Let the Creeps Do It (2017Nov21)


Sunday, November 19, 2017                                            5:21 PM

Let the Creeps Do It   (2017Nov21)

I don’t know who underestimates public intelligence-levels more—the politicians or the media. When the pols tell us that ‘making the rich richer and raising taxes on everyone else’ will make our lives better—it’s not new. But it is more threadbare than ever before—‘trickle-down’ economics (AKA “Piss on you!”) was defensible, barely, as a new theory. As an old, fully and luxuriously debunked theory, ‘trickle-down’ economics is a worn-out tune on an out-of-tune fiddle. Or are we expected to forget about Dubya’s last year in office?

That’s the pols—ugh—mean and stupid is a bad combo. Then there’s the media—getting together a panel, pretending that Trump is a real president—with fully thought-out policies and a well-reasoned agenda. Then they pretend that the Republic party is an entity—instead of an organized-crime front for all the big ‘mostly-legal’ corporations we once saw as servants, rather than masters. Nowadays, our goods and services providers tell us how it’s going to be.

And when I say us, I mean not only we consumers—but the government that once protected us from rampant tycoonery. It’s a little late now—but if we could regain control of the legislature from the rich, that would be a good thing.

But let’s talk impeachment—I hope they take Senator Franken’s Polaroid and use it to remove him from the Senate. That would open the door to doing the same thing to Trump—if acts prior to taking office are actionable, and if one lady’s testimony and a photo are sufficient—well, we’ve got a president who’s famously confessed on tape, and twelve women testifying that he wasn’t lying about his behavior, just to impress Billy Bush.

No, when the Donald was bragging to Billy-boy about how much he enjoyed the ‘perks’ of fame (and bragging to Stern how much he enjoyed the ‘perks’ of owning a teen beauty pageant) Trump was being entirely frank. Far more frank than when he called all twelve of his accusers liars.

[Note: I didn’t publish the preceding quickly enough—a second accuser of Franken, while he was in office, has come forward—which makes the previous reasoning moot. However, the whole ‘glass houses’ thing is still totally in effect—in a world that even pretends to ethics.]

I’m so tired of critiquing the buffoonery of a goon who should have never been made president—there’s more than enough, in his first nine months, to have the entire country surrounding the Executive Mansion with Tiki-torches. I can’t believe Trump, of course—but what I really can’t believe is these creepy little legislators, hiding in their offices, dodging questions about all this questionable (some might say treasonable) incompetence and malpractice.

Is the job of governing so odious that we allow the most cretinous pests exuded from law school to hold power—just so we don’t have to?

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Enough with the negativity–let’s hear some music:

A Little Moore (2017Nov15)


Wednesday, November 15, 2017                                              5:32 PM

A Little Moore   (2017Nov15)

If the Trump campaign had been a thrilling novel written by Tom Clancy, Jack Ryan would have exposed Trump as a Russian mole—in the nick of time—and Trump would have been hauled off to jail, while HRC went on to ‘build on Obama’s legacy’.

I think we can all agree, now—with the exception of Congress, apparently—that we’d all have been better off if the story had had that happy ending. Unfortunately the American people, in their infinite wisdom, ignored all the ‘Ryan‘s out there, and now there’s a mole in the Oval.

So it is no great surprise that Trump supports Moore in the midst of Moore’s disgrace. After all, if a guy loses an election—just because he’s a hypocritical letch and a liar, with a shady past—then how did Trump himself slip through this horrifying quality-control?

But—to return to the mole in the Oval—it’s important to do a head count, at this point, I think, because it is not just Trump tearing this country down, step by step, under Russian direction—it’s also the over-a-dozen-other cronies in league with Trump (and Putin) within his administration and within his own family.

Which is another weirdly blatant slap-in-the-face to anyone who cares about those silly ‘rule’-things—why does Blotus’s family get offices in the West Wing? Why is ‘qualified’ a dirty word all of a sudden? Is ‘experience’ really such a black mark against a civil servant? Why are there literally hundreds of empty desks in our state department?

For that matter, why couldn’t he be impeached merely for having the idiotic narcissism to claim that ‘trolling on Twitter’ was his ‘presidential style’? Is that disgrace, alone, sufficient grounds—or is it necessary for a president to be convicted of a crime to be impeached? Is not incompetence—mixed with delusion—and don’t forget the ignorance—a crime itself, in a President of the United States?

Well, let’s suppose that is, ultimately, the upside of all this travesty. Next time, people, beware—your thoughtless, half-serious vote for an idiot president is a cancer on the country—one that can’t be cured for a full 1,460 days after inauguration. Perhaps, given the timidity of Congress towards the overgrown brat-in-chief, we should rather say it ‘won’t’ be cured—for surely they could find a surfeit of cause, if they chose to see it.

And, felicitous too, it would seem that Congress, having glossed over Trump’s unfitness and questionable character, just FTW—has decided they have one sleazy gang in Washington already—they’re not going to give cover to Moore. They already have a little more than they bargained for—with the mole in the Oval.

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The Limits of Machinery (2017Nov13)


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Monday, November 13, 2017                                           2:16 PM

The Limits of Machinery   (2017Nov13)

We always stop short. ‘Good Enough’ is humanity’s motto. Then, we orate about ideals and justice and truth—as if we weren’t constantly focused on ‘good enough’—as if we don’t settle for that, every time.

When a man or woman loses a job to a machine, do we tell that person, “Hey, you get paid forever now—and you don’t have to work anymore!”? No—we don’t do that. That would be crazy—right?  So, what responsibility do we have to that unemployed worker? Should everyone just keep on doing their jobs until they are replaced by a machine—and pretend that it’s not happening?

Sure, today—it’s no big problem. Right this second, the job market is still a real thing. At one time, people said the same thing about camera film, or TV antennae. And film and roof-antennae don’t do much business anymore. But (you riposte) those are just consumer goods—they change all the time. Jobs is jobs.

And you’re right—consumer goods are the most ephemeral aspect of a consumer society. But the entire thing is a construct—it is based on assumptions. “People need to work” is one of those assumptions. It implies two things: (1) People need to work to make a living—and (2) People need to work or nothing would get done. For all recent memory—and history—this assumption has been a fact. But what if you take away the last part—and you’re left with only the first part?

A planet full of people—all of whom need to make a living—and that same planet full of machines—doing all the work. No, it’s not happening today—time will pass—tomorrow will be like today—but. Aren’t we tired of ‘good enough’? Aren’t we tired of seeing all the progress go to the rich—and virtually none to the race of man?

Computers are weapons—we all agree on this—but few of us seem to fully grasp the meaning of it. In effect, today anyone with a keyboard and wi-fi can have the intelligence and the destructive power of a sovereign nation. Teams of hackers can do even worse things—and no one seems in a hurry to jump-start American kids’ white-hat-hackers clubs (a la the digital scouts) to prepare them for a future of cyberwarfare.

Beyond national security and all that popular jazz, however, is the lag-time between the wealthy and the rest of us—regarding our entry into ‘cyberversality’. All the info and tech that helps the rich and powerful—that stuff gets implemented yesterday. The info and tech that helps the rest of us—oh, sorry, that stuff is proprietary—an invasion of privacy. (Meanwhile, how did you get my email address?)

And now that cyberleaks and iphone videos have revealed a bit too much about our reality, debates on the meaning of truth reveal themselves to be attacks on truth, by another name. These people have no shame.

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Yeah, Sure, Let’s Talk About It (2017Nov03)


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Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks to the reporters at United Nations headquarters, Tuesday, March 10, 2015. Clinton conceded that she should have used a government email to conduct business as secretary of state, saying her decision was simply a matter of “convenience.” (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Friday, November 03, 2017                                              5:01 PM

Yeah, Sure, Let’s Talk About It   (2017Nov03)

The campaign ended a year ago. Hillary Clinton hasn’t worked in government for a long time. But, yeah, if that’s what you want to work on—to focus on—then, by all means, let’s all waste our time talking about that.

Donna Brazile, in her new book “Hacks”, de-emphasizes the fact that Bernie Sanders was a life-long Independent—and switched to Democrat just to run for president. If the then-DNC people felt they were more rightly on the Hillary Express than the Sanders Sidetrack, one can hardly blame them.

And if Trump is so ready to stir the pot over the Steele dossier, he can explain why most of it has proven true, after further checking by lots of investigators and journalists. Republicans set that MI6 investigator on the trail, then sold the deal off, mid-invesht, to the DNC-campaign’s oppo-researchers. Show us evidence that HRC made use of that dossier—or even knew what was in it—then, we have something to talk about.

And I’m sorry, but that’s my BS-limit. I can’t dignify the Uranium thing by repeating the long-accepted, well-known truth about that deal—that would just encourage them to keep repeating the well-dismissed lie. And don’t blame me for this post being dreary—the motherfucker can’t utter one syllable without lying. If he wasn’t president, we would have stopped listening way long ago—we only listen now because we’re afraid this asshole is going to kill us all.

Vote for The Non-Rich (2017Nov02)


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Thursday, November 02, 2017                                         3:14 PM

Vote for The Non-Rich   (2017Nov02)

Listen—we need taxes. And when things are tough (I think ‘now’ qualifies) we have to accept that increased taxes are a short-term hassle to get a long-term gain for everyone. And tax reform of any kind should start with a discussion of what taxes are being spent on, specifically. Any random tax-cut ‘reform’ is simply money being spent on large businesses and wealthy people—that’s where that money goes—and splitting hairs on TV all day doesn’t change that.

The United States has a total gross national debt of about $20 trillion. Large corporations make billions every year—in large part because America provides them with a civilized, efficient, law-abiding place to do business—and provides them with a diverse, well-educated work-force to draw upon.

Whenever the Republicans lower taxes, they weaken our country by increasing the national debt—and the deficit. Reagan’s tax cuts and increased military spending increased the national debt—Clinton’s tax increases and decreased military spending shrank the national debt. We are at a point where we traditionally have elected Democrats, to curb the predatory Republicans and put our house in order—but we lost our damned minds and elected the Clown instead.

Now these predatory hucksters are all over the media—earnestly telling you that by making the rich richer, we all get rich. No wonder no one cares about public education anymore—they need some real idiots to listen to that tripe. Anyone with a lick of sense knows that, if you have too few rich people with too much money—and way too many people with too little money—well, the answer is not to give more money to the rich. How stupid do they think people are?

Oh, and I love how Paul Ryan was saying, “We’re not going to cut the taxes on the millionaires…” so reassuringly—as if we ought to be glad they’re not getting a big break, instead of being mad that there’s no increase in their taxes while they hold 90% of all the revenue. How do these people manage to fight so earnestly-seeming, even when they know they are abusing their offices?

The wealthy make all the rules. The wealthy have all the power. Capitalism has become a mass of slowly-tightening strips of wet leather, squeezing us to death in the hot sun of changing times and conditions. We can’t even rebel against them properly—without our message being appropriated and even monetized by the media conglomerates. But we don’t have to like the rich. We don’t have to take them seriously (since when has a man with a loaded gun been required to make sense?)

And we can certainly vote for non-rich people. I suggest we all vote for whoever has the least money—and vote them out again if they become too well-off. That ought to put a crimp in political wheeling and dealing. If we kept up a heavy turnover, we could even have a few sessions of Congress filled by people who know what real life is like for the rest of us. They may disagree with our politics, but at least they won’t be rich fuckers. I’m sick and tired of rich fuckers.

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America’s Greatest Weakness (2017Nov01)


Wednesday, November 01, 2017                                              7:27 PM

America’s Greatest Weakness   (2017Nov01)

Today Trump said of the rent-a-truck terrorist, “We have to get tougher.” I’m unclear as to what we are supposed to get tougher towards. Excuse me for wondering what we can do about a 39-year-old Uzbek immigrant of seven years—who suddenly decides to travel to New York City, rents a truck, commits heinous, unspeakable vehicular homicide and assault on twenty strangers, hits a school bus, and jumps out of the truck with a BB gun shouting, “God is great!”

I believe one of New York’s Finest then immediately shot the guy. Someone tell me how you get tougher than that? Or faster? Insanity is such a thorny issue that we like to steer clear of it—preferring to speak in a criminal or political context. Yet were not these the actions of a madman?

Yes and no. In harsher places all around the world, including Uzbekistan, there is some wildness of culture—a clinging to a patriarchal fundamentalism that has never heard of such flighty ideas as ‘inclusion’ and ‘honest modern-day biology’—never mind ‘educating girls’ or ‘gay marriage’.

To such, we ‘first worlders‘ are not to be envied—we are demonic infidels who scorn the true faith (provided them by their Byzantine-minded village elder(s)). And that old fool may be some miserable, ignorant senior, more interested in his own power than anything else—but he has been the font of all their lore, since most of them had learned to talk.

We who have been blessed to be born in America often see no great difficulty in considering ourselves entirely free and equal—but, for those born in oppression, to embrace those ideas is akin to jumping off a cliff. Even many American-born shrink from true self-determination—it is no small thing to take complete responsibility for one’s life and deeds.

It cannot be purely political when a man goes berserk, as this terrorist did—there is madness there, too. Else how could anyone do such a thing? Yes, male Eastern European immigrants of a particular age group seem particularly vulnerable to Jihadist brainwashing—but that still doesn’t make that entire demographic automatically suspect. Remember, it takes a person who is unbalanced enough to be taken in—to the point of mass murder/suicide—by the indoctrination—regardless of where they’re from. These attacks are undeniably terrible—but there are still thousands of Uzbek-Americans who are just like you and me (American, that is).

Besides, the regular, old, rich, white guy who shot up Vegas, mere weeks ago, had a far greater body count—and he was from Florida or someplace. I simply cannot believe that Trump—supposedly an American, supposedly the leader of America, has just called for an end to inclusion. Did I really just hear an American president say, “Diversity is a nice idea—but it’s just not working.”—have I truly lived long enough to have my ears sullied so? Has this fucking idiot perused the census? America is diversity, Donald, you fuckwad—and its greatest weakness has always been goons like you, who refuse to accept that.

Happy Halloween   (2017Oct31)


Tuesday, October 31, 2017                                               2:46 PM

Happy Halloween   (2017Oct31)

In a few minutes, we will have arrived at November 1st, 2017, as I predicted—less than a year from inauguration, and the first indictments of our President’s circle of co-cronies have been unsealed. Information included in those legal issuances leads us to expect much more to come—and that right soon (if I may reference “The Shawshank Redemption”).

Yesterday Chief of Staff Kelly demonstrated more concern for the Confederacy of the old South than for any practical solutions to a nuclear North Korea—or the sudden loss of our military ally in Africa, Chad.

Rachel Maddow recently speculated that Trump’s spurious addition of the nation of Chad to his third attempt at a Muslim ban—had angered Chad, which until then had been supplying military patrols to three of its neighbors. This included Niger, where four US Special Forces would be ambushed and killed less than a week later—by extremists who have historically rushed to fill the void whenever the Chadians withdraw their seasoned troops. What bothers me most about Rachel’s theory is that no one else has brought it up since. I hate when that happens—then I’m left between being lied to by the media—or—being a conspiracy theorist.

The drug lobbyists recently convinced Republicans to block the DEA from being able to track prescription opioid suppliers—an important step in monitoring the commerce of opioids—which the DEA is now denied. Then, Trump announced two things last week—one, that he would not allow funding to fight the opioid crisis (unless it was swiped from Obamacare funding) and two, that we should remember Nancy Regan—and ‘Just Say No’ to opioid addiction. Trump made no mention of the 90% of addictions that begin with doctor-prescribed opioids—or the reluctance of big Pharma to put the speed-brakes on their opioid ‘gravy train’.

But the above is a mere sprinkling of the mountains of misbehavior demonstrating the ethically vacuous character of our current politics. The nature of our present governance catches one torn between wonder at the pols’ perfidy and awe at the voters’ lack of informed self-interest. The reason the Russian encroachment on our public discourse fails to elicit much fury is that we throw so much bullshit at each other, the Russian bullshit hides amidst the noise of what’s already there.

And honestly, the Russians have only taken the Republican’s tactics to their most extreme. That’s why they worked so well—and that’s partially why the Republicans are so slow to condemn them for it.

I wanted to entitle this post “Fuck You, Putin!”, because we seem finally to accept that those fuckers attacked us. And yet, to be fair,

the Russian people are fine people—though under the thumb of a murdering gangster. Twitter, Facebook, and Google reps are being heard in Congress today as that august body tries to determine the best way we Americans may protect ourselves from online disinformation.

One person said it best—‘Awareness is key.’ Now that we know that Trump’s support was partially a foreign attack upon our way of life, it makes a little more sense that we could elect such a disgrace. I hope the next time some candidate tells Americans his or her political opponent is running a child-sex-slave-ring out of a Midwest pizza-parlor, we’ll apply a little judgement.

I know—Putin will remind us all that the USA was surveilling everybody—even heads of state—even their own citizens—not so long ago. But we had a hero who exposed the whole thing—and America reformed itself. When Russian heroes try to pull off something like that—they end up with plutonium in their tea, or a bullet in the head. It’s not about us being perfect, Vlad—it’s about us being still willing to try. You shove your face in your dystopian sand, if you want you, but we still have hope over here.

‘Awareness is key.’ Just as democracy relies on a free exchange of ideas (hence the protections for free speech and a free press) Online content must include a free exchange of sources. I don’t want to go look up the true author of some quote-meme—and I don’t want to have to assume that they’re all false attributions, either. Online media needs to lump its memes in with the rest of their literature—making plagiarism and inaccurate attribution things that are regularly sifted for, to weed out psy-ops—or just plain ignorance-based—dis-information.

And don’t be fooled by the ‘Freedom of Speech’ ploy—it doesn’t protect against incitement or treason. If everything online can be completely false, why should a sane person waste time with it? We’re not talking about ending open-sourced coding here—or muzzling honest dissent—we’re just talking about some standards being adopted. Cyberland is unreliable enough, with actual code-hackers and such—there’s no need to allow purposefully fake news to pass by unchallenged in social media or other public cyberspaces.