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Monday, November 28, 2016 — A Letter to my Member of Parliament, Bill Morneau

To: Bill Morneau, House of Com­mons, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1A 0A6

Re: Prime Min­is­ter Trudeau prais­ing Castro

I voted for the present gov­ern­ment. I voted for you. I had vis­cer­ally despised Harper, and I fell for your party’s hokum about “sunny days” and restor­ing Canada’s demo­c­ra­tic val­ues after the grim repres­sive­ness of the Con­ser­v­a­tive admin­is­tra­tion. Naive me.

This rid­ing includes Canada’s prin­ci­pal Gay neigh­bor­hood and busi­ness com­mu­nity. Among my friends was a man who suf­fered ago­niz­ing tor­tures in the con­cen­tra­tion camps that Cas­tro threw thou­sands of gays into. He is now, mer­ci­fully, dead, and does not have to hear a Cana­dian Prime Min­is­ter prais­ing his tor­turer. He was under the impres­sion that he had come to a democracy.

Prime Min­is­ter Trudeau’s inane, syco­phan­tic blather prais­ing a mass-murderer, slave-holder and exploiter is no dif­fer­ent from Trump’s cring­ing praise of Putin, Ronald Rea­gan call­ing the geno­ci­dal butcher Rios-Montt “a man of great per­sonal integrity”, or Mar­garet Thatcher claim­ing Augusto Pinochet as a “true friend”.

This clearly demon­strates that our sup­pos­edly “demo­c­ra­tic” lead­ers have no com­mit­ment to, or respect for democ­racy, what­ever their party.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 — Fucking American Morons, part 2

Gmail was down for an aston­ish­ing 24 hours. It will, no doubt, cost Google a lot of money, as they have con­trac­tual oblig­a­tions to their com­mer­cial cus­tomers which will incur penal­ties. The out­age effected much of the world, and most intensely North Amer­ica and the U.K. It started around when the U.S. elec­tion polls closed, and con­tin­ued for the bet­ter part of a day. Now, I don’t know for cer­tain the cause of this unprece­dented out­age, with its unlikely coin­ci­dent tim­ing, but I could ven­ture a guess.

There are few can­di­dates for any­one who could hack such an out­come. The best can­di­date would be Don­ald Trump’s good bud­dies in Moscow. Motive? Per­haps an unsub­tle reminder to the world’s busi­ness inter­ests that they should not inter­fere with Putin’s Pup­pet Pres­i­dent. If that’s the case, we will never know it for sure, as silence would doubt­less be a con­di­tion of com­pli­ance. No doubt we will all quickly learn that it was just the “fat man on a couch.” Whether this is the case or not, Putin is singing in the shower these days. He now knows that he can safely start restor­ing the old Com­mu­nist empire. If he decides to, say, invade Esto­nia and annex it, he knows that his good buddy Don­ald will sab­o­tage any resis­tance from Europe.

Mean­while, Trump’s even bet­ter and closer bud­dies, the Neo-Nazi ter­ror­ists of Europe, are pop­ping cham­pagne corks and danc­ing. There are now fanat­i­cal racists and anti-semites in power in Wash­ing­ton as well as Moscow and var­i­ous Euro­pean cap­i­tals, and their influ­ence is grow­ing rapidly in South-East Asia. Europe’s Jews and Gyp­sies have few places to look for safety. Canada may be one of the few remain­ing havens of freedom.

Bei­jing stands to lose finan­cially from Trump’s ascent, but it is power, not money that inter­ests Bei­jing. They are already reap­ing the pro­pa­ganda bonus. They are already loudly boast­ing that democ­racy has been dis­cred­ited, that the U.S. is washed up, and that Com­mu­nism will ulti­mately triumph.

Those Lib­eral val­ues —- democ­racy and free­dom — that Con­ser­v­a­tives, Com­mu­nists and Fas­cists all hate, are in full retreat. Soon they will be forced underground.

Well, you fuck­ing Amer­i­can morons, you fuck­ing Con­ser­v­a­tive trai­tors, you finally got what you wanted.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 — FUCKING AMERICAN MORONS!

FUCKING

AMERICAN

MORONS

I”m sad to say that I had a mis­guided faith in the Amer­i­can peo­ple. It’s not just the mis­lead­ing polls that had me bam­boo­zled. From the time I lived in the United States, I retained a deep feel­ing that the Amer­i­can peo­ple where at heart decent and patri­otic, that they cher­ished free­dom, and that if push comes to shove they will do the right thing. That faith is now gone. The Amer­i­can peo­ple have destroyed that illu­sion. Mak­ing that ass­hole Pres­i­dent demon­strates clearly that the United States is washed up, a nation of cow­ards and pathetic losers. If Amer­i­cans would rather be slaves than free human beings, it is up to Canada to take up the flag of free­dom. I will ded­i­cate my life to pro­tect­ing my beloved coun­try from the influ­ence of that mon­strous evil below the border.

Sunday, November 6, 2016 — Two Days

In two days we will finally find out what degree of power the Racism, Rape and Trea­son Party will exer­cise in the United States for the next four years. It’s plain that they will not win the Pres­i­dency — patri­otic Amer­i­cans have sensed an immi­nent threat to the coun­try, and are turn­ing out in record num­bers to defend it — but what really mat­ters is whether or not the RR&T (Repub­li­can) Party will retain con­trol of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives. A gen­er­a­tion of sys­tem­atic voter sup­pres­sion and dis­trict ger­ry­man­der­ing has allowed the Repub­li­cans to con­trol the House, repeat­edly hold­ing the Amer­i­can peo­ple to ran­som and obstruct­ing any kind of ratio­nal admin­is­tra­tion. If they retain this power, there will be four years of relent­less obstruc­tion of the kind that Amer­i­cans have become accus­tomed to in the last eight years. Repub­li­cans have no claim to being patri­ots: the well-being of the Amer­i­can peo­ple will always be the last thing they are con­cerned with. They are dri­ven by a total­i­tar­ian ide­ol­ogy that has fused older ele­ments orig­i­nat­ing in Amer­ica with Com­mu­nism and Fas­cism imported from Europe. Those who delude them­selves into think­ing that Don­ald Trump is some sort of aber­ra­tion in his party need to wake up. Trump is the nat­ural, log­i­cal and inevitable con­se­quence of Con­ser­v­a­tive ide­ol­ogy in exactly the same way that Stalin was the nat­ural, log­i­cal and inevitable con­se­quence of Marx­ist ide­ol­ogy. Every­thing that Trump has done in this elec­tion is some­thing that the Repub­li­can Party has done before, every slo­gan he shouts and every slimy tac­tic he employs are straight out of the long-term Repub­li­can play­book. Trump will prob­a­bly not suc­ceed in his dream of destroy­ing Amer­ica and turn­ing it into a sleazy, Putin-KGB style dic­ta­tor­ship, but the Repub­li­can Party will not stop their ide­o­log­i­cal cru­sade with his fail­ure, and their ambi­tion is exactly the same as Trump’s. They will keep on try­ing. Amer­i­cans will not be safe from the specter of tyranny until the Repub­li­can Party is com­pletely erased from their lives.

This does not mean that the Demo­c­ra­tic Party is any­thing admirable. It has absorbed most of the creepy ele­ments of Con­ser­v­a­tive ide­ol­ogy. The Clin­ton admin­is­tra­tion of the 1990s adopted most of Con­ser­v­a­tive crack­pot eco­nomic the­ory. Its repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act and pass­ing of the Com­mod­ity Futures Mod­ern­iza­tion Act laid the ground­work for the sub­se­quent Repub­li­can global reces­sion. Hilary Clin­ton is not the demon she is por­trayed as, but she clearly rep­re­sents the oli­garchi­cal and Con­ser­v­a­tive ele­ments of the Demo­c­ra­tic Party, and can­not be depended on to do any­thing to lessen the power of the rich, which is the can­cer eat­ing away at Amer­ica. But there is a great dif­fer­ence between a cor­rupt, aging aris­to­cratic regime and a dynamic total­i­tar­ian move­ment. The Romanov monar­chy and the shaky Weimar Repub­lic were not any­thing to boast of, but the Com­mu­nist and National Social­ist dic­ta­tor­ships that dis­placed them were a thou­sand times more hor­ri­ble. The Repub­li­can Party embraces and pro­motes such a men­ac­ing total­i­tar­ian ide­ol­ogy, and has been work­ing away dili­gently to impose it on Amer­ica. Like all such ide­olo­gies, Con­ser­vatism chan­nels the ener­gies and resent­ments of dis­parate groups, gives them scape­goats to hate, and employs a mish-mosh of con­tra­dic­tory slo­gans, pro­pa­ganda lies, and pseudo-intellectual argu­ments that can be deployed or negated at any time. But the under­ly­ing prin­ci­ple is straight­for­ward: if the Leader enters the room, get down on your hands and knees and suck his dick. There is really noth­ing else to it. View­ing any ten minute seg­ment of a Trump rally makes this per­fectly clear. It’s an ide­ol­ogy for sniv­el­ling cow­ards. But there are a lot of sniv­el­ling cow­ards out there.

FILMSOCTOBER 2016

(Hard­ing 2006) Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Ep.55 ― Cards on the Table
(Mar­can­tel 2001) The Simp­sons: Ep.261 ― Day of the Jack­anapes
(Ross & Benedek 1963) The Outer Lim­its: Ep.4 ― The Man With the Power
(Moore 2001) The Simp­sons: Ep.262 ― New Kids on the Blecch
(Kruse 2001) The Simp­sons: Ep.263 ― Hun­gry, Hun­gry Homer
(Pil­lai 2014) Mid­Somer Mur­ders: Ep.100 ― The Killings of Copen­hagen
(Mills 1963) The Avengers: Ep.48 — The Man in the Mir­ror
(Mac­Mul­lan 2001) The Simp­sons: Ep.264 ― Bye, Bye, Nerdie
(Phillips 2006) Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Ep.56 ― After the Funeral
(Kirk­land 2001) The Simp­sons: Ep.265 ― Simp­son Safari
(Alston 1988) Demon­warp
(Ander­son 2001) The Simp­sons: Ep.266 ― Tril­ogy of Error
(Pil­lai 2015) Mid­Somer Mur­ders: Ep.101 ― The Dag­ger Club
(Tyler 1988) The Last Slum­ber Party [Riff­Trax ver­sion]
(Sheetz 2001) The Simp­sons: Ep.267 ― I’m Going to Praise­land
(McNaughton 1970) Monty Python’s Fly­ing Cir­cus: Ep.15 ― The Span­ish Inqui­si­tion
(Tay­lor 2012) Game of Thrones: Ep.20 ― Valar Morghulis
(Fran­cis 1964) Night­mare Read more »

First-time listening for October 2016

27752. (Rabih Abou-Khalil) Roots & Sprouts
27753. (Henry Pur­cell) The Indian Queen [com­plete opera; d. Hog­wood; Kirkby, Bott, Ains­ley]
27754. (Last Shadow Pup­pets) Every­thing You’ve Come To Expect
27755. (Alessan­dro Scar­latti) Telemaco [com­plete opera; d. Hen­gel­brock; Ham­vasi, Kul­man]
Music of the Ancient Sume­ri­ans, Egyp­tians and Greeks:
.… 27756. (anon.) Musi­cal Exerpts, 2nd c. AD
.… 27757. (anon.) Lament, 2nd-3rd c. AD
.… 27758. (anon.) Frag­ment 1, 2nd c. AD
.… 27759. (anon.) Paean, 3rd-4th c. AD
.… 27760. (anon.) Trochaid Frag­ment, 3rd c. AD
.… 27761. (anon.) Four Set­tings from Menander’s Epitre­pontes, 3rd c. AD
.… 27762. (anon.) Excerpts Men­tion­ing Eros and Aphrodite, 2nd-3rd c. AD
.… 27763. (anon.) Musi­cal Excerpt, 3rd c. AD
.… 27764. (anon.) Hypoly­dian Excerpt, 2nd-3rd c. AD
.… 27765. (anon.) Frag­ment 3, 3rd c. AD
.… 27766. (anon.) A Zaluzi To the Gods, Hur­rian Hymn 7, c. 1225 BC Read more »

READINGOCTOBER 2016

26879. (Edgar Wal­lace) The Green Mamba [story]
26880. (Alexan­der Vovin, Edward Vajda & Éti­enne de la Vais­sière) Who Were the *Kjet and
.… . What Lan­guage Did They Speak? [arti­cle]
26881. (Ruth Ren­dell) From Doon with Death
(Leonid E. Grinin, et al; –ed.) The Early State, Its Alter­na­tives and Ana­logues:
.… 26882. (Dim­itri Bodarenko, et al.) Alter­na­tives of Social Evo­lu­tion [arti­cle]
.… 26883. (Robert L. Carneiro) Was the Chief­dom a Con­ge­la­tion of Ideas? [arti­cle]
.… 26884. (Patrick Cha­bal, Gary Fein­man & Peter Skalnik) Beyond States and Empires: Chief­doms and
.… .… Infor­mal Pol­i­tics [arti­cle]
.… 26885. (Yuri E. Berezkin) Alter­na­tive Mod­els of Mid­dle Range Soci­ety. “Indi­vid­u­al­is­tic” Asia
.… .… vs. “Col­lec­tivis­tic” Amer­ica? [arti­cle]
.… 26886. (Henri J. M. Claessen) Was the State Inevitable? [arti­cle]
.… 26887. (Leonid E. Grinin) The Early State and Its Ana­logues: A Com­par­a­tive Analy­sis
.… .… [arti­cle]
.… 26888. (Dmitri B. Prous­sakov) Early Dynas­tic Egypt: A Socio-Environmental /
.… .… Anthro­po­log­i­cal Hypoth­e­sis of “Uni­fi­ca­tion” [arti­cle]
.… 26889. (Vladimir V. Emelianov) The Ruler as Pos­ses­sor of Power in Sumer [arti­cle]
.… 26890. (Richard Baum) Rit­ual and Ratio­nal­ity: Reli­gious Roots of the Bureau­cratic
.… .… State in Ancient China [arti­cle] Read more »

FILMSSEPTEMBER 2016

(Dou­glas 1954) Them!
(Brooks 1968) The Pro­duc­ers
(Groen­ing & Muzquiz 2013) Futu­rama: Ep.119 ― Assie Come Home
(Unwin 2003) Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Ep.50 ― Five Lit­tle Pigs
(Rear­don 2000) The Simp­sons: Ep.240 ― Alone Again, Natura-diddily
(Moore 2000) The Simp­sons: Ep.241 ― Mis­sion­ary: Impos­si­ble
(Alwyn 1963) The Avengers: Ep.41 — Inter­crime
(Groen­ing & Kramer 2013) Futu­rama: Ep.120 ― Leela and the Gen­estalk
(Kirk­land 2000) The Simp­sons: Ep.242 ― Pyg­moelian
(Mar­can­tel 2000) The Simp­sons: Ep.243 ― Bart to the Future
(Affleck 2000) The Simp­sons: Ep.244 ― Days of Wine and D’oh’ses
(Webb 2014) The Amaz­ing Spider-Man 2
(Miller 2008) John Oliver: Ter­ri­fy­ing Times
(Rye 2014) Mid­Somer Mur­ders: Ep.98 ― Wild Har­vest
(Groen­ing & Fong 2013) Futu­rama: Ep.121 ― Game of Tones
(Hard­ing 1963) The Avengers: Ep.42 — Immor­tal Clay
(Pierce 1985) Boggy Creek 2 Read more »

First-time listening for September 2016

27685. (Skepta) Kon­nichiwa
27686. (Anon.) Hur­rian Hymn #6 [old­est known melody, c.1400 BC] [Michael Levy, lyre]
27687. (Anon.) Ancient Assyr­ian Music of North­ern Iraq
27688. (Burn­ing Spear) The Best of Burn­ing Spear [Jus­tice Sound com­pi­la­tion]
27689. (Anon.) Old Iranic Luri Folk Music
27690. (Doo­bie Broth­ers) The Doo­bie Broth­ers
27691. (Anton Rubin­stein) Piano Con­certo #5, Op.94
27692. (Dr. Feel­good) Down By the Jetty
27693. (Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach) Organ Con­certo in G, Wq34
27694. (Gia­como Puc­cini) Manon Lescaut [com­plete opera; d. Molinari-Pradelli; Tebaldi,
. . . . . del Monaco, Boriello]
27695. (Bey­oncé) Lemon­ade
27696. (Anohni) Hope­less
27697. (Camille Saint-Saëns) Intro­duc­tion and Rondo Capric­cio [tr. for piano]
27698. (Chance the Rap­per) Col­or­ing Book
27699. (George Ben­jamin) Three Inven­tions for Cham­ber Orches­tra
27700. (Camille Saint-Saëns) Sam­son et Dalila [com­plete opera; d. Fourestier; Luc­cio­nio] Read more »

READINGSEPTEMBER 2016

26850. (Jack Hicks & Gra­ham White) Made in Nunavut ― An Exper­i­ment in Decen­tral­ized
. . . . . Gov­ern­ment
26851. (Kather­ine A. Spiel­mann) Feast­ing, Craft Spe­cial­iza­tion, and the Rit­ual Mode of
. . . . . Pro­duc­tion in Small-Scale Soci­eties [arti­cle]
26852. (Ben­jamin Isakhan) Dis­courses of Democ­racy [arti­cle]
26853. (Rus­sell Shorto) Ams­ter­dam ― A His­tory of the World’s Most Lib­eral City
26854. (Kristina Jennbert) Cer­tain Humans, Cer­tain Ani­mals. Atti­tudes in the Long Term [arti­cle]
26855. (Gian­luca Sgueo) Trans­parency of Lob­by­ing at EU Level [arti­cle]
26856. (Julian Thomas) The Future of Archae­o­log­i­cal The­ory [arti­cle]
26857. (George R. R. Mar­tin) A Clash of Kings [Song of Ice and Fire #2] [d]
26858. (Gian­luca Sgueo) Con­verg­ing Meth­ods of Admin­is­tra­tive Gov­er­nance at the
. . . . . Supra­na­tional Level ― The Role of Civil Soci­ety [arti­cle]
26859. (Michele Fasolo) Cul­ture in the Time of Fyborg [arti­cle]
26860. (Derek Yet­man) The Beothuk Expe­di­tion
26861. (R. Bar­roso Cabr­era, et al) Arque­ología de la Guerra Civil en Toledo. El frente sur del
. . . . . Tajo y el cig­a­r­ral de Menores: un esce­nario de guerra [arti­cle]
26862. (Halvor Dan­nevig & Grete K. Hov­el­srud) Under­stand­ing the Need for Adap­ta­tion in
. . . . . Nat­ural Resource Depen­dent Com­mu­nity in North­ern Nor­way: Issue Salience,
. . . . . Knowl­edge and Val­ues [arti­cle]
26863. (Luis Benítez de Lugo Enrich, et al) Inves­ti­gación de un com­plejo tumu­lar pre­histórico
. . . . . en el borde merid­ional de la Meseta: Castillejo del Bonete. Quince años de
. . . . . inter­ven­ciones arque­ológ­i­cas, 2000–2015 [arti­cle]
26864. (Inge­borg Mar­shall) A His­tory and Ethnog­ra­phy of the Beothuk
26865. (Thomas M. Disch) Echo Round His Bones
26866. (Yvon Csonka) Chang­ing Inuit His­toric­i­ties in West Green­land and Nunavut [arti­cle]
26877. (John Cheever) The Wap­shot Scan­dal
26878. (Arnošt Lustig) Dita Sax [Dita Sax­ová tr. from Czech by G. Theiner]