Naked Capitalism, By Yves Smith, October 29
Matt Taibbi has been missed. He went into a writing black hole when he decamped from Rolling Stone to Pierre Omidyar’s wannabe media empire, First Look in February. But when the billionaire’s news venture was launched, the press was sloppy in reporting on Omidyar’s financial commitment. It was [...]
Scott Simon interviewed Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo this morning, which suggests a theme…
Rock and Roll!
Let’s start with a little Patty Benatar:
The Voice of America, By Carolyn Presutti, October 18
Miami – Latinos are one of the fastest growing groups in the Muslim religion.
According to the organization whyIslam.org, about 6 percent of American Muslims are Latino.
And according to Latino American Dawah Organization (LADO), a group that promotes Latino conversions, a little more than [...]
Reuters, November 10
Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban in 2012 for advocating girls’ right to education, and Indian children’s right activist Kailash Satyarthi won the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday.
Yousafzai, aged 17, becomes the youngest Nobel Prize winner by far.
Satyarthi, 60, and Yousafzai were [...]
New York Times, By John Noble Wilford, October 8
There is nothing like a blank stone surface to inspire a widely shared urge to make art.
A team of researchers reported in the journal Nature on Wednesday that paintings of hands and animals in seven limestone caves on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi may be [...]
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 [...]
NYT – A Nobelist With 3 Banned Apartheid Novels
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Ms. Gordimer found themes in the injustices and cruelties of South Africa’s policies of racial division, and she left no quarter of the society unexplored. She died Sunday at 90.
Nadine Gordimer in the New Yorker here
The Edge, By Terence McKenna, March 27, 1990
[Speculative, but what the heck...]
First of all, I am delighted to be here. The great thing about being here in New York is you don’t have to worry if you’re the smartest person in the room. What impels me to talk to groups like this is [...]
I need some help from the ladies.
How does one extrapolate, infer, or deduct and induct the role of women in a society 1,000 years old with pretty much nothing but textile fragments, kitchen and cooking utensils and a very, very thin literary record to go on?
I know I am missing something. And I [...]
h/t Tina Personal or political, past or present,any genre, but especially dedicated to “Dick” Cheney. . Won’t get fooled again, will we?
Hank Snow: A Fool Such as I
Crazy – wherever you want to take it.
The Who – “Happy Jack”
For all the rock & roll DJ’s, locally famous (I followed NYC radio) in their day, the great music they opened our heads to, and their words we loved or hated. …
What are some great or terrible DJ moments from your rock & roll radio listening?
Some of mine:
1. May 10 1982. [...]
USA TODAY, By Bob Minzesheimer, April 17
Nobel Prize-winning novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who was praised as the most popular Spanish writer since Cervantes, died today in Mexico City at the age of 87.
Garcia Marquez, a former journalist who was born in Colombia but lived in Mexico for more than 30 years, is best [...]
Roy talks with great insight about: Capitalism, activism, Gandhi, non violence etc.
When Roy read from her essay, Listening to Grasshoppers, she said the problem with representative democracy is that there is “too much representation and not enough democracy.” She talked about how corporations have created structures that increase their decision-making power, leaving the rest [...]