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So there’s a t-shirt being pitched by the alt-mod-left, who want to coopt the anti-Trump rallying cry RESIST. It’s Smokey Bear with his head down and fist raised, invoking the Black Panther salute made iconic at the 1968 olympics. Except his fist is on FIRE, and it’s Smokey. WTF. Is he resisting putting it out? Smokey Bear’s singular catch-phrase is about YOU, PREVENTING FIRES. As usual, he’s holding a shovel, a reminder that fighting forest fires is essentially ditch-digging. So what is Smokey resisting? The urge to douse the fire burning up his hand? The image reminds me of the innanity of moderate democrats. Both “Smokey” and “Bear” have long become euphemisms for cops. This Smokey wants to embed with your resistance crew. Knock him out with a shovel.
When Donald Trump says he’s gotten no calls about the Dakota Access or Keystone XL pipelines saying “Apparently they’re not controversial” he’s trolling you. Making taunts with easily refutted falsehoods is the definition of trolling. But two billion smartphones can play that game, you just have to be as creative as Trump’s writers. However, don’t underestimate Madison Avenue specialists of the lowest common denominator. I know the Donald makes it look so easy, he’s insanely inane, but the selling of Cheetos and Trump bling detritus is a science. A Pennsylvanian senator is having a go, tweeting “Why don’t you come after me, you fascist, loofa-faced, shit-gibbon!” –an expression coined at an Anti-Trump demonstration in Scotland. Accordingly the corporate media is offuscating the Democrat’s name, Daylin Leach, likely because he’s an environmentalist. Let’s see if Trump bites.
It seems fairly obvious that Donald Trump’s singular obsession is hearing and seeing his name reflected back at him. He rebrands every speech, on any subject, to be about him. He’s the most interesting man in his world, so long as he’s the loudest. I’m guessing it ran in the family. It’s no small irony that Trump’s name is shared by a brass instrument which serves the same function. Trumpetting your every breath is an adolescent miscalculation I remember with embarassment. If everyone is not talking about you, you are clearly of no consequence. Trump’s tweets, and where he’s sitting, make it impossible to ignore him. But that is the prescription for egomaniacal centers of their own universes.
Well, it’s heating up. With the easiest way to measure and describe “radiation” : Heat. Temperature. Caloric Index. Right now it’s at the level to actually light concrete on fire. I was going to subtitle The Japan Syndrome but that whole China Syndrome schtick is outdated by several decades. Melt a hole through to China, yeah. So I restrained myself from including it. There’s amerikkka’s very own ticking time bomb right outside of Dallas. At Glen Rose. You might say, as I sometimes do when I forget to use quantum logic, you know, the core of any unit of mass, time, space and energy being at the same place at the same time (it just seems redundant) and to mangle a line from Huxley, everything belongs to everything else. But I digress. The fastest shorcut not involving quantum theory is there are no significant mountains between here and there. The Rolling Hills, the exact name thereof, is where the reactor is, at Comanche Peak. If you go southwest you have Ranger Peak, the highest geologic feature in Texas east of the Pecos and named after the Texas Rangers, cops not baseball, had an incident with the Comanches in which for a change didn’t involve getting the Rangers slaughtered. They’re not as bad-ass as they portray themselves. And that’s not in the way. The Llano Estacado, “Staked Plains” but they’re no barrier. Maybe for riding a horse or walking, but for airborne fallout, nah. And Comanche Peak has started experiencing seismic events. This was discussed when several events happened, Haiti, Fukishima, Deepwater Horizon,and the Upper Big Branch Corporate Mass Murder of 29 miners. All of which, including the Comanche Peak reactor, have ties to Halliburton, Bush and Donald Trump, the Koch family and the Corporate Big Pigs are talking much smack about releasing all of these bastards from the fetters of “unwarranted safety regulations” including and especially for the Fracking companies… who apparently broke the substrate in North Central Texas to the point there is measurable and sometimes palpable (no need to get out your dictionary it’s “able to be felt by the human body”) earthquake activity all over North Texas. Which the Frackers say is impossible. They simply have to lie.
Posted: February 5th, 2017 under Activism, Culture, Dirty Laundry, Headlines, History, Info Virus, Labor Unions, Libel, Links, Local News, News, Perspective, Policy, Politics, Recollections, Research, That's Rich, To Dwell on the Obvious, War machine.
Some are more familiar with the way the British occupiers pronounced it “Bombay”. It’s got a huge Muslim presence, so does India in general. Under the British “protectorate” because it’s not polite to call them Imperialists anymore. Even though the Queen does still hold the title of Empress. That’s beside the point. Under the protectorate Britain called the following “India”; Iran, Pakistan, Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka which used to be Ceylon, there’s been a lot of name changes, Thailand was Siam until I was 11 years old, you know, and knowing the younger readers think I’m ancient… but no, these changes were pretty much around my lifetime. But there’s a Church in Mumbai. No big deal, right? Before the English took possession of the entire region after the Napoleonic wars, we are taught in Merka are used to calling it the War of 1812, which “our” participation was mainly getting stomped by the British a few times and calling it a draw, and Andrew Jackson simply taking Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Missouri, the Mega-Rez called Indiana, Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, in case you’re not paying attention you notice that there’s a lot of native names, and Indiana was ceded to the Tribes “for as long as grass grows” you know the lying spiel…
Posted: February 1st, 2017 under Activism, Culture, Dem, History, Libel, Local News, Monkeywrenching, News, Personal Notes, Perspective, Policy, Politics, Race, Radio, Recollections, Research, Spoiler, To Dwell on the Obvious, Travel, War machine, Women.
President Trump doesn’t want to complicate the argument by naming multi-nationals or offshore fortunes. Instead he implicates other nationalities as having usurped ‘Murcan interests. No more, he insists, “America First!” As if it hasn’t always been only ever that. American policy, foreign aid and wars have only ever served American purposes, and while big capital has reaped the benefits, its nationalist cover was wrapped in the Red White and Blue. Worse than Trump knowing nothing of history is the media’s eagerness to fill the vacuum with distortion. “America First” they decry, harks back to isolationist movements opposed to US entry into World War Two and before than The Great War and before that our Spanish American War of Expansion. Yeah, how about we call those isolationists what they were, pacifists and anti-imperialists?
Reclaim MLK, yada yada. Yes, reclaim his radical persona from the academics and religious leaders who have painted his example to be an uncontroversial conformist. Commemorate MLK, reclaim him, fine. Wouldn’t that begin, at a minimum, by deligitimizing his assassins? How universal is recognition of Martin Luther King if the government agencies which killed him are unaccountable and still broadly in charge?
These are unretouched photographs distributed by the US Department of Defense, as Christmas greetings.
Barack Obama is an impressive speaker and a figurehead to make you proud –if you’re not listening or paying attention to what he’s doing. How sickening the fawning over his last addresses and his supposed legacy. Obama was the antithesis of Dubya, now Trump. Obama was probably the world’s most palatable politician in recent memory, but what he said and did was no less nauseating. And damnable. I can sympathize with onlookers mourning the loss of America’s gloss coat. Trump is the ugly face that is Obama unmasked. The king is dead, long live the ugly disreputable can’t-bear-to-listen-to-him king. Frankly, it wasn’t long into his doublespeak that I couldn’t stand listening to President Obama either.
“Why don’t we stand with Istanbul like we did Paris in the aftermath of their terrorist attack?” Because Western social media campaigns are orchestrated. Though built on outporings of sympathy, they are coordinated with NATO efforts to propagandize against perceived foes. The public’s failure to muster support for Turkish tragedies, like African or Asian or Balkan or other less-Western hosts, drawns criticism of racism. But it’s not YOUR racism, that’s blaming the victim. Your heartstrings are pulled by whatever photos the corportate media is pitching. Photos of Syrian children for the moment.
US Navy brass are upset that a Chinese vessel pulled a US unmanned submarine drone from the South China Sea and kept it. That’s against the rules apparently, Admiralty, whatever. They point out the drone belongs to the National Oceanographic Office, the information it gathers is unclassified, and it’s piloted by civilians. Sorry but “civilian” is synonymous with “contractor” and the Navy needs to rename its underwater glider drones if it wants to pretend their function is oceanic research. The drone fished out by the Chinese is called a “littoral battlespace sensing” vehicle. It may be unarmed, but there’s nothing environmental, humanitarian, collegiate, or goodwill-tourish about BATTLESPACE. China has been asserting territorial claims in the South China Sea, so whose “battlespace” is it?
While the president-elect is making cabinet appointments, careful to pick the best fox for every hen house, hopefully he won’t miss the obvious best choices. British Petrolium CEO to insure water quality at the EPA.
Vladimir Putin apparently hacked the presidential election. So say intelligence pundits estranged by Tump’s Washington brain-trust transplant. True or not, what they’re saying is that bringing transparency to the election process and the behind the scenes emails which affirm its undemocratic nature, is meddling. What a laugh to hear DNC operatives say they feel “sucker-punched” that their off-the-record slurs of condescention were made public. And of course how rich of the US regime to accuse anyone of meddling in another country’s elections.
The West’s covert proxy insurgency against Syria has suffered a major defeat in Aleppo. Social media is deluged now with cries for help, “this may be the last you hear from me” being the latest meme to drum up popular support for increased military intervention. Aleppo is being compared to Stalingrad. Funny, because the Nazis famously lost their attempt to take that from Russia. What a delicious bit of irony that. Cities ravaged by bitter urban warfare have plenty of antecedents. I suspect corporate journalists suppose their readers are as historically illiterate as they. Stalingrad was a reversal or fortune and that’s what the US war machine hopes to make of Aleppo. Our human shields are crying their hearts out online, stuck where we put them, on our firing line. As refugees, we don’t want them. The humanitarian disaster is our creation. US covert ops out of Syria! US covert bloggers out of Syria! You want to help the children of Aleppo? Adopt them. It’s the least you should do after getting their parents and siblings killed as your human shields.
Is makes a funny headline: “Donald Trump says he doesn’t need daily intelligence briefing, says he’s smart enough already.” Haha. What Trump may really be saying is that he knows enough not to be made to listen to what the CIA dictates to be his world view. The presidency is probably enough of a bubble without the added insulation of daily briefings from spooks giving you their unsubstantiated take on Yellow Cake, WMDs, which regime is using chemical weapons BESIDES US, and whose neodemocracy needs an infusion of covert activity.
Google, who invade every part of your computers and shopping and personal behavior and then sell it to whichever government or other corporation who has the bread to buy it, has a new version of Geany or Siri which controls Every FUCKING Bit Of Your Life if you buy it. It also costs you a hundred bux real yankee money. Say what? You don’t have any profit of your own for giving the data somebody sinister, anonymous far more efficiently than the Anonymous movement.. is PAYING Google for YOUR data which YOU not only provided for free but actually PAID Google for the privilege of Making More Money For Google?
If you’re especially wealthy and pay even more for Google to NOT sell your data to anybody except for some government or other corporation who can over-ride the agreement (hereafter referred to as “blackmail”) to just anybody Google decides is worthy of YOUR private information.
Sideways talking Yoda-wise am I, but surprised seriously sold life of yours has been by Google?
Yes America was never great for Native Americans, or slaves, or those without property. Indeed capitalism is ony great for those with capital. But I think the pride behind American Exceptionalism comes from more than nostalgia about 1950s prosperity as our mendatious corporate media would have Americans believe. And while its full privileges are enjoyed only by Anglo monied Americans, the promise of “America” as a land of justice, freedom and equality is not just an international delusion, it’s a universal hope.
I’m not saying Bob Dylan isn’t deserving of laurels, though one might consider Dylan to have been adequately lauded in his own century. When the Nobel Prize for literature goes to a songwriter, what does that say about the committee’s regard for contemporary literature?
I’m going to redo my operating system on my mobiles. Change it to Kali Linux They’ll still work as far as the phone company is concerned. Google has become megalomaniac on us. They act like they god-damn invented the internet, and have first dibs on every bit of data — every datum would be more accurate. They’re the ultimate snoops. Any measure of privacy flew out the Windows (had to pun that, sorry) years ago. In order to use the Android OS on my devices I would have to pay Google. Maybe not directly, but in bandwidth which is paid in my internet provider and the phone provider. Every time I take my phone out of airplane mode, Google has more than one “essential app” to update. Fuck that. Essential to whom, exactly? I don’t use Google + or youtube ultra-fantastic-consume-don’t ask, just consume, we’ll tell you what to consume and at what price consume consume resistance is futile you must be assimilated. It’s the “soft” Capitalist Dictatorship of Brave New World. I don’t use their products, but they get root access to all my communications devices and according to the phone manufacturers, rooting my own phone would void my non-existent warranty.
Ok that’s just stupid. But it’s his attack ad and I guess the scriptwriters for his campaign know what they’re doing. Polishing a turd, really. It starts with an attack on Hillary, good, she needs to be verbally slapped around a bit. NOTICE: I don’t advocate hitting people. Talking smack is way more effective and it’s also morally correct. Same with her declared opponent.
First off. it AIN’T Trumps america. He doesn’t own the place. Nor do his disciples. Then there’s the fact that America is actually two continents, and only one part of one continent is going to be represented by whichever morally corrupt power freak “wins”. and much as it upsets some citizens of the United States, the US doesn’t own even the U.S.
That should be “deportation IS ethnic cleansing” and it shouldn’t even be on the agenda in “the land of the free” like the lying song says. Nay, verily. But it is. The part about deporting anybody who is awaiting citizenship for even traffic violations has been kicked around, and really should be kicked out. It is in it’s entirety Racism. When people who chant loudly about deporting “aliens” the first image they put in each others stupid little pointy head is “Mexican”. Which to them means anybody who has a spanish surname and dark skin. Even the Native Americans who were bought and sold back and forth between Spain and French in what was later known as the Louisiana Purchase. When the U.S. racist government, at the time presided over by slave holding Plantation Aristocrats, it got the name Louisiana Purchase but there wasn’t any clear boundaries. This goes with my post that Zeb Pike was an Illegal Alien. European kings who had never set foot in America sold Euro-American dictators not only the land, but the people on the land. And sped up the already official policy of deporting Americans based on our ancestry. And religion.
The original Paleo diet included eating people. Neanderthals didn’t fade into extinction, we ate them.
It’s easy to say Donald Trump is the presidential candidate America had coming. The traditional exceptionalist xenophobe at last has a candidate crafted in their image. You want to ban all outsiders? Donald Trump has the solutions for you. But Trump doesn’t just speak to the simpletons. Trump is exactly what the doctor ordered for his critics too.
First allow me to posit a few noticeable facts. Donald Trump is invested in the National Enquirer supermarket gossip rag. To the point they’ll publish any mouth-farts he wants. And he’s got some kind of teenage or toddler Persecution Complex. The daily/weekly/whenever they, unlike a real newspaper, decide to publish… is prominently displayed at (just an estimate) every grocery checkout counter in America. Even if you try you can’t ignore their bloviation.
It’s like those damned posters in the novel 1984 with a picture of Big Brother and the eyes having the effect of always looking at you, and the infamous quote Big Brother Is Watching You.
And yes, I am capable of visualization when I read. It’s a level of literacy that some people don’t feel the need to exercise. You know, the ones who trust their leaders to think for them. So you get a blast of Trumpista Propaganda every time you buy groceries. Which has some deep Freudian undertones.
Minutes after winning the first of his 2016 gold medals, Michael Phelps interjected into an interview of his teammates “this [victory] was to right a wrong” referencing a loss in 2012 in which he was robbed of a medal apparently. Not because somebody cheated, or a bad call was made, but because Michael Phelps had willed a win that he didn’t then earn. Being “wronged” by not being given a medal. Doesnt that pretty much illustrate American Exceptionalism?! As if the US sports media was interested in explaining such a thing. Last minute decisions to let Michael Phelps intercede in further relay teams, for the sake of breaking medal hording records, as opposed to physical feats, comes at a price obviously to the other relay swimmers. We’ve heard about the hopes of would-be Olympians dashed by the boycotts of 1980 and 1984. Add the Phelps-first priority of 2016.