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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(21 comments) SHARE A good friend of mine spent time behind bars because he wouldn't pay taxes for war. Since he was a chiropractor, he soon met dozens of convicted drug users with bad backs. They all had the same story: they were injured at work, given prescription opioids, and turned to street drugs when their insurance was gone. It would be several more years before the real mass-murderers were caught. And rewarded.
Book Review: Meredith Ramsay's "Community, Culture, and Economic Development" -- an engaging read on the half-shell
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By using the historical method, Ramsay was able to explain why the impoverished small towns of Crisfield and Princess Anne diverged so markedly in their policy preferences regarding economic development, thus providing a sharp critique of neoliberal economics.
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Any rational examination of history sees that short term planning based on narrow and not people interests always backfires. Chickens come home to roost. There are hundreds of examples from US history.
(2 comments) SHARE You have to have feelings to hate. A psychopath doesn't hate, or love, for that matter. So they use other people, who do. They needed a vehicle, something that would scale up, a kind of distributed app, a cookie-cutter stink-bomb that could be ignited anywhere. Fear is low-hanging strange-fruit.
SHARE This neat summation seems quite clear. But it remains safely within the box it is attempting to think outside of. All we can do in here, is move the pieces around according to the prevailing logic.
(2 comments) SHARE Ever point your smartphone at your laptop zoom-to-zoom? Like two mirrors?
(2 comments) SHARE In the Attention Age, this is what we mean by stupid catch-phrases like "moving forward". As if we had a choice about that. There are now "gyres" in the Pacific Ocean, rotating with new currents driven by greenhouse gases, barnacle-encrusted acres of wasted phrases, like "moving-forward" and "this-moment".
(2 comments) SHARE Art and literature people want to enjoy is displayed to non-subscribers heavily interlarded with ads, many of which are frankly disgusting. These attention-parasites are annoying and distracting, and that is their sole purpose. Nice article. Shame if it got buried in ads that make people think of erectile dysfunction. The old name for this form of business is "protection racket."
(1 comments) SHARE According to the Kubler-Ross stages of grieving (denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance), I'd say we're just about in the "bargaining" phase of grief. Pretty quick, except that the denial phase is hard to measure, being, well, denial and all. It's starting to look like that took a little longer than it took me to be old enough to qualify for the next round of vaccinations. About a hundred and forty years before.
(1 comments) SHARE This is in response to the response to the article by Moon of Alabama, and the long string of commentary from a mixture of worldviews, most of which seemed not to recognize that their world differed in any particulars from the others. I was going to make a couple of remarks and move on. But a lot of smart people seem to place very different emphasis on some pertinent central facts of the case.
(7 comments) SHARE Explaining events is only possible in a scenario, in a frame of reference. A context in which explanations, which are stories, can make sense. Otherwise, as is often the case lately, everybody will use the same language to mean completely different things, in their own private Idaho.
(4 comments) SHARE Nobody has ever gotten very far with a brute-force attack on the system. Until now. Only one person on the planet can get away with this one. It's an action that negates every notion of justice, whether retributive or restorative, technical or philosophical. Ok, or moral (but that was gone before this clown showed up).
(9 comments) SHARE Under our present culture of untrammeled profit-seeking, a rising level of poverty is absolutely guaranteed, and democracy is not. One will constrain the other, and when democracy is constrained by commerce, it doesn't exist at all. The true measure of our success lies in the ordinariness of rape and child abuse and enslavement.
(4 comments) SHARE Eventually I found a setting that made my computer read to me. Not only that, it reads in a voice that sounds just like an Australian woman in her twenties. I picked that one because it was the least creepy. I can imagine being read to by Courtney Barnett, who should never have to pay taxes. Suddenly, drowsing along to Courtney's nuanced reading of a draft of my next book, I heard her take a breath!
(3 comments) SHARE People who have no integrity and no dignity can only stay afloat by pushing everybody else under. Now, thanks to Palast, at least we now how they did it, and who they are. The ball's in our court, now.
(8 comments) SHARE This landslide took the kind of extra measure that women and "minorities" (this refers to lack of voting rights, not skin color), and people who are both women and in a minority, along with the rest of us who have to work for a less-than-living wage, have to bring to work with them day after day, all their lives.
(2 comments) SHARE At least maybe now the most powerful nation on Earth (if we are to be believed, which is a question) will stop trying to kill off three quarters of humanity, and start working on a solution to global warming that's a little more likely and a lot more sane than that scheme.
SHARE Howard Richards knows whereof he speaks. He was Cezar Chavez' and the United Farm Workers' lawyer in the '60s. He witnessed the US-backed coup in Chile that brought Pinochet (and Chicago-school Freidmanomics) to power. When he says greedy people are not the cause of our global crisis, he doesn't mean there are no greedy people making a mess of things.
SHARE And first thing that appears in any worldview worthy of the name is the incontrovertible fact that it is Reality, the only reality possible, out there where rocks are hard and water is wet. Of course, a worldview would say that...
SHARE I think it might finally be getting to me. But you can't look away from this kind of horror. Tell you what: I'm just gonna rant for a minute. I'm just tired of trying to make sense.