Memorializing Quietly Outloud!

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Memorial Day! So what exactly is a memorial? And what is being memorialized?

A memorial – “Something designed to preserve the memory of a person or event…”

Design: craft, construction, artifice, | a show.

To preserve: To sugar, salt, pickle, embalm, set under glass (like a fragile document)

Ah! That’s it! Perhaps this memorial day we are embalming our constitution. After all, it has already lost all signs of life, so we might as well make it a big show, pound our chests, wear our medals, and let the chattel feel that the memories are really theirs and not simply an illusion, an artifice, a design.

We will drag ourselves away from the tele-prompted talking heads, and the reality TV stars stranded naked in a Peruvian jungle, just to sanctify the really big show – the Memorial Day Parade coming to your neighborhood. While we continue to hospitalize, incarcerate, kill, or cast our veterans into poverty, we will thank them for keeping the constitution safe – embalmed, pickled, and under glass. I salute our veterans, especially those who refused to go back for a second helping. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me a second time, shame on me. “We won’t be fooled again!”

We continue to celebrate holidays as if they mattered. It matters not that the civilized world has reached its breaking point, and that our systems of command and control are ratcheting up their activities and supplies at the same time that they are showing real signs that they are approaching their ‘sell by’ date. The global environment is deteriorating before our eyes, due to massive amounts of pollution, including (but not limited to) the slap-happy burning of fossil fuels, while we are arguing over who is going to take possession of the Arctic seabed to pump out all those hidden oil reserve treasures sunk into the farthest reaches of mother earth’s belly. Well, at least we can be glad the polar ice sheets are melting, gives us easier access to all that pent up carbon just dying to get out! So, bring out the hot dogs and relish the day… haha, fooled ya! Along with the beer and chips. Although in Denver I hear they are planning a big bonfire, all the marijuana shops are chipping in some stash so “everybody must get stoned.” Actually, I will be back home in Colorado, where I lived for 25 years, over the 4th of July, and boy, I’ll betcha there will be more than fireworks lit up on that day. But, not to worry about that tornado that touched down at the Denver airport last week, everyone was a mile-high anyway. Guess now I understand why it was called the Mile High City… everybody must get stoned!

So let the planet go up in smoke (no pun intended)! We will enjoy our celebrations under glass, and toast our heroes since we have nothing else to offer them. Freedom! Another wonderful word. What is it? An automobile, a house, a plane ticket, and money in the bank. So go and celebrate America; and hey, you folks in Colorado… have a toke for me.  And watch out; I hear there are alot of disenfranchised and labelled ‘dangerous’ vets, looking for a place to rest their heads! Just kiddin! See ya’ll soon!  kC

110 Responses to Memorializing Quietly Outloud!

  1. Jack Waddington says:

    There’s an easy way out of all this mess … except that we won’t even conceive of it … cos it’s not that easy. It could and should be real easy … cept for the mind-set.

    JUST ABOLISH MONEY … then all the support systems to keep it alive and make our lives boring one way or another will evaporate … like the police, the justice system, politicians, lawyers, the military and the boring work we each have to do, just to support all of them, and more beside that I couldn’t think of on the spare of the moment. The notion is so, so, so, simple … and if a critical mass were to accept it; it would happen … by osmosis.

    Think about it …. rather than just dismiss the idea out of hand. Really give it some thought.

    Jack

    • Disaffected says:

      Speaking of Up in Smoke!

      • Disaffected says:

        And since we’re all busy memorializing this weekend, how about memorializing this epic rendition on the upcoming 45’th anniversary of the Woodstock Music Festival? No better rendition by any better player ever, BAR NONE!

    • Disaffected says:

      OK Jack, I’ll reluctantly play along again. I realize full well the down sides of modern money, especially the US dollar denominated version, but exactly what then pray tell is the option should we all renounce its use in entirety tomorrow? A pure barter economy? You do of course realize the serious downsides of such an economy and why money was adopted in the first place?

  2. Jack Waddington says:

    Disaffected: I should have said “Money and ALL forms of exchange. Bartering is as bad as money and was the fore-runner of money. If we were to co-operate as opposed to being for ever competitive (sport, business, elections, et al) there would need only for each person to do 2 to 3 hours of tasking (normally referred to as work) to get everything done that would be needed for everyone to get all their needs met. However, it takes a conceptual leap in ones thinking to conceive this and cannot be done in hours or even days, but quite a bit of contemplation (and maybe aided by some reading of Proudhon, Bakunin and Kropotkin and maybe also some of the “early” thinking of Marx and Engels).

    When the idea was first proposed to me in my early twenties I too rejected the notion ‘out of hand’ … but then the notion began to bite me and I gave it quite some months of thought (conceptualizing) attending lectures by anarchist and other profound thinkers at the time in London where I was living. It sort of grows on one IF we will allow ourselves the luxury to pause and think it through.

    Just as you have done, all others do the same and within minutes have dismissed it and thought through (dare I say it) the flimsiest of reasons for not doing so. The means to actually putting it in effect can only occur, as I said, if there is a critical mass that first accepts the notion … then little by little groups form to do tasks that is needed to keep the group autonomous, then other groups seeing it, join and form their own group and then the idea sort of ‘catches fire’ and the whole thing explodes into creating it. The trouble at the moment is that there are too many vested interest to not even allow the idea to grow and you are a part of that “prevention” … though I am sure you’ll deny it. But whatever. The only factor that might help it along is if there is a massive world depression that last for way too long, and then some will start think in more radical terms when all other means have been shown to fail. Meantime if you are prepared to let the idea bite you (without subconsciously rejecting it) just let it flow through you.

    It’s hard to put the concept across in short comments such as I do here, but with incessant repeats, who knows, I just might get the ball rolling.

    Jack

    • Disaffected says:

      Jack,

      I think the ‘critical mass’ you speak of will likely only occur as a result of a massive die-off, which might not be all that unlikely either. In small, closely knit human communities that largely produced all of their own critical commodities like we left not all that long ago (roughly 70-80 years ago in parts of the American South and Midwest at least), barter again begins to make some limited amount of sense. And it’s not like those conditions might not be revisited upon us all soon.

      However, other than that, I still have a hard time imagining that renunciation of money is in itself a solution to any of our larger problems, especially considering that any of our global money masters, who after all hold the keys to almost all of our critical resources, are most decidedly NOT renouncing theirs any time soon.

      Tell you what, put it to the test tomorrow morning. Renounce money altogether for the next week, month, or whatever, and report back in on how it all worked for you. I’ll be willing to listen at least.

      DA

      • Jack Waddington says:

        Disaffected: There you go again. Right of the top of your head you’ve got an answer … without, as I suggested, giving it ANY THOUGHT. Then you come up with the most stupid of reasoning that::- I try doing away with money whilst everyone else demands that I pay. Where the fuck is your thinking????? Try reading Thouless’ book “Straight and Crooked Thinking” … Sadly I doubt you will.

        your comment pisses me off.

        Jack

        • Disaffected says:

          Jack,

          If the answer to your question is not “try it and let’s see how it works out,” then what is it? How exactly would you propose that everyone else be forced to try it too? Surely you see the flaw in such thinking.

          Your comment perplexes me.

          DA

        • Disaffected says:

          The only factor that might help it along is if there is a massive world depression that last for way too long, and then some will start think in more radical terms when all other means have been shown to fail.

          Jack, I think that’s you’re selling point (and I think you should stick to it), although I doubt it’s really much of that. Yeah, agreed, when money itself becomes worthless, most people will (quite logically) abandon it. Until then? I doubt so much.

          • kulturcritic says:

            DA, Look we know Jack is not suggesting that folks will voluntarily abandon the use of a monetary payment system voluntarily. His position is really a prospective proposition. It is a subjunctive, “what if”. What if we were to do away with money, and revert back to a situation of sharing and collaborative subsistence. I do not see the problem with such an ideal as such. Certainly we act that way most of the time within the confines of the nuclear or extended family. Certainly there are looser communal experiments where I am sure it is working as well. And both of you are correct, without a major die-off, and as Jack says, a major world depression (which might happen sooner than later), there is likely no real potential for a world without money… just as it is highly unlikely ever to be a social human world without hierarchy again. best, sandy

            • Disaffected says:

              I guess my only point is that money is, at its most basic, just a social convenience, a means of exchange so we don’t have to barter for everything. The fact that it’s been captured by the rich is obvious, but I’m not sure that means we should just abandon it. Especially since we’ll likely just adopt another such convenience to take it’s place. And my call to abandon it and see how it works is both realistic and pragmatic, as quite a few people these days are proposing and/or doing just that. Not that such experiments are working out so well so far (at least from what I’ve heard), but I’m always optimistic. In the end, as you’ve said, I think the coming die-off will occur hand in hand with the abandonment of our current debased fiat currencies, and cause and effect of each will be muddled with the other in the confusion of the collapse chaos.

              But to a larger point, blaming money per se is still misguided I think. Not because money wasn’t prone to be captured by the most clever among us from the start (although, it was no doubt a greatly more efficient means of capture – by design!), but because the most clever among us were always going to capture all of the means and fruits of our production anyway, regardless how it was measured, given the structure of capitalist hierarchical systems in general, which were themselves inevitable. As an example of this whole line of thinking one need look no further than the computerization of finance (and everything else) to see a complete transformation in what we thought we knew as “money.” One can easily argue that the whole nature of money itself has been and is being transformed. The end of paper “hard” money is already nearly complete here in the first world, and the digital implications of that are indeed as profound as any of the biblical “666” Cassandras have warned.

  3. Disaffected says:

    In the spirit of Memorial Day, it might be nice if we at least memorialize some things of our better nature, which occasionally, even Hollywood gets right. A TRUE picture of our nature in the great States of the USA:

  4. Jack Waddington says:

    Disaffected: Try what??? If you are suggesting that I on my own try living without money … you’ve totally missed the point. Abolishing money has to be a co-operative effort NOT AN INDIVIDUAL ONE. The money manifesto has been placed on us all and made law. Until we break this state of affairs we are all bound to live with it and it is not a choice … not even for hermits.

    Jack

    • Disaffected says:

      Trouble is Jack, cooperative efforts start out as individual efforts. If it can’t be borne out on an individual/small group level, then you you can bet damn sure that it will never be adopted on any larger level, especially with so many vested interests out there with skin in the game. That’s just the nature of the beast.

      On the other hand, when crash comes to shove, and that could be soon, all bets might be off. We’ll see!

  5. Jack Waddington says:

    Sandy: That seems to clarify my position admirably. Sadly I feel you are right that it is not going to happen anytime soon … if at all but if it does happen I don’t see the prospects of the human race lasting very long. Que lastima.

    Jack Waddington

    • Disaffected says:

      You’re right there Jack. Homo Sapiens’ long term growth prospects don’t look too great at this point. At the very least we’re in for a major culling of the herd. Sadly, all self-inflicted.

  6. Now kids, play nice or no cookout food for you (LOL)!

    Like Sandy put it, both DA and Jack have good points about either a major die-off or depression. My money’s on the die-off. With enough diseases lurking about, Bird Flu now transmittable between mammals, and with the constant mobility in our culture, the scene is right for some pandemic to make its rounds. And thanks to many of our antibiotics becoming impotent, this could be an all too real problem.

    Just imagine our leaders in Washington, Moscow, London and Beijing when the angry survivors of killed off loved ones start to bang on their doors; when global leaders have no more military or paramilitary cops to protect them. And what of the “poor” Wall Street Banksters when they realize no one’s investing anymore? It will be back in the hands of the people for sure.

    And maybe then, we can have a human race again!

    • Malthus. says:

      Just as long we can keep from turning it into a rat race again. Not certain our evolvement will not keep us from creating competition on the scale that some one will rig the game again. Meanwhile as in every other special day a whole bunch of eating will have some sort of weird meaning. Stuff your face and what ever we are celebrating has some important meaning.

    • Disaffected says:

      I think our dear leaders have already figured this out and are several steps ahead of us. Cheney’s closed door secret strategic energy meeting with the oil heads right after W took office should have been our clue. 9-11 followed shortly thereafter, and the rest, as they say, is history! I imagine Obama got clued in shortly after taking office (if he didn’t know already) and was told to toe the line – OR ELSE!

  7. Jack Waddington says:

    dangerouschristian: Great point.

    Jack

  8. the Heretick says:

    we will not reform the USA, or the world, overnight. JHK has some excellent suggestions posted this morning.

    “There’s a long and comprehensive To-Do list that has been waiting for us since at least 2008, when the nation received one forceful blow upside its thick head. We refuse to pay attention. First item on the list: restructure the banks. Other items: reinstate the Glass-Steagall Act; disassemble the ridiculous “security” edifice under the NSA; upgrade the US electric grid; close down most of our military bases overseas (and some of our bases in the USA); draw up a constitutional amendment re-defining the alleged “personhood” of corporations; fix the passenger railroad system to prepare for the end of Happy Motoring; rebuild Main Street commerce to prepare for the death of WalMart and things like it; outlaw GMO foods and promote local food production; shut down casino gambling.”

    of course the prescriptions operate upon the assumption that the human race will survive, and are actually quite mild, but that very mildness may make them doable. the most important of all his recommendations, to my mind, is, “draw up a constitutional amendment re-defining the alleged “personhood” of corporations”; this sole issue would do more to change the balance of power around the world than any other.
    it is an indicator of the mess we are in that even these mild proposals have about a snowballs chance in hell of ever becoming reality.

    • Disaffected says:

      JHK seems to have his head in a very good place these days. Of course he’s talking about things that need to be done RIGHT NOW, where no such political consensus is even remotely on the horizon, but he’s rightly carrying out his mission as a modern day Cassandra. The fact that his proposals are quite mild, and yet, will nonetheless never be adopted, tells you all you need to know about our current predicament. In two words: WE’RE FUCKED!

  9. the Heretick says:

    i’m sorry Sandy, i believe you posted the wrong flag as the frontispiece.

    maybe you meant this one instead? i’m sure it was just an inadvertent oversight on your part.

  10. the Heretick says:

    Memorial Day should be a day of remembrance, but mixed in should also be a lot of mourning. Mourning for those lost, but also for the lies that have been told since the founding of this country.
    From reserving the right to vote to property holders, from tolerating slavery, from the lack of women’s suffrage, from Jim Crow, from the war against Native Americans, to today where the Constitution is largely ignored, we should be sad for all the people who have died for ideals that have never been fulfilled and were probably never meant to be fulfilled.

    • Disaffected says:

      Good points HT, but I think I’m probably several shades more skeptical than you are. Politics and privilege never change down through the ages. I doubt the “founding fathers” we all so fondly revere ever were really all that. I’m not sure we should be mourning anything anymore; but rather, waking up from our drunken “democratic” stupor to realize that we’ve become, just like the old rich white men we broke away from all those years ago: fat, rich, and complacent (albeit admittedly, some of us MUCH more than others!) at the expense of the rest of the world we exploit. The only “mourning” we should be doing is for the rest of the world we’ve systematically and enthusiastically fucked over, all in the name of PROFITS.

  11. Jack Waddington says:

    Heretick: The problem with tweaking the system is that it will in a very short space of time revert back to what it is now. It’s the system that is out of whack and the only radical change as I see it is to abolish all systems. Just live as any another creature on the planet does. Do away with national borders, (the planet belongs to all of us and that includes all other creatures) and be totally CO-OPERATIVE and cease the competitiveness and as I said in my first posting ABOLISH money and all forms of exchange To quote Lennon in his song “Imagine” “It;s easier than you think”.

    I don’t see any of this ever happening and hence I feel we will self destruct and perhaps take all life on the planet with us … and sooner than we think.

    Jack

    • Disaffected says:

      See now Jack, I DO agree with you at the core. Trouble is, you always think in terms of big picture solutions without even a trace of thought as to how any of it is to happen. Nonetheless, I DO commend you on at least being able to see that. And so, I think I probably agree with your last statement: I don’t see any of this ever happening and hence I feel we will self destruct and perhaps take all life on the planet with us … and sooner than we think. Whether or not we take ALL LIFE with us is apparently a point of some contention for bloggers like the Archdruid, but I think that’s mostly irrelevant. We’re almost CERTAINLY going to end “life as we know it” for this go ’round at least, and that’s plenty enough.

      On the plus side, maybe we should look at it like this. The systems we’ve evolved aren’t merely random, they’re by design. Like all of our technological marvels, we’ve expended a great amount of effort and brainpower in bringing these things about and they’ve benefitted almost all of us up to the point that they didn’t, so it’s not like we’ve got anyone to blame for our predicament. We’ve LITERALLY BROUGHT THIS ALL ON OURSELVES!

      Not that that’s likely to make the now inevitable crash feel any better for any of us, but the truth ain’t always comforting, in the short term at least.

  12. Ron McCafferty says:

    We can only hope that what ever does occur that people will look to each other for compassion and show a willingness to help in whatever way they can.
    Sadly, there will be areas of purely ignorant, angry and hateful humans who will be looking to punish whoever they think is responsible. Then, not finding them, taking it out on whoever is closest.
    There are always periods of instability after happenings like what we are proposing here. They have happened before and will happen again.
    The one thing people will have to do is to refuse to work to make someone else rich.
    Money as a means of trade is fine when people understand it’s purpose and utilize it in a responsible manner.
    People fooled by the more is better advertising have a long way to fall once this happens and it will be up to those who have always been aware to be a voice of reason for them. If they make it, they make it. If not, then they don’t. Those who can’t adapt will fall. It is a law that cannot be bent or broken.
    Here’s to hope in humanity and may the good in us rise to the occasion.

  13. kulturcritic says:

    Here is your Memorial Day memory, America!

    • Disaffected says:

      Very nice Sandy! In the end, that’s all death is, heroic or otherwise. Inanimate and final.

    • Disaffected says:

      And to ponder a larger point: What WAS Iraq, Afghanistan, and all this GWOT nonsense that followed, if not the undoing and forgetting of the lessons that Korea and Vietnam allegedly taught? The lessons of Vietnam were still being defended by CJCS Gen Colin Powell during Iraq I, only to be shamelessly reneged upon a decade later when he revealed himself to be nothing more than a lying “house nigger” on the behalf of the Bush II administration in it’s runup to Iraq II and further terrors. From there followed Condi Rice and our current “Obamanation.” The predictable selling of the American black race into willing complicity with America’s imperial war ambitions aside, one has to marvel at the complete remarketing of the entire American Military Industrial Complex in the wake of so many repeated foreign policy disasters stacked end to end. Since WWII (which was ITSELF highly contested!) the MIC has not produced ONE uncontested victory waged purely on its own terms. NOT ONE! And yet we continue to get all misty eyed and stupid when Memorial Day rolls around. A more enlightened and propagandized people might WELL be asking for their fucking MONEY BACK!

  14. kulturcritic says:

    Perhaps it is not money, as much as it is the acquisition of property that is the problem.

    The first man who, having fenced in a piece of land, said “This is mine,” and found people naïve enough to believe him, that man was the true founder of civil society. From how many crimes, wars, and murders, from how many horrors and misfortunes might not any one have saved mankind, by pulling up the stakes, or filling up the ditch, and crying to his fellows: Beware of listening to this impostor; you are undone if you once forget that the fruits of the earth belong to us all, and the earth itself to nobody.

    ― Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Discourse on the Origin of Inequality

    • Disaffected says:

      Money=property. Same thing. Money’s just the more efficient means of facilitating exchange of same.

  15. FIDO says:

    The fact is that we are on the verge of the end anyway so it is futile to try to change anything. We don’t have much to say for ourselves, do we ? I think the end will be swift and short and you will see such a wave of death that the world will never recover from. We may have no way out of this one so lets party like it’s 1999. One of my favorite stories about the great war was about the men in the trenches. Before they went over the top to certain death they would get so plastered that it would destroy their effectiveness as a unit and would degrade whatever plan the generals had set out for them to do. My grandpa would say that if they were going to kill the men in these suicidal attacks then it was the duty of the men to foil these stupid plans.

    • Disaffected says:

      My grandpa would say that if they were going to kill the men in these suicidal attacks then it was the duty of the men to foil these stupid plans.

      Amen!

  16. Jack Waddington says:

    Disaffected: Whilst you continue to THINK and do your utmost to justify your “thinking” of course money or some alternative (barter et al) that keeps this STUPID system in place. Tweaking the system will inevitably, over time, just revert to what exist right now. That is the very nature of ANY EXCHANGE SYSTEM.

    But since you wanna, for whatever your reasoning’s; want it that way: it will remain that way. If you really want change then it has to be RADICAL. Tweaking doesn’t, nor ever will, do it. But then most of us are so, so, so, reluctant for real change. Fine; but my guess is that if there is no radical change then the human race and perhaps life on this planet is doomed … and sooner than we think

    Jack

    • Disaffected says:

      Jack, my thinking has not justified or instigated much of anything of consequence in this life so far, much as I would like to imagine otherwise. But in the end, any REAL change HAS TO belong with YOU, the individual. And as Forrest Gump might say: That’s all I’ve got to say about THAT!

  17. Jack Waddington says:

    Agreed

    Jack

  18. Disaffected says:

    Gail Tverberg’s latest reads like a eulogy for industrial society:

    http://ourfiniteworld.com/2014/05/29/converging-energy-crises-and-how-our-current-situation-differs-from-the-past/

    Even staid old NakCap has a similar post up this morning (I’ve evidently been permanently banned over there for getting into it with one of their board moderators over a tangential subject):

    http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2014/06/joe-costello-oil-industry-running-major-trouble.html

    Looks like a lot of people are finally waking up to our predicament. Not that it will do much good at this point…

    • Disaffected says:

      Although Gail lost me completely with this:

      If a big bang happened, it seems likely to me that there was a major force behind the big bang. We can call this force Nature or a Higher Power. I am doubtful that the force behind the big bang would fix the world situation so that humans can continue along their current destructive path on earth. But the force might fix the situation in some other way–perhaps make the transition for humans easier to bear, or produce a new kind of big bang supporting an afterlife for humans as envisioned by various religions.

      A new kind of big bang just for little ol’ us? Talk about childish nonsense!

      • Disaffected says:

        But she redeems herself with this:

        We are being told, “Renewables will save us,” but this is basically a lie. Wind and solar PV are just as much a part of our current fossil fuel system as any other source of electricity. They will only last as long as the weakest link–inverters that need replacing, batteries that need replacing, or the electric grid that needs fixing. We are being told that these are our salvation, because politicians need to have something to point to as a solution–not because they really will work.

  19. the Heretick says:

    WHY OBAMA SHOULD HAVE STUCK WITH SHINSEKI
    http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/johncassidy/2014/05/why-obama-should-have-stuck-with-shinseki.html

    Goats slaughtered across Afghanistan in celebration of Taliban prisoners released in exchange for Bergdahl
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2646222/Taliban-leaders-given-heros-welcome-footage-claiming-prisoners-arriving-Qatar-Guantanamo-release-no-American-presence-sight.html

    well, well, well, what a fine kettle of fish. since the theme of this current post is Old Soldiers Day, it would seem appropriate to review the current news. looks like the costs of Empire are piling up.
    at least the Spartans were honest about it.

    it’s just depressing, ads on the tube recruiting more cannon fodder, the constant lies, what a mess.

    • Disaffected says:

      Administering the VA is a quicksand job anyway, regardless of who’s in charge. I wondered when Shinseki stepped down if he hadn’t been somehow been ambushed yet again from one of the numerous enemies he made in the Bush administration. Won’t fix a thing either way. Lack of funding is their problem, and that’s not about to change. Can’t blame the administrators one bit if they just say fuck it and let it all go to hell.

      Likewise, the Bergdahl fiasco is going to be a quagmire for Obama, never mind that no one is questioning just why these detainees are still being illegally detained uncharged in a foreign concentration camp, which is in itself highly illegal, all these years after the staged, shocked doctrine, false flag casus belli in 9-11. The American people, alas, are all too fat, dumb, and stupid to bother with the irritating details of questioning the bullshit narrative they’re being force fed like lambs for the slaughter. One thing’s for sure: there’s no point in bemoaning our lack of “democracy” anymore. We squandered that several generations back in the wake of WWII at the very least, if not long before.

    • Disaffected says:

      This is at the heart of the whole prisoner release furor, where Americans should be ashamed of their government’s actions in holding prisoners in a blatantly illegal offshore prison facility, that in itself should have never been allowed to be constructed or maintained, but are instead focused on the release of 5 alleged “terrorists” who have been almost certainly unjustly detained for over ten years on trumped up fears of Islamic boogey men under every bed: http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/06/05/a-nation-of-cowards-fears-freeing-taliban-pows/

      Fact is, we’ve been turned into a collective bunch of pissing little cowards by a hysterical press in support of a tyrannical, corporate ruled government, all in the name of an imaginary GWOT that defines its enemies on a whim from above, and potentially (actually, inevitably) includes every damn one of us as well. How long can this continue? Seemingly forever, or at least until the current regime self-implodes, but more than likely longer than any of us will remain alive to resist it.

      If July 4th is to remain our “Independence Day,” perhaps it’s only fitting that we designate Sep 11th as our “Enslavement Day,” the day on which we decided that freedom from rampant maniacal fear was just too much to handle.

    • Disaffected says:

      Hmm… remote brain wave monitoring and electrical shock induced corrections. Seems like I’ve heard that somewhere before. And just think, they could then apply that proactively to front line troops so that they never had to be replaced on the line in the first place. Not that they’ll likely need them much longer anyway, what with robotics, drones, and remote sensing advances likely making them obsolete altogether. Until the power goes out anyway. Then it might be back to sticks and stones again all too soon.

      Either way, funding for the actual problem of cleaning up the human mess they’ve already created with all this GWOT insanity ain’t forthcoming anytime soon, and the whole VA fiasco will all be conveniently forgotten in time for the seasons’ opening kickoffs in late August, at which many will pay faux homage to the “courageous veterans” out there “protecting American freedoms.” Hey, a nation’s got to have its priorities!

      Hey now, there’s an idea! How about asking the NFL, which does such a great job selling the idea of the GWOT and naked neanderthal aggression as a way of life, to set aside a few of its billions and actually fund the VA? Then they can settle the current players lawsuit and send their retired, highly paid, NFL faux warriors to sit in line with the retired, lowly paid, Armed Services actual warriors at VA hospitals nationwide, where they can trade combat stories – real and faux – that got them there. What a perfect melding of the real and virtual worlds that characterizes our modern upside down world.

      • the Heretick says:

        reminds me of THX1138 when the workers could be taken over by the machine when they made a mistake. this latest DARPA crap is inhumane, it just points up how we are becoming so malleable, how we really are used and abused, this does not stop with war.
        the global consolidation and exploitation moves to the lone human being, as without so within, mirroring the process happening in our country (as all workers compete against each other world wide). now the human body is internally colonized.
        so, the exploitative world view is complete, control of the discourse thru mass media, genetic engineering, pharmacological control, and now implants to keep the peasants in line.
        perhaps i express it inelegantly, but you get the picture.
        some may call this the next step in human evolution, i call it bullshit.

    • kulturcritic says:

      Stepford Wives, anyone?

    • kulturcritic says:

      I take issue with that comment: “naked neanderthal aggression” LOL

  20. Disaffected says:

    Nice piece on Washington’s Blog today, which merely restates what should be obvious to anyone. Too bad most Americans aren’t even capable of comprehending this:

    http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/06/refuse-terrorized-win-terrorists-lose.html

    But really, this is just old news. We’ve had over a decade to grok such simple concepts as this, and still not a clue in sight, among the mainstream at least.

    In a somewhat more disturbing piece yesterday, Washington asserts that DC might be paving the road for the seemingly unthinkable: a preemptive US nuclear strike against mother Russia using the Ukraine as a pretext. Makes some pretty compelling points too me thinks, although one can only hope that cooler heads will prevail and/or Washington is simply overstating some or all parts of this:

    http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/06/really-need-re-start-cold-war.html

    Either way, we live to contemplate another day tomorrow, so far at least. And THAT my friends, is pretty much all we can ask for at this point.

  21. Disaffected says:

    A fairly decent rendition of a Dylan classic by two rock legends not usually mentioned in the same breath:

  22. the Heretick says:

    welly, welly, well, well, Mr. DA. Jonesing for some classic rock? Here’s something with a twist.

  23. the Heretick says:

    this is for you, DA.

    yes, old Fred, some have a low opinion of him, but sometimes he is right on.

    “Men engaged in killing for petroleum can develop a suspicion that what they do is just wrong. Soldiers are trained, conditioned by experts, to do things that the civilized finds abhorrent. If a veteran begins to doubt the justness of the war, then he becomes no more than a hired murderer. This is not pleasant. Thus no one must be permitted to say it. A contagion might result.”

    http://www.fredoneverything.net/Bergdahl.shtml

    if only the lamestream media were not so stultified, but then when your job is to defend the status quo.

    oh yeah, “the opinions of Fred Reed do not represent the opinions of the poster, all views and commentaries are the opinion of Fred Reed, and do not represent……and so on, and so on”

    • Disaffected says:

      I’m a Fred Reed fan for the most part. And where his opinions and mine differ I’m willing him to grant him the benefit of the doubt due to seniority and breadth of experience. For example, I think a lot of very middle of the road people are beginning to rethink the virtues of unabated ‘feminism’ (whatever that term even means these days), the primary virtue of which from the corporate perspective at least has ALWAYS been to double the labor force and thus drive down wages and benefits. Not to mention the corrosive effect of removing mothers of young children from the home. Fred sometimes goes a little overboard with the race card to my thinking, but I’m still always willing to hear him out and view the world from his perspective, if only for a moment. He’s earned that right in spades.

      • the Heretick says:

        mankind in general is in a very confused state. Fred Reed is playing devil’s advocate as the subject of race is so clouded by smokescreens thrown up by people attempting to score points with their constituency. the social problems in our country are for the most part caused by economic inequality, although animosity between whatever tribe one belongs to is pretty much rampant. tattoos, colors, $1,000 suits, Gucci shoes, sagging pants or pinstripes, primitive territorial displays. nothing changes because TPTB love everyone being at each other’s throats rather than their comfortable butts.

        Feminism? a good thing, problem is there is a flip side to equality, all things being equal
        is pretty much the state of slaves isn’t it? nice little producing/consuming units, pure forms, radical obscenity. don’t you dare consider yourself better than someone else no matter how dissolute they may be, that be hatin’.

        • Disaffected says:

          I think Fred believes what he says, I think he’s just a man a little ‘divorced from his times’ as they say.

          Are blacks better at athletic/physical pursuits than whites? OF COURSE THEY ARE!!! Are whites (especially Jews) better at investment banking and similar financial pursuits? Again, unless you’re some sort of PC idiot, OF COURSE THEY ARE!!!

          Where Fred takes it a step further in my opinion is to continue the meme that this is some sort of determinant congenital factor, and not merely a genetic predisposition plus a whole lot of societal expectation added in after the fact.

          In other words, I find myself agreeing with his observations, just not necessarily with his conclusions.

    • Disaffected says:

      But I MUST say, Fred NAILS IT with this one! VERY NICE! Not that it’s gonna help Bergdahl live with it any easier. Sigh… TRUE heroes are rarely celebrated for their deeds in their lifetimes, especially among their own. And so it goes…

  24. Disaffected says:

    More news from the land of the clinically insane. As usual, it’s been a very busy week.

    In their continuing effort to kill everything that moves, US forces managed to kill (only) five of their own. Per standard US boilerplate, “the incident is under investigation.” I wonder, do they engrave that on their tombstones as well? On the other hand, do the young “immortal studs” who volunteer for such duty really give a fuck if or why they die anyway? Perhaps this is just another case of getting what you wished for.

    http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/10/world/asia/afghanistan-isaf-deaths/

    And in a ‘classic war’ reprise, we learn that Iraq, officially declared “liberated” way back in the year of our Lord Jesus 2003 by our Lord and New Saviour St George the Idiot, is apparently not:

    http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/iraq-turmoil/iraq-unravels-calls-american-action-grow-louder-n129516

    All of which is so funny simply because it’s so not!

    Maybe The Who said it best in this classic ironic lyric (Wow! Only took me 56 years to fully realize the truth of this refrain, and the learning ain’t done yet!):

    • Disaffected says:

      But seriously, I think we in the west now have to begin to ask not just why we continue to feed our disadvantaged, and in some cases delusional youth, into the meatgrinder, bad as that may be, but why in the world do they continue volunteering for it in the first place(!!!), even after considering economic and MSM propaganda factors?

      And even more importantly, why in the world do we discount the even larger numbers of casualties we inflict on more often than not innocent foreigners in what should by now be obvious wars of imperialism to support a dying lifestyle based on non-renewable once in a millenium energy source?

      The answers would at least awaken us to our fate and inform our choices going forward, terrible as they would surely be. I’m guessing that awakening is what our corporate capitalist masters are turning cartwheels to prevent. In that vein:

      • Disaffected says:

        And:

        • Disaffected says:

          Might note that the Richie Havens version of this song has been apparently taken down. Richie of course died in 2013 at the age of 72 and the rush is apparently on to cash in on his legacy. Capitalism.

      • the Heretick says:

        “but why in the world do they continue volunteering for it in the first place(!!!)”
        it’s not just a job, it’s an adventure! outdated but clever marketing. they join because society is not providing employment, because the “free market” has failed, it’s infuriating, they want a free market in everything but ideas.

        the unemployment crisis could be largely solved by drafting millions of illiterate youth into alternative service and setting them to work learning how to read and write, run a shovel and grow their own food, plant 10 million trees fer chrissakes, but then that doesn’y play into the hands of solar power companies, big oil, or big ag, now does it?

        no, there are real solutions to our very real problems, but they don’t fit the standard mold.

        • Disaffected says:

          Yep. Exactly. But then again, empowering poor people doesn’t enrich rich people even more, and therein lies the conundrum. If the 99% are going to be empowered, rest assured they are going to have to do it themselves!

        • Disaffected says:

          I think Sandy is right. We’ve reached the end of “solutions” for a failed system. It’s time to at least begin to admit a few things:

          1.) The current industrial/capitalist system has already failed and will only continue to fail at exponentially greater rates until we stop it in its tracks.

          2.) The root problem besetting us all is the exponential growth paradigm!

          3.) The exponential growth paradigm, as currently manifested in our populations and our moneyed economies, is itself based on the false belief in continued exponential energy growth.

          4.) The end of exponential growth based on continued exponential growth of cheap energy has already arrived.

          5.) None of us who currently currently benefit from the above are likely to acknowledge it, and DAMN SURE none of us who PROFIT from it EVER WILL, at least until the profits run out.

          6.) The western capitalist way of life is finally FUCKED(!), once and for all. In the end, it will be recognized for the cheap malignant wealth transfer mechanism it always was in the first place.

          • Disaffected says:

            Just to add, “cheap energy” above is defined as carbon based or fossil fuel energy. Oil, coal, natural gas, and the like.

    • the Heretick says:

      what a mess. it goes back to before Bush, bac 100 years to the First World War, and to the 50’s and all the coups we fomented. we all knew this would happen. Saddam was a brutal bastard, now we see why. this is all so sad, and is why our Congress has the power to declare war. we tend to blame our Presidents, and they are culpable, but then so is the entire ruling class, the political class, and the chattering class.

      • Disaffected says:

        Yep. It appears that the whole middle east is about to come unzipped with the rise of this ISIS group. And the thing is, you can hardly blame them for their so-called “radicalism,” given the mess that’s been imposed on the region by the various imperial powers over the last 100+ years. Looks like the MIC is about to have their way yet again. No surprise there.

  25. Disaffected says:

    A couple of old English guys wailing a popular refrain these days:

  26. the Heretick says:

    DA, my dear DA, since you insist on putting up all these touchy-feely pop tunes, well, I’m just going to have to put almost an hour of deliciousness.

  27. Disaffected says:

    Interesting debate between intellectual heavyweights Dinesh D’Souza and Chris Hedges on Obama’s America 2016. Hedges easily “wins” this debate debate in my opinion, if only because D’Souza so puzzlingly continues to repeat the radical extremist racial meme of Obama, which, even if it were true, is pretty much irrelevant after six years in the White House. It’s funny that a smart guy like D’Souza (and he is extremely smart) can’t even see the forest for the trees here, even when there’s so many legitimate ways to discredit Obama staring anyone who’s paying attention right in the face. All of which explains the extreme right wing’s failure to get more mainstream electoral traction. At every turn here D’Souza will go on the attack of Obama in an effort to bait Hedges, at which time Hedges will concede or dismiss the points for the most part and simply ask “why aren’t you looking at his OBVIOUS shortcomings (and which former liberal dems are now deserting the party for in droves!), which are hiding in plain sight for all to see, instead of foolishly looking for extremist foreigner/racial boogeymen under every bed?” These people are just overwhelmingly stupid, even when they’re trying to be smart.

    • Disaffected says:

      And the really scary thing is that all the warmed over tripe that D’Souza regurgitates above is pretty much standard boilerplate for the unthinking knee-jerk party faithful, which I hear in layman’s terms every time I visit my extended family in Nebraska, along with the standard “Obamacare is socialism” meme. It’s pretty hard to run a functioning democracy when at the very least 50% of the voting population is demonstrably clinically insane and unable to discern objective reality when it slaps them hard across the face. Oh well, corporate capitalist America is now well into its decadent faze, so I guess all of this makes sense after all.

      And in further drumbeats to war, we have these headlines today:

      http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/14/world/meast/iraq-violence/

      http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Military/2014/0614/US-naval-power-steams-toward-Iraq

      Safe to say that Powell’s infamous “Pottery Barn” rule (we break it, we own it) applies after all (and it only took 11 years to figure it out!). I would say that it appears that we’re on track for another 100 years war, except for the fact that I don’t think we’ll be around that long. Probably for the best.

    • Disaffected says:

      Just now listening to this video again without distractions going on in the background. Hedges literally eviscerates D’Souza in this debate, not an easy feat, as D’Souza is quite an intelligent, informed, and eloquent speaker. Very nice exchange!

  28. Disaffected says:

    Ashamed to say, I haven’t heard of this one before:

  29. Disaffected says:

    http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/editorials/iraqs-dismal-choices-at-a-time-when-none-of-the-options-looks-good-it-may-just-be-a-question-of-trying-to-avert-the-worst-scenario-9539832.html

    US military adventurism is really on a roll of late:

    It will be some comfort to America and its allies, as well as to most Iraqis, that Iraq’s ramshackle armed forces appear to have stalled the march on the capital by the Sunni jihadists. The fall of Baghdad to the fighters of Isis would be a catastrophe of epic proportions, virtually terminating Iraq’s existence as a state. It would also give the jihadists and their putative caliphate a real capital, and force millions of Iraqi Shia to flee from their homes. It is hard to imagine the Middle East absorbing the shock.

    Having “freed” Iraq for a life of chaos and mayhem and allowed actual terrorists to rule a region where alleged terrorists were never found previously, the US in now billions of dollars poorer and exponentially worse off than it was in 2003 when all of this insanity first began.

    If – as seems more than likely – Isis retains much of north and north-west Iraq, possibly ceding the odd frontline town back to Iraqi forces, it will still be possession of a de facto state composed of large, contiguous chunks of Iraq and Syria. In that case, the boundaries that the British and French imposed on the Middle East after the First World War will have ceased to exist. Iraq and Syria will share the dismal fate of Somalia in the Horn of Africa, becoming failed, former states; vacuums on the map of the world, drawing in – and expelling – all sorts of destabilising energies.

    On the plus side, it looks like the ISIS leaders learned their lessons well…from their US imperialist masters:

    One problem is that these countries are unravelling in a completely uncontrolled fashion. Another is that the men of Isis have no intention of confining themselves to a medium-sized state based in north-west Iraq and north-east Syria. They are religious imperialists, and their fierce ideology teaches them that they must expand or die; if they consolidate control over their existing territories, they will soon turn elsewhere. The ethnically and politically fractured kingdom of Jordan is an obvious candidate for their malevolent attention.

    Sounds like a certain secular religion called secular progressivism fueled by imperialist capitalism. It’s all the rage in these parts these days!

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