“Egoism” is very much in harvest these days, reality is more complex than it ever has been and our ability to understand reality is as poor as it ever has been, we’re addicted to entertainments and silly myths about our own greatness. Fighting wars might force people call you “great,” but wars do not make you great.
For America to really become great, America will have to renounce every bit of its white supremacist identity that dehumanizes people and legitimizes racist oppression, the oppression of women, the oppression of immigrants, the oppression of any group. For America to become great, it will have to beat its swords and weapons into plowshares and give up on the imperial military agenda that ruins nations and calls the death of innocent noncombatants “collateral damage.” For America to become great, it will have to abandon its utterly bankrupt quote-unquote “capitalist” ideology that systematically robs the poor and gives to the rich, that unjustly “privatizes” public goods and public spaces, that hypnotizes us and bribes us with fantasies, and imprisons us with meaningless work.
Humanity, Equality, Community, Peace. Then your America will be great.
Phobocosm – “Knives In The Senate House”
Indian – “Rhetoric of No”
Diamanda Galas – “You Don’t Know What Love Is”
The Trump presidency is just the next chapter in the saga of the Age of Terror (which as Baudrillard and others have shown is also the age of the Simulation, the media spectacle). The primal image replaces the real event and achieves infinite recursion, it simulates reality and replaces reality the way a virus replaces your DNA. Things from caves that make you sick. Screens, internet reality, “viral” videos and memes. Symptoms include moral myopia, uncontrollable rage, and instrumentalized video-game-thought; if all reality is terror it must recede even in its insistence. This alienation from reality results in a frustration with reality, a mutated image of the self, rejection of reality beyond petty gratifications and rehearsals of rage. A reality that is not, life that is not, the ecstasy of the insane. Alienation from the feminine. Transformation from human to troll. You really don’t know what love is.
So the trolls have taken a bit of power. And as always it is as Ibsen said: “To live is to war with the trolls.”
Panopticon – “Resident”
Plebeian Grandstand – “Flail In the Bliss”
Iskra – “My Country Tis of Thy People You’re Dying” (Buffy Sainte-Marie cover)
Virus – “Steamer”
Matt Taibbi – Income and Criminal Justice Inequality (sound’s weird for the first couple minutes but it straightens out)
At noon on a rainy Friday last week, surrounded by sycophants, weaklings and crooks, Donald Trump assumed the Presidency of the United States of America. Narcissistic reality TV star, business failure, self-confessed sexual predator, boorish ignoramus who can’t even quote “Two Corinthians” to a Bible college correctly. “Rain Wound,” indeed.
Of course women know a thing or two about being lied to and manipulated by men, which is maybe why we saw the biggest one-day nationwide protest in the history of the United States on Saturday: an estimated 2.9 million people marching against Trump, demanding basic respect, dignity, and human rights. It’s been reported that thousands of people marched right here in Knoxville, hundreds of thousands in Chicago, 750,000 in Los Angeles, Washington of course, and who knows how many thousands more all over the world, I saw anti-Trump protests in London, Paris and Australia just from glancing at the news, we’ve had reports of protests on all seven continents including Antarctica. I want to send a very humble and at the same time very enthusiastic shout-out to everybody in Knoxville and around the world who marched in that and lifted up your voice to be heard, thank you. If anybody wants to find out more about that or get some suggestions on how you can carry that protest energy forward during the next 100 days, you can visit womensmarch.com.
Immolation – “Failures For Gods”
Nocturnus – “Visions From Beyond the Grave”
Portal – “Heirships”
Corporate coup d’etat. Interesting idea and I agree in principle, although the statement really overlooks the fact this takeover has been happening in slow-motion for quite some time (as Klein would probably admit if you asked her), but also that unlike a dictionary-definition coup, the advent of this administration has been accomplished legally. Just like any other corporate takeover.
Not to belabor the point, but we are talking about the self-prophecied “Drainer of the swamp” who berated Ted Cruz and Hilary Clinton for being in the pocket of Goldman Sachs, then a couple of months later appoints to his cabinet and transition team Steve Bannon (senior advisor), Steve Mnuchin (Sec. of the Treasury), Gary Cohn (National Economic Council Director), Anthony Scaramucci (staff advisor and liaison to govt agencies and businesses), Jay Clayton (Chair of the SEC), and Dina Habib Powell (Assistant to the President and Senior Counselor for Economic Initiatives), all have been employees of Goldman Sachs except for Clayton, who represented them as a lawyer. If anybody forgot who Goldman Sachs is, they like to take crooked government bailouts, screw people out of their homes, defraud their own investors and pay themselves bonuses in taxpayer money. Now they’re in the White House.
Donald Trump is just the latest in a long line of wealthy American hucksters. And the powers behind the throne (high finance, white supremacy, the war hawks) are going to use him as “a blunt instrument” (Steve Bannon’s words) to further their agenda. Just another spectacle to hide an uglier reality.
Good Fortune and God Speed to everyone in Sevier County right now, especially the emergency personnel, Firefighters, Police, Medics and the National Guard. Ripley’s Aquarium crew: we’re all rooting for you!
Noneuclid – “Paranoid Alkaloid”
Napalm Death – “Deceiver/Social Sterility/Retreat to Nowhere/Scum” Live @ BBC
(The fact that I can never be in this exact band makes me cry worse than the Gilmore Girls Season 4 Finale)
Death Grips – “Giving Bad People Good Ideas” (dedicated to all us Facebook “users”/used)
Lard – “Can God Fill Teeth?”
Death Toll 80K – Harsh Realities (almost complete)
Noam Chomsky – “How Do We Fight” [Death Grips Remix]