Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Triad of Modern Warfare: The New Normal

In the latest fighting involving Israel and the Palestinians, we’re witnessing the new model for modern war. It’s a triad built on profit-loss estimates:

1. Militarism
2. Religion
3. Corporate Interests

(We see the same thing between Russia and Ukraine, only “religion” is replaced with “secularism”, but the results are the same.)

When the United Nations, or a coalition of nations, respond to global conflicts, the order of priorities is reversed:

1. Corporate Interest
2. Religion
3. Militarism 

The first weapon of choice is always Corporate Interests, “economic sanctions”. If that doesn’t work, the other nations try to degrade the opposition's cultural and religious base. Finally, if that doesn’t work, the last resort is militarism. 

This triad of warfare is the New Modern Normal for Industrial Nations.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

A slice of realism and a lot of typos: Makes me want to read more.

I’ve never read anything by Don Carpenter before this book. It was easy to read. Fast paced. Thoroughly entertaining but more importantly, emotionally compelling. About half of the book takes place in San Francisco, and since I lived in SF for many years, I was familiar with the locations Carpenter haunts. The scenes were totally accurate, like walking this way or that, in one direction or another to get to such-and-such bar; they were true and correct. It wasn't made up. No guess work. I could go to San Francisco today and find the exact spot, or the night club, or the bar, restaurant or address Carpenter writes about and see it just as he must have seen it. His dialogues, descriptions, insights…especially about the Hollywood studio bosses, the publishing industry, the system of marketing and promotion.... are pure genius. Brilliant work. His characters ring true-to-life. It’s like I’m reading about real people I know, friends of mine, people I’ve met and loved. He writes with a very real matter-of-fact style. No filler. All substance. Once I got started reading, it moved quickly. It was hard to stop long enough to eat, or exercise or work on something else.

The only criticism I can think of has absolutely nothing to do with the book itself, in other words the criticism isn’t about Carpenter’s skill as an artist or a writer; it has nothing to do with the story or the narrative. The only criticism, and it was aggravating, was the apparent lack of any quality-control in the actual printing process, the printing of the book. There were more than twenty TYPOS throughout the book; it was as if a computer did the work, not a real person! This aspect of the printing was unprofessional and did not show respect to the author or the reader. But in an odd sort of way, even the typos, as irritating as they were, seemed to fit in with the gritty realism of the story and Don Carpenter himself. The typos made me feel like I was in a darkened room with a flashlight. The light was too dim and the battery too old and I stumbled through the room banging into things, knocking things over; they’d hit the floor and break.

Friday, July 25, 2014

We never wake up from a coma

Strange how we remember things that happen, which is like going back to the past. Or we look forward to something, or worry about it, which is like going into the future. Or, we can be in a conscious present and experience no movement whatsoever. Apparently, we create time, speed it up or slow it down to satisfy ourselves, making up stories with narratives to document, and justify, our self-interest. When life is over and the narrative ends, a form of general amnesia settles upon the living, like general anesthesia: “existence” is an opiate; “being” a trance; “time” a delusion; “experience” is Propofol for the gullible, nitrous oxide for the naïve. If it’s true that we return to the earth when we die because “out of it we were taken and to dust we return” -- that’s just another way of saying that before we were born we were put into a coma from which we never wake up.

Miles Davis Tribute to Duke Ellington "He Loved Him Madly" Pt 1

B&W Nashville Store Fronts

Friday, July 18, 2014

The America Corporation: The Transformation from “We the People” to “Corporations are People!”

As a kid, I grew up believing in two core principles: (1) In America, everyone has a right to their opinion, and (2) everyone has the right to vote. Eventually, as reality wore me down, I learned that my opinions didn’t matter, and my vote never changed anything. As time went on, I experienced the psychological uncertainty of permanent war. This was like general anesthesia, a shot of Propofol that numbed me to war, some were wars in name only, for example, the “War on Terror”, the “War on Drugs”, the “War on Poverty”. Uncertainty was made even more egregious by wars that never ended in victory, wars that never ended in defeat, and wars that never ended at all, because they lasted indefinitely with no end in sight. This was a principle of capitalism: if you’re making a profit, why stop? War is no different.

Uncertainty is a commodity, just like corn or potatoes, soy beans or cattle. Uncertainty offers value-added incentives as insider intel secretly running in the background, underneath, and behind every other calculation society makes, like computer code, manipulating opinion and “strongly held convictions”. It has the ring of “truthiness”. These transactions happen in milliseconds, using algorithms like poker chips, enabling operators in dark pools of broker-owned gambling houses to claim tax credits for loses from being a propaganda venue or a Washington D.C. law firm.

High-speed frequency “trading” casinos trade in new commodities: public opinion and votes. Casino managers predict percentages, betting on social unrest, opposition or resistance to leaked disclosures and, of course, emotional depression that may affect corporate profits negatively. Cigar-smoking, scotch-drinking, all-night back-room games of chance allow the Investor-Class to play their own version of “21” by placing bets on the “Fiscal Cliff”, over which public opinion and any ideological absurdity can be pushed over the side to its death. And just like Mike Ehrmantraut, Saul Goodman’s “Cleaner” in the hit TV series Breaking Bad, the Investor-Class has congress to clean up its crime scene, ensuring that the next election will hide the fact that a “suicide” was really a murder.

As the country continues to divide itself, ideologically, further and further into left and right sides of every issue, I noticed that it looked too familiar and too easy. Where have I seen this picture before? And then it hit me: in recent memory, it looks like the “housing bubble”. Fueled by huge commission fees and bonuses for the Investor-Class, the housing bubble was a man-made crisis shaped in the image of a gambling casino with a roulette wheel of subprime mortgages bundled and sold as prime investment properties. This led to home foreclosures and joblessness. Next came the collapse of AIG, the insurance industry as a whole, the cancellation of construction projects, duplicitous banking credit ratings and the implosion of Lehman Brothers and Citibank. Next came massive corporate welfare bailouts and government handouts of free money to the rich in the form of bigger bonuses, more exorbitant fees, unlimited government warranties, newly-printed interest-free money, dubious triple-A bond credit ratings for bank lenders and fortunes in lobbying connections for anyone who can stand the smell of shit on their shoes as they walk through the halls of government. Who can argue that power and privilege doesn’t make gambling at the public’s casino a risk-free criminal activity? The house never uses its own money, and it never loses.

The same thing is happening again. But this time it’s not a housing bubble, it's not a dot com bubble, but it is a bubble! In this case, the asset price of public opinion and free elections is based intentionally on implausible and inconsistent lies about the future, “lies” that are mostly manufactured for public consumption by distorting the truth. Think of it as the “America Bubble”. The America Bubble is such that the value of “public opinion” and “free elections” is inflated and overvalued. By using a “spread” as leverage between differences of opinions and their political consequences, the widening gap of inequality and inequity between groups of people grow wider everyday, like a wedge. This spikes the overvaluation of opinions and pushes ideology-driven schemata even further apart, which increases the monetary value of disparity as if it was a stock for sale on the black market. The more risky opinions can be wedged to widen the breach between groups of people who may, actually, have more in common with each other than they’ve been led to believe.

It goes without saying that it makes no difference to the Investor-Class if conflicting opinions have any merit. The Investor-Class is not interested in the outcome of one opinion-dominated social issue over another. The value, the profit, and the glory of the new America Casino is in the ever-widening disparity between wealth-inequality and social-injustice itself! It’s the gap, itself -- the disparity of unequal wealth distribution -- that is the product for consumption! And America is nothing if not a nation of consumers. The cavity of hostility between ideologues is not occurring in a vacuum; it doesn’t need to be straightened out like bad teeth. Indeed, the disparity gap between rich and poor is the source of wealth utilizing carefully crafted principles of class warfare. In the meantime, empty bank vaults sit off-shore, ready for untraceable cyber bank deposits to dump billions of dollars of tax-free capital income into invisible gaming accounts.

According to historians, the first three words of the preamble to the Constitution, “We the People”, identify the sovereign power of the nation as articulated by the founding fathers. But the Supreme Court ruled in the Citizen’s United decision in 2010 that the three words, “Corporations are People”, have supplanted the intent of the framers of the Constitution. This cannot be overstressed: the transformation of America from a “democracy” to a “corporation” cannot be explained without understanding how these three words express openly the reality of a coup d'état that occurred secretly.

This explains how, and why, congress, both political parties, the office of the President, the Joint Chiefs, the US Supreme Court, the twenty-four hour News and Disinformation Metropolis, the Project for a New American Century and American Exceptionalism, Christian Reconstructionism, Christian Zionism and the Christian Dominion Now movement has transformed the America we thought existed into the America that really does exist. This explains why politicians are ineffectual and appear dysfunctional (which makes it easy to hate them, and hate is a strong vindictive). The body politic is a made-for-TV entertainment product, and the job of congress and the president is not to resolve issues or look for common ground to improve the quality of life for the public; that’s absurd! Politicians have dedicated their career paths to radicalize and polarize widely divergent groups, to expand the inequality and inequity gap of injustice between compromise and agreement, between rationality and extremism. This is the difference between magical thinking and empirical thinking. Brokerage speculators are betting that the public will rely on magical explanations more than empirical evidence. To give themselves an edge, News Monopolists ramp up every wild conspiracy, accusation and allegation to nurse the confused masses on beer and red meat from both ends of the political rectum!

Like a bottomless pit filled with compassionate pessimism, the American people will never run out of opinions and they will insist on defending their “right” to vote to the bitter end. To support this kind of malignant tumor, a new industry has formed: The Manufacturing Investment-Power Industry. It is dedicated to the idea that controlling the “fissure” between classes of people and their opposing opinions by deceit and obstruction will pump “no-hope” into the fracture of American life by widening it further and further until it splits into even more divisions, sort of like the earthquakes caused by “fracking”.

The America Corporation is not limited only to America. When it comes to business, there is no “national pride”, no boundaries, nothing more important than profit-loss statements, mergers, acquisitions, options, deferred prosecutions, pardons and elite preferential treatments for white collar criminals. For the rest of us at the lower end of the food chain, blue collar “criminals” guilty of the “crime” of insufficiency, we have a future of poverty and incarceration to look forward to. 

The Corporation is healthy, but the People are on life-support, assuming we can pay for health care. In the end, The Corporation is more than a utility, but that's just fine for now until something better comes along, because, if organized crime syndicate families have taught us anything it’s that there is no loyalty among thieves, pimps and gambling cartels.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Why the Internet is a threat to the Power Base of the Investor-Class.

The Internet, as it was conceived by its creators and in its current form, poses an imminent threat to the military-power base of the Ruling Class because they cannot control the social narrative. The social narrative must be controlled by the state in order to ensure that it's myths are created in the interest of the state. The internet, as it is right now, is a natural threat to the supremacy of the state’s domination. Access to the narrative by the poorer classes represents an obstruction, like a large kidney stone stuck in the ureter, causing blood to appear in the urine. This will give us some idea of exactly what the substance is that fills up the disparity-gap we’re hearing so much about lately between rich and poor populations: we’re the blood in the urine from the bladder of the Ruling Class.

When the Investor-Class Power Players talk about reforming laws to shrink the ever-widening economic disparity gap between rich and poor, they're talking about the disparity of the equality-gap between themselves -- not between rich and poor populations! When the Ruler-Investor Class talks about middle class access to upward mobility and opportunity, they're talking about widening the disparity gap to guarantee permanent social and economic inertia among the poorer classes. If we pay attention to the words and terms the Militarized Investor-Class use to disguise their intentions, we can see clearly that what they're talking about, who the “targets” are and what their policies are designed to accomplish, is exactly the very opposite from what they say. TRUST NO ONE.