Apparently this is not just what happens in Iraq: when first world nations attempt to introduce democracy and self-rule, things get a bit crazy … with civil war sure to follow, if the pattern holds. In The Sun Online – News: Is this end of United Kingdom?, there’s a discussion of a rise in “nationalism”… Continue reading Disaster ensues when first world nations introduce democracy …
Greed, individualism, power, empire, fear … at least Cheney is consistent, but why does he hate democracy so much? He seems to even hate the republic. I mean, I get that somewhere a whole lot of people got some wires crossed and can’t separate in their heads the idea of community from the fear of… Continue reading Why do the bastards hate Animal Farm so much?
Via a link on Huffington, the article House Democrats name Hoyer to No. 2 post – Yahoo! News mentions Murtha’s difficulty with Abscam: Murtha, 74, was a problematic candidate because of his penchant for trading votes for pork projects and his ties to the Abscam bribery sting in 1980, the only lawmaker involved who wasn’t… Continue reading Abscam! Good times, good times …
Apparently, having pastors ship in out of town customers isn’t a sustainable business model. Hmm, let me think. Free butter or women’s rights … women’s rights or free butter … Yeah, not so hard after all. Suck it, Thriftway.
Via Think Progress Â» Bush on what he learned from Tuesdayâ€™s elections, President Bush has learned now, suddenly, that the people want ethical behaviour in DC. Who knew? Someone should have said something earlier. You know, clued him in on that. If only it had been stated clearly to him before now. I mean, that… Continue reading Who knew?
So, the ship that the stryker group has been loading into has left. The action in Olympia surrounding this was a 10 day attempt to blockade the vehicles as they moved through Olympia to the Port. I had the opportunity to participate in the send-off event as the ship left the Port. I took some… Continue reading The send-off of the Pomoroy and a tale of two workers
Anti-Globalization movement is to supporters of Globalization what anti-federalists were to the federalists. Which is a s much to say that things are not what they seem. The anti-Globalization movement is one which is a populist opposition to supporters of Globalization. This is much the same as the anti-federalists were a populist opposition to the… Continue reading Anti-Globalization is not anti-globalization
I was thinking about the logical typing of “monopoly” where both XY and XZ appear to be X, neither are V. Public and Private entities can appear to be “monopolies” however, they are different magnitudes of X where governments are X prime. To see public entities to be of the same order, or lesser order,… Continue reading But, maybe, X is not X after all?
The notion that liberty is hypothetical opportunity ignores the existence of consequences and complexity. Sure, any one can rob a bank; any one can become a first tier telecommunications company. Except that, when taken in context, they cannot. There are real social and economic consequences to the choices that people make, even small ones. Robbing… Continue reading What is liberty after all?
More information about the rescent attempt to gain control of the water rights at the old brewery site via this morning’s Olympian, Olympia made right move on water rights: Unbeknownst to everyone else, attorneys hired by the city of Olympia stumbled onto the fact that an old law dating back more than 100 years allows… Continue reading Water wars at home
Noticed a reflection on one of my rambling posts reflecting on “New Epstein Book” … Some interesting discussion. Certainly I could be wrong in my analysis, but that’s always a possibility. I do recognize that there’s a great deal more to be known about the function of and development of monopolies in the capitalist economic… Continue reading Response to “X, non-X, What’s The Dif?”
Via Positive Liberty, “New Epstein Book“: “he says is the greatest weakness of the Progressivist economic perspective: the notion that monopoly was bad, unless it was run by government. ” I have not read the book and am responding to hearsay about it, but I am not sure I agree with the premise. I disagree… Continue reading Public “monopoly” …
Via Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire, “Bonus Quote of the Day“: “‘If he’d been in the military, he would have learned gun safety.’ — Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE), quoted by the Omaha World Herald, on Vice President Dick Cheney’s hunting accident.” Oh. Snap!
Via OlyBlog, “local ownership of local resources“: “today’s paper reports that the Olympia city council took action to reclaim our water rights at the brewery. As I understand it, the current owner is in danger of defaulting on his loan. If he does, then the water rights will go to his lender in California or… Continue reading Eminent domain and water rights
Interestingly, as I turned on the TV this morning, the question being asked on Family Feud was: “Who has the biggest ego in America?” Let us just set aside the fact that it should have been “… in the US?” shall we, for now? This is almost a tabloid wish-list. The survey says: President Bush… Continue reading One poll President Bush is winning
No more POP-UP, POP-UNDER ads! No more stupid PUNCH THE MONKEY ads! Via “USATODAY.com – Cyberstalking law opens debate on what’s annoying“: The law makes it a crime to anonymously “annoy, abuse, threaten or harass” another person over the Internet. Oh. Wait. So, it’s okay to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass someone if you’re not… Continue reading The end of the BLINK tag!
Via Democratic National Committee: Blog, “Republicans Own Abramoff Scandal“: “Despite the best attempts of the Republican Party and their good friends at the Washington Times, the Jack Abramoff scandal is owned, ‘lock, stock, and barrel’ by the GOP. Jack Abramoff has never ever, not one single time, given even a penny to a Democrat. Period.”… Continue reading Own a scandal? You forgot to diversify.
Via Slashdot, “How The U.S. Government Undermined the Internet“: “sakshale writes ‘The Register has an article about U.S. Government backed policy changes that have led ICANN to redeligate top level domains in such a way as to provide ‘greater state-controlled censorship on the internet, reduce people’s ability to use the internet to communicate freely, and… Continue reading How The U.S. Government Undermined the Internet?
Via Crooks and Liars, “Video of Random Shootings in Iraq“: “The video has sparked concern that private security companies, which are not subject to any form of regulation either in Britain or in Iraq, could be responsible for the deaths of hundreds of innocent Iraqis.” I didn’t think to add privatization as the next step… Continue reading Don’t forget to privatize the works that work
I watched the Frontline about Katrina response and it appears pretty damning. Not only is the corporate takeover fatally flawed, but the corporate partisans are inept. I’ve long thought that due to the delay between social movements and the appearance of adherents in the political system that we have entered the time when the yuppies… Continue reading Militarizing disaster responses through corporate restructuring