Department of Now It All Makes Sense
Cross-posted from Real Economics.
At the beginning of the American experiment in self-government, concentrations of wealth and large inequalities in income and wealth were viewed suspiciously as dangerously subversive vestiges of the royalty and oligarchies of Europe. But today, conservatives would have us believe, concentrations of wealth and inequalities in income and wealth should be viewed as the natural result of a social Darwinian struggle between those who work hard, and those who do not. Thus are Americans slowly but steadily being led to acceptance of the rise of a new oligarchy, Read more about Wealth and Income Inequalities are Markers of Oligarchy
(553 Obama-dumping days until 2012 election-Hugh's Obama's Scandals List)
Pepe Escobar of Asia Times suggests the motivation for the alleged take-OUT not take-down of Osama Bin Ladin:
The hero, fully equipped, pumped up, is face to face with the real Osama bin Laden, unarmed, just out of bed, trapped in a drab room. There's no possible escape; the whole compound is "secured". This is it - the moment America has been dreaming about since September 11, 2001.
(554 Obama-dumping days until 2012 election-Hugh's Obama's Scandals List)
Mike Whitney has one of the best takes I have read about Osama Bin Laden’s alleged demise. (For what it is worth, I didn’t think Osama was still alive. I still entertain this as a possibility, given the phenomenal degree of lying the Obama administration and military have committed.)
All over the world the powerful are fighting the birth of the truth because they cannot bear its consequences.
They want you to believe that you are powerless and that nothing can be done, that this is as it should be. Yet we know that is not true, because we can look at Egypt, where we see that people prevailed over a 30 year dictatorship that thought nothing of gunning people down in the street, that hid people in torture chambers while the elite occupied wood paneled offices with marble bathrooms. Read more about Like a Force of Nature
Critical Arab-US Moment Betrayed: Obama & Cong. Won’t Do Right Thing Re Jewish Settlements; Fear 2012 AIPAC Election Punishment
So, let’s get this straight. The United States officially -- at least rhetorically -- disapproves of illegal Jewish settlement expansion. Yet to do ANYTHING SERIOUS to support this position would mean substantial political blowback from AIPAC.
We all know to what degree the President and Congress will sell out the welfare of human beings, their own citizens, and, hell, the rest of the world’s, to protect their own jobs and power no matter what the depth of the sell out. Read more about Critical Arab-US Moment Betrayed: Obama & Cong. Won’t Do Right Thing Re Jewish Settlements; Fear 2012 AIPAC Election Punishment
It would take an entire library to move the mountain of fake history spun around the life and career of Ronald Reagan by now. Sometimes only a cartoon can approach the truth.
Aaron McGruder, in this intro to a Boondocks episode of a couple years ago, comes as close to capturing a piece of the mean and nasty spirit of the Gipper as anybody ever will.
With Cairo in flames, a member of the White House press corp asks a question about the reporting structure involving the next White House press secretary. "Will the new press secretary have your office?" is an actual question.
A tender spot in master-slave relations. Lordy. Sure, it's a book review. And? Read more about The single most revealing headline I've ever read in WaPo
Cross-posted from Real Economics.
Freddie DeBoer’s recent argument that “the blogosphere is a flagrantly anti-leftist space” initiated a useful discussion of the current political climate in the United States. Read more about Veblen, "Pecuniary Culture," financialization, and fraud
A word about the question: "Is it Constitutional?" One answer to this question is: "We won't know until the Supreme Court tells us what the law is." But there's no reason, after Scalia skewed the nomination process his way in Bush v. Gore, to regard the Supreme Court as anything other than another gaggle of lawyers with abnormally large briefcases. Read more about NEJM on the constitutionality of the mandate
From Philadelphia Weekly (read the whole article here):
Hugh Giordano, a 26-year-old, Roxborough native and food workers’ union organizer for UFCW Local 152, ran on the Green Party ticket against Democrat Lou Agre for a seat in the 194th. He lost, but garnered 18 percent of the vote (23 percent in Philly)—an unprecedented number for a third-party candidate. He may have his district’s attention, but Giordano and the Green Party of Philadelphia want everyone to know that when it comes to the ballot, three isn’t a crowd. What’s more, they’ve got heavy union support—typically an automatic vote for Democrats—to help them.
Book Summary of Agent Of The Unknown
Don Haig had been content to lie around and drink in the synthetic beauty of the pleasure planetoid Fyon, until a woman came into his life. A woman more beautiful and more perfect than any other female in the galaxy. A woman who brought about a curious change in Don.
For she was a pocket-sized doll -- a very strange and miraculous puppet who shed constant tears and held powers that Don never even dreamed of.