Reeling in an Audience

January 31st, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink


This makes sense to me – Frank Langella on Reeling in an Audience.


January 29th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink


Josh Marshall has an insightful piece up at TPM about the semantics of the bank bailout:

It’s not clear to me why the dollar amounts spent would really be different in the various permutations. It’s all a question of who owns what when it’s all said and done and who runs the institutions. According to a brief aside in yesterday’s article in the Post, both Geithner and Summers are against having the government run the banks for a transitional period and against wiping out the shareholders of the banks that are in fact insolvent.

What that sounds like is that we’ll nationalize most of the banks because we have no choice. But we’ll allow the current management to run the nationalized banks and the current shareholders to own the nationalized banks.

What Now Mr. President?

January 27th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink


Here’s a clip from a BBC documentary about American health care:

Why “The Shock Doctrine”?

January 26th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink


UPDATE – 1.26.09  –  So it’s Monday morning and I’m plowing on further into The Shock Doctrine – approaching the end, even – and on page 418 I come upon this paragraph which totally embodies my deep concern regarding the prospects for the Obama Administration, however skilled and well-intentioned we might be:

Under Bush, the state still has all the trappings of a government – the impressive buildings, presidential press briefings, policy battles – but it no more does the actual work of governing than the employees at Nike’s Beaverton campus stitch running shoes.

Our government is in the hands of the private contractors, and I fear that in many cases their loyalty is not to the United States Constitution.

Every now and then as I write for theWheel I come across some artifact of our ever evolving culture that I just go nuts for.  Perhaps it’s something from the past, like my fascination with the Beatles A Day in the Life. Then there was the film Ratatouille, which entertained me so very thoroughly and was clearly head and shoulders above so many other films.  I’ve found myself mentioning  Julie Taymor’s film Across the Universe more than just once or twice.

Tonight I find myself writing about Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine for probably the third time, and here I haven’t yet even finished the book yet.  (Almost – I’m on page 400 something… )

Why should this be?

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Lemon Socialism

January 24th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink


Robert Reich on Lemon Socialism.

It’s called Lemon Socialism. Taxpayers support the lemons. Capitalism is reserved for the winners.

Or perhaps the winners are reserved for Capitalism?

President Barack Hussein Obama

January 20th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink


This is a very very good thing.

Mandela, Obama, and The Shock Doctrine

January 19th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink


Per Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine, here’s what I fear.

Much as the African National Congress and Nelson Mandela came to political power in South Africa in the early 1990s only to find their hands tied by crushing debt and status quo economic shenanigans, the Democratic Party and Barack Obama are coming to power in America at a time of similar economic fluctuations and stresses.

While we Americans rejoice and glory in the genuine political miracle that has taken place in our country, let us not take our eyes off the ball.  The Corporatists are seeking to place Barack Obama and the United States of America into such a compromised economic position as to effectively render him – and us – powerless.

Corporations rule the world, and they are not likely to let any one election, no matter how historic and glorious, spoil the party.

What can we do?  Hope?  Pray?

Sure, but also boycott Corporations and Institutions that mess with us.  There is great untapped power to be found in consumer unions.  Hit ’em in the pocketbook.  This they’ll understand.

8 Years in 8 Minutes

January 17th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink


Keith Olberman sums up the Bush Presidency…

If Not Now, When?

January 14th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink


Josh Marshall nails it.

Real change almost always comes in the face of crisis. So if you believe that Global Warming is real and that sometime soon will have to be confronted in a big way … and if you believe that our reliance on oil is not only an environmental threat but a threat to our economic security and national security as well … and if you believe that we need to start manufacturing things that people in other countries want to buy, when else do you expect real change to come on these issues — a real start on the big changes — if not now?

Woof Woof

January 12th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink


I really hope this is badly reported:

The United States, Israel’s main ally, had initially been expected to voted (sic) in line with the other 14 but Rice later became the sole abstention.

“In the night between Thursday and Friday, when the secretary of state wanted to lead the vote on a ceasefire at the Security Council, we did not want her to vote in favour,” Olmert said

“I said ‘get me President Bush on the phone’. They said he was in the middle of giving a speech in Philadelphia. I said I didn’t care. ‘I need to talk to him now’. He got off the podium and spoke to me.

“I told him the United States could not vote in favour. It cannot vote in favour of such a resolution. He immediately called the secretary of state and told her not to vote in favour.”

Is this real?  Did the Prime Minister of Israel really call George W. Bush like a dog, and did Bush really sit up and beg on cue?

Must be some mistake here.

Update 1.13.09 – Bush Administration Denies It. Who’s telling the truth and who’s lying?

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