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Two universes mosey down the street
Connected by love and a leash and nothing else.
Mostly I look at lamplight through the leaves
While he mooches along with tail up and snout down,
Getting a secret knowledge through the nose
Almost entirely hidden from my sight.

We stand while he’s enraptured by a bush
Till I can’t stand our standing any more
And haul him off; for our relationship
Is patience balancing to this side tug
And that side drag; a pair of symbionts
Contented not to think each other’s thoughts.

What else we have in common’s what he taught,
Our interest in shit. We know its every state
From steaming fresh through stink to nature’s way
Of sluicing it downstreet dissolved in rain
Or drying it to dust that blows away.
We move along the street inspecting shit.

His sense of it is keener far than mine,
And only when he finds the place precise
He signifies by sniffing urgently
And circles thrice about, and squats, and shits,
Whereon we both with dignity walk home
And just to show who’s master I write the poem.

and from the other side http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/audio.wnyc.org/takeaway/takeaway063015-puertorico.mp3

“Puerto Rico is $72 billion in debt. It’s a number that’s so large that Puerto Rican Governor Alejandro García Padilla said yesterday that there is simply no way to pay it.  While this U.S. territory tries to figure out how to get out of what Padilla calls a “death spiral,” Puerto Rico’s turmoil has significant ramifications for the already-reeling world economy. The case of Puerto Rico is especially pressing here on the mainland, where individual investors hold a large portion of the debt. Justin Vélez-Hagan, founder of the National Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce, explains just how bad the situation is, and what it could be mean for the world economy. ”

Getting hard to keep up with the falling dominoes…

“David Stern examines the causes and consequences of Ukraine’s other crisis – its demographic timebomb. The country’s population once stood at over 50 million but it has fallen sharply and some projections put it at only 32 million by 2050. Few if any countries have gone through such precipitous population loss. Will demography, rather than war, mean the death of Ukraine?”

“The whole debate about Greece is about bankers, creditors, payments, tax and budgets. It shows how warped our world is.

Greece is a country facing collapse.

It’s had a deeply undesirable a totalitarian regime in my lifetime.

It is located in one of the traditional crucibles for conflict.

It has a powerful fascist element that is violent.

It is on a crucial border of Europe.

It is impoverished and broke and the future of its government is at risk: like it or not there is no viable elected alternative to Syriza; the rest of the political spectrum is too corrupt to contemplate holding lower.

And despite all that the combined powers of Europe want to break it for the sake of their banks, a few euro that make no overall difference in the grand scheme of things, and because they’d rather….

That’s when you ask ‘rather what’?

A military takeover?

Civil war?

The rise of fascism?

An open embrace of Russia?

Contagion without obvious limits?

Have these EU countries taken leave of their senses? Just let their foreign ministers get a word in edgeways for a moment. Greece is a state that should in any rational foreign policy debate demand subsidy, support and aid to make sure it stayed on side.

Instead we’re kicking it hard and down.

The insanity is very, very hard to fathom.

Unless you have a bankers’ mentality.”

via http://www.taxresearch.org.uk/Blog/2015/06/29/just-suppose-greece-was-a-state-facing-imminent-collapse/

so hard for many folks to come to terms with the alltoohuman and therefore tragic limits of our capacities to manage ourselves and our creations,

southern nights

postyouth

What happens if the young are no longer capable of producing surprises?

– Mark Fisher,   Capitalist Realism: Is there no alternative?

In a world without hope, a world where despair and cynicism are the only thing left between living and dying, when life-in-death has actually and literally become the truth of existence where the absolute zero of sterility spells the end of the future Mark Fisher asks: “how long can a culture exist without the new?”1 Speaking of Children of Men is a 2006 science fiction thriller film directed and co-written by Alfonso Cuarón, based on P. D. James’s 1992 novel he will tell us that this dystopian parable “connects with the suspicion that the end has already come, the thought that it could well be the case that the future harbors only reiteration and re-permutation” (p. 3). Such political pundits as Francis Fukuyama would with the fall of communism tell…

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