Sunday, April 20, 2014

The Onion uncovers the ultimate terrorist plot against the United States of America

Read it here. Don't expect corporate media to cover this important story.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Dr. Lauren Onkey: Dumbest person since Douglas Feith

I was checking to see if Emerson Lake & Palmer had made the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and found this blog post at the official website of the organization by a woman named "Dr." Lauren Onkey. The "Dr." stands for an English PhD, not anything about music theory or anything about musical knowledge on her part.

The blog post, written in January 2010, "explains" why the Yes is not in the R&R HOF. It is such a sad and stupid commentary it must be read to be believed. Prog rock fans "implied" rock was not good enough is one reason. Another is prog rock went too far in theatrics and musical wanderings.

These are reasoned arguments? When Donna Summer, the Queen of Disco, was inducted into the R&R HOF a couple of years ago? When Madonna was inducted earlier?

A prominent general once called Bush II adviser Douglas Feith, one of the architects of the poor planning that went into the Iraq War II invasion, "the dumbest f--- guy on the planet." He must be related to "Dr." Onkey.

I mean, really, this song (Knife Edge) by Emerson Lake & Palmer is not rock? Or this one (Karn Evil No. 9)?

This is from Donna Summer.

And remember, that blog post from "Dr." Onkey is from the R&R HOF's official website.

Pathetic. And, again, dumb.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Excellent article on technological development and innovation courtesy of government

From Jeff Madrick in the New York Review of Books reviewing two books on the subject in the header above. Read the article here.

Also, any article that opens with a smack down of Milton Friedman has got to be at least pretty good.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Robert Kuttner's hero Karl Polyani remains vibrant and prophetic

Robert Kuttner provides a wonderful explanation of the thinking and writing of Karl Polyani in the latest issue of The American Prospect. Michael Harrington is my guiding star. Polyani is Kuttner's and he makes a case because Harrington found Polyani compelling as well.

One quibble: Kuttner, for reasons I don't quite get, does drive bys of Adam Smith and Karl Marx that caricature them rather than adequately describe them. Smith is far more subtle than a modern business libertarian and Marx was rarely so dire about capitalism apart from his 1848 pamphlet written in the heat of an ultimately failed revolution in Europe. Marx's other writings are, again, far more subtle and more thoughtful about the ways in which capitalism adapts and moves around. Still, the analysis and biographical information about Polyani are outstanding.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Right wing militia activity in Nevada

This is not a fight over cattle, but about a guy who is challenging the American government's right to exist in Nevada.

The fellow claims his family's rights to the land his cattle is grazing goes back to the 1870s and that he does not recognize federal rights to the land. No court has agreed with him, and for those who are counting, Nevada became a state in 1864, after being a federal territory before that. We can easily imagine how we'd feel here in California if, say, a person suddenly showed up at our door and said the land was theirs, explaining, "You know, our family had a Mexican land grant to this property in 1834, well before California became a State and before the federal government had authority over this land."

His fellow ranchers recognize the US owns most of the grazing lands in Nevada, and while one may not like government officials from time to time, it is a whole different thing to act with impunity against government property. This article from ABC News is enlightening in this area.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Someone else gets the point of a highly productive society and limiting the hours one has to work

Emrys Westacott, a philosophy prof at Alfred University, over at 3 Quarks Daily, lays out a case for people to not have to work so damned hard. Read it here.

I was musing about this myself a couple of months ago...See here.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The last folk song

Nick Lowe playing his great folk song, "What's so funny 'bout peace, love and understanding" on British television two years ago.

No matter how many folk songs get written, that song will always be the final one. It is a summing up. It is a cry against cynicism. It is an anthem that says we are defeated, but we will return one day through the germs of our enemies.

Modern Republicanism means not believing in public policy

Bill Maher nails it later in this rant from this past Friday, April 11, 2014.

The GOP has become talk radio and just want to screech about liberal enemies, not engage in enacting better public policies.