Wednesday, October 27, 2010

What did you learn in school today?

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Angela Davis interview at Democracy Now!

A wonderful interview with Angela Davis on Democracy Now! this afternoon...

Click here to listen to the interview or read the transcript -

A startling statistic from that interview:

"...there are more African Americans under correctional control today, in prison or jail, on probation or parole, than were enslaved in 1850, a decade before the Civil War began..."

Amy Goodman @ Democracy Now! is the person interviewing Ms. Davis. Amy is a great journalist and another person that I really admire... I would encourage you to click below and purchase Amy's latest book -

Hypocrisy - not that anyone will notice

How many of the campaigns are being run based on less gov't spending! No earmarks! A bunch... and at the same time the politicians want to stand in front of that Government funded project in their town and cut the ribbon. Even that one issue "statesman" John McCain -

Stimulating Hypocrisy: Scores of Recovery Act Opponents Sought Money Out of Public View
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/10/18-2

But, not that anyone will notice... as the NYTimes points out today, only 10% of the population even knows they got a tax cut, in fact as I've pointed out before THE LARGEST TAX CUT IN THE FREAKING HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES... yet, this is the Tea Parties election, based on the primary issue that taxes are too high and the "socialist" President needs to cut them... Oh, help me.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Clint Eastwood - Hereafter

Interesting piece from this Clint Eastwood interview about his new movie "Hereafter" and his thoughts on religion and the afterlife-

"Eastwood was attracted to "Hereafter" because it deals with the afterlife in a spiritual manner without turning religious.

He attended a variety of churches, mostly Protestant, as a boy but gave up on it early on, disliking the wrathful tone that was preached.

"I couldn't believe that God would be a great sadist in the sky, getting pleasure out of, 'If you screw up, I'm going to bust you, boy,'" Eastwood said. "That's a way of keeping people in line, I guess."

He does find Buddhism attractive, "because they don't seem to be as mean-spirited, and their idea of God is sort of a heavyset guy who's got a smile on his face, and I thought, hey, that's nice," Eastwood said.

"Hereafter" has no easy answers about whether there's an afterlife, and Eastwood himself won't speculate.

"I haven't the foggiest idea," Eastwood said. "I suppose the whole basis of religion all throughout history has always been based upon somebody believing or wanting to believe, and maybe it's mankind imposing their will — 'I want to believe there's something after. I want to believe there's no mortality, that you don't just fade away.'

"I don't know what I think about it. I probably tend to think, you're here for the time you're here, and you should do the best you can for the time you're here, and appreciate it and move on. That's rather simplistic, but that's where I come out.""

Friday, October 15, 2010

War and Wall Street

Dave Pollard has a great blog - How to Save the World - Dave writes this on his "Links and Tweets for the Month: October 15, 2010"

"“This is Very, Very Bad”: Paul Krugman in the NYT sums up the foreclosure mess as the simple continuation of a massive and ongoing government-backed fraud perpetrated by US and global financial institutions against homeowners and taxpayers. Why is it allowed to continue? Because as the chart above shows (from oftwominds.com), financial services make up 1/3 of US profits (and GDP). Only the war industry is comparable in size. Without banks and wars, there simply is no US GDP. Without these two industries, and rising housing values and consumer spending, there is no US economy."

Is there any wonder why we went to Iraq or Afghanistan? or why we've been neutered and trained not to pay attention when Wall Street finance and banker barons are making billions off of our poverty? It's obviously because without wars and finance we are Tanzania...

John Cleese on Creativity

A very insightful clip from John Cleese...



Which I found at Dave Pollards - How to Save the World blog

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

"Pro-Business"

Politicians talk about being 'pro-business'... they fight for the Chamber's endorsement and meet with various business groups when they come to town. The republicans talking point is "who creates jobs?" then state that "my opponent believes that government creates jobs, I believe it's private business"... cue the cheers from the crowd. Goes way back to "What's good for GM is good for America"... Why the hell democrats don't challenge this nonsense is beyond me. What's good for Wall Street is good for Wall Street, what's good for Big Business is good for big business. And frankly neither of those two give one damn for middle-class folks, much less poor folks, and neither takes any responsibility for any of the problems we've faced for the last 3 years.

Seth Godin defines "pro-business" in this great post on his blog. He writes - "What makes a policy or a politician pro business? Some would tell you it includes:

* Lower or eliminate the minimum wage
* Eviscerate OSHA and other safety and pollution inspections
* Make it difficult for workers to easily switch jobs from one company or another
* Educate the public just enough for them to be compliant cogs in the factory system
* Fight transparency to employees, the public and investors
* Cut corporate taxes"

I'm a rural guy, I've lived and worked in rural America all of my life, the business model that Seth describes as 'pro-business' was, and is, the model for every major employer every where I've lived. And to this day they are still the businesses the pickle vendors and politicians recruit and cater too throughout rural America.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Joe Bageant Interview

An awesome hour long interview with Joe Bageant -

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Big money takeover

Good piece from Professor Robert Reich...

The Secret Big-Money Takeover of America -
"Right now we're headed for a perfect storm: An unprecedented concentration of income and wealth at the top, a record amount of secret money flooding our democracy, and a public in the aftershock of the Great Recession becoming increasingly angry and cynical about government. The three are obviously related."

Friday, October 1, 2010

Charlie, Saul, and Tom

Three others I admire - all different personalities, lines of work, and methods - the one characteristic I think I can tie to all of them is passion for what they believe.

The late Texas Congressman - Charlie Wilson



This link takes you to the great Tom Peter's where he talks about what we can all learn from Charlie and his compatriots.

In the audio Tom, a wonderful radical in his own right, highlights the work of the great Saul Alinsky and his book 'Rules for Radicals'.

Mr. Alinsky is another person I admire, perhaps even more so now that his name and reputation has been tarnished by demagogues...