Saturday, March 25, 2006


I mostly lecture about morality in my blogs -- about the futility and vanity of feeling good relative to the moral and ethical superiority of being good. But, as Nietzsche said in 1890 and Ayn Rand reiterated to Alan Greenspan's generation, GOD IS DEAD.  Because I believe this, why can't I accept that ideals like charity and responsibility are just my dime store prism on Bible verses I memorized during the ecumenical indoctrination of my youth?  In America the high road increasingly leads to the cross, literally or metaphorically.

In other words, I need only turn on the television to feel like a Loser with a capital L;  Have-not road-kill for the haves -- who know what it really takes to win in America.

Anyway, that's how I feel this gray Saturday afternoon... America, founded on noble and egalitarian principles, has today metastasized to a libertine capitalist insane asylum: evil and (I not so secretly hope) doomed.  You see, the owner of the open field across from my 1890 granite mansion (another anachronism) on the beautiful, natural, and once ignored west end of Helena has erected a FOR SALE sign.    And I am compelled again to individualism, albeit with a familiar credo: "live as well as possible as far outside the mainstream as possible." After all, the mainstream in America is incapable of living within its means. The economics will surely worsen.

Thus I implore anyone reading this to reach beyond hopeless American values like "net worth" which, excepting owners of gold mines, oil wells, shipping or real estate, are cruel jokes that haves play on have-nots -- flood marks rising annually as another 102 people become billionaires.  Being a nameless, faceless "believer" -- in their system, in any system -- from America's vast but shrinking middle increasingly feels like exploitation from both sides.

Friday, March 24, 2006

Miracle Wrinkle Cream Saves Humanity...

Miracle Wrinkle Cream only $19.99. Miracle Democracy in Iraq only $1 Trillion. Miracle future for the human race: "terraforming" Mars.

I'm sorry, but it's all the same thing folks: insipid advertising, brought to you by the people that brought you George Bush, your "CEO" President.

You see, there is no pie in the sky. And you will not be made flesh after you are dead. And you are not going to ruin this planet only to move to Mars to ruin (er... I mean "terraform") it too.

I'm very sorry to say that the laws of the universe, of matter and energy, of cause and effect are immutable, and we are stuck with the universe as it is. E=MC2. The sum total of matter and energy is not negotiable, no matter how much Wall Street needs it to be to sustain its insatiable greed.

Wake up! Get a clue! It seems to me that this biosphere is a rather nice one by comparison. Furthermore, it's high time to figure out how to sustain it if we wish to sustain us. So shame on us for worshipping the Free Lunch as we render toxic our bountiful reality!

Friday, March 17, 2006

Blood on Desert Sand

$800B Federal budget deficit (this year alone). $1 Trillion U.S. dollars printed to buy a civil war in Iraq. Every mother holding her breath, praying these insidious, evil Fools do not find a way to institute a military draft -- to send more children to die for their insidious, evil folly, for their insidious, evil barrels of oil.

I confess I actually voted for The Fool in 2000. But by 2004, I would rather have voted for Mickey Mouse. And now it seems every American polled espouses this view. Well, citizens, I'm afraid you're more than a year too late. And today our best films can do little more than quote Shakespeare. For the problem is not in our stars, but in ourselves...

Yet amidst the wailing and gnashing of teeth, my fervent hope is that every hard working, honest, and well intentioned person on this planet (and I believe there are far more of us than them) can somehow understand that life's highest aspiration is not to feel good, but to be good -- to stand for something larger than the frail, the weak and the pathetic self.

So let us begin a new day and a new way by ending this insidious, evil Iraq/Afghanistan war. Now! This day! This hour! This minute! Then let us bring to justice every lying instigator, every profiteer, every merchant of blood.

Masturbatory consumption sustains only exploitation and death. Evil begets evil. Love. Tolerance. Peace. Sacrifice. All else is dust. Blood on desert sand.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Birth, School, Work, Death...


Did Japan actually find a way to avoid the seemingly inevitable deflationary
implications of a conservative, aging, saving population. It would seem so.

However, the problem, as I see it, is that the "solution" (worked out over more than a decade) is:
1. punish savers by providing zero yield on Japanese treasuries
2. promise even more draconion punishment by threatening a savings tax (reverse/negative interest) by the banks
3. essentially bankrupt the national government (by comparison, Japan's national debt at 150% of GDP makes our $8T debt -- a mere 55-60% of GDP -- look positively frugal).
4. promote, at seemingly any cost, the growth of a young, spendthrift consumer class addicted to fashion and gadgets (high margin consumer goods).

So the real issue is this: if you create a world economic system dependent on price inflation (aka devaluation of your savings), then what are the longer/larger implications as both human life expectancy and population increase at current levels?
1. no retirement
2. no financial independence (you are a slave to the machine and you will always be a slave to the machine -- at least until you die)
3. meaningless, masturbatory consumption, leading to worsening global climate/environment
4. the human race never bothers to create a sustainable economic system that actually works -- at least without working to death.


So I guess happy days are here again and we should all therefore invest in the stock market and fill up the auxillary tank in our SUV with E85 (which consumes more fossil energy per gallon produced than the "A-Rab" gallon it replaces) -- at least until all the polar ice is gone and the Great World Fire of 2012 begins...

At times one remains faithful to a cause only because its opponents do not cease to be insipid. -- Nietzsche