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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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 »

DECEMBER 20, 2013 4:36AM

DPRK: The Scorpion Stings Itself

The recent actions in North Korea have put every surrounding power on at least medium military alert. The acts of the new boy king, Kim Jong-Un are truly hair-raising, and experts say that another provocation from the DPRK is inevitable soon, possibly in January.

The reasons for this situation go bac… Read full post »

DECEMBER 13, 2013 6:32AM

Your Daily Intelligence Briefing

Ever wonder what the President reads for breakfast?  old new lefty does it for you.


  1. North Korea Kim Jong Un  executing his uncle is the first sign that the DPRK is entering its terminal stage for the regime.  Expect more fun and games in the future. What do
  2. Read full post »


JFK AND THE UNSPEAKABLE:Why He Died and Why It Matters by James W. Douglass

If there is anyone who still vigorously believes that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone assassin of JFK, you should hold your piece on getting back to me until you have read all of Douglass'… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 25, 2013 6:37AM

The Arc of History

is a curious thing.  Great waves come and go. The tide goes in, and it goes out. And sometimes it comes in cycles that occur only very rarely. And so, I have perhaps been appearing at least eccentric lately by appearing to be so bubbly, new age, and gushiness. But I… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 21, 2013 4:19AM

TPP: Is It On The Ropes?



The Transpacific Partnership has certainly had a bad billing from the left and labor. To listen to them, you would think that the TPP was Satan on steroids, and that big business was steamrolling the monster over Congress, and there was very little that anyone could do to stop… Read full post »


 I've been thinking about this post for a long time. We are collectively living in an epoch more astounding, more critical, more life threatening, and more exciting than perhaps any time in human history.

There are the unholy monsters of peak oil (and multiple natural resource depl… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 7, 2013 7:04AM

What I did on my sumer vacation

By Old New Lefty.

 I know. I get one grade deducted because I mispelled a word in the title. But I have been a busy little beaver lately, and this is one reason why I haven'been hanging out in this dive much. Besides, I got your attention, didn't I?

To make… Read full post »

OCTOBER 29, 2013 7:16AM

old new lefty does political science?!


 Actual photo of old new lefty taken by FBI spy attending Ecotopia University Political Science Symposium.


Old new lefty is a political scientist. At least I was last week when I attended a symposium of the  University of Ecotopia (The Fighting Wombats!) Political Scien… Read full post »