RUN: Rise Up Now – Fight the Fascists

Watched NBC News inadvertently on Sunday and discovered it is rife with right wing attitude and ‘lesson’ stories. Reminded me strongly of how brainwashed we were when I was growing up. Obviously the 1% is afraid of us now and is reverting to what worked before. Trouble is, there’s an internet and instant global communication.
 
We can check, now, their assertions, and all they have left is spin, which doesn’t work nearly as well as it did once. Oh, it works fine for the trumpers, sure, but they’re 19% and of no consequence, IF we rational human beings kick in with our majority view.
 
Big if.
 
We have the tools, but the fascists have desperation. They go beyond spin into gibberish, trying to fog everything. They vituperate anything they don’t like as ‘fake news’. They lie outright, even when the contradictory facts are right in front of everyone. They deny reality and turn away from it, and the trumpers follow.
 
What the 1% fear and desperately want to control is the 99%. They want us enslaved. They want us stupid and easily-led. Thus they destroy education and school meals and so on, to drag us back into third-world status, via their tool, the GOP.
 
Corporate media is but the surface. At the visible level, they normalize atrocity and call it business as usual. They corrupt, pollute, and degrade everything for the 1%’s benefit. Permeating society is a horrifying monster of greed, vaunted as Capitalism but really nothing but naked psychopathic greed, concentrated into the hands of fewer than 400 people.
 
It is a matter of RUN: Rise Up Now. If we do not, we will have run out of time, as climate change, directed by a self-appointed money elite that thinks it will easily survive the collapse of civilization, (of the Enlightenment, which is what they really loathe and target), destroys our habitat and makes it impossible for all but a few of us slaves, us Morlocks, to survive and serve our owners, the Eloi.
 
It’s the same fucking struggle as ever between aristocracy and the rest of us. The vampires are having a feast and slaughtering us to gain it. Yet if the herd turns, it can trample them almost overnight. Hunt them down; we know who they are. They exist at arm’s length. Will we reach out and stop them? Or will we passively allow our own slaughter, cattle and sheep led by the judas goat of media, the bread and circuses of consumerism?
 
Well?
 
/ Dr. Kyler
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Now or Never

Recently bought unabridged copies of The Three Musketeers and Twenty Years After by Alexander Dumas, per, the first two of the four Musketeer books.  It struck me that we need fiction of that sort today.  Instead of the now-standard dystopias, why not the adventures of people fighting oppression for what’s right?  Where are our defiant heroes?

A Spanish writer of international best-sellers, Arturo Perez-Reverte, has a recurring hero, Captain Alatriste, who is a Cavalier booted from the military and forced to make a living with his sword skills.  He has something of a code but rules are made to be broken, and a man must eat.  Interesting character, shaded and nuanced, a hero opposing corruption even as he pursues a mercenary sword-for-hire life, his plight echoes today because corruption is eternal in humanity.

Most writers of serial characters are content to create detectives.  Few dig deeper or wider, such as focusing on, say, an investigative journalist.  Consider the movie PARALLAX VIEW; in that we see how effective a journalist can be as an alternative to the typical detective.

Or what about those books from the Sixties and Seventies about power and malfeasance?  Seven Days In May; The President’s Plane Is Missing; The Manchurian Candidate, and so on.  In such work we find a host of different types leading the charge, from White House staffers to lawyers and even elected officials caught in webs of deceit and betrayal.  A special prosecutor and his team would be perfect for such fiction, a compelling focal character with links both high and low.

Vigilante action works to drive plots; most comic book heroes have at least a touch of vigilantism.  Batman is full-on vigilante, and is hunted by the cops for it.

Playing with genre tropes for serious purposes is tricky.  One tends to sink into genre mire.

One wonders what Pynchon will write about this trumpery currently gagging us.  Or Philip Roth.  Or other serious, genuine writers.  If alive, Mailer and Vidal would be in a froth.  Gore Vidal tried to warn us, as did Vonnegut.  Mailer would’ve had a trumper fist-fight already.

If true and/or the GOP manage to hide enough evidence of their treason and other high crimes and somehow prevail, we will need a Solzhenitsyn.  There isn’t one on our horizon.

Then again, the world outside our cereal box may not care if any of the atrocities and crimes against humanity are chronicled.  I recall when The Gulag Archipelago came out, each succeeding volume extending the indictment, the condemnation of Russia’s Stalinist legacy.  The world stood appalled at what it had so blithely ignored precisely because Alexander Solzhenitsyn made it specific and human.

On the TV show BULL, a recent episode presented an impassioned defense of the right to privacy even while demonstrating the complexities today’s advanced technology and antiquated laws present as they clash.  It reminded me of a Dick Wolf script for LAW AND ORDER filtered through the Dr. Phil Mary Sue show BULL.

Dick Wolf is fairly rich and relatively conservative, to employ the term in the old sense of seeking to preserve traditional institutions, but he is no neocon, no trumper, no fascist capitalist thug.  He seems to be what we’d today call a centrist; he upholds a Rule of Law and defends the principles of Constitutional democracy.

Some of Wolf’s episodes are preachy-ish.  Few are obnoxious about it.  They are famous for twists and ambiguous endings.  Criminals often prevail, sometimes due to tiny flaws in the law or missteps by the prosecutors or police.  Technicality is a legitimate reason in the world of LAW AND ORDER franchises.  Always, though, they speak to the need for a rule of law, for a social order based on rational compassion.

Other shows, such as the notorious ’24’ on FOX, which promoted the efficacy of torture to elicit timely intel, cleave to the oblivious neocon mindset.  Not surprising, certainly galling, such delusional rant is actually agitation propaganda or agitprop from the alt-right, or extremist right wing.

Steve “race-ist” Bannon and his fellow alt-right sick fucks would call Dick Wolf’s shows neoliberal yap.  Thing is, Wolf’s stance refelects the ideals of our nation’s foundation.  Bannon seeks to demolish the whole country, and world, if possible.  Essentially, Wolf is positive and conservative, Bannon is negative and destructive, a terroristic howling loon, the sworn enemy of stable democracy and the entire Western Canon of ideals, from freedom, liberty, and equality under the law to taking care of each other and maintaining a healthy, clean environment.  He hates it all, needs to see it burn.  President Bannon is a nihilist bent on annihilation.

Have any trumpers begun the suicide diving contest yet?  Seems inevitable.  Guilt and fear of exposure, dread of prison, or of possible execution as traitors, will drive some to take what is euphemistically called the easy, or coward’s, way out.  You wait.

Turning state’s evidence, as the saying has it, is more a trumper’s style, perhaps.  Spilling guts, selling out, and squealing like a whiny baby suits trumpers, and accusations and testimony in exchange for rough-cut deals is the sewer rat’s way.  Some wont have useful information, though.  Some will feel cornered.  They should, and they’ll crack.  Suicides are unavoidable among this crowd of incompetent losers as the heat closes in on them.

Watergate comes to mind and has been mentioned even in high-piled places.  What if the never-uncovered depths of dark secrets of Watergate dealt with Nixon planning to sell out America to China or Russia?  What if the trump treason is merely a fulfillment of a long-term GOP plot to stage a slow, piecemeal coup?

It is feasible.

The GOP is the worst threat to not only American democracy but to mankind in history.  How’s that for trumping trump’s hyperbole?  The GOP is an ideological cult of nihilistic greed stuck in a zero sum mentality.  If they can’t have it all, none will be left or allowed for anyone.  They will smash what they can’t grab.  They’re crazy millennialists driven by an evangelical zeal to kick in an end game.  They are extremists bent on a scorched-earth gambit to bring about Armageddon and the return of their imaginary super-duper hero, jebus.  They lust for the promised thousand years of the chosen ones, them of course, getting ring-side seats to watch us left-behinds suffering hellish torture here in post-Armageddon Earth’s ruins.

Imam Mike Pence buys into this.  All the C Street Dominionists and Promise Keepers swallow this whole.  You thought Scientology or Mormonism is a threat, try the GOP’s sick C3 religion of blind faith Conservatism, Capitalism, and Christianity of the extreme fundamentalist stripe.  Their Prosperity Christianity is greed and racist white entitlement rampant.  They depict their magical super-duper hero jebus as a blond, blue-eyed body-builder of the romance novel cover varietal wearing twin bandoliers and carrying twin .30 machine guns for mowing down the infidel.  They pretend wealth equates with a god’s blessing and poverty, a god’s curse.

This mentality is why the GOP can be so callous and sadistic to women, children, and the poor.  They think in terms of those groups being downtrodden because their god disapproves of those groups.  It old you it was sick fuck shit.

Their insanity makes Charles Manson’s wild delusions about Helter Skelter race war a realty; they wear suits and ties and act like human beings in public as they strut and preen in Congressional hubris, barking orders, arrogantly passing sadistic laws to punish everyone but themselves.  They uphold the rape culture enthusiastically, viewing women and children, the weak and the poor, as monetized commodities to keep in the useful leverage of debt.  They commit incest, spouse abuse, and worse so regularly it’s barely worth reporting any longer; a GOP pervert caught again?  Ho hum.

Our rational move is to use trump for leverage to eliminate the GOP and eradicate their twisted ideology in a way similar to how Germany handled Hitler and Nazism.

It is not advised to hold one’s breath waiting for this to happen.  Inertia and apathy define the silent majority of sheep and cattle we call American citizens.  They’re actually not citizens at all when they don’t participate in democracy, they are by-standers and corporate property.

My expectation and fear is the media eagerly pursuing the course of normalizing things as quickly as possible, as it did with the JFK assassination, post Warren Commission white-wash.  Once trump falls, they’ll try for everything going back to business as usual, as if by blinking they can revert to the corrupt system that gave us trump in the first place.  No one will want to do the hard, tedious, and complicated work of constructing a new system that will function well while excluding big money, lobbying, featherbedding, gerrymandering, the Electoral College, and so much else brought to us by the 1% rich white old males.

This normalizing will be a huge, obscene lie, yet again, and yet again the rot will fester even as it is being mythologized again, probably lying dormant but growing for another 44 – 50 years before another trampish pustule bursts to poison everything and everyone.

We probably don’t have that long, given climate change and plague, so it is now or never.

/ Old 815

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Addendum:

As changes grow more violent we’ll see people adapt.  Look at Holland or Venice. Look at the Inuit or the jungle tribes, the runners of the Serengeti or the high-altitude Andean mountain people; we adapt to some amazingly varied conditions.

Increasingly, we’ll see habitat shrink.  We’ll see desperate measures, from underground enclaves to undersea bubble cities, probably attempts to lodge self-sustaining colonies on The Moon or Mars or at the LaGrange points, maybe cities floating on oceans or in the air.

Fuck, maybe we’ll make it.  As Ian Anderson sang, “Don’t think I’d make it but I bet I might.

Being optimistic and trusting change, adapting to it, are the best ways to face up to what’s here and what’s coming.

Green power will become basic; necessity itself will kill big oil and probably big energy as a whole.  Question is, will it do the necessary deed soon enough to give us a fighting chance?

/ ers

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Troont

Troont.

Did you realize trump is treated worse and more unfairly than any politician in history?

Neither did historians.

Many thought of those who’d been held in prison for most of their lives; tortured until they went mad; assassinated.  Surely those fared worse, but no, apparently not.  They thought fistfights on the Congressional floor, knife fights, bullets whizzing by, mob scenes with tar, feathers, and poles were bad, but no, trump asserts.  That was nothing.  Pitchforks and torches to burn down palaces, Monsieur Guillotine, and Mussolini and his whore hung on meat hooks?  Pish-tosh, of no consequence compared to how poorly poor trump’s been treated.  In all history, his treatment has been the worst ever.

Bigly.

Poor widdle twump had it worse, in his own super-duper expert opinion, believe you him.

What a whining infant.

His debacle is coming along nicely for Imam Mike, Sycophant Ryan, Sleazer McConnell, and Shifty Hatch.  All second-phase GOP treason plans included a dump-trump clause and an abandon trump proviso, we are now sure.

Please note, Putin is approximately as puritanical as evangelical fundamentalists about hating his own people, gay males.  He also fears and hates women, with their magical powers of procreation and nurturing, compassion and gentleness.  He considers women a commodity, staunchly embracing rape culture and championing profiteering as only a murderous psychopathic oligarch can.  Sex slavery is fine by him, raping kids is fun, degradation by urophilia and coprophagia just costs the suckers more on his moral scale, but he cannot and will not abide women’s holes speaking defiance, as he taught the members of Pussy Riot as an object lesson.

So much for Russian rock-and-roll.

My guess:  while trump is fucked, Imam Pence will declare Murkan Taliban rule and corporate media will chime in about American democracy’s resilience.  Normalizing even treason will allow most of the complicit to skate.

At a certain point we’ll spark a vigilante press of feral investigative journalists willing to ferret out all the filth and spray it everywhere for all to examine.  We will have to force transparency on them.  X-Ray the fuckers:  X-Ray would be a good name for such a website outlet.

With trump cornered, 9/11 Jr. looms.  He’s got nothing but major diversion to hope for if he’s to duck out of the noose he’s tied for himself.  His narcissistic, delusional denials, his crazy coot lies, leave him empty.  His choices are being narrowed, limiting him to extreme violence against the country so he can pose as strongman savior, even as he rounds up and disappears any and all dissenters.

Anyone familiar with actual history knows the right usually tries these false flag ploys.  The Reichstag Fire, so Hitler could consolidate his electoral coup.  Pearl Harbor to get us into WW II despite isolationists willing to collude with fascists and Nazis making huge profit selling us out to the enemies of all human decency.  The Gulf of Tonkin, a faked incident to gin up support for a war, in Viet Nam and secretly elsewhere such as Cambodia and Laos, lost before it was waded into for war machine profits.  The Iran Student hostage crisis, arranged by Daddy Bush and faked to buck up a senile Reagan, along with crushing a spitefully-abused Carter.  On and on, political theater to stampede us into obedience and lock-step goose-marches to the grave, for the few’s profit.

Of course, trump and his off-kilter oafs would fuck up even a catastrophic tewwowist attack.  They’re nothing if not utterly incompetent.  They make Cheney’s C students look almost bright enough to be trusted with a pen knife.

I’m generally riding it out.  I heard the CBS White House reporter tell Scott Pelley this evening that news was breaking of confirmation of year-old discussions among the whole sick GOP crew concerning treason.  “Putin pays trump,” one said, meaning it.  A year ago.  He’s trying to call it a failed attempt at humor.  No one is laughing at the lamest excuse in social media being trotted out by a desperate liar.

Weakest of all Facebook excuses when someone is offended:  “Just joking.”  No, you weren’t.  You meant it, and were too stupid to grasp the gravity of what you were saying, or that someone might be keeping track, paying attention, and making records.  Like Putin, who’ll gladly give us a transcript of the “private” meeting trump had with top Russian spies, where the Russian media was welcome and the American media barred.

This is the nadir of politics, even when assessed on a global scale to include the likes of North Korea and Uganda.

It’s clear.  The GOP leadership is complicit in treason.  Oh, they’re all stepping back now and flinging shock but they were more than eager to let it ride as long as it benefitted them.  Their distancing from trump will not move them far enough away from their taint of treason; the stench clings, boys.

I began this with the nonsense word ‘troont’.  It means nothing.  Just like anything trump or the GOP say to excuse what they’ve knowingly, criminally, treasonously done.

Hold them all accountable.

/ Old 815, Midwest American Wilderness, Wednesday 17 May 2522 Athenian Democracy Calendar

 

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“Heated Anger Heals As It Anneals”

Interestingly, Charles Dickens, on his first visit to USA in 1842, observed precisely that same suppression of unpopular views we see now, with moronic labels of Fake News and the physical attack of opponents who dare express dissent at trump’s Nazi rallies.
 
Dickens, as paraphrased by his biographer Edgar Johnson: “Ruffian outcries drown the voices of decency and justice.”
 
In other words, you can express any opinion as long as it’s socially acceptable by the prevailing crowd, otherwise you’re shouted, even beaten down.
 
Dickens also wrote, in a letter from the states, “I fear the heaviest blow ever dealt at liberty will be dealt by this country (USA) in the failure of its example to the Earth.”
 
No more shining beacon of freedom and liberty, in short.
 
Dickens then added, “Americans can’t bear to be told of their faults.”
 
Vonnegut wrote some things about this in Slaughterhouse-5, in Mother Night, God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, and in many other works, both fiction and nonfiction. He often cited Eugene V. Debs as a hero and championed those downtrodden for standing up for humanity.
 
“Know Your Rights” by The Clash offered the sardonic advice, “You have the right to free speech, as long as you’re not dumb enough to actually try it.”
 
None of this politically-correct bullying or fascist suppression, oppression, and tyranny is new, not even in the USA, which is largely a lie called myth by those who rely on the nonsense to maintain power.
 
We must speak fact clearly so we can communicate thoughts capable of untangling the Gordian Knot of deception being used to lash us to the war machine.
 
Think you can do that?
 
Go ahead, try.
 
/ Samael Gyre, “Heated Anger Heals As It Anneals”
 
 
 
 
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Seeing Evil by Jason Parent, a Review

Seeing Evil

by

Jason Parent

Red Adept Publishing, trade pb

July 2015, First Edition, 230pp

A Review by Gene Stewart

Concise, savvy writing propels this psychological thriller as lives clash in a struggle for survival that becomes increasingly intense and powerful for each.

Those involved are female Major Crimes detective, Samantha ‘Sam’ Reilly; a boy with ESP who barely survives bullies at high school, Michael Turcotte; a fragile, abused girl, Tessa Masterson; and her psychopathic serial killer father obsessed by rules.

Touching others sometimes shows Michael a likely future.  His visions come accompanied by seizures and black-outs.  They are surreal and they terrify him, yet they motivate him, too.  He needs to find ways to stop the horrific future carnage he keeps seeing.

Sam, his mentor and guardian since finding him as a toddler at a particularly nasty crime scene that took away his parents, launching him into a series of foster homes, is his only touchstone of stability.  When she is threatened, he is more focused than ever on finding ways to save her from a bloody fate, along with stopping an escalating, desperate killer.

Befriended by Tessa, who hopes this strange, avoided boy from school can help her escape her tortured life, Michael’s insights are heightened even as his visions grow exponentially darker.

Then Tessa’s ferocious, insane father notices what his daughter and others are doing to work against him, and goes on a murderous rampage targeted on that creepy boy from school and that meddlesome detective.

Can Michael find ways big or small to thwart what seems inescapable violent doom?  Can Sam help without being killed?  Can Michael save Sam?  Is Tessa, forced by her father to witness, entice, even participate in the torture and murder of victims — starting with her own mother, who broke her father’s rigid, unpredictable rules — be trusted?

Jason Parent writes clearly and intelligently.  His scenes are lucid and compels readers onward.  Suspense, horror, and gritty realism combine in characters we all have known, or have been.  He handles viewpoint switches with seamless grace, always intent on cranking up reader involvement and interest.  It’s a fascinating, appalling, and ultimately thrilling terror ride.

Top notch thriller with a touch of the supernatural in it, full of savvy portraits and informed settings, written superbly.

Strongly recommended.

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Fight the Agitprop, Rise Up Now

Watched NBC News inadvertently on Sunday and discovered it is rife with right wing attitude and ‘lesson’ stories. Reminded me strongly of how brainwashed we were when I was growing up. Obviously the 1% is afraid of us now and is reverting to what worked before. Trouble is, there’s an internet and instant global communication.

We can check, now, their assertions, and all they have left is spin, which doesn’t work nearly as well as it did once. Oh, it works fine for the trumpers, sure, but they’re 19% and of no consequence, IF we rational human beings kick in with our majority view.

Big if.

We have the tools, but the fascists have desperation. They go beyond spin into gibberish, trying to fog everything. They vituperate anything they don’t like as ‘fake news’. They lie outright, even when the contradictory facts are right in front of everyone. They deny reality and turn away from it, and the trumpers follow.

What the 1% fear and desperately want to control is the 99%. They want us enslaved. They want us stupid and easily-led. Thus they destroy education and school meals and so on, to drag us back into third-world status, via their tool, the GOP.

Corporate media is but the surface. At the visible level, they normalize atrocity and call it business as usual. They corrupt, pollute, and degrade everything for the 1%’s benefit. Permeating society is a horrifying monster of greed, vaunted as Capitalism but really nothing but naked psychopathic greed, concentrated into the hands of fewer than 400 people.

It is a matter of RUN: Rise Up Now. If we do not, we will have run out of time, as climate change, directed by a self-appointed money elite that thinks it will easily survive the collapse of civilization, (of the Enlightenment, which is what they really loathe and target), destroys our habitat and makes it impossible for all but a few of us slaves, us Morlocks, to survive and serve our owners, the Eloi.

It’s the same fucking struggle as ever between aristocracy and the rest of us. The vampires are having a feast and slaughtering us to gain it. Yet if the herd turns, it can trample them almost overnight. Hunt them down; we know who they are. They exist at arm’s length. Will we reach out and stop them? Or will we passively allow our own slaughter, cattle and sheep led by the judas goat of media, the bread and circuses of consumerism?

Well?

/ Dr. Kyler

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Various & Sundry Poems & Thoughts For All Tastes & Sizes

Commerce killed art.

We are owned.

We are corporate property.

We are price points.

We are consumer units.

We are commodities.

We are profitable debt.

We are manipulated.

We are not human beings.

Commerce killed art.

Art is necessary for human beings.

Corporate commerce killed human art.

Corporate commerce killed humanity.

/ W B Kek, “Commerce Humanity”

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Capitalism is the beheading of humanity for the profit of the few operating the guillotine.

/ Art Wester, “Demolition Flowers”

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The universe is shaped like a woman.  As above, so below.

/ Frater Ayujen Tetari, ALAM

Achene Lux Aeterna Mysticum

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Have an antic caper on Walpurgisnacht

A carefree swing ’round a solid maypole

On Beltane, when the fires of spring

Burn away winter’s dregs of darkness.

/ Owen Allen Keller

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A gimlet gaze askance

Stripped pretensions

From faked innocence.

/ W B Kek

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“Drop Hypocrisy”

Drop your snout

Snuffle leaves

Find the scent

Hound it down

Run it to ground

Bite, snarl, shake

Lap its blood

Call it prey

Like in church

Only without lies.

Howl at the Moon

Run with your pack

Raise your cubs

Protect your aged

Live wild, free, truly

Without hypocrisy.

/ W B Kek

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The tales she tells

Weaved with intricate blasphemies

Her mind broken and bent

A morose wonderland

Where darkness prevails

She knows nothing of love

Yet you give yours to her freely

/ Lisa Dabrowski

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The sound leading to the discovery of the secret that crawls out to overwhelm. That one. Keep hearing it. Maddening, persistent, and so very personal a sound.

/ geste

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Immortality is inhuman.

Reincarnation, on the other hand, is the Second Law of Thermodynamics.

Conservation of energy.

/ Art Wester

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An original haiku

Is better than a

Derivative epic poem.

/ W B Kek

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The truth is out there.

That’s why we’re kept in here.

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lead me oh queen Boudicca

that we may drive out the invaders

and avenge your fallen ones

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We are not free

Our liberty is an illusion

Our will is programmed

This is not predestination

It is propaganda

Collusion, marketing, conspiracy

It is politics

We are boxed

We are fated, doomed

We are consumer units

We are profit points

We are commodities

Enslaved by debt

We are done

Cheated of our lives

For others to gain

/ W B Kek

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The Art Of Poetry

To gaze at a river made of time and water

And remember Time is another river.

To know we stray like a river

and our faces vanish like water.

To feel that waking is another dream

that dreams of not dreaming and that the death

we fear in our bones is the death

that every night we call a dream.

To see in every day and year a symbol

of all the days of man and his years,

and convert the outrage of the years

into a music, a sound, and a symbol.

To see in death a dream, in the sunset

a golden sadness–such is poetry,

humble and immortal, poetry,

returning, like dawn and the sunset.

Sometimes at evening there’s a face

that sees us from the deeps of a mirror.

Art must be that sort of mirror,

disclosing to each of us his face.

They say Ulysses, wearied of wonders,

wept with love on seeing Ithaca,

humble and green. Art is that Ithaca,

a green eternity, not wonders.

Art is endless like a river flowing,

passing, yet remaining, a mirror to the same

inconstant Heraclitus, who is the same

and yet another, like the river flowing.

/ Jorge Luis Borges

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Poetry

Home | Contents

‘No Man is an Island’

No man is an island entire of itself; every man

is a piece of the continent, a part of the main;

if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe

is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as

well as any manner of thy friends or of thine

own were; any man’s death diminishes me,

because I am involved in mankind.

And therefore never send to know for whom

the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.

Olde English Version

No man is an Iland, intire of itselfe; every man

is a peece of the Continent, a part of the maine;

if a Clod bee washed away by the Sea, Europe

is the lesse, as well as if a Promontorie were, as

well as if a Manor of thy friends or of thine

owne were; any mans death diminishes me,

because I am involved in Mankinde;

And therefore never send to know for whom

the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.

MEDITATION XVII

Devotions upon Emergent Occasions

John Donne

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Crossing Into Taboo

Who exactly forbids forbidden knowledge? How do they enforce their whims?

The secret is, there is no secret.

Forbidders are those terrified to learn anything.  They are the straight-and-narrow path types, living in blinders.

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Three examples of forbidden, or taboo, thinking:

9/11 was an inside job.

Or:

Pay attention and follow closely, this is tricky: If reality’s a solid, with past, present, and future always one and the same thing, then would not ghosts be not the spirits of dead people but simply people communicating across past, present, and future?

And:

So try this: NASA did fake the public side of the space program, to cover the military shenanigans they were up to. That’s where all the conspiracy whackdoodlery comes from. They shot footage in LEO to be spoon-fed to the masses, both for military cover and ‘in case anything went wrong’. It’s all been destroyed now, by the way, except what was bled into public domains.

So… did we put missile batteries on The Moon? I’d bet on it. Did we militarized the high ground, using The Moon as a stable platform always aimed at anywhere on Earth? I’d bet on it. Makes perfect sense.

Every space mission was covert military. Why waste all that on so-called civilian exploration? That was just the public side, the promo, the propaganda covering what was really going on.

Hm?

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Deserve All This

By 7PM the coverage was ready to call it for Hillary, so huge was her margin of victory. Then, in four or five winner-take-all states, things began happening that no one could believe because, frankly, they were statistically impossible.

Cheating was being witnessed.

It was 33% of those who voted, amounting to only 19% of eligible voters overall, who supported the trump abortion.

Hillary won by 3 million votes with 7 million left uncounted.

Yet it was an Electoral Coup due to Russian influence, FBI interference, and Trump cheating with voter suppression, GOP gerrymandering, and various other crimes.

We knew it as it happened, did nothing, and the media normalized this as time went on.

“It was some weird shit,” W has recently said, referring to the Trump so-called inauguration. Yes, W, who fought a plastic rain coat to a draw during the surreal idiocy of dubbing Delirium J. Tremens so-called president, even W knew it was “some weird shit”.

All along the Canadian border, trees and dandelions pulled up roots and sneaked northward, so as to be elsewhere as the Nazi Fascists of the bannon states of trumpistan seized power and began destroying as much as possible as fast as possible.

Fukushima was called an Extinction Event but it’s far too slow to catch up with the dark forces that have risen again from WW II’s ashes to choke us all.

Maybe we really do deserve all this.

/ geste

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Change Is Our Only Hope


As a ferocious liberal who does not like the Left-Right dichotomy, which artificially polarizes us, and as an Appalachian, born and raised in the Laurel Highland Mountains of Western Pennsylvania, bituminous coal country, I became radicalized by witnessing the culture war waged against my region over decades, especially in the 1970s when Jimmy Carter was in office.

Such blind hate arose and such punishing, draconian laws from the GOP were imposed, that I watched my father’s generation more or less destroyed, reduced to poverty through no fault of their own. The stigma borne by the people of this and other such regions remains as a stain on our public discourse to this day.

It’s a remnant of the vicious culture war, which prefers categorizing people to understanding them, and prefers demonizing to empathizing.

Many of the groups are uneducated, and kept in poverty, by said culture war. They’re shamelessly manipulated by blatant lies and warped views.  Think FOX News or the bloviators such as Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity, and Jones.

Those people cling to such propaganda because it feeds them what they want to hear, fueling their sense of oppression and righteous anger.  They’re kept ignorant and terrorized: “Obama’s coming for your guns, he’s a Kenyan Ilsamofascist, he’ll force you to burn your bibles and flags, his secret army under the abandoned Wal-Marts, JADE HELM, will rise up to slaughter you…”

On and on, crazier and more paranoid, all to keep the panic high and the thinking low, all to create a bloc vote to ensure the gerrymandering and vote suppression can remain slanted steeply against any kind of fair representation.

This is how we can have a government espousing policies 85% of us oppose.

Now think about those labeled groups again.  Appalachians.  Muslims.  Illegal Immigrants.  Military.  Teachers.  On and on.

Fact is, these groups are comprised of people.  Human beings who laugh, cry, bleed, and die. They’re just trying to get along but they’re largely trapped in an economic sink-hole created by the rich in order to suck more money out of America while giving back less and less.

It is the 1%, directed by the 1/10th of 1%, via the instrumentality of the GOP, (Gang Of Psychopaths), calling these unfair bank shots.  That’s who’s taken over now and we’re seeing the results.

People in general, viewed as a mob, might well be unutterably stupid, but each person in that crowd is likely very smart on many topics, have world experience that’s valuable and worth learning, and is a caring, living human being.

It is the others, the people-shaped things, the predators among us who only look like us: It is the psychopaths who have destroyed so much and created such divisiveness, because it helps them.  Divide and conquer.  Keep us at each other’s throats so we don’t notice their vile crimes.

President Lyndon Baines Johnson once explained, “If you can convince the lowest white man he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll empty his pockets for you.” He was right. It is this cynical ploy the right wing uses against us.

Now look at the trumpers: They do not vote FOR anything, always AGAINST things, AGAINST people.  “I just want Hillary to LOSE,” they howled.  “I don’t want more of the same lawless crime and open borders,” they cried, not understanding that this was a lie fed them by unconscionable GOP policy.

It’s always a lash-out vote against a target identified for them by the archly-pointing, bellicose, vein-popping roar of the accusative blamers, the GOP, and it is always about greed, fear, and hate.  Always negative emotions to cancel clear thinking and informed decisions; it’s predictable.

It has brought us now to realize the republicants, the GOP leadership in particular, sold America out to the Russians, committing treason in exchange for profit and power.  In a frenzy of greed, fear, and hate, they seek to undo all the progress I’ve seen over my lifetime toward a safe, clean, prosperous world.  If they can’t have it all, no one will have any, shriek the crazies of the GOP.  They are scorched-earth nihilists, intent on destroying “Obama’s legacy” and on “shrinking the government to a size we can drown in a bathtub,” to cite Grover Norqvist’s sick lust for murder.

Taking us all down with them, they are now removing all restraints from corporate malfeasance, crime, and pollution.  It is a free-for-all of suicidal madness, and the world is being murdered in tandem.  It may be down to other countries to stop them, even though most science tells us it’s too late already to do more than perhaps slow our extinction a little.

Being anti-fact and anti-science, waging war on reality, insisting upon its own delusions over empirical evidence, the GOP has brought us to the brink of extinction without hesitation, gleefully, eagerly.  Keep in mind, a core of these maniacs are Dominionist evangelicals who lust for what they call Armageddon, the final war to end all Earth, so their precious imaginary sky-hero jebus will return to save them and give them ring-side seats for a thousand years of everyone else being tortured endlessly in a fiery demise.  They WANT this.

The worst enemy the world ever faced turns out to be an ideological cult called republican party policy, no policy at all but an obsession which is simply to oppose anything and everything that does not either affirm their delusions or increase their corporate bankster masters’ wealth.

The world would appear to be ending not with a bang, and not with a whimper, either, but with a lunatic’s mirthless gibbering laughter.

So let’s stop thinking categorically and start seeing human beings as apart from the shapes, the predators, the psychopaths, who must be removed from all power over anyone or anything and isolated from society.  Only then might we have a chance, and stop normalizing fascism, Nazism, and all the sadistic cruelty the GOP struts and preens on the world stage.

It may require a civil war.  “Those who make peaceful change impossible make violent change inevitable,” JFK told us.  That’s President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, for those who may not know.

Bernie Sanders made this point. He asked, “Why would those we put down all the time want to join us? Why don’t we reach out and support each other?” He was so correct.

Rise Up Now.

RUN.

Be kind.

Be human.

Be humane.

/ geste

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