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Freedom

Freedom

Riding from the west, the knights
promise us freedom:
entranced by their shining armor, we
seek this mysterious thing.

Ah, but, later, we discover
swords powerless against
both greed and death.
Odd, this freedom

our masters brought.

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This was written during the Vietnam war, aboard Admiral Steele’s (Commander Seventh Fleet, in charge of all Far East U.S. Armed Forces) flagship CLG-5 USS Oklahoma City.  This is about two contradistinct things; that war and rhetoric surrounding actions which are unjustifiable.  As such, it’s also about politics itself.  IT IS ABSOLUTELY UNJUSTIFIABLE TO “POINT THE FINGER” AT A GIVEN POLITICAL PARTY OR EVEN METHOD OF SOCIAL ORGANIZATION.  All methods of justifying usage of force by stated hypotheses (theories are the result of hypotheses which haven’t been disproven by tests; there IS NO PROOF available through empiricism.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 2, 2017 at 3:01 pm Leave a comment

A Timely Observation, or Ultimate Proof of Stupidity Through the Voting Booth and Even After

There is an immediate, immortal and inescapable result (or conclusion) about the last presidential election and who won.

 

First of all, like it or not, half of the nation is complete idiots.  The other half is trying as hard as they can to emulate that ‘first’ half.   I found neither candidate actually credible but I voted for one.

 

When the politicians are talking about their constituents it seems I’m never one of them.  That’s also true of many other people I know…well, mostly have known.  It seems likely that the politicians in their junior or senior year of college or whatever it is that they attend begins to construct their ‘story’–basically, their own mental imagery of the typical voter (perhaps if he’s exceptionally inventive he might consider the youths growing to be voters) and thus what needs to be done to and for her/him.  Abortion and birth prevention encourage loose living and so do prophylactics for that matter…but unwed mothers should of course receive no help at all from the state…

 

Yes, I actually did read that somewhere.  The man was very self-righteous.  I was an illegitimate child.  Still am for that matter although records were carefully edited subsequent to my adoption by my mother’s sister.  Not supposed to be here, which was more or less the reaction of my (bio) father’s children.  At best an embarrassment and more likely something both horrible and horribly contagious, a veritable cauldron of seething juices whose merest touch would damn one forever.  Yep, that’s me.

 

The point here is twofold.  We have adopted various beliefs in lieu of formalized religions.  I have encountered those who are so absolutely enthralled as to interpret each event as apocalypse or salvation.  They derive their own meaning(s) from the misreported shenanigans of “their” politicians; in many respects the political arena is a bit less meaningful than analysis of the “meaning” of a football game.  I doubt many would disagree with me when I say that “It may be true in sports but it certainly isn’t in politics, ‘It ain’t whether you win or lose, son, it’s how you play the game.’  In politics winning is all that matters, even if you have to allow an opponent to stick on a rider for a multi-million dollar bridge that goes from nowhere to nowhere.”  ****Yes, that happened.****  The ‘religion’ that is outlined here then bears a distinct resemblance to that which was devoted to Ba’al.  For that matter in many respects our society could be aptly characterized as Babylon, with the Internet the Tower.  [Surely the nearly exact analogy has occurred to many, not just me.]

 

Secondly, we have absolutely demonstrated our absolute lack of actual social behavior.  We’re getting to where we can’t stand each other.  The road rage at a particular incident isn’t singular, it’s part of an ongoing, agonizing, repetitive session of our lives that we hate more every day, sort of like a dentist’s appointment that will last for years.  We push and shove in the market.  We cut the other driver off and then flip her off because we have the bigger truck or car or it’s faster or it’s more expensive or…we just must be entitled, right?  And, being ugly  Americans, we put a nice hairy set of  balls on the trailer hitch of our Suburban that damned well better not get muddy since it cost over $50,000! [Yeah, it’s an old one.]  No, I do not have anything of the sort on my trailer hitch, thank you.  Lol.  How many of us could deny that was Trump’s attraction?  He was going to be the bull in the china closet and get things done.

 

He has that.  It’s Obama’s fault…

 

 

 

 

July 30, 2017 at 9:27 pm Leave a comment

Because of TheDonald, I long for reality

3/19/17

on longing for reality and other foolhardy things

separated, the changes
refract and reflect the light
promising clear sight
and other most assuredly

imaginary things
(i’ve even heard “truth”
promised!)
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I have never before used my art explicitly on current events.  Because there are too many exact replications of the rise of the Nazi party into dominance, I refrain no longer.  I will do as well as I can to avoid polemic.  My pursuit is of the rational and beautiful (though the subject is often no thing of beauty) and most of all–in poetry–of concision in pursuing my goal, which is…I have to admit it, I still pursue it–truth.

May 15, 2017 at 10:17 pm Leave a comment

Why Trump Needs an Enemy

https://tinyurl.com/Why-Trump-needs-an-enemy

I love the dispassionate method of this reporter, incidentally.  I’m just hoping that he (Trump) doesn’t realize a war is the answer*.  The question then is how rationally it’s proposed, how rational it is, and how prepared the military is to obey without question, even to the point of national suicide.  Several countries have stepped up military readiness against the US (even Putin!) since his advent and increasingly…puzzling…behavior.

It (Trump’s behavior) is irrational enough that it will erode any rational system.  I have confidence enough in his ability that I think he can do so beyond repair, in the manner of a hostile takeover.  There are in fact considerable similarities to Nero; he is unmistakably narcissistic; he has shown a great desire to make his mark in history, and I believe he’s said so on more than one occasion although I fail to recall one single quote exactly to that effect.  I don’t think a war would satiate such a desire, because it wouldn’t be a big enough mark.  Also, he’s a rich man and quite certainly does not wish to put himself to any inconvenience or discomfort, let alone risk, injury or death.  There may be some concern for his family but there has been none shown that I know of other than verbal, starting with having his wife follow him, generally.  He has more connection, evidently, with his children, though, which may be a mark in his favor.

 

*Please consult The Art of War and The Prince for why war is the commonest solution for finding an easy enemy.  Then contemplate Afghanistan.  Then go back and meditate upon the Vietnam war, particularly its beginnings in the 1960s.  You can ask if you fail to find the answer.  Meditate most especially upon Ho Chi Minh, where he was educated, and where he came first to ask for help!  After that you can cursorily breeze through a succession of wars up until the present age.  I’ll even tell you for free that the seeds of involvement in the Middle East were laid in the waning days of the Vietnam war and planted during its aftermath; by the end of the Evacuation there were even many sprouts.  It was simply jolly.  I wonder how many times they’ve regretted having forced me into my job during that war.

February 18, 2017 at 9:06 pm Leave a comment

Deflection of Blame

Trump deflected blame for the confusion at airports over the weekend on protesters and on a computer outage at Delta Air Lines Inc. that caused flight cancellations, even though that occurred more than 48 hours after the president’s order and lasted only three hours.

 

There was a president who served three terms.

 

There is a mode in which the country allows extraordinary powers to the president.  Martial law can (and as I recall is) be enforced without any other approval–I mean martial law is the default in this situation.  Rights are abrogated.

 

Trump came into office claiming this mode.  This mode is called “a state of war”.  As I recall it must be formally declared (in order for these powers to be invoked).  As I recall during both World Wars trading was suspended on the stock market/funds were simply held.  Surely I’m wrong.

 

There is a Republican majority which is apparently eager to join with the Russians in a (Russia-defined) fight against ISIS.

 

Trump is first and foremost a salesman.  That defines his morality.  He is very wealthy, which makes it impossible for him to identify with the average citizen of this nation–of whatever race, creed or other identifying characteristic.  Examination of his business records with an eye to honesty I found less than totally reassuring.

 

If you read The Art of War or The Prince (the latter I found easier, I admit), you will find that the best way for the King to deflect blame is declare an enemy and blame everything on him.  This would also be an ideal step toward creating a tyranny, and it’s not clear at all that that would be widely resisted.  It would be welcomed by some, clearly.

 

I was forced into my job in the Navy because of what they fancied a certain talent at pattern analysis, and familiarity with a somewhat large class of ideas, hypotheses and theories.

 

“This is not a drill.  This is not a drill!  All hands on deck!”

January 30, 2017 at 3:32 pm Leave a comment

Being Prepared

It would be well for those of you who can afford to do it (it’s an old book, and should be findable–it is on Amazon, don’t buy the deceptive Nook version which is a discussion of the book)…buy Robert Heinlein The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress.

 

It’s unlikely that the current structure will change for the better.  The triad pattern discussed there should be impenetrable.

 

Time to wake up, unfortunately.

 

Luck to us all.

January 27, 2017 at 4:03 pm Leave a comment

A Brief Note

I do feel that ISIS is a major enemy.  If the U.S. is to be the leader in attacking it I think it’s great that the Republicans are doing so.  It would have been a major disadvantage to the Democrats to have done that before the election.  As far as diplomacy goes, China has shown that it can’t be trusted (the first time Westerners came to that conclusion was B.C.).  The sanity of the North Korean leader is questionable, but it’s not impossible that they have missiles capable of reaching the U.S.  Whether or not China has actually rebuked North Korea is questionable–very.  President Trump has eliminated all options except warring openly with ISIS because of what he’s said; anything else would simply make the United States a target.  He may actually control the press; however, I think he more likely will attempt to do so and fail.

 

That means that any security as far as classifications and control of dissemination of information is gone.  Most vetting of incoming military and civilian personnel for clearances is done via machine, where a Background Investigation at one time involved people going out and actively questioning people involved with the prospective entrant into a secure enclosure.  To attempt to go back and re-investigate those already involved with secure information is useless in all probability.  Entire bureaus would have to be closed and whole routines, procedures and protocols [chained: perception-definition {generally but not necessarily societally generated, dependent upon source of the representative system used for mentation}-action, with perhaps several of these modules included] changed, which is very hard; after all, the inability to do so is what has routinely destroyed societies and civilizations.

 

I’m dubious that Russia is an ally.  Then again, I’m naturally suspicious and then I was trained to be so.

 

I didn’t feel attracted by Clinton as a presidential candidate.  I felt less so because of being on her (badgered) mailing list.  Voting for someone because of not liking the other candidate is a crappy reason to vote.  I just didn’t feel there was any viable candidate offered.  I’ve done a lot of research on Trump (not timewise); I wanted to find out if various claims were true.  Did he get just a one million dollar loan (“just?”) from Dad and start his golden rise to success?  Go RESEARCH IT.  Has he had any resounding failures, or rolled out from under responsibilities? I answered that already.

 

Do I intend to engage in activities that I feel would be harmful to the United States?  No.  The oath still applies.  I am to protect…from all enemies…  Which means not making myself one.  I’m also old and have a bad disorder (non-transferable unless you’re one of my children–which presumably means you’re Taiwanese) as in crippled.  Not much of a threat unless my words are sharp as swords…

January 5, 2017 at 6:57 pm Leave a comment

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