Postcards from Ecotopia

old new lefty

old new lefty
alienation, discontent
September 16
Making trouble whenever possible
virgin novelist, middle school teacher for the morally handicapped, government bureaucrat, most famous unknown photographer in LA, PhD dropout, coat hanger sorter, presidential campaign worker, sewer worker, and retired guy -- but not in that order.


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SEPTEMBER 24, 2013 4:59AM

Wheels within wheels within wheels ...


I'm psychedlic tonight -- a degenerate hippy who's nothing but a ghost of the 1960s -- so I deserve absolutely no respect at all, particularly from the highest strata of society that controls all the money. Dare I say that we are all living in a penultimate unsustainable period in… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 18, 2013 2:56AM

SYRIA: How It Could Go Down From Here



The scenario I'm proposing for Syria is totally amoral. No doubt there are so many powerful interest groups that would align against this course of action that it's 100% guaranteed to be a non-starter. And the future is still the future.

However, nations behave in particular way… Read full post »



It took me a long time to wrap my brain around this gigantic train wreck of events regarding Syria in the last week or so. Trying to make sense of this triple-reverse Statue of Liberty play of foreign policy has left just about everyone in the dust scratching their… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 11, 2013 9:42AM

mind farts

This time, I have nothing weighty to say.  Instead I'll let all that pain medication do the talknig for me.


Syria is loooooking good!  Favorable outcome all over the place.  Is Obama a genius or retard?  It doesn't matter. Favorable outcomes are all that matter.


Econ… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 11, 2013 8:19AM

this site

Open Salon is turning into a ghost town.  The only people left are the seriously retarded who are behind the technological curve.  But that's probably all right.  In the meantime, I'll just try  to make as much trouble as I possibly can.  Feeling pretty full of myself.  … Read full post »


The run up to some kind of military action against Syria by the USA is unfortunately inevitable. And even the mainstream media is having a hard time peddling this manure, as it's obvious that only 9% of the American population supports such a move.  Interestingly enough, normally h… Read full post »

First, let me say it -- I've been ignoring you on purpose.  I might live to be 100 years old, but I might die tomorrow.  So I've had other more pressing obligations to get off of my chest.  You see, I have this insane art project -- a work in progress.… Read full post »

AUGUST 12, 2013 1:44AM

My Most Famous Ghost


 I am lucky enough to live in a huge house on a forested hill.  A timber baron/gold mine owner built my house in 1928, But unfortunately the Great Depression hit, and he lost just about everything.  So he committed suicide here in 1931. I think I met the guy when… Read full post »

JULY 24, 2013 3:22AM

IMMIGRATION: Another Dirty Deal


You can be something of an expert about immigration if you cross the border between the US and other countries repeatedly, particularly Mexico. I have gone through San Ysidro, California's border crossing more times than anywhere else, and it is truly something to behold -- and I mean that in… Read full post »

JULY 10, 2013 8:44AM

NSA: The Empire Strikes Back


The dominant narrative, the Washington consensus -- it's all the same. There is a seamless interface among the 1%.  It makes no difference whether it's CBS, ABC, NBC, or the Washington Post and New York Times. Democrat or Republican mean nothing. The establishment and the loyal opp… Read full post »



When we last left part 1, we knew from reading an article in the Nation magazine that Barrett Brown had uncovered a story detailing the incestuous relationship between the national security establishment, its contractors, and the defense of the 1% against people who would… Read full post »

Yes, boys and girls -- it's really that scary!
Sometimes politics is a horror show. This is certainly one of those times.  The NSA cause d'jour has revealed many scary things that we've all known about once we saw those Arnold Schwarzenegger Terminator movies. But at tim… Read full post »
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JUNE 11, 2013 7:04PM

NSA: It's a LOT worse than you think!


The controversy surrounding Edward Snowden's series of revelations about NSA snooping into America's internet and telephone has been surprisingly muted, although admittedly both criticism and defense of the government's surveillance programs of its citizens has crossed ideology and party line… Read full post »

MAY 28, 2013 9:56PM

How Obama Can Get His Mojo Back

I had no idea that my last blog would go so far. I tracked key words through the New Yorker, Washington Post, CNN, and into scuttlebutt about the internal workings of the White House.  Obviously, I'm not the only person who's perhaps changed the narrative in the White House lately.  Jon… Read full post »

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MAY 16, 2013 6:52PM

Our Incredible Shrinking President


It seems like a long time since January, 2009 when Barack Obama was inaugurated after a campaign of promising that he would be a combination of Abraham Lincoln and FDR to where we are today. A large percentage of the population's disappointment has been palpable.  With the exception of… Read full post »


Very few people openly advocate this in Washington, DC because it's important to pay at least lip service to the old document in our late Brezhnev period of empire.  Massive levels of government spying on all of us must be justified because after all -- we are engaged in… Read full post »


The Israeli airstrikes near Damascus and Aleppo may have far reaching consequences . I hope that I am wrong.

The relationship between Israel and the United States can been seen as a sexual metaphor. After all, thanks in good part to AIPAC, America has been in bed with Israel… Read full post »

The outrages des jour are the conspiracy theories. They're taking your assualt rifles. 9/11. black helicopters. death panels. black flag...

When I hear people spout this kind of crap, my reptile brain tells me that I want to shake them. But I also have a cerebral cortex.  With every post I… Read full post »


Perhaps you saw the kerfuffle that Steven Colbert covered recently with the kid from Amherst who pulled the pants down off of establishment economists Reinhart & Rogoff. The reason why debunking the findings of these economists was so important was that their scholarship was used… Read full post »

APRIL 24, 2013 8:58AM

More Disturbing Insights


An exiled Chechnyan nationalist living in London was quoted as saying that  "the bombing of the Boston Marathon was a gift to Vladimir Putin."

 Ian Masters  had a recent interview with Gordon Hahn of the CSIS, who was also a Fulbright Scholar at St. Petersburg State… Read full post »


The Tsarnaev brothers have been brought down. One is dead, and the other is in custody. I'm a grateful as anyone in the USA to know that Dzokhar Tsaraev will be eventually brought to trial. And I hope that he spends the rest of his life in… Read full post »

APRIL 17, 2013 4:45AM

When Societies Decay


Thank God, old new lefty is here to do the heavy lifting for you.  Didn't graduate from Oxford? No problem. I have done the reading. If you get drunk enough for an extended enough time in a bar, you will eventually find yourself getting onto this topic. … Read full post »

APRIL 15, 2013 5:26AM

The Most Selfish Man in the USA

pete"Some people will rob you with a six gun. Others will rob you with a fountain pen."  Woody Guthrie 


Perhaps the biggest news this week was President Obama's proposal to use chained CPI as a basis for calculating Social Security and Medicare payments.Yes, Barack Obama is the… Read full post »



Admiral John Poindexter testifying before the Senate hearing on Iran-Contra.  Poindexter is the father of Total Information Awareness, a government program that would monitor all internet, financial, telephone, and other  electronic or other footprints of anyone with a conRead full post »

When you have absolutely nothing to say, there is silence.  You're uncomfortable with the person you're with, and he/she's uncomfortable with you.  You wish you were somewhere else, but maybe you can't go. Maybe the person you're so uncomfortable with is a co-worker or a member of your fami… Read full post »