Sunday, November 20, 2011

Glenn Greewald on Modern Media and the OWS Protests

This is a great clip talking about how the talking heads in the media tend to come from the elite classes and thus sympathize with elite motives in their coverage of the OWS protests.

Greenwald on the NY City Subway Protests

Glenn Greenwald has an excellent post about fabrications circulating on Fox regarding recent NY city OWS protests.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Patriotic Millionaires

Patriotic millionaires: A nice clip by people who have made money and want to give back to their community.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Kunstler on the Wall Street protest

Kunstler has a great post on all the quibbling about the Occupy Wall Street protesters. This is a must read: Here come the OWSers.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

U.S. Healthcare Lags: Despite the Costs

This is a bit dated now, but it provides a good graphic of rankings of world health systems.

Monday, June 06, 2011

Bates' Tora Bora Alpine Boots are CRAP!

I just bought a pair of Tora Bora boots (over $300 a pair!) through Cat 5 Commerce and was shocked at how poorly made they were. Just out of the package, I pulled up on the laces and the eyes holding the laces in simply fell apart. It turns out they were all made of very thin pieces of plastic like on a child's watch-band. I called the company and the manufacturer and both insisted that I had the actual boot and not an imitation. They then told me they'd send me a shipping label--which never showed up. I'd have lost over $300 if I hadn't check my email today and realized that they simply sent me an address a couple weeks back, insisting that I pay to ship them back within a month. The workmanship on the boot is so poor that selling such a product as if it were a top-end high-quality product essentially amounts to fraud. If anybody out there is considering buying from any of these sleazy merchants, please reconsider.

(I also don't understand why it takes four or five vendors to sell a pair of boots. With so many middlemen to pay off, no wonder the quality's so poor.)

Saturday, June 04, 2011

Starve the Beast

This 2007 article by Bartlett provides a good discussion of the Starve the Beast metaphor. The purpose of tax cuts has never been to balance the budget. They're designed to eliminate social programs and move more money from the working poor to the non-working wealthy elite.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Yes to Yes Men

I just finished watching The Yes Men Fix the World. This has to be one of the funniest (and politically poignant) documentaries that I've every watched.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Natural Gas

Calgary Herald had an interesting chart showing proven and potential shale gas resources. The chart's missing a lot of countries (for example, Russia) based on the view that the amount non-shale natural gas in these countries will mean that producers put off the development of the more expensive shale gas.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Al Jazeera

I'd agree with Schechter that Al Jazeera is probably now one of the best networks for getting real news. It shows how lousy most U.S. news has become.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Tax Breakdown

This is interesting: a break-down of where an upper-middle class family's taxes go:

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Obama administration's smear campaign

Greenwald, in a recent column, as an excellent piece on Wikileaks and the government's smear campaign:

[Inital excerpt] Whenever the U.S. Government wants to demonize a person or group in order to justify attacks on them, it follows the same playbook: it manufactures falsehoods about them, baselessly warns that they pose Grave Dangers and are severely harming our National Security, peppers all that with personality smears to render the targeted individuals repellent on a personal level, and feeds it all to the establishment American media, which then dutifully amplifies and mindlessly disseminates it all. That, of course, was the precise scheme that so easily led the U.S. into attacking Iraq; it's what continues to ensure support for the whole litany of War on Terror abuses and the bonanza of power and profit which accompanies them; and it's long been obvious that this is the primary means for generating contempt for WikiLeaks to enable its prosecution and ultimate destruction (an outcome the Pentagon has been plotting since at least 2008).

When WikiLeaks in mid-2010 published documents detailing the brutality and corruption at the heart of the war in Afghanistan, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Michael Mullen, held a Press Conference and said of WikiLeaks (and then re-affirmed it on his Twitter account) that they "might already have on their hands the blood of some young soldier or that of an Afghan family." This denunciation predictably caused the phrase "blood on their hands" to be attached to WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange, in thousands of media accounts around the world. But two weeks later, the Pentagon's spokesman, when pressed, was forced to admit that there was no evidence whatsoever for that accusation: "we have yet to see any harm come to anyone in Afghanistan that we can directly tie to exposure in the WikiLeaks documents," he admitted. Several months later, after more flamboyant government condemnations of WikiLeaks' release of thousands of Iraq War documents, McClatchy's Nancy Youssef -- in an article headlined: "Officials may be overstating the danger from WikiLeaks" -- reported that "U.S. officials concede that they have no evidence to date" that the disclosures resulted in the deaths of anyone, and she detailed the great care WikiLeaks took in that Iraq War release to protect innocent people.