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Oprah Winfrey delivered a rallying cry to women and hope for "a new day." Sunday, January 14, 2018 (25 comments)     

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Thus Spake Oprah as the New York Times Spots UFOs Over The Comb-Over Empire The aspect of Trump's ascendancy is shunted from the duopolist dynamic and the narrow, acceptable discourse of political and media elites: Trump's pathetic dye job, fake tan, and comb-over mirror the US empire. Its decline and deterioration simply cannot be covered up by the desperate application of cosmetic measures.

How nations can become dangerously paranoid (Dr Strangelove) Friday, December 22, 2017 (6 comments)     

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When The Unthinkable Becomes Quotidian: Thermic runaway and Strangelovian palaver At present, the whole of humankind is held in the thrall of a trajectory of doom. Yet their power is hinged on the ability to dominate the storyline. Withal, complicity translates to destiny usurped. Conversely, the first measure towards a restoration of equilibrium is to call out a lie.

Hedy West- 500 miles Hedy West. Sunday, December 17, 2017     

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What Was Verifiably Great About America: Fragments of a Memoir Set To A Musical Soundtrack I have come to conclude, people born into situations providing economic advantage, both liberals and conservatives alike, experience difficulty, more often than not, envisaging the lives of those born into a labouring class existence. Worse, a wilful obtuseness, in combination with a supercilious posture is, all too often, evinced, by reflex, towards those scorned as "hillbillies," "trailer trash," and "genetic retreads."

A robotic welder in a factory. Friday, December 8, 2017 (1 comments)     

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Capitalism's Failure of the Flesh A bitter irony of modernity is that the age-old dream of freeing people from work's tedium has been answered by robots, but capitalism has turned that "freedom" into a barren life with little left to lose, writes poet Phil Rockstroh.

Overdose Deaths Rise Monday, November 20, 2017 (8 comments)     

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The Soul of the Nation is a Casualty of War If reality is met head-on, if empire, external and its inner analog, is renounced and challenged, then a liberation staged by the heart's partisans can begin, thereby freeing up a great amount of acreage -- a fructifying landscape -- wherein both the earth's ecosystem and the architecture of human desire can begin to co-exist and cross-pollinate; thus a crucial re-visioning of oneself and the culture can begin.

The monster within Saturday, October 28, 2017 (16 comments)     

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The Voiceless Left Stands Before The Monster Of History The notion that the dismal circumstance will recede by the banishment of Donald Trump from the scene. Trump is merely a representation of one of the genera of imps squatting in the dark recesses of capitalism's forsaken soul. He is the very embodiment of a crackpot realist. If you do not take hold of the monster within, he will take hold of you.

Venus and Mars Surprised by Vulcan - Il padovanino Tuesday, October 24, 2017 (5 comments)     

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Escaping the Colonised Mind In our late-stage capitalism, every inch of humanity has been exploited and maximized for profit, creating "colonized" minds and emotions, a challenge for humans to free themselves and save the planet, says poet Phil Rockstroh.

Anxiety Tuesday, October 17, 2017 (8 comments)     

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2 or 3 Things I Know About Capitalism (with apologies to Jean-Luc Godard) "Superficial explanations for today's social anxiety and political discontent miss the underlying reality: the crisis of late-stage capitalism in its frantic death throes, explains poet Phil Rockstroh" -- Robert Parry, publisher and editor of Consortium News

Edvard Munch - The Scream - Google Art Project Wednesday, October 11, 2017 (2 comments)     

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Citadels of Paranoia; Panoramas of Despair: An Occupation of Phantoms. The frantic fear-mongering of American culture -- Russians, North Koreans, Iranians, the Others are out to get us -- has generated an alienation that fuels violence, globally and in random acts of murder, writes poet Phil Rockstroh.

Saturday, September 16, 2017 (3 comments)     

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Shelter Within The Storm: a dialog on politics and culture Adialog, between myself and playwright and essayist John Steppling and artist and essayist Hiroyuki Hamada on the artist's role in times of extreme societal and cultural alienation e.g., including worldwide and increasing Climate Chaos and numerous other subjects, political and cultural.

Image: Zdzisła Beksiński: Lost At Sea Saturday, December 21, 2013 (17 comments)     

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Walking in an Anthropocene Wonderland: "But I'll know my song well before I start singing" Just what kind of suicidal clowns flounce through life gibbering on about bacon straws, cupcakes, online images of kitty cats, and the latest Playstation model when the specter of extinction looms and their psychotic leaders are doubling down on the criteria of doom?

Big Fish Eat Little Fish, by Pieter Bruegel the Elder Saturday, November 23, 2013 (15 comments)     

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Fear In A Handful Of Dust: The Sacred Vehemence Of Imagination In A Soulless Age The economy is chronically depressed. Isotopes of Fukushima are carried on currents of wind and wave. The oceans and seas are rising from humankind-created Climate Change. The world's oceans are being destroyed. The human element evinces the pathology displayed in psychoanalytic consulting rooms: The economic elite are psychopathic; Tea Party types exhibit paranoid displacement while liberals exhibit neurotic insularity.

Rise like raccoons after slumber In unvanquishable numbers(Apologies,PB Shelley) Sunday, June 2, 2013 (5 comments)     

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The United States of Whatever: Ecocide and the Soul of a Nation To turn a blind eye to the natural world, as we have done, translates into psychical ecocide. Perception is degraded. Language truncated. Life becomes dispossessed of purpose and meaning. Apropos, the rise and banal persistence of: The United States of Whatever...[Yet] where there exists the implicate order of the soul there exists the wherewithal to rise up and resist the forces that lay siege to one's innate humanity.

Friday, May 31, 2013 (5 comments)     

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Ecocide and the Soul of a Nation At the front of the political madness enveloping the United States are anti-government, anti-science extremists who reject evidence of global warming and block any response to this existential threat. But the disconnect between environmental destruction and today's humanity goes deeper.

Do do these black-clad goons look like the guardians of a free society? Saturday, April 27, 2013 (3 comments)     

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Within The National (In)Security State: Fear as a Constant Companion Ask me about my sense of patriotism, and you will receive only silence" because what does not exist cannot speak. But ask me about my sense of affinity with the whole of humanity--about the golden fire of our imagination that binds us to all things, about the cathedral of our bones that binds us to the sorrows of the earth--only if you desire to risk having your ear bent beyond repair by my soliloquies.

Friday, April 26, 2013 (2 comments)     

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America's Locked-Down Insecurity State Emerging evidence from the Boston Marathon bombings suggests the brutal attack on innocent civilians was motivated by the fury of two brothers against overseas crimes of the U.S. government. In that, the martial-law lockdown of Boston may be a glimpse at the future to come.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 (4 comments)     

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Tyranny of Deception Truth has always been a challenging pursuit, often resulting in the persecution of its pursuers. But the modern era offers a special challenge as lies are now the mass-manufactured product of an industry that relentlessly serves the interests of the powerful.

Waylaid by circumstance and pierced by grief Saturday, April 6, 2013 (6 comments)     

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Tyranny Of The Reasonable: Popular Complacency In An Era Of Economic Exploitation And Perpetual War The individual who finds an implicate order within -- who keeps hold of the golden thread of his true nature as he wends through the baffling labyrinth of social convention and official deceit -- will make an ally of fate. His true name will be emblazoned upon his heart and will ring across the devouring abyss of a conformist age.

Ecology or Catastrophe Friday, March 22, 2013 (4 comments)     

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Fortune's Fools: Individual Calling at the Cusp of Ecological Catastrophe At this critical juncture, one's individual calling will be interwoven with the fate of the earth and the collective destiny of all of humankind.

Friday, March 22, 2013 (4 comments)     

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The Cusp of Ecological Disaster In a world where all emotion is translated into a sales pitch and each thought becomes a talking point, the existential question is how to live a life that embraces real emotion and articulates original thinking.

Saturday, February 9, 2013 (2 comments)     

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Empire of Panic and Illusion Americans have been sold on the promise of perfect security, whether protecting "the homeland" with gadgets of death or guarding "the homestead" with high-powered assault rifles firing 100-round magazines. But this "safety" is an illusion, making Americans less secure than if they engaged the world around them.

Paranoia, by Salvado Dali Saturday, February 9, 2013 (9 comments)     

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Empire Of Panic And Ephemera: Applying Rigorous Imagination To America's Paranoid Style You can attempt to check-out i.e., approach life, as people in the U.S. do, as virtuosos of reality avoidance -- but reality knows your home address: the human psyche. Your psyche is with you for life. You cannot drop off your psyche at an Interstate rest stop, and drive away. Glance in the rear view mirror and it will be lounging in the backseat of your vehicle tapping its foot to the music swelling from the car radio.

The Beautiness of Estrangement Saturday, January 26, 2013 (3 comments)     

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The Great Dismal: "What we speak becomes the house we live in" At paradigm's end, buffeted and shaken--yet held enthralled within the maelstrom--by the vast and sweeping scope of unsolvable governmental/cultural forces -- we feel the pull of a gravity that feels akin to love. We yearn for some remedy, like lovers whose blazing love threatens to burn away all their moorings and upend all they know.

Friday, January 25, 2013 (9 comments)     

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Overcoming the Great Dismal The core challenge facing today's U.S. political process is whether the daunting threats to the planet and its people can be addressed, responsibly and cooperatively. Another hope is that in building these solutions, America can break loose from the chains of soulless mediocrity

Guns Are Us Friday, January 4, 2013 (5 comments)     

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Late Stage Capitalism And The Shame Haunted Life: You Can't Kill Trauma With A Gun The unhinged among us psychically bearing the things we bury, literalize our denial, even by acts of murdering the living (even school children) in a futile attempt to kill the raging ghosts of memory deferred.

Friday, December 14, 2012     

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Grappling with Phantoms Any nitwit can seek happiness, and, generally, does. But it requires a cultivated courage of the heart to create comedy and beauty out of the material of constant sorrow. Do not shrink from the task of dwelling in the truth of your unique being and living your way into the attendant tales spun by your awakened heart. To cede your own power to the forces of unreasonable power -- is the stuff of tragedy.

Limo ride to paradigm's end Friday, November 16, 2012 (8 comments)     

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After The Flood: Requiem for a Friend, Death Knell for a Dying Paradigm Personally, I'm done with attempting to persuade idiots by intelligent discourse and fools by plying them with common sense...finished with issuing reasoned warnings to dissemblers and dimwits who claim the iceberg directly in the path of our ocean liner is simply an ice dispenser, conveniently located to refresh our beverages.

Multitudes feeling alone among lonely multitudes Wednesday, September 26, 2012 (1 comments)     

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A Crucible of Political Disenchantment: 'Dismiss Whatever Insults Your Own Soul' Despite all the cultural cues that we have internalized, one cannot consume, medicate, buy on credit, receive a promotion, vacation, vote, hope, affect a pose of hipster irony, tithe to the church of your choice, receive a hundred FaceBook friendship requests, hit the winning lottery number, support the troops, nor be the recipient of a VIP swag bag in order to stumble your way back to possessing a sense of control and power.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 (1 comments)     

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Atomized America of Late Capitalism America's late-stage capitalism, built upon the imagined glories of global empire and the deep deceptions of personalized propaganda, has created a nation that has lost touch with genuine human empathy, a place where mass shootings are weekly events and politics is shouting.

Ennui, Atomization, Alienation: We all in this alone; together in loneliness Wednesday, August 15, 2012 (5 comments)     

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Beaten Down, Isolated, Angry, And Distracted: "Awake we share the world; sleeping each turns to his private world." This is why I eschew being a "pragmatic" predator drone-apologist liberal or a purity-swooning conservative: A compulsion towards partisanship serves to censor the disorderly dialog of the heart, and thus compels one to remain locked within an ego-fortified structure of imprisoning platitudes and self-serving rationalizations.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 (2 comments)     

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Deranged Angels of Self-Preservation The new Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises," envisions a social order overturned by a violent and vengeful rabble, a parody of Occupy Wall Street activists transformed into the villains of this pro-One Percent propaganda film.

Paradigm shift or perish Thursday, July 26, 2012 (13 comments)     

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In The Land Of Never Was: The last, desperate hours of Climate Chaos deniers -- and capitalist rah-rahs -- On consideration of the path we are heading down, at exponentially increasing speed, uprising would appear to be an appropriate course of action. If you were embarked on a journey across the high seas and discovered the captain and his officers were all suicidal madmen,then mutiny would be a viable option.The data is in: The oceans of the earth are dying; the very air is bedizened with seeds of fire.

Monday, July 9, 2012 (4 comments)     

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After the Fireworks Have Faded: Intimations of Bosons Among a Cacophony of Bozos On the day that Independence Day is celebrated in the U.S. arrived confirming evidence of the existence of the Boson Particle, a possible connecting component of matter. Accordingly, let's make a few connections: The present order has wrought economic tyrannies and inevitable environmental collapse, and is proliferate with the seeds of its own destruction.

When an inner situation is not made conscious, it appears outside as fate. -- Ca Sunday, July 1, 2012 (3 comments)     

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Footlong Hot Dogs of the Apocalypse Editor's note: Since World War II, America's wealth has sheltered the population from harsh realities that other fellow humans face. But that protection is breaking down, from the greed of the super-rich and the stubborn insistence of many Americans to stay focused on their footlong hot dogs and super-gulp drinks, writes Phil Rockstroh.

Monday, June 11, 2012 (3 comments)     

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In The Name Of My Father, Part Two: In the shadow of the corporate state madhouse Editor's note: Late-stage capitalism has similarities to an aging billionaire terrified of microscopic germs -- imagine Howard Hughes at the end of his days -- trying to extend life by frenetically worrying about invisible dangers, writes Phil Rockstroh in this reflection on his father's death.

Monday, June 11, 2012 (7 comments)     

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Madness of Late-Stage Capitalism Late-stage capitalism has similarities to an aging billionaire terrified of microscopic germs -- imagine Howard Hughes at the end of his days -- trying to extend life by frenetically worrying about invisible dangers.

A people betrayed by the U.S. and orphaned by fate Friday, May 18, 2012 (2 comments)     

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In The Name Of My Father: Requiem and Renewal in the Shadow of Wall Street, in the Light of a Georgia Spring In the Deep South, the dark hue of my father's Native American skin marked him for abuse by belligerent locals. Although he had been deprived of detailed knowledge of his ancestry, his Comanche blood resisted intimidation. His tormentors wounded him deeply, but they also succeeded in opening deep reservoirs of ancestral rage. My father harbored an abiding animus to bullies--a trait he bequeathed to me by blood & circumstance.

Red, White, and Gruesome Thursday, April 26, 2012 (1 comments)     

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Confronting The Big Empty: Eating Cheetos with the hungry ghosts of the corporate state Although the yearning for freedom is inborn, as is the case with the development of any skill or talent, one must open oneself to its promise by discipline and practice. Otherwise, attempts at exercising freedom -- free will's dance with resistant and changing circumstance -- can be an ugly sight to behold.

Facing corporatism Monday, April 9, 2012 (5 comments)     

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"To Undo The Folded Lie": Resisting palliatives in an age of oligarchic excess and Anthropocene Age devastation As America's Great Middle Class crumbles, the Rich are again grasping for every possible regulatory rollback and tax cut, all the better to fund some final bacchanal of late-stage capitalism, a well-catered cocktail party of aging men and women wearing the false face of Botox, as poet Phil Rockstroh observes.

He served the 1% with the weapon of belligerent ignorance Friday, March 30, 2012 (1 comments)     

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On The Nature Of Self-Defeating Convictions: A missive to an estranged southern friend Depressingly large numbers of people have invested a great amount of time, energy and identity in the maintenance of their reality-defiant attitudes [regarding capitalism]. There is just too much fragile self-esteem, bulwarked by brittle pride, at stake. While self-doubt is the worthy adversary of the wise, belligerent ignorance is the dubious ally of those who fear and resist self-awareness.

Friday, March 30, 2012 (4 comments)     

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Nature of Self-Defeating Convictions Such a large number of those whose lives have been degraded by the deprivations of the present economic order will not focus their anger at Wall Street grifters: If capitalism, by the very nature of the system, allows a swindlers' class to not only legally exist -- but to thrive -- then it follows that there must be something flawed about the nature of capitalism itself.

"In this photo, snapped by my sharp-eyed buddy, Mickey Z, at Zuchotti Park, toda Monday, March 19, 2012 (2 comments)     

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Police State Blues: "Our rights do not end where the caprice of authoritarian bullies begins." To express indifference or to be an apologist for the quotidian evils of our time is reprehensible. Like the "good Germans" of the 1930s, you might believe your codified hatreds and commodified longings, manifested by the industrial and military power of the state, will deliver and preserve freedom " but these beliefs, maintained by systems of mechanized force, will, in time, come to debase everything you hold dear.

On the way to the landfill Thursday, March 15, 2012 (7 comments)     

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Reclaiming The Commons: Human Lessons in the Era of Corporatism and Perpetual War Put one foot in front of the other. Write one word after the next on your protest sign. Make your life a flaming arrow aimed at the dry and rotted heart of the system or make your own heart a warm hearth of compassion for its victims, as you negotiate its cold realities.

On the way to the landfill Wednesday, February 29, 2012 (1 comments)     

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On regaining a spirit of defiance: "I'm worried now but I won't be worried long" In this regard, predictions of doom are not the stuff of dour old men, afflicted with Cassandra complexes, long, unkempt beards flapping, as they hector passersby with gloomy auguries of a rapidly arriving "time of reckoning"--when what they mean is, their libido is waning, and it feels to them like the end of the world...We're talking peer-reviewed scientific inquiry not crank-speak here. These are dangerous circumstances.

He's not the only one on thin ice Wednesday, February 22, 2012 (16 comments)     

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Cash Of The Titans: Against The Noxious Fantasy Of Limitless Growth Cancer, if given voice, would proclaim itself to be a believer in "free market values""devoted to the principle of endless growth"until, of course, it would silence its own voice by killing its host.

Freedom being sanitized for your protection Tuesday, February 14, 2012 (2 comments)     

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My Biohazard Valentine: Love, Work, And Dissent In A Time of Hazmat Suits And Political Hypochondria One does not have to be a monk, artist, poet, mystic or musician to approach their vocation with élan and ebullience; yet one should grant oneself the right to surrender to ardor while engaging in work. To derive meaning and resonance from life demands artful labor -- the awful daring of choosing to give oneself over to responsibility, thus allowing one to occupy one's occupation, heart and soul.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012     

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A Bio-hazard Valentine of Dissent The powers-that-be would prefer the common folk to accept their fate quietly, even as many are made surplus to the work force and all are facing global warming's coming devastation of the planet. But more and more people are choosing to make noise through messy dissent.

How we spend our days Wednesday, February 1, 2012 (7 comments)     

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A Journey To The End Of Empire: It is always darkest right before it goes completely black The times have bestowed on us a shuffle to the graveside of our culture, and, we, like members of a New Orleans-style, second line, funeral procession, must allow our hearts to be saturated by sorrowful songs...When the service is complete, the march away from the boneyard should shake the air with the ebullient noise borne of insistent brass.

Emblem of Bloated Empire Wednesday, January 25, 2012 (7 comments)     

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Occupying Libido: Negotiating a landscape of hypocrisy and hungry ghosts Obama and Romney manage to hide the malevolent, hungry ghost of empire behind a veneer of soul-defying, daylight normalcy. But Newt Gingrich's bloated carcass displays imperium's murderous id. What has become of the diminishing resources of the world? Newt grows ever fatter and more grotesque as he greedily devours these things. What terrible fate befell the U.S. constitution? Newt dry humped it to dust.

Lesser of two evils or among peers? Friday, January 6, 2012 (9 comments)     

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Secrets of Empire & Self-Deceptions Of Partisans: Yet a howling defiance into the darkness of the corporate state night Barack Obama's true nature and authentic identity remains elusive. After all this time, he still seems less man than marketing rollout, less of a political leader than an object lesson in product placement. The situation is like having the role of chief executive of the nation filled with a disposable razor or a heavily hyped iPhone application.

Friday, December 16, 2011 (15 comments)     

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Liberating America's Worldview Occupy Wall Street protesters appealed to the broader U.S. population -- and even the police -- as fellow members of the 99 percent, but many Americans still fear breaking with the oppressive status quo and most police will follow orders in harsh crackdowns.

Friday, December 16, 2011     

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Dying Empire Bebop: The Sedition Of Ecstatic Novelty John Coltrane reported that the conception and creation of his timeless masterpiece, "A Love Supreme" ended his addiction to drugs and alcohol. This soul-reviving suite should be made the suggested soundtrack of every drug and alcohol rehab unit in the United States -- if not played on a repeating loop at every gas station, convenience store, and shopping mall on the planet.

Thursday, December 15, 2011 (7 comments)     

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Recovering from Authoritarian Simpatico Syndrome (ASS): "Because the cops don't need you and man they expect the same" Occupy Wall Street protesters appealed to the broader U.S. population -- and even the police -- as fellow members of the 99 percent, but Phil Rockstroh observes that many Americans still fear breaking with the oppressive status quo and most police will follow orders in harsh crackdowns. Or as Bob Dylan presents the case in verse: "Because the cops don't need you and man they expect the same"--Just Like Tom Thumb's Blue.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011 (7 comments)     

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"By Imbeciles Who Really Mean It": Lost Verities and Dirty Hippies Because the vast majority of the populace are deemed "losers, due to how the system is rigged, techniques must be created to displace the rage, born of a sense of powerlessness, that grips the system's exploited underlings. OWS is beginning to change the narrative, align it with reality, & that is an alarming development for the 1 percent; hence, the retooled, amped-up propaganda campaign we're seeing signs of at present.

Heil Meme Thursday, December 1, 2011 (3 comments)     

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Amid The Architecture Of Declining Capitalism: Memes, Death Genes And Real Estate Schemes Memes are ever-replicating, exponentially reproducing, collectively evolving bits of human thoughtware as our bodies are the hardware. If their resonances remain on in the realm of pixels and soundbites, a meme will translate into little more than pop culture ephemera. Memes must be carried by flesh into the non-virtual world; their human carriers might even be peppered sprayed themselves and carted off to jail.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011 (6 comments)     

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"The Degree To Which You Resist Is The Degree To Which You Are Free" The first vibrations, closer to tremors, transpired because the ground below us has been fracked of dreams " the void engendered seismological activity. Now, from Cairo, Egypt's Tahrir Square to Syntagma Square in Athens, Greece, to Liberty Park, in New York, New York, to Oscar Grant Park in Oakland, California, we have become like tuning forks, in sympatico with the resonances of the tormented earth.

Liberty Plaza emptied of liberty. Tuesday, November 15, 2011 (3 comments)     

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The Police State Makes Its Move: Retaining one's humanity in the face of tyranny When anyone tells you that dead soldiers died for your freedom, it is your duty to occupy reality and inform them of just how mistaken they are. And if you truly cherish the concepts of freedom and liberty, you just might be called on to face mindless arrays of fascist cops and lose your freedom, for a time, going to jail, so others might, at some point, gain their freedom.

Or surrender your essential self Tuesday, November 8, 2011 (2 comments)     

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Dehumanizing Late-Stage Capitalism As the populace of the corporate/consumer state, we have been induced, by means of small bribes and hyper-authoritarian coercion, to sign a social contract that sells our essential nature on the cheap, i.e., to be defined (hence diminished) as a consumer, a commuter, an employee, a Republican, a Democrat, a member of a demographic group, a cipher, a s

Thursday, October 27, 2011 (4 comments)     

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We Shall Not Be Moved: Police Repression, Official Mendacity And Why OWS Has Already Overcome Behind the bland face of the political establishment (purchased by the bloated profits of the plundering class) are riot cops, outfitted and armed with the accoutrements of oppression, who are ready and willing to enforce the dictates of the elitist beneficiaries of the degraded status quo.

Thursday, October 13, 2011 (5 comments)     

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Punching a Hole in Bubbles of Denial and Addiction: Late Capitalism and Its Discontents of the American Autumn Many situations in this life are rigged e.g., the gamed system of the corporate state. But life itself is too vast, too intricate to be rigged; it is truly too big to fail. Now: To the streets, glistening with renewing rain"to the flaming barricades"its flames caress the future. Come out of self-exile; you are the change you can believe in.

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