I remember when I was 8 years old there was this movie, It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, starring Spencer Tracy and an all-star cast. The zany comedy, a rambling epoch of slapstick errors and twists, it’s a bit of vintage Americana now. Even still, watching the world unravel right before my very eyes, as imbeciles and crooks do their daily deeds, I know the 1% would as soon drop an “F bomb” on a normal person as to look at one. I also know Hollywood could not have scripted today better than the world’s leaders. Here’s my first of many top 10 indicators we could be screwed.
The Holy of Holies? Holy Cow!
A friend of mine on Facebook who’s a ton of experience not only in the military, but in the study of war and its effects, shared an interesting (nay haunting) image you see above. The picture of the Holy Father before a surreal backdrop akin to science fiction… Well, it reminded me of a scene from the Keanu Reaves film “The Devil’s Advocate,” from 1997. As you can see by a mashup I made from a scene in that film below, the creepiness that was a Hollywood blockbuster seems to be coming to life these days. This is the tippy top reason the world is feeling a bit too creepy for me.
A quote from the film suffices:
“You sharpen the human appetite to the point where it can split atoms with its desire; you build egos the size of cathedrals; fiber-optically connect the world to every eager impulse; grease even the dullest dreams with these dollar-green, gold-plated fantasies, until every human becomes an aspiring emperor, becomes his own God… and where can you go from there?” – Al Pacino as the Devil himself
The Power of a Presidential Fart
The second biggest reason I think the world has gone mad is news that Barack Obama and the Congress are in some kind of fight over the notorious Keystone Pipeline. The environmental catastrophe in a tube US energy Titans and their Washington mouth pieces have been bent on for some time. In the dog and pony show Washington D.C. has become, the idiot public is expected to swallow yet another shell game political pitch. Republicans are whining and moaning “Obama you fool!” Meanwhile the White House spokespersons play PR games with his assured veto of the pipeline legislation.
“Babylon, oh Babylon”…. Poppycock (Even CNBC says it does not matter). The American – Saudi oil war on Russia has dumped oil into the sewer price wise, fact is the Keystone project would deliver oil that costs more to produce than it brings. Last count it costs $85 and $110 to to such heavy oil out of the sands of Canada, and West Texas Intermediate crude oil is going for just over $76 bucks. What does this mean? It means the Washington follies you’ve all been watching are in Act III. Obama has a little over 695 days left, and there’s no sign Russia is going to wave the white flag over some lost energy billions. Obama will be long gone when the next president steps in to renew America’s desperate need for mucky thick Canada crude. I’m reminded of something Nikita Khrushchev once said:
“Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.”
Vladimir Putin the Reality Show
Forty years ago. Okay, forty five. If Vladimir Putin had been in the mainstream back then, first of all he’d have had to have pork chop sideburns. Second, he’d have had to wear Rhinestone studded , leather jump suits while riding his Harley to a Vegas performance. Back in the day the only figure larger than life or reality was Elvis. So, either “The King” is still alive in Vlad’s body, or our world is as crazy as a bat.
Today, when the news people in the west run out of Putin bullshit stories, editors simply publish any old story. Take the most recent one entitled; ‘Vladimir Putin is advised by ALIENS’ Councillor blames space reptiles for Ukraine crisis….. Readers of the Express have to be in awe, or staggering drunk. All I can say is, the tabloids of the 70’s won out over real journalism. Next Putin will be marrying Farah Fawcett, God rest her sweet soul. (only Boomers will get that one) Let’s face it folks, about the only thing Russia’s president has not done is to lay claim to owning Graceland. Everybody says Putin wants to be king. Hell, maybe he is.
Sanity Is Not Wasted On John McCain
John McCain is a simple man, a simple man with an extraordinary life that is. Like the little mouse Stewart Little, the former flyer, POW, and self proclaimed baby killer of Vietnam, he’s really out there now. “Ashamed” he is, of his country, his president, and even himself. When I read the headline I thought to myself; “Praise the Lord our God, he’s finally come clean on all those weapons deals!” Alas, the Senator from weapons systems Walmart (Arizona) only had another mental epiphany.
I hate to be hard on a veteran, especially from the Vietnam conflict. My brothers, friends and relatives served, some died there. McCain provokes crazy feelings though. Look at Ukraine! He joined a cast of baboons there that convinced decent people to slaughter one another over whether or not they live next to Russia. Now he’s mad as hell because those weapons orders aren’t streaming in. But his lunatic rantings are not the cause of my stir of madness. The fact anybody even listens to this psychopath any more, this is scaring the hell out of me. To frame what a lunatic is, let me offer a quote from John McCain on lunacy (Can you tell me WTF this even means?):
“The core political values of our free society are so deeply embedded in our collective consciousness that only a few malcontents, lunatics generally, ever dare to threaten them.”
Poor, Poor Poroshenko
The last time you applied for a decent paying job, were you asked what your qualifications were? Well, another huge reason I know Earth’s gone mad is Petro Poroshenko. Can anyone tell me what his qualifications were for running a country via what ammounted to a coup d’état? Worse still, what kind of madman would want to run the madhouse Ukraine was sure to become once Russia woke up to the NATO-EU reality? Somehow a chocolate billionaire as commander in chief of the Ukraine Armed Forces symbolizes the state of our existence now. Now, hot off of having his army destroyed by some cowboys, bikers and iron workers from the Donbass, he’s still out for blood.
News Poroshenko has sealed a deal to buy weapons from the United Arab Emirates is really mad, mad, mad. As if anybody does not know where the UAE gets their killing machines from!!! The US has figured a way to have a sort of NATO by proxy, now Ukraine will do the secret Boy Scout handshake, make blood brothers, and murder some more civilians in Donetsk. What’s craziest here is not the psychopathic numb headedness of these people, but the fact the fighters of Novorossiya will end up with even more weapons to beat Willy Wonka over the head with. Is it just me, or is this a Three Stooges reel we are watching? Ukraine shelling from a distance innocents in the Donbass, pulling a lie out to cover up a mountain of incompetencies, even a chocolate oligarch chief seems sane though, compared the the solemn fact…
UKRAINE HAS NO MONEY TO PAY THEIR GAS BILL, HOW CAN THEY BUY WEAPONS TO LOSE SOME MORE WITH!
There you are movie goers, five pretty clear reasons we are living in a mad, mad, mad, mad, mad world indeed.