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On “merit”…

In the bad old days position in society was based on birth and wealth. For a short time there was a threat that it would be based on need (“From each according to his ability, to each according to his need”), however that was safely squashed with the falling of the Berlin Wall.

Since then […]

On Fairness…

Those on the right say that it isn’t fair that the 1% who work the hardest, who are the most talented, and who are the “engine of the economy” are taxed for their efforts. For the sake of argument I’m not going to contest the merits of these claims of superiority, even if I am […]

Prurient…

We are a prurient culture:

Fuck you Leon Panetta…

Via Glenn Greenwald (quoting I believe this DoD article):

“As difficult as [the Iraq war] was … I think the price has been worth it, to establish a stable government in a very important region of the world”

– Leon Panetta

With “friends” like these, who needs enemies.

Seriously, what a wanker. None of his […]

Social Darwinianism Dilbert style…

Tack on:

End of War

I sincerely feel for the veterans of this war. We tainted them with this immoral slop, chicken-hawks all we let them bear the wounds (physical and emotional), and then lost interest.

The war supposedly ended yesterday (a lie I am sure but) and no one cares. All the cheerleaders silent. The great mass of bloodthirsty […]

If you don’t want to be treated like…

If you don’t want to be treated like “jack-booted thugs”, don’t be “jack-booted thugs”.

Just sayin’.

UPDATE:

Maybe this guy is a nice guy and this is just a bad shot, from the Wiki-Commons site it says he’s Canadian. All Canadians are nice right (actually I find them to be but…)?

The point is, […]

Self-Interest Properly Understood

Joseph Stiglitz via Digby:

Alexis de Tocqueville once described what he saw as a chief part of the peculiar genius of American society—something he called “self-interest properly understood.” The last two words were the key. Everyone possesses self-interest in a narrow sense: I want what’s good for me right now! Self-interest “properly understood” is different. […]

Faith in humanity…

Another example of where my faith in humanity, or it’s future, is challenged (from NYT):

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — After top Penn State officials announced that they had fired Joe Paterno on Wednesday night, thousands of students stormed the downtown area to display their anger and frustration, chanting the former coach’s name, tearing down light […]

Islam

I will note in the post below I used the term “convert”, which is a loaded word especially when talking about Islam.

To be clear, while I have no great love of any religion, I steadfastly believe in the right of all to worship any faith or for that matter, not worship at all (ie: […]