Sunday, May 1, 2011

Old Story of Savages Being Saved By Industry

NPR is my last hope for news that does not beat me with Chinese manufactured batons. I'm hesitant because it's basically preaching to the choir. I want to read all the news media content so I can understand how everyone is getting their information. NPR is not unbiased but at least they don't hammer me with videos of dogs on sleds and "What Celebrity has Cellulite?" stories and "Missing Girlfriend Found Beheaded" tags that make me shudder in horror. But, like I said, those stories are part of the master plan of CNN and Fox to distract and amuse the public. Give them something frivolous to argue about and hundreds of people will discuss the execution of someone in Texas and pretty much ignore a polluted river in their backyard. I get the point so I don't need to see anymore of their horrendous stories. But then I go to NPR and read the stories that are actually important but all the comments are the same thing since the choir ends up gravitating to their kind of conductor. So, what's the point?

The mozambique-coal-mine-brings-jobs-concerns story
is a good example of a story that does not affect the average American in practice but is pertinent in principle. The only people directly affected are rural farmers in Mozambique. American hearts probably won't flood with empathy for their plight. In case you are a staunch right wing day trader who boycotts NPR I will summarize the story:

Brazil needs more energy as their land is mostly occupied by McDonalds cattle ranches.
They need coal so they found some undeveloped land in Mozambique. Bob Dylan wrote a song about Mozambique on his Desire album. I don't think that's relevant but I thought I would mention it so you hippies don't click to the next screed blog. (I have to cater to all types)

Anyway, there were some farmers on the land and they were deemed undesirable so they were moved to a place with running water and a metal house to live in. That's an improvement, right? Not if you now have to pay money for the water and the rent and you were basically living on a barter system before. No, if you have 8 children who now depend on money for their living and "improvements" then you are suddenly in trouble. What are you going to do as a subsistence fisherman? You need cash. So, you try to get hired at the coal mine...where you work for two weeks on and two weeks off. Now, your children who used to go to work with you everyday see you once every two weeks. They love you and they need to contribute so pretty soon they are trying to get jobs at the coal mine too. Why? Because Brazil needs energy. WHAT THE FUCK DOES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH A FISHERMAN IN MOZAMBIQUE?? Now it has a lot to do with him and this personifies the ripple effect that I'm seeing everywhere. Our demand for Playstations is absolutely no game. It could easily be the cause of a polluted river or displaced family. In fact, it guarantees it. Think about that when you play Resident Evil.

I should point out that small pox vaccinations and other modern miracles go hand in hand with this relocation but it's a philosophical debate if "savages" should be forcibly civilized. I had no choice and have tried to become a savage just to give myself the choice but it's been very difficult and philosophically muddled. Oh, but it's been interesting and the drugs are way better in savage land.

The debate for me is what should be done and what can be done. Brazilians who need power for their cell phones have no right to dictate the living situation of a fisherman in Mozambique. They have more might and thus do so unimpeded but that doesn't mean the case is closed because one day it will be the fisherman and the next day it will be the Amish or the New York Yankees. Is there a good excuse to displace people? I don't think so. You can displace yourself and that is it. How about this: Get by on what you find in Brazil! Is that so hard? No. So, fuck them. This is an act of aggression and justification for violence. I say we stop eating fried Plantains at the Emperor's Wok buffet table. Those come from Brazil. Stop eating plantains! And stop paying rent. Buy a gun and stop paying rent.

Hippies For Trump

I just watched Donald Trump's speech in las vegas and I was relieved that the guy doesn't pander or pull punches. It's rare to capture a giant of industry alive and uncensored. Eat it up. He's incapable of being dumb or slippery. "We go in. We take the oil." At last someone who speaks the truth! If America is going to plunder the Middle East at least we should do it openly and not with "War on Terror" rhetoric confusing the issue.

He's like a love child between Ayn Rand and Rockefeller. I only want to live long enough to see a true dictator in office and Trump might be the man. Everyone else has been a slippery politician with no spine. Trump speaks from the wallet. No "nation building" or "police actions". No keeping our hands tied during war. If we "accidentally" kill one of Ghadaffi's sons then why not intentionally nuke the entire capital? Why does the scale of our depravity matter?

A wise Aikido instructor once said, "Your goal is not to fight. Your goal is to end the fight."

Watch an Aikido match sometime and it is over very fast. The best MMA fighter was an Aikido and Gracie Jiu Jitsu master who had the most submissions of anyone....because his goal was to end the fight. He wouldn't jab and kick for three rounds. No. Not even two minutes. End the fight as quickly as possible. Boxing is a spectator sport because someone convinced a few punch drunk guys that they would make more money taking jabs to the face for 10 rounds. That does more damage but it does add up to an entertaining sport. Real fights are over in two minutes and are boring to watch. Any fighter will tell you that it's better to end the fight as fast as possible. Jiu jitsu and Aikido fighters don't consider the audience as relevant to their strategy. They grapple and squeeze and position. It's boring. Why is warfare treated differently?

Why does America engage basically a street gang in war for A FUCKING DECADE??? Well, probably the same reason: a long drawn out ten round affair will make more money. So from a business point of view the war on terror is a money maker. The money goes from your pocket into the pocket of Haliburton. Cheney is rich for a good reason but I want a president who knows that he's got a rabid pit bull in the closet and if you fuck with America, or even think bad thoughts about America, then he's not going to set a hundred little toothless poodles on you for ten years. No. You get the pitbull. We'll rebuild your capital AFTER WE BOMB IT TO DUST. Listen to Trump's comment on "sovereign nations". We'll plunder your resources as payment. There will be zero American casualties and countless innocent civilians in your country who die. Yes, that's a price we're willing to pay because our technology is better than yours. Why lie? Why send Americans to fight a street gang? It's beneath us.

Now, there's a topic of imperialism to address. Is that our stated goal, because it's definitely our practical goal. Military presence in more countries than I can count. If we are Imperialists then at least let's be honest about it SO WE CAN GET IT OVER WITH. Trump seems to be honest and we're totally on the same page about China. The only way Chinese products can compete is with defacto slavery, currency manipulations and backroom deals. It's absolutely criminal the way China weaseled into the global market. Does anyone else realize an iPod factory is like a concentration camp? Hell, the Red Curtain prevents any kind of transparency. At least Hitler was public about killing atheists. If Nazi Germany had assembled our Playstations using gay prisoners would WWII never have happened? Would we have turned our heads to save a buck? Would FDR have accepted a comment like, "Where else can I get disposable DVD players?" Are we that pathetic? Or am I deluded?

The bottom line is can the country make money. I'm glad Trump is on our side. I'd work for Trump's campaign if he runs. I would seriously campaign for Trump and write about it from the inside. That's a move Hunter Thompson would be proud of. And I would fill these pages with Pro Trump content and knock on doors. I wouldn't shave my beard because I want "Hippies For Trump" to be the slogan that wakes you up in the middle of the night sweating. Trump is the future. He's a winner and a capitalist country should be run like a business. We're not out to save the word; we're out to own it. We don't need a lawyer; we need a shark. If you can't beat them; join them.

I want to add that if Michele Bachmann is associated with Trump's campaign I must excuse myself. The word "United" should be removed from all currency as long as she is representative of anything but her own batshit beliefs. That Jesse Ventura and Bachmann were both elected by the same group of people is evidence that Minnesota voters just don't give a fuck.

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