Blog posts tagged "politics"
October 29, 2008⇒ Video of electronic voting machines totally failing to accomplish the simplest of tasks..
The current crop of electronic voting machines are so bad it’s criminal, and the companies that manufactured them should be put out of business on the grounds of constituting a clear and present danger to our national security.0. (Aside politics, video, voting)
June 24, 2008⇒ Leonard for Obama ’08.
Congratulations to the Obama campaign, this is going to be awesome.0. (Aside friends, lhl, nptech, obama, politics, tech)
July 8, 2007⇒ Wikipedia: Aga Khan IV.
NYT had an interesting puffy piece on this imam turned global venture development mogul (ala Soros). This is a note to do more research. Also reminded me of conversations in the radical community about the power of tithing.0. (Aside, capitalism, development, islam, money, politics, wikipedia)
January 18, 2007⇒ What can you get for $1.2 trillion?.
The opportunity cost of the war in Iraq. (via)0. (Aside, health care, iraq, money, politics, war)
September 28, 2006⇒ jargon watch: dog whistle politics.
Why bother with Lakoffian framing when you’ve got a secret language?0. (Aside language, politics)
August 11, 2006⇒ Israel Asks U.S. to Ship Rockets With Wide Blast – New York Times.
“Israel has asked the Bush administration to speed delivery of short-range antipersonnel rockets armed with cluster munitions” – the perfect sort of weapon to use in crowded, urban settings to maximize civilian deaths.0. (Aside nytimes, politics, terrorism)
May 10, 2006⇒ Bush: “The best moment of my presidency was catching a perch on my lake”. 0. (Aside bush, politics, quotable)
March 15, 2006⇒ piratbyrån: I’m pro-pirate.
and I vote!0. (Aside culture, politics)
Got caught up on the way home, ended up missing the SotU. Did he happen to call out to his boys Ken Lay and Jeff Skilling who also gave their opening remarks yesterday? Someone really missed a chance to do a cross promotion media event there.
I have a confession to make, it’s a bit out of fashion, but I adore epistolary novels. Especially ones with unreliable principles. Having been on something of a tear plowing through 4 (unspeakable) paperbacks in 3 days, I finally smacked up against Burst and Bull’s Freedom and Necessity, which has slowed me down considerably.
Published in 1997, I’m not sure how I’ve missed it to date. Finally Burst turns his considerable talent for sly mimicry to a worthy task (I’m not a fan of Dumas, sue me), and Bull’s wonderful characters escape the rather dead end genre of musicians and fairies (ditto de Lint).
Some folks might be turned off by the extensive expositions of Kant and Hegel (with a name like “Freedom and Necessity” Hegel not to mention Engels are something of a given), but “Sophie’s World” this is not, I promise there is nearly no educational value in the philosophical ponderings, just beautiful words, and plot twists.
Spice with subtle anachronisms (ala Stephenson), Chartist heroes, and one of the most interesting, fertile settings (19th century Europe), and for some odd tastes, you’ve got a winner. Will remind many folks of JSAMN (F&N was published 7 years earlier, and is about 60% the length, and 10% the hype), I’d rather suggest Hobsbawn’s work on long century as a companion piece.
I’m about half way done (when the urge to write about a book generally strikes me), and so could be let down horribly by the ending, but I doubt it.
January 25, 2006⇒ Future American lawyers to be proud of..
A little civil disobedience at Georgetown in the face of everyone’s favorite pro-tortue AG0. (Aside activism, dc, law, politics, torture)
January 24, 2006⇒ Coverage of the “Health Savings Accounts” that BushCo will unroll at the State of the Union.
Not only divides the “well from the sick, the young from the old”, but will force a race to the bottom discrimination against traditional managed risk approaches. I’m impressed, it takes work to make our current system look good.0. (Aside america, analysis, bush, future, health, politics, progressive)
January 17, 2006⇒ “Everyone wants to go to Baghdad. Real men want to go to Tehran.”.
Catching up on a weekend of news, I’m powerfully reminded of this pre-Iraq 2.0 quote.0. (Aside iran, iraq, neocon, politics, quotable, war)
January 11, 2006⇒ Stan Goff: Sex and War.
Now available for pre-order on Amazon0. (Aside books, gender, politics, sex, us)
December 5, 2005⇒ Social Design Notes: Beware of the God.
Brilliant work staking out the cultural battle ground against Oz’s rising fundamentalist threat.0. (Aside activism, art, culture, politics, st)
November 30, 2005⇒ Days of Action.
“United Nations events and other globally significant days and weeks”0. (Aside events, politics)
I’m currently reading Mike Davis’ “The Monster At Our Door: Global Threat of Avian Flu”, and finding it very interesting.
In particular I’ve been unexpectedly struck by how much like raving, leftist loonies dedicated moderates sound when they start writing comprehensively about current events. First Jared Diamond with Collapse, and now Mike Davis. (also, unfortunately, I think this book will firmly cement Davis, one of my favorite authors, into the “Prophet of Doom” ghetto)
Turns out that the key factors pushing the evolution and possible pandemic rise of an avain flu super killer (best case says 50 million dead, worst case as many as 1 in 6) are crony capitalism, and big multi-nationals (global agribusiness). Meanwhile preparedness has been dramatically damaged by the incompetence, and duplicity of the current administration, its phony war on terror, its headline grabbing disaster, the Dept. of Homeland Security, and its deeply incestuous relationship with “Big Pharma”. (in fairness, it was also damaged by the previous administration, and the previous one, clearly traceable, like many modern ills, to the days of the Great Gipper)
I haven’t decided if its alarming or comforting to find our old friends, these familiar horsemen of modern apocalypse lurking behind yet another potential global disaster.
November 11, 2005⇒ Bill O’Reilly to San Francisco: “No more federal funds without military recruiting”.
The problem with Bill’s logic is that SF runs a net loss paying more in federal taxes then its recieves in benefits (as do almost all major urban cities). Unlike say, the state of Wyoming.0. (Aside ca, politics, sanfran, st)