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MEN RULE! So what?

so everything

i want to begin this page, which might take a long time to complete, today, when America’s historic exemplar of this rule, this principle, our Predator-in-Chief, is beginning to implode. He is like a god, « alone and afraid/ in a world he never made, » but which he wants to remake in his image, to control, but can’t, so he hates, so he moves to destroy. As he finds himself inextricably trapped by himself, he will gnaw away his heart.

Take a moment, or an eon, to imagine this world, without the principle of male rule, even without predatory males. Men don’t rule. Women are entirely safe from male control or predation. « What a wonderful world this would be, » at least potentially. What delight!

For example, those Biblical assurances that there will always be « wars and rumors of war, » that the poor will always be « among us, » (although walled from sight), while those who have shall receive and those who have not shall have it all taken away by an ownership society, are given to us by the dominant males who invented that god and his culture of predatory masculinity. They have moved to assure themselves that their domination is accepted as the « norm, ». They rule by divine right and natural law. No point in resisting reality. Jesus himself is unusual because he is a leader (« of men ») who is not a predator. Yet the divine male culture remains intact, it can withstand the assault of his teaching, his peaceful « law of love, » as his disciples, all males, spread the good news of his assurances to the poor and the oppressed by empire. Having been too ignorant to know what they were doing, or to have known the true god, they are forgiven, if only they will see the light and swear allegiance.

It’s a sordid tale, and it goes on for millennia of betrayal.

But just think of Jesus. Less than 30 yrs old and he already knew how terribly things were fukked. The prophets before him had fingered the chief culprits, the oligarchs of their time; but even they could not step outside the System designed by the Patriarchs.

This example, being the most familiar to the greater number of gentle readers of this tomb shall be left behind to stand for all the others. Sadly. But true.

Dear Diary (Paris Octobre)

Chère Diary – In Paris for the month (2 pleasant appartements in the 20th near Parc de Belleville and Buttes Chaumont) with the author and his friend, the painter TF (whose francais est fluent voilà—moi, je still struggle, but less so). (Author posting pics on Fcbk.) Excellent bustling workerfolk neighborhood with lots of bookstores and local cafés, the way Seattle used to be, before Amazon and Starbucks. Very friendly shopkeepers and all. The variety of people feels like home, in Columbia City/Hillman City. And in Octobre, pas trop touristico. But of course the greater population density in this quartier, in addition to the density in season, provides clientele to support beaucoup de plus small businesses. And the winding streets feel more natural and comfortable than does an American grid. CC/HC has some of that, because of the hills, plus more trees, and more small front yards of flower gardens. One advantage for trees that want to be picturesque, in Paris, is that they are set off by the grays of the stone facades of the taller apartment buildings seen through their branches.

10-8 Two enjoyable experiences of French persons (in store and in restaurant) enjoying talking about their language.

Saw a knockout exposition of Degas drawings, oils, and pastels of opera and ballet. Brilliant, explorative artistry. But thematically very distressing. Tableau after tableau of the culture of Male predation and domination. Gesture after gesture of women and girls living in such a culture. The show began with the early painting of Spartan youths, standing in gendered groups, one girl stretching out her arm and hand to the boys. That gesture was repeated throughout the theatre, night after night, show after show, exactly or in modification or substitution. We might imagine this exposition as it would Have been painted in an FDC (Female Dominant Culture) instead of our PMDC (Predatory Male Dominant Cult), or a culture that was nonhierarchical, gender neutral, such as Larks!!

10-12 Met our host at our apartment for the second two weeks. At 78 she can’t participate in a scheduled manifestation at the Place de la République at which the police are likely to be violent, because she recently hurt her shoulder. She’s active in the movement against the 6th extinction, and in support of other causes. In the early ’60s she and her husband lived in Algeria and he refused to fight against Algerian independence, so he was banned from returning to France. They met Che in Algeria, and in ‘65 they moved to Cuba. Etc. Wonderful conversation. Meeting her was a great pleasure.

Found Poem 10/4/19

Text to the Author from His Sister Jillian

Don’t know if you

are getting texts, but

just in case.

I think we are

witnessing the

meltdown of a

pathological

narcissist!!!

I got to hold an

Osprey today.

What a beautiful

majestic soul!

The Shearing of Hair Trompf (55)

Murder on Fifth Avenue

Bingo.  Speaker Pelosi opined that Trompf may well impeach himself. It seems now that she was just waiting for the moment to come.  Et voilà.

Of course he impeached himself as unfit for office, while still a candidate, with his public fantasy of violent lawlessness with not only impunity but self-benefit.  No one expects that he will lose any of his fanatic supporters because of his attempted murder of democracy, but we will now see if he can get away with lawlessness. AG Barr says, like the crook, Nixon, that the president is the law.  Nobody can constrain him from serving himself at the public expense.  As the impeachment process unfolds, T will move more and more outrageously to put his supremacy to the test, in broad daylight and surrounded with witnesses. He will dare us to stop him.

10-15 Who would have thunk? The boy who says « Momma, why doesn’t the emperor have to get dressed before he goes out to play? » has turned out to be the Herr himself. His smoke and mirrors chaos technique made it impossible to focus attention on the singular magnitude of his destructive corruption; and then suddenly, with admission of the contents of a phone call he shattered all the mirrors. The smoke has been blown away by the testimony of magnificantly brave, powerful women took the dare, and the wannabe king stands erect and naked in the glare of his narcissism.

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Larks! Getting Things Done

Techniques.  

Can you keep your soul in its body, / hold fast to the one, / and so learn to be whole? / Can you center your energy, / be soft, tender, / and so learn to be a baby? // Can you keep the deep water still and clear, / so it reflects without blurring? / Can you love people and run things, and do so by not doing? // Opening, closing the Gate of Heaven, / can you be like a bird with her nestlings? / Piercing bright through the cosmos, / can you know by not knowing? // To give birth, to nourish, / to bear and not to own, / to act and not lay claim, / to lead and not to rule, / this is mysterious power.  –Tao Te Ching, 10, trans. Ursula K. LeGuin (Shambala 2019).  [*Below is Stephen Mitchell’s somewhat more discursive trans. (Harper & Row 1988).]

People who have read a bit about Larks! wonder how anything gets done (in an anarchy).  They think that surely there must be leaders—businessmen, a mayor, and so on down.  When they visit for the first time, they sense the different tone and organization from what they are used to (and many believe in), and they see that things get done very well.  Of course there is a mayor, and people who run businesses and so on.  It’s an American city.  People organize groups to do things for each other.  There are followers and there are leaders, leadership and followership.  The pattern is that everyone is a follower and everyone is a leader, as useful.  People have talents, interests, experiences, and time and energy to contribute.  They volunteer and they are chosen for the task.  Then they have other things to do.

Followership and leadership are natural expressions of being whole and together.  One person is giving birth, another is receiving birth.  A mother is a mother always, but she is also a child.  She is only an infant for a while.  First she does more of receiving, and then she does more of giving.  All the while, she is doing both.  At the appropriate times she does what the organization of whole being needs her to be doing.  The organization is of two persons relating creatively by being together and doing for each other.  That’s the model, the image.  The creating persons relate creatively to other persons, naturally, and more good things get done.  Giving and receiving.  It’s very practical, pragmatic.

In Braiding Sweetgrass(Milkweed Editions 2013), Robin Wall Kimmerer puts it this way, explaining the Way of lichens:

They blur the definition of what it means to be an individual, as a lichen is not one being but two:  a fungus and an alga.  These partners are as different as could be and yet are joined in a symbiosis so close that their union becomes a wholly new organism.

I once heard a Navajo herbalist explain how she understands certain kinds of plants to be “married,” due to their enduring partnership and unquestioning reliance on one another.  Lichens are a couple in which the whole is more than the sum of its parts.  My parents will celebrate their sixtieth wedding anniversary this year and seem to have just that kind of symbiosis, a marriage in which the balance of giving and taking is dynamic, the roles of giver and receiver shifting from moment to moment.  They are committed to an “us” that emerges from the shared strengths and weaknesses of the partners, an “us” that extends beyond the boundaries of coupledom and into family and community.  Some lichens are like that too; their shared lives benefit the whole ecosystem.

So the soul imagines itself and displays itself, remaining mysterious, in creative relationships, such as the community of Larks!.

[*Can you coax your mind from wandering /and keep to the original oneness? / Can you let your body become / supple as a newborn child’s? / Can you cleanse you inner vision / until you see nothing but the light? / Can you love people and lead them / without imposing your will? / Can you deal with the most vital matters / by letting events take their course? / Can you step back from your own mind / and thus understand all things? // Giving birth and nourishing, / having without possessing, / acting with no expectations, / leading and not trying to control, / this is the supreme virtue.]

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Trompf from Here on Out (11)

10-11 The house of narcissistic fascist cards is falling into the fecal swamp of which it was constructed.

10-9 « What a piece of shit is a Trompf » – Hamlet. He hath stepped outside the Constitution and declared himself above the Constitution. He will place the crown upon his own head. As 17 Watergate investigators explain, the N/T parallel is perfect. However, N was a 2-bit crook who made it big within the system, thanks to a fascist right wing of the R party, a politically naive R president, and the family dog Checkers’s starring on TV. Trompf is an evil person who will destroy everyone to serve and please himself, but who has succeeded politically because of the international scope of his corruption, his own political naïveté, and the triumph of those same fascists who became owners of the R Party. R senators know that if they cross T he will destroy them, so they are hoping that the Dems will get rid of him for them.

And meanwhile it is unlikely that T’s evil ways will get us into a war, started by him or someone else, because his ways are so cooperatively profitable for the leaders of the international oligarchy—at the expense of everyone else, such as the Kurds (and it must be noted that the same was true of the actions of the Bush clan).

10-7 “Hold Your Nose,” new song by Pottymouth Pr*s and the Latrines, is rising on the charts. Polls showing rapidly growing support for cleaning out the multi-holer.

9-26 Herr Trompf. Vilain de ce roman. C’est un pièce du pain grillé, voilà.  (Je vous ai dit, hein?)

9-24-2019 Now That’s More Like!

Mark this day!  Since the end of WW2, the Republican Party has followed its fascist leaders (eg Koch Bros) and racist wing to a place of All or Nothing-at-All for America:  either Fascism (American-Style, which has turned out to be much like Italian-style) or democracy.  In 2016 it was able, via the Electoral College, to put its minority vote-getter/loser into the presidency, a thoroughly corrupt (and mentally ill) business personality who would revel in leading the charge to full-out fascism.  Indeed once he was set galloping, there has been no stopping him, short of removing him from office before he and the Rs can turn our democracy into Nothing-at-All.  The Resistance has been effective but insufficient.  McConnell and the racist Rs were highly successful in nullifying the electoral results of 2008 and 2012; and T and the Rs have been moving, illegally and at peril to the national security, to negate the possibility of a 2020 electoral remedy.  So much for democracy.  But wait! Finally, the Democrats have begun the process of impeachment, the Constitutional remedy: removing Herr Trompf from office. Oh Happy Day!  

9-21  Jesus Found Innocent.  Or not.

I’m imagining a gaggle of scribes and Pharisees trying to get around to proving that Jesus is innocent.  They feel confounded by his innocence, and more so by his innocence before all of their politics and laws.  Which law applies?  What language makes legal sense in a case so unprecedented?  Some can’t settle upon exactly what he did that was so innocent.  Or didn’t do.  Some don’t see how it matters, one way or the other.  Some want, at least, for there to be an investigation. Some think an investigation couldn’t succeed, and then what?  Some think an investigation would succeed and then what? This man keeps doing innocence upon innocence so much that it boggles the mind.  The system isn’t set up to handle it.  Everybody can see that he’s innocent, but some don’t want to believe it, some don’t want to admit it, some can’t quite figure out what innocence really is, some are afraid of the consequences for themselves if they officially declare him innocent, even though he is in fact wholly innocent, some think the people alone should declare him innocent.

As of today’s revelations re. Ukraine, potentially a turning point, it’s like that with Herr Trompf, except the opposite.  He has proven himself to be evil, and in violation of many laws. He has committed “bribery, treason” (without a declared war he has aided and abetted the enemy) and “high crimes” and “misdemeanors.”  He revels in doing so.  And yet the Dems are having a helluva time finding him guilty.

9-17 Trompf is such a fart. His tweets are a series of farts in the night.  Every night. You can smell the Republican in his diet.  If we get out the vote, in the morning we’ll burn the bedclothes and bury the mattress.

8-30 News now of Trompf’s interrelated ties to the NY/NJ and Russian mobs, bondage to Putin, and increasing assertion of himself as lawless authoritarian ruler.  His pr*sidency is revealing a pervasive, international social corruption that has developed since the end of WWII.  This is a time of extraordinary worldwide sickness, maybe unto death, certainly of democracy.  Even awareness can be mentally and emotionally disabling.  It’s as if Persephone has returned to Demeter with the news that in the Underworld she has developed a metastasizing cancer that is energized by sunlight.  The more she is in the sun, the more the tumors will grow, and the more her body will be racked with pain.  Worst of all, she is suffering a constant nausea of the soul.  During the winter the tumors go dormant, so that she doesn’t die, but she is bedridden with paralysis and dull, chronic pain.  And always that nausea.  Eventually she will be too weak to visit her mother.  But by then she will have lost all memory, and will know only dizziness and persistent incipient vomiting.

We are experiencing an extraordinary attack by predatory male dominators. (As in PMDS, Predatory Male Domination Syndrome. It’s been with us for a very long time, and now it is producing the largest catastrophe ever.) Herr Hades-Trompf and his enablers simply must be removed from power.  This call, by a conservative columnist, for Democrats to save our democracy illustrates the growing sense of how deeply we are in trouble. Next day another example of a “Never Trump” Republican become an “Any Democrat, ASAP.”

Here, on the other hand, is a glimpse of the Dem Party electorate as of 2016 (and likely even more so in 2018 and more so again in 2020), “the most diverse in history.”  The American vision of what democracy is. I think it under represents the number of women who will vote Dem in 2020. The groups that increasingly are big in the Dem electorate are the same as are freaking out the anti-democracy Americans (from the white supremacists, male supremacists, and Christian supremacists to the corporatists and oligarchic libertarians).  The larger point being the larger American struggle, beginning with the Rev War and writing of the Constitution, over the meaning of « democracy » and whether the US will actually be a democracy.  I think that that’s the big thing that is playing out today, with the fascist Repub Party and Trump/Pence moving big-time to squelch democracy in favor of autocratic plutocracy of white Christian males (a culmination—decisive, they hope—of the “Reagan (counter-revolutionary) Revolution”).

Must Vote.

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On a Happy Note

David Koch has met Ol’ Maker. Who, btw, just got a guffaw watching Pr*z Trompf anoint himself the “chosen one.” Coincidence? Some kind of Moral Arc?

Koch,” a name that will live in infamy.  The Arc bends slowly, and we still have to contend with Brother Charles, the worst of the bunch, a living fossil of the well-greased social consciousness, the social con, taught to their sons by Fathers Fred, Koch and Trump, of the godlike privilege of the Predatory Male to rule the earth and all its creatures.