November 12, 2022

Muddy Waters

Well, at this point, it looks like the GOP will have the House, and the Dems will have the Senate. We may not know until the Georgia runoff on Dec. 6. But hopefully, if the GOP has the house, they might stop the fueling of the war in the Ukraine. These times are pretty murky; no one seems to be sure of anything. All I can do, myself, is throw up my hands and cry KAMALA SCHMAMALA!

109 Comments:

Anonymous Xenakis said...

On the topic of war.

I remember all the horseshit that was being peddled in popular media in 2003. If you weren't for the war, you were AGAINST THE TROOPS. As far as the stupid American public was concerned, your patriotic duty was to support indiscriminate bombing of the Middle East. Saddam and Bin Laden were essentially the same person.

Here's a knuckle-dragging country artist laughing at the notion of America bombing the shit out of civilians in Afghanistan:

https://youtu.be/zCDSdxO9MNo

Guess it didn't quite turn out the way he thought.

What a scumbag.

3:48 PM  
Anonymous Himanshu Tiwari said...

Dr. Berman,

It seems Wokism will continue to muddy the waters as Dems will find it increasingly difficult to govern with Repubs having a slim lead in Congress and perhaps in the senate as well. Prof. Peter Boghossian has written an insightful column linked below that analyzes how Wokeness takes familiar words and fills them with new ideological content.
https://www.spiked-online.com/2022/11/08/how-woke-language-distorts-the-world/

Exceprts: "Australian documentary maker Mike Nayna refers to woke language manipulation as ‘discourse engineering’. The wokerati think of it as a type of word magic and believe they can force change by controlling the meanings of words. Think of anti-racism, belonging, decolonisation, gender-affirmation surgery, white fragility, etc. But they lose control once those terms are translated. If you introduce a term into a foreign language, you need to define it. And once you define it, and therefore provide the woke meaning, you give the game away."

Himanshu

4:45 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Himan-

A larger collection of shmucks than the woke community, I have yet to see. In the Twilight bk, I give a portrait of such an institution, wh/I called 'Alt U', that I spent 2 yrs associated with. It was valuable, in that the place embodied all of America's neuroses in microcosm; so I learned a lot. But the people--ay, don't get me started. They shd have called the place "Stupidity on Steroids."

Xen-

Oh yes, I remember Toby Keith from 2003. One of the greatest assholes America has produced. And yes, most Americans were gung-ho for that stupid, dishonest war. The Fool Index is reaching asymptotic proportions.

mb

5:43 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Saventes-

Sorry, cdn't run it. 1st, you need to send messages to most recent post; no one reads the old stuff. 2nd, you provided not a single link or reference--a major no-no on this blog.

mb

9:18 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Sav-

Sorry, cdn't run it. We have a half-pg-max rule on this blog. Pls edit down accordingly and re-send. Thank you.

mb

5:29 PM  
Blogger Joe McIlnen said...

They don’t need guns here in N.Y. The violent folks have knives which are just as good.
https://www.audacy.com/1010wins/news/local/commuter-knifed-in-chest-at-bronx-station-attacker-in-custody-police
Construction workers shouldn’t take their tools to work.
https://www.audacy.com/1010wins/news/local/man-slashes-commuters-face-while-stealing-tools-in-manh

A warning, Doctor. If someone doesn’t like the same music you like, you may get stabbed. It’s best that you be on your guard and not play anything if you have the next Wafer meeting up here in the suburbs.
https://www.audacy.com/1010wins/news/long-island-man-stabs-31-year-old-roommate-during-dispute
Or if it’s in the city at an eatery, don’t question or argue with the waiter over the bill if you think it’s incorrect. It’s another way to get stabbed.
https://www.audacy.com/1010wins/news/local/cops-searching-for-woman-who-stabbed-loudmouth-at-steakhouse

Violence: Part and parcel of a 246 year old, dog eat dog culture slowly disintegrating.
U.S.A.!, U.S.A.!, U.S.A.!

6:02 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Xen-

Pls post no more than once every 24 hrs. Thank you.

mb

7:39 PM  
Blogger Politically Incorrect Russian Spy said...

Much as I'd like to believe those kind and gentle peace-mongers in the GOP will end the MIC bonanza that is the US/Russia proxy war in Ukraine, one Leonard C. Goodman, writing for Counterpunch, explains all too soberly why that won't happen:

'Will the US War-for-Profit System Lead to Nuclear Annihilation?'
https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/11/11/will-the-us-war-for-profit-system-lead-to-nuclear-annihilation/

No, as the US empire makes a last wobble through the imperial burnout belt and stumbles toward the grave, it remain all too likely to drag the rest of the planet with it. Sometimes I recall that odd Hunter S. Thompson quote, from shortly before he'd seen enough and checked out: "Big Darkness, Soon Come". Was that a vision purely of his own looming suicide, or about where this whole shit-show of a country he'd been writing about his entire life was heading?

3:42 AM  
Anonymous Dr bree said...

Reading the title this is the first thing that came to mind
https://youtu.be/c0_eRVroLqs

Something no less disturbing yet not on the political scene caught my attention lately, there is a literal war between genders in the US. I don't know how this applies to the decline, but a simple search on men right activists and feminists wishing a male genocide will show you the grim reality. Dr Berman often talks about the negative identity syndrome of the US, I believe it applies to every bit of reality in America, everything in America is painted white and black, even within a family or between friends (if there is such a thing in the US). This negative identity is a building blocks of the American psyche, socially and individually.

4:21 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Dr. bree-

Check out discussion of negative identity in QOV, maybe. Manichaean thought is for simpletons, and we are a (very) simple people.

mb

5:12 AM  
Anonymous birney zouave said...

Dr. B:

Breaking...Tulsi just finished a workout and wanted to let us know that she's hosting Tucker Carlson Tonight at 8:00 p.m. Eastern-

https://youtu.be/2WBy1-T-pC0

Note her "Sons of Liberty" T-shirt.

3:37 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Wafers-

It looks like the GOP will have the House, and the Dems will have the Senate. What that means, in terms of the war in the Ukraine, along w/anything else, is unclear. It seems like we have drifted into a stagnant interregnum. Treading water. All dressed up and no place to go. In all honesty, the single most representative person of the US today is Kamala, when you think abt it. In my mind's eye, when I think of her face, it has a large question mark imposed on it. Meanwhile, Trumpi's image, and his influence, seems to be fading; he may not be the GOP candidate in 2024. But I stick to my basic prediction: the end of America by 2030. Turkeyville, in short.

mb

8:14 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

ps: But this is where Americans need to put their attention:

https://pagesix.com/2022/11/14/gisele-bundchen-joaquim-valente-enjoy-costa-rica-dinner-date-photos/

8:41 PM  
Blogger ccg said...

I just can't resist a good take-down of Barack Obama, so here's a take-down of him down over his recent voter shaming:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CE0H0keZZGM

Could this jackass be more condescending than he is in this "lecture" he's giving to black voters in Georgia? And people wonder why I think Obama is a punk.

9:10 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

ccg-

Worse than a punk; a war criminal and a piece of trash. And millions of Americans think he's hotter than canned tuna.

Meanwhile, remember that Hilary said the future was female. I agree, and think that we are entering the future with these powerful, brilliant women at the helm:

Gisele Bundchen
Tulsi Schmulsi
Kamala Schmamala
Liz Truss
Sara Palin
Boebert, Greene
and above all:
https://www.ladbible.com/news/patrisse-cullors-net-worth-20220524

The future is bright!

mb

10:01 PM  
Blogger Politically Incorrect Russian Spy said...

The unsurprising winner of the midterm elections turns out to be the War Party:

https://responsiblestatecraft.org/2022/11/14/arms-makers-win-big-after-stacking-the-deck-with-military-industrial-candidates/

With "defense" (ha) spending barreling towards a trillion per year (more than 2/3 of domestic discretionary budget) seems it won't be long before the MIC gobbles up the entire pie and Uncle Sam has not a nickel for anything but war. As it stands the GOP is frantic to chop into Social Security and Medicare in order to open up the non-discretionary budget to confiscation by the war machine as well. Imperial decline and ruinous war spending: a very common pairing.

A Trillion-Dollar Defense Budget?
https://www.americanprogress.org/article/a-trillion-dollar-defense-budget/

Republicans, Eyeing Majority, Float Changes to Social Security and Medicare:
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/02/us/politics/republicans-social-security-medicare.html

4:24 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Dr. Shit-

Por favor, amigo; you know we're not a bulletin board.

Pol-

Nothing like watching the nation commit suicide, eh?

mb

8:41 AM  
Blogger Gunnar said...

@Russina Spy, I find myself going to this Hunter Thompson quote whenever I’m mixed up over our ongoing slide into fascism (in other words allot):

“No sympathy for the devil; keep that in mind. Buy the ticket, take the ride...and if it occasionally gets a little heavier than what you had in mind, well...maybe chalk it up to forced consciousness expansion: Tune in, freak out, get beaten.”

12:42 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Gunnar-

Need a link, and some discussion. We're not a bulletin board. Thanks.

mb

2:42 PM  
Anonymous Xenakis said...

This one will definitely NOT sit well with the general population, but I DO think it's a topic worth discussing.

Summary: Women entering the workforce resulted in women adopting the WORST traits of men. Psychopathy and Narcissism, to be clear. Birthrates have COLLAPSED.

https://youtu.be/M8z5d5NvZSk

One of the things I appreciate about Dr. Vaknin is the same thing I appreciate in your writings, Dr. Berman. His foundation was in a hard science (physics). Likewise, I think your background in mathematics is a big part of your strength for the art of argument.

We've mentioned "Death Oriented Values" once or twice on this blog. If a society's reproduction rate drops as precipitously as America's has, what other conclusion can one come to other than "Death Orientation"?

8:53 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Xen-

Remember Joe Friday on "Dragnet"? "Just the facts, ma'am."

mb

9:42 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Wafers-

Shd I shut down the blog and go fishing? I have the feeling that we are in for a very boring 2 yrs now; that America is going nowhere fast. The GOP have the House, wh/means that they'll spend all their time attacking Schmiden plus blocking any progressive legislation that he might propose. He's a true lame duck, in other words, and the Republicans have no interest in doing anything intelligent. I'm guessing it'll be ho-hum till Nov. 2024. What do you guys think?

mb

3:54 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

ps: Shit like this will be 'news' for the next 2 yrs:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2022/11/17/michelle-obama-black-hair-braids/?itid=hp_latest-headlines_p003_f007

Yes, let's focus on Michelle Obama's hair.

4:14 AM  
Anonymous The Flabster said...

Dr. Berman, if you go fishing you will not miss much in terms of government antics as it seems there will be a stalemate.

Given the widespread financial bs that likely occurred with crypto, there’s going to be some serious symptoms of decline exposed. Check out this winner for example: https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/23462333/sam-bankman-fried-ftx-cryptocurrency-effective-altruism-crypto-bahamas-philanthropy

What a douche. The number of people I know who got into crypto yet had no idea and no money to lose to what was obviously a get richer quicker scheme is fairly high.

12:43 PM  
Blogger comrade simba said...

Go fishing MB. The US Olympic Committee doesn't know what colors are on the flag:
https://i.guim.co.uk/img/media/e086f45d8187fade0fa6820dfbba6eb899d327a1/0_116_3500_2101/master/3500.jpg?width=620&quality=85&dpr=1&s=none

Gay blowback (har har har) for the right wing black flags and blue flags that popped up a number of years ago?
I saw a "furry" at the Safeway yesterday in AStoria, Oregon. Dude was in a chicken suit. Turkey being to highbrow for it, I guess.

1:30 PM  
Blogger comrade simba said...

Correction - this is for the men's national team for world cup football

1:41 PM  
Blogger ccg said...

Last night I heard a news story claiming that a Russian missile hit Poland. Right away I had a gut feeling that the missile was Ukrainian, not Russian.

Well, I was right. The missile was Ukrainian. Of course, the Times is pushing the story that while the missile was Ukrainian, it's still the fault of Russia that the thing came down in Poland:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/16/world/europe/ukraine-russia-poland-explosion.html

How childish. I guess Russia and Putin are to blame for just about everything that's wrong with the world. Not that I would expect anything better from the "newspaper of record." I'm sure the Russiagaters who read the times (which I suspect is all of them, to a good approximation) will lap it up.

2:55 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

https://edition.cnn.com/2022/11/17/politics/house-republicans-white-house-hunter-biden/index.html

A good use of their time, and will certainly help the American people with food, rent, clothing, education, etc. But here's what I don't understand: Instead of all these investigations, why not just gun down Biden & Family in the street, like dogs? Much more efficient, I wd think.

mb

6:36 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Heidi-

Sorry, cdn't run it. We have a half-pg-max rule on this blog. Pls compress by a third and re-send. Thanks.

Wafers-

What does the political landscape look like, for the next 2 years? Excepting the (slim?) possibility that the House will cut off funds to the Ukraine, and end this stupid war, the project between now and Nov. 2024 is what I call VBO: Vigorous Beating Off. You can be sure that that's what our august legislators will be doing. Many might say it's the one thing they can do well.

mb

10:42 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

ps: I'm also wondering if our universities will now allow the assigning of Dostoevsky, and if Russian restaurants in the US will revert "Beef Zelensky" back to Beef Stroganoff. (This country is breathtakingly stupid.)

10:45 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

ps2: speaking of VBO:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/nov/17/bernie-sanders-book-political-revolution-its-ok-to-be-angry-about-capitalism

10:51 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

American Youth:

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/03/12/justice/maryland-teens-assault-autistic-boy/index.html?dicbo=v2-4b1301753aebac6ce654f60d4fdd701c&iid=ob_lockedrail_topeditorial

Ain't they grand?

9:23 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

A not impossible scenario is that in 2025 or 26, Kamala becomes president.

Hare krishna
Hare krishna
Krishna krishna
Hare hare.
Hare rama...

Kamala Schmamala
Kamala Schmamala
Schmamala Schmamala
Kamala Kamala

11:22 AM  
Anonymous Himanshu Tiwari said...

Dr. Berman,

Key evangelicals turn on Trump:

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/donald-trump-evangelicals-2024_n_637732cbe4b08013a8b525cf

They say "he used us".
I would pay to watch a slugfest between the evangelicals (and their hordes) and trumpites (bubbas) with the wokes as the referees ensuring PC language is used. Then they all turn on each other. I encourage you and others to add more twists and details to this plot.

Himanshu

12:51 PM  
Blogger Miles Deli said...

Greetings MB and Wafers,

MB, Wafers-

In honor of Kamala Schmamala's possible presidential run:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EORbL8N-R8

Miles

ps: Para Brahma

1:52 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Jeff-

A great song, thanks. But I'm still trying to figure out whether Kamala is a bag of rancid douche fluid, or a rancid bag of douche fluid.

Himan-

Hopefully it will involve a bit of vomit.

mb

3:20 PM  
Blogger comrade simba said...

Presidentess Kamala could be interesting - she might strap on a suicide vest and attack the White House.
As far as a boring next couple of years go - watching the US become irrelevant internationally is kinda fun. I wonder what weak sister nation gets thrown against the wall to assert The US' new status as regional power? Haiti maybe?

America, schmerica. The real action continues with Russia vs Combined West. Here's the daily "clobber list"
https://t.me/mod_russia_en

4:41 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Unknown-

Sorry, I don't post Unknowns.

comrade-

I'm rootin' for Kamala. The idea of the collapse of America being presided over by a moron tickles me no end. Think of all the demonstrators showing up at her 'speeches' (there's a joke for ya) with large banner signs that say, quite simply, SHIT FOR BRAINS.

mb

5:09 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

ps: I wd literally give my left arm to see the following scenario take place at any time w/in the next few years:

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, KAMALA SCHMAMALA!

(Wild applause)

Kamala: "I just want to say, for those of you who are listening, which means you are also hearing this, probably, that what I am saying can be regarded as said."

(Audience goes bananas; many lose control of their urine. The next day, the NYT praises the president for her "cutting-edge insights.")

5:13 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Big Picture:

https://www.noemamag.com/the-clash-of-civilizational-states/

9:03 AM  
Blogger Bud said...

https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/23462333/sam-bankman-fried-ftx-cryptocurrency-effective-altruism-crypto-bahamas-philanthropy

I read the above article and saw the reactions on Twitter. People online were treating him as an aberration. But in light of Dr. Berman's views of America, Sam Bankman-Fried seemed archetypically American.

A messianic attitude or persona with respect to tech
A facade of higher values that are only revealed to be hollow and about winning/hustling
A product or service that really seems to involve little more than a get rich quick scheme
And a crash when the hollow foundation collapses in on itself.

11:32 AM  
Blogger Miles Deli said...

Greetings MB and Wafers,

MB, Wafers-

This essay by Michael Robbins is worth the read. I hope you guys can access it:

https://harpers.org/archive/2022/12/apocalypse-nowish/

A possible view of the other side of the collapse. Turns out that Robbins is a poet, and the son of a 1960s-era hippie mother, who gave him a sense of how to create a different way of living in a dying society. Perhaps it's time to put some of the useful lessons of the Counterculture to work for us to survive what looks like a pretty apocalyptic future, and create and live in a healthier way.

Miles

12:35 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Jeff-

Check this out:

https://www.amazon.com/-/es/Avram-Alpert/dp/0691204357/ref=sr_1_2?__mk_es_US=%C3%85M%C3%85%C5%BD%C3%95%C3%91&crid=1C2M9Q4TFU7B9&keywords=good+enough+society&qid=1668885883&s=books&sprefix=good+enough+society%2Cstripbooks%2C144&sr=1-2

Gunnar-

I dunno whom u.r. referring to, but that aside, once again, we are a discussion forum, not a bulletin board. Word to the wise, eh?

Bud-

Most Americans need to be slapped. Unfortunately, it won't do any gd.

mb

2:31 PM  
Anonymous Roland Tarver said...

https://people.com/style/jenna-bush-hager-admits-she-never-wears-underwear/

Jenna Bush Hager is my current nominee for inclusion on our fine list of baguettes & buffoonettes that already includes: Bundchen, Schmulsi, Schmamala, Truss, Palin, Boebert, Greene, and Cullor.

Ah yes! Jenna’s Bush. You go girl! Showing us the advantages of going Full Kramer. It be so. Talk about cutting edge! Hey, I’d even consider adding Hoda Kotb, Jenna’s co-host on the Today Show (NBC), to our list. Hager Schmager & Hoda Schmoda!

Some context:

Jerry Seinfeld: “The only thing between him and us is a thin layer of gabardine... Kramer, say it isn't so.”

Kramer: “Oh, it be so. I'm out there, Jerry, and I'm lovin' every minute of it.”

— Seinfeld, Season 6: “The Chinese Woman”

3:19 PM  
Blogger Joe McIlnen said...


Doctor,
Here’s a great way for USAins in the future to blow each other away. Can you picture this: Representing the 14th Congressional District of Illinois, U.S. House of Representative Kyle Rittenhouse? Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ya gotta love it! This is downright hilarious. Now we can have another doofus elected to the GOP. Imagine him next to Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert parading around guns in the halls of Congress as they co-sponsor their new AR15 gun bill—“The Vigilante Freedom Act”.

https://nypost.com/2022/11/19/kyle-rittenhouse-predicts-on-twitter-his-political-career/
https://thehill.com/homenews/house/3741099-kyle-rittenhouse-meets-with-house-gop-members/
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/kyle-rittenhouse-political-aspirations-gop-members

This country is in great hands!
U.S.A.!, U.S.A.!, U.S.A.!

4:32 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Ro-

Many, many Americans provoke a gag response.

mb

5:01 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Unknown-

Sorry, I don't post Unknowns. If you want to participate in this discussion, you need a real handle. For example, I. Reject Schmiden.

mb

7:39 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

https://edition.cnn.com/2022/11/20/us/colorado-springs-shooting-gay-nightclub/index.html

Gee, another massacre? How cd that be?!

8:44 AM  
Anonymous Krakhed said...

US Drug Enforcement Agency(DEA) in this report shows that DEA Agents used sting money to pursue lavish lifestyles and launder it for personal gain. Seems like he is just a small fish that got caught.

https://apnews.com/article/soccer-sports-la-liga-money-laundering-puerto-rico-38aed2da8cd0ac237aca28aa39321105

This is where our tax dollars go. We could be housing/feeding people in need. But no, lets make drugs illegal. Then we can support a legal system that oppresses everyone.

If Republicans are successful in securing both the House and Senate, maybe that Ukraine war money will stop flowing. I guess we can all celebrate Trumpi's return to Twitter and hope his re-election brings about a swift end to Americas destructive wars once and for all!

I suggest having a life raft if you're still in it.

11:04 AM  
Blogger Miles Deli said...

Greetings MB and Wafers,

Historian Staughton Lynd has died:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/18/us/staughton-lynd-dead.html

No hope dept.:

https://ktla.com/news/elderly-couple-brutally-attacked-after-elton-john-concert-in-l-a/

If you can't leave an Elton John concert in a state of peace, then you are a DOUCHE BAG!

Miles

11:29 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Jeff-

Hard to believe these people were attacked, since love is the motor of American society.

Krak-

Hard to believe that DEA corruption, since honesty is the touchstone of American democracy.

mb

12:59 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Wafers-

At this pt, the disintegration of America is so predictable, it seems rather boring. OK, so I won't go fishing. But perhaps we shd change the topic of this blog to something completely different, and let the collapse of the US take care of itself; which it seems to be doing anyway. I invite you guys to suggest alternative topics. For example, Jewish deli foods. Or maybe the life of Mickey Mantle. Or Mickey Mouse. Or C.W. Leadbeater. You decide.

mb

5:28 PM  
Anonymous The Flabster said...

At this point I think it is becoming clear how corrupt the US is. The level of denial required is not mentally sustainable. I am not surprised, partly due to this blog. Most Americans remain totally unaware. Too busy catching up on reruns of the Kardashians I guess.

For example:
https://theweek.com/supreme-court/1018611/whistleblower-alleges-landmark-supreme-court-case-was-leaked-years-prior-to

There has been a revolving door of personnel, friendships, and funding that has gone on without journalistic scrutiny for 3 decades between government and wealthy lobbyists or foundations. Why wouldn’t a member of the Supreme Court tell a friend at a conservative group they belong to the decision before the public? Why wouldn’t a congressman make a vote friendly to the industry that funds his/her campaign? There is no enforcement of these sort of white collar crimes by epic douche bags and baguettes.

6:30 PM  
Blogger comrade simba said...

Posting lighthearted mockery of americans doing stupid things is still okay for awhile. Real critique is gonna getcha in trouble another rung or two down the oppressive ladder of fascism. Ya might wanna call off the Wafer Summit in NYC... be a shame to see a deli wrecked by jackboots smashing their way to your table to drag you away.
But, if really want to head into the great unknown let's focus on Kamala. What could better represent the mindset of america?

The teeth on that woman - scary stuff, man.

6:48 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Flab-

That America is corrupt down to its socks is a foregone conclusion. Yrs ago, Paul Fussell said everything in the country was coated w/a thin layer of fraud, and Ronald Dworkin wrote that there was not a single institution in the country that was not tainted w/corruption. These guys weren't exactly hippies or left-wingers. And w/a gullible public that has shit for brains, you can get away w/virtually anything.

The war in the Ukraine is a case in pt. Consider the online interviews w/folks like Noam Chomsky, Douglas Macgregor, Ed Curtin, Scott Ritter, John Mearsheimer, Jeffrey Sachs. They are marginalized; they have no voice. Even someone as savvy as Bill Maher has been taken in. There is no chance he wd host any one of these critics on his show.

At some pt, the nation turned into a toxic dump.

mb

6:50 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/nov/20/world-still-on-brink-of-climate-catastrophe-after-cop27-deal

Why do all of these environmental summits amount to warm dog poop? Because they never include provisions for enforcement--penalties backed by armies. Paris conference of 2015 was a joke; like Cop27, an exercise in beating off. As far as the environment is concerned, we will beat off until we incinerate ourselves.

"We would rather be ruined than changed"--W.H. Auden

mb

7:17 PM  
Anonymous Kimmie said...

MB: In reply to your climate summit link, here is John Gray's take in essay. I take climate precarity v seriously, but it's always a laughable affair when these talks commence. It seems that thru a technicality the US considers China a developing nation while it simultaneously also recognizes China as tied w/ itself (or #1!) in its levels of polluting. So China might receive payments from developed countries for environmental damages as a developing nation... such a farce!

“None of the delegates confronted the fact that abrupt climate change has become unstoppable. Global heating can, in principle, still be slowed, but geopolitical conflicts and escalating risks of war will limit coordinated action by the world’s major powers. Even if existing commitments to curb greenhouse gases by 2030 were delivered there would be a rise in global heating of around 2.5°C, a level that ensures severe climate turbulence. The UN environment agency finds “no credible pathway to 1.5°C in place”. The only way forward now is through a “rapid transformation of societies”.

The dangerous conceits of the green revolution

The climate emergency requires serious politics – not bourgeois protests that block traffic and vandalise works of art.

By John Gray

https://www.newstatesman.com/ideas/2022/11/john-gray-dangerous-conceits-green-revolution

12:17 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Kimmie-

There's a paywall, so I cdn't read it. Maybe u cd elaborate on what he says. My own take is that these environmental summits are toothless, and thus exercises in VBO (Vigorous Beating Off).

mb

3:47 PM  
Anonymous Miles Deli said...

MB, if you want to bypass a paywall, here are two options:

1. spaywall.com
2. Google Cache

https://www.spaywall.com/search/https://www.newstatesman.com/ideas/2022/11/john-gray-dangerous-conceits-green-revolution

https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:https://www.newstatesman.com/ideas/2022/11/john-gray-dangerous-conceits-green-revolution

5:07 PM  
Blogger comrade simba said...

A wonder if Mr. Putin made the association with american turkeys at yesterdays videoconference
"Vladimir Putin took part in the launch of a turkey breeding center in the Tyumen Region via videoconference."
http://kremlin.ru/events/president/news/69901
It's in russian, but since the war started I've been using yandex browser that auto translates well. As a bonus it's been nice to get news other than mindless western propaganda.

6:49 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Jeff-

Wow, thanks! Never knew these existed. I just read the John Gray article using spaywall.com.

So what I want to say is, first, I'm glad to see that Greta agrees w/me that these environmental summits are exercises in beating off. Their goal is to look like nations are doing something when in fact they aren't. Cop27 shd more correctly be called Cop Out. 2nd, I'm a bit skeptical of Gray's argument, in wh/he claims that hi-tech is the answer. Historically, the US has used technology as a way to avoid radical political change--wh/I suspect is the *real* answer. Things like de-growth, for example.

mb

7:10 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

comrade-

For sure, America is the world's greatest turkey-breeding center. Every day, OB-GYN wards are turning out thousands of little future turkeys and buffoons. As for American 'news': it's pure bullshit. Check out interviews w/John Pilger and Douglas Macgregor on the subject of our propaganda re: the war in the Ukraine. The NYT is a joke.

mb

7:17 PM  
Anonymous El Alamein said...

The Ukraine War can be best explained by an episode in the TV series Mad Men, one of pop culture's most prescient deconstructions of American ideology, psyche and obsession with outward appearance.

The protagonist, played by Jon Hamm, famously said "If you don't like what they're saying, change the conversation". The context is that his advertising agency has just been endangered after being dropped by its biggest client, a cigarette company. His ingenious solution is to take out an ad in the New York Times in which he claims the agency was taking a moral stand against the tobacco industry. The firm's founder, played by Robert Morse, rails against his hypocrisy and brazen dishonesty, but ultimately the stunt works and the agency survives.

Why go into all this? Well, suffice to say nobody today is talking about Biden [or the US Military as a whole] withdrawing from Afghanistan. There are even glowing peans to the Ukraine war in, among other outlets, the New York Times!

10:36 AM  
Anonymous Satchmo said...

I was looking for a forum by an Audio Engineer by the name of Steve Hoffman, & happened upon an unrelated site by a similarly named guy. It caught my attention due to its laughable, yet lofty mission statement.

"My mission is to unite Americans around our common goals and shared beliefs in building a better future. Only if we believe we can make a difference, can we implement profound change in our society and reach our full potential."

This guy is obviously blind to the conditions which makes such "profound change" impossible. History is littered with failed empires and the Amerikkkan experiment has had its time in the sun. Here's the link if you wanna read the rest of this pablum.
https://www.stevehoffman.org/

1:14 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Satchmo-

This guy needs a good beating (plus urine).

mb

3:12 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

moresoma-

Sorry, cdn't run it. You provided no links, no references. Are you unaware of how this blog works?

mb

5:08 PM  
Anonymous The Flabster said...

Dr., The path without heart is draining for many Americans and they are headed your way:

https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2022/11/inverse-migration-why-are-so-americans-moving-to-mexico.html

It should not be a surprise. And The author manages to side “beating off” inadvertently into the article.

I can relate.

5:33 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Flab-

They come down here, they bring their gringo values w/them, and they fuck up the country.

mb

9:06 PM  
Blogger Joe McIlnen said...

Hot off the ticker. From an alternative nightclub in Colorado to a more mundane USAin locus of capitalistic /consumer spending in Virginia, a Walmart:

https://apnews.com/article/shootings-virginia-b52927596381aa65efed367ce0c81c83?utm_source=homepage&utm_medium=TopNews&utm_campaign=position_01

And the violence rolls along in this no-good “exceptional” f*cking shithole of a country.
U.S.A.!, U.S.A.!, U.S.A.!

1:55 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Himan-

Sorry, cdn't run it (too long).

mb

10:35 AM  
Anonymous Flyingspaghettimonstr said...

Dr B,

I got around to listening to your interview on the Doomer Optimism podcast. Greak chat as always, full of your tradmark wittiness. Isn't it funny how these dipshit university students wanna boycott Dostoyevsky & all other things Russian, when Amerikka has a far bloodier history? Amerikkka is responsible for:

Nuking the Japanese to kingdom come

Wiping out most of the Indian population & tossing the rest onto reservations

Kidnapping & enslaving Africans, as well as treating their descendants like shit

Guantanamo Bay

If u ask me, I think the world should be boycotting Amerikkka instead

2:04 PM  
Anonymous Himanshu Tiwari said...

Dr. Berman,
Hopefully this fits in 0.5 page: My exchange in Nov 2015 with author Kent Nerburn (who has written excellent books about Native America or First nations people) about the US Thanksgiving holiday:
https://kentnerburn.com/an-interesting-exchange-about-thanksgiving/?fbclid=IwAR3mDdvbpHG3Vo8D7C0QoenWhtzTCdIHG7w2BSI6W_nYE1PJFmDQCpXovWc
I discussed the above exchange with a friend (JR) as follows:
JR:what are you all doing for thanksgiving?
Me:staying home.Having some friends over the weekend. We don't celebrate TG like much of the wider culture.
JR:it is rather a celebration of colonialism isn't it? and genocide
Me: yes. some years ago I wrote to Kent Nerburn abt TG
JR: It is rather depressing. You know what would happen if we tried to talk about the realities of thanksgiving and what it celebrates
Me: and that is why US is such a restless/manic society: It has not come to terms with its cruel history (like Germany has)
JR: true. Me:inspite of all the wealth (mostly junk wealth) so many are depressed and are on meds.As a culture we always seem to be running away from something....not an iota of self-reflection or transparency.

Himanshu




3:35 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Flying-

Well, in these days a sense of humor is obligatory. Looking upon American politics, society, culture and whatever else, it's all not merely (bad) theater, or utter frivolity; it's also downright silly, in a morbid or noir sorta way. For example, most American university students can't find France on a world map, think Russia was our enemy in WW2, and believe that political correctness is the key to social change.

Re: Japan: this was, or became, Std Operating Procedure. Force the 'enemy' into a corner (usually, economically), at wh/pt war is their only option; then when they respond militarily, call it a 'day of infamy' (truth: this was what FDR needed to get America into WW2); the (created) enemy is Satan; put Japanese-Americans into detention camps; and then nuke Hiroshima, whose population was 98% civilian and had 0 to do w/Pearl Harbor. Now *that* is infamy! (See Chomsky's discussion of the war on Japan for more details--nature of the economic squeeze etc.)

As for the Indians: on Thanksgiving we celebrate the slaughter of practically an entire native population. A population that was wise/sensitive in an environmental and social way. And who replaced them? Across the country, tomorrow, millions of bloated buffoons will eat themselves into a coma, then sit in front of the TV and watch football while drinking beer. Yes, a superior civilization, to be sure. (Don't let me vomit.)

As for boycotting America: I do think the rest of the world understands what the US is up to, even tho most of it can't say it out loud. (In a word, trash)

mb

3:44 PM  
Blogger Miles Deli said...

Greetings MB and Wafers,

Speaking of a sense of humor and morbid noir:

https://www.cbs8.com/article/news/local/im-sorry-i-let-my-son-down-father-of-accused-colorado-club-shooter-speaks-out/509-6c4ad66e-35ef-41a5-9255-bca31cea3a73

The Club Q shooter's father, Aaron Brink, is an UFC fighter and porn actor, who goes by the name Dick Delaware:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aaron_Brink

The Real Miles Deli (RMD)

4:44 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Himan-

America before and after the genocide:

Before: sleek, intelligent Native Americans living close to the land.
After: bloated, moronic buffoons sitting in front of the TV drinking beer.

Americans call this progress.

mb

6:16 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Speaking of trash:

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2022/nov/23/kanye-west-explicit-photos-adidas-ye-employees

It's amazing how America, in its late-empire phase, spews forth people like this. Kanye, Greene, Boebert, Trumpi, Palin, Kamala, Giuliani...we are pretty much a collection of garbage. So much to be thankful for in 2022.



10:49 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

This is what we do to people:

https://www.spaywall.com/search/https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/22/us/jails-deaths.html

11:13 PM  
Anonymous Roland Tarver said...

Dr. Berman, I accessed the article by 1st copying The NY Times url and putting it in the spay wall site on my own. Otherwise I couldn’t pull it up w/ yr link. FYI. So I admire how Shaila Dewan meticulously documents a pattern of abuse by police against youth, pregnant women, and people who suffer from mental illness. It reiterates what you’ve stressed with your micro/macro theory. Here, ie., we KNOW there’s connection between police power and state violence: what we have ALWAYS done to others (macro) we do to ourselves (micro). Otherwise these processes go unexamined and we remain hopelessly in the dark trying to wade through the morass of how and why the police will continue to operate within this quagmire of socio-historical forces. I might add that altho tasers aren’t mentioned in Dewan’s article, the UN Committee Against Torture declared that they are a form of torture. Dumb-ass Americans call it “pain compliance.” That’s just one paradigm of how the American experiment has been allowed to continue unabated: pain compliance.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/un-tasers-are-a-form-of-torture/

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-taser-un-exclusive/exclusive-u-n-watchdogs-call-for-probe-of-taser-assaults-in-u-s-jails-idUSKBN1E12GR

11:38 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Ro-

Bloated, self-destructive buffoons are generally not known for their astute political analysis. The US will continue to be the US.

mb

11:44 AM  
Anonymous Mr squirrel said...

Himanshu posted this link about his 2015 Thanksgiving letter to Kent Nerburn, which I looked thru...

https://kentnerburn.com/an-interesting-exchange-about-thanksgiving/?fbclid=IwAR3mDdvbpHG3Vo8D7C0QoenWhtzTCdIHG7w2BSI6W_nYE1PJFmDQCpXovWc

Nerburn says he disassociates the holiday from its true origins, and saw it as a day to "celebrate family". The comments yielded similar sentiments, with some also claiming to "give back" all yr 'round. Apparently most folks only PRETEND to give a shit about family/others during the holidays, then it's business as usual. I'll bet that around 1% actually call up or visit relatives/friends before this time.

Whether or not the commenters actually practice those things is anyone's guess. But I often find that ppl will pay lip service to certain ideals when they're put on the spot. AMERIKKKANS AREN'T THANKFUL FOR JACK SHIT.

On a final note, I did however find this gem in the comments that's the epitome of Amerikkka.--"Consumerism and specator sports have become the "religion" of our country/culture."

3:51 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Squirrel-

Thanksgiving is just one more example of the country beating off (in this case with stuffing).

mb

6:42 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

ps: In honor of Thanksgiving, I have composed a small poem:

When buffoons are bloated
Our stupidity is noted.

OK, Keats it ain't.

9:02 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

ps2:

https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2022-11-22/op-ed-its-time-to-rethink-thanksgiving

9:19 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Critic-

I think you may have written to the wrong blog. We are not focused on Alice Miller. I think we may have mentioned her briefly 10 yrs ago or so. Our focus is the collapse of the American empire. If you have anything to say on that subject, pls feel free to contribute. Thank you.

mb

1:08 AM  
Anonymous cubeangel said...

Dr. B and everyone

I have a question for you if you don't mind. Maybe this analogy could sum up everything in a nutshell. Could life be considered like a play and everyone is playing a part and the problem with the American empire is everyone is playing a part in a crappy play with a crappy script?

9:27 AM  
Anonymous Noura said...

How and Why the US Cannot Recover: Is It a Failed State?"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9Ds1h_WMpQ
Time stamp 16:11 "What the United States Economy has done that has made it a failed economy is that it's turned basic human rights, basic needs like shelter, land ownership, a home, medical care, pensions, from human rights into financial commodities to make money off of. This commodification is the key to neoliberalism and it's eroding the economy and destroying it."

According to this article, 60% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/11/18/60percent-of-americans-live-paycheck-to-paycheck-heading-into-2022-holiday.html
Basically, Americans have commodified everything to the point that money has become a weapon used to enslave Americans economically.

Meanwhile: The grotesque inequality embodied by Musk, Bezos and Zuckerberg is a threat to democracy
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/nov/18/the-grotesque-inequality-embodied-by-musk-bezos-and-zuckerberg-is-a-threat-to-democracy

Even if the US were to change today, which is probably very unlikely, it would still have to deal with the negative consequences of past actions and decisions. Some people may call it karma, I call it the law of cause of effect.

2:14 PM  
Blogger Jack Lattemann said...

Talk about Cube's crappy scripts: Wafers everywhere will be pleased to know that Kanye West has announced his 2024 Presidential campaign:

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-63754702

For once, the BBC properly classifies this story as entertainment. US election campaigns fall into that category as theater. The big question for West's campaign is, will he attract more than the 70,000 buffoons who voted for the Clown Party last time? Can we hope that Evergreen College will start to plan to host a declinist presidential "debate" between Tulsi and West as part of its new political science curriculum, moderated by our on Great Seer of the Western Hemisphere?

2:48 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Noura-

It's also the Law of Buffoons. There's an episode in "The Sopranos" where Carmilla goes to Paris on holiday, and is stunned by the beauty of the city, its art, its sculptures. Suddenly, instead of living the life of a suburban housewife (to a mob boss), in wh/money and expensive objects is the sum total of her existence, she is exposed to a culture that is a real culture, with genuine, transcendent values. Of course she returns to New Jersey and resumes her degraded lifestyle; but at least she has a few days of enlightenment. What crap America amounts to, w/its commodification of everything.

Jack-

I'm in, no question abt it. At the Evergreen debate, I plan to read sections from the "Protocols of the Elders of Zion," wh/shd boost Kanye's campaign.

mb

3:04 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Bb-

We try to be a discussion forum rather than a bulletin board. Perhaps you could re-send the link, adding a paragraph of your own commentary. Thank you.

mb

10:11 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Wafers-

This article is v. gd on critique, rather lame on solutions. Exhortation is rarely a vehicle for substantive social change. Author's recs consist of 'should' and 'must'. I look in vain for the word 'force'. See what you think.

https://www.tikkun.org/education-as-the-heart-of-the-struggle-for-america/?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=88dd4bcb-da02-4c94-a736-acb565a54981

mb

12:28 PM  
Anonymous Sven van Hees said...

Here's a case study into the general trashiness of Amerikkka. In 2013 a woman named Heather Elvis disappeared in South Carolina after getting involved with a married dude. It's unknown if she knew this beforehand, but things got interesting after the wife found out. She demanded that she end the relationship and would harass Heather. The couple was eventually arrested and charged with kidnapping & murder. Said charges were dropped due to no substantial evidence tying them to Heather's disappearance. From everything I've read about this case, no body was ever found.

https://abc7.com/heather-elvis-case-abc-2020-tammy-moorer/10394818/

12:59 PM  
Anonymous Bbcommunications said...

https://smokingtyger.medium.com/my-take-06-5e452822698a

Appropriate perspective for the American holiday weekend. Repeated my comment within the story below.

Indigenous genocide is a story so uncomfortably evil that it required the construction of alternative myths. Did Europeans (later Americans) not understand what they were doing? The historical record is crystal clear that they did.

The Joseph Smith tale reads like a modern graphic novel turned into a Marvel movie blockbuster. Yet here we are. Is it surprising today then a large portion of Americans believe conspiracy theories and are influenced by stories supporting myths that have no basis in reality? Not surprising at all, America has been perfecting it over centuries.

Shameful, duplicitous, and hypocritical mindset today, crimes against humanity when committed. Problem is most Americans do not care one bit, or even have the capacity to understand.

1:11 PM  
Anonymous Kevin said...

I read (or rather skimmed - Mr. Giroux never says something once if three times will do...) the education article and have the same question I always have: do these folks think this is new? Have they read John Taylor Gatto? (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Taylor_Gatto)

Gatto's basic thesis is that 'corporatized' education models are a) the result of preparing citizens for whatever the prevailing economic model is (at the start factory industrialization, now STEM laboratories in service to Big Tech) - nothing's changed here and b) consequently social engineering machines - not in any way mechanisms for developing critical thinking.

This is not new. It strikes me that Mr. Giroux isn't really critical of the model itself; he just wants his views to be those indoctrinated into the students.

6:00 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Kev-

Actually, I do think he is trying to take on, and even defeat, the Power Elite. I'll give him that. But otherwise, this is gd evidence for my argument about hi-IQ folks often being stupid. Manifestos and critiques and suggestions, no matter how brilliant, simply do not move power. Only power moves power, and educators, including Giroux, do not have it. There is a deep failure to understand how history actually works.

mb

6:14 PM  
Anonymous cubeangel said...

Dr. B

You said "Manifestos and critiques and suggestions, no matter how brilliant, simply do not move power. "

My impression is to make a long lasting change this is what would have to happen. Everyone at the same time including those who are in the Power Elite would have to reflect and realize that the script we're all working under is not that good. And, you would have to have a populace who could actually think through things and put it all together and realize at the same time we need to change who we are and what we are as a nation. But, I don't see that happening don't think and don't want to think. History never really reverses course on things.

8:39 PM  
Blogger ccg said...

In this video, John Stewart talks to two war criminals, Hillary Clinton and Condoleezza Rice, and allows them to lie repeatedly with no push-back at all:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xutIA4HzGqA

What happened to John Stewart? Has he fallen on his head? Well, it's nice to see some push-back on him through the comments on this video.

10:46 PM  
Anonymous Xenakis said...

On the topic of Native American decimation.

We destroyed a way of life that valued things like community, kindness, and care for one another.

Now? The American population is reaping what it has sown. The numbers regarding mental health in America are absolutely staggering. We flushed all our humanity down the toilet in the pursuit of building stupid trinkets, and now we're sitting around wondering why life is so unfulfilling.

Americans aren't capable of questioning WHY they're so miserable. To do so would mean questioning the base assumptions of American 'culture'.

To quote one of Dr. Berman's interviews: "Hey you're unhappy? Here's a cell phone!"

https://youtu.be/lUSh74wWVOQ

11:34 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Xen-

Really, the only thing left to discuss is whether Americans are degraded, or debased. Wafers please weigh in on this important issue.

ccg-

See my reply to Xen.

mb

4:48 AM  
Blogger Politically Incorrect Russian Spy said...

One of the bleakest essays I've ever read on the utter void America has become. This is the desperate reality behind Trumpolini's stubborn popularity despite the liberal class' unrelenting attacks for some 6+ years now. It's also the reality verboten to speak of by the Democrats, because this looks a whole lot like a picture of the ruins of the neoliberal dystopia pushed on the country primarily by slick hucksters like Bill Clinton and Barack Obama on behalf of Wall Street.

As Professor Berman has noted, Americans may have karmically earned this ghastly fate, but if they don't understand what they're being punished for, is this comeuppance merely an exercise in sadism?

'The Retail Carrion Feeders of Rural America':
https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/11/25/the-retail-carrion-feeders-of-rural-america/

5:57 AM  
Anonymous Merr said...

Vietnam among top destinations for American retirees
https://www.google.com/amp/s/ampe.vnexpress.net/news/travel/vietnam-among-top-destinations-for-american-retirees-4492844.html

America bombarded Vietnam nonstop and practically destroyed the country. The resolute Vietnamese rebuilt their nation after 50 years, and now Americans are "retiring to Vietnam for cheap healthcare and a reasonable level of living". Just stealing the hard earned advantages of an actual society..

9:55 AM  
Anonymous Himanshu Tiwari said...

Dr. Berman,

A friend visited Chicago over the TG holiday and sent me a picture of a church's weekly schedule. Schedule copied below:
Evenings at 7 In the Parish Hall:
Mon: Alcoholics Anonymous
Tue: Abused spouses
Wed: Eating disorders
Thu: Say no to drugs
Fri: Teen suicide watch
Sat: Soup Kitchen
Sunday Sermon at 9 AM: "America's Joyous Future"

Himanshu

11:49 AM  
Anonymous Anjin-san said...

Another brilliant video documenting how the war in Ukraine is is a fine example of how the American Empire is ending.

https://youtu.be/s47elUKUZdk

I read the blog everyday but don't often comment anymore because it just seems so obvious how everything is coming to an end in your country. As a Canadian from the north I am amazed and chilled at what I read here everyday.

2:25 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Anjin-

When the US finally collapses, 80% of the planet's population will be dancing in the streets. Given what we are, and the misery we cause, the collapse is a good thing, and most of the planet's 8 billion will hardly mourn our passing. Hence, this blog's motto: Bad Is Good. Jimmy is rt abt military overstretch; I outlined other factors in the Twilight bk, 22 yrs ago. But anyone who waves a cautionary red flag is marginalized, ignored, or trashed by the NYT. We are digging our own grave w/a zeal that is impressive. Meanwhile, 99% of the American population is steeped in cluelessness and buffoonery.

Himan-

Well, at least they're handing out soup. Sermon, however, needs new title: Heads Wedged in Rumps.

mb

2:44 PM  
Blogger Jack Lattemann said...

A Florida Man might be just the effective authoritarian with the right credentials to seize the declinist political chalice from Trumpi and fulfill America’s destiny. The shadowy military background of DeSantis, which includes roles as a legal “advisor” at Guantanamo and in the Special Operations Task Force during U.S. efforts to suppress resistance to occupation (“out-terrorize the terrorists”) in Fallujah, Iraq in 2007 as Senior Legal Advisor to the commander, suggests he would be well qualified as a Presidential candidate sympathetic to the Deep State. An interesting video provides background, and includes some election clips from his campaigns for Florida governor:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?y=FFonj6onj6o0fTl&t=70s

2:54 PM  
Blogger Joe McIlnen said...

BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG!
Gunshots at: a children’s parade; a funeral for a teen gun violence victim; an upscale shopping district in a new hotspot for mass shootings—Atlanta, Georgia; and of course a result of road rage:

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2022/11/26/Dayton-Childrens-Parade-Gunshot/8881669488708/

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2022/11/26/2-people-injured-drive-by-shooting-funeral-nashville/6571669515924/

https://www.cnn.com/2022/11/26/us/atlanta-shooting-atlantic-station-saturday/index.html

https://wtop.com/dc/2022/11/road-rage-suspect-shoots-metrobus-in-southeast-dc/

The action is hot and heavy here in this dysfunctional piece of shit country.

U.S.A.!, U.S.A.!, U.S.A.!

2:55 PM  
Anonymous Mr. Oops said...

Dr. Berman—

In concert with Jimmy Dore's "This Is How America Ends" video Anjin-san posted, Neil Oliver is voicing what millions of EU/NATO citizens must be feeling as Winter approaches and the US sanctions on Russia, along with the US gas industry and their corrupt leaders, rush them headlong into "Net Zero" and energy poverty by force.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMlH7IbVpxc

As Anthony Blinken says, "it's an opportunity!" With friends like these...

11:09 PM  
Blogger Rosegarden said...

I saw this weeks ago and am still sick. It has been happening for a decade. Tell your child you ate his Halloween candy. I know the cruelty is the point, but people think this is funny!?

The traits parents demonstrated: 1. Lie 2. Steal. 3. Be a glutton. 4. Record the look of shocked betrayal on your toxic phone. 5. Exploit your child hoping *your* little project gets on TV and YouTube.

And this year Jimmy Kimmel did it to his own children.

Pure Devastation: Kids, Once Again, Freak Out Over Jimmy Kimmel’s Halloween Candy Prank

6:39 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Rose-

But this is, in fact, what America is all about, at its core. This too:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/28/us/russian-activists-asylum.html

Finally, let us replace IN GOD WE TRUST on legal tender with the far more accurate TRASHY, VILE, AND DESTRUCTIVE.

mb

6:55 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

And this as well:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/28/nyregion/connecticut-police-officers-charged.html

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