Three Amazing Discoveries / or

30 May

 

How All This Mess Got Started

It seems reasonable to assume any major species that has survived intact for, say, a million years has followed and obeyed whatever life pathways it was designed for.  This must include suitable environment, food sources, predation defense and reproduction matters. If no other factors were present would we not presume the human species was subject to the same forces and limits throughout our early development?

So what happened?  How did a species spend millennia behaving as all others must do and then become in a few thousand years the scourge of an entire planet?  Perhaps the single factor that precipitated us towards what we have become was a new possibility offered our kind that tipped the scale.  We were as a species, during prior ages, subject to limitations suffered by most residents of earth which is basically living a hand to mouth existence.

At some point during what is called the Late Bronze Age great changes occurred testing our species as never before happened with any other. We began to have a surplus of food.  Actually there were three forms of  discovery; two new and one quite ancient. In the deserts and on the vast steppes, mankind had developed animal husbandry, keeping and breeding of other animals for food and draft use. .

At about the same time in the deltas and river valleys where suitable soils were found, agriculture was begun. These two propitious additions to human life were in addition to another ancient discovery that accrued to only one segment of the species. This third discovery when added to the two newer ones, produced the possibility of great imbalance in human affairs if abused.  With the food supply mostly assured, the uncertain future came closer to human control, but this presented a world class ethical dilemma.

Because our species is mammalian, one segment is capable of taking advantage of a  surplus of biological time not available to the other, i.e. the time females spend in menstruation, pregnancy and lactation. These mammalian requirements could, and apparently did, lead to the male segment’s use of this unearned surplus of leisure time to the detriment of the female and ultimately shaped all human destiny thereafter.

We are vaguely made aware through ancient mythology of the beginnings of this human villainy. We since have read of all the smiting and smoting, the sacking and seizing and the human slavery that was instituted. Scores were kept of the tribes that won; the ones that lost.  Towns and settlements destroyed or ravaged; details of this sort of thing were duly recorded.  What does not appear in the record is at what point females too, were added to the trophy.  All of them, an entire gender was taken as de facto  hostage.

In modern terminology what has been happening since to the feminine segment is known as the Stockholm Syndrome.  In it captives acquiesce over time to fondness, even love for their captors. Is that where we are today? Do males indeed rule the entire planet? A glance around the known world would suggest it is so. Is one gender then subject to the will of the other?

To dispel any doubts, ascertain the degree of input from the feminine half of humankind that went into the decision making of any of these major human preoccupations.

The Big Photo Op Gone Wrong

27 May
 
Three widely circulated photos will do more to unite the militant Takfiri Islamic factions than anything that has happened in the last 500 years.
 
Picture#1. The Trump women appearing with heads boldly uncovered in Saudi Arabia.
 
Followed soon after by Picture # 2., Trump in yarmulke praying in Jerusalem at the Western Wall
 
and then Picture # 3, the Trump women with the Pope, heads dutifully covered, at the Vatican.
 
For spice, throw in Picture #4,  the Trump sword dance and every jihadi on earth will be grinding his teeth.
 
Our guy has really done it now. Those pictures will henceforth adorn a million walls as jihad icons.
 
That the Presidential Party could  be so oblivious to the consequences of these colossal blunders is astounding.
 
My advice. Invade Pakistan tomorrow, seize all the nukes and break the mold.  Apologize and leave a check. The alternative is to spend the next decade waiting for the shoe to drop.
 
 

 

S.H.I.T. Happens!

22 May

Self. Hatred. Impugning. Trump.  Happens!

Projection of such an incredible amount of animus directed at one individual must be an indicator of  a huge lacking in our culture.  Common decency aside, the simple repetition of such hostility must be masking other ills. If this is indeed what lies beneath the surface in contemporary life are we not fortunate that this exposure reveals a mindset that hitherto has only been expressed in negative actions at home and especially abroad? We should be grateful that the persona of one individual has been the litmus we have lacked for several decades.  A golden opportunity for national introspection is at the horizon. We simply cannot afford to overlook it.

Why is it so hard for some people to understand that DJT is us? All our dreams and aspirations were his as well. You always wanted to be a big TV star; be honest now.  And a few million in hand was always in the back of your mind; truth now. Sure, sure you wouldn’t want his job for two seconds but…maybe Senator or SCOTUS, yeah.  You’d make a good judge; you’re pretty sure of that.

He’s bigly, he’s richly, he’s a celebrity and he TWEETS!, every day.  Can’t get any more American than that. Why would anyone doubt his bonafides?  Need to talk to the head guy in Kapowistan; no problem. He’s knows him. Did a deal once. An ARTful deal, of course. Need an overnight in South Badwasser: he’s got a place there, actually two: you have comps! What other President has done business in half the world or would even know where Kapowistan is? Tell me that!

Is Donald Trump considered to be in apostasy by his multitude of detractors? Is that what is behind the sudden manifestation of a home grown Red Guard sprung up to defend the faithful? Is this then a quasi-religious uprising cloaked in the sacred mantle of old time Americanism? If so, perhaps we need an old time exorcism to cast demons from the guardsmen before they tear the temple down.

Remember, it was only an election folks, we’ve had them before. Sometimes you lose.  That is no excuse for rioting, looting and assault on opponents. You could try to help instead. If you have something to offer the apostate to guide him through his new journey perhaps you should come forward. He could use your help even if it fills you with loathing being in the presence. Courage. You will have another chance in four short years.

 

 

The Art of the Deal

2 May

(Note: I have repeatedly referred to XI as Premier.  He is, of course, President XI. Sorry.)

The chief deal maven has done it again. Big time.  Really , really big time.  Here’s the  deal.

Premier Xi comes to America.  Premier Xi goes to Florida.  Premier Xi goes to Mar-a Lago.  Premier Xi meets President Trump and has lunch. Premier Xi survives parting hand shake.  Where doe Premier Xi go next?  Back home?  Local sightseeing ?  No! He goes to Alaska and he likes what he sees.  It’s very pretty, says Xi.  It’s also very close to Russia.

Two weeks after Premier Xi was in Alaska the media was abuzz about Russian airplanes flying back and forth in the Bering Straits for four days near Alaska but never crossing the international date line. No one seems to have connected the two events. Later it was announced that Secretary of State Tillerson and Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov are to meet on May 10 & 11 in…guess where … Alaska! Also in attendance at the Artic Council gathering will be Canada a prime player as British Columbia could well be in close focus. 

Perhaps premier Xi went to Alaska, of all places, to see for himself what everybody back home has been babbling about.  So he checked it out.  Will he sign off on it?  Will the Russians? Will the US? Will Canada? It’s the deal of all deals; it’s Yuge!  Actually Yuge is too small to describe what might happen.

Which is…a land link from the old world to the new, from Eurasia to the Americas for the first time in millennia.  Premier Xi , the Russians, Canadians and Donald Trump may attempt a train passage across the Bering Straits from Alaska to Russia.The tunnel under the English Channel is dubbed the Chunnel. Do you suppose the tunnel from Alaska to Russia via the Bering Straits will be known as the StrunnelTM ?   7/13/17 TM  Added.  Time will tell.

Is that not the Art of a Deal of a Deal of a Deal?

We have always been a right wing plutocracy

18 Apr

(What? Nobody ever told you?)


Oh, yes. It started even before we were officially a Nation. In 1786 in Massachusetts, Daniel Shays, a veteran of the Revolutionary War was, with many others, staggering under crushing debt and high taxes. Facing a possible turn in debtors prison (fine old Dickensian holdover, wasn’t it?) Shays led a revolt of impoverished farmers. Patriot lawyer Samuel Adams wrote up a riot act suspending Habeas Corpus and the militia put down the protest, killed a few, hanged a couple. The people were up at bat for the first time. 

_Strike one._

Several years later another handful of disgruntled veterans of the Revolutionary War (sound familiar?) living on the frontier in Pennsylvania and ignored by the elite back East, eked out a modest living making whiskey. To pay debts to bankers for war costs heavy excise taxes were levied on their product. They revolted. The militias were sent in and they, too, lost. 

_Strike two._

“A reign of witches”, Thomas Jefferson, Secretary of State under George Washington, aimed this jeremiad at Presidents Washington and Adams. This honorable duo were convinced our young Republic was so threatened by the French revolution and the Democracy it championed, they wanted war with France to stop it.

Jefferson was further appalled when the Alien and Sedition Act was passed and enacted. This early piece of fear-mongering legislation was father to countless future acts designed to make certain democracy remained a rousing slogan and little more.

Among the immediate results of this passage and the suspension of the Bill of Rights, was the arrest and prosecution of opposition newspaper editors. Armed mobs attacked the offices of the Philadelphia Aurora and presses were destroyed. Criticism of our fledgling government led to the ultimate sacrifice for the young publisher, Ben Franklin Bache. Benjamin Franklin, demonstrably the most sincere democrat of the founding clique, was his grandfather. Alas, Poor Benjamin’s Legacy: trivialized in history books as that quirky old dude with the almanac and kite. Take that demos!

_Strike three._ The game is not going well for the folks, so far. 

Enter now President Thomas Jefferson who wrote, “What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must from time to time be refreshed with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.” Apparently he was not referring to his own blood as he sat out the war at home in Monticello. He managed to serve two full terms as President without vetoing even one single bill of Congress. Tom owned 600 slaves; denied suffrage was the due of women and men without sufficient property. Still he is regarded as the best friend the common folks ever had. Those were the good days; it got worse. 

Six years after Jefferson retired again to Monticello the Seminole Wars began, ushering a non-stop series of ethnic cleansing, land grabbing and gunboat diplomacy that continues to this day. It made next to no difference which political party was in ascendance, the march to power was assured. For two hundred years, Democracy- for-all leftist humbug, masking a heavy rightist plutocracy, has clanked forward, scarcely hindered by popular outcry.

The reactionary elements plaguing us today differ little from their anti-democratic ancestors. We have seen consistent disdain for the masses by the political class from the very founding of the Nation. Populist efforts have been tolerated as Loyal Opposition in the best of times: trivialized if considered annoying at other times; scurrilously demonized or worse if threatening the status quo at any time. Democracy has always been a kind of show pony to gain the good opinion of the nations of the world. Like a backward relative only trotted out to show our compassion. You can’t be seen as top drawer if you are known to beat the hired help.

The goal of the ruling class has long been to keep everyone from learning the true
plutocratic inclination of our government. It wasn’t as easy early on to weave the spell of a benign democratic proclivity in light of atrocious actions occurring all around, but it was done.

In those early pastoral years, aside from blazing political oratory, street corner pamphleteering and billboard plastered barns, only the press was available. The struggle to convince us we were a democratic society and not the product of a rightist and enabling leftist cabal, was never easy for our masters until the powerful electronic media that came in with the twentieth century. Now it’s a cinch. 

We are able now to fight two wars simultaneously, station troops at hundreds of bases around the globe, provide second world quality health care and educate millions for jobs that no longer exist and, borrow the money from our rivals to accomplish this. All the while professing it is done in the name of the people; hailed aloud as democracy in action, and meaning it! That’s the kicker; we really believe it all makes sense. 

Would our perception of ourselves be the least bit different tomorrow if the NY Times and CNN announced the following? “Congratulations. You have accomplished the first citizen sponsored, democratically produced… World Wide Empire, in history.”

_Game over._ The People forfeit.

Abraham’s Sons at Play

17 Apr

Since the days of Father Abraham war has been a favorite male pastime. In America, war’s only close rivals in popularity are NFL, Nascar and reality TV. The longest running reality show features the two most fundamentalist, Old Testament societies, Israel and the United States. The two principal players are at odds with most of the rest of the Abrahamic World. Wanton destruction of Apostates is the goal of these chosen, exceptional peoples for the Lord, Mammon or lebensraum. This show’s got legs!

To finance this costly reality TV and avoid the gory wet work of the real deal, the largest export from America to Tel Aviv, even larger than all those dollars is …balls. Harvested in vast quantities at the Nation’s Capital, from Christian Zionists, Major Media and, of course, the resident Tribe. It’s the American way, and it works. Sort of. But still, darn it all, we are number one and don’t you forget it. Hummph.

  The new reality? show just breaking for the summer season is liable to be become a problem though.  The western exceptionalists may clash with the North Korean faithful who worship Juche and regard Kim Jung-un as a minor deity. That may lead to great, bloody wet work that doesn’t belong in showbiz at all.  Reality has no place in reality TV.

Mad in the USA

16 Apr

The United States of America is rarely an innocent party in world affairs anymore. We have little validity other than being the greatest threat to life and limb on the planet.  We do no trade of consequence for our size; we help no one without a strategic purpose lurking near. We stalk constantly about the planet as a harbinger of doom and still, as Americans, we see none of it.

There is a madness about us; we are as a people, unhinged.  For decades we have been doing the same vile and stupid things to other peoples and we forever expect different outcome. Proof of national insanity could not be clearer. The roots of this malaise are deep and strong and of long standing.

We have been taught from childhood to regard all other countries as lesser entitities. We reluctantly grant them small notice for accomplishments but with a caveat of some flaw in their nature.  All lose with comparison to us; always.  This has been a singular fact of civic discourse for decades.  Surely there is a price to pay for such one-sided judgment and subsequent projection upon others and perhaps clinical insanity is it. 

Different leadership appears on the national scene with regularity bringing agendas that may differ from a predecessor’s. Very soon the institutional mindset envelopes the newcomers and they too exhibit the national syndrome.  If only the old Doctors Freud or Jung, or especially Adler, were with us today to analyze these hapless enactors as they go through their mad antics as if they were sane and reasonable citizens. They might then explain us to ourselves. The world would be a better place indeed.