It’s Been a Good Run…

h/t Tina

BillMoyers.com- The third and final year of Moyers & Company comes to an end on January 2 and I am writing to assure you that this time it’s the real deal. You may recall that we had originally raised the funds in 2011 for a two-year series but when I announced last fall that the end was near, thousands of you wrote imploring us to reconsider. My long-time funders came forward with a renewed commitment to a third year of support. How could I say no?

But as the end of the third year approaches it’s time finally to sign off.

Stupid Stuff on Steroids

– Syria and Comic Book Thinking –
American hysteria is a wondrous thing to behold.

– Reader Supported News

“This president needs to rise to the occasion before we all get killed”

Our hysteria is usually obvious in retrospect, whether the freak-out is over witches, labor unions, or communists. Hysteria is not always so easy to perceive as it happens or, in this case, as it is happening right now with ISIS-centric Islamophobia running rampant around the nation’s terror-drenched reptilian brain.

The collective rush to do “stupid stuff” kicked in with the mass-pavlovian response to cleverly-marketed, ISIS-produced infomercials featuring the beheading of two Americans (earlier beheadings of non-Americans failed to have the same effect). But killing Americans in the collective mind’s imaginary Islamistan hits the reflexively violent smack in the patriot-plexus and has them screaming for blood vengeance over an horrific but strategically meaningless bit of savagery. [Funny how the equally savage killing of other Americans with a chokehold in New York or a hail of bullets in Ferguson has so much less impact on rampant public moral outrage.] Continue reading Stupid Stuff on Steroids

Wildlife populations fall by half in 40 years

World Wildlife Fund blames human threats to nature for biggest share of decline, particularly in tropical regions.

Al Jazeera, September 30

The world populations of fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles fell overall by 52 percent between 1970 and 2010, far faster than previously thought, according to a new study by one of the biggest environmental groups.

In a study released on Tuesday, the Swiss-based World Wildlife Fund blamed human threats to nature for the decline particularly in tropical regions like Latin America. The group described the study it has carried out every two years since 1998 as a barometer of the state of the planet.

The Wages of Capitalism

Winston Churchill once famously said of Democracy, “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.” Oddly, he also said, “The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.”

I say “oddly,” because of Naomi Klein and her new book, This Changes Everything.

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Fired financial regulator releases secret tapes of Goldman Sachs meetings

Carmen Segarra, 41, said she began recording meetings because she couldn’t believe how the regulators bowed and scraped to the behemoth investment bank. The tapes were released to ProPublica and This American Life.

New York Daily News, By Ginger Adams Otis, September 27

A fired financial regulator whose job was to oversee Goldman Sachs for the Federal Reserve says she has 46 hours of secret tapes that will blow the lid off Wall Street’s entitled culture.
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The ‘bro hug’ goes very wrong …


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Art has the power to change the world

Some cool images here.

Weekend Jukebox: Dealing with a**holes

We’ll start off with the ladies…

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Friday Cat Blogging – Holderin’ on

Attorney General Holder resigns. Lawyer-hating cats react:

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On Allies and Enemies

A little thought experiment: imagine if Samantha Power had been running our foreign policy during WWII? In the quote below, replace Syria with USSR.

U.S. coordination with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad over the airstrikes: Syria, she said, is not a reliable partner. “You’re committing terror against your people, you’re the ones using chemical weapons and barrel bombs, etc. so we didn’t ask for permission — we just offered a notification.””
 This admin runs foreign policy like Barney Fife.

The sexual threats against Emma Watson are an attack on every woman

Vox, By Amanda Taub, September 23

In her famous 1996 commencement address, writer Nora Ephron warned the new graduates of Wellesley college that they were entering a world that was hostile to women’s achievements and begged them to “take it personally.”

“Understand,” she said, “every attack on Hillary Clinton for not knowing her place is an attack on you.” We must all take such attacks personally, she argued: “Underneath almost all those attacks are the words: Get back, get back to where you once belonged.”
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US launches air strikes on Syria Islamic State militants

(BBC)- The US and allied nations have launched the first air strikes against Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria, the Pentagon has said.

Spokesman Rear Adm John Kirby said fighter and bomber jets and Tomahawk missiles were used in the attack.

The strikes were expected as part of President Barack Obama’s pledge to “degrade and destroy” IS, which has taken huge swathes of Syria and Iraq.

People’s Climate March 2014: Massive Global Rally to Be Held Sept. 21


NYT

Latin Post, By Rebecca S. Myles, September 3 ( Agonist thread originally posted Sep.9)

The People’s Climate March, a massive global rally on Sept. 21 in New York City, will lead up to a specially called-for United Nations summit on the climate crisis.

To date, 950 supporting organizations are supporting the mass rally, including non-government organizations, labor unions, grassroots networks, churches and faith organizations. Their members and volunteers will join in the two to three mile march through Manhattan from Columbus Circle, east along 59th Street, down 6th Avenue, west along 42nd Street to 11th Avenue.

The march in New York is being held in solidarity with events around the world — 63 other events in North America, six in South America, 54 in Europe, 10 in South Asia, and 32 in Australia — in cities like Berlin, Paris, Istanbul, London, Melborne, New Delhi and Rio de Janerio, among many others.

“Mass mobilization is one of the best ways we know of to shock the entire system into action. Mass marches don’t always work: we weren’t able to stop the buildup to the war in Iraq. But they sometimes succeed in historic ways. Take the 1982 anti-nuclear march, which pushed a hawkish Ronald Reagan to strike a deal with Russia and start reducing nuclear warhead arsenals. Or consider the 1963 March on Washington, which helped pass the Civil Rights Act,” said Eddie Bautista, New York City Environmental Justice Alliance.
Continue reading People’s Climate March 2014: Massive Global Rally to Be Held Sept. 21

Weekend Jukebox: The morning after the night before

Any genre, any story, any outcome.

Bear in mind that there are a lot of hangovers after the Referendum today, including mine.
So be kind if you can :-)

Post away !
 
Hangover cure for this morning after:

1. Pop wake-up from The Ting Tings - “That’s Not My Name”


 
 

2. An alternate universe: Cat Stevens: “The Wind”

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Friday Cat Blogging – Scottish Independence!

What could have been:

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