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AJO, ARIZONA - MAY 10: Scott Warren, a volunteer for the humanitarian aid organization No More Deaths speaks with local residents during a community meeting to discuss federal charges against him for aiding undocumented immigrants on May 10, 2019 in Ajo, Arizona. Warren is scheduled to appear in court for felony charges on May 29 in Tucson, accused by the U.S. government on two counts of harboring and one count of conspiracy for providing food, water, and beds to two Central American immigrants in January, 2018. If found guilty Warren could face up to 20 years in prison. The trial is seen as a watershed case by the Trump Administration, as it pressures humanitarian organizations working to reduce suffering and deaths of immigrants along the border. The government says the aid encourages human smuggling. In a separate misdemeanor case, federal prosecutors have charged Warren with public littering, for distributing food and water along migrant trails. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Till all of us simply begin blathering and defecating on all of the billionaires’ contracts and phrases

America… only a nation of 2 hundred million used automotive salesmen with all the cash we have to purchase weapons and no qualms about killing anyone else on the planet who tries to make us uncomfortable.

— Hunter S. Thompson

Now I feel poetry will save nothing from oblivion, however I hold writing concerning the abnormal as a result of for me it’s the house of the extraordinary, the one house.

— Phillip Levine

I’m digging the DV piece, “The Fool” by Jason Holland, since in a important mass kind of black gap type of approach, his foremost thesis is reflective of the experiences many people within the bloody trenches of dying capitalism see/really feel/consider minute by minute.

And in any case our idiotic overcomplicated plots and schemes, they’re however to masks easy truths the fool facade tries so desperately to keep away from; the internal torments of being afraid of not being ok, not measuring as much as our friends, not assembly arbitrary expectations we both settle for from others or set for ourselves, or fairly merely feeling like we aren’t worthy of affection. So we play these pointless excessive stakes video games which have a rewards as meaningless and nugatory as a plastic trophy simply to show our value. The fool is a temporal state of being, though many are finer long run examples of displaying the behaviors of the fool; nevertheless none of us are the right fool. To keep away from the affectations of being in an idiotic state it takes acutely aware effort to stay our lives second to second with authenticity, to be in a state of consciousness of our actions, to all the time be prepared to endure for one thing worthwhile and to be persistently properly reasoned examiners of what constitutes one thing worthwhile.

That authenticity, second to second existence —  and it ought to be a reveling of life — is sweet, however there’s a bifurcating of types when many people are nonetheless topic to the masters of Huge Brother and Huge Enterprise. We’re struggling the dualism of the Century, and the extra we all know, the extra we search and the extra we grapple, properly, the extra emancipated we’re, however in that freedom comes some fairly harsh remedy by the masters and their sub-masters and all of the Little Eichmann’s that maintain the Capitalist’s trains shifting like clockwork towards the worldwide demise set of their plastic worlds!

And a few of us assume Dachau and Auschwitz have been dangerous! We’ve got already seen 100 of them since 1945.

For me, I take pleasure in being a author, and right now, I’ve this new gig I created myself to convey to the Oregon Coast a way of the people who find themselves right here dwelling or who come right here to set down their very own tales . . . individuals who do issues to make this world higher and themselves higher. One thing within the draw that brings my topics for my items right here to the coast of Oregon. These are individuals, and they don’t seem to be perfections or cut-outs or pulverized remnants of humanity that Capitalism principally calls for in it shark tank of inane media manipulation and advertising.

I crack open humanity and get individuals’s contexts — complete tales upon tales laid down, strata by strata, and canopy their very own components for the artwork of dwelling in concord in a world of disharmony. Studying my stuff, I hope, will permit readers of this rag, Oregon Coast At present,  and its on-line model a greater sense of authenticity by way of individuals they could or might not even run throughout in their very own lives of being the consummate busy vacationer and shopper.

A couple of of the items might be worthy of DV show, and I hope that my try at drilling down and “getting individuals” for who they’re and the way they acquired right here will higher the world, in some small form. Actually small, however small wonders typically are the ionic glue of a bettering world.

What’s extra compelling than the typical individual captured in a truthful narrative, as counterpoint to a society that delves into the superstar, the spectacle, the idiocy as Jason places forth in his piece, “The Fool.”

In some ways, speaking to individuals who have lived genuine (albeit struggle-prone) lives, or who’re simply embarking on a nascent stage of a number of iterations of dwelling, I get my sense of grounding in a really flummoxed world of inanity and crass disassociation, as within the illness of pushing away humanity and pushing away the pure world to hitch oneself to the perversions of the billionaire class.

Time and time once more, every day, my buddies who’re nonetheless in wrestle — nonetheless making an attempt to make sense of the perverted world of idiots controlling the message, the financial system, the setting, the tradition, and the mental-physical-spiritual well being of the world, as if that is it, Trump 2.zero — give me information feed after information feed of the quickening of not solely idiocy that capitalism and consumerism and warfare engender in our species, but in addition examples of the inhumanity driving the agendas of the Fortune 500 Class, the Davos crowd, the Aspen Institute gatherings, et al.

But, my pal, Joe the Farmer from Merced, hits the nail on the top by offering his personal retort to instance after instance of the cruelty of capitalism and the US of I — United States of Idiots?

If this doesn’t slap the Hell out of you and rub your nostril into the proverbial canine shit of what a criminally insane, inhumane, merciless and thuggish enterprise our authorities has turn out to be, then there’s completely no hope in your soul. The reality tellers like Manning, Assange, Snowden and others, the courageous younger guys like Tim DeChristopher that monkey wrenched the sale of oil leases to public lands to attempt to shield the surroundings, this fellow that’s displaying his human aspect by offering water and help for these dying within the desert solar, are all dealing with jail phrases or perhaps even the dying penalty. Their crime? Being a compassionate human being.

What within the fuck is improper with this nation? The republicans enact merciless laws to guard felony enterprises, slash taxes for the obscenely wealthy, whereas eradicating any social or environmental protections for the inhabitants, (the Flint Michigan water system for instance).

The republicans are ruthlessly attacking the setting and endangered species, turning their backs on infrastructure that’s endangering peoples lives, whereas the spineless democrats sit idly by, wringing their palms. The democrats gained’t take motion towards probably the most brazenly corrupt president we now have ever had, that’s every day destroying every part on this nation in addition to the remainder of the world together with his insane army budgets, commerce wars and local weather insurance policies. The democrats response to Trump is to advertise Joe Biden, a compilation of Invoice and Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Strom Thurman and nearly each different company whore they might steal elements off of to make their democratic very personal model of Donald Trump.

Each the republicans and the democrats promote austerity for the working individuals and the poor, whereas stuffing the oligarchs pockets with gold. Each political Events help countless warfare and conflict profiteers however slash budgets for faculties, infrastructure, well being care and the aged. Each political Events bathe cash on the police state and a corrupt system of justice and personal prisons. Each political Events are turning their heads to what the oil business is doing to our water and air with fracking and are in reality have promoted laws to let the oil business off the hook when it causes unbelievable environmental injury. Each political Events are doing nothing to verify the nuclear business that may be a environmental time bomb ready to go off and have promoted laws to restrict the industries legal responsibility when it does.

What’s improper with the American folks that they sit on their collective asses and do nothing whereas all that is occurring? Are they that fucking silly? Are they that missing in human decency? Are they that politically dumbed-down that they gained’t even battle for their very own pursuits?

The truth that this authorities corruption has been allowed to go on for years evidently proves that People are that silly and missing of compassion and politically dumbed-down. Thank God for guys like Dr. Warren the others which might be making an attempt to slap some sense into the American public to point out us what braveness and being humane is all about. Dr. Warren and firm shouldn’t be put in jail however our so referred to as leaders positive as Hell ought to be for his or her crimes towards humanity.

He’s speaking a few desert saint of types, Scott Warren, who has the facility of his name to obligation to offer water in milk cartons to anybody crossing the Arizona desert. Now that may be a hero, but, he’s dealing with many years in jail. America!

The fees towards Warren “are an unjust criminalization of direct humanitarian help” and “seem to represent a politically motivated violation of his protected rights as a Human Rights Defender,” states Amnesty Worldwide’s Americas regional director Erika Guevara-Rosas.

“Offering humanitarian assist isn’t a criminal offense,” Guevara-Rosas added in a press release final week. “If Dr. Warren have been convicted and imprisoned on these absurd fees, he can be a prisoner of conscience, detained for his volunteer actions motivated by humanitarian rules and his spiritual beliefs.”

But what number of people on this crime nation even give a rat’s ass about one man who’s doing the great that each one women and men ought to be doing?

Learn the good piece about these water bearers on the border on the Intercept by Ryan Devereaux.


So, right here, no matter will come of my new column, “Deep Dive: Go Under the Floor with Paul Haeder,” beginning June 7, properly, I hope individuals studying this rag — 18,000 and counting and as they’re compelled to hit every longer model of every of my profiles on line, Oregon Coast At this time — will perceive that life is the sum complete of 1’s seek for which means and worthy work and group involvement.

Perhaps this compulsion towards narrative has all the time been inside me throughout my early root setting  dwelling in Canada, Maryland, Paris, Edinburgh, Arizona . . . then on that walkabout all through Latin America, Europe, Vietnam, USA, Central America!

When occasions get robust, the storyteller will get writing. Ha. Consider you me, the tales all of us have collected on this Marquis de Sade world of capital and artery-clogging leisure and fixed demise spiral the elites have banked as their Appian Approach to Full Dominance, they make for a lot extra validation of humanity than something Hollywood might make.

Level of reality — I tried to observe the movie, Vice, about Dick Cheney, his perverse household, the perversity of neocons fornicating with neoliberalism. It was certainly one of Hollywood’s “leading edge” dramas. Written and directed by a Saturday Night time Reside author. All the standard suspects with Hollywood multi-millions stuffed of their jowls — Christian Bale, Amy Adams, et al.

It wasn’t that good, however I sensed that the filmmakers have been all about making an attempt to make one thing that was “totally different.” I didn’t nod off through the viewing. However, I sadly had the DVD so I went to the extras part, after which, the behind-the-scenes of the making of Vice. That is when issues went south actual shortly with neoliberal, Democrat-leaning Hollywood creeps. We get each goofy platitude about each division’s genius in making this movie. Each actor fawns the opposite actor for his or her superb efficiency.

Then the Limey, Christian Bale, yammers on and on about he was all about making Dick Cheney human, going into his good aspect, being cognizant of Cheney, the human. Garbage and that is the standard of males, adults, in our society — multimillionaires with gobs of limelight and credit score and awards and homes and yachts thrown at them, they usually can’t even start to assault the trigger — capitalism, rampant competitiveness, droll I-got-mine-too-bad-you-can’t-get-yours considering. Hollywood is the anti-culture, the flagging bumbling cash changers, the cash makers, the cash grubbers, and properly, the whole lot is concerning the pockets and the fits and the “government producers,” i.e. Bankers.

Oh god, what a visit going into these Hollywood individuals’s scorching yoga, macrobiotic weight loss plan, four-hour-a-day exercise minds. The director, McKay, truly thinks this drama — make-believe — has given the world new stuff, new insights, new information concerning the Cheney-Rumsfeld-Bush-Reagan-Bush world of prostitute politics.

As if there have been no actual journalists engaged on all of the pre-September 11 illegalities of the republican celebration after which the post-September 11 evisceration of the few rights the individuals of the world and USA had earlier than full spectrum struggle on our planet.

As if journalists hadn’t cracked open the Koch brothers, the pretend assume tanks, all of the pre-Truman/post-Truman lies of empire, from Roy Cohen, by way of to the rigged techniques of oppression. Means earlier than any trivial Hollywood wannabe open her eyes.

Leisure and some laughs on the expense of tens of millions of bombed-dead individuals, hundreds of thousands extra suffering-a-lingering-death every day due to Hollywood and USA insurance policies and the evangelicals and the Crypto-Christo-Zionists bombing “the opposite” again to the stone age. The film, Vice.

Racists, misogynists, misanthropes, every one. But, we gotta love these democrat-leaning guys and gals making movies, having hundreds of thousands stuffed up each potential orifice till their brains gel.

Perception into the flippancy that’s Hollywood the Energy Dealer! Watching individuals like Amy Adams and Steve Carell and Sam Rockwell play this soft-shoe goofball present, after which within the little “Making of the Film Vice” documentary (sic-infomercial) blathering on and on concerning the greatness of the script and each cog of the machine that churns out this pabulum, nicely, it steels me to proceed my small-time, no-fame, big-effing-deal gig writing individuals profiles to deliver some sense to a world captured by capital . . . idiocy!

Oh, how we fall in line. Over at Counterpunch, that cloistered world of writers has the countdown for 2018 — Greatest Movies of the Yr, as in probably the most acutely aware, socially (give me a effing break!) that’s. Nothing in American society as soon as it floats on the offal barrel is sacred, socialist, communist.

Peak TV is creating extra alternatives for unbiased movie administrators, and for brand spanking new tales to be informed. Extra movies from all over the world are launched on streaming every single day, and Netflix spent an estimated 13 billion dollars on content material simply this yr. Additional cash out there can typically imply extra tales by and about communities of shade, ladies, transgender and gender nonconforming individuals, and different communities Hollywood has lengthy ignored. However the film business continues to be primarily about making revenue, and it’s essential enterprise is reinforcing the established order, together with churning out movies that glorify capitalism, warfare, and policing.

Under are 2018’s prime ten acutely aware movies that made it by means of these obstacles, plus twenty extra launched this yr that you could be need to take a look at.


Hollywood doesn’t have an amazing document in masking presidential politics (keep in mind Kevin Costner in Swing Vote?). Vice, comedy director Adam McKay’s comply with as much as The Huge Brief, explores the Bush/Cheney presidency, trying to make historical past and polemic accessible to a large viewers. It’s not as efficient as his earlier movie, however it’s a very good historical past, particularly for these much less acquainted with the ins and outs of the early 2000s company energy seize.

Loosen up already, many a pal and acquaintance inform me. “You will burn out like one of many bulbs you employ underwater to do your night time dives. Approach an excessive amount of shining the hoary mild onto the extra hoary caverns of American society. Let issues go.”

Ha, properly, how can we? We’re entertained to dying, as Neil Postman states:

What Orwell feared have been those that would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there can be no purpose to ban a ebook, for there can be nobody who needed to learn one. Orwell feared those that would deprive us of data. Huxley feared those that would give us a lot that we might be decreased to passivity and egoism. Orwell feared that the reality can be hid from us. Huxley feared the reality can be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. Orwell feared we might turn out to be a captive tradition. Huxley feared we might turn into a trivial tradition, preoccupied with some equal of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal bumblepuppy.

As Huxley remarked in Courageous New World Revisited, the civil libertarians and rationalists who’re ever on the alert to oppose tyranny “did not consider man’s virtually infinite urge for food for distractions.” In 1984, Orwell added, individuals are managed by inflicting ache. In Courageous New World, they’re managed by inflicting pleasure. Briefly, Orwell feared that what we worry will destroy us. Huxley feared that what we want will spoil us.

This guide [Amusing Ourselves to Death] is concerning the risk that Huxley, not Orwell, was proper.

And so it goes, as I path the acrid mud satan of injustice — my very own and the veterans’ and households’ I helped simply months in the past in Portland as a social employee for, drum roll, homeless veterans (and a few got here with households, together with infants and repair canine).

I’ve written about it right here and elsewhere — the Hunger Military. The deceitful, unethical, probably murderous Hunger Military. You see, the place I labored, I had these insane Nurse Ratched’s lording over grown women and men treating them like criminals, and infantiles, and the fixed berating and recriminations. It was something however social work 101. Something however trauma-informed care. Something  however caring individuals, enlightened helpers; as an alternative, assume imply, warped individuals who inside their very own damaged self’s, do all of the flawed issues for veterans.

I made a decision to leap ship, and, alas, a couple of legal professionals suggested me I couldn’t get far with a hostile office grievance till I went via the state of Oregon’s, Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) quasi-judicial pathway.

There was nice hurt put upon the veterans, nice hurt put upon the employees, as a result of a director was all into herself and her self-described Jesus Saves bullshit, yammering on about her former  cocaine habit and booze abuse and 350 kilos of flesh, in addition to her personal failings as a mom. This place has 100 individuals dwelling in it briefly, whereas Hunger Military receives taxpayer cash, all a part of the poverty pimping Hunger/Salvation Military’s SOP.

In the long run, counting on idiots in any state paperwork to hold forth an investigation was not my concept of justice. I did my due diligence and filed grievances, first with the Hunger Military, and, then with BOLI. I contacted VA officers, state politicians, and the media. To no avail. They too are accomplices!

To make an extended and silly Byzantine story brief, my prediction of zero help and 0 admonishing from the state to the chief director and the upper ups of the Hunger Military performed out. BOLI is a toothless and empty-hearted company, staffed by soulless Little Eichmann’s counting their paychecks and amassing factors to their state sourced pension fund.

I’ve moved on, as normal, and the injustice perpetrated upon me is minor within the scheme of issues. The veterans, nevertheless, already foisted with trauma, PTSD, administrative rape, and so on., are nonetheless weak to the Nurse Ratched’s of the inhumane social providers that serves (sic) non-profits and non secular crime syndicates just like the Hunger Military.

Right here, “How the Salvation Military Lives Off (and thrives with) a Particular Model of Poverty Pimping”

Right here, “Alcohol, Atheism, Anarchy: The Triple A Menace to the Professional-Capitalist Salvation Military”

Right here, “Madness of Social Work as Human Management”

I’ve since my departure been in touch with a couple of veterans, and talked a number of off the proverbial ledge — a number of that needed to off themselves due to the Nurse Ratched’s they encounter on the Hunger Military, within the VA, and in non-profits.  That is the truth, and it’s sick, in actual perverted American time —  “Lots of witness veteran shoot and kill himself in VA ready room”

In December, Marine Col. Jim Turner, 55, put his service uniform on, drove to the Bay Pines Division of Veterans Affairs, and shot himself outdoors the medical middle, leaving a observe subsequent to his physique.

That is Trump, that is Biden, that is Clinton, that is the lot of them, callous and damaged capitalists, who’ve bought their souls to the satan and brains to Jeff Bezos, et al.

And it ain’t going to get fastened till we reduce away the most cancers. Actually minimize away, day by day, in small acts of defiance, nice collective acts of beating the system.

Unsure what that nice director Ava Duvernay says about increasingly films like her 13th or this new Netflix mini-series on the Central Park 5, When They See Us will do to ultimately get sufficient People (70 % are racist to the core) to demand change within the felony injustice system of personal prisons, Incarceration Complicated, Worthwhile Prosecutions. That each one these cops, dailies, elites, deplorables, Trumpies, and Trump stated horrible horrible issues about these 5 juveniles, calling them animals, or tremendous predators just like the Clinton Klan, properly, think about, an insane 2016 runner for the very best crime lord place of the land, POTUS, Donald Trump, after these 5 males have been launched after all of the proof discovered them harmless, sputtering together with his massive fats billionaire’s fourth grader’s phrases that the Central Park 5 are responsible, responsible, responsible.

The press protection was biased. There was a research carried out by Natalie Byfield, one of many journalists on the time for the New York papers who later wrote a ebook about masking the case, and it noticed that somewhat greater than 89 % of the press protection on the time didn’t use the phrase “alleged,” that we had irresponsibility within the press corps on the time to not ask second questions and actually take police and prosecutor speaking factors and switch these into articles that folks learn as reality, and proceeded to form their opinions about this case that primarily spoils the jury pool, in order that these boys have been by no means given an opportunity.

Trump’s feedback in his advertisements that he took out in 1989 have been taken out simply two weeks after the crime was introduced—they hadn’t even gone to trial, so it was unattainable for them to have an neutral jury pool. The printing of their names within the papers for minors, and the place they lived, was a jaw-dropper. All of this was completed by “respected” papers in New York that we nonetheless learn, so I’m curious how these papers take duty for his or her half on this, and in addition probably use this to assessment the half they play in different instances that is probably not as well-known as this.

Thus, she makes my case — the callous and racist and sexist and xenophobic US Press, and right here we’re in the present day, 2019, enter Amusing Ourselves to Dying and a Courageous New World.

The best triumphs of propaganda have been completed, not by doing one thing, however by refraining from doing. Nice is fact, however nonetheless higher, from a sensible viewpoint, is silence about fact.

— Aldous Huxley, Courageous New World, “Preface”

Alas, although, we’ve got to maintain these phrases coming, even despatched to the good grey hearts and souls populating these state businesses whose staff are supposed to research the office security considerations of staff, and are supposed to stop office harassment.

I write to interrupt via the fog, and to envelop a brand new means of seeing my world, for me and for the few readers that dabble in even trying to start out, not to mention end, these missives.

Huxley was proper — ” Phrases might be like X-rays in the event you use them correctly — they’ll undergo something. You learn and also you’re pierced.” Courageous New World, “Chapter four”

Paul Kirk Haeder has been a journalist since 1977. He is coated police, surroundings, planning and zoning, county and metropolis politics, in addition to working in true small city/group journalism conditions in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Mexico and past. He is been a part-time school since 1983, and as such has labored in prisons, gang-influenced packages, universities, schools, various excessive faculties, language faculties, as a personal contractor-writing teacher for US army in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and Washington. He organized Half-time defective in Washington State. His e-book, Reimagining Sanity: Voices Past the Echo Chamber (2016), appears at 10 years of his writing at Dissident Voice. Learn his autobiography, weekly or bi-weekly musings and exhausting hitting work in chapter installments, at LA Progressive. He blogs from Otis, Oregon. Learn different articles by Paul, or go to Paul’s web site.

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