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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
The Sneeringly Genocidal Trump/Pence Agenda Celebrates the Final Victory of the One Percenters' 84-Year Effort to Perpetuate Capitalism by Imposing JesuNazism on a Politically Defenseless Moron Nation MASTURBATED TO MINDLESSNESS by the maliciously deceptive Mainstream Media propaganda machine after being moronated to submissiveness in public schools deliberately rendered dysfunctional by the JesuNazis in service to their Capitalist oberführers, the vast majority of USians – intellectually paralyzed by the suppression of critical thinking skills and induced ignorance – have repeatedly failed to recognize the ugly reality of our boiled-frog reduction to serfdom and slavery. They foolishly try to convince themselves all... Continue reading
Given the Trump/Pence Regime's Fanatical Commitment to Fulfilling Biblical Prophecies of Human Extinction, Its Genocidal Social Policies and All-Out War on the Environment Make Terrifyingly Perfect Sense OUR LIVES ARE NOW DARKENED by what I believe to be the most ominous conjunction of events ever to threaten our species. Forget the looming environmental apocalypse or the Trump/Pence Regime's maliciously genocidal destruction of Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps and any other such necessities for human survival in the Neoliberal slave-plantation of the United States; the terrifying truth is all humans whether at home or abroad may be too short-lived for any such... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2017 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
With a Sneeringly Genocidal Federal Budget Threatening All of Us, We Should Be Rising Up in Fury, Not Bowing in Craven Submission YES, BUDGETS ARE BORING, unless they contain – as the proposed 2018 federal budget surely does – death threats to entire groups of people. Even then they are a huge pain in the ass to properly cover because proper coverage requires hours (and often entire days) of wonkishly scrutinizing line-item minutiae. Nevertheless, be not dismayed; I have chosen here the least-wonkish, most informatively readable reports on the proposed 2018 federal budget I could find. Why? Because for many... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2017 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
Loren Bliss is now following Jacqueline Homan
Nov 23, 2017
Loren Bliss is now following Jacqueline Homan
Nov 22, 2017
HR-1 Blitzkrieg Confirms Magnitude of Neoliberal Murderousness. But How Can We the People Fight Its Lightening-Fast Enactment? FOR THE FIRST TIME in a journalism career that began in November 1956, I have no choice but to lead a story with “what the fuck?” – that ultimate admission of ignorance, taken-abackedness and shock-doctrine powerlessness such ignorance is maliciously induced to sustain. Despite innumerable reassurances the House vote would be put off until next week, HR-1, the House effort at deliberately genocidal “tax reform” – that is, the elimination of myriad tax deductions We the (piss-drenched) People at the lower levels of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2017 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
Misogyny Exemplifies the Patriarchal Putrescence at Capitalism's Core HARVEY WEINSTEIN, WITH the help of key Democratic (sic) Party associates, employed ex-Israeli spooks and other private-investigators – psychological goon squads protected by judicial sleight-of-hand – in a failed effort to threaten his accusers into submissive silence. The unfolding story is especially relevant for the revealing glimpse it gives us of the depth of anti-woman hatefulness at the core of patriarchy and its favorite son Capitalism. The New Yorker's investigative report reveals the details of Weinstein's breathtakingly vast effort to assail his accusers' credibility, while The Daily Caller exposes the connections of... Continue reading
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Sen. Grassley Blames Russians for Agitating Black Rebelliousness Anti-abortion fanatic shrieks biblical invective at a Planned Parenthood patient in Tacoma. (Photograph by Loren Bliss © 2017) ****************** (Note: the following story has undoubtedly received some [probably misleading] coverage by the Mainstream Media propaganda apparatus, but the linked reports below, mostly from World Socialist Web Site, cleave through the disinformation to give us a much more complete picture of what actually obtains as the Empire mentally goose-steps ever more rapidly toward unabashed JesuNazism. Also: as of today I am again changing Dispatches' publication schedule, this necessitated by changes in the schedules... Continue reading
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And Far Too Many of Us Underestimate Their Fanaticism and Power A CLASH OF SIGNS AND SLOGANS: Tacoma Clinic Defense versus screaming JesuNazis. The JesuNazis admit their real purpose is to re-criminalize sexuality, and they often damn TCD members as "abominations in the eyes of the lord." (Photograph by Loren Bliss © 2017) THE WORST PARENTAL BEATINGS I ever received as a child – a succession of three savage assaults that left me so bruised I was not allowed to attend school until the blemishes had faded to near-invisibility – were punishment for having dared study comparative anatomy with other... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2017 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
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
Posted Oct 17, 2017 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
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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
Posted Oct 10, 2017 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
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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