To "exhume" is to dig
up the remains of the dead. Joseph McCarthy was a right wing
Senator who led anti-Communist witch hunts in the 1950s and who
wrongly accused many Americans of treason. [Ron Henry]
"Loyal to the Bank of America"
The Bank of America is a giant
banking corporation. [Ron
"You're sharpening stones, walking
Sharpening stones as in making
primitive spear heads. Walking on coals is a test of bravery.
* I suspect that it is not likely that it was specifically Anthony Robbins [firewalking guru] that Michael
had in mind - because I don't think he was the big deal back
then and I'd be surprised if Michael had heard of him --
maybe though -- Robbins had his first book published in
86 -- Document was Sept 87 -- so I guess it's possible
Michael saw something on the TV or in the press about him. Even
so -- I'm wondering if maybe Robbins wasn't the first self
development guru to use the firewalking gimmick. [murray]
"To improve your business acumen"
"Acumen" is knowledge
and skill. [Ron Henry]
"Vested interest united ties, landed
Vested interest as in owned share,
as in a company. The landed gentry is the land-owning upper class.
To rationalize is to invent seemingly plausible but false explanations
for one's culpable actions, esp. by finding a way to blame others.
* In "Vested Interest, united ties", Stipe has pulled
off a very neat little double-entendre, invoking the vests and
ties of the clothing of businessmen. [billg3man]
A colloquial interjection of agreement;
also, jingo is chauvanistic patriotism. [Ron Henry]
"Enemy sighted, enemy met"
Military jargon for attacking the
enemy. [Ron Henry]
"I'm addressing the realpolitik"
Realpolitik is "a usually
expansionist national policy having as its sole principle advancement
of the national interest." [American
"Let us not.."
[The] spoken-word middle eight
[was] lifted from a McCarthy documentary the band watched during
the album's mixing stage. The film, Point of Order, takes as its climax a
key moment during the televised army-McCarthy hearings of 1954
(the Senator was engaged in trying to root out subversives in
the armed forces). On June 9th, McCarthy repeatedly tried to
ruin, by associating him with a left wing group, a young law
associate of the Army counsel Joseph N. Welch. The associate
was not involved in the hearings, and Welch replied to McCarthy's
irrelevant and spiteful harangues thus: 'Let us not assassinate
this lad further, Senator. You have done enough. Have you no
sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you no sense of decency?'
"(Meet me at the book burning)"
Book burnings were political rallies
of the 1950-60s by conservatives to destroy books and records
that were considered either morally or politically dangerous.