Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Vol. 184: The Numbers Don't Lie

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      Ladies and gentlemen, the three headed hydra that is myself, Thelonius Ronscpiacy and Theona Donther are back reporting from the dirt and gravel front lines of the 21st Century with nothing lost upon our addled minds. According to us observers/radical mental activists much has happened since the publication of the last edition of the Global Outrage of an Educated Man. If you have been paying attention, then you would have noticed that there has been the upsurge in the terrorist organization known as ISIS, the ground swelling of disgust in a small Missouri town at the gross indecency done towards both the poor urban black community and the militarization of the police as a result of a 320lb 18 year old black man being shot and killed by a police officer after stealing cigars at a convenience store minutes earlier and his body being left on the street in the middle of the summer for four and half hours; that would never have happened in Beverly Hills.  

In Chicago, 82 people were shot in less than 84 hours over the long hot 4th of July weekend. But where do we go from here? Are there continued signs of revolution, reciprocation, representation and racism running amok in the name of chance? Are we going to be continually trampled down by the war of finance that places us ever so conveniently under the heels of the banksters? According to the left’s version of George Will, Dr. Michael Hudson states that the fact of the matter is, Finance is the new form of warfare – without the expense of a military overhead and an occupation against unwilling hosts. It is a competition in credit creation to buy foreign resources, real estate, public and privatized infrastructure, bonds and corporate stock ownership. Who needs an army when you can obtain the usual objective (monetary wealth and asset appropriation) simply by financial means?” 

Is the inevitable slow decay of the bought and sold American dream playing out in front of our very sleep deprived eyes? Is it all because of the hidden hands of power pulling the levers from behind the dark curtains of deception at the Federal Reserve, created and unchecked since 1913? According to the Federal Reserve’s own website, “The Fed is considered an independent central bank because its monetary policy decisions do not have to be approved by the President or anyone else in the executive or legislative branches of government, it does not receive funding appropriated by the Congress, and the terms of the members of the Board of Governors span multiple presidential and congressional terms.” If it looks like, sounds like and smells like greasy, stinky, unadulterated unchecked power, it probably is. Then again, you never considered Alan Greenspan a despot, maybe a Mole-Man but never an evil super villain; or maybe that’s the genius of it; sneaky bastards. 
"I'm harmless. I never saw it coming at all."

Ladies and gentlemen, as a result there are wars, rumors of wars and epidemics of disease, intolerance, ignorance and lemming-ship spreading across the interconnected globe at a pace faster than the decline of Tiger Woods’ once magnificent golf game. Sadly, there is no ice-bucket challenge to put an end to it as we wade knee deep into the murky waters of the new global age of paranoia ushered in by 9/11, we are endlessly bombarded with a never-ending slide down the rabbit hole to our own destruction. We now have an American journalist and British freelance journalist beheaded on camera by ISIS thugs, passenger jets shot down by “mistake” in war ravaged Ukraine and meanwhile Syria is just a stone’s throw away from ringing in the four horsemen. As a result there are rumors out of Israel that they are equipping commercial airliners with anti-missile systems. What terrorist wouldn’t want to hijack that weapon ready aircraft?? We would be remiss to neglect to mention the continued unrest in Gaza, where according to all reports by Salon’s Andrew O’Hehir, “almost 2 million people fenced into a slice of arid seacoast with roughly the same land area as the city of Detroit.” Sadly, the rate of violence and foreclosures probably isn’t too different from the Motor City. Maybe Quicken Loans could renovate Gaza the way it has tried to do with Detroit? Israel invading Gaza was as if the Harlem Globetrotters invaded the training camp of the Washington Generals; Israel 537- Gaza 14. Another stick in the eye according to O’Hehir is that, “American progressives are hypocrites for weeping over Gaza but ignoring the death toll in Iraq, Syria and Egypt.” Whatever the belief, there is one thing that is certain, and that is, it’s a “no-win” situation for all parties involved, because either party is right and partly to blame. Thanks a lot God. 

Continuing our tour down the rabbit hole, our daily travels along the front lines of the 21st Century have taken us into the richest and the poorest of neighborhoods. It comes as no surprise that often a major highway has bypassed the more affluent of communities to instead reside in the middle, next to or on top of the lower classes. It was during the massive undertaking of building the nation’s highways and interstates in the late 50’s and throughout the 60’s that the changes took place when white middle class Americans headed to the suburbs in droves faster than the onslaught at the opening of a new outlet mall. According to author Eric Avila, in his book The Folklore of the Freeway: Race and Revolt in the Modernist City, “If future anthropologists want to find the remains of people of color in a post apocalypse America, they will simply have to find the ruins of the nearest freeway.” This statement may oversimplify the situation, but the next time you drive around your fair city, take a good look as to where the major highways and interstates bisect and connect with communities of prosperity and decay; but be careful, you may have just driven into a recent riot.

There is nothing to fear, nothing to worry about; beat the drum, ring the refrain and let the markets solve all problems. The free-marketplace will bring us all peace and happiness forever and ever; blue-birds will sing on your shoulder. Because the Tobacco, Pharmaceutical and Energy companies have nothing but our best interests at heart; ask yourself, since when has McDonald’s ever hurt anyone? When has a clothing company put anything but their garment workers safety and wages first and foremost on their agenda? This almost demonic possession of neo-liberalism is the belief that states should tax and regulate less and the better off we will be; public services, slashed; public spending, diminished; businesses run rampant like a giant mutated monster through our cities and communities. So, if you are feeling depressed, anxious, or fear others like an ugly duckling unglued from your recent dose of medication, relax, there is nothing to worry about; you should embrace it in the recognition that you are normal, the materialistic greedy bastards numb from all sensibilities are the monsters; they are the freaks. Hug your inner deviant and smile because eventually this will all come crashing down upon them; and what are they going to do with their made up currency then? Burn it; burn it all. 

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