Monthly Archives: November 2011

Howdy, stranger. Every man for himself.

Coo coo it’s cold outside. Coo coo it’s cold outside. Ooo coo coo. Don’t forget your mittens. Hey Pal! How do I get to town from here? And he said: Well just take a right where they’re going to build … Continue reading

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Austerity measures = medieval bleeding

Millions are protesting in Britain, and it’s no wonder — the government is making an already sick economy even sicker. Paul Krugman provides a good analogy: … History says that a financial crisis reduces long-run growth potential if policymakers don’t … Continue reading

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NYT, WSJ: SEC is in a quandary, not corrupt

In applauding the smackdown of the Securities and Exchange Commission regarding its $285 million penalty against Citigroup, Matt Taibbi wrote, “The [Judge Jed] Rakoff ruling shines a light on the way these crappy settlements have evolved into a kind of … Continue reading

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WikiLeaks vs. the surveillance machine

More and more, the so-called social media remind me of a children’s book I read to my son many years ago: There’s an Awful Lot of Weirdos in Our Neighborhood. Weirdos aren’t necessarily bad — some of my friends are … Continue reading

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Gov. Brownback, you really do suck

Great story out of Kansas regarding attempts to intimidate Emma Sullivan, an 18-year-old girl who insulted wing-nut Gov. Sam Brownback in a message to her Twitter friends. The principal of the high school Emma attends ordered her to send the … Continue reading

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‘Occupy’ news that’s not fit to print in NYT

If you haven’t seen Naomi’s Wolf’s analysis of the nationwide, federally supported crackdown against Occupy encampments, that’s because you don’t read Reader Supported News or foreign newspapers such as Guardian. No way the corporate media in America will investigate stories … Continue reading

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Sleeping at the ‘Laundromat’

Well, I don’t have no clothes to clean To put inside the machine But it’s the craziest place I have ever been A long-overdue trip to the laundromat last Sunday started me on a week-long Rory Gallagher binge. Coincidentally, the … Continue reading

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You can’t take it with you (Ayn Rand, meet Steve Jobs)

Eric Alterman on Apple’s maestro, who died in October: … The [Apple] stock could have continued to soar even if the pay and conditions of these workers’ lives were built into the cost of an iPhone or an iPad. People … Continue reading

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How was your bird?

[My Thanksgiving Day post, two days late.] A bad cold was kicking my ass, but I felt the need for sun and exercise in the late afternoon. All around me was that weird holiday stillness and quiet, as if everyone … Continue reading

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Hitler’s jealous fury at pepper-spray cop

I don’t know who’s responsible for the “Hitler reacts” pieces, but they’re brilliant. This might be the best yet:

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