Archive for April 2nd, 2008

Of Shrinking Pies

Well, I know you’ll have to cut those fees
And you’re wondering who has moved your cheese.
Bernarke’s on the news.
You can’t afford the MBA dues.I was a semi-rich middle-aged broncin’ buck
With a master plan and a lot of pluck,
But I knew I was out of luck
The day the Subprime died.

Some of the other references in the song I didn’t get, but still quite funny.

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Before Our Eyes

Here’s Alice Walker in the Guardian, via WashingtonPost Newsweek:

I want a grown-up attitude to Cuba, for instance, a country and people I love. I want an end to the war immediately, and I want the soldiers to be encouraged to destroy their weapons and drive themselves out of Iraq. I want the Israeli government to be made accountable for its behaviour to the Palestinians, and I want the people of the US to cease acting as if they don’t understand what is going on. But most of all I want someone with the confidence to talk to anyone, “enemy” or “friend”, and this Obama has shown he can do.

And here she is, in a longer version of the same article, on AlterNet:

I want a grown-up attitude toward Cuba, for instance, a country and a people I love; I want an end to the embargo that has harmed my friends and their children, children who, when I visit Cuba, trustingly turn their faces up for me to kiss. I agree with a teacher of mine, Howard Zinn, that war is as objectionable as cannibalism and slavery; it is beyond obsolete as a means of improving life. I want an end to the ongoing war immediately, and I want the soldiers to be encouraged to destroy their weapons and to drive themselves out of Iraq.

I want the Israeli government to be made accountable for its behavior towards the Palestinians, and I want the people of the United States to cease acting like they don’t understand what is going on. All colonization, all occupation, all repression basically looks the same, whoever is doing it. Here our heads cannot remain stuck in the sand; our future depends of our ability to study, to learn, to understand what is in the records and what is before our eyes. But most of all, I want someone with the self-confidence to talk to anyone, “enemy” or “friend,” and this Obama has shown he can do. It is difficult to understand how one could vote for a person who is afraid to sit and talk to another human being. When you vote, you are making someone a proxy for yourself; they are to speak when, and in places, you cannot. But if they find talking to someone else, who looks just like them, human, impossible, then what good is your vote?

So: what got left out here are the specific reasons why she wants ‘a grown-up attitude to Cuba’, why she wants an end to the war, and why she wants the Israelis, and the Americans, to stop what they are doing to the Palestinians, describing it (accurately) as colonization, occupation, and repression. She also says that she wants people to take their heads out of the sand and understand what is ‘before our eyes’. But you can’t understand something unless it’s brought before your eyes in the first place: something the edited piece does not do.

Baby You Can Drive My Car

Gardaí in Limerick have arrested a 13-year-old boy after he was stopped while driving a car in the early hours of this morning.The teenager was stopped on the Island Road leaving St Mary’s Park at around 1.30am.

He was wearing a bullet proof vest, and following a search, Gardaí discovered he was carrying a knife.

It is a sad reflection on our society that children feel they have to wear bullet proof vests for protection when driving. To top it all, I bet he wasn’t even wearing his seatbelt.

Heartattack and Bovine

Headline:

Human-cow hybrid created.

I am living the life of a bachelor this last few days. This allows me to take a walk on the wild side as far as food is concerned. On the menu tonight is meatballs from Marks and Spencers. Not just any meatballs though: pork and beef meatballs. How cool is that? Two of my favourite meats literally rolled into one!

If you can make pork and beef meatballs, I see no reason why you can’t have cows driving taxis. Musical visionary Tom Waits foresaw all this when he wrote about being in love with a Jersey Girl:

Yo Adrian

“Let me tell you something, when it comes to finishing a fight, Rocky and I have a lot in common. I never quit. I never give up. And neither do the American people,” Clinton said.

She then proceeded to whup the shit out of the carcass of a bullock that hung nearby.

Blue Canary Shoot

El Público has an article today on the role of the Blueshirts in the Spanish Civil War.

On their arrival, the Blueshirts lined out alongside the Tercio, an assignment which, according to O’Duffy, represented a ‘great privilege’. After a period of preparation in Cáceres, where Irish flags were raised on public buildings and their anthem was played at official acts, the fascists were sent to the front at Ciempozuelos.

Their participation in the war was a disaster. It began with a shootout in which they ended up shooting at a brigade of falangists from the Canary Islands. Afterwards, in January, they were stationed at the front on the Jarama. There, they were only able to take part in unimportant actions due to their indiscipline.

Their enthusiasm fizzled out, and, in April 1937, they announced their departure. Ireland received them with disdain. They paraded through the streets of Dublin, but the atmosphere was glacial.

Translation mine. The article also notes that O’Duffy agreed with Franco in secret that the Blueshirts would not fight against the Basques due to the similarities they saw with Ireland.


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