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Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy 2013: Roll Another One... Just Like The Other One

Dear Colorado and Washington,

Thank you for making 2012 a little more bearable. Don't bogart that activism, my friends!

(P.S. I want to thank "Anonymously, please" for a generous donation.)

Monday, December 17, 2012

Sandy Oh Sandy: Rorschach Vulgarity (And A Critique)

Superstorm Sandy

Whenever something really, really bad happens, it is nearly unavoidable that it be vulgarized into a national Rorschach test onto which our pet concerns are projected. Our two recent Sandys - Hurricane & Hook - serve to illustrate this somewhat lamentable fact.

With Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy, we have the context of global climate change, in which human-caused global warming proponents and deniers alike find nuggets of talking points to advance their respective world-views. Some of us see it as an important signifier - if not outright proof - of the ongoing damage, others seize on the fact that it is indeed not "proof," and so proceed somewhat illogically that it is somehow "proof" of the opposite.

This is a matter for natural science, and for all of the ambiguity that human psychology can and does assign to its manifestation, it is remarkably sparse terrain compared with the tangled forest we are presented with when dealing with a sociological "superstorm" like Sandy Hook.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

President Clinton Redux


Update 02/09: ‘Generalissima Clinton’ Expands the Empire

Hillary is Running: A Dispatch from the Saban Forum, posted by David Remnick atThe New Yorker:
Hillary Clinton is running for President...
It's now less than four years before Election Day (I know, it just runs up on you!), so it is of course incumbent upon us to get deep and serious about the fielding of our next Presidential candidate. (Democratic candidate, of course, since the Republicans are pretty much toast - at least in the short run, right? - and Hisself must pass the baton.)

Sarcasm aside, the seeds of "conventional wisdom" are indeed being sown, and the probability of another Clinton run at he presidency is a (long-) germinating meme, and it deserves some consideration, certainly, at least, in the throwaway forum of faux-journalism that is the blogosphere. It is getting such consideration, so here we are.