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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(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.
SHARE A great many things need to happen that will never happen unless and until Wall Street is shut down, and shut out. Maybe that could be done. It would probably take a General Strike. I've lived through one of those. It can't be faked, though. It has to be the real thing.
(2 comments) SHARE If our election goes badly, as it will in any case for a lot of reasons besides the ascendancy of a true American dictatorship, Bolivia may well be the next project for the trainees that have cut their teeth (and broken a few) on Venezuela. In fact, this may happen regardless of a Biden win. Because it is What Wall Street Wants.
(2 comments) SHARE Up in the great Polling Place in the Sky, cherubim and seraphim are flitting to and fro, unfazed by the seething demons sent to "watch," delivering supplications from below, angels tallying the results: "3 million more for permanent lung damage," and "43 more for full recovery." Nobody prays for another person's death. Do they?
(7 comments) SHARE We might be asking ourselves how long we're going to continue pretending there's an election going on. Even before this great honking sabot was thrown in the gears, the election process was already sabotaged until the remains were unrecognizable without dental records.
SHARE The FBI released a dire report on white supremacist "militias" just as the President was speaking directly from the "debate" to one of the most notoriously violent of these fringe groups, clearly, as they have now confirmed, telling them to "get ready for a war." Did the President mean it? The violent wackos say so, so what's the difference?
(4 comments) SHARE Do you think his bizarre career is coming to an end? Really? The next day a "debate" is staged as if this parasite was a letitimate contender for the highest office of public trust. Of course we thought it was the Office of the Presidency we were inviting into our living rooms. Instead we dignified and legitimized a deadly criminal.
(1 comments) SHARE Community doesn't ask whether you like it or not. All it takes is a few of us hanging onto a piece of flotsam, and now that's all of us: because that's who is on the losing team if we lose. Maybe your end has some nicely carved wood or soft upholstery. Precious metals don't float. It won't matter who was President when the storm came ashore.
(1 comments) SHARE We began consuming the world in just the last few moments. Starting about the time History began, When we started writing.
(2 comments) SHARE Has a conspiracy theory ever been involved in the bust? Insiders and professionals, somebody with direct knowledge, blows the whistle, or makes a mistake, or there's some kind of audit, and the whole thing falls apart. I can't recall any popular theories ever leading to such an outcome.
(10 comments) SHARE Hospitals and prisons in America are now run as a sector of the Hospitality Industry. The product is not, as the name suggests, a warm and friendly sojourn for your family or business associates, much less healthy and safe outcomes for people in medical or legal difficulties.
SHARE Wait. Protecting the troops? Yes. That's what we were told those contractors are doing over there. What the troops are doing, is protecting American business interests, aka "our vital interests."
(2 comments) SHARE This is Economics. But don't let that throw you: this is Economics that might just save the world.
(3 comments) SHARE The allocation of punishments still follows race first, and then net worth. Of two very famous men accused by many women of raping them, the black one is now in prison, and the white one, despite bragging about grabbing women "by the p*ssy," was made President of the United States of America, and may well be given a second term, albeit by hook or crook.