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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.
Recent Activity
DEATH OF CALIFORNIA SINGLE PAYER BILL DEMONSTRATES THE UTTER FUTILITY OF ALL USIAN REFORM EFFORTS. By any manner of reckoning, it appeared for a time California would triumph in its valiant effort to at long last topple the definitive and calculatedly genocidal USian principle of health care as a privilege of wealth. But thanks to the last minute betrayal by a Democratic (sic) legislator, that defiant attempt to proclaim health care a universal human right – never mind it was supported by 65 percent of California's citizenry – was slain by a single despotic dagger of procedural sleight-of-hand. And despite... Continue reading
Genocidal Murder – Whether by Police and Soldiers Who Gun Us Down or by Politicians and Bureaucrats Who Maliciously Deny Us Medical Care and Other Life-Sustaining Stipends and Services – Is Now This Nation's Sole (and Soul) Defining Norm THE WHITE COPS' war against African-American, First Nations and Hispanic peoples and the far broader war by Capitalists to rid the nation of all of us damned as no longer exploitable for profit won't end unless We the People wake up to the fact the targeting of minorities is but a “first-they-came-for-the-Jews” prelude to the targeting of us all. Then –... Continue reading
(WARNING TO AOL SUBSCRIBERS: America On Line [AOL] email is apparently blocking transmission of anything that bears my name or byline. Welcome to the post-Net-Neutrality USian JesuNazi Empire.) THE COUNTER-REVOLUTIONARY CANDIDACY OF BERNIE SANDERS: Black Agenda Report's Glen Ford exposes the pseudo-socialist as “the hero of the phony left.” An ultimate example of speaking truth to power – and therefore a de facto obituary for the United States. BASEBALL SHOOTING PROVOKES A SWARM OF COMMENTARIES, most of which are predictable polemics. But here, here and here are three that rise above the numbskull norm. Meanwhile, of course, the JesuNazis continue... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2017 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
WAPO EXPOSES AG'S TARGETING OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA USERS. The Washington Post proves beyond any doubt – because patients (and cancer patients in particular) are by far the most research-legitimized consumers of the drug – that Sessions intends a zero-tolerance crusade against all marijuana users just as I predicted last week. MOREOVER, THE FACT MOST CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATES NOW SAY THEY FAVOR LEGALIZATION IS MEANINGLESS for at least five reasons. (Note: the following repetitions of the “last week” link are deliberate, intended to facilitate ease of access to the reports so cited.) Firstly, Christian dogma damns marijuana as the world's most powerful... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
BUILDING SOLIDARITY – WHO'S A COMRADE AND WHO ISN'T (an essay not a rant): As I said two days ago, Sophia Burns' “Why Suffer for Social Justice” – linked here again because it is such vital reading for all of us involved in the struggle against Capitalism – is one of the most hauntingly provocative pieces I have read in many years. It speaks to me personally with such power it has triggered introspection of an intensity I at age 77 assumed was decades behind me, though that is another story for another time – if indeed I ever find... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2017 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
GOOD NEWS FROM THE FASCISTS: The annual “Report on U.S. Attitudes towards (sic) Socialism” published by the indicatively named “Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation,” states with obvious horror and revulsion that “64% of Americans agreed with the classic Karl Marx statement that underpins Marxist philosophy: 'from each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.'” The full text of the report – the same data bolstered by graphs less the ChristoFascist lamentation – also states “nearly half of Generation Z (45%) say they would vote for a socialist; 1 in 5 (21%) say they would vote for a... Continue reading
RESEARCH REPORT: TRUMP/PENCE POLICIES AND APPOINTMENTS CONFIRM THE UNPRECEDENTED TRIUMPH OF WHITE CHRISTIAN TYRANNY. We are all depressingly familiar with the ever-lengthening litany of Trump Regime atrocities against women, racial minorities, LGBTQ people and the environment. What most of us have yet to recognize – largely because mainstream media has obscured it – is how the normalization of bigotry and ignorance fostered by these atrocities is a rightfully terrifying, perhaps pivotal victory in the fanatical white Christians' 82-year campaign to reduce the United States to zero-tolerance theocracy. Analysis of the Trump/Pence record not only proves the regime is the theocrats'... Continue reading
WILL CIVIL WAR II (OR THE SECOND USIAN REVOLUTION) BEGIN IN PORTLAND? With the local Republican Party chairman admitting he is organizing a de facto Schutzstaffel for “protecting” racist rallies, it is entirely legitimate for Dispatches to verbalize the question no other USian journalist has dared ask in print. Ergo: is the skyrocketing incidence of attacks on minorities by USiaNazi terrorists another Fort Sumter – the opening volleys of a conflict that will sunder the North American population as violently did the Revolution of 1776 and the Civil War of 1861-1865? (The Sumter analogy is indeed appropriate, for the advent... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2017 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
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FIRST THOUGH, ANOTHER (WELCOME?) FORMAT CHANGE: Just as newspapers typically confine (admitted) expression of their overlords' opinions to inside pages, so will I now similarly structure Dispatches. Ergo, save in exceptional circumstances, the news items will precede the rants. For explanatory details, see “MAINSTREAM MEDIA IS OWNED BY THE SAME ONE PERCENTERS," after the last of today's recommended reports and below the photograph. NOW AS TO THE SEEMINGLY SUICIDAL DEMOCRATS: The Democratic (sic) Party's (mostly) unspoken response to our poverty and desperation – “fuck you/your lives don't matter anymore/hurry up and die” – is for many of us an everyday... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2017 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
(NOTE: Because Dispatches from Dystopia is as much work of art as journalistic fulfillment of the core socialist ethos – “from each in accordance with ability/to each in accordance with need” – it is sometimes more subject to spontaneity, i.e., visitations by the Muse, than to schedules and deadlines. Thus it was this morning. I began the day's work with what I imagined would be no more than maybe 10 minutes of memory-confirming research on how the USian Homeland became the primary sanctuary for Nazi war criminals; I'd assumed I'd be posting the finished text by mid-afternoon. But one Internet... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2017 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
YES I HAVE substantially revised this essay. In retrospect, its original form (which began with a rant about how Microshaft had nullified all my blood pressure meds with the rage and frustration evoked by Windows 10 updates), was absurdly selfish in the context of the news of Trump's appointment of David Clarke to the Department of Homeland Security as what is essentially the reichsführer over all U.S. local police departments. Indeed Clarke's appointment may literally mark the historical end of the U.S. as we have known it and signal the beginning of its (necessarily murderous) deconstruction into an openly proclaimed... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2017 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
A COUNTERPUNCH WRITER named Gregory Barrett – someone whose work I had not hitherto read – thrice prodded my alleged mind to heightened wakefulness Wednesday morning. The first prod was his title: “Hope is Our Enemy: Fighting Boiling Frog Syndrome.” The second prod was his reference to East Tennessee street preachers, a sidewalk spectacle I had neither witnessed nor consciously thought about since my boyhood years in Knoxville, but nevertheless an image painfully relevant to our present circumstances. The final prod was his bold assertion “hope...makes things hopeless,” which for a vastly larger audience succinctly summarizes a point I have... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2017 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
(Readers please note the new Dispatches format.) OUR MOST IMPORTANT but most likely overlooked reading last week is a vitally provocative analysis by Shamus Cooke that warns against the Democratic (sic) Party's already frighteningly successful campaign to co-opt the Leftward shift provoked by Trump's ever-more-unabashed Nazism. Alas, Cooke's vital work was obscured both by “mainstream media” censorship and the ever-more-deliberately blinding fog of Trumpwar. The report's undeserved obscurity was further facilitated by a woefully non-descriptive title, “The Trump 'Resistance' Is Slipping Through Our Fingers.” First published by Counter Punch and thoughtfully reprinted by Popular Resistance, Cooke's opening paragraphs neatly summarize... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2017 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
(I again feel the need to apologize for the long delays between posts: I am still recovering from a nearly fatal illness, a process my physician tells me will probably take at least seven more weeks. Hence I have decided to try a new approach to filling this space, writing shorter, more specifically focused and therefore more frequent essays rather than allowing material to accumulate into long multi-topic texts as I have done in the past. While I can't promise I'll succeed – health crises and other unanticipated interruptions seem to be the bane of my old age – I'll... Continue reading
(Though I began this piece on 25 February 2017, a combination of obstacles including a five-day emergency hospitalization for sepsis delayed its completion enough to necessitate major structural revisions. But its core point – that Moron Nation is to our species and our planet what incurable terminal cancer is to the human individual – remains unchanged.) *** THE ROCKET-BOMBING of Syria proves beyond argument what those of us on the Real Left have maintained since last summer: that behind the rhetorical smokescreens of their respective Big Lies, there was never so much as a nickel's worth of difference between Donald... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2017 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
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One of Capitalism's innumerable victims, an elderly Tacoma man who now has no home – he and his generational peers (myself included) among the tens of millions targeted for extermination by the Capitalists' proposals for murderous reductions in health care. Meanwhile no one in the euphemism-strangled Capitalist media dares call it genocide, though that is precisely what it is. Photograph by Loren Bliss ©2016 * (NOTES TO READERS: [1]- “New Name” was substantially revised on 21-22 March 2017, mostly for clarity and emotional precision. Hence I have re-posted it with a more descriptive title, a new URL, and this apologetic... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
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Photograph by Loren Bliss ©2011 * (Originally posted 7 February 2017; inadvertently deleted during website work 20 March 2017, reposted same date. My apology for the fact that due to my error this work is lost forever in Internet limbo as its original Outside Agitator's Notebook URL has unavoidably been replaced by the new Dispatches from Dystopia URL, which will make it impossible for search engines to find.) *** (Prefatory Note: I began this essay after reading and responding to “GOP Attack on Women Continues with House Vote to Deny Abortion Coverage” Common Dreams, 25 January, here and “WA: more... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2017 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
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Occupy Tacoma's last demonstration, Mayday 2012. Photo by Loren Bliss © 2012. WHAT FOLLOWS IS one of those stories I never imagined I would write – a report about an event I never imagined could happen. When I first encountered Reader Supported News, probably sometime in 2010, it seemed a welcoming haven of uncensored reportage and vital, intelligently expressed dialogue. Hence I soon became something of a regular contributor to its comment threads, and in October 2011, after e-correspondence with RSN's owner Marc Ash, I volunteered to cover Occupy Tacoma for the site. I provided both text and pictures –... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2017 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
(Quote used as headline is from Tim Buckley's "Phantasmagoria in Two," linked below.) THE CRUSHING DEFEATS We the People suffered in the past year leave us with only two alternatives: submission or resistance, either of which portend a descent into darkness of such unprecedented magnitude, its intensity and probable duration should refute forever our comforting but utterly deluded notion “the arc of the universe...bends toward justice.” What has obtained in 2016 should also force us to acknowledge the bitter truth we symbolize as darkness – tyranny, subjugation, slavery and genocide – is in fact proven by history to be our... Continue reading
JILL STEIN'S EFFORT TO nullify the 2016 presidential election by last-minute recounts reeks of Green Party naivety, typically dishonest Democratic (sic) Party sleight-of-hand and the sinister guile for which Hillary Clinton is rightfully infamous. In all probability, Stein is Hillary's figurehead, positioned to be the perfect scapegoat for the debacle that will inevitably follow if this newest campaign to monkeywrench Donald Trump's victory is even half as effective as Hillary's felonious suppression of Sen. Bernie Sanders' candidacy. Properly cynical analysis of the Stein campaign – Stein's relative innocence and limited finances as opposed to Hillary's bottomless corruption and obscenely unlimited... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2016 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
WE THE PEOPLE can no longer doubt Donald Trump is the new Hitler. Last week – particularly given the conciliatory tone of his victory speech, I said we should wait and see what sort of a president Trump would be – but his appointment of the notorious white supremacist Steve Bannon as his chief advisor tells us all we need to know. Thus before the last few remnants of our Bill of Rights are forever abolished, we who survived the Johnson-Nixon-Ford-Carter-Reagan-Bush-Clinton-Bush-Obama prelude to Trump's Fourth Reich and now find ourselves among this not-so-New Order's publicly declared targets should at least... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2016 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
DESPITE ALL THE intensified and now obviously never-to-be-diminished nastiness spewing from the Hillaryites, the one certainty about President Elect Donald Trump is that we cannot yet be certain what sort of president he will be. As I emailed a profoundly distraught friend early this morning, Trump's acceptance speech was a model of reconciliation – and no I am not being sarcastic. He said, in essence, that he intends be president "for all Americans," and that he wants to befriend any nation who will befriend us. Shortly after the president-elect had spoken, RT (which had provided what was by far the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2016 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
AGAIN I DID no writing specifically for OAN this week, and again – this time due to voluntary albeit unavoidable interruptions – I missed my self-assigned deadline. But the comments I posted elsewhere on the Internet are nevertheless perhaps worth reading. *** “DAPL Mississippi Stand Update: Protesters Arrested on False Pretenses and Illegally Searched”: The head, like the organization's name, is written with the customary millennial contempt for precise language and is confusing enough it fooled a Reader Supported News editor into captioning the accompanying photograph as having been made in Mississippi when in fact it was taken far to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2016 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
NO WRITING SPECIFICALLY for OAN this week – and my apology for the fact I unavoidably missed my self-assigned Thursday 20 October deadline – but it's been one hell of an interlude. First the National Weather Service forecast a “historically significant” hurricane-force storm for 15-16 October that alarmed some house-owning friends of mine enough they asked me to stay with them so that – should the weather have materialized as destructively as forecast – I would not have been subject to the post-Katrina horrors of survival in a low-income housing facility that would no doubt have been deliberately abandoned by... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2016 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
THE UTTER FUTILITY of trying to restore our stolen liberty here in the United States – the now-undeniable fact We the People are the disempowered subjects of a predator state ruled by gangster capitalists and their wholly-owned vassals in government, academia and mass media – is made undeniably clear by the damning revelations about Democratic (sic) Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton and her Republican opponent Donald Trump. That's because after last Friday's disclosures we now know as absolute certainty what many of us have long suspected: that the One Percent and their Ruling Class vassals, in what is probably human history's... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2016 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia