Viscosity

Viscosity is generally the first leg of pubic development. After that, the class wars usually start. Typically, Mary throws the first punch, then Ed launches a paper satellite. Adam invariably starts trying to pound Truth into people whilst Yolanda flinches. Joey lunges, stopping himself mid-air like an Adobe Acrobat. Meanwhile, the primrose version of Self crumples as Ra, the god, just hangs there, suspended, stupefied. I used my dumb finder earlier then discovered I was still lost, much to my chagrin.

Viscosity also gives one impetus to simulate woodland creatures. For example, the nascent hyenas, lounging in a synthetic compound of jugular mishaps, cry with one united breath, “Look, Madge! We’re basking in it!” And then there’s that most unhappy occurrence of excrement in the jet stream that led to a meltdown in the nation’s mid-section. Blindsided, the elephant heralded a forthcoming age of Jell-O mongering. Outside the polling place, a zebra caught my eye. I took it home and felt bloated the next day. I did not eat for a fortnight thereafter. When the next election came ‘round, I encountered a giraffe outside of the polling place – a learned and gregarious giraffe. We talked of the missile crisis, chalupas, exercise fads, a Buster Keaton resurgence, the merits and otherwise of the Pissed-on Phonics craze, bling, a small section of the Louisiana Purchase (a vivisection to be precise), linguistic noodles, giant pandas, the zeitgeist and its relevance to hindsight, and the preponderance of penis-shaped objects. In fact, we bantered so long that we awoke the next morning much to our surprise outside the polling place – still. It’s a wonder we weren’t robbed, mutilated, or otherwise ostensibly violated.

To be sure, viscosity is curvy. Not all linemen are offensive, but trouble lurks within the closet. Ignatius roars, “BEHEMOTH!” Meanwhile, tenants cringe, hiding ‘neath counters and bookshelves, all the while clinging nervously to their slipshod monkey wrenches. Julia maintains a strong disbelief in viscosity whilst Cynthia channels in the corner, yelling, “SPIRITS, COME! DON’T EVADE ME, YOU ASSES! I AM CALLING OUT TO YOU. WHY DON’T YOU COME?”

Viscosity marks Time. Time marches on the front lawn. The protesters are all prosecuted, one by one. The prosecutors are then violated. Then remove the tray from the oven and set it afire. Now you’re ready to entertain with more than a dishrag!

When all else passes away, Earth included, Viscosity will remain. Viscosity is at the fore. Viscosity will see you through. Viscosity will.

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New Twitter Approach

What if you had to use Twitter to simply provide an update of your status? No opinions on the ‘news’ of the day. No links to other media.  No didactic renderings of philosophical thoughts. No commentary on religious and spiritual conundrums.  Just actual things happening to you personally, pertaining to you.

Well, that has been my new approach for Twitter in 2013. I am decluttering my mind, focusing on what I am personally able to report about me, myself, and I.

Selfish? Hardly. Factual? Yes. 

I am not entirely ignoring the world around me. But 2012 brought a sort of fatigue for all things contentious. I realized that getting sucked into the news, the twittersphere, the media hypnotism which frames the crisis du jour and the whatever it is we’re all supposed to be harking to is counterproductive to my own creativity.

So if self-preservation is selfish, I guess there’s some of that. But mostly it’s a weariness of the self-serving agendas, the cons, the manipulations, the real lack of substance to anything being peddled as content.

It’s a wasteland out there. News, TV, movies… all have fallen into a miasma of what might be the most appealing thing to the most people who are being forced into one of a few molds.

This blog post, for example, has been market-tested. It is targeted to those 30-40 somethings who see themselves as aware of current affairs but outside the mainstream. They are rebels but follow the rules. They work a job but their career is life itself. They have a family, but like to have time a carved-out for esoteric hobbies, such as large-scale origami or vintage refrigerator racing or competitive haiku. They live in small towns but shop in the city. They deposit with the big banks but micro-invest in efforts such as Small-Scale Methane Farming or Elastic Recycling or Non-Compressed Vegetation Re-Growth and Rehabilitation. All of these are hot, bleeding-edge, though-leader type of technologies . And this blog will capitalize on those types of… blase-blase ergo yadda-yadda mea culpa viacom viagra may be immersed in water shark-bait malleable trussle knobbed fortune’s club foot.

We apologize for the technical difficulties. We have spun into a psuedo-post-modern vortex of random surrealism. But that’s really nothing new.

A Laundry List for Tomorrow

Unless you have been living under a rock, you may have noticed that America runs through the quadrennial escapade known as the ‘Presidential Election’ in the coming year.  On the surface, it seems that this would give citizens of the United States the chance to vote and, therefore, have a voice in selecting a temporary leader.  Careful observers know that the average voter has little, if any, but a two-choice list of carefully selected individuals both of whom, for the most part, represent the same interests.  Conservatives who thought Ronald Reagan was a wonderful president dig their heads in the sand whenever it’s pointed out that he has a rich liberal legacy:

“Federal government expanded on his watch. The conservative desire to outlaw abortion was never seriously pursued. Reagan broke with the hardliners in his administration and compromised with the Soviets on arms control. His assault on entitlements never materialized; instead he saved Social Security in 1983. And he repeatedly ignored the fundamental conservative dogma that taxes should never be raised.” Source: Washington Monthly

Meanwhile, Democrats who thought current President, Barry Obama was going to issue in a    new era of progressiveness have been sorely disappointed.  The Fiscal Times published a litany of tell-tale signs that Obama has actually governed, in policy, as a conservative:

  • His stimulus bill was half the size that his advisers thought necessary;
  • He continued Bush’s war and national security policies without change and even retained Bush’s defense secretary;
  • He put forward a health plan almost identical to those that had been supported by Republicans such as Mitt Romney in the recent past, pointedly rejecting the single-payer option favored by liberals;
  • He caved to conservative demands that the Bush tax cuts be extended without getting any quid pro quo whatsoever;
  • And he has supported deficit reductions that go far beyond those offered by Republicans. Source:  Fiscal Times

Clearly, voters are not getting the product they think they are buying when they go to the voting booth.  On top of this are a host of other problems that the current ‘democratic’ process does not seem to have any method of addressing not the least of which include corrupt financial institutions and corrupt politicians.

So what can be done?  We at Swatting At Flies have a short ‘laundry list’ of sensible solutions:

1. Kill Citizens United.  For those unaware, the Supreme Court, at the beginning of 2010, decided, effectively, that there is nothing wrong with corporations spending unlimited sums of money to influence elections.  As reported in the Christian Science Monitor, Justice John Paul Stevens wrote in his dissenting opinion:

“The court’s opinion is a rejection of the common sense of the American people, who have recognized a need to prevent corporations from undermining self government since the founding, and who have fought against the distinctive corrupting potential of corporate electioneering since the days of Theodore Roosevelt.”

2.  Restore the Glass-Steagall Act.  In 1999, a sixty-six year old concept in banking was uprooted.  That concept was simple: there is a big difference between being a steward of someone else’s money (as in a bank) and taking that same money and risking it on investments.  First, it must be said, that, regardless of the investment, there is risk.  So, mixing these two types of financial services (banks and investments) are, by nature, incompatible.  There should be no risk involved in money of which you are merely a steward. But, two Congressman (one of which is deceased and one who is no longer in office), thought differently.  They introduced the repeal of Glass-Steagall, enough of their colleagues agreed and President Bill Clinton signed the repeal into law.  Some say the end result was the economic collapse of 2008.  Whether this is true or not makes no difference.  The fundamental concept behind Glass-Steagall are sound and should be reinstated in some form or another.

3. Kill Delaware.  Look on the map and you will see no smaller ‘state’ than Delaware.  Oops – Rhode Island is smaller – oh well.  Regardless, it could be said that if it were not for the immense power of the Du Pont family, Delaware would not exist today.  One family’s influence should not hold enough bearing on the rest of the nation to make a 30-mile wide plot of land a state.  Add this to the fact that this tiny ‘state’ is nothing more than a tax haven for corporations and corrupt politicians and you have an even more compelling argument.  If you want a nice round 50 states, add Puerto Rico

Editors note: OK… maybe we shouldn’t get rid of little ol’ Delaware as a state.  And maybe it’s unfair to blame the aristocratic hold-over Du Pont family for the ethical lapses of all of Congress.  However, something smells fishy when over half of all U.S. Corporations are incorporated in one state.  That doesn’t seem like a symptom of a healthy capitalist democracy.

So, for this 3rd sensible solution, there are really two things: 1) federalize all business incorporation so that all corporations can benefit from the tax break offered by Delaware 2) bolster the ethics rules of Congress by making it illegal for members to write laws that personally enrich themselves.

These are just a few ideas, none of which are necessarily original.  Nor are they ‘non-negotiable’ in practical terms.  The concepts behind these solutions are fundamental, but there is flexibility in their execution.  Regardless of how it is achieved, we believe we must restore the ideal of the ‘consent of the governed’ in America.

Memorial Day

As a nation, we look at Memorial Day as a time to honor those who served, those who gave their lives, defending us.  But, in recent years, we have become aggressors.  We have stretched the meaning of ‘defense’ to its limits and moved into an offensive posture.

In the wake of 9/11, this was Ok.  Nobody thought of our actions as aggressive.  They were willing to suspend any small doubt in favor of striking back.  But who are we striking back against?  The Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein?  He was a power-mad charlatan who bluffed his way to his own demise, but no.  Turns out, though he was an out-of-control dictator, he had nothing to do with 9-11.

How about the Afghan chieftains who fly under the banner of ‘Taliban’?  No.  It turns out that the Taliban did not direct the terrorists of 9-11 nor did they have any link to the mysterious and elusive foe ‘Al Qaeda’ (who are now, even as I type these words, plotting with Skeletor and the entire remaining voice-over cast of the Super Friends’ Legion of Doom to take over the frozen food section of every major grocery store on the East Coast).

Then surely it was Osama Bin Laden who was the mastermind behind the attacks.  Correct!  The U.S. aggressive stance is well justified against this very real and very well-equipped foe (he had vast amounts of pot and porn) who… whoa… not so fast.  This just in… there are reports that Osama was taken out by the er… uh… CIA… I mean… American military or NATO or someone… because he had raised his hand to say that … “well, in all actuality, it wasn’t me… I had nothing to do with it.” Well now.  That sure won’t do. Pow!

Osama sure made a great scapegoat all those years, but does anybody really know he did do it?  Some say he was a CIA operative.  Others the head of the vast evil octopus that threatens every aspect of our lives, on a daily basis creeping into our very beings with dread and fangs and large pointy objects that may blow up, especially on commercial aircraft (yet, oddly, nowhere else).

What do we really know?  All we have to go on is what we’re told by the media, who are paid by the corporations, who own the government.  We can only conclude that what we see on the evening new is not really “information” so much as what they want us to ‘know’.  Remember, the news literally stands for North, East, West, South, which is just stuff people have said from different geographic parts, true or not.  Nobody vouches for the news or says it’s true.  Much of what is said turns out to be wrong with surprising regularity.  I, for one, don’t have a crystal ball that shows everything going on everywhere both past and present, so I can only believe or disbelieve what I am told.

Mainly I disbelieve.

Yes, on this Memorial Day weekend, I am proud to say that I don’t believe a word my government tells me nor what the news services have to say.  Sure, it’s great theater, if you like simplistic claptrap.  It’s glorious propaganda that serves some purpose of which I am not even so sure.  None of it is believable to anyone but lobotomized rodents and pickled vegetables (and even a beet I talked to the other day had suspicions that Obama was actually a Republican).

But before you go feeling gloomy.  Remember my friends that doubt and disbelief in your government is a core American value.  The spirit is there.  Of rebellion.  Of incredulity.  Of independent thought.  And our government is so great at feeding us really ridiculous lies that the only conclusion I can come to is that they ardently wish to foster our wonderful, patriotic sense of doubt.

Was 9-11 an inside job?  Did Roosevelt know about Pearl Harbor before it happened?  Was JFK killed by the Secret Service because he was going to reveal the truth about Area 51? Well, it doesn’t really matter.  Because what we know is one thing – that nothing can be trusted but everything should be absorbed as part of the overall story.  Because the lies that are created can tell us much more about the true nature of those that tell them.  In truth, people will only tell what they know, those things of which they are imminently aware on a conscious level.  In lies, they reveal subconscious desires and their real nature becomes apparent.

Support the troops and don’t believe a thing your government tells you.  It’s the patriotic thing to do on this Memorial Day weekend.

P.S. A final question to ponder… with the proliferation of military contractors / mercenaries who fight for U.S. corporate interests overseas, do we count those as we remember the many who have fallen to fight for uh… our right to be ruled by these same corporate interests?