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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...
SHARE 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
(2 comments) SHARE 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 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.
(1 comments) SHARE 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.
(2 comments) SHARE 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?