Monday, September 30, 2013

Vol. 177: As Disgruntled as We ever Were

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Greetings ladies and gentlemen of the ever expanding disgruntled consciousness within the tethered ball that is the Earth to the moon; this is long-time shadow navigator Thelonius Ronscpiacy, back from the front lines of the ongoing global war against the oppressors (who come in the guise of corporatocracy, oligarchy and plutocracy); where the battle lines of the ends justify the means and the bottom lines are always for the almighty dollar. To be bluntly honest, it feels quite uplifting to be back among the attention deficient masses. I am therefore once again back to bring more political fuel to the fire, being that there isn't enough global warming to raise the critical mass to a boiling point just yet; we are still frogs, simmering in the bubbling gelatinous stew of our own filth.  I've witnessed some pretty horrifying things in my years, from the birth of the sickening phenomenon of the  Jersey Shore to the running of the Minnesota Vikings organization and their arm twisting of state legislators and smoking taxpayers held hostage in the threat that they would ever leave town (looking at their track record, it's fortunate you won in London, because you may just have had to stay there); current owners accused of fraud (where you and I would be serving time and since when can you get almost a billion dollars’ worth of financing without a credit or background check?), but there are things that are taking shape in Syria that are equal parts horror and equal parts, "I told you so."

Ladies and gentlemen, for the many who have no idea that this is happening, they are raising severed heads and dancing around like strung-out meth addicts throughout the Al-Qaeda held rubble reduced town squares of Syria (that’s right, severed heads).
It's not the conch from Lord of the Flies
They are the severed heads of those who helped the Assad regime in its ever growing list of acts of medieval barbarity, reminiscent of a season of Game of Thrones; but at least they don’t have to suffer through Joffrey.  Hundreds of miles away in their command posts within Tel-Aviv, Israeli generals must be wearing smiles of mixed pride and growing fear.  
All of this is happening under the watchful and supposedly reproachful eyes of the UN Security Council; isn't that threatening, shame on you, shame on you 100k dead, stop that, quit that. Assad, you should be ashamed of yourself. 
Poor kid is gonna be typecast for life.
Where the meek UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon announced on September 16th, that there was “no doubt” Sarin nerve gas was used in Syria. But I ask, used by whom? As I continue to dig, there is the gnawing impression (like a dog with a chew toy) that the rebels themselves, led by numerous Al-Qaeda members may have been behind the nerve gas attack; nerve gas attached crudely to warhead components. Do they sell warhead launchers on the black market version of Craigslist and why would the Assad regime use chemical weapons when it would only bring military intervention? What would the regime currently with the military upper-hand have to gain by doing something as reprehensible as that? Stay tuned; details continue to emerge as the world spins slowly out of control and the terrorism of the 21st century continues to spread like a zombie apocalypse as the shift in the global economies that have been opened up via free trade have left a growing majority without opportunities for employment and thus young people throughout the world, especially those living in third world countries, where they currently see no future or just the omnipresent military presence of global superpowers and as a result are easily led down the path into destruction and chaos. This scenario has now been played out in a shopping mall in Kenya the past week through the acts of a small group of Somali terrorists who had taken hostages in protest against the Kenyan government's military intervention in Somalia. Threats of more continued bloodshed abound if Kenya doesn't stop meddling, and unless Somalia can get their economy up and running in a hurry, more violence and life taking is sure to follow.

In the United States of Surveillance we call it the long goodbye, turned disgruntled employee, turned spurned ex-lover into the crazy lone gunman, so back to home grown messes of our own; another week goes by and another mass shooting, same as it ever was. This time, the mass shooting took place only four miles away from the White House in a Navy Yard. The alleged shooter, mentally disturbed Aaron Alexis, killed thirteen people with a sawed off shotgun and an automatic weapon. Was he just yet another in a long line of disgruntled former employees? A disgruntled former lover of someone who is currently employed at the naval yard? Or someone under the mind-control activities of a nefarious shadow government network group of plutocrats who was triggered by a key word or was it simply something that Kanye West said and how did he get weapons into a highly secure area? Many questions are yet to be answered.

During the past few months of my ongoing investigation into the degenerate dealings of the shadow governments apparatus of its' many antennae reach into every aspect of our lives, I stumbled upon a mind blowing, possibly only coincidental truth. For instance, Iraq, Syria, Libya and Iran all remain holdouts to joining the WTO (World Trade Organization); can it be that is why we are involved or threatening to involve ourselves militarily into their civil wars? These primarily strict (considered stone-age by western standards) Islamic countries do not practice Usury as a result of Islamic law. Could it be, that it isn't a Jihadist war against the Western world, but a struggle to remain independent and outside of the reach of the WTO and IMF? If they're not within the WTO, then the banksters cannot get their greedy hands on their money; it's as simple as that. All of this happens under the umbrella of the watchful eye of the BIS of Switzerland (Bank for International Settlements) which in and of itself could be nothing more than a front for what were formerly known as the Knights Templar, morphing into the Freemasons and operating behind the hidden hands of the Illuminati. But then again, this is all just speculation; but it sure is damn interesting isn't it?
Full Definition of USURY
1 : archaicinterest
2:  the lending of money with an interest charge for its use; especially:  the lending of money at exorbitant interest rates
3:  an unconscionable or exorbitant rate or amount of interest; specifically:  interest in excess of a legal rate charged to a borrower for the use of money 
In the months and days ahead, keep your eyes and ears open for more news about the TPP (Transpacific Partnership) which is nothing more than another in the long line of free-trade agreements (NAFTA, CAFTA, etc., etc…) that sound good in title, but do nothing more but open up slave wages for corporations to make more money. How long until social media is used to unite the workers of the world to demand and get living wages? Imagine what Karl Marx would've done with Twitter. Proletariat beware.

Kick’em When They’re Up, Kick’em When They’re Down

Here's Bachmann!!!!
Now onto another, some may say "mentally disturbed" individual, and no, I'm not talking about myself.  It appears that there are echoes through the chambers of Congress that Minnesota's own Representative Michelle Bachmann  may have fired a staffer who had seven children with an eighth on the way on Christmas Eve, all during the height of her campaign for President in 12'.  How’s that for Christian family values? Then again, we don’t know what that staffer allegedly did either. However, there is also the rumor that she used the Stuart Smalley technique of self-affirmation on the advice of her limp wrist-ed husband Marcus to decide on whether or not she should run for President. All of these details are just tidbits of allegations stemming from a disgruntled former staffer's tell-all e-book, which should be evidence enough of its fringe benefits. But I will let all of you decide upon that and all of this is occurring while the House Ethics Committee and the FBI slowly plod along with an investigation into her campaign finance irregularities. Once again, the reality sometimes trumps the make believe. 

Sincerely, until next time,
Thelonius Ronscpiacy

To end on a cultural note and one of much less dire circumstances and to that which fits more easily into the purview of what it means to be a media addicted mind of the 21st century; editor and blog creator, yours truly Jack Scharber, has viewed a couple of films recently, one not so good, the other not too bad and in the process been turned on to a relatively new cable television show as well, imagine that and I don’t even have cable.

Let me begin with the television show, the HBO breakout controversial hit, GIRLS. It is an everyday Halloween circus filled with tricks and treats and a decent enough soundtrack set in hipster-ville New York City, with this age group's more realistic Sex in the City young ladies trying to make ends meet. They navigate their young careers and manage to maintain healthy sexual relations with whomever they feel pulled to like an aphrodisiac magnet at that particular moment; like last call at a bar on a Saturday night. Cheers to creator Lena Dunham for showing the world those real looking women can be just as crass as young men on a construction site; but didn’t Bridesmaids do that already?  

Get this movie off me!!!
The most recently viewed film was 2011's Apollo 18. Consider it a lesser version of Paranormal Activity/Blair Witch Project, but only this time, it takes place on the moon. I reasoned that it would be little more than slightly amusing and for the first thirty minutes it was without the slightest hint of being watchable but I remained ever vigilant; thank you War on Terror. The plot centers around the premise that there is recently uploaded footage of a mission to the moon that supposedly didn't exist, i.e., what was once classified as a Department of Defense mission had leaked onto the Internet and only this time, Julian Assange wasn't named as the perpetrator. The viewer and the astronauts themselves are led to ask the question, "Why is the Defense department interested in the moon?" Once on the moon, you begin to hear strange noises, get static feedback from ground control (insert David Bowie reference here) apparently poor reception due to lack of coverage through the space dust, you continue to witness rock-like formations moving in the middle of the night; ohhhh, spooky moon rocks. Look out! The astronauts then stumble upon an abandoned Russian lunar module and its' accompanying dead cosmonaut. Why do we call them cosmonauts anyway?  The American astronauts are subsequently attacked by what look like extraterrestrial looking things that are hiding underneath moon rocks spider/crabs, the apparent results if a seedy strip club ever opened up on the moon. What started out as a horrible movie slowly progressed into a relatively decent waste of time. It’s  perfect for a Halloween in space with the classic science fiction clich├ęs of alien life forms burrowing into the skin and space buddies left behind to drift aimlessly, much like the consumers of the world.

Of the last film, it was 2002's relatively disappointing The Sum of All Fears; the film came after the game changer to end all game changers, 9/11. It starred Ben Affleck  (watching the film, who would've thought he'd go on to a successful career directing; it’s hard to erase the image of him as O’Bannon in Dazed and Confused; proof once again of perseverance and hard work; then again who would've thought Tom Hanks in Bosom Buddies would be an award winning actor/producer? i.e., look for Captain Phillips) and the always entertaining, seemingly typecast Morgan Freeman (if only they could get his voice for GPS navigation devices). The film was pre-Snowden, pre-Assange, pre-Chelsea Manning and pre-Argo. The scenario was that of a Neo-Nazi Xenophobic Eastern European plutocrat of the 21st century, who feared headscarves and Jewish ghettos as much as the current residents of the EU (in that way it is sort of prophetic) got his slithering anti-Semitic hands upon a nuclear weapon, all of which ironically fell into his lap via Israel's Yom Kippur war of 73’ with their eternal enemies in Lebanon and the surrounding area. The bomb was then put into a cigarette vending machine (smoking truly does kill) placed in the parking ramp of a sports stadium where the President was to be watching America's love affair with unintelligent athletes making way too much money fumbling over a piece of leather; putting Bane of the Dark Knight Rises to shame for only detonating the field of a football stadium (what a wuss). The whole film spiraled out of control into a "B" movie with a modestly large budget and once again Jack Ryan saved the world; all in a day's work for a low level CIA analyst.  Now, if only Edward Snowden could say the same thing; can you say disgruntled?

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Friday, September 6, 2013

Vol. 176: Bang the Drum Slowly

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Ladies and gentlemen, Theona Donther back from the front lines of opposition against the oppressive nature that is the modern day Corporatocracy with news to unnerve and unsettle your addled mind and in the process, hopefully to entertain before we all get sucked into the ether of space. With the fading of the summer winds comes the depressing realization that the hope and change of the once bright star of Barack Obama has faded right along with it. One can hear it rustling in the drying and decaying leaves of the coming autumn. With his grip ever so tightening around the reins of power and his reluctance to be what he promised on a brilliant night no so long ago in Denver of 08', he, like almost all politicians before him, only said what he needed to say to get himself elected and then continued on to do the bidding of those who gave him the most money; ie., banks and insurance companies. Another sign that our President of the United States of Surveillance is nothing more than a puppet, who's a great public speaker, is the fact that his Mortgage Fraud Task Force (you can't make this up) has yet to produce any criminal indictments; zero, zilch, nada. Bang up job Obama, take a bow. Instead, the once promised closing of Guantanamo is not going to happen, the ending of the war in Iraq and the distancing ourselves from Afghanistan has been replaced once again with the drums of war; this time they are banging a-gong for Syria. With the possible created media truth of Syrian chemical attacks of Sarin Nerve gas upon civilians and rebels outside of Damascus, information that was leaked via Internet video on 8/21, the handle that had been flushed on 9/11/01 continues to swirl the region and the rest of the world down with it. Apparently, there isn't enough toilet bowl cleaner in the world to get us out of this mess.

Unsurprisingly, lock step in tempo, both political parties are in full support of the United States of Surveillance's military intervention into a region that can simply be described as "utter chaos." While crusty old Senator John McCain warns that to do nothing would be "catastrophic." How much better will our presence make it? Are we only going to be adding gasoline to a brush fire? Is it not a civil-war that they should be handling themselves? But, I would suppose, as long as the WASP's in power in Washington have the Sunni's and the Shiites fighting against one another, what the hell do they care? Car bombs will continue to be detonated every couple of days; business as usual. As a result, need to be nervous Israelis have been emptying the shelves of gas masks in preparation for the inevitable. How long until the Arabs in the Middle East decides to point their oil-stained fingers at Israel for the reasons behind all of their problems? There is always a scapegoat to be had. In the 21st Century, it is commonplace to take no responsibility for one's situation; it is always someone else's fault.

The no-win scenario mess of death, destruction and diabolical actions of the Syrian situation has left some 120k dead in two years according to U.N estimates, and now furthered by the news that Sarin nerve gas has been used by the Assad regime upon his own people, the rabbit hole darkens and the forces of evil continue laughing in hysterical joy and wonder. More people have died as a result of their civil war than almost double the number of U.S lives in the Vietnam War. Another sign that everything is continuing as planned for the powers that be, former US Ambassador to Syria, Robert Ford, is the newly appointed ambassador to Egypt because everything went so well in Syria. He will be holding hands with future Dictator General al-Sisi of Egypt, helping to wash and tear gas the streets clean of any threat to their power.
"I don't look nervous, do I?"

You can't make this stuff up. Just follow the chaos and bloodshed and watch for their footprints; they're everywhere. The only ones who will profit from the crisis in the Middle East will be oil producers, oil speculators and security contractors. A perfect nexus of the Geo-political axis of evil......and so the world spins.

Great Britain has just pulled out of any military intervention in Syria, once again reaffirming the fact that there seems to be very little that is "Great" in Britain anymore; one need look no further than the vomit inducing boy group One Direction to confirm proof of that. Unable to help in any way whatsoever, the British must still be tired from Wimbledon and the summer Olympics of 12'.

What was controversial journalist Michael Hastings working on before he died in a fiery car crash on the morning of June 18th?

In a story that I cannot but seem to find never going away, the George Zimmerman trial boldly highlighted a diminishing majority of society's views towards young black males. Viewpoints brought about largely in part by the rap-hip-hop stereotypes and nightly news' constant repetition of the "wanted" young black male. In a glaring stark contrast of the gap of reality, Mark Zuckerberg, twenty-something billionaire creator of Facebook is revered and vilified for his enduring trademark hoodie, while Trayvon Martin was identified as suspicious because he was wearing one. One's a billionaire entrepreneur, the other, another young black man dead from a gun-shot. This begs the question, how many young black males are killed by guns each year? How many young white men? What can be done to stop it?

On a side-bar, other than the Beastie Boys, does or will Rap-Hip-Hop music ever have an enduring artist or artists whose creative careers will span thirty years? Can you see someone in the genre on stage performing their craft into their fifties or sixties, gold chains and blinged out grill with a busted hip and arthritis? Hell, even into their forties? Is it even possible? Will the genre ever have the Rolling Stones, a Bob Dylan, a Van Morrison, a Willie Nelson, or a Prince? What does that say about the culture? Then again, the genre hasn't been around for more than 30-40 years, so we may have to wait for another 20 to find out. But currently, are they nothing more than NFL running backs, used for 3 years and then discarded for the next best thing?Where did Nelly and Missy Misdemeanor Elliot go?

This has been Theona Donther reporting for the Global Outrage of an Educated Man.

The power of greasy food draws a crowd
Greetings, this is Jack Scharber, creator and editor of the Global Outrage of an Educated Man, here to make an honest confession. I know I don't speak for everyone, I can only speak for myself, but while all of this is going on, the frightening hedonistic juxtaposition of a trip to a State Fair is the world I have inhabited. While parts of the world can't get enough clean drinking water, while some die of starvation and poor educations; no jobs, no futures, only more bombs and bloodshed, my wife and I gorged ourselves on funnel cakes, foot long corn dogs, steaming hot apple dumplings with ice cream, a smore, some calamari, a tall Icee, some deep fried shrimp, a baby root beer, some deep fried strawberry shortcake, a  small sarsaparilla (non-Sioux City), a pina-colada smoothie and some bacon flavored ice cream all in a span of five and a half hours, and all of which after we received free tickets from total strangers inside a mini-van in the slow line to the parking lot within the fairgrounds. Praise be, why again as a nation are we so overweight? Will-power is a terrible thing to waste.

So, dignified ladies and gentlemen, in order to get in shape for next year's State Fair, it's going to take all fall and winter of mornings with hundreds of crunches, push ups and long walks with the dogs through the neighborhood of Northeast Minneapolis to make it happen. Here's to being fortunate enough to having been born in a country that makes the rules as we slowly slide down into the sewer that is our excess. But I will make the confession, I am no better than anyone else. Cheers.

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