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Surrender NYC

via www.theatermania.com

My friend Mike is a natural. He works at it, I know this, but some people have it and he’s one of ‘em! He was just reviewed by Dan Bacalzo on TheaterMania.com

Check it out here http://www.theatermania.com/new-york/reviews/01-2009/surrender_16875.html

Excerpt:

As the show begins in earnest, participants are taught how to hold and fire their weapon, secure a room, search a dead body, and other basic military techniques. It’s a crash course, to be sure, and it’s doubtful that most audience participants are quite ready for active duty, but soon enough we’re sent into a maze of rooms set up to test our newly learned skills. At least two actors are included in each unit, one of whom is the squad leader. My group was fortunate to have the excellent Mike Callaghan, who efficiently led us through the enemy territory. Since our training was fairly minimal, the threat level was correspondingly not that high, with insurgents being killed relatively easily and only a few surprises. And while the tight spaces, darkened hallways, and nerve wracking aural environment (the excellent sound design is by Fox) help to get the adrenaline pumping, at no time do you ever really feel in danger. In many ways, the experience is less like actual combat and more like a highly immersive video game. Still, not everyone makes it out “alive,” and part of the experience is dealing with the dead and wounded.

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Bank Decay

Bank of America security trying to prevent [Steve Rhodes] from taking a photo during the Iraq war protest.

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What Bush’s invasion would look like in the United States

I’m just glad they’re skipping Maryland for the killings and the refugee nonsense. I was born here and I’ve been all over, but I like it here and I want to stay. My Dad lives up there in Maine though… I need to send this to him quick!

Seriously though, the creator(s) of this example used the most sparsely populated states for the killing and the next least dense (intended) areas for the refugees. Everyone here is in the major cities and on the coasts (with a few more in TX).

But it really is a strking visual.

What Bush’s invasion would look like in the United Statesnickdouglas

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Pentagon Paid $998,798 to Ship Two 19-Cent Washers

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IRAQ is ARABIC for VIETNAM

Muslima2006 has posted a comment:

Can you explain this button in simple english?

IRAQ is ARABIC for VIETNAM

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Like the Vietnam conflict, this “war” is based on not-so-well hidden objectives and false pretenses. It has been overly politicalized and under strategized since it began because of the above statement.

Perhaps the button text could be more simply stated as, “Operation Iraqi Freedom is Newspeak for Southeast Asia style black ops and advancement of US business interests”.

OK, I guess that’s not exactly simple English, sorry!

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IRAQ is ARABIC for VIETNAM