News 17.02.20

Scientists from the University of Toronto believe they have discovered the means to actually locate and remove specific memories. Publicly, their neurological research is intended to relieve traumas, but we’re all grownup enough to know that eventually this will save police departments a few bucks on grenade launchers by removing the need for thousands of protesters to gather for anything other than to stand in line to buy the newest iFuckery.

Anna Ringstrom and Andy Sullivan report on how the Swedish government would like to know what Trump was referring to when recently he referred to an immigration-related security incident there, which by all accounts seems to exist only inside his head. So this is Bowling Green all over again. As expected, his legions of glue-sniffing supporters are quick to defend his honor online, insisting that contrary to his actual words he wasn’t referencing a specific event but rather the overall stuff inferred by conservative media in America in recent years, always so eager to paint even refugees still on the far side of the planet as darkly as possible.

America’s federal government proactively misinforms the public about a great many different things, yet always to undo damages caused by the self-imposed maligning of military misconduct (America’s curation of evil is the lone source of terrorism) and corporate misconduct (enabling everybody to die so the winning Capitalist can claim whatever rubble remains). And aside from his intended lies or the honest mistakes that come from him being a total idiot, Trump himself repeatedly attacks the media, juxtaposing stories critical of him as being fake news.

In spite of all of this, most Americans, being dumber than rocks in the literal sense, are completely fine with the fever dream that the government never lies and that corporate media exists to spread the government’s official narrative in all matters. So as is the case with Trump, when a fabrication can be caught in mid-sentence, is it strictly the fault of the media for reporting the disinfo? Can even the most repugnantly servile media be held liable when reality fails to magically reconstruct itself just to conform to the assertions of politicians?

Of course there is division within the government, within any and every government across the world and throughout history, because humanity by design is at odds with itself and nobody can truly be faithful to one another. But this does not signify that any of the governmental factions is “good”. It’s honestly what politics holds in common with creative fields, how at the end of the day it’s really just people looking to use others for personal fulfillment, and without bringing anything even remotely useful to the table themselves.

There are no good people.

News 17.02.19

Aaron and Melissa Dykes very soberly ponder the timeliness of the deep state’s suddenly receiving acknowledgement in mainstream corporate media. Glenn Greenwald elsewhere remarks on the irony of the situation.

The U.S. Air Force’s top secret X-37B space plane is believed to be landing soon, after remaining in orbit for nearly two years. I think the air force operating in an airless void is the extraordinarily pricey equivalent of coloring outside the lines. Meanwhile, Elon Musk’s most recent SpaceX rocket launch has had to be rescheduled, following concerns that the rocket was larger than Musk’s microscopic member. The tears of a billionaire remain an exemplary event because of their rareness.

Rachel Becker reports that the now-second attempt at sending in a robot to investigate Fukushima’s record-high radiation levels has failed miserably. A developer of sex robots is planning to release later in the year a new programming app for the bots to mimic the experience of losing their virginity. It would be a wonderful twist of fate if these programs could somehow maliciously be switched, so that the sexbot keeps pinging off its measurements for the radiation levels of the guy grinding away against it like it was his second cousin, while the radiation bot cries inconsolably at the environmental rape of the nuclear age.

Clearly connecting the Hawaiian Obama to the pizzagate fiasco as much as inferring Iceland is threatening trade embargoes against Italy for the nation’s antisemitism. Free John Galt!

Steve Bannon’s circle at Breitbart News continue to demonize the current Roman-Catholic pope, for daring to practice the populist voice they erroneously claim for themselves.

In Angola, 17 people were killed and many more injured after a human stampede broke out among fans trying to enter a sporting event. While this says something about evolution, it also serves as a reminder that virtually everything is more lethal than terrorists. Also, that sports fans are dimwits.

Conor Kennedy, the grandson of Robert F Kennedy, was arrested after a bar-fight in a Colorado nightclub, but avoided jail-time because he was defending a friend from homophobic slurs made by people who probably read Breitbart News and support Trump’s executive appointments.

Republican leaders in Michigan are hoping to capture the hearts and minds of potential voters by considering a pair of heartless and mindless candidates to campaign for their next senatorial race, Ten Nugent and Kid Rock. Democrat leaders in Michigan should counter this by pitching Russell Brand, Lena Dunham and Shia LeBeouf as their own possible nominees because why not. Or just lock the five with a hundred CCTV cameras inside of a studio apartment for a year and broadcast it as Big Bother Celebrity and we can all share a well-earned laugh at their torrid expense. Because fuck celebrities.

News 17.02.18

U.S. Border Patrol assholes in Arizona have recently captured and dismantled a working catapult, which had apparently been used to transport pounds of marijuana illegally but ethically across the national borders. The ingenuity should not be forgotten.

The ladies and gentlemen behind the Pornhub website are launching an online centre to help assist in educating the public about sexuality and sexual health. With so many public schools falling victim to Christian crusaders this is a wonderful and necessary thing. Sex education is a wonderful and necessary thing.

The winning suit design for NASA’s recent “space poop challenge” will be put to visceral use in a deep space mission set for between 2021 and 2023. An exciting time to be alive.

News 17.02.17

Catherine Clifford reports that noted chicken enthusiast Bill Gates could soon shamelessly become the world’s very first trillionaire. Capitalists and Libertarians alike feverishly believe that wealth is magically generated from on high, where it then generously leaks down to the unwashed masses like rainwater through the cracks in the roof of a slumlord’s cash cow. Which of course is bullshit from start to finish, because if wealth were indeed fabricated then what exactly is stopping everyone from becoming trillionaires? Limited resources, which translates to limited capital, which means wealth is not manufactured from thin air, but always re-appropriated from somewhere else. That trillion-dollar threshold Gates is looking forward to surpassing is a trillion bucks that millions of starving, homeless and shell-shocked people could probably get more value out of.

Punching Nazis is all well and good, but should you and I ever find ourselves within shouting distance from one another, Mr. Gates, you will find yourself swallowing your jawbone. What you accumulate is deprived from others, you demented, thieving little prick, and lives across the planet literally hang in the balance because of greedy assholes like you who never concede that enough is enough.

Similarly, America’s new Secretary of Defense James Mattis is sternly informing the member-states of NATO that they must increase their spending or else the United States will have no choice but to “moderate its commitment“. As though NATO has ever served any design other than preparation for militarily challenging Russia to save the United States the trouble of getting its own fingernails dirty. Whatever grievances any of these member-states have with Russia are dwarfed by the financial stranglehold maintained gleefully by the business interests of the American government itself, such as the influx of millions of scared and scarred refugees fleeing for their lives from countries suffering unprovoked but perpetual bombing by American forces.

So these same American forces (along with Israeli and Saudi allies) can steal oil which will surely be resold to NATO nations for a very reasonable price.

Pride Goeth Before the Left

John Royalty, the egotistical mayor of Bardstown, Kentucky, is trying to explain away the racial divide within the city council as a side-effect of racist discrimination targeted at him directly by members of the council. In reality, blame for the divide falls squarely on his shoulders, as evidenced by the monthly occurrences of his dismissively getting up and walking out of council meetings when black Bardstonians are in mid-sentence. But while the physical terrain and historical buildings make for an unbelievably beautiful setting, Bardstown is obviously not a microcosm. Royalty’s denial shows a fine example for where the far right politically stands today across the country, and the world.

A newer, better statue of liberty, also from France.

Over the past 8 years, as then President Obama would constantly contradict himself by saying very Neoliberal things while doing very Neoconservative things, he and the Clintons carjacked the liberal Democratic party away from the ideals of the left in a supposed bid for centrism. In response, the conservative Republican party gradually eased its own pledges that much further to the right and embraced the far right head-on. In prior decades, it was always a nudge-nudge wink-wink thing that the far right across America were overwhelmingly comprised of the most bigoted voters, all the way back to the incorporation of the Dixiecrats in the 1960s, the many southern Democrats offended by integration of public places.

Today, as Neoliberal Democrat leaders have moved the goalposts of their party to the right, they now hold far more in common with moderate conservative politics of the previous generation than with leftist socialism. I sincerely believe this goes over the heads of most Americans as most Americans honestly don’t even know the difference between socialism and communism. The whole idea that Nazi Germany arose to power by ousting its regional communist party, that World War 2 was primarily about the Nazis vs the Russians and that the Russians lost more lives than any of the other allied forces, is alien-speak to most modern Americans, who have been taught that World War 2 was all about America trying to save defenseless Europe by leading the charge against the great evil of Nazism. As opposed to only stepping in during the final act to lay claim to as much of the redefined geopolitical infrastructure as they could sneak away with.

Now, as the conservative Republicans are defined by far right ideology and the liberal Democrats are defined by what was the conservative right’s own ideology, the far left is set apart all the more, and by no action of its own. There is no evidence to support that the far left politically have suddenly grown into extremists, but rather that every other political persuasion has taken one small step for man sideways towards the right. The far right and the far left are pretty fucking far apart to begin with, so that centrism in American politics really does not exist. As Obama’s administration showed how easily self-contradiction can and will be accepted by the public, now all those who took the step to the right from the DNC to the GOP can openly sell a normalization of their right-leaning polarity. And all while casually disavowing how the liberal left’s own ideology no longer exists in America.

All of this is complicated by how Democrat media liaisons such as the New York Times, CNN and MSNBC, and Republican media liaisons such as the FOX channels, the hysterical Infowars and the confederate Breitbart News, all lean right. So there is a universal accusation by mainstream media to demonize the far left as the violent aggressors, when there is just no truth to support the claim. The opposite is very much the case, such as with Mayor Royalty seeing his lack of condolence to bully as he himself being bullied.

Just in the last week, a group of right-wing skinheads attacked grad students in a lower east side bar in New York City over one of the students having an anti-fascism sticker on their mobile. Judge Mike Erwin of Louisiana’s 19th Judicial District Court has been banned from a restaurant in his jurisdiction for verbally assaulting fellow customers with racist language. The state senate in Arkansas is trying for a constitutional convention to ban same-sex marriages, claiming such a decision is “not bigoted”. Meanwhile, also in Arkansas, if certain statutory exceptions are met (specifically parental consent), then a child of any age can be married.

This isn’t an indictment against conservative or liberal voters, but everyone does have ample cause to be opposed to their leaders. And I am not defending the far left, merely addressing how it has not the influence to be responsible for any of what ails the nation. But if the politics it opposes grants Nazis safe spaces and allows preteen girls to be raped and police to enjoy unchecked powers, not to mention enabling the always villainous machinery of war, then yes on power to the goddamn people.