The horror film is hands down the most woefully underrated genre in cinema. Art at its very finest provokes and there is no subject more provocative than death. Death is the only existential constant in the human experience. Like it or not, we are all born to die. So it only follows that human beings should be both fascinated and terrified by death in equal measure. This fascination is precisely what powers the commercial drive behind the horror industry. There has never been a time since cinema’s infancy when audiences haven’t flocked to the theater to be frightened. People are drawn to fear but when that fear is followed through with analysis they become too uncomfortable to enjoy the cheap thrill of being terrified without consequences. But there are always consequences.
This is why mainstream horror movies have largely been reduced to the cheap thrills alone. The last thing Hollywood wants is for terrified people to think about what terrifies them most. This isn’t just a grave disservice to an entire genre of art. It is a grave disservice to society as a whole. Only when confronted by that which makes us most uncomfortable can we collectively overcome it. Since, as an anarchist as well as a lifelong horror movie buff, nothing makes me more uncomfortable than the state and the established order that thrives in its haunted architecture, I’ve decided to compile a list of movies that should both terrify and provoke anyone’s god-given anti-authoritarian impulses. Not every movie on this list is a horror film in the traditional sense, but they all foster skepticism of authority through the strategic use of terror. These are scary movies for anarchists to watch in the dark and maybe, if we’re lucky, a few of them will be scary enough to create a few new anarchists in the dark this Halloween.
They Live (1988)- The first film on this list isn’t exactly scary, what with its cheesy one-liners and comically over the top street brawl (“Put on the fucking glasses!”) But beneath the B-movie grime, few films have done a finer job of illustrating the cryptic authoritarianism that lies just beneath the shiny visage of liberal democracy. Once Roddy Piper puts on those shades, he sees right through the trappings of glossy magazines, fiat cash and Reaganomics and becomes literate enough to read the true message of the extraterrestrial oligarchy, loud and clear. When it comes to capitalism, they live and you sleep. This is a movie about getting woke. Now put on the fucking glasses cause we’re just getting started.
Halloween is quite easily my favorite holiday. A heathen celebration the Christians failed to conquer, it’s a time of joyful chaos and youth rebellion decorated by skeletons, scattered leaves, flickering jack-o-lanterns, and bonfire smoke. A holiday where serial killers are lionized and everyone dresses in drag, betraying conformity to expose their darkest desires to be whores and outlaws. It’s the one time of year when a genderfuck malcontent like me can feel halfway normal without having to sell out. It’s also arguably this stupid countries only truly anarchist holiday, or at least it was and it still should be.
There was a time, not so long ago, when Halloween meant one night a year when kids owned the streets, wandering unsupervised from house to house dressed in disguise like demons and monsters, appropriating candy from random strangers under the threat of vandalism like tiny unions of egoists. Trick or Treat began as a threat. You could hand over the good stuff (and it better be good) or you could get your house fucked up in a toilet paper draped act of propaganda of the deed, letting the whole neighborhood and any other passing horde of hoodlums know who fucked up and why. In certain parts of the country there was a completely separate holiday called Hell Night, when children engaged in mass acts of gleeful sabotage against the parents, teachers, clergy, and cops who made them feel powerless during the rest of the year. Windows were broken, tires were slashed, and a sense of justice was returned to the universe.
Halloween and Hell Night weren’t like Christmas or Easter. The only gifts you got where the gifts you took, the gifts you earned. It was an empowering event that celebrated lawlessness and the collective power of us against them. So it should come as little surprise that the thems of this world have conspired to neuter this heathen celebration of unfettered youth power, by badge, bible, or checkbook. Over the last couple decades Halloween has been transformed into something truly monstrous, the worst kind of monster, a fascistically vanilla monster called “normal”. A pejorative so hideously fowl that it could have only been created by an adult, dead from the heart up.
Another week, another new and expanded repo market
intervention by the Federal Reserve. On Thursday, the Federal Reserve Bank of
New York intervened twice with fresh liquidity injections. Fed officials raised
their offerings for overnight repos up from $75 billion to a staggering $120
This comes on top of the $60 billion per month in
Treasury bill purchases that will extend well into next year and possibly
beyond. Over the past month alone, the Fed’s balance sheet has soared by $200
You might think numbers like these should be quite
alarming to investors and to anyone who holds U.S. dollars. But the strange
thing about these Fed interventions is that hardly anyone seems alarmed.
There’s no sense of rising risk being priced into the stock market. And the
mainstream media is barely even mentioning these massive transfers of paper
Perhaps after multiple rounds of Quantitative Easing
over the past decade, this latest spate of money printing is just part of the
new normal. But we remain concerned that something very abnormal could be
At the very least, there is a persistent liquidity
shortage in overnight lending markets. And Fed officials obviously feared that
it could cause the banking system to freeze up and money market funds to fail.
We don’t yet have all the answers as to what’s
really going on in the bowels of these institutional markets, but we will
continue to question the line the Fed is putting out. When these repo market
interventions were first announced, our research team here at Money Metals, as
well as our recent guest experts on this podcast, immediately suspected a new
Quantitative Easing program was beginning.
Now, despite the Fed chairman Jerome Powell’s
repeated denials, it’s pretty apparent we were right.
It is indeed QE, and we can only guess as to how
much bigger it will get in the weeks to come. In fact, it’s looking more and
more like “QE4ever.” Fed money printing certainly does carry implications for
higher rates of price inflation down the road in the real economy.
The inflationary effects of previous QEs were
largely absorbed by capital markets and stunted by relative weakness in the
economy. This time around the Fed’s balance sheet surge is starting with the
stock market at extremely elevated levels and many conventional economic
indicators coming in strong.
We wouldn’t be surprised if precious metals markets
soon begin to reflect rising inflation risk.
This week gold and silver markets showed signs of
moving toward an upside breakout. On Thursday, gold
prices rallied above the $1,500 level while silver rallied
up to its 50-day moving average.
Looking ahead to next week, metals investors will
await the Fed’s decision on interest rates at its policy meeting. Fed
policymakers appear likely to roll out another rate cut. It will come on top of
all their other recent liquidity injections.
The risk for gold and silver markets is that Wall Street celebrates by pushing the stock
market to a record high. If that happens, it could temporarily quell buying
interest in the metals. But it won’t necessarily trigger any kind of big
sell-off. A rising sea of liquidity does ultimately tend to lift all boats.
Precious metals markets have performed well overall
this year on the heels of major multi-year breakouts. The consolidation phase
over the past few weeks in no way undermines those breakouts or their
longer-term bullish implications.
Looking ahead to next year, we can expect a very
polarized and at times very nasty political campaign to begin moving markets
once it’s clear who the Democrat nominee will be. Right now the momentum within
the radicalized Democrat voter base is behind Elizabeth Warren.
Given Warren’s plans to jack up taxes and break up
large American companies, some on Wall Street fear a Warren victory would crash
the stock market by 20% or more.
One of Warren’s signature campaign promises is to
impose a “wealth tax.” It would introduce a dangerous new concept into the tax
code – namely that the government gets to tax not just capital gains on
investments, but also the market value of investments and other household
assets taken together.
A wealth tax would force you to account for the
value of all your assets – from your financial accounts to your home, your car,
your personal possessions, and your gold coins.
Under current law, gold and silver coins generate no
tax liabilities or reporting requirements until they are sold. Under a wealth
tax, gold coins and other tangible assets in your possession could get an
annual scalping by the government.
Regardless of whether such a proposal ever gets
enshrined into law, and regardless of who wins next year’s election, the
government will be looking for new ways to raise revenues as budget deficits
expand. One way to hedge against a Warren wealth tax or a Biden capital gains
tax hike is by moving assets into a tax-sheltered IRA.
The government can’t tax IRA assets, including
IRA-eligible physical precious metals products, until you take distributions. And
with a Roth IRA, you may be able to avoid taxes completely – even as tax risks
and inflation risks rise.
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he US administration in
Washington is to blame for the proliferation of Daesh and other
terrorist groups in the Middle East and killing Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
doesn’t change this fact, say an American analyst.
Keith Preston, chief editor of
AttacktheSystem.com, said the US has been trying to “weaponize” such
Takfiri outfits against countries opposing the US establishment in the
region, says an American political analyst in Virginia.
HE made the remark in a phone interview
with Press TV on Sunday while commenting on a special operations raid
carried out by the US military in the Syrian province of Idlib, which
killed Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi — the leader of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist
The Joint Special Operations Command
carried out the top-secret operation after receiving actionable
intelligence, according to US military sources, and two Baghdadi’s wives
were also killed in the raid.
“While it’s certainly true that the
United States may have been responsible for the killing of the leader of
the Daesh just like they were responsible for the killing of [Taliban
militant group leader] Osama bin Laden some years back, we also have to
consider the ways in which the United States has been responsible for
the proliferation of these Takfiri terrorist organizations,” Preston
“The United States has claimed now for 18
years that they are waging war against these terrorist organizations
like al-Qaeda, like al-Nusra Front, like the Daesh. At the same time,
the United States has also tried to work both ends against the middle
when it comes to these kinds of organizations. On the one hand, they are
opposed to terrorist attacks by these kinds of groups against American
targets in case they are American allies, but they also try to weaponize
these organizations against America’s geopolitical rivals in the Middle
East,” he added.
The American political commentator said
Washington tries to “use the Daesh as a weapon against Syria, against
Iran, against other forces that are opposed to the United States in the
region as well. The United States, on the one hand, wages its own war
against some of these organizations, and on the other hand, gives them a
free hand when it comes to its effort to use them as a weapon against
other parties in the region.”
Preston also blamed the United States for
its role in providing support to Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, United
Arab Emirates and other nations in the region that spread this Takfiri
ideology that builds these terrorist groups.
“So, it’s not like the US has been the white hat in this particular conflict,” he concluded.
The Idlib operation was conducted only a
few weeks after Trump announced that the US would be withdrawing its
forces from northeastern Syria, clearing the path for an expected
Turkish incursion into the region.
Turkey launched the offensive on October 9
with the aim of purging the northeastern Syrian regions near its border
of US-backed Kurdish militants, whom it views as terrorists linked to
local autonomy-seeking militants of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
Trump, later however, rowed back on the
withdrawal decision, announcing that a contingent of US Special Forces
would remain in Syria to control its oil fields.
There is growing concern
that US forces that have entered Iraq after retreating from northern
Syria seek to destabilize the country and foment civil unrest, says an
American political analyst.
Iraq on Wednesday rejected any long-term presence of US troops in his
country after their withdrawal from neighboring Syria. Baghdad said
American forces crossing into Iraq could only be there in transit.
“it’s not surprising that the government of Iraq would make a
decision not wanting American troops to be positioned within Iraq,” said
Keith Preston, chief editor of AttacktheSystem.com.
“We have to consider that the United States invaded Iraq in 2003 and
there was a very bloody war took place…so the Iraqis certainly are not
anxious to have American troops return to Iraq,” Preston told Press TV
“Also there’s been civil unrest in Iraq in recent times; there may be
concerns that the Americans may try to foment civil unrest within Iraq
because of the fact that the Iraqi government has moved closer to Iran,”
US forces have been deeply unpopular in much of Iraq since their 2003-2011 occupation of the country.
Iraq’s Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi said after a meeting with
visiting US Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Wednesday that the American
forces were not allowed to remain in Iraq and his government was taking
“all international legal measures” to address the issue.
“We have (already) issued an official statement saying that, and we
are taking all international legal measures. We ask the international
community and the United Nations to perform their roles in this matter,”
He asserted that any foreign troop presence on Iraqi soil must be
authorized by the government first and should end upon Baghdad’s
Esper had initially told reporters that troops leaving Syria would go
to western Iraq for further operations against scattered Daesh
terrorists and “help defend Iraq”. But he backtracked on Tuesday, saying
Washington aimed to eventually bring the troops home.
In a major U-turn in the US military policy, the White House
announced on October 6 that the US would be withdrawing its forces from
northeastern Syria, clearing the path for an expected Turkish incursion
into the region.
Three days later, Turkey launched the offensive with the aim of
purging the northern Syrian regions near its border of US-backed Kurdish
militants, whom it views as terrorists linked to local autonomy-seeking
militants of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
I hate technology, dearest motherfuckers. Few things drive me balls deep into the red faster than technology and it just keeps getting worse with every new iPhone they pump out. Everywhere I go, everyone I see is surgically attached to those stupid fucking devices, hemming away at the flickering idiot boxes that only those jackals in Silicon Valley would be dense enough to call smartphones, as they meander aimlessly into oncoming traffic like lambs to the slaughter, or sit down to a romantic candlelight dinner only to spend the evening gazing listlessly into two separate articles on two separate Kardashians while their food gets colder than their marriage. I feel like a crotchety old grandmother bitching like this but I simply can’t shake the feeling that this is what those old Hindu mystics meant when they spoke of the Kali Yuga. If this is humanity at the pinnacle of progress, then progress is clearly a disease deadlier than cancer.
These days we have computers that talk, listen, fuck, watch us while we shit and report our bathroom habits back to any number of nefarious corporate and/or government perverts. Everyone knows this and nobody fucking cares. Edward Snowden is condemned to spend the rest of his life sweating vodka in some Brezhnev-era tower too cold for roaches while Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange slowly decompose in federal custody and nobody fucking cares. Everyone seems just peachy fucking keen with their flashy new digital prison cells as long as the Wi-Fi works. Now the computers can think and it wont be long before they realize they don’t need our lazy asses crowding their space.
It’s times like these that I almost envy my Amish neighbors out here in Central Pennsylvania. Sure they smell like shit and work themselves fucking stupid but they took a stand sometime in the mid-Nineteenth Century after deciding that they had exactly enough technology and they weren’t going to poison their community with anymore just for the sake of convenience. And for the most part they stuck to it. They stood their ground and they’re still standing. While the rest of us enjoy the crippling stress and isolation of progress with its mass shootings, reality television and nervous breakdowns, the Amish are doing just fine living like it’s 1869, and unlike their ideological nephew Theodore Kaczynski, they didn’t have to muddy their souls with a single bomb to do it. They simply dropped out of the bullshit and went their own way. I may be a gender-bending Yippie sex freak but it was my Amish neighbors that gave me my first lessons on the virtues of anarchism.
Todd Lewis is joined by Keith Preston, Swithun Dobson and Right Ruminations to analyze the various theories deconstructing modernity from environmental collapse; demographic collapse; banality of bureaucratization; etc.
The United States is using “the Turks as de facto mercenaries” in Syria in order to continue Washington’s destabilization effort in the war-torn country, an analyst says. Keith Preston made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Sunday when asked about US President Donald Trump who had defended his decision to pull American forces out of northern Syria.
I have long been a vocal supporter of the Kurds, even before the Syrian clusterfuck sparked the Rojava Revolution. Part of this comes from my checkered past as a lapsed Tankie-Guevarist. I grew up gorging myself on New Left folk tails of Third World rebellion. The fearsome PKK were one of a dozen or so clans of crimson bearded renegades, fighting like Castro for some post-colonial utopia. I read everything I could find about the Bolshevik adventures of groups like FARC, Hezbollah and the Naxalites. But the thing that set the Kurds apart was their fourth quarter conversion to anarchism which closely mirrored my own.
Abdullah Ocalan discovered the works of Murray Bookchin right around the time I dropped communism for panarchy and syndicalism. And when the wrest of Syria sunk into CIA sponsored Salafi hell, the Ocalan influenced Kurds of the YPG created a successful stateless society that flourished amidst the chaos. It was proof positive that anarchism could work. But it was all over the moment the YPG accepted the poison gift of American military occupation. Anarchism quite simply cannot coexist with the greatest source of imperial tyranny on the fucking planet. The only sick comfort I took in this nauseating arrangement is that I knew it wouldn’t last. That’s because, dearest motherfuckers, screwing over the Kurds is a time-honored American pastime.
The original Kurdish screwjob was the work of that whimsical Bond villain known as Henry Kissinger. During his busy time as Secretary of State and National Security Adviser under Nixon and Ford, respectively, Henry cooked up a devilish little scheme with the help of his flunkies in Israel and the Shah’s Iran. Iraq was becoming suspiciously cozy with the Soviet Union. So they flooded Iraq’s long suffering Kurdish independence movement with Soviet hardware pilfered from the killing fields of Vietnam and the Sinai Peninsula. Mustafa Barzani, the founding father of the modern Peshmerga, didn’t trust the Shah farther than he could squeeze his ham-fist up his pinched little quisling asshole, no sane Mesopotamian did, but he believed in his heart of hearts that America was that shining beacon of freedom on the hill. Mustafa was a sucker. Once Henry and Co. managed to frighten Iraq into playing ball, we quickly drummed up a deal between them and Iran that included handing over the Kurds on a spit. Not only did old Henry, that Nobel pacifist, refuse to even return Mustafa’s frantic calls for help, he cut all humanitarian aide to the region as Helter Skelter came tumbling down. The Kurds were slaughtered and Kissinger summed up America’s Kurdish policy in a nutshell when he told a disgusted congress that “One should not confuse undercover action with social work.” If only the Kurds took his advice.
The United States and its
key allies in the Middle East are trying to find a way to “hijack”
protests in Iraq in an attempt to influence its foreign policy, says an
Washington does not like Iraq’s current role in the regional
“resistance axis” that is countering Israeli and Saudi aggression, Keith
Preston, director of attackthesystem.com, told Press TV’s “The Debate”
“I think much of the difficulty that Iraq is experiencing today is
largely rooted in the policies that the United States has pursued
towards Iraq for quite some time,” he said.
“We’d have to consider the lasting impact of not only the invasion of
Iraq in 2003 and the destabilization of Iraq that happened as a
result,” but the fact that the US also propped up the regime of former
Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussain, Preston added.
Washington’s policies also destroyed Iraq’s industrial effectively,
“turning what was once one of the most advanced nations in the Middle
East to a pre-industrial state,” the analyst argued.
America’s support for Takfiri groups that first overtook parts of
Syria and then proceeded to override neighboring Iraq is also a reason
for current problems, said Preston.
He said there is no denying that the Iraqi government is partially responsible for some of the shortcomings in people’s lives.
However, he argued, it is only natural to expect the West to try and
“hijack” the protests in Iraq for its own benefit, just as it is doing
with protests in Hong Kong and France.
“American foreign policy has not been happy with the course that the Iraqi government has taken in recent years,” he said.
Noting that the Americans are unhappy with Iraq’s close ties to Iran,
Preston said: “They don’t like the fact that Iraq is largely part of
the wider axis of resistance against Saudi influence in the region as
That is why the US and its regional allies, including Israel and
Saudi Arabia, see the protests as an opportunity to destabilize Iraq.
The other panelist, Brian Downing, who is an independent national
security analyst based in Florida, said Saudi Arabia would use Iraq as a
way to take attention away from its failures in Yemen in an attempt to
repair its image.
Downing said while US policies also played a role in Iraq’s current
situation, most of the blame should go to the Iraqi elite for failing to
“evenly distribute” the country’s large oil income.
An issue of demographics is also at play, with Iraq’s large
population of youths in their 20s desiring a better life and a better
future, he added.
The rapidly escalating
impeachment inquiry against US President Donald Trump may backfire and
increase the Republican president’s chances of getting re-elected in
2020, says an American political analyst in Virginia.
Staunch Democrats “want to get rid of Trump by any means they can”
but are “concerned that if Trump is impeached, that may have the effect
of rallying his base, which may actually help him win re-election next
year and discredit the Democratic candidate,” said Keith Preston, chief
editor of AttacktheSystem.com.
“There are some people who really dislike the president and just want
him out of office, period, but there are other people who see this as a
safety valve; they think that perhaps he won’t actually be impeached
but this will have the effect of strengthening his base and
strengthening his re-election potential, ” Preston told Press TV.
Democrats in the US House of Representatives launched an impeachment
inquiry in September after an unidentified whistleblower alleged Trump
had unlawfully used his office to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr
Zelensky to investigate former US Vice President Joe Biden, a leading
contender for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.
The rapidly escalating impeachment inquiry against Trump is the
latest and perhaps most serious threat to his presidency, and the White
House is failing to contain the crisis.
On Friday, House Democratic lawmakers demanded that the White House
provide documents related to allegations that Trump pressured Ukraine
for political favors.
During a July 25 call, Trump asked Zelenskiy to speak with Trump’s
personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani about whether Ukrainian officials
improperly dropped an investigation of a company that hired Biden’s son,
Trump’s aggressive new strategy to thwart the Democrats’ impeachment
offensive is already breaking down under the weight of new revelations.
Text messages released on Thursday between US diplomats and a senior
Ukrainian aide reveal that Zelensky was told he should open an
investigation against Biden if he wanted an invitation to visit
complex in the United States has vast influence over the country’s
economy and government policy, says an American political analyst.
“The armaments industry is such an important part of the American
economy and such a powerful force within the American political system;
in many ways it is the American political system,” said Keith Preston,
chief editor of AttacktheSystem.com.
“It’s been said that the United States doesn’t just have a
military–industrial complex; it is a military–industrial complex,”
Preston told Press TV on Tuesday.
“And that’s extended internationally through the fact that the United
States has hundreds of military bases spread out all over the world,
they’ve got nuclear weapons deployed in different places,” he added.
“The armaments industry guides American policy.”
Russia says it is closely watching the United States’ work on
developing new weapon systems, months after Washington abandoned an arms
control treaty with Moscow.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday that Russian
authorities “are actually keeping a close watch on Washington’s actions
with regard to the development of new weapon systems.”
Back in early August, US President Donald Trump officially withdrew
his country from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty,
which had been concluded in 1987 by then-US president Ronald Reagan and
Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.
The INF had banned all land-based missiles with ranges of between 500
and 5,500 kilometers and covered missiles carrying both nuclear and
Trump’s withdrawal from the INF reflect the new momentum his
administration has given to the US policy of “strategic rivalry” with
China and Russia, two countries seen increasingly as a threat by
Last month, US Defense Secretary Mark Esper warned European nations
to tackle what he called growing security and economic threats from
China and Russia, the latest sign that Washington has shifted its main
focus from the US wars in the Middle East to confronting Beijing and
is October 2019, dearest motherfuckers, and we are living in a horror story. To say that these are apocalyptic times seems to be a gross understatement. The Biblical notion of Armageddon, what with the gnashing of teeth and pillars of salt, seems almost quaint in our age, like some new attraction at Disney World where the Dipping Dots are served up to the kiddos by friendly leather-clad catamites. The Thunderdome looks like a goddamn jungle gym when compared to the Lovecraftian horrors of climate change. Mankind itself is being stalked by a colossal beast of our own creation with tentacles reaching far and wide across the globe.
From the sinking islands of the South Pacific, which are being swallowed whole like pills by the sea, to the frontiers of Alaska, where the once long frozen tundras are being set ablaze in massive god-size funeral pyres. From the tropical jungles of Central Africa, being erased from the globe by a tidal wave of rapidly expanding Saharan dunes, to the urban jungles of South Asia, where the sun burns so hot that the pavement of the streets themselves melts like ice cream in an oven and the sadhus shrivel up like burnt jerky on the blistering sidewalks. This beast has killed millions. This beast has slaughtered whole civilizations, liquidated glaciers the size of continents and murdered entire seasons in cold blood. Spring and Fall have been burned from the fucking calendar and Winter is next. This beast is just getting started and soon the dog days will last forever, or at least until forever too falls victim to this environmental Cthulhu. Howard Philips shrieks as Mother Nature wails. Ladies and gentleman, we are fucked. The killer has us cornered in the attic and their will be no final girls in this slasher nightmare.
This beast of which I speak, call it climate change, call it global warming, call it whatever the hell you like, is the bastard creation of a Doctor Frankenstein which too goes by many names; globalism, capitalism, neoliberalism, consumerism, industrialism, imperialism. All just different genres of that fickle vice known as modernity, a fork in the road of human evolution where the brightest monkeys fooled themselves into believing that their self-serving technology made them superior to the rest of the living world. As usual, Marx was right and Marx was wrong. Marx was right to observe that capitalism, one of modernity’s more garish offspring, thrived on the nihilistic, almost vampiric thirst for constant expansion. He was wrong however to assume that capitalism’s insatiable hunger would inevitably lead to its own demise. There is another, far more unsavory, end game for the capitalist beast besides the karma of popular revolution, and that is a mass murder-suicide by expansion itself. Marx never imagined, even in his most fevered dreams, that humanity could be so ruthless as to destroy itself with toxic pleasure and use the old Kraut’s beloved industrialism to do it. It took mad men like Theodore Kaczynski to see that coming. Now Ted sits in his concrete tomb in Colorado, too sickened by his own vision to even snarl “I told you so!” to the once smug guards who’s homes are now on fire in the Rockies.
Some months are harder than others to be a poorly trained anarcho-gonzo visionary. During these last couple months of the hellishly hot post-apocalyptic summer of this year of our lord Xenu, twenty-hundred-and-nineteen, I couldn’t seem to write a blog post that didn’t smack one class of my dearest motherfuckers or another across the face like a goddamn dead cat. I attempt to make an argument that Ilhan Omar voters and Tucker Carlson viewers have far more in common in the realm of war and peace than they do with any carcinogenic class of moderates in their own parties and the leftists act like I’m some kind of crypto-fascist Rudolf Hess apologist. The very next month, I make an argument that the white race is little more than a violent social construct that does a grave injustice to all poor people and the same paleos who applauded my daring and seemed primed to declare me their genderfuck Phyllis Schlafly last month are taking their turn tying the fucking noose. I just can’t win with you people. It’s not every month that you manage to piss off people you admire on both ends of the aisle, but what can I say? I’m a regular Renaissance bitch.
It’s months like these that I get saddled by my friends on both the left and the right with the dreaded C-word, and I ain’t talkin bout See-You-Next-Tuesday. The word reserved for cantankerous ideological perverts like me is contrarian. Such a universally reviled slur, but what the hell does it actually mean. The popular consensus among the mainstream politicos is that a contrarian is simply a childish rebel who picks confrontational opinions based largely on their radical cache or lack of popularity among the scions of the centrist wonkgeist. A contrarian zigs when the rest of the country zags. A contrarian picks fights just for cheap kicks and the verbal exercise.
And I’ll own up to some of this. I’ve always been a rebel, distrustful of any and all authority, I mean, shit, I’m a lapsed Irish Catholic raised on punk rock and cowboy movies, it’s practically in my fucking DNA. But the fact that this distinction is seen as some kind of vice is just proof positive to me of how far down that proverbial rabbit hole our nation’s special genre of bipolar bipartisanship has taken us. To your average partisan American dupe, a contrarian is essentially someone who refuses to comply with our toxic left-right paradigm. A leftist who refuses to blindly back Russiagate just because they recognize the well established fact that Trump sits somewhere on the psycho branch of the anti-social personality tree. Or a conservative who doesn’t require endless war or organized fag-bashing to satiate his or her own personal biblical philosophy.
RNA – Democratic Party lawmakers only began criticizing the Saudi war against Yemen after the murder of US-based Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, said Keith Preston, chief editor of AttacktheSystem.com.
“The Democrats have seized on the situation in Yemen and they see this as a weapon that they can use against the Trump administration for political purposes,” Preston told Press TV on Sunday.
US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi says President Donald Trump is “turning a blind eye to Saudi Arabia’s continued violence” against innocent Yemenis.
Pelosi, the highest ranking Democrat in Congress, made the remarks in a statement she released on Twitter Saturday a day after Trump approved a plan to deploy troops to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
She described Trump’s decision as an “outrageous attempt” to circumvent the will of the Congress.
“Americans are weary of war, and have no interest in entering another Middle East conflict,” Pelosi reiterated, “particularly on behalf of Saudi Arabia.”
Pointing to Saudi Arabia’s “continued assault on countless men, women and children,” Pelosi slammed the president for “turning a blind eye” to the “continued violence against innocent Yemenis.
Preston rejected Pelosi’s comments as insincere, saying her remarks are a “cynical political ploy” to hurt Trump’s re-election campaign.
“The goal of the Democrats is regrettably not to end the Saudi war in Yemen, the goal is simply to score partisan points when it comes to their own conflicts with the Republicans and the Trump presidency,” he added.
The Pentagon announced Friday it would send reinforcements to the region to bolster Riyadh’s air defenses following a recent drone attack on two major oil facilities owned by Saudi state oil giant Aramco.
The decision was made at the request of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, according to the US Defense Department.
The Pentagon said the deployment would involve a moderate number of troops for what it called primarily “defensive in nature.”
The new decision comes after Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah fighters conducted strikes on the two facilities located in Abqaiq and Khurais on September 14. The attacks led to a halt in about 50 percent of the Arab kingdom’s crude and gas production, causing a surge in oil prices.
Tehran has fiercely rejected any involvement in the retaliatory attack by Yemeni forces against Saudi oil facilities and warned Washington that any military action against it will spell into an “all-out war” with immediate retaliation.