Sunday, October 30, 2016

The Best Comment

I have something I want to say about the US-American atrocity that some call the 2016 presidential election, but today I just want to post what I think is the best comment on Montreal Simon's over-the-top condemnation of the protesters at the CLC Youth Conference:
"As a working class progressive I'd love it if any of the parties actually represented me. Instead the "best" I can apparently hope for is another out of touch rich boy who markets himself well enough to get otherwise thoughtful people to shill for him whenever anyone else dares point out what an empty suit he is, especially if they do a crappy job of it.

All JT is going to do is turn the more ignorant segments of the population against any sort of progressive or left leaning sentiment as he wraps himself up in it like a security blanket while screwing everybody with the same neoliberal crap that led us here. It'd be nice if the NDP would do their job and be a viable alternative but I guess that's too much to hope for these days.

And yet you fools are here QQing about some people being "rude" to this guy. After Bill Morneau's comments I think you clowns are going to get a real education in what being "rude" looks like in the years to come as people's situations worsen and become more desperate. Voting is of questionable value since we know someone(s) have attempted to interfere with an election at least once, peaceful protests en mass are often met with violent repression by the state while the news media does it's best to look the other way, what exactly are you expecting to happen? You think everyone is going to link arms and sing sunshine and lolipops?

You'll probably still be here, concern trolling people who dare complain about the boot stomping on their faces forever and ever."
Indeed. First Nations' leaders have given Trudeau a failing grade. Perhaps they're just stooges for the party of stephen harper? The Liberals have adopted harper's targets for carbon reduction and are continuing to push bitumen pipelines (whether the FN want them going through their lands or not) and oil tankers to China on the West Coast. The Liberals have decided to continue to give weapons to the monstrous dictatorship of Saudi Arabia, arguing that if we don't, others will. IOW: The same logic that people who sell crack cocaine to teenagers use. His silver-spoon finance minister (who joined his daddy's firm and "rose through the ranks"!) tells young people to acquiesce to the "reality" of precarious employment:
As for Morneau's "job churn," MacEwen notes that the average length of time young Canadians spend working at the same job has remained "remarkably stable since 1976":
If people are jumping from short-term contract to short-term contract with the same employer, that might suggest "the new reality" isn't quite as inevitable as Trudeau and Morneau would have us believe.
His international trade minister plans on ramming a harper regime-negotiated corporate rights bill down our throats, which gives corporations the right to sue for lost revenues should, say, something like laws restricting carbon emissions impact their profits. 
And the Liberals have shamefully betrayed 3 Canadian citizens, tortured by Syria and Egypt on our behalf.
But criticizing any of this is "thuggish."

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

A Question For My Liberal Friends

D'you suppose Liberal MPs slobber all over Henry Kissinger because they're ignoramuses and don't know he's a war criminal? Or do you suppose they do know and they like it?

Thursday, October 6, 2016

"Deus Vult"

Back in July, intrigued by whatever mental stew had inspired the detestable Davis Aurini to refer to left-wingers as "rabbits," I took the time to go through the essay in question line by line. The results of my study was that Aurini is a complete idiot who strings together groundless, often incoherent assertions into meandering, nonsensical "arguments" and upon completing one of his ravings, masturbates himself to his delusions of his brilliance.

By the end of reading his garbage I was too tired to really think about the Latin statement he concluded with, which was "Deus Vult."  About a week later I decided to look it up:
“Deus Vult” (“God wills it” in Latin) was a battle cry called out by Crusaders at the declaration of the First Crusade in 1095. Online, the historical phrase has gained popularity among fans of the strategy video game series Crusader Kings, as well as thealt-right camp on Reddit’s /r/The_Donald and 4chan’s /pol/ (politically incorrect) board, typically in the context of discussions relating to Islamic extremism and the moe anthropomorphized character Christ-chan. The phrase can be seen as the Christian equivalent of “Allahu Akhbar”, an Islamic Arabic expression that is most well-known as the battle cry of Jihadhists in Western cultures.
Isn't that special! The Christian lunk-heads have their own version of the battle cry of their Islamic enemies!

It was almost worth posting about!

But I refrained from another post about Aurini until the wonderful David Futrelle informed his readers about Aurini's absurdly bad attempt to film himself and other "alt-right" (read: "racist") losers as if they were Tarantino-esque bad-asses. Specifically, Aurini tries to imitate the credit sequence of "Reservoir Dogs" wherein the actors playing the criminals walk towards the camera and their names appear in front of them during close-ups as the song "Little Green Bag" plays.

Futrelle and his readers are all quick to point out that Quentin Tarantino is the political opposite of these losers. He supports Black Lives Matter's campaign against racist police brutality and he fucking hates Nazis.

All true. As well as the fact that four dumpy guys in non-descript clothing, plodding down the street pretending to be tough guys is mega-embarrassing when they're all around the age of thirty and not sixteen.

"Film-maker" Davis Aurini manages to appear in one of the scenes when the camera is mounted on a tripod. For the rest of it, this complete fucking moron is absent, being behind the camera. Quentin Tarantino is widely hailed as a film genius for coming up with the astonishingly original idea of having someone else filming while he's acting in front of the camera. And he came up with the master stroke in the 1990's, so there's no reason for Aurini to display himself as such an incompetent shit-head.

Aurini, the "film-maker" also hasn't mastered the arcane secrets of putting titles over-top of moving film. To display the names of the dumpy alt-right racist loser dweebs in this travesty, he resorts to inserting stills of them with their names displayed.

My god! This was a embarrassingly childish concept to dream up in the first place. And it's a "homage" to a director who would loathe everything its participants stand for. But to top it all off, it's execution is shockingly, laughably horrendous.

To think that this waste of sperm considers himself an "intellectual."

"Intelligence" is an invented concept. We can't really measure it since we don't really know what it is. And some people can be really "intelligent" in some areas and not so in others. But sometimes, there's enough evidence and general patterns of behaviour for us to know when someone is STUPID. Aurini is one such case. Too stupid to know he's stupid. So stupid that he think's he's smart. But he's really just stupid.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Positive Proposals

Just saying that since I've stopped blogging on a regular basis, and have relegated myself to merely reading and observing, I've not noticed much in the way of positive, world-changing proposals coming out of the Left-wing. Instead I'm seeing lots and lots of descriptions:

  • Donald Trump is a monster and we have to vote for Hillary Clinton
  • Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are both monsters and we shouldn't vote for either of them
  • The war in Syria is a catastrophe
  • The USA has fucked-up the Middle East
  • We've passed the point of no return for global warming
  • Black Lives Matter vs the police and revolting media shills like Sean Hannity
  • Anti-fracking protesters under corporate and government assault
  • New trade deals are horrible corporation-empowering travesties
  • Israel is acting abominably (as usual)
  • Justin Trudeau's Liberals slobbering over war criminal Henry Kissinger
  • stephen harper got a new job as Assistant-Shit-Licker-In-Chief at some corporate law firm

And etc., etc., There are some hints of positive thinking and acting among the Left: There was the Bernie Sanders insurgency (which more and more I'm thinking was a Pied Piper scam from the start) and stated aims to vote Green Party USA and thereby reject the corporate duopoly.  This is also seen in the support for Jeremy Corbyn and the left-wing resurgence in the British Labour Party, mirrored in a small way by the "Momentum" grouplet in Canada which (together with other undercurrents) has produced such charming moments as when Tom Mulcair confidently claimed the title of "socialist" for the NDP only a few short years after he strove mightily to fulfil Jack Layton's desire to have that "divisive" word removed from the party's constitution.

"Black Lives Matter" and "Idle No More" are pushing for positive things too. Besides demanding the end of their systemic abuse, they're demanding policies that will make their lives better. Just HOW they'll achieve their aims is a complete mystery. Blacks in the USA and First Nations here in Canada are political minorities; electorally insignificant in the case of the First Nations and, for the USA, those places where Blacks are not insignificant, the Repugnicans have implemented voting laws and other policies to steal their votes from them. Their demands are generally ignored by the mainstream media. And they are physically abused (even murdered) with near-impunity by the forces of the state.

Let's say that Jeremy Corbyn wins power as the head of a majority Labour government. What then? He's already under constant assault from Blair-ites in his own party. He'll have the right-wing fascist tabloids whipping up their moronic readerships into frenzies over refugees, taxation, single-mothers and terrorism. The whole slurry of incoherent hateful delusions will be constantly referred to. The capitalists will work mightily to sabotage him and blame their own deliberate economic damage to his 1960's social-democratic platform.

By which I mean that the same forces that destroyed the great postwar compromise of 1945-1970 will destroy any attempt to return to that compromise in 2016. The power imbalances that existed then are even more lop-sidedly in favour of the forces of destruction now.

Nobody is articulating any serious means by which to attack this power imbalance. Nobody is articulating any coherent revolutionary plan. (You know; like "Workers As Citizens.") Instead we're all content to run on that hamster wheel talking about Israel and police brutality and neo-liberal corruption to ours, and our specie's, dying days.