To the Point

There comes a time in every epoch when pragmatism simply evolves into extreme acquiescence and surrender to the forces of apathy and do-nothingness, a guarantor of the status quo in all of its easy, democratic criminality--its fortress of greed. You could line up all the pols in the U.S. in a straight row and examine them head to toe and not find a single man or woman capable of admitting, never mind ending, the corruption of their vocation--Buddy Dooley

Sunday, July 15, 2018

The Stupidity of Oregon's 2nd District Congressman, Greg Walden



Trump’s pardon was based on lobbying by Oregon Congressman Greg Walden who characterized the Hammonds as “responsible ranchers” and portrayed them as victims of government overreach.

Walden sought to minimize the multiple crimes the Hammonds have committed by suggesting they had merely burned a bit more than a hundred acres of public land, something that he tried to compare to normal everyday range management by federal agencies. So what’s the problem? The problem is that Walden is ignoring decades of violations committed by the Hammonds.--GW

The real story of Walden's ranchers.

Walden's blathering, tear-stained, pathetic drivel (warning: it's dull and long and, finally, an embarrassment to anyone with good sense).

The historical context of the Hammond debate.

The dismantling of public lands is in full bloom, and you can thank this Oregon shill for Trump and the minerals-extraction industry.

It's gonna get ugly, folks, as scarred as the Alberta Tar Sands.



TS

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Oligarchy Flow Chart
















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Catching Up with Larry














Lawrence Ferlinghetti will have a new book published on his 100th birthday next March 24th.

The co-founder of City Lights in San Francisco is of course one of the seminal characters in the history of modern American arts and letters.

Here is one of my favorites of his many works.


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Friday, July 13, 2018

Instant Classic
















Best sign ever, and the mainstream runners-up.


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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Main Street

When federal politicians finally did intervene in health care with the passage of Medicare in 1965, the insurance company model had been developing for decades. Government agencies simply could not match the private economy’s organizational capabilities. So, grudgingly, the health care reformers and progressive politicians behind Medicare built their program of government-funded health policies for the elderly around the insurance company model. Medicare’s architects also appointed insurance companies to act as program administrators, to operate as intermediaries between the federal government and hospitals and physicians, a role that they have to this day.--TC

This is some sick shit, and now I am entangled in it.

Another version.  I'm not there yet, but the path is well-lighted.  It's notable that MM's doc was produced well before the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) came into being.  Everyone is aware now that the ACA was another con job of the political establishment, a plaything of special interests, insurance and Big Pharma companies, compliant pols, and wacko right-wingers determined to stop "socialized medicine."

About the struggle.


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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

When Will They Ever Learn?





When Pop spoke to the masses.

Alt-Everything: A Brief History of the Counterculture.


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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Survivors




















Soon to be a major motion picture, no doubt.


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Protests


















He'll spin it into a celebration of his presidency.  Above average rating for potential violent confrontation.


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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

The Cosmic Joke

I'm having a lazy July 4th holiday, midweek, in the USA.

This is a terrible holiday, as corporate jingoists across the spectrum continue to conflate the American Revolution with today's American imperial wars.

Support the troops?  Are you serious?

No less an 18th century luminary than Thomas Paine would have laughed, finding the irony deep, indeed.


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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

EATS!






















Brats (grilled w/olive brine)
Corned Beef (crock cooked)
New England Special (secret seasonings)

Up with Revolution!


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Monday, July 2, 2018

Our Time

The two political parties are one party—the corporate party. They do not debate substantive issues. They each support the expansion of imperial wars, the bloated military budget, the dictates of global capitalism, the bailing out of Wall Street, punishing austerity measures, assaulting basic civil liberties through wholesale government surveillance and the abolition of due process, and an electoral process that has cemented into place a system of legalized bribery. They battle over cultural tropes such as abortion, gay rights and prayer in schools. We elect politicians based on how we are made to feel about them by the public relations industry. Politics is anti-politics.--CH

Okay, take it from the top. Ah one and ah two...


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"Joy on the Left"


All Tite's side offered in attack over the first 20 minutes was a drive by Neymar that Guillermo Ochoa flapped away, but they settled and soon became the more threatening side. Neymar began to have some joy on the left, with one weaving run resulting in a sharp save from Ochoa. The goalkeeper later parried a Gabriel Jesus effort after fine work from Neymar and by the break, there was a sense Brazil looked broadly in control.--NA/ESPN

Say what?

No, seriously, I love the English football vernacular.  This writer's match tidbits are lively and spry and make me think of afternoon tea at me Nana's lodgings across the hedgerow, before the Silicon Raj colonised the West Coast of the United States, broadly situating us in our present ordeal on the world's pitch, i.e., down 2-nil at 89'.


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Sunday, July 1, 2018

Tactics














When you see pictures like this one of the police control of Patriot vs. Antifa clashes in downtown Portland, or anywhere else for that matter, there is always some big goon-of-a-cop smashing the protester's face into the pavement or sidewalk. Just grinding away like the protester is a murderer about to escape the clutches of justice.

I guess they have two choices; this or just shoot the fucker like they do black people and suicidal madmen.

Another favorite method, we shouldn't forget, is the ever-reliable choke hold like the one used to murder the notorious cigarette peddler Eric Garner.


TS 

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Yesterday's Gone














This feature by a kid at The Oregonian caught my eye because I've actually worked in a number of the establishments described in the article, and I've frequented nearly all of them at one time or another.

I could tell you dozens of stories about the owners, my co-workers and many of the patrons of these long-standing businesses.

Not all of it is pretty. Some of it could make you throw up your cocktail and tater tots and sober up in a heartbeat. Some of it might make you laugh.

Are you ready for my tales of drunkenness, madness, suicide and worker exploitation?  In other words, are you ready for the reality rather than the romanticism of Portland's bar culture?

I didn't think so. Therefore, I'll spare you.

BTW, the best bar in Portland from my perspective, because I worked there and because the owner paid a decent (livable) wage and implemented a profit-sharing incentive, didn't make this list.

To be fair, I've met some of the best people I know in bars, but I've met even more stupid people and greedy bastards who would rather rob you blind than acknowledge your humanity.


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