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It's Happy-Time Again ... And it's Awesome!

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All the candidates are getting themselves good and greased-up, eager to be sodomized by their favorite billionaire in the hope there'll be a hefty campaign contribution left on top of the dresser before the billionaire leaves the motel room.

Too harsh? How 'bout this ...

Hillary Clinton cares as much about "Everyday Americans" as I care about the microbes that live in the P-trap under the kitchen sink in the house across the street.

The moment she masters the art of time-travel she should go back to the years she sat on the board of directors at WalMart. But this time she stands up to the world's largest retailers as they wage war against labor unions ... instead of remaining silent. Then she could jump ahead and vote against the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq. So until that magical day when Hillary Clinton commands both Space and Time ... she gives me the dry heaves like all the other Republican Clown-Car-Candidates.

Almost $3 billion was spent on the 2012 presidential election. The 2016 election might cost as much as $5 billion. To put it another way ... The cost of the 2012 presidential election was more than the GDP of Greenland, but the upcoming election will likely surpass the GDP of Bermuda. I guess the only acceptable perspective is to realize Americans spend $6 billion every year on Christmas decorations.

Over the next 19 months we are going to be subjected to the same message, told progressively louder and louder and LOUDER, by Conservatives and Liberals alike, until finally our eyes and ears bleed continuously.

We must vote for (fill in the blank) because if (fill in the blank) is elected, something so horrible will happen it defies coherent description. Conservatives quake in revulsion at the horrors a new Clinton presidency will bring as Liberals teeter on the brink of insanity because of the return of a New Improved Bush White House. As Woody Allen said, "More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly."

I have quoted Jiddu Krishnamurti before, and I'll do it again and again and again, until just a few days before my funeral, "It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."

We understand the madness of American Politics. We can choose to participate. Or not. But that doesn't extricate us from the profoundly sick society that spawned our political system. The profoundly sick society aka, The Dominant Culture, has hooks buried in us so deep, we don't even notice them anymore.

One of the things I realized about living in a "Consumer Society" was this: The first thing that was consumed ... was me. We must spend almost all of our labor and our lives for the "privilege" of living within the Dominant Culture. And in return we can buy toys. Toys to distract us from looking too closely at the bargain we have struck with our masters. And we have perversely dedicated and designed our lives around these toxic toys.

QUICK! Throw away your phones regardless of how smart they are.

Wait ... can't do that ... they'll end up in a poisonous mountain of electronic waste routinely exported by developed countries to developing ones ... often in violation of international law. Until you can find an eco-friendly recycling center, throw your phone in the drawer and never buy another one again.

We will now pause until the irate spluttering dies down. But the irate spluttering will never die down. I have heard too many times people proclaim how indispensable their phones are. My whole life is on my phone! In a report released by the Online Publishing Association in 2012, the standout statistic was that 68 percent of smartphone owners said they "couldn't live without their smartphones."

We know these phones are toxic. We know because one of the selling points of the iPhone 4 and 5 was they were among the least toxic smartphones. We're being sold a toxic toy that is proclaimed to be "good" because it is less toxic than its predecessors.

And we inherently accept the toxicity of the toy with every selfie, tweet, text, and all the other crap apps that go along with the primary purpose of just making a goddamned phone call. It's too effing convenient to leave it in a drawer. We must trade in the old iPhone, and buy the new iPhone, and then a year later buy the new new new iPhone, without any goddamned idea what the hell we're really doing. But ... see all the wonders it can perform. And just how toxic is it anyway?

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