Treason cum Revolution begat Coup

by William Duncan (Off the Grid in Minneapolis)

constitution-300x200Article III, Section 3, of the US Constitution, suggests a limited definition of treason:

Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.

Conventional thought would have it, this implies actual assist, of a clear enemy, such as giving him money, sustenance or protection, in a time of war, against the United States of America; or, directly as a citizen waging war with an enemy, against us. We think in terms of the young disillusioned kid who gives up his middle class life to go to East Africa, to fight for Islamic fundamentalists, al Qaida and associates. Or first generation immigrants sending money to their former home to fund terror groups. Or the guy who liberates documents pointing to gov malfeasance, that we might know what our government is up to in their myriad fronts in their war on just about everybody (they even describe a “war” on poverty). Never mind this Federal Government is suspected of financing and perhaps directly arming al Qaida and affiliates in Libya and Syria at least. Empowered by dubious claims after 9/11: the Patriot Act, NDAA/Indefinite Detention/Executive Discretion on Habeas Corpus, the proliferation of drones, NSA surveillance of every digital communication, militarization of the police, the enormous, bureaucratic Department of Homeland Security, two hideous wars and dozens of conflicts – one begins to wonder, who’s side is who on? What is treason, exactly?

Concerning Citizens United, and the recent DC Appeals repudiation of an open Internet, one begins to ask, who is funding what, in the best interest of this US of A? Just about anyone on earth might invest in our corporations, can invest in any Fortune 500, including Defense contractors. GE has more foreign employees than American, pays next to nothing in Federal taxes. The Supreme Court designation of such entities as “persons” with most of the rights of a citizen, such “persons” international in their scope; that money is a form of “free speech”; so that 10’s of billions of dollars of free speech from “persons” for whom their prima facie duty is fiduciary, to the shareholders whatever their nationality, greater than the obligation to any one Nation-State. Which after 13 years of exceedingly lucrative (for some “persons”) war, fracking, asset bubbles, increasing global pollution, my free speech emails to my Congressional representatives are worth what, exactly? Sold to international corporations to track my consumer/political sentiments, probably.

But of course, that would make pretty much everyone who funds international corporations (and banks), a traitor by degree, if those who have given so much power to these “persons” international in their scope and inherently conflicted in their allegiance, are such. Making me something of a traitor for shopping at them (hard to survive economically if I don’t). Which then, we wouldn’t be a bunch of traitors, but a revolution. “Without a shot fired,” said a fellow blogger, JeffZ, when I told him my theory. True, but then, there have been many shots fired in defense of corporate imperialism.

What comes next for democratic America, if corporations and banks make the rules? Based on policemen recently acquitted for beating a homeless man to death, paid vacations for beating people up, otherwise turned into para-military; affluenza as a legal justification for the wealthy to kill the comparably poor; total surveillance capabilities; the absolute domination of the MSM, in the making of the public discourse; everywhere de-regulation, writing laws for corporate/banking benefit (ALEC, TPP, TAFTA), filling gov institutions with corporate and banking revolutionaries, the revolution appears to be complete.

Which, given the civic ignorance of Americans generally, you get what you pay for. I’m not optimistic about any counter-revolution. What with most of those talking about the Constitution, waving it as they would a bible,     and the gun crowd among them as likely to deny climate change as they are peak oil; believing, to dismantle government would be a return to some happier time – yet as prey to corporations as any political body, and often fawning of the “job creator” oligarch; such a counter-revolution would look to be more fascist in it’s scope than nurturing of freedom, and open.

So it seems, democracy for the last 40 years at least, was something we said we wanted, but we got a revolution whether we wanted it or not, without objecting much, and it seems we have entered, or are coming out of, or proceeding through, some grotesquely proto-darwinian Time of the Caesars. Anyone ready for a Clinton/Bush Presidential battle?

What we have now is the pageantry of Democracy, without the substance. What do I hear people talking about in bars, public places? Money and sports, mostly. Bread and circuses.

So really, it’s not a revolution or treason, but more like a coup, or hostile takeover. Which is what WWIII is going to be about, presumably, as WWI was about the deposing of monarchical empires, that this will be about the deposing of political nation-states in favor of direct corporate and banking rule. All important legal concerns funnelled through a tribunal in Brussels. That should be fun. Seriously, TPP and TAFTA might accomplish it, without the war. Orderly transition, to corporate and banking totalitarianism. The end of America as a free, sovereign state, unto it’s dissolution. Republic cum imperial hegemon begat plutocratic corporatocracy.

Otherwise I’m hopeful that all fifty states de-criminalize cannabis, and a very different kind of eco-nomic thinking emerges. LOL.

WHD

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74 Responses to Treason cum Revolution begat Coup

  1. Disaffected says:

    I think the political nations states are being deposed as we speak, all without an actual “war” to speak of. I think the real war will be between the haves and the have nots once it’s obvious to both sides that the end game has arrived. Of course the haves have realized this for years, while the have nots have been lost in illusion and denial.

    As for cannabis, I would think that’s the least they could do for us, which is why it will very likely still be a long protracted battle. One thing about the haves, they don’t want just most of it, they want every last crumb right down to our very lives and souls. At it appears so far that they’re getting it.

    As Oliver Stone’s Jim Garrison said, what we had with the JFK killing was nothing less than an organized coup d’etats, and everything has only gone steadily downhill ever since.

    • Disaffected says:

      Forgot to add, excellent post William Duncan in good ol’ Minneapolis MN! Glad to see you back!

      • Disaffected says:

        And nice blog too. Suppose I should get off my ass and put one up too instead of just glomming off Sandy’s posts here. What can I say? I’m a lazy assed quasi-government worker (a contractor of sorts) who likes to spout off based on others’ inspiration. Luckily for me, I think there’s a place in the world for us lazy asses as well.

  2. Ron McCafferty says:

    Thank you, William for stating what I have been thinking. I try to express it in some organized manner but ADD is really a bitch sometimes.

    • Disaffected says:

      The money line:

      What we have now is the pageantry of Democracy, without the substance. What do I hear people talking about in bars, public places? Money and sports, mostly. Bread and circuses.

      Pageantry of democracy indeed!

  3. the Heretick says:

    there is always a flip side to everything, the problem with universal ideals, is that they are universal. any government with the power to enforce universal justice also has the power to create universal injustice, there’s the rub.
    we can blame the messianic religions as much as anything, go ye therefore, and all that clap-trap.
    most of the low grade wars since WWII have been either colonial or neo-colonial power grabs.
    all bow to the great and mighty UPC, one code, and the laser-light, forever and ever, amen.

  4. Malthus says:

    Excellent post. I see that the only hope we have is that all this time we are spending falling when we hit the bottom it won’t hurt to much. There are those that have folded their tents and run for it and as soon as they get where they think will be a better expat life they immediately set up the motion to create the environment that matches here. The entire planet has succumbed to the lie that has become democratic capitalism. With the emphasis on capitalism. Fun my friends is the only salvation.

  5. Thanks Sandy, and thanks all for the feedback.

    It’s a sad place America has come to. Mr O gave us a pep talk last night, but I’m guessing no one here is very excited. LOL. I notice he did not name TPP or TAFTA, when he talked about trade, and protecting the “environment” (read: DC and Wall Street habitat). Natural gas as a bridge fuel (to nowhere), when it is extracted cleanly (never). The son of the single mother, who became the Constitutional lawyer President of American empire to eviscerate the Constitution. Coming away from the speech, I realize, no matter what, most Americans, whether they love the guy or hate him, what they really want and agree on is “growth” at all costs, no matter what.

    Blessings, everybody. I hope it goes well for you.

    William Hunter Duncan

    • Disaffected says:

      Couldn’t bring myself to watch the bloviation. I know he made a big deal out of raising the minimum wage, like that’s gonna solve anything. The “growth” ship has sailed for the last time and ain’t returning to port ever again, no matter how many dollars we print. Kinda hope HillBillary does get elected in 2016 though, just so we can be sure a Dem will be the first to walk the plank once the jig is up. The shitstains are less than worthless!

  6. kulturcritic says:

    Folks, I want to make you aware of the chaos ignited in Ukraine, while we consumers here in America are consumed by the Superbowl Spectacle in NYC. It raises the question, “isn’t this the best time for empire to stick its nose in while we are typically preoccupied?” http://rt.com/op-edge/us-eu-interference-in-ukraine-402/

    • Disaffected says:

      You never know what’s going on for sure with any of this bullshit anymore though. Wouldn’t put it past Putin to be in cahoots with Obama, as far as wiping out “terrorists” at least, nevermind fabricating “terrorist threats” where none exist. I noticed Romney was on the morning telly the other day (same old used car salesman shyster!) praising the Russian anti-terrorism effort with regard to the Olympics, which I found a bit odd, although he did add that they had their plate full, as if to say a little US CIA/FBI/NSA assistance on the back side would be a grand idea as well. In the end, its all a hall of mirrors out there these days. Who knows what to think about any of it? Not me for sure.

    • Disaffected says:

      But in answer to your question, yes it would be great time for the regime to take some more liberties with our liberties. Good point! I’m just surprised they haven’t used a Super Bowl as a launch pad for some false-flag festivities yet. Although, that would play hell with the corporate types, who probably put a nix on it.

    • Colin says:

      It’s disgusting how the US and Europe is meddling with the sovereignty of the Ukraine trying to fan the flamed of psuedo-grass-roots “democracy”, trying to shame them from avoiding the debt trap of the Euro and leaning towards Russia. It’s so obvious and childish….

      • Disaffected says:

        The US will be fighting the 20th century nuclear cold war against all enemies real or imagined until its inevitable collapse. Nuclear madness is indeed a dual edged sword, reserving its worst effects for its inventors.

        • Disaffected says:

          Might add that the bipolar mentality (how appropriate that that’s a major mental diagnosis these days too) also fits well with the Christian religious doctrine. Lot’s of reinforcing mental and philosophical scaffolding currently in place supporting what should be rightly seen as an obsolete world view. It just might be the end of us all too.

        • Colin says:

          I have left the US myself and there’s this nagging feeling of people getting what they deserve there. Granted when I lived there it was more like “I can’t believe this is happening! We have to do something!”. Maybe I am selfish now since it seems less and less like my problem. Its like I left some nasty prison and I could care less if the inmates riot in my absence. Does this make me a bad person? I sort of feel bad and sort of don’t all at once…

          • Disaffected says:

            Don’t feel bad. I live here now and feel the same way, especially in this little enclave of the pseudo rich. Money and personal gain tends to eclipse the better parts of our nature. It will be an exceedingly difficult descent in direct proportion to the amount of wealth and ease one has to lose, absent maybe the top 1% or so, who will own everything by then anyway.

  7. kulturcritic says:

    By the way, just bought a book by Jean Baudrillard (Screened Out), and Guy Debord’s Society of the Spectacle.

    • Disaffected says:

      All you damn philosophers! Guess I’m gonna have to buy some books and get back in the learnin’ game too. Mostly, I just bitch a lot these days. It’s good for my blood pressure at least!

    • the Heretick says:

      that looks interesting, i’m re-reading the vision machine.
      society of the spectacle, or, sos.
      communities in CA, will be out of water in 60 days, no snowpack.
      i couldn’t stand more than 2 seconds of the big O.
      more training, more skills, so we can further automate our world, put more people out of work, what a bunch of hogwash.
      the world is falling apart around us and the corporate media just keeps up the bullshit.
      who in the hell cares about Sochi? drones i guess.

      • Disaffected says:

        Isn’t being all e-connected just grand? Do you think anyone living off the grid in the central highlands of equatorial fill in the blank gives a shit? I can pretty much assure you, they don’t. We western first worlders are so full of ourselves, aren’t we?

        • Malthus says:

          Any body living off the grid in the central highland of equatorial better give a shit because it won’t be to long before the neighborhood fills up with others like them. And yes we have been reduced to a society of bitching bitcherers, its either that or end up in some weird country being water boarded by ass kissing people who love to be cruel to the helpless. Pathetic.

      • Colin says:

        Its amazing how people think better and better technology means we don’t have to worry about our food, water and air running out or becoming contaminated. I try to explain this to people and I get this weird response that basically goes like this:

        “They’ll come up with some technology/solution for problem X, that’s just the way it goes. If you sit around worrying about it you’re just wasting your time. Someone will fix it because that’s the way history goes – you have to think positive!”.

        And I am always like “So, there isn’t anything required of you or me? It’s just up to someone(s) else, out there (?), whom the universe picks randomly and magically solves our problem(s). And you are sure this is how history works? Did you even study history? The history of anything”

        • Disaffected says:

          It really is just what Greer calls it: a secular religion of progress. It’s a powerful illusion, for sure.

          On the other hand, looks like the only ones that got bombed at Super Bowl 48 were the Denver Broncos. Peyton Manning’s coronation will have to wait another year, at least. Kudos to NYC, the Seattle Seahawks, and the NFL for pulling off a flawless cold weather effort. Guess Denver didn’t get the memo.

          • kulturcritic says:

            They surely did not!

            • Disaffected says:

              I stayed tuned the whole game just to watch Manning pout during the sideline shots. He’s great when he’s winning, but he takes losing way too hard. The whole team was tight as a drum. Happens quite a bit to teams and individuals on the big stage.

              On to the next spectacle now, Sochi and the winter Olympics to see how many gold medals American corporate money can buy. Ho hum…

              • the Heretick says:

                i switched over to Downton, the game was over before the half. at the Abbey we learned that Edith is about to become a disgraced woman. high class soap opera with much social commentary under it’s thin veneer. and let’s not forget the cousins dalliance with the black jazz singer, scandalous.

                • Disaffected says:

                  Keep that shit up HT and the Red State police are gonna come knockin’ and send ya’ packin’ for liberal MA. I hear they have stiff laws concerning tuning away from nationally televised football events in OK. Your secret’s safe with me, but you’ve been warned buddy! But you’re in luck! I hear you can square the whole deal by watching a few community service hours of Street Outlaws. So go forth and sin no more!

            • Colin says:

              Rough day for Peyton. Felt bad for him but Seattle looked pretty damn unstoppable…

  8. Disaffected says:

    And now we have online virtual wars, albeit played with real US Dollars, which cannot be repurchased once converted to game currency. Fascinating! Eve Online Universe

  9. Colin says:

    Great article and thank you for sharing your thoughts again Sandy. I would mention a couple things though…

    1) I’ve come to the (somewhat unique) point of view that corporations and government aren’t all that different in their objectives. They are, after all, large institutions with their own internal (often impersonal) bureaucracies and orders unbeknownst to the outside world. Republicans (ostensibly) worry about the government takeover of corporations and democrats (ostensibly) worry about corporate takeover of government. As long as they can frame it as one over the other and not simultaneous collusion and intermingling of two entities entwined in each others DNA like the revolving doors between government “regulatory committees” and private industries (financial, pharmacological, agricultural), then they’ve got us all hooked in the fake left-right paradigm….and simultaneously screwed. That’s just my two cents. The more we pledge allegiance to one side of that coin over the other the more we just hurt ourselves – power to the PEOPLE not the corporations or the government.

    2) Also, with regards to climate change I think there’s some problems there that the global warming crowd needs to deal with. The primary problem is that there appears to be no net warming going on if one averages global temperatures across the entire planet. What DOES appear to be going on is volatility about the mean – wild and erratic temperature swings, super hot summers with drought followed by “polar vortex” winters. Do you remember the movie “The Day After Tomorrow” that everyone thought was absurd – well doesn’t seem so crazy now eh? That was Whitley Streiber’s idea btw – that the volatility would get so extreme from shutting down the gulf stream (due to melting the ice initially) that it would create superstorms or polar vortexes that would send freezing temperatures to places that never experienced it before. Once enough snow dumps it then reflects back heat into space and no longer is the earth warming – it’s now paradigm shifted into a new ice age – one far more inhospitable to humans. And maybe that’s what we deserve anyways.

    My point is that if those of us who believe in the climate change theory don’t start admitting that things are getting more volatile and NOT warmer (since I believe its actually not possible to raise the mean temperature of the earth due to feedback loops like what I just described – see Gaia Theory) we are not going to win over any converts and eventually our theory will be ignored. They just had to rescue some scientists in Antarctica from a massive shelf of ice that wasn’t supposed to be there a few weeks ago – it had reformed even though it appeared it was melting just a few years back.

    One last thing I will ad to this conversation about this topic, as much as I don’t want to go there, is geo-engineering (HAARP, persistent contrails). These technologies are being used, absolutely no doubt, to modify the weather. My concern is that this was meant in the beginning to somehow offset global warming through cloud-seeding without informing the public (ostensibly to “protect” the earth from industrial pollution) but is in effect creating its own form of instability and volatility – a program that is now running amuk much like the NSA. The skeptics of global warming are blaming all the volatility on chem-trails and HAARP while the global warming folks keep insisting this is all a sign of the earth getting hotter. I suspect it is a bit of both parties being right and wrong simultaneously. Again, that’s my current theory but I fear the global warming crowd has lost some credibility in recent years being unwilling to talk about these things. Also, many of these same people deny what’s happening at Fukushima talking about how its not a threat – I don’t understand this mentality.

    Anyways, I am meandering a bit here. Good article though!

    • Disaffected says:

      Climate change will never be effectively “sold” to its deniers anyway, just as overpopulation never has or will be either. The truly insidious nature of western style capitalism/industrialism based on fossil fuel energy is that it offers a level of comfort and luxury for the short term that completely obscures and obliterates its longer term unsustainability. It’s the heroin of energy sources. As I said somewhere else this week or last, we’d rather live and die with the lie of eternal prosperity, rather than admit to the ugly truth and hopefully do something about it. No different than Skinner’s rats, actually. Trouble is, climate change’s effects are delayed and exponential in nature, something we’re especially bad at understanding. By the time the effects are undeniable (and we’re close to that now, if not already there), they will be completely irreversible. At that point it will be game over for humanity, feedback loops or otherwise. And then human incentives will flip as well. As our true fate is revealed to all, the race will be on to consume what’s left in one final orgy of consumptive gusto, lest one be left out and merely become the first to die. Greer is a great writer and profound thinker, but he’s got climate change completely wrong. Feedback loops ameliorate some things and amplify a great many others. Especially the man made varieties. And in that respect, I think his message that some sort of grassroots back to the earth green revolution is going to turn things around is a bit misguided. It won’t, even though it may be the only thing that we can do. There won’t be any easy ways out and there won’t be any hard ways out either once we delay too long. Easter Island on a global scale. How long will it take? Remains to be seen, but I suspect a lot less time than most of us think. And that’s not a message that anyone who doesn’t already understand is ever going to buy, what with the secular religion of progress being so pervasive and all.

      • Colin says:

        I am not disagreeing with you per say but I do have some nagging questions surrounding anthropomorphic climate change. There’s a big difference between what I perceive, with my somewhat limited background in science, to be going on and what I hear being repeated in the media or in the scientific community. If people are talking about climate change well what exactly is it? And I think the feedback loop problem is a lot bigger than people realize, even within the movement. This winter has been outrageously cold with tons of snow – I have no doubts that climate change is behind it but exactly how is it related? That is a very important question that isn’t being addressed.

        The net change in earth’s temperature went up initially in the 80’s and 90’s and early 2000’s for a few years but then appears that some crazy feedback loops kicked in and stirred up these polar vortexes as the gulf stream shut down. Now it seems we’re back to the southern polar ice thickening again after several years of it receding. Exactly the kind of fodder for those who claim mankind is not altering its environment to its own demise, need to justify their “business as usual” mentality. And I think it is a problem, not just of messaging, but of the core of the movement itself – just exactly what are we doing or putting into the atmosphere that’s “causing” all this supposed “warming” that is really just volatility? Is it really carbon? Do you remember in the 1980’s when it was revealed that we burned a whole in the ozone layer? Notice how no one is talking about that anymore? It wasn’t CO2 that caused it – it was chlorofluorocarbons from industrial waste. Some are saying that these are the real culprits as they destroy ozone and haven’t really been scaled back that much along with other industrial toxins. CO2, while having a mild warming effect, is readily absorbed and fixed back into plant structures. If we stopped pumping CO2 into the atmosphere today, how long would it be before the current surplus is reabsorbed back into the biosphere? Maybe a century tops I am guessing – all the plants grow faster in a carbon rich environment.

        Then you have the issue with man-made weather modification programs including cloud-seeding and the barium they are dumping into the sky. Have you noticed the big giant cobwebs that cover the sky after supposedly jets fly back and forth? These are not regular contrails. If for instance, you are taking a commercial flight you’ll notice none of the regular airline’s contrails persist, its only military unmarked planes that fly at a higher elevation – if you are on a plane you can see them, they’re at a higher altitude than you. And to make matters worse you can take soil sample tests (this has been done throughout the US) where it shows up in the topsoil – they are spraying it (barium silicate I believe among other things). So what the heck is going on there? Definitely man-made climate change – but not the kind people are talking about! These programs are real. Guys from the University of Calgary in Canada gave a lecture on it which you can find on youtube. “Geoengineering” they are calling it – ostensibly it is or will be (as if they aren’t using it already) used to counteract global warming (except they are already doing it an never consulted anyone about the adverse health and environmental impacts). So basically we are already screwing with the environment to “fix” it due to the fact that we’ve been screwing with it for so many years by dumping industrial toxins into it – kind of like giving a patient morphine to help them kick their heroine addiction – same mentality. It just seems like madness on top of madness to me.

        Anyways, the global warming movement only emphasizes carbon taxing. Maybe that’s the solution, I don’t know…Or maybe it isn’t. I DO know that mankind is having a huge effect on the environment and taxing carbon alone isn’t going to do much at all in the grand scheme of things. I think we need to scale back everything – carbon alone just seems silly to me – we breathe it out. Are we going to be taxed for that?

        Let me give you one more example. I know some global warming/climate-change advocates that consider nuclear energy to be “green” and “renewable” and think nothing of the Fukushima meltdown. Just a small leak in their mind and now these same people who are supposedly here to promote science are repeating the government mantra about how much much cesium-137 you can absorb and how it doesn’t “bio-accumulate” (or bio-magnify whatever that means) so there’s nothing to worry about plus we can absorb so much more than scientists thought we could 20 years ago according to them (and by scientists they mean the government). Now, i could go into a whole list of reasons why Fukushima will probably wipe out most of the Pacific Ocean, sicken or kill most if not all of its marine life and dislocate many of its inhabitants and these folks will not even bat an eye but would rather lecture about the dangers of carbon dioxide. I have no idea how these ideas get into their heads but they are not winning me over to their way of thinking. I agree with you about how mankind can not be trusted to be a good shepherd of the planet, but the underlying ontology of exactly how we are destroying the biosphere is not, to my knowledge, the same as the global warming crowd want us to believe (i.e. steadily increasing temperatures due to excess carbon only, all other problems being subordinate or of lesser importance). To me it is very important that we get it right….

        • Disaffected says:

          Good points all. The subject is of course so complex that most cannot even begin to understand it all (including me), which is likewise another arrow in the quiver for the denier/obfuscator crowd. A good analogy I heard on one of the sports talk shows the other day was regarding steroid use in baseball. Could any skeptical observer point to one home run or even one season of home runs for any specific individual and say with absolute certainty THERE, THAT was the result of steroid use? No, of course not. Same goes for storms or incidents caused by AGW. Is there a definitive one to one link between any one incident and AGW/ Given the complexity of climate in general, it’s quite likely we’ll NEVER get to that point of certainty. Which will (and is) no doubt be claimed as the raison d’etre for the denier crowd, whether or not they also have a hidden agenda at work. Which is, once again, why I very confidently conclude and predict that nothing whatsoever of substance will ever be done willingly by humanity to curtail this mad rush to apparent annihilation that we’re on now, especially where it means curtailing profits from carbon based energy use. Money and power simply make men and societies delusional. Always have, and apparently always will.

        • Disaffected says:

          This winter has been outrageously cold with tons of snow – I have no doubts that climate change is behind it but exactly how is it related? That is a very important question that isn’t being addressed.

          I think AGW scientists have already addressed it through the concept of local climate volatility. Here in the west on the other hand, we’ve had mostly springlike conditions this year since just after Thanksgiving. I’ve noticed a trend since I’ve been here where generally cold and snowy winters here are matched by mostly warm and dry conditions in the eastern half of the US, and vice versa. I just attributed it to the shifting of the jet stream, but don’t know whether anyone has actually studied it.

          But once again, I don’t think the concept of AGW will ever be effectively sold to the masses. It more than likely will be felt by them, however. Either way, we’re certainly going to find out soon enough.

          • Disaffected says:

            Yet another italics tag fail!

          • Colin says:

            Agreed, there’s much variability to the cold temps and warm temps we experience. But I do believe in the Gaia Theory that the earth is essentially a living system. By “increasing” the temperatures globally, even for a few years, mother nature has her own way of offsetting it and the last joke is on us. I do think its possible that the initial effects of made made climate change/modification will actually flip the system over and create a new ice age – I’ve thought about this possibility more and more. The shutdown of the Gulf Stream due to the melting of glacial ice and overheating of the ocean (whether its CO2 or the lack of a shielding ozone layer that is the problem) causes more cold weather in Europe but also more evaporation and larger storms.

            Typically these storms, particularly in winter, dump a ton of snow (which is what we have been seeing). If they get big enough and brutal enough they eventually dump so much snow that it doesn’t melt and begins to reflect a significant portion of the sun’s energy back into outer space. The end result is cooling, freezing temps and a new ice age, not warming. And the transition betwen the two states will be incredibly volatile, you’re already seeing that with insurance companies losing money in the last few years due to wilder weather. In the end nature has the last laugh…..

            • the Heretick says:

              the shutdown of the thermocline (or thermohaline) due to warming is something we were taught in grade school back when dinosaurs ruled the earth. warm the planet enough the Gulf Stream shuts down and we return to the ice age, maybe we will find out.
              the plant growth hypothesis may be only partly true. plants depend upon the carbon cycle, carbon removed from the air has to go somewhere, and it goes into the soil.
              soil reaches a stage where it is carbon saturated, at which point the photosynthetic cycle stops.
              the coming shortage may be water before it is oil, although that is coming.
              http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/06/us/colorado-river-drought-forces-a-painful-reckoning-for-states.html?_r=0
              many big time playas have been buying up water rights, the better to squeeze that last drop out of the suffering citizenry.

              the example of the Anasazi comes to mind.

              so we have our choice of apocalypse.

      • Malthus says:

        “overpopulation never has or will be either” Bummer

    • Malthus says:

      Interesting views. Your first about the two party system could be the opening we all need if enough “voters would step out of either party they will implode and leave space for something more humanistic and workable totally leaving out the concept of large corporations or bloated governments

      • Disaffected says:

        The counter argument would be that in a few cases lately (notably, the Tea Party on the right and the totally marginal Greens on the left) voters have tried to step outside the bounds of the two party system, but they inevitably get reabsorbed when big money buys them back. In that sense, it’s much like the corporate world once again. Lots of startups, mergers, and acquisitions going on all the time, but overall, the status quo is being relentlessly preserved. Hard to imagine anything truly revolutionary (and a third party that’s just more watered down hierarchical systems based political nonsense is hardly revolutionary) happening in a system of such concentrated wealth and power such as ours. Goes right back to the anti-hierarchical theme of this blog. Hierarchical systems by definition concentrate wealth and power, so much so that our current “two party” system is mostly just a wink and a nod to the totally naive. From there, all we’re seeing now just logically follows. The USSR and communism were just a slightly more inefficient and less virulent form of hierarchical power than the US, but make no mistake about it, they were both cut from the same cloth in that they seek total domination of their sphere of influence. And in the US’s case, that sphere of influence is now global/universal. We’ll see how that works out over the course of the 21st century. I won’t be here to see most of it, but I’m betting not well at all.

        • the Heretick says:

          the corp. beast does not even let the lesser parties on the stage for the prez debates. the greens, the justice, the constitution, and libertarian parties were froze out last cycle.
          the monopoly of power is deliberately maintained, they know what hey are doing.

          • Colin says:

            I thought it was funny that Larry King hosted the third party debate on RT in fall 2012. I enjoyed it 100 times more than the “real” debate between the Mittster and Barry….

      • the Heretick says:

        what the lady says is true, it’s what she doesn’t say which is the rub. reforming the vast tech infrastructure and going back to sustainability will mean a step down for many millions, are these millions willing or even able to adapt? glib phrases such as “awash in corporate dollars”, do not address the reason for this which is corps. having human rights. it will take a constitutional amendment to get the bull out of the china shop.
        regional reforms are good, they are start, but the vampire squid has it’s tentacles around the entire planet.

  10. Disaffected says:

    On the eve of another one of America’s corporate orgy of excess, aka the Super Bowl, comes an excellent expose documentary of the league’s continuing cover up of the traumatic brain injuries it is causing at all levels of play. League of Denial I post this because it directly parallels the issues involved with climate change. Like big tobacco before them, a huge cash cow and cultural icon in college and professional football, when faced with the now fairly certain knowledge of its impacts, simply resorts to denial and obfuscation. Similarly, football fans and players alike both just plain do not want to believe the facts as they come in, or resort to rationalization when they do. I’ll give football another 10-20 years or so on top, but I think it will be hard pressed to maintain its popularity after that, barring massive changes. Like climate change, football’s victims will continue to mount long after that. Unfortunately for the rest of us however, climate changes impacts are all pervasive. They won’t be nearly as pleasant to deal with.

    • Disaffected says:

      And no, not only do improved helmet technologies not reduce head trauma, they actually exacerbate it, inasmuch as they encourage more risk taking in the form of harder hits, while head trauma occurs mostly internally in the form of the brain sloshing around inside the skull. Good luck in trying to prevent that with better helmet technology.

    • Colin says:

      There were less brain injuries before the advent of modern helmets when players did lead with their heads/helmets. Back to the leather helmets imo and no leading with your head. Rugby doesn’t have the same injuries, the helmet is clearly the culprit. I am also hoping someone will finally design a football helmet that absorbs impacts into the helmet and not the skull – supposedly this is being worked on but in the meantime we’re going to have one generation after another of brain injuries to players. I agree that the NFL has definitely tried to cover it up….

      • Colin says:

        did not lead with their heads/helmets rather

      • Disaffected says:

        Good points again. Going helmetless has been suggested by a few of the researchers already. Needless to say, it was dismissed out of hand. Helmets are now not only the primary weapon used in tackling, but they are also the primary visual branding statement for the team. For that reason alone, they’ll probably never go away.

        Football’s also got joint injury problems in general that will probably never be alleviated due to the simple fact that training muscles to get bigger and faster is a fairly straightforward task, while similarly training joints to to match is currently not possible. Absent exponential increases in joint repair and/or replacement technologies, they’re probably fighting a losing battle there too. Their best option there in my opinion is to expand the roster and treat the game as what it is: a war of attrition.

    • the Heretick says:

      it’s the high holiday of our modern empire, the arena, gladiatorial combat, there must be injuries, there must be ritualized violence, it’s required. someone must make the sacrifice.
      interesting that Fran Tarkenton said on the tube yesterday, he would not let his son play.

  11. the Heretick says:

    Sentimental Furniture

    came upon me to do an experiment, i typed the word “universal” into google, then put a “a” after a space. then a b, c, and so forth, try it, it’s fun. some of the results.
    universal analytics
    universal blood type
    universal companies
    universal declaration of human rights
    universal ethical egoism
    universal furniture
    universal gas constant
    universal health care
    you get the idea, a universe for every letter of the English alphabet, right down to the universal Zulu nation, must be some of that ethical egoism.
    but in answer to your question.
    “Treason doth never prosper: what’s the reason? Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason.” – John Harrington
    Harrington being a courtier to some queen or the other, the quote was picked up by Stormer, a rabid anti-communist.

    nevertheless, the universal is in vogue as they say, let’s not forget the almighty UPC. nationalism is out of favor, got a bad name after centuries of war. type the word “one” and a “w”, see what comes up. no easy road to Babylon. no, no. you really must just calm down, take a pill, it’s socially acceptable. it’s all for your own good, it’s for all our own good, universally. never mind that man behind the curtain.

    consider the case of Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg

    “Look at all these little things! So busy now! Notice how each one is useful. A lovely ballet ensues, so full of form and color. Now, think about all those people that created them. Technicians, engineers, hundreds of people, who will be able to feed their children tonight, so those children can grow up big and strong and have little teeny children of their own, and so on and so forth. Thus, adding to the great chain of life. You see, father, by causing a little destruction, I am in fact encouraging life. In reality, you and I are in the same business.”

    a fictional character, yes, but hey, where do you think about half the population learns their history? people have based entire religions upon sci-fi characters, really. it’s all on the www.

    counterfeit currency, counterfeit countries, a viral system which will devour the planet, which is why the people in the jungles care, it’s where the industrial nations go for raw materials, have done for centuries. but there are plenty of shots fired, they are all just low to medium grade conflicts, from the streets of St. Louis to the streets of Aleppo.

    • Disaffected says:

      counterfeit currency, counterfeit countries, a viral system which will devour the planet, which is why the people in the jungles care, it’s where the industrial nations go for raw materials, have done for centuries.

      Well, of course they care inasmuch they get their lives disrupted because of our silliness. But that’s usually way after the fact. Do they care about our pseudo-reality bullshit in the more basic sense, especially while they’re busy scraping out a living on whatever little’s left after we’ve stolen all the rest? I would presume they don’t, although the shadow of the western hologram pretty much darkens everything and everywhere these days. If you believed everything you saw last night on the US nation’s national orgy of self adulation you might say “Glory Hallelujah!” for that. If you’re of a more circumspect cast of mind, you might be more likely to say something like this:

      • the Heretick says:

        i am really, really loathe to criticize our soldiers, i was treated fairly by everyone in the military, but when i went in there was a draft, you joined or you resisted. now? it’s a different story. the psa with lady O and whoever was really telling, there is no opposition party in this country. despite the supposed lefts posturing the working class is sold out at every turn. you have it exactly right, what we saw was nothing but a full-fledged celebration of the mic.
        it is my contention that the citizens in this country, left, right, and center are sold out, and they know they are. it’s harsh i know, but it can only be a sort of willful blindness.
        there’s a lady i have been considering, but i don’t know if it’s worth it, as every other thing is about “positive thinking”, no sort of class consciousness at all.
        what we have is a counterfeit country, it’s hollow, a farce, a charade.
        and you’re right, even typing these words makes one wonder if the thought police are listening.

        • Disaffected says:

          Well I’m a former soldier, so let me tell ya, they’re ain’t no shame in criticizing them (soldiers are, contrary to popular belief at the moment, no better or worse than the rest of us), nor is there any shame, among the legitimate ones at least, in receiving it.

          The current “USA military might makes right!” hysteria is, in my view, little more than the flip side of the post Vietnam anti-military sentiment that swept the nation just prior to my first enlistment, with a good helping of Wall St and Madison Ave dollars thrown in to boot to help boost the current incarnation. I suppose that makes me somewhat uniquely positioned to comment on the juxtaposition of the two.

          I’ll spare you the long soliloquy here on that topic, but needless to say, I think you’re exactly on track with all of your comments above (in fact, I think you’ve probably understated them considerably!). And you’re also right, as I thought everyone on this board knew implicitly; YES, the NSA and theirs are listening ALL OF THE TIME! BE CAREFUL what you say! FUCK THE NSA!

        • Disaffected says:

          By the way…

          Don’t be “really, really loathe” to criticize anything, if you’re really feeling it. Take it from me, your OK red state instincts are true.

          DA

    • Disaffected says:

      Zappa. TRULY a man MANY decades before his time. That’s how consciousness goes. It gets allocated in bunches, often before its time. Like someone’s trying to give us lesser mortals a hint ahead of time. GOOD STUFF!

      Likewise, when I hear this, it’s 1967 magic all over again:

    • Disaffected says:

      OK, MAJOR internet fail! Here’s the song I meant to post:

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