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old new lefty

old new lefty
Location
alienation, discontent
Birthday
September 16
Title
CEO
Company
Making trouble whenever possible
Bio
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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NOVEMBER 23, 2014 6:18AM

November 22, 1963

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NOVEMBER 18, 2014 6:09AM

Angela Merkel

"It's not only about Ukraine, it's about Moldava, it's about Georgia, if it continues like this ... we have to wonder about Serbia, one has to wonder about the countries in the Western Balkans."

 Angela Merkel

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DOES ANYBODY HAVE ANY COMMENTS ABOUT THIS?  Read full post »

NOVEMBER 7, 2014 11:39AM

What I did on my summer vacation

Jonathan Wolfman is spreading my political self flagelation all over his radio program on the East Coast, but to make a long story short, in a surprising development Tom McCall County looks like it's in the early stages of caving in on providing space for the homeless to band together to… Read full post »

OCTOBER 29, 2014 5:50AM

, left wing nutjob

Winston Churchill didn't say it, but he should have: There's nothing quite so painful personally as to be a politician who's deliberately spending his political capital on a proven losing proposition.  This has been my boy problems lately. Oh yes, it's all very well and good to play the local ve… Read full post »

OCTOBER 23, 2014 4:59AM

To the survivors on the life raft

Ah yes, Guericalt's Wreck of the Hesperus or whatever the hell that great 19th Century painting was entitled. I forget. It is hereby noted that Joisey departed for that great non-OS portal to the sky. Me? I always thought that Joisey was a low grade asshole, but who matters and WTF? OS… Read full post »

OCTOBER 12, 2014 6:21AM

October Surprise!

Yogi Berra quote about being FUBAR'd

 Sometimes trends come in with a vengeance for no good reason. Take astrology. We all know it's a crock. But people still believe in it, even after thousands of years. Why? Because sometimes the damn thing actually works!

Take me. Mr. Virgo found out that… Read full post »

It's been a while since I've ventured into Foreignpolicyland.  Frankly, recent developments have been so depressing that I've been avoiding the subject like the plague.  I jokingly told TNT69 that the answer to the world's problems were very large quantities of Everclear and Robutussin mixe… Read full post »

So I'm stoned and drunk. It's 3:23 AM and I've been up for almost an hour and a half. And as W.C. Fields said, "I'm not fit for man nor beast." But who gives a %$#(#!!!!  anyway?

 So here are totally random thoughts as I scan the cosmic universe.

 

Everything… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 19, 2014 4:19PM

SCOTLAND: Who REALLY Won

 

scotland 

The vote against Scottish independence was more decisive than polls indicated. And by any measure it's a good thing that the Scots voted no.  It's highly likely that a  yes vote would have resulted in global market turmoil, as Scotch independence would have meant the en… Read full post »

I went to visit Chicago because I feared for my brother's health. The way he was describing his physical condition, I was afraid that by delaying my purchase of a plane ticket  I'd be so late that I was in danger of getting there after he died.

 Thankfully, I was way… Read full post »

AUGUST 13, 2014 7:15AM

The F*-ing Treaty of Westphalia???

 

 1647

I digress, but I lost my spiritual brother Robin the other day, and I am still suffering. He was born 4 years later  (and one social class higher) than me in Chicago , and I miss him.

Back to business. Ordinarily, if I were to lecture you about the… Read full post »

JULY 31, 2014 1:38AM

Towing The Party Line

 

 

ussr

How amazing that the party line changes so rapidly!

Looking at the world through red tinted glasses as I do, I'm always prone to view the standard line of the establishment through a deep haze of cynicism.  After all, the ruling  propaganda merchants in DC and London a… Read full post »

JULY 23, 2014 6:58AM

Did the NSA kill OS?

  hacky

I' ve been thinking about writing this for a long time, because I've needed time to analyze some of the factors that brought me to looking into this question. First, let me refer you to a recent Guardian article about GCHQ, Great Britain's counterpart to the NSA. Greenwald re… Read full post »

JULY 16, 2014 6:50AM

Chock Full O' Nuts

I don't have a grand theme to talk about today. Rather, I have a small collection of nuggets gathered in no particular order.

Let's begin with President Obama.  Does anybody realize that the man has suddenly developed a "I don't give a shit" attitude lately? He can almost see his portrait… Read full post »

Abrawang did it. He called me on my CIA shit three times. So that means something. Yeah, I fixate on the damn CIA a lot. You know of my infamous involvement in being only a middling predictor in the AIRPA (CIA)  funded Good Judgment Project. And there's my 40 year fixation… Read full post »

 

ol'sam When you google the term "Ecotopia County Democratic Party," you will find my picture as its only human icon.  Mr. Search Engine has determined that of the thousands of stained politics wretches out there, I am the center of the social network. And so I am.

I… Read full post »

JUNE 26, 2014 6:23AM

Operation Wang Chung

 

wangchung Ecotopia has always been a CIA rest home, which is one of the reasons why it's such a damn curious place.  People get all post-traumatic stressed out (PTSD'd) on the job, and so they are sent to look at the big green trees and gentle rain. The… Read full post »

JUNE 19, 2014 2:00AM

An Evil Leave It to Beaver

 beaver3

 

The Evil Clarence is my youngest brother. He lives in Chicago, and he is a fundamentalist conservative Christian, just like the way Dad used to be.  I say that I'm old new lefty because I'm atoning for the sins that my father committed shortly before he died in 1981.… Read full post »

Whereas there has been a continued discussion of all politics (local to galactic) in this column from time to time, and the aforesaid mentioned author has participated in such fisticuffs  lately (at the local level), and has been found wanting; hereby is a random selection of short term discours… Read full post »

JUNE 10, 2014 5:06AM

About the Las Vegas Killers...

Has anyone in the American media referred to them as "right wing terrorists?"

JUNE 4, 2014 1:48AM

I said it elsewhere...

This country is being dumbed down and stupified by the 1%.  When is the USA going to wake the F up? Read full post »

The moment I get back to Ecotopia!  I havc to get my waders on to slog through the swamp of local politics.

Plan A didn't work out, so I am left floundering for Plan B.  And this ultimately led me to an eventual meeting at PEACE.  But first I had to… Read full post »

There is a reason why old new lefty has been silent for so long. We snowbirds travel for long periods and live under harsh conditions.  But Ejido Wonderful was, as always this year -- fabulous.  Except for a few  minor details like an appalling lack of money.  But otherwise, it wa… Read full post »

  marxy

CAPITAL IN THE TWENTY FIRST CENTURY by Thomas Piketty

I'm certainly behind the curve.  This is the 2,403rd review of the economics book of the year.  Just what the world needs (sigh). But let's give a giant shout-out to  Monsieur Piketty, who's written a book that will… Read full post »

  marx

I think George Santyana once said that the first time, history appears as a tragedy; the second time it appears as a farce. We are witnessing that now in the Ukraine.  Certainly, nothing but scorn can be heaped upon the entire foreign policy establishment of Washington, DC and Bru… Read full post »