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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
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
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
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
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
EXPLANATORY RANT (AKA PREFATORY WHINING): because I am more jammed up than ever – not only the time normally consumed by the monthly newsletter I edit and produce as an unpaid volunteer for the low-income senior housing complex in which I live, but as never before has happened during the newsletter's production week, the time stolen by the excruciatingly painful labor of preparing for the federally mandated quarterly premises inspection by which our overlords ensure we impoverished tenants are spit-in-our-faces reminded of our place as subhuman, god-cursed garbage near the very bottom of Biblical Capitalism's malicious caste system – the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2017 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
REVOLUTION OF 1776 SPAWNED BY SLAVE-OWNERS' FEARS OF ABOLITION: New scholarship confirms beyond argument something my Marxian father taught me 67 years ago – that the hidden motive behind the so-called “American revolution” was the preservation of slavery. In other words, what the “patriots” intended was nothing more than the 18th Century equivalent of a Nazi coup – an intent repeatedly underscored by its subsequent history, for which see also here, here, here, and here. (Disclosure: my paternal ancestors include Margaret Blisse and Mary Blisse, mother and daughter who were independent women farmers in Connecticut during the mid 1640s and... Continue reading
DESPITE DELAYS, TRUMPCARE WILL ALMOST CERTAINLY BECOME LAW, with its tyrannies compelled and excused by white USians' religiously fostered genocidal hatreds of African-Americans, Hispanics, Asiatics, First Nations peoples, LGBTQ folks and anti-patriarchal women of all races. Meanwhile the total corruption of the Democratic (sic) Party ensures the USian policy of healthcare as a privilege of wealth will endure as long as the Empire itself endures. Thus USian single-payer universal healthcare is effectively doomed for all eternity, never mind the magnitude of the public's desperate yearning for such healthcare-as-a-human-right protection is again confirmed, this time accidentally by a Republican survey. FORMER... Continue reading
Every outrage and atrocity inflicted on us by the Trump/Pence Regime is an expression of Biblical Capitalist Christianity's theocratic malignancy. THE LATEST ON THE EVER-ESCALATING WAR AGAINST FEMALE SEXUALITY: How the attack on the Affordable Care Act (i.e. “Obamacare”) is largely motivated by the regime's intent to deny Working Class women any and all means of birth control. END OF CHURCH/STATE SEPARATION ALREADY SPARKING THEOCRATIC ACTION: The Roberts Court – aka the Robber Court or SCROTUS (Supreme Capitalist Regulators of the United States [the judges who have us all by the crotch]) – has already ordered the supreme courts of... Continue reading
THIS POST IS TARDY FOR TWO REASONS. One, on Tuesday I joyfully seized a depressingly rare opportunity for an afternoon of outdoor recreation which so painfully inflamed my arthritis I spent most of Wednesday in bed (though if I have another such opportunity, I will seize it with equal joyfulness, the afflictions of old age be damned). Two, looking at the defining characteristics of USian (i.e. Biblical Capitalist, i.e. JesuNazi, i.e. murderously white Christian) governance, I was paralyzed with several hours of indecision. I couldn't decide which is worse: the ever more brazen imposition of theocracy; the ever increasing (and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2017 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
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
Posted Jun 25, 2017 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
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
Posted Jun 22, 2017 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
(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
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