This Rigged System 1

This Rigged System 2
the system is rigged
and so is the game
but if everybody declares it so
then how can it be?
because that puts everybody at fault
and nobody in a position of power

perhaps it’s a competent swindle
to rig all politic and sport
and terrorist crises as conspiracy
free of witness seeking a quick fifteen
yet for someone somewhere and somehow
“this rigged system” is working as planned

whether suspicion or propaganda
there is certainly depth to these waters
the marionette is forever co-dependent on puppeteer
everything balances everything else
first you must survive in order to
have the liberty to live as you like


Everybody is the American Genius
expectations and the loci of control
psychological warfare before it was popular

the blurring of the boundaries between
art and life organic and curated

it was illustrative when the only book to fall (was)
the ultimate discourse on cognitive dissonance

even when it feels so all out of control
remember that we built it like this on purpose

demands for respect are ultimately
cries for legitimacy

everything is temporary (until we declare it not)
nothing is permanent (except for the records)

for the first time in a very long time
the predictive powers feel inadequate and logy

everything is in beta really
forever editing and honing human history

to be honest the sad and mad phases have passed
only disappointment remains

there was time when broad and deep were goals
introspection need not be a public faire

we are given the great gifts of
opportunity to be truthful

but because psych ops none of this ever happened
fact is also a four-letter F-word


Concussion Protocol
Accolade and adversity
Preference versus merit
An old friend and family network

Pettigrew’s Triangle determines you
Discipline (and charisma) propels you
Precarious skyscrapers built atop foundations of desperate lying
The pathways to survival are varied
And there was never any warranty implied

All of this
All of it
Is and forever will be an as-is one-and-done suicide mission
One start
One finish

Sprint or marathon – tortoise or hare
How long will we be able to wait it all out?
Life is fun
Fun is winning
Winning is survival

Champ I - The High Life

Champ II - The Big Lift