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Dr. D your post brings a needed counterbalance and a sense of perspective. After 2 weeks of self isolation at home on my return trip from Argentina I decided to get out and visit my GP’s office with all the regular tests in hand that I run through down there on the free public health system and let him have a look. Total uneventful if not for the absence of patients. From there on it was a short hop over the bridge to Key Biscayne from Miami so I went to have lunch with a cousin working off his cabana and on to drop by unannounced to other friends’ home that were shooting the breeze in the back patio… and they backed off as if a leper with a bell breached their security perimeter! “What are you doing here?, you shouldn’t be here!” -well I just come out of Ocean Club and I figure I’d stop to say hello- “Ocean Club? there are 5 covid cases there, oh no blah blah blah”. I left feeling guilty and perturbed at the same time because of the obvious histeria and fear about somebody standing 10 feet away or more. Far from being cavalier about this pandemic I’ve been reading up on it extensively and early on, to the point of paranoia. It just so happens that I was moved to reposition my stance on this issue, giving priority to look into the health of my soul and then my body because in the end, in a long enough time line we all… unless you are American and believe death is optional…better self examine to be ready for the ultimate Panagra flight. And so I relaxed my fears and decided to go out the house. Yet, Doctors are dying, 9 yesterday in the Philippines, one near home today. Two Italian nurses checking out under unimaginable stress… Hard to keep a cool head. That’s why, thank you for your well thought out perspective, it gives us the chance to expand the limits of our options.
V. Arnold, I read the whole D.Orlov article and didn’t come out with the same perception. Perhaps it is that I’m used to that kind of smugness coming from him, or Kunstler or myself or I’m so tired of the unstoppable overarching decline of the US that I think there’s still room in Orlov’s piece if not for more smugness for more sarcasm. The closing line, you might be inclined to agree with me, is a very sharp dagger…as there are folk being condemned to long prison time for burning the lgtbqqqxyz flag, the new American symbol to which we all must vow, as now “America is a Gay Disco”, E.Michael Jones averred.
Think about it, 15 years for burning a gay flag and a golden parachute for the parasites that looted the economy and the treasure of this country that led to a lot of suicides including the 22 Vets that check out every day. That kind of scenario can bring out all kinds of responses on anybody having still some dendrites at work, smugness and sarcasm is in the low end of intensity if you ask me.
The rest of his essay is no less damning and unassailable I reckon.
I myself see Ozymandias written all over this place.
Dr. D. I enjoy reading your comments whenever time allows but I feel compelled to impose a little editing on your first paragraph:
“Ugh, worst ever. “Bad guy” just means he was a fantastic general who was effective and not corrupt in the service of his country. Can’t let a guy who put the whole U.S. to rout in a war-crimes war in Syria on behalf of the violent, genocidal Saudis get away.”
I think the last line should read: “…on behalf of the violent, genocidal Israelis and Saudis get away”
The absence of the former in your statement leaves a hole the size of a Peterbilt 18 wheeler that can not go unnoticed for anybody that’s not out to lunch.
Thanks Raul for bringing Karen Dalton from obscurity. My obscurity anyway. I got to read about her life and sad end. Is it not usually like that? The pain tends to refine the musical expression to its essence. No pain no gain? Janis comes to mind.
She is not a voice for everyone like Iris DeMent is not either. But heck, for everyone else you’ve got Beyonce and Britney Spears…
“Is it safe to say Karen had a fairly depressive side to her?
I don’t know. I don’t remember Karen being a depressive person. You know, what was going on in this world was enough to depress anybody. Also, of course, I know she was frustrated by her lack of recognition and success. And it was hard for her to do much about that. All those things added up. And I think what was happening to our planet affected her more than most people. So it wasn’t just her personal life, and, anyway, I don’t think she was more depressed than just about anybody else who was living in poverty, broke and hungry most of the time. It’s not a real happy existence for a lot of people”
Touche. “…what was happening to our planet affected her more than most people.”
Nothing much has changed other than deeper down the drain we go.
Dr.D. I cracked up at your quip “three wolves and a sheep voting on who’s for dinner”. It’s what’s life is all about under Plantation regimes sold as democracies.
Except we don’t have any power voting against perpetual wars, Goldman Sachs, the corporate State or foreign control of Congress.
Ditto for Euro proles. Tip of the hat to ya for turning the table on this:
“They proceeded to seduce voters with fake facts and bogus promises. They stoked fears, fuelled grievances and inflamed prejudices. They appealed to the lowest human impulses, and unlocked the ugliest features of the British character – xenophobia, jingoism, aggression, insularity, arrogance and a perverse, pig-headed pride in our own ignorance.”
The EU is rotten to the core and can’t collapse fast enough for me or for many freedom loving folk that have been trampled by it anyway.
That the UK is falling apart under the stress of a challenge that is not prepared to take on, is not an entirely bad thing as it hasn’t yet lost its imperial hubris bombing here and there at will and “punching above its weight” as David Cameron once said or the current MOD head running his mouth with the threat of showing China who’s boss. Cringe worthy. It might take a full on collapse for this has-been empire to register its place in the real world: an American style suburbia/car dependent infrastructure spawned under the former oil abundance of now depleted North Sea oil fields yet it carries an energy burden on the whole system, the industry that Hitler didn’t bomb, vacated by the other parasitic “industry” that skims the top, banking and finance, 66 million that can not feed themselves, sleeping with the enemy within…good luck with that. It used to be an island fortress, now it looks to me more like an island presidium a-la-Alcatraz.
Way to go Raul! The only column of this kind I read these days in my daily web surfing. You hit it right on the nail, as usual, hard. All the best.
Ours may not be Lange’s or Rothstein’s era modern Hoovervilles nothwithstanding, we live in a nice Potemkim village time though. Take away the ETB cards and we’re gonna wish it’s 1936.
For in 1936 the country was still chuck full of natural resources. The people themselves were very resourceful. The traditional American values of family, thrift, grit and hard work were there. People died of hunger. Yet the goobmint was able to keep it hush hush.
The day reality asserts itself and the dollar ceases to be the reserve currency of the world and we have to live within our means, the midnight crowds waiting in line at Waltmart for their ETB funds to post and load up on sugary and glyphosated crapola food, it’s gonna be a lotta fun!
I won’t hold my breath though, for that fun to include an outcome where the Clintons, the Bushes, the Obamas, the Ben Bernankes and Lloyd Blankfeins and Jamie Dimons of this world swing from a light pole. Wet dreams tend not to come true.
Ilargi, just today, while listening to National Propaganda Radio I couldn’t help but smile in listening to this one reporter from “The Marketplace” give a rosy report about the state of R.E. and mentioning only in passing that “Blackrock has cut down a little bit on their property buying”. The level of deceit even in public radio is disgusting.