Thursday, July 12, 2018

Feminism, An Autopsy

". . . most obstacles for women have been removed by now. Women are allowed to go to college, to work in traditionally masculine fields, to speak in public, to run for office, to do whatever they want. The actual obstacles and inequalities that women face are mostly obstacles only for the poor - middle-class women and above can now buy their access to power and equality. The issues most pressing for lower income women, like affordable abortions, childcare, health insurance and health care, public housing, and so on, have slipped off the feminist radar. . . . Women are now judges and lawyers who put innocent men and women in jail, who exploit the poor, who support institutionalized racism. Women are now politicians who are rewarding the mega-rich with even more money at the expense of the poor. 

"When an industry has gone off the rails, like Wall Street or Silicon Valley, you hear this a lot:  'They just need more women. Women have more common sense, more empathy. It's just a boy's club run wild.' This is illogical. It's humans, not men, who are the problem here. 

"Now that women are raised with access to power, we will not see a more egalitarian world, but the same world, just with more women in it.

" . . . that feminism has been guilty throughout its history or rampant racism, homophobia, xenophobia, and other failures of empathy, shows that the mainstream goal was always participation in the system, rather than its destruction." 

"When feminists decided to fight for the right to work, what they meant was the right to become doctors, lawyers, and so on. . . . Right from the beginning the assumption was that work was a good thing, a fulfilling thing, that we were missing out on. Not a soul and body-destroying thing that can kill you off young or make you wish it would.

"A true radical response is a lonely road, but it's super hip these days to think of yourself as a radical without doing anything to deserve it. To think that if you buy this special bag of tortilla chips with a pink ribbon on it, you are helping to cure cancer. That if you buy this album and wear a leather jacket, you are a true punk. And if you simply call yourself a feminist, you are a feminist. 

 "What there really should be is a discussion of how women less advantaged than us (or living in different countries or cultures) are oppressed by the things we think of as empowering."

-----Jessa Crispin, Why I Am Not a Feminist, A Feminist Manifesto

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Think Global, Act Local, and Hurry.

“The earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth”  Pope Francis, Laudato Si

The pope was referring to the physical garbage dump we have made of the planet but he might just as well have been speaking of the dominant western values which are the motivating factor in the creation of that filth. Our adherence to the market forces of capitalism has meant massive private profit in the creation of that “immense pile” which he criticized even if not using the C-word. And the supposed ethical or moral code that supports the system and enjoys a foundation built in part on diverse religious support is as much at fault as any political economic group which employs the professional government, media and religious workers that make its global reality accepted as the seemingly natural work of a market god.

The minority controlled systems that have dominated the world for centuries always created “immense piles of filth” while also allowing enough of their wealth to trickle down to make a professional servant class comfortable enough to maintain the system and control even larger suffering populations. This was and is done at the worst of times by killing people and at the best by clouding their minds with disinformation, legend and propaganda to make it seem that a better tomorrow was wishfully possible under the market divinity even if it wasn’t materially probable given reasonably enlightened thought.

The environmental destruction alternately blamed on climate change, alternative systems or an evil leader or CEO is the outcome of treating humanity and our earthly home as commodities in a vast market place where profit accruing to minorities is, according to religious belief, supposed to lead to a better world for everyone when it trickles down to a majority anxiously waiting, hoping and praying that it will fall on them with the nicest among that group hoping that maybe, someday, a little later on, it will fall on everyone else. A system born in the 19thcentury, at least in its industrial form, which made a rich marketplace of some of the world while reducing most to poverty and degradation only known to its sufferers and tourists who made the wrong turn from their hotels and blundered into the ghetto, has become, at electronic speeds, visible and understandable to more people than ever before. 

The mind boggling personal wealth that has grown to the billions of dollars each for a relative handful of people has brought millions below them to a previously unknown comfort level but reduced hundreds of millions more to sinking economic status with poverty and material inequality figures higher than at any time since they began being recorded.

The unbearable stench and deadly quality of the physical and moral filth has become too much for humanity to bear and while not yet reaching the point of direct simultaneous experience, growing numbers of people the world over are rising to say we’ve seen, breathed and felt enough, we fear the future not only for ourselves but later generations and cannot tolerate the status quo any longer. Growing national movements are becoming global and the threat of humanity rising up against minority control in a way far beyond previous revolutionary movements which were limited to nations alone and easier to destroy is causing a reaction from dominators that threatens even more than past destructions to maintain their control.

Nuclear weapons that helped devastate Japan in the Second World War now menace the entire planet, and near madness prevails among hired warriors who actually think of using them and getting away with destroying others while somehow protecting themselves from nuclear retaliation in a world with many powers so armed.

Only democracy can bring the minority owners of the garbage dump filth under control of the majority, but that near fictional experience for most of humanity, always dangled in front of them as a possibility under cosmetic and drug facades that made eating regularly seem a luxury, still only seems possible to a minority. But without increasing debt, what passes for a shrinking middle class would be skipping  rent payments and even meals and as the threat grows greater, the need for a movement that demands equality is even more necessary lest the forces of fake news and phony individualism on which private profits before public good rely become dangerously stronger.

Present focus at the fading but still central office of global capital in America is on a president who represents newer dangers but only in style and hardly substance. The distractions that keep people’s minds on him and not the system of capitalism are part of what could bring it to a point at which he means as little as the rest of us facing war with nations or nature that could spell doom for humanity and not simply one or another identity group among our divided race. Those divisions, based on warping minds to not only believe disinformation news but that there is more than one human race, stand between unity that could bring about a better world for all of us, instead of the diminishing returns guaranteed in a market under minority control that will ultimately destroy the same group: all of us.

They may have dominated us into the creation of the pile of physical and moral filth the system has become but we are responsible for creating the democracy necessary to clean it up for ourselves and future generations. No matter how minority owned consciousness control works to make that seem impossible, truly social consciousness can and must prevail to make it not only believable but materially achievable. The old adage to think and act as a planetary member of the human race rather than some isolated individual or small group  was never more true, nor materially necessary, nor more possible. 

Monday, July 2, 2018

Listen Up Liberals: Anti-White Discrimination Key to Trump's Election (and Re-Election)

"White anxiety about antiwhite discrimination cuts across party lines. According to a 2016 Pew study, about half of Republicans believe there is a lot or some discrimination against whites, but so do nearly 30% of Democrats. . . . .There is in fact some justification for these feelings of white marginalization - at least among a certain segment of the white population. Poor and working-class whites have among the highest rates of unemployment and addiction. Life expectancy is declining for whites without a high school degree - something true of almost no other demographic, including high school dropouts from other racial groups. Educational prospects for poor white children are extremely bleak. Private tutors and one-thousand dollar SAT courses are completely cost prohibitive to poor or even working-class people - and poor whites don't benefit from affirmative action. Whereas most elite colleges do special outreach for racial minorities, they rarely send scouts to the backwoods of Kentucky. Out of roughly two hundred students in the Yale Law School class of 2019, there appears to be exactly one poor white - or three, if we include students from families living just above the federal poverty line. Administrators have described this class as the 'most diverse' in the school's history.

"It is simply a fact that the 'diversity' policies at the most selective American universities and in some sectors of the economy have had a disparate adverse impact on whites. Relative to their population percentage, working-class whites, and particularly white Christians from conservative states, are often the most underrepresented group at America's elite universities. White employees increasingly feel victimized by prodiversity promotion policies that they see as discriminating against them - and the United States Supreme Court has agreed, striking down as illegal a particularly bald-faced attempt by the city of New Haven, Connecticut, to invalidate promotions for white firefighters in order to promote more minorities.

"While whites generally are still extremely disproportionately represented in the U.S. Senate, the media, and the corporate world, working-class whites are decidedly not. Between 1999 and 2008, only 13 of the 783 members of Congress who served had spent more than a quarter of their adulthood in blue-collar jobs. As political scientist Nick Carnes writes, 'Although women and racial minorities were still underrepresented at the end of the twentieth century, their gains during the postwar period sharply contrasted [with] the stable underrepresentation of working-class people, who made up between 50% and 60% of the nation during the last hundred years but who constituted 2% or less of the legislators who served in each Congress during that time.'

"The result of all this is that working-class whites have among the lowest upward mobility rates in the nation. Not surprisingly, when surveyed about the prospects of children today, whites were overwhelmingly more pessimistic than Latinos and blacks. Just 24 percent of whites believed the next generation would be better off financially or the same as their parents, compared to 49 percent of blacks and 62 percent of Latinos. 

"Beyond their economic anxiety, many whites feel an intense cultural anxiety. America's culture wars are nothing if not a fight for the right to define our national identity - and it's a bitter, race-inflected battle. After BeyonceƩ channeled Black Lives Matter at the 2016 Super Bowl, half the country deified her while the other half accused her of 'cop killer entertainment.' At the 2017 Oscars, the question of whether Best Picture would go to La La Land (a throwback musical that some criticize for 'whitesplaining' jazz) or Moonlight seemed to have massive implications - as did the gaffe that initially gave the award to the former by mistake. White male heroes like John Wayne have given way to the clueless white male, who doesn't even know how racist he is, and is regularly made into television sport (as on Saturday Night Live). For tens of millions of white Americans today, mainstream popular culture displays an un-Christian, minority-glorifying LGBTQ America they can't and don't want to recognize as their country - an America that seems to exclude them, to treat them as the enemy."

------Amy Chua, Political Tribes, Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Outraged Americans Demand Family Prisons!

Outraged Americans Demand Family Prisons!

“This fascism must stop. All children should be with their imprisoned families. Anything less is fascism. Or did I already say that?”

 Trisexual multi-ethnic spokesperson Hilda Max Fulgencio Levy McBride, chair of Americans for Family Prisons, could barely contain shims rage at missing an important therapy session by having to address major media from nextbook, facemat, cnabc and marvel comics about the latest hysterical action by the fascist regime that has taken over the country and brought it, or at least a large segment of its adults still being breast fed, closer to a breaking point than ever before.

No, really, much worse than the great depression or world wars one and two or Korea or Vietnam. This is worse than anything ever forever before and after or during, really bad. Like.

The spectacle of non-violent lawbreakers being impounded with their children caused a viral storm on anti-logic media and this new group was formed after raising three trillion dollars in buttcoins* after only 15 minutes of a go-fund-me-and-fuck-yourself drive.

“Tens of thousands of Americans are in our prisons and jails for non-violent law breaking, like crossing borders illegally, and their children are left without parents. We demand these families be brought together and enjoy living in prisons with full access to the pleasures of family life.”

“How heart breaking it must be for those American children to be separated from a parent who simply did something wrong, driven by economic hardship, like the people who cross our borders due to poverty. Americans in our prisons aren’t there because their stocks or bonds went down in value or they were not accepted at Yale, Harvard, Howard or Spellman, but because they broke the law in order to survive. Like our brothers and sisters from across the border whom we welcome with open arms, but not to our neighborhoods and communities unless they come here to clean our houses, take care of our kids or take our dog shit to a neighbor’s garbage.

In the American tradition of the first immigrants who came here in poverty and stole the land from its original inhabitants, we accept all people we aren’t killing in their own countries especially those escaping our attacks and economic policies which throw them out of their homes, jobs and nations so that we can remain the exceptional nation loved and respected the world over for spending 60 billion on our pets while hundreds of thousands of our people live in the street. Top that, you Russian murderers!

Anyone wishing to help can send buttcoins to general delivery, mental health crisis center, anytown USA.

* successor to bitcoins, and much more profitable.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Obstruction of Logic

While the single digit IQ brigades continue finding new Russian plots and Trump fascism under every rock on the white house lawn, the earth worms they seem not to have noticed are making the substance of our mental heath crisis center more subject to collapsing our great democracy and imperial master race of self chosen people in and on itself.

Lunkheads of the conservative right make gains in returning the economy to the anti-social free market fundamentalism that once made it great back in the time called the great depression, and pinheads of what passes for a progressive left urge impeachment of the president as cure-all for everything as soon as enough evidence of his obstruction of justice is compiled out of gossip, innuendo and science fantasy to make another cherished act of liberal politics – a law suit – pass for social change. We’ll show him!

A national selfie of our diverse, sincere and confused population might reveal a stunning photo of all manner of human beings operating at cross purposes under the control of forces keeping them divided and clutching at paper napkins as a global tsunami threatens and they scream for quadri-sexual toilets, therapy for immigrants, less birth control, more abortion and a greater military. Jeepers kids, what could go wrong with this picture?

Right wing foamers at the mouth who made a career of a Cold War pitting the Soviet Union of evil communism against all that we held sacred, like cancer, pets, racism, foreign invasions and mothers day, are now replaced by running nose progressives seeking an end to Russian evil capitalist meddling in all that we hold sacred, like homeless people, economic inequality, pets, and perpetuation of the incredibly stupid idea that humans are members of different races. Historic political economic forces are reduced to individual heroes and villains and majority groups that desperately need to work together are forced to compete for survival to benefit minorities who hold power over them only by perpetuation of myths, legends and incredible and growing debt that temporarily assures their survival but for an ever shorter period of time until nature aligned with its collective human force will foreclose on the tragedy of the commons. That once referred to a place in England where ordinary people of the past – peasants - would go to commune with themselves and nature in order to grow the stuff of their survival, until such time as early capital  threw them out and enclosed those areas for making greater profits from grazing sheep and selling fur coats. Under the speed of electronic capital those commons have expanded to the entire planet and its financial royal family owners are squeezing that land and the humans who live on it as never before, in the process creating greater profits at an ever faster pace, for the few, but bringing poverty, poisoned earth and potential race disaster closer by the market report, for the many.

Solution? At the central headquarters of American capital, it means building a case against the occupant at the white house, said case starting as he was elected and ongoing since, moving from alleged spying, alleged invention of racism, homophobia, islamophobia, sexist hate crimes and more, and doing so in easy to understand language instead of the double speak known and loved by all employees in capital’s loyal servant professional class.

The current president gives vent to whatever comes from the deep black hole between his ears and defies usual treacherous speech that masks overt atrocities in flowery hypocrite political poetics by boldly and proudly claiming such horror as just what we need to be great, again. No wonder the ruling powers want the oaf tossed out, given that he clearly states the program they have used to gain wealth while using their hired political media to describe it as everything but its reality. But it is already too late to get away with continued blaming the atrocity of our political economics on one or another satanized individual. The system has spoken loudly if not screamed in making a small group of humans richer than any in history while turning greater populations into paupers and reducing hundreds of millions more to only temporarily avoiding poverty by charging their rent, food, clothing, shelter and what passes for entertainment to a vast electronic network of symbolic debt that threatens to consume far more than any bank bailout can materially deal with, at least under the private profit before public good system which is so out of control if it were an individual it would be physically, morally, spiritually and therapeutically bankrupt and placed in a padded cell .

No less than what passes for authority at the IMF warned only a short time ago that the world’s public and private sectors were deeper in debt than at the height of the financial crisis a decade ago, owing more than 164 trillion dollars. Twelve zeroes after the 164, kids. Global debt is now more than twice the size of the value of goods and services produced every year and at 225 per cent of global gross domestic product. There was an urgent need to reduce the burden of debt in both the private and public sectors to improve the resilience of the global economy.

Sick humor aside, the resilience has never stopped for the minority collecting interest on that massive debt, along with its well paid servants still raking in enough to make weekly, monthly or yearly payments to the biggest loan shark-shylock-moneylender-blood sucking vipers in history. If the new testament mob of Jesus and his radical rabbis were operative now, they would not just chase the bloodsuckers from the temple as they supposedly did millennia past, but possibly beat them to a pulp and sell their remains as pet food.

Religion and mythology aside, we close with the words of a modern scholar from France which make far more sense to the growing numbers wondering at just what is going on to make things seem so precarious and scary:

“What is at stake is not the future of capitalism, but that of civilization itself.”

Maurice Chesnais

Thursday, May 31, 2018

News and Quotes: Fake? Real?

The IMF sounded the alarm on excessive global borrowing, warning that with a total of $164 trillion owed, the world’s public and private sectors are deeper in debt than at the height of the financial crisis a decade ago. Global debt is now more than twice the size of the value of goods and services produced every year and at 225 per cent of global gross domestic product, it is now 12 percentage points higher than at its previous peak in 2009. The fund said there was now an urgent need to reduce the burden of debt in both the private and public sectors to improve the resilience of the global economy.

“What is at stake is not the future of capitalism, but that of civilization itself.”

Maurice Chesnais

If paying an insurance company in order to see a medical worker is health care, is paying a pimp in order to see a sex worker love care?

"Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power" -Benito Mussolini

“Colorful demonstrations and weekend marches are vital but alone are not powerful enough to stop wars. Wars will be stopped only when soldiers refuse to fight, when workers refuse to load weapons onto ships and aircraft, when people boycott the economic outposts of Empire that are strung across the globe. ” 
― Arundhati Roy, Public Power in the Age of Empire

“Confidence in an independent fourth estate is a cornerstone of a healthy democracy. Ours appears to be headed for the intensive care unit”, 
Patrick Murray, Monmouth University Polling Institute.

“Sexually harmful behaviours and other aspects of rape culture can and should be denounced and deplored, without having to equate it to rape. The proclivity of the liberal set for doing so waters down and diminishes the experience of rape victims, and the seriousness of it. It seems to be yet another function of privilege, to bandy about terms such as “rape”, “rapist”, and “serial rapist” without understanding the repercussions of doing so.
Rape is an assault on all five senses. For a protracted period of time thereafter, it renders you almost unable to live inside your body, to live inside your life. Unable to preserve your sensory perceptions or restore them to how they functioned before the rape.
To falsely describe sexually problematic behaviour common amongst the entire population as “rape” belittles and undermines survivors, as does unfairly expanding the definition of what constitutes a rapist, or branding every man a rapist by affiliation. Doing so causes many men who are not rapists to recoil from confronting what does need to change. It dissuades them from meaningfully engaging on legitimate issues. It encourages an inevitable and counterproductive backlash, that needn’t have occurred.”

Suzie Dawson

Financial advisers typically urge people to keep enough savings to pay six months of bills, recent research by the Pew Charitable Trusts found that about two in five households lacked the cash to cover a $2,000 expense. The Federal Reserve’s Economic Well-Being report for 2016found that 44 percent of adults either could not pay an unexpected $400 expense or would have to borrow or sell something to do so.

Latest rummaging through Trump’s
garbage makes it crystal clear that he is a homophobic anti-semitic islamophobic ca-ca-poo-poo head…he has never had sex with a gay Israeli Muslim!!!

American aid to immigrant-refugees is a rapist offering comfort to his victims.

No one created the universe and no one directs our fate...there is no god. If we want to change the world we have to change our problem can be solved from the same consciousness that created it. We must learn to see the world anew.
Albert Einstein

Goose stepping geeks vs. tip-toeing twits :
American bipartisan capitalism

Chump: a foolish, stupid or gullible person; dupe or fool  
Twit: a foolish, contemptible, little person 
President Trump, leader of Chump Nation? 
or Twit Country?

"One does not make wars less likely by formulating rules of warfare. War cannot be humanized. It can only be abolished." -- Albert Einstein

In 1954 when the historic Supreme Court decision in Brown vs. Board was made there were less than 100,000 blacks in prison. Now there are nearly 1 million!! Is that due to Trump? Oprah? Marvel Comics? Duh?

“Email is called dark social media because Google, Facebook, Twitter cannot track or block it.”
 Bruce Dixon

The U.S. electorate numbers 231 million..In 2016 about 125 million of them chose the deplorable twit or the despicable twat.. more than 100 million did not bother to vote at all and combined with lesser evil votes for the terrible two that means 160 million members of the electorate chose neither one…that’s nearly 70%..How dare those Russians “meddle” with a system so gloriously democratic!!

"Don't be deceived when they tell you things are better now. Even if there's no poverty to be seen because the poverty's been hidden. Even if you ever got more wages and could afford to buy more of these new and useless goods which industries foist on you and even if it seems to you that you never had so much, that is only the slogan of those who still have much more than you. Don't be taken in when they paternally pat you on the shoulder and say that there's no inequality worth speaking of and no more reason to fight because if you believe them they will be completely in charge in their marble homes and granite banks from which they rob the people of the world under the pretence of bringing them culture. Watch out, for as soon as it pleases them they'll send you out to protect their gold in wars whose weapons, rapidly developed by servile scientists, will become more and more deadly until they can with a flick of the finger tear a million of you to pieces": Jean Paul Marat 

a political pinhead leading a nation of the politically brain-dead …zombified by anti-socialization into squabbling privileged types “triggered” by college, therapy and meds to scream about identity problems suffered by all except themselves.

conservative goose stepping geeks vs. liberal tip-toeing twits = American bipartisan capitalism

 “The criminalization of political speech and activism against Israel has become one of the gravest threats to free speech in the West. But now, a group of 43 senators--29 Republicans and 14 Democrats--wants to implement a law that would make it a felony for Americans to support the international boycott against Israel, which was launched in protest of that country’s decades-old occupation of Palestine. The two primary sponsors of the bill are Democrat Ben Cardin of Maryland and Republican Rob Portman of Ohio. Perhaps the most shocking aspect is the punishment: Anyone guilty of violating the prohibitions will face a minimum civil penalty of $250,000 and a maximum criminal penalty of $1 million and 20 years in prison.
The proposed measure, called the Israel Anti-Boycott Act (S. 720), was introduced by Cardin on March 23. The Jewish Telegraphic Agency reports that the bill “was drafted with the assistance of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.” Indeed, AIPAC, in its 2017 lobbying agenda, identified passage of this bill as one of its top lobbying priorities for the year:
The bill’s co-sponsors include the senior Democrat in Washington, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, his New York colleague Kirsten Gillibrand, and several of the Senate’s more liberal members, such as Ron Wyden of Oregon, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, and Maria Cantwell of Washington. Illustrating the bipartisanship that AIPAC typically summons, it also includes several of the most right-wing senators such as Ted Cruz of Texas, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, and Marco Rubio of Florida.
A similar measure was introduced in the House on the same date by two Republicans and one Democrat. It has already amassed 234 co-sponsors: 63 Democrats and 174 Republicans. As in the Senate, AIPAC has assembled an impressive ideological diversity among supporters, predictably including many of the most right-wing House members-- Jason Chaffetz, Liz Cheney, Peter King--along with the second-ranking Democrat in the House, Steny Hoyer.”    Glenn Greenwald and Ryan Grim

“The emancipation of the producing class involves all human beings without distinctions of sex and race.” Karl Marx/Frederick Engels 1880

our jails are bursting over capacity (more than 2 million), filled with people – mostly non-violent! – doing illegal things to survive..No one breaks into a car or burglarizes property in any way because Harvard was closed or Yale wasn’t open or because they couldn’t go to the Bahamas on vacation..undocumented pharmacists who sell drugs in the project don’t do it to buy real estate, bonds or stocks, but to survive! want to help undocumented or illegal immigrants? change the system and document them, legalize them..Otherwise, shut the fuck up and smell reality..

“Oppression, organized as ours is, will appear invincible up to the very hour of its fall.” 
Frederick Douglas

“Privileged” sectors of the population: –those able to go to college are “privileged” compared to those who not only can’t dream of going – like some children of immigrants - but haven’t a prayer of going to college unless to make deliveries, repairs or clean toilets .. these “privileged are “diverse”, of many skin tones, faiths, ethnicities, belief systems and sexual preferences as exist among Americans able to afford or have credit ratings strong enough to maintain such privilege.. It’s all relative and people with polio are privileged compared to people with cancer and as long as we allow ourselves to be divided by such nonsense about identity group privilege that remains deaf dumb and blind to the economic kind they are guaranteed profit and we will carry the loss until there’s nothing left to lose.

Argentina’s central bank stunned markets by raising its key borrowing rate to 40 per centon Friday, intensifying its efforts to defend the peso as emerging market currencies were hit by waves of selling. 

Friday, May 25, 2018

Noam Chomsky Warning on "Me Too"

One of the most positive social and impactful movements of 2017 was the #MeToo movement. It has begun a sudden revival in the 21st Century Feminist movement and it has had profound effects on societies worldwide. What do you think of it?

I think it grows out of a real and serious and deep problem of social pathology. It has exposed it and brought it to attention, brought to public attention many explicit and particular cases and so on. But I think there is a danger. The danger is confusing allegation with demonstrated action. We have to be careful to ensure that allegations have to be verified before they are used to undermine individuals and their actions and their status. So as in any such effort at uncovering improper, inappropriate and sometimes criminal activities, there always has to be a background of recognition that there’s a difference between allegation and demonstration.

-----Noam Chomsky April 17, 2018