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The Canaries That Sang “Things Suck”

Edward Curtin

Don’t get me wrong. I am not foul-mouthed or in any way vulgar, having been trained in the niceties of academic discretionary writing and research. I apologize for the title and even for using the personal pronoun “I.”

As “one” knows, to write as if you are a person with values and beliefs is very crude in the academy from which so many of our finest national priorities, like perpetual war-making and economic exploitation, emanate. In this case, however, I must use certain language that may be offensive to some sensitive folks in order to explain my thesis in the hope that it will encourage others to grasp why so many of our compatriots of every sex and gender dispensation imaginable have become such suckers. I hope you will grant the importance of such an endeavor and excuse the means used to achieve its ends.

Let me say this at the outset. To say something sucks has always confused me. I have asked many people how something – let’s say a pizza – could suck, and they have just rolled their eyes. I know a vacuum cleaner can suck and a sump pump can suck or is it pump, but after that, I’m lost. How can a movie suck? Spaghetti? You can suck it but can it suck? You see my point?

Perhaps you have heard the saying that “there is a sucker born every minute.” That seems to me to be so off statistically. Do you agree?

What’s your estimate for the birth rate of suckers: a hundred, a thousand, ten thousand a minute? I don’t know, but my theory or thesis, if you will, is not statistically based. And let’s not get into that ridiculous debate about nature versus nurture. We both no doubt agree that suckers are both born and bred in the USA at a feverish rate.

I am a social theorist, not a statistician, so please just consider my theory. I can assure you that there is no conspiracy involved in it, since all the variables I note are well-known, if forgotten, by the general public. In this article I will touch on a few, for if I went on too long you might think this article sucked, despite the incongruity of your lingo.

Indeed, there is an enormous amount of academic research to support my thesis, but this is not the place for footnotes or references. Trust me, as you do CNN or The New York Times.

It was in the early 1990s when I first noticed that many people were saying things “sucked” an awful lot. I would have thought that after the great American TV victory in the Gulf War and the election of the fresh-faced, forthright young governor from Arkansas to lead the ship of state, the sucking lingo would die down. No way!

The pace picked up quite dramatically throughout the nineties. Movies sucked, the party sucked, the concert sucked – so much was starting to suck it frightened me, and I’m not easily frightened, having been toughened up in the academy with its fierce in-fighting over trivia and its short vacations.

There wasn’t a “ton” of such sucking in those early days, but this way of talking struck me anyway. “Ton” wasn’t cool yet. The heaviness of our new social reality hadn’t fully sunk in yet; the massive growth in depression was just getting started. It was just “it sucks”/”that sucks” that was hot in those years. I started to wonder if this little phrase was a harbinger of things to come, the unconscious canary in the national mineshaft, the lack of breathable air shortening people’s verbal responses to a growing unreality.

One day I was in the checkout line in a supermarket when a very elderly woman got into an argument with the checkout girl. The girl had charged the old woman twice for her National Enquirer, or so the old one said. The girl denied it and showed the old woman the receipt, which failed to mollify her. She stormed away shouting, “That sucks. You suck.”

I couldn’t help laughing, so incongruous was the scene. But I took note as a good academic should, and started to collect the variables that would eventually result in my present argument, one that has involved almost thirty years of diligent thinking and research, so I hope you will appreciate its significance. I would hate to think my years of toiling in the academy were for naught.

After the loud sound of all things sucking came the fear of being dehydrated, as if everyone, even people walking through Central Park in New York City, were lost in the Sahara Desert and were afraid they might collapse into a sere heap without constant water intake. I guess you can never be too careful.

Everywhere you looked, there were people sucking on those plastic water bottles that sprung up like locusts. To be without one was then akin to being without one’s cell phone today. Mr. Death seemed to be stalking the bottleless ones, those not sucking. But to be more precise, people didn’t exactly suck on the bottles until the sports tops were added.

I heard there was a very creative entrepreneur who tried introducing water bottles with baby bottle rubber nipples, but that was too suggestive then, since adults were just starting to dress like kids and the kidification of adults had to be somewhat disguised in those early days.

Come on, can you imagine if you saw a forty-five-year-old man in a Yankee jersey and hat, walking around sucking on a plastic water bottle with a baby nipple. That would be too much, too fast, even if you were a Yankee fan. You could say the Red Sox sucked, but you couldn’t be seen to be so obviously sucking yourself.

Then there was that cool cat, Bill Clinton. Whenever you turned on the TV or glanced at a newspaper, there he was out jogging or walking with a huge soda or something, sucking away on the straw. Or blowing on that horn on Saturday Night Live. It almost seemed like the poor guy had an oral complex or something. On the golf course where he was often pictured, he and his pals had big cigars they sucked on, making cigar sucking very popular.

The magazine, Cigar Afionado, born in the fall of 1992 when Bill and Hill so sincerely refuted those Paula Jones sexual allegations and won the White House, would soon publish covers with famous actresses fondling cigars in a not so subtle come-on. Stores everywhere had humidors hawking them.

Sucking on quart sized drinks and cigars took the country by storm, and please, I am not alluding to Stormy Daniels and her lurid tales, which come later. I am just listing some of the many variables that I have spent my academic career gathering in preparation for the release of my upcoming book that I hope will be my crowning achievement: Sucking and Suckers: A Qualitative Study.

This cigar craze got so wild that one day I walked into my local liquor store and the owner showed me his new humidor. He said, “Jack, you should try one on me.” I said I didn’t smoke, to which he replied, “But you really should just try one, they make you feel powerful, like a big man.”

I told him I felt big, capacious, and enormous already, sort of like Walt Whitman, who said, “I am large, I contain multitudes.” He just rolled his eyes and lit up.

I was reminded of a quote from Wilhelm Reich’s book, Listen, Little Man, a long-forgotten book that is perfect for today:

A great man knows and in what way he is a little man. A little man does not know he is little and is afraid to know. He hides his pettiness and narrowness behind illusions of strength and greatness, someone else’s strength and greatness.

And behind his cigar and bluster.

Then came Monica and Bill. I guess the cigars weren’t enough, or the occupancy of the big White House, or eight years of continual bombing of Iraq and sanctions that killed well over 500,000 Iraqi children, or making all those sexed-up welfare queens with all their babies scream when he did away with welfare as we know it, or his sadistic bombing of Serbia and the El Shifa pharmaceutical factory in Sudan. It seems as though nothing is sufficient to make war criminals feel big enough.

Excuse the politics. I’m getting carried away from my theme, which sucks. Okay, there was Monica. But I will leave it to your imagination, if you dare. Sorry for being crude.

Variable number four or five are those pacifier necklaces, as if eight years of Bill hadn’t been pacifier enough. Do you remember them? Did their wearers suck on them, or was a message being sent? Then came the oral sex craze among the young, serendipitously connected to Bill and Monica. Stuff happens.

Perhaps for me, in my academic life, my eureka moment came one day in the early 2000s when I was teaching a class on the growing cleavage between the rich and the poor. Bush Jr. had the country pacified and simultaneously whipped into a war frenzy after the attacks of 9/11. He was lying his way to the invasion of Iraq after having been “accidentally” rescued from a disastrous economy by those nineteen Arab terrorists with boxcutters. I was explaining to the students, mostly college juniors and seniors, how the percentage of the very wealthy had been increasing for years and the poor and middle-class were suffering, when I looked down to see a pretty female student in the front row. Bingo!

Instant insight, or was it outsight?

I was about to say something wise about the economic gap but my voice cracked. Right at my feet was an example of a different form of cleavage that had my eyes quickly popping up to look straight ahead as if I didn’t see what I saw. Right there was a culminating variable that I was able to notice for many years to come. Call it the cleavage phenomenon, but it was real, and it could be seen throughout the classrooms and byways of America ever since. I will let you take it from there.

Over the following years, I continued to collect my evidence for the phenomenon I call “suck.” But I also noticed that under Bush Jr, as under Poppi Bush and Clinton, people were increasingly being taken for suckers by the authorities with their lies about Iraq, 9/11, the anthrax attacks, the economy, the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, the war on terror, etc.

It’s true, I know, that the same happened under the presidency of Ronald Reagan, but he was generally considered an acting president and life in the 1980s a feel-good movie. Everyone was happy then, and suck was just a bad word that could spoil the fun of “Morning in America.”

When in 2008 Bush Jr. returned to the ranch and full-time brush cutting, in rode Obama. Slicker than Slick Willy, he really sucker-punched liberals, who were desperate for some classy speech in the White House, someone who could correctly pronounce “nuclear” while promising to spend a trillion dollars on making a new generation of them. They got conned (I guess) when he immediately bailed out the banks and the Wall St. crooks, sent more troops to Afghanistan, cracked down on whistle-blowers, launched killer drones, increased surveillance, destroyed Libya and Syria, sent special forces throughout Africa, etc., smiling as he went marauding.

The power of the Obama propaganda was overwhelming, and so many were sucked in, as they still are. I started to wonder if my years of cultural research on the significance of suck, sucking, and suckers was a waste of my life. Maybe I had missed the bigger issues, having made diversity and sexuality my focus of teaching and research, since they had become the rage in academia.

Then Trump shocked the world with his election and Stormy Daniels burst forth and the rich got richer and the poor poorer and the wars continued and the little-big man tweeted out his foul rantings about immigrants and so many others while the country further descended into a cesspool of insanity as he threatened North Korea and Iran with nuclear annihilation and his buddy Robert Kraft got his quick suck and the fascist Israeli government got his approval to continue slaughtering Palestinians and the deluded citizenry fixated on the 2020 election and the next con-artist who will promise to make things suck no longer.

But I have seen the light. While my thesis still seems valid to me, and the variables I have mentioned here (a fraction of the whole) demonstrate that there’s more to the seemingly trivial than meets the eye, I have concluded that the only thing I can conclude is that the American people are suckers and will continue to be so.

And I, too, have been a sucker for thinking that a simple, popular phrase wasn’t profoundly true from the start. I began as a hopeful young professor, thinking that I would debunk the crassness of our society and make a name for myself. I thought I was so smart.

Now, however, I have to admit that I was wrong from the beginning: things do suck. The canaries were right. Or to be more precise: the political elites who run the country suck. And the presidents suck big time.

That’s just the way it is.

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Molloy
Molloy
Aug 17, 2019 11:14 AM

17.8.2019 (as we know, suppressed in MSM, usually)

https://off-guardian.org/2018/01/24/harold-pinter-in-2005-nobel-address-the-us-is-brutal-indifferent-scornful-and-ruthless/

….The Truth Hurts.

“It is the false shame of fools to try to conceal wounds that have not healed.” —Horace Satires

Molloy
Molloy
Aug 17, 2019 10:56 AM
Molloy
Molloy
Aug 17, 2019 10:30 AM

17.8.2019

Such. That. We. Are. Eager. For. Change. (…emphasis on Change…. seemingly absent from the EC diversionary article.)

Observed by Tim Parks (translator of The Prince):

“Neither straight journalism nor disengaged art, satire alludes to recognizable contemporary circumstances in a skewed and comic way so as to draw attention to their absurdity. There is mockery but with a noble motive: the desire to bring shame on some person or party behaving wrongly or ignorantly. Its raison d’ȇtre over the long term is to bring about change through ridicule; or if change is too grand an aspiration, we might say that it seeks to give us a fresh perspective on the absurdities and evils we live among, such that we are eager for change.”
https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2015/01/16/charlie-hebdo-limits-satire/

….fwiw, in response to the Hebdo cartoon and EC, “Yes, we know they are puppets and useful idiots. Please direct us 99% to their leaders / puppet masters. Thank you.”

Molloy
Molloy
Aug 17, 2019 8:22 AM

Ironically? Re-reviewed 17.8.2019. Really?! Satire, here, funny or not, is somehow distracting attention away from corruption and war crimes. imho.
Is this distracting of attention deliberate? Or, is it unwitting?

A bit like Rudi G spending too much time ‘media-ising’ 3 or 4 different ways Colonel Mustard was killed in the library…. Why?!!!

Maggie
Maggie
Aug 15, 2019 3:11 PM

Thank you Edwin for your very amusing article on the absurdity of the game in play.

Tim Jenkins
Tim Jenkins
Aug 16, 2019 4:30 PM
Reply to  Maggie

Wanna’ know how absurd dear Maggie, just read this & think on …
a letter to the Clinton Foundation, for public consumption & pure ‘ORCHESTRATION’,
of Public Opinion !
****************

Happy Birthday, Mr. President!

Thinking back, it’s amazing to remember all the things you’ve accomplished.

You put us on the path to prosperity with record economic growth. 22 million jobs were created during your administration.

You inherited a budget deficit and transformed it into a surplus of $236 billion dollars by the end of your second term. You led the way on fiscal responsibility.

You enacted sensible gun control legislation that banned assault weapons…a ban that the Republican-led Congress would later allow to expire.

You brokered a peace agreement in Bosnia, a ceasefire in Northern Ireland, and even brought us breathtakingly close to an Israeli-Palestinian accord. When Rabin and Arafat shook hands on the White House lawn, you were behind them with your arms outstretched, as if to gather both men into an embrace.

That is your gift…you bring people together and help them find common ground.

You did it again when you forged philanthropic partnerships with George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush, and former political rivals became dear friends.

You have a huge heart and a phenomenal mind. We’ve all seen you take a complicated subject and explain it in such a clear, concise way that we’re suddenly able to understand it.

You left the White House, but you never left us. You kept reaching out to people in need, through the Clinton Foundation, which has been such a force for good in the world.

Thank you!
Barbra Streisand
****************

No comment, for now at least … 😉

Edward Curtin
Edward Curtin
Aug 13, 2019 10:44 PM

Now that comments to this bit of satire have more or less died away and few have laughed and many have taken it seriously, I would like to add addenda from Christopher Morley and George Carlin.

“Humor is perhaps a sense of intellectual perspective: an awareness that some things are really important, others not; and that the two kinds are most oddly jumbled in everyday affairs.” C.M.

“When you are born, you get a ticket to the freak show. When you are born in America, you get a front row seat.” G.C.

Tim Jenkins
Tim Jenkins
Aug 14, 2019 7:12 AM
Reply to  Edward Curtin

“The Target is arranged , the trigger wants revenge , the bullet is inside , ready to bite , we never leave the fight , we always bring the light,
& then consume the fruits of what’s right . . .”

Some lyrics from my son. Edward:- please consider my offers below, to help avert the loss of Culture, globally … The Genocide of any Culture is a Terrorist Act ! And Corruption is the root of all evil, that we can evidence so easily, today …

I appreciate your satirical style & eloquence in conveyance of what constitutes often very good & well meaning pointers towards absurdity in modern existence: but, we need in the societal sense, & especially Academia & in Science, collectively to focus on ‘The Evolution of Consciousness’ and our education systems & Leaders of same, have been caught …very sadly Lacking in talent, morals, principles, CONSCIOUSNESS & COURAGE !

I’m talking about the teaching of CRITICAL THINKING, across the board, in all areas of education and particularly in the application of Law & Algorithms, that exist already & I’m sure that by satirising many Academics & Scientists, that writers like youself can evolve their consciousness, in a well meaning manner & fashion that presents them with no other alternative than to think of & conclude …

WHAT IS JUST !

P.s. we are not helpless, (check Molloy’s comment below), but you have conveyed a tad too much helplessness in this satirical piece and it completely voided my sense of humour, as a lover of George Carlin and someone who has looked both physical & cultural Genocide in the face, up real damn close, knowing the stench in the aftermath: I’ll leave you directly confronted in your academic world of intellectuals, with a very simple question for you to consider personally:- riddle me this …

Are you resting on the Laurels of Laurel Canyon ?

Molloy
Molloy
Aug 17, 2019 9:41 AM
Reply to  Tim Jenkins

17.8.2019
Tim. Great post. The (obvious embarrassment) silence is deafening!

Tim Jenkins
Tim Jenkins
Aug 17, 2019 10:00 AM
Reply to  Molloy

Thank you, brother, for that vote of confidence: clearly inextricably in the direction we are inevitably headed together: with you & I on the same wave of positive energy, after ‘Sound’ reflections 🙂 with a clear head & conscious reflection on the evolution of consciousness: presently controlled & very largely manipulated …

We must think for ourselves, how to convey positive energy, for the individual spirit to rise within all ‘Floater Surfers’. . .
and not just think back to the great ‘waves’ of the past & past so called ‘glory’ (sic).
“So long as men die, LIBERTY will never perish … ” 😉

How right you are, the sound of silence is invaluable and speaks volumes …
“Hello darkness my old friend, I’ve come to talk with you again …” 🙂

Tim Jenkins
Tim Jenkins
Aug 14, 2019 7:44 AM
Reply to  Edward Curtin

For some readers, my very simple question to you all & Ed. may seem confusing, abstract, even boring: but, it is not, in any sense whatsoever abstract, when one considers the huge nature of the whole military inspired ‘Psyop’ realms & programming of the Internet,
we all use … & all own ! Financed with Taxes ! with control Usurped !

So, if in doubt, read the link below first and then think on the
POWER of MUSIC, TODAY !
And how it has been abused, by Military Intelligence …
because the article ends with a Title Track !

http://centerforaninformedamerica.com/inside-the-lc-the-strange-but-mostly-true-story-of-laurel-canyon-and-the-birth-of-the-hippie-generation-part-i/

These are existential matters & moments in time: seriously …

vexarb
vexarb
Aug 13, 2019 3:36 PM

Serial Loser PUTIN SUCKS Headlines:

Has Putin Lost His Sex Appeal? NY Times, Mar 2012
Putin Losing the Sochi Olympic game, Washington Post, Feb 2014
Putin’s Lost His Mind New Republic, Mar 2014
Putin Losing the battle for Ukraine, Spectator, Mar 2014
Putin Losing In Ukraine, Forbes, Mar 2014
Putin Losing in Crimea, Yahoo News, Apr 2014
Putin Losing Energy Gamble, Oil Price , Apr 2014
Putin Losing his geostrategic footing, Gulfnews, Nov 2014
Putin Losing Battle to Online Media, Newsweek, Jan 2015
Putin Lost this war, OpEdNews, Mar 2015
Putin Losing Food Fight, StopFake, Aug 2015
Putin Is Losing, RFERL, Aug 2015
Putin Losing badly in Syria, Washingtonian Post, Oct 2015
Putin Lost Ukraine, New Statesman, Jan 2016
Putin Losing grip on pipelines, Reuters, Nov 2016
Putin to Lose his grip on power, Marketwach, Mar 2017
Putin Lost France, Daily Beast, May 2017
Putin Losing Public Support, Statista, Jun 2017
Putin Power Is Losing Its Shine, Stratfor, Jun 2017
Putin Losing His Grip, Project Syndicate, Oct 2017
Putin Losing Control of Russia’s Nationalists, Foreign Affairs, Oct 2017
Putin Losing the Long Game, Bloomberg, Nov 2017
Putin Losing European Energy Gamble, Yahoo, Jan 2018
Putin Lost Control of Russia’s Assassins, Newsweek, Mar 2018
Putin Losing Popular Support, Carnegie, Aug 2018
Putin Lost ‘invulnerable’ nuclear-powered missile, Business Insider, Aug 2018
Putin Losing His Balance, Gordan Hahn, Sep 2018
Putin Losing Russia’s Far East, Bloomberg, Sep 2018
Putin Losing steam, The Hill, Oct 2018
Putin Losing grip: Russia protests, Express, Oct 2018
Putin Losing grip on Siberia, BBC Newsnight, Dec 2018
Putin Losing to Trump in global arms sales, Japan Times, Mar 2019
Putin Lost Russian youth, Washington Post, Jun 2019
Putin Losing the Trust of Russians, Politico, Jun 2019
Putin Losing Moscow, MSN, Aug 2019
Putin Losing his grip on energy, Gossipela, Aug 2019

Tim Jenkins
Tim Jenkins
Aug 14, 2019 8:18 AM
Reply to  vexarb

Vexarb: A shining demonstration of ‘perfect’ proper Propaganda in the West, that evidences what a bunch of nasty vindictive Nazi / Fascist Journalists are employed today …

You might like my latest comment to Ed. (the author), as it relates to both Music & Science,
indeed the science of the ‘Psyop’ and how academics & scientists have wholly failed at the highest levels of education today, in the West … you’ll see 😉

Meanwhile, thanks again for this terrific piece of evidence of psychological brainwash,
& Best Wishes,
Tim

Tim Jenkins
Tim Jenkins
Aug 14, 2019 9:08 AM
Reply to  vexarb

Vexarb: No need for comment on this link, lol 🙂

vexarb
vexarb
Aug 14, 2019 1:00 PM
Reply to  Tim Jenkins

But I simply _must_ comment! Some 10 years ago I wrote a story about a people called Yancans. The Yancans not only lived on canned food but even thought canned thoughts. Or as one would say today, cloned thoughts. Thank you, Tim, for that clip which brings my Yancans to life.

https://youtu.be/_fHfgU8oMSo

Tim Jenkins
Tim Jenkins
Aug 14, 2019 3:36 PM
Reply to  vexarb

The link you’ve attached here, appears to be identical to that which I’d already posted directly below, so perhaps you meant to attach another ?
If so, I’d be interested to see it … 🙂

Tim Jenkins
Tim Jenkins
Aug 14, 2019 12:09 PM
Reply to  vexarb

Dr. Vexarb, I would be grateful if you would study the micro-facial-expressions of Mike Pompeo, specifically around the 6 minute mark on the link below and check the corner of his mouth, as the questioner raises absurd criticism of Russia & Putin, in opening statements…

In fact, i’m going to analyse the whole thing, once again: but, i’m sure you will see what I see; and I believe I know what is actually happening, in terms of Trump’s style of negotiating & diplomacy in general, given that he is confronted from outside the USA and within, due to a systemic deep state infiltration of and public records of “The History of the National Security State”, & so many deals obviously made behind closed doors : and in turn the mainstream media . . .

vexarb
vexarb
Aug 14, 2019 12:50 PM
Reply to  Tim Jenkins

Tim, sorry to refuse your invite to study the phiz of Pompous Ass from close, but I follow “The Way to Wisdom” by Karl Jaspers: Be very careful what you take into yourself. No human can gaze on the Basilisk without being turned to stone.

Tim Jenkins
Tim Jenkins
Aug 14, 2019 3:20 PM
Reply to  vexarb

Completely understand and it was per chance that i’d noticed this, so to say, as this video had followed another I was checking, before I was distracted and came back and noticed, without the volume, exactly what I was looking at, so to say animal signatures: so, I switched the volume on for a moment just to confirm and happened then also to notice that if required, this guy Pompeo looks totally capable also of passing a lie detector test, when focussed & with his coca-cola to hand … then came your message and I thought wtf, I won’t bother with the rest, because I’d already remotely viewed this man’s mind & mindset …

Thanks for saving my soul, lol …

mark
mark
Aug 15, 2019 4:19 AM
Reply to  vexarb

And by the same author:-

Putin And The Pirates
Putin And The Aliens From Mars
Putin Pulls It Off
Putin And The Buried Treasure
Putin And The Wolf Man
Putin And Frankenstein’s Ghost
Putin And The Loch Ness Monster

Molloy
Molloy
Aug 13, 2019 2:53 PM

Sorry, EC….
imho — ……unwittingly ‘false friend’, highlights helplessness ? i.e. conveys a (false) sensation to victims, the 99%, that nothing can be done.

Discourse. e.g. “ ‘Twas Ever Thus “ ….effectively facilitates the wrongdoers.

DunGroanin
DunGroanin
Aug 13, 2019 11:46 AM

Admin/Mods/site Author

Having increasingly run into having to post off-topic missives – because I consider them worthy of note – I would like to offer a suggestion and EASY solution to keep the site and articles on topic.

It is extremely easy and better than having us posters going to another part of the site which is not so visible, to set up a thread which stagnates immediately. Ok? Here goes.

Set up a simple pinned ‘article’ at the top which simply says something like :

“OPEN THREAD
Use this for talking about whatever you want to talk about.”

You can have a new one every week/month or when it gets too big.

I guarantee it will work as it will allow us readers to flag emerging news and other topics at our hearts content there, thus keeping the main articles on-topic.

It would also allow you to pick up on important topics that you may wish to write about.

I do this in an effort to try and evolve online blogs and sites such as this – that can allow us to get away from and critique the controlled msm.

What do you say?

vexarb
vexarb
Aug 13, 2019 8:51 AM

Mailman here, FW: “John Pilger
@johnpilger·Aug 11
Visiting Julian Assange in prison I glimpsed his barbaric treatment. Isolated, denied proper exercise, access to the library, a laptop, he cannot prepare his defence. He is even denied calls to his US lawyers. His UK lawyer wrote to the governor on 4 June. Silence. How lawless”

Tim Jenkins
Tim Jenkins
Aug 13, 2019 10:39 AM
Reply to  vexarb

Seriously bad, sad news that truly ‘sucks’ !
and it could be any one of us or any politician &&& the National Security State Trolls are,
calling us the Nazis & Fascists, for wanting to regulate their clinically insane collective sociopathic & psychopathic behaviours …

Check the link to Mexican Avocado & Drug lords, below: how that is not mainstream news, will always remain a stunning indictment of the mainstream media & our times …

https://nationalpost.com/news/world/mexico-cartel-kills-19-hangs-some-from-bridge-leaves-others-chopped-up-on-the-road-below

And not even RT is running the story, yet … rather telling, No?
Just as long as Uncle $cam get their fix of drugs, avocados & daily distractions, who cares? It sucks so much that even Ed just satirises the word, not the deed (s) >>> talk about resting on the Laurels of Laurel Canyon, & the article even ends on a satirical musical note & quote from Bruce Hornsby & the Range of apathy, with zero interest in the genocide of Culture !

Heartfelt greetings,
Tim

Tim Jenkins
Tim Jenkins
Aug 14, 2019 8:33 AM
Reply to  Tim Jenkins

MAD – Mexican Avocado & DrugLords …
MAD – Military Advances Drugwars …
MAD – Mutually Assured Destruction …

Itsa’ Mad mad mad mad World !

MAD – Music Alleviates Depression 😉

If it is not inspired by Military Intelligence, see ? As a part of a Psyop …

http://centerforaninformedamerica.com/inside-the-lc-the-strange-but-mostly-true-story-of-laurel-canyon-and-the-birth-of-the-hippie-generation-part-i/

Bootlyboob
Bootlyboob
Aug 13, 2019 2:59 AM

There was an oral sex craze in the Clinton era? Why the fuck didn’t anyone tell me?

Frank Speaker
Frank Speaker
Aug 13, 2019 2:21 AM

It has to be said: this article sucks.

Frank Speaker
Frank Speaker
Aug 13, 2019 2:34 AM
Reply to  Frank Speaker

Seriously though, I see the usage of the word as a symptom of the dumbing down of public education and the consequent verbal inability of the average person to express themselves adequately.

Gezzah Potts
Gezzah Potts
Aug 13, 2019 7:20 AM
Reply to  Frank Speaker

Aw, that’s ratshit Frank. It all sucks lemons, aye. Everything has been dumbed down to the point of going shopping, watching the latest Marvel blockbuster from Hollywood, and ticking a few box’s once every 4 years. Sigh.

Tim Jenkins
Tim Jenkins
Aug 13, 2019 10:08 AM
Reply to  Gezzah Potts

Never forgetting watching women’s football, rugby, hunting, fishing, shooting, cricket & Porn with scorn for anything that is remotely male orientated. Next we’ll be informed that lesbians ‘get it’ more than homosexuals …
No Discrimination, No Reservation No News is good News …

In fact Gezzah, I have some BeeGee breaking news …

God was a woman all along, actually, originally a tranny with fanny, & logically the truth is that hermaphrodites have always existed, too, but some people hate history & science 😉 and want the best of both worlds and gimme’ gimme gimme, yummy yummy yummy, I want my mummy back, so, all hail mary with a good dose of engineered severe extreme weathering of the body, mind & soul: who needs stoning ? … I’m just waiting for women to demand their tournament for a universal world series of Ami-Football/Baseball/Ice-Hockey and aboriginal rights to hunting grounds, on the West Bank & in Gaza … and a sit-in demo. @Mecca … itsa’ mad mad mad mad world, where anything flies, including plastics, if you check the guardian today, literally, i jest not, now we have flying plastic nano-particulates in soil samples from the Rocky Mountains … Boom! Spot poll, would all women bricklayers, please stand up please stand up and identify the real slim shady and confirm that the real ‘Stig’ was/is Ghislaine Maxwell, flying all these years under the most sophisticated top gear radar systems ever … Girl Power 🙂 Now where’s her Häagen-Dazs ? must dash, before it melts, logic, it’s jam hot, like a jungle sometimes, it makes me wonder, how I keep from going under …

Have a fine day,
regards,
Tim

Gezzah Potts
Gezzah Potts
Aug 13, 2019 10:46 AM
Reply to  Tim Jenkins

Cheers Tim. Edward wrote a damn fine article above, as was the previous article on Postmodernism, tho sometimes you just need to step back, take a breath, and yeah, chill to music, coz it all gets a bit overwhelming and surreal at times, aye. Listening to a band from Chile called The Holydrug Couple – tho without partaking in any substance, except caffeine.
‘In rode Obama’ indeed (to quote Edward). I still have friends (?) who think Obama was the greatest thing that happened to America since the car was invented. They refuse to acknowledge his myriad war crimes. What a strange World Tim. A small number absolutely creaming it in, billions & billions, and the vast majority getting royally screwed. And crushed. Have a good day✌🙏

nottheonly1
nottheonly1
Aug 13, 2019 1:45 AM

Your eloquence at joggling questionable language is commendable. It is my firm believe that a good portion of humor is required to make it through times that suck. However, there is another enigmatic use of language, that I still have a problem with to understand. May I ask whether You have looked into the use of ‘effed up’? Today I was reading a comment that stated that the US is effed up. Something I really don’t get. Could You please elaborate on that one, too? In another essay? Thank You very much.

Tim Jenkins
Tim Jenkins
Aug 14, 2019 2:43 PM
Reply to  nottheonly1

Fuk’d up, or ‘eff’ for ‘F ‘-F-ucked up, is politely written ‘effed up’ & down the road map of English language, a while back, the Verb, Noun & pro-noun is now in the Oxford fucking dictionary, my friend 🙂 lol, I won’t be a fucker and give you all the ‘effin’ examples, coz’ I’m sure you get the ‘effin’ drift and others might think I’m totally gefickt im Kopf 😉

John Hanson
John Hanson
Aug 12, 2019 10:29 PM

Mr. Curtin you have corrected your error but you have not proposed a solution.. Therefore I have proposed a solution which i would love to hear a debate about.. Thank you for the article. .

Proposal for parallel government (a functional government and a oversight government)

The governance model which the constitution of the USA describes produces a governmental structure and enables functions strong enough to operate and function without elected or representative leaders of any kind, IMO.. Certain constitutional changes would be needed:
1. voters instead of elected critters would be given the authority to accept/reject all laws the functional government proposed. This accept/reject voter veto authority would be decided by citizen voter elections (to be held by the oversight government) upon proper presentation by the bureaucrats of the functional government, of “a or any” proposal for a new law or decision to be voted on, and
2) the creation of a new independent voters court (independent of, and not part of, or dependent on the functional government at all) would need to be established) <=the voter's court would have no connection to the sitting bureaucratically manned functional government, but
3) the oversight government would be supported by ten (10)% of the taxes that are assessed to run the functional government, and
4) of course the article One congress (450 people) and the article two President and Vice president(2 people) would be eliminated. Under such an amended constitution, the government would be run by functional government bureaucrats who will be charged, by their job descriptions, to operate in their position and to do only that which the voters have voted on as goals, constrains imposed by job description and laws, such an oversight government would remove politics from elected representatives and place most politics respecting decisions as to who should run the government in the hands of the voters.. and
5) it would establish and empower an oversight government to examine each functional government proposal, and it would, I believe, in time result in laws that would criminalize any undisclosed non factual propaganda put forth by, on, or over any media.

What would make this leaderless government work is that any voter would be able to single-out any one of the bureaucrats or members of the Article III courts, and charge that bureaucrat or Article III judge with one of, or any of, three charges
1) failing to conform to the plain text meaning, or actively seeking to change the plain text meaning of the USA constitution or one or more of its voter approved functional government laws, or
2) failing to move toward the voter approved goal for which the position of the bureaucrat is responsible to accomplish (incompetence), or
3) engaging in corruption while in the employee of, or while contracting with, or while serving in an agency or military of or to the functional government. At the people's (voters) court; the Judge would decide if the case has supportable merits, a jury would be convened to hear the case against the defendant bureaucrat or Article III judge, and upon conviction or judgement the bureaucrat or Article III judge would be removed from the job, the wrongful actions order corrected, and the culpable punished accordingly..

This would
1. put those the functional government governs (voters) in control of their own governance (people direct) .. and
2. it would limit the activities of the functional government to that which the governed people first and foremost understand, and
3. it would eliminate secret or covert to purpose of government operations or activities, and
4. it would make those who get hired and paid to govern, accountable to those who they govern..

Leaving the existing Article III court system in play would mean the employees and judges would be responsible for what they are currently responsible for, but to be sure such employees of the functional government and judges of the Article III courts, preform as the voter's expect, it would subject the judges and their opinions to the jurisdiction of the people's (voters) court and it would make both the laws the government is expected to enforce, and the enforcement of such laws, subject to the oversight government.

I believe the oversight idea (parallel government) would substantially improve human right protections and it would virtually eliminate corruption and help to curtail incompetence. I would be useful to see if all governments in the world could develop such a system.. Maybe a UN mandate.. ?

What do you think?

RobG
RobG
Aug 12, 2019 9:15 PM

About five thousand words in the above piece, just to say that we are ruled by corrupt psychopaths, and the plebs are stupid enough to buy into what they’re told by the presstitutes.

Oh dear, is there any hope…

vexarb
vexarb
Aug 12, 2019 8:49 PM

“…Trump shocked the world with his election…”

Which “world” would that be? In the world where I live millions were delighted; mostly, I presume, from team spirit (Go! Go! GOP!), many that I know of from sheer longing to be rid of the Clinton McBeths, the pair of them “wading so deep in blood that to go forward were as tedious as to go back” — plus a few canny operators such as Shoddy Adelson and Nutty Yahoo who had backed Trump’s election with to the tune of U$ Millions and were looking forward to receiving Tax Break$ and U$Aid to the tune of U$ Billions.

RobG
RobG
Aug 12, 2019 9:28 PM
Reply to  vexarb

The psychopaths who rule us want a war with Iran (and by extension a war with Russia and China). Such a war will end Trump in 2020 (and will probably end the world). It’s notable that in the last few weeks the presstitutes have started pushing Michelle Obama as a potential presidential candidate. The first black woman president!!!

The con just goes on and on.

Michelle Obama (who’s not quite what she seems)???

I have to be careful what I say about Michelle Obama, on whatever board, because I can’t afford the inevitable lawsuits in the so-called free societies we are told we live in.

Molloy
Molloy
Aug 17, 2019 8:06 AM
Reply to  RobG

Agreed. The unmentionable “leaders”.
Question is, away from all the “sucking” diversion, did the cuddly psychopaths murder Epstein, Kashoggi, an endless list?
Or, via more corruption & concealment, are Epstein and all the others allowed to live?
So as not to deter other ‘helpers’?
Tricky one.

DunGroanin
DunGroanin
Aug 12, 2019 1:27 PM

Wow here is something that SUCKS on the bbc radio 5 right now, a scion of Alistair Campbell ( yes the dodgy dossier) is getting acres of space for being a comic – supposedly – she has spent lots of time dissing Jeremy Corbyn !!! Claims that she was a member until she resigned and has summat in common with her old man now.

Yes the election campaign or at least the coup is underway.

Here is the funniest thing – her accent – she has been trying to maintain an estuary, Lilly Allen, common one but can’t stop herself slipping into yarh, omg, jolly hockey sticks drawl.

Apparently Sadiq Khan likes her act. Yeah of course he does.

It totally SUCKS.

Tim Jenkins
Tim Jenkins
Aug 12, 2019 4:48 PM
Reply to  DunGroanin

Date & time stamps will show that I’ve responded to this comment subsequent to my comments below & you must just believe me when I tell you that I did not read this comment first ! The fact is that I’ve already suggested elsewhere to Gezzah that we should start an annual AKA >>> ACA, Alistair Campbell Award for

SOCIOPATHIC TENDENCIES … FACT ! 🙂

Capricornia Man
Capricornia Man
Aug 13, 2019 2:07 AM
Reply to  DunGroanin

Sounds like another crude piece of anti-Corbyn propaganda from that “impartial public broadcaster”, the BBC. The only thing “public” about this outfit is that an increasingly reluctant public is forced to pay for it. It’s reached its use-by date, and so has the ABC, for similar reasons.

DunGroanin
DunGroanin
Aug 12, 2019 12:43 PM

Gosh wasn’t there a nice calm weekend without the trolls -i almost thought they must have been withdrawn by their masters seeing the futility of engaging with us bottom dwellers… or they had a mass dropping of tools as their psyches couldn’t handle it anymore… then i realised yesterday evening it was just their summer holyday.

They are back! Refreshed no doubt in mind, body and …spirit.

Tim Jenkins
Tim Jenkins
Aug 12, 2019 4:35 PM
Reply to  DunGroanin

Yer ‘bang on’ right there, DG. : just check my downvotes, they’ve re-appeared and worse still, I’ve been remotely viewing their mindset, due to their loss of control of our collective opinions on what is truly happening … particularly, most specifically Flaxgirl & Flight nonsense have said to WHB, that they cannot manage themselves & their knowledge scientifically, against me is wholly inadequate and WHB knows full well, deep inside …

So is his !

Tim Jenkins
Tim Jenkins
Aug 12, 2019 4:38 PM
Reply to  DunGroanin

Oh, and any BODY can see this, if they so wish … simples !

Jihadi Colin
Jihadi Colin
Aug 12, 2019 12:08 PM

There are too suckers born every minute. Three sucking reflex is essential to neonate survival. Nobody who wasn’t a sucker can survive to toddlerhood.

Tim Jenkins
Tim Jenkins
Aug 12, 2019 9:02 AM

Ed: After reading the first few paragraphs, one has to conclude that, metaphorically speaking Ed., you appear to be sucking mental energy for the sake of self glorification, when we have damned important things to discuss, that really do ‘Suck’ >>> like the case of Imran Awan and “Parallel Platforms” …

This article had better get better and more relevant, as I read further or I’m gonna’ have to start telling you that you suck energy regularly, basking in irrelevance and questioning your motives for writing anything whatsoever, in future …

Keep it real & real contemporary, Ed, please: seriously … Bruce Hornsby & the Range, just doesn’t ‘cut it’ anymore, because there are highly serious matters that urgently need HIGHLIGHTING for example the aforementioned case of Imran Awan …

Tim Jenkins
Tim Jenkins
Aug 12, 2019 9:41 AM
Reply to  Tim Jenkins

Oh well, at least you admit you have sucked energy and have wasted much energy in others:-

try making amends now and re-apply your obviously talented literary style, into ‘becoming extraordinary’ and highlighting the covered up cases of corruption of mind, body & soul, with highly relevant contemporary examples of what truly sucks in any societal development and are wholly illegal, immoral actions, that constitute the Destruction of Culture:-
that really sucks …

” The Destruction of Culture is a Terrorist Act ”

That is now officially Law @UNESCO.
Discuss the connectivity, like Imran Khan has just done with Trump and employ the example of the incredible case of the Dems. IT Guy >>> Imran AWAN !

I never criticise constructively without offering some constructive solution, or having some constructive solutions up my sleeve, ready & waiting, living by my own rules.

& “That’s just the way it is” and should be, imho …

Tim Jenkins
Tim Jenkins
Aug 12, 2019 11:05 AM
Reply to  Tim Jenkins

And here is something else most contemporary that sucks, when you know the CIA is so heavily participating in corruption, in every sense well worth Highlighting this evidentiary societal corruption …

https://nationalpost.com/news/world/mexico-cartel-kills-19-hangs-some-from-bridge-leaves-others-chopped-up-on-the-road-below

I’ve seen & smelt the stench in aftermath of genocide, up real damn close and not just once, in my life: and genocide can be engineered in all manner of ‘fashions’ by exploiting fear & financial frailty & weaknesses, beyond most imaginations … until it happens in front of your own eyes, and it is also happening electronically now,
worse still, today … No resting on Laurels, please Ed !

flaxgirl
flaxgirl
Aug 12, 2019 8:29 AM

I was curious to see the etymology of the slang use of “it sucks”. Many posts suggest it’s of sexual origin but I somehow find this unconvincing. A Vietnam says “he was there” when the usage started and I think his explanation is the most convincing I’ve seen.

Only one meaning fits the time that the phrase became a popular expression, not old England or something in the backseat of a ’55 Chevy. As a Vietnam vet I was there when and where it started. We all used the expression “it sucks” to describe something really bad as in a ‘sucking wound’ ie a open chest injury where the lung was exposed to air and sucking noise was what you might hear just before someone dies. Thus a sucking sound is a number 10 as in a bad, bad thing.
https://www.answers.com/Q/What_are_the_origins_of_%27it_sucks%27

mathias alexand
mathias alexand
Aug 12, 2019 8:25 AM

I first heard the expression in the 1970s from an American in Britain.

Tim Jenkins
Tim Jenkins
Aug 14, 2019 11:08 AM

Not many seem to have appreciated that joke, but I certainly did: did you know that Jim Morrison’s dad started the Vietnam War under deliberately staged false pretences ? Not a lot of people know this, to this day, nor the real roots of Naval Intelligence & family life and the connectivity to this and the huge internet ‘Psyop’ we are playing along with, today . . . 🙂

“It is the first week of August, 1964, and U.S. warships under the command of U.S. Navy Admiral George Stephen Morrison have allegedly come under attack while patrolling Vietnam’s Tonkin Gulf. This event, subsequently dubbed the ‘Tonkin Gulf Incident,’ will result in the immediate passing by the U.S. Congress of the obviously pre-drafted Tonkin Gulf Resolution, which will, in turn, quickly lead to America’s deep immersion into the bloody Vietnam quagmire. Before it is over, well over fifty thousand American bodies – along with literally millions of Southeast Asian bodies – will litter the battlefields of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.”

http://centerforaninformedamerica.com/inside-the-lc-the-strange-but-mostly-true-story-of-laurel-canyon-and-the-birth-of-the-hippie-generation-part-i/

There’s an awful lot that a whole load of suckers from the 60’s & 70’s in the UK & USA still fail to grasp, as capitalism fails and military intelligence has usurped control …

Warm regards,
Tim

Robbobbobin
Robbobbobin
Aug 12, 2019 4:36 AM

While many of the, to use your nomenclature, ‘variables’ in my lifespan match yours (adult kiddies in public spaces sucking on ersatz plastic tits with nonchalance, grown-ups ordering sicly, hot milkshakes in Starbucks, etcetera) for me one variable of difference between the old and new cultures of the anglophone west lies in the term public intellectual, which did not come to my attention–or, at least, into my cognisance–until two or three decades ago.

The quotation from Reich, if apt in context, reeks of the shibboleth, the ear of wheat:

And the Gileadites took the passages of Jordan before the Ephraimites: and it was so, that when those Ephraimites which were escaped said, Let me go over; that the men of Gilead said unto him, Art thou an Ephraimite? If he said, Nay; Then said they unto him, Say now Shibboleth: and he said Sibboleth: for he could not frame to pronounce it right. Then they took him, and slew him at the passages of Jordan: and there fell at that time of the Ephraimites forty and two thousand.

for there can be little doubt that Reich counted himself as the great man who had insight into his littleness just as the little man with the inapposite cigar, unaccustomed to language that was polite or learned, could not: the same old us/them dichotomy witten small into the always-intentionally, verbally-framed conceptual constraints of everyman’s everyday life.

Or, as the On-Guardian might put it:
Do say: “Shibboleth.”
Don’t say: “Sibboleth.”

Or, released by decrepitude from a lifetime’s “professional” and “academic” constraint on conveying useful understanding as enforced by the socio-linguistics of the $hibboleth and
As I might now say: That sucks! Fuck that for an anywhere tomorrow!

Tim Jenkins
Tim Jenkins
Aug 12, 2019 9:58 AM
Reply to  Robbobbobin

I think I’m going to have to start reading your comments from the bottom up, as well 🙂

Robbobbobin
Robbobbobin
Aug 12, 2019 4:19 PM
Reply to  Tim Jenkins

I recommend not reading them at all. When you come across one must close your eyes and fill in the blank instead.

Tim Jenkins
Tim Jenkins
Aug 12, 2019 9:50 PM
Reply to  Robbobbobin

Not quite sure how to take this comment, seriously ? I was merely thinking back to your reference to & advice to others to read Binra’s comments from the bottom upwards . . .

It’s been a long day, all in all: and one can only prioritise & focus so much, before batteries need re-charging and the garden needs watering.

I’m sure you’ll let me know, if you find something disturbing: sleep well.

Robbobbobin
Robbobbobin
Aug 13, 2019 12:09 AM
Reply to  Tim Jenkins

“Not quite sure how to take this comment, seriously ?”

Join the club.

“I was merely thinking back to your reference to & advice to others to read Binra’s comments from the bottom upwards . . .”

Do me a favour.

Fair dinkum
Fair dinkum
Aug 12, 2019 3:59 AM

Off topic here folks, but if you haven’t seen this at OffG, you might be interested:
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/08/10/assa-a10.html

Robbobbobin
Robbobbobin
Aug 12, 2019 5:17 AM
Reply to  Fair dinkum

Unfortunately, none of that article is news, (at least to me) except the detail of Assange’s personally undertaking a marathon day and night redaction of potentially sensitive names, although it has long been public, if very inconvenient, knowledge that such a redaction was his intent and WHAT HE APPROACHED THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA TO ENSURE. Even worse is the repeated public lie, made especially mendacious by knowledge of Assange’s marathon redaction, that Assange himself published the names when it was, in fact, David Leigh and Luke Harding who–despite having full access to The Guardian’s massive IT expertise–released the entire complement of the unredacted dossiers into the public domain because they were just poor little journalists who didn’t understand how computuers worked. Yeah, right. Just as well they weren’t a nasty, slimey big kunts or who knows what other Assange-impugning shit they might have accidentally excreted.

Fair dinkum
Fair dinkum
Aug 12, 2019 12:11 AM

Street words like ‘suck’,’whatever’,’ and ‘you know’ are the inarticulate frustrations of the oppressed, disenfranchised and undereducated.
Language becomes their defence when confronted with uncomfortable or awkward situations.
These are the gullible folks who vote for the clowns who rule.

Capricornia Man
Capricornia Man
Aug 12, 2019 3:45 AM
Reply to  Fair dinkum

‘Tell me about it’ is another street phrase, used by those who don’t want to engage or take responsibility for anything.

Robbobbobin
Robbobbobin
Aug 12, 2019 5:27 AM
Reply to  Fair dinkum

Bullshit. ‘Proper’ language, from grammatical construct (Bernstein’s ‘restricted code’, etc) to sibboleth shemantics are what we, you’n’me’n’Edward, arseholes us all, have stuck them with as their sole means of verbal communication.

Tim Jenkins
Tim Jenkins
Aug 12, 2019 12:57 PM
Reply to  Robbobbobin

So, are you saying that if we move a collective consciousness from the grips of Laurel Canyon downstream to MindValley, there is hope for the largely confused collective spirit of extremely fragile Egos ?

Robbobbobin
Robbobbobin
Aug 13, 2019 12:23 AM
Reply to  Tim Jenkins

What is this? A game of Ethel Merman?

Tim Jenkins
Tim Jenkins
Aug 13, 2019 2:02 AM
Reply to  Robbobbobin

Chuckle, well Robbo, what more can I say ? Other than, ‘There’s no business like show business’ and it truly is a mad mad mad mad world 😉

Tim Jenkins
Tim Jenkins
Aug 14, 2019 8:55 AM
Reply to  Robbobbobin

Robbo, just so you know, lol, you inspired me to draw some further analysis of this article, especially after the author’s latest comment, today and your reference to good ole’ straight talking Ethel, that was clearly too much for most men to handle, (especially Ernest Borgnine), your comment has had some direct causation of some real satire, that rests presently somewhat above the intellect, (perhaps?) of the so called intellects teaching
science & academia in general today …

And may I add, that I just chuckled at first, i was tired reading your comment and following the link, but after, I started to laugh from the belly up and periodically even more throughout the whole of yesterday …

So, I merely wish to do you a favour 😉 and thank you,
whilst laughing my butt off … LOOOOL 🙂
Best wishes,
Tim

Tim Jenkins
Tim Jenkins
Aug 14, 2019 9:37 AM
Reply to  Robbobbobin

Oh dear Robbo, I almost forgot 🙂 & in answer to your original question, regarding the “Game”, speaking wholly altruistically, I was just pretending to be Cathy Newman interviewing
Jordan Peterson …

“So let me get this straight, you’re saying … ±[email protected]£$%^&*()_+ . . .”

Lool, have a fine day & I hope you appreciate where I was coming from and where we are headed, especially after Ed’s latest comment: because there is always a serious angle to my jocular nature and I can & do laugh at myself, too … 🙂
Good ole’ Ethel, it truly is a Mad Mad Mad Mad World, far from the madding crowd 😉
Warmest Greetings,
Tim

nottheonly1
nottheonly1
Aug 13, 2019 1:38 AM
Reply to  Fair dinkum

One time, I worked in a auto repair shop and there was a vehicle that had a problem. It was not running smooth at idle rpm. I tested the vacuum lines and found one that was pinched by what looked like teeth marks – chewed on by a weasel. They do that. The boss came and asked me if I had found the problem. I said “Yes, it’s the vacuum system.” He looked at me and responded “What’s wrong with it?” To which I replied “It sucks.” He broke out in laughter and could not contain himself – whereas I had no clue as to why. English isn’t my native language and it was a lot worse, then. A co-worker filled me in as to why. And I remember – much in the way that you see the car you just bought all over sudden everywhere – “that sucks” and “sucky” were omnipresent.

Bootlyboob
Bootlyboob
Aug 13, 2019 3:32 AM
Reply to  nottheonly1

Why would you say it sucks when there was something wrong with it? If you said it sucked that would probably indicate it was working correctly.

Tim Jenkins
Tim Jenkins
Aug 14, 2019 2:58 PM
Reply to  Bootlyboob

It clearly states that his mother tongue is not English: so, the only possible outcome of your comment, is that a non-English person must now endeavour to explain & teach you a wee bit of science … that kinda’ sucks. But, then you might not be mechanically minded, so just ask someone who is and you’ll get the joke, sooner or later … 🙂

Tim Jenkins
Tim Jenkins
Aug 14, 2019 11:38 AM
Reply to  nottheonly1

What a classic lil’ anecdote, ‘nottheonly1′ & yep’ I’ve had weasels in my engine compartment, even more noteworthy, living in Switzerland and my electronics were all ‘gnarled’ … and yes, there is more than one meaning to this ambiguous statement of fact !

Lol, nice one 🙂 not the only1 😉

Cesca
Cesca
Aug 11, 2019 10:29 PM

You have a fine mind and i seriously like your articles Edward, think this one was written with a feeling of current hopelessness tho, totally understandable.

Ain’t sure if most ppl are truly deluded by the sheer propaganda and educational dumbing down for real in the US any longer, or just so deluged with it, they’re reeling. The emerging info thruout the world, the US at a slower rate, makes me hope us real ppl, still have the time and ability, to stop the insanity.

Edward Curtin
Edward Curtin
Aug 12, 2019 12:00 AM
Reply to  Cesca

Thanks, Cesca. I am always hopeful, but also try to be playful and satirical. The leaders of the USA do “suck,” but more and more people realize that, which is good. Where that realization will lead is the question.

Tim Jenkins
Tim Jenkins
Aug 12, 2019 10:14 AM
Reply to  Edward Curtin

Why not endeavour to lead others’ minds towards that which you clearly recognise ‘Sucks’ ?

I’ve commented above more directly, with some examples:-
and Admin has my permission herewith to furnish you with my email, should you wish clarity on some highly complex technical systemic attempts at covering up…
‘The Corruption that is the Destruction of Culture” in mind, body & soul.

And if you were to re-focus your energy & obvious literary talents, I believe, from a remote viewing of your soul, that you could draw the connectivity, (in a far more eloquent digestible
fashion than I) between ‘Corruption the Destruction of any Culture’ &

” The Destruction of Culture is a Terrorist Act ” Bokova’s New Laws @UNESCO

Where fear reigns supreme, still today.

Just a thought … and an offer for free, Ed. 🙂

Molloy
Molloy
Aug 17, 2019 7:48 AM
Reply to  Edward Curtin

Re. “The leaders of the USA do “suck,” but more and more people….”

And the leaders are who exactly? Ghislaine Maxwell?

MASTER OF UNIVE
MASTER OF UNIVE
Aug 11, 2019 10:16 PM

That’s some oral fixation you have there, Mr. Curtin. Professor Emeritus Sigmund Freud would not characterize you as an academic or Social Scientist. He would remind you that ‘a cigar is sometimes just a cigar’ and I, for one, would remind you that sometimes a penis is just a penis.

MOU

Edward Curtin
Edward Curtin
Aug 12, 2019 12:08 AM

Master – Professor Freud smoked 20 cigars a day, gave up sex with his wife at a young age, and then interpreted everything in sexual terms? How shall we characterize him? Lighten up! Satire is satire. Thank you for the reminder about the penis. I’d send you a nice cigar if I knew who you were.

MASTER OF UNIVE
MASTER OF UNIVE
Aug 12, 2019 1:10 AM
Reply to  Edward Curtin

Sigmund Freud would rightly be characterized as the midwife to Psychoanalytic Theory as his colleague Dr. Joseph Breuer is in fact the grandfather of Psychoanalytic Theory. Moreover, Freud also imbibed with medical grade Cocaine and wrote Uber Coca to usher in the Third Scourge on humanity but you don’t see him blaming the anthropological upper paleolithic hunter gathers of inventing smoking & nicotinic receptors in the human brain do you?

Heck, Freud smoked 20 cigars a day because he was addicted to cigars BIG time. He had cancer of the soft pallet because of his incessant smoking and he knew full well that quitting smoking was not in the cards for him after decades of smoking & doing Cocaine.

As he was dying of cancer even his beloved dogs would not even go in his room because of the stench of his cancer in his soft pallet.

I have three stale cigars in my cigar box that I need to smoke anyways so no need to send me a Cuban cigar as I only smoke Communist cigars from Cuba.

P.S. I am an Experimental Psychology grad from CANUCKISTAN that spent many years studying Freud as I majored in Personality Theory & Clinical Historiography.

MOU

Jen
Jen
Aug 12, 2019 3:25 AM

Beware though of the exploding CIA cigars.

MASTER OF UNIVE
MASTER OF UNIVE
Aug 12, 2019 4:27 AM
Reply to  Jen

I saw that Get Smart episode about 20 times so I won’t fall for that old trick.

MOU

Jen
Jen
Aug 12, 2019 5:15 AM

Now that IS some fixation … watching a Get Smart episode 20 times!

MASTER OF UNIVE
MASTER OF UNIVE
Aug 12, 2019 5:47 AM
Reply to  Jen

Get Smart was masterful tv programming for the CIA in that it was hilarious to myself and pretty much my family as I was growing up in our nation’s capital Ottawa which has the equivalent of the CIA with respect to our spy agency CSIS here in Canada. I always thought that I should emulate Maxwell Smart if I could so I watched every episode more than once to be sure.

Back when Get Smart was regular tv programming it was as good as Mary Tyler Moore too.

MOU

Tim Jenkins
Tim Jenkins
Aug 12, 2019 10:35 AM

Did you find time to watch “Harold & Maude” ? 🙂

MASTER OF UNIVE
MASTER OF UNIVE
Aug 12, 2019 2:36 PM
Reply to  Tim Jenkins

Harold & Maude is pretty much my favorite movie of the 70s and I watch it religiously every year because of the sound track & Ruth Gordon.

Who does not love Ruth Gordon or Cat Stevens?

MOU

Tim Jenkins
Tim Jenkins
Aug 12, 2019 5:29 PM

Don’t ask me how, (at this moment), I promise you on my mother’s grave, that I actually already knew that & more importantly, there was & is no trickery involved !

Tim Jenkins
Tim Jenkins
Aug 12, 2019 8:30 PM
Reply to  Jen

The devil is in the detail, Jen, the detail . . . 🙂

Molloy
Molloy
Aug 17, 2019 7:44 AM

Hmmmm…. Canuckistan near Langley? Or, Canuckistan near Kiev?

MASTER OF UNIVE
MASTER OF UNIVE
Aug 17, 2019 3:09 PM
Reply to  Molloy

CANADA is next door neighbour to USA.

MOU

Tim Jenkins
Tim Jenkins
Aug 12, 2019 10:26 AM
Reply to  Edward Curtin

Given Frank Zappa’s Laurel Canyon origins, in the heartland of Naval intelligence family life, back in the ’60’s, when the first really huge ‘Woodstock’ Societal Psyop was brought to bear on bare naked human frailty, musically, I’m surprised you didn’t offer MOU a bootleg recording of Frank Zappa’s ‘Penis Dimensions’ … (chuckle) 😉

MASTER OF UNIVE
MASTER OF UNIVE
Aug 12, 2019 3:17 PM
Reply to  Tim Jenkins

Zappa was pretty eclectic for moi but I have always appreciated artists like him and others of similar wit & wisdom. Zappa was much more of an artist than I could ever become, frankly. I am ultra creative but Zappa was beyond ultra creative & was a borderline genius at art & music. In brief, I am without any doubt the greatest drummer that has ever lived aside from Gene Krupa & Keith Moon but I ain’t the artist that Zappa was.

He was Mr. Cool of the 70s.

MOU

Tim Jenkins
Tim Jenkins
Aug 12, 2019 8:03 PM

I’d best not say too much, right here right now: some things are banned &/or censored very quickly AND i don’t wish for “Trouble” to afflict this website, simply because of my self and what I have to say & what I know to be true, after a somewhat extraordinary life of wild experience in places most fear to tread …

I too, watched Harold & Maude more times than I could ever count and to
this day, “Trouble” is my middle name, ‘thanks to Cat’, in some ways … 🙂
Just jesting MOU. I blame nobody individually, I swear …

Generally speaking, for highly technical ethical, electronic & mathematical reasons, I don’t have much respect any more for Academics & Scientists, with extremely good reason, which of course any BODY of sound mind, understanding the true purpose of education, can evidence for themselves: however, I’ve made the offer to ‘Ed’ and now I make the offer to you, herewith, (with date & time stamps, you can verify)… if you wish to contact me, for further explanations on anything you may feel I can help you with, you are welcome to ask [email protected] for my email address and if I can help you in any way, I certainly will … on UNIVERSAL MATTER & MATTERS of importance, to Humanity

and just perhaps, there is a remote chance, on the music score too, we can even help one another . . . if you are really so good at drumming and not some ‘slave to the rhythm’ of anachronistic thinking 😉 with some Grace. My son loves & makes music, even occasionally something I like :)So, i’ll leave with some words of his that are now recorded with date & time stamps and his first real video ready & waiting for release: words that i was quite proud of, as he ‘rapped’ back at me in good humour on one occasion for ‘Joy’…

“The Target is arranged , the trigger wants revenge , the bullet is inside , ready to bite , we never leave the fight , we always bring the light,
& then consume the fruits of what’s right . . .”

Warm regards,
Tim

P.s. by the way, Ed has not contacted me in any way, whatsoever, no comment, no email, yet: which doesn’t necessarily mean anything, but we shall certainly always see, (in good time), when the gauntlet is thrown down, who has the courage and who rests on the Laurels of Laurel Canyon and who has migrated downstream to MindValley & the fertile pastures new, for extraordinary growth in Humanity and the science of same . . .

MASTER OF UNIVE
MASTER OF UNIVE
Aug 12, 2019 9:30 PM
Reply to  Tim Jenkins

I’m an online Internet type of person but I am aloof vis-a-vis meeting new friends backchannel email because all who know me must be vetted for much time in advance of private email conversations. You are an online Off-Guardian fellow friend for sure but my private life is pretty intense stuff sometimes so I have to vet people before I get to know them backchannel.

Please understand that my rule of discourse is not meant to be off putting or means to alienate friendly discourse as I am one that must vet friends long before knowing people on backchannels.

You are my kind of people though, so don’t think you ain’t, eh.

Cheers, MOU

Tim Jenkins
Tim Jenkins
Aug 14, 2019 10:02 AM

If you ever happen to think of Drumming in Denmark, I know of something that is not ‘Amiss’ and could be of a mutual benefit to not just your good self, also another talented artist with extremely creative ideas, flowing constantly daily through his mind, every day, without any exceptions and he’s prepared to work at it & dedicate the time, to make any investment in time ‘Worth it’ . . .

So, to coin a phrase “The song remains the same” & Led Zep. were absolutely stunning @Knebworth, with their first ever Laser showing at a musical concert ‘Live’, using a musical ‘Bow’ as a pointer . . . so, if you need help in any direction, just contact Admin 😉

It’s been a pleasure communicating with MOU & especially coz’ i’m an online kinda’ guy, too, far preferable in many ways for discerning characters, in these times of it being a Mad Mad Mad Mad World, which needs urgently to challenge both academics & scientists to their brink of consciousness & conscious awareness: just in case they rest on the Laurels of Laurel Canyon and if check my replies to Ed, Vexarb, & others, I’m sure you’ll understand me better 🙂 of that, i’m sure MOU.
Memorandum Of Understanding,
Warmest greetings,
Tim

Tim Jenkins
Tim Jenkins
Aug 14, 2019 11:28 AM

Correction .. “if UNSURE, check my replies to Ed. Vexarb & others”

http://centerforaninformedamerica.com/inside-the-lc-the-strange-but-mostly-true-story-of-laurel-canyon-and-the-birth-of-the-hippie-generation-part-i/

Check the linkage & patterns of thought processes, right up your street, if you relate science to Music & Beauty, humanely …
Bearing in mind the very real relationship between Physiology & Psychology evidenced by Pavlov’s Dog & Schroedinger’s Cat … 😉
Even we could integrate the ‘Pied Piper’, ‘for fun’ … 🙂

HumptyDumpty
HumptyDumpty
Aug 11, 2019 10:06 PM

Far from being “bummed” as I should be, by this social critique of the misuse/abuse of the English language, I admit that it “totally” “cracked me up”!