Hater Nation

I wrote this meditation on the “untruth” crisis back in late February. I shelved it as “ more mad ramblings”, which it is. But I guess it’s a mad, mad, mad world anyway, so here it is…

Facts, data and faith. Take these, dump them into a person and shake. Squeeze the tube. Paper tape will come out of its mouth. To remove tape, pull sharply up across the front teeth. Read the tape. Junk data? Figures.

So, I’m being figurative, conflating people and machines. And we are (humanity, that is) the most beautiful, god-like, defective machine(s) that we will ever hope to experience.

See what I did there with the parenthetical “s”? I posited a question. Are we individuals or are we an organism? A hive mind. If you asked ethnic Germans in the first third of the twentieth century, they may have leaned toward the concept of the human race being a single organism…and you know where this philosophy got them. Junk data.

But swarm intelligence/theory can not be written off. These theories, traditionally presented as “mob/herd mentality”, play a role in every facet of our lives. These swarms, like gravitational fields, pull us into orbits, within larger orbits, within larger orbits on up. The top level mega-swarm, a universe of its own. A beautiful and terrifying, elegant and chaotic dance.

And the collective mind does great things. All of our technological achievements come from the hive mind, the hive intelligence (see “rat king”). Our innovators “stand on the shoulder of giants”. Of course, by building the one-click means to our own destruction we may have scaled one shoulder too many, but that’s a cold rat king kebab better served another day.

The leap that seems to have really changed the game in hive behavior in recent years is the potential for instant digital interconnection between all individuals. I call it the “digital shock wave”. And with this advancement we once again leap, as a species, as a hive, into a brave new world. One rolled out before anyone took the time to truly understand its long-term effects. And now the die is cast.

To break it down, let’s say the mega-swarm, when at rest, is a placid pool. Information drops, traditionally (pre-Gutenberg), would be like autumn leaves occasionally cascading down from the sky to gently rest upon the surface (i.e., “This trader has a sharpened stone, I think I’m gonna get me one of those, too”). This is the environment under which humanity evolved into existence, how it was “meant to be” (under the terms of, you know, evolution). So on to post-Gutenberg, we can now cast, informationally, a nice stone into the pool (you know, like a medium-size river rock). Throw enough in at once and you can get some nice ripples going. Twentieth century mass broadcast technology, telecommunications etc., we’re getting into the boulders. 21st century World Wide Web, we’re lobbing school buses in with cranes…and all just to see if anybody really “like”s us (spoiler alert, they don’t).

We watch our political, military, corporate and media entities constantly, irresponsibly and methodically sending shock waves of informational instability through the collective conscious and unconscious. They all believe in their own (collective, tribal) minds, from their own preview, that they are doing important work. Work to help them, to help people of their ilk, to help “all”. But isn’t one of our greatest programming discrepancies as a species the inability to ever truly consider the “all” outside of the “tribe”. I do it, and I imagine you do it, too. Do you think there is anybody who is above this? Truly? 100% of the time?

I > us > all.

This has come to bear down on my mind in light of the assent of the concept of “untruth” as a dominant thread in the world conscience. Untruth is the supposition that all mass communicated information, even if it is empirical fact, is by default invalid.

This phenomenon is not new, but the world wide web has provided a hereto unprecedented platform for the instantaneous dissemination of torrents of unsubstantiated information labeled as “fact”. A platform with no discernible rules of credibility, where the purveyors of information have no accountability for the veracity of their output (even if that person is the president of the United States). “Rule 1” in this virtual domain is that any and all false information can be traced to other false reports sourced from the internet. And in this way the snake eats its own tail, and nothing is anyone’s fault.

Without accountability there is no recourse. Without recourse we are unprotected as individuals. School buses are not hurled into the pond by individuals. Those come from the cranes (collective entities, nation states, corporations). Individuals are affected by swarms, join swarms. Swarms are stirred and re-stirred by digital shock waves. So we see the digital shock waves being used as a tool against us, right through the pipes of our free internet. Pipes that go right into your pocket.

The argument for acceptance of untruth is supported under the reasoning that truth data is used in mass communication only to bolster an argument for a particular tribe’s position (is thus partisan propaganda). “Truth” is used as bait to influence you into believing the “big lie”. The “big lie” being that the communicating tribe is working for you, when, in fact, they are working in their own interest (they just need your compliance). And so only the “Truth”s that come from sources within your belief sphere are credible. This of course relates back to faith, which drives so many but is also the place where truth goes to die (and junk data is born).

Untruth plays into base human behaviors tied to fear, tied to survival instincts, and is manifested through subtle paranoia. Fears that the other tribe’s goal is to take your money, power, influence, freedom, etc. These survival instincts seem to me, at least in this country, to be tied to resource insecurity (even though, in America, true destitution is typically more a frame of mind than an actual state). We never think we have enough, and yet we do. And if we ever find it within ourselves to truly work together it seems there is nothing we could not achieve. And yet we continue to work in opposition mindsets that can only lead to conflict, distraction and death.

The next shoulder we may climb, as a species, will very likely be the steady and inevitable progression toward the total automation of labor, with only the engineers left to develop and program the AI robots who will eventually learn to build themselves (and everything else) under the gentle guidance of technological handlers. A 3D printed world delivered right to your doorstep. This will result in a vastly reduced need for traditional labor. A trend that we already see. There will be jobs to be done, but in such a world, work may evolve into a choice for those unfulfilled with total leisure. Concepts of work for money and social welfare would have to be completely re-conceived in such a world to maintain order (Free money? All individuals being born into a default starter class…with HEALTH BENEFITS? Oh, it’s just too sci-fi). Certainly adjustments for this upcoming reality would have to start to be addressed now. Not all at once, but certainly it should be acted on ahead of the wave that is sure to come. Lest a lost generation of unemployables trigger and economic depression that leads to an epoch ending World War (let’s even throw in “extinction level”). Can we do it? Can we get ahead of this wave before it breaks? Or will we cling to a coalminer job retention mentality?

Do you want my untruthful opinion? Okay (I think you see it coming). Well, if we look at the management of the global warming/climate change issue as an example, I will prophesize “no”.

We will more likely see the current monetary system and social structure continue to be used to punish, demoralize and control the peasant class. We will see global communications continue to be used as a cudgel. And the inevitable automation technology turned to 3D printing autonomous murder robots deployed to maintain the current class hierarchy.

To quote one of the great sages of our time, “Sad!”

Junk data.

If You’re Angry and You Know it Grab a Guitar

(I wrote this rant on Sunday and shelved it out of respect. I guess several days makes it the “right time”…)

“If you’re angry and you know it grab a guitar. It’s really much more fun than a gun…”

It sounds better (Even the worst guitar playing…typically performed by gun owners, is superior). PLUS no one was ever killed by guitar! Except for that one guy who was killed with a guitar…tragically. But in the guitar’s defense, it only took one life before it exploded into a thousand pieces like a Pete Townshend Telecaster.

“…If you’re angry and you know it, then your face will surely show it. If you’re angry and you know it grab a guitar…and not a gun.”


BIG GUN and BIG PHARMA are not our friends! In different but similar ways both choose to exploit our fear, weakness, vulnerability and ignorance to get us high and get us hooked. WHY? Because it keeps them in the black. It keeps them in the country club. It keeps them on a yacht. It keeps them in power. They crave power because they are greedy. ARE WE GOING TO LET THE GREEDY MAKE OUR DECISIONS FOR US (they just might decide to take all our shit, ya know. It kind of makes sense that they would, if you think it through). They wield inexhaustible wealth and our politicians are cheap dates. Once the politician is bought, they will parrot supplied talking points and kill all “regulation” unless it is written for them by their masters. Even if they are honorable, they will keep their mouths shut out of fear of BIG GUN and BIG PHARMA bankrolling their political opponents.




LASTLY, a thank you to INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISTS. Please keep the spotlight laser focused on these cockroaches. You are an ESSENTIAL pillar of American greatness.


When Newtown happened I was holding an infant son in my arms. Now my son is in Kindergarten, a year from the age of the innocents massacred on that day. December 14th 2012 was, for me, the most harrowing thing I have ever had to digest having happened on American soil caused solely by American citizens. I’m sure you can list other terrible things of this nature that happened in my lifetime (and trust me, I hated them all), but this one event, being so painful and nonsensical, broke me down. Somehow, looking at my son then, I empathized .01% of what those parents felt, I visually pictured that classroom, and it shattered me. And the broken pieces are forever broken, and I wasn’t even there, I don’t know those people. The families went to Washington and begged for help from the Federal Government to address this SECURITY issue in our county. They begged to begin a process of implementing non-drastic, centrist firearm regulations. OUR GOVERNMENT DID NOTHING! AND THAT GOES FOR OBAMA, TOO! The NRA buttboys hid behind the 2nd Amendment and rattled off NRA talking points. Time passed. Focuses shifted. The NRA checks kept rolling in. I guess everyone “did their job”.

So now Vegas, and I don’t know what to think. I’m trying not to obsess, but it is very hard. Unhealed wounds are split wide open. A BIG FAT FINGER is stuck right back in the face of those who say the current system is working. IT IS NOT WORKING. GUNS ARE THE PROBLEM. GUNS ARE KILLING MACHINES. THE SOLE PURPOSE FOR THEIR EXISTENCE IS TO CAUSE OR THREATEN MURDER. DO NOT FOOL YOURSELF. THEY ARE MURDER TOOLS. THEY ARE NOT ENTERTAINMENT. THEY ARE POOR PROTECTION. THE RISK OF OWNING ONE FAR OUTPACES THE PROTECTIVE VALUE.


P.S. Originalists, if the 2nd amendment is so important to you, do your part and join a “well regulated militia” today. Tell me how that goes for you. Until I see your militia membership card, do not bother me about your 2nd Amendment rights. And if you don’t meet to march at least once a week it doesn’t count. I don’t want to see some Breitbart diploma mill militia card. It has to be legit and local. I want meetings. I want drills. I want accountability to the law, the local community and total transparency (remember you are “well regulated”). I want non-security related community service, just like the police. If you want to volunteer, then really do it and earn your right to hold a gun. Otherwise, grow up.

Protecting the Second Amendment

Ed. Written in a fever dream after Sandy Hook, but every word still true. Fuck Guns!

Firearm manufacturers… you will a) do exclusive government and military contracting, b) continue to manufacture under a specific set of guidelines, or c) be subsidized to retool to manufacture something else. Don’t worry; we’ll make it a sweetheart deal. If you are just manufacturing overseas, you wont be able to get your stuff imported anymore, so talk to the government officials over there and see what they can do for you.

Gun shops, gun trade shows and online stores… I’m sorry; you are mostly going to be shut down. I imagine this will be voluntary for the most part. I’ll get to the details below, but you’re probably not going to like the new government oversight anyway. I suggest moving to on to less efficient lethal weapon sales… like swords and, I don’t know, crossbows…I’m being facetious. Anyway, I think you’ll be okay, and there will be government grants and no-interest loans to help you get your business transitioned. If you can sell guns, I’m sure you can sell anything. Right? Online sales and mail based distribution of firearm and firearm related paraphernalia will be illegal. The exception will be for designated remote areas that do not have reasonable access to brick and mortar retailers. This mail based distribution will be exclusively handled by government agencies and licensed contractors. Obviously, gun trade shows are over as we know them today.

People who own guns… we’re going to take your guns. Sorry. Some bad apples ruined it for everybody. But don’t fret! You CAN get a gun! (More on that later.)

First, the bad news, handguns and concealed firearms are illegal. Military, police and government licensed/regulated businesses (security, military contractors mainly…even gun ranges) can get handguns, but that’s it.

Obviously, these are also the kind of employment sectors that will have access to the more exotic kinds of weapons that some people really love. So, if you are a gun-nut, apply today.

Outside of handguns, consumer grade firearms will be available (Yay!). But like fireworks, it’s going to be safe-and-sane stuff only (none of the truly fun stuff).

Here’s the deal. Every law-abiding, licensed citizen over 12 years of age is allowed to get two categories of firearm. One (1) firearm from each category at any given time (Basically, you can have two firearms in your possession without too much hassle).

  • Category 1 is double-barrel or pump action shotguns (maximum magazine capacity – 4 loads).
  • Category 2 is single-action rifles (maximum magazine capacity – 6 rounds).

All legal firearms will have fixed stocks and a minimum total length, to be determined.

Ammunition sales will be rationed. Requests for larger amounts of ammunition will be documented and reviewed on a case by case basis and will have to meet certain criteria.

You can exchange your firearms for upgraded models but this is all done through the government regulated trade program, facilitated by local dealers.

Violators of the new code (which will be idiot proof)… after a few infractions, you lose your guns and no one in your house can have a gun either. Repeat and serious offenders will face criminal prosecution…Nothing as draconian as the Rockefeller Drug Laws, but at a certain point they won’t be messing around anymore, and you are going to do some real time. Like I said before, if you are really gun crazy and can’t live without access to lots of exotic firearms, join the military. If they don’t want you, seek counseling (which will be available, paid for by the government, during the initial transition).

Illegal gun dealers will be treated very severely, going right up to mandatory life sentences in some cases.

Certified professional gamesmen and marksmen athletes can possess additional firearms from the two available categories.

Even consumers can apply for additional legal firearms but it will require hefty annual licensing fees.

Non-lethal concealed protection (tasers and maybe something like small-form-factor single-shot bean bag guns) would be legal and available. Innovators who create new forms of personal non-lethal protection (devices that could serve as an acceptable replacement for today’s civilian handgun) will receive incentives, grants and distribution.

I could go on, but this was pretty excessive for an exercise anyway and I’m starting to feel silly. This is just some pseudo-therapeutic noodling. I’m a problem solver and these are some sincere thoughts on solutions to the national firearm problem I’ve been having. I just wanted to get down on paper…Thoughts mainly in reaction to the recent mass murders and statistics that show gun sales at an all time high.

I understand the vulnerabilities inherent in not allowing all citizens to carry concealed firearms but I think it is an acceptable risk. I believe we, as a society, have to innovate away from killing the people who wish to do us harm. Knock-them-out-and-lock-them-up works for me.

What I’m trying to paint here is a reality that makes sense to me…where people can protect themselves and hunt within reason. If you read this, thanks. If you disagree, keep it to yourself. I really don’t care.


I do not believe in supernatural forces. I do, however, believe in synchronicity. This phenomenon, as I describe it, is a seemingly related cluster of events that interrelate due to the mind’s subjective understanding of them.

Instances of synchronicity occur when random instances turn simultaneously in a common direction, not unlike metal filings being pulled by a magnet. What is the “magnet”? This is the question that vexes me. It is not God. I know this. But it is a force, like a storm, or any other natural event: a wave, a ripple, gravity, entropy, creation.

My most recent experiences with this feeling of synchronicity are running toward the negative (for instance, in the last week, I experienced three mechanical failures, one very expensive to repair, and yet this is the least of my concerns regarding recent events…so just try to figure what that means). Systems all around me seem to be breaking down. The wave is ebbing. And as I stand here in this lull, I can only consider how low the valley goes. Have we bottomed, or is there an abyss coming to swallow me up? Fight the flow and it will break my back.

As I consider the totality of this synchronistic shitstorm, I can only find comfort in the total absurdity of the human condition. This absurdist philosophy is the balm that saves my life. That’s right, you read it here first; George Carlin, Monty Python and MST3K saved my life and give me the strength to face all obstacles…Sorry Jesus (that said, I do give the J-man big ups for touting the Golden Rule…not that he invented it).

As long as there is electricity bouncing around between my nerve endings, I trust I will see the other side of this valley, this wave. I’ve been here before and time is on my side. The energy that stacks all patterns, random or aligned, will turn around and I will not wonder why. I never do then.