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Month: March 2008

Nothing Plan from a Nothing Man

Nothing Plan from a Nothing Man

I just listened to NPR’s report about Paulson’s proposal to overhaul the way financial institutions are regulated.  The report opened with a question to financial experts:  “Does the plan do anything to fix the current financial crisis?”  The experts responded with a unanimous “No.” That shouldn’t surprise anyone, and it didn’t surprise Krugman: …if financial players like Bear are going to receive the kind of rescue previously limited to deposit-taking banks, the implication seems obvious: they should be regulated like…

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Happy Birthday to the Man who should be President

Happy Birthday to the Man who should be President

Al Gore turned 60 today and kicked off a new campaign to cool the planet. The Alliance for Climate Protection’s “we” campaign will employ online organizing and television advertisements on shows ranging from “American Idol” to “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” It highlights the extent to which Americans’ growing awareness of global warming has yet to translate into national policy changes, Gore said in an hour-long phone interview last week. He said the campaign, which Gore is helping to…

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“Jailbird” – Jim White

“Jailbird” – Jim White

I’m leaving the heavy lifting to Mr. Barnes and the Old Viking this weekend because my mind is not functioning very well.  Drank some whisky before the Springsteen show last night, and going to see Jim White tonight. The previous two posts are pretty heavy, so give yourself a little break and watch this Jim White video.

When it Comes to Iraq, Honesty is the Best Policy

When it Comes to Iraq, Honesty is the Best Policy

The ongoing fighting in Basra and Baghdad between forces of the Iraqi government under Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki and the militia of the Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr should explode the comfortable notion held by proponents of the occupation in Iraq that the so-called “surge” of American troops was primarily responsible for the quelling of violence over the last six months or more. This is not to disparage the drastic improvement in the manner in which United States forces now…

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The Old Viking tries to instruct his brother on the US efforts to recreate Iraq

The Old Viking tries to instruct his brother on the US efforts to recreate Iraq

Brother, The upsurge in violence in Iraq this week has been troubling and sent me back to my notes and a couple of authors that I relied on because of their documentation of data and quotes.  It’s too cumbersome to give you chapter and verse citations; suffice it to say that if your pore over two books–Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism and Rajiv Chandrasekaran’s Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq’s Green Zone–you will…

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We Are Sorry…

We Are Sorry…

… for Your American Ways. It’s Friday night.  Grab yourself a shot and a beer and watch this Slim Cessna’s Auto Club video. This song is off their new album Cipher.  You should go buy it now. If you can decipher all the characters on the CD, let me know…

The “L” Word

The “L” Word

Yes, using the “L” Word as an epithet is back in style, and not only by those you would expect to use it.  The Washington Post reports: But as Obama heads into the final presidential primaries, Sen. John McCain and other Republicans have already started to brand him a standard-order left-winger, “a down-the-line liberal,” as McCain strategist Charles R. Black Jr. put it, in a long line of Democratic White House hopefuls.   Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign has also…

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Frontline – Bush’s War

Frontline – Bush’s War

This edition of Frontline is incredible. It’s causing me to reconsider my opinion of Bush and his administration’s handling of the Iraq War. It’s not an unstoppable freight train of bad decision making, with Bush at the helm, it’s several unstoppable freight trains helmed by the megalomaniacal power brokers Bush unwittingly empowered. And they’re all racing for the Iraq War Central junction, at which Bush is the signalman. It’s his weak leadership that has led to this train wreck. It…

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Revenge R.E.M. Style

Revenge R.E.M. Style

Peter Buck, Mike Mills, and Michael Stipe of R.E.M. were interviewed this morning on NPR.  During the segment Michael Stipe discussed the lyrics to “Living Well is the Best Revenge” from their forthcoming album, Accelerate. [The track] takes its title and inspiration from the English clergyman and metaphysical poet, George Herbert. “Living Well Is the Best Revenge” is a common phrase, and the band admits to only recently discussing what the term really means. Buck jokingly adds, “When I was…

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We are all Prisoners of a Black & White Mind

We are all Prisoners of a Black & White Mind

Roger Cohen wrote a column published in Thursday’s New York Times where he looks back to his time as a child spent in South Africa during the apartheid years and reasses his feelings in light of Obama’s speech.  I really do like this bit from the column: Honesty feels heady right now. For seven years, we have lived with the arid, us-against-them formulas of Bush’s menial mind, with the result that the nuanced exploration of America’s hardest subject is almost…

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