Jim Trainer

I.B.S.U.S.A.

In Uncategorized on July 21, 2020 at 11:31 am

When predominantly white-led crowds of largely unmasked protesters, some armed, take to statehouses to rally against the most basic public health advice—or refuse to mask while shopping—they are not just signaling their political affiliations. They are also performing their racial dominance, manifest, in this case, as selective exemption from the imposition of governmental control.
-Rhea Boyd, Nation Magazine

I don’t want to talk about anything in relation to him.
-James Charles

It’s going to be a very different industry when we get to the other side.
-Bill Banowsky, Violet Crown and former C.E.O. of Landmark Theatres

At the end of the day, I have to sleep with myself.
David Gutowski

The last of the great decades.
-Vanilla Ice

Very well, then! of that sort only are my readers, my true readers, my readers foreordained: of what account are the rest?  The rest are merely humanity.  One must make one’s self superior to humanity, in power, in loftiness of soul—in contempt.
-Friedrich Nietzsche

A wholesale white wash of history will not provide redemption, forgiveness of the past, or protect us from ourselves.
-Don Bajema

…the “great” America Trump set out to remake with his presidency is the city on Reagan’s hill, shining not with any moral virtue, but with the raging, white-hot, destructive fires of imperialism and capitalism.
Lucy Diavalo

Turn the light out, say goodnight
no thinking for a little while
-The National

Why aren’t we in the streets in every city?
Guerrilla Man

I thought I’d see you on the streets, motherfucker but it turns out I’d rather stay indoors.  Run down reams of feed and squander precious hours in a bubble of armchair outrage and YouTube shows.  If there’s anyone who’s not concerned about politics it’s the technocrats of the nouveau riche.  Alphabet stock is at fifteen hundred and rising and the last thing on Mark Zuckerberg’s mind is how you feel about Facebook’s support of the Campaign of Donald J. Trump for President.  Even if YouTube is showing some conscience by changing its algorithm and I shudder to think how the Police would behave if they weren’t on film, the passive window of social media is not good for my mental health.  The only world I see beyond this desk is the one they show.  I’m looking California good Reader and feeling Minnesota and anyway wondering how they do in Holland and Oslo.  We’re just a kiss away and when the shit hits we won’t be able to say we didn’t see it coming.  A fourth reich or else some Corporate state where our every move is made on a grid and we’re told what to think and know better than to say.  We make just enough to stay hungry but never get organized or strong enough to overthrow.  The strangest thing isn’t that it’s almost real but that we’re acclimating and accepting it by degree, every day and night at a screen and “protesting” within a character limit beneath a banner ad. 

Maybe you’ll recall me writing at The Coarse Grind how I’d be getting out there and founded the CP&WS for it?  Well that was a months ago and Black Lives don’t matter to the media unless there’s blood to purvey.  I’m feeling helpless Good Reader though  I don’t know how much better I’d feel out there.  I said I’d get busy writing but I’ve been writing to get by.   Which is exactly what I trained myself for–here and at the Grind and even poetry, for years I wrote my way through while working full and part time, playing gigs and self-publishing.  I’ve raised a couple hundred dollars for the ACLU with my work and it could be my proudest moment as a writer.  But I won’t rely on charity for ego strokes, not the least of which because that’s not what charity is for.  I’m having a real hard time these days looking back over what I wrote and knowing I ain’t got out there for fear of getting sick or because I already am.  I’ve stayed in and wrote to keep the demons at bay…and it worked but the reality is sinking in.  It took 4 months of isolation and acting like everything was fine.  Everything is not fine.

What’s coming is a third-world order and corporatocracy which I’m sure is just fine with these jackbooted slobs as long as they’ve occupied their reptile brains with who to hate.  This is really it, a showdown and culmination of every rollback and dismissal of basic human kindness and generosity.  The 20s aren’t looking great though Brussels looks like a dream and the personal journalism I pioneered here for the last 10 years won’t stop what’s coming now.

 
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  1. Jim, Let’s talk about this on Tuesday evening.Please read the item I reposted today on my FB page about martial law.Absolutely terrifying!

    It’s as if the Trump followers are hearing a different languageand interpreting his actions completely differently from hisintentions….his storm troopers actually make them feel safe! xoxoDonna All you need is love….

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