independent, literature, Uncategorized

Its Complicated

People like to distill social and political issues such as race, class and gender down to simple black and white good or evil, which in both cases tends to entirely misrepresent and distort issues. Absolutes like all or never are much simpler to grasp than the truth: that there are multiple angles for everything, no one or thing can be judged at a glance and small details are more important than we give them credit. This simplification is a useful tool when pushing politics or propaganda but the truth is rarely simple and our world grows more complex by the day. Nearly every rule has exceptions, a statement which is itself an oversimplification. It is for the reasons that we should question everything through as objective a viewpoint as we can get in this relative universe before drawing conclusions. This means that first hand experience is most important, followed by second and third hand sources. In a three dimensional world we must learn to think in three dimensions, to examine ideas and assertions from every angle with a critical gaze.

Ideally this method should be applied to all the information you receive. Senses can be tricked and memories fail so our minds fill in the blanks. That is why single eye-witness testimony is no longer enough to convict someone of a crime. Practicing the above is absolutely necessary if you want to know the real truth of things and not fall victim to the scam of political propaganda and extremism that will call on you to sacrifice your life or your beliefs, or to take someone else’s away based on lies, half-truths and manipulations. Don’t let yourself be a pawn or a puppet to advance the agendas of politicians or extremists on the left or right. That divide is an illusion too.

Jack Blare, 2018

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alternative, independent, literature, Lydia Lunch, Uncategorized

Ban Anti Trans Camps

A new trend has come to the ultra far left. While Russia unveils its new nuclear arsenal & far right groups gaining momentum worldwide the Radical Feminist Movement is now going to war with the trans community. Firstly, I thought radical feminists were pro-choice as in a person’s body belongs to them and shouldn’t be regulated by law. While the term mainly refers to abortions is it not any persons right to wear whatever clothes they desire, to take hormones should they so choose? I was told trans people are “playing dress up” because they’re “afraid to be gay”

This is where it gets interesting. I was debating a self-professed radical feminist & LESBIAN who was spreading this propaganda. I asked about intersex people and was not given an answer. She then told me that trans people just have a mental illness that needs to be corrected at certain facilities. Do you see the irony of a lesbian saying that? Not only are there no existing legitimate psychological therapies to deal with “gender dysmorphia” but the idea of these trans re-education camps is exactly the same thinking that created those “Pray the Gay Away” camps, notorious for their suicide rates & total failure. The most ironic part is that 60 years ago homosexuality was in the same Psychiatric Diagnostic manual.

The activists of Stonewall would be ashamed. They united against the common threat of oppression. I didn’t think I’d see the day when lesbians would discriminate against trans individuals. If gender is a social construction then refer to people using proper pronouns. I have’t heard the other side, they definitely aren’t as vocal but anyone desiring to send people  to trans re-education camps needs to see the parallels between that and the Southern Christians who abhor homosexuality. The DSM, the diagnostics book for western psychiatry changes over time to fit the times and incorporate new information. Homosexuality and masturbation were removed, why not gender dysphoria?

What if these people gain political power? Will they ban prescription hormones and have North Korea style detention centres? They won’t, radicals never do in Canada, but in America anything goes. No Charter of Rights and Freedoms. I don’t know if any of these places even exist, but this is just ridiculous and if they do become a reality I will personally campaign to shut them down. You’ve got Neo Nazis in America that hate you, KKK, and the world’s new emerging superpower has banned it in all of Russia. In Poland the largest far-right gathering in decades took place. I see people as individuals, not as groups. I try to debate and get an argument with personal attacks. If you did that in university you’d be out the door. I believe that everyone is equal and deserves the freedom to speak, worship or dress as they please. Our bodies should not be government regulated. Meaning we can do with them as we choose.

Slow reader?

Radical lesbian feminist suggests re-education camps for trans people in the mold of Pray the Gay away camps in the Bible Belt. She calls it a mental disorder to be cured, 60 years ago they thought that about homosexuality. Things change. This campaign of anger only further divides the fragile and fragmented left. The nazi filth will gain power, or at least weird influence while former allies squabble over stupid things. PUBLIC means everyone is welcome. If you want a segregated party then rent out some space. Its what the other extremists have to do.

Sex positivity and sex work are not evil. By characterizing them like that it makes every prostitute out to be a junkie tied to a pimp with violent customers. I know a few prostitutes personally, male & female. It is also spitting on the feminists before you who used their sexuality as a weapon. Who marched for the right to bare their breasts in public. I’m lucky enough to be friends with one of the prominent ones. Out of my current and former friends thats five prostitutes, two trans individuals, two girls that protested in support of the right to take their shirts off,  and one who has been at the vanguard of the true movement since 1977. Thats 10 friends that are now. considered anathema to the Radical Feminist Movement. How many of these people actually spoke to prostitutes and escorts?

This is in no way an attack on feminism or lesbians. This is directed at those individuals that prefer segregation-esque policies and have a poor knowledge of their own history and wish to force their beliefs on others.

Jack Blare, 2018

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Judas Saviour

         In order for Jesus to be crucified and suffer for the sins of all of humanity his closest friend and advisor, Jesus, needed to arrange to be captured and crucified, simultaneously damning himself to agonizing death. He trusted Judas Iscariot with the crucial task of his betrayal. Judas obeyed his messiah but couldn’t live with the guilt and remorse of what he had done and, sacrificing his own soul to hell in the process, he hung himself. Jesus knew he would be betrayed because he arranged for it to happen. Without Judas Iscariot the most important event in Christian theology could never have occurred. His name became a by-word for traitor while in truth he gave everything for his teacher and his god.
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Social Media is Shit

Facebook got too dramatic over nothing, so I mostly stopped using it. Tumblr is an echo-chamber for radical left wing vultures hunting for anything  that could be construed as slightly offensive & barraging the author with angry messages. Social justice is really social media justice & there is no judge, jury, nor any lawyers, just a bunch of pissed off kids with torches who call out your “privledge” but can’t manage to spell it properly even though Tumblr has an automatic spell check. Its not the government censoring free speech, its the people themselves. Get in line with society’s values or go hang yourself, and you think you’re making the world better. There will always be a backlash, the SJW left created the alt-right. You reap what you sew. I’ve been told I add nothing to society. I’m just “bitching” as a so-called friend said. Nothing good anyway. So I’m out, I quit, not only Tumblr but politics in general. There are no “allies” anymore. Its their way or no way.  LGBTQ people & women can take care of themselves, my opinion is worthless to them. I hate the alt-right and fucking Neo-nazi scum too, so no place for me at that table. Some people understand the difference between debate and argument, most don’t & I have too little time left to waste on people who can’t separate emotion from fact. Pick your battles is not something this generation understands. No wonder the world is fucked. Everyone is alienating each other, I used to care but now I just don’t anymore. Pull the fucking trigger. Take the shot. Everything between when I typed this & when the posts stop was queued. I am out of here. If you need to get in contact with me well, the only people I give a fuck about have my email, everyone on here is an oversensitive twat. Here’s a tip for you all: if your last 3 relationships didn’t work out, it wasn’t them, it was you. True love’s a true lie so enjoy the sex but don’t curse the world with more brats, there are enough already. To quote Bob Dylan, “I used to care but things have changed.” Maybe I’ll be back, maybe not. Who gives a fuck?

Jack Blare

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Is Addiction a Disease? Why that Question Doesn’t Really Matter

Is addiction a disease? The question is one of the most divisive in the world, drawing strong opinions from both sides. The argument is usually “well its their fault for taking drugs, no one forced them to.” True, but overdoses are still medical emergencies dealt with by trained professionals working in the healthcare system and doctors and psychiatrists are an integral part of any rehabilitation process. If you break both of your legs in a ski accident this is a direct result of you choosing to go skiing, it is a serious medical issue but no one blames the patient, not so with addiction, no matter how severe or life threatening the symptoms can become. Who deals with broken bones? The healthcare system. Cancer? The healthcare system. All of these share something in common: they are medical problems dealt with by medical professionals often in clinical or hospital settings. Whether or not addictions fit the definition of “disease” is not the real question for those who are fighting them, both addicts and healthcare workers. We want to know how to combat the agonizing  symptoms of withdrawal and the rising tide of overdoses so people don’t have to suffer from the pain and stigma that comes with a life of addiction.

Alcohol, barbiturate and benzodiazepine withdrawal all lower the seizure threshold, possibly to the point of death. If you try to withdraw have a seizure and die you can’t really quit by choice, you’re just dead. Methamphetamine is neurotoxic but amphetamine is not, but both are addictive. If something can alter your brain function to the point where not taking it anymore can and does cause delirium, seizures and death is that a choice? Should they have kept using the substance? Would you take the risk of losing your life and the certainty of an agonizing and long withdrawal period that may leave you in a permanent state of dementia at a young age? Is that so different than type II diabetes, most often caused by a poor diet? Should we deny insulin to people with type II because they possibly “brought it on themselves” or should we treat every patient equally, recognizing that abscesses and diabetic comas are both medical emergencies?

No matter how you look at it the people who actually deal with treating addiction are paramedics, nurses, doctors and psychiatrists. What do they all have in common? Medical training. Getting hit by a car is not a disease yet its still debilitating and requires medical attention. This is nothing more than an argument over semantics. So call it what you want but the fact is that addiction is still a medical problem, treated by people trained in healthcare and part of the healthcare system. The same system that produces and overprescribes Oxycontin, Vicodin, Fentanyl, Alprazolam, Diazepam and amphetamines.

Rabies is a disease but if you handle wild animals and leave bites untreated how is that any less your fault than getting an abscess from an infected injection site? If you walk around on a bunch of scrap wood in sandals and get tetanus from a rusty nail its still your fault but we don’t stigmatize people for getting tetanus shots. If you choose to work with ebola patients but don’t protect yourself properly did you deserve to get ebola? Those actions led directly to infection yet we don’t stigmatize font line healthcare workers in areas known for deadly and incurable tropical diseases or people with Cholera for drinking from a contaminated water source.

2,500 people have died so far in B.C. due to drugs laced with fentanyl. You might do heroin every day for years without ODing but be dead in minutes from taking your usual dose because someone laced it with a few micrograms of a drug 100 times more potent than morphine. Whose fault is it? The addict who needs to keep using because he can’t afford to take two weeks off work to go through withdrawal because he has a family to support or the person that sold him what is essentially poisoned heroin? 2,500 people dead, all with families, friends and people who cared for them. The toll will probably pass 3,000 by the New Year. It has been consistently described as an “epidemic” and the way its spreading resembles that of a plague outbreak.

When I hear that someone died in a car crash my first instinct is not to say that they shouldn’t have been driving on the highway even though had they chosen not to they would still be alive because the manner of how someone gets sick or gets hurt doesn’t matter, they are still injured and need help. How many high school kids have broken their necks playing football? Do you go up to their parents and say “Well the idiot should’ve played golf then he’d still be alive.”

I guess it comes down to whether or not you value human life. Whether or not you want to be a part of the solution or just another person standing on the sidelines but if you aren’t going to do anything to help, if you have never been on the front lines of the opioid crisis or lost a friend or family member to addiction, seen firsthand what it does to their children and communities then do the rest of us a favour and just shut up and stay out of things you know nothing about.

-Jack Blare

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Neo-English AKA Newspeak

Orwell’s 1984 arrived a bit later than expected, Huxley’s a Brave New World got here early. Developed nations now have the technology & capability to take ideas from both novels & smash them into a Dystopia with a shot of Phillip K. Dick to round it off. There may be future dystopia’s but writing a dystopian novel now is like writing a newspaper. A robot has become a full citizen of Saudi Arabia, with all the rights and privileges that entails, which aint that many in Saudi Arabia. They should have just stuck a dildo to her last minute and dressed her in a flak dress.

Japan has pill dispensing machines on the campuses of its universities. They stock mainly psychiatric drugs, I’m guessing SSRI’s, Adderall, Ritalin, Vyvanse, Seroquel and Wellbutrin. Adderall Ritalin, Zopiclone & Vyvanse to enhance performance, Benzos to kill the jitters & Zopiclone or Seroquel to knock you out. Leave your brain a foggy mess but you’ll come down like a stone from an airplane. Dubai has robotic “police officers” that mostly direct lost tourists. They also have a hover bike that can go fifty feet off the ground. All our social media is logged. Our favourite music, movies, books, food, relationship status, political convictions, sexuality, employment status. All freely given. Like the Stasi’s wet dream. The police have a device that can use a cellphone to create a 3D image of the room its in, and who and what is in that room. They log where you go, how often, note the regularity. They monitor your bank accounts for money you can’t explain getting. The illegal wiretapping and filming done in A Scanner Darkly, has already occurred multiple times. The Scanner sees everything we do, hears what we say, predicts how we’ll think. The predicted drug epidemic came true too. The police are just the military arm of the politicians & bankers now. They’ve made a business out of misery. They use military gear. Like S.S. men or Gestapo.

This brings us to Neo-English which I will now refer to as Newspeak. The era of text and instant messaging has led to a severe degradation of the English language, to the point where it should be considered a sort of pidgin creole type of English. This isn’t mere slang, its a paradigm shift in linguistics. It is newspeak come alive.

“get woke”

“gtfo”

“terf”

“Bae”

“Bad Bitch”

“lol” as punctuation.

It goes on and on. What actual words they know they misspell and none of them read. I’m fucking 27 and I see that. Idiocracy was right when they said that “the English language would devolve into a hybrid of hillbilly, inner city slang, valley girl, and various grunts. Joe spoke to them logically and passionately, in plain English but to them he sounded pompous and faggy. He only drew big gales of stupid laughter.”

The idiots are reproducing at an alarming rate. “Earth aint the kind of place to raise your kids, in fact its cold and dark.” -Elton John

Neil Postman rolls in his grave. Amused to Death indeed.

Jack Blare, 2018

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Right/Left Alt-Right/Alt-Left

What an idiot I was to equate the old doped up psychedelic left,

Black & White Panthers, John & Yoko, John Sinclair, MC5, Bob Dylan,

With the new synthetic one.

Beyonce & EDM, Mumford & Sons & a bunch of similar sounding shit.

The old left marched, they fought, they demanded

Equality, peace, legalization of all drugs & fucking in the streets.

The alt-left is almost as white as the alt-right but they’ve taken white guilt to the point of flagellation. I took sociology, psychology, & statistics in college. Most kids learn them from memes. Cut away all the important information and leave the slogan. The new left are invariably well-off, white & post on everyone’s behalf, whether they are wanted or not. The political spectrum is a big circle. In the middle of the top is moderate democratic socialism aka Canada. On the bottom centre of the circle is anarchy. No laws, rules or government, everyone agrees. To the left of this is Stalinism. Economically communist. methodologically totalitarianism. To the bottom right of anarchy you have fascism. Capitalist economics with totalitarian government. Thus any system of government can theoretically be totalitarian, other than true democracy and anarchy.

The destruction of books, of knowledge, like the nazi book burnings were controversial because they represent a rejection of intellect over emotion, they represent human experiences & culture. Words from 200 year old novels should not be changed because they offend someone from the 21st century. That is how we lose original works. Censorship is always the first step towards a totalitarian government. Words are neither good nor bad, merely vehicles of interpretation. Just like Pravda, alt-left events want to know what you will be saying so that anything that doesn’t toe the party line gets no voice. The left, my own leaning, is focused on equality in the future, integration of races and anti fascism. The alt-left is run by successful millennials, usually white and mostly uneducated past high school. They cannot distinguish between debate & battle, they are more interested in semantics and sensationalism than serious politics, such as pronouns & safe spaces. Problem is anyone who expresses any slight disagreement gets a dose of social media mob justice. Things like “properly gendered pronouns” have become political talking points while they sign death warrants behind closed doors. Drone strikes & bombs. I found that looking anyone in the eye and shouting ‘hey you!’ is an effective pronoun for almost everybody.

The left fights the right & now alt-right, while the alt left fight among themselves & the old school lefties. Getting offended is now a full time job for most of these people, again usually affluent & white. They act like insulting their former allies is some heroic act but really it just alienates most people with a working knowledge of history & politics. At the core though they are afraid & disgusted by the people they so nobly defend. Prostitutes, drug addicts, the mentally ill. They also tend to be the most crass, non-politically correct but not hateful people. The homeless. Everyone looks the same at rock bottom. Even though the hipster alt-left they take pills, snort coke & methylate it by mixing it with liquor they still think they’re better because they’re afraid of a little blood. Half of all smokers will die from smoking. Its deadlier than a coke or heroin habit, but then again most people don’t cut their blow with benzene and arsenic. I watched someone wither and die of cancer in less than a week. Waste your time exercising and eating well if you want, he was the most fit person I knew. Use your life before you lose it.

Sure being white & straight is great but being a suicidal, autistic drug addict isn’t such a great privilege. Losing my dad at 65 and now my cousin at 45, while my other cousin is in the ward for another suicide attempt is not a privilege. Unless you actually know a person (I mean really know) making judgment calls about their “privilege” is a privilege in and of itself, most of us are just trying to manage our own lives as its not my business to manage anyone else’s.

I was recently told to stop bitching & do something with my privilege.I spent the better part of a decade working in harm reduction & LGBTQ awareness (2005-2011). I did human rights articles for the school paper, wrote and edited for a magazine for at risk youth, drove a kid to his Hep C appointments cause I felt bad. When the funding stopped I made my own zine. Been the keynote speaker for a number of charity events, opinion writer on politics, drug policy, discrimination, literature & human rights. I work closely with a feminist icon who has been centre stage since ‘77 & makes Bikini Kill sound tame, yet still I get accused of “bitching” ‘cause I don’t want to be compared to the people that tried to rape my mother & did successfully rape more than five of my friends. Wold you like to be compared to Madam Mao simply because you were born with the same sex organs? Eva Braun? Countess Bathory? Bloody Mary? She loved to burn protestant families at the stake.

I saved people from jail & from overdoses but I should have used my privilege to support a cause more worthy. Not like any of that money went towards shelters for abused women, oh wait, it did. I went to college, took journalism, ethics, history, women’s literature, statistics (they are almost always incorrect & easy to manipulate) poetry, politics & a study of addictions. I published and edited three poetry collections, one from an ESL man from India, another from a mentally ill local poet & one from a former poly substance abuser. I lost money on all of these but Put in my own because I saw potential in them. Helped friends put together their own zines & chapbooks at 0 charge. I thought maybe I was doing something worthwhile with my life. Evidently I was just “using my privilege to bitch instead of for the greater good.” A phrase used to justify the means to the end. Ironically it was a common fascist slogan used to justify the murder of the infirm, insane & disabled. I was never told what this greater good was. Capitalism? Christianity? Upper middle-class white feminism? Sobriety? It certainly wasn’t the opioid crisis or autism awareness, not class drift or overmedication of youth. Structural functionalism maybe? A place for everything & everything in its right place. I think that mentally ill women need more of a voice in society than neurotypical & I did not charge her for editing or publication. I thought we could se more diversity so I took a chance on a book written by a man in India, judging by local sales people here are kind of racist. So what is this greater good? Good & evil are subjective ideas posing as absolutes. Good is a matter of perspective. Good is boring. I answer those that need me & do what I can. What is everyone else doing that surpasses me so much? I live below the poverty line with autism. I do

A friend of mine personally found 68 people dead in the government housing complex he works at. 6 years of schooling. Do you all carry and understand how to use naloxone? Its free so their should be no reason not to have it. When I was a junkie I had a few half-assed interventions but if I OD’ed no one could have done shit. Another good friend spends his time helping his 91 year-old grandpa & volunteers at a soup kitchen.

“All men are rapists.” “All Germans are Nazis.” “Women aren’t funny.” These are all ridiculous blanket statements that everyone knows are not true. Its too bad if you don’t like it but I’m a man and I don’t want to be compared to the piece of shit that sexually assaulted my friend when she was 5, whatever the hell your political agenda is. As anyone could tell you, some of the most notorious concentration camp guards were young women like Ilsa, ‘The Beast of Belsen”. Karla Homolka has a new family while somewhere in an evidence locker is a tape of her & Paul raping and murdering her teenage sister. Murder & rape are not sane acts to commit. You cannot teach a pedophile not to rape anymore than you could’ve taught John Wayne Gacy not to eat people. They’re both sick for life. No right minded individual would commit rape. It has been a capital crime for thousands of years, should be again. People tell their daughters to be careful because they know they can’t trust their sons. Unless you Clockwork Orange style condition it out of them somehow before they’ve tried it.

In a perfect world we’d teach our children not to rape and murder & they would listen. We don’t live in a perfect world, we live in a fucked up, sick one. The only person you should ever trust is yourself. You can be an idealist & try to end one of the oldest crimes in history through a vague education plan or a realist & know that if it comes down to a fight you have the advantage. I weigh just over 100lbs myself, I’d rather be prepared to defend myself if need be.

Oh & I do believe that rapists, potential or otherwise should be afraid. Not of being falsely accused & blowing their brains out before trial. I think that they should bring back capital for rapists, first degree murderers, child molesters, mass murderers & serial killers. Want to make them afraid? Send them to a special room with a sloped floor, put a bullet in the back of their skulls and let the bodies roll down into a heap for easy disposal & hosing off the blood. The Soviets were efficient executioners. Make their peers watch, but for fuck’s sake make damn sure they’re guilty before you pull the trigger.

The disunited infighting of the new left has alienated its best supporters. Black Panthers were more okay with white people than BLM, seeing as thy ran heroin and shot at the police instead of ended up cordoned off in the “protesters safe room” times are logged and registered, moles in place, police brought in to ensure than nothing happens to change the status quo. People with signs chant & feel better about themselves, rubber bullets and pepper spray manufacturers get rich and nothing changes. Almost 60 years since Kent State now. They’re making you feel like you’re making a difference but the laws stay the same or get tighter & it gives the cops a chance to beat on civilians, their favourite pastime other than shooting unarmed black kids. You need leverage to change things in politics, & memes are not leverage.

The alt-left is so my way or the highway (aka we never took rhetoric) that people who were on the left before it was trendy, the one’s who helped LGBTQ rights become mainstream and lost friends over it or got in fights to protect others feel marginalized now. We were a means to an end and now that we aren’t needed its “white fuckboy” or “ciscum.” We still go to punk shows and fight racists using our fists. Give change to the homeless  Act friendly & kind to strangers. Not out of any perceived obligation to a poorly defined greater good, but because we have empathy. We do what we can when and if we can. No more, no less.History is filled with examples of human beings doing good & terrible things. No race, culture or gender is immune or innocent to human flaws. Nelson Mandela was a hero to Black South Africans but his wife was notorious for ‘necklacing’ opponents to the ANC by shoving a tire over their body so their arms couldn’t move & then setting it alight where it would very slowly and painfully kill the victim by cooking them alive. They stayed married. Does that mean Nelson was evil? Thats up to you, the point is that oversimplifying complex situations will cause more harm than good, The last thing anyone wants is to start a cycle of blood vengeance. No two people are the same

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