Dear Colorado and Washington,
Thank you for making 2012 a little more bearable. Don't bogart that activism, my friends!
(P.S. I want to thank "Anonymously, please" for a generous donation.)
Hillary Clinton is running for President...It's now less than four years before Election Day (I know, it just runs up on you!), so it is of course incumbent upon us to get deep and serious about the fielding of our next Presidential candidate. (Democratic candidate, of course, since the Republicans are pretty much toast - at least in the short run, right? - and Hisself must pass the baton.)
...The liberal class clung desperately during the long nightmare of this political campaign to one or two issues, such as protecting a woman’s right to choose and gender equality, to justify its complicity in a monstrous evil. This moral fragmentation—using an isolated act of justice to define one’s self while ignoring the vast corporate assault on the nation and the ecosystem along with the pre-emptive violence of the imperial state—is moral and political capitulation. It fails to confront the evil we have become.
“People who shut their eyes to reality simply invite their own destruction,” [James] Baldwin wrote, “and anyone who insists on remaining in a state of innocence long after that innocence is dead turns himself into a monster.”
- Chris Hedges, Death of the Liberal Class
As an "American," one is simply not permitted to entertain the simple thought experiment of considering what U.S. policy looks like to non-Americans. Any attempts to do so in what is considered "polite" cocktail chatter is sure to invite angry, accusatory, even eliminationist backlash.It is save to assume and predict that reactions to this might also serve as "demonstration":
It is easy to demonstrate....
- Me, The Twisting Of The American Mind: Shorter Noam & The Patriot's Toll
The United Nations is to set up a dedicated investigations unit in Geneva early next year to examine the legality of drone attacks in cases where civilians are killed in so-called "targeted" counter-terrorism operations...
Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves
by Henry Wiencek
...The events of October 1962 are widely hailed as Kennedy’s finest hour. Graham Allison joins many others in presenting them as “a guide for how to defuse conflicts, manage great-power relationships, and make sound decisions about foreign policy in general.”So writes the "subversive" and "un-American" Noam Chomsky, in one of the more accessible paragraphs in his essay, originally hosted at TomDispatch.com.
In a very narrow sense, that judgment seems reasonable. The ExComm tapes reveal that the president stood apart from others, sometimes almost all others, in rejecting premature violence. There is, however, a further question: How should JFK’s relative moderation in the management of the crisis be evaluated against the background of the broader considerations just reviewed? But that question does not arise in a disciplined intellectual and moral culture, which accepts without question the basic principle that the U.S. effectively owns the world by right, and is by definition a force for good despite occasional errors and misunderstandings, one in which it is plainly entirely proper for the U.S. to deploy massive offensive force all over the world while it is an outrage for others (allies and clients apart) to make even the slightest gesture in that direction or even to think of deterring the threatened use of violence by the benign global hegemon.
- Noam Chomsky - The Week the World Stood Still
[Biological systems] are sustainable, each organism exhibiting bounded growth up to an optimum size. (Yes, yeast can't handle vats of concentrated sugar-water without a population explosion followed by collapse, but then vats of concentrated sugar-water are not their natual habitat—or anyone else's!)As I sit here in Phoenix reading Dmitry, head baking in the sunny climate of the Arizona Kookocracy, it all comes together - a Big Theory of Everything. OK, not everything, but a nonetheless a sizeable chunk of all things political, sociological and bacteriological.
- Dmitry Orlov, In Praise of Anarchy, Part II
Lambert: If there was a broken bottle in the street - which we had absolutely nothing to do with - we would get blamed for that broken bottle being out there. So we had to clean the street for one block. When we left, at the end of the night, we examined the whole street.Also, catch Raymond's take on the special... ah... circumstances in which a Black President is situated.
Maron: ...so you were always conscious of the fact, that if something goes down, in a one mile radius of a black owned business, the whole community's going to get blamed for it.
Lambert: You need to be thinking about it.
...the stark facts of the ubiquitous evolution of everything point nonetheless to a universe with a purpose.That is a hell of an assertion, and it reveals more of the structure and inclination of human thought than of the objective reality thought struggles to observe.
(AP) NEW YORK - Occupy Wall Street began to disintegrate in rapid fashion last winter, when the weekly meetings in New York City devolved into a spectacle of fistfights and vicious arguments.William Rivers Pitt, at truthout (I Will Occupy):
While going through my weekly ration of hate comments, including a veiled death threat, from my ultra-left readers, I wondered what they expect if their actions—or inaction—result in the defeat of President Barack Obama.So goes the lede in Bill Boyarsky's Anti-Obama Animus on the Left Reaches Hysterical Proportions.
How will they feel on election night and the arrival of four years of Mitt Romney and maybe four years after that?
Jennifer Cast, a former Amazon employee who is a lesbian and the volunteer finance co-chair for Washington United for Marriage, emailed Jeff Bezos Sunday asking him to donate between $100,000 and $200,000 to the effort...
Cast received a reply Tuesday night, that said: "Jen, this is right for so many reasons. We're in for $2.5m. Jeff & MacKenzie."
- Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos pledges $2.5m to same-sex marriage in Washington
If you do not follow somebody you feel very lonely. Be lonely then. Why are you frightened of being alone? Because you are faced with yourself as you are and you find that you are empty, dull, stupid, ugly, guilty and anxious - a petty, shoddy, secondhand entity. Face the fact; look at it, do not run away from it. The moment you run away fear begins. ~J. KrishnamurtiKrishnamurti's "style" of presentation can be mercilessly negative. If I am to quote him, as I've done here, I can easily sense the unwelcome tone to his message, and it brings me to wonder just why I continue to be attracted to such an "inefficient" manner of proselytization. Is there a value in it, intrinsic to what appears to be a pre-emptively self-defeating vehicle for having a conversation?
Now what is a bank?
The holder of deposits and lender of credit en par?
This was not even true 300 years ago.
In an ideal case, the "bank" is an arbitrageur between a holder of temporary surplus and a creditor of temporary deficit, plus a risk premium.
Pious lie. No. Not pious. The pepper-sacks already were notorious cheaters.
Image found at nostate.com
So, Mr. Smith leaves in a flurry hacking at the branches of evil, but does not even come close to striking a single root! The good old "change of heart" that Orwell detested so deeply. What is the root that Mr. Smith missed with his axe, assisted by the NYT? I have a feeling that it is all anchored in fear. Fear of what? The fear of becoming poor. The deep hatred and fear of the poor in America is at the core of its cultural rot. This reality fully came home to me while living in Colombia.
Image from The Emotion Machine
[Occupy Wall Street activist Jeff] Smith saw the op-ed in part as illustrating the success of Occupy's impact on the public impression of the finance industry. "If there is shame, if there is guilt starting to emerge in these guys, that's Occupy Wall Street's contribution..."]
...There are few things more powerful than shunning that will dissuade undesirable behavior. When it comes to the money changers, we have made a terrible mistake.
There are few more soulless endeavors in the world than making money from money. While I certainly have problems with capitalism in general, I am not talking about the bankers who provide capital to kick-start or expand businesses - I am talking about the Masters Of The Universe who frenetically shift money from one place to the next, their eyes only upon maximum profit, even if that profit comes at the expense of others.
Mortified by [individuals engaged in the messiness of life], authoritarian personality types are obsessed with the fantasy of scouring (a panopticon/predator drone mode of mind) life of all disorder. Not only making the trains run on time but demanding that the passengers on said trains psyches be cleansed of impure thoughts…sanitized for their protection, then covered in a sort of societal prophylactic plastic to safeguard the principles of societal propriety--in short, have the populace rendered Body Bag People....
Myerson: ...it seems like part of your objection to black bloc tactics is less strategic-tactical than almost spiritual.
The Black Bloc anarchists, who have been active on the streets in Oakland and other cities, are the cancer of the Occupy movement. The presence of Black Bloc anarchists—so named because they dress in black, obscure their faces, move as a unified mass, seek physical confrontations with police and destroy property—is a gift from heaven to the security and surveillance state...
I've got a quibble, and I'll mention only partly to stir the pot: This "middle class" business, and the "saving" of it. (My adolescent dabblings with Marx's paradigm - not "Marxism" per se - have come 'round again.) I'm taking the liberty of conflating Jon's & Walter's posts, since they are to me of an harmonious piece.
Walter:"Into this bad mood, the necromancers of the American right conjure a Total Explanation: liberalism is to blame. It makes you share with people who are not like you. It tells you that you're no better than the street thugs jostling you in line."
Image found at WTF with Marc Maron