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am at the end of my rope, but have neither the courage nor the cowardice to take myself out. No income, no prospects, everything I ever worked for washed down the toilet. Not only does every day it get worse, but there are those deliberately making it worse. I often contemplate suicide by cop – just start taking out anyone and everyone who’s ever fucked with me and not stop till the cops take me out – but that wouldn’t do my kids or my grandkids any good, and truth be told I’d prefer to outlive these… pigs. I could though.

Susie’s friend’s story is my story, and perhaps a couple/three million, maybe ten, maybe twenty million other late fifties highly intelligent well educated professionals around the country. The creme d’la creme. The Best Generation. The conservative christian republicans running the country are trying to kill us, trying to kill me, just as they killed Susie’s friend. When I suicide it won’t be suicide, it’ll be on the front lines of the revolution, making the world a better place for my grandchildren.

You know that old canard about Bankers jumping from high-rises on Black Tuesday? It’s just that, a canard. They didn’t jump. They were thrown. History only repeats to those paying attention. Just in my lifetime I have seen history completely rewritten into a profit driven lie that the vast majority – illiterate bare footed rubes drunk on Ambien, Prozac, Viagra and crotch-shots on Fox News Kool-Aid blindly following their television to suicide – swallow like, well… Kool-Aid. Jonestown Kool-Aid.

They’re not just trying to kill me, they are trying to kill my kids, and my grandkids. Your great grandkids. For profit. And Jesus.

Fear me, as I have nothing to lose, and no fear. 

Another Casualty Of This Goddamned Recession

[] found out she was dead when [] called her cell phone and her sister-in-law answered. She’s takeblackcatn a handful of pills and climbed into the bath.

[] know she had severe problems. [] know she was fragile. But when she had a real job, and a real paycheck, she was functional, damn it. And [] can’t help but see her as yet another victim of this goddamned recession.

Go. Read it. Now.

Fear me.

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Assassination of John Lennon

gop-humping_n The Washington Post reports this morning that CGI Federal, the low bid private sector contractor with a long history of both Republican Party contributions and failure to deliver a working product, has been effectively fired for its sabotage of the rollout of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act website healthcare.gov.

Would the same could be said for Greg Walden, Central and Eastern Oregon’s multi-millionaire “representative” who let the bid, a trust-funder punk who has never done a day’s work in its life and doesn’t even live in Oregon.

Yes, “it”. It is less than sufficiently evolved, less than human.

Fear me.

Climate change is happening, fools, so put down the Ambien, Prozac, Viagra and crotch-shots on CNN/Fox Kool-Aid and turn off the television, because the biggest problem climate change poses isn’t how the Department of Defense should plan for resource wars, or how we should put up sea walls to protect Alphabet City, or when we should evacuate Hoboken. It won’t be addressed by buying a Prius, signing a treaty, or turning off the air-conditioning.

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The biggest problem we face is a philosophical one: understanding that this civilization is already dead. The sooner we confront this problem, and the sooner we realize there’s nothing we can do to save ourselves, the sooner we can get down to the hard work of adapting, with mortal humility, to our new reality.

The choice is a clear one. We can continue acting as if tomorrow will be just like yesterday, growing less and less prepared for each new disaster as it comes, and more and more desperately invested in a life we can’t sustain. Or we can learn to see each day as the death of what came before, freeing ourselves to deal with whatever problems the present offers without attachment or fear.

We as a species, the human species, as a “race”, the human race, today stand at a cusp, an iteration, in the evolution, in the maturing, of humankind. But if we don’t abandon – outgrow – this irrational dependency on adolescent fairy-tales and attendant adolescent squabbles over whose imaginary dog has the bigger dick… we may very well not survive at all.

You are a clear and present danger to my grand-children’s survival.

Fear me.

Linguistic Question of the Week

Two definitions from the Merriam-Webster dictionary…

Main Entry: Sem·ite
Pronunciation: ‘se-”mIt, esp British ‘sE-”mIt
Function: noun
Etymology: French sémite, from Semitic Shem, from Late Latin, from Greek SEm, from Hebrew ShEm
Date: 1848
1 a : a member of any of a number of peoples of ancient southwestern Asia, including the Akkadians, Phoenicians, Hebrews, and Arabs
b : a descendant of these peoples

Main Entry: an·ti-Sem·i·tism
Pronunciation: “an-ti-’se-m&-”ti-z&m, “an-”tI-
Function: noun
Date: 1882
: hostility toward or discrimination against Jews as a religious, ethnic, or racial group

Question: If Semites include “Hebrews and Arabs,” why is anti-Semitism just “hostility toward or discrimination against Jews” instead of all Semites?

Yes, I’m back. Fear me.

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“It is no longer a question of controlling a military-industrial complex, but rather, of keeping the United States from becoming a totally military culture.” — Jerome Weisner, president emeritus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

In all our deliberations we must consider the consequences of our actions even unto the seventh generation. – Red Sticks

 

Bad Attitudes points to a Guardian post that tells us how we’ve gotten into the mess we’re in:iww-kat_0.thumbnail

Some years ago, when writing a book on understanding the internet, I said that our networked future was bracketed by the dystopian nightmares of two old-Etonian novelists, George Orwell and Aldous Huxley. Orwell thought we would be destroyed by the things we fear, while Huxley thought that we would be controlled by the things that delight us. What Snowden has taught us is that the two extremes have converged: the NSA and its franchises are doing the Orwellian bit, while Google, Facebook and co are attending to the Huxleyean side of things.

He explains the natural evolution of the total surveillance state:

Tapping into them must have seemed a no-brainer to the NSA. After all, Google and Facebook are essentially in the same business as the agency. Its mission — comprehensive surveillance — also happens to be their business model.The only difference is that whereas the spooks have to jump through some modest legal hoops to inspect our content, the companies get to read it neat. And the great irony is that this has been made possible because of our gullibility. The internet companies offered us shiny new “free” services in return for our acceptance of click-wrap “agreements” which allow them to do anything they damn well please with our data and content. And we fell for it. We built the padded cells in which we now gambol and which the NSA bugs at its leisure.

In our rush for “free” services, we failed to notice how we were being conned. The deal, as presented to us in the End User Licence Agreement, was this: you exchange some of your privacy (in the form of personal information) for the wonderful free services that we (Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Skype, etc) provide in return. The implication is that privacy is a transactional good — something that you own and that can be traded.

You’ve all been conned, willingly conned. You’re all suckers, as PT Barnum put it born by the minute. Fuck you very much.

You are a clear and present danger to my grandchildren’s future.

Fear me.

If You Want It

“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.” - Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961

We dropped the ball, my generation did… we stopped The War!

Our War. Viet Nam. But we didn’t stop War.

We forced Nixon to accountability. Whoopee! Nixon quit, The War is Over! Let’s finish our law degrees, cut our hair, and buy beemers and half-million dollar houses on the High Desert!

We stopped The War. Our War. Viet Nam. But we didn’t stop War. We finished our law degrees and bought overpriced McMansions, and left the machinations in place, notably Bush/Carlyle, Cheney/Haliburton and the Koch Brothers/Rumsfield/etal, that led to the Authoritarian State – the Fascist State – we have become.

This is for John, and the fifty-eight, almost fifty-nine thousand of my cohort who didn’t come home. Fuck all you war-mongering whores, fuck all you god-damned “christians”, fuck all ya’all.

Don’t have to be a Peace Freak to be against War.

Fear me.

Seriously, you just can’t make this shit up:

Dear Children ...

Fox News host Megyn Kelly on Wednesday assured children viewing her program that both Jesus Christ and Santa Claus were white men.

The mythical Jesus Christ was a Jew of Mediterranean descent, what we know today as Palistine, and not the white European figure often depicted in paintings and movies. Santa Claus can be traced to a real life monk named St. Nicholas who lived in what is today Turkey, also of Mediterranean descent and not the white European figure often depicted in paintings and movies.

Christmas. Bah, he spat. Humbug.

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