“Not between the left and right” – the man does have a point…

Whatever your opinion of a man, hos words should be weighed and considered. I found this quote to be interesting, to say the least.

Source: Larry Flint, “Common Sense 2009” writing at the Huffington Posty

“…Instead, Obama wants toincrease the oversight power of the Federal Reserve. Never mind that it already had significant oversight power before our most recent economic meltdown, yet failed to take action. Never mind that the Fed is not a government agency but a cartel of private bankers that cannot be held accountable by Washington. Whatever the Fed does with these supposed new oversight powers will be behind closed doors.

Obama’s failure to act sends one message loud and clear: He cannot stand up to the powerful Wall Street interests that supplied the bulk of his campaign money for the 2008 election. Nor, for that matter, can Congress, for much the same reason.

Consider what multibillionaire banker David Rockefeller wrote in his 2002 memoirs:

“Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as ‘internationalists’ and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure — one world, if you will. If that’s the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it.

Read Rockefeller’s words again. He actually admits to working against the “best interests of the United States.”

Need more? Here’s what Rockefeller said in 1994 at a U.N. dinner: “We are on the verge of a global transformation. All we need is the right major crisis, and the nations will accept the New World Order.” They’re gaming us. Our country has been stolen from us.

Journalist Matt Taibbi, writing in Rolling Stone, notes that esteemed economist John Kenneth Galbraith laid the 1929 crash at the feet of banking giant Goldman Sachs. Taibbi goes on to say that Goldman Sachs has been behind every other economic downturn as well, including the most recent one. As if that wasn’t enough, Goldman Sachs even had a hand in pushing gas prices up to $4 a gallon.

The problem with bankers is longstanding. Here’s what one of our Founding Fathers, Thomas Jefferson, had to say about them:

“If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issuance of their currency, first by inflation, and then by deflation, the banks and the corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their father’s conquered.”

We all know that the first American Revolution officially began in 1776, with the Declaration of Independence. Less well known is that the single strongest motivating factor for revolution was the colonists’ attempt to free themselves from the Bank of England. But how many of you know about the second revolution, referred to by historians as Shays’ Rebellion? It took place in 1786-87, and once again the banks were the cause. This time they were putting the screws to America’s farmers.

Daniel Shays was a farmer in western Massachusetts. Like many other farmers of the day, he was being driven into bankruptcy by the banks’ predatory lending practices. (Sound familiar?) Rallying other farmers to his side, Shays led his rebels in an attack on the courts and the local armory. The rebellion itself failed, but a message had been sent: The bankers (and the politicians who supported them) ultimately backed off. As Thomas Jefferson famously quipped in regard to the insurrection: “A little rebellion now and then is a good thing. The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”

Perhaps it’s time to consider that option once again.

The real war is not between the left and the right. It is between the average American and the ruling class. It’s time we took back our government from those who would make us their slaves….”

FIN

a lyrical interlude…

“..Haqam na-daad ghami, joz keh qafiye-talabi..”
(‘The only concern God granted me was the quest for rhyme)
– Jalaludin al-Rumi

“put it country simple, earth has a lot of things other folks might want,
like the whole planet
and maybe these folks want a few changes made..

..There is no place else to go.
The theater is closed..”

– William S. Burroughs, in Ministry’s “Big Fix”

“..uqtuluni ya thiqati
inna fi qatli hayati
inna fi hatati fi mamati..”
– Mansur al-Hallaj, from a qasida within his Diwan

“..the end

Of our elaborate plans, the end
Of everything that stands, the end
No safety or surprise, the end
I’ll never look into your eyes…again…”

-Jim Morrison, in The Doors, The End

Advice of the day. May 6 2010

“Maybe you’ll get what you want this time around

The trick is to keep breathing..

The trick is to keep breathing..”

The trick is to keep breathing, Garbage, as sung by Shirley Manson

That’s all, resume your normal schedules.

FIN

Rainy day quotations on Sunday the second of May 2010

” Ideologies are of course just systematic ways of misunderstanding the world. They are the province of herd thinkers, people who have the answer before they’ve heard the question, and they always have the same answer. The more ardently liberal or conservative they are, the worse they are. Serious ones get bitter and start lying without even knowing it, mostly to themselves..” – Fred Reed, of Fred On Everything.

[k.s. oh, buy Fred’s books. They will put you in stitches…]


“..You try so hard but you don’t understand
just what you will say when you get home
because something is happening here but you don’t know what it is
do you, Mr. Jones?
You raise up your head and you ask ‘Is this where it is?’
and somebody points to you and says ‘It’s his’
and you say ‘what’s mine?’ and somebody else says ‘well what is?’
and you say ‘Oh my god am I here all alone?’
but something is happening and you don’t know what it is
do you, Mr. Jones?..” – Bob Dylan, the Ballad of a Thin Man
“..There is an intellectual intuition and a sensible intuition; one lies  beyond reason, but the other is situated on its hither side; the latter can only know the world of changing and becoming, that is to say nature, or rather, an inferior part of nature. The domain of intuition, on the contrary, is the province of eternal and immutable principles; it is the
realm of metaphysics.

To comprehend universal principles directly the transcendent intellect must itself be of the universal order; it is no longer an individual faculty, and to consider it as such would be con  tradictory, as it is not within the power of the individual to go beyond his own limits and leave the conditions which limit him qua individual. Reason is a specifically human faculty, but that which lies beyond reason is truly “non-human”; it is this which makes metaphysical knowledge possible, and that knowledge, one must again em  phasize, is not a human knowledge.

In other words, it is not as man that man can attain it, but because this being which is human in one of its aspects is at the same time something other and more than a human being. It is the attainment of effective consciousness of supra-individual states which is the real object of metaphysics, or better still, of metaphysical knowledge itself….” – Rene Guenon, in the essay Oriental Metaphysics

“..So  the  mythopoetic  lore  of  imaginal  worlds,  manifest  on  the  psychic  or intermediary plane, may have a valid and spiritually operative relationship to the world of metaphysical  Principles,  the  intelligible  plane  –  and  this  is  definitely  true  of  the “cyclical mysteries,” the legends of earlier aeons which were (and are) less constricted, less materialized  than  the world we  presently  inhabit.  To  project  our  contemporary concept of linear historical time backwards into earlier world ages is problematic, since different ages have different essential qualities; to consider previous yugas to be nothing more than earlier historical periods as we presently define them is to blind ourselves to
these qualities. Yet earlier worlds are not mere allegories of higher ontological  levels; they were (and are) real manifested worlds – formal worlds, not transformal intelligible Principles…” – Charles Upton in his essay, Atlantis and Hyperborea

FIN

Quote, on avant gardes and american poetry

“..My eighth observation is that there is really no longer a vital, high-art avant-garde in American poetry. Modernism is irretrievably, inarguably dead. It has been dead as a profitable avenue for young poets for at least twenty years, and now almost all of its great practitioners have gone to meet their maker. The university, an institution better equipped to preserve old culture than to foster the creation of new art, has handsomely embalmed the corpse of Modernism — but no one should wait around for the resurrection. If there is an avant-garde in American poetry right now, it is to be found outside of the university and most likely in oral poetry. But locating a true avant-garde anywhere seems problematic. Rap might have started as an avant-garde movement, but its quick assimilation into the corporate entertainment industry gradually turned it into another sort of commercial venture—a naughty one like Penthouse or Hustler, but a consumer commodity equally subject to market forces. Unless you want to define the two major contrarian movements of the eighties and nineties, New Formalism and Language poetry, as the avant-garde, I find it difficult to consider any new poetic school avant-garde—even performance art. The time has probably come to admit that the notion of an avant-garde is no longer useful in discussing contemporary literature. How can there be an avant-garde without a mainstream? Avant-garde de quoi? one must ask. Establishment institutions—universities, museums, foundations, commercial galleries, even the state—have embraced the idea of experimental art for so long that the avant-garde is now a safely domesticated concept, just another traditional style…” [ed. my emphasis added]

-Dana Gioia, at  http://www.danagioia.net/essays/ebohemia.htm