Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Who can I get angry at now?


June 24, 2014
This review is from: With Liberty and Justice for Some
 
“Liberty and Justice for Some” is superbly written, exactly as you would expect from Glenn Greenwald. From cover-to-cover it’s filled with documented hard evidence, presented with historical accuracy, with analysis in plain English and transparent, almost painful, intellectual honesty. His conclusions are beyond reproach. Greenwald examines the concepts of “elite immunity” and exposes the reality of too-big-to-jail financial institutions and their complex political infrastructures to the light of day. In America, Constitutional protections and guarantees of equality and justice have been on a collision course with politics and capitalism. Indeed, as Greenwald implies, maybe it ends (or does it begin?) with violence. Surely, violence to America’s founding principles has already occurred, and is reoccurring everyday in court houses across the nation, in our corrupt over-crowded penal system, the rigged financial markets, which all comes to fruition in the late-night cramped backrooms where a secret government does its work, but not the “People’s” work.

America has become a Banana Republic where Presidential immunity and American’s two tier system of “justice” coexist as one consumer-driven, money-printing, minority-incarcerating machine to benefit and sustain the top one-percent of the population. This book is as good investigative journalism as you’ll find anywhere. Maybe the only criticism I can find in this book (which was copyright in 2011) is that I read Greenwald’s “No Place To Hide” (2014) first and that spoiled me. Stories like the NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden come along only once in a life time and Greenwald definitely put his name on the map with that one! I expected “Liberty and Justice……” to shock me as much as the other, but it didn’t – it just confirmed everything. Maybe my disappointment with “Liberty and Justice for Some” (if I can call it “disappointment”) is that, as an investigative journalist, Glenn Greenwald does too good a job. He makes it too easy to understand. Who do I get angry at now?

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Interpretation and the Dream (6.19.14)



The Interpretation of the Dream:

At some point between the cradle and the grave of each person’s life, an idea forms that there is (or must be!) purpose, meaning or significance; that to be complete and whole, as it were, we must discover what that is. In fact, if an explanation is needed and wanted, we can explain these ideas as a function of the nervous system and the evolution of the brain, which is Self-awareness and Purpose. (Self-awareness isn’t something we have that makes us aware; self-awareness is – itself aware: a computer doesn’t have a hard drive, it is a hard drive. Life doesn’t have a purpose; it is purpose….. like in the Zen riddle, how can the eye see but not see itself?) “Meaning” is a function of the nervous system producing the experience of self-awareness. Thoughts, ideas, purposes, meanings and significances exist as a function of the nervous system, an artifact of evolution, nothing more. In other words, there’s no “God”, “creator”, or “meaning” outside the nervous system and the brain. Remove the nervous system and consciousness, and there’s no past, present or future. The nervous system is our awareness of being aware and from this awareness we invent meaning and time. “The End of Time” is the end of meaning, and that’s what death is.

The Dream:

I had a dream I was in a class. I had to give a presentation of something I created. I had to write it, stage it, memorize and present it spontaneously and make it sound improvised. I used prerecorded music as part of the presentation and made it like a free-association word piece with jazz.

There was a problem: someone I couldn’t identify was interfering with my practice sessions making it impossible for me to practice and prepare my presentation! I battled with this person who was preventing me from completing my assignment. Out of frustration and desperation I asked the instructor to clean up the environment so that I could prepare the presentation for class.

The instructor got me to see that the intruder represented the entanglements in life. They did not present a problem, nor did they offer a solution. Without this obstruction, mine would simply be an ordinary life, at best an average “nothing-in-particular” life. Awareness of my adversary (which was really me) produced a spontaneous and improvised experience, without which the monotony of life would give me nothing to remember.

It turned out, at the end of the dream, my presentation didn’t matter: the value of the assignment was in the struggle and conflict, the confrontation and hostility. The completion of the assignment was the struggle to make the presentation, not the actual presentation which was empty and meaningless.

When I woke up and I saw that I had slept an hour later than usual.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

The House Always Wins. Never Bet Against the House.



This book by Matt Taibbi is a modern-day crime novel, as cynically entertaining and funny as it is beyond the scope of Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammlett or James Ellroy. Writing a sleazy who-done-it, Taibbi is a journalist with the investigative instincts of hard-boiled private dick Philip Marlowe. But the crimes Taibbi describes in this book are not unsolved mysteries: we know exactly who-done-it. In fact, it’s easier to know who-done-it than it is to know how they did it, which turns out to be very complicated on one hand, but essentially it’s as easy to understand as any common street-corner con game, as vicious as any mob-run Las Vegas gambling casino or no-show construction-site scam in New Jersey. It’s Tony Soprano as the CEO of Goldman Sachs.


The narrative, which begins in St. Paul, Minnesota, ends up circling the globe with yellow crime scene tape, wrapped around the earth many times over. The crimes are hatched in the secret boardrooms of the world’s wealthiest and most powerful banks and in the offices of stockbrokers, speculators, commodity traders and insurance salesmen. The bodies are buried in the entitlement-vacation giveaways belonging to politicians (who are “made guys”), mob lawyers, bureaucrats and wise-guy lobbyists. Matt Taibbi takes the reader behind-the-scenes to the casino floor of the secret government, the real power in the United States, where “crime” itself is the best description of government money can buy.


Now, there are plenty of victims in Taibbi’s crime novel, but there’s one aspect of political racketeering and organized financial crime that is glaringly missing in the story: Law and Order -- like the TV show. In “Griftopia” there are no arrests, no prosecutions, no convictions and no jail time. You won’t find that in this story. In many respects, Taibbi’s book is an anatomy of the “perfect crime” in which criminal masterminds repeat the same crime over and over again, with slight variations. Occasionally there will be a monetary fine here, an economic sanction there, a slap on the wrist and a promise of reform; but it doesn’t matter, because the stiffest penalties are simply the cost of doing business in America.  


Thursday, June 12, 2014

Insurance Fraud and the VA Scandal

The VA hospital scandal is going to explode, if and when the media reports on wide-spread INSURANCE FRAUD and wholesale short selling on bundled veteran's life insurance policies. On behalf of veteran's who have waited for months on end, never seeing a doctor, insurance claims have been filed, rubber-stamped and payments made to phony primary care administrators. Treatment was never received. Patients were never admitted. When the patient dies, investment speculators and insurance brokers split the benefits as lawful beneficiaries.

Insurance commodity traders get kickbacks and bonuses for betting against the veteran's chances of receiving medical care. (This is called a "short sell".) Mega-insurance carriers in the US banking industry, the titan's in the corrupt insurance trade, colluded with speculators and the VA to rig the outcome by ensuring longer wait times, producing higher premiums and greater returns on investments when death benefits paid off; sort of like fixing a roulette wheel to always pay off on certain bets. Wall Street casinos treat the VA just like any other profit-making gambling table, according to unconfirmed and anonymous unreliable sources.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

EXTINCTION.

We keep hearing dire predictions about humanity's imminent demise, our path "towards" extinction. The question follows, "Can we stop the madness? Can we reverse the damage already inflicted on the blue planet?" I say, the future of humanity on earth is the same as the future of a human being on earth: death. Extinction. Not eternal life. Not salvation. Not survival.

I think our perspective is eskew. We're not "going towards" extinction; we're not moving in that direction: humanity is already extinct! What we experience every day is the steady and accelerating existential reality of deterioration and decay, putting the image of an existential crisis of extinction into everything we know.

The "push back" against climate change, for example, has origins in the delusional belief in God, Jesus in particular: the Savior bringing salvation and eternal life to an elite and selected few -- the religious 1% -- who will thrive on the earth for a thousand years of paradise. After you stop laughing, don't hold your breath.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Romeo in the Window


GoogleBrain

BREAKING NEWS Google has announced that it is ready to roll out its most important and advanced technology to date: GoogleBrain. Apparently, Google Maps was just the beginning in mapping software as Google perfected it's more ambitious innovation, which is the map of the human brain in greater detail than has ever before been imagined. A spokesman for the company says that their new breakthrough software not only "reads" thoughts, but can predict thoughts, control thoughts and can direct, or "guide" and manage thoughts into producing any desired result, action or behavior from a human subject. It makes hypnosis look like sleep-walking and will re-write everything known about the subconscious. It is unconfirmed, but it is rumored that the NSA and the CIA are invested heavily in the development of GoogleBrain.

(This is the only thing I remember from being on nitrous oxide after my visit to the dentist this morning for a cleaning. I'm lucky I remember this.)

Sunday, June 8, 2014

"The Glass Slipper"



I'm writing a new twist on an old fairy tale, Cinderella. My X-rated adult adaptation of the classic children’s story is called "The Glass Slipper". It’s the story of a New York City lesbian, highly successful fashion designer, Roxanne, who specializes in avant-garde costumes for masquerade parties. She’s a local celebrity, infamous for simulating taboo sex acts in public; a kind of spontaneous “performance art” exhibitionist. She’s the "handsome prince" in the original fairy tale.


Roxanne falls in love with nineteen year old deaf mute and insanely beautiful runway model, Toni-T, the “Cinderella” character: obsessed over by men, women and beasts hungry to scavenge her unnatural beauty, sophisticated tranquility and her naïveté. Toni-T is married (or “contracted”) to Frankie "The Ink" Marchetti, a CPA working for a Wall Street derivatives-trading casino firm as the enforcer for a money laundering protection racket. His job is to keep the books clean and collect premiums every month. He gets his nickname, "The Ink", because he runs a fraud table at the casino forging and then insuring debt to unsuspecting pension plans and insurance companies. Frankie is the composite character of the mean and cruel stepmother and her ugly sisters, all bundled into his character just like the fake securitized mortgages Frankie’s bosses unload at the Fleece Market!


The lead in the story is stunning Toni-T, the "submissive" deaf mute to Frankie’s "dominate" Dungeon Master. Frankie gets Toni-T addicted to crystal meth, also known as “glass” and teaches her how to inject herself, intravenously, using a syringe he calls “the slipper”, in other words, “The Glass Slipper”. High on crystal meth for weeks at a time, living in a BDSM-insulated world of drug addiction, unfulfilled sexual appetites and self-delusion, Toni-T is made to perform “chores” around the clock for Frankie and his Wall Street mob bosses. Demanding obedience and blood-loyalty, they take sexual favors from her imprisoned in a shadowy world of grand larceny, sadistic pain and punishment. This is known as "jerking off the sit down. " 


Eventually, towards the middle part of the story, Toni-T’s runway work for Roxanne takes a bad turn for the worse. What starts out as an adaptation of a children’s fairy tale, “The Glass Slipper” becomes a modern-day, big city crime novel. It’s a hard-core, nail-biting, barn-burning depiction of crime, the scenes of crime and the aftershock of crime. It’s the story of how a NYC fashion designer and her wayward girlfriend, the masochist, seek and find revenge, retribution and the final repayment of debt.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Weight loss is 70% diet, 30% exercise.



Losing weight and keeping it off without strenuous exercising doesn’t have to be hard work. Fitness experts agree that weight loss is 70% diet and 30% exercise. Weight loss is like economics: you’ve got expenses, income, supply and demand. If you make a lot of money and don’t invest it, abundance produces waste. If you have more expenses than income, eventually you go broke. Same with diets: if you eat too much of the bad foods, your body will sooner or later demand less and less of it; but if you keep supplying it with excess, you’ll get fat and sick. When you eat more healthy foods, supplying the body with good nutrition, the demand for junk food gradually decreases: the quality of life improves when you have more of the good and less of the bad.


So, I’ve made a list of 20 common-sense steps that will help anyone lose 15-20lbs without going to a gym. If you do go to a gym regularly, this will speed up the process for toning the body for a more pleasing and appealing presentation of self. But remember, that’s not always the primary goal of losing weight. Here’s a list to start:

1.    No processed food. Read labels.
2.   No salt or low salt. At least don't add salt. 
3.   Drink 3-4 bottles of water everyday, at least.
4.   Eat more protein portions than carbohydrate portions.
5.   Eat smaller portions more often.
6.   Sleep at least 6 hours a night.
7.   Eat more fruits and veggies, less wheat.
8.   Reduce consumption of red meat.
9.   Eat organic, free-range poultry.
10. Cut out sugar products.
11. Eat less dairy.
12. Eat more raw nuts, unsalted.
13. No fast food, junk food or sodas.
14. No alcohol, cigarettes or recreational drugs.
15. Eat more sustainable fish and sea foods.
16. Eat at home, not in restaurants.
17. Eat healthy fats, not grease.
18. Eat your last meal at least 5 hours before sleep.
19. Steam and bake more, cook and fry less.
20. Walk 1-2 miles everyday.