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Monday, March 25, 2013

The Violent Disorder

Goya Saturn
Detail from Francisco de Goya's Saturno devorando a su hijo
At around 4500 words or so, Richard Lichtman's essay at Truthout, The Violent Disorder of Our Public Mind, does a remarkable job of capturing both the forest and the trees of what constitutes the malady of modern collective Western thought. He calls it capitalism, and that is a good word for it. It is only a word, however, and what it has come to represent to both its detractors and its supporters has been through so much defamation and rehabilitation as to become the proverbial finger pointing at the moon.

In his article, Lichtman redirects our attention to the moon. I'll drop a few excerpts here, but the whole point of this plagiarism is to direct you to go and read the whole thing.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Crime And Punishment, Steubenville And CNN

Grievous coverage?

[Update 2013/03/19: At the bottom, after the fold, a devastating Onion Sports News Network satire that eerily tracks the CNN report that is being criticized. Yes, consider it an argument against much of what I've written here. Thanks, Truthdig.com.]

The video of CNN's coverage of the Steubenville juvenile rape verdicts, featuring Candy Crowley and Poppy Harlow (and legal analyst Paul Callan) is going viral as I write this. Accompanying most links to this video there is a great deal of outrage being expressed over the sympathy that is clearly being expressed by reporter/pundits.

There is, for example, the Upworthy post ALL KINDS OF WRONG: CNN Pays Touching Tribute To The Rapists Who Attacked A 16-Year-Old Girl, and a MoveOn.org email circling to urge us to sign this petition urging CNN to apologize.

I'm going to confess to a bit of moral cowardice on this one.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

47 Percented: They Do Not Represent

Mitt Romney, speaking Truth to Power

This last week, everyone was abuzz over the findings of University of Michigan graduate students David Broockman and Christopher Skovron. What they charted out was the gap between what politicians perceive as their constituents' politics (leaning conservative), and what their actual inclinations are (leaning liberal.) OK, not everyone.

Basically, the blogs were abuzz.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

R.I.P. Hugo

Venezuela Clinic

(Repost from 2009/07/01)

Susie Madrak, at Crooks & Liars (story from here, emphases Madrak's):
[...]

I walked out of the clinic with a diagnosis and treatment within twenty-five minutes of entering, without paying a dime. There was no wait, no paperwork, and no questions about my ability to pay, my nationality, or whether, as a foreigner, I was entitled to free comprehensive health care. There was no monetary value connected with my physical well-being; the care I received was not contingent upon my ability to pay. I was treated with dignity, respect, and compassion, my illness was cured and I was able to continue with my journey in Venezuela.

[...]
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