The Rising

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Published : July 16th, 2012
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The word lamppost is popping up lately with alarming frequency in connection with the word banker in all kinds of respectable places, and I don't think this refers to, say, men in Armani suits searching for their car keys where the light is shining on the sidewalk after quaffing a few rare cuvee jeroboams of Louis Roederer Cristal. Rather, it seems to suggest a certain unease with the levers of jurisprudence in this republic of grifters, stooges, and bought-off lackeys.

Also of late come rumblings from the most august newspaper in the land that certain questions concerning LIBOR-fixing among American bank officials might soon be entertained in a federal courtroom. But isn't it a fact that the US Department of Justice has its hands full - not to mention its dockets - with cases of alleged performance-doping by star athletes? Just think: all that effort (and expense!) at repeated prosecutions and Roger Clemens remains at large! His fastball might yet shred the constitution and dishonor all the combined sacrifices of our men in uniform in countless heroic wars.

Meanwhile, has The New York Times sent a reporter to chat up the elusive John Corzine? It must be an easier job than, say, trekking to a cave in Tora Bora to interview the late Mr. Osama bin Laden - which a few plucky reporters actually accomplished back when - yet Mr. Corzine is now better hidden than the Orang-pendek of Sumatra. And higher-functioning, too, considering his current role as Uncle Scrooge McDuck to the Obama reelection campaign. In what 5th sub-basement of a Robert A. M. Stern-designed luxury high-rise does Mr. Corzine sit with his moneybags of purloined MF Global customer funds writing checks to the Democratic National Committee?

All this is to say that when a few lame rumors of prosecutorial zeal appear in old gray mouthpiece for the status quo, you can bet that the true tipping point of public impatience has probably been breeched and the fall of the elites is closer than you think. In the sizzling sauna that the US has become under the regime of climate change denial, the black swans of political turmoil are moistly hatching. Who knows what form the mischief might take and how the trouble starts. Perhaps a hostage crisis at the Maidstone Club where families of a dozen hedge fund chiefs are held in the pool house by an out-of-work pipefitter from Wantagh high on bath salts. Or a swindled soybean farmer in an Semtex-rigged vest pays a call on the PFG-Best futures trading headquarters in Cedar Falls, Iowa, just as the lawyers and their financier clients sit down in the conference room to an ordered-in lunch of sloppy joes, fries, and slurpees. Or maybe a part-time evangelist off his Zoloft in some broiling strip-mall in a bankrupt California shit-hole sees the numbers 666 resolve among the remnants of his half-eaten enchilada on a Mitt Romney for President commemorative plate and packs up an arsenal of legally-acquired small arms for his journey to the Republican Convention in Tampa....

This is, after all, the country where the Kardashians reign. Anything might happen.

This is also the fruit of utterly failed moral leadership in a rudderless society adrift on a sea of delusion and untruth in an age of accounts unsettled. The battle over which empty suit gets elected president is a preface to the discovery that the national government only pretends to be in charge of anything. As the reality of total, comprehensive bankruptcy simmers up, perhaps a critical number of citizens stop forking over their quarterly taxes - since it would be the same thing as pounding sand down a rat-hole. Then, things really go south governance-wise. The next revolution in North America could make 1793 Paris look like an Ace of Cakes episode. Lamppost lynchings will seem too merciful. Rather, look for a new realty TV launch: Kardashian Kangaroo Kourt, in which every week a score of obscenely wealthy celebrities plucked from the realms of banking, showbiz and politics are dragged over three miles of barrel cactus in the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge behind a Dodge Mopar-loaded Ram Runner (mostly American-made).

In the meantime, let's just all kick back these hot summer nights on the front porch with a few vodka and Red Bulls and enjoy Jack Abramoff's new radio show on Clear Channel in which the re-branded "lobbying reformer" offers advice on improving the transaction of public business in our nation's capital. This is Mr. Abramoff's first job since completing his prison work-release gig in a kosher Baltimore pizza store. God bless you, Jack.



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James Howard Kunstler has worked as a reporter and feature writer for a number of newspapers, and finally as a staff writer for Rolling Stone Magazine. In 1975, he dropped out to write books on a full-time basis. His nonfiction book, "The Long Emergency," describes the changes that American society faces in the 21st century. Discerning an imminent future of protracted socioeconomic crisis, Kunstler foresees the progressive dilapidation of subdivisions and strip malls, the depopulation of the American Southwest, and, amid a world at war over oil, military invasions of the West Coast; when the convulsion subsides, Americans will live in smaller places and eat locally grown food.
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The best part of James's weekly comments is The Truth he tells becomes psychological warfare. Those on the receiving end of the Kunstler's barbs squirm, sweat and writhe every time they drive past a lamppost ~ or now ~ see a Dodge Ram truck or a cactus.

The Master of Thieves Minions, wanting to calm the troops (so to speak) appears to have hired a writer to discredit the messenger. Trying to make Kunstler look like a joker-gone-wrong isn't a message that's working as well here as the message handed out by Master's Stooges working talk radio for more war.

With the heat, the drought and the loss of crops going ballistic, I think there's an upcoming episode where banker's larceny and regulators-on-the-take won't be mentioned at all. Anybody notice your lawn ~ or that something is really going wrong this year ??
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I agree with Gypsy its obvious to anyone that reads JHK that JC is a hired ink assasin of ever increasing unpopularity judging by all the red arrows he keeps generating LOL.

Both JHK and his chief protagonist are wrong on the energy point however and that will be the huge gamechanger thats coming real soon, namely COLD FUSION.
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I agree that the use of "lamp post" in conversation is on the rise. I myself have expressed a desire to see lamp posts "decorated" with criminal bankers and pols.
I'm fuzzy on the date but didn't the good people of New Orleans decorate lamp posts with dozens of Mafiosa in about 1892? It caused an international incident between the US and Italy and I think some minor functionary apologized to the King.
I think a nice group made up of the finest Ivy League scum tormenting us currently would make a great post card.
Now let's go get OSHA to increase the strength requirements of lamp post cross bars etc. and we will be prepared for the opportunity.
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Kunstler's title THE RISING is psychologically revealing: it should be called THE LOWERING. The lowering of intellectual standards to push an anti-industrial agenda; the lowering of journalistic standards to make a buck rather then to enlighten a readership -- the goal to laugh and throw peanuts to a dumbed-down readership that somehow finds his interspersing of profanity with obscure words exciting.

Yet each week his rhetoric gets more frenzied and shrill like a rooster long denied the henhouse. And like that rooster, he furiously throws each new world problem at the locked enclosure.

You see the world is not collasping quickly enough for him, the economic earthquakes not severe enough, the revolutions against Capitalism not bloody enough, the calls to return to his 'world made by hand' not taken seriously enough.

Naturally the socialist left loves him as well as the anarchist right -- as circus owners love a pitchman ushering the guillibe into the sideshows.

Anyone still desiring to read his material ought harken to the words posted high above the gates of Journalistic Hell: ABANDON REASON ALL YE WHO ENTER HERE.

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Again Jim C shows us that he has no hope of ever moving beyond he hatred he seems to possess for JHK. Every time JHK posts an article Jim C is there to jump on it with his usual "he wants to move us backwards 200 years, we should all live in cabins next to a small plot of land we farm" crapola. Jim, make a point that’s relevant to the article and stop filling space with the same old crap. The fact that you’re a tech loving, machine pushing moron doesn’t make your opinion of JHK any more valid than his opinions on world matters. FOCUS, comment on the article, not your hatred for what the man might think.

Someone please take the keyboard away from Jim. Maybe if he had to actually write out his comments and mail them in he might think twice about posting the same old same old.
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The question for you then Jim is why do you continue to read JHK every week?
And my question for Hart is given that you find Jim's comment to be the same old same old and so not worth the bother, why should you not take your own advice?
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Dear vox cadaver:

I love to put opposition in the public domain to those who put destructive ideas there. Hart loves doing the same, as he sees it, and we'll all 'happy' campers. And, who knows, we may change our opinions.

So get lost.

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My issue with Jim C is simply that his comments, just as in this case, are way off topic. There's nothing in JHK's article remotely related to "the calls to return to his 'world made by hand'" nor has there been in any of the JHK articles for some time yet Jim takes it upon himself to whine about the same thing over and over. There is no contrary position as Jim has indicated he likes to post.

I suspect that Jim may be in possession of a far greater intelligence than his comments show but if he keeps making comments that have no relevance to the article it starts to look like he either has a personal hate for JHK or is just a moron who can't tie his own shoes but has made his way onto the internet.

If it’s a personal hate issue, well grow up because this isn’t grade school. If it’s a case of being a moron, one can only hope that his keeper will take away the keyboard. Personally, I’d rather see Jim come out with some comments that are relevant to the article against which they are posted and makes them worth reading.

vox kadavergehorsamkeit, based on your premise, you shouldn’t have posted either.

So Jim, grow up.
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My issue with Jim C is simply that his comments, just as in this case, are way off topic. There's nothing in JHK's article remotely related to "the calls to return to his 'world made by hand'" nor has there been in any of the JHK articles for some time y  Read more
Hart - 7/18/2012 at 5:37 AM GMT
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