May 10, 2024

Soul-Changers

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0D3TXTV9X?ref_=pe_93986420_774957520

Wafers: Here is the poetry book I've been talking about (also available in Kindle). Hope you enjoy it.

-mb

99 Comments:

Blogger Mike Kelly said...

Well, you've done it again Dr. B. You've created an irresistible little volume that will inspire others to go read the poets you selected. Your take on their works will make this another invaluable reference book, as it will sit on my bookshelf and be opened frequently. As soon as it arrives at my doorstep, I will read it voraciously, and then I will write a review.

The release of your newest is very timely. I just finished reading Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver. It is set in Appalachia where I grew up. The author lives in SW Virginia, so she has seen a lot and tells the story of the miners, opioid addiction and the young people trying to grow up in this capitalist mess. It's easy to see the Wafer themes in a book like this.

https://www.amazon.com/Demon-Copperhead-Novel-Barbara-Kingsolver/dp/0063251922

7:40 AM  
Blogger ccg said...

I think it's time to recognize that, fundamentally, Bill Maher is trash:

https://www.nydailynews.com/2024/04/27/bill-maher-slams-israel-protesters/



10:22 AM  
Anonymous Not so french said...

Check this title
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/israel-rafah-met-gala-fashion-morning-rundown-rcna150984

Palestinians seem to be suffering as much from Israel as they do from their neighbors. Now, the only way they can go is Egypt, and Egypt is telling them no. In this is a vide you can see Egyptian soldiers beating a Palestinan who tried to escape to their side (the description of the video says so, I can't find any Independent source)
https://twitter.com/osgaweesh/status/1788391031672635858

Since the Egypt coup, there was an anti-palestinian propaganda campaign in Egypt, painting them as terrorists and barbarians. Many of the persecuted Egyptians (most of them got the death penalty) were accuses if helping Palestinians, primary among them was the former president
https://electronicintifada.net/content/why-are-egyptian-media-demonizing-palestinians/12632

10:30 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

ccg-

Despite Maher's attempts to be chic, and fashionably anti-establishment, the guy really is a lackey for that estab. and for the American Dream. (He makes $1m per show, and is worth abt $140m.) This hatred of the protesters is a case in pt; it is both misguided, inaccurate, and disgusting. Yes, the elite are trash.

Mike-

Many thanks for yr kudos. I'm sure you'll enjoy the bk. Ultimately, it's a pitch for people to be Wafers, not pawns in a death-oriented culture.

mb

11:28 AM  
Anonymous Greens said...

'A little bold and gross’: Oil industry writes executive orders for Trump to sign - POLITICO

https://www.politico.com/news/2024/05/08/oil-industry-orders-trump-day-one-00156705

"Six energy industry lawyers and lobbyists interviewed by POLITICO described the effort to craft executive orders and other policy paperwork that they see as more effective than anything a second Trump administration could devise on its own. Those include a quick reversal of Biden’s pause on new natural gas export permits and preparations for wider and cheaper access to federal lands and waters for drilling."

^Even the people who want this guy to win think he's dumb as shit lol

I appreciate that Trump wants to go back and reenact the Teapot Dome scandal while he's nailing all the greatest hits
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teapot_Dome_scandal

5:14 PM  
Anonymous Megan said...

Hopefully this isn't too tangential to the blog, but I really recommend this trilogy of books (planned to be six in total) for fans of collapsing societies and civilizations:

https://www.amazon.com/Roman-Revolution-Nick-Holmes-ebook/dp/B0B6QHWDZD/ref=sr_1_2?crid=32DH1N54MI0FH&dib=eyJ2IjoiMSJ9._8RtnXMdrvFlL9othLHVG29-4Kc3RAO2RPcK8aa9BHJ1goUOWZ8odrQ7l_3HMSOFjo4ob9kjqQFq4uGYErjUX-l3PIx4YCCtY8unPhuO5Mgzs5RmcIu-Hkmnitfh-ZQKiDaOf3VbhIXOzm0bzgF058-TkrPARhsE8dJ0ZPmhgsIht2qnGlcvCsZqhN4SMjKKHhytxz5WfmWPvpRS_NQqj3Our1lkAlNyiyx_8YQ7iUQ.OGgFOd6ZA4BgfzX6hyMtOuao0KoZb4r1VLxaOOS_QBI&dib_tag=se&keywords=NICK+HOLMES&qid=1715507209&sprefix=nick+holmes%2Caps%2C83&sr=8-2

Nick Holmes integrates a lot of the latest scholarship (climate change, up-to-date archaeology, etc) into these books, and they are all incredibly readable and entertaining (and quite cheap on Kindle). You can finish each volume in just a few days. At any rate, the first volume concentrates on "The Crisis of the Third Century," a truly fascinating time, and it just picks up speed from there. Daily readers of this blog will have no difficulties in finding innumerable parallels between that time, and modern-day America.

5:53 AM  
Blogger Joe McIlnen said...

Just your normal weekend here in the “greatest country in the world” whose main mission of its “Manifest Destiny” is to be a beacon for humanity and to beam it all over planet earth.
https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2024/05/12/3-dead-12-wounded-in-alabama-shooting/3421715536241/
https://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/local/2024/05/12/tallahassee-police-multiple-people-shot-shooting-two-killed-apalachee-parkway-double-homicide/73662131007/
https://www.audacy.com/1010wins/news/national/police-3-officers-wounded-in-atlanta-street-altercation-that-left-suspect-dead
https://www.khou.com/article/news/crime/3-shot-west-rankin-road/285-d4ce6224-59da-48cf-b11b-4141f05183e0
https://www.audacy.com/1010wins/news/local/man-stabs-3-relatives-inside-queens-home-barricades-himself

And with Sunday being a day of rest—and church of course—the pedophile preachers still are doing their thing.
https://www.khou.com/article/news/crime/the-woodlands-church-pastor-bruce-hollen-child-porn-charges/285-efe9da82-74af-4a34-8b29-ffe6e7cd0d3a

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

3:19 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

NOTICE TO ALL WAFERS-

This blog will be closed during May 15-18, during wh/time I'll be in Houston doing the gig I described below, conversation w/Vincent Valdez at the Museum of Fine Arts. Pls hold all posts until May 19. Thank you!

mb

10:18 AM  
Anonymous Not so french said...

In france, it's ok for neo-Nazis to march in the streets, pro-Palestine protestors however are treated like traitors
https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1898621/neo-nazi-march-paris-may-9
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/french-police-crackdown-french-pro-palestinian-student-protesters#:~:text=FRENCH%20police%20removed%20dozens%20of,demonstrations%20across%20the%20United%20States.

In Germany too. It is true that a fascist march was met with a massive anti-fascist protest, but the police did nothing to the neo-Nazis, they marched in peace. On the other hand, the police used pro-Palestine demonstrations as a show of force.
https://novaramedia.com/2024/04/17/germanys-anti-palestine-crackdown-has-reached-a-new-low/
https://medium.com/peoples-world/in-germany-nazis-march-anti-fascists-stand-up-against-them-e650c5c51d1d

We've got the same case in the UK and Italy. When it is fascist, or far left or whathave you, it is freedom of speech, if it is a minority or palestine it becomes an act of treason. Europe, much like the US, is rotten

10:41 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

french-

Across the Western world, thousands of sick people are fighting to hang on to a sick way of life. But there's no stopping karma: that way of life is doomed.

mb

3:28 PM  
Anonymous David said...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_2RGyUCYaU

It turns out that Israel has built concentration camps for Palestinians where they are tortured and murdered en masse. Some of the detainees are tortured by "doctors" who perform "surgeries" that are reminiscent of Dr. Mengele's crimes. It's clear that the Israelis are a bloodthirsty, sadistic people who often emulate the Nazis that butchered their ancestors. Obviously, any attempt to reason or bargain with Israel is a waste of time, just as it was with Nazi Germany. Israel has no conscience or self-restraint, so the international community must use deadly force to end this genocide.

Meanwhile, in the West, even the most anti-Israeli pundits and public figures demand nothing more severe than boycotting and protests, and refuse to consider the option of using military force to stop Israel. Apparently, Westerners think - often unconsciously - that white people should be allowed to do whatever they want to brown people.

4:22 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

David-

This is pretty ghastly. Netanyahu is psychotic, and Israeli sadism knows no bounds. Meanwhile, America funds this, and sends materiel; and all the talk about ceasefire or restraining Israel is just that--talk. This really makes me sick.

mb

8:34 PM  
Anonymous Not so french said...

Israel, the state, is starting its own brandi of concentration camps
https://youtu.be/w6xHUb9P_a8?si=Egkl-EtjhItYwd_U
And Israel, the people (or a brunch if them at least) don't think of their Arab counterparts as humans
https://youtu.be/3wfQtRgcZ_I?si=a06TiF1xxIeeXp6z
https://youtu.be/_0fLOPol9ao?si=FPTifoQahU4yhUOk

I have come to believe that peace in the middle east is impossible, and that the two states solution is impossible. Both because of Israel. A nation that considers much of it's population and all of its neighbors as subhumans, and that makes it a point to provoke the routinly, will never be at peace. My theory is that Israel fucked up the situation with the Nakba, and knowing that it is never going tonbe at peace, it chose hyper-violence as a strategy to intimidante, and maybe eliminate, its enemies. The enemies, of course, responses with violence, so Israel increases it's violence, which is met by violence etc, a vicious circle, or a symmetric schismogenesis (following Bateson). This violence cycle influences the national character of all its victimes, and we end up with situations such as now

10:49 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

french-

See link from David, above.

mb

2:19 PM  
Anonymous Flyingspagettimonstr said...

MB,

I re-read this great interview of yours that The Atlantic published in 2013.

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/08/how-americas-culture-of-hustling-is-dark-and-empty/278601/

Most interesting 2 me was the part about hiding from sadness. An example of this would be the sadness felt after the death of a close relative, friend, or beloved pet. I think humans in general tend to hide from this. And they have all sorts of smoke screens to shield themselves from it.

But if booze, tv & other things are ways to hide from sadness, how does one face it head-on?

5:04 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Fly-

Check out my bk "Healing," maybe.

mb

6:13 PM  
Blogger ccg said...

Here is a video that covers the "highlights" of the last Sunday's morning news shows:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8Er9DBoAaQ

What you see is a parade of psychopaths, one of the worst being Lindsey Graham, whose vitriol is ghoulish beyond measure. I found myself wanting to hurt the guy. He thinks mass murder by nuclear weapons in Japan was a great thing and that that justifies Israel committing mass murder in Gaza. Lovely.

Oh yeah, there's a clip of the disgusting Hillary Clinton bad-mouthing students protesting genocide in Gaza. No collection of clips featuring psychopaths is complete without Hillary Clinton.

11:06 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

ccg-

So many people need to be beaten severely and then thrown on a dung heap. I get exhausted just thinking about it.

Note that most Americans believe the nuking of Japan was necessary, and a feather in our cap.

mb

11:34 PM  
Anonymous Flyingspagettimonstr said...

Red Lobster is in deep shit. It's closing 50+ restaurants all over Amerikkka & could possibly file 4 bankruptcy @ some pt.

https://www.businessinsider.com/red-lobster-closing-50-locations-california-new-york-florida-2024-5?op=1

The staff ain't happy about it, either...

https://www.businessinsider.com/red-lobster-staff-vent-online-furious-about-layoffs-restaurant-closures-2024-5

A popular restaurant chain going bust couldn't b a better metaphor 4 a failed nation

7:55 PM  
Anonymous David said...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDOlPim1wc0

This video features American Zionists acting like the lunatic thugs they are. It seems to me that Zionism is a deep spiritual sickness - a limitless lust for power and violence. It surgically removes empathy and compassion from peoples' hearts and fills them with hatred.

https://www.nbcnews.com/jacksonville-shooting

Another day, another massacre in the great old US of A. These crimes are so common that Americans don't even bat an eyelash when they occur. They certainly won't do anything to prevent these massacres; they'll just offer "thoughts and prayers" (empty words). Any nation doesn't give a damn about the massacres that occur within its borders must be on its last legs.

12:00 AM  
Blogger Mike Kelly said...

Hi Dr. B,

I hope your trip to Houston was enjoyable.

I polished off Soul-Changers in a day. I then thought it might be fun to read about the lives of the poets you featured in the book. I discovered that our good friends at the NYT looked upon Robert Frost with disdain. That comes as no surprise. Below is a quote from Frost's Wikipedia page:

"In June 1922, the Vermont State League of Women's Clubs elected Frost as Poet Laureate of Vermont. When a New York Times editorial strongly criticized the decision of the Women's Clubs, Sarah Cleghorn and other women wrote to the newspaper defending Frost."

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

While I could not find a good reference to explain why the NYT criticized Frost in 1922, I did find a NYTRB article published in 1974 about Frost, and it too was highly critical of the poet:

https://archive.nytimes.com/www.nytimes.com/books/99/04/25/specials/frost-terror.html

It's a pity that the NYT can't appreciate that artists like Frost are very complex individuals who sometimes defy conventional categorizations. It's been that way since at least 1922.

Again, I greatly enjoyed reading your latest book, Soul-Changers. I look forward to Volume II!

10:32 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Mike-

Glad u enjoyed it, amigo. If u wanna write a review, I won't stand in yr way. The NYT has shit for brains.

As for Houston: terrific success. 80 people showed up. 40 wept thru the program; 10 vomited; 5 went psychotic, and one guy took out a gun, screamed "I have nothing to live for," and blew his brains out. It was nice to see that I've still got the old magic. :-)

The show did get recorded, and the video guy told me he'd have a link for me in 6 wks. I'll post it at that time.

mb

8:41 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

This American Life:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/article/2024/may/18/six-month-old-baby-shot-arizona-standoff

Meanwhile, as Russia advances on the Ukraine, America and NATO do what they do best: beat off. The whole failed caper turned into a beat-off fest. What self-defeating nonsense will we perpetrate next?

mb

9:01 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Israelis: wonderful people!

https://www.spaywall.com/news/https://www.nytimes.com/2024/05/16/opinion/israeli-palestine-psyche.html

10:29 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Now here's a shock:

https://www.spaywall.com/news/https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2024-05-17/former-facebook-dei-head-gets-5-years-in-prison-for-fraud

8:21 AM  
Anonymous ZJ said...

Social media's far-right isn't disaffected hillbillies from the holler. It's mostly contrarian urbanites and aristocrats.

America’s dime-store Nietzscheans
https://www.newstatesman.com/ideas/2024/05/americas-dime-store-nietzscheans

Glad to hear it was a great time, MB! Welcome back..

11:46 AM  
Blogger Joe McIlnen said...

A road rager rams a vehicle. A woman stabs her boyfriend in the ass after a fight. An angry schmuck sets a family camper on fire. And another stupid road rager rams a pole with his vehicle. Check out these mugshots. Two of them are in their twenties. One is 31. They are this country’s rosy future! LOL!
https://winknews.com/2024/05/19/road-rage-domestic-violence-and-camper-fire/
https://cbsaustin.com/news/local/man-arrested-after-allegedly-fleeing-from-n-austin-road-rage-crash-colliding-into-pole


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

8:15 PM  
Anonymous Not so french said...

New Caledonia, a French colony basically, is erupting, they want independence. What happened is that the French government has passed a law giving French residents of 10 years the right to vote. French residents (settlers really) are 60 precent of the population and the new law seems to go against a previous agreement between the indeginous people and the French.
To show you what that means, in a 2020 independence referendum, the provinces with a majority of French settlers eligible for voting voted for stayin with France, while the provinces that had a majority of indeginous people voted to leave. The vote also reflected the French majority. With the new law, the indegenous population woukdn't have any saying in any matter, all within a democratic process.
The indeginous population believe it to be a colonial act, the French go there and decide how things go. And France, like the good colonial it is, is doing everything other than acknowledging the problem; like accusing Azerbaijan, thousands of miles away. (Reminds me of the US picking a fight with Chad)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Abg8ZoQ-CQw
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020_New_Caledonian_independence_referendum

That's why I believe that colonisers have should have no political rights whatsoever, else they can become colonisers democratically.

5:41 AM  
Blogger Thomas Strimpel said...

A trailer for Francis Ford Copola’s enigmatic new film Megalopolis opens with the following lines: “When does an empire die? Does it collapse in one terrible moment? No, no. But there comes a time when its people no longer believe in it. Is this society, is this way of living, the only one that’s available to us?”
Can a sign of imperial decline include its increasing presence in media and popular culture? A Guardian article by Tom Stevenson states that “In recent years, the idea that the United States is an empire in decline has gained considerable support, some of it from quarters that until very recently would have denied it was ever an empire at all. The New York Times, for instance, has run columns that describe a “remarkably benign” American empire that is “in retreat”, or even at risk of decline and fall”.
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2023/nov/30/americas-undying-empire-why-the-decline-of-us-power-has-been-greatly-exaggerated

9:09 AM  
Anonymous Dub alchemist said...

I was reading about a geomagnetic storm brought on by solar flares, that allowed the Northern Lights 2 b visible in uncommon places, and caused some disruptions to the electrical grid

https://www.npr.org/2024/05/10/1250515730/solar-storm-geomagnetic-g4

If the grid ever failed, then all this digital/electronic shit would be rendered useless. And Amerikkkans in particular will surely self destruct even faster than they're doing now

1:40 PM  
Blogger Christian Schulzke said...

ZJ, thanks for the link. As someone who rubs shoulders with the "masculine Nietzscheans," the author actually got a lot right. Most hit pieces miss the mark by a mile.

Interestingly, there are a lot of former Libertarians in this crowd, and not an insignifcant number of former Leftists. I fall into latter category of someone who dabbled on the Left and then moved Far Right.

1:42 PM  
Anonymous David said...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5IoE8-1Zl4

Amazingly enough, the International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for Netanyahu. It probably won't lead to anything, but this tells me the Global South is being taken more seriously than it used to be. Meanwhile, Israel is poised to invade southern Lebanon; it seems to be bent on invading ALL its neighbors even though this will trigger a regional war that will probably destroy the Zionist state once and for all. What can one say about a country that values genocide and mass torture more than its own survival? Even the word "psychotic" doesn't begin to describe this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIrF4xmJLSk

Billionaire Zionists paid the police to assault and arrest anti-Zionist protesters in NYC. This is wholly illegal, but nothing will be done to stop it. One has to wonder whether these Zionists are more loyal to Israel than they are to America, and how much influence Israel has over American policy. The corruption seems to run much deeper than most people would have suspected.

5:10 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

David-

Just by comparison, historians believe that the real war for Germany in WW2 was the war against the Jews. Hitler made many strategic mistakes, prioritizing the murder of the Jews over smarter military decisions in the field. It may have cost him the war. Bibi seems to be doing something similar, re: the Palestinians.

Tom-

I was saying it in 2000, and Gore Vidal b4 me.

Christian-

You remind me of Whittaker Chambers declaration to a friend, many yrs ago, when he switched from being a fervent communist to a fervent anti-communist. "You see how I've changed!" His friend replied, "Whittaker, you haven't changed; you've merely changed sides." Fervor is the crucial pt, eh? Talleyrand: "Above all, no zeal." Like yourself, Chambers seemed to lack self-transparency.

mb

7:55 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

ps: an oft-quoted line from CTOS: "An idea is something you have; an ideology is something that has you."

7:57 PM  
Anonymous Megan said...

This is pretty shocking. Apparently, Samuel Alito is flying an upside-down American flag, in solidarity with Trump and the Jan 6 people. On the one hand, I figured he was a Trumpy guy, and in that sense I'm not surprised. But the fact that a Supreme Court justice is openly embracing the seditious Jan 6 movement, yes, that is a little bit shocking to me. The fact that he is doing it openly and shamelessly is what is so disturbing. In any case, it is yet one more striking indicator that we have gone well past the point of no return.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWeJrwNu2nw

12:42 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Megan-

He's claiming that it was his wife's idea. This man needs a severe beating. Meanwhile, the Court is doing what it can to make sure Trumpi gets elected.

mb

1:03 AM  
Anonymous Izzy said...

Meg/MB:

It's exactly as MB says, they want Trumpi to win!

Quick reminder that a young Judge Sam Alito (who’d worked for Trump’s sister) delivered a young Donald Trump a landmark court victory letting Trump and other moguls fleece their own investors | IBTimes
https://www.ibtimes.com/political-capital/how-donald-trump-used-fine-print-make-it-harder-sue-wall-street-fraud-2440890

6:12 AM  
Anonymous Not so french said...

A failed coup in the DR Congo, Americans involved.
https://edition.cnn.com/2024/05/20/africa/americans-involved-in-drc-foiled-deadly-coup-intl/index.html

In every matter, small or big, all over the worl, America feels the need to implicate itself, often destructively, often for a false sense of urgency to maintain its hegemony. The empire is extending itself not only geographically, but "categorically" if I may say. In every thing, from military matters to culture to even how bread is made, the US feels the need to intervene. This need to be present, and to assert hegemony, in every category of human existence, everywhere in the world is the expansion.

1:48 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

french-

This behavior is a reflection of emptiness at the center. Which is also true of individual Americans. If there is one cause that is taking us down the drain, this is it.

mb

3:10 PM  
Anonymous David said...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_FnTyAl3po

Behind closed doors, the Biden Administration threatened to starve many third world countries by preventing UN food programs from functioning if Palestine was granted statehood. The Biden Administration's just as psychotic as Netanyahu; if acted upon, these threats could instigate a nuclear war because countries like Pakistan and India depend on UN food programs and also have nuclear weapons. Even if they aren't acted upon, these threats will make the rest of the world hate America tenfold and strive even harder to create a multipolar world order. This is just another chapter in America's slow-motion suicide and imperial decline.

4:06 PM  
Anonymous Dub alchemist said...

There's a congressional panel “debating” about who oughta pick up the tab for rebuilding that fallen Baltimore bridge

https://www.marylandmatters.org/2024/05/15/congressional-panel-debates-who-should-foot-the-bill-for-rebuilding-key-bridge/

It's quite amusing really; when it comes to domestic matters, there's always a “debate”. But they're on the same pg when it's time 2 find someplace to bomb.

Amerikkka has no real strategic vision or plan. This aimlessness is now doing it in

5:53 AM  
Anonymous Not so french said...

Norway, Ireland, Spain to recognise Palestinian state. My pessimist self sees in this a mere PR stunt that is meant for nothing. First, The EU countries could've recognised the Palestinian state since the Oslo agreement 30 years ago, but they didn't, this move now seems to me in response to the widespread criticism of the West and not out of their own (imaginary) benevolence. Second, the Palestinian state is recognised by 143 states already, the whole world minus the US and its western lackeys, and that didn't change shit, if a couple of western states believe that their position is going somehow to change a situation that 143 countires couldn't, then that's some twisted megalomania. Finally, I truly don't believe in the two states solution, it is impossible, and I've discussed that previously.
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/5/22/norway-will-recognise-palestinian-state-pm-says

6:42 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Dub-

Its 'plan' is to hang on to its fading hegemony. It won't succeed.

mb

7:14 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Anon-

I guess yr new to this blog. I don't post Anons.

mb

11:02 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Wafers-

The Fascist Train is coming down the track. There is no stopping it. Trumpi's chances of winning in Nov. are abt 96%. After wh/, he'll roll up his sleeves and polish the country off.

No surprise, really: America was born in hustling, has lived in hustling, has worshipped hustling, and will finally put its arch-hustler in the W.H. This is surely representative democracy!

O&D

7:07 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

ps: To paraphrase an old Toyota jingle: "You asked for it, you got it, Trumpola!"

7:10 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

ps2: Here's a real piece of dreck:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/article/2024/may/22/nikki-haley-trump-endorsement-2024-election

8:23 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

ps3: The choice in Nov.: a genocidal warmongering doofus, vs. a fascistic narcissistic bulvan. God shed his grace on thee...

9:41 PM  
Anonymous Not so french said...

The former US Ambassador to the UN wants to attack Iran now, right After their prez died.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2024/05/20/iran-president-raisi-death-war-west-first-strike/

They accuse Iran of warmongering while being warmongers, in the same sentence. These people lack the very necessary condition of having a self (as I understand it), that of being able to reflect on one's own being.

4:55 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

french-

Smart! In every area of life, the US can be counted on to do the wrong thing.

mb

8:18 AM  
Anonymous Flyingspagettimonstr said...

Owing to the rampant opioid deaths there, the Wake County School Board in N. Carolina just approved a Naloxone policy that requires up to 3 staff members in its schools to learn how to use Narcan, however…

“The new policy does not guarantee Naloxone at every school and it is also not required at activities held off school grounds”

https://www.wunc.org/news/2024-05-22/wake-county-school-board-approves-naloxone-policy-raises-meal-prices

But who forced addicts to use & subsequently OD on these drugs? It's obviously symptomatic of a deeper pathology in Amerikkka.

Buildings collapse due to fundamental structural flaws, and nations & societies do, too

2:16 PM  
Blogger Joe McIlnen said...

A new tool for violence here in the Big Apple: pepper spray. In schools at teachers or/and students, on buses at bus drivers, or wherever.
https://www.audacy.com/1010wins/news/local/pepper-spray-incident-in-queens-school-injures-40
https://www.audacy.com/1010wins/news/local/woman-pepper-sprays-bronx-mta-bus-driver

Of course a big ( but conveniently never mentioned) symptom of the fall of the U.S.A.!, U.S.A.!, U.S.A.! is the impending bankrupting of it. This especially is so concerning personal credit card debt. Again, this somehow never gets mentioned in the media.
https://www.audacy.com/1010wins/news/business/borrowers-especially-the-young-struggle-with-credit-card-debt-in-potentially-bad-sign-for-economy

2:51 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Fly, Joe-

Just my 2 cents, but I think a lot of these problems cd be solved w/guns.

mb

5:11 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Israel: such a great country:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/may/23/whistleblowers-allege-widespread-abuses-at-israeli-detention-camp-sde-teiman

Real humanitarians!

8:06 PM  
Blogger ccg said...

I'm disappointed to learn that Salman Rushdie is bashing the students who are protesting mass murder in Gaza:

https://swarajyamag.com/news-brief/strange-that-progressive-students-support-hamas-salman-rushdie-on-free-palestine-movement-by-us-campus-protesters

He seems to buy into the Zionists propaganda that the students are supporting Hamas. I have yet to hear any students say that they support Hamas.

I kind of understand why Rushdie is saying this (being assaulted by a Muslim fanatic would likely do it), but it disappoints me greatly that he's not taking a longer view of this situation.

9:04 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

ccg-

How awful. I've said it many times on this blog: high-IQ individuals can be terribly stupid.

mb

10:02 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted on this amazing blog, though I do check in once or twice a month for all the great content Dr Berman and the Wafers post.

I hope these articles bring a bit of laughter to Wafers. A total bitch fight in a congressional meeting featuring Greene, Luna, AOC and Crockett. I’m so glad to see we have a new generation of Kamalas just waiting in the wings. Almost makes me want to move back to the US for a front row seat. A fight over fake eyelashes and bleach blonde hair.
https://thehill.com/homenews/house/4669653-chaos-erupts-in-hearing-as-greene-ocasio-cortez-clash-over-fake-eyelashes-jibe-at-crockett/?utm_source=substack&utm_medium=email

You can always count on Greene to provide quality American entertainment. Not to be outdone, Representative Crockett is a good American hustler (and total supporter of those freedom fighters in Ukraine, gag) who has filed to trademark the phrase “Beach blonde bad built body.” I’m glad she’s set a good example to fellow Americans by finding a way to earn some money out of this debacle.
https://eu.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2024/05/20/bleach-blonde-bad-built-butch-body-crockett-
trademark/73770813007/

Like you say, you really can’t make this up. At this point I think distinguishing between Democrats or Republicans is like choosing to call it trash or garbage. Does it matter? It’s the exact same filthy, rotting, putrid thing.

7:18 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Jamie-

Welcome back! It's nice to have yr take on the spectacle of American Trash-Buffoons in action.

mb

8:32 AM  
Anonymous Not so french said...

In 1988, Rushdie was asked to write an article on Palestine for a special edition of a magazine for which the famous poet Darwish was the editor. Rushdie's answer was that he "didn't have time"

https://www.facebook.com/100002288643886/posts/7668226729930206/?mibextid=rS40aB7S9Ucbxw6v

To be fair, I havent read a word by the man. I, however, have read and watched some interviews (mostly old ones), and I didn't like him one bit. He always seemed to me like a total western sell-out with an inflated sense of importance. He may have wrote some revolutionary stuff, but I don't like to spend my time on people I percieved as pricks.
And in the subject of high IQ idiots, check this Morin
https://x.com/jordanbpeterson/status/1793165699612831904

10:34 AM  
Blogger Joe McIlnen said...

It’s another holiday weekend in the Land of Shit. As the GSWH has stated, it’s “chic” to do certain things here. One example of “being with the in-crowd” in this sorry ass nation is to fly. Check out the latest USAin failure in anger management on an airplane.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrqinpEDRRg

Like the skies, the roads shall be packed. High airline and gasoline prices are no problem. Remember the first true law of USAin capitalist economics: “As the price goes up, the demand goes up”! Cars or motorcycles? No problem. The violent rages should be in full force.
https://apnews.com/article/memorial-day-weekend-travel-traffic-forecast-6d05ba4de79f1ae1ca7fd2c822b532f9
https://www.katu.com/news/local/young-mother-driving-children-home-menaced-by-road-rage-motorcyclist-beaverton-police-say

And we await the usual spate of holiday weekend mass shootings. For a preview, here’s a recurring theme: Another one of this country’s “disgruntled employees” decided to shoot up some of his coworkers.
https://www.cnn.com/2024/05/22/us/chester-pennsylvania-shooting/index.html

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

4:42 PM  
Anonymous Q.C. said...

"Against Computers (infinite play)"

This essay is a sort of call for a holy war against the computer cult. Neo-luddites unite!

https://www.secretorum.life/p/against-computers-infinite-play

4:52 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Q.C.-

Check out ch. 3 of WAF, and also the discussion of technology in "The Crisis of Our Time."

mb

6:18 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/may/24/icj-orders-israel-to-halt-rafah-offensive-new-ruling

Of course Israel will immediately do the humanitarian thing. And what will the US do? (Hint: 2 words, the 1st one is 'beat'.)

And then: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/article/2024/may/24/lloyd-austin-hospital-treatment-bladder

But will they deal w/his douche bag condition (far more serious)?

mb

8:33 PM  
Anonymous David said...

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

Zionist psychos in Congress just proposed a bill that would give money to Americans who serve in the Israeli army. It would prey on impoverished Americans and lure them into sacrificing their safety, not to protect America or innocent civilians, nor even to maintain America's hegemony, but to facilitate Israeli butchery. One could reasonably argue this is treasonous, and Biden will probably sign it into law if he gets the opportunity to do so. If he does, it will only waste more money on military misadventures and make other countries view America as Israel's lapdog. At this point, I have to wonder whether Zionism will be a huge part of America's undoing.

10:14 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

David-

You cd be rt. The deep sickness of America becomes more obvious every day.

mb

10:19 PM  
Blogger ccg said...

Regarding the Rushdie business: To me, the most bizarre aspect of his utterances about Gaza is his linking of Hamas and the Taliban as being essentially the same thing. Does he not know that Gaza once had Universities, all now destroyed by Israel? He should be appalled by this. Does he not know that women attended those universities?

I think he actually does know that, but finds it inconvenient to mention as he curries favor with the western establishment of which he became a cause celebre back in the 90's. Something just isn't right with this guy. I've always been skeptical of Rushdie, and I very much agree with French's assessment.

In other depressing news, Ilan Pappe was recently questioned for two hours by FBI agents at the Detroit airport:

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

11:10 PM  
Anonymous Troutbum said...

Hello Dr. MB,
I haven't posted in a while but I did find a couple of stories that are somewhat shocking:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/article/2024/may/20/microplastics-human-testicles-study-sperm-counts

Microplastics found in every human testicle in study
Scientists say discovery may be linked to decades-long decline in sperm counts in men around the world
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/article/2024/may/17/glyphosate-weedkiller-sperm

High levels of weedkiller found in more than half of sperm samples, study finds
Glyphosate found in samples from French infertility clinic raising questions about controversial chemical’s impact on fertility

7:07 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Trout-

Welcome back, and thanks for the refs. Gregory Bateson once said, The organism that destroys the planet, destroys itself.

mb

8:21 AM  
Anonymous mauricio said...

Hello Dr. Berman and Wafers. Hope all is well. Dr. Berman, you mentioned Bateson. I remember skimming through his work when I was reading up on R. D. Laing and Schizoid theories. Bateson seemed big on cybernetics. But was his understanding of this more about creating mutual relationships as opposed to the unilateral power relations that are so prevalent in 20th century? I just hear cybernetics and I can't help but think in of the techno dystopia path we are already on.

btw how was Texas event? I wish I could have been there. Haven't seen a good art show in forever.

11:20 AM  
Anonymous Not so french said...

Falks, I found a true US partisan, a real role model with true American values. The most beautiful thing I've seen in a long time

https://www.instagram.com/middleeasteye/reel/C7V_-zWIjtg/

12:57 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

french-

I'm surprised that he got suspended. I wd have expected CUNY to give him a medal.

mauricio-

Links? Texas went well. Audience lost control, peed in their pants. I still have the old magic touch, apparently.

mb

6:45 PM  
Anonymous Sven van Hees said...

Amerikkkans are paying a high price for their failed "dream"...and so are their kiddos. U not only get daily massacres, public freak-outs & other signs of civilizational decay, but incidents of this nature, too

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/mom-sentenced-to-25-years-for-murder-of-son-3-after-abuse-including-severely-burning-and-caning-him/ar-BB1n2LgB

I think this gr8 quote from Lewis Mumford perfectly describes where Amerikkka's hustling culture has led it. No wonder every1's losing their minds

"A society that gives to one class all the opportunities for leisure, and to another all the burdens of work, dooms both classes to spiritual sterility"

9:57 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Sven-

kiddos? Note that this woman is British. Link for Mumford?

mb

10:12 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Bluster and Bullshit: Here's Biden in Beatoff mode, trying to hang on to American hegemony--a futile endeavor:

https://edition.cnn.com/2024/05/25/politics/video/biden-west-point-commencement-address-nrwd-digvid

He pounds his chest, but he's a doofus.

1:53 AM  
Blogger Jamie said...

Hello Dr Berman. I’m very happy to be back. Is there any chance you’d ever host a Wafer meeting outside the US?

In a rare bit of good news, I think we can hail Lily Greenberg Call as a hero, the opposite of the douche baguettes in Congress I posted about recently. She resigned from her position in the Biden administration in protest of the ongoing war against Gaza. Ms Greenberg Call applied the beautiful ethics of Judaism to stand against the slaughter of Gaza.

“I reject the premise that one people’s salvation must come at the destruction of another’s destruction.”

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

1:13 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Jamie-

I tried to hold one yrs ago in Mexico City. Everyone got excited; then no one showed up. So, no.

mb

2:06 PM  
Anonymous Not so french said...

California police psychologically tortured mentally ill man for 17 hours, coerced him into confessing to the murder of his alive-and-well father

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/article/2024/may/24/california-fontana-payment-man-tortured-police

I've only heard of this stuff in dictatorships (say under Pinochet, Franco or Stalin), and only for political prisoners. The US is doing it for everybody, which is beautiful, and democratic!

3:08 PM  
Blogger Sanguillen39 said...

Dr. Berman,


It looks like your prediction of America's complete collapse by 2030 may have been stunningly "optimistic." Nevertheless, props to you for not backing down on what looks to be a sure bet and making WAFERs know that we're not just paranoid about the whole thing. Just watched the following video by the historian Victor Davis Hanson and his analysis of the US's current state of affairs:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faPNpovMeuU&list=TLPQMjYwNTIwMjRDs9nrowEiAw&index=4

3:13 PM  
Anonymous Xenakis said...

Regarding your point about bluster and beatoff, Dr. Berman, I really do think Biden is stupid enough to believe in the mythology of America itself. I used to think he was just another creep politician using it as a sales pitch, but I now think he REALLY believes all this bullshit about exceptionalism.

When you watch that video of his commencement address, it’s clear he sees himself as some guarantor of American decency in the face of the Trump Threat.

He DOES NOT UNDERSTAND that the symptomology of Trump has its roots in Biden style policy and cultural decay. Onwards and Downwards!

4:31 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Xen-

Yr rt. I'm sure he believes the American Dream propaganda line. Probably hard to get elected to office unless one does.

Sang-

Not sure what props are. Hanson wrote a blurb for my Twilight bk in 2000.

french-

These cops are not true Americans, imo. If they were true Americans, they wd have taken the guy out into the street and shot him, like a dog, w/no questions asked. And then received a medal.

mb

4:56 PM  
Blogger Joe McIlnen said...

(I type this post on Sunday evening with Memorial Day itself still ready to happen.) Our violent USAins haven’t let us down. The holiday mass shootings are in full force!
https://abc7chicago.com/post/chicago-shootings-this-weekend-memorial-day-gun-violence-police/14874004/
https://www.courant.com/2024/05/26/ct-police-investigating-4-shootings-in-7-hours-3-in-same-neighborhood-over-memorial-day-weekend/
https://wtmj.com/news/2024/05/26/two-memorial-day-weekend-shootings-early-sunday-morning/
https://kstp.com/kstp-news/top-news/north-st-paul-shooting-leaves-4-injured/
https://www.kansascity.com/news/local/crime/article288759795.html

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

9:47 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Check it out:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2024/05/september-11-attacks-saudi-arabia-lawsuit/678430/

It seems like everything the US does is wrong.

9:48 PM  
Anonymous David said...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOfhvkhOP5w

All these rulings by international courts telling Israel to halt its genocide are, as MB puts it, beating off. Israel doesn't care what the international community thinks. It will keep committing genocide until other nations use military force to stop it, although I have no idea how you'd go about attacking a lunatic nuclear power like Israel without triggering a nuclear war.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2024-02-19/israel-economy-slumps-from-war-with-far-worse-drop-than-forecast?embedded-checkout=true

Israel is being destroyed by its karma. Its economy is falling apart, and its citizens are sinking into poverty. Eventually, it will no longer be able to destroy neighboring countries. We can only hope this will be sooner rather than later.

10:51 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

David-

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

mb

12:02 AM  
Anonymous Michael L. said...

Dr. Berman, Sanguillen, I clicked on Victor Hanson video and he had some very thoughtful things to say about wokeness and tribalism. I don't necessarily believe it was initiated by Obama's speech; it's more complicated. One turning point was several video taped tortures and killings of unarmed blacks by police, launching Black Lives Matter, which snowballed.

Interesting to note that Hanson is an ultra extreme rightest. He calls student protesters Pro-Hamas, intentionally conflates and confuses University faculties' words, saying they were excited and enthralled by the atrocities committed by Hamas, and were cheering Hamas on...I could go on but won't. Although he is a declinist, be advised of his agenda.

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

12:45 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Update on Trumpi:

Jury may report this week, and they cd find him guilty. And the judge may sentence him, if that's the case. The problem is that Trumpi can appeal the whole thing, and this cd take months to go thru the courts. In short, there will probably be no definitive conviction until after the election; the same applies to the charge for insurrection (Jan. 6), thanks to a very biased and dishonest Supreme Court. Meanwhile, he's leading in most swing states against Schmiden. To sum up: welcome to the renewed, and very scary, Trump presidency!

mb

11:21 AM  
Anonymous Not so french said...

On the subject of Israel committing a massacre yesterday in Rafah. I saw some videos on the app called telegram of the massacre, and it made me so angry that I couldn't sleep yesterday. I will not share the videos as they are very graphic, but I'll tell you what I saw: a headless baby, a young boy with a whole in his head with no brain inside, toddlers burnt black and many more. These are what Israel, and every one in America claim to be Hamas fighters. Biden repeated many times that the (imaginary) killing of the Israeli babies were war crimes, but when the babies are Palestinians, I guess they are not human enough for it to be war crimes.
I believe that Israelis are not lying when they say every one they've killed is Hamas, including women and children. They do believe that every Palestinian is a Hamas fighter that should be killed, even toddlers with diapers (check the list of informant wanted by Israel below). When westerners say that the Pro Palestine protests are Pro Hamas, they are not lying, they truly believe that every Palestinian should be killed.

https://x.com/OwenJones84/status/1792180925201109153

I am truly angry, like I've never been before in my life. Not sad, angry, alot!

1:34 PM  
Blogger Sanguillen39 said...

Dr. Berman,

The "props" I referred to in my last post basically means "compliment". The following is from dictionary.com




[ props ]


Phonetic (Standard)
IPA
noun
, (usually used with a singular verb)
proper or due respect or recognition; credit:

I give him props for putting up with annoying customers.

1:53 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Sang-

IPA = India Pale Ale?

mb

4:56 PM  
Blogger Sanguillen39 said...

Dr. Berman,

According to the website, one can choose between: Phonetic (Standard) or IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet). I could see no difference when choosing between the two.

5:53 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Sang-

Beer, better.

mb

8:20 PM  
Anonymous Penderecki said...

https://youtu.be/u4k9lWbRQMM?si=H3wUeojt4rIncftX

The left is in denial. Pure and simple.

I'm not sure what kind of last-minute change of heart they're expecting from the American people, but they're not going to get it. The polls for this upcoming election have consistently shown Trump in a comfortable lead.

The man is a pig, a scoundrel, an idiot, and a walking DSM-V Classification.

And the American public LOVES him. Not in spite of those character flaws, but because of them. America looks at this grotesque man and sees a reflection of itself.

10:03 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Pen-

Not the entire American public, of course. Perhaps 50%, or 50+%. Trump will probably win (see stats for swing states), but it will be a close race, for sure.

However, he does, as the nation's consummate hustler, represent the essential values of America going back 400 yrs (see WAF). Almost all Americans think hustling is what life is all abt.

mb

11:17 PM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

https://www.spaywall.com/news/https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2024-05-27/israel-faces-new-condemnation-over-rafah-strikes-which-local-health-officials-say-killed-45

Netanyahu called the most recent butchery in Rafah a "tragic mistake." Yeah, and I'm selling the Brooklyn Bridge.

11:35 PM  
Anonymous BH said...

Dr. Berman,

I met another man yesterday at work who has heard of you and read some of your books. He agrees spot on the US is doomed. I told him about your blog and that you answer emails and that he ought to drop you a message of encouragement.

11:44 PM  
Blogger Joe McIlnen said...

Another extended holiday weekend has ended in the world’s biggest land of shit. Here’s a recap, presented as a map, of the usual deadly shootings that occurred.
https://www.newsweek.com/memorial-day-us-shootings-map-1905080

Yeah. What better place to be than in: the “Land of Exceptionalism”; “the greatest country in the world”; the U.S.A.!, U.S.A.!, U.S.A.!

12:08 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

BH-

Thanks. Be sure to tell him that my code word is Chopped Liver.

mb

4:53 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Check it out:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/article/2024/may/28/attacks-rafah-no-accident-idf-losing-strategy

10:12 AM  
Blogger Morris Berman said...

Here's a couple of surprises:

-The US pier built off Gaza is broken
-IDF tanks are now in the center of Rafah

Israel has not been able to come up w/a post-Gaza plan because its actual goal is to exterminate the Pals; wh/it can't say out loud. So current strategy is genocide, while denying it's genocide.

Plus this:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/article/2024/may/28/spying-hacking-intimidation-israel-war-icc-exposed

Is there a scummier country on the planet?

3:11 PM  

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