Monthly Archives: June 2010

Vampire is the perfect symbol for late-stage Age of Reagan in which politics of selfishness dominates all society.

I didn’t see it coming, but now that it’s here, it makes perfect sense.  I’m talking about the new vampire craze that has invaded popular fiction and movies, especially but not only for teenagers and young adults.  The vampire—that human

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The new war on public workers is just the latest phase in the right’s jihad against unions.

In an article titled “War on Public Workers” in this week’s Nation, Amy Traub connects a lot of recent blips on the news media screen to draw a picture of what she accurately calls a new class war against government

Posted in Media & Marketing Matters, Social & Political Issues

Why does the U.S. keep getting into wars with no real objective, or an objective that’s just pie-in-the-sky?

Thomas Friedman hit the nail directly on the head yesterday in his regular New York Times column, when he wrote: “…when taking America surging deeper into war in Afghanistan, President Obama has to be able to answer the most simple

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How an inequitable distribution of salaries leads to gaming the educational system by parents and colleges.

Two articles in yesterday’s New York Times reveal how attempts to “game the system” have corrupted both college and the process of getting into college.  On page one of The New York Times, Catherine Rampell tells us of 10 law

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Tony Hayward set to enter the galaxy of mythic archetypes as a cross between Bozo the Clown and Henry Clay Frick

I think virtually everyone outside the Joe Barton family would agree that Tony Hayward has failed as the operational leader of BP during the devastating oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  From the media reports, it seems as if

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To find out who rules America and how they do it, go to William Domhoff’s WhoRulesAmerica.net website.

I made a slight factual error in yesterday’s blog.  I said that Sweden has a more equitable distribution of wealth than both the UK and the United States.  I should have checked it out first on Professor G. William Domhoff’s

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A new award named after the condiment that the Reagan Administration said was a serving of vegetables.

When BP Chairperson Carl-Henric Svanberg earlier this week used the term “small people” to describe, I think, the average person without wealth, social standing or political connections, he was most certainly misspeaking.  We can’t look into his mind, but there

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The real alternative to small government and low taxes is a more equitable distribution of wealth, Part II.

Yesterday I think I pretty much demolished the ideas that less government is always better and that the private sector can always do things better than government can.  Today, I want to tackle the companion idea that lower taxes are

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The real alternative to small government and low taxes is a more equitable distribution of wealth, Part I.

The two constants that unify the Republican party and the right-wing since the ascension of Reaganism in the late 70’s are the calls for lower taxes and less government.  These are the two pillars of the right that unify the wing-nuts,

Posted in Social & Political Issues

Here’s more proof that the news media are actively facilitating those who want to question global warming.

This week has brought more proof that the news media, taken either as a large group of individual media or a much smaller group of large media conglomerates, are actively facilitating those who want to question global warming. Stanford Research

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