Wednesday, June 4, 2014

It's Not About Hunting...

It's about this:

Thailand's junta warns over 'Hunger Games' salute
Thailand's military rulers said Tuesday they are monitoring a new form of silent resistance to the coup - a three-fingered salute borrowed from "The Hunger Games" - and will arrest those in large groups who ignore warnings to lower their arms.

Despite the warning to protesters, the junta offered a reprieve to the country's vital tourism industry. It lifted the military's curfew at three popular beach resorts - Phuket, Koh Samui and Pattaya - to ease the impact of the May 22 coup on tourists.
Isn't that nice? In the interest of the almighty dollar, they'll allow certain areas to have the faintest hint of freedom. Other areas, ones that don't bring in the bucks? Oh, you'll be stomped on like narcs at a biker rally. Much like allegedly Communist regimes, money talks, and freedom walks (and for those that want to bleat out that corporations do that here in the US? Shut up. The adults are talking).

I had a real hard time with the "Hunger Games" series, I did. The idea that people would offer up their own children as tribute to the government? Yeah, that's the reason I own guns, folks. It has nothing to do with hunting (although I am perfectly fine with hunting and would like to try it myself in the near future). It has nothing to do with "sporting" purposes (although I would love to try my hand at some competitive shooting as well).

It has everything to do with preventing tyrannical governments from running roughshod over her citizens. Full stop.

That is all.

Another dispatch from...
(image courtesy of Robb Allen)


Will Brown said...

The idea of people offering up their children as tribute has a solid historical foundation, Jay. Most examples involve some religious aspect (in societies with the state religion being an active participant in government), but the idea of military conscription comes suspiciously close (if one degree removed). I agree that the same concept exercised in a blatantly entertainment format is a bit much, but its long been recognized that the conga line down the length of Damocles sword forms on the left so how much of a stretch is the Hunger Games really?

Jay G said...

Yep. And I still have my rifles for that day.

NotClauswitz said...

I've never seen the Hunger Games (and probably never will) but the three-finger salute I remember is from Boy Scouts!

Ed said...

Some people confuse dystopia and utopia, but then again, one's man trash is another man's treasure.