Friday, December 27, 2013

But The Movie Kept Moving As Planned…

All your life celluloid dreams taught that you are an actor, a director, a producer of your own destiny…  You think your “paper or plastic” choices render you unique, self possessed and definitive.

But the truth is you are merely a patron, largely an audience member, mostly passively watching a tragic-comic film set in motion at least one thousand years before y0u were even born…

On some level, your ancestors lived, dreamed and died before this same, awful spectacle—invariably squirming in their seats, talking amongst themselves, but most importantly, separately and simultaneously synthesizing details, fit and finish for ultimately some seven billion theater chairs.

But you are unique in one way: you are alive, today, still inside, as the worst movie ever made is ending.  And so your dominant species has one very important choice now to make: to die in the theater, as before, only now complete in knowing the movie ends as tragedy; or to quicken, arise and step to the light of a fate you can never anticipate, except that civilization must finally mate physical reality.  (In the absence of a conscious regulator ultimately nature must suffice.)

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Just Be More Goldman Sachs…

Attention is only good [noble] if it is serving capital or the authority structure…”

To me, the only difference between e.g. the average American and the average Cuban is that today most Cubans understand that their 50 year "Revolution" failed.  Whereas the average American refuses to accept that his 50 year "Victory" failed—for at least 9 in 10...

In retrospect, we were given just two choices:

  • Do as little as possible (socialism) and fail (versus capitalism) by way of Darwinian selection
  • Work as hard as humanly possible, first privatizing, then poisoning the commons (capitalism), and then fail...

And so, we  chose technology/monopoly/hegemony—algo-capitalism--and our side won!  That’s why we’re all still dancing, I guess... Or, is it perhaps time to admit that our keepers, who call the tune, are the very same liars affixing “their” chains?

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Was There Ever Really Enough Bug Spray?

There’s never just one cockroach...  But there used to be enough bug spray.

Every day almost now I ask myself: Why not just use the modicum of bug spray I still have left on myself?   In the end, it’s the thought of my self-extermination enabling one molecule of improvement for the 7 Billion that keeps me coming back, tomorrow, for more.  It’s really The First Rule of Capitalism: the only good moron is a poor one (and thus I have my reason to live).

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Socialism…

These are fine, incremental ideas, professor Wolff, but still not good enough, not for a world beyond reform…

Because Socialism is not "democracy."
Socialism is when the best and brightest consciously decide to work hardest and die first. 
Democracy is when billions of average people all vote for the same seat on the same lifeboat…

And this is why democracy has failed. Why democracy is today incapable of social metamorphosis or even degrees of renewal. Why democracy has devolved to electing Prom Royalty, like Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton or even Elizabeth Warren.

Because no one ever votes for Socialism, in the same way that no one ever voted for Jesus of Nazareth, Sigmund Freud or Charlie Parker...

Thursday, November 14, 2013

“Retirement” (of a dream)

Has anyone considered that the real reason for the present "great recession" is simply that The Baby Boom wants off this ruined/broken/failed (take your pick) planet with a minimum of (old age) fussing?

Think About It: the reality of 2-3 BILLION people (U.S. + China + Europe + Japan + Malaysia + Taiwan + Korea + Singapore +...) all converting to (interest necessitating) "pension” or “retirement" lifestyles at once...

In short: "retirement"--and the overpopulation/resource-scarcity driving the concept as a new normal necessity--is now a main reason the "economy" has changed and will remain changed for many years (maybe half a century or more, assuming "old (unproductive) people" are even physically sustainable after a few more decades of this…)

Saturday, November 09, 2013

… because

Because we are all the magical pieces of a giant pile of garbage.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

A Killer Of Sheep

At its best, America (colonialism in general) was a discordant symphony, a moving, half-mangled pastiche of self-possessed poetry (and prose) etched onto grimy, working class faces to satisfy mostly white, evil, too smart over-men…

Then rules changed, so there is no “existential crisis” inside the robots and software that pad elite accounts under New Normal.

How then shall we proceed, now, in our duty to properly farm the sheep first before butchering?

Or, acting on conscience, do I simply join my birth country in self-immolation?

Contempt won’t allow me to choose.  So please, let me hate some more first…

Thursday, October 24, 2013

On AAPL…

Paraphrasing Carl Icahn: "Tim Cook and the Apple board, cannot be allowed to sit on 170 billion at 0.25% interest forever..."
DO SOMETHING, AAPL, OR SELL TO CARL, WHO WILL!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Hope Is A Problem That Reality Must (eventually) Solve!

In Dreams... I walked... with you!

As always, Chris Hedges says it more eloquently than I (perhaps vehemently, as contempt is suddenly The Hottest New Color This Fall)  http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_folly_of_empire_20131014

"There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in..." --Leonard Cohen

Friday, October 04, 2013

This Land BELONGS to Pigs Like Me!

http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/national/government-shutdown-update-shutdown-in-3rd-day-with-obama-hill-at-impasse

This land is MY land
My name is Cheney
I stole it fairly, from a bunch of weaklings
I started the Iraq war
I butchered thousands
This land BELONGS to Pigs Like Me!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Coochie Monster!

I'm sorry, TMZ, but your comparison is flawed.   She's a Real Monster... The Coochie Monster!

But, as usual, eventually, Life (mostly just) Imitates Art…

Armageddon Tourism

Occasionally, people challenge my ideology (of abject human failure through capitalism) as follows: “Well, why don’t you just do us all a favor and Kill Yourself?!”
Today at least, my reply is: Well, everybody needs a Reason!  What's it to you if mine is Armageddon Tourism?  At least I can still afford the fare (even if the bus never arrives)…

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

May God Help Us All!

The Bernanke didn’t like what happened to rates when it hinted at tapering last time…


My SWY $30 calls are up 108% in five days…


Thursday, August 22, 2013

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Even If Being Free Means Being Alone…

I remember visiting my hometown several years ago.  But before we left to return to our (other/new) home, my wife and I stopped by cousin, Bill George’s house on Durland Avenue.  He wasn’t home.  But I have another cousin, David Ritter, just across that street, so I walked over and leaned forward to knock at that door.

I saw David inside, sitting at his kitchen table, and he seemed small, as if pathetic and sad/empty in a way, yet somehow also serene, sanguine, perhaps even resilient—at peace--in himself.  It was my knock that broke the serenity, then, so we could otherwise “catch up.”

My point here is:  That day I saw David, maybe for the first time ever.  And I realize now that maybe it was the first human I had ever truly seen that wasn’t in the (active) midst of “reinventing” him/herself, not aggressively pursuing its ideal mate, job, car, sexual position or lottery ticket…  That day I saw a living human being, if only for one instant, unencumbered by its desire and this rotten, failed culture that exploits desire to make us soul-less cattle/worker/consumer robots for the benefit of other/all soul-less, sub-human capitalists with no honest, moral right to exist in our typical, selfish, endlessly destructive way.

And now, finally, I too have stopped “reinventing” myself (I hope).  And yes, I’m still sick enough and mean enough to want and to have, only now I know the difference between psychiatric (culture induced) pathology and reality.

So my advice is: Don’t wait as long as me to abandon fake images etched inside your head like it was the walls in Plato’s Cave.  Don’t wait to know your true, living self.   Even if, for example, your contempt for all of the other lost and losing people is so great that not one could possibly, ever love you.  Because even if being free means being alone, it’s worth it!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Saturday, July 27, 2013

America offers no Real ideas, either…

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/26/cuba-revolution-day-2013_n_3658203.html

http://kunstlercast.libsyn.com/kunstler-cast-239-charlie-hall-on-reality-based-economics

  • Reagan Years: Prudhoe Bay comes into full production…
  • Thatcher Years: North Sea oil comes into full production…

History must now ask you what it felt like to have fulfilled the plot behind the intro to The Beverley Hillbillies?!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Capitalism Is A Prayer, Only There’s No One Listening…

Just keep telling yourself...
I'm not that kind of fool!
I'm not going to wake up one day with hundreds of thousands in the bank waiting to go "poof" next time the market crashes and can't be rescued by the red blood cells of future consumers with no future...
I will never wake up in a big, old, stone house filled mostly with rage, hate and fear, wondering how I spent $10K a month for twenty years to become THIS, HERE, NOW!
NO! That won't be me. That won't EVER be me!
Just keep telling yourself --and you might be one of the "lucky" ones too—the last Middle Class Americans!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Last Farewell Ride…

SELF/HUMAN DIVINATION IS A MORAL CRIME!

Attention Tea Party/Conservatives:

Your Pistol Packing Moron dream that you (and your Pistol Packing Moron friends) can kill--or "revolution"--your way to a world with more resources for yourselves is the sole reason you should be first on the Drone Kill List.   Good riddance to you and your subhuman fetish for violence, once and for all…

Attention Marxist/Liberals:

Your silly, naive dream that people can "love" away hate and "justice" our way to Earth stewardship—in the face of the globe destroying parasites we call humans--has failed!   Hope Has Failed.  If for no other reason than because, as any undergraduate biologist/naturalist knows, a too dominant species first crowds, then undermines, and finally collapses its niche (Earth in this case)…  It's only a matter of when, not if, now!  So just stop lying to yourself and to everyone else!

For Example:

Egypt is averaging, what?, two "Revolutions" per year, now?!  Do things look better in Egypt?!   No, because no amount of revolutions makes any difference going forward.  No amount of revolutions can ever restore this planet, not to where those earliest cave artist/dwellers (culture’s first optimists) found it--whole, perfect, majestic, fecund with new possibilities and negligible in ruthless, life-or-death, competition.

 

Instead, it seems best now to accept that those (whole Earth) generations are just too far behind us.  That history has truly ended, but not  as Fukuyama imagined.  That irrational, all-too-human, hope must die, and soon, before it's too late to even slow down enough and get sane enough to enjoy this, Last Farewell Ride...

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Three Blind Mice

Inheritance, Usury, Arbitrage – the Three Blind Mice of capitalism…

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Fair Trade?

Come On, People!  If I have to build the 2nd half of my life from the Garbage leftover from the 1st half…

Then Your Jesus Has Got To Go!

Truth Will Tear Us Apart One Day

(with all apologies to Joy Division)

What is Ben so afraid of?!

Truth, Rick!  Truth will tear us apart, one day.

Just what kind of "clown" are you, anyway?
"The crying on the inside kind, I guess..."

  • 1/3 cash (5% yielding CDs)
  • 1/3 bonds (corps holding up, munis losing badly)
  • Less than 20% stocks…

But it still hurts...

Saturday, June 15, 2013

What are WE going to do about this?

  1. Human beings are not Divine. In fact, Self Divination is a moral crime.
  2. The History of the last 100 years on this planet can perhaps best be summarized economically as: The Monetization Of Crude Oil—i.e. crude oil was/is/will-be a tremendous, fortuitous, coincidental "gift" to a brilliantly adaptive species, but now that gift is starting to run out,  literally.  On some tangible level this means that the money in your pockets, in all of your accounts, all of the money printed in this world for 100 years has been directly/indirectly a monetization of an ever diminishing natural resource.
  3. And yet it appears to me that most spigots remain essentially wide open?!  What are we going to do about this?  And when?

Honestly, as a pragmatist, I have to say that drones, smart phones (wearable computing/telecom--replacing TVs, PCs, stereos and antique wired infrastructure), and finally, NSA (central real-time social monitoring) Metadata--is at least a start!  (Already, What You Do—as metadata—matters more economically than who/how you vote!)

If politics is the intersection between imagination and reality, then I’m still seeing far too much “imagination” and not nearly enough reality.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

our necessary future…

Human Beings live not to fuck or fight but rather to Communicate--to reach out to every living and dead thing in a perpetual quest for truth/authenticity.

Relative Human Fixation (mobility has failed for lack of resources) thus redounds unlimited/virtual communication as our necessary (Peak Joy Juice) future...

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Stupid Is As Stupid DIES, Momma!

As my friend, Justin said, “… and I was rooting for the Starks… Now it’s like watching a Chargers’ [or Cowboys’] game!”

Well, I was rooting for them too.  I mean, they’re so fucking stupid (like Jesus).  My only hope is that, maybe now, the (remaining) Starks (Arya?) will get that--it’s no use showing mercy, compassion or even justice to Evil!  As in World War II, Death is just death.  You either kill it.  Or it kills you.

Only after the Best Ideas (and people) have won, can “Nuremberg” serve any greater purpose at all…

Monday, April 08, 2013

Won’t Get Fooled Again?! (The Day That Margaret Thatcher Died)

"There is no such thing as society" --Thatcher, 1988
"There is no such thing as Thatcher…" --Society, 2013

Once upon a time (~1977) a group of savvy politicians (Thatcher, Reagan, et al) concluded that raging (peak oil) crises and economic decline (ever deepening recession) provided a unique opportunity to exploit fear among have-not voters.  Their premise was simple: FEAR could be used to convince people to vote against their own/social interest in favor of capital (too-big-to-fail) interests...  And so their policy argument became: "it's not the too-rich/corrupt but rather your lazy, worthless neighbor that is holding you back economically."  That the basic social contract (rule of law, equal opportunity, social insurance, social responsibility…) was the problem, not a solution.

Well, it worked, for awhile, until most realized (30 years too late) that--in real, inflation-adjusted, economic terms--they were poorer and more vulnerable to capital/job stress than even before Thatcher/Reagan/Friedman’s (Greed Is Good) agenda was legalized.  That terrible ideas (consumerism, plus ever more, self-deified, consumers) failed even worse than faltering, at least rational and well intentioned, public policy.

The End? (not until the last conservative—conservative as in moron, not as in conservation—is dead!)

Thursday, April 04, 2013

First

I tried humility--people spat on me.
I tried love--people rejected me.
I tried honesty--people laughed at me.
That's when I decided being "first" was all that mattered...

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Promises…

Interminable desire, followed closely by bitterness, is the soundtrack to modernity.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Maybe for good…

Certainly, we know this... not considering "worst possible case" scenarios (911, Iraq, Too-Big-To-Fail) has tipped over this country, maybe for good...

Sunday, March 17, 2013

CPAC

The two most significant historical events America has faced over the last 30 years:

  • 911 (War On Terror; Iraq; Afghanistan: $3-6  Trillion spent) and
  • The Financial Collapse (MBS, CDS, TARP, austerity:  more than $14 Trillion lost/spent/cut)
prove essentially three things:
  1. The world has printed about as much money as it's capable of printing, without collapsing the monetary system said money is printed to engender.
  2. The world has pumped (at least, if not more than) half the cheap (easily obtainable) oil it's ever going to find.  Yet burning just that half has destabilized Earth’s climate and increasingly its financial/valuation systems.
  3. Nearly every significant change/outcome of the last 30 years’ confirms/implies the existence of an insidious "Rentier Class." Confirms that the .01 percent (dynasties) shall seemingly effectively reign forever over this planet, even as fewer (if any) new members (see 1. above) are admitted to the class.

Which begs my question: How much longer can human society tolerate cheerleaders for the social, political and economic reality described above?

http://www.alternet.org/why-does-anyone-still-take-paul-ryan-seriously?akid=10193.157899.5fkvRg

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Desire And The Lies It Takes To Realize It

In my experience, youth requires: conformity, ego and delusion/dreams/lies.
But Old Age comprises a kind of knowing sadness -- a time to seek forgiveness for hurts given and received in gradual preparation for end of life.

Try your best to be able to afford this stage or risk that your entire life will have been nothing but desire and the lies it takes to realize it.

Saturday, February 09, 2013

Torture Is A Unifying Experience

As repeat recipients (I reject the word “victim”) of sexual and psychological torture, my wife and I have come to the (late in life) realization that we possess deep psychic knowledge--That we know more about most people than most people know about themselves…

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

What is to become of the broken hearted?

Inside (almost) every horrible, disgusting, insufferable American is a broken heart, just waiting to die!

Or kill...

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

A Giant Ocean of Puke

Being alive at this time is like swimming in a giant ocean of other people’s puke…

Finally, you realize you need to swallow a whole lot of it,  that you must, or you will die.

That, soon enough, you will die anyway.

(So do your best to enjoy decline, drowning and death!  It’s not like you have any other, consumer option…)

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Alex Jones

The Great American Moron has a new savior…

Is he recommending gold yet?

How about survival food stocks?

I know it’s wrong to descend to his (God, Guns, Bitterness) level, but I imagine myself kicking Alex Jones’ fat, dough-boy head until the skull cracks--like a giant, ripened pistachio--just to see the throbbing rot, cancer, disease and abomination that has (so obviously) replaced its brain.

America: so much more tolerable when it thought it was the 1 percent and the rest of the world was the 99…

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Risk

Anyone that can imagine themselves free takes risk. And risk makes them freer.

RIP Evel Knievel!

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Self Divination Is A Moral Crime

It didn’t work for “The Jews”

Not for “The Muslims”

Nor for “The Christians”

So it isn’t going to work for “The Consumers” either!

Saturday, January 05, 2013

the un-inherited…

When are you ever going to realize that these (elitist) people Hate You!  And as long as you live in fear and confusion (God, Guns, Bitterness) nothing is ever going to change for you...

Your best hope is not you but us, the collective, the not-private, the un-inherited...