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  December 18, 2007

U.S. Government reports massive unsustainability


It's not hard to feel wealthy when you're spending borrowed money you didn't actually earn, but it is reckless to spend someone else's money and even worse when you only have a string of massive failures to show for the spending spree. It doesn't require much thinking to balance a checkbook or understand why fiscal responsibility is a good idea, but even "educated" government representatives spend money wildly to create debt that burdens citizens and lowers the quality of life.

An increasing amount of governmental funding is going towards interest payments on debt instead of actual government services. Increases in taxes do not pay the irresponsible debt but are used to create more services needing funding and thus incur more debt and interest burdens as society races to third world standards from lack of funding for services. This threatens basic infrastructure needs, not only architectural infrastructure such as dilapidated highway bridges and flimsy levees, but basic public needs like clean water that is increasingly threatened because water sources are decreasing, population is increasing, and chemical pollution is increasing.

In a speech today at the National Press Club, David M. Walker, the Comptroller General of the United States and head of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said, "If the federal government was a private corporation and the same report came out this morning, our stock would be dropping and there would be talk about whether the company's management and directors needed a major shake-up." Walker urged greater transparency and accountability over the federal government's operations, financial condition, and fiscal outlook.

"The federal government's fiscal exposures totaled approximately $53 trillion as of September 30, 2007, up more than $2 trillion from September 30, 2006, and an increase of more than $32 trillion from about $20 trillion as of September 30, 2000," Walker said. "This translates into a current burden of about $175,000 per American or approximately $455,000 per American household."

At least they honestly admit the government funds will soon be exhausted. Ponzi schemes don't play out well for governments either.

[P]ayment of Social Security and Medicare Hospital Insurance (Part A) benefits are limited by law to the balances in the respective trust funds. Consequently, future scheduled benefits are limited to future revenues plus existing trust fund assets. As discussed in Supplemental Information, the Social Security and Medicare Part A trust funds are projected to be exhausted in 2041 and 2019, respectively, at which time they will be unable to pay the full amount of scheduled future benefits. For Social Security, projected future revenues would be sufficient to pay 75 percent of scheduled benefits in 2041, the year of trust fund exhaustion, and decreasing to 70 percent of scheduled benefits in 2081. Similarly, for Medicare Part A, projected future revenues would be sufficient to pay 79 percent of scheduled benefits in 2019, the year of trust fund exhaustion, and decreasing to 29 percent of scheduled benefits in 2081.

[p. 164-165, 2007 Financial Report of the U.S. Government]




December 3, 2007

Why so few updates?

If you've been watching this site for a while, you've noticed that it's been slow the last few years. In the beginning, the Internet offered neat possibilities for exchanging ideas, but more and more it seems to be just another mindless entertainment source. I enjoy intelligent conversation with creative people but that is better found in real life. On the Internet, almost no one bothers to offer coherent ideas, assuming first that they have them, and even the best "educated" seem to only want to force others to bow to some particular viewpoint and use the methods of most vulgar fascist propagandists. These "educated" people are good at repeating silly slogans but show no familiarity with critical thought, polite decency, or the great works of civilization, instead championing whatever ideas are fashionable at the moment. This goes nowhere fast.

    Every thirty years a new generation appears which knows nothing and then sets about trying to gulp down summarily and as fast as possible all the human knowledge assembled over the millennia, after which it would like to think it knows more than all the past put together. To this end it resorts to universities and reaches out for books, and for the most recent ones too, as being its own contemporaries and fellows of its own age. Everything quick and everything new! as new as it itself is. And then off it goes, loud with its own opinions!

Internet 2.0 is an online Tamagotchi. Login and click on things to feed the system, though no part of this achieves anything. Then there are older Internet structures like forums where angry people slander each other and promote their egos, or instant messages where bored people attempt fragmented communication with strangers and usually fail badly.

No thanks to all of that! I'd rather do something real that brings results; consequently my time is invested in the real world with real people.


October 1, 2007

Coalition of the Rabble
Protesting is not activism, pt.2

I was in Washington DC this weekend and though I had no idea that there would be a huge book fair clogging up the streets and main Mall area, I noticed there was also a great example of a pointless protest taking place.


Though this group had signs and fliers, there wasn't much of a crowd, not that that could have changed the outcome. Why would Congress be changed in any way by what a few thousands or a few million marchers think? Marches and protests come and go every week without change happening. This one was no different.
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September 28, 2007

Salutation

O generation of the thoroughly smug
    and thoroughly uncomfortable,
I have seen fishermen picnicking in the sun,
I have seen them with untidy families,
I have seen their smiles full of teeth
    and heard ungainly laughter.
And I am happier than you are,
And they were happier than I am;
And the fish swim in the lake
    and do not even own clothing.

- Ezra Pound



September 18, 2007

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

Meditations serves as a Traditional holy book that provides wisdom and counselling in difficult times. Its spirituality is deep, its advice eternal, and its lessons easily demonstrated. It is a good antidote to individuality and helpfully reminds that personal lives are short and the larger whole is what matters, but the self is completely unimportant.

Paired with long walks, Meditations will clarify the deepest and most troubling questions when given the proper quiet, reflection, and receptivity.

You are doing yourself violence, violence my soul; and you will have no second occasion to do yourself honor. Brief is the life of each of us, and this of yours is nearly ended, and yet you do not reverence yourself, but commit your well-being to the charge of other men's souls.
[II, 6]

If it is in your power to decide, why do you do it? But if in another's, whom do you find fault with? The atoms or the gods? Either is madness. You must find fault with no one. If you are able, put him right; if you can't do this, at least put the thing itself right; but if you can't even do this, to what purpose still does fault-finding tend? For nothing should be done without a purpose.
[VIII, 17]

Gentleness is invincible, if it be genuine and not sneering or hypocritical. For what can the most insolent do to you, if you continue to be gentle to him, and, if opportunity allows, mildly admonish him and quietly show him a better way at the very moment when he attempts to do you injury: 'No, my child; we came into the world for other ends. It is not I that am harmed, but you are harmed, my child.' And point out with tact and on general grounds that this is so, that not even bees act like that nor the many creatures that are by nature gregarious. But you must not do it ironically or as if finding fault, but affectionately and not feeling the sting in your soul, nor as if you were lecturing him or desired some bystander to admire you, but even if others are present, just in the way you would address him if you were alone.
[XI,18]



September 9, 2007

Islam is metaphorical, not literal

You should take care not to interpret Islam as the television commentators tell you to. Spiritual leaders like Bin Laden suggest a metaphorical interpretation of their religion in the same way that Europeans, especially Germans, made Judeo-Christianity digestable to their people. There are no imaginary worlds, there is only the peace and joy of living for the purpose for which you were created, for defending your people from the threats of the wicked who desire your destruction, and being unified in all thoughts and action to live as you believe, to give yourself to a larger whole. Living in a simple and focused way is bliss, and dying while doing one's duty is heroic and blessed, compared to cowards who are afraid to speak up or even defend themselves when encroached upon.

While there are surely idiotic Muslims who are as literal as the dumbest Judeo-Christians, studying the thoughts of morons is senseless. Instead, read the metaphor of the most intelligent spiritual leaders. Here you will find Bin Laden is a part of the tradition of Aurelius, Eckhart, and Silesius with parallels to Hindu spirituality that is derived from and uniquely preserves the original Indo-European spirituality.

Do you think the ancient Romans, Greeks, Norse, or any other Europeans believed in a literal Valhalla and that their gods literally existed? They are archetypes of nature/reality and placeholders or references for what is observed in life, not imaginary entities that people dream about stupidly.

It makes sense that this is unknown to people outside of a spiritual tradition and thus there is only a literal Judeo-Christian interpretation of other cultures, but this is a dead-end that only yields ridiculous conclusions. You have to look at what is being spiritually communicated instead of treating it as a material claim of imaginary entities and worlds existing.



September 8, 2007

Osama in the tradition of Plato

People of America: the world is following your news in regards to your invasion of Iraq, for people have recently come to know that, after several years of the tragedies of this war, the vast majority of you want it stopped. Thus, you elected the Democratic Party for this purpose but the Democrats haven't made a move worth mentioning. On the contrary, they continue to agree to the spending of tens of billions to continue the killing and war there, which has led to the vast majority of you being afflicted with disappointment.

So in answer to the question about the causes of the Democrats' failure to stop the war, I say: they are the same reasons which led to the failure of former president (John F.) Kennedy to stop the Vietnam war.

Those with real power and influence are those with the most capital. And since the democratic system permits major corporations to back candidates, be they presidential or congressional, there shouldn't be any cause for astonishment, and there isn't any, in the Democrats' failure to stop the war.
[Osama bin Laden, September 2007]

Your information media, during the first years of the war, lost its credibility and manifested itself as a tool of the colonialist empires, and its condition has often been worse than the condition of the media of dictatorial regimes which march in the caravan of a single leader.

Among the things which catch the eye of one who considered the repercussions of your unjust war against Iraq is the failure of your democratic system, despite it raising the slogans of justice, liberty, equality and humanitarianism. It has not only failed to achieve these things, it has actually destroyed these and other concepts with its weapons - especially in Iraq and Afghanistan - in a brazen fashion, to replace them with fear, destruction, killing, hunger, illness, displacement and more than a million orphans in Baghdad alone, not to mention hundreds of thousands of widows. American statistics speak of killing more than 650,000 people of Iraq as a results of the war and its repercussions.

It has become clear to all that they are the real tyrannical terrorists. In fact, the life of all mankind is in danger because of global warming resulting to a large degree from the factories of major corporations. Yet, despite that, the representative of these corporations in the White House insists on not observing the Kyoto accord, with the knowledge that the statistics speaks of the death and displacement of the millions of human beings because of that, especially in Africa. The greatest plagues and most dangerous threats to human lives is taking place in an accelerating fashion as the world is being dominated by the democratic system, which confirms its massive failure to protect humans and their interests from the greed and avarice of the major corporations and their representatives.

Despite this brazen attack on the people, the leaders of the West - especially Bush, Blair, Sarkozy and Brown - still talk about freedom and human rights with a flagrant disregard for the intellects of human beings. So is there a form of terrorism stronger, clearer and more dangerous than this? This is why I tell you: as you liberated yourselves before from the slavery of monks, kings, and feudalism, you should liberate yourselves from the deception, shackles and attrition of the capitalist system.

If you were to ponder it well, you would find that in the end, it is a system harsher and fiercer than your systems in the Middle Ages. The capitalist system seeks to turn the entire world into a fiefdom of the major corporations under the label of "globalization" in order to protect democracy.
[Bin Laden transcript, September 2007]

The people are free, each will choose a life to suit himself, diverse; there is a lack of compulsion, tolerates all kinds. The city would not force people to govern. Obedience to authority is not required, no one is forced to go to war not to keep peace. There is leniency to criminals. The society is very permissive.

"In its diversity and disorder it proceeds to dispense a sort of equality to equal and unequals alike" (558c)

Anarchy = liberty; improvidence = grandeur, shamelessness = courage (561a)

His life LACKS ORDER but he claims that is a life of pleasure (561 d)

"Democracy is undone by the same vice that ruins oligarchy. But because democracy has embraced anarchy, the damage is more general and far worse, and its subjugation more complete. The truth is, a common rule holds for the seasons, for all the plants and the animals, and particularly for political societies: excess in one direction tends to provoke excess in the contrary direction" (564)
[Teaching Plato in Translation]



August 8, 2007

Germans knew about American "Liberators" in 1944
Another example of how the world changes little in a century

Thank Jehovah for insane invaders who lie their way into other people's countries where they then destroy everything for profit and offer their best intentions to impose culturelessness, insanity, and every innovative flavor of failure.

Other nations of the world fear the "Liberators" because they don't want to be destroyed by a gang of profiteers and have their people forced to take on the "Liberator's freedom" which will surely make their nation inferior and in debt. At the same time, the newly "liberated" is required to offer false praise for failure. Any sensible person would avoid facing such a threat by any means possible, even risking their nation however it must be gambled, because to fail in preserving one's cultural autonomy would mean certain destruction at the hands of the "liberators."

German poster about American Liberators, 1944

August 7, 2007

"The new man is still evolving. Indeed, he is not yet visible to everyone, for he does not come from the noisy centre which constantly attracts the attention of the crowd, but from the quiet periphery. Every force that is destined to topple an age which has run its course comes from the periphery of that age with all its values and pseudo-values. It is in the moments of great crisis in the emergence of the new that the 'outsiders' take on their special function of forming the nucleus of a new centre around which the coming world will henceforth order itself."

-- E. GŁnther GrŁndel, Die Sendung der jungen Generation, Munich, 1933


June 25, 2007

Majority opposes leaders of Democracy

Indeed, democracy is out of favor throughout the Western world. In the UK and Europe, peoples are being forced, despite their expressed opposition, into an EU identity that they reject. British PM Tony Blair and his European counterparts have decided on their own that the people do not know best and that the people will be ignored. As former French PM Valery Giscard d'Estaing told the French newspaper, Le Monde, "Public opinion will be led to adopt, without knowing it, the proposals that we dare not present to them directly." Giscard d'Estaing is referring to the resurrection of the rejected EU constitution camouflaged as a treaty. Giscard d'Estaing acknowledges that 450 million Europeans are being hoodwinked. Why should Americans be surprised that they have been and are being hoodwinked?

Americans might have more awareness of their peril if they realized that their leaders no longer believe in democratic outcomes.
[The Reign of the Tyrants is at Hand]

A new Gallup Poll shows only 14 percent of Americans have confidence in Congress, 18 percent in big business, 22 percent in newspapers, and 25 percent in the president.
[Milwaukee Business Journal]

It would be interesting if the institutions intended to serve the public could be made to do so. Imagine a nation where the leaders served the people instead of corporations, the newspapers informed the people instead of entertaining them with cliches and agendas, and corporations had social responsibility instead of desiring to extract profit at any cost -- especially saddling the public with the costs of pollution, third-world immigration, and other "clever" ways to irresponsibly generate profit by passing costs on to the public.


May 28, 2007

Individualism means no one needs to be responsible

Research from a British university suggests a common preservative found in drinks such as Fanta and Pepsi Max has the ability to switch off vital parts of DNA.

Concerns centre on the safety of E211, known as sodium benzoate, a preservative used for decades by the 74bn global carbonated drinks industry. Sodium benzoate derives from benzoic acid. It occurs naturally in berries, but is used in large quantities to prevent mould in soft drinks such as Sprite, Oasis and Dr Pepper. It is also added to pickles and sauces.

Sodium benzoate has already been the subject of concern about cancer because when mixed with the additive vitamin C in soft drinks, it causes benzene, a carcinogenic substance. A Food Standards Agency survey of benzene in drinks last year found high levels in four brands which were removed from sale.

Now, an expert in ageing at Sheffield University, who has been working on sodium benzoate since publishing a research paper in 1999, has decided to speak out about another danger. Professor Peter Piper, a professor of molecular biology and biotechnology, tested the impact of sodium benzoate on living yeast cells in his laboratory. What he found alarmed him: the benzoate was damaging an important area of DNA in the "power station" of cells known as the mitochondria.

He told The Independent on Sunday: "These chemicals have the ability to cause severe damage to DNA in the mitochondria to the point that they totally inactivate it: they knock it out altogether.

"The mitochondria consumes the oxygen to give you energy and if you damage it - as happens in a number if diseased states - then the cell starts to malfunction very seriously. And there is a whole array of diseases that are now being tied to damage to this DNA - Parkinson's and quite a lot of neuro-degenerative diseases, but above all the whole process of ageing."
...
Coca-Cola and Britvic's Pepsi Max and Diet Pepsi all contain sodium benzoate. Their makers and the British Soft Drinks Association said they entrusted the safety of additives to the Government.

In capitalism no one is responsible for producing chemicals and promoting them for people to consume.

[the Independent]


March 10, 2007

Happy Birthday Osama

Osama bin Laden, dissident voice against American-Israeli occupation and meddling in Muslim nations, turns 50 today. Though the media pretends not to understand his thoughts and motivations, they are readily published and available for study by anyone who desires awareness of the rational cause of world events.

His statements are remarkably consistant and understandable, unlike those of American politicians who say whatever the polls support, and still the media offers the usual slander that dismisses any disliked ideas as "rambling." Further, Osama bin Laden's statements about the Middle East predict how occupation would go for the U.S., most notably in Iraq, as the last remaining "superpower" is revealed to be an impotent paper tiger. Following the USSR's failed occupation, the U.S. is now falling into third world status as it becomes undone by bankrupcy from decades of increasing debt intended to create the appearance of wealth, while hopeless war losses now make its bluffs of force no longer taken seriously by other nations.

A reaction might take place as a result of the US government's hitting Muslim civilians and executing more than 600,000 Muslim children in Iraq by preventing food and medicine from reaching them. So, the US is responsible for any reaction, because it extended its war against troops to civilians.
...
We saw the brutality of the Russians bombing Mujaheddins' positions, by grace of God, we dug a good number of huge tunnels and built in them some storage places and in some others we built a hospital. So our experience in this jihad was great, by the grace of God, praise and glory be to Him, and the most of what we benefited from was that the myth of the superpower was destroyed not only in my mind but also in the minds of all Muslims. Slumber and fatigue vanished and so was the terror which the U.S. would use in its media by attributing itself superpower status or which the Soviet Union used by attributing itself as a superpower.
[CNN interview (1997)]

I say to you that security is an indispensable pillar of human life and that free men do not forfeit their security contrary to Bush's claim that we hate freedom. If so, then let him explain to us why we didn't strike-for example-Sweden.

No we fight you because we are free men who don't sleep under oppression. We want to restore freedom to our Nation and just as you lay waste to our Nation, so shall we lay waste to yours. No one except a dumb thief plays with the security of others and then makes himself believe he will be secure whereas thinking people when disaster strikes make it their priority to look for its causes in order to prevent it happening again.
[Bin Laden's Video (Oct. 29 2004)]

Due to its subordination to the Jews, the arrogance of the United States regime has reached the point that they occupied Arabia, the holiest place of the Muslims, who are more than 1 billion people in the world today. For this, and other acts of aggression and injustice, we have declared jihad against the U.S.
[CNN interview (1997)

We believe that the biggest thieves in the world are Americans and the biggest terrorists on earth are the Americans. The only way for us to defend [against] these assaults is by using similar means. We do not differentiate between those dressed in military uniforms and civilians. They're all targets in this fatwah. You will leave when the bodies of American soldiers and civilians are sent in the wooden boxes and coffins.
[ABC Nightline interview (1998)


February 25, 2007

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February 13, 2007

The goal of every nation is to produce examples of their superior people, even if this amounts to only one or two people worth showing each century. The capacity of such people and their vitality for positive influence and leadership demonstrates the worth of the underlying stock and the ascending purpose for which they aspire.

At a recent National Symphony Orchestra concert, young French brothers Renaud and Gautier Capuçon showed why their nation's continuity of classical tradition was worthwhile, even if modern France is in distress. Though almost no substantial music has been written in the last century, earlier works when culture was still creative and healthy offer a treasure that belongs to all who still have attention spans and functional minds. Their performance of the Brahms Double Concerto was not only technically accurate, as is expected of a world class appearance, but impressively communicated the passion and purpose of the composition with an artistic wisdom that is only seen from accomplished musicians.


Renaud and Gautier Capuçon

After three ovations for their performance, intermission followed with the curiosity of what the closing piece could do to top the Brahms classic, since it is customary for a program to save the best for last. Conductor Leonard Slatkin introduced the final piece by American modernist John Adams. He lamented that it was hard to think of the last composition to be added to the orchestral repertoire, though certainly there have been none for over 50 years. From here he tried his best as an apologist for Minimalism, as if it was a chosen form instead of being the only possible product of composers who have no ideas to express. The audience laughed at his description of how musical hacks like Philip Glass and Steve Reich wrote tedious simplistic loops, but it seemed impossible to seriously confront the artistic paucity of the last century after many centuries of increasingly superior creations.

It is considered offensive to talk about what has made culture barren, or to suggest that "progress" might actually be decadence, or that the project of modernity has resulted in dysgenic and chaotic ordering that measures inferior when compared to a unified, healthy population that maintains its classical traditions, purpose, and ideas. But consider where the praise for modernity comes from -- only itself. It attempts to silence all alternatives and portray them as backwards, though for all its bluster and lofty sounding ideals, modernity never yields fruit. If one is to believe modernity, the only way forward (to what and why?), is to submit to modernity. You are asked to have faith for rewards that never come only to watch the execution, burial, and mockery of every great inspiration, philosophy, creative work, and social realization that was the product of endless generations, only to be replaced with the vapid trash of the last few decades.

With the average age of the people in attendance hovering around 70, and even the best orchestras battling financial troubles every year, it is fairly clear that a different approach to maintaining meaningful culture must be undertaken in an age where people prefer 4 minute pop songs, pointless movies, simulations of video games, and television spectatorship to the meaningfulness of real life. That the last century has consisted of people like the "Greatest Generation" who were unable to bequeath their cultural inheritance and seemingly didn't care, resulting in a practical stupor of artistic and intellectual impoverishment that we all suffer, though people today have wonderful self-esteem and certainty of their imagined gifts.

We who know our connection with the past and grasp its value constitute the living remnant of traditions that are thousands of years rich and stand on their own. We who can still feel passion, can still think rationally, and can understand the subtleties in abstract expression remain capable of understanding great literature, philosophy, art, culture, and other higher forms of civilization to which modern man is unfamiliar and illiterate.

It is neither fair nor honest to call failed efforts, like those of the Minimalists, quaint or cute attempts at art. An artist's quintessential purpose is to voice new ideas, not merely to promote a novel form or seek an egotistical platform for their individualism. Most of all, errors should be politely corrected. Certainly it is wrong to allow them to stand unchallenged so that others innocently waste time and effort exploring them, having received no sensible warnings or alternatives from wise elders.

Those of us who retain the living wealth of the past stand as the sole inheritors and interpretors of a once vibrant culture. Though reintroduction of the eternal in a time of great boredom and disposal often seems difficult, we should take solace in our unseen allies that continue to appear unexpectedly and the historical proof that it will only take a hundred of us to bring forth a burst of great works that will revive culture after a century of restless slumber.


February 13, 2007

Ship of Fools


February 10, 2007

Transitioning the U.S. to third-world status

You know your empire's crumbling when its considered an achievement to pretend that you've halved the rate at which you're adding to the massive mountain of debt you've already accumulated.

You know your empire's crumbling when almost half the soldiers in that war are high-paid mercenaries, and you don't dare institute a draft.

You know your empire's crumbling when you blow off international law that you once helped create, and undermine the institutions of international governance that you once helped build.

You know your empire's crumbling when the predatory class has taken over your government and is stripping the country of everything not bolted down to the floor. And then it sells the floor itself, as well, to your rivals.
...
David Michael Green


January 6, 2007

For the New Year. - I am still living, I am still thinking: I have to go on living because I have to go on thinking.

F.W.N.


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