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Monthly Archive: January 2011

Jan 28 2011

“I’m a good Catholic girl”

I’m at a conference and the moderator at a session that I attended gave us an anecdote during which she said “I’m a good Catholic girl”. Was I offended at her injecting religion into a secular meeting? Of course not. She wasn’t preaching to us, it was just a passing comment, inserted for humorous purposes …

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Jan 28 2011

The basis for joint action

(For previous posts about the oligarchy, see here.) There is much in common between what the tea partiers and progressives seek, as can be seen in this informative joint interview on Fox News with Ralph Nader, a lifelong progressive, and Ron Paul, a tea party favorite. Look at the list of things they agree on: …

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Jan 27 2011

Another path for the future

(For previous posts about the oligarchy, see here.) If an economic calamity is to be averted in the US, it will require a popular revolt against the power of the oligarchy because the political leadership is not going to do take action against it. The Democratic Party is unlikely to be the leader of a …

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Jan 26 2011

Oscars for news

Academy Award nominations were announced yesterday. Over in Australia, The Chasers give out their own Oscars for news programs.

Jan 26 2011

God is alive and well and still slaughtering animals

It turns out that about 200 cows suddenly died in Wisconsin, which, along with other recent reports of mass deaths of birds and fish, are taken as signs that the end times are near. Such mass deaths are not uncommon and only seem so because the media’s interest is triggered by one unusual event and …

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Jan 26 2011

The US as a destabilizing threat to the transglobal oligarchy

(For previous posts about the oligarchy, see here.) The main threat to the transglobal oligarchy does not come from those countries that we normally think of as being unstable but from the US, because of the rapacity of the financial sector of the US economy that, like a swarm of locusts, is consuming everything in …

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Jan 25 2011

Chaser’s vocabulary

Chaser is a border collie that not only can identify over a thousand objects by name, she even knows basic grammar and the three verbs paw, nose, and fetch, thus being able to distinguish what she was expected to do with each object. That is not all. She could also recognize categories, in other words …

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Jan 25 2011

Coming soon: “Tim Pawlenty – the Movie”

Is this spot by a potential candidate for the Republican presidential nomination the future of political advertising?

Jan 25 2011

How Monica Lewinsky saved Social Security

(For previous posts about the oligarchy, see here.) I have repeatedly said that progressives have to be most on the alert when Democrats are in power. It is under Democratic administrations that the oligarchy tries to achieve major goals because the party’s base, ever-vigilant to guard against encroachments when Republicans hold power, falls asleep when …

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Jan 24 2011

“I’m offended when you say you are an atheist”

On CNN, Piers Morgan asks Ricky Gervais why he offended people at the Golden Globes award show by thanking god for making him an atheist. Gervais points out the absurdity of such an attitude.

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