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Life in the Empire

“And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee…”
Matthew 5:30

Billions (yes, with a “B”) of us are going to die within the next decade from war, famine, and pestilence. How do you like them apples? Millions of people all over the world know this, and some of them are actually in a position to alleviate some of the suffering, perhaps even to help us all avoid the great die-off all together. But they are not going to do a thing, and that includes any kind of warning or wisdom. Isn’t that a scream? Wait, it gets even better. For many of them, the die-off and collapse of industrial civilization will be somewhere between a deuced inconvenience and a jolly adventure! And here’s the kicker: for some, the die-off is a great opportunity! Call them optimists.

Call them what you like: Capitalists, the ruling elite, the superclass or the rich fatties. They rule. Your Congressperp or Senateboob or whatever “representatives” you think you have in “government” work for them, not you. But you knew that, right? They have private estates all over the world and the boats, aircraft, armored vehicles or thoroughbred horses to take them there. There is no “government.” There is no “political process.” There is no “country.” There is a network of corporate fiefdoms owned by rich fatties turning imaginary paper into guns, grains and grunts as fast as they possibly can… for a real feudalism of fortresses, food and weapons.

To hell with them. If you survive the die-off you will either have to avoid their serfs and mercenaries or become one (just like now, really). Furthermore, at this point trying to convince anybody the great die-off is real and approaching like a speeding train is similar to arguing for the existence of the sun. You can veer off into the William Cooper school of Esoteric Agendas and say a secret ancient cabal of select rich shitpokes planned it all along. You can subscribe to the more pedestrian explanation of peak oil and planetary carrying capacity. Either way, it will be perilous enough with cascading factors of environment and energy creating famine and disease. Most USAns will die of stupidity.

Stupidity is already pandemic in the USA, and lethal in many cases. That’s with the lights working and fast-food joints and strip malls burping beige lard from see to Chinese sea. Turn out the lights, and it will be Zombie Time. With millions who still believe in mythical medieval sky-Santas and define their ethos in terms of their pee-pee things, ZT isn’t hard to imagine. But gaze with abject horror at the stuffed, buffed and minted suits and haircuts who will be driving as we steer into this apocalypse. They’re still nattering about “terrorism” as the “global economy” falls like a failed soufflé. They say they didn’t see that coming either. Are they that stupid… or are they that evil?

We know evil is dangerous. Stupidity catches us off guard, especially if we ourselves are the practitioners. If we think about the last time we did something really stupid, there’s a good chance it was the result of believing what we wanted to believe. Maybe we really didn’t know any better. Maybe we did not want to know any better. Or- the Mother of all stupid: we knew better and did it anyway. This is the kind of stupidity that is not far from evil. Its banality is everywhere, from sporting-event wars to super-size prisons, while we chatter about celebrity-cult politics and the outrage du jour. Nobody wants to believe the die-off is coming and that our puppet show politic is worse than useless.

Evil is selective stupidity. Evil people are operating on brain-stem only, and all those higher-level brain functions are just there to help them do it. For example, many high-ranking Nazis were smart people with advanced degrees: brain stems with PhDs. It doesn’t take a genius to understand the Golden Rule, but it does take a part of the brain that lives above food, fear and fucking. Likewise, the stupid-evil conundrum is not all that difficult. If it doesn’t work, it’s stupid… and if it’s not right, it’s evil. What if it doesn’t work and it’s not right? Guess where we are now, and if history is any guide we will all want the trains to run on time—whether to grandma’s house or the gas chamber.

Three steps of stupidity toward evil: clueless, wannabe-clueless, and do-it-anyway. To practice any evil; genocide, ecocide, or omnicide is the other side of what makes us human in the first place. How ironic… the selective disconnect is often a freak of what awakened our “higher” consciousness: a mutation of some kind of “ideology.” Religion, for example, has worked like magic for people who want to switch to stem-only mode. In the cases of saints, martyrs and Holy persons, it enables them to face certain death because “it’s the right thing to do. That’s the flip-side of “do-it-anyway,” the greater brain overriding the stem instead of serving it; rare as bird lips in the USA.

The USA is a culture that hoards firearms so people can shoot themselves when they run out of toilet paper, that is, if they survive the toilet paper wars after the lights go out. It is a gaggle of a hundred million “rugged individualists” who hate non-conformists to the point of murder, a land-mass packed with people who think Jesus and Fred Flintstone were neighbors. The USA is a culture where the cunningly evil have made billions of fraudulent dollars for generations by preying on the brutally stupid. Ponder how those same millions who got brain-stem stupid after three buildings fell down will react to collapse of global infrastructure. No toilets. No water. No Friday night football.

None of the superclass or their sock puppets are going to talk about the die-off, even as it happens. Even if they did so with the best of intentions, the usual snake-oil side-show would emerge, saying it was all a scam by elitist egg-suckers to get “your money.” There would be the usual sophists and sops saying that nothing can be accomplished with such “negativity,” and just thinking about it will make it happen. Just keep clapping, and Tink’s light will stay on along with the rest of the energy grid. The messengers have no microphone, the Holy ones no megachurch. The sophists, sops and stem-heads are going to get you long before the super organic does.

You can build a fire to keep away the cold, but no stove will stave off the stupid, so watch the Inauguration root for your favorite Stupid bowl tuber and stop thinking about it. There’s nothing you can do about it anyway, so pay no attention to that man behind the curtain. Ignore the scientists and all those other nattering nabobs of negativism and jerk furiously on that lever that is not connected to anything. At least you’re “doing” something. Grease the sky-skillet, and saltpeter will take us all to Never-Never Land. But woe to you if you have eyes that see and ears that hear. Then you know that the global warning is just as real as global warming. You are in real danger.

And it’s not the heat… it’s the stupidity.

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Comment by BO on January 23, 2009 at 12:08am
Ah men, brudder.
Comment by pan on January 23, 2009 at 11:04am
As the late, great FZ wrote:

Whoever we are
Wherever were from
We shoulda noticed by now
Our behavior is dumb
And if our chances
Expect to improve
Its gonna take a lot more
Than tryin to remove
The other race
Or the other whatever
From the face
Of the planet altogether

They call it the earth
Which is a dumb kinda name
But they named it right
cause we behave the same...
We are dumb all over
Dumb all over,
Yes we are
Dumb all over,
Near n far
Dumb all over,
Black n white
People, we is not wrapped tight

Nurds on the left
Nurds on the right
Religous fanatics
On the air every night
Sayin the bible
Tells the story
Makes the details
Sound real gory
bout what to do
If the geeks over there
Dont believe in the book
We got over here

You cant run a race
Without no feet
n pretty soon
There wont be no street
For dummies to jog on
Or doggies to dog on
Religous fanatics
Can make it be all gone
(I mean it wont blow up
n disappear
Itll just look ugly
For a thousand years...)

You cant run a country
By a book of religion
Not by a heap
Or a lump or a smidgeon
Of foolish rules
Of ancient date
Designed to make
You all feel great
While you fold, spindle
And mutilate
Those unbelievers
From a neighboring state

To arms! to arms!
Hooray! thats great
Two legs aint bad
Unless theres a crate
They ship the parts
To mama in
For souvenirs: two ears (get down!)
Not his, not hers, (but what the hey? )
The good book says:
(it gotta be that way!)
But their book says:
Revenge the crusades...
With whips n chains
n hand grenades...
Two arms? two arms?
Have another and another
Our God says:
There aint no other!
Our God says
Its all okay!
Our God says
This is the way!

It says in the book:
Burn n destroy...
n repent, n redeem
n revenge, n deploy
n rumble thee forth
To the land of the unbelieving scum on the other side
cause they dont go for whats in the book
n that makes em bad
So verily we must choppeth them up
And stompeth them down
Or rent a nice french bomb
To poof them out of existance
While leaving their real estate just where we need it
To use again
For temples in which to praise our god
(cause he can really take care of business!)

And when his humble tv servant
With humble white hair
And humble glasses
And a nice brown suit
And maybe a blond wife who takes phone calls
Tells us our God says
Its okay to do this stuff
Then we gotta do it,
cause if we dont do it,
We aint gwine up to hebbin!
(depending on which book youre using at the
Time...cant use theirs... it dont work
...its all lies...gotta use mine...)
Aint that right?
Thats what they say
Every night...
Every day...
Hey, we cant really be dumb
If were just following gods orders
Hey, lets get serious...
God knows what hes doin
He wrote this book here
An the book says:
He made us all to be just like him,
If were dumb...
Then God is dumb...
(an maybe even a little ugly on the side)
Comment by BO on February 23, 2009 at 8:14pm
This proves Americans are dumber than a box o' hammers...

Obama tops Jesus in new poll. Reagan 4th, God 11th.
By Jimmy Orr | 02.22.09
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America’s Top Heroes. It may sound like a new reality show like “Top Chef” or “The Biggest Loser” or “Whose Husband is the Most Deranged?”

But, in fact, it’s a new poll. Proving that the polling industry must be immune to any economic downturn, the guys at Harris Interactive asked 2,600 adults last month who was worthy enough to be called their heroes.

This was a serious study. The pollsters asked the question, “Who do you admire enough to call a hero?” They then took the unprompted, spontaneous answers and compiled the results. And then got paid.

Coming in at number one…

President Barack Obama topped the charts followed by Jesus. Unfortunately, we don’t know how close the competition was. There isn’t an accounting of votes like there is in collegiate sports. Was Jesus a close number two? Or was it Obama in a landslide? We don’t know.

Rounding out the top ten is Martin Luther King, Jr., Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, Abraham Lincoln, John McCain, John F. Kennedy, U.S. Airways pilot Chesley Sullenberger, and Mother Teresa.

The also-rans

Other notables include God (11), Hillary Clinton (12), Gandhi (15), and Sarah Palin (21).

If you compare the list to the last study (conducted in 2001), you see a number of heroes who are no longer ranked including Dwight Eisenhower (17), Pope John Paul (18), and Nelson Mandela (21).

BCS Championship Series

Much like college football, there is no playoff system. It’s all up to the writers (or in this case the respondents).

Let’s say the top six were eligible for a final BCS-type bowl championship series. The matchups would be (without a spread):

All-State Sugar Bowl

George W. Bush (5) VS. Abraham Lincoln (6)

Tostitos Fiesta Bowl

Martin Luther King, Jr. (3) VS. Ronald Reagan (4)

FedEx BCS National Championship

Barack Obama (1) VS. Jesus (2)

But since there is no playoff system and not even a bowl series, the voters (respondents) get the final word.

What about Sullenberger?

You could say US Airways pilot Chesley Sullenberger is the Utah of this contest. Although he came in at number nine, he had a perfect season (much like the Runnin’ Utes). Is there anyone who arguably had a stronger year?

John McCain (7), had a big loss in November, albeit to the national champ. You could say of Ronald Reagan (4), you put together some powerhouse teams in the 80s (like Miami) but what have you done for me lately? Abraham Lincoln (6)? There’s a new guy from Illinois now.

Even Obama stumbled during the campaign at times. Remember the “lipstick on a pig” remark?

Sullenberger, on the other hand, went 155-0.

Next year, much like college football, we need a playoff system in ranking our heroes.
Comment by waldopaper on March 1, 2009 at 9:05am
Migawd, BO... what a rag-buryin' article.

Now's the time for your tears.


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