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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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(Even so, let us preface our reading by contemplating the blessings given us by our Mother Earth, whom survival commands us to defend; thus may Her radiance empower us to forever dispel the patriarchal darkness.) (Photo by KD ©2023) ================================================== ORIGINALLY I HAD intended to lead this edition of Dispatches by exposing an outrageous example of the moral imbecility that fuels gentrification -- specifically a report on how the vindictively capitalist Tacoma mayor and city council back-stabbed the municipality's lowest-income renters, with the proverbial knife a provision deliberately hidden in the deceptive wording of an alleged “tenant rights” ordinance. But... Continue reading
(That estimated reading time is for the full 12,689 words; the longest of these nine pieces, Part VIII, is 2,138 words; the shortest, Part I, is 231 words. The entire text is sectionalized to be read like a book, a part or two at a time. ) The second of two ruined A-frame dwellings at the wildly overgrown site of a wrecked and long-abandoned Back-to-the-Land commune I discovered while grouse hunting with my dog LeeRoy during a fall afternoon in 1992. The violence done to the communal structures before their abandonment and the extent to which they had already been... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2023 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
(Even so, let us preface our reading by contemplating the blessings given us by our Mother Earth, whom survival commands us to defend; thus may Her radiance empower us to forever dispel the patriarchal darkness.) Photograph by KD ©2023: from a work-in-progress, an unabashedly worshipful embrace of our environment. ****************** THROUGH NO FAULT of our own, most of us in the 99.9 Percent are unaware that white supremacists have been attacking our constitution's 14th Amendment -- which overturned the Dred Scott Decision by granting U.S. citizenship to African Americans and anyone else "born or naturalized" in the USian states or... Continue reading
(But let us first contemplate the Mother our survival commands us to defend; may Her radiance empower us to forever dispel the patriarchal darkness.) Photograph by KD ©2023: from a work-in-progress, an unabashedly worshipful embrace of our Mother Earth. ****************** I CANNOT REMEMBER, in all the decades I've followed such matters, a more relentlessly disturbing -- and not infrequently terrifying -- outpouring of news reports, whether from within the USian imperial homeland and its European colonies or from an oft-provoked Russian Federation that appears increasingly on the brink of precisely the sort of internal chaos that could make a world-ending,... Continue reading
But First Some Unfinished Business... Here's the photo I tried to run on 31 May but couldn't due to what blog-server Typepad apologetically says was a software breakdown: from the 1967 Memorial Day Police Riot in Manhattan's Tompkins Square Park. (Photo by Loren Bliss © 1967, 2011, 2022, 2023; thanks to Publisher Scott Orr, this work was resurrected last year by an NYC art journal, BSceneZine, Volume 1, issue 9.) ****************** TO UNDERSTAND HOW “Make America Great Again” is in horrible truth a euphemism for “Make America Hate Again,” it is necessary we recognize why the New Deal was so... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2023 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
Three Utterly Terrifying News Reports Biden Shows His True (Christonazi) Colors on Abortion: This past winter, the Biden Regime appeased the far right by leveling severe charges against abortion rights defenders. Now, the activists targeted in the federal crackdown are also facing legal attacks from an anti-abortion group and Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis. In addition to the federal criminal charges — which carry a sentence of 12 years in prison — Florida’s attorney general sued two of the activists for damages. Heartbeat of Miami, a “crisis pregnancy center,” is also absurdly alleging that all four activists were engaged in... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2023 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
FIRST, MY APOLOGY FOR AN UNAPOLOGETIC CONCLUSION: As regular readers know, I have struggled for some time – years, actually – with my desire to move this blog “beyond” politics, with the explanation for my sarcasm quotes in this passage's concluding paragraph. I was motivated by the psychological nausea inflicted by the fact today’s politics are overwhelmingly those of the relentless capitalism-inflicted apocalypse, utterly hopeless and therefore infinitely depressing, a condition for which I had hoped to evolve textual and photographic antidotes for myself that would also serve those of you who regularly read this blog. But now at long... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2023 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
Knoxville, August 1969, the last time I would see my father alive. Negative and print damaged in the 1983 arson fire but salvaged from the rubble a year later. (Tri-X at 800 ASA; 35mm Summicron on M4 Leica.) Photo by Loren Bliss © 2023. * THOUGH MY CHILDHOOD taught me to cherish solitude for its self-healing opportunities, it was not until the extended isolation imposed by the Covid quarantine had I time enough to sort the trauma of growing up in a savagely dysfunctional family -- wounds that had remained the psychological equivalents of open sores because I never earned... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2023 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
But First, an Essential Explanation... MY APOLOGY FOR again breaking my no-more-politics promise. As I stated on 7 November 2022, my long-term intent is to repurpose this blog into an anthology of age-appropriate autobiographical reflection and -- should the project taking shape in my mind convince me of its worthiness for print -- an effort at writing fiction, the latter a medium I abandoned after Roberta Tyson, then a Viking Press editor, damned me in my mid-20s as a presumptuous fool with no writing talent whatsoever. The reasoning behind my attempt to divorce Dispatches from Dystopia from politics is an... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2022 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
Biden's Promised "Compromise" Is a Death Sentence for Millions FIRSTLY, BIDEN'S CONCILIATORY speech proves once again the "Democratic" (sic) Party's only true post-JFK function is slavishly serving our Masters as the Fifth Column of the "Republican" (sic) Christonazi/Neoconfederate Party. Why else would Biden the Beguiler voice the de facto unconditional surrender of pledging "compromise" with the sworn enemies of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and any other program that might benefit the 99 Percent? Secondly, note how the Mainstream Media Propaganda Machine -- the world's first privately-owned, for-profit version of Josef Goebbel's Reich Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda -- is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2022 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
As RSN Proved by Imposing Censorship to Protect Hillary, Most So-Called "Alternative Media" Ultimately Serve Our Masters, a Truth Affirmed by Suppression of the Following Two Comment-Thread Posts Posted 29 October 2022 on the comment thread of "An Unbelievable Story of Rape," which ProPublica billed as one of its five most popular reports ever, these remarks survived the site's ever-vigilant censors for maybe 10 seconds: THE MISSING ELEMENT in this otherwise superb job of reporting is the infinitely vicious class prejudice by which all lower-income people of any race or ethnicity are victimized in the inescapably Ayn-Randified, Prosperity-Gospel-tyrannized, existentially nazified,... Continue reading
W. Eugene Smith, the late world-class humanitarian photojournalist, in Seattle c. 1976. A fanatical Ansel Adams cultist had just shouted both of us down for attempting to discuss how the nation's then-skyrocketing inflation was locking lower-income people out of the technology required for professional-quality photography. The critic, an obviously wealthy white male, damned us for "attempting to politicize art" -- a nasty, morally imbecilic response that drew applause from everyone else in the room -- astounding Mr. Smith, but again confirming what I already knew to be Seattle's most definitive trait, an existential-nazi viciousness compounded by the most hateful, often... Continue reading
WHILE LIBRE OFFICE Writer has always been obnoxiously crash-prone, in every one of its other innumerable crashes it always restored my work. But this time -- despite a restoration already underway -- it destroyed nearly three dozen pages of critically important work-in-progress, the Dispatches-related research notes and original writing that would have been the completion of the essays posted 28 July and 21 August: taboo-breaking material I was shaping into a final form to be posted later tonight or early tomorrow. Of course I know all open-source software is essentially defenseless – that’s why it’s free – but I am... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2022 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
Organic vegetables grow most productively when they're consciously planted in worshipful recognition of our absolute dependence on our planetary mother's beneficence. This was my 1995 back-country garden amidst its 31 July-1 August celebration of Bron Trogain/Lughnasadh. (Photo by Loren Bliss © 1995, 2022) ***** ARCHAEOLOGY AND ANTHROPOLOGY -- see especially the works of Robert Graves, Marija Gimbutas, Barbara Mor, Gavin Menzies, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Thomas E. Sanders and Walter W. Peek -- strongly suggest there was indeed an evolutionary arc toward humanitarian cooperation and justice during the approximately 194,000 years before the terminally ecogenocidal imposition of patriarchy began turning our previously... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2022 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
AFTERMATH: a young woman finds an antique colander in the debris and wreckage washed ashore by the unprecedented high tides of an unusually severe winter storm. (Photo by Loren Bliss ©2022) ***** WE ARE SUBJUGATED as we now are primarily because our conditioned ignorance and gullibility allow nearly all of us -- no matter how sophisticated we might imagine ourselves -- to be seduced by three of our species' most deceptively camouflaged intellectual malignancies. The seductiveness of these symbiotic falsehoods is so overwhelming, not even the clarifying might of dialectic materialism -- Marxism's presumably impenetrable defense against irrationality -- seems... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2022 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
(Sorry; with Permanently ChristoNazified SCOTUS Defiantly Resurrecting the Racism and Misogyny of the Confederacy and the German Third Reich, Moron Nation's Skyrocketing Horrors Force My Reversion to Political Reporting.) FEEL AGAIN THEIR NOW-TRIUMPHANT HATE -- Thanks to the "Democratic" (sic) Party's post-22-November-1963 function as the permanently Christo-Nazified Republican Party's treasonous Fifth Column, we'll be subjugated by the GOP's lifetime Supreme Court appointments until we the people of the 99 Percent are either dead or eternally enslaved and the remnants of our nation either completes our Masters' ever-more-obviously intended destruction of the world or by some miracle is added to the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2022 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
Spring is Springing! Praise to the Maiden and all the joy that she brings. (Photo by Loren Bliss ©2015) ***** THE UKRAINE WAR has rekindled the nagging underture of terror about which, mostly for the emotional protection of my first wife, I dutifully maintained silence throughout the entire Cuban Missile Crisis. At the time the crisis became public, 16 October 1962, I was six weeks to the day beyond my return from Korea and release from three years of active Regular Army duty, though I had yet to serve a three-year reserve obligation; I thus remained solidly within the grasp... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2022 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
A failed May Day demonstration became my public obituary for Occupy Tacoma; I was among its mourners because -- disclosure -- I had been among its earliest and most hopeful activists. But the deliberately induced self-obsession and moral imbecility that destroyed Occupy from within is now destroying the United States as intended, for which see below. (Photo by Loren Bliss ©2012) ***** Biden's Broken Promises and Ecogenocidal Policies Make It Ever More Obvious Our Masters -- Whomever or Whatever They May Be -- Intend to Exterminate Us, Whether by Disease, Terminal Climate Change or Thermonuclear War GIVEN THE DEADLY and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2022 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
Photographic illustration by Loren Bliss ©1968, 1974, 2012 (One of those sudden mysterious creative impulses prompted me during a night of darkroom work in 1968 to contemplatively sandwich a '67 negative of Hare Krishna dancers with a '67 neg of anti-Vietnam-War protestors; I impulsively added the moon with my photo-editor's punch in '74 while contemplating whether to print it for a Seattle gallery show, as I then did. It survived the '83 arson only because it was among the mounted prints with me in my portfolio case. Today, I am astounded by how relevant these images remain.) ***** (Author's Note:... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2022 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
MY APOLOGY FOR Dispatches' long silence. Convinced there is no way to defeat our Neoliberal (Neonazi) Masters save by doing whataver may be necessary to survive their ongoing campaigns of exterminate-the-Working-Class ecogenocide -- the murderously weaponized profiteering by which they are replacing us with slaves and robots -- I have been trying since last November to find some new pathway for this blog. At that I may have succeeded; my new approach might be termed "speculative futurism" -- that is, if by some miracle we have any future at all. But its launch -- at present a collection of handwritten... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2021 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
In Yet Another Epic Betrayal, Forcible-Disarmament-Fanatic Joe Has Sneakily Renewed His Opposition to Legalized Marijuana -- Probably to Radically Intensify Prosecutions of Otherwise Lawful Gun Owners THANKS TO A pair of sources -- The Stand, Washington State Labor Council's excellent on-line daily, plus a much-appreciated news tip from fellow journalist William Boardman -- we now have our clearest-yet sense of the hatred and contempt that unites the "Democratic" (sic) and Republican parties in the ecogenocidal solidarity of their Neoliberal (Neonazi) war against U.S. Working Families and the global Working Class in general: The Stand tells us President Joseph Biden's ongoing... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2021 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
FAR MORE SUCCINCTLY than I have ever seen it explained elsewhere1, Bruce Lerro has described in an exceptionally thought-provoking, unusually well-crafted2 essay just how it is we might recapture and wield -- this time for the preservation of our species and the protection of our Mother Earth -- the psychologically transformative power inherent in ritual. His point is that if we are to transcend our self-inflicted apocalypse, we must rediscover and reclaim that power for ourselves, thus giving ourselves psychological-warfare weaponry at least as potent as the psywar weapons our enemies now routinely wield against us. The piece in question... Continue reading
and Why Ryokan's Haiku Typifies Our Only (Real) Source of Salvation: First some Bad news: Then some Good news: Obviously if we humans are to save ourselves, we must mobilize not as Americans or Russians or Nooksacks or Koreans or Masai, but as Gaians -- as lovingly fierce defenders of our Mother Earth -- and we must do so no matter our nationality or race or ethnicity or gender or ideology or whether we view Gaia as metaphor or matriarch. Thus our most immediate need is clearly some sort of Gaian... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2021 at Loren Bliss: Dispatches from Dystopia
THE RATHER FORCEFUL assertion by disciples of the cult of mandatory optimism there is no proof of nationally effective ChristoNazi/Trumpite leadership, organization and solidarity – and that we should therefore stop fearing it and its armed rabble -- is refuted by local and national news reports. Below we have 22 states in which local media reported Nazi demonstrations obviously coordinated with the assault on the U.S. capitol, plus five more states in which local media suppressed stories of coordinated Nazi violence nevertheless reported by Associated Press. That’s 27 states total or 27/50, which is 54 percent. Plus based on these... Continue reading
...Thus to Complete the Coup They Began 22 November 1963. I RAISE THIS as the ultimate question because history proves such purposeful atrocities are many -- among the most notable are the Reichstag Fire (which the Nazis manipulated into seizure of absolute power in Weimar Germany), plus of course the original Bloody Sunday -- the massacre organized by a Russian Orthodox Priest named Georgi Gapon. This "Father Gapon" -- an agent-provocateur for the Okhrana (the Tsar's secret police) -- organized the incident precisely to provide Tsar Nicholas II the excuse for the relentless genocide by which he then exterminated hundreds... Continue reading