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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DECEMBER 15, 2011 9:15AM

I'm a chump.

I've been having a whole series of negative days.  Here I am, stuck in friggin' Oregon while I could be reaping my rewards in some Baja paradise. I'm stuck inside of Cold Duckville, spending six or eight hours a day on my computer.  And wherever I go, all over the world… Read full post »

DECEMBER 13, 2011 8:46AM

cosmic thinking

Looking at the really big picture, it seems to me that we're at a pretty critical juncture in world history.  We're approximately 17 years away from a catastrophic climate meltdown with 7 billion happy people living on this planet.  And meanwhile we keep sucking up those petroleum products… Read full post »

DECEMBER 10, 2011 8:31AM

GOOD NEWS! EU is not as bad as you think

Friday's meeting of the European Union might very well go down in history because by a 26-1 vote, there was a joint commitment to impose fiscal discipline on any government that pursues an overly lax policy of deficit spending.  All EU countries have agreed to submit their national budgets for p… Read full post »

DECEMBER 8, 2011 7:06AM


You know how those damn painkillers are.  old new lefty starts ODing on his meds, and then the next thing you know, you get some asswipe posting on OS.  That's how it often works.

 I got into some of Tink's catnip, and I started blogging at 3:34 AM.  Isn't that how… Read full post »

Well, the game has already begun.  The forces of darkness are getting together to gather their strength to take down Occupy Eugene.  You can see it in the local paper. City costs mount for local OWS.  Supposedly, the dastardly OE folks cost over $115,000 in hard-earned taxpayers' money… Read full post »

DECEMBER 3, 2011 3:02AM


The December 9th meeting of the heads of the European Union will not be the end of the European Union, but it may very well move forward the eventual end of the euro as we know it.  Everyone agrees that a withdrawal of Greece or Germany or some other country from… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 28, 2011 7:32AM

Live! Occupy Los Angeles

Not really.  It's hard to do a live blog from Ecotopia.  But I've done the drill, so I know what's going down.  Here's a short chronology so far:


I'm listening to Ian Masters Background Briefing on the podcast, and he's in a conversation with the famous Tom Hayden. They're&… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 24, 2011 7:32AM

USA: Gangster Government

 If you want to find out about the rot in our system, I have three great books for you to read.  First THE OUTFIT, by Gus Russo is the best history of the Mafia from its earliest days up to the end of the 20th Century. PROPHETS OF WAR, by Thomas… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 22, 2011 3:18AM

The Solution for Penn State's Problem

At every point in America lately, when there's even the possibility of a lull in the conversation, things turn to Penn State.  The story is certainly gripping and fascinating in an extremely unhealthy way, and it has been on everybody's minds. The story has a feeling of some very creepy Steven… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 19, 2011 6:51AM

OCCUPY WALL STREET: the next step

mi-to-sis cell division in which complex nuclear division involving halving of chromosomes precedes  ctyoplasimic fission and which involves  typically a series of steps consisting of prophase, metaphase, anaphase, and telophase.

I don't know whether I've gotten to the level of sophisticati… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 17, 2011 7:03AM


No one big thing, but many little things this morning.

 EUROPE  reminds me of that movie scene when the camera focuses on the gauge fluctuating wildly above the red line.  With interest rates on various countries' debts moving to all time highs, it's only a matter of time before the sp… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 13, 2011 10:46AM

GOOD NEWS SUNDAY: Live! From Occupy Eugene

Oh, the perils of being a middle manager!  I've tried to avoid being a middle manager all my life, and now I am one.  I'm now a regional coordinator for Move On, and my life is suddenly consumed.

Saturday's work began on the phone before it morphed into a two hour… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 11, 2011 1:52PM

HERMAN CAIN: Man of the Tea Party

Herman Cain is certainly a phenomenon.  Back in the bad old days of 1984, the presidency of Gary Hart was torpedoed just by having a picture taken of Donna Rice sitting on his lap.  Of course, Hart set the situation up by challenging reporters to follow him around relentlessly because "he… Read full post »

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell almost 400 points today, and the Asian markets fell out of bed with a way to go before they hit the ground on the way to closing.  As you may already know, the reason for this revolves around the rather obscure fact that the interest… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 5, 2011 7:24AM

The problems of a Romney presidency

Mitt Romney can be President of the United States.  I believe that.  It's not that I don't like Barack Obama.  He's a decent man, and I'm planning on voting for him next November.  But there are a whole slew of problems that he has, both personal and geopolitical, that make it… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 1, 2011 9:55AM


In the little details are the much  bigger pecadillos revealed.

Barack Obama has accused the Iranians of engaging in a ham-handed attempt to assassinate Saudi Arabia's ambassador with the help of Zetas from the  Mexican drug cartel. The propaganda machine has been revved up, and the neocons… Read full post »

We see OWS protesters getting hosed from Moscow, Tehran and elsewhere. They're painting a picture of the United States of America resorting to acts of political repression against its own people because capitalism has created the economic and social-cultural conditions to let this kind of thing happe… Read full post »

OCTOBER 26, 2011 5:47AM


So it all comes down to this.  Silvio Berlusconi, laughable Prime Minister of Italy.  If there was ever a clown of the first magnitude, it's Silvio.  And Silvio has just choked on the bailout plan that the EU has been working on.  And the German bankers have choked.  If they… Read full post »

This is what my dictionary has to say about socialism:

 1. any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods. 2a: a system of society or group living in which there is no privateRead full post »

OCTOBER 16, 2011 4:01AM


I have a confession to make.  I've been lying to you for many years, particularly in my comments to Tinkertink69.  So in the interest of self-disclosure, I've decided to come clean and tell you all of the lies I've been feeding you for years.

I am not a transvestite.

 I do… Read full post »

OCTOBER 14, 2011 7:39AM

Obama's Wag the Dog?

The case of Mansour Arbabsian, the used car dealer who allegedly tried to assassinate Saudi Ambassador Adel al Jaberin gets curiouser and curiouser.  When it was first announced by President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder, incontrovertible evidence was supposedly introduced linking Iran'… Read full post »

OCTOBER 12, 2011 2:25AM

The Artful Dodgers

You have to hand it Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy.  They've done a masterful job of public relations.  At the very moment that world financial markets seemed ready to plunge into the abyss,  France and Germany have agreed on a way to recapitalize European banks before the end of t… Read full post »

OCTOBER 8, 2011 5:18AM

Don't Mess With Texas

There's something in the air that signals a difference. For no good reason at all, the Occupy Wall Street movement has metastasized. Yesterday there were 882 sites where the movement had broken out.  Today, more than a hundred additional sites added on -- some all over the world. Many people are… Read full post »

OCTOBER 3, 2011 10:37PM

James Bond or Jesus

The end of the  economic world as we know it appeared to move up two weeks today when Greece announced that it was not meeting its monthly deficit target, making it inevitable that the cradle of Western civilization will run out of money in mid-October.  Previously the drop dead date for… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 21, 2011 7:31AM

Using the hook

The objective is to cripple the Tea Party as much as possible.  How is this to be done? There are a number of steps that can be taken. But preliminary work by onl has found some indications of effective results. Here they are:

1) Attend Tea Party meetings.

Know your enemy. … Read full post »