- Methinks the #metoo movement ended up putting many Democratic Senators on the firing line. Vote no for Kavanaugh and watch a lot of Christian voters (who, for various reasons both Christian and not, were willing to stand by Kavanaugh) turn away from you; vote yes for Kavanaugh and watch YOUR base stay home. They were probably pushed into a no-win situation. This leads to two observations:
- I smell a psy-op here, a successful one.
- Finally, we’re seeing some standards being forced on the left. After forty years of “We’re not Republicans,” people on the left are finally being forced to stand on their principles and their promises. The Democrats may have lost this battle (the US Senate is now more tightly Republican Run, sadly enough) but I can see a war being won.
- Many Republican governors in Democratic-leaning states finally had to deal with levels of voting usually done during Presidential years…and they got tossed out. Also, many other places will see a stronger Democratic presence in their state, county and local governments. Hopefully all the left-leaning voters have learned that you must keep voting, and NOT to just show up every fourth year for the Commander-in-Chief.
- Don’t be surprised to see more women and minorities (and, naturally, minority women) running for office. The Democrats have seemingly found a way to expand their officeholder base in a way that Republicans are very much unable to follow (esp. since much of their base believes fully in an order of sexes that dictates against women taking leadership positions), so expect more minorities and women running for office (including a black woman for President – the ONLY way a woman will win President the first time around).
I read a post on Facebook that asked the question about which ten songs one would play for a nine year old daughter in order to introduce her to eighties music. I gave a quick, somewhat thoughtful answer, then spent the next few hours picking it apart.
So…here’s a second try, complete with justifications and alternatives.
- When Doves Cry – need something by Prince. Could also have 1999, Little Red Corvette, or if you want to show how deep Prince penetrated you could play Chaka Kahn’ version of I Feel For You or Manic Monday as done by The Bangles.
- Invisible Touch – Phil Collins dominated the ’80s for good or ill, both solo and with Genesis (indeed, the eighties would prove welcoming to Prog Rockers willing to show people how to do pop right). Invisible Touch is probably the purest version of a Genesis/Phil Collins Song in the ’80s, so it gets listed here (although In The Air Tonight can be argued for as any song with its own Urban Legend must be considered).
- Lucky Star – can’t forget Madonna, the female version of Phil Collins or Prince. While Holiday (her first hit), Like a Virgin (the bust-out) and Into The Groove can be argued for, Lucky Star was the song that proved her mettle, both preceding and outlasting Bruce Springsteen’s Dancing In The Dark on MTV.
- Eight Miles High, Hüsker Dü – Punk/Hardcore May have been a small part of the eighties music scene, but it was a part of a musical movement that would lead to the mid nineties Alternative scene. While one could easily choose Black Flag (Annihilate This Week, amongst others), Dead Kennedys (Halloween is their best song, IMHO) The Circle Jerks (Killing For Jesus comes to mind) or some others, Hüsker Dü’s Eight Miles High is probably the purest example of what the Punk/Hardcore scene was about and what drove others there.
- Give Me Back My Man (Wild Planet version), The B-52s – Also part of what would become Alternative, the B-52s were a band that, at its best, could write about ANYTHING and make you dance to it. My suggestion is but one song (and even here one could make a case for the extended mix of the song, hence my specifying the Wild Planet version of the song) as there are plenty of other songs off the first four LPs and two EPs one could pick (Starting with Cosmic Thing the band began taking themselves a bit too seriously as a party band.).
- Blue Monday (The Original version, out 1983) – with this song New Order not only stepped out from the Shadow of Joy Division (and immortality) but also pointed the way to the future of dance music.
- World Destruction, Afrika Bambaataa with Johnny Lydon – Rap started as party music done live, but as it began to show up on vinyl it began speaking on graver matters. Here you get a mix of Rap and Post Punk attitudes in a heady mix of music about the coming end of the world. A case can be made for Walk This Way by Run DMC (and Aerosmith), but World Destruction is the more interesting song.
- Bring The Noise, Public Enemy – Before Gangsta Rap focused the Rap world on drugs and “bitches,” there was plenty of Rap focused on Black issues that got strong play, and while one may not like PE’s answers (or maybe one would – I’ve read plenty in the social left scenes that would be in full agreement with The Black Muslim view on the Causes, even as they make a point in not taking the Black Muslim viewpoint on the cure) Bring The Noise is a good place to start. One could also try out NWA’s Fuck Tha Police, but only after some thought.
- Livin’ On A Prayer – and now we must deal with Hair Metal, aka 80s Glam, more properly known as overproduced “hard rock.” As distasteful as the genre is, it does make sense as a logical extension of many aspects of ’70s Rock and Roll. Bon Jovi gets listed here because they’ve been the most steady of these groups, one could easily make a case for Round And Round by Ratt, Girls Girls Girls or Dr Feelgood by Motley Crüe, and Lookin For A Good Time by Poison.
- Don’t Shed A Tear, Paul Carrick – as keyboards and synthesizers matured into useable instruments, their aesthetic began to seep into the still vital Adult Contemporary market. There are plenty of songs by plenty of artists that could fit here, this is one of the more memorable ones and also allows me to bring up someone a bit obscure to talk about (see below for a suitable replacement).
And as for some “Omissions:”
- Michael Jackson was outside the trends, and was well on his way down by the time Bad came out.
- “Weird Al” Yankovic was more a sideshow than a tastemaker, and tended to be more a barometer of greatness than great by himself. THAT wouldn’t happen until well into the ’00s, when his longevity got noticed.
- Bruce Springsteen was more a beneficiary of the ’80s than anything, and with Tunnel Of Love Bruce took a hard turn into The Wilderness where he stayed for a full decade.
- Kate Bush was, thankfully (IMHO), a sui generis, Tori Amos would reign in her shtick and turn it into a revolutionary movement in the ’90s.
- The Go-Gos were but a flash in the pan, although Belinda Carlisle could easily replace Paul Carrick in #10 with either Mad About You or Heaven Is A Place On Earth.
- and finally, Sun City by Artists United Against Apartheid is probably the one song that belongs in the above top 10 list, and would easily make it at #11. As part of the Artists United For A Cause(tm) movement in the mid-80s, Sun City stood apart by actually being successful in its goal (making Sun City uncool for artists to play at).
So that’s my list. Take it with however much salt you need as the above is personal opinion, however much informed by observation and knowledge.
Some odd musings about Liberal Issues:
I read a lot of stuff in Facebook about how “Ford Was Schooling Trump About Car Manufacturing By Canceling The Ford Active In The US.” Which may be true, but there’s a lot of other stuff going on behind the scenes:
- Ford was already cancelling their whole sedan lineup. Anything that sat lower in the ground than a Escape was already planned to be removed from the Ford lineup in the next few years, due to people wanting bigger cars.
- One of the two nontruck vehicles was the vehicle in question. Yes, it was to be a crossover; but it was a small car that would be able to fit into the city landscape. (and yes, the article is out-of-date; the idea of the article was to report on something happening, not on something that was about to be cancelled).
- Ford Didn’t expect to sell a lot of Actives in The USA. At less than 50,000 units/year, we’re not talking a lot. And when you can no longer build multiple lines on an assembly line to justify the expected low level of sales, it can be hard to justify a single offering that you don’t expect to sell that well.
- Trucks sell, cars don’t. I remember during my most recent visit into Iowa seeing a lot of trucks on the road. Understandable seeing as people used their trucks on the farm, but as I heard from someone who lived among them, farmers always bought two trucks – the bare-bones model for use on the farm, and the decked out vehicle (Complete with stickers all over the tailgate) for driving into town.
Now I fully get this – the same forces that brought about the 1957 Coupe De Ville, the long land-yacht-like vehicles of pre-oil crisis early 1970s, and the SUV/Truck onslaught that I found suffocating in the mid-late 2000s still find ways to come back in full force. Still, this does not sound/read like the Ford Motor Company that I’ve long respected – the car company who stuck by their small offerings even as they weren’t profitable. And while I understand “Market Forces” (i.e. how libertarians and corporatistas couch their ideal of Popular Opinion stomping over all else – especially when it’s apparent that Popular Opinion is but a code for Monopolistic Dictat), there’s still something about a company doing the wise thing against all seeming sense and triumphing when “The Market” comes back around – and Ford Motor was one such company that could be said did “the right thing” and profited when “the right thing” became the right thing to do…and now they’re just chasing the present money for money’s sake.
However, I can’t help but think that this is a(nother) case of Trump rubbing his shit at Liberal sensibilities. Think of it: He sees something that Urban America Elites and Elite Wannabees might like (a small, car-based Crossover vehicle that could easily be Hybrided or made fully electric), proceeds to shove it out of the market and watches as the UAE/EWs mock him for taking away one of THEIR choices.
Another way to look at it: Ford Motor has decided to absent themselves from the sedan and coupe market outside of a pony sport car and a Crossover for the city. Trump moves in such a way as to remove the one Vehicle that Ford Motor wants to market in America that can operate in the city for human transport. And in response – cheers from the groups of people who might want that vehicle.
Never mind that the Ford Active is to be made in China and in Europe. Never mind that the Wayne, Michigan factory which was making the Focuses is now being readied to make the New Ford Ranger. And never mind the spectacle of American companies thumbing their noses at major sectors of the American Market (With the Implication that Trump’s actually doing Ford’s bidding by giving them an excuse to remove the Active from the American Market). We’re looking at a supposed spectacle of “Corporate America Telling Trump Off” and Urban America cheers.
This isn’t the left I remember and loved. Corporations are to be tolerated and avoided wherever possible, and when unavoidable held to standards and looked at with jaunticed eyes, not cheered on for abusing others.
I’ve always been of the mind that Donald Trump didn’t necessarily want to become President. Sure, he ran and ran hard, but that’s because he’s always styled himself as a successful businessman, and the one thing that successful businessmen always do is finish what they start. Even if things fail (and Trump, long known to bankruptcy courts, is no stranger to failure), he understands that finishing is one way to succeed, and that sometimes the image is more important than the reality.
However, one can make a case that, at a certain point, Trump was the Chosen candidate. After facing down the crowd of candidates that was the Republican Party, it is entirely possible that Trump was chosen at the president WELL before the elections were done, complete with the scenario set up where the Great Lakes/Midwest struck by forty years of economic abandonment (outside of Chicago, natch) and a Pennsylvania butt-hurt by the treatment given to their holy University in State College turned around and changed their voting habits around enough to shift the election. (And yes, I know what it implies – that 2016 was set up; and it’s possible that so were other earlier elections. And that doesn’t mean 2000 either – if one can freely consider 2000 and 2004 as set up, one must conisdier 2008 and 2012 were set up for optics and other reasons as well).
What would give me that idea? Three different occurrences:
- Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court as a replacement for Anthony Scalia, and the Republican opposition. One could say that this was basic Republican Obstructionism (Do note that the Repbulican party had been given marching orders that it was better that America died than that Obama had a victory), but Merrick was a softball pitch to the Republicans when most of the polls were positing Hillary Clinton wiping the floor with Trump and her coattails reaching down to Dog Catcher in some village elections. One wonders whether Obama knew something many people didn’t (and the difference between your average voter and Obama is that Obama was in a position to know. Many people picking Trump to win were reading tea leaves and picking up cues and clues amongst their circle of friends and acquaintances, Obama would have had The Deep State with its multiple ways of knowing stuff) – and the Republican congressmen, with a goodly portion of that same knowledge, made a conscious bet that they could do better.
- The NRA deciding to only give to Republicans. Now I will grant that they have always favored Republicans, but in 2016 they made a point of disavowing Democrats. Makes one wonder if they felt they didn’t have to spend as much money – or if there was a threat felt to purify their selection process (add in whether they were with the Republicans) or they’d be left behind. Would explain their endorsement of a historically pro-gun control Donald Trump.
- The sudden rise and ensconsing of the word “gaslighting” to mean “Abuse by attacking the memory.” Think of it – a term used in a way that I had never heard of before suddenly being used as if it was a full member of the English langauge, complete with a back history that made it seem like it had been around longer than it was. There was no awareness of the term as a slang term, no bubbling up from the depths, no awareness from odd corners, not even an appearance of the term complete with explanation – just a sudden introduction of the term as if it was common knowledge.
So together, we have a collection of odd, seemingly disparate happenings which, if put together, seem to hint at a decision made in backrooms amongst power brokers (or, at least, at a foreknowledge of the outcome). A gamble made seemingly against all signs and all sense, a lobbying group going against their history, and a term seemingly created with the intent of rallying the troops in opposition – I doubt all this would this have happened without someone knowing what would happen and preparing for it ahead of time.
An Odd Bit Of Background:
Early in 2016 I had a dream in which I was getting ready to move into a house which was made with high-tech materials which were supposed to hold up to everything. Unfortunately the materials couldn’t hold up to each other, and the house started falling apart almost from the beginning – even as efforts were being made to keep it up. Eventually I had to tell the workers to stop working on what was left of the building, and what remained quickly collapsed onto the ground. A horrific enough dream, with an easily understood meaning (which came true almost immediately).
The dream continued, however, and I then looked off into the valley below, where a city had grown with all sorts of buildings and amenities visible and hidden to the eye. I don’t remember the exact comment I made, but it was something about the stuff below falling apart (maybe a wish for it not to? I don’t remember), but right after I made the statement things started falling apart. Buildings fell, transit systems mafunctioned, vehicles crashed into each other – just EVERYTHING that could go wrong seemed to suddenly WANT to go wrong, and in the worst possible way.
And while I woke up after a few things fell apart, I wouldn’t be surprised to have watched things collapse, fall apart or otherwise get destroyed for as long as I was sleeping.
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Now, the dream is nearly two years old (as of the publication date of this blog entry), but in telling me what to look for and (in code) what will happen, it’s still the clearest guide I’ve had in a long time. It told me that my life was about to fall apart in some ways, and it did so. It also told me that the world was about to fall apart as well – and while I was to fix my life, I was to watch the world as its wreckage grew.
I have made my efforts to fix myself (as I said last year, for the first time ever I could say I was an adult instead of acted like one for a small bit), although I keep finding stuff and wouldn’t be surprised if there were limits to my developing of virtue/destroying of vice. Especially at the age of 52 going on 53, with more of my life behind me than ahead of me.
As for the outside world, we’re talking about some MAJOR issues. There was a lot of fighting going on to protect certain sacred cows, but it appears that Presidente-For-Life Trump won the two most important things he and his allies were fighting for (I don’t expect him to retire from office. Whether he dies in two days or twenty-and-two years, he’ll die as active president, the 25th amendment be damned.) – a Tax Code made to insure that money flows solely to the rich and to corporations (citizens – note that we’re not talking of people, but corporations as citizens and therefore as having rights), and the right of Corporations to dictate what we see in the internet. Anything and everything else is moot, as the system has been fully set up.
There’s plenty of other things going on in the outside world as well. Between Fox and Sinclair Broadcasting, radical conservative broadcasting looks to have a stranglehold on the American Broadcast Television market. The telecoms have been working to insure that they have the right to control what gets looked at online – indeed, at this moment one has to wonder why they’re not freely dictating what’s seen and not seen (of course, this may have already started. I’ve noticed troubles downloading Verizon-owned Yahoo! Mail onto my T-Mobile cellphone, wonder if this is the beginning.).
I won’t comment on the TV thing, except to note that, like the tax law commented on above, this has been forty years in the making. These people have been playing the long game, and the fruits of their plans are JUST beginning to ripen.
On Hollywood Finally Being Forced To Get Its Act Together:
Speaking of the Mainstream Media (Television and movies mainly, although it’s extended to radio and politics, to varying degrees of success), the Sexual Abuse of women has finally become an offense worthy of wiping someone off of the face of the entertainment world. Starting with the bizarre spectacle of Bill Cosby being outed as a guy who could only get it up when the female was literally out of it, the movement against molesters suddenly gained steam as men who were in actual positions of power and glory got knocked down off their perches. Starting with Harvey Weinstein and his cavalcade of victims, we get Kevin Spacey being outed as having a thing for BOYS, Louis CK getting destroyed for HIS habits, Garrison Keillor wiped off the face of the earth (Did you know there WAS a show named A Prairie Home Companion?) and politicians from Al Franken to Roy Moore either resigning their seat or losing elections in places they should have cakewalked to victory in. We even got stories on the width of Roman Polanski’s lustings over teenage girls (let’s just say Samantha wasn’t the first nor the youngest, just the person who spoke up and was believed).
Maybe it was the fact that many of the men being outed and tossed out of the Entertainment and Political world were old enough to have been retired in an earlier, “less progressive” time. Surely they were offputting enough to have been cracked jokes about (as an example from across the pond, listen to people talk about Jimmy Savile in the ’90s, when people would joke about the then well-thought about guy).
On a more positive note, it’s possible that the old boy’s system is falling apart and is being replaced by women. After all, the top three movies in 2017 (Star Wars 8 – The Last Jedi, Wonder Woman and Beauty and The Beast) were Female-fronted movies, with Wonder Woman directed by a woman. It’s possible that, more than clearing away some dead weight, Hollywood may, after a decade of the rising power of its female stars, be ready to hand more and more power to women – and cleaning up its support and power structures in an effort (and part of the price paid) to do so.
Cyber Bullshit Rising:
Meanwhile one of the most anticipated movies to come down the pike is a movie titled “Ready Player One” – a movie where life in the real world is depicted as having gotten so bad that people escape to cyberspace to feel like they have any sort of agency; and CyberCurrency (BitCoin, LiteCoin, IOTA, etc.) has suddenly become the biggest thing in the internet since browsers could put images on the same page as text.
Now, the fact is I could do without Ready Player One, since we’re talking about a movie where escape from reality is treated as the primary right. Never mind the frightening ideas that come out of such a thought (Imagine an imaginary world so alluring that the real world can go to shit and you don’t care, Imagine a world so ugly and distasteful that an alternative cyber world is a necessity…); I can assure you that any power that can make your life on earth so hellish that you give up all hope of improvement within the real world will also be able to make life in the escape world so hellish that you wish you could find your way back to the real world. That’s the thing about absolute power – it brooks no limitations on the pain and suffering of those under its boot, backing off only when it’s amused enough to merely watch for the moment.
As for CyberCurrency, it scares me to death. You think a bunch of old guys whose sole reason for their power is their control of money is bad, imagine a bunch of wired up geeks who know (and wish to learn) no concept of mercy, for whom a major source of pleasure is seeing how many people they can make lose their jobs FOREVER, whose emotional identifiers are arrogance and autistic separation from the people around them – imagine these geeks going around with control over your money. At least the old guys everyone calls Banksters understood human desires and were willing to give you the chance to become independent of them (or at least could deal with that possibility); the computer geeks of Silicon Valley have plans of taking absolute control over your being and giving you nothing – not even the concept of relief from pain and hopelessness – in return. And…whatever you may say about Gold, it is an item with a supply that is strictly limited – can you say that about cyber currencies? Remember, any Fiat Currency is limited only by the self-control of the person or persons in control of said currency – and that includes currences that are solely ones and zeroes, with the additional note that such currencies can disappear without a trace or a thought (you have to work to make an real-world fiat currency become worth nothing once it takes on a steady worth.)
Implosions Possibly Happening Now:
Speaking of things that should not be, this year has seen the beginnings of the utter collapse of two items. Many folks will know about them, others will learn about it in due time.
The first implosion I see starting was Cook County (And Chicago, and possibly Illinois, with it), thanks to the attempted “Soda Tax.” foisted upon the county in desperate need for tax monies (in part because of a state-instituted shortfall in retirement monies), the short-lived tax caused such an uproar that the county was forced to rescend the taxes about two months after instituting them – and the collapse, I think, is nowhere near stopping.
One thing you must understand about living in urban areas – people have much less of a problem paying taxes in urban areas in part because they see them as part of the cost of living in an urban area. You want good libraries for you and the kids, you pay a library tax; you want good mass transit, you pay the Transit tax; you want good water wherever you go, you pay the Sewer bill, etc. As long as the taxes aren’t TOO onerous or arbitrary and the people understand where the money is going they’ll pay, and those who don’t want to pay move to Northwest Indiana and enjoy the “Red-Headed Stepchild” status that northwest Indiana enjoys (Enjoy because it’s chosen. Again, those who live in NW Indiana know that services are crappier across the border from Illinois, but they live there anyway for reasons – and many of those reasons are indeed understandable, even once you strip out the bullshit that passes as news about Chicago.).
The Sodapop tax (actually sweetened beverage tax, as only water was untaxed and some places went so far as to tax THAT alongside everything – that’s how organized the opposition to the tax was amongst the corporations being gifted a cause in which they could play the good guys for once) broke those rules – especially once it became known that SNAP recipients could not be taxed for buying pop. Once that favoritism was thrown into the mix, it became a matter of time until the tax was doomed – and the moment we learned that what was expected to bring in $5 million/month had only brought in $300,000 in that same time (implying losses of other taxes from grocery shoppers translating into a likely loss in overall tax revenue) insured that the tax was doomed.
And the thing is, I’m sure many people who had gone to the extemes of going to Elgin or Hammond (a Walmart just over the Illinois border, natch) or even all the way to Kenosha, Wisconsin, found themselves rethinking their love of Chicago. After all, if there’s no logic to the taxation, the state can’t even make its bills, if the state has its local and county-wide safety nets destroyed and its governments forced to embrace cruelty towards those in need (which I’m sure Rauner is counting as his proudest action at the moment – if you can’t celebrate your successes, why not celebrate your enemy’s failures and losses?); why not move elsewhere? Do you REALLY need mass transit, or a store within three blocks of you when you can drive to the town’s Walmart and stock up for the next two weeks? Do you really need to care about the local poor when you can insure that your larder can last for a month?
The second implosion I saw starting this year is of The Apple Corporation.
Think of it: You know something’s going wrong with a certain item, but nobody seems willing to take you seriously. They either look at you funny, or give you “logical explanations” for what you’re experiencing, and either way making you feel stupid for even bringing the item up. And then, suddenly –
An instance of what you’ve been talking about has been admitted to, and suddenly everyone must take you – and your dismissals of ALL their points, across the whole time range you’ve been arguing your points – seriously.
That is what happened to a lot of iPhone users who had been complaining for years about the company slowing things down with new iOS updates that happened to come when a new iPhone came out when it was discovered that Apple had put in some battery management programming to insure that phones with worn-down batteries could continue to run under cases of heightened demand. Never mind [a whole bunch of logical reasons I had put here but decided to remove for brevity and honesty purposes]; since Apple has been proven to have slowed down their phones on this one occasion, they must be guilty of having done so since the first iPhone.
Mind you, Apple is a company that once was known for doing things RIGHT and, to be honest, has been living off of that reputation for too long; so in a way SOMETHING was bound to come up. And even if their actions are justified (as I think they are in this case), we’re talking about a situation where a whole mess of wrong – true, false, or mythical – has finally been confirmed as truth. And while Apple has plenty of money and is still profitable, I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that the company has become a zombie corporation in ten years time, with nobody buying their stuff and “venture capitalists” strip-mining the cash hoards for their stakeholders.
Implosions Happening Sometime In The Future (so far as I can see):
As for a lot of other institutions, there’s lots of bloat and ballooning going around. Higher Education, Medical, Lawyering, even many of the so-called STEM disciplines – every one of them is bloated at the top and is quite happy to cut out the meat of their businesses, sure that the boys in Silicon Valley will come in with “better, stronger, more sustainable, more robust, cheaper, more easily kept up” solutions – and for some reason keep redefining all the definitions to justify their cutting. Professors are replaced with “Adjucts” who are de facto stand-ins for the computerized learning gets stuffed into universities for the same excessive costs, Medicine costs rise as service drops and people come to fear going to the doctor, Law Schools pump out multiples of the number of lawyers actually needed, music goes from an art worked out by people to a mechanical science worked through computer algorhythms and auto-tune.
And if you think poets, painters and pianists will be left alone, I suggest you check out AlphaGo and AlphaZero – If they can shake up both the Go and the Chess worlds after a limited amount of self-learning, I’d hate to see them set upon the idea of poetry and novel-writing. They could easily destroy whole areas of human activity, if the nerds of Silicon Valley decided to do so.
In short, there’s a whole lot of stuff that desperately needs to be destroyed – and the folks in power are destroying EVERYTHING ELSE.
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Not very positive, is it?
Well, that was the vision of the future I was given, and unless and until I recieve a different vision of the future coming, I’m sticking with it. Doesn’t mean I’m not looking nor that I’m without hope, just means I haven’t seen it yet.
The simple fact is, I’m not about to let myself be brightsided. Indeed, I’m beginning to think about putting up a page on this that would list all of America’s favorite saying that I would proceed to demolish. That may be another posting, but know that there are plenty of phrases NOT stated by Nietzche that are as stupid as the Nietzchian bromides that keep getting shoved up my ears whenever someone wants me to ignore what’s going on.
Hopefully this year goes better. I’ll be watching, don’t you doubt that.
And so in the wake of the Las Vegas Massacre (58 dead, 500 plus injured when the Mainstream Media chose to put it focus elsewhere) we start hearing about how Harvey Weinstein acted as the gate keeper for ambitious Hollywood Goddess wannabees – by subjecting them to sexual abuse and, for those whose ambitions proved shaky (by not welcoming his advances greedily enough), turning them into rejects of Hollywood. All the while cranking out some of the best movies that had no real link to the Marvel Superhero Universe over the past twenty-five years.
I want to know what’s going on, as something doesn’t quite add up.
One hundred thirty plus days since Trump has taken over office, and what do we have?
- The man has evidenced a preference for dictators over democratically elected officials. Between tweeting Erdogan congratulations for consolidating his power, a generally friendly view towards Putin and his ambitions and telling The Saudis they would never lecture allies only to turn around and lecture Europe on NATO, Trump has evidenced a bias towards dictatorships which seems very much in line with what a corporate leader would like within their companies.
- There has been plenty of things which Trump has promised for this first 100 days which has never really come about. About the only thing he has really done is pushed a replacement for Scalia which would make Scalia look like a doctrinal leftist – and with the other people on the court looking like they’re ready to retire, it’s likely that Trump could remake the court in such a way as to irreversibly change the nation.
- There’s been a few elections for offices of national or state wide import, and while it seems the Democrats are coming close (or forcing the right-wing fundraisers to spend lots of their money) I fear that my impression is that of the Republicans playing the Democrats, wearing them down and burning them out before putting forth the REAL forces upon a wearied, disillusioned opposition.
- As the left keeps walking out in protest against the
alt-rightneo-nazi puppets, the right-wing conspiracy is beginning to feel its oats. Between the free-lancing foot soldiers, the Police forces now freely flying thin blue line stickers and flags and the lower levels of Government services (hence the Deep State being frozen in the inability to act against the obvious threat), one could easily deduce that Democracy has been destroyed – and while the history books of the future will declare that Democracy Destroyed Itself all the machinations which made this happen – the electoral college that biases towards smaller states, the concentration of Lefties and other Democrats into fewer and fewer states, the breaking of the right to vote via active laws and computerized voting (right down to the ability to make every choice count for less or more than one vote, depending on the bias of the programmer), and even the uniting of various groups (like the neo-nazi groups, the police and the armed forces mentioned above) are still out there, happy to act with the imputing that having a designated scapegoat gives.
- And the left – some aspects are desperately trying to resurrect Mme. Clinton by labeling everyone who voted against her as racist pigs (Meaning what – that Barak Obama was an Irish Jew (Baruch O’Bama?) acting in deep blackface?) to saying the Russians fixed the Election for Trump (let me guess: they had access to the voting machines?) and by trying to browbeat the remaining supporters of Bernie Sanders into being slavish supporters of Hillary. Probably the worst thing about this is that many of Hillary’s supporters like to say that Bernie would have lost the election as well – thereby making Trump out as our inevitable president, owning his mandate by dint of the inability of the Democrats to come up with a candidate that could beat him (implicit in this is the fact that many of Mme. Clinton’s supporters would have readily sat out the election instead of vote for Mr. Sanders – a threat proven false by the simple fact that the phrase “President McCain” has never been said by anyone not reading right-wing pulp fantasy fiction from 2008-2009).
Other aspects of the left keep telling people why they COULDN’T support Mme. Clinton; sadly they’re shouting into a wind tunnel at full blast.
- And probably the worst thing about the whole thing is this: Everyone on both sides of the political “divide” wants a dictatorship, the only difference being on who’s terms the dictatorship exists.
Let’s start with the idea that your thoughts are things that act upon the universe and cause things to happen – over time, and with the purity with which you bring the thoughts upon the universe. Simple Attraction Science stuff, uncontroversial and universally agreed to (if oddly questionable).
Now, let’s agree that EVERYONE is doing it, from you and I to the bum on the street to the person aching to yell at the wayward drivers on the road to the restaurant owner to the suits and skirts running the C?O offices downtown. Again simple Attraction Science stuff, although it seems that your average practitioner seems to think (s)he’s the only one doing anything along these lines when they practice it.
Now here’s where things get a bit dicey for your average Attraction Science believer/practitioner:Read More »
I remember reading a bullet point in a Free Press feature where someone pointed out that many animals go on average of about one day a week without food. It may not have been true (I doubt that animals have any sort of knowledge of a 7-day week), there was the definite impression in my mind that the occasional day without food wasn’t outside the realm of experience.
Forty-five years (or so) later, circumstances and a dissatisfaction with my weight led me to try the idea of the occasional fast starting in November. And while I can’t say I’ve done a full fast (outside of the day I did a juice/broth fast and clense before a colonoscopy) I’ve found it to be quite a bit easier than I would have thought, with some intriguing outcomes to boot:
- The appetite adjusts. You don’t follow a fast day by gorging on sugars, bad carbs and cheap meats unless you intentionally do so, so going the day without eating (or eating a reduced amount of food, which most people suggesting fasting actually mean) actually translates to a drop in calories. Over time, it leads to:
- You can lose weight. While one day a week of fasting (reduced eating or eating nothing) doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to lose weight, two days a week can be enough to start burning fats – especially if you exercise on the other days (Exercise doesn’t burn off calories so much as it forces the body to shift how the weight is held. Muscle, however, burns energy more efficiently than fats, so there is a long-term effect.).
- You gain a mastery over food. While one can take this too far (as is true with everything, I must add), there is something to being able to go without constantly thinking about, looking for or eating food that is as freeing as being able to go without drinking alcohol, sex, porn, or buying the newest music/movie/game.
- There may be other benefits, health and otherwise. While one may believe that fasting was invented after a couple of bad harvests and has had a bunch of justifications tacked on it, there have also been reported benefits to blood pressure, cholesterol levels, insulin sensitivity and even the rebuilding of white blood cells. I’ve also heard from many with religious and spiritual tendencies that fasting has spiritual benefits.
Now granted, I must say that if you CAN’T fast, don’t. Between Diabetes and people having had problems with starving themselves, there are plenty of people who just shouldn’t fast. And it’s a good idea to limit the fasting itself –
I’m a believer in the 2-5 diet (two days fast, five days normal eating); that way every fast day is surrounded by food days. There are other diets that suggest more days for fasting, but I wouldn’t suggest anything more than twice a week. Even one day a week (Friday is a good a day as any) is a good practice, as regularity is a good help.
Everyone knows the story – A pizza place that tried to support Hillary Clinton for President was found to be a center point of a nationwide pedophile network, complete with photos and paintings…or not, depending on whom you talk to. It even got to the point where someone walked around with a machine gun openly within the place – and when he didn’t find what he was looking for, he ended up being pasted as part of the international illuminati conspiracy.
Anyway, here’s a theory that’s been knocking around my head for a bit. It’s quite dark, but here it goes…Read More »