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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ol'sam 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.

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JUNE 26, 2014 6:23AM

Operation Wang Chung


wangchung 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 »

JUNE 19, 2014 2:00AM

An Evil Leave It to Beaver



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 »

JUNE 10, 2014 5:06AM

About the Las Vegas Killers...

Has anyone in the American media referred to them as "right wing terrorists?"

JUNE 4, 2014 1:48AM

I said it elsewhere...

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 »



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 »

APRIL 8, 2014 10:08AM

Strange Days: Part II


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 »

APRIL 6, 2014 8:07AM

Strange Days


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 »

MARCH 24, 2014 8:43AM

UKRAINE: How soon will Putin invade?


 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 »

MARCH 20, 2014 12:59AM

US & Russia: How 1928 can we get?


 It's tough to say that I was wrong, but I was.  I assumed that market forces would push Russia and the United States towards some understanding, but instead, it looks like we are all full steam ahead for Cold War II.

In international relations (except when the United States… Read full post »

MARCH 9, 2014 8:27AM

USA & Russia: Getting lucky?


There's this old joke about this missing dog poster.  The three legged mutt has half of one of his ears chewed off, a bent tail, and a missing eye.  He answers to the name Lucky.


An animal like this is a perfect analogy for the poorly thought out… Read full post »


I started researching an obscure question for the CIA-sponsored Good Judgement Project on the Ukraine, and I was immediately confronted with the fact that what the US and other media is reporting is -- at the very least -- biased.  One of the perpetual problems of the… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 13, 2014 9:05AM

OPEN CALL: I dreamed last night that...


Picture an extended, more modern version of a New England salt box house that's in an exclusive wooded neighborhood in the hills of Los Angeles.  Movie stars live cheek by jowl, but this is the house of the Lewmeister, a friend of mine that died several years ago.

How… Read full post »


 Just because you're reading this is proof that the internet is such a wonderful thing for making trouble.

Look at donkey porn for example. Increase your penis size. Shut down an electrical grid, and make the Dow Jones Industrial Average go down 4,000 points the next morning. AND… Read full post »


 Tensions leading up to an eviction of the Eugene, OR homeless camp known as Whoville were temporarily diffused on Wednesday when the city council voted 6-2 in favor of granting a 30 day stay before a forced relocation of residents takes place.  The city manager was directe… Read full post »

 cbs Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus -- the list could go on forever. Tabloid trash has always been littering the media landscape.  But lately it seems that the media equivalent of flying carp has taken over the news environment in a big way while investigative reporting has withered on the… Read full post »

JANUARY 21, 2014 6:35PM

I volunteered to work for the CIA


 Good Judgment Project, moderated by Gordon Tetlock (University of Pennsylvania) and funded by IARPA

 I hear you saying, "Lucy, you got some 'splainin' to do" right now, and you'd be entirely justified in asking that question.  After all, who's writing here?  old ne… Read full post »

JANUARY 13, 2014 1:50PM

The NGA: What Snowden Hasn't Told Us


 TOP SECRET AMERICA:  The Rise of the New American Security State by Dana Priest and William M. Arkin

The entire world owes Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden a debt of gratitude, and the Guardian has yet to release a whole trove of material on the abuses that the National… Read full post »


Pink Floyd concert, The Wall, Berlin

 "A Techtonic Shift in Eurasion: How the New Great Game Will Be Played" by Pepe Escobar (Asia Times)

"Security Arc Forms Amist Mideast Terror: Arc of Instability Now the Arc of Security" by Sharmine Nawani (Alakhbar English)  hotlink in Escobar… Read full post »