Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Reversable rhetoric

One million jobs project aimed at the unemployed OR Fornication of simulation and populist pander

            Promises for help are merely facades for legislation geared towards corporate assistance. Socialism for large corporations is perpetrated as a belief of continual subsidies that runs parallel to incremental restoration of tribal eminence. This reality of gradual reactionary change ramifies a societal consciousness that willfully accepts citizenry rights rescinded at the hands of a silent minority. The foundation of the “coup d’état in slow motion” is a national paradigm beholden to corporate capitalism, perpetuating a wrench of power from lower order economies to be firmly placed within the hands of an elite social standing. Residence of the tier above any nominal “upper-middle class” not only compete for those positions that grant access to control platforms of business, but those who participate in such a climb do so ultimately to serve as sovereign over a niche of the national power structure.
            Our perception of a “dog-eat-dog world” may be abstracted to a person endowed with the ability of generating and engaging in the creation and flow of power. A strange yet familiar alchemy will quickly elevate such a person, as a celebrity suddenly appears in the mass media, to a figurehead representing some camp of invested interests, people looking to make money as quickly and inexpensively as possible. The fusion of consumer society with the national fortitude of political and military power finds a flat-topped pyramid; a broad base of exploited citizenry, who mostly squabble over orchestrated forms of reality, exemplifies the structure of an exclusively material Superpower. A question begging to be asked, perhaps out of stubborn habit, would ponder the potential influence powerful family dynasties would have in managing the ebb and flow of powers that guide a globalized money exchange, as well as administering and securing a preferred global finance paradigm.
            Sociopaths wind through the routine of a 9–5 wager; as a reward for persistence and dedication, the loyalist will grow to be rich. This moral wager stands to victimize the loyalist, establishing an exploitative ethic: an honest day’s work will force you to become targeted as a sap devoid of the capacity for the carnival swindle. For example: the warm bond of neighbors when the trumpets blare, “WE ARE GOING TO WAR!” None of us are prone from the poison of violence. Unfettered capitalism is a revolutionary force, a revolution of meaning, to regulate the overturn of value. Repetition of reality.  Cannibalism.  Mountain top removal, emplaced moonscape. Destroy this planet, move onto the next.  Virus, consumption, mimicry, exponential growth, treason of intellectuals. We cannot take power, we must renounce power.  

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Saturday, April 07, 2012

Storyline IV: Fortification of urban sprawl in the Northeast, with no plans for cropland development

           Urban sprawl, loosely defined, refers to lower city densities over an expanding urban footprint. The rise of sprawl in the US during the 20th century stemmed from a number of reasons, including higher incomes and cheaper fuel and transportation costs that enabled the average family to afford residential homes outside urban centers. The immediate outcome of such a migration out of Gotham to Levittown created opportunities for significantly higher levels of housing and land consumption for most households. The costs for such suburbanization are still being dealt with today, namely: unproductive congestion on roads, high levels of pollution from exhaust, loss of open space amenities, and unequal provision of public goods and services across sprawling suburbs that give rise to residential segregation and poverty. With this as a backdrop, the following is a storyline that predicts a second stage of urban sprawl that carries out to the middle of the 21st century. This will be a new type of sprawl, one that is divorced from a central city, and is coupled with a failure to utilize undeveloped land as cropland, rendering the Northeast devoid of a strong agricultural sector.

            Loss of the public commons and abandonment of farms
            As population and unemployment continue to rise, the average citizen in the Northeast will be limited to medial to low paying jobs that require traveling large distances, or working within a low-density suburban community. Commuting may be common, but not necessarily to a large urban center. Due to a moral malaise brought on by limited sources of income, there will not be incentives to develop or maintain cropland. Most produce will be distributed from another part of the country, or from international agricultural sectors. The number of agricultural producers will continue to decline as farmers become swamped with debt and are forced of their land. Such unemployment of farmers will be due to a number of economic risks: volatility of energy prices, domestic competition, offshore production, a weakened economy and the eminence of the global market [1]. With undeveloped land and cropland left open to market forces, huge portions of real estate will be sold to large conglomerates, or leased to developers, ultimately fueling the spread of low-density sprawl. The price of undeveloped land will remain cheap, though competition driven by the demands of the energy market may drive prices up. Price increases may only come in the form of short-term speculative bubbles, but will not benefit the average citizen, as development of lands for natural gas exploration in the form of hydro-fracking operations will increase the risk of pollution and catastrophic environmental degradation to rural areas, which only serves to further lower prices.
            The market will trend towards “noncropland.” Open space owned by the federal or state government will be auctioned off and become restricted areas, as private entities come into possession of undeveloped land [2]. Sprawl, once anchored by a central city, will become more fragmented. The new form of sprawl will resemble a patchwork of low-density urban sectors separated by strips of undeveloped or abandoned land. There may be small factions of land that are salvaged for local farms, possibly due to the demand for local produce. CSAs and producers of organic local food will remain uncommon, and largely absent despise small enclaves, usually centered within college towns. Small cities may also grow around universities, yet this specific type of growth will be hindered if the suburbs become ghettoized. 

            The ghettoization of the suburbs
            An increase in suburban poverty, begun during the recession era of the late 2000s, will result from the continual rise of debt, either from credit cards or failure to pay mortgages, alongside decreasing median household incomes. The recent decadal trend of larger increases in suburban poor relative to urban poor will continue [3]. Population of urban centers will remain high, and grow to attract higher-paying tech jobs and employment catering towards specialization. In the suburban sprawl away from the large tech-based cities, small businesses will be created, supporting some parts of the population. Such job creation, however, will not encourage the growth of cities, nor progressive-minded jobs (green jobs). Green jobs may be created only if new sprawl offers variety to the population [4], but since rate of poverty will be increasing, this kind of equity seems unlikely.
            A combination of factors including overall population growth, job decentralization, aging housing left to neglect, general economic decline, the collapse of the housing market, and policies to promote mobility of low-income households will lead increasing to poor inhabiting suburbs [3]. People will no longer be able to afford to live within local jurisdictions based on their preference for local amenities such as good schools and low crime rates. A “flight from blight” will occur within older suburban regions that will further segregate communities into poor, impoverished neighborhoods as households that are financially stable move away. The rise of low-income, low-density sprawl will reinforce the lack of planned cropland. Continual decreases in education standards that mirror the lack of strong outside investments in such areas will generate a situation where residential areas are abandoned, increasing urban decay and decreasing moral fortitude for constructive change. Crime will increase as people become more and more desperate.  These factors, bolstered by strong market forces that impede development of a strong agricultural sector and efficient long-term urban development, will move the Northeast to become an impoverished part of the country outside the thriving high-density urban centers.

[1] Brumfield, Robin G. (2010) Strategies Producers in the Northeastern United States are Using to Reduce Costs and Increase Profits in Tough Economic Times, HortTechnology, 20, 836-43.
[2] Anderson et al. (1999) How and why to privatize federal lands, Cato Policy    Analysis No. 363, December 9, 1999.
[3]Berube, Alan (2011) Parsing U.S. Poverty at the Metropolitan Level, Up Front Blog – Brookings Institute,  September 22, 2011.
[4] Nechyba, Thomas J. and Randall P. Walsh. (2004) Urban Sprawl, Journal of Economic Perspectives, 18, 177-200.

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Disease as money stream

“It is biologically plausible for hepatitis B to cause demyelination because vaccines are composed of organic compounds of viral or bacterial origin, whether recombinant or otherwise, whose purpose is to initiate an immune response in the recipient,: the Court noted in the ruling. “But if any of the vaccine antigens shares a homology with the recipient’s antigens, the host’s immune response will attack both the vaccine antigens and the host’s antigens, resulting in an autoimmune response. This concept is also known as molecular mimicry and is well-established in immunology.”

"Of course more studies are needed, but it is becoming more difficult these days to argue that there is no active immune/inflammatory response going on in the brains of autistic individuals, and even harder to contest that MBP is associated with at least one aspect of that response, although there are likely others."

Second, giving several vaccinations at the same time will mean fewer clinic visits for vaccinations, which saves parents both time and money and may be less traumatic for the child."

"The Harvard researchers looked at whether the vaccine can cause MS in healthy people."

Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Conquest of America

In August, 1949, American poet Archibald MacLeish had an essay published in The Atlantic that reminded readers of the true revolutionary force in the world, one that had sprung up in the late eighteenth century and grown much for over more than a century in the United States of America. MacLeish was the US representative at the foundation of UNESCO, as well as the inaugural holder of Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs before coming under fire by J. Edgar Hoover and Joseph McCarthy for his former association with left-wing writers and organizations. The essay, entitled The Conquest of America, warned about the denial of the true crisis — of shifts in civilization and culture — in favor of a fear-driven crisis, which was but one consequence of the cultural shift of community-based life to an envisioned liberation of the individual as participant in a new kind of democracy anchored by the Constitution of the Republic.

Never in the history of the world was one people as completely dominated, intellectually and morally, by another as the people of the United States by the people of Russia in the four years from 1946 through 1949. American foreign policy was a mirror image of Russian foreign policy: whatever the Russians did, we did in reverse. American domestic politics were conducted under a kind of upside-down Russian veto: no man could be elected to public office unless he was on record as detesting the Russians, and no proposal could be enacted, from a peace plan at one end to a military budget at the other, unless it could be demonstrated that the Russians wouldn't like it. American political controversy was controversy sung to the Russian tune; left-wing movements attacked right-wing movements not on American issues but on Russian issues, and right-wing movements replied with the same arguments turned round about.

All this took place not in a time of national weakness or decay but precisely at the moment when the United States, having engineered a tremendous triumph and fought its way to a brilliant victory in the greatest of all wars, had reached the highest point of world power ever achieved by a single state.

Communism is not a force which moves with that [revolutionary] current. On the contrary, Communism, like its authoritarian rivals, seeks to cure the sickness of the condition of man by turning back against the current of human evolution, to that decaying city of hierarchical and disciplined order in which mankind, at certain sacrifices of manhood, may find seclusion and retreat.

The one force which can claim the revolutionary title in the world we live in [...] is the force that Jefferson put into words. But though the hope has been betrayed and forgotten in one generation and another, the living seed remains: the seed remains and grows. It is this seed, this influence, this force, this force of revolution, which is the living thing in the Republic. Without it, the United States is so much land, so many people, such an accumulation of wealth. With it the United States is a stage upon the journey of mankind.

The Atlantic; vol. 184, no. 2; pp. 17-22.

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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Anemic Attitude

How much is this?

Um, I think that one is $30.

Oh my God . . . I've bought something like this, SOOOOO many times in the past.

Oh, huh huh huh.


Lately, I've been mindful of my habits. I've greeted ritual with the same rigorous adroitness the demure Agent Moulder employs in the Pacific Northwest when facing unexplained phenomena: frantic research; sleepy-eyed rumination; lack of dossier; advocate of brevity; unorthodox trust and compassion with the locals; arriving just at the last moment to catch a glimpse of the paranormal/supernatural. In the end, I lose sight, and find myself returned to the beginning.

I try to be creative as I approach my ritualized day, searching for alternatives instead of relying on convention. I find myself, just as concerns of aliens or werewolves — ghastly anomalies — often elude our progress-driven culture, without total appreciation for commitment to an alternative. I catch a glimpse, the feeling dissipates, and I am done. I recognize the ritual, and then cannibalize it for spare parts to fashion a new reality. The ritual of my daily habits is incorporated into the virtual language of an altered environment. The ritual is broken, and I unload the stress of completing that ritual through the play of new permutations sourced from an exceedingly ambiguous provenance. Hapless repetition of behavior, schemes of procrastination, falling head first into a pile of dirty laundry — I am consumed from inside only to be regurgitated out onto the world. Less an implosion of the soul than vacuumed spirit. Too much salt, sugar, fat, grease, alcohol, smoke, negligence, body odor, matted hair, anemic attitude.

Into oblivion, obliterated and obtuse, witness the apotheosis of consumption. I refuse to believe in such worship of devalued signs, though ironically, perhaps this is a sign of the times; emotional refusal in tandem with willful participation. Compulsory without force, for the tether extends from deep inside the machine of society into us all. I do not fight systematic participation, only dread the day when I no longer have the comforts of forced recreation. My muscle become inflamed with tension; I am pained by the dead things consumed hours earlier. Yet I am convinced things are normal, and I have plenty of time to wait for an epiphany. Burgess Meredith haunts an opium den, as I haunt a neglected present.

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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Paradox of the post-modern worker/consumer

"Here in lies the present paradox: work has totally triumphed over all other ways of existing, at the same time as workers have become superfluous. Gains in productivity, outsourcing, mechanization, automated and digital production have so progressed that they have almost reduced to zero the quantity of living labor necessary in the manufacture of any product. We are living the paradox of a society of workers without work, where entertainment, consumption and leisure only underscore their lack from which they are supposed to distract us."

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Friday, August 05, 2011

These relics are among the left-behinds.

"The additional rise of this stock above the true capital will be only imaginary; one added to one, by any rules of vulgar arithmetic, will never make three and a half; consequently, all the fictitious value must be a loss to some persons or other, first or last. The only way to prevent it to oneself must be to sell out betimes, and so let the Devil take the hindmost."

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