Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Now This Is Spooky Shit


The bloody rags who make decisions in the NY Time's editorial board room chose to print this vacuous piece of nonsense a couple days ago. (See full article below.)

While reading it I'm reminded of black and white ads from '50s-era horror movies: There's terror in the streets! A giant monster is stealing the children in the night! It's a crisis! An state of emergency! Who will save us!  Oh, the humanity!   

But why is it that everything requires "big government"? To these mindless creeps, there is no problem, no riddle, no moral dilemma or existentially compelling human paradox that does not require "big government". Government, like God, is the answer to all of our problems. 

In other words, the editorial board at the New York Times (and those who belong to its church) proves itself, with articles like this one, to possess all the wit, education, intelligence and creativity of your average Bible-banging hick who superstitiously swallows the highway billboard signs that read, "Jesus is the Answer to Your Problems!" 

For every fundamentalist church, there are roughly two-to-three-hundred idiots. But the church of the government--that Supreme Being that knows all, sees all and can solve all your problems!--is filled with  hundreds of millions of true believers. 

And these people really do consider themselves and their own intellects to be the best of the best when it comes to human ingenuity. 

What a joke.

 Sorry to be such a downer on your church, NYT, but that's how I roll when I read dogma and nonsense that's preached to the masses as the absolute and obvious capital-t Truth. 

Your are no better or wiser than the preachers who condemned witches in Salem 400 years ago, or the Catholic inquisitors who burned peasants alive in Europe for their "heresies". We blasphemers are a scary lot. We've always rattled your self-righteous dispositions, shaken your unshakeable "truths",  and pissed on your holy books (or newspapers) with our skepticism. You can burn us, but you can never commit our minds or spirits to the flames. We heretics will always be here. 

Now, I have to prepare for my night of sin and evil with my fellow heretics, skeptics and witches--those folks you might well want to damn straight to hell. Fine. Then let us be the damned and condemned to hell. 

It sounds more fun than hanging in a utopian heaven with a bunch of fundamentalist, puritanical idiots who write for the New York Times. 

Here's to a night of burning down churches and desecrating holy relics of the state!
Happy Halloween! 

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A Big Storm Requires Big Government


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Most Americans have never heard of the National Response Coordination Center, but they’re lucky it exists on days of lethal winds and flood tides. The center is the war room of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, where officials gather to decide where rescuers should go, where drinking water should be shipped, and how to assist hospitals that have to evacuate.

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"Why bother with satellites and professional forecasters when all we need is a million people sending tweets to the Weather Channel?"
Jim S., Cleveland
Disaster coordination is one of the most vital functions of “big government,” which is why Mitt Romney wants to eliminate it. At a Republican primary debate last year, Mr. Romney was asked whether emergency management was a function that should be returned to the states. He not only agreed, he went further.
“Absolutely,” he said. “Every time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government and send it back to the states, that’s the right direction. And if you can go even further and send it back to the private sector, that’s even better.” Mr. Romney not only believes that states acting independently can handle the response to a vast East Coast storm better than Washington, but that profit-making companies can do an even better job. He said it was “immoral” for the federal government to do all these things if it means increasing the debt.
It’s an absurd notion, but it’s fully in line with decades of Republican resistance to federal emergency planning. FEMA, created by President Jimmy Carter, was elevated to cabinet rank in the Bill Clinton administration, but was then demoted by President George W. Bush, who neglected it, subsumed it into the Department of Homeland Security, and placed it in the control of political hacks. The disaster of Hurricane Katrina was just waiting to happen.
The agency was put back in working order by President Obama, but ideology still blinds Republicans to its value. Many don’t like the idea of free aid for poor people, or they think people should pay for their bad decisions, which this week includes living on the East Coast.
Over the last two years, Congressional Republicans have forced a 43 percent reduction in the primary FEMA grants that pay for disaster preparedness. Representatives Paul Ryan, Eric Cantor and other House Republicans have repeatedly tried to refuse FEMA’s budget requests when disasters are more expensive than predicted, or have demanded that other valuable programs be cut to pay for them. The Ryan budget, which Mr. Romney praised as “an excellent piece of work,” would result in severe cutbacks to the agency, as would the Republican-instigated sequester, which would cut disaster relief by 8.2 percent on top of earlier reductions.
Does Mr. Romney really believe that financially strapped states would do a better job than a properly functioning federal agency? Who would make decisions about where to send federal aid? Or perhaps there would be no federal aid, and every state would bear the burden of billions of dollars in damages. After Mr. Romney’s 2011 remarks recirculated on Monday, his nervous campaign announced that he does not want to abolish FEMA, though he still believes states should be in charge of emergency management. Those in Hurricane Sandy’s path are fortunate that, for now, that ideology has not replaced sound policy.

 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Noxious Fruits of Hate Speech Laws.

Reprinted from Salon.com, this 2008 article is by one of the few honest journalists in the biz today, Glen Greenwald.  Glen explains why we have a duty to use "hate speech" on a daily basis. That's what I got out of it at least. Enjoy: 


The Noxious Fruits of Hate Speech Laws

A Canadian government investigation into a newspaper publisher reveals how tyrannical and dangerous such laws are.



Friday, October 26, 2012

Happy Halloween, Witches!


Heading to the southland (of my territory) to celebrate my favorite holiday this weekend. Halloween is the holiest of all holy days for goths, punks, misfits, witches, ghouls and hooligans. 

It's time to smash pumpkins. Bring out your skeletons and let your inner freak hang wide out. 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

UK + NYC = One Great Cause to Riot!

Here's a great video illustrating why I will never, ever visit NYC again in my life. And why I hope more of its citizens decide to leave Mayor Bloomberg's tiny island of totalitarianism for good, or they decide to start resisting by any means necessary. Big Brother Bloom belongs in prison. 'Nough said about him. But aside from that jack-ass, how did one of the greatest cities in the world devolve into such a shit-hole?  For those cretins who support the nanny-state's war on freedom (i.e., smoking, drugs, sex, etc.), I would suggest that you look in the mirror.  Word of caution for the sensitive: there's a lot of offensive and vulgar language in the below video, thanks to the cops. 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

American Indian Radical, Russell Means, RIP

A great American radical died yesterday. Below is the article reprinted from the New York Times. Russell Means, you will be missed.

Now the question is, who will inherit his spirit? The more Americans--Indian, Black, White or Hispanic--who open their hearts and minds to the revolutionary force that resonated with warriors like Russell Means or, say, Geronimo and Sitting Bull, the freer we will all be. 

Monday, October 22, 2012

America's Fascist Drift


Here's an excellent article reposted from Washington's Blog on America's ugly (and somewhat unwitting) political trends. It's very well researched. And the political art (propaganda) is fascinating! 


Not too many substantive suggestions for direct action and resistance: (have happy thoughts, enjoy the power of now, etc.). But it thoroughly threads together the ideological history of fascism and the National Socialists, the role of propaganda used by the state, the purpose of using "terrorism" and perpetual emergencies or crises to justify the incessant growth of authoritarianism and the nation-state. 


If you don't think you're a potential terrorist threat, you'll understand why our masters believe otherwise after reading this article (and following some of the links). We are all terrorists now. Happy Monday!   

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Copy Spotify, and Be a Pirate!



Spotify is attempting to corner the digital music market of the app-future with their unique system of adds. But you can't enjoy it without a dash of propaganda every hour or so. With happy hipster music ding-donging in the background, a frequent self-serving commercial Spotify plays between songs declares, “Piracy is so last year. Every time you listen to music on Spotify, you make money for the rights-holders and artists.”

Sure. Then stop pirating the music, Spotify. 

Monday, October 15, 2012

Fuck Mohammed. And Fuck the West, too!



 The greater part of what my neighbors call good I believe in my soul to be bad, and if I repent of anything, it is very likely to be my good behavior. What demon possessed me that I behaved so well? You may say the wisest thing you can, old man, -- you who have lived seventy years, not without honor of a kind, -- I hear an irresistible voice which invites me away from all that.   
-Henry David Thoreau

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Just Who Is the 1%?

Will someone, for Christ's sake, please notify the Occupy movement?

From CBS-DC News:

Washington Tops List of America’s Richest Cities


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Anarchy Is Not the Death of the West

NOTE: I'm running a bit behind on some things in my personal life at these last couple of days, which has left me no choice but to post unoriginal material from other sources I find interesting. This practice will more than likely be employed until death does me part with this narrow virtual portal to the rest of our blessed and godless world.

Now, I must return immediately to my personal life.

There is a small child skipping happily down my street outside my window this very moment. And I feel compelled to charge after it like a mad dog, to chase it down, to bark and scream and terrify every ounce of its innocence away into the clouds above, only to spit in its face before it scampers away like a rabbit to its hole, so there it can fester in the darkness without its dreams or hopes of a sinless, peaceful heaven-on-Earth, and can be born afresh, no longer a dreamer, a naive and unwitting Platonist pointing to those imperceptible all-mighty Forms above us, but instead is reborn a monster, a villain and devil--a true subterranean creature of the dark, cold soil of the Earth--to those who reject the true face of the world, and those who happen to be, to his at once un-daunted dismay and unfettered glee, the vast majority of other animals who inhabit planet Earth, a vicious, unvanquished species that, always failing  to recognize itself, falls to its knees in worship over its own methods: a diversity of obsequious compulsions it fondles to administer, with the smile of a Grand Inquisitor inflicting stabs of hot coals upon the eyes of children to save their souls, upon those who simply have no desire to believe or, more importantly, to obey them. Such are the desires of Mass man.

The question, before I leap out my window after this child, then, is this: would my mad-dog-like charge  of terror be any more justified than the torture of Mass Man?

Pray that a catch the precious vermin.

In the meantime, dig this article posted at Attack the System.
May the force be with you...always.
--DR.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The US Government Today Has More Data On The Average American Than The Stasi Did On East Germans

From Techdirt.com

"We've written plenty about how the US government has been quite aggressive in spying on Americans. It has been helped along by a court system that doesn't seem particularly concerned about the 4th Amendment and by the growing ability of private companies to have our data andto then share it with the government at will. Either way, in a radio interview, Wall Street Journal reporter Julia Angwin (who's been one of the best at covering the surveillance state in the US) made a simple observation that puts much of this into context: the US surveillance regime has more data on the average American than the Stasi ever did on East Germans. And, of course, as we've already seen, much of that data seems to be collected illegally with little oversight... and with absolutely no security benefit. 

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Kwame Dawes--One Bad Ass Punk Rock Rasta (pt.2)

Kwame Dawes is a bad ass contemporary poet. He was born in Ghana and grew up in Jamaica. He is an open and passionate advocate of reggae music, the Caribbean-born beats of upstrokes and revolution. This year marked the fiftieth anniversary of Jamaican independence from the (former) British Empire, and Kwame edited a book of poetry that celebrates the occasion: Jubilation.

Kwame's poetry, when I discovered it this summer, excited my interest in the history of Jamaica and the culture of the Rastas. I can't recall experiencing such excitement in these things since I discovered Bob Marley when I was 14 (a very long time ago).

From his website: "Anyone seriously interested in understanding contemporary Jamaican life and literature must encounter reggae as a cultural phenomenon that has engaged the spiritual, political, social, erotic, and racial dynamic of Jamaican society. Understanding reggae’s role in the world today is to understanding the complexity and post-modernist reality of the popular culture in the late twentieth century. For Kwame Dawes reggae is a lens through which to examine the cultural, political and social development of Caribbean society and with which to encounter the larger world. As a writer, Dawes has found an aesthetic grounding in reggae music."

Monday, October 1, 2012

Kwame Dawes--One Bad Ass Punk Rock Rasta (pt.1)

For many of us, Rastas and Punks don't seem to share much in common besides their mutual existence as large sub-cultures in the West, each of which has sprouted its own style of music that, despite their wide symphonic differences, proudly sound off on motifs of resistance to cultural and government domination.