We’ll always have Parrots

January 16th, 2009

Route 66 for the 21st Century

December 15th, 2008

December 9th, 2008


Spearhead with a new face

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by hillary kaye

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This is my country

burning its fire

lighting its light

in the name of desire

allegory and empire

raging and

crude

The bull in a china shop needed a new face

Some symbol for us

with more gallantry guile and grace

what a relief to find one no matter what race

who can rule the world with a smile

and kill with good taste
                      

Day of the Brain Dead

October 17th, 2008

Some Notes on Douglass’ JFK and the Unspeakable

July 27th, 2008

(1) The anomaly theory of evil. Both Douglass and the single bullet people are ironically proponents of the same theory. The single bullet people are only happy when evil is confined to Oswald. Douglass can tolerate it expanded to the notion that the military industrial complex is involved. But both portray evil as an anomaly, instead of the pervasive fact of civilization itself. This is illustrated by the observation that particular groups identified with evil change throughout history, but evil itself is an ever present fact.

(2) MLK “True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice.” Violence is not just present in strife, but underlies and makes possible hierarchy and inequality which are the basis of civilization. In an attempt to overcome this and return to a”spiritual” way of life, the early Christians were communistic. Meditations in the desert were an attempt to reconnect with a split off nature.

(3) Consciousness becomes divided along with the division of labor of civilization. Prior to this all the facts of one’s existence are in plain view Spiritually one had to come to terms with the fact that killing (an evil) was necessary for survival… the myth of the totem animal. With civilization others were responsible for butchering, and in the end practically every function of life. So life became opaque and denial replaced the spiritual. Man wasn’t kicked out of Eden, he ate of the tree of knowledge( techne) and kicked God out of Eden… disenchanted the world so he could thoughtlessly exploit it.

(4) If it weren’t for the above, the problem of evil would simply be a political one and have no spiritual dimension. One would just have to get rid of one pesky group or another and everything would be fine.

(5) Crucial inconsistencies in Douglass’ theory of JFK as wanting out of Vietnam …the choosing of Cabot Lodge are treated as mistakes while inconsistencies in the lone nut theory…DeMohrenschildt associated with Oswald are rightfully treated as damning.

(6) If one salient fact doesn’t prove the conspiracy (e.g.DeMohrenschildt) to the single bullet people, 500 facts are not going to and in fact just weaken the case by dilution. That one fact was sufficient and should have been endlessly repeated. The selling of the truth is no different in process to the selling of the Hitlerian lie.

(7) Khruschev gambled that his rocketry would take the place of conventional forces. Unfortunately his rocket experts produced huge rockets capable of hurling large payloads into space but not accurate enough to be a military weapon. It left the USSR completely vulnerable to attack. Hence his “interest” in peace. He was just stalling until the USSR could catch up. We have come close only twice in history to nuclear annihilation..61 Berlin and 62 Cuba. Kennedy was President in both instances

(8) The reason Peace is a hard sell is violence is enormously successful. Violence in the form of civilization has spread man all over the planet with increasing wealth and numbers. We are all heir to this form of cancer. Having peace means giving this all up in some way. In terms of the US the unspeakable has been part and parcel of the country since its origin and violence is the reason we can have 60% of the world’s resources. Peace at the very least means giving that up.

(9) It is ironic that Oswald isn’t considered a hero. From the right’s single bullet perspective he helped win the cold war. From the left he was at least a patsy and may have tried to save Kennedy.

(10) There is no Unspeakable. We are speaking loud and clear by the way we choose to live. JFK, Oswald the assassins are simply extensions of us and the way we live.

Buck The System

March 18th, 2008
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Corporations rule the earth. Not governments, not Presidents, not Prime Ministers, not the People. Corporations have the wealth to buy elections, favorable legislation, court decisions, own the media and much of the world’s resources. Political parties have been co-opted. Protests and demonstrations fill the streets but change little. It would seem we are powerless in the face of such a force. But where do corporations get such immense power? …. Profits. And where do they get those profits? You and me!

There was a time when the goal of corporations was broader than just profit. They began centuries ago as entities chartered by States to promote the public welfare. Over the years through manipulation of the courts and legislatures they have assumed their present form…. singleminded pursuers of profit.

These singleminded monsters are also the dominant engine of economic development. As of now to paraphrase William James, there is no moral equivalent to corporations. So what are we left with? The market is everything the current mantra goes. And indeed it is all encompassing. So what to do? Wake up! … We are the market.

Nothing could be more obvious than we would want to pay for the world that we desire. A world of peace, social justice and a healthy environment. And yet every day we pay for war, social injustice and environmental pollution.

Even if politicians don’t seem to care about us, corporations are very aware of how important we are. Image is the lifeblood of any corporation. They spend billions on PR to make us feel warm and fuzzy about them. Fuzzy enough not to realize that we aren’t just buying their products, we are giving them our money to support their nearsighted agenda of war, pollution and human rights abuses. We have to look behind the familiar corporate logos and catchy slogans and Madison Ave spin, and see the destructive reality that they try to keep hidden.

The upcoming election has once again made it clear we only have a choice of which face we’d like to put on the same bankrupt policies. The real vote we cast is not the one in November. In fact we cast many votes every day. Every time we take a dollar bill,a five or a twenty out of our wallets and spend it, we’re casting a vote for the kind of world we live in. And unlike the votes in November believe me these votes make a difference. They’re very carefully counted by statisticians, accountants, Wall Street analysts, financial advisors, and CEOs. Because these are the votes that really matter. Without them all the corporations in the world would just have to pack it in and go home. So we really do have the vote, we really have the power to create the world we want. It’s right there in our own wallets.

You don’t think for a minute that if millions of people stopped buying products from the corporations that supported Bush and these policies, the whole thing wouldn’t turn around tomorrow? There’d be frantic emergency meetings in boardrooms across the country. The people would have spoken. As Bob Dylan said “money doesn’t talk it swears”, and believe me the people would be swearing in a loud clear voice that would be finally heard!.

Don’t pray for peace and pay for war. Practice Pocketbook Liberation.

Motocross

November 24th, 2007

Hegel Revisited

November 21st, 2007

The historical conflict of opposites is unfortunately not played out in the contest of two truths but rather in the battle of two lies.

Pave The Bay: A Modest Proposal

November 14th, 2007

Sometimes great ideas come from the most casual observations. Like every kid noticing South America and Africa fit together on the map led to the concept of continental drift. In my case it was being stuck at a cross walk facing the Pacific Ocean and thinking “Why does route 66 have to stop at the Santa Monica Pier?”

I think it’s pretty obvious, things are getting a bit crowded. From sea to shining sea doesn’t seem that big any more with ramshackle houses going for stacks of money and lines for everything long enough to make a Russian feel right at home. It’s enough to make Frederick Jackson Turner turn over in his grave. What do you do when the frontier has been obliterated by a rash of minimalls as virulent as any Ebola virus. In the best American tradition you build another frontier

What ever happened to those great engineering feats of yesteryear? Sure going to Mars is a neat trick, but it’s really only fun for a few people in funny suits. I’m talking about something for the nonastronaut. I’m talking about a freeway to Asia. That’s right. So you and I can wake up one morning and say, nothing’s doing, what the hell I think I’ll drive to China today.

Really. And not the easy way across the Aleutians. When the wind’s right you can practically spit from Alaska to Siberia. No big challenge there.

It’ll begin with a pilot program called Pave the Bay and build from there. I already hear the screams of alarm that we’d be ruining our pristine coastline. I don’t know about your beachfront, but pristine around here includes among other things Styrofoam and pop tops.

But say you are lucky to live in a flotsamless and jetsamless environment. Face it, it’s inevitable that sooner or later a supertanker will do an Exxon Valdez and deposit its load of oil in your coastal Eden. Goodbye Eden, hello LaBrea Tar Pits.

So since pristine is on the way out anyway, why not replace it with something grand and definitely 21st century. And skip tunnels please, we’re not gophers. Naturally with a drive of this magnitude, you’ll need a rest stop or two. But that’s the beauty of the concept. In no time gas stations and u-totems will spring up along the highway and soon small towns and then, well you get the picture. Since 2/3 of the earth’s surface is ocean, they’ll be room to have beach front for everyone.

What can I say? Flying is alright if you like spending your life in a baggage claim and the information highway is alright if you prefer warming silicon chips with your fingers to enjoying the sweet smell of sea air, having the wind in your hair, and watching the American continent disappear in your rearview. Talk about getting your kicks on route 66.

Thinking The LeMay Way: A Modest Proposal

November 14th, 2007

We face a number of seemingly intractable problems. Four that are certainly at the top of everyone’s list are (1) global warming (2) nuclear proliferation (3) overpopulation (4) conflict in the Middle East. So far efforts at solving these have been sporadic and ineffectual. This is undoubtedly due to the fact that the solutions put forth are completely out of scale to the immense size of the problems.

Audacity is required. And if you want “toujours l’audace” to be your guiding principle, there’s no better personification of that than Curtis LeMay. By thinking the LeMay way, we can offer a solution that is at once simple, powerful and effective.

In 1983 Carl Sagan and others published their classic analysis of the outcome of massive nuclear exchange, namely a “nuclear winter”. The extermination of life on the planet by a nuclear debris filled atmosphere that choked out all light seems to have closed the door on massive nuclear exchange as a tool in strategic thinking.

Much has been made of the advance this made over LeMay’s estimate of the effect of such an exchange. But further advances in computer modeling have equally antiquated Sagan’s research. To “nuclear winter” we can now add a whole range of seasons, “nuclear fall”, “nuclear spring”, etc. depending on the number of nuclear weapons involved and the resultant debris in the atmosphere. The level of nuclear exchange necessary to counteract the effect of global warming is simply calculated. It only remains to create the nuclear exchange.

The current foolhardy approach to stopping nuclear proliferation needs no comment. Rather an appropriate quantity of nuclear weapons would be distributed to 3rd world countries desperate for them. Natural enmity and arranged “border incidents” would do the rest. The nuclear exchanges would fix the effects of global warming, nuclear proliferation, overpopulation and even conflict in the Middle East. It’s natural to assume, that without a Middle East there would be no conflict there.