Author Kurt Anderson penned a piece for Time, last week, essentially taking down Modern America since the Reagan Revolution. The piece is long, and goes all over the place, going between deep meta and more readily observable facts. Sometimes, its very much on point, and other times he goes way off in the reeds. In fact, that's the reason I skimmed it rather than reading through the whole thing, but one particular part caught my eye:
The reset button has been pushed. So what will be the protocols and look and feel of the America about to emerge?
- You can write a letter to the editor of your local paper. These are usually short, about 150 words, and often, papers will only accept LTEs if they're in response to a specific article that appeared recently in the paper.
- You can write an Op-Ed. This is like an LTE, but longer, 500-700 words, sometimes longer, and doesn't necessarily have to be 'on topic'.
The War on Terror, of course.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which is under the Department of Homeland Security, announced that they'd be using a $10.5 million Predator drone, yes, those predator drones, to survey the Michigan-Ontario border, yesterday:
In a further crackdown on the northern border, federal authorities are planning to use a drone-like, unmanned aircraft to police the United States-Canada boundary between Michigan and Ontario.
With the final White House Forum on healthcare scheduled Monday, April 6 in downtown Los Angeles, advocates of single payer/guaranteed healthcare have one more opportunity to shake up what has become a dreary conventional wisdom about the presumed acceptable parameters of the debate.
The Economist Group is delighted to announce the development of a public-entertainment facility that combines the magic of a theme park with the excitement of macroeconomics.
Go read it all. The real kicker:
Heavy investment in security and a landscaped moat and electric fence will neutralise any potential threat from the growing anarchist presence.
We know about the tent cities. We know about the abandoned houses. We know about the people who can't afford to keep their apartments or rental homes. We're finding out about abandoned boats. I suspect there are also abandoned RVs. I wonder if we might combine these resources. Read more about What If?
single payer, the War on Drugs, the Big Give to the financials, military expansion, prosecuting Bush-era crimes and other Constitutional issues, etc., etc.
The snowball looks to be headed down the hill:
GRENOBLE, France — For a second straight day, French workers facing steep layoffs at a Caterpillar factory held four of their bosses at the U.S. manufacturer’s plant in the Alps, union officials said.
The workers also made a direct appeal to French President Nicolas Sarkozy to save their jobs, said Nicolas Benoit, a representative of the CGT union at the Caterpillar plant in Grenoble.
“We expect a strong political response,” Benoit said. “The goal is to save jobs.”
And the town does its best to enforce that privacy. "There is no parking on any street in Brookville," said Mayor Caroline Bazzini. "So in order to come and be here in Brookville, you need to know the people."
Who says you need gates and walls to keep 'undesirables' out? Read more about With friendly communities like these...