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 17, 2012 1:31AM

Murder or Suicide?*

A sick game of financial sadism is currently being played in Europe.  The European Central Bank, IMF, and World Bank are the tormentors, and Greece is their victim.  With the way things have proceeded, you'd think that the banksters want Greece murdered, but they don't have the heart to do… Read full post »

As citizens of the American Empire, we enjoy all sorts of benefits that other countries just don't have.  George W. Bush could let the Chinese pay for the Iraq War, as their holdings of Treasuries were effectively a credit card for his little military adventure. But other things fall our way… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 5, 2012 6:06PM

Israel declares war on USA!

Certainly in looking at the lame stream media, you'd think that Iran already has nuclear weapons.  Why this very minute, they may be mounted on ICBMs targeted at New York and Washington, DC.  A recent poll says that 70% of Americans actually believe this bullshit.

Let me tell you.  Ira… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 4, 2012 1:19AM

The Missionaries - A Mexican Tale

Before I came to Ejido Wonderful, Professor X was there.  He taught at Compton Community College or something like that.  No matter.  He built the biggest, finest hacienda in a ten mile radius. I never met him because the hacienda was abandoned when I started living here.

One day Joe… Read full post »

It might not just be campaign season, but it appears as if the Obama administration has done two very bright things lately.  The first is the news leak (from Huffington Post) that the White House is about ready to put the ixnay on the Keystone XL pipeline, despite all the pressure… Read full post »

JANUARY 17, 2012 6:46AM


You don't have to be told this.  We're living in a sick society.  Congressmen are bought and sold to shadowy interests as dearly as they were paid for by the robber barons of the Gilded Age. And here we are -- as Greeks, Spaniards, and American homelsss peoples, etc. are sold… Read full post »

JANUARY 13, 2012 12:04AM

IRAN: Unintended Consequences

When the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1905 ( so misappropriately named the Iran Threat Reduction Resolution), the clock started ticking on another war in the Middle East.  What the neocons and AIPAC succeeded in doing was to hurt Iran where it hurt the most.  Not only did the House… Read full post »

JANUARY 5, 2012 2:41AM

My Best Guess

I've written before about the future, but now I've had the benefit of reading The Great Disruption by Paul Gilding.  I have some very mixed feelings about the book, but it does give some valuable food for thought.

First, he looks at the interrelationship between global ecology and business. … Read full post »

JANUARY 1, 2012 12:06AM

BAD NEWS SUNDAY: Worst new idea of 2012

I held off in commenting on the prospects for 2012 under the philosophy that if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all.  If you've been following me, you already know what I think about the eurocrisis, the chinese housing bubble, the dismal prospects for the US… Read full post »

DECEMBER 27, 2011 4:43PM



Bill O'Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, and Karl Rove are in a bunker somewhere near the Arctic Circle hundreds of feet below the surface.  They've met here in secret to plot out the arc of history.  And with old new lefty's miraculous bugging technology (and theRead full post »

DECEMBER 27, 2011 12:28AM

This is the first time

I ever figured out how to put a picture onto my  blog. This is part of a picture of my east patio in Ejido Wonderful.  The little woman has quite a green thumb, and I owe it all to her.  I'll give you more updates on my trip down south and… Read full post »

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 »