Postcards from Ecotopia

old new lefty

old new lefty
alienation, discontent
September 16
Making trouble whenever possible
virgin novelist, middle school teacher for the morally handicapped, government bureaucrat, most famous unknown photographer in LA, PhD dropout, coat hanger sorter, presidential campaign worker, sewer worker, and retired guy -- but not in that order.


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FEBRUARY 16, 2015 10:56AM


NARCOLAND: The Mexican Drug Lords and Their Godfathers

by Anabel Hernandez


The moment I downloaded this book onto my Kindle, I could see the level of surveillance increase on my computer. Obviously, if I pursued the information in this book in the wrong way, I would run the serious… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 10, 2015 9:17AM

Hillary Is Inevitable

Geez, I'm no fan of Hillary.  In many ways she exemplifies the worst aspects of America, but she's pretty much like the weather.  When there's a tornado throwing up a giant garbage can across the street from you, you don't forecast balmy weather. It's just like that.

Now, I have to… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 6, 2015 4:03PM

GREECE: Apocalypse Now?

 It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine.


Paul Krugman stole my original title which referred to Greece and the EU playing chicken.  I've spent some time researching the subject, since I have news you won't find anywhere else.

February 28th is the make… Read full post »

JANUARY 21, 2015 11:46AM

What, Me Worry?

I came from an asteroid, and some day I'll go back to being an asteroid. Pick a number between one and 100 trillion years.

A Canadian CIA guy called me a Red Democrat.  I guess I'll own up to wearing that label. And while we're on the subject: If the Democratic… Read full post »

JANUARY 9, 2015 5:52PM

What Is To Be Done?



Lenin asked that question early in the Russian Revolution, and this question certainly has poignancy in 2015. No need to detail the events in Washington, DC. It's all there for everyone to see.

Historically, the right has maintained its power with interlocking directorates of ide… Read full post »

JANUARY 2, 2015 3:21AM

TPP and the end of the world


Barack Obama is hellbent to do the bidding of multinational corporations in his quest to fast track the TPP, or the Trans Pacific Partnership. For those of you who don't know, the TPP is a huge expansion of the free trade principles and laws of NAFTA (the… Read full post »

DECEMBER 28, 2014 11:24PM


That's the title of Naomi Klein's latest book. I'm not going to do a book review because frankly, I'm decidedly more pessimistic than she is about the outcome of fighting the relentless spewing of carbon into the atmosphere. But her last chapter dovetails so perfectly with my last blog that I'm… Read full post »

DECEMBER 20, 2014 3:21AM

Tidbits & Outrages

Well boys and girls, I've been away a long time. Much too busy doing other stuff that I won't even bother going into.  I sort of made a personal rule that I wouldn't write about anything until I had something I thought was important.  I accumulated a few ideas, but I'm… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 27, 2014 6:36AM

Now the fun begins!

I'm beginning to think that President Obama is beginning to have an attitude problem. I mean like, what are they going to do to him? Fire him? Or maybe the wingnuts will want to impeach him. Bring it on! We'll see how splediferous that all works out. Nope. The Prez has… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 26, 2014 8:55AM

My flag is done!

You've seen my logo for quite some time. I put this up about three years ago when I started the construction and engineering project that went into the making of my American flag.

 Here's the story. In 2001, I began to hear about what GW Bush had planned for the Global… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 23, 2014 6:18AM

November 22, 1963

NOVEMBER 18, 2014 6:09AM

Angela Merkel

"It's not only about Ukraine, it's about Moldava, it's about Georgia, if it continues like this ... we have to wonder about Serbia, one has to wonder about the countries in the Western Balkans."

 Angela Merkel



NOVEMBER 7, 2014 11:39AM

What I did on my summer vacation

Jonathan Wolfman is spreading my political self flagelation all over his radio program on the East Coast, but to make a long story short, in a surprising development Tom McCall County looks like it's in the early stages of caving in on providing space for the homeless to band together to… Read full post »

OCTOBER 29, 2014 5:50AM

, left wing nutjob

Winston Churchill didn't say it, but he should have: There's nothing quite so painful personally as to be a politician who's deliberately spending his political capital on a proven losing proposition.  This has been my boy problems lately. Oh yes, it's all very well and good to play the local ve… Read full post »

OCTOBER 23, 2014 4:59AM

To the survivors on the life raft

Ah yes, Guericalt's Wreck of the Hesperus or whatever the hell that great 19th Century painting was entitled. I forget. It is hereby noted that Joisey departed for that great non-OS portal to the sky. Me? I always thought that Joisey was a low grade asshole, but who matters and WTF? OS… Read full post »

OCTOBER 12, 2014 6:21AM

October Surprise!

Yogi Berra quote about being FUBAR'd

 Sometimes trends come in with a vengeance for no good reason. Take astrology. We all know it's a crock. But people still believe in it, even after thousands of years. Why? Because sometimes the damn thing actually works!

Take me. Mr. Virgo found out that… Read full post »

It's been a while since I've ventured into Foreignpolicyland.  Frankly, recent developments have been so depressing that I've been avoiding the subject like the plague.  I jokingly told TNT69 that the answer to the world's problems were very large quantities of Everclear and Robutussin mixe… Read full post »

So I'm stoned and drunk. It's 3:23 AM and I've been up for almost an hour and a half. And as W.C. Fields said, "I'm not fit for man nor beast." But who gives a %$#(#!!!!  anyway?

 So here are totally random thoughts as I scan the cosmic universe.


Everything… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 19, 2014 4:19PM




The vote against Scottish independence was more decisive than polls indicated. And by any measure it's a good thing that the Scots voted no.  It's highly likely that a  yes vote would have resulted in global market turmoil, as Scotch independence would have meant the en… Read full post »

I went to visit Chicago because I feared for my brother's health. The way he was describing his physical condition, I was afraid that by delaying my purchase of a plane ticket  I'd be so late that I was in danger of getting there after he died.

 Thankfully, I was way… Read full post »

AUGUST 13, 2014 7:15AM

The F*-ing Treaty of Westphalia???



I digress, but I lost my spiritual brother Robin the other day, and I am still suffering. He was born 4 years later  (and one social class higher) than me in Chicago , and I miss him.

Back to business. Ordinarily, if I were to lecture you about the… Read full post »

JULY 31, 2014 1:38AM

Towing The Party Line




How amazing that the party line changes so rapidly!

Looking at the world through red tinted glasses as I do, I'm always prone to view the standard line of the establishment through a deep haze of cynicism.  After all, the ruling  propaganda merchants in DC and London a… Read full post »

JULY 23, 2014 6:58AM

Did the NSA kill OS?


I' ve been thinking about writing this for a long time, because I've needed time to analyze some of the factors that brought me to looking into this question. First, let me refer you to a recent Guardian article about GCHQ, Great Britain's counterpart to the NSA. Greenwald re… Read full post »

JULY 16, 2014 6:50AM

Chock Full O' Nuts

I don't have a grand theme to talk about today. Rather, I have a small collection of nuggets gathered in no particular order.

Let's begin with President Obama.  Does anybody realize that the man has suddenly developed a "I don't give a shit" attitude lately? He can almost see his portrait… Read full post »

Abrawang did it. He called me on my CIA shit three times. So that means something. Yeah, I fixate on the damn CIA a lot. You know of my infamous involvement in being only a middling predictor in the AIRPA (CIA)  funded Good Judgment Project. And there's my 40 year fixation… Read full post »