AS THE SUN SETS SLOWLY IN THE WEST
- 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.
MY RECENT POSTS
- October Surprise!
October 12, 2014 06:21AM
- dusting off the old crystal
ball: foreign policy
September 28, 2014 06:54AM
- Deranged thoughts of a
seriously disturbed person
September 25, 2014 06:26AM
- SCOTLAND: Who REALLY Won
September 19, 2014 03:57PM
- What I learned about Ferguson,
MO when I visited my brother
August 26, 2014 06:54AM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “Another reason why I
have no interest in
October 20, 2014 12:25AM
- “If Frost didn't make in
time, it would be "Clean-up in
October 20, 2014 12:20AM
- “I see the whole TTIP and
TPP struggles going on as
October 12, 2014 10:27PM
- “Greening the ghetto is
perhaps one of the
challenges, and one
October 12, 2014 07:18AM
- “Like your comments on
the Laws of Nature. Which
October 12, 2014 07:16AM
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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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
When you google the term "Ecotopia County Democratic Party," you will find my picture as its only human icon. Mr. Search Engine has determined that of the thousands of stained politics wretches out there, I am the center of the social network. And so I am.
Ecotopia has always been a CIA rest home, which is one of the reasons why it's such a damn curious place. People get all post-traumatic stressed out (PTSD'd) on the job, and so they are sent to look at the big green trees and gentle rain. The… Read full post »
The Evil Clarence is my youngest brother. He lives in Chicago, and he is a fundamentalist conservative Christian, just like the way Dad used to be. I say that I'm old new lefty because I'm atoning for the sins that my father committed shortly before he died in 1981.… Read full post »
Whereas there has been a continued discussion of all politics (local to galactic) in this column from time to time, and the aforesaid mentioned author has participated in such fisticuffs lately (at the local level), and has been found wanting; hereby is a random selection of short term discours… Read full post »
Has anyone in the American media referred to them as "right wing terrorists?"
This country is being dumbed down and stupified by the 1%. When is the USA going to wake the F up? Read full post »
The moment I get back to Ecotopia! I havc to get my waders on to slog through the swamp of local politics.
Plan A didn't work out, so I am left floundering for Plan B. And this ultimately led me to an eventual meeting at PEACE. But first I had to… Read full post »
There is a reason why old new lefty has been silent for so long. We snowbirds travel for long periods and live under harsh conditions. But Ejido Wonderful was, as always this year -- fabulous. Except for a few minor details like an appalling lack of money. But otherwise, it wa… Read full post »
CAPITAL IN THE TWENTY FIRST CENTURY by Thomas Piketty
I'm certainly behind the curve. This is the 2,403rd review of the economics book of the year. Just what the world needs (sigh). But let's give a giant shout-out to Monsieur Piketty, who's written a book that will… Read full post »
I think George Santyana once said that the first time, history appears as a tragedy; the second time it appears as a farce. We are witnessing that now in the Ukraine. Certainly, nothing but scorn can be heaped upon the entire foreign policy establishment of Washington, DC and Bru… Read full post »
I've decided that since there's nothing I can do to influence the current status of the world, that I'd give you a sermon today instead of a cogent political analysis.
We come together today to pray for the souls of those who are least fortunate amongst us. First, my… Read full post »
In every political movement there is a life cycle. A wise man once said that political movements first start as an idea, transform themselves into a revolution, and eventually degenerate into a racket. After 34 years of Ronald Reagan and the death of the New Deal, we have been living under… Read full post »
Examining the evil gem that is Ukraine is a fascinating exercise. When the appraiser looks at various facets, one obtains what looks like valuable information. But when the examiner shifts to new facets, additional valuable information is revealed, while old information is obsc… Read full post »
The situation in Ukraine has been bedeviling. I have thought for a long time about how wrong I'd been in assessing the situation. And I was going to write that this was the toughest blog that I'd ever written because I had been so wrong in analyzing the… Read full post »
The clock is now on its countdown mode, with attention focusing on a place that you've never heard of before. The world appears to be on the brink of an inevitable confrontation over the Russian invasion of southern Ukraine to logistically support the Trans-Dniester Republic.
As… Read full post »