George Carlin who says he is only an onlooker to the parade of life. He states:
“Man’s noble aspect is the aberration. Art, music and philosophy are merely poignant examples of what we might have been had not the priests and traders gotten hold of us. I think the human game was over a long time ago when they took over.”
In a few hundred or years [maybe sooner] (a blink of an eye in the course of earth time) humans will kill themselves off or be killed off by the robots, then mother earth will take over again and pretend as if humans never existed.
In his essay, Green Capitalism: The God That Failed, Richard Smith tells us “The results are in: No amount of “green capitalism” will be able to ensure the profound changes we must urgently make to prevent the collapse of civilization from the catastrophic impacts of global warming.”
Some other points from the essay:
“…he Chamber of Commerce and National Association of Manufacturers would appear to be right and pro-growth, pro-market environmentalists wrong: Under capitalism, growth and jobs are more often than not at odds with environmental protection.”
“…given capitalism, imposing big cuts in greenhouse gas emissions means imposing big job cuts across industrialized economies around the world. That’s why, regardless of protests, no capitalist government on the planet will accept mandatory cuts in GHG emissions.”
Carlin was right.
Both of the articles mentioned below cannot be dismissed as some radical fiction of a weird mind. Their contents are the few snippets of responsible journalism which were to be found in the corporate news world at the time of their publication. I do not know how Fareed Zakaria keeps his job, he does a remarkable tightrope walk and of course, the fact that some of what he writes does not enter the US press may help. Continue reading
Easy Rider was a heavy trip the first time I saw it when it was released in the cinema. The ending was a numbing and shocking scene and I literally sat stunned. Afterwards I was too sad for words for several days. Then and today, this film was a not-so-subtle reminder that Amerika was, and still is, a dangerous place for dissent. Continue reading
If you still believe that President Oblame is holding true to his campaign promises,
If you believe he is still trying to make a better America for you all,
If you are still riding a “slippery slope” with him about his seeming lack of willingness or ability to prosecute wrong doing, and,
If you do not feel uneasy about his drone attacks on “suspected” terrorists,
Then please take a look at what Jon Stewart recently says when he “Questions Obama’s Values” in a segment called “Priorities USA” Continue reading
I get so fucking tired of hearing people shoot their mouths off about Edward Snowden, Bradley Manning, Julian Assange or WikiLeaks calling them traitors and that they compromised lives in the field. A recent blog comment is typical: “It’s all Snowdon’s fault. If he had just kept is mouth shut and not committed treason…”(source: The Whistleblower Directory A Wall of Fame)
No, Edward Snowden probably didn’t commit treason
By Dylan Matthews – June 12, 2013
“Jefferson Davis stole a bunch of states and waged war on the other ones for four years, and even he wasn’t convicted of treason!
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The author of this piece is a prominent American physician who has lived in Istanbul for many years. He sends out a regular email newsletter informing his recipients of events related to the “war on terror,” the mad Obama the Bomber drone attacks, and events that deal with the politics of Turkey and the Middle East in general.
Suddenly The “Empire” Stands Naked
Rana Foroohar, in Rewiring the Banker Brain, says that “A culture shift is still needed to reconnect finance with the real economy.”
Foroohar writes “the best minds on Wall Street still spend the majority of their time figuring out new and smarter ways to game the system…finance is still disconnected from the real economy, which is one reason that the regulation battle rages on.”
I recently read an article in the former Newsweek (now The Daily Beast) called Hope Isn’t Enough: Without Conviction or Destination, Obama Flounders by Stuart Stevens July 19, 2013
If you continue to believe that Obama the Bomber has been a President who has given hope to the United States and that because of his administration the world will be a better place, I encourage you to think again. If you have the lack of hope that I do that he is going to make the world a better place to live in then read on.
As a citizen of the Unites States, you should no longer support Obama if you believe in a just peace and the US Constitution. The best reason for not supporting Obama is a “one issue” situation. The military and its wars is THE issue, all the others pale in comparison.
“His own worst enemy”
The good Germans of the 1000 Year Reich ended up in a nightmare world where neighbor watched neighbor and children informed on their parents and where everyone was afraid of everyone else. Hannah Arendt
called what the Nazis brought to their people, the “banality of evil
Hunter S. Thompson wrote the definitive book on the rotten business of political campaigning called Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72.
Hunter Thompson burned his bridges by writing what really happens during these political freek shows where some of the most rotten and brutal tactics imaginable are performed all for the entertainment of the press corps and to win the “hearts and minds” of those citizens who believe they are engaging in democratic political action called voting.
The United States of America has become a nation infested with VIPeR’s, not those reticulated serpents that so many people fear but instead these VIPeR’s are a two-legged variety of cop whose primary duty seems to be to invade a citizen’s sacred privacy. In some parts of the world that has been going on for a long time, but in the United States, that is never supposed to happen unless you are accused of a crime and arrested. Continue reading
In The Atlantic, Ronald Brownstein wrote an article titled “Closing the Book on the Bush Legacy” in which he states: “Thursday’s annual Census Bureau report on income, poverty and access to health care-the Bureau’s principal report card on the well-being of average Americans-closes the books on the economic record of George W. Bush.” Continue reading
Posted on Sun, Jul. 26, 2009 in the Kansas City Star
“No one said fixing health care in America would be easy.” The problem is enormous in scope and at the same time intensely personal. The nation’s economy, the federal deficit, state budgets and employers’ payrolls are all tied up in the health care system — not to mention Jane Doe’s timetable for retirement and John Doe’s latest blood pressure reading. Continue reading
Today I was reading the New York Review of Books (NYR), a publication which demands that the reader actually read something well and then causes that reader to think about it, so unlike the “mass media.” Anyway, I digress; the NYR article I was reading is called “What About the Iraqis?” and starts with the following:
“Sometimes there is nothing more gripping than the mundane. Consider “Baghdad Burning,” the on-line diary of a young Baghdad woman who goes by the pseudonym of Riverbend.”
I was recently forwarded an article, written by Mr. Freddie McGoldrick (see far below), which was forwarded and forwarded and on and on and on… However, I did not see where anyone did anything but forward on the message. Since Social Security is becoming of some interest to me now, (I am almost 62 years old) I thought I might take the time to just Google some of these hot topics and see if there is some information there which I could reply to or comment upon. It seems I was right. Continue reading