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Loren Bliss
Pacific Northwest (In permanent exile from Manhattan)
Editor/writer/photographer/explorer of the human condition
Interests: sociology, history and metaphysics -- class struggle, gender conflict and the eco-human crisis; objective analysis: iconoclasm, violation of taboos, destruction of shibboleths; indicative absurdities and grotesques; laughter and the sensuality of thinking; macrocosms and microcosms of being; in short, real life -- typically as viewed from the seemingly contradictory but ultimately consonant (and often symbiotic) perspectives of Marxism and pagan agnosticism.
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Despite the Evidence, No Mainstream Writer Dares Connect the Dots HERE ARE FOUR QUESTIONS we must answer if we are to fulfill Sun Tzu's mandate to know our enemy: Might the real purpose of neoliberal austerity – perpetrator of an estimated 26,000 USian deaths this year by denial of healthcare alone (and millions more deaths inflicted by the Empire worldwide) – be Capitalism's Final Solution to global overpopulation? Could the core motive of neoliberalism be Capitalism's Nazi-minded effort to retain white supremacist rule of the planet in the face of the forthcoming apocalypse, whether environmental, thermonuclear or both? Might the... Continue reading
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East 9th Street, Manhattan, 1983 (from my portfolio; photo by Loren Bliss © 2017) But When Will We Stop Our Denial and Start Thinking Accordingly? THE TYRANNICAL INTENT of the Trump/Pence Regime grows more undeniable with every passing day. Its proofs include: the regime's fuck-you response to the mortally endangered people of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands; its relentless efforts to redefine healthcare as a privilege granted only the wealthiest citizens; its declarations of war against women and war against LGBTQ people; its threat to invade California with trigger-happy legions of immigrant-hunting Homeland Security troops; the probability it will... Continue reading
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A Tacoma Clinic Defense volunteer, left, confronts a JesuNazi who was harassing a Planned Parenthood patient. The JesuNazis shriek biblical invective at any woman entering the clinic, whether for an abortion or any other gynocologoical care. (Photograph by Loren Bliss © 2017) ***** Is Celebrity-Backed Rebellion of Athletic Heroes a Glimmer of Revolutionary Light? BEYOND THE DISTRACTION of the Las Vegas massacre, the four major stories in the USian Homeland this week are apocalyptic climate change, murderously inadequate healthcare, killer cops and expanding protests against the rising tide of death, brutality and oppression that now afflicts us much as it... Continue reading
Black Athletes' Revolt Could Change USian Revolutionary Dynamics APART FROM THE ONGOING rebellion of African-American athletes, the influence of which is already spreading beyond the realm of sports, probably the most important story in the USian Homeland right now is the One Percent's escalation of its efforts to radically reduce Working Class and non-white populations, whether by abandoning Puerto Rico to the most immediately deadly aspects of terminal climate change or by making healthcare so expensive only the One Percenters and their Ruling Class vassals can afford it. Both tactics, denial of post-disaster aid and denial of healthcare, are obvious... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2017 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
MOST OF YOU are probably familiar with at least some elements of the following story. But as a [long-ago] sportswriter and sports editor who is also a near-lifelong Marxist, I believe I approach it from a unique perspective. What began as a sports controversy over anti-racist protests by Colin Kaepernick has evolved into a nationwide rebellion against white supremacy. And its ranks are already being reinforced by high school athletes. Hence I now view this long-overdue uprising as a uniquely revealing stand against the socioeconomic fragmentation and genocidal terror inflicted on minorities and minority-supporting Caucasians by the white racist hatefulness... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2017 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
THE MOUNTING HORRORS of terminal climate change foster the sort of news reports I deliberately exclude from Dispatches, a practice that today I am momentarily abandoning. As a prelude though let me explain the three reasons that prompt such exclusions: Firstly, disasters are invariably headlined by Mainstream Media, which means all of us are constantly deluged with all such news. In contrast, the purpose of Dispatches is ferreting out relevant information to which we might not otherwise have immediate access. Secondly, Mainstream Media typically eliminates any mechanism of empathy beyond the solicitation of contributions to Capitalism-sustaining “charities.” It thus reduces... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2017 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
there will be no Dispatches today, nor any until Sunday 17 September 2017 at the earliest. Normally I manage to update Dispatches even during the always hellish week I also edit and produce the monthly newsletter that serves the federally subsidized, privately owned senior housing complex in which I am now imprisoned for the remainder of my life by steadily worsening poverty. Yes it is extremely difficult to simultaneously fulfill both sets of obligations, but until now I have succeeded. It requires an utterly exhausting work-week of at least 80 hours, physically and mentally draining when one is young, deadly... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2017 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
Our capitalist overlords have already robbed us of our (alleged) liberty. Now we must purge ourselves of any delusion they might restrain the lethal malevolence they have unleashed. READING AND ANALYZING the news as it comes to me by email, snail mail and telephone, I scan probably 100 reports per day, and from this tsunami of texts and messages choose perhaps a dozen of the most relevant* items to forward in these twice-weekly Dispatches. It is a process comfortingly akin to how, for nearly 56 years, I earned my living as a reporter, photographer, editor, creative director, copywriter or freelancer... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
MAN-MADE CLIMATE-CHANGE RADICALLY INTENSIFIES FOREST FIRES. The vultures of environmental apocalypse come home to roost in the ironically named Evergreen State, where the USian version of bourgeois environmentalism – an atrocity-fostering ideology the murderous reality of which seems 100-percent paywall-censored save for exceptions granted to its advocates – has long fulfilled its goal of protecting the Capitalists and their continuing the rape of the environment. Now the ashes of our burning planet are falling like toxic snow on Tacoma and the Puget Sound region in general. The concentration of smoke that at 19:30 PDT on 6 September 2017 officially ranges... Continue reading
(The research for the following investigative report required seven consecutive workdays, each day of at least 14 hours duration, instead of the three or four 10-hour workdays I originally estimated. The text is 1,013 words longer than the 2,500 words I initially envisioned. My apology for the resultant delay, unavoidable in the quest for accuracy and thoroughness. Normal Dispatches will resume Wednesday 13 September 2017.) I. MANY OF YOU will refuse to believe what I am about to reveal – that the Trump-Pence Regime's decree resuming the federal government's total militarization of local police departments marks the end – forever... Continue reading
MOST OF MY efforts this week are focused on completing a 2500-word analysis of a Trump/Pence decision that necessitated far more research than I initially estimated and will probably be posted later today or sometime early Friday. Hence the brevity of today's Dispatches, with my heartfelt thanks to TigerLille for sending me the URLs of Patti Smith's profoundly evocative Bob Dylan story and the report on Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' suspension of Trump's malicious ouster of transexuals from the imperial war machine. THOUGH I DESPISE DISASTER PORN, THIS HURRICANE HARVEY REPORT contains valuable information about the impact of climate change,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2017 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
FORMER TRUMP HONCHO SAYS IMPEACHMENT WILL TRIGGER CIVIL WAR. Roger Stone, a top Republican adviser to the Trump/Pence campaign, threatens any member of Congress who might vote for impeachment, warning they "would be endangering their own life." (Note: I selected this as the lead item in today's Dispatches because Stone's comments exemplify – more convincingly than anything I have hitherto heard or seen – the extent to which the Trump/Pence Regime lays bare the true horror of what the United States has become since the coup of 22 November 1963. To envision what Stone predicts, imagine the battles of 1861-1865... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2017 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
SANDERS/CLINTON “PROGRESSIVE” CRINGES AT THE GESTAPO-LIKE REALITY of the zero-tolerance USian police state. She is obviously ignorant of – or clinically delusional about – its pre-9/11 Democratic (sic) Party origins. (Note how the linked data obviously validates the suspicion 9/11 was the Reichstag Fire equivalent with which the Ruling Class responded to Congressional rejection of its earlier effort to suspend what remained of the liberties guaranteed by the Bill of Rights.) WHY THE GESTAPO TACTICS? IT'S TO DEFEND WHITE SUPREMACY, STUPID – because the Ruling Class recognizes any challenge to racism is a challenge to Capitalism and therefore a challenge... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2017 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
40,000 BOSTONIANS MUSTER ON THE COMMON to emphatically say no to Nazism. The Boston turnout was part of a nation-wide anti-JesuNazi mobilization (but given the immunity of Nazism to pacifist opposition, how effective will it actually be)? THE NAZIS' MORAL IMBECILITY WAS ALREADY OBVIOUS. The Trump-Pence Regime was warned three months ago of looming JesuNazi violence. But then Trump's lawyer voluntarily endorsed the president's racism. And – murderously anticipating Charlottesville – the Republicans were already pushing legislation to weaponize vehicles and thereby legalize JesuNazi vehicular assaults against humanitarians.Though some Republicans still vainly try to disassociate themselves from the ongoing carnage.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2017 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
ACLU CAN'T DISTINGUISH LYNCH MOBS FROM PEACEABLE ASSEMBLIES: There's no question about the willingness of the minority population and even some Working Class whites to take the necessary ameliorative action against the fascists – “fascists” used here in its broadest sense, to include the JesuNazis and all the other violent reactionaries the Trump-Pence Regime is elevating to national legitimacy. But the majority of apparently non-fascist whites, especially those of the professional and managerial castes, seem too cowardly – or too clandestinely compliant – to do more than hide behind First Amendment rhetoric that refuses to distinguish between peaceable assemblies and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2017 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
TRUTHDIG SCOOPS THE WORLD ON PHOTOS OF THE NAZIS RUNNING AMOK in Charlottesville, Virginia. Thanks to the courage and skill of New York Photojournalist Michael Nigro, we get a closeup look at the murderous malignancy of the uniquely USian JesuNazism spawned by Capitalism in its historically inevitable metamorphosis into fascism. Nigro's emotionally wrenching pictures include glimpses of the Nazi vehicular assault that crushed 32-year-old Heather Heyer to death. These images also show us how the (predominantly white) local and state cops encouraged the murder and mayhem by refusing to intervene against the Nazis, thus revealing the fascist sympathies that infect... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2017 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
JESUNAZIS, ZIEG-HEILING TRUMP, WORK THEMSELVES INTO HOLOCAUST MODE. An uncharacteristically honest Mainstream Media report on today's most indicative story, complete with an unusually outspoken Mainstream Media editorial, shows the Ruling Class is beginning to shit its proverbial pants in the face of the civil war its Trump-Pence electing treachery is breeding. MURDERED WHITE WOMAN WAS PROTESTING NAZIFICATION. I reluctantly link the Yahoo report because it is the one source I could find that includes photographic portraits of the late Heather Heyer and her African-American comrades. MEANWHILE TOO MUCH OF THE LEFT CLINGS TO SUICIDAL ANTI-GUN IDEOLOGY, ignoring the lessons taught... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2017 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
WE KNOW IN OUR HEARTS CAPITALISM IS DEATH AND REVOLUTION IS SURVIVAL, and now Fred Magdoff and Chris Williams have written a book entitled Creating an Ecological Society: Toward a Revolutionary Transformation to articulate this emotional truth so many of us feel but for many reasons find it difficult to verbalize. In response, Ron Jacobs has penned one of the most compellingly provocative book reviews I have ever read anywhere on any subject. SEPARATELY BUT IN OBVIOUS SYNCHRONICITY WITH MAGDOFF AND WILLIAMS, author Chris Wright cites Peter Kropotkin to argue that the looming apocalypse proves communism is the only true... Continue reading
(Longtime readers please note that in many Dispatches updates, links to older material are provided as background. New readers might find these older links useful, possibly even vital, in understanding the significance of the new material.) *** FROM CIVILIZATION'S PERSPECTIVE, TRUMP'S MALEVOLENT BARBARISM is “far worse than expected.” The linked der Spiegel report confirms, in a generalized sense, much of what I predicted immediately after the Ruling Class oh-so-deftly manipulated the Trump/Pence Regime into the White House. WHICH ADMITS THE NEED FOR AN ANTI-USIAN INTERNATIONAL ALLIANCE: though the der Spiegel report does not say it outright, it implicitly raises the... Continue reading
READER ALERT: In what is obviously another act of politically motivated censorship, HotMail will no longer transmit Dispatches. This is the second incident of retaliation by service providers, as America On Line (AOL) email began locking out of Dispatches transmissions several months ago. Despite the aggravation, I take this as an inadvertent compliment: clearly this material is frightening some of our corporate overlords. *** CAPITALISM AND JESUNAZISM AS CHOREOGRAPHIES OF SUICIDE: today's Dispatches open with another bitingly relevant essay by Chris Hedges that in one way or another embodies the message implicit in all of today's news items. I link... Continue reading
TRUMP RESUMES HIS WAR AGAINST PUBLICLY FUNDED HEALTHCARE, thereby proving all the victory celebrations were once again nothing more than premature ejaculations of deluded optimism by pathetically gullible fools or deliberately manipulative PseudoLeftists. The Trump-Pence Regime behaves at it does because it's waging a religious war intended to abolish all such forms of insurance. It is most assuredly not – say again NOT – merely squabbling with the Democratic (sic) Party over matters of fascist domestic policy. The religious element – deliberately concealed by Mainstream Media – arises directly from the murderous doctrines of Biblical Capitalism and its Prosperity Gospel... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2017 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
I SHOULD NOT be blogging tonight, boiling as I am in fury and wrenched as I am by fear. Yes of course I knew our Capitalist overlords and their political vassals in the Trump/Pence Regime and Congress would eventually succeed in imposing the most murderously ambitious, most malevolently devious Final Solution in our species' history. The Senate vote to debate the issue is merely a prelude to its enactment; there would have been no procedural vote were not the Senate's smirking majority leader, the mouse-faced Mitch McConnell, absolutely certain some form of the genocidal measure would be enacted. Given the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2017 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
GENOCIDE IS GENOCIDE however it is inflicted. Dead is dead whether we are killed in wars of extermination, as were the First Nations peoples; or slain in death camps, as were the peoples targeted by the German Nazis and their allies; or murdered by the infinitely more devious methods the Capitalists and their professional and managerial vassals have devised since World War II. Today genocide is accomplished not as it was at Wounded Knee by the United States Government or at Auschwitz by the German Third Reich. Such brazen tactics cannot easily be disguised by euphemisms and are therefore no... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2017 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
(Note: The following commentary is addressed to those readers who have not yet realized that Marxism provides our only means of liberation from our present socioeconomic and political subjugation.) THE OUTRAGES PERPETRATED by the Trump-Pence Regime provide us an ongoing series of wake-up calls that are undoubtedly the best opportunities for life-changing consciousness-raising our nation's sordid history has provided since the Great Depression. That's because the Trump-Pence Regime is, albeit in a decidedly perverse sense, the most honest regime to rule the Empire in my 77-year lifetime and quite possibly in the Empire's entire post-1776 history. Unlike its predecessors, it... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2017 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
IS INVASION AND CONQUEST OF MEXICO NEXT ON THE USIAN IMPERIAL AGENDA? The extreme and continuing militarization of the Mexican border has only one rational explanation: that in its relentless, ever-more-Hitleresque quest to rule the world, and in the equally relentless quest of its Biblical Capitalist overlords for additional slaves and extractive profiteering, the Imperial United States intends to invade and conquer Mexico and undoubtedly the rest of Latin America as well. No doubt too this murderous, ultimately genocidal intent is intensified by white Capitalist fears the Zapatistas might win the Mexican presidency. TODAY'S CRISIS-TORN VENEZUELA IS YET ANOTHER EXAMPLE... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2017 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia