September 27, 2022

Meatball

There is a game, which I think is called meatball, in which you have to choose between 2 horrid alternatives; like Biden vs. Trump, for example. No sex for 10 years, or being beaten with a rubber hose for 30 consecutive hours? You get the idea. The meatball I'm going to propose is: Gisele Bundchen secretly directing our foreign policy, or Kamala Harris? Wafers, you tell me.

August 24, 2022

Permanent War for Permanent Peace

I don't know who first coined that phrase, but it describes our "grand strategy" since 1945. It also echoes Orwell's 1984, where there was always, in the background, a war going on that made no sense; it was just war for the sake of war. The Cold War was like that, and Biden, with this new $3b shipment to the Ukraine, seeks to revive it. He has told the Ukraine that he's thinking long-term: the war with Russia will probably go on for years.

One possible problem, however, is that the American people don't have very much upstairs. Their attention span is extremely short. What they want out of a war is quick destruction of the "enemy," such as they got when we destroyed Iraq in 2003. They lose interest if things start to drag out; the prolonged war sinks into the background. Their enthusiasm for this proxy war in the Ukraine already seems to have waned, although not for Biden, apparently. That Russia wants to protect its borders from America and NATO is not on his radar screen. This obvious fact eludes him, and in any case, he prefers to follow the old American playbook of forcing the "enemy" into a corner and then blaming them when they fight to protect themselves. Meanwhile, the $3b that could be used at home for so many badly needed things is pissed away on an illusion, one that we are desperate to maintain. One has to wonder if the American people even care, at this point. However, there is a larger playbook operating here, one that finally sent Rome to its grave: imperial overstretch. If we had a brighter populace, they would see that permanent war is self-destructive, and that we are witnessing our last days. It's not likely they will see that; in fact, it wd require an Act of God--something in short supply these days.

-mb

August 04, 2022

Stupid People-->Incompetent Leaders-->Foolish Decisions-->National Collapse

Wafers-

OK, here is how it actually is. This is finally the only narrative worth entertaining.

1.The American people are basically out of it. They are clueless and stupid. If you don’t believe me, just go up to one—any one—in the street, and try to engage them on any issue of substance. They will just stare at you, uncomprehendingly. Most of you have already had this experience. The truth is that there is nothing of consequence in their heads. (The World Series, how to make more money, sex, etc.) Ask them what the initials FDR stand for, for example, or what is the capital of New York State (they’ll say, “New York”). 2.As George Carlin told us, stupid people elect stupid leaders. How in the world do we have the likes of Greene, Boebert, Schmamala, Tulsi, Trump, Pelosi—it’s a long list—in office? These people are little more than jokes, and millions adore them. They have no self-transparency, and no real understanding of American history—why the US does what it does. The best they can do is repeat slogans, and think that that’s thinking. 3.Not rocket science: stupid leaders make stupid decisions, ones that are programmed from centuries ago, and that are ultimately self-destructive. (I discuss some of this programming in QOV. For example, the age-old need to have an enemy, and thus to constantly live in a war mentality, and to make war when there is no genuine cause for it.) 4.Bad decisions involve living reactively, from moment to moment, whereas our “enemies” are smart; they play the long game, and they will, as a result, eclipse us. Meanwhile, most nations no longer take us seriously. We look like fools because we are fools. These nations have to tiptoe around us, because we are like a baby waving a bazooka. But they know we have force, not strength. (We don't even know what strength is.) Meanwhile, even our force is draining away, on a daily basis. We have no spiritual purpose; we are just drifting, without any meaning at all. 5.What country decides to take on 2 great powers simultaneously? Ukraine is a proxy for our totally unnecessary war w/Russia, and Taiwan a semi-proxy for an unnecessary confrontation w/China. Who does this, except governments run by people who are effectively brain dead? And who believes this “democracy” crap except the American people, who will believe anything? Anyone w/half a brain knows that Schmiden doesn’t give a shit abt the Ukrainians, and that Schmelosi cdn’t care less abt the Taiwanese. It’s all posturing for the sake of posturing—the refuge of the impotent. 6. Arnold Toynbee demonstrated that civilizations don’t collapse by being invaded from the outside. No, he said; instead, they commit suicide by making all the wrong moves. There is simply no other way to (accurately) interpret what is happening to us. Meanwhile, intelligent civilizations, such as Russia and China, are biding their time. Why attack America when it is doing a bang-up job of attacking itself? 7. Just a ps: Exactly what *is* American civilization? It is a culture only in an anthropological sense; in our case, a gun culture; which is, really, a death culture. In terms of culture in the sense of creativity: Where is the American Dostoevsky? The American Verdi? The American Picasso? 0. What, exactly, will be lost to the world as America slides down the chute to oblivion? Democracy? Ha! Basically, a cover for capitalism, which Americans, like Milton Friedman (a high-IQ moron), equate with freedom, even as it crushes the life out of them.

-mb

July 19, 2022

What Am I Living For, Anyway?

Wafers-

I think it's time for me to jump off the Brooklyn Bridge. What am I living for, anyway? I tell the Dems and the wokes, "Stop beating off!" Their reaction? Increased beating off. I tell the general public, "This is a phony war. Biden couldn't care less about the Ukrainians. What he is doing is resurrecting the Cold War, i.e. attacking Russia." The response? They run around waving the Ukrainian flag, removing Chekhov from university curricula, and insisting that restaurants serve Beef Zelensky instead of Beef Stroganoff. I tell them, "We're not No. 1. We're actually way down the list, in almost every category you can name. The place is disintegrating before your very eyes." What do they do? Run around waving the American flag, chanting "We're No. 1!" They actually think we won the war in Vietnam. There simply is no reason for me to go on, amigos; I need to give some serious thought to packing it in.

-mb

July 02, 2022

An Anatomy of the World

Poor America! Not much left of it these days. A phony war, increased poverty, serious inflation, runaway drug use, massacres, suicides, a sick and dishonest Supreme Court, and a bitter, clueless population. One party hankering for violence, and the end of democracy; the other thinking that diversity appointments and 'correct' language constitute an adequate response. Of course, I predicted the end of the US 22 years ago (in the Twilight book), but I never imagined it would look like this--so bleak, so stupid, and so sad. I think of T.S. Eliot's "vast, impersonal forces," History rolling over us like an Abrams tank, with literally nothing that can be done to stop it. Trumpi in the White House will be the final act of this tragedy, but Schmiden in the White House hasn't been able to do much better. And on the microlevel, a deep unkindness Americans have for one another, also unimaginable 22 years ago. Although John Donne had it right in 1611 (An Anatomy of the World): “Tis all in pieces, all coherence gone, All just supply, and all relation; Prince, subject, father, son, are things forgot, For every man alone thinks he hath got To be a phoenix, and that then can be None of that kind, of which he is, but he.”

June 09, 2022

What is the female of "doofus"?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6UJO3nGitY

Honestly, folks; what can ya say? "Doofusette"? I'm speechless.

-mb