Saturday, May 21, 2011

In for a Penny....

Greetings good citizen,

One of the famous lines from the movie ‘Thunderbolt and Lightfoot’ is when Jeff Bridges opines to Clint Eastwood, in for a penny, in for a pound.

This is supposed to allude to the idea that there is no such thing as being a ‘little guilty’ just as there’s no such thing as being ‘a little pregnant’.

If you’re gonna commit a crime, be sure you do as big a crime as you can because you're facing the same prison sentence if you steal two-hundred as you would be if you stole two million.

No irony should be lost on the fact that the odds you would ‘walk away’ from a two million dollar robbery are far greater than that of a ‘petty’ theft, (largely due to the methods employed.)

But I digress…

Let us return to the, er, ‘highly optimistic’ plan to stand up to the captors of our government.

Many Americans know that the United States is not a democracy but a "corporatocracy," in which we are ruled by a partnership of giant corporations, the extremely wealthy elite and corporate-collaborator government officials. However, the truth of such tyranny is not enough to set most of us free to take action. Too many of us have become pacified by corporatocracy created institutions and culture.

What do you suppose is WRONG with all of the proposed solutions to our ‘captive government problem?

Like the capitalist’s disturbing tendency to set resources to ‘infinite’, those who believe what we currently have is ‘fixable’ keep doing the same thing with the timeline.

You WILL suffocate in roughly three minutes.

You WILL die of thirst in roughly a week

You WILL die of starvation in roughly thirty days.

Worse, all of the above are ‘best case’ scenarios, most of you would die sooner.

What is the common factor in all three statements?


Given ‘forever’ the idiots running our economy would ‘extend and pretend’ for the next thousand years (although it only took them forty years to crash the global economy.)

And THAT is the other ‘damning factor’ most ‘we can fix this’ boneheads fail to take into consideration.

It’s not ‘just us’, the whole world is FUBAR, so there’s no where to hide from the coming disaster!

So far there hasn’t been a single news report linking Japan’s loss of nuclear power to the sudden spike in oil prices but think about it, Japan HAS TO get the energy from somewhere!

Why? Because unlike the vast economic desert known as the US of A, Japan has managed to retain it’s ‘leadership’ in IC chip technology (that originated here.)

And the world has found out for the umpteenth time what a bad idea ‘sole sourcing’ is!

No irony should be lost on the fact that (taxpayer bailed out automaker) GM has been virtually shut down by the snipping of its Japanese supply lines.

But hey, what’s $50 billion and a couple of hundred thousand blue-collar assembly jobs between, er, ‘cronies’? (Because these people are NOT your ‘friends’ by any stretch of the imagination.)

It probably helps to keep in mind that the ‘self-important few’ don’t consider the majority of us to be on the same level of the food chain as they are.

How ironic is it that we would have very different opinions on the depravity of being willing to prey on your own kind?

Naturally we have the blind and tone deaf media to thank for this outcome.

Man, one of the difficulties of writing about the subject of ‘society in general’ is it has a bad habit of being all over the social map!

So, back to the article in question; if we had ‘forever’ (or could count on the situation remaining ‘static’ for, well, a really long time) MAYBE we could ‘outlast’ the rotten apples that infest our political processes.

Sadly that process starts with seizing control of the ‘party machinery’.

We seriously DON’T have the time this would take. All the conservatives would have to do to seize power right now is to force a stand-off.

Which is to point out that you won’t be focused on supporting the ‘anti-authoritarians’ when the truck from the supermarket warehouse is a week overdue.

Geez, there’s that ‘time’ thing again!

Speaking of a game of dominoes we have this piece from today’s Automatic Earth that lays out how global finance will collapse in a near textbook 'cascade'.

In yet another ‘watch and learn’ exercise, we will witness Europe erupt in violent class war long before similar ‘incidents’ start to take place here.

And, naturally, the corporate owned media will dismiss the unrest as the acts of ‘domestic terrorists’ and applaud the overly violent (military) response to it.

Face it good citizen, once the battle lines are drawn, negotiations will be a ‘non-starter’.

It will, on the other hand, be a damn good time to get in touch with your inner savage.

What they lack in numbers they will attempt to make up for in ferocity.

Are you up for the challenge?

Thanks for letting me inside your head,


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