LEFT OF THE "LEFT"
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ISSUE #863 OCTOBER 2013
by Mark S. Tucker,
provocateur, hector, meta-anarchist
“Have brain, will use; have pen, will poison.”
ASKING THE UNASKABLE, SAYING THE UNSAYABLE, REMOVING THE "LEFT'S" ARTIFACTS.
…a harrowing look at the human psyche and the darkness that hides behind the routine politeness and meaningless kindness of civilized society. - ad byte for Beautiful Darkness
THE V.V. MISSION STATEMENT!!!: Fuck mission statements.
Slice, dice, saute, braise, cook over high heat, serve with toxic garni, shake vigorously, then throw in the trash. (The V.V. recipe for consuming conservative and "Left" radio.)
One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up. — Arthur Koestler
While it is not true that all conservatives are stupid people...it is true that most stupid people are conservative. - John Stuart Mill
You can lead a liberal to knowledge, but you can't make him think.
Few men are willing to brave the disapproval of their fellows, the censure of their colleagues, the wrath of their society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential vital quality for those who seek to change a world which yields most painfully to change. - Robert F. Kennedy
Social-lites receive awards from groups because of their activism; Socialists get expelled from groups because of their activism. - Mike Alewitz
Up yours. Up mine. But, up everybody's? That takes time! - 10CC
The German Conservative Party is to the left of the American Democratic Party. - Steven Hill
Truth offends worse than falsehood. - Jack Vance
I'm on the right side with the wrong people. - Ian Masters
All I have is a voice / To undo the folded lie. - W.H. Auden
Everyone lies. - Gregory House
Je pense donc je suis…dangereux. - Descartes / The MiSFiT (updated - you knew it as 'Cogito ergo sum')
In journalism, reactionary and liberal alike, the function of "slanting" is to permit reader and writer to ooze virtue without paying for it. - Eric Bentley
First they fight you, then they backstab you, then they just gripe, then they sit sullenly, and finally they call you prophetic. They're wrong in all cases. - The MiSFiT
The search for Reality is the most dangerous of all undertakings, for it destroys the world in which you live. - Nisargadatta Maharaj
If you make people think they're thinking, they'll love you. If you really make them think, they'll hate you. - P.T. Barnum
You read 100 good reviews and 1 bad one, and the bad one always seems to make more sense. - Johnny of Radiohead
History is on our side but not time. - Malik Sekou Osei
Never underestimate the power of ridicule.
Veritas Vampirus' patron saints: Sarasvati & Ikkyu
Politics is violence. - CTraffik
...I guess I'm just an annoying guy. - Bill Hicks
For in much wisdom is much grief, and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow. Ecclesiastes 1:18
THE HOLY TRINITY OF DOCTRINE:
With the intestines of the last priest, let us strangle the last businessman.
When you see the mouth of a conservative, Republican, businessman, priest, or politician open, what you're hearing are lies.
Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups; in fact, never underestimate the stupidity of any group.
The two irreducible basics of Leftism: 1) No religion, 2) No capitalism. Lacking conviction in those, you can't possibly be a Leftie. End of story. Sorry.
THIS ISSUE: I wasn't going to interrupt the Kall series again,and certainly not this quickly in any event, but I have to say that I have no words to describe the shock and disappointment I feel as I watch everyone but dumb-ass Righties laud this ObamaCare monstrosity. As if radio fuckwads weren't enough, I read "zines" like AlterNet and am just astounded at the proliference of ignorant, generalized, say-nothing propaganda (and I'm fairly certain no one atAlterNet is intelligent enough to perceive they're just relaying agitprop from industry sources and Dem abettors). It's literally dumbfounding. Just when I think the "Left" can't get any stupider than it already is, it takes me back to school for more education. Thom Hartmann, Randi Rhodes, Brad Friedman, Ian Masters, KPFK, WBAI...there's not one single "Left" factor NOT singing with the lobotomized choir on this. It's GATT all over again and, just as with the first time, those who should be most aware of it are least.
The following are links to some of my CD / DVD reviews recently-ish posted at FAME:
Have you read the Bible? You'd have to be a nutcase to believe anything in that book! - Mike MacRae imitating the new Pope on the Jimmy Dore Show.
Big Bang Theory: In the Beginning, there was nothing…which exploded. - atheist T-shirt
That was then and this is then. – The MiSFiT
THE OBAMACARE TROJAN HEARSE
Can We Say 'GATT Redux' Kiddies?
by Mark S. Tucker
I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country…corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed. - Abraham Lincoln, 1864
The amount and degree of "Left" nonsense regarding ObamaCare, as it now begins to show only the minutest face of its innumerable flaws, is rather amazing. I've already gone over this in these pages, but I hadn't gotten hold of this piece of data: the "bill" is 2,300 pages long. Previously, a few renegade "Lefties" had informed us that it was whopping 1,400, just like the Patriot Act…and I'm one of the dupes who fell for it (i'm now pretty sure these idiots thought they were being clever in re-quoting that fictional number). Not that it much matters - good God, 1400 pages is bad enough - but the real count is a firm 2,300.
That's the equivalent of 10 novels, y'all: TEN!
And no "Leftie" is coming within parsecs of the obvious question: who wrote all that? Sure, a few rightly state that it was insurance industry / lobbyist penned, but that hardly covers it. First of all, NO Congressman had ANY part in it, that much should be crystal clear. At best, they might've been ambush-consulted on certain passages in order to gin up support from and among those fucking morons, but no Congressman and NO Congressional committee could POSSIBLY have written the bill or any part of it.
Think about how long it would take to write 10 novels. A minimum of 10 years. MINIMUM, and you'd have to write awfully goddamned fast. Now think about how long it would take to write 10 non-fiction books. It'd be astounding if you could do so in 20 years, considering all the research necessary. Now think about how long it would take to write the equivalent of 10 non-fiction law books, all of which cross-reference each other.
It can't be done by one person, PERIOD, in 10 years' time. Maybe a group of 20 people could accomplish it, but ponder all the human elements problematic to that scenario and the insane amount of editorial overseerage necessary. No, this bill was written solely and purely by the insurance industry and over a VERY long period of time. To that, however, add this: as with the IRS Code Book, it most likely was penned by multifarious hands and then just thrown together. That would take just as long a time and require some decent degree of oversight, but this extremely onerous mode is what constitutes a frightening amount of law nowadays. Its effect is precisely what it's designed to do: throw all burdens onto the citizen disputing the thousands of aberrations that will inevitably crop up, to interpret any given section and fight it, only to be shown another section completely reversing or channeling everything into a different problem, later again doing the same, over and over and over and over and over.
That's what the IRS does, so that no matter what argument you bring, there's another law somewhere else in the gargantuan set of books to defeat your contention and lead everything into yet another problem-field beyond that, locking a citizen into a war normally taking about a decade to wage - ironically, about the same time it took to write this hideous ObamaCare measure - and ultimately lose. Only corporations win against the IRS, not people, and only because corporations have the resources to make the gig not worthwhile, too expensive, for the IRS.
Barack Obama is the new Bill Clinton, and ObamaCare will do for him what GATT did for Bill: make him a very very VERY rich man subsequent to a decently lengthy cooling off period after leaving office so that the quid pro quo isn't TOO damn obvious. You know that Clinton is now richer than all previous presidents combined, don't you? He didn't have that wealth when he went into office, not a shred of it. How did it make its way into his hands? Speaking tours? That hideous book? Come on. Once more, y'all:
When GATT arose, I was working at Northrop-Grumman Aircraft and vigorously advocated against it, almost losing my job as managers feverishly coaxed, cajoled, and threatened employees to call their Congressmen - ironically, ours in the district I occupy here in Calif. was Jane 'Nuke 'Em!' Harmon, the warmongers' best friend, so calling her on a negative wasn't going to accomplish jackshit. "You'll all lose your jobs! Ragnarok will descend! The Earth will turn into a fiery ball if you don't urge Congress to pass GATT!" This is what we were told.
"Are you all fucking nuts?!?!" I inquired of fellow employees as they started singing in management's choir. "Have you read any least shred of the damn thing or even perused analyses made second-hand? It's a piece of shit, and if you allow it, EXACTLY what they say will happen if you DON'T approve it will happen if you DO! I guarantee you that if it passes, 5-6 years from now, most of us will be out of a job and the company will be damn near dust."
But Rightwingers were drooling over Rush and the panoply of Limbaughs cronyistically boosting that treasonous bill to the heavens, and even the Left-leaning were hearing from assholes like Thom Hartmann and Mike Malloy (I've chronicled in these pages how both, many many many years later, are now sullenly on-air admitting they were completely wrong, 100% "duped", in their fervant advocacies of Clinton, GATT, and innumerable Clinton-era events), so my words fell on deaf ears, GATT Passed, and, six ears later, no end of people, as they filed out the door to the unemployment office, sometimes tearfully said to me "Man, I sure wish we would have listened to you back then, Mark". And, just as predictably, the company lost its 747 sub-contract, and in trotted DARPA sot Kent Kresa to take over and channel N-G into stealth operations.
Those six years earlier, I was The Nutcase. Six years later, I was The Prophet. That belated awakening didn't help the 60,000 people who lost their jobs one little bit, though, and they still suffer from the effects of GATT. In fact, the ENTIRETY of our modern dilemma starts exactly with GATT. And guess what? ObamaCare is Part 2.
Of course no one sees it. Two reasons for that: 1) it was sprung on you at the absolute last minute after all kinds of preparatory propagandistic blather (think about it: if it's such a damnably miraculous bill or even just a moderately decent one, why the hell weren't you allowed the entire bill to read or even just sections of it so you could get realistically enthusiastic?), and 2) the entire scenario followed a very weird amalgam of Bernaysian protocols and just plain winging it, which is why it's such a mess even as the shitpile daintily steps into the very beginnings of Phase 1.
* the morons selling you on this crap were the same ones who sold you GATT (Rhodes, Malloy, Hartmann, etc.) and Obama (Rhodes, Malloy, Hartmann, Friedman, Kall, etc., and that "I'm holding my nose" bullshit they all adopted was a Bernaysian ploy), and if you've ever doubted my proponency on how toxic the "Left" has been all along, consider just what the implications of that really have been; you'll shock yourself
* no one saw any more trace of ObamaCare's texts than you did - or at best: saw only very carefully selected brief snippets upon which they placed their entire opinion
* the damn thing took a DECADE to write, minimum
* it was written entirely by health insurance industry lawyer hacks
* you're being FORCED by the government to purchase goods and services whether you want them or not and whether you like them or not (that's called 'fascism' by sane people…and saying you can settle for a fine is NOT a counter-argument, you're still in the fascism either way)
* we have one of the worst health care systems in the industrialized world, unbelievably expensive, iatrogenetically killing 1 million patients a year, year after year, among innumerable other sins, owned by the pharmaceutical conglomerates, and completely ignorant of science on nutrition and other absolutely necessary staple human health factors - in fact, dedicated to banning all sane basic data
* many people are already seeing right now, through the new system itself, that they'll be paying significantly MORE, not less, for decent health care - if, that is, you want to use the term 'decent' for any shred of this abomination,
* not one iota of the whole mishigas is bent to any faint notion of your good, not by galaxies, only to corporations benefit, so:
WHAT THE FUCK IS EVEN ONE MICRON POSITIVE IN ALL THAT????
And there's a good deal more, but, goddamn!, if that alone doesn't warn people off then I don't know what will. Seriously.
This is why thoughtful writers are getting so discouraged, this exact sort of thing. It's like watching a child jump into a lake of acid at the outskirts of town. You told them it was a lake of acid, you educated them on why it's dangerous to the Nth degree, you had them watch a video on what acid does to human flesh, they had past experience with fire, dangerous chemicals, and all kinds of shit, but then a gaggle of gibbering idiots intercepted them on the way to school, babbled in their ears, hypnotized the poor bastards, they waded into the lake hip-deep, are now fucked-up and disfigured for life, and everyone suffers from that moment on.
Then the adults start filing into the lake.
Enjoy your ObamaCare, people.
And please don't contact me years from now and tell me I was right. Your praise means nothing to me.
NEXT: More Kall. Appropriate.
The priest tight-fisted with his money and the philosopher tight-fisted with his discoveries are both stealing from the poor. What is more, I think discoveries are only valuable and secure when they circulate among the general mass of people; I am impatient to take them there. - Diderot
...you will learn a little of its nature. You'll feel the rot of it, the leprosy that will not be stamped out, and you'll see that its face is always respectability. - R.A. Lafferty
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Mark S. Tucker is a writer, editor, graphic artist, Commercial Jetliner Systems Analyst (747), martial arts quasi-trainer, paralegal, and holistic medicine interne-practitioner, among myriad other pursuits. He’s been published nationally in i/e, Progression, Expose, Sound Choice, E/I (founding co-editor), OPtion, Signal to Noise, Camera Obscura, and other magazines. On the Net, he intermittently critiques music and conducts musician interviews for Perfect Sound Forever and reviews CDs for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange (FAME) and The Buzz About. As well as being a decade-long past member of Rowrbrazzle, a cartoonists / animators / writers society, he was also published at OpEdNews.com - a sickness, granted, but he’s now better, though his 116 articles there were destroyed by the publisher, Rightie-in-hiding Rob Kall. Nonetheless, thousands of his articles and reviews have appeared over the last two decades, often formulated to piss someone off..........you, perhaps?
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