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The Mighty Wurlitzer Plays On…

“If we had met five years ago, you wouldn’t have found a more staunch defender of the newspaper industry than me. I’d been working at daily papers for seventeen years at that point, doing no-holds barred investigative reporting for the bulk of that time. As far as I could tell, the beneficial powers the press […]

I’ll have to remember this one…

It’s a good phrase

“Play the ball not the man“

or, perhaps more correctly:

“Playing the man, not the ball“

Sadly describes the vast majority of blog responses, or frankly argument, these days.

A “football”, or as some say, “soccer” quote.

Responding on “merit”…

Responding to a quote in Sean McElwee’s excellent screed on the topic of why Americans seem to be so complacent:

“The Waltons and Kochs, parasites living off their parent’s work rather than creating their own fortunes, are examples of how the old story of the “self-made man” is increasingly out of date.”

My cross-posted […]

As told to friends…

Here’s a reply I sent to some friends some time back and thought worth putting here. As western civilization seems to continue it’s steady decline, I think it’s topical:

I do not care what system we choose, whether it be capitalism, socialism, communism, libertarianism, plutocracy, democracy, dictatorship, Ryand-i-ism, a mix an match of all, whatever. […]

Bacon and Beans and Limousines – Will Rogers

Now don’t get scared and start turning off your radios. I’m not advertising or trying to sell you anything. If the mouthwash you’re using is not the right kind and it tastes sort of like sheep dip why you’ll just have to go right on using it. I can’t advise any other kind at all.

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Thomas Paine, Communist

“Separate an individual from society, and give him an island or a continent to possess, and he cannot acquire personal property. He cannot be rich. So inseparably are the means connected with the end, in all cases, that where the former do not exist the latter cannot be obtained. All accumulation, therefore, of personal property, […]

Douglas Adams on Democracy…

“It comes from a very ancient democracy, you see….” “You mean, it comes from a world of lizards?” “No,” said Ford, who by this time was a little more rational and coherent than he had been, having finally had the coffee forced down him, “nothing so simple. Nothing anything like so straightforward. On its world, […]

Of “defensive wars”…

Public relations has been around for a long time:

“All men of conscience or prudence ply to windward, to maintain their wars to be defensive.”

– Roger Williams (as quoted in “A People’s History of the United States“)

 

So why do we have “free trade” with China?

From CNET:

A report from the newspaper yesterday detailed how relatives of Chinese prime minister Wen Jiabao have grown extraordinarily wealthy during his time in China’s ruling elite. The NYT reported that his family has “controlled assets” valued at $2.7 billion. His wealth stands in stark contrast to the poverty that afflicts large numbers of […]

Out of the horse’s mouth…

I don’t think it’s possible to put it more clearly why we we’re losing jobs and why “free trade” isn’t free:

“Let’s not kid ourselves about just how cheap offshore labor really is. We not only pay substantially less per hour, we also avoid the costs we would incur if these workers immigrated here. We […]