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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.
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"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
***** ***** ***** ***** ***** 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
***** ***** ***** ***** ***** 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
*** *** *** *** *** 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
Eviction notice and abandoned possessions at a former camp of homeless people in Tacoma's Irving Park after the camp's residents were forcibly evicted by local authorities who refused to allow them enough time to gather their few belongings. Tacoma claims to be supportive of those victimized by homelessness, but as always under Capitalism, the truth is somewhat different. (Photo by KD © 2018) *** Editor's Note: the portions of the following text that are both italicized and enclosed by quotation marks are passages taken directly from their hyperlinked URLs. Each passage is a brief but accurate summary of the linked... Continue reading
'Hate Speech' Posters Spearhead JesuNazi Offensive in Tacoma Area One of the JesuNazi posters pasted on walls and utility poles in Tacoma. (Photograph by KD © 2018.) * By Ryley Knowles THE WHITE NATIONALIST GROUP Patriot Front has slapped up recruiting posters at seven locations in Tacoma, Washington. Photographs of the posters -- see example above -- were published on 18 February in Washington Front, Patriot Front’s Twitter for their Washington-state activities. Patriot Front is a white supremacist group that, according to its website and manifesto, believes America belongs exclusively to its white European settlers. The group is based in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2018 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
Imperial Warmongering Continues; Cubans Thrive as Puerto Ricans Suffer "The Trump administration’s new National Defense Strategy is being touted as a sea change in U.S. foreign policy, a shift from the 'war on terrorism' to 'great power competition,' a line that would not be out of place in the years leading up to World War I...The problem with designating 'great powers' as your adversaries is that they might just take your word for it and respond accordingly." ***** "How absurd — remove an elected president with a military coup to restore democracy? Does that pass the straight face test? This... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2018 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
FIRST, MY DEEPEST GRATITUDE TO the tech support women at Typepad, my blog server, for showing me how to bypass my dead word processing system and assemble, edit and write Dispatches directly on my website at Without such expert help -- especially that most recently provided by Anna D. -- I would remain but a lost child in the alien, glitch-haunted forests of Pancomputerdemonium. (The Nurdly consensus is I was not hacked; instead, attempting to run Open Office 4.1.1 in Windows 10, I was yet another of the innumerable victims in Microfuck's ongoing war against open-source software.) Hence this... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2018 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
Regardless of the fate of Dispatches, we must fight on until Capitalism is no more and we the united people of the Working Class are everywhere in this world triumphant. (Photograph by Loren Bliss © 2016.) *** TWO NIGHTS AGO the Open Office 4.1.1 word processing system on my Windows 10 computer went stone dead. I cannot write any new documents, cannot open any existing text documents, cannot even download material from flash drives. I don't know if I have been hacked or if something else has happened -- though given a new agreement with another genuinely revolution-minded Leftist domestic... Continue reading
AS REGULAR READERS KNOW, I was badly injured in a household accident on 7 January 2018. Since then, the effort to get adequate care for the injuries inflicted by that accident has thrust me into an eye-opening struggle with Kaiser-Permanente, which took over Washington state's Group Health Cooperative last year. This fight is significant to Dispatches because it exemplifies the deadly obstacles that confront us all in a realm wherein healthcare is permanently defined as a privilege of wealth rather than a human right. Significantly, though I joined GHC as a voting member nearly 45 years ago, I never once... Continue reading
FACE IT, PEOPLE: the Empire's global thermonuclear omnipotence and its better-dead-than-Red moral imbecility means that 72 years after the presumably victorious end of World War II, the Nazis have in fact conquered our entire planet. And until we acknowledge this as-yet unspeakable fact, our efforts to build an effective resistance movement will forever be undone by our craven refusal to confront the admittedly horrific truth of our circumstances. The pivotal question of our time – by far the most potentially apocalyptic of all human eras – is whether we will remain lost in our present fog of self-deluding euphemisms and/or... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2018 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
Yes, I'm still profoundly disabled -- the pain of my torn hip and thigh ligaments and the associated buttocks-to-ankle hematoma far surpasses the anesthetic ability of my (begrudgingly*) prescribed painkillers -- but the material accessed by this Columbia Journalism Review link is by far the most newsworthy material I have yet handled, "yet handled" covering a journalism career that began in late 1956 and continues sporadically even now. It is also the most potentially revolution-inspiring story I have ever covered, and I post this link with full knowledge of its implications. Quoth CJR: Meeting with lawmakers Thursday in the Oval... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2018 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
I DON'T KNOW how soon I will be posting here again as I am temporarily disabled by a groin sprain, the diverse agonies of which include moments of the most intense pain I have ever experienced -- my "ever" including a simultaneously impacted and abscessed wisdom tooth the sudden onset of which, on Labor Day Sunday of 1969, was so devastating I passed out in the emergency room of New York City's Beth Israel Hospital. But the only metaphor I can conjure up that even approaches accurate description of the peak magnitude of this 2018 pain is the ultimately inconceivable... Continue reading
Had a severe flare-up of the weeping leg ulcers that are one of the more grotesque side-affects of Congestive Heart Failure, and after nearly eight hours at Kaiser-Permanente's superb Tacoma Urgent Care facility (formerly Group Health's), have discovered I will be mostly homebound for the next several weeks, which should at least enable me to get Dispatches back on schedule. (Goddess willing and the creek don't rise.) LB/4 January 2018 -30- Continue reading
Admitting How Fiercely We Hate Our Oppressors Is Neither Ideology nor Ideological Discipline, but It Is the First Step toward Liberation THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA MACHINE, owned as it is by the same moral imbeciles who own the USian Empire's economic and political systems and all their global subsidiaries, long ago became the for-profit version of Josef Goebbels' Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda. Exemplifying how Capitalism's momentum invariably thrusts it toward fascism, Mainstream Media was headed in that direction even under the independent ownership that characterized most USian newspapers and broadcast outlets during the years of my later teens and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2017 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
Engineered by Trump/Pelosi Collaboration, the Deliberately Under-Reported Decision Kills Any Hope of Judicial or Legislative Relief from Capitalism's Murderous Greed and JesuNazism's Genocidal Malice EVEN ALTERNATIVE MEDIA seems loathe to admit the pivotal significance of the Democratic (sic) Party's deliberately under-reported unconditional surrender to the Trump/Pence Regime at the start of the weekend on Friday 15 December. The brazen bipartisanship of the Democrats' no-impeachment-ever pact with the Republicans was certainly the most glaringly indicative, breathtakingly abject Congressional surrender in all the nearly 78 years of my lifetime. It was probably the most cravenly submissive act since Congress concluded in 1934... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2017 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
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
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