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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
This Lucrative Obamanoid Gift to the Already Obscenely Wealthy Is Alone Sufficient Proof to Forever Damn the Democrats as Betrayers YEAH, I'M BACK, but not -- as I shall explain in a subsequent posting -- as I had originally planned to be. I had promised readers on another website I'd complete an essay on the pagan, anti-patriarchal origins of the Scots ballad "The Famous Flower of Serving Men," which I will indeed do, and I will finish another recently begun essay addressing the unique psychological circumstances -- specifically the subjugated fatalism one might expect to find were our planet nothing... Continue reading
Because I'm a dyslexic -- severe dyslexia at that -- I have always had problems with balancing. I could not walk until I was nearly two, and even then, walking was invariably accompanied by a terrible fear of losing my balance, falling on my face and and thereby maximizing my unattractiveness, from mildly ugly to genuinely grotesque. Of course that fear went away -- the more I walked, the less I felt it -- and I was free of it well before my fifth year. But now in old age it has risen to terrify me again. I'm 78; I've... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2018 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
His Policies Express the Terminal Arrogance of Patriarchal Misogyny: That Our Planet Is Just Another Woman to Be Beaten into Submission "...indications are that the more ardently Christian an American becomes, the less he or she cares about the environment...Then there is the fact that the Environmental Protection Agency is currently headed by an evangelical, the now-infamous Scott Pruitt...unscrupulous, hypocritical, and dishonest—a walking caricature of the Trump era...But outside of the mainstream media and the coastal cities, Pruitt has supporters who like him so much that they’re willing to ignore his petty scandals and Napoleon complex. They like him because... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2018 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
ADMITTEDLY I'M FLOUNDERING. I'm trying to find a format and a publication schedule that makes Dispatches useful to the greatest number of people, primarily as a one-stop source for the preceding week's most significant alternative-media stories. And I will continue toward that objective -- selecting Dispatches' content primarily for readers who are doing their best to stay genuinely informed in these frightful times but are too busy struggling for survival to hunt down the separate stories themselves. Again asking myself the pivotal question -- who are you my readers -- I suspect some editions of Dispatches may have been intimidating... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2018 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
New Hillaryite Rule Locks Out Sanders, Any Others the DNC Won't Ok as Real Democrats, Thus Formalizing the Party's Hatred of Reformers '"We just came off a devastating presidential loss in 2016. It would seem to me the actual impetus would be to expand the Democratic Party. I just for the life of me don’t see any motivation for this beyond personal spite,' Mark Longabaugh, a senior adviser to Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign, told Yahoo News.'I scratch my head and ask why they would want to make the party more narrow and more exclusive.' Other progressives echoed Longabaugh’s critique of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2018 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
(So Began Their Boiled-Frog Reduction of Our Lives to Wretchedness) “TV commentator Chris Matthews’ book, Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit, has been a best seller since it was released last October, but there’s a lot of important material that Matthews (deliberately) left out (to cover up Kennedy's progressive politics)...Martin Luther King was relying on Bobby to enter the race, and when he did, was overjoyed, saying he would make an outstanding president. RFK had King, Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta on his side...Why does Matthews continually ignore these points? If one thinks, as his employers at MSNBC do, that Hillary... Continue reading
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If We Are to Understand How We Became Our Planet's Apocalypse Nation, We Must All Fearlessly Admit Our Blood-Drenched History Memorial Day 1967, Tompkins Park, Manhattan's Lower East Side, New York City: an atrocity perpetrated by cops egged on by Ukrainian war criminals, then flushed down the Orwell hole and now nearly forgotten. Photograph by Loren Bliss © 1967, 2018. * (Editor's Note: Never before have I rewritten a published blog post as thoroughly as I have rewritten this one, a challenging process that reveals by the delays it imposed on publication the extreme, mostly emotional difficulty I had in... Continue reading
Federally Militarized Police Add Middle-Class Minorities to Target List “Another day, another black man violently assaulted by five rogue police officers for the ever-increasing crime of BWB (breathing while black). This time it was NBA player Sterling Brown...It’s hardly news that people of color are continually harassed, but what’s been making the news lately is the frequency with which upwardly mobile, middle-class people of color are being targeted. From the two black men waiting for a friend at a Philadelphia Starbucks, to a black Yale graduate student napping in her dorm’s common room, to three black women facing down seven... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2018 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
A Mainstream Magazine Warns of "Much Harder" Tyranny Ahead; New Threats of War Give the Regime an Excuse to Abolish Our Rights (Note: much of the following was written before Trump's John-Bolton-inspired Thursday afternoon cancellation of the Korea talks, for which see "Trump Kills Korean Talks; World War III Threat Intensifies," below. I didn't make this dreadfully ominous development tonight's lead story for two reasons: one, because Mainstream Media has already covered it (albeit no doubt omitting the fact Pence threatened Kim Jong-Un with ending "like the Libyan model ended," i.e., with an agonizing death like Gaddafi's, by anal impalement;... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2018 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
One of the Now-Censored Reports Says the Army Lost Track of $6.5 Trillion in Fiscal 2015, a Sum 54 Times Greater Than the $120 Billion Army Budget Approved by Congress. Is This Inept Accounting? Or Is It Governance as Gangsterism, Complete with Under-the-Table Payoffs? DESPITE OUR NATIONAL MATHOPHOBIA -- and if the two remarkably courageous economics professors who authored this mind-blowing scoop-the-world report for the online 8 December 2017 issue of Forbes magazine are not disappeared by government agents -- these disclosures could evolve into the most devastating scandal in U.S. history. Yes, math is a big turn-off for many... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2018 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
Newspaper Report Reveals How Secret Police, Military Rule the Nation (Though the delay was unavoidable, again my apology for the tardy publication of this post.) Thursday’s edition of The New York Times carries an extraordinary, 4,000-word report on the role of the FBI in the 2016 US presidential election. Whatever the intentions of those who produced, edited and approved this lengthy account, it gives a glimpse of an American political system in which the security services, and particularly the FBI and CIA, play a critical and even decisive role...(in tyrannizing) a deeply class-divided society, in which two political parties of... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2018 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
This delay is due to technical problems I hope to have corrected as soon as possible, which means this week's edition will probably be up by Friday afternoon. My apology for any resultant inconvenience. Sunday morning's "Weekend Update" will most likely be back on schedule. Thank you for your patience. --- Loren Bliss Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2018 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
NORMALLY I ORDER the linked reports in Dispatches in accordance with news values that were mine as a daily newspaper news editor or telegraph editor. This is to say international news generally outranks all but the most significant local news, and crisis, scandal or disaster outranks everything else unless it is a positive story about some development (such as an increase in the minimum wage) that benefits us all. But those criteria vanish down the proverbial toilet in the face of the following story, which, though it is about the victimization of one man, nevertheless exemplifies the stark, Gestapo-type terror... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2018 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
Seattle Tax Fight (Scroll Down) Is Microcosm of Capitalist Viciousness While the mass media focuses on the latest daily scandals emanating from the White House, a leader of the secular left in Iran says President Trump is stepping up plans for an attack on that country which could trigger a devastating regional war with horrific implications for world peace...The Tudeh Party leader warned that the Trump administration poses a graver threat to peace than any prior U.S. administration..." See also: "The war on Iran, in other words, has begun. It has been brewing for some time." And this: "In the... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2018 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Reaches All-Time Human-Era High "Carbon dioxide measurements at Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii averaged 410.31 parts per million (ppm) in April. That bests last May’s record of 409.65 ppm, is well above the pre-industrial value of 280 ppm, and means the atmosphere of April 2018 was unparalleled in human history. Its reign will be short-lived, as May will almost surely set another record." See Also: "At it's most tame state, hypercapnia will cause headaches, confusion, and an inability to think straight." Comment: could it be the carbon dioxide poisoning that's turning so many of our alleged leaders... Continue reading
But Will Michelle Wolf's Fact-Fanged Satire Jumpstart Our Recovery? UNDER ORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCES, I would ignore the annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner. But the outcry for and against Michelle Wolf's precedent-setting denunciations of the Trump/Pence Regime and its enablers in the Democratic (sic) Party and in the Mainstream Media propaganda machine have catapulted the event into a major news item. Why do I see it as such? Because -- those who know me as a perpetual pessimist please accept my apology for this forthcoming spasm of optimism -- I believe Wolf's rightfully venomous characterizations of our JesuNazi overlords and their... Continue reading
Proposed Korean Peace Treaty Exemplifies Our Remaining Potential THE HEADLINES ABOVE and the related text immediately below combine two very different reports as if they were separate aspects of the same story -- which in oft-unacknowledged fact they truly are, intertwined like Yin and Yang. One report -- "a new era of peace has begun" -- applauds the inspiring progress the Koreans are making toward establishing lasting peace on their peninsula. The key to their success seems to be recognition by both Kim Jong-Un and Moon Jae-in of the extent to which the Empire and its plutocratic owners profit by... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2018 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
How This Blog Serves the People; How Its Service Defines Its Content A COUPLE OF READERS have asked me why I didn't link to last Friday's breaking news of the brazenly deceptive lawsuit the Democratic (sic) Party filed in federal court against Hillary Clinton's long list of selected scapegoats -- WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, WikiLeaks itself, the Russian government and of course the Trump campaign. Rather than dodge such questions, I welcome them as potentially corrective feedback; they often tell me what I need to do improve Dispatches' usefulness to readers. In this instance the questions tell me I have... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2018 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
"...capital’s capacity to produce constantly outstrips the capacity of consumers to consume, as these very consumers are, in the main, the very workers whose wages are driven down, or who are made redundant altogether, by improved technology. Ultimately, this results in a crisis of overproduction, with markets glutted, and workers thrown out of work in their millions...Increasingly unable to rely on economic coercion alone to keep countries within its ‘sphere of influence...the West have been turning more and more to military force. Indeed, the US, UK and France have been permanently at war since the eve of the new millennium... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2018 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
Is the Empire at Long Last Learning It Cannot Conquer All Nations? "They had long been in favor of ensuring this country’s 'unchallenged supremacy' by building its already staggering military into a force beyond compare...It was to be a Pax Americana planet for the ages...'a position of unparalleled military strength'...a single, unparalleled military power 'beyond challenge'... a dream of dominion that once would have been left to 'Evil Empires' or madmen (or the truly, truly bad guys in Hollywood movies). But in the world as they imagined it then, the one in which only that 'sole' superpower stood tall, how... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2018 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
TOO MANY OF US have remained comfortably oblivious to the fact all the most fanatical U.S. Christians are ominously applauding the Trump/Pence Regime as "the most evangelical cabinet in history," a belligerently Bible-thumping boastfulness frighteningly confirmed by Tom Waddell of the Freedom from Religion Foundation. The Mainstream Media propaganda machine -- ever faithful to the Capitalist mandate to conceal "the secret fundamentalism at the heart of American power" -- routinely suppresses any reports that reveal the breathtaking speed and vast dimensions of the regime's conversion of our Big-Lie "democracy" to zero-tolerance Christian theocracy. Likewise suppressed are analyses that declare theocracy... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2018 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
Trump Says He'll Bomb Syria; Russia Pledges Immediate Retaliation "Donald Trump says the United States is about to bomb Syria, and Russia has vowed to shoot down US aircraft...With John Bolton, the new national security adviser and infamous enemy of the United Nations by Trump's side, diplomacy is not in the cards." Earlier report: "Russian officials warned that any military action by the U.S. and its allies would be met with an aggressive response—targeting any U.S. missiles as well as their launch sites." See also: "'the Russian forces will confront any US aggression on Syria, by intercepting the missiles and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2018 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
Economic Warfare -- and Worse -- Looms at Home and Abroad "The corporate-financial elite is preparing the most ruthless measures—economic and political—to counter the emerging rebellion of U.S. workers against the government, the corporations and the corporatist trade unions that do their bidding." See also: "The U.S. regards the economic growth of China...as an existential threat...(and is) threatening to plunge the world into the kind of economic chaos not seen since the Great Depression of the 1930s, as well as world war if that proves necessary." ***** 36% of U.S. College Students Battle Hunger and Homelessness "As college students grapple... Continue reading
***** ***** ***** ***** ***** How Soon Will Imperial Warmongering Bring on the Apocalypse? "The countries of the West are effectively heading for war with Russia but relatively few among the public seem to know or even care...With the reckless neoconservative warmonger John Bolton now part of the Trump administration, it seems we could be hurtling towards major war much faster than previously thought...Most of the public remains blissfully ignorant of the psy-ops being directed at them through the corporate media." See also: "a twenty-first-century version of the Cold War (with dangerous new twists) has begun and hardly anyone has... Continue reading
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Anti-abortion fanatic shouts at Planned Parenthood clinic defender. Photo by Loren Bliss © 2018. ***** ***** ***** China Implicitly Warns Trump It Will Again Defend North Korea "North Korea and China dramatically showed the two nations are close allies before President Trump’s planned meeting with North Korean President Kim Jong Un." ***** Desperate to Preserve JesuNazi Power, Trump Plans War at Home and Abroad "Trump is preparing for an epic war over the future of his presidency. This has required purging naysayers from his Cabinet and White House staff, and replacing them with bomb-throwing advocates...Trump has made John Bolton his... Continue reading