Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Death, Taxes, War and Austerity

It's a pulp fiction political world we're living in. Poorly written, badly put together and dumbed down to the lowest common denominator. This fiction continues to sell because we have a hard time remembering that it's all been told before and we're so trusting that there will be something new. The story was worthless then and it's worthless now.

The old saying goes that nothing is certain but death and taxes but for now we've had a couple more added to the ruling elite's plan, war and austerity.

    And, for an instant, she stared directly into those soft blue eyes and knew, with an instinctive mammalian certainty, that the exceedingly rich were no longer even remotely human.
       William Gibson

Elections get us what? Voting can't even make a dent in the War on Drugs much less the war on humanity. 

We swap out some of the bloody traitors for some soon to be bloody traitors. That's what passes for progress.

Politicians and elections are like dogs fighting over the frisbee. No matter who wins they chew up the prize, toss it aside and expect us to play some more.

Maybe it's time to take a deep breath and try to figure out what to do next. Playing the same game over and over again using rigged rules is obviously not working. Suggestions are more than welcome.


  1. Cenk from the Young Turks has some good ideas on what rules to change:!

    The dilemma is, how do we change the rules when all our politicians are corrupt??

  2. I didn't even bother to vote, I feel liberated over the gas I saved traveling to the polls. It is all a cosmic joke.

  3. Kenny the one true consciousness sees everything. We are most likely not going to change much, I hope I am wrong. I am probably right though. We leave the earth with a clean slate and soul however knowing we warned our fellows of danger up ahead. That is all you can do and something nobody can ever take away form you.

  4. It is simple your are of the sons of darkness or the sons of light, pretty simple.

  5. Don't get down and out we have the biggest tax increaseas in the nation's history and Greece style "austerity" to look forward to. We had to go third world laughing stock banana republik to make everything fair again and so the globalist traitor pondscum could turn a profit. Soon all the infrastructure and utilities will be owned by oil sheiks they won't overcharge us.

  6. I'm proud to say I watered my grass and made a gigantic bowl of tomatillo salsa on Nov. 2. A lot more productive than voting! I'll have salsa for months to come.

  7. I don't have any suggestions for you, Kenny. The politics is broken. Local elections most important to try and preserve and defend, but monied interests still scream. Protests and blogs are fine; however, until America strikes like the Europeans I do not see the elite worrying. Americans need to "camp out on the common" until we get what we want (end to wars, end to looting, leave us alone), but with the divisive distractions and diversions that seems almost impossible (and I'm not talking staged and controlled functions like Beck and Stewart; 9/11 an outside job?). That and the gutting of the American middle class.

    Anyhow, I actually wanted to leave you a note about something that happened to me on the slave job. I was doing my thing when I heard two women who run some departments talking about adultery for some reason. One of them said to the other something like "good thing they aren't Muslim because they beat and kill them."

    I feel bad because I didn't say anything. I was thinking to myself that at least they aren't dropping bombs and missiles on them and destroying their villages and families over a crock of lies. Of course, you can't even really say that in AmeriKa despite the lies and empire with no clothes, and even if I could (or did) all it would get me is fired. What is it about elites (or people with titles) that thinks us serfs are not listening top them or are too stupid to understand? And it is not like they are bad people; they are not. They just don't know any better -- and that I blame on the corporate media.

    What to do? I don't know. I try to nudge the thinking with subtle comments from time to time but I don't think they make it through.

    Thanks for taking the time to read my note and letting me get that of my chest.

  8. As Mick says we as individuals won't do much but I know, as does Rocker, our only chance is collectively. How we do that in a real and effective way is exactly what Jody says ... a dilemma. As an old friend of mine says, a dilemma is only an opportunity that's yet unfulfilled.

    Saladin, I'm sure glad someone has had a good garden and can put something up. We had many problems in my area and yields were low.

    To add insult to injury, I saw today that a critter has stolen my entire sweet potato crop I had curing in my storage house, probably a raccoon that got in through a place I left open for my outdoor cat to get in. Live and learn again.

  9. This election was a farce, and there is no reason to think the next one won't be, too. So the only suggestion I have is that we stop buying into elections as the solution.

    The media announced that the 2012 kabuki began the day after the 2010 puppet show ended. Permanent television coverage helps them control the dialog. And with a majority of citizens disillusioned, it lets the present government off the hook by hoping for change in the future instead of the present.

    America needs to expect better from the congress and the administration we have. Not only could Congress change the rules on campaign finance reform, they are the only ones who can. THIS congress is responsible to the citizens, not the citizens responsible for first magically getting a more responsive one elected, which is a catch-22 when the MIC, money and media make that impossible. THIS president should face protesters in the here and now for going to India with his outsourcing entourage while nothing is done to help workers here. The treasonous ratbastards planning war with Iran don't need to be voted out, they need to be hounded. When the Republicans trot out the policies they used in the 80s again, they need to know that we know their policies played a large role in getting us into this mess. So on and so forth. That is my suggestion, to shift our expectations from the future to the present.

    One of the problems we have as a nation is that we are too big (and too broke) to protest effectively because we can't all go to DC. And another problem, first described under Bush, is outrage fatigue. We have to pick our fights and target our political effort to the most important stuff. Unfortunately, there is a lot of important stuff.

    Having said all of that, I think our government is so corrupt that collapse is inevitable. But as someone said above, we make our own peace that we tried even if we couldn't change the outcome.

  10. Hee hee Saladin way more useful than participating in a sham farce that makes braindead serfs think they have some input in an obsolete failed corporate whore sell out system. Mix salsa with sour cream or chips dip is me fave. If your happy and ya know it clank your slave chains while telling yourself you are free (you might even start to believe it).

  11. Came across the animation on wrh. Great stuff. It is what I was talking about above in changing the dialog from the one the two-party, business-as-usual wants us to have (more banker bailouts will trickle down some future day), to one that confronts the economic crises more realistically than empty slogans of job creation.

  12. I'm sorry to hear about your bad luck Kenny. My garden did OK, some things better than others as is the norm. I will be visiting some farmers markets down south to make up for what my garden lacked this year, if the shit doesn't hit the fan before then. I'll tell ya, visiting the L.A. area makes me VERY nervous nowadays. Anon, I am as happy as is possible, I'm no slave, those freaks in DC don't get anything from me!