ON THIS DAY: February 26, 2017

February 26th is

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Tell a Fairytale Day

Levi Strauss Day *

Pistachio Day

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58th Daytona 500

89th Academy Awards
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Bannonism is not quite the “deconstruction of the administrative state”

 

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CPAC attendees trolled into waving Russia flags during Trump’s speech

CPAC had some actual, unintended Deconstruction unlike Bannon’s riff on nationalist deregulation


“Bannon is a near-constant presence every time cameras cover a Trump press conference or follow the president into the Oval Office. He has gained a place on the “principals committee” of the National Security Council, elevating him above the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff and the director of national intelligence.”
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Kumbaya in the bunker …Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus appeared in a joint interview at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) outside Washington, D.C. and the former provided a glimpse of the crypto-fascist mentality that informs POTUS45* and his White House.

It was quite unlike the pageant queen’s interview segment where “world peace” was the main goal for a winner or her runner-up.

Lord Dampnut is now clearly a cipher for Bannon’s Fourth Turning / Clash of Civilizations mania and functions as the national CEO in between rounds of golf. POTUS45* is Bannon’s alternative, alt-fact, media factotum, available to cut the ribbon at the launching of any car dealership.

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Bannon’s goal: a Mad Max economy

President Bannon’s racist minarchy aims to forward an American version of the “End of Times” in Alexandr Dugin’s Fourth Political Theory. Crony capitalism and kleptocracy will benefit from the chaos and catastrophies that result from implementing those theories.


Bannonism is more about deregulation rather than deconstruction

  • Bannonist nationalism privileges one ethnicity over all others and is based on an anti-scientific ignorance based on primitive supremacy of the sort promulgated by neo-fascist political parties. It specifies a permanent war between Dominionist and Islamic caliphates.
  • Bannonism projects a similar economic model of racial conflict onto nationalist trade wars which oversimplifies bilateralism in order to benefit ruling class wealth. It does so at the cost of social welfare that would be more optimal under multilateralism. Advantage is never comparative.
  • The result of destroying rather than deconstructing the administrative state is designed to profit from its destruction while advancing the goals of (ad)venture capitalist warlords. It is Malthusianism complete with prepper bunkers.

This is less creative destruction than a misanthropic chaos designed to return the global economy to some infomercialized feudalism. Bannonism’s fatal flaw lies in misunderstanding the political goals of deconstruction and enslaving it to a totalized discourse of racial superiority, resembling some defeated historical models. Since his goal is short-term capitalist profit, Bitcoin is even more of a deconstructive economic program than what Bannon wants to achieve, making his prescriptions in their reified form, crypto-fascist in its goals.

It’s not deconstruction as much as it is appropriating institutions, aided by demolishing (via deregulation) their income-distributional mechanisms for greater class wealth resulting in greater inequality. With undeconstructed profit it’s like starting a riot to disguise a bank robbery. Corporations will survive the deconstruction, so it’s no deconstruction as it is re-centralizing the administrative state for totalitarian control.

More interesting will be the first RW pundit to denounce Bannon as a “Cultural Marxist” precisely because he has adopted a “deconstructive” position on the administrative state that cops a cue from the Frankfurt School.

Lord Dampnut, his junk food, and nuclear trigger are on a perpetual golf vacation punctuated by ceremonial moments celebrated by mass media but with little relevance to the diminution of public policy and in favor of the privatizing the greater good.

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ON THIS DAY: February 25, 2017

February 25th is

Chocolate-Covered Peanuts Day

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Clam Chowder Day

Sword Swallowers Day

Open That Bottle Night *
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ON THIS DAY: February 24, 2017

February 24th is

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Girl Scout Cookie Weekend

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Tortilla Chip Day

World Bartender Day

Forget Me Not Day *
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Word Cloud: PROFANITY

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by NONA BLYTH CLOUD

Please take this week’s title as a warning. If you find profanity offensive, this installment of Word Cloud is one you may want to skip.

An article I skimmed for this week’s post was called Poets Nobody Reads, which isn’t entirely true, but certainly Carolyn M. Rodgers (1940 – 2010) is no longer as well-known as she was at her controversial zenith, from the late 1960s to the end of the 1970s.

At a time when many male African-American writers were being praised for their use of ‘Black English,’ Carolyn Rodgers was being told to “tone down” the very language that had first brought her attention. And it seems that most of her poems that are laced with cuss words are not available online, while her books of poetry have become rare enough that prices have skyrocketed.

A few of her poems strike me as uneven, not because she uses black idioms, but because they read to me like second drafts, promising ideas not quite finished. However, the majority of her work passes Garrison Keillor’s test of a good poem: “Stickiness, memorability, is one sign of a good poem. You hear it and a day later some of it is still there in the brainpan.”
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This is a young poem, about that frustrating and difficult process of self-discovery.

Breakthrough

I’ve had tangled feelings lately
About ev’rything
Bout writing poetry, and otha forms
Bout talkin and dreamin with abust-of-an-african-woman-by-charles-henri-joseph-cordier
Special man (who says he needs me)
Uh huh
And my mouth has been open
Most of the time but
I ain’t been saying nothin but
Thinking about ev’rything
And the partial pain has been
How do I put my self on paper
The way I want to be or am and be
Not like any one else in this
Black world but me

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Lord Dampnut is an actual enemy of the people, now and forever

 

By ann summers

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“Today, enemy of the people is still deployed. But mostly, you hear it from dictators. (Heads of former Soviet countries are particularly fond of the construction. Old dog, new tricks, etc.) It’s never before been uttered by the leader of the free world. One more way in which Trump’s presidency truly is unprecedented in U.S. history.”

because … love and jealousy and revenge


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“What (reality TV) does do really well is interpersonal relationships — is taking big themes like love and jealousy and revenge, and boiling them down to conversations between two people.”

There is a real enemy of the people and that is anyone who cannot follow the rudimentary ethics of reciprocity as well as a trust implicit in the social contract.

This notion covers those who would deny their own existence and rationalize inhuman actions in everyday life (see Milo) or who would deny the existence of others and rationalize the possibility of global conflict without considering its consequences (Lord Dampnut).

This narrative of a popular enemy runs through Lord Dampnut’s reason for ruling, because he knows nothing of governing. And he never laughs.

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ON THIS DAY: February 23, 2017

February 23rd is

Banana Bread Daymuirhead-curling-is-cool-day

Diesel Engine Day *

Digital Learning Day *

Dog Biscuit Day

Chili Day

Curling is Cool Day

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day *
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