Wednesday, July 28, 2010


"But something was sliding down like a glacier from the gloomy
Mountains of the Unknown. Small and impetuous avalanches
were forming at the sides, but no one took any notice."

-----Insatiability, Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz.

The present Wiki-Leaks episode is one of a series of turf battles the CIA/NSA is waging against the DOD. The growth of the Pentagon's dominance over intelligence agencies and its many shames(Iraq, etc)during the Dubya years angered a supine CIA/NSA. They are now fighting back. The Defense Department's idea of propaganda is cheerleading(shock and awe) or ignoring(nothing new!)---not very nuanced. Odd there is no honor amongst Imperial Thieves. This dispute is not about principles. It's about power over the huge intelligence apparatus in the US. Amusing they, CIA/NSA, are throwing their friends in the ISI under the bus and nary a mention of the explosion of Opium production and India's meddling. The Pentagon says nothing new and wants to punish those who "endanger soldiers"--Kierkegaard once said this is like idealism losing its "face in concrete conditions". It can only speak with a mushy mouth. Afghanistan will be the rubric under which the CIA/NSA will try to chip away at the overwhelming power of the DOD. The CIA/NSA snickers while the Pentagon blusters out more mush. When the Pentagon handles intelligence it rigs it for more war and defense expenditures. The CIA/NSA is scarcely better but hates the sloppiness of the DOD and rightly views it as counterproductive. We are seeing an internecine intelligence war between a greater and lesser evil here. The best we can hope for is mutual destruction.

Ultima Cumaei uenit iam carminis aetas.....

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Romance of a Counterfeit Culture

Socrates: I am walking upon air and attacking the mystery of the sun.
---"The Clouds", Act 1, Scene 2, Aristophanes.

1. Too Hyped to Fail: Barack Obama and the Limits of Political Propaganda.

It really isn't a question of failure. He's doing a great job for those who
invested a great deal of money to ensure his victory. Bankers, Healthcare
Trusts and Big Pharmaceuticals are doing well enough. And he's dutifully
increased military spending, shelters criminals from the previous
administration, continues to torture, use rendition and now issues
assassination orders without due process on US Citizens. Oddly his DOJ
has attacked and indicted whistleblowers who leaked documents or film
proving the misconduct of the military or the previous administration......
His further reliance on private security firms(for profit) in intelligence
and military operations shows a man who has become Pandora offering
everyone fool's gold. The Fed(a private banking consortium) prints money
like Papal Indulgences ca. 1430 hiding the $600 trillion bubble in toxic
debt TBTF banks are desperately trying to dump into more public trusts.

2. Obese Americans are causing the Earth to spin slower and tilt.

Atlas is groaning. The Magnetic Pole is slowly shifting west and south. A
crowded room gets hotter.

3. Debt is the "Free Market" version of Original Sin.

We are entering a period of Finance Feudalism. Instead of landed
property, fiefs, lordshipand peasants we have credit and debt. Finance
Capital pens a Summa Pecunia(Aquinas meets the Chicago School)
and all things fall on the Procrustean Bed of Currency Fideism. The
Lords bestow credit to Villeins yoking themselves to Debt Peonage.
Universities operate like The Sorbonne in the Middle Ages. Instead of
a faculty engaged in propping up the Mother Church with Summas and
Apologias, they publish Apologias and Hagiographies for International
Banking, Globalism and the rule of faith based currency. As I have
mentioned elsewhere--this time the Monks are rewarded with real
treasures as they preach the hairshirt(austerity) to the masses.

4. When all is left to chance,
join the Reptilian Resistance!(Death of the Enlightenment)

Open Absurdism is a death knell. It rings daily. The disintegration of
moral and intellectual integrity paints a Byzantine tableau for the future.
When real values are debased to the exchange and "leaders' only concern
themselves with their ends, we get the meanness of Banks allowing an
Economic Crash, profiting immensely from it, and then asked to be the
sole oversight of a "recovery". One must paint this phenomenon by
highlighting the naked absurdism displayed. It is the same absurdity
in the BP Gulf spill. Absurdism in/action. The irresponsible are relied upon
to fix their malfeasance. In Healthcare Reform the most corrupt and costly
aspects of our healthcare system, Health Insurance Trusts and
US Pharmaceuticals, have been given free reign to "fix" the costliest and
least efficient healthcare in the world. We now have a privatized system
which hands more people over to their mismanagement and price gouging.
This hand over is financed by taxing people who have health insurance. The
entire circus is under the oversight of a former Wellpoint Executive VP.

And, most of all, we are still winning hearts and minds in Afghanistan!