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November 7, 2012

Violent Centrist Faction Takes Power

Filed under: Soapbox — Tags: , , , , , , , , — paragardener @ 3:17 am

Numbers are still coming in, but no one doubts that a violent centrist faction has seized control of the United States on this, its latest election night.
Either Republicans or Democrats won, guaranteeing an imperialistic foreign policy and the suppression of domestic civil liberties in the coming years. Drone wars, federal prison populations, beehive collapse and government debt are expected to increase. Republicans and Democrats were ecstatic or despondent.
One thing is for certain: the new President and Congress will do anything to pay off the creditors who enable the American government to fight several wars at a time while providing bread and circuses for the American people. The ritual casting of voter-tally-sticks, while a quaint and interesting local custom, had no reasonable chance of dissuading America’s political class from its essential loyalty to its own financiers and loyal military establishment.
Truly, the peaceful hand-off of power from one violent centrist faction to another is a blessing of this modern world, for those to whom the empire’s spoils are distributed (primarily the “1%”). And so we enter a new age in American politics, marked by a liberal or conservative sea change, sure to result in greater wealth disparities, a chilling of freedom of speech, a worldwide spate of assassination, and also, most likely, a war with Iran.
Thank you for voting. God bless America. Goodnight.

August 8, 2012

Escape from Wonderland

Filed under: gardening, Soapbox — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — paragardener @ 12:25 am

Today I went to vote and received a sticker claiming that “My vote counted!” I seem to remember a time in the past when you received a sticker that said, “I voted.” Like “I gave blood,” the sticker was a subtle social pressure to get other people doing the same thing. If more people vote, that should tend to make our sham democracy less of a sham.

“My vote counted” means something completely different. It means “I have faith in the electoral system.” Which I don’t… I can’t really say if I fed my ballot today directly into a paper shredder or not. Anyways, the candidates who win are generally those anointed by party machines, which live as a sort of parasite or symbiont on the corporatocracy. By and large, we the people don’t count because we almost¬† always vote as those with advertising dollars tell us (the more educated will listen to the pet journalists of the corporatocracy, who depend on the advertising rather than writing it. Advertising trumps investigation either way).

“My vote counted” is just a little intrusion of the phony propaganda world into my real life. The worst is when I try to find some news of the world and extend my view beyond my narrow little Michigan horizon (although, to be fair to this fine state, I do¬† feel like the trees limiting my line of sight, are at the right height.) The politics is all left-right, while the people at the center of it, never mentioned, suck money and life-blood from all the peoples of the world. The science is all gee-whiz, and an unexpected result in a laboratory game is always hailed as a groundbreaking new insight into the human condition. History only goes back as far as World War II. The United States isn’t an imperial power, we’re the champion of freedom around the world. It makes me want to snort bath salts and run amok, naked and howling.

The Powers That Be have yet to attain total control over our information. In fact, you can frequently hear them wringing their hands over the breakdown of consensus and the rising popularity of alternative, odd, and sometimes unbelievable beliefs. When people have been raised by T.V. and the K-12 system to be non-thinking corporate servitors, and yet they can no longer accept the nonsensical mainstream chorus message, they’re going to invent some funky explanations for the way the world is. As long as they’re not blaring hateful vibes, look at the funky beliefs of (biodynamic gardeners, state militia members, Wilhem Reich followers, the Tea Party…) and try to find the grain of truth that’s driving them.

That said, with the help of friends and family, I have developed some strategies for getting less-warped news of the world.

You can avoid the American corporate media. Read a local paper from Canada, available online (that’s how I discovered that U.S. States were floating bills to ban photography of farms, largely to facilitate horrible conditions for animals). Listen to the BBC, Al Jazeera, Russia Today, or even NPR. I don’t particularly trust these sources as truthful, but they will widen up your field of vision.

There are also independent voices you can hear over the Internet. I really enjoy Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert — they are on Russia Today and an Iranian channel, amongst other outlets, including some truly independent ones. It’s true that the duo won’t slam Russia on RT, but Russia doesn’t loom huge on my list of concerns. Max and Stacy’s job is to expose financial scams, which are plentiful and expensive in this world. Max was once a Wall Street broker and knows first hand what kind of rip-off artists inhabit the circles of high finance. There is no kowtowing to “technocrats” or Too-Big-to-Fail institutions from the mighty Max & Stacy.

Now, I don’t have an endless hunger to hear about financial scandal, but there are often other good news items reposted on maxkeiser.com, or Max will have guests on who you can look up to find out something new. He’s hosted the likes of Dmitry Orlov and James Howard Kunstler, who hold the view that the corporatist economy has grown to its limits and must now crash (credit and investment don’t work so hot in a shrinking economy. And it will be a dark day if the money system becomes so shoddy that, for instance, delivery drivers wake up and decide that it’s no longer worth going to work).

Most recently, I’ve been visiting the Internet home of the Corbett Report, broadcast from “the sunny climes of Western Japan.” Corbett follows the activities of elites to gather “Open Source Intelligence” on them and discover what they are really up to. Hint: the ranks of those with great wealth and power are made up largely of people who crave great wealth and power. Everything Corbett presents is sourced, thus shedding light on many new fields for the Internet-scrounger.

Corbett believes that Peak Oil is a hoax, Orlov believes it’s as certain as gravity. There is no phony consensus outside of propaganda Wonderland, but you can bet that Orlov and Corbett have a reasonable disagreement, and aren’t paid to speak from their particular opposing positions. What kind of person can be paid to hold to a particular line? What kind of credibility should you grant such a person?

It is totally necessary to dig into the dark, hidden side of things, like Smeagol fishing in a dark hole or turning over rocks to find worms and wood lice. If you have no drive to look at the evil, you would totally allow Nazis to take your neighbors away and figure that they were really going to a fun and educational camp. But there is also a wonderful side to life, of volcano-painted sunsets and meteor showers and creative people to appreciate.

Sometimes it’s hard to get out of The Grid, the mile roads and power lines and mowed fields of Southeastern Michigan and ten thousand other metropolitan sprawls around the world. So, I suggest escaping its all-stultifying influence by allowing one corner of your backyard to go wild. You could water it in a drought or cut back a nasty invasive plant, but mainly just support the life there, and don’t try to utilize or prettify it too much. This is a place to forget about the endless echo of human chatter and value judgements and artifice.

Learn from weeds.

May 9, 2012

Obama 59%, “Inmate 11593-051” 41%

Filed under: Soapbox — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — paragardener @ 9:53 pm

Your thrown-away vote counted. In a victory for the people against the Leviathan, West Virginians denied Barack Obama 41% of the vote in an “uncontested” election.

Keith Judd, Federal Inmate 11593-051, is doing hard time for extortion in Texarkana, Texas, but he managed to get himself on West Virginia’s Democratic Primary ballot. Apparently, in West Virginia this means submitting $2,500 and a notarized form. He took 41% of the vote, and above that many people who felt they couldn’t responsibly vote for the random guy they’d never of just abstained from the Presidential vote, and worried about voting for their U.S. Senator instead (20% more votes were cast for a “safe” Senate seat than for the Presidential spot.) President Obama, West Virginia rejects you.

Republicans are loving to flaunt that Obama is so unpopular that he was seriously challenged by an imprisoned felon with a nappy Rasta mullet and beard. However, Judd won almost as many votes as Mitt Romney, so their guy isn’t looking so strong in West Virginia, either.

Judd may have won a delegate to the Democratic Convention. Democrats active in the Party are feverishly reading through the organization’s by-laws right about now.

I’m not sure what to believe from Judd’s profile on Vote Smart. It lists some normal jobs such as teaching music and mentions previous runs for office, but there are also strange claims such as precognition and membership in the “Federation of Super Heroes, 1976-1982.” Judd supports the Tenth Amendment against Obamacare, and wants to dispense with bank-controlled money creation in favor of the government directly spending its own fiat money (not too bad an idea, IMHO).

Congratulations, West Virginia, we heard your message loud and clear. Always remember, dear reader, that you don’t have to vote for a despotic power-hound like Mitt Romney or Barack Obama. You may vote “none of the above” by checking some other box, or writing in the candidate of your choice. It will be pretty embarrassing for the elites, who pretend at democracy, when they can no longer muster a majority of voters for their awful, lying, betraying candidates.

January 22, 2012

Finally, a Candidate worth Wasting my Vote on.

Filed under: Soapbox — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — paragardener @ 7:08 pm

Lately I’ve been watching the cable news networks, thinking that a little passive absorption of infotainment would keep me informed in a very general way. Like, I hate it when I realize that everyone’s been talking about an earthquake or a hurricane or a war almost breaking out for the last week, and I was going about my life all oblivious.

When I tune in, though, it’s nothing but the Republican primaries over and over. “Romney said a jackass thing last night at a fundraiser. Gingrich piled onto Romney this morning with petulant comments. Whose advantage will it play to?” When I get into political discussions with friends lately, I tend to twist the topic into the race for Presidency. It goes against all evidence, which suggests one President is the same as the next (to do: start a war without Congress’s say-so, enhance police powers, grant Wall Street’s every whimsical request, rearrange the hoops educators must jump through to get Federal funding…).

It depresses me, to find myself pondering questions like: would I vote for Adolph Hitler or Ghengis Khan? Some pushy character would surely get in my face: “Every patriotic American must vote for Adolph Hitler — his record is slightly less violent than Ghengis Khan’s! If you don’t vote for Hitler, it’s like you’re giving up on democracy! How could you just throw away the precious, precious vote our forefathers fought and died for?”

What is the bare minimum of acceptability for a President? It’s unlikely that I’ll get a candidate who agrees with me on economic policy, imperial policy (aka foreign policy), gun control, abortion, marijuana, environmental protections, the best Federal holidays, etc, etc. I’m not looking for perfection here. I’m thinking: at the least, a President should not make problems worse for the country as a whole. Otherwise, voting for them is also making things worse.

Mainstream Republicans are right out for me, because they support imposing Christian laws on this land. They stand against everything that is right and good and cool about America.

If Ron Paul hangs in there, I might actually consider that guy. I’ve noticed that most of the attacks on him are actually attacks on the douchebag who wrote his newsletter, or some crazy supporter who supports the death penalty for gays, and this makes me think: Paul must be a really clean player and a gentleman if the media can’t really disparage him, himself. He actually stands up to banker central control of our economy. However, can he really cut $1 trillion from the budget and not hurt the rest of the economy? Would restoring Constitutional federalism have unacceptable side effects for women and minorities? I’ll have to consider those questions, if the dude can stay in the race long enough for me to get a vote on the matter.

Now Obama. Obama has supported an escalation of attacks on medical marijuana, started a foreign war, and bailed out the bankers ($10 trillion?) while offering us nothing but some coupons for energy efficient windows and a mandate to buy our own health insurance. He’s thoroughly demonstrated that he is worthless to the 99%. By turning a blind eye to Wall Street’s orgy of looting, Obama has shown that he is, in fact, bad for the country as a whole, and I would no more vote for him than Ghengis Khan.

I could abstain from voting. Since government has no respect for people’s rights, and government is selected by election, by voting I’m participating in the stripping of my fellow citizens’ rights. Unfortunately, non-voters are counted as “apathetic,” people so lazily squashed onto their couch that they could care less what is going on in the outside world. The solution is the protest vote – a vote wasted on someone who could never in a million years win. It counts as participation, without supporting the illusion that “we the people” actually want the leadership of either Hitler or Ghengis.

So, it looks like a vote for Vermin Supreme.

And remember- a vote for Vermin Supreme is a vote completely thrown away!

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