one could always rely on cooler more restrained heads in the senate. We found out this week that is no longer the case. We saw forty seven Republican Senators shoot off a letter to Tehran to explain how they feel the president is over stepping his authority (he isn’t) when it comes to negotiating with Iran on nuclear arms. This following on the [continue reading…]

 March 13, 2015  Posted by at 2:40 am Alex Symington, Issue #105, Letter to the Editor 16 Responses »
Mar 062015
 
Infantile Narcissism

by Alex Symington…. Don’t we each, individually, consider ourselves to be our own person, free in mind and body; autonomous, sentient beings possessing free will and masters of our own destiny? Sure we do and it is mostly the case, but not entirely. In reality we are what Leon Russell dubbed, “a hippie commune bona fide” in the sense we are social animals and our great successes as a species have come about by communal cooperation. Early hunter/gatherer families did ok as far as it [continue reading…]

 March 6, 2015  Posted by at 1:50 am Alex Symington, Issue #104 25 Responses »
Feb 192015
 
FOX Skews

by Alex Symington… Now wait just a minute! Let me get this straight… Brian Williams gets suspended from NBC for six months, without pay for telling tall tales about his exploits of daring while covering military actions that he never actually took part in? Really?! Why is Brian Williams being targeted? A little ego inflating canard and he is the devil incarnate, yet our friends at FOX lie on an hourly basis and have the audacity to call themselves “fair and balanced”! Why no hue [continue reading…]

 February 19, 2015  Posted by at 11:25 pm Alex Symington, Issue #102 31 Responses »
Feb 132015
 
Open Letter to Sheriff Ramsay

by Alex Symington Editor: Congratulations to Sheriff Rick Ramsay and his deputies on the 5.9 percent drop in crime in the areas of Monroe County under their jurisdiction. This may be anecdotal, but I haven’t heard of any of Sheriff Ramsay’s deputies involved in any questionable deaths of any civilians in their performance of their duties and yet crime is down. I may hear about something now, but again, they seem to be able to do their jobs of serving and protecting the citizens they [continue reading…]

 February 13, 2015  Posted by at 12:40 am Alex Symington, Issue #101, Letter to the Editor 1 Response »
Feb 132015
 
TSKW and “Stainless”

by Alex Symington We in Key West must surely wake up every day and pinch ourselves in disbelief at our good fortune to live, work and play in such a beautiful, warm and inviting community. (If you don’t, look again) There are many reasons Key West is a paradise, besides the weather and water. For a little dry spot in the ocean at the end of the road we are blessed with a plethora of artistic, literary and cultural outlets, but today I want to [continue reading…]

 February 13, 2015  Posted by at 12:28 am Alex Symington, Issue #101, Special Events 2 Responses »
Jan 302015
 
Satire and Propaganda

by Alex Symington… I was reading contemporary satirist, Andy Borowitz, and it occurred to me that satire and propaganda share a common denominator. They both require a kernel of truth to be effective. Neither can be total fabrication or they ring hollow, although that doesn’t stop FOX from trying. Andy’s work fits well with our short attention span and fondness of sound bites because they are brief little pokes at the political foibles and theater of the absurd that is in all three branches of [continue reading…]

 January 30, 2015  Posted by at 1:25 am Alex Symington, Issue #99 3 Responses »
Jan 232015
 
Slow Descent Into Mindless Adoration...

Happy Martin Luther King Day! The biggest grossing film of all time over the MLK four day weekend was “American Sniper” grossing 105.3 million dollars, beating out the previous title holder, “Avatar”. Almost fifty years after MLK was murdered, our heroes have morphed from MLK to Chris Kyle and Hollywood is no longer making “Platoons” and “Full Metal Jackets”, but “Lone Survivors” and “American Snipers”. Seth Rogen drew a parallel between the American sniper, Kyle, and the hero worship of the Nazi sniper in “Inglorious [continue reading…]

 January 23, 2015  Posted by at 12:50 am Issue #98 4 Responses »
Jan 162015
 
Key West Literary Seminar 2015:  How The Light Get's In

by Alex Symington Our little island city has many charms to crow about; gentle warm weather in January, an exciting swashbuckling and idiosyncratic history, New-England-meets-the-South architectural style, great theater and music venues, but the crown jewel, I submit, is the Key West Literary Seminar. Our near century long history as a refuge for artists and writers is well documented, making Key West the most natural place on the planet for literary greats to gather once a year, (this being the thirty-third) and talk shop to [continue reading…]

 January 16, 2015  Posted by at 12:40 am Alex Symington, Issue #97 3 Responses »
Jan 092015
 
This Cannot Be Happening

by Alex Symington I cannot be alone in my shock and disbelief at the US Supreme Court’s recent eight to one ruling that severely weakens our fourth amendment rights. I’ve taken the liberty to refresh your memory …, “the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and [continue reading…]

 January 9, 2015  Posted by at 12:26 am Alex Symington, Issue #96 5 Responses »
Jan 022015
 
Why I March

by Alex Symington……. I took part in a march for police accountability last Sunday with about fifty other concerned citizens of Key West. It isn’t as if I WANTED to. I had plenty of more interesting things I could have done on a Sunday afternoon; projects backed up or books to be read or just a nice civilized afternoon nap with my dog. Movies, shopping, biking, sight seeing, picture taking, visiting friends or hanging out at the beach. You name it; it probably is more [continue reading…]

 January 2, 2015  Posted by at 12:35 am Issue #95, Letter to the Editor 2 Responses »
Dec 192014
 
Sociopath

  by Alex Symington… Sociopath is a word I have been employing frequently in chronicling current events. The dictionary defines the sociopath as, “a person whose behavior is antisocial and who lacks a sense of moral responsibility or social conscience.” There is no shortage of this psychological characteristic in people in positions of power. In fact being sociopathic can play an essential role in attaining that power. Be it in law enforcement, politics, Fortune 500 corporations or the humble run-of-the-mill serial killer. Historically, we as [continue reading…]

 December 19, 2014  Posted by at 12:45 am Alex Symington, Issue #93 5 Responses »
Dec 122014
 
Perception

I have friends that tell me they would like to read my essays, but won’t because they’re in an on-line publication and my friends are more comfortable with hard-copy-old-school newspaper. They like the feel and the rustle of real paper. I guess Kindle is out of the question, as well. I say to them, so sorry, but one great advantage that on-line publications have over hard copy is the addition of audio and video that can enhance and expand on that textual copy. As we’ve [continue reading…]

 December 12, 2014  Posted by at 12:55 am Alex Symington, Issue #92 2 Responses »