2016.08.02 running of the bulls

Among the recent news, which brings an onslaught of fresh madness from the circuses of Brand R and Brand D, there have been reports about a new batch of email communications involving the Democratic National Committee, related to the determined plans of the party apparatchiks to make sure that Hillary Clinton is the official D candidate, and then be elected President.

A new one in this is an online article from NBC news reporting the apology of someone involved in communications about plans to try to undermine interloper Bernie Sanders, the apology coming for being “insensitive“.

That’s the issue, is it? It was “insensitive”? The problem, we are expected to believe, is a lack of sensitivity, not the matter of the Brand D bosses sabotaging a candidate with clear massive support from a large part of the citizenry, to ensure the selection of Hillary “it’s my turn!” Clinton.

Turning away from that and looking at the subject of “US foreign policy”, which necessarily turns attention to what “foreign policy” would be under a new President, and the way it can be very accurately described in metaphorical terms as the United States being a proverbial bull in the china shop in the rest of the world. This came up in those terms in a story about discussions between current Secretary of State John Kerry and the Russian government, when, according to the report, Kerry talked about possible cooperation between the United States and Russia in Syria, but with that only being possible given acceptance of Kerry’s demands that “Assad must go!”. The idea that the government of another country really isn’t up to either the United States government or Russian government seems a bit lost, evidently not even considered.

The lunacy regarding Syria, and Ukraine, all that still rolls on pretty much unchanged regarding the attitudes and actions in Washington. As far as the citizenry goes, I think even people paying attention find the situation regarding Syria and Washington policy incredibly confused and confusing, and, as I keep pointing out, a large portion of the populace have no idea at all how badly misinformed they have been about what has happened in Ukraine.

As the neocon dominated “foreign policy” manipulations and lunacy bash around the world like, well, you know, and the current surrealistic farce of the US presidential election games thrashes away continuously, it should be noticed, at some point, how much is completely shoved aside and ignored, or simply obscured by being buried in the noisy insanity. Sometimes, the other hand, it’s occasionally given superficial attention of the kind people sometimes call “lip service”, with bursts of vacuous chatter, noise that really means nothing.

The subject of the The Economy and finance and all that is always messy and complex, and the running theme we’ve been living through is the noisy nonsense of politics managing to avoid getting to any kind of realistic grasp of things. The people involved in what Stephen Colbert cleverly called The Hungry For Power Games just squawk about how everything will be just grand if you, politicial consumer, only move the lever or push a button for the correct choice of two positions between R or D.

Now, in the political circus, we have presumed D candidate Mrs. Clinton announcing her choice as a potential Vice President, who, from what appears so far, supports the notion of the proposed (and long kept hidden as much as possible) Trans Pacific Partnership, which keeps being described as a “free trade agreement”, even though it looks to be something much more complex and more than a little insidious, along with stating that he thinks those poor maligned and abused large mega-banks should be regulated even less.

Just those two topic items alone set up a pair of subjects that present a massive pile of overwhelming complexity and problems, and they include large black hole gravitational fields of suck in the realm of political insanity and corruption. Even trying to get a real handle on anything involved can quickly draw furious accusations from people about being on The Wrong Side of the bipolar political disorder game.

Tossed into the blender of political insanity thrashing reality and reason to bits, we have some campers completely misusing language and turning a whole batch of complicated problems and misbehavior into the simplistic term “economic inequality”, when there is never any reasonable possibility of anything like actual “equality” among everybody. That completely diverts attention from the actual accurate description of a set of problems that are about lack of sensible and right economic balance, to pick one appropriate word, with proper reasonable sense of actual real value. Elsewhere, any discussion of digging into the massive problems of misbehavior and madness, and loss of a proper sense of real value, including restoring even a basic rule of law in banking and finance to protect what the Constitution of the United States calls “the general welfare” is often greeted with shreiks and grunting rhetorical absurdity about socialism and communists and lazy freeloaders who hate prosperity and success and “centrally planned economies“.

So here we are, still having nothing at all fixed in the massive problems of astronomical scale that were revealed in banking and finance over the course of 2007 and 2008. Sure, there is all sorts of bullshit about many items and events about finance and banking and The Markets and The Economy in general, complete with noisy theatrics and statistical games about “economic recovery” and “growth”, but nothing has really substantially changed.

One of the observers of the scene is Charles Hugh Smith, who just wrote a pair of fairly concise notes that hit the obvious squarely on the head, although it has to be said that, apparently, it’s not so obvious to far too many people, and even prompts my memory to cough up an old quote, “It’s difficult to get a man to understand something if his salary depends on him not understanding it.

How Do We Make America Strong Again? Start Telling the Truth

If We Can’t Be Honest, No Solution Is Possible

By now it should be completely obvious that the swirling dishonesty and outright lunacy in the state of American politics now ends up being a sort of sucking black hole that destroys just about any grasp of reality and reason when anything about “the economy” arises. At some point it’s virtually guaranteed that the complex and problematic subject will get knocked down to some absurd reduction to “Capitalism versus Communism”, with people barking out all the preprogrammed dogma in their heads.

I’m leaving off here because I’m busy (with my own problems to deal with, like many Americans dealing with actual reality in “The Economy”, and I have not even touched a gigantic issue being completely, I mean completely neglected by the entire election circus, energy matters.

 

“I feel a strong desire to tell you – and I expect you feel a strong desire to tell me – which of these two errors is the worse. That is the devil getting at us. He always sends errors into the world in pairs – pairs of opposites. And he always encourages us to spend a lot of time thinking which is the worse. You see why, of course? He relies on your extra dislike of the one error to draw you gradually into the opposite one. But do not let us be fooled. We have to keep our eyes on the goal and go straight through between both errors. We have no other concern that that with either of them.”

-C. S. Lewis, “Mere Christianity” (Beyond Personality or First Steps in the Doctrine of the Trinity, Two Notes)

 

“The real hopeless victims of mental illness are to be found among those who appear to be most normal. Many of them are normal because they are so well adjusted to our mode of existence, because their human voice has been silenced so early in their lives, that they do not even struggle or suffer or develop symptoms as the neurotic does. They are normal not in what may be called the absolute sense of the word; they are normal only in relation to a profoundly abnormal society. Their perfect adjustment to that abnormal society is a measure of their mental sickness. These millions of abnormally normal people, living without fuss in a society to which, if they were fully human beings, they ought not to be adjusted.”

Aldous Huxley

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