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The Jehoshua Novels

And So This Is Christmas…

…so what have you done?


Pope Francis – Marxist in Disguise?

Pope Francis

It is not surprising that Rush Limbaugh, spiritual leader of the Republican Party – the man who determines Republican ideology and who enforces obedience to orthodoxy within the party – now finds Pope Francis a “Marxist”. Pope Francis, spiritual leader to over one billion Catholics, has issued a direct assault on the [...]

Saturday Jukebox II – More Hard Times


Saturday Jukebox – Hard Times

…Songs of Hard Times… (Thread closed, add songs here.)

Woody Guthrie – Talking Dustbowl blues


Fighting Back Against Wretched Wages

New York Times, By Steven Greenhouse, July 27

Often relegated to the background, America’s low-wage workers have been making considerable noise lately by deploying an unusual weapon — one-day strikes — to make their message heard: they’re sick and tired of earning just $8, $9, $10 an hour.

Their anger has been stoked by [...]

Quo Vadis, Baby.

Chris Hedges has been doing interviews on There are or will be seven in all. Some I could only find in video but I read what transcripts I could find.

They discuss where we’re at, how we got there and where (if anywhere) we go from here.


Morning Criticism

Truthout: The Violence of Organized Forgetting

America has become amnesiac – a country in which forms of historical, political, and moral forgetting are not only willfully practiced but celebrated. The United States has degenerated into a social order that is awash in public stupidity and views critical thought as both a liability and a [...]

Attention: American Labour

This is the way you do it:

Beijing (CNN) — Dozens of Chinese workers angry over a pay dispute have held their U.S. boss hostage for five days, the American businessman said.

Chip Starnes, co-founder and president of Specialty Medical Supplies China, has been trapped in the company’s suburban Beijing factory since Friday. He told [...]

A New Socialism


The Apple of My Eye

Long-time readers of my blog and friends of Team Actor212 know I’m in the tank for Apple products. By my count, I’ve either purchased for myself or as gifts about two dozen Apple products over the years. Without getting into a Windows v. Mac debate here, I find Apple’s technology and ease of use, combined [...]

The Texas Miracle: Proof that less regulation works…or not

Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment Summary

This is good news. Keep in mind that the real rate of unemployment in these areas is the Fed U-6 level plus the long-term unemployed who want to work and have been out of work for 12 months or more (no longer counted by the Feds). See Shadow Government Statistics


Metropolitan Area [...]

Ye Olde Politickal Oeconomie

Neal Stephenson is what most bloggers would wish to be, able to describe the shape that people want of things to come. His Snow Crash divined the natural result of computers, aging, inter-networking, combined with a decaying post-industrial and service economy. People would root themselves in imaginative virtual worlds, and seek to hit human nerves [...]

Some capitalists are torturers

This is fucking outrageous (And yes New Jersey Catholic High School, you can go fuck yourself).

They were not thinking of him as a human being

CHICAGO — By the time Carlos Centeno arrived at the Loyola University Hospital Burn Center, more than 98 minutes had elapsed since his head, torso, arms and legs had [...]

Scumbags of the Day

An Omaha, NE Wendy’s franchise is cutting all non-management employee hrs to part-time to avoid Obamacare (but don’t worry — management will keep their health benefits).