...some official in North Korea called Bush "evil
incarnate" yesterday (and I just wanna say right here, I'm an American,
baby!...and I called him that first!)
Gee whiz, the world sure is complicated
and chaotic these days! One can hardly keep up with all the frenetic particulars
of this whirlwind of social decay and degradation tearing at the very fabric
of the world we once knew, and right before our eyes yet--unless, of course,
you're like many people who watch a lot of tv and have no idea what I'm
talking about, no real grasp of this major national crisis we're in... oh
yes, you heard about the horror in New York, and are still trying to get
a grip on that, but perhaps you're still working, and are therefore still
largely unaware of the sudden economic and social catastrophe we are at
this moment experiencing, the massive unemployment and uncontrolled corporate
piracy, the sudden burgeoning escalation of wars, and rumors of wars, all
over the world in places you can't possibly pronounce, so why expect your
president to?... there are really just too many wars to follow at all, wars,
wars, wars, day in, day out... and famine, and plague and pestilence...
boy, the Bushies certainly have all their ponies in a row, by gum... now
that's organization!... but hey, America, I got an idea!... let's not say
or do anything at all, whattaya say, fellow citizens?... let's just stand
here with our heads stuck in the sand and our butts nice and high, so our
leaders and other supposed keepers of the public trust will find it as convenient
as possible to screw us at their whim, whenever they get a hankerin'...
and we'll just wait and see how much damage they'll manage to do this next
year! Everything seems pretty screwed up now, but believe me,
these guys are just getting started!
I don't suppose it would help if I publicly called for the impeachment
of the whole Bush team again, would it?
Clearly, someone with a real voice and just a dollop of courage should've
been doing this already... where, oh where have all the journalists gone?...
the Hamptons?... ohhh...
I know, we're under attack... well, we were under attack, six
months ago... and to be honest, somehow I get the idea the terrorists have
already shot their load with the Towers... they got luckier then they even
dared to dream, considering that their weapon of choice was a boxcutter...
and I don't really think we'll be seeing anything that devastating for some
time, not from the Taliban, anyway... but I can see how it would be in the
interests of the Bush Machine to keep the wayward herd in a state of warlike
readiness, to keep our attention diverted from the real crises in our own
backyards, which is why he's out there every day shooting his mouth off
and giving everybody in Europe nervous tics... most of the peoples of the
civilized world are reasonably frightened by these new crazy leaders of
ours, who have been acting crazier than Jim Carrey on a nitrous bender ever
since they seized office... I firmly believe these attacks would probably
not have occurred under any other presidential administration with an ounce
of diplomacy or tact... at any rate, the threat the Taliban posed has passed
for the present, but Bush is past mincing words now, he's out there callin'
everyone on at once... some official in North Korea called him "evil
incarnate" yesterday (and I just wanna say right here, I'm an American,
baby!...and I called him that first!)... anyway, at this point, the only
reason I see to get behind these guys now is to push their incompetent asses
out the door as quickly as possible.
But I'm not so sure that's going to happen.
To paraphrase Martin Sheen from Apocalypse Now, lately here in
America the bullshit's stackin' up so fast ya gotta have wings to stay above
it... of course, he was talking about Nam... but that's apropos cuz, to
quote another ancient source, in this case the Firesign Theatre (from
the Marx and Lennon album), "They're bringing the war back home!"...
yes, America, those are real teethmarks in your ass, yes, that's your blood
and yes it hurts like hell... but the really scary thing you all don't want
to admit is that the enemy isn't out there speaking a foreign language and
reading a foreign bible, they're right here garbling both the form and meaning
of your own native tongue, they've occupied your White House in a sudden
hostile takeover and are behaving exactly like the obvious gangsters they
This New World Order seems to me nothing more nor less than a return
to the Dark Ages, a controlled decay back to feudalism and endless class
warfare... of course, the upper class has the advantage here more than ever
in history, given that they're well-organized and well-funded and well-fed
and well-rested and well-armed and well-connected and well, pretty much
unbeatable... they own all the means of production of food and all other
necessities, and have been on the attack relentlessly for nearly thirty
years now to deprive us of the few small victories hard-won in the strife
of the civil rights and labor movements of the 50's and 60's... they've
spent that entire time dividing us all one against the other, kept us incoherent
and distracted endlessly with mindlessness to occupy our every moment...
and at this point it seems the best the lower classes can manage to fend
off this crippling juggernaut offensive is to increase their levels of drugs
and fucking and hoping with all their might that they'll drop dead on the
hamster wheel one of these days so they don't have to face the hideous lack
of a future they've left for their children... they can all sense it, looming
on the horizon... no matter how complex and confusing this all may be, we
have our animal senses to warn us when danger is near... everyone reading
this right now, you know what I say is true...
Here's some clarity for ya... I think it can be said with confidence
The collapse of Enron has revealed that not only is the entire financial
system inherently corrupt, but so are all the accountants and auditors and
watchdog bureaucracies surrounding it; and that if what they were doing
wasn't technically illegal, then a lot of others are doing the very same
Which means that you can't trust the market at all... which is bad, cuz
the market is a confidence game at best... it relies on the faith and gullibility
of the small investor to keep it going.
And the fact that nobody in the business press sounded the alarm long
ago means that they are complicit in this looting, and thoroughly corrupt...
because whatever the excuses they proffer, this is their only real job,
to do this research and find this stuff out... taken to task on Macneil/Lehrer
for the lack of apparent diligence and intelligence on the part of the financial
press, Jodie Allen of US News and World Report allowed as how maybe they
just weren't smart enough to find it... if she's not smart enough to do
that high-powered, incredibly lucrative job, she should go be a fuckin'
waffle-waitress at Denny's, cuz I need a good job and I'm not afraid to
do the required work... David Faber of CNBC said, and I quote: "If
I could've found an Enron, would I have been so happy to have broken that
story? Of course!--or any other fraud, for that matter--if in fact that
is what took place there--which appears to be the case-- but those are very
very hard sorts of stories to find... they take an enormous amount of time,
a resource that there isn't a great deal of when your at a major news organization..."
What Mr. Faber seems to be saying is, because they're a major superconglomerate
news organization with tremendous resources of people, capital, state-of-the-art
communications, the whole bit, they just don't have the time to do their
work... the more resources you have at your disposal, the less time you
have... if you can hire ten assistants, you actually end up getting less
Why should I trust anything these idiots say?
And the fact that the major magazines and network news services couldn't
uncover it either?... that's even scarier, but it's an obvious truth that
should have occurred to everyone long ago... the guys at the top of these
companies are all filthy rich too, even more than the anchors...
And they're all telling us that Bush & Co. is wildly popular, and
there's nothing to worry about, the economy is bigger and more robust than
Which means that you can't trust the media at all.
And these leaders, these media barons and all the genius writers and
pundits and personalities and movie stars and popular entertainers and presidents
of our esteemed colleges and artists and comedians, all these people who
do NOT speak out in the face of these vast inequities within our culture
and world are themselves part and parcel of that culture... and they assist
this phony system as it chugs along, both through the complicity of their
silence, and their continuing on in a 'business-as-usual' response to this
incredible destruction... see, it's not just the news. Every element of
our popular culture is telling us that everything is A-OK, never been better.
Which means that you can't trust our culture at all... and a culture
is even more of a confidence game, it needs that initial trust in order
for it to function in any reasonable way.
And our culture is really made up of people, after all... it is the quality
of its citizenry that determines the real worth of a culture.
And as everyone in utterly cynical America knows, you can't trust people
That's where we're at, folks... we're not the United States of America
anymore, we're the Divided Stakes of America, and everything's up for grabs...
we're all divided against one another, it's every man for himself and greed
is good and the one who dies with the most toys wins and there's nothing
more fun than sawin' on a golden fiddle while the whole world burns!
And much like the present administration's failure of intelligence on
9/11, the mass media is pleading utter ignorance, senselessness, sheer stupidity
Where are the articles about the collapse of Global Crossings, the fourth-largest
bankruptcy in the history of the nation?... following closely on the heels
of Enron, they were at least once a very real business, a fiber optics company
that laid thousands of miles of fiber cable throughout the world, crossing
both the Pacific and Atlantic to dozens of countries in a long-range plan
to provide the backbone architecture for these multinational connections...
much of that plan was accomplished, but then they ran into a problem, the
lack of ready local systems to connect to... see, they did the long-range
stuff, and were hoping everyone would be ready to hook up locally once they'd
gotten their part done, and they'd be able to expand from there... what
they found was a lack of readiness, lack of an immediate continuing market...
and so instead of diversifying in order to keep going, it's very likely
that the corporate heads decided to loot their own company to death, take
the money and run laughing... it's akin to burning down your own tenement
for the insurance, it's the very same game, just on a far grander scale...
I haven't read a single word on Global Crossings since I got the above
info from an installment of Frontline... and that was a week ago...
Could it be that the media are diverting our attention from other sizable
collapses so that we'll all keep living our lives as usual, as we have been
specifically directed to do by our fearless leaders?
Could it be that the major media spokesmen and top news editors and publishers
are engaged in a conspiracy of silence because they are so ridiculously,
insanely well-paid by the ones doing the pirating and the fake leadership
Could it be that these greed-freaks won't be satisfied until they've
taken the last bits of silver from all our teeth?
And could this be just what we deserve for being so dumb and complacent
and easily manipulated these last 30 years?
I personally stopped trusting the tv news about 20 years ago, when they
first started running those ads saying, "We're the newsteam you can
trust!"... I just don't trust the sound of that...
We're all being pulled under by the shortsighted opportunism of a buncha
unbelievably stupid greedy white men unhindered by the slightest sense of
wisdom or conscience.
And if you find all of this a little too much to swallow, I'm sure we
can at least agree on this lil clarifier:
The real reason Bush pulled us out of the Kyoto Protocol?
Too hard to pronounce.