Afghanistan: The Endless War of Finger-Pointing

Success has many parents, who have PR machines behind them and trumpet it to the skies. Failure is, as they say, an orphan. In the case of Afghanistan, like Iraq, the war party has diligently flicked the remaining scraps of egg from its face and declared everything is the current administration’s fault (for doing exactly what the previous administration was planning to do).

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Fascinating and Depressing

Nima Shirazi and Adam Johnson’s podcast Citations Needed is one of my favorites; they never fail to illuminate their topic, and their research appears to be impeccable. I also like the slightly unsophisticated un-slick audio and editing; podcasting is metastasizing into a big business full of well-funded corporate drones that milk advertising opportunities, so it’s refreshing that there are a few hold-outs that stay resolutely old school. They’re just about the information.

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A Masterclass in Corporate Glibglarp-speak

I’ve worked for too many corporatist shitbags to have any instinct but “RUN!” when I hear the sound of corpocrat. That’s why mayor Pete made my flesh crawl – he deployed the same technique, which deflects responsibility, takes credit, and obscures the speaker’s agenda. It makes them (they think) sound smart, which means they think you’re a dumb sucker who’s going to fall for substanceless style.

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