Friday, December 31, 2010

Tis The Season Of Cognitive Dissonance

A Belgian Catholic priest and would-be Nobel Peace Prize holder has admitted that he sexually abused an eight-year-old boy 40 years ago.

The case only came forward when his cousin, the sister of his victim, came forward in reaction to a campaign to nominate Francois Houtart for the accolade.

She told the Belgian church authority that looks into child abuse, the Adriaenssens commission, that the abuse on her brother happened in 1970 while he stayed at their house.

Houtart, 85, was a prominent third world activist and chairman of a development agency that he founded in 1976, Center Tricontinental, until he resigned from the board in November in light of the allegations.

He is currently in Ecuador and was not responding to phone calls or emails.

Houtart told the Belgian newspaper Le Soir that he twice touched 'the intimate parts' of his cousin, an incident he called 'inconsiderate and irresponsible.'

She details the abuse of her brother, which she describes as 'rape,' by an unnamed priest.

But the victim's sister says the priest, who was a friend of her father, entered her brother's room twice 'to rape him.'

'Before the third time, my brother went to tell his parents, who kept him in their room,' she is quoted as saying in the report.

The priest said he spoke to the victim’s parents to see if they wanted him to quit as a priest but they told him to speak to a professor in Brussels.

They advised him to stay in the priesthood and concentrate on his academic work in religious sociology.


I know, I know, posting a story about a Catholic priest who fondles children is about as shocking as saying "the sun rose this morning."

What I find interesting is that this little chunk of Cat'lic indiscretion has been completely ignored by the anti-pedophile folk over at Rigorous Intuition.

Hmmmmm....that's so odd isn't it?
The RI crew seem to spend 90% of their lives in front of computer screens, eagerly searching for the tiniest whiff of exposed toddler genitals.
Catholic priests with roving hands & priapic peckers seem to be a special favorite for faux moralizing and outraged finger pointing.

Yet Father Houtart seems to have slipped through the RI compound floorboards.

Oh, I found a few old threads mentioning Father Houtart that can be encapsulated in this quote:

The last sitting took place before a 'jury of conscience' that included author Arundhati Roy and Francois Houtart who participated in the Bertrand Russell War Crimes Tribunal on U.S. Crimes in Vietnam.


But that's all.

It's a mystery, isn't it?

Well, not really. Not when you take the RI forum ambiance into consideration.

For example, these bits of Houtart wisdom would be wonderfully at home on the RI forum. In fact, I've read variations of them dozens of times.

Q: What about your Utopology?

A: The struggle for Utopia is a struggle for hope, and that means that it is not a struggle for something impossible to attain. (Unlike unrestrained toddler genital fondling which is inexplicably frowned on) Capitalist logic is killing all Utopias. That is why Mrs. Thatcher said –"There is no alternative," and Francis Fukuyama speaks about the end of history. That means that any utopia is impossible! What can you hope for in a world of inequalities and oppression?

Struggle against the type of globalisation that we have today is fundamental for the definition of Utopia and the struggle for Utopia is also fundamental for the opposition to the present day globalisation. It is the search for another type of globalisation. (The one where fondling toddler's genitals is not frowned upon.)

Q: What sources inspire you most in this Utopian thinking?

A: The struggle for Utopia is a struggle for hope, and that means it is not a struggle for something impossible to get, but with the idea that “something which does not exist today could exist tomorrow”. (Like see-thru Huggies) So that is the way that I define Utopia. A French Protestant Philosopher Paul Ricoeur, talks about necessary Utopia because of the fact that globalisation of capitalist logic is killing all Utopias. There are alternatives possible. (Like toddler genital fondling. I've never been happier or more fulfilled doing anything else) Otherwise it is pointless to talk about Utopias .In the World Social Forum we have discovered that alternatives exist in all sectors of the collective human life. That is extremely important. We can talk about three levels of alternatives, the long-range (this would involve repeated bouts of genital fondling followed by oral pleasures), middle-range (this involves the occasional bout of genital fondling in the Sacristy) and short-range (this is a drive by fondle done in the dead of night while the toddler slumbers blissfully unaware). There are alternatives and there are people working for alternatives. That means that the Utopia is possible and it is not just a dream.

We must also find enough motivating force to struggle in order to realise Utopia (For me, photos of children's genitals have never had the OOMPH of a real live genital fondle). There may be various types of sources of such force. One would be the humanist perspective that we find in many people committed to struggling for justice. This is a very fundamental basis for Utopia. Marxist militants, people who believe that it is possible to transform society, find motivation for commitment from this humanist conviction. (This is especially powerful humanism dovetails with human children's genitals) If we take the believing community, for example, in Christianity, it is clear that the Bible reflects a process of liberation, and that the prophets speak about a possible future. In the Gospel we see the struggle against injustice and the hope in the Kingdom of God. (Of course, there's all manner of outre sexuality on display. Which is a good for a genital fondler such as myself) All of this is very coherent. It means that we have to believe in Utopia. The next step is to be committed to the search and the struggles for such a Utopia.

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Q: What is the relationship between reconciliation and liberation from a socio-political and a theological point of view?

A: From a political point of view, in order to have real reconciliation and reconstruction, which is a social process, there have to be conditions. Otherwise it does not work. One of the main conditions is the recognition of the wrong done, as I have said. (As long as the recognition doesn't lead to any real consequences. Otherwise I'd be in jail fondling my smelly cell-mate's genitals, which, I must say, would be no fucking fun at all.) If this does not happen, after one or two generations the matter will come up again. (Or 40 years. Whichever comes first) We see this, for example, in Turkey with the genocide of the Armenians at the beginning of the 20th century, more than one hundred years ago. Turks always refused to admit that there was genocide and now with the third or the fourth generation the matter is coming back again. We see this also in Latin America. After the military dictatorships came the laws of amnesty. Well, this did not solve anything because it was like saying that nothing had happened. In fact, things have happened and as long as this is not recognised and condemned, the matter will never die but will remain in the memory of the people. (We also saw this in my little cousin's bedroom but I won't go into that.) So, from the purely political point of view, in order to solve such situations, it is necessary to go through a social process of recognition of the wrongdoing and legal condemnation. After that, reconciliation can take place. But you cannot pardon something, which has not been recognised. You can pardon it if it has been recognised as a wrongdoing by the people who are responsible. Then you can say okay, in order to build society we have to bring about a process of reconciliation. That means the possibility of living together again. (I would really like to live together with a few toddlers) Let us consider the example of co-operation between the Germans, the French and the Belgians after the Second World War. New Germany recognised the wrongdoing and paid for it. Now the relationship between Germany , France and Belgium in spite of all that has had happened is excellent, and it has been possible to build on a reconciliation process. That is from a political point of view.

From the ethical point of view and even the theological point of view, this is all the more true. Because there is also, you see, an ethical aspect; reconciliation is a value recognised in the Gospel and is found in other religions as well. Such an ethical value has a special meaning for Christians in the work of constructing the reign of God. So it has a very fundamental dimension. But, again, this dimension is possible on the condition that the party who has been guilty has an ethical attitude. (It also helps if the offended party is a family member who will willingly sweep the offence under the rug) For example, the military in Argentina , South Korea , the Philippines and Haiti all refused to recognise any wrongdoing. How can you reconcile? In this sense reconciliation from an ethical point of view is meeting the same goal as from the political perspective. Finally, reconciliation means also a certain type of compensation; it may be material or it may be moral, but compensation is also necessary.

The victims can eventually renounce material compensation if they want to, but they have to decide, not the ones who were responsible in the past or the state. Of course, from the Christian perspective, pardon is very fundamental and very important and it is only possible when the wrongdoing has been recognised.


So it would appear that the RI folk have a blind spot when the priestly pedophile is an avowed anti-corporate, anti-globalist Marxist who spouts the same rhetoric as a typical RI forum sycophant.

I guess that the "truth-seekers" at the RI forum aren't all that interested in airing dirty laundry when the laundry was soiled by one of their own.

It all makes me wonder if, over the years, they've conveniently excised other uncomfortable facts from their rigorous inquiry into truth.

(GASP) Is...is that possible? Please, oh please, say it isn't so Joe.

Actually, this is not without precedent. The RI bloggers seem to have a soft spot for The Secret Sun blog. Christopher Knowles, the blog's creator, has a soft spot for Jeffrey Kripal, who is a Professor of Religious Studies and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at Rice University.

Mr. Kripal, in his book The Serpent's Gift, shares this bit of decidedly odd spirituality in his effort to explain why the dissociation brought on by sexual trauma can be a good thing.

Consider, for example, the one class of readers who have most deeply understood and appreciated my work on sexual trauma and mystical states: women and men who have themselves been sexually abused as children or young adults and later found themselves entering, often spontaneously, into extremely positive and healing altered states of consciousness. Such readers do not "accept" or "understand" what I am trying to communicate. They know. Their readings are based on excessive life events, on the most troublingly delightful movements of their own minds and bodies. And they are perfectly aware that very few people will ever understand them, that others cannot possibly "get it."
How could they? They have not been through the same life-altering experiences and had their consciousness and energies permanently shifted into other dimensions of knowing and being. One might as well try to explain an orgasm to a 5 year old.


"Troublingly delightful" indeed. If I would have only known, decades ago, that sexual trauma is a quick ticket to esoteric shamanism, I might have dressed a bit more saucily when I was a tot. Oh well, another missed opportunity.

In conclusion, I leave you with a bit of Houtart pontification that never once mentions toddler's genitals.



Teaser alert: With my next post I plan on giving y'all a well thought out and heartfelt expose on the reasons why Utopia would be incomplete without the occasional bout of toddler genital fondling.

Stay tuned or be ruined.

















He's intently watching your kid's genitals.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

More Christmas Cheer

On December 22 both houses of the U.S. Congress unanimously passed a bill authorizing $725 billion for next year’s Defense Department budget.

The bill, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011, was approved by all 100 senators as required and by a voice vote in the House.

The House had approved the bill, now sent to President Barack Obama to sign into law, five days earlier in a 341-48 roll call, but needed to vote on it again after the Senate altered it in the interim.

The proposed figure for the Pentagon’s 2011 war chest includes, in addition to the base budget, $158.7 billion for what are now euphemistically referred to as overseas contingency operations: The military occupation of Iraq and the war in Afghanistan.

The $725 billion figure, although $17 billion more than the White House had requested, is not the final word on the subject, however, as supplements could be demanded as early as the beginning of next year, especially in regard to the Afghan war that will then be in its eleventh calendar year.

Even as it currently is, the amount is the highest in constant dollars (pegged at any given year’s dollar and adjusted for inflation) since 1945, the final year of the Second World War. With recent U.S. census figures at 308 million, next year the Pentagon will spend $2,354 for every citizen of the country at the $725 billion price tag alone.

Last year’s Pentagon budget, by way of comparison, was $680 billion, a base budget of $533.8 billion and the remainder for operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. In July of this year Congress approved the 2010 Supplemental Appropriations Act which contained an additional $37 billion for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Next year’s defense authorization of $725 billion compares to, according to the Center for Defense Information, a Pentagon budget of $444.6 billion in 1946; $460.4 billion in 1968, the highest yearly amount during the Vietnam War; and $443.4 billion in 1988, the highest during the eight years of the Ronald Reagan administration’s massive military buildup. (Numbers in 2004 constant dollars.)

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute estimates American military spending for 2009 to have accounted for 43 percent of the world total. Carl Conetta, co-director of the Project on Defense Alternatives, earlier this year estimated the 2010 U.S. defense budget to constitute 47 percent of total worldwide military expenditures and to amount to 19 percent of all American federal spending.

In addition, Pentagon spending has increased by 100 percent since 1998 and “the Obama budget plans to spend more on the Pentagon over eight years than any administration has since World War II.”

With 2.25 million full-time civilian and military personnel, excluding part-time National Guard and Reserve members, the Defense Department is the U.S.’s largest employer, outstripping Walmart with 1.4 million employees and the U.S Post Office with 599,000.

“Add in what Homeland Security, Veterans Affairs, and the Energy departments spend on defense and total US military spending will reach $861 billion in fiscal 2011, exceeding that of all other nations combined,” according to Todd Harrison, senior fellow for Defense Budget Studies at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.

In April Robert Higgs of The Independent Institute advocated that the budgets – in part or in whole – of the departments of Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security, Energy, State and Treasury and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) should be calculated in the real military budget, which would in 2009 would have increased it to $901.5 billion.

“Adding [the] interest component to the previous all-agency total, the grand total comes to $1,027.8 billion, which is 61.5 percent greater than the Pentagon’s outlays alone.”


It's nice to know that, even in tough times when kids are asking Santa for winter coats instead of Barbie dolls, old Saint Nick still finds the time to be generous to our bloodthirsty hired kill...oops...I mean our saintly freedom defending boys in uniform.
Thankfully this bit of HOLIDAY CHEER came to my attention just as the last microscopic shred of Christmas spirit in my possession threatened to die an ignominious & solitary death.
Not anymore.
Now I feel that I can HO HO HO with the rest of the Christams whores, and I can do it with enthusiasm & heartfelt gusto.

So here's a big holiday cheer for the Pentagon.

HIP HIP HOORAY!


But, most importantly of all, an ear drum shattering YOWZA for the biggest ho of them all:

YOWZA SIR CLAUS, YOWZA INDEED!


Afghani insurgents roasting on an open fire,
Depleted Uranium nipping on your nose,
Funerealtide wailings being sung by the bereaved,
And teenagers dressed up like Rambos.

Everybody knows a drone and a missile too,
Help to keep the population slight.
Tiny tots with their dads freshly slaughtered,
Will find it hard to sleep tonight.

They know that Santa's on his way;
He's loaded lots of weapons & black ops on his sleigh.
And every mother's child is going to spy,
To see if their neighbors wave their Stars & Stripes on high.

And so I'm offering this simple phrase,
To kids from one to ninety-two,
Although its been said many times, many ways,
A very Merry Christmas to you

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Ho Ho Ho Mother Fucker



More kids asking Santa for necessities this Christmas

U.S. Postal Service workers who handle the millions of letters addressed to Santa say this year's batch contains more heartbreaking pleas from children for basic necessities like shoes and coats instead of new toys.

More than 20 post offices log these wish lists and ask the public to respond with toys and letters in a program called "Operation Santa," USA Today's Donna Leinwand reports. This year, unemployed parents and their kids in New York and Chicago are asking for boots and clothing they can't afford.

One 7-year-old wrote: "This year my moom don't have much money to spend on Christmas gifts so I'm writing to you. It would make us very happy if you and your elves would bring us toys and clothes."

One in four American children are supported by food stamps, and enrollment in the program has skyrocketed.






Food Stamp Use Soars, and Stigma Fades


MARTINSVILLE, Ohio — With food stamp use at record highs and climbing every month, a program once scorned as a failed welfare scheme now helps feed one in eight Americans and one in four children.

It has grown so rapidly in places so diverse that it is becoming nearly as ordinary as the groceries it buys. More than 36 million people use inconspicuous plastic cards for staples like milk, bread and cheese, swiping them at counters in blighted cities and in suburbs pocked with foreclosure signs.

Virtually all have incomes near or below the federal poverty line, but their eclectic ranks testify to the range of people struggling with basic needs. They include single mothers and married couples, the newly jobless and the chronically poor, longtime recipients of welfare checks and workers whose reduced hours or slender wages leave pantries bare.

While the numbers have soared during the recession, the path was cleared in better times when the Bush administration led a campaign to erase the program’s stigma, calling food stamps “nutritional aid” instead of welfare, and made it easier to apply. That bipartisan effort capped an extraordinary reversal from the 1990s, when some conservatives tried to abolish the program, Congress enacted large cuts and bureaucratic hurdles chased many needy people away.

From the ailing resorts of the Florida Keys to Alaskan villages along the Bering Sea, the program is now expanding at a pace of about 20,000 people a day.

There are 239 counties in the United States where at least a quarter of the population receives food stamps, according to an analysis of local data collected by The New York Times.

The counties are as big as the Bronx and Philadelphia and as small as Owsley County in Kentucky, a patch of Appalachian distress where half of the 4,600 residents receive food stamps.

In more than 750 counties, the program helps feed one in three blacks. In more than 800 counties, it helps feed one in three children. In the Mississippi River cities of St. Louis, Memphis and New Orleans, half of the children or more receive food stamps. Even in Peoria, Ill. — Everytown, U.S.A. — nearly 40 percent of children receive aid.

While use is greatest where poverty runs deep, the growth has been especially swift in once-prosperous places hit by the housing bust. There are about 50 small counties and a dozen sizable ones where the rolls have doubled in the last two years. In another 205 counties, they have risen by at least two-thirds. These places with soaring rolls include populous Riverside County, Calif., most of greater Phoenix and Las Vegas, a ring of affluent Atlanta suburbs, and a 150-mile stretch of southwest Florida from Bradenton to the Everglades.




From "Shaky Ground," a study recently released by The Rockefeller Foundation:

These repeated snapshots convey a powerful picture of Americans standing on
shaky ground, rocked by economic tremors whose consequences include not
just worry and anxiety but severe economic hardship. Economic shocks were
strikingly widespread in 2009.
In the 18 months from March 2008 to September 2009, fully 93 percent of
households experienced at least one substantial decline in their wealth or
earnings or substantial increase in nondiscretionary spending, most often for
medical needs or assistance to family members.
Nearly seven in ten households saw their earnings substantially fall or their
nondiscretionary expenses substantially rise.
During this 18-month period, 23 percent of households reported a drop of at
least a quarter of their annual household income. This confirms the findings
of the Economic Security Index (ESI), an integrated measure of economic
security based on publicly available statistics. Projections based on the ESI
show that the share of Americans experiencing large income losses was
higher in 2009 than at any point in the last quarter century.
Though intensified by the downturn, Americans’ economic insecurity has been
growing for years, and it appears to have little diminished since 2009.
While public concerns about job security rose dramatically as the economy
weakened, worries about other risks to economic security—debt, retirement
savings, medical costs, health insurance, and even housing stability— were
already as common in 2007 as they were in the depths of the recession.
According to separate opinion surveys, concerns about retirement savings and
medical costs did not diminish at all between the summers of 2009 and 2010,
and concerns about the job market declined only slightly.

Economic instability leads not just to uncertainty but to anxiety and economic
hardship. This hardship is experienced not just by those at the bottom of the
economic ladder but also by those squarely in the middle class.
By the spring of 2009, 78 percent of Americans were quite worried about at
least one risk to their overall economic security.
Households experiencing major economic dislocations are, on average, three to
four times more likely than otherwise comparable households to report being
unable to meet multiple basic needs, such as food, shelter, and medical care.
More than half of families with incomes between $60,000 and $100,000 that
experience employment or medical disruptions report being unable to meet at
least one basic economic need.
Households with dependent children appear to be more at risk of
experiencing problems in the face of economic instability than do households
without children.
Looking forward, Americans appear extremely vulnerable to future economic
shocks, in part because of the wearing down of their basic household “buffers”
against economic risks, such as personal wealth and the potential to borrow
from family and friends.
By the fall of 2009, roughly three in ten Americans appeared highly vulnerable to
additional shocks; perhaps as many as half appeared at least partially vulnerable,
in the sense that their buffers against economic instability were limited.
Buffers against economic instability are eroded by persisting and clustered
economic shocks, depleting the security of even previously prepared
economic households.
While economic shocks are broad-based, the private buffers that households
have against economic risks are much weaker for less affluent and less
educated households than for higher-income and well-educated households.
Economic instability is so disruptive because shocks frequently persist over
time, come clustered together, and occur at roughly the same time in multiple
domains (employment, health care, family, and wealth).
About half of all the economic shocks experienced in 2008 reoccured in the
same households in 2009; these “persisting” shocks are associated with higher
levels of unmet need.
In a given domain, households often experienced repeated shocks in close
succession. For example, more than a third of households that experienced a
shock in employment or medical expenses experienced multiple shocks in the
same area.
Of those Americans who reported persisting disruptions of employment,
three-quarters also experienced persisting shocks in at least one of the other
three domains of economic life.
economic security

Friday, December 3, 2010

A Tough Week For Pluto & Crew


CELEBRATION, Fla. – The owner of a failed security business barricaded himself in his soon-to-be foreclosed home, shot at deputies and then killed himself in this well-groomed Central Florida town built by Disney.

The 14-hour standoff came just days after the town's first-ever homicide, unsettling residents who moved to the community for its safety and small-town values. Authorities said the two deaths were not connected.


I know, I know, big tragedy. Shocking really. The thought of the town that Tinkerbell built becoming infected like this. But this is America folks, where the weaklings & losers are weeded out. The opening sentence tells us all we need to know about this guy:

"The owner of a failed security business..."


In other words, the mook was a FUCKING LOSER.

Can't have those parasitic little bastards running around now can we?
They may upset the upward trajectory of the winners by wheedling their way into the bleeding hearts of all those whiny left wingers who look for any excuse to malign unfettered greed and the all American principle of

MORE FOR ME MEANS LESS FOR AN ASSHOLE LIKE YOU.

I'm sure that Celebration residents are well aware of this little sociopathic tenet that hides in the subtext of the Pledge Of Allegience since Celebration "boasts some of the highest median incomes in the area."

After all, the motto of the upwardly mobile has always been, "Too bad for your bad luck buddy." They say this right before they run over you with their Mercedes.

Then again, maybe the guy discovered this bit of antique Walt Disney ephemera and, being an obedient little company town dwelling company man, he saw no choice other than emulating Celebration's spiritual granddaddy.



Maybe if he would found this one instead:



things might have ended differently.

It's a good thing the media keeps to their rigorous standards of cheerleading & obfuscating the fact that we're pretty much screwed. Otherwise this would probably be more common.

I suppose it could all be dismissed as an anomaly, a bit of Charles Fort's damned data.

Except a few days previously the happy go lucky fairy dust laden home that is Walt's peon to artificially manufactured small town illusions had another big bucket of cold water dumped right on its collective head.

Celebration, Florida experienced its first homicide since its fourteen-year existence Tuesday.

Celebration, located just five miles south of Disney World, is a picturesque, Disney-developed town in central Florida. For the first time ever, police are investigating the only homicide reported in Celebration.

According to CNN.com, Osceola County police responded to a phone call after a neighbor found 58-year-old Matteo Giovanditto dead in his home.

Police statements revealed that based on the evidence found at the scene, police classified Giovanditto's death as a homicide.


Peter Rummell, of Disney Development Corp., in a letter to then-CEO Michael Eisner, said regarding the community:

"[Celebration] would be a wonderful residential town east of I-4 that has a human scale with sidewalks and bicycles and parks and the kind of architecture that is sophisticated and timeless. It will have fiber optics and smart houses, but the feel will in many cases be closer to Main Street than to Future World."

It's the kind of town where people give Christmas gifts to their favorite Starbucks barista, where welcoming wooden rocking chairs sit lakeside on a sidewalk without being stolen, where neighbors tend to get suspicious if they notice you're not around.


Gee, it sounds so bucolically Mayberry that I bet their deputies are modeled after this guy:



One has to love America's nostalgic return to that Illusory "small town Eden," where bunnies danced Irish jigs, where teens were polite & drug free & where "salt of the Earth Americans played their tedious "God & Country" mantras over & over even as God & country were poised to abandon them to the wolves.

I doubt that any of these upscale weenies have the faintest concern for what has really happened to small town America.

Let's look.
















Geez, this "reality" shit is depressing, isn't it? No wonder these folk have sacrificed personal choice to their corporate landlords. The Disney dream masters are field tested bullshit shoveling magicians who can take any 3-Dimensional hunk of a normally dark & disturbing reality and cobble together a nice shiny illusion that manages to gloss over everything that's dark & disturbing about it. Come to think of it, they're just like every other branch of the corporate American propaganda wing.

What's really twisted about this is that Celebration City's illusion of small town America is, itself, based on an illusion. Anyone familiar with Michael Lesy's book, Wisconsin Death Trip, knows that small town America had its own litany of horrors. While I'd recommend finding the book, this bit will have to do.



Having said that, I think it's time to sing:

Hi Ho Hi Ho it's off to hell we go.
Hi Ho Hi Ho we're most assuredly fucked y'know?




Again, I've nothing particularly new to say. We've always been demented & fragmented & homicidal & suicidal & sick to the core of our souls, the only difference now is we're much better at lying to ourselves about ourselves.

But you already knew that, didn't you?

In Medias Res from RaHu SolNter on Vimeo.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Bile, More Bile, & A Big Fat Money Shot

On Sunday morning I had the frabjously joyous opportunity to see This Week on ABC. Senator Kent Conrad, D-N.D., was one of the illustrious guests. For effect, let's look at Kent:



Since Kent looks like he was squeezed out of an over tightened sphincter, I'm assuming that he's describing the back door birth orifice through which he entered the world.

Anyway, Kent Klark had this to say:

"You know, a certain amount of this is shock therapy. There are different options and, of course, what everybody has fastened on is the most extreme of the options. But, look, the important thing for people to know is that we are borrowing 40 cents of every dollar we spend. That's utterly unsustainable. It can't continue much longer, so it's got to be dealt with."


I'm sure Naomi Klein is feeling a bit of vindication sprinkled amongst whatever existential dread our current state of affairs is causing her.

"Shock therapy?"

Fuck, I'll give Kent and his criminal cronies some
shock therapy," and all it will involve is a bit of wire and an operable electric outlet.

Listen up Kent, the really important thing for people to know is that they've been had. In their naive ignorance they swallowed the boatloads of bullshit you & your wealthy patrons have been feeding their dumb asses for decades.
Like Dylan once wrote before he started peddling Escalades:

"As soon as you awake
you're trained to take
what looks like the easy way out."


They took the easy way out all right. Spackled over their insecurities & neuroses with continual consumption, defined their self worth with price tags & logos, not realizing that the only "infinite growth" they would really be experiencing is around their waistlines.
They were the rock you motherfuckers have been squeezing blood from for my entire life.

Now, after decades of psychological & economic ass raping, you & your cronies want to bill them for the experience. This is the kind of weasel that calls itself a "Democrat" these days.

Kent's sidekick was David Cote, chairman and CEO of Honeywell International.

Here's Davy plotting the next war with Obama:



David had this to say:

"In my view, Democracies seem to be uniquely suited to putting the traffic light up after the fourth accident.
Now, we can't wait for the fourth accident here.

"It's too easy for the demagogues and the polemicists to respond to something, just kind of go into their neutral corner and screaming, as opposed to saying there's a time to pull together. This is one of those times.

"And it scares me that as a financially conversant CEO, I didn't know how bad this was going to get in the next 10 years. I think the American public is ready for this discussion, but I don't see anybody having that discussion with them, and that needs to happen."


I have to agree with Dave on his assessment of democracy. As a nation, we should have realized these greedy bastards had nothing but their own selfish self interests at heart ages ago. But critical thinking doesn't seem to be the average American's strong point. Hell, thinking in any form is woefully non-existent here in the land of the short attention span.

I really doubt that Dave & his buddies want us to actually "pull together" unless he has some unhealthy urge to look up at his headless body from the inside of a wicker basket.

The last bit is wrong on so many fucking levels, I'll just touch on one.

Dave seems concerned about having an adult discussion with the American people. This from the head of Honeywell who sits at the heart of our lovely military/industrial/entertainment complex which has, over the years, erased all semblance of adult conversation from public discourse.
These fellows seem to have a yen for super-sized adolescents & toddlers since they have helped form a society comprised of little else.

Once again, the major media gives us information that is little more than a gob of seminal ejaculate.

If I've developed any feelings of solidarity from this episode of This Week, it's with this chick:



Honey, I really do understand how you feel.
Too bad long hot showers don't erase the inner stain, eh?

Friday, November 12, 2010

A Job Done Well Is A Job Well Done

Exorcists wanted: apply to Catholic Church

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Wanted: a few good men to cast out devils.

Overwhelmed with requests for exorcists, U.S. Roman Catholic bishops are holding a special training workshop in Baltimore this weekend to teach clerics the esoteric rite, the Catholic News Service reported.

The church has signed up 56 bishops and 66 priests for the two-day workshop that began on Friday, seeking to boost the small group of just five or six American exorcists that the church currently has on its books.

"There's this small group of priests who say they get requests from all over the continental U.S.," Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois, was quoted as saying.

"Actually, each diocese should have its own" exorcist, he added.

Paprocki did not say why there was increased demand for exorcisms, which he noted were rarely performed.

While solemnly regarded by the Catholic Church, exorcism is a staple of Hollywood fright films -- most notably the 1973 film "The Exorcist" -- and regarded by many as superstition that lends a chill frisson to festivals like Halloween.

Catholic Church law stipulates that only properly trained priests can perform the rite -- and then only with the permission of their bishops.

Possible signs of demonic possession include scratching, cutting, biting of the skin; profound displays of strength; and a strong or violent reaction to holy water.

(Writing by Tim Gaynor, Editing by Jonathan Oatis)


Wow. I'm amazed Little Timmy & Little Johnny signed this piece of shit that's passing itself off as "journalism."
What, exactly, is the point?
The article doesn't contain anything remotely resembling information. A couple of lame cliches, and a couple of lame brained jokes, and that's it.
They actually pay people for this shit?
Utterly amazing.

Then I read the some of the comments and my amazement lost its sheen.

Catholic priests overwhelmed with requests for exorcists: All exorcism requests are to be performed on Barrack Obama.
Sad but true and badly needed!

Two priest's were taking a piss in the urinals one day and the one priest looks down and see's a nicotine patch on the other guy's dick. He says "Im not really a rocket scientist or anything, but, isnt that supposed to be on your arm?" And the other priest goes "Nah, it's working fine. Im down to two butts a day"!

Wake up people.
Catholic Church law stipulates that only properly trained priests can perform the rite -- and then only with the permission of their bishops.
Possible signs of demonic possession include scratching, cutting, biting of the skin; profound displays of strength; and a strong or violent reaction to holy water.
There is no place in the BIBLE that says the devil dislikes water...no such think a holy water
Yes great
Jesus gave all believers authority over demons and He cast them out with a single command. All believers with faith can do the same with the same result without all the hocus pocus.
Ronovich
Hell and Purgatory do exist!... oppps no they don’t know such thing as Purgatorm and hell is not formed yet….
Love it
Satan does not go after those he already has." - Scott Davidson
Guess the Prots are safe.

All the exorcists are booked for the next year trying to treat Nancy Pelosi. No progress to date, sadly.

Most people would never Ever Ever worship Satan!!!

Learn from this, dear Christian, what you are doing if you permit the blind Jews to mislead you. Then the saying will truly apply, "When a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into the pit" [cf. Luke 6:39]. You cannot learn anything from them except how to misunderstand the divine commandments...------Martin Luther, Father of Protestant Christianity.
Moreover, they (the Jews) are nothing but thieves and robbers who daily eat no morsel and wear no thread of clothing which they have not stolen and pilfered from us by means of their accursed usury. Thus they live from day to day, together with wife and child, by theft and robbery, as arch-thieves and robbers, in the most impenitent security.--------Martin Luther

Did I not tell you earlier that a Jew is such a noble, precious jewel that God and all the angels dance when he farts?---Martin Luther, The Father of Protestant Christianity (Germany – yr. 1518)

“Jesus did not call them Abraham’s children, but a “brood of vipers” [Matt. 3:7]. Oh, that was too insulting for the noble blood and race of Israel, and they declared, “He has a demon’ [Matt 11:18]. furthermore in John 8 [:39,44] he states: “If you were Abraham’s children ye would do what Abraham did…. You are of your father the DEVIL. It was intolerable to them to hear that they were not Abraham’s but the devil’s children, nor can they bear to hear this today.”—— Martin Luther, The Father of Protestant Christianity
“Know, 0 adored Christ, and make no mistake, that aside from the Devil, you have no enemy more venomous, more desperate, more bitter, than a true Jew who truly seeks to be a Jew… a Jew, a Jewish heart, are hard as wood, as stone, as iron, as the Devil himself. In short, they are children of the Devil, condemned to the flames of hell.” – Martin Luther, the father of Protestant Christianity.



Now I see. These guys just have a complete understanding of their target market which happens to be complete idiots.

Cool.

It's little things like these that make the destruction of humanity look almost appealing.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Shock & Awe Coming To A Strip Mall Near You

WASHINGTON – Voters who demanded Washington rein in the nation's spiraling debt are getting a message from President Barack Obama and leaders of his deficit commission: It'll hurt.

A proposal released Wednesday by the bipartisan leaders of the commission suggested cuts to Social Security benefits, deep reductions in federal spending and higher taxes for millions of Americans to stem the flood of red ink that they say threatens the nation's very future. The popular child tax credit and mortgage interest deduction would be eliminated.

Interest groups on the right and the left squealed, predictably, about the plan, which would cut total deficits by as much as $4 trillion over the next decade — much of it from programs long considered all but sacred.

The full commission has yet to make its recommendations, and the chairmen acknowledged their plan was so controversial that it's dead on arrival. But they said putting it forth would prompt a more realistic national debate about what it will take to solve the nation's fiscal woes.


For anyone who has read Naomi Klein's Shock & Awe, this is an all too familiar strategy. Crash the economy & then institute unpopular austerity measures. If the people don't like it, send in the death squads & break out the torture chambers. Now its coming to America.
Of course, Americans have been molded into such passive & neutered lumps of dough, they'll probably just roll over & say "Thank you master. May I have another."

If Americans had any guts left they'd break out the guillotines for the wealthy leeches who have been enriching themselves on American blood & sweat for decades.
It will never happen though.
Americans are so far into fantasy land with video games & pointless sports addictions & celebrity worship that they won't notice the corn-holing they're about to get until it's much too late.

I'd bet that the military will miraculously escape the chopping block. They always do. Eisenhower warned everyone about the military/industrial complex 49 years ago and nobody listened.



For about 15 minutes on 911, I entertained the idea that America just might wake from its slumber after seeing so many Americans die while their multi-trillion dollar military sat on its thumbs and rotated. It was amazing how an industry that bills itself as "defense" managed to defend no one on that day.

But no, we just climbed back on that red, white & blue leech & fed it more fucking money & gleefully sent it off to murder somebody. It was completely & utterly irrelevant who that somebody was. The really funny bit is that that somebody will most likely be us in the near future.

Irony. Black as night irony. Learn to love it America. Learn to wrap your mouths around its pecker & suck for all your worth. Because that's all we have left here in the land of the overweight & the home of the stupid.

I found this bit written by Jung, and while it was aimed at Communist state dictatorships, it is eerily prescient in describing the 21st century American corporate state.



Then, of course, there's Killing Joke, who are as relevant today as they were during Reagan's tenure as Commander & Thief.



A Compelling Reason For Full 911 Disclosure



This way accidents like the one shown above could be avoided because anyone skillful enough to bring the Twin Towers down into their own footprint could easily drop a big smokestack.

Then again, maybe we need to start hiring "crazy Muslim terrorist pilots" for building demolition work.

Of course, they could just deny there was ever a tower there and then blame the video on CGI hoaxers, while the smoke plume could just be the vapor trail from a passing jumbo jet.

In the new virtually real America the possibilities are endless.

Monday, November 8, 2010

More Fun At Yahoo's Expense

This lovely chunk of journalistic bowel movement is featured on my Yahoo page today.

PARAMUS, N.J. – The Goodwill store in this middle-class New York suburb is buzzing on a recent weekend afternoon. A steady flow of shoppers comb through racks filled with second-hand clothes, shoes, blankets and dishes.

A few years ago, opening a Goodwill store here wouldn't have made sense. Paramus is one of the biggest ZIP codes in the country for retail sales. Shoppers have their pick of hundreds of respected names like Macy's and Lord &Taylor along this busy highway strip.

But in the wake of the Great Recession, the stigma attached to certain consumer behavior has fallen away. What some people once thought of as lowbrow, they now accept - even consider a frugal badge of honor.


Now, I won't even get into how Americans have become little more than logo branded cattle, whose self image & self esteem is intimately tied into the products they buy.
Nor will I get into how they've allowed themselves to be misled into believing the "freedom" they send their kids to murder & die for amounts to little more than choices between brand names.
I also will avoid pointing out that the "name brand" clothing they covet is made in the same sweatshops as the "lowbrow" clothing they shun.

What caught my eye was this little editor's note that stood out like a big zit on a teenager's forehead.

EDITOR'S NOTE - The Great Recession has been over for nearly a year and a half, and the economy is slowly growing again. But many of the drastic changes that Americans made in how they spend money have endured - and may be here to stay, some economists think.



Now, if I read this right, the illustrious editors at Associated Press are trying to say that the shock waves caused by the looting of the American piggy bank and the massive job hemorrhage that accompanied it was over by March of 2009.

Hmmm...that's almost funny. Except it isn't.

If anyone still clings to the illusion that the news media is in business to inform us, this bit of editorial myth making should put a bullet in the head of that zombified illusion.

It's quite apparent that our news media has only one function, and that function is cheerleading for a system that is as much of a walking dead man as its cheerleaders.

It appears that the editors at AP are insinuating that this new found American frugality is completely unnecessary & irrational. In other words, our truth disseminating current event wonks seem to be telling America that a more rational course to follow would be a return to spree spending & brand name worship because there really isn't anything to worry about.

I'm sure this lump of stinky poo masquerading as information is exactly what our greed infected corporate masters would love to see happen. It would give them a chance to squeeze the last tiny drops of blood from our already bled out stone.

It wouldn't have been any more blatant if they would have put this in the article instead:

EDITOR'S NOTE - Go back to sleep America. There's no cause for alarm. There's nothing to see here. Don't worry about a thing. Then, after a nice comfy nap, arouse yourself just enough to toddle off to the mall & go shopping. While your at it, make sure you spend way beyond your means because that's the American Dream, owning shit you can't afford. It's our lifestyle & our birthright god damn it.


You'll have to excuse me now, I feel a bout of extreme nausea coming on.

That public men publish falsehoods
Is nothing new. That America must accept
Like the historical republics corruption and empire
Has been known for years.

Be angry at the sun for setting
If these things anger you. Watch the wheel slope and turn,
They are all bound on the wheel, these people, those warriors.
This republic, Europe, Asia.

Observe them gesticulating,
Observe them going down. The gang serves lies, the passionate
Man plays his part; the cold passion for truth
Hunts in no pack.

You are not Catullus, you know,
To lampoon these crude sketches of Caesar. You are far
From Dante's feet, but even farther from his dirty
Political hatreds.

Let boys want pleasure, and men
Struggle for power, and women perhaps for fame,
And the servile to serve a Leader and the dupes to be duped.
Yours is not theirs.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

The Fine Art Of Misdirection

Lately, I've been paying close attention to my Yahoo home page. More specifically, I've been interested in how the news stories chosen conceal much more than they reveal. I realize this is nothing new or particularly shocking, but I find it a source of continual fascination.

The latest story to catch my eye involved President Obama's visit to Asia. The headline reads:


Obama calls India creator, not poacher, of US jobs


The opening paragraph goes on to set the surreal tone of the article:

Searching for help half a world away, President Barack Obama on Saturday embraced India as the next jobs-creating giant for hurting Americans, not a cheap-labor rival that outsources opportunity from the United States.


Seriously, is Obama kidding? He can't possibly believe this load of horseshit, can he? The idea that, somehow, India will magically return jobs to the US seems too absurd for words.
Yet there the words are, flowing from the messianic lips of our president.

"There still exists a caricature of India as a land of call centers and back offices that cost American jobs. That's a real perception. Just around this table you're seeing billions of dollars in orders from U.S. companies, tens of thousands of jobs being supported. We're a potential that has barely been scratched."


Sprinkled amongst Obama's surreal Indian job creation pronouncements are examples of the president's gooey & chewy humanitarian center. For example, he uses his stay at the luxurious Taj Mahal hotel, scene of the 2008 "terrorist" massacre, to quietly reflect with first lady Michelle over the names of the dead, muttering "we'll never forget" as if America can remember where it left its car keys let alone any historical occurrence of any significance.

Mr. Obama also paid a visit Ghandi's home.

The president also celebrated the life of a personal hero, Mohandas K. Gandhi, a father of Indian independence and model of peaceful activism. The Obamas spent time at the home-turned-museum where Gandhi once lived. They signed personal messages into the guest book and pledged to bring their daughters, Sasha and Malia, back one day.


Gosh, isn't he a swell fellow? Lionizing Ghandi and his "peaceful activism?
It's enough to bring a tear to the eye, isn't it?

Here's a photo of their guest book widom:



Notice that Obama's entry starts out "I am filled with hope...," which I find, for some strange reason, to be incredibly fucking funny.
After all, there's nothing like immortalizing those once in a lifetime hero-worshipping opportunities with a bit of your old marketing campaign, eh?


Of course, all of this is complete bullshit, and not particularly noteworthy bullshit at that. But what struck me as odd is that this bit of spin laden PR fluff stayed at the top of my Yahoo page for two days.

Tonight I found out why. I saw this over at the Secret Sun blog and it explained so much.



So, the lover of peaceful activism is personally ushering through the sale of $5 billion in military hardware? How cute.
So that's what he means by untapped potential, eh?

Once again the Fairy Tale Prince, divested of all glamour & spin, turns out to be a big, green, warty frog.

Amazing, isn't it?


BOOM BOOM BABY!!!





The bankers and the boards of directors, the politicians and the preachers were already putting the commandments of the Liber Al into practice, and they've only become incalculably more 'willful' since Crowley's death.

Their genius has been to mouth the pabulum and the platitudes of Western liberal democracy while taking a daily jackhammer to its foundations. They work literally around the clock to destroy nationhood, personhood and autonomy, while throwing us off the scent with the mewling drivel of their babbling witch doctors, their televised talking heads and their postmodern puppets in the Professoriate.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Spinning and spinning in the widening gyre

ATHENS, Greece – Small mail bombs exploded outside the Russian and Swiss embassies in Athens Tuesday and police destroyed at least three more as they tried to halt a wave of attacks on foreign missions blamed on far-left domestic extremists.

Authorities closed down sections of the capital and checked dozens of potential targets, while all embassies were given additional police security.

No group claimed responsibility for the attacks, which caused no injuries. No warning was given. No link has been made with the recently discovered Yemen-based mail bomb plot, which used much more powerful devices.

The attacks began Monday when a mail bomb addressed to the Mexican embassy exploded at a delivery service in central Athens, lightly wounding one worker.

Authorities searched surrounding streets and arrested two suspects shortly after the blast. They were carrying mail bombs addressed to French President Nicolas Sarkozy and the Belgian Embassy, along with handguns and bullets in waist pouches. One wore body armor, a wig and a baseball cap.

Police detonated the bombs along with a fourth device found at a delivery company and addressed to the Dutch Embassy.

One of the suspects was wanted in connection with an investigation into a radical anarchist group known as Conspiracy Nuclei of Fire, which has claimed responsibility for a spate of small bomb and arson attacks over the past two years.


That was a masterful bit of spin, wasn't it?
The Associated Press managed to equate alleged left wing radicals, incensed at their country's raping by financial elites, with Muslim terrorists, even though no connection exists.

The article goes on to say:

Greece has a vocal anarchist political fringe that opposes most forms of state authority — particularly the police and party democracy — and as well as capitalism and globalization.

In recent decades, small radical anarchist or nihilist groups have staged attacks ranging from nighttime car burnings to bomb and gunfire attacks on symbols of state power and wealth — including the U.S. embassy in Athens.

Three people have died in hits claimed by anarchist or far-left groups since early 2009, and police have arrested more than a dozen suspected militants.

The attacks surged after the December 2008 fatal shooting by police of an Athens teenager, which led to days of rioting throughout Greece.

Much of the unrest harks back to the sharp postwar divide between right and left, which led to a civil war and a seven-year military dictatorship. Although a student uprising succeeded in ending military rule in 1974, there are still tensions between Greece's security establishment and a phalanx of deeply entrenched leftist groups that often protest against globalization and U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and elsewhere.


Once again, the AP spinsters play fast & loose with reality. The "sharp postwar divide" was encouraged & exploited by the US. The military junta was funded and controlled by the US. In fact, Europe was infected with unseen right wing parasites, known as the Gladio Network, who were entirely run by the US and who specialized in killing people and then blaming the left.

Of course, the inclusion of this information might muddy the "anarchist = anti-capitalist = Muslim = bloodthirsty terrorist" connection the AP seems to be going for here.

Yahoo manages to keep things moving in the same direction by placing this story next:

Yemen hunts bomb suspect, oil pipe attacked


SANAA (Reuters) – Yemen launched a major operation on Tuesday to arrest a Saudi bomb maker accused of being behind a foiled bomb plot involving U.S.-bound parcels as the poverty-hit Muslim nation came under pressure to find those responsible.


They also manage to up the ante a bit by adding the US as a possible terrorist target.
So now we have "bloodthirsty anarchist anti-capitalist Muslim terrorists coming to a strip mall near you America." All done without any connection actually existing. Of course, these days innuendo is as good as proof to the average American who probably can't spell "innuendo" & "manipulation," and who is completely ignorant of the detailed history behind illusions like this one.

Apparently I'm not the only one with a low opinion of human intelligence since Yahoo continues with this article:

Police: Shots fired at Coast Guard office in Va.


Its inclusion ensures that the average Yahoo reading American Yahoo doesn't make the mistake of thinking that it can't happen here in the good ol' US of A, because it already is happening.

In other words, "Be afraid America. Just make sure you're afraid of the right people. The people we, your elite masters, tell you to fear. That way you won't have to fear the folk who are actually ass raping you with a red white and blue ax handle; namely us, your elite masters."

And the band plays on...

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween

I only discovered this guy last night and he blew me away. His style of music is a dying dinosaur from an era when folk actually put feeling into music instead of samples, sound effects & babbling bullshit. I hope y'all find it worthwhile too.











Thursday, October 28, 2010

Thursday Funnies

Wandering around the zerohedge website, I found a link to the blog of William Goss.

Mr. Goss has some forthright things to say about America.

They say a country gets the politicians it deserves or perhaps it deserves the politicians it gets. Whatever the order, America is next in line, and as we go to the polls in a few short days it’s incumbent upon a sleepy and befuddled electorate to at least ask ourselves, “What’s going on here?” Democrat or Republican, Elephant or Donkey, nothing much ever seems to change. Each party has shown it can add hundreds of billions of dollars to the national debt with little to show for it or move our military from one country to the next chasing phantoms instead of focusing on more serious problems back home. This isn’t a choice between chocolate and vanilla folks, it’s all rocky road: a few marshmallows to get you excited before the election, but with a lot of nuts to ruin the aftermath.

Each party’s campaign tactics remind me of airport terminals pre-9/11 when solicitors only yards apart would compete for the attention and dollars of travelers. “Save the Whales,” one would demand, while the other would pose as its evil twin – “Eat Whale Blubber,” the makeshift sign would read. It didn’t matter which slogan grabbed you, the end of the day’s results always produced a pot of money for them and the whales were neither saved nor eaten. American politics resemble an airline terminal with a huckster’s bowl waiting to be filled every two years.

And the paramount problem is not that we contribute so willingly or even so cluelessly, but that there are only two bowls to choose from. Thomas Friedman, the respected author of The World Is Flat, and a weekly New York Times Op-Ed author, recently suggested “ripping open this two-party duopoly and having it challenged by a serious third party” unencumbered by special interest megabucks. “We basically have two bankrupt parties, bankrupting the country,” was the explicit sentiment of his article, and I couldn’t agree more – whales or no whales. Was it relevant in 2004 that John Kerry was or was not an admirable “swift boat” commander? Will the absence of a mosque within several hundred yards of Ground Zero solve our deficit crisis? Is Christine O’Donnell really a witch? Did Meg Whitman employ an illegal maid? Who cares! We are being conned, folks; Democrats and Republicans alike. What have you really heard from either party that addresses America’s future instead of its prurient overnight fascination with scandal? Shame on them and of course, shame on us. We’re getting what we deserve. Vote NO in November – no to both parties. Vote NO to a two-party system that trades promises for dollars and hope for power, and leaves the American people high and dry.



Y'see, I always knew I was a rich guy stuck in a poor guy's life.
Mr. Goss has obviously been struck with the lightning of righteousness and the thunderbolt of honesty.

Mr. Goss goes on to detail many truths obvious to those paying attention, but truths that are all but ignored by our current media ho-bags. Rather than just steal it all, I advise you to visit & read it for yourself.

The first 10 paragraphs will rouse your self righteous fury and urge you to "VOTE THE BUMS OUT" in our upcoming election.

Yeehah!

If you seek to keep the indignation alive though, I'd recommend you skip the last two paragraphs, otherwise your patriotic parade of empowerment will wither like a bouffant hairdo in a pummeling rainstorm.

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In other words, when "Disneyland" shuts down, and the "American Ponzi Scheme" unravels, those who invest with him will be safe as babes in their mother's arms.

Gee, I really really love when everything, even "da truth," turns out to be nothing more than a big angst ridden commercial.

Don't you?

Monday, October 25, 2010

To Pole Shift Or Not To Pole Shift

"Archeo-astromer" Patrick Geryl predicts that there's trouble a-brewin' on Homestead Earth.

From his website:

Author Patrick Geryl came to the staggering conclusion that the Earth will soon be subjected to an immense disaster. The cause: upheavals in the sun's magnetic fields will generate gigantic solar flares that will affect the polarity of the entire Earth. The result: our magnetic field will reverse all at once, with catastrophic consequences for humanity.

Massive earthquakes will demolish all buildings on the planet, and instigate colossal tsunamis and intense volcanic activity. In fact, the Earth's crust will shift, sweeping continents thousands of miles away from their present positions.

There is ample evidence in the literature of ancient civilizations that such disasters have occured in the past and also clues that they knew when another such calamity would occur. The Dresden Codex of the Maya for instance, contains the secrets of the sunspot cycle, about which our modern astronomers know almost nothing!

In his books, Patrick Geryl continues his scientific analysis of the millennia-old codes of the Maya and Egyptians that refer to the coming super-disaster. He determines that both cultures arose from an antediluvian civilization which was able to calculate the previous polar shifts and that we should take very seriously their calculations that place the next reversal in 2012!


After much deep & penetrating research, I've come to the conclusion that Geryl is full of shit.
While there is a major Earth change on the horizon, I doubt that it will only involve the Earth's magnetic field.

I believe that once the denizens of the American continent manage to attain their goal of mass super-sizing, the resulting weight imbalance brought about by having 300 million pudgy Michelin Men & Women on one side of the world will cause the entire planet to just shift on its axis.

The resulting carnage will force the closure of many necessary services such as McDonald's drive thrus & local beer merchants, thereby confusing & discombobulating
an already confused & discombobulated populace of halfwit illiterate Americans. These Americans, long accustomed to easy access to cyborg meat & liquid sedation, will suddenly find themselves in the unenviable, and heretofore unknown, position others in the world describe as "being hungry."

As this knowledge sinks in, panic will quickly ensue as all attempts at restoring order are drowned out by the collective rumble of 300 million empty American tummies growling in unison.

Some will turn to Jesus but these poor unfortunates will quickly discover that, even with huge amounts ketchup dolloped on like whipped topping, the Book of Ecclesiastes will never taste like a Big Mac.

At this point, Martial Law will be imposed. This feeble last attempt will be thwarted as huge crowds of ravenous fatties descend on anyone within chewing distance.
Eventually this cannibal orgy will distill the American population down to one giant fat guy, allowing the French to capture it in a super-sized cage baited with 10,000 lbs. of FREEDOM FRIES. The cage, rigged with the hypnotic mind control device we know as ESPN, will allow the French to lull the big dumb yank into a stupor, thereby giving them the opportunity to load the American wide behind into a really fucking big rocket & blast it into outer space.

At this point, the Earth will teeter totter back into position like a see saw after the fat kid falls off.

Of course, then the whole sordidly gluttonous cycle inevitably begins anew as we uncontrollably hurtle towards the next pole shift.

As you know, it's common knowledge amongst the world's elite that the recent upswing in UFO sightings are the result of the alien's attempts to construct a giant slingshot in our upper atmosphere so that the fat dumb planet destroying American blob can be caught and then jettisoned back towards its home world.

Currently, the UN is clandestinely addressing this problem by appointing an alien ambassador who will attempt to negotiate dumping rights for such a large quantity of meat product.

Stay tuned for more updates...

Thursday, October 21, 2010

A Moldy Hunk Of Clarified Butter

Upon rereading my previous post, I realized that I completely overlooked what really bothers me about Abel Danger's anti-Greenpeace rant; namely, Abel Danger's pseudo-moralistic outrage at Greenpeace's use of "propaganda."
Abel Danger isn't unique in this regard. Every group on the receiving end of spin seems to conveniently forget that their side is also a judicious user of the curve ball.

In my opinion, all this does is deflect any serious discussion away from the glaring "elephant-in-the-room" factoid that most of the information we ingest in a day is little more than someone's propaganda.

I'm sure that's exactly how the people running our dysfunctional consensus reality want things to run.

The uber-rich give amply to both parties. They are beyond the dipshit partisan ideology that obsesses we proles. I doubt that they give a tinker's tit about which wing does the leadership pantomime as long as they own the wing.

I hope this hunk of bread spread clarifies things. If not, just put me down as another annoying peasant.



It really isn't that I'm against propaganda. Face facts, without the fairy tales, the herd would panic. A nation of adult adolescents who seem to have stopped maturing at around their 15th birthday are not prepared for adult discussions. They need fun.
And giggles. Lots & lots of giggles. They'll accept the serial rapist as long as a cute puppy story follows on its heels.

I recently watched an episode of Jesse Ventura's Conspiracy Theory.
On it, Jesse intrepidly braved the wrath of the elite by attempting to expose "the elite's" massive tunneling effort, their minions toiling to build them bunkers against the coming 2012 catastrophe.

To be succinct, it sucked. Jesse's Posse had research skills that would embarrass David Icke. Evidently, if it's on the web it's the GODDAMN TRUTH! And if someone JUST LOOKS JESSE IN THE EYE & APPEARS TO BELIEVE THEIR OWN BULLSHIT, that is good enough for the Jester.

But that's why shows like that exist, isn't it? To make any thought of "conspiracy" look completely & utterly foolish. Shoddy research, dubious sources, huge leaps of proof challenged imagination make it easy to laugh at. And those not laughing are kept busy chasing phantoms & ghosts.

All my criticisms aside, what I found utterly, gut bustingly hilarious, was this section:



It starts out with Jesse's British hottie googley-eyed & amazed that the U.S. Government has "bases" in the middle of fucking nowhere. And...and...(gosh, I'm amazed too)...and they have airstrips there too.

Wow!

Then Jesse talks to some fellows who are turning old abandoned missile silos into upscale underground condos.

Really.

This ties in with another Posse member's intrepid expose of the Cheyenne Mountain underground bunker.

Now here's where my gut busted & all my bile leaked out.

Cheyenne Mountain was developed to counter the dreaded demon known as

NUCLEAR ANNIHILATION.


The U.S. Government & their elite compadres dreamed up a strategy known as M.A.D., or Mutually Assured Destruction, which posited that any nuclear war with the Soviets would result in the complete destruction of both sides.

It seems to be a system of deterrence based on the idea that's it's better to be dead than Red.

Did you catch that motherfucker? I said

BETTER DEAD THAN RED

Except, that really isn't true.

Oh, our fearless leaders wouldn't have the tiniest qualm about watching us turn into irradiated mutants or shadows stuck to walls, but they've always envisioned another fate for themselves. They named that stillborn little nightmare of an idea

CONTINUITY OF GOVERNMENT.

And thankfully, by the grace of the dumbfuck masses, they were able (abel?) to nursemaid their dreams into fruition.

In other words, yoohoo America funded the mass construction of instruments of their own annihilation while they simultaneously funded the construction of an escape capsule for the people who sold them on the weapons in the first place.

The only thing ingenuous about this plan is the blatant way it never, not once, "misunderestimated" the stupidity of the average American pud yanker.

Let's put our time traveling earphone thing-a-ma-bobs on and have a listen to that twirling and spinning turd of a conversation:

"Look, we've got an idea. Since the Commies suck big stinky donkey dick, we've developed this strategy that could, quite possibly, lead to you, the American people, being magically transformed into a really humongous pile of charcoal briquettes. Ummmm...would that be a problem?"

"No...good. Actually that would be more than good, that would be utterly splendid."

"What's that? Where will we, your leaders be when everyone plops on to the nuclear Coleman?

Ah, yes...well that brings me to my second proposal...

We, your leaders, also understand the necessity of ensuring that our way of life carries on. We need to have someone who will pick up the shattered pieces afterwards. And, quite frankly, who better than the folks who did the shattering? So...ummmm...we're going to be hunkered down inside a mountain with about a million cases of Ensure. Y'see, we need to maintain a...ummmm...a con...a continuity of...of...government...yeah, that's it...a motherhumpin' con-ta-new-a-tea of guv'ment.

You buy that, don't you pal?

Look, the quicker you say "yes," the quicker you can go home & click on ESPN."



Meanwhile, Jesse & his crew are chasing twee tales of underground bunkers & sunspot doomsday, seemingly unaware that we, the ever watchful & competent masses, already assented to the insertion of that big stubbly hunk of "elite" peckerwood long ago.

But that's okay. I'm a goddamn patriot. And if my metamorphosis into a blackened cinder ensures the survival of one rich guy, it was worth it.

Really.

Man, I hope there's a game on....

A Cursory Look At "AbelDanger.net"

At Eric's insistence, I paid a quick visit to the Abel Danger website. The first post there derailed me a bit since I expected something else entirely.

They offer up this video



and then ask me to "spot the fallacies" used by Greenpeace in their ad.

First off, asking me to "spot the fallacies" in a video that offers "pop-up fallacies" is as manipulative as Greenpeace's use of a little Eminem wanna-be to dispense their views.

2nd, the anti-human argument is not a modern phenomena invented by "a coalition of Maoists, Trotskyists, and Canadian members of the Sierra Club."
Its pedigree is fairly ancient, existing at the heart of most religious traditions.

For example, the Bible says this:

Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.
What profit hath a man of all his labor which he taketh under the sun?
For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.


While the Buddhist Dhammapada says this:

Look at your body-
A painted puppet, a poor toy
Of jointed parts ready to collapse,
A diseased and suffering thing
With a head full of false imaginings.


There is also a modern strain of philosophical pessimism that has been exiled to the fringe by the "Gee, ain't it great to be alive" crowd.

The German philosopher Julius Bahnsen wrote this back in 1847:

Man is a self-conscious Nothing.


Bahnsen believed that reality is "the expression of a unified, unchanging force" whose very nature is monstrous, "resulting in a universe of indiscriminate butchery and mutual slaughter amongst its individuated parts."
In Bahnsen's view, "everything is engaged in a disordered fantasia of carnage."

Norwegian, Peter Wessel Zapffe, saw it as a problem of self-consciousness. Zapffe posited that the rise in consciousness made humans the only species aware of "the tragedy of existence," and thereby cursed because of this knowledge.

In a piece entitled Fragments of an Interview,
Zapffe says this:

The sooner humanity dares to harmonize itself with its biological predicament, the better. And this means to willingly withdraw in contempt for its wordly terms, just as the heat-craving species went extinct when temperatures dropped. To us, it is the moral climate of the cosmos that is intolerable, and a two-child policy could make our discontinuance a pain-free one. Yet instead we are expanding and succeeding everywhere, as necessity has taught us to mutilate the formula in our hearts. Perhaps the most unreasonable effect of such invigorating vulgarization is the doctrine that the individual "has a duty" to suffer nameless agony and a terrible death if this saves or benefits the rest of the group. Anyone who declines is subjected to doom and death, instead of revulsion being directed at the world-order engendering of the situation. To any independent observer, this plainly is to juxtapose incommensurable things; no future metamorphosis can justify the pitiful blighting of a human being against his will. It is upon a pavement of battered destinies that the survivors storm ahead toward new bland sensations and mass death.


While this was published in 1959, the ideas expressed are no different from those put forth in his 1933 book, The Last Messiah.

Abel Danger, by grafting a modern political interpretation on something as old as pessimism, do the philosophical truisms at the heart of pessimism a grave disservice.
They offer no evidence to refute Greenpeace's claims, choosing instead the illusory moral high road that finds fault with using children to proselytize views they don't understand.

To be fair, they should at least point out that the human system these alleged "Maoists, Trotskyists, and Canadian members of the Sierra Club" are attempting to overthrow have refined the exploitation of children, whether as under-age Free Zone sweatshop workers or as targets of million dollar ad campaigns designed to open their parents wallets, to a fine and quite nefarious art form.