“I’m so bored. I hate my life.” - Britney Spears

Das Langweilige ist interessant geworden, weil das Interessante angefangen hat langweilig zu werden. – Thomas Mann

"Never for money/always for love" - The Talking Heads

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

the oligarchy

For those among you who love (as much as LI loves!) xrays of the oligarchy, I strongly advise John Cassidy’s article in the March Portfolio.

---Your freedom is garbage!
---It is the freedom of the majority!


Brian said...

"Evidently, in order to save capitalism, it is sometimes necessary to administer a stiff dose of socialism. "

Socialism for the wealthy, of course. We have socialized risk, but rewards are still 90% the purview of the top 1/2% of the rentier class.

I like this proposal: http://thescannerblog.blogspot.com/2008/01/modest-proposal.html

But, of course, under our fiscally conservative God's Own Party, we will not raise taxes on those who largely created the mess. We will just borrow more money from the Chinese.

God. I need to check my Lotto ticket. It would be enough to become a Pinot Noir grower in New Zealand. I would love to bail if I could. My atheism has spread to the other religion-patriotism.

Brian said...

Well...I have been informed by my foaming right wing brother (who hung out on Free republic) that Obama's victory would bring tears of joy to the dead eyes of Karl Marx. Obama must be better than I thought!

northanger said...

A decade ago, George Wiley, the founding director of the National Welfare Rights Organization, wrote: "almost everyone in America is on welfare, except that it's called... 'defense contracts' or 'guaranteed loans' or 'oil depletion allowances' or 'tax-free capital gains'—in short, socialism for the rich and free enterprise for the poor." Wiley concluded, "The choice we face as a nation is more than just welfare reform. We must choose what kind of people we want to be."

alexander hamilton & constant debt

"I had experimented with conventional X-rays and while I thought the results interesting, I was not moved to continue using X-rays because the results weren't sensitive enough." But the new xeroradiography was much more sensitive and she "fell in love with making visible forms in nature not normally seen." Fascinated "with the complexity and delicacy of nature when revealed by this process," she investigated the possibility of expressing how things have different "states of being," depending on imaging systems.