May 12, 2010


"You Can't Handle the Truth!"

-Colonel Nathan R. Jessep

This is the end, sorry it won't be more eloquent but it is the end nonetheless. Ed Encho is now retiring from blogging, immediately and permanently. Times have changed and I have changed as well. After a pretty extended hiatus brought on primarily by health concerns led to my thinking a bit more and realizing that I was leaving the 'left' or what sad remnants of it. The left/progressive farce in this now fully functional corporate fascist society has done nothing but to enable the rot and I have gone on long enough now and have decided to leave this altogether. It was no one event, person, argument or relationship gone bad, it was just the whole accumulated weight of all of it. In ending a longtime collaboration with certain friends over the past week as well as disagreements over how to best move forward and reach new people using new technologies with others, I have just decided that this is just one big waste of fucking time. I have been involved in this for too long now and like the famous scene at the end of The Outlaw Josey Wales where Fletcher tells him that the war is over, well I reckon so.

Of course I am not the only one to decide this is basically no longer worth dealing with. There have been far more influential folks than my humble ass who have moved on out of frustration, notably the great Paul Craig Roberts who in his recent farewell to arms piece: Good-Bye: Truth Has Fallen and Taken Liberty With It summed it up perfectly:

There was a time when the pen was mightier than the sword. That was a time when people believed in truth and regarded truth as an independent power and not as an auxiliary for government, class, race, ideological, personal, or financial interest.

Today Americans are ruled by propaganda. Americans have little regard for truth, little access to it, and little ability to recognize it.

Truth is an unwelcome entity. It is disturbing. It is off limits. Those who speak it run the risk of being branded “anti-American,” “anti-semite” or “conspiracy theorist.”

Truth is an inconvenience for government and for the interest groups whose campaign contributions control government.

Truth is an inconvenience for prosecutors who want convictions, not the discovery of innocence or guilt.

Truth is inconvenient for ideologues.

Roberts' lament rings as true as any in this rotting nation of sheep, TV lobotomized zombies, snake mean racists, Jesus juicers and willfully ignorant lemmings. There is zero desire to hear the truth and with the reflating of the latest economic bubble that only benefits the Wall Street looters, the ongoing demagoguery over the latest idiotic would be terrorist allowing for more and more police state powers and the complete failure of the American public to stop the endless state of war that is bankrupting us both morally and financially what is the point?

The worst being of course the perpetuating of the myth of 9/11 that changed everything forever, and it's never coming back. Whatever remains of the 9/11 Truth Movement has been thoroughly infiltrated by disinformation agents and profiteers and the 'left' has ZERO nerve to do anything but try to recycle Bush and Cheney's talking points for political gain. We hear highly paid shills for American fascism like Glenn Beck getting rich while conning millions to buy his products and ghost-written tripe pontificate about his ridiculous 9/12 movement that has spawned misled faux patriot groups and a huge Astroturf political arm of the criminal Republican party in the co-opted Tea Party Movement. All this while there is an abysmal failure of any rational counter force from the left or from antiwar groups about a 9/10 movement and in restoring our civil liberties to the day prior to the American Reichstag Fire.. It has always been 9/11 and thereafter and it will always be used to justify more war, torture, detentions without trial and now the ability to strip dissenting Americans of their citizenship, I could never imaging even Bush and Cheney being able to get away with pissing away taxpayer money on naked body scanners in airports from which TSA goons can ogle the private partes of prepubescent teenage girls and boys. There is NO opposition to any of this either from the Teabaggers or the champaign socialists on the fake 'left', at least none that is more effictive than a mosquito on a rhino's ass. The most abysmal failure comes from the 'left' in their collective failure to articulate or offer any sort of alternative vision to counter to the well funded, organized American Gladio on the right. They are so intent on waging their petty cultural jihads, distorting the words of cranks and conducting political correctness purity purges to bother with either pragmatism or reality. To see people who once screamed for George W. Bush to be strung up by his balls (which he truly deserved) now become total apologists for the Obama administration and the vile continuation of the same policies just because it is their team in the White House makes me want to vomit. If something was wrong under Bush then it sure as hell is wrong under Obama and by definition every U.S. President is a war criminal so in not recognizing this and speaking out then they are all hypocrites of the worst type. Perhaps even worse than the hypocrisy is the general lack of any sort of a spine when it comes down to engagement with the enemy. The left of old, the labor left would have showed up at fascist Tea Party rallies enmasse and there would have been blood, today's social issue driven left is content to tote an occasional sign around, sign up for or send money to the corrupt Democratic Party. A good argument could be made than when the backs of the old left was busted first by McCarthyism, then by Reaganism and finally what was left whipped into acquiesence by the corporate DLC and when that was allowed it opened the door to the ongoing slide into the abyss, both politically and economically. I cannot denounce the 'left' strongly enough for being woefully ineffective, delusional and no help in staunching the bleeding. When the definitive history of the fall of the United States is written there will be a serious analysis of the role of the enabling 'left' in the implosion.

The truth about 9/11 will never be seriously challenged, the establishment won't allow it to happen because no matter what the truth is the resulting police state, the power of controlling it and the exponentially growing surveillance and control systems is just too seductive to ever be reigned in. The United States of America is a failed state, choked with corruption, pollution and poverty - the rest of the world is ahead of the curve as civil unrest grows as essential services are cut to bail out the criminal scum, the politicians and the casino banks for destroying their economies. It isn't going to get any better here either but we as Americans are too easily made to accept the unacceptable, for those who are angry there are controlled pressure valves like the Tea Party and the progressive blogosphere. There is lots of noise and clamor but nothing changes does it? Again, I excerpt from Paul Craig Roberts farewell piece:

The American corporate media does not serve the truth. It serves the government and the interest groups that empower the government.

America’s fate was sealed when the public and the anti-war movement bought the government’s 9/11 conspiracy theory. The government’s account of 9/11 is contradicted by much evidence. Nevertheless, this defining event of our time, which has launched the US on interminable wars of aggression and a domestic police state, is a taboo topic for investigation in the media. It is pointless to complain of war and a police state when one accepts the premise upon which they are based.

These trillion dollar wars have created financing problems for Washington’s deficits and threaten the U.S. dollar’s role as world reserve currency. The wars and the pressure that the budget deficits put on the dollar’s value have put Social Security and Medicare on the chopping block. Former Goldman Sachs chairman and U.S. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson is after these protections for the elderly. Fed chairman Bernanke is also after them. The Republicans are after them as well. These protections are called “entitlements” as if they are some sort of welfare that people have not paid for in payroll taxes all their working lives.

With over 21 per cent unemployment as measured by the methodology of 1980, with American jobs, GDP, and technology having been given to China and India, with war being Washington’s greatest commitment, with the dollar over-burdened with debt, with civil liberty sacrificed to the “war on terror,” the liberty and prosperity of the American people have been thrown into the trash bin of history.

The militarism of the U.S. and Israeli states, and Wall Street and corporate greed, will now run their course. As the pen is censored and its might extinguished, I am signing off.

Yes, the worst is coming. I have read my history and know all too well the signs of the rising tide of totalitarianism, the parallels between the present day U.S. of A and Weimar era Germany are astonishing, only here it is much, much more subtle but the ongoing economic collapse is setting the stage just perfectly for the real new Hitler, he or she just hasn't emerged yet to capitalize on the seething resentment and desperation that our failed political system and woefully ignorant citizens have created. A prophetic and favorite warning of mine came from Earling Carothers 'Jim' Garrison, the only man to attempt to bring about a serious legal action over the assassination of President Kennedy:

"In a very real and terrifying sense, our Government is the CIA and the Pentagon, with Congress reduced to a debating society. Of course, you can't spot this trend to fascism by casually looking around. You can't look for such familiar signs as the swastika, because they won't be there. We won't build Dachaus and Auschwitzes; the clever manipulation of the mass media is creating a concentration camp of the mind that promises to be far more effective in keeping the populace in line."

It was roughly forty years ago that Garrison uttered those words. Today, May 12, 2010 how can any reasonable person even attempt to deny the truth in that statement? It is the lack of those reasonable people that have now driven me to leave this behind as well. Life is too short to continue to expend considerable energy and waste considerable time in trying to make any sort of a meaningful difference - there is no desire to hear the truth and no sense of shared duty to transcend the petty differences that control what passes for discourse in this diseased country.

So now I take my leave, I have better things to do than to tilt at windmills with the rest of you and would strongly advise you all to think very seriously about how you want to spend your remaining days. Don't fail to take into consideration that today is the best day of the rest of your lives, each day will be incrementally worse because of the abject failure to do anything to stop the war machine and the fascist state that provides the lynchpin for it.

So as I ride off into the sunset I offer a tip of my hat to my good friends, I want to especially note Diane and Gottlieb, Elian, Woody, Ed and Bob as those who I will miss most, your hearts were always in the right place and may you continue to fight the good fight despite our differences. To all of the others who I have worked with and who are of varying political affiliations, intellectual backgrounds and long term goals I salute your efforts as well. There are too many of you to name here and for the sake of brevity I won't . The one thing in common is that I am proud of the time that we were able to work together and honored to have done so. As Reggie Hammond once famously remarked..."Y'all Be Cool".

This is Ed Encho signing out.

May 11, 2010

Crack Ho Economics

The sweet spike of the latest fix in the form of the trillion dollar Euro bailout has sent the rigged markets to the moon Alice with Monday's 404 + point jump on the DJIA (Dick Jammed In Ass) although there are already indications that the buzz will be short-lived. The lies, propaganda and shilling to inflate this bailout bubble are losing their effectiveness as is evident by the news this morning that the optimism opium is already starting to wear off. That is, unless your name happens to be JP Morgan Chase or Goldman Sachs whose insiders in the Obama administration continue to ensure that the big wheel of the casino stays rigged and despite the mockery of the show inquisitions going on in Congress that the big kahunas on Wall Street will not only survive the economic crash but will come out bigger and more consolidated than ever. The looting spree goes on despite the fallacious jobs reports that show that the green shoots are turning into the proverbial beanstalks that can be scaled upwards into the clouds to realize the American Dream and the God kissed consumerism that is the crack cocaine to the average shmuck.

The Greek unrest that has been played down by the corporate American media intent on their fixation with who Tiger Woods is poking his weenie into this week or the latest bumbling idiot terror plot that fails miserably is going to spread. There is no bailout that is possible that is going to fix anything as long as the underlying problems do not get addressed, that is of course the financial weapons of mass destruction that are the derivatives. The global financial system has been completely destroyed out of nothing more complcated than good old greed and fraud, it's just the insanely complicated credit default swaps, synthetic credit default swaps, structured investment vehicles and the rest of the basket of trickery that the snake oil peddlers have constructed to sell to the chumps. At the end of the day what is occurring is no different than the typical shell game or similar carnival style rigged games designed to appeal to the rubes, only this time the rubes number in the millions and sooner or later said rubes are going to finally realize that they have been duped by the gangsters that run their governments.

All hell is already breaking loose in Europe, of course Europeans are vastly more sophisticated than their American counterparts who are largely content to either take the latest hit off of the 50 inch Plasma glass dick and stay blissfully asleep or join up with the idiotic Tea Parties that are solely a construct of the same American looter capitalists (think Dick Armey, Newt Gingrich and the Kochs) and take to the streets enmasse - sooner or later this will evolve into Meskin' bashing pogroms which is exactly what will trigger the police state measures to prevent any sort of real revolt. Americans live in a fairy tale world built upon comic book history and the buffoons of the Tea Party exemplify us in all of our selfish and willfully ignorant glory, in a true historical context the morons are out there raising cain in support of the British monarchy but any sort an attempt to reason with the dolts is as worthless as casting pearls before swine, but more on that later.

Anyway, the 1000 point plunge in the DJIA last Thursday that was blamed on a "fat finger" is just another example of the ability of the American masses of asses to gobble down the media produced bullshit biscuits and then beg for more. The Plunge Protection Team saved the day last week preventing a serious market correction and the Eurozone bailout package was hastily arranged over the weekend just in time for Monday's opening of the Ponzi markets. Today it is already waning, there is no amount of money that can fix this fiasco. Europe is going to erupt into open revolt soon enough, America won't but one sure bet in this era of irresponsible gambling is that there will be a false flag terror event that works that can be blamed on some swarthy Arab and that will provide cover for the looters, like when the phony terrorists blew the roof in Die Hard.

Just my two cents