nebris: (FemJihad)
~45 years ago, Gloria Steinem, a feminist writer and former CIA employee, founded Ms Magazine. She said she wanted 'a magazine owned and operated by and for women', of which there was none at the time. And the publication pioneered many Women's Issues. But it also did something else, something rather more subtle; it shifted Feminism away from Radicalism and mainstreamed it into the American Corporate Culture.

In the process it turned Feminism from a vital social movement into a Marketing Niche. Once again, actually. Edward Bernays had done that with women publicly smoking cigarettes as an 'act of freedom' back in 1920. Virginia Slims reproduced that model quite successfully in the 1970's.

This Corporate Feminism told women [though mostly White Middle Class woman] that they 'could have it all' within the Capitalism paradigm if they just worked hard. Of course the actual Corporate World [White Males] fought that tooth and nail and many of those women who tried to 'have it all' dropped out exhausted. Some, like Hillary Clinton, became even worse than most of the bastards they were up against, Hillary still having to use one of those bastards as a wedge to push her way in.

And now, here she is, at the pinnacle of her 'have it all' career and she cannot even put away a goon like Donald Trump. It's not because she's a woman, though that is a factor. No, it is because she is so obviously a Corporatist and the Electorate hates that now, having been plundered and pillaged by Corporations for decades.

This is ultimate betrayal of Feminism in all its forms. When the perfect Corporate Feminist reached her moment of triumph, Corporatism has become so toxic she will be lucky to scrape out a victory against the most vile and hated presidential candidate since Huey Long.

And that is why so many of you women who have committed to this brand of Feminism – and have no doubt it IS a Brand – are losing your minds. It's not about Hillary. It's not even about Trump. It is that the failure of your Brand is now stark and undeniable, though of course you'll keep denying that to the very end.
nebris: (A Manga Thang)
"Every call to ban AR-15's just makes more of them fly off the shelves. And 3D printer tech is reaching the point where they'll be able to make them 'on the DL'.

We've always had guns and semi-auto battle rifles, too. Millions of M1 Garands and M1 Carbines flooded the market during the 50's and 60's, but mass shootings have only been a social phenomenon for the past few decades. Clearly something else besides the availability of weapons is going on here. My take is that this is a fundamental social breakdown...

...and the average American is still roughly ten times more likely to be shot by a cop than a mass shooter."
nebris: (The Temple 2)
~So, once again, my foray into American Electoral Politics is ending in Disappointment and Depression...and a fair amount of Rage. I knew better, but 'hope' seduced me. I allowed my cynicism to abate. More the fool me...

...and that brings me to this meme I created a half dozen years ago and which still holds true:

TO DEFEAT THE CORPORATE CONFEDERACY TAKES PATIENCE AND GUILE

“Do not expect to defeat The Corporate Confederacy* 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.”


For me, that 'functional structure' is The Sisterhood. So once again I need to refocus upon the Liber Sorores. What has been written needs some editing - like the Preface now that my mother is dead - and obviously the whole thing needs to be finished...

…I wrote the above in a burst on June 8th and then the aforementioned 'Disappointment and Depression' ground me to a halt. This has stewed the past few days [it's a bit after 4am on the 12th] and it finally dawned upon me how I was 'seduced'. I want things to 'be okay', at least for a while. And that is what is driving so many now, especially Hillary supporters and those Sanders supporters who's turned on a dime to become the former.

But that's not going to happen, kids. I finally remembered my Primary Mantra; "It is no measure of good health to be well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society." And that's what supporting Bernie – and then Hillary – is all about. We all what to 'be okay' with what we've got...and that is killing us.

Bernie means well, Goddess Bless him, but he's trying to fix something that is irrevocably broken and so many of are desperate for that to happen because we're rightly afraid of what comes next.

So Her Prophet is back once again to where he is supposed to be; working as hard as he can on building that other 'functional structure', the one he probably will not get to see, which makes said work very lonely and sad, but that is my Path and such is what I must do...

...and so it is.



*I call the thing a 'Confederacy' instead of a 'state' because it is not monolithic, but a series of groupings that compete among themselves, but are more of less unified in their general outcome, which is to own everything and keep 'the masses' under control.

Nebs Sez

Jun. 9th, 2016 09:48 am
nebris: (A Manga Thang)
"Okay, Bernie has a sit down with POTUS and Smilin' Joe. He's talked with Hillary. And he's staying in the race until Philadelphia even though he seems to know she's gonna take it. As I've said, he's made a heavy investment in the Democratic Party and I suspect he plans to call in all his chips in order to play ball. He also said “Donald Trump cannot be president,” more than once.

That sends him back to the Senate with a lot of juice. From here on in, whenever he talks, a large number of Americans will listen. So expect him to hold Hillary's feet to the fire...if of course, she can actually beat Trump, which is not a sure thing in my books.

As I'm in California, I possess the luxury of not having vote for her. She'll win the state no matter what. I might vote for Jill Stein. I might sleep in. Too early to tell...."
nebris: (Away Team)
Seems like Hillary is tanking and there's noise about 'parachuting in Joe Biden' to 'save the party'. Well, go ahead, you mother fuckers, just try to slip Smilin' Joe past Bernie on the floor in Philadelphia. There's going to be hundreds of thousands of Bernie supporters in the streets outside. Pulling that shit will make Chicago '68 look like a fucking bake sale. You have been warned....

Nebs Sez

May. 13th, 2016 06:38 pm
nebris: (A Manga Thang)
"If Hillz gets the nom – and the fix IS in – Bernie may have to give her some sort of endorsement, but then step back. However, that depends upon how evil the DNC establishment acts at the convention. And they can be pretty fucking evil.

Even if she gets a 'clean win', I seriously doubt Bernie would take the VP slot. That would hamstring him and badly damage his credibility. Better to stay in the Senate and hold her feet to the fire.

He knows this is a long game, so he cannot overtly sabotage her yet neither can he actively support her. He would need to balance in between while moving to consolidate what he has started and move forward to create a solid progressive power base within the party. He's already started that with the Brand New Congress initiative. He could kick start that by campaigning for the handful of real progressive down ticket Dems.

Of course, the harsh truth is a Trump victory would serve that goal better by discrediting the present DNC establishment, especially if it he beats Hillz by a wide margin. If it's narrow, the DNC will blame Bernie et al.

That said, if Hillz has to drop out because she gets indicted and the DNC establishment tries to give the nomination to someone besides Bernie, then all bets are off. I'm already getting a Chicago '68 vibe from Philadelphia '16. Philly cops are just as fucking psycho as Chicago cops.

And I also worry about Bernie post a solid California win, vis Bobby Kennedy." /sigh
nebris: (A Dark Boy)
~For a few years in my early teens I was a fairly dedicated National Socialist. Like many who find Nazism, my motivations were emotional, not political. Basically, I wanted to torture my Jewish step father, who fully deserves to be tortured, trust me. Also, my parents were rich hippy artists, so 'going Left' would not have been the rebellious act as it was for so many of my contemporaries.

After a few years, I moved on, but I have always maintained a deep fascination with The Third Reich and all its doings and have become quite an expert on the thing. As such, I wish to share some of that expertise and shall do so from the point of view of National Socialism itself in order to give those of you who've only known it from the outside a true feel of real Nazism.

A few years back I said the following: “To wit, it is contended that the German National Socialist movement, aka Nazism, had an impact upon the 20th Century – politically, psycho-culturally, philosophically, economically, technologically, theologically – of such depth and profundity that it far outweighs the impact of all the other movements of that century, one which irrevocably changed the not only the course of human history, but even the ways in which we perceive ourselves as human.”

In my capacity as Her Prophet also said: "From The Sisterhood's point of view, Adolf Hitler taught the Single Most Important Epistemological Lesson of the 20th Century. He showed in very clear and totally uncompromising terms how a purely Masculinist Patriarchal State would look and how it would function."

Now I shall put on my 'Nazi Hat' and explain a few things....

~Adolf Hitler is National Socialism's Prophet and his words are the final words on all matters related to NS.

~Nazism and White Supremacy are not the same thing, though many ignorant 'white people' have conflated the two. Nazism and Fascism are not the same thing, but again many ignorant people have conflated the two.

~Nazism is not really a political system, though it acted as one in Germany from 1919 to 1945. Nazism is a Nationalist Spiritual Movement which holds that the Germanic Peoples are naturally superior to all other peoples and as such should rule over all other peoples. While it manifests certain elements of Fascism, the latter is a pure political system based upon Corporatist collaboration.

~Hitler believed the Jews to be the natural and eternal enemy of the Germanic People. In that context, Holocaust Denial is a crime against NS. True Nazis celebrate the Final Solution as the Third Reich's most significant achievement. Denial of it is weakness, a mewling petite bourgeois conceit that that insults The Führer.

~Hitler believed the Slavic peoples to be subhuman and meant to be first enslaved and finally exterminated via a brutal labor regime. The inclusion of Russians, Ukrainians, etc in NS is in direct opposition to The Führer's beliefs and shows how polluted modern so-called NS has become.

Part of the blame for this can be laid at Himmler's door. He recruited many non-Aryan groups in to the Waffen SS as the war went on, including many Slavs. Like all too many in the hierarchy of the Third Reich, he was a weak self serving sycophant.

~In the end, Hitler said, “If the war is lost, the nation will also perish. This fate is inevitable. There is no necessity to take into consideration the basis which the people will need to continue even a most primitive existence. On the contrary, it will be better to destroy these things ourselves, because this nation will have proved to be the weaker one and the future will belong solely to the stronger eastern nation. Besides, those who will remain after the battle are only the inferior ones, for the good ones have all been killed.”

~In that context, National Socialism died with Adolf Hitler and The Third Reich. That which has followed is only pathetic mummery.

...and now I take off my 'Nazi Hat'.

Of course, most of NS is nonsense. It's esoteric foundations are just a mish-mash of reheated 19th Century pseudo-scientific racial theories that were themselves musty leftover Medieval superstitions and ancient tribal creation mythologies reworked by crackpots and lunatics, all liberally dosed with knee-jerk antisemitism. But Hitler was a genius in how he used all that and woven into NS are some Very Harsh Lessons About Power that are still true to this day.

With the advent of Transhumanism, the idea of a superior race is becoming a reality, a group of humans who will be genetically and cybernetically enhanced. But when one can engineer the color of one's hair and eyes, the whole concept of 'the blonde blue eyed Aryan superman' becomes a joke.

While the world's various ethnic groups have certain genetic proclivities brought on by culturally driven selective breeding, none of these groups are 'superior'. The each produce geniuses and defectives, though mostly, they just produce mediocre humans.

I expect some 'white folks' will start squawking about White Genocide! and other such hoohah. My response to them is 'Stop yer fucking whining! It's weak and sad.' The modern world is an Anglo-European invention and will stay that way for many centuries to come. The two most populous nations on Earth, India and China, are run along European lines and each individually has more English speakers than the entire population of the British Isles.

We of European descent have had a damned good run, nearly six centuries of almost total global domination, economically, politically and culturally. And even if we're fading, that legacy will out live us. So have some fucking dignity about this, for fuck's sake.

Remember, in the end, Kultur is more important than skin color and we've already won that struggle for the ages.

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.

nebris: (The Temple 2)
~I do not support Sanders because I believe he will 'save' Democracy or The Republic or whatever. I support him because of all the present candidates he is the one who is the most likely to provide a real socioeconomic breathing space within which The Sisterhood can grow.
nebris: (Away Team)
“I’ve been thinking a lot about why there has been more internet outrage over Cecil than over Sandra Bland and all the other situations like hers. It seems like almost everyone posted something about Cecil, myself included, but I didn’t see nearly as many posts about Sandra.

I think it has something to do with our essential powerlessness. We witness these tragedies happening daily, weekly, constantly; we see our society imploding around us; we know that there are monsters a-bornin’ all across the country, born from violence and drug addiction, born from the fact that they are far more valuable as fodder for a for-profit prison system than they are as modest taxpayers, so why invest in them having any future; the wealth of our nation is channeled upward, away from us, instead of outward, to serve us - and yet we’re easily played by politicians who cut more and more of our commonwealth and tell us it’s to save us taxes; we try to conduct our lives decently, but we have no power. Even if we have some protection from accidents of birth and privilege. Even if we’re hanging on to modest middle-class status by our fingernails. We have NO power. If we allowed ourselves to feel the outrage that is really there, we would die of rage and grief.

But then here comes this guy. This oily, smirking, wealthy white guy. If he’s not quite a 1%er, he seems damn close to it, as far as we can see. And this asshole tosses 50k, which is more than most of us make in a year, and half of what a reasonably comfortable home might run on, he blithely tosses fifty thousand dollars for the chance to destroy something beautiful. Because he can. Because fuck you, peasant. Because when I pump my crossbow bolt into something rare and special, it gives me that jolt I need to keep my jaded appetite alive. Because I can buy anything I damn well please. Because it’s super fun to kill big things. Because I need something new for my trophy room.

But then we see - he is, in fact, just one guy. And we’re all after him. Maybe, maybe, maybe, maybe we can catch him, and make him pay. And deep down, maybe that will help us feel like we were actually able to strike a blow about this deep sense of unraveling that is seeping into our consciousness, for anyone that is even the least bit awake.

Of course, this will do nothing to the people who actually own us - the ones whose level of power and wealth is, quite literally, unimaginable to us, the ones who hunt with such subtlety that we don’t even see it happening, the ones to whom this Minnesota dentist is nothing but a scurrying little toady. They take whole nations for their trophy room. And there is nothing that you or I can do about it.” ~Liz Anderson

Nebs Sez

Jun. 9th, 2015 03:51 am
nebris: (A Manga Thang)
"I'm a sixty three year old White Male raised Upper Middle Class in NYC. Racism is culturally cooked into my psyche and will remain there until the day I die. The best I can do about that is to be aware of it and not allow it to run me.

Part of such is not to go to the other extreme and submit to White Guilt. That leads to internalizing the worldview that White folks can *only* do evil and that all non-Whites are 'saints'. That is simply a inverted form of Racism and leads to all manner of sociocultural mischief. That's why I dislike the term 'Person of Color'. It maintains separation and reenforces the idea that Whites are a special class of humans.

Besides, I personally have plenty of better reasons to hate myself than some cultural construct for a imaginary state of being. While 'Racism' certainly does exist, 'Race' does not. Black America is living proof of both statements. [see 'Red Bone', 'High Yellow', 'Quadroon', 'Quintroon', 'Octoroon', 'Mulatto']

We Humans are flawed creatures and if one truly believes in equality, one will allow oneself to see both the Good and Evil in each of them as one encounters them. And trust me, you *will* find both. We publicly laud our Goodness, but secretly love our Evil."
nebris: (Away Team)
"The final stages of capitalism, Marx wrote, would be marked by developments that are intimately familiar to most of us. Unable to expand and generate profits at past levels, the capitalist system would begin to consume the structures that sustained it. It would prey upon, in the name of austerity, the working class and the poor, driving them ever deeper into debt and poverty and diminishing the capacity of the state to serve the needs of ordinary citizens. It would, as it has, increasingly relocate jobs, including both manufacturing and professional positions, to countries with cheap pools of laborers. Industries would mechanize their workplaces. This would trigger an economic assault on not only the working class but the middle class—the bulwark of a capitalist system—that would be disguised by the imposition of massive personal debt as incomes declined or remained stagnant. Politics would in the late stages of capitalism become subordinate to economics, leading to political parties hollowed out of any real political content and abjectly subservient to the dictates and money of global capitalism."
Karl Marx Was Right
nebris: (Away Team)
~Climate Change is here*. The science for that is – for those who really think 'scientifically' – incontrovertible. But since that concept is fairly terrifying on several levels, there is a lot of Denial.

Now, the principal way in which Climate Change Deniers undercut the work to deal with the thing is to point out – quite accurately – that 'climate has always changed'. The whole idea of Nature being “Balanced” is a human conceit. Nature is in fact a very dynamic and fluid system and we need to readjust our entire perception of it.

Here in our Modern Corporate Marketing Culture, that means “Rebranding”. So let us start calling the thing what it really IS: Extreme Climate Change**, because the climate is being changed in extreme – and unnatural – ways.

So I'm pushing the hashtags #ExtremeClimateChange and #ECC to get the ball rolling. Please Reblog and RT this.


*And we can no longer stop it, but we can ameliorate its effects and prepare ourselves to ride it out. Like they say, 'climate has always changed' and this too shall pass.

**I have been saying “Catastrophic”, which is really more accurate than “Extreme”, but, frankly, that's too hard for most people to spell.

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: (Away Team)
"The dumbest thing Marx ever did was fall for that "withering away of the state" business. Whether the state is "bourgeois" or "proletarian" or "cooperative" or "corporatist" or what have you, there is not the slightest reason for thinking that the state, as such, will come to an end. There is no reason at all for thinking that complex human societies can forgo politics, governmental organization, planning, the rule of law, coercive enforcement of the rule of law, the paternalistic socialization of children and the ongoing, organized defense of the realm against violent threats from potential predators. There is no reason at all to think that the many interlocking institutions in such a society can make everything work through "self-organization" or "emergent" patterns of pure voluntariness and spontaneous cooperation.

There is no millennial salvation coming at the "end of history". There will be no end of history.

You know why the left goes absolutely nowhere and has been crushed by the forces of private capital power for over a half-century? Because it is largely composed of nitwit fantasists, dreamy melancholics drowning in barbarous and muddy ideological theorization, and thumb-sucking fools who are in deep, deep, deep denial about human history, human nature, and human social life.

People want a more just and equal world? Then they are going to have to fight for such a world, struggle to build it, think hard and in a concrete analytic fashion about how to organize it, put those organizational plans in place though the messy gringing work of politics and the coercive mechanisms of an organized legal system, and then struggle to keep it from falling apart.

And the struggle will be endless, because human beings are an erratic mess, with abundant proclivities toward aggression, violence, irrationality, selfishness, delusion, laziness, fanaticism and hysteria. Decent human society comes from keeping all of these things in check via a well-thought out system of governance, not from attempts to eradicate them.

Society is hard work because human beings are just a species of wild animal with the special ability to domesticate and tame themselves. There is no race of pure and sinless angels waiting to emerge once all of the fascism, statism, or meanyism is scraped away." ~Dan Kervick

Nebs Sez

Sep. 21st, 2014 04:21 pm
nebris: (Away Team)
Michael Varian Daly
Catastrophic Climate Change will handle the issue.

Lordofthemisanthropes
Runaway global warming will end all life on Earth; that is not a solution.

Michael Varian Daly
No it won't. Life is amazingly tenacious. There is Life at the bottom of the ocean and in the bellies of volcanoes. Life has survived asteroid strikes and volcanic 'nuclear' winters.

Hell, CCC won't even kill us off. We're like cockroaches. Yes, things are going to be unpleasant for a few centuries, but we'll survive..and keep our technological civilization, too.

Keep in mind that the total population of the Earth when Columbus first set foot on Hispaniola was apx 480 million. That's barely 5% of today's total. Or two thirds of the US' total.

So, stop being an alarmist and start figuring out how to help us survive, because we're already past the Tipping Point and The Age of Storms is upon us....
http://www.alternet.org/environment/radical-environmental-solution-youve-never-heard
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."
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.
nebris: (The Temple 2)
~There are many days when I miss the pursuit of building The Temple, advocating the goals of The Sisterhood and calling for the establishment a New Matriarchy.

I look out upon The World and see near complete Intellectual, Political and Spiritual bankruptcy, small minds arguing over petty details and those who should know better simply rehashing old and discredited concepts....

Then I remember that I was carrying all of that by myself, which was killing me faster than I am already dying and I do my best to become selfish once again. Maybe dying while one strives is the more honorable option, but I am neither that brave nor that strong.
nebris: (Away Team)
"It is no measure of good health to be well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society." ~Jiddu Krishnamurti

“If everyone swept in front of their own doorway, the whole world would be clean.” ~Goethe

“There is no more neutrality in the world. You either have to be part of the solution, or you're going to be part of the problem.” ~Eldridge Cleaver

~I found this linked on a friend's Facebook Wall:

“We're stoked to be finalizing our pranafying, culture-inducing retreats of yoga, art, music, gastronomia, ecstatic nature & healing waters... Registration will open THIS WEEKEND, (( 1st COME, 1st SERVE )) for: June ITALY (Tuscany/Capri/Roma), August BRAZIL (Rio de Janeiro & Bahia), November Thanksgiving JAMAICA (Ocho Rios). We're offering these one of a kind 'yoga meets culture immersion' retreats hosted by locals in each country to 25 people per retreat max to ensure a deep and meaningful experience. Stay tuned!!”

I was going to go into a whole rant about the self-absorbed cluelessness of American's White Middle Class, but then the title of this post came to mind and I decided to save my energy for other things. The first three quotes cover it nicely I believe.

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