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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
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
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
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
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
Disclosure: as a Communist, a former competitive shooter, an honorably discharged Regular Army veteran (active duty 1959-1962) and a veteran of the Civil Rights, Alternative Press, Anti-Vietnam-War and Back-to-the-Land movements, I remain firmly committed to the Second Amendment right of armed self defense, especially now with the Trump-emboldened JesuNazis and their fascist allies running amok, frequently with police protection. Nevertheless... AT ITS EXISTENTIAL CORE, the ongoing U.S. protest against the legal availability of firearms notoriously favored by mass murderers is the nation's first genuinely widespread outcry against the imperial death cult of kamikaze Capitalism. The protest's potential significance therefore goes... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2018 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
New Scientific Study Proves Capitalism's Apocalyptic Deadliness "Human destruction of nature is rapidly eroding the world’s capacity to provide food, water and security to billions of people, according to the most comprehensive biodiversity study in more than a decade." Comment: our Capitalist overlords' murderous exploitation of the environment and contempt for our Motherland Planet Earth also proves their moral imbecility. Obviously their attitude is rape the world now while they can and fuck the future because by the time the apocalypse peaks, they'll already be dead. Which suggests a new name for what is destroying us: Kamikaze Capitalism. *** Bolton's... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2018 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
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This image feels as relevant now as it did when I made it in 1971. (Photo by Loren Bliss © 1971, 2018) ***** AN EXPATRIATE NEW YORKER acutely aware (as many New Yorkers are) of the multiple connections that link organized crime (Cosa Nostra, the Irish mob, the Russian mob, etc. ad nauseam) to the construction industry, the political establishment and capitalism in general, I cannot but wonder if the so-called "Russiagate" investigation is perhaps a red herring to distract from an infinitely more disturbing story of homegrown corruption and malfeasance. Something of this sort is indeed implied by Coleen... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2018 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
"The Republicans and Democrats alike ignore the underlying causes of school violence—unprecedented social inequality, unending war, the consequences of the militarization of society and the defunding of education and social programs—because a serious examination of the roots of this social phenomenon would expose their own role in creating the social crisis out of which it has developed." Comment: a vital, thought-provoking socio-ecomomic analysis that (correctly) blames Capitalism for USian savagery whether abroad or at home. ***** "I have never spoken with a school shooter, but I’ve talked with many teenage boys and young men who—though behaviorally nonviolent themselves—emotionally connect with... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2018 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
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***** ***** ***** ***** ***** Trump-Pests Blaring: More on JesuNazi Infestation in Tacoma Area Rocky Place of Patriot Front at work on a JesuNazi Banner. (Photo courtesy of Unicorn Riot) * By Ryley Knowles WASHINGTON FRONT TWEETED on 4 March that Patriot Front had once again been in Seattle, sometime late at night on 3 March. Washington Front posted two photographs that show five Patriot Front members holding up a blue banner that reads “Reclaim America” while waving four highway-safety flares. This “Reclaim America” flash demo marks the fourth time Patriot Front has been active in Seattle. Assuming there was... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2018 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
***** ***** ***** ***** ***** Growing 99% Militance Terrifies the 1% and Its Ruling Class Vassals (Important Notice: given the reawakening of U.S. Working Class consciousness and the increasing violence of the JesuNazi/fascist response, I am once again going to attempt publishing Dispatches on a twice-weekly basis, with projected publication days late Thursday (to accommodate the newest material from Black Agenda Report) and late Saturday (to include material withheld until late Friday in the regime's hope of it being obscured by weekend distractions). I don't know if I will be able to continue this schedule, as when I attempted it... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2018 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
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*** *** *** *** *** JesuNazis Blighting Tacoma-Seattle Area Since Trump/Pence Victory MAP KEY: (1)-Vanguard America posters, Bellevue College, Bellevue, 13 March 2017 (2)-Vanguard America posters, statue of Lenin, Seattle, 1 June 2017; (3)-Vanguard America posters, newspaper honor boxes in Seattle, 17 June 2017; (4)-Matthew S. Holland recruits for Vanguard America and harasses customers and security, Kitsap Mall, Silverdale. 9 Sept.2017; (5)-Patriot Front posters, Olympic College, Bremerton, 6.October 2017; (6)-Patriot Front posters, Port Orchard City Hall, Port Orchard, 8 Nov. 2017; (7)-Patriot Front banner hanging, I-90 overpass, Bellevue, 16 Nov. 2017; (8)-Patriot Front posters, Gig Harbor, 17 Nov. 2017; (9)-Patriot... Continue reading
To provide more complete coverage of several breaking stories, this week's Dispatches will be available tonight or very early Friday. My apology for any inconvenience LB/8 March 2018 Continue reading