AS THE SUN SETS SLOWLY IN THE WEST
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- September 16
- Making trouble whenever possible
- virgin novelist, middle school teacher for the morally handicapped, government bureaucrat, most famous unknown photographer in LA, PhD dropout, coat hanger sorter, presidential campaign worker, sewer worker, and retired guy -- but not in that order.
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August 13, 2014 06:57AM
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July 31, 2014 01:38AM
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July 03, 2014 07:39AM
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Calling Mr. Ponzi!”
August 17, 2014 02:18PM
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August 17, 2014 02:16PM
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correct about the debasement
for the almighty
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I am lucky enough to live in a huge house on a forested hill. A timber baron/gold mine owner built my house in 1928, But unfortunately the Great Depression hit, and he lost just about everything. So he committed suicide here in 1931. I think I met the guy when… Read full post »
You can be something of an expert about immigration if you cross the border between the US and other countries repeatedly, particularly Mexico. I have gone through San Ysidro, California's border crossing more times than anywhere else, and it is truly something to behold -- and I mean that in… Read full post »
The dominant narrative, the Washington consensus -- it's all the same. There is a seamless interface among the 1%. It makes no difference whether it's CBS, ABC, NBC, or the Washington Post and New York Times. Democrat or Republican mean nothing. The establishment and the loyal opp… Read full post »
When we last left part 1, we knew from reading an article in the Nation magazine that Barrett Brown had uncovered a story detailing the incestuous relationship between the national security establishment, its contractors, and the defense of the 1% against people who would… Read full post »
The controversy surrounding Edward Snowden's series of revelations about NSA snooping into America's internet and telephone has been surprisingly muted, although admittedly both criticism and defense of the government's surveillance programs of its citizens has crossed ideology and party line… Read full post »
I had no idea that my last blog would go so far. I tracked key words through the New Yorker, Washington Post, CNN, and into scuttlebutt about the internal workings of the White House. Obviously, I'm not the only person who's perhaps changed the narrative in the White House lately. Jon… Read full post »
It seems like a long time since January, 2009 when Barack Obama was inaugurated after a campaign of promising that he would be a combination of Abraham Lincoln and FDR to where we are today. A large percentage of the population's disappointment has been palpable. With the exception of… Read full post »
Very few people openly advocate this in Washington, DC because it's important to pay at least lip service to the old document in our late Brezhnev period of empire. Massive levels of government spying on all of us must be justified because after all -- we are engaged in… Read full post »
The Israeli airstrikes near Damascus and Aleppo may have far reaching consequences . I hope that I am wrong.
The relationship between Israel and the United States can been seen as a sexual metaphor. After all, thanks in good part to AIPAC, America has been in bed with Israel… Read full post »
The outrages des jour are the conspiracy theories. They're taking your assualt rifles. 9/11. black helicopters. death panels. black flag...
When I hear people spout this kind of crap, my reptile brain tells me that I want to shake them. But I also have a cerebral cortex. With every post I… Read full post »
Perhaps you saw the kerfuffle that Steven Colbert covered recently with the kid from Amherst who pulled the pants down off of establishment economists Reinhart & Rogoff. The reason why debunking the findings of these economists was so important was that their scholarship was used… Read full post »
An exiled Chechnyan nationalist living in London was quoted as saying that "the bombing of the Boston Marathon was a gift to Vladimir Putin."
Ian Masters had a recent interview with Gordon Hahn of the CSIS, who was also a Fulbright Scholar at St. Petersburg State… Read full post »
The Tsarnaev brothers have been brought down. One is dead, and the other is in custody. I'm a grateful as anyone in the USA to know that Dzokhar Tsaraev will be eventually brought to trial. And I hope that he spends the rest of his life in… Read full post »
Thank God, old new lefty is here to do the heavy lifting for you. Didn't graduate from Oxford? No problem. I have done the reading. If you get drunk enough for an extended enough time in a bar, you will eventually find yourself getting onto this topic. … Read full post »
"Some people will rob you with a six gun. Others will rob you with a fountain pen." Woody Guthrie
Perhaps the biggest news this week was President Obama's proposal to use chained CPI as a basis for calculating Social Security and Medicare payments.Yes, Barack Obama is the… Read full post »
Admiral John Poindexter testifying before the Senate hearing on Iran-Contra. Poindexter is the father of Total Information Awareness, a government program that would monitor all internet, financial, telephone, and other electronic or other footprints of anyone with a con… Read full post »
When you have absolutely nothing to say, there is silence. You're uncomfortable with the person you're with, and he/she's uncomfortable with you. You wish you were somewhere else, but maybe you can't go. Maybe the person you're so uncomfortable with is a co-worker or a member of your fami… Read full post »
I 'm hotter than a smoking pistol at 2AM. What a day. First I got onto an internet radio talk show for the second part of a discussion on how bankers control everything. But I have several problems. First, you could probably get a better interview out of your… Read full post »
Gar Alperowitz, AMERICA BEYOND CAPITALISM: Reclaiming Our Wealth, Our Liberty, and Our Democracy
Jane McAlevey and Bob Ostertag, RAISING EXPECTATIONS (and Raising Hell): My Decade Fighting for the Labor Movement
This post should be titled How To Make Real Change Happ… Read full post »
I was reading a book on the decline of ancient empires (The Collapse of Complex Societies by Joseph A. Tainter) I discovered the only good section on page 67 and 68. He cites a couple of distinguished scholars and their findings on the rise and decline of Chinese dynasties
It's entitled… Read full post »
This is a visualization of what the world wide web looks like at a particular point in time. The box might represent the places on the net that you frequent. Since the internet is always changing, connections and social/information networks are being created and modified fr… Read full post »
This monument is known as the Georgia Guidestones, installed in 1980. Located in Elbert County, Georgia -- an unknown businessman commissioned the installation of this monument in English and 9 other languages as well as four ancient languages. Its message is meant for many… Read full post »
A lot of time has passed since Karl Rove made the declaration that he was fielding a political action committee to take on Tea Party Republicans who did not strictly hew to the new GOP line of kinder, friendlier, white supremacy.
Some people like Howard Fineman of the Washington Post have… Read full post »
I was winding up looking at the blood oranges and the corn just coming up in my garden, and I decided to go inside to make more political trouble in Oregon. Thanks to the internet, you can do that these days.
The first thing I did was to… Read full post »
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