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I'm an old Pogo fan. For some unknown reason I persist in outrage at Feudalism, as if human beings can do much better than this. Our old ways of life are obsolete and are killing us. Will the human race wake up in time? Stay tuned...

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SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 3, 2009
Now, everybody knows the day and the hour: a little healthcare fantasy Then it began to dawn that the whole myth about how insurors were taking "risks" was shot to hell. The only risk involved had always been the only risk involved, except that now the rubes could see it: the only risk the insurance companies ever had taken was the risk that somebody would actually qualify for the payments to which their policies entitled them, Now everybody has a fatal pre-existing condition...
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 27, 2009
Will the Latest Bailout Strategy Work? If, like me, you believe that our system is properly named Economic Feudalism, then yes, it will certainly work - for the holders of the fiefdom in trouble just now. And from their point of view, the fact that so many millions of people have been bumped off the drastically shortened "middle class" shelf and relegated to a lifetime of serfdom is all good.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 18, 2009
HCD: Healthcare Collapse Disorder Public discourse about the healthcare crisis is, as usual with our popular media, filtered and depth-gauged beyond absurdity. Here is a useful way of approaching the problem that offers real if somewhat annoyingly simple and easy solutions.
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 22, 2009
A poem maybe... heard somebody say... And you say he's just one man? You think he's somebody's puppet? That the Mysterious Ones Who Control Everything anointed him to lull us back to sleep again?
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 20, 2009
As the Inaguration of Mr. Barack Obama is upon us now... Mr. Obama is about to take the Oath of Office in about half an hour as I write. I took the day off, and I got a big box of kleenex. I'm all set to hear this man articulate a vision that everyone I know shares and has cherished in the long, cold dark since the assassinations of the sixties. Call me a sentimental old softy. But then go out and grab hold of the vision and work like you've never worked before.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 12, 2009
Land Air force One: Impressions of a tragic farewell I actually thought Bush was going to cry, right there at the last Press Conference today.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 3, 2009
Dr. Rice's flexible standard If there is a solution to the problem of peace in the Middle East, it certainly is not to be found where anyone in power is looking.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 25, 2008
Recovering From Shock and Awe Syndrome On Obama's first day, the CIA and the Pentagon are still fastened like sucking lampreys to our wounded flanks. Hundreds of festering, fermenting time-bomb disasters are becoming new markets all over the world. If we want substantive change, we are each going to have to put something at stake, and face the music. I'm going to have to recognize and own up to the Dick Cheney in me, and that ain't a pretty thought.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 29, 2008
Tea at the Taj, time, scale and rowboats I asked one of my friends, back there at the Taj over teacups, "What happens when the system collapses?" He said, "It collapsed hundreds of years ago. It's always collapsing. This is it."
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 26, 2008
There's No Place Like Home.. and it was right there all the time... What we need are centrally-located, climate-controlled facilities with pleasant common spaces, good plumbing, and other basic amenities, so that American families down on their luck, robbed of everything by the Cheney/Bush gang of bandits, will have someplace to live out the indeterminate sentence imposed on them by the people supposedly elected to prevent just such an eventuality.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 18, 2008
Obama is too "eloquent" for McCain The Acorn kerfuffle, Obama's "eloquence": McCain turns assets into liabilities faster than a subprime mortgage...
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Sorry. We're toast. A failed experiment. Have fun, people. Unfortunately for the majority of human beings now alive, this is going to hurt. It is going to hurt a lot.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 3, 2008
Palin won. It's over. I've had it. I'm giving up. Where's my melamine milkshake? Everybody understands exxactly what is wrong. Exxactly. But we're not supposed to remember anything that didn't happen on TV less than 48 hours ago, and nobody with a microphone or a vote in Congress will pay the slightest attention to anything else. They're all like those two TV comics (how come there's only two of anything left?) who only make jokes about what goes on the last 48 hours of video.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 26, 2008
Oil, or What? Life After Capitalism But what is likely? That's the trouble: what is likely is much, much worse than the fascist takeover of the United States of America by a megalomaniacal dictator with a personal defibrillator.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 11, 2008
Cheney's fat finger is poised over a new button Bob Woodward's hints of a dire new weapon that has the Iraq war "getting better": Death Ray 1.0?
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 6, 2008
RNC Convention: Barbie Shoots a Moose. Barbie Goes To Washington. The crowd of sycophants, swindlers, hucksters and crackpots who have up til now held sway in Washington have at last found a voice!
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 16, 2008
The Spitting of Spitzer Header: Now that Greg Palast has overturned the rock under which the Administration's payoff to the subprime swindlers was supposed to stay hidden, I feel vindicated in my skepticism about Eliot Spitzer's public take-down. This may well be the creepiest story in a year that is shaping up as the mother of all creepy years in American politics.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 13, 2007
Burocracide: The NIE flap is but the tip of a very dangerous iceburg USAID spins liabilities into assets again, as the administration eats its young, tossing depleted agencies at the pursuing mob... do flimsier flimflams and smellier red herrings portend a last desperate all-or-nothing attempt to rule the world?
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 19, 2007
The Real Finger On The Button As Cheney writes a letter to the Editor about "the Real Presidential Record," U.S. is poised for a spectacular nuclear attack on Iran. What will stop this?
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 11, 2007
The Emperor's Not Naked Exploring the relationship between Capitalism and Democracy