Thursday, May 3, 2012


Greetings good citizen,

On occasion I see fit to compose ‘free-hand’, without reference to the decidedly gloomy influence of the corporate owned media.

So, will today’s post be sunshine, lollipops and rainbows everywhere?

Isn’t all of this ‘doom and gloom’ a matter of perspective? If you think positive, things really aren’t that bad…in a relative sort of way.

Which brings us to the ‘deceptive happiness’ that small things bring.

Chirping birds, a warm gentle breeze and sunshine are often enough to provide a feeling that all is right with the world, despite evidence to the contrary.

We can start today’s offering with the observation that the stock markets around the world are all in the red, we can even take comfort in the fact that this is how they should be.

Once again the discussion has turned to the central question of if a ‘return to normal’ is even possible.

And the consensus is no.

The last three ‘jobless recoveries’ reveal the ‘new normal’.

A new normal where fewer and fewer benefit from the efforts of the many and a blind eye is turned to the consequences of this kind of recklessness.

Yet the scribblers of the corporate owned media continue to ‘pretend’ that ‘happy days’ are waiting to return; that prosperity is hiding just around the corner and will pop into view…any moment now.

And they keep on repeating it, as they have for the past four years, like it is possible to ‘will it to be true’ via repetition.

It has become so bad good citizen that even decidedly disturbing economic developments become fodder for the ‘spin machine’.

The rising price of energy is viewed as a non-existent rise in manufacturing activity when it really only indicates more kids around the world have drivers licenses now than ever before…not that many of them are ‘joy riding’ at $4 dollars a gallon.

Finally, like a sleeper waking up from a long and troubled nap, the corporate owned media is finally starting to ask a question it should have been asking for the past forty years…

How do you squawk about there being no jobs when commerce has been off-shoring everything that isn’t nailed to the deck for the past forty years?

Is anyone else ‘shocked’ to see those two realities finally converge in the same news item?

Because for the past forty years it’s been ‘taken for granted’ that the mighty engine of capitalism would provide MORE JOBS than we could off-shore, if only we’d let ‘the markets’ work their magic!

It was bullshit then and its bullshit today.

No irony should be lost on the effect this ‘indiscriminate off-shoring’ has had on the Euro-zone nations that have become known as the PIIGS.

The real irony lay in stupidity of what these countries were supposed to ‘trade’ their productive capacity for: ‘tourism!’

Imagine, a world of tourists after the conclusion of the ‘global race to the bottom’.

There will be what, three of them?

Funnier still, imagine tourists in a time of energy scarcity! Around the world in eighty years!

Imagine what a best seller ‘Siberia by foot’ would be?

If you ran, non-stop, I doubt you could make the journey from the Bering Sea to the Caucasian Steppes in a single summer, even doing a four-minute mile, uphill and down.

No known creature has that kind of stamina.

But hey, just surviving today’s predatory social model warrants a degree of congratulations…even if you have to congratulate yourself.

To a degree they have made this easy…but they are about to snatch the proverbial ‘teat’ away from you.

Then we shall see just how many television viewers absorbed what they were watching when they sat glued to Doomsday Preppers.

Because no where in that show does it EVER mention that 99% of the vegetation that grows wild around your neighborhood is DEADLY!

And you need a GOOD guide book to pick out which plants are poisonous and which ones aren’t.

In fact, picking wild edibles is such a hazardous hobby that most survivalists eschew even trying, guess wrong once and it’s automatic game over.

I’d even posit that there are cases of desperate people dying from eating something they shouldn’t have happening every day but the capitalist, corporate owned media doesn’t want that sort of thing becoming common knowledge.

How would it play in Peoria if it were reported that people were starving to death because capitalism had left them no alternative but to ‘eat the poison’?

If you don’t know what you’re doing then the odds of finding wild edibles are worse than playing Russian Roulette.

The old rule still stands; if you don’t know what it is then don’t put it in your mouth!

Thanks for letting me inside your head,


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