Reunited

Kewl. Logging on here feels like Science Fiction. Like a dusty, decrepit cobwebbed computer, adrift in space, blinking to life. Hello, familiar people.

Im alive. Living in a 5’x8′ room, with my aging dog. I rent from a pregnant couple, so I’ll have to leave before the baby comes. Most likely, I’ll buy high-milage decommissioned taxi minivan & live in it. Last year I lived in a rusty cargo van, literally deemed a ‘scofflaw’ by nyc traffic enforcement, moving art for rich clients for cash– in a business model based on Han Solo– until it was hit on the highway, I did a night in jail, other dramatic bumps occurred, & then I was sleeping on park benches, stairwells, construction sites & sidewalks. All that was pretty-much fallout from E leaving-me, over a year ago. She did it an unnecessarily-hard way, which shook me. Hard to get back on my feet. I didn’t fall into drugs or booze, but life got hairy. I was too traumatized to function & thousands of dollars of work went un-invoiced, unpaid. There were some high points, too. Miley Cyrus hired me for 19 hours in Miami, to help her hot-glue pills & beads on her six-foot bong. I salvaged an abandoned Vespa from the gutter this winter & bombed-around Queens, wearing a mask/ with no license plate. I fooled-around with quite a few shockingly-hot shockingly-young babes. But once I established I -could-, I eased off that. My social life has dwindled to– a handful of girls who I tried dating & it didn’t click– but we kept meeting for dinner occasionally. Most of my old friends are long-gone. My computer is broken, my phone barely works. I’m long-overdue to see the dentist. Taxes unpaid. I’ve tried to avoid indulging in self-destruction, but haven’t entirely succeeded. Politically, my view of the world has become harsh– like a housepet abandoned on the highway. I’m not fully rooting for Trump, just to watch the world burn. But many of the people here– who turned their back when I needed help– are good-little Bernie & Hillary supporters. Trolling them with Make America Great Again talk is a spiteful pleasure.

I’m bragging a bit, and whining, but not exaggerating.

My latest project is being fanatical about what I eat, for the first time in my life. On the ‘Keto’ diet. I weigh everything I eat to the gram, on a little drug dealer scale. Super-low carbs, lots of fat, a precise amount of protein to avoid losing muscle. Dropped 10 pounds in 2 weeks (much of it water, surely) & steady since-then.

Uncertainty about what comes next scares me, but I expect it to be better than the 2015 was. I suppose that’s why I’m here. Wanna drop in somewhere where people have known me a while. Get my bearings. So, hi.

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Guns and Kings

Ancient Rome (once again) shows us some insight into “values”. You know, those things that often drive our passions, without having been actually thought about.

Automatic thinking.

Rome supposedly started off as a monarchy – and said monarchy was overthrown because of misrule. A republic was formed – but within a very few years the lumpenproletariat saw that the Republic – formed by and for the aristocracy (i.e. oligarchy) didn¡t do jack shit for them. In fact, the plebians actually abandoned the city in order to escape the misrule of the oligarchic senate (the US is too big to do the same I fear).

Fast forward a few centuries and the Republic was overthrown by the likes of Caesar and Octavian (Augustus). They were populist rulers who balanced the interests of aristocrats and proletariat. They were immensely popular to the point that even today two months of the year are still named after them.

Yet… yet… they never called themselves king. They had all the power of kings, all the attributes – save the title “rex”.

They eschewed the title because of the connotations of the word. They would likely have been torn to pieces if they had adopted the title – and they were wise enough to know that the title didn’t matter, the substance did.

The US, which has a major gun problem, seems to follow the Roman tradition of placing great importance on a meaningless concept – in this case, the “right” to bear arms. Romans accepted kings without the title, would kill anyone who would actuall call himself king. Americans have construed a right out of an obligation from the middle ages, and seem to think that any law limiting (an otherwise exaggerated “right”) is an erosion of their freedom.

OK, I know of the theory of “if one right is diminished, surely another will fall afterwards”. It’s a horseshit argument, ‘cos more important rights (and I mean REAL rights) are shat upon year by year with nary a complaint.

But seriously – why is gunslinging considered a “right”? What use does it have? Militia argument aside (and it’s a damned good one), what in the earth is gun-toting good for – especially in the light of the US’ favourite sport – massacres?

I guess that some uhmericans see a pickup truck with a gunrack as a symbol of “freedom”. Of course, the blinking blue and red lights of emergency services scraping up the intestines of gunfire victims shouldn’t be seen.

Unless they highlight the pickup with the gunrack and confederate flag I guess.

Grow up US of Hey! Forget about the infamous comma (militia, remember?). By all means have guns for hunting – but leave them (well registered) in a designated place such as a mandated shooting range – after beinf thoroughly checked out and educated with regards to gun safety.

you know, kinda like driver’s licenses.

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Wanna see what conservatism does?

It’s been years since I’ve read on the Great Famine (as a tangent to an essay on the Crimean War), but if you read how the British government reacted to it, it’ll ring some very loud bells.

There’s a lithany of conservative talking points here, from laissez-faire to the “power of charity” – and, for the umpteenth time, evidence that conservative policies simply – and cruelly – fail.

First – denial that there was a problem. Then, minimalization of the problem. Next – the refusal to lift the Corn Laws (which protected British agricultural interests through protectionist tariffs). Unavoidably, wealthy absentee landlords took advantage to evict starving labourers. Not surprisingly, during the famine Ireland actually EXPORTED food to the UK…

This is classic: “The new Whig administration, influenced by the doctrine of laissez-faire, believed that the market would provide the food needed, and they refused to intervene against food exports to England, then halted the previous government’s food and relief works, leaving many hundreds of thousands of people without any work, money, or food. Russell’s ministry introduced a new programme of public works that by the end of December 1846 employed some half million Irish and proved impossible to administer. Charles Trevelyan, who was in charge of the administration of government relief, limited the Government’s food aid programme because of a firm belief in laissez-faire. He thought that “the judgement of God sent the calamity to teach the Irish a lesson”. The Public Works were “strictly ordered” to be unproductive—that is, they would create no fund to repay their own expenses. Many hundreds of thousands of “feeble and starving men”, according to Mitchel, were kept digging holes and breaking up roads, which was doing no service.”

The “muscular christianity” of Tories and Whigs in action: “The “Gregory clause” of the Poor Law, named after William H. Gregory, M.P., prohibited anyone who held at least 14 of an acre from receiving relief. In practice, this meant that, if a farmer, having sold all his produce to pay rent and taxes, should be reduced, as many thousands of them were, to applying for public outdoor relief, he would not get it until he had first delivered up all his land to the landlord. Of this Law, Mitchel wrote that “it is the able-bodied idler only who is to be fed—if he attempted to till but one rood of ground, he dies.” This simple method of ejectment was called “passing paupers through the workhouse”—a man went in, a pauper came out. These factors combined to drive thousands of people off the land: 90,000 in 1849, and 104,000 in 1850″

Sanity? From an unexpected source. This I find touching: “Thousands of dollars were raised in the United States, including $170 collected from a group of Native American Choctaws in 1847. Judy Allen, editor of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma‘s newspaper Biskinik, wrote that “It had been just 16 years since the Choctaw people had experienced the Trail of Tears, and they had faced starvation … It was an amazing gesture”. To mark the 150th anniversary, eight Irish people retraced the Trail of Tears, and the donation was publicly commemorated by President Mary Robinson.””

Someone explain to me how one can be a conservative and a xtian. In fact, let someone actually defend conservatism.

I’d suggest inviting someone from CHT, but all we would get would be inartculate and visceral Trumpish rumblings. If CHT himself would chime in, all we’d get would be cognitive dissonance. Dubyapee perhaps?

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Trump

A comment from Guardian readers:

“News flash: Justin Trudeau announces he’s building a wall on the US/Canadian border and he’s going to get the Americans to pay for it, to keep out the millions of Americans who will try to escape into Canada when Donald Trump is elected.”

I’ve long known that the US is sick. I didn’t think that it was THAT sick. Bernie’s a communist? Trump warns him that his suppoerters might go to Bernie’s rallies in a thinly veiled threat? That’s brownshirt shit – and don’t think that I’m breaking Godwin’s law – there are very real parallels between 2016’s populism and that of the 1930’s.

I’d like to think that if Trump was elected he’s go to the status quo of all US potus’ since Truman, but I have serious doubts.

What the fuck is wrong with the US?

I know of the problems, what I don’t understand are the reactions. In the US of the 1930’s people were bright enough to support the New Deal. Now they appear to support Mein Kampf. Today’s US electorate would shame their grandparents.

I don’t remember the name of a former poster that contemplated giving up his citizenship for shame under Dubya. I’m beginning to contemplate giving up mine.

I no longer identify myself with such a country as the US. Not one where a Trump can be a contender. If he is nominated I will consider giving up my citizenship – and if he’s elected I’ll ask to become a political refugee after giving it up.

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But I’ll never vote for Billary 🙂

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What Happens When U Refuse The Brainwash?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3485864/Attorney-General-Loretta-Lynch-considered-taking-legal-action-against-climate-change-deniers.html

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Attorney General Loretta Lynch has ‘considered taking legal action against climate change deniers’

  • Lynch told the Senate Judiciary Committee she has ‘discussed’ the possibility of a civil suit against the fossil fuel industry
  • She said any information her office has received has been sent to the FBI in a bid to build a case 
  • Her comments came as she was questioned by Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse from Rhode Island 
  • He compared the climate change deniers to members of the ‘mischievous’ tobacco industry 
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You know Babcock & Wilcox?

This engineering firm, present in Spain during the Spanish civil war, a US company, used slave labourers (Republican prisoners) in major public works – much as IG Farben did in Nazi Germany.

German companies paid (inadequate) compensation. Babcock & Wilcox made a profit, pure and simple – and has “clean hands” with regards to facism.

I had thought that the Nurmemberg trials had some importance. Now I see that they were just another case of vulgar populism.

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Nancy RIP

What flavour of Coolwip (sic) will she be buried in? Did her astrologer forsee the fatal date?

I don’t like to speak badly of the dead, but I’ve been watching a French documentary series on the “first ladies” of notorious dictators, and somehow those frogs left out Nancy.

Reagan was a blot on our history, I place him even below dubya. And his wife was complicit in making a b actor potus.

As the ancient Romans said,

“Sit tibi terra levis”

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