nebris: (Away Team)
~I keep reading endless numbers of articles and essays about how Trump became president. And none of the them really seem to get it. Chris Hughes comes close, but he seems to have lost his mind. Can't blame him really, as everyone is dancing around the elephant in the room; we are in fact already IN Collapse, eg, The System is in Terminal Failure.

We are in Late Stage Capitalism. What that means is as the profit margins get narrower, The Owners need to squeeze harder to extract said profits. This has been going for a few decades now, but for the general public, the 'balloon went up' with the Crash of '09, which was the direct result of The Big Squeeze. Wall Street et al created a Housing Bubble of insane proportions via all manner of shady and even illegal marketing and accounting games.

When the shit hit the fan, they got their political lackeys to use Tax Payer Money to 'reimburse' them for their loses and left said Tax Payers out to dry. Roughly 40% of the American Middle Class Wealth was lost. FORTY PERCENT. That meant eroded tax bases, gutted pension funds, wrecked state and municipal bond portfolios.

That is what Obama inherited. And, being the Corporatist he is, he bunted economically. The perfect example is the ACA [which originated with The Heritage Foundation, a very right wing think tank]. He'd promised a Public Option over and over and over again on the campaign trail. Withing a month of his Inauguration, it had vanished, forcing thirty million Americans into the clutches of the Insurance Industry. [see The Big Squeeze]

Eight years later, after more and more of that kind of betrayal from the Democrats and the insane slavering obstructionism of the GOP, the American Electorate had come to hate the establishments of both parties. And two Insurgent candidates emerged from outside of each party; Bernie and The Donald.

We all know what happened. The 'undisciplined' Dems suddenly became Very Disciplined and sandbagged Bernie. And the infamously disciplined GOP fielded a slate of total buffoons and got its clock cleaned.

Even then, Hillary should have won. She did in fact 'win' The Vote. But her ground game sucked so badly [arrogance], and the Dems had alienated so much of their own base [more arrogance], she lost four states by roughly 120K votes in total.

And that boys and girls, is how Collapse works. The System becomes so rotten that a Black Swan like The Donald can end up in the White House. Now The Deep State has to game The System [delegitimatizing it even more] in order to fix the problem and do a reset, eg a Pence White House, which while ugly, will at least be relatively stable.

But we are still in Late Stage Capitalism and Collapse is still underway and no one has any real idea what to do about that ...except, of course, More Of The Same, which is a well known definition of insanity.

Toss the now inevitable Catastrophic Climate Change into the mix and one can be certain that the next century or so is going to be 'very interesting times' indeed.

You can kill yourself now if you wish....

Nebs Rages

Jul. 28th, 2016 10:21 pm
nebris: (A Dark Boy)
"We had a chance to put a good honest decent man in the White House, though I suppose we really never did have that chance. Be that as it may, that good honest decent man was ridiculed and brutalized and shoved aside...and now we're given the choice between The Corporate Fascist and The Overt Fascist and told 'you MUST vote for the The Corporate Fascist because “rights!!”'

Well, fuck you. Fuck all you craven mother fuckers. I'd call you sheep, but sheep are cute and your crawling moaning fear is ugly. The truth is, The Republic deserves Donald Trump for our sins, which are Legion. And I strongly suspect we're going to get him..."

Nebs Sez

Jul. 23rd, 2016 11:54 pm
nebris: (A Dark Boy)
~Back some time in 2012 Vince Lamb said he hoped 2013 would be ''a better year'. I told him, 'no, it would be worse...and so would every year after it for the foreseeable future'. And looking out at the mid-point of 2016, I can see I was right. But once one knows the patterns, one can generally predict the future.

Nebs Pukes

Jun. 7th, 2016 10:12 pm
nebris: (A Dark Boy)
"I'm sick to my stomach. All the polls showed them in a dead heat in California, but all of a sudden she's got a twenty plus point lead...and for some reason they've never explained, the various news organizations are not doing any exit polling at all in the state, so we have zero 'on the ground' numbers to check this against.

This is why I hate getting excited by any candidate. Either they turn out to be a piece of shit or, if they're the real goods like Bernie, the systems grinds them down...."

Nebs Sez

Apr. 20th, 2016 05:02 am
nebris: (A Manga Thang)
The Dems and the GOP are both ‘owned’ by Corporate Money. Corporate interests nearly always get their legislative needs met, while We The People get shined on.

Each party 'makes the proper noises’ to its respective bases, but their campaigns, and the jobs they get when they either lose or retire from office, are wholly dependent upon Corporate largess. One does not bite the hand that feeds.

So for example, the Dems will 'fight for gun control’ and the GOP will 'fight for expelling the illegals’, but note that almost nothing has happened with either. That is because those are issues that help divide the Electorate and therefore keep each party in power because we’re too busy fighting each other over 'table scrapes’ while The Corporations eat their full.

That was okay when the economy was in decent shape, but for most Americans, the Crash of '09 has never really ended. The average American is still struggling to get by, while The Rich have apx $36 Trillion Dollars stashed in offshore accounts.

So the core base of each party has rebelled.

For the GOP, this has produced Donald Trump. For the Dems, Bernie Sanders. Whatever one thinks of their respective platforms and ideologies, it is very apparent that each party establishment hates them and has done its best to derail their campaigns. That is because they each truly represent the Will of Their Party Base and that is not what The Corporations want.

Trump is pretty much a lock at this point. And Sanders is closing in on an increasingly hapless Hillary. If the GOP does a 'political maneuver’ and steals the nomination from Trump, expect bloodshed. If the Dems squeeze Sanders out, I expect that Hillary will still win in November. The GOP simply does not have the numbers anymore.

But the Democratic party will be ripped open. Too may of us are sick of being lied to by Center/Right Corporatists who pretend to be Liberals [Hillary & Obama] and having a 'social issues' bone tossed to us to shut us up while they feed the Corporations every single thing they want.

Capitalism is in its Terminal Phase where it is now devouring its host. As I Posted/Tweeted a few years ago, “No domestic industry left. Massive unemployment. Crushing personal debt. The bankers still free. Drone strikes. Drug war. Social violence. Paralyzed politics. Diminishing public services. 65 US vets committing suicide every single day. 200,000 homeless children nationally.

I could go on and on. That is what Collapse looks like, not tattooed barbarians racing along the highways. The steady slide downward.”

Hillary talks 'incrementalism', but as we say in AA, “Half measures availed us nothing.” ...and time IS running out.

Nebs Sez

Apr. 9th, 2016 02:47 pm
nebris: (Away Team)
~I find myself in a truly bizarre place this election season in that I am rooting for a Presidential candidate from each party, namely both Bernie and The Donald, when I usually have zero use for any of them. Certainly when the time comes, Bernie gets my actual vote. But I pull for The Donald too because, even if I think he's really just trolling, he IS trolling The Establishment.

And I really really really want to see them debate each other. Those debates I'll watch! I'm sure when they disagree it will an extreme disagreement, but I'll bet you they'll agree on a lot of things that would highly discomfort The Rulers, such as how thoroughly rigged the system actually is and how 'the little guy' can't catch a break.

It's obvious why I support Sanders. To quote myself, “I'm a fat old man on Disability. I support Sanders out of selfishness, as he seems the only candidate who'll work to make my last few decades of life bearable.”

But even though much of what Trump says is appalling, ALL of that stuff is exactly what the GOP Establishment has been saying since the summer of 1968, only he's removed all the filters and shouts it from the rooftop. He has totally stolen their narrative and there's nothing they can do to stop him....except cheat. Of course, if they do that, the base will come after them and not rhetorically either. We'd see the actually shedding of blood at the GOP convention, 'watering the Tree of Liberty' as it were, which many of us would find most entertaining.

So there you are, kids.. #FeelTheBern and #Trump2016!

Nebs Sez

Mar. 13th, 2016 05:48 am
nebris: (A Manga Thang)
"So here comes the lecture….

[posted in my local FB group, which is Very Republican]

The Dems and the GOP are both ‘owned’ by Corporate Money. Corporate interests nearly always get their legislative needs met, while We The People get shined on.

Each party 'makes the proper noises’ to its respective bases, but their campaigns, and the jobs they get when they either lose or retire from office, are wholly dependent upon Corporate largess. One does not bite the hand that feeds.

So for example, the Dems will 'fight for gun control’ and the GOP will 'fight for expelling the illegals’, but note that almost nothing has happened with either. That is because those are issues that help divide the Electorate and therefore keep each party in power because we’re too busy fighting each other over 'table scrapes’ while The Corporations eat their full.

That was okay when the economy was in decent shape, but for most Americans, the Crash of '09 has never really ended. The average American is still struggling to get by, while The Rich have apx $36 Trillion Dollars stashed in offshore account.

So the core base of each party has rebelled.

For the GOP, this has produced Donald Trump. For the Dems, Bernie Sanders. Whatever one thinks of their respective platforms and ideologies, it is very apparent that each party establishment hates them and has done its best to derail their campaigns. That is because they each truly represent the Will of Their Party Base and that is not what The Corporations want.

Trump is pretty much a lock at this point. And Sanders is closing in on an increasingly hapless Hillary. If the GOP does a 'political maneuver’ and steals the nomination from Trump, expect bloodshed. If the Dems squeeze Sanders out, they can expect defeat at the polls, which if we’re lucky would mean a President Rubio and if we’re not, a President Cruz.

…and I’ll just leave it at that."

Nebs Sez

Feb. 19th, 2016 02:54 pm
nebris: (A Manga Thang)
~While this is what passes for 'liberalism' in this country today, it is not actually classic Liberalism. It is Urban Petty Bourgeois Moralizing created by Boomers [my generation] to justify their selling out to the Corporate State, exchanging their Citizenship for Consumerism and sacrificing their Freedom [which we learned in the Sixties was kind of tenuous anyway] for a Safety they expect to be guaranteed by The State. They are almost all entirely unaware of the Stalinist subtext of most of these constructs.

As I've said elsewhere, "Liberal Humanism had once been a vital force and had changed human affairs for the better. But it inevitably fell victim to the Cult of The Individual and then fractured into ideological factionalism, individual narcissism and intellectual decadence. Its absolute rejection of Hierarchy doomed it to impotence.”

On the flip side, American Conservatism, via Richard Nixon, sacrificed its moral center to the leftover Old South Slavocracy for electoral gain. It has now painted itself into an epistemological corner from which there is really no escape. A casual glance at the so-called 'Conservatives' presently running for President shows that with painful clarity. It too is a doomed relic of a dead past.

Nebs Sez

Feb. 11th, 2016 11:35 pm
nebris: (A Guru)
Some Rube: "Trump is a smart man. Everyone hates him because he is vague, or points fingers. I'm sick of apologetic politicians, who haven't the intestinal fortitude to defend their own ideas, and just bend to what ever the loudest screamer is shouting. I for one want a strong President. And none are as strong as Trump."

Moi: "I'm a New Yorker and am rather more familiar with The Donald than you might be. All he's really done is take the various 'dog whistles' the GOP has used on the rubes for the past 48 years [since Nixon got elected] and shout them from the rooftop.

He was probably bored and got into this for the excitement. His "I could shoot someone and they'd still follow me" remarks shows that even he is surprised by his success. I doubt he really wants to be President, as much as it would feed his ego. He's been around long enough to know what an utter ratfuck the gig really is.

But hey, spud, knock yourself out. As a fellow New York asshole, I applaud his game. It's brilliant and shows what a bunch of suckers the GOP base really is, just as we New Yorkers have always believed."

Nebs Sez

Dec. 5th, 2015 02:22 am
nebris: (A Manga Thang)
"The hysterical cupidity of Anti-Gunners is presently on display with their ranting about Congress refusing to ban those on The Terror Watch List from buying guns. Not only are these people who have committed no crime, they include a lot of Left Wing political activists, people in the anti-war, environmental and racial justice movements, because the Security State considers them ‘terrorists’. There are also no small number of people who simply have the 'wrong name’ and are on the list through pure incompetence.

The Terror Watch List is a Fascistic blunt instrument. Granted the GOP didn’t vote the law down because of that. They were pandering to their base. Basically, they did the right thing for the wrong reason.

But this does reveal how essentially Fascistic the anti-gunners really are and how ignorant most people are about what really goes on with The Security State. More fear driven politics. More proof that Mass Democracy has failed."

Nebs Sez

Aug. 9th, 2015 04:02 pm
nebris: (Bachmann Pancake)
This is a quote of mine from Oct 1st, 2012: "The candidates the GOP fielded this year were the worst in living memory, a collection of morons, lunatics and sociopaths. The only decent intelligent human being in the lot, Jon Huntsman, was never able to get out of the single digits. Nixon and Reagan would have been appalled...and, based upon their respective policy platforms, would likely not be able to gain any traction in the roiling madhouse the GOP has become."

Today: The set of GOP candidates amazingly enough is even worse than three years ago. They don't even have a Huntsman.

Nebs Sez

Mar. 20th, 2015 12:36 pm
nebris: (A Dark Boy)
"The American Right supports the brutal fascist kleptocracy in Kyiv and the American Left supports the brutal fascist kleptocracy in Moscow and each claims the 'moral high ground' while doing so. *spits* Even more proof of the failure of Mass Democracy."

Nebs Sez

Mar. 18th, 2015 11:38 pm
nebris: (A Manga Thang)
"I think we should go in the opposite direction; make Voting a Privilege to be earned, not a Right granted by mere birth.

Base it upon Knowledge, a more rigorous version of the present US Citizenship Test, which I suspect at this point most native born Americans could not pass in a pinch. Include History, Civics, Economics and Science at a High School Senior/Collage Junior level. And make it like driver license, renewable every ten years or so.

Certainty the overall numbers of voters would plummet, but their quality would soar. They'd be the type of voters that none of these lying expletives could fool with the BS they presently spin...and that includes *both* parties, who lie and lie and lie to their respective bases and then go do what their pay masters want, not what The Republic needs." comment on Mandatory voting? Obama says it would be 'transformative'

Nebs Sez

Dec. 19th, 2014 12:24 am
nebris: (A Manga Thang)
"Because both the Democratic and Republican parties are largely beholden to their Corporate Pay Masters in how they vote etc, their rhetoric must reflect the essential world view of their political base in order for them to retain any type of 'legitimacy'.

For the Democratic base, that means making 'Progressive' noise about Social Justice etc, even has the party keeps on moving Rightward as it has since the defeat of Walter Mondale in 1984. Every now and then it can toss its base a political bone, like Marriage Equality, something that does not have any real effect upon the fortunes of its Corporate Pay Masters.

For the Republican base, that means making more and more 'Conservative' noise as it keeps moving Rightward to stay ahead of the cynical Democratic shift. This has led the GOP into the territory of nearly pure Fascism, with all its trappings; War Mongering, Misogyny, Racism, Nativism, Religious Extremism, etc. Their Corporate Pay Masters are either indifferent to these things or supportive of them because they help generate profit and create a favorable operating environment.

Real democracy is a very tough gig and history shows that the average human is simply not up to the task. It is therefore quite easy for The Corporate State to use its wealth and power to manipulate and divide The Electorate. That even someone as well educated as Ms Douglas is so publicly polarized proves that point.

The truly well informed equally despise both parties, knows full well how thoroughly the system is rigged and that voting is largely a sucker's game."

..comment on We Can’t All Just Get Along

Nebs Sez

Dec. 10th, 2014 02:08 pm
nebris: (A Manga Thang)
This Meme is making the rounds Dear Elizabeth Warren, Please Run For President. I commented:

"In order to run she'd have to sell her soul to the Corporate State. They're the only ones with the cash to fund a Presidential campaign. [Obama and Mittens *each* spent a Billion Dollars in 2012] We get better service out of her in the Senate.

Yes, I said "Obama and Mittens *each* spent a Billion Dollars in 2012."

That's the Financial Primary that chooses candidates before the voters cast a single ballot.

Elizabeth Warren is not going to save us.

Bernie Sanders is not going to save us.

And Hillary most certainly is not going to save us.

The Game is far too thoroughly rigged at this point for any single leader to save us.

I'll repeat two things I've said over and over again....

"All politics is local." ~'Tip' O'Neill

Which is why, in the end, democracy fails. Because humans are, as a rule, 'provincial', which is a socio-cultural way of saying that they are primarily concerned with their own immediate sphere of interest, tend to ignore everything outside of that sphere and react with fear/anger whenever the larger sphere impinges. That prevents most humans from thinking 'globally' or even 'nationally'.

This is why Leaders are *required*. The People, by their nature, cannot lead themselves.

TO DEFEAT THE CORPORATE STATE TAKES PATIENCE AND GUILE

“Do not expect to defeat The Corporate State at the ballot box. Big Money can power its way through almost any election cycle. That is not however a call for Revolution. Big Money can power its way through those as well and rather unpleasantly.

Instead it must always be remembered that by its conscienceless and rapacious nature, the thing sows the seeds of its own destruction. Therefore what is required is both the ability to survive its collapse *and* to have another functional structure extent to replace it. Anything else is empty rhetoric.”

This is why said 'Leaders' - a group of them is necessary - will need to be Very Patient and Very Disciplined. True Change will take at least two generations to create "another functional structure to replace it." Otherwise, The System will be able to simply co-opt whatever movements that manifest."

Friend: Michael - I must have hope. Human beings must have hope.

Michael Varian Daly: Hope is a trap. Every time hope fails us, we get beaten down even more. What is required are realistic goals and the Willingness to pursue them no matter what.

Without realistic goals, hope is merely self delusion, the thing that leads us to the showers at Auschwitz.

Friend: name them....

Michael Varian Daly: I have already outline my goals. They scare most people.

But in general terms, what one needs is a practical Ideological Framework that will engage a Beginner Cadre to move things forward during the early days aka 'the hard times'.

Said Framework must in turn serve a Greater Goal, a Profound Goal, one which provides both a Mundane and Spiritual motivation for people to be willing to sacrifice in order to achieve it.

And one must accept that one will not see the end of this thing, that one will likely barely even see the beginning. This is especially hard for Americans. We have been primed for Instant Gratification and for 'Closure'. Such a mindset traps one in 'the here and now' and blocks one off from The Future.

The positive value of 'being in the moment' is to see with clarity where one actually is in said moment and understand its true nature. One is not supposed to move in to that 'moment' and remain there. It is merely a station upon a journey.

Friend: Where do I find them?

Michael Varian Daly: I have one paradigm. There are others. Beyond my own paradigm, I cannot tell you. You have to Seek. Just make sure you're not doing the same thing and expecting a different outcome.

And investing in Liz or Bernie et al is very much 'doing the same thing and expecting a different outcome.'

Friend: I know - I don't invest in them but I thank God for them. But I DO invest in repealing Citizens United and McKucheon as that is where the big money is taking us down. You may be right Michael and I suspect you are. We are very much like Rome in it's last days. But I will not stand idly by.

And you told me you wouldn't comment on my political posts unless I asked!

...so I volunteered to delete them all. This is the epitome of the American 'liberal' mindset, just as fear driven and unwilling to listen as the Baggers, just in their own way.

I expect she will do absolutely nothing different and be frustrated when she gets the same results.
nebris: (A Dark Boy)
"The Poor of all ethnicities [there's no such thing as 'race'] have far more in common with each other than with The Rulers who oppress them. But The Rulers have known that since the early days of America and used human's innate Tribalism to build a very specific form of Racism into our Collective Culture in order to maintain control.

White=Overlords
Black=Property
Brown/Red/Yellow=Conquered and/or Subject Peoples

But now Economic Inequality is causing that paradigm to strain to its breaking point as more and more Whites begin to realize that The Rulers regard them as Niggers, too."

Nebs Sez

Oct. 9th, 2013 11:17 pm
nebris: (Bachmann Pancake)
"The single most important thing we [the GOP] want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president." ~Sen Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in Oct 2010

And last year the GOP failed miserably at that task, while also losing ground in both Houses of Congress. That then is the foundation stone of the present crisis, to punish Obama, hopefully even destroy his presidency. The GOP trumpets this at its base, though it tries to pretend otherwise to the press and the larger electorate.

But the base makes no effort to hide this desired outcome. One can go to any political thread on the Internet and clearly see the burning pathological hatred of Obama. And the forty or fifty hard core TP/GOP Representatives, with hard core Tea Party gerrymandered districts, are the spearhead of this attack. They have beaten the rest of the party into submission and terrorize them with 'getting primaried' if they deviate in the slightest.

There is all this screaming and yelling from that quarter about how Obama et al 'won't negotiate'. I submit that one cannot negotiate with a group whose goal is to destroy you and all your works. In that paradigm, there is only Victory or Defeat.

As the principle goal of this group is clearly not among the goals of anyone besides themselves and their minority base - not the majority of Americans, nor at this point even of the Monied Interests - it is only a matter of time before they are driven back and destroyed. How much damage they do before that depends upon how long it takes to drive them out of their present position.

Note: I am not a Liberal. I am not a Democrat. I have never voted for Obama. I believe him to be a Center/Right Corporatist and to have continued easily two thirds of Bush II's policies.
nebris: (Bachmann Pancake)
~I have a few predictions in this matter...

First, Orange John finally gives in and allows a Floor Vote...at which point the twenty five plus GOP Reps who have already committed to such join the Dems and pass a 'clean' CR. Then all Hell breaks loose and the GOP civil war becomes a full-on blood letting.

Second, Orange John holds the line and Default looms...at which point The White House invokes the Fourteenth Amendment “The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law...shall not be questioned,” and unilaterally raises the Debt Ceiling by Executive Order. Then all Hell breaks loose and the GOP goes for Impeachment, a futile gesture even if they get the proceeding because they'll lose in The Senate no matter what.

I honestly cannot conceive of the US going over this cliff. The Monied Interests are already putting on massive pressure – Lloyd Blankfein grimacing in front of The White House – and even without that the Near and Long Term Consequences are DIRE 'across the board'. Really, you know Shit Is Hectic when Yours Truly is on the same page as Lloyd Blankfein, Grover Norquist, Charles Krauthammer and Peter King.

But we shall see.

One thing is for certain, the Suicide Caucus [Krauthammer's phrase] is in for a very rough ride next year. Gerrymandered or not, Big Money is going to out for their blood. You can piss on The Little People all the doo-dah-day, but fuck with Big Money like this and you're in for an ass raping..,

...and you can take that shit to the fucking bank.

Nebs Sez

Sep. 5th, 2013 07:39 pm
nebris: (Bachmann Pancake)
"No-one who is not owned by The Corporate State is getting anywhere near the Oval Office for the foreseeable future. That will likely translate into a steady stream of Democrats because only Right Wing Radicals can make it through the GOP primaries and The Corporate State has learned The Hitler Lesson, that one cannot control a Political Radical once they grasp the levers of power.

FWIW I stopped voting for president when confronted with Obama Inc. The blatant lying of how he was marketed - The Great Liberal Superman You've All Been Waiting For - so baldly conflicted with his record - Center/Right Corporatist - that I was physically repulsed."

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