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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Why We Have A Hoover

Mr. Hoover
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Stirling Newberry has a stimulating post entitled New Entrant For Worst. President. Ever (h/t Ian Welsh.) He gives a robust review of the major challenges (manufactured or otherwise) that were faced during the march of American history, and a mostly fair appraisal of how they were met by our "deciders." There is much to agree with, and whether or not you think (as I now do) that Obama is a candidate for unseating, say, GWB from this throne, it's a worthwhile read.

I've noticed that recently, for whatever reason, traffic has risen to this post of mine. This is, of course, embarrassing.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Are Independent Voters "Centrist?"

No, nobody is. "Centrism" is a media fiction.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Crying Is A Part Of Life

Twenty seven.

Brian Jones, Jimmy Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, Amy. Et al.

Hold your criticisms for a moment.

They were such sparklers. What can that even mean?

(Sorry, but I am a music fan.)

Left vs. Right, Or My Collectivism Is Better Than Your Collectivism

Silhouette - Women Arguing
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[Note: I've been struggling with a review of John Taylor Gatto's The Underground History of American Education: A School Teacher's Intimate Investigation Into the Problem of Modern Schooling, as I had promised earlier. It is proving to be difficult... for me. Why? In a word, cowardice.]

The Left and the Right

My use of "left" and "right" in this post refers to their current manifestation in the zeitgeist of today. If one looks at even the recent history of the past 200 years, these distinctions are muddled, and it is beyond the scope of this post - which will be long enough as it is - to explore this. The intrepid reader would do well to look at the phenomena of (19-to20th) turn-of-the-century progressivism, Fabianism, behaviorism, corporate foundation "philanthropy," and State paternalism in general. Googling about and doing some serious reading on these subjects can be very enlightening - to the point of being disturbing.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Tuskegee Redux?

Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment
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For what it's worth (emphasis in original):
...a public meeting held July 7 by DHHS to discuss the ethics and logistics of testing anthrax vaccine in (unsuspecting and nonconsenting) children.

How were the Washington DC public schools chosen? Aren't 90% of students black? Was that a coincidence?

DHHS forgot that when CDC tried to push this vaccine on black Postal Service employees in 2001 there were also no takers. Fortunately, our black citizens have not forgotten the Tuskegee experiments, and ponder whether clinical trials are conducted in the black community for reasons benign or malign....
From Anthrax Vaccine - posts by Meryl Ness, M.D.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Krishnamurti In 2011


Jiddu Krishnamurti died on February 7, 1986, at the beginning of the second year of the second term of Ronald Reagan. This, surely, was a difficult time for this man to lay his head to rest. The juggernaut of American empire, then approaching the apogee of denial, almost certainly weighed heavily on the mind of this reality-based thinker. It could only have been more painful if he had made it to one hundred years old, which would have landed him in the midst of the Clinton years, when all pretense of hewing to the promise of "the great democratic experiment" was abandoned in the neo-liberal curtsey to capitalism. In that intervening decade the United States, having already established footholds far and wide, made its vulgar and largely successful bid to ensure that every flutter of its domestic butterfly wings would project outwardly, in a mighty tremble.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Amazing: Todd Hanson On WTF! With Marc Maron

WTF with Marc Maron
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This is an amazing and frank interview that should be heard far and wide. I have nothing else to say, except to highlight a comedic quote that speaks to me personally:
Todd Todd Todd... don't ruin birds for me.
Seriously, Marc Maron is rapidly becoming a national treasure.