Thursday, December 27, 2012

Fiscal Cliff Bomb?!

Thinking ahead…  when the "Clinton" and "Reagan" tax cuts are rolled back, America will be closer, again, to a saner and more livable State.

Now, I'm sorry (because I don't like taxes and statistically have and earn more than 90% of taxpayers...) but I am convinced that empirically demonstrated, physical reality (see Collapse, TARP, ZIRP, QE Infinity…) favors this logic.

Ask not for whom the (inherited) Moron smirks, for it smirks at America!  And isn't it about time that America smiled (knowingly) back?

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Murder as (natural) Denouement for Consumerism

Increasingly, I see murder-suicide as a sort of culmination/denouement for consumerism.

By this I mean, when divine Christian magic snowflake individualism (Constitutional Consumption as religion) fails, when billions finally determine they cannot afford to buy what their sick, rotten culture teaches, that Walmart and Heaven are not the same thing… Then naturally insanity follows…

Then, just what remains to be consumed?

Merry Christmas – 2012!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

I am Jesus of the Landfill! (And So Can You)

I have recently convinced myself the best thing to recommend Statism/Totalitarianism is that, finally, this I/me/magic/snowflake/divine LIE might end.  That the consumer lie (ephemeral consumption is good if it makes us feel good) at the heart of our present crises could end.

But can one truly be emancipated from self indulgence?  Free from the insane compulsion to self identify (even through violence) under mass production/consumption?   Free from the capitalist imperative to simultaneously compete and win against every other living thing?

Religion, and more vaguely politics, offers acolytes a promise to this sort of freedom, but in an intellectually false, intolerable way.
If we are God’s unwanted children, then so be it!” –tyler durden

The true fan transcends fandom and does it himself.” –Clem Burke, drummer, Blondie
Arguably then, the true citizen transcends himself, poverty, even rotten culture, to lead a thoughtful and humble life in service to something/anything larger (maybe even restoring an old house).  Lately, I call this: Revenge Of The Poor or The Ultimate Revenge, as in “an interesting life is the ultimate revenge.”

Friday, December 21, 2012

Theater Of The Apocalypse

God Save The King
You heard the Ka Ching!
But it made you a moron
Fiscal Cliff Bomb

God Save The King
But Jesus Ain't No Human Being
And there is no future
In Moron "Dreaming"

When there's no future
How can there be sin?
When you're shell casings in your own dustbin
You invented this stupid machine
Now you're the future, YOUR future!

The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun

The politics of god, guns and bitterness

Do you miss him yet?

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Who Will Pay For America’s Lies?

Heaven is not real.
Santa Claus is not real.
Middle Class is not real.
Medicare is bankrupt.
The Social Security Trust Fund is a filing cabinet filled with IOUs.

But still the question remains...
WHO WILL PAY FOR AMERICA'S LIES?

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Where DoE$ Money Come FRom? WTF?!

OK, Max, when do the massive defaults begin?  Because right now I’m considering putting most in Treasury Strips, then using the income from that to dollar-cost-average into stocks…  Sooner or later they’re bound to have a great decade, right?  (maybe already three years in?)

After all, THIS IS NOT ICELAND!  Here, we get to shove our fiascoes down the throats of billions!  Learn To Live With It.

Friday, December 07, 2012

Shot Down In Flames

First The Fiscal Cliff…  Then the House will refuse to raise the Debt Ceiling…

The Republican Party (and its poor, moron associates, who vote capital's agenda while thinking they're voting for Jesus) has decided to go down in flames.  The real economy will (obviously) survive this.

But are these ongoing, worldwide fiascos merely cover for a truer, larger economic reality: that crony/corporate/inheritance capitalism is running out of new bubbles to create new money (a k a jobs) for new people, even as essential bio resources dwindle and climate shifts ever more violently northward, away from mega population centers.

 http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2012-04/new-research-tracks-40-year-old-prediction-world-economy-will-collapse-2030

Life Is A Horror Movie!

Thursday, December 06, 2012

And They Shall Worship Rarity, Scarcity and Precarity

What moral good has “Best” ever really done for people?

Hasn’t Beauty been around just as long as Cancer?

What is the point of a world where one wins and Everyone loses?

Has mezmerization finally run out of reasons?

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

His special, magic plan…

When I consider how old, frail and worried I am...
When I look to the plight of others and accept that I'm one of the "lucky ones..."
That's when I bow to the sky and thank Jesus for making me part of his special, magic plan!

Monday, November 26, 2012

On God…

Think About It: "God" is simply the means that influence peddlers chose to manipulate the thoughts inside your head.  They needed "God" in order to make you feel "superior" and "better" than millions (billions) of other people on this planet!  And it worked (in retrospect, perhaps too well)!

Now, they could have chosen to teach you about Money, instead, but that would have been really stupid on their part, Yes?

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

FOUR DAY WEEKEND!

Now I’M free to be simultaneously paralyzed and revolted -- only without all the WASP guilt for not "doing anything" about it...

After all, IT’S A HOLIDAY!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Man That Made aMErica GroW Again?

Federal Reserve Chairman Benjamin Bernanke: I Think The Motherfucker Did It!  He might just have pulled off what no central planning machine on Earth thus far seemed able to do…  As such, Bernanke and Paul Krugman (in a lesser, cheerleader role) have become easily the two most believable people living today.

And now it’s China’s turn!

Keep on Rockin In The Free World, Mr. Bernanke, Sir.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Well, then let them eat “quantum” cake…

But SIRE! The people have NO BREAD?!

Well, then let them eat "quantum" cake!

Planet Titanic and The fiSCal cliFF

I think they’re going to blame economic relapse on The Fiscal Cliff.  As if another deal could make Planet Titanic un-strike the iceberg.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Insanity

Our misbegotten culture has generated millions of violent, propagandized, miseducated, underpaid, low skilled, religiously hysterical Americans.  And now, the ostensibly saner and well off people cannot Rise Above the fact that New Normal can’t repay its debts properly?!

http://rollingjubilee.org

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Death By Hypocrisy?

AMERICA:
All Capitalism!
No Speed Limits!
VROOOM! VROOOM!
...Oops! Screech! Ouch! KABAAAAM!
Help Me!

http://www.pocketmags.com/viewissue.aspx?titleid=1154&title=Adbusters&issueid=46832

If conditions of post-modernity and capitalism have bred a population of "sophisticated profit maximizers" who need to consistently protect their illusion of impermeability through violence and dispossession [theft], then what we should lobby for is the acceptance of complex personal vulnerability -- a shift in perception of strength that would come not from donning body armor (and carrying an M-16), but from acceptance of interdependency -- on other humans, other creatures, [and most importantly] the air and water and land that sustains us. –Andrea Bennett

The “Prize”

Paraphrasing Twain: Politics is the Bowel Movement of American Civilization…

Well, in a country where “voting is the best revenge…” our prize has nearly dropped into the bowl!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Big Orwell

Big Sky Big Money
http://watch.montanapbs.org/video/2298009584
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/big-sky-big-money

Frontline easily shows that Super Pac/501© not-for-profit corps are already literally running Montana State House/Senate campaigns, subverting local democracy with a few thousand spent on mass mailings, electing candidates with zero experience and zero qualifications – except undoubtedly complying with (invisible) funders’ agendas 100%

This is the worst possible outcome from Citizen’s United--essentially corporate-Orwellian--but for its more obfuscated, totalitarian/fascist public-private partnership, implementation.

Life In Hell!

After Super Storm Sandy, all/most of lower Manhattan (south of midtown) remains dark.

But with one notable exception…

Too Big To Fail?
Too Big Has Failed?!

Rest assured that Too Big Will Fail Again!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Hospice For A Dream…

Very interesting...

Stephen Jenkinson says essentially that our "job" is to honestly witness (for future reference) the death of this culture, because it's obviously dying; that our job is to be "useful" as possible in midwifing its end of life and ultimately death, not to distance ourselves from it and from our own fear of it.

Die well America!  You made a LOT of mistakes, but you still deserve our respect, if not for what you did but for the noble, egalitarian things you tried to do.

Then let us teach Love and Trust and Community, even if only by necessity, to be better descendants of The American Dream than fear-centered consumerism, individualism and colonialism proved to be.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Mothers of the Disappeared

The best people and ideas are obviously dead, now.
But much as powerful American corporations evolve, beyond U.S. decline, we survivors—those who can kill without obvious insanity—will remain as unwitting Mothers to that which we have disappeared.

http://www.pbs.org/pov/nostalgiaforthelight/full.php
http://www.extraenvironmentalist.com/2012/10/28/episode-52-market-monsters/

Friday, October 26, 2012

Before We Can Move On

Politics is the only way the coarse underbelly of American society gets any real, legitimate exposure.   Race.  Class.  God.  American politics has become a public exorcism, a cleansing debasement, a catharsis we simply must have, now, before we can move on.

In this way, politics has become the bowel movement of American civilization.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

RIP George McGovern – God Save Law And Order!

McGovern picked a good year to die!

There seems a kind of symmetry at work here and "Law And Order" will be the net result in 2012, as per ‘72, ‘80, 2004…

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/08/28/michael-tomasky-on-how-tricky-mitt-romney-is-aping-richard-nixon.html

Thus, whenever there is real fear (not just shock and misplaced optimism – see 2008) that colonial, petro-capitalism might actually, finally fail, that the spigot driving American excess and self-delusion since Eisenhower might finally be drying up, then America always votes “Law and Order” and normalcy quickly resumes.

This is not my land (certainly not as I would choose it) and it's maybe not yours.  But it is our country, and let's face it -- we are neither well educated nor overly intelligent people.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

The FORTY-Seven Percent Solution?

Apparently, America has suddenly realized what “rich” people really think of it…

Alas, Uncle Ronnie, your lies are finally exposed!  That ours is a nation of morons and hypocrites – and after all these years, most of us aren’t even sure which we’re best at.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

QE Infinity

I still like XLV but everywhere else if the spreads simply hold, from here, I’m fine with 2012 – no overall losses and should easily pass all time principal peak ($610-620K) by 1/1/2013.

If I ever get to $1M investable, can I then finally accept that all my (capitalism) problems are over?  From a self-insurance standpoint my wife and I could then (in theory) pay cash for anything anyone in our class would ever want/need?  That’s where (libertarian/anarchist/capitalist) I’m almost a Romney/Ryan type, except I say: “Let the liberals have their safety net.”   And I’ll always do what I can to pay for it.  But I never intend to ever need it for me/mine.  Safety nets are not the point of capitalism/modernity for some people.  Ben Bernanke knows that.  That’s why he pumps money into our (investment not consumption) side of the economy.  The more I accept that, the more logical QE Infinity becomes...  It’s like a reward for being abnormally productive and encouragement to be even more so.

Too many people coming to the house this summer asking for work.  Bernanke needed to do something, given new China/Europe slowing data…

Friday, August 31, 2012

All We Need Is A Time Machine!

After the 2012 Republican convention, Mitt Romney's vision for America is clear!

Now, all we needs is a TIME MACHINE, to “restore” (~1890) the smaller, whiter, poorer, less developed world from which present corporate hegemony and control sprang, dating to the Industrial Revolution.

Mr. Romney, in case you haven't noticed, the Apocalypse is over!  The Corporate Coups is over.  Our side (Wall Street) won—only now proffers nothing, save more, failing, obsolescent colonization and extraction.  And what true value is there in the already wealthy garnering a few trillion more from a diminishing planet and increasingly poor working class?  In short, your and Mr. Ryan’s solution stops nothing short of the complete privatization of organic life—“True Death” by economics.

http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/11032-truthout-interviews-chris-hedges-about-why-revolt-is-all-we-have-left

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Please, God, Don’t Let THEM Win?!

http://reason.com/archives/2012/08/20/the-wrong-side-absolutely-must-not-win

Election 2012 Demographics...
  1. "We're poor--in the richest country that ever existed!  Obama please don't take away our 'constituency' paychecks!"
  2. "We're rich--in the laziest country that ever existed!  Romney please don't take away our 'supply-side' advantages!"
  3. "Hi, I'm somewhere in the middle, and it's basically my strangely indentured servitude sustaining all of this wonderment.  So do me a favor, OK, since I can't bring myself to?  Next movie I attend, Batman (or whoever the fuck you think you are that day), please just shoot me in the head and get it over with.   Thanks."

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Goodbye Lenin

Once upon a time, a cadre of charming and noble intellectuals chose communism for Russia.

While in America (another land with essentially infinite natural resources), lazy, oversexed people chose capitalism, apparently because they wanted winner-take-all, junk food and continuous streaming pornography.

For a time, capitalism far outran every other system, putting its alternatives essentially “Out Of Business”—in the same way that blind technology and unhindered desire often outstrips reason and sustainability. (Marx predicted this).

But eventually, every American family except (if you stretch the numbers) perhaps 5 or 10 percent, went bankrupt--trying to impress its “middle class” neighbors--who were also faking it.

Meanwhile, American banks and hedge-funds raped, rigged then crashed financial institutions so many times, over so many decades, that, worldwide, governments went insolvent bailing them out, cutting rich people’s taxes and placating everyone else with myriad forms of unfunded Welfare—all at the expense of any possible future.

Whereas China (with advice from Nixon and Kissinger) settled on a “hybrid” approach: “command capitalism” with junk food and “smart” phones, for all--but zero political/intellectual freedom, because a century of observation convinced the Chinese that most people are too stupid for political/intellectual freedom.  They’ll only fuck it up!

And maybe that’s how China (and fascism in general—see Romney+Ryan) wins in the end?  Because fascism harbors the fewest illusions about the vast majority of people…

The End?
(At least until the Earth dies, which is The Real End)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_Bye,_Lenin!

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Romney + Zimmerman 2012

Romney_Zimmerman_2012

HUMILITY

Let's face it kids.  The (as seen on TV) shit-fake world is crumbling before our very eyes…

Now, I know your parents told you it was real, just like Jesus, but it's not.  And it NEVER was.

The only difference is that NOW, the truth can no longer be hidden, glossed over or diverted from view.  Like Chris Hayes said this morning on MSNBC, "Things haven't really worsened in Gary, Indiana...  It was this bad 10 years ago.  It was bad 20 years ago.  And it's this bad now."

Only now it's bad for everyone.  For millions of fake teachers, fake preachers, fake, self appointed, "leaders" and fake moral paragons of virtue.

But frankly, this Dickensian state seems only fair to me.  No more lies.  No more everyday theft in the form of taxes, fees and overcharges.  Soon enough, there will be no more “airs” left to put on.  No more "legitimate choices" we just have to make--or ELSE.

It's all over now.  WE’RE FREE!  And when darkness finally engulfs, exactly as we deserve, we may finally proffer the rarest of all human traits -- HUMILITY.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Twilight?

Economic collapse is only a crisis for elitism…

By comparison, your life was shit before the collapse.  Now, your life is shit after the collapse.   But you can learn to be happy this way!   How can they?  --with no “poverty” to exploit or “growth” to steal…

Monday, June 18, 2012

Friday, June 08, 2012

Don’t EAT the rich, STARVE them instead…

http://www.adbusters.org/blogs/adbusters-blog/chris-hedges.html

Remember when you didn't need a Harvard MBA to have a savings account that yielded 5% interest?

Remember when governments were trustworthy? When politicization didn't redound to meaningless political chicanery and endless debt just to finance our nations' bills?

Remember when just about every American could get a job?

Remember when One Percent was small enough to be ignored as (statistical) noise?

Well, then…

Stop Praying!
Stop Borrowing!
Stop Consuming!
Stop Believing!
Stop Whining!

And start Surviving and Self-empowering instead!

http://www.adbusters.org/magazine/102/mystical-anarchism.html

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Ode to Punky

I'll never forget the first time I saw a dead and mutilated animal and realized the same boys in the neighborhood I walked to school with had done it.
It was my tabby cat, Punky.

Do the best you can out there today, people...

Sunday, June 03, 2012

Krugman is Right

Paul Krugman is right!  I am convinced of that now.   The “market” has simply overvalued people like the Koch Bros and Carlos Slim while dramatically undervaluing YOU and ME—the real economy!  One Percent (media) manipulation of fear and hopelessness, not capital or debt, is a/the root cause of this Depression.

Simply put, Society has severely erred for decades, awarding far too much capital to far too few people of the WRONG (antisocial) type.  But that seems so incredibly easy to fix, democratically…

Barack Obama and Ben Bernanke might start by threatening the .01 percent with trillions of unsterilized dollars funding public spending and enterprise--to lever current market panic to generate vast, essential social liquidity to offset private sector unemployment.  I expect substantially greater private investment in employment would follow any credible (99.99%) threat to revalue oligarchy.

Darwinism is Wrong

The moral issue behind the New Normal Depression is that, in the battle between Greed and Good, greed "naturally" wins.

But being human means every outcome in not required to be "natural."  So how or why is Darwinism the answer here?!

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Highway To Hell?

Say what you like, but we must admit that America's perversion of capitalism was, as its acolytes maintained, truly about "creative destruction."

It "creatively destroyed" the middle class, pushing Median values so low that average people don't even know how to describe themselves anymore.  At various points around 2005 it got so bad, so nihilistic and hopelessly out of control, that all people could do was borrow ever more money at ever higher interest and consume:  houses, cars, phones, computers, clothing, food, vacations, sex, drugs...  I remember thinking… “there literally seems no end to it... “

Then the banks collapsed and every major government on Earth went insolvent!

The End.  (but also, maybe, A New Beginning...)

Because today, the problem is not jobs or energy or even capitalism.  The problem remains “New Normal” nihilism at every level.  The problem is no one presently has any reasonable basis for believing tomorrow can ever possibly be better than today, only worse--and they live accordingly.  The problem is that, for better or worse, rightly or wrongly, hopelessness is the root cause of every economic "depression" humankind has ever known!

The fix:

  • The BIGGEST fraudsters (e.g. Dick Fuld, Jamie Dimon, Lloyd Blankfein, Ken Lewis, Angelo Mozilo… ) must go to jail, not just get bailed out (TARP).
  • Corrupt systems and institutions must be reformed or dismantled: Supreme Court, Congress, Federal Reserve, State legislatures, The Constitution… (to name a few)
  • Various "insider" (Too Big To Fail) corporations must be liquidated and restructured to prevent future bailouts—first and foremost banking, energy and healthcare must be restructured around human (greater public good) values and “success” metrics—metrics like democratic “happiness”, “well being” and “confidence” polls--not aggregate (mostly one percent benefiting) GDP!
  • And, unfortunately, perhaps even war/violence (Arab Spring) is necessary…

And when enough REAL CHANGE (not Obama change) finally happens, then people will undoubtedly decide that life again has promise and meaning—for EVERYONE willing to work hard and play smart—then this “New Normal” Depression" will be over (or at least bottom out).

Until, then The Road To Hell is paved with status quo, as Americans, Europeans and Arab/despot nation citizens worldwide remain mired in a bottomless pit of existential and economic despair.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Upon further examination… the Unabomber proves prophetic?!

Ted Kaczynski, The Unabomber... In another age, we might have called him "Savior" or "Prophet.”  But not today.

Today, such labels are reserved for "members only" Harvard psychopaths.  For people like Clinton and Bush and Obama, and Romney and Geithner and Bernanke--and You!

So, congratulations, America!

By contrast, your "legitimate" approach has (gradually) destroyed everything, maybe even life itself?!

Happy Reunion Harvard!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Imagine If The Rich Paid Taxes

Yes.  Life (people) is a gigantic, steaming pile of shit…

But just imagine how much worse it would be if the rich actually paid taxes!

Friday, April 06, 2012

Any Questions?

Our government has failed us.
Legalized bribery now defines our political process.
Our corporations have robbed and enslaved us.
Our current and future growth is in China.
We use debt (credit cards, mortgages, Federal Reserve) to pretend we're rich.
And our healthcare system is the single largest financial fraud ever perpetrated on mankind.

Any questions?

http://money.cnn.com/2012/04/06/news/economy/jobs-report-unemployment/

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

And They All Lived Happily Ever After…

in a land far, far way—from here.

Sorry, but I beg to differ…  As I’ve said for many years, in the not too distant future, the only constant will be that everyone is insane!

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/4223651/Ladies-gents-this-is-your-captain-freaking.html
http://www.infowars.com/man-behind-kony-2012-arrested-for-masturbating-in-public/

So, all Social Fractal Theory aside, think I’ll just stick with contempt, emotional violence, self loathing and unending shame.

In a world without light (not to mention peak oil), one must learn to make peace with the darkness.  That way you’ll always be prepared for when it finally engulfs you.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Moby Dick Crib Notes

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/whaling/player/

The White Whale is capitalism.
Ahab is you (the misbegotten capitalist).
The ship (and crew) is the Earth we must, by necessity, share.

But the Ending is always the same!

Thursday, March 08, 2012

(Uncle) Sam, you made the plants too gone!

http://articles.marketwatch.com/2011-04-25/commentary/30714377_1_imf-chinese-economy-international-monetary-fund

What we have done is traded jobs for profit. The jobs have moved to China. The capability erodes in the U.S. and grows in China. That’s very destructive. That is a big reason why the U.S. is becoming more and more polarized between a small, very rich class and an eroding middle class. The people who get the profits are very different from the people who lost the wages.”

Next time you put your hand over your heart and recite “The Pledge”, consider what our glorious “leaders” have done.  Consider their loyalty to you and their country.  Then you may understand why weirdos like me (e.g. OWS) harbor not much more than rising contempt for the country (and system) of our birth.

And anyone that votes for more of this (neoliberal/free-trade/race-to-the-bottom) mass destruction is just sick in the head!

And if you still think “I’ll be OK.  I have money.  I trade stocks and bonds.  I have a good job.  I own property...” then consider this: the ant—in a world of grasshoppers—gets eaten all the same!   This also explains why billionaires are investing in sub-orbital technology—knowing that one day space may be their only refuge--from us. 

India/China/Syria today are templates for our future tomorrow.  And if you still think your vote will save you?  Note that India is a parliamentary democracy and Syria, like the United States, is a republic.

Their future:

Our future:

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Romneyworld

Face it:  a world where Willard Mitt Romney reports $21.6M of unearned income in 2010—and pays 13.8% FICA—a rate lower than a family earning 80,000--is a dystopian world.

A world I fear never gets fixed; where the one percent never have a “change of heart” and return excess pre-crash profits; where crony “Citizens United” democracy refuses, in the wake of the greatest economic collapse since 1929,  to “claw back” any amount evoking fairness.

No.  The die is cast.  Marx was right about unfettered capitalism.  When the economic gamesmanship is over, working people always lose.  Or perhaps it can be said that each has a 1/100 or 1/1000 chance to reach Romneyworld, as if anyone wanted that much of anything.

Romneyworld is for money hoarders.  As for the rest of us, we buy a lottery tickets or occasionally imagine ourselves, through media, languishing in his kind of remorseless success!

Consider these facts:

  • When my father was born (1941) there were 2 billion people on this planet.  In his 71 years, world population has nearly quadrupled.
  • But has life sustaining technology quadrupled to satisfy basic human needs like clean air, water, healthy food or medicine?
  • Is there four times more oil today?  Yet we still run our core economy on it—as if it was 1912 not 2012.
  • No.  Except for money printing, which primarily benefits Romneyworld and undermines wages through ever higher prices, especially since Nixon abdicated the gold standard in 1971; except for Moore’s Law—but you can’t digest an iPad--there exists few real commodity, economic or technological indicators having quadrupled to match population.

Still, for centuries, workers have muddled along, winging away like Foreman versus Ali in their famous match in Zaire.  Then in 2008, the “rope-a-dope” phase abruptly ended and a knockout ensued.

So what comes next?  Will Romneyworld manifest completely through war?  As a final, unfixable fiat monetary collapse?  As a series of manmade plagues the very richest and Machiavellian are perhaps already preparing  for?

I can’t say exactly.  Frankly, the Romneys seem nearly as insipid as the rest of us—except for their perfect, capitalist sociopathy, a unique, distinctive penchant for earning money while harboring zero empathy.

We can only be sure that:

  • Extended lifespan via organ replacement and stem cell therapy will not be for us.
  • Sub-orbital or under-sea-colonization will not be for us.

Instead, for us, says Romney, it’s time to process the Kubler-Ross stages of the new normal; to accept decline and devolution.

  • Denial (you may be here)
  • Rage (I spend most of my time here)
  • Bargaining (I’m struggling here, trying to live an objectively  moral life, breathing better, taking prescriptions to control panic, striving not to damage others when my worst inclinations trend--but it’s not easy--not when taking is your nation's, your neighbors' and perhaps your future President’s way of life).
  • Depression (why collapse under what we can’t control; like being angry at the weather, it’s pointless and silly;  skip this stage—or work in parallel with rage--nothing says these phases are linear;  undoubtedly some overlap, like waves cresting a barren and rocky shore)
  • Acceptance (alive, still and ready for whatever comes)
    • Learn to hack computers, centrifuges, power grids...
    • Learn to splice genes and develop vaccines
    • Learn to grow food
    • Learn to survive if dropped from a helicopter anywhere
    • Form family or community survival and continuity pacts (practicing “survivalists” are decades ahead of us; we need to catch up fast)

Today, we non-Romneys have been found guilty and wanting, for believing in an extraction economy, only to realize very late that we have been extracted.

Or, like Neo in the Matrix, can we cease debating possible, positive Romneyworld outcomes (there are none)?   Can we stop fixating over our score in the Romneyworld hierarchy?  Can we stop obsessing over its failure?  Can we reject winner-take-all, Romneyworld economics and attain meaning and purpose through lives far removed from the reaches of Cayman Islands investing accounts?

Stranger things have happened!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

TRAVIS BICKLE (Newt Gingrich) LIVES!

‎"Did anyone prophesize these people?  Only Travis...  Come in Travis." --The Clash, Red Angel Dragnet

To trivialize or (temporally) encapsulate "Taxi Driver" is a mistake.  TD is not about 1976.  It is not about Viet Nam.  It is not even about White Male Rage…

It is about the (American) decline, decay, insanity and violence exemplified by New York City in 1976--and conversely (by extension) about the sacrifice (by Washington and now suspect institutions in general) of decent, moral, hard working America--to the immoral rise of  “Wall Street" metonym corporate capitalism, culminating in the political aspirations of one Mitt Willard Romney.

Yes, New York City, at least since Rudy Giuliani, is mostly sanitized, mostly "cleaner" and like any well run theme park, mostly "safer"--for tourists.

But only because the poor, the marginalized and the increasingly discontented are decades hidden from view--behind "service sector" jobs, protest barricades, ghetto boundaries or "War On Drugs" prison bars--while the real "Golden Calf", the true "Christ" of conspiring elitist WASP America, The Wall Street Bull (sculpture) remains safely ensconced in Manhattan’s Bowling Green park, surrounded by steel barricades and 24x7 police guards--in keeping with the militarization of American civil life in general since 911.

Yet Travis Bickle lives!  His fractured American Male psyche is as alive today—e.g. Gingrich’ South Carolina Republican primary win--as ever.  And we have Martin Scorsese, Paul Schrader and Bernard Herrmann to thank for delineating the poetry behind America’s consuming and inevitable descent to madness.

OCCUPY FAILURE!

This is the America we, the democratic majority, essentially voted forty years for…

Too bad we don't like it any more--because it really hasn't changed much from my vantage--people take; people rationalize taking.  The only difference I see today is there's less Earth to monetize and more people struggling to monetize it--boo hoo hoo...

So we "Blame the rich!  Blame the government!  Blame your neighbors!  Blame the scapegoats! ..."  Anything but acknowledge your own selfish complicity in shared failure.

Congratulations, America!  You finally stumbled upon perhaps the one common thread in The American Dream

Saturday, January 21, 2012

A K A “How We Got Here”

(based on You Are My Sunshine)

You are my Credit. My only credit.
You help me buy things I cannot afford.
Once it was slavery. Now it's called FICO.
Please don't take my Credit Cards away!

I am Big Brother. Your one real family.
I tell you Nature does not apply to you!
I print the money, then sell your soul to China.
Don't ever take my taxes away!

I am Producer.  Your only Master.
I write the tax code for me not you.
Though I pay nothing, mine is in the Caymans.
You still choose me, insipid Fox "News" fools!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

HE is Ron Paul. WE Are Dangerous!

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

It is time to decide, Powers That Be, just exactly what it is you will concede to the Children of Liberty in this country on this Earth.

Because your dehumanizing, neoliberal, conspiratorial, HR approved, psychotropic--ally enabled, ecumenical, group-think, extraction fallacy, for the unique benefit of elite Wall Street sociopaths and Ivy League social engineers has officially failed!

And there is nothing you can do, neither now or for generations yet unborn, to spin up Soviet styled, perpetually indebted, GDP obsessed economic pornography, again.

So if you to refuse to yield to or abide civil and economic emancipation and common sense rationality in the civil discourse of a free and free willed society, then rest assured, that we are capable of the meanest, most draconian acts of political, social and economic recompense imaginable.

Hope dies hard.  But it can and will die.

He is Ron Paul.  And We are dangerous!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Existence: 1.12.2012

I can at least (barely) rationalize my existence by not reproducing.

In  my opinion, any breeder holds no claim to the validity of their light cone vector in this universe.  So... at least I retain that honor, such as I am.

Be advised that I have concluded recently that the worst thing that can happen to someone is to (finally) acquire a little money, which (sort of and temporarily) removes the panic of enduring an entire, pointless lifetime of wage slavery, only to subsequently introduce the panic of living in a sham world (not ShamWow! but sham-world).

This hopeless, panic-state occurs when you realize you’d have to be a billionaire to experience any real sense of  "freedom" on this planet, under its present (increasingly broken) system of socio-political and economic organization.  (Now, arguably $5-20M might work; But take it from me, $1M--even with little/no debt--gets you not even close at my age—just anticipating future medical expenses…).

So I am forced to conclude that: perpetual economic inflation (the law of ever larger numbers) coupled with wage-slavery is brutal trade and still worse occupation.  And unless one can afford to hire other slaves, then most (statistically all) of us are just stuck in this--until death.  (Birth.  School.  Work.  Death.)

Have you ever imagined retiring?  Maybe retiring early?  Like me, maybe you have?  Well think again!

I am almost (2/18/2012) fifty years old--and would seriously considering killing myself--but then others might get more--and that would just be stupid, now wouldn't it?! 

So… Keep pretending.  Keep voting.  Keep dreaming.  Happy Thursday!  1.12.2012

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Gospel of Collapse

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-01-11/bernanke-doubling-down-on-housing-bet-asks-government-to-help-mortgages.html

Let’s face TRUTH.  Our economy has devolved to little more than a Ponzi scheme for the benefit of the One Percent! 

This reality is unsustainable.

All you need do is read to know that:

  • If the economy could (somehow, magically) grow fast again, interest rates would necessarily rise, because asset inflation would undoubtedly soar from increasing demand.

    • But middle income wages haven’t risen much in nearly 30 years, stagnating around $35K per household.

    • And when rates rise substantially, high risk assets on the Fed’s balance sheet collapse in value and the Fed becomes insolvent, absent printing Trillions more unsterilized currency—ever more re-liquefaction, rendering the fiat dollars in every consumer’s pocket (or bank account-- if he/she should be so lucky as to even harbor savings today—like me) worthless.

  • Whereas, if the economy continues to stagnate (as now--see Japan) the Fed will also continue printing unsterilized money and taking on ever larger balance sheet risk in the name of taxpayers (BIRTH!  SCHOOL!  WORK!  DEATH!) to try and force the economy to grow.

God, let this insanity end!  Yes, the ONE PERCENT rigged economy will mostly collapse.  Millions will lose jobs.  Government spending and bloat get sliced to ribbons.  The "Safety Net" disappears…

But you and I might still be here--to rebuild our lives and an economy that is NOT FAKE.  Where we are NO LONGER THE SLAVES OF THE DECADENT ONE PERCENT!  It will be (for a time at least) like North Korea, only our "Great Leaders" will all be gone or discredited—and we'll all finally get a fair and equal chance at being human!

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Hello?! Rick Santorum is a White Christian Values… NAZI

A brief history of the Repiglican party of the United States of America:  STUPID => FAILURE => BANKRUPT => COLLAPSE => NAZI

Any questions?

Because 4/5 above applies to the Democrap party too (see FDR, Lyndon Johnson, Barack Obama).

Monday, January 02, 2012

What Price Dignity?

Sanity and Montana—a favorite combination!

COLLAPSE REBOOT

The tail end of Professor Alperovitz' discussion snippet is stimulating.  The idea of restructuring Social Security and Medicare as sacrosanct, not-for-profit corporations (Montana has a similar program with it's Coal Trust Fund) is at least thoughtful.

But the rapid collapse since 2007 has convinced millions that "the law of large numbers" applies.  Which is to say, that American federalized government no longer scales well enough to meaningfully or efficiently address human plagues like ignorance, poverty, aging or disease;  that our too big government is no longer capable of wiping out polio, undermining terrorism or sending men to the moon.  It’s corruption is endemic.  Its reality is hopeless and meaningless to citizens’ lives, especially those under fifty, few of whom bother to vote (even the 2008, youth election of President Barack Obama, saw age 18-50 participation averaging below 50%).

No.  Large, collective federalized government achievements are behind this nation, now, and arguably forever.

Today, the United States Federal government is little more than a "dole" machine--dribbling out debt-financed trinkets and baubles (in exchange for votes)  to mass media mis-educated present and former wage-slaves mesmerized by shiny (consumer) objects.

And you can't fix that reality by remaking government's largest non-discretionary (entitlement) programs into stand-alone corporations.  If we tried, we'd simply add to an already too long list of amoral, extractive, meta corporations--run by elites, for elites.

No.  These dinosaur meta programs and corporations must go extinct.  At this stage of advanced sclerotic decline, America must by necessity afford only theories and practices of elemental, Constitutional, Federal government, in turn enhanced by scalable and democratically responsible State and local institutions, industries and commerce.  In short, Jeffersonian Federalism works!   And capitalism for everyman can be rebooted.  But FDR's "federalized" meta government in the end has failed this country and must, in the nation’s best interests, be dismantled as quickly, practically and humanely as possible.