What Does Freedom (Actually) Mean?

Freedom = my WHO vaccine passport and most recent ersatz card.

The meaning of freedom, dear worst-reader? In these times the answer depends on who you are asking. If you’re asking a slave what freedom is, the answer should be obvious. Just give that a try with #Americants. If you’re asking a sick covid patient, who is perhaps on life support, is the answer less obvious? And so. What does one do when you don’t know you’re a slave or you’re intellectually incapable of understanding the seriousness of the covid? Hence the advent of conspiracy-theory mania a’la my beloved & missed united mistakes of #Americant. You know, that place that can’t even figure out the seriouesness of what happened on January 6, 2021. Of course, #Americant ain’t alone with the question that propagates the most bat$hittery there is. Hence the article linked below. For. Don’t you know, dear worst-reader. When the powers-that-be, those in the hot seat of decision making for the powerless and apoplectic masses, who couldn’t (intellectually) fight their way out of a wet paper bag, when they ask the question of what freedom is, the answer may or may not be obvious. And so. While the apoplectic and ignoramus masses pass on finding a/their answer–you know, so they can lap in the luxury of stupid-fun instead–thereby enabling and facilitating fascism–hence, former prez pee-pee-hair–freedom is only definable through the eyes of those who can afford it or have the biggest podium to speak it. And so. If you happen to be one of the apoplectic and ignoramus masses and then you actually try and answer the question, you will immediately be labeled a terrorist or, worse, a communist. And this is how fake, fiat, fiction becomes the norm in Orwell’s 21st century western world, baby. Or maybe not.

It wasn’t enough that the likes of Brexit and #Trumpism achieved their ultimate goal. You know, power over the world and power over ripping people, banks and heads of state off. Yet. After such power is squandered and the nevermore of yesteryore lies naked at our feet, I’ve still managed to acquire a CDC vaccination card (along with the actual vaccination, don’t you know). How can that be? If you listen to the rightwing talking heads you’d think that I owe my first born now. On the other hand. I’m so thankful for the vaccination that I’m dancing along side two-steppers, Irish kick dancers and let’s not forget the joy of mindless country music dancers in bumfcuk Kentucky, Pennsylvania, or, goodness forbid, Idaho. Indeed. And then there’s the thought that I have to return to #Eurowasteland in a few days where such a card will make my travels that much more less difficult. Freedom anyone? Not only does having such a card mean that I don’t have to pay stupid-money to get another PCR test but, somehow, some way, having proof of a vaccination goes well with all the other vaccinations I’ve had over the years. You know. All those vaccines I got in 2015-2016 because of my travels to India and parts of south east Asia, etc. But let me not get-on about how worst-writer, the most unsuccessful writer in all of history, travels. Or?

So what is freedom, dear worst-reader? Is freedom being able to choose between covid or a vaccination? Is freedom the 2nd amendment, which has become a/the mechanism to kill so many more so haphazardly? Or is freedom the special privilege whereby the Haves can so easily rule over the HaveNots? But on that note, I die-gress.

Rant on.

-T

Link: https://crooksandliars.com/2021/06/nigel-farage-vaccine-cards-government

What Is The Origin Of Science Denialism?

This is a screenshot of a tweet because embeds and URLs work like $hit in wordpress. Why? Oh why?

After reading the linked article, worst-writer concluded that he has a gripe with what’s being said. That gripe, don’t you know, has to do with the claim that the tobacco industry created modern science denialism. Although it is a worthwhile claim, it’s totally inaccurate. For. Don’t you know, dear worst-reader. The origin of everything denialism in my beloved & missed united mistakes of #Americant goes much deeper–and much further back than the industrialisation of the tobacco leaf. Indeed.

Think in terms, dear worst-reader, of the Wizard of Oz. That’s right, I’m talking about the man behind the curtain that no one should pay attention to. Also, think about the tried & true elixir salesman, who, like The Wizard, traveled around #Americant in a horse drawn trailer selling sugared horse piss as a cure all. But don’t get me wrong. I’m not even blaming these industrious salesmen. Where would #Americant be without them? Would we even have a Steve Jobs without all the old conmen of yore?

My worst-point is this. I too quit tobacco years ago. For me, though, it was no big deal. In fact, I could puff at a cig here and there right now and it would not cause me to resort to wanting another one. Reason? There are more important habits. And so. Like most things in (this) life, I’d just laugh off habits (cause I can’t afford them anywho) and brush my teeth and… Now. Alcohol is a whole ‘nother thing. Yea. If only I could quit that one. But let’s move on.

Doctorow is obviously right in calling out the origin of science denialism. I just think that call should go a bit deeper and thereby call-out the idiots that buy-in to this $hit.But what does (could) worst-writer know.

Rant on.

-T

Link: https://doctorow.medium.com/i-quit-9ae7b6010c99

The Crypto Game Show

Source of pic: Bitcoin logo

Why am I surprised, dear worst-reader? Did I believe that Bitcoin was impenetrable? Did I think that the government or authorities would never crack the kryptonite–that could take down the likes of Bitcoin? Or did I simply think, ultimately, Government doesn’t really care–if there may or may not be some competition? That is, somewhere in the back of my worst-mind, I thought (dreamt?) that because government monopoly on currency could never be broken and only at best dented by crypto-currency, it would just stand by and watch the show go on and on and thereby giggle once or thrice as the masses lose their collective $hit about the value of block-chain generated currency. But guess what, dear worst-reader? Worst-writer be all-kinds of wrong.

According to reports, government crypto authorities (FBI) employed one of three tactics to break into the recent ransomware payments from the Colonial Pipeline attacks that almost crippled gasoline supplies for the entire south east of the united mistakes of #Americant. An act, by-the-buy, that made me laugh my arse off. Not unlike any of the ransomware acts previously perpetrated, worst-writer couldn’t help but perform cartwheels along with exuberant $hits & giggles with these recent perpetrations. Indeed. So is it entertainment for those of us who not only question the idiocy of old money in #Americant but also could give a hoot what happens to that old money? That said and before I get too far off worst-subject, the three tactics employed by crypto authorities (FBI) in order to reign in the simple genius of ransomeware pirates includes the following:

  1. Someone from Darkside snitched and provided access
  2. The criminals were careless which could have given access to emails or other related correspondence
  3. Either Bitcoin or a Bitcoin exchange snitched

Not sure about you, dear worst-reader, but something about this story gets to me. I mean. Don’t get me wrong. I’m glad they recovered something from the ransomware. Heck, over $4m dollars (of very, very old money) was paid out and just over $2m was recovered (which, of course, don’t make it new money. Am I wrong.). Obviously criminal activity like this ain’t right. But if you allow me to put this in a bit of worst-context…

A private company was hacked due to private company negligence. Put another way. Capitalist entities today are one of two things. First, corporations are borderline criminal entities. It’s the only way they can function in the fiction and pseudo-science that is today’s the market place. Corporate taxes, CEO compensation and stock evaluations should be evidence of this. Second, since the demise of the Dotcom boom–which worst-writer considers that last attempt at subverting the return of the robber barons–old capitalist entities, old money, has been struggling to make sure that that sort of thing doesn’t happen again. Reason? The greatest struggle of old money (unearned wealth) is the reversal of all forms of corporate costs–which is what capitalists have been fighting since FDR. In other words, corporations have been given the green light since the so-called Reagan-revolution so that they…

  1. Don’t pay taxes
  2. No longer have to worry about labour or unions interfering with profits
  3. Use stock price, whether inflated or fake (stock buy-backs), to determine the value of the company which also determines management compensation, etc., etc.

So. Again. I could give a hoot if an old-money corporation like Colonial Pipeline (doesn’t the name give worst-reader the creeps) takes one up the poop-shooter because ransomware made one of its privileged and useless employees click on the wrong email link. Again. Whenever I hear about ransomware my arse starts laughing! But that’s neither here nor there.

Capitalism is pretty much, according to worst-writer, upon its nadir. If you’re not in the know, dear worst-reader, just have a visit to my beloved & missed #Americant to see it. The sheer number of #Trump flags making ridiculous claims or conspiracy theories running rampant about how that idiot is gonna be re-instated as prez pee-pee-hair by August 2021 or just look at how much debt people have because gas prices are still at Iraq war levels… Heck! It’s a wonder there aren’t more ransomware attacks. Not that I’m wishing it on anyone, don’t you know. But my arse is puckering up for more laughter. Am I wrong.

Rant on.

-T

Links: https://www.npr.org/2021/06/08/1004223000/how-a-new-team-of-feds-hacked-the-hackers-and-got-colonial-pipelines-bitcoin-bac

The End Of The Illusions

“The success of totalitarian movements among the masses meant the end of two illusions of democratically ruled countries in general and of European nation states and their party systems in particular. The first was at the people in it’s majority had taken an active part in the government and that each individual was in sympathy with one’s own or somebody else’s party. On the contrary, the movement showed that the politically neutral and the indifferent masses could easily be the majority in a democratically ruled country, that therefore a democracy could function according to rules which are actively recognized by only a minority. The second democratic illusion exploded by the totalitarian movements was that these politically and different masses did not matter, that they were truly neutral and constituted no more than the inarticulate backward setting for the political life of the nation. Now they made apparent what no other organ of public opinion had ever been able to show, namely, that democratic government had rested as much on the silent approbation and tolerance of the indifferent and in inarticulate sections of the people as on the articulate and visible institutions and organizations of the country. Thus when totalitarian movements invaded Parliament with their contempt for parliamentary government, they merely appeared inconsistent: actually, they succeeded in convincing the people at large that parliamentary majorities were spurious and did not necessarily correspond to the realities of the country, thereby undermining the self-respect and the confidence of governments which also believed in majority rule rather than in their constitutions.”

Hannah Arendt, Totalitarianism, A Classless Society (bold text from worstwriter)

Rant on.

-T

Why Origin Don’t Matter

Source of pic: wiki

What’s with the who-ha about the origin of the covid? I mean (1), what difference will it make after a year and a half of quarantine, lockdowns, (almost) safe distancing, etc., if/when they find out where this whole thing started? I mean (2), if it did originate in a lab will that prevent another covid? Maybe. Are we gonna have access to labs in North Korea, Russia, the middle of bumfcuk Idaho and a converted meth-lad so we can figure where future viral diseases start? I mean (3), as usual, the grand $hit$how that is my beloved & missed united mistakes of #Americant, with this yet another bullshit news cycle, is brilliantly deflecting and diluting the real issue. The real issue is simple, dear worst-reader. Namely. Capitalism and its best friend globalisation has forced most of humanity to live in $hit. And as we all know, living in $hit makes one sick. Am I wrong.

The thing is, dear worst-reader, in order for any virus to thrive, as covid has, it needs not only a host but the right environment. As capitalism and subsequent globalisation struggles to cope with its own demise, which is, by-the-buy, part of its cyclical nature if that nature is enabled, that environment is not only readily available but it has also, literally, been facilitated, i.e. globalisation in the name of free markets, labour control, wealth for wealth’s sake, etc. I mean (4), it’s not as though SARS, the sickness resulting from the corona virus, is anything new. It’s been around since the early 2000s. But even before that there were similar diseases. You know, Swine-flu, Mers, various influence strains, etc. Even though I never got one, I can’t remember a day when I return to my beloved & missed #Americant and someone wasn’t getting a flu shot.

Then again, there is this article from Vanity Fair which tries to explain the here & now of the origin of covid. What a doozy of an article, too. I mean (5), talk about winded and long-reads. Even though I haven’t finished reading it as I worst-write this post, the only thing I could think of while reading was: who cares about the origin of covid-19? We’re in it, right? I mean (6), if you come to the US, like I have, you’d think there was never a covid to begin with. Everybody thinks its over. They’ve forgotten it already. Yes. Indeed. Amnesia #Americant has already forgotten that it, the greatest country to be made great again, has already lost touch with the reality that it has the highest death rates from covid in the world. Then again, #Americant is a country that not only elected former prezident pee-pee-hair (cheeto-jesus) but 74m people actually believe that he’s gonna be president again by August 2021 because, well, Biden stole the election. With that in mind, would anyone miss them if covid would took out more of the stupid #Americants? But I die-gress.

Rant on.

-T

Links:

Scamerica

Source: worstriter pic of someone’s sidewalk art; pic is inverted to avoid shadows

Few and far between are these visits to my beloved & missed #Americant. When was the last time I was here prior to May 9th, 2021? Well, there was a short kinda emergency visit in November 2019. What a mess that was. Before that there was a short visit in March of the same year. Not so much of a mess but a mess all the same. And so goes the pattern, dear worst-reader. I usually try and come twice a year, sometimes three. Of course, the reason for the visits are to checkup on my ageing mother. Indeed. The prodigal son having a look at how Mom is getting on. Either that or I travel here or there to put out the fires, bandage the various wounds, beg my mothers church for forgiveness that I’ve left her alone in a rural #Americant beach town that is three months out of a year a hell traffic zone full of drunkards or whining brats and the other nine months (off season) it is a find your way around the bottle $hithole. Then again, there is also the chore to maintaining my citizenship, don’t you know. A citizenship that is waning, I should worst-say. How long have I been an expat? Thirty-five years or so? Again. Indeed.

But then, there are the other issues that I must address each time I travel to the LAND OF FREEDOM TO BE STUPID. For example, this time I renewed my driver’s license. Wait. Hold a sec. I didn’t have to renew my license. But the state issued these new-fangled licenses back in 2017-18 that is supposed to meet federal standards for I.D. cards which is also supposed to make it easier to travel if/when you do so without a passport. Although I wanted to do this in the spring of 2020, covid nipped that in the bud. And so. With this visit I went ahead and paid the twenty bucks to get it done–even though my license expires in 2023 and I’ll have to renew it again then. Also, and get this, after so many years of blowing it off, dear worst-reader, I went ahead and filed my friggin taxes. When was the last time I did that? Of course, since I don’t earn anything (for I am worst-writer, don’t you know), there’s no need for me to file taxes. Ever seen a 1040 tax form with nothing but zeros on it? Then again, with all the so-called stimulus money floating around, I thought, what the hell, why not see if I can get some of that. It’s still not clear if I’m gonna get the stimulus payment but I’ll be sure to let you know if I do. And then there’s the last reason for visiting my beloved & missed #Americant. That’s right. To be reminded of who I am, where I’m from, taste the water that bread me, eat a few blue crabs, admire the Atlantic form this side–say my final goodbye? Of course. There’s also the issue of having a look at what’s happened to my beloved & missed #Americant post president pee-pee-hair. Which begs the question: Does all this soothe my lost soul that is also losing touch with my… beloved… and missed…?

Btw, dear worst-reader, President Biden is only up the road from me today at his Rehoboth Beach house. Now wouldn’t that be cool to run into him on a bike ride and give him all-hell about how I’m just another #Americant on the verge of giving up my citizenship due to his lifelong politic? But I die-gress.

And there you have it, dear worst-reader. I’m here (in #Americant) to check on things. To clean things up. To organise an old shelf. To wipe the table. To cook a meal (for my ageing mother). Etc., etc. But then, also, there’s something else. There’s that thing that one cannot avoid while here. There is this place that is starting to look more and more like a foreign place. Even the crumbs on the table that I’m trying to wipe away that are magically replaced by the local ants, seems foreign to me now. Like something I no longer know. It’s as though I’m returning to that dream of America that I used to have–oh so long ago. It’s that dream where I got a chance to make sweet love to Farrah Fawcett. Oh! What a dream that was. And so. What has become of the America that gave me that dream? Oh yeah. Republicans happened to it. Greed happened to it. (Not that greed hasn’t always been there, don’t you know. But the greed post Reagan has grown a few more tentacles. Or?)

With that in worst-mind, let’s have a look at #Americant today and the things that perturb me like nothing else. Like words. Like the media. Like #Americants. And so. How ’bout the word: patriot. For it is a word flung around here and there as much as I fling around my Farrah Fawcett goo. But that’s not the only word. What about the word hero? Holly-molly, dear worst-reader. If I hear that word one more time, usually echoed when someone does something so banal that the it requires embarrassment banality–everyone cannot be a friggin hero. And so. Shall we (not) talk about diluting, deflecting, avoiding reality? This country is awash in it. And why? How? The media? Is it all the tv channels? The robocalls? Bumper sticker intellectualism? Faux-newz? All the above? Just call someone or something a patriot or a hero and then complain about the foreigners, Democrats and liberals, wearing masks. Should I even get on about the economy? You know that nebulous thing that happens to have a word associated with it and, of course, fits on a bumper sticker? Indeed. And so. Is it a wonder that I came up yesterday with a new word for my beloved & missed #Americant?

Scamerica, baby.

The whole country is but a scam. Which also means: who’s the best scammer? With that in mind…

There you have it. And now I should stop. Nuff worst-said.

Rant on.

-T

Jab 2 Done, Vaccinated

It takes another two weeks for the vaccine to do its full job, dear worst-reader. But at least I can say I got both shots as of today. And how proud, thankful, grateful I am to be able to get vaccinated. In fact, I’m so tickled, I’m thinking of getting an image of the corona virus tattooed on my arm (where I got the shot) with the letters MRNA just below it. Now wouldn’t that be worst-writer cool, eh? For those doubters out there–you know, all those science deniers. If you’re concerned how I’m gonna feel if all this is for not, well, get this. I’m so convinced that MRNA treatments like this (vaccine) are so advanced that the Covid-19 debacle and subsequent inoculation could mean the end of global pandemics. So will I be sad (or dead) if I’m wrong? Maybe. But at least I believe in science–even if science gets things wrong sometimes–instead of all that other bull$hit like free markets, fail upward capitalism, greed-mongering-galore and spaghetti monsters in the sky. So there. ;-)

Rant (and get vaccinated) on, baby.

-T

How Creativity Dies The Slow Death

Source of pic: screenshot from the interwebnets

Worst-writer can remember his first confrontation with a movie sequel. It was Superman. Then came Star Wars. If you don’t know, dear worst-reader, I’m worst-writing here from the POV of movies from the 1970s. Soon after that, the 1980s, the movie sequel would become the norm. But then, probably around the turn of the century, something changed even with sequels. It is worst-writer’s worst-opinion, dear worst-reader, that change was, of course, only for the worst. And so (1). What happened to the movie sequel? Well, the easy answer is: money. The difficult answer is: creativity is dead. And so (2). The movie sequel was replaced with the movie franchise. Indeed. Which begs another worst-question: are you splitting hairs, worst-writer, or do you actually think there’s a difference between sequel and franchise?

I’ve always judged movies, first and foremost, on whether or not they are based on impulsive creativity or compulsive creativity. Most modern movies that are based on a screenplay alone suck–in my worst-book. Unless, of course, those movies are comedies or horror or whatever genre. Most genre movies suck anyway. But before I get too far off subject, let me abruptly close this worst-thought with this idear: The movie franchise, or the new never-ending sequel, sucks just as much. Reason? Again. Creativity, like god, is dead. So take that Robert Downey Jr. And. By-the-buy. Even though the first Iron Man was great. The Marvel universe sucks batballs. But at least Downey made a lot of money, eh?

Which brings me to James Bond and the article linked below. In worst-writer’s opinion, all James Bond movies sucked after they ran out of source material–which I think ended around Moonraker. With that in mind, 2006’s Casino Royal saved the franchise for worst-moi. Reason? I’ve read the book. The 2006 movie, Daniel Craig’s premiere, was a great version of the book. Of course, every subsequent Bond/Craig movie kinda sucked but I watched them all, on account, well, as far as big screen action movies goes, I’d prefer a weak written Bond movie to all other action movies. So take that praise with a grain of worst-salt. Which begs the question…

Am I interested in what a screenwriter says about the business transaction that is the purchase of MGM? Fcuk-no! I mean, Amazon hasn’t created a thing (except maybe one-click purchasing) since its inception. Can the same be said of the business that is MGM? On the other hand, has Amazon sold more books–created by others–than MGM has made original, non-compulsive (written) movies? Indeed (1). Creating anything was never the idear behind Amazon. And since movie sequels have given way to movie franchises…? Indeed (2). Everything and everyone is about making money and that’s it. Blessed be the greedy heart, eh, #Americant? With that in worst-mind, fcuk Bezos, Bond and all the rest where money murders creativity.

Rant on.

-T

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/31/opinion/amazon-mgm-james-bond-bezos.html

Faux Newz Blood & Guts Worn On Your Emotion Sleeve

Yet another newz article that makes worst-writer think about #Americant elitism (which means you’re not like us), white privilege (which means white people are incapable of coping with their status in society, especially the lower white classes) and affluenza (which means rich people think they can get away with murder because, well, they’re rich). And so. When the likes of Alex Jones employs the same kinda argument and/or pseudo-logic that the things he says shouldn’t be taken seriously on account… Worst-writer is like… How f’n stupid can the LAND OF FREEDOM TO BE STUPID get? Then again, it ain’t just talking $hitheads like Jones that make up this grand #Americant problem. The lawyer representing both former prez pee-pee-hair and who also worked with dumbarse Rudy Guilliani also makes the claim that her privilege and elitism means she too can make ludicrous claims in the public square that are equivalent to screaming fire in a theatre when, indeed, there is no fire–and there is no ramification. And so. How many people are dead from the mob trampling that is #Trumpism? I guess, the thing that separates what goes on at faux-newz and what happens when free-speech is abused/exploited, is a fine line. Oh, how it shames me, saddens me, to say such a thing. But what is there to do, dear worst-reader? It is #Americant.

Rant on.

-T

Link: https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-truly-sinister-message-behind-the-rights-defense-of-its-lies