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The Horror! The Horror!

Commented Feb 10, 2010 at 07:57:48 in Politics

“i'd like to add to that list:

karl rove
david addington, jay bybee, alberto gonzalez
donald rumsfeld
the PTL
pat robertson (and the staff at the 700 club)
bill kristol (and the rest of his ilk at the Heritage Foundation)
dick armey, tom tancredo
rob rubin
alan greenspan

i'll quit here. the list is rather long already.”
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Selling Meg Whitman: Glitches Emerge in the Billionaire's Plan To Acquire the California Governorship

Commented Feb 2, 2010 at 23:53:32 in Politics

“just to clarify:

what i'm arguing here is that Citizens' United may not be about the buying/selling of politicians in this democracy, rather that this decision allows for the solidification of this type of power structure.”
Don't Call It a

Don't Call It a "Defense" Budget

Commented Feb 2, 2010 at 23:50:01 in Politics

“i completely agree with your post there, but...
i don't think every terrorist attack would cease. there are elements within and without our country that have a monetary interest in continuing these types of war.
also, the physical halt (closing down military bases) of our military, though i fundamentally agree, presents some interesting challenges: what to do with several men and women suddenly discharged from service or active duty.
i believe that a halt to our military, physically, is imperative, but only a third of the solution. there must be some consideration as to how to wind down the economic as well as the mental aspects of this industry, for both on an individual as well as institutional scale. one could also consider that of a replacement of the Pentagon's mission statement is long overdue; maybe following more on the lines of scientific, cultural focus (soft power), rather than a hard line stance---like for example, McMurdo island.”
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Selling Meg Whitman: Glitches Emerge in the Billionaire's Plan To Acquire the California Governorship

Commented Feb 2, 2010 at 23:32:10 in Politics

“what's interesting to note here is the evolution of the first corporate politician. some may argue that we already have that in regards to the graft occurring in Congress today, but here, i think we see, a CEO practicing the tactics of corporate leadership: use of branding, sponsorship of media, convention style campaigning, an end-run on investigative journalism, bulleted style talking presentations, generalized honest expressions that vaguely sound like mission statements, etc. many would argue that we see this already. but with the Citizens' United decision, what is noticeable here is the disregard of the individual voter. one can logically argue that she courts those that can afford her campaign, and that these supporters just relay her message as if it was an honest broker to the voters. before Citizens' United, the voter had a modicum of power; here, the voter has become obsolete.”

lipai on Feb 2, 2010 at 23:53:32

“just to clarify:

what i'm arguing here is that Citizens' United may not be about the buying/selling of politicians in this democracy, rather that this decision allows for the solidification of this type of power structure.”
Why We Need a

Why We Need a "Marshall Plan" for Haiti

Commented Jan 22, 2010 at 18:42:03 in World

“to strauss-kahn and the rest of the IMF,

no one has the right to dictate how the Haitians use that money other than the Haitians themselves.”
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The People Speak: When Television Makes History

Commented Dec 9, 2009 at 23:10:06 in Media

“i wish they brought this to PBS.”
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Why the Washington Post Was Right to Publish Sarah Palin

Commented Dec 9, 2009 at 14:29:29 in Media

“mr. heilbrunn,

to some degree i would agree with you if it weren't for the fact that she has already aired this form of an op-ed on her facebook page (almost verbatim), her book, and her interviews with the press. the washington post had an opportunity to air a contrasting opinion alongside hers, but the fact that they abdicated, falling back on the position of "responsibility to the reader," shows a willingness to legitimize her voice and a moral laxity in their journalistic ethic when it fails to point out not only her flaws of logic, but her complete disregard of facts to pursue a quasi-political ground.

though this tactic may sell the paper for now, it's no longer selling a "newspaper" as it claims.”
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Saving Ourselves From...Ourselves

Commented Dec 9, 2009 at 12:25:52 in Green

“honorable mr. annan,

it is with great pleasure that i am able to respond to your essay. i completely agree with your challenge that i reiterate to others and to the leaders of the world that we do stand at a crossroads. for me, it is no longer a question of evidence, nor of empathy, nor of moral conscience, but a simple question: why not?

why not do this?

from some of the posts below, you can see the many reasons why there are no plans in action; we are willing to jump onto absurd plans of self-interest gain as opposed to absurd plans of altruistic gain.

i believe in enacting as many solutions as possible, and enforce them. personally, i don't really give a damn of either the right, center or left on this issue, because i have noticed that climate change doesn't really give a damn about political party either; and i don't think we have any true leaders left in this country willing to stake himself on this most profound issue. we have chased them away and/or ridiculed them. this will take a grassroots movement and those are notoriously slow. all we have left here are pundits and salesmen, watchers and consumers.
myself, i intend to lower my carbon footprint, recycle, and non-consume as much as possible, protest, art, and engage in a meaningful dialogue. i know it isn't much. i hope you won't think ill of me.

kiseung”

RogHol on Dec 10, 2009 at 00:12:30

“No, he's not! ;-)”
Health Insurance Industry:  How Karl Marx Can Help Us Understand the Health Care Crisis

Health Insurance Industry: How Karl Marx Can Help Us Understand the Health Care Crisis

Commented Oct 16, 2009 at 05:23:38 in Politics

“Thank you for your reply, but I would like to differ from the argument.

1. The confusion is not with Marx, but with the logic in the article itself. In fact, my criticism in the post has really nothing to do with Marx.

2. Marx does not promote false premises. If you read anything by Marx, he goes into very specific detail as to the processes of wealth creation (from resource to profit) in his writings, especially the tome of Das Kapital.

3. Marx and Engels, in the Communist Manifesto, do not advocate violence nor murder nor enslavement nor ruin, as you suggest in your post. Though they state that there is a "revolution", this term has been in contention for the past 160 years.

4. The fact that you condemn Marx because of those that claim to act in his name as proxies of the Communist movement, by your argument, one must also condemn:

Christianity--Crusades, evangelical proselytizing, collaboration with Nazis, Spanish Inquisition, etc.

Capitalism--colonialism, corporate colonialism, child labor, slave trade, etc.

5. The use of a Marxist perspective is but another crucial way of determining how deeply dysfunctional the US healthcare insurance system is. What started off as a fringe problem, has grown into one of the epic questions of this country's destiny. It is imperative for us to understand the full dimensions of this question by exploring as many perspectives possible.

So please, to quote McNamara, reconsider your reasoning.”
Health Insurance Industry:  How Karl Marx Can Help Us Understand the Health Care Crisis

Health Insurance Industry: How Karl Marx Can Help Us Understand the Health Care Crisis

Commented Oct 15, 2009 at 03:48:37 in Politics

“ms. shin,

this was a lot of fun to read. very insightful and made me reconsider another approach to other issues. i've read through a lot of posted reactions to this, and i understand the confusion. i would like to make one suggestion: if you would reconsider exploring more of how one's health is "externalized" (for example, how different parts of the body or different treatments are priced through cost, or that the premium itself might be the externalized "value" of health that health insurance companies manufacture consent to their resour--ahem--customer base, etc.). i think this would help with some of the confusion. thank you very much for this article.”

wblack on Oct 15, 2009 at 12:19:53

“There is no confusion -- Marx asks you to accept a set of false premises in order to force unworkable arguments to succeed. This in itself is only dishonest -- the true evil begins when these arguments are used to enslave and murder tens of thousands at the hands of the uncivilized criminals and thugs who invariably rise to the top of any socialist collectivist system. The smoldering ruins and mass common graves of the slain are all that remains of every country that has implimented Marxist ideology.”
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The Beginning of the End of Nuclear Weapons

Commented Sep 27, 2009 at 07:54:41 in World

“I agree, but
look at it this way. With a number of countries that have stockpiled nuclear arms, and in many cases, to some degree, each country has developed the possibility of a plan for the use of weapons--an "accidental retaliation" is actually a likely possibility that is to be avoided. if countries do disarm however, there is a reduction in the possibility in this event occurring, in regards to the confusion that may arise from a rogue nation. this may have a possibility to some degree in isolating that event.”
Team Earth: Are You In?

Team Earth: Are You In?

Commented Sep 27, 2009 at 07:42:11 in Green

“Mr. Ford,

I applaud you, sir, in your desire to take a second look at the environment. However, I do feel that in many ways, you come late to the party. i do understand the desire to engage corporate entities into this dialogue, but after awhile the charm wears off and one realizes they come with too many restrictions.

But I have come to the more impolite moment here, and I do question your motives:

Did your manager put you up to this? Is this actually coming from what would call a "soul" (I do know how difficult it is in the entertainment industry to hold onto that, just look at any of the nasty comments to Ms. Spears, etc. It is hard to hold onto these days.)

I am a fan, but, imho, that last one sucked rocks. And I am not looking forward to the fifth one. If this is in any way to polish an image for the next possible stinker, you can count me out.

But, like Pascal hedging bets, again I applaud your desire to address these issues. Please check out Earth Day 2.0. Remember, the last one was about a year ago. I don't remember you there.”
Krugman:

Krugman: "I Was Kind Of Hoping Obama Might Be FDR, But Maybe Not" (VIDEO)

Commented Sep 27, 2009 at 07:17:32 in Business

“the big elephant in the room:

does money mean anything anymore? what is the relation of labor to the value of money (capitol)? if large sums of capitol means one is to survive, then does it mean that $1 can be to some degree equivalent to $100?”

joebaggadonuts on Sep 27, 2009 at 17:26:55

“When we exported all our cheap labor tasks abroad, it could have worked to keep US labor on top, if we stayed smarter by far than the rest of the world. But we did not. So we have the option now to cheapen US labor and reset at a point where our labor is finally competitive with sweat shops in Mexico and China and Burma. If you make your daily bread in the market for labor, get used to it. Your labor ain't worth very much any more.

We could have insisted that foreign labor meet US standards for safety, but our captains of industry, earning as they do more than 550 TIMEs what labor makes, wouldn't bend and make that an important part of the international rules of business. Nor would they push rules on environmental health issues, nor healthcare, nor anything else which laborers need to survive in a world where only capital matters, nor even anything which would assure themselves a cleaner and safer world.

One has to ask why. Why did they not see how badly it would turn out? Church Lady has answers, but after watching it, I forgot the question.... http://www.videosift.com/video/SNL-Church-Lady
http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=55884834

StJames on Sep 27, 2009 at 11:28:23

“The value of labor to capital you ask. In the U.S. labor is valued very cheaply. If it takes large sums of money to survive then $1 is equivalent to 1 cent...that's called inflation.”
Fox News Producer Caught Rallying 9/12 Protest Crowd In Behind-The-Scenes Video

Fox News Producer Caught Rallying 9/12 Protest Crowd In Behind-The-Scenes Video

Commented Sep 20, 2009 at 02:12:52 in Media

“but that was more of an age demographic rather than a political one.”
Fox News Producer Caught Rallying 9/12 Protest Crowd In Behind-The-Scenes Video

Fox News Producer Caught Rallying 9/12 Protest Crowd In Behind-The-Scenes Video

Commented Sep 20, 2009 at 02:12:05 in Media

“yes. it was by seniors when the bush administration attempted to modify Medicare by slashing its budget.”

UncleJimbo on Sep 20, 2009 at 02:14:46

“I said Conservatives not Geriatrics!”
The ACORN Vote: House Democrats Just Stuck a Knife in Their President and Party

The ACORN Vote: House Democrats Just Stuck a Knife in Their President and Party

Commented Sep 20, 2009 at 02:01:21 in Politics

“I agree with your post in that classism is involved here, and to some degree there is a confusion between the two; but from my understanding as to this incident, it may be both racism and classism, in tandem, that is operating here.

in many ways, throughout US history, these two "-isms" have been entwined since the founding of this country, and I agree that it is difficult to differentiate the two. a majority of the poor are ethnic, and it has been shown that alot of predatory practices were targeted to these type of communities, in regards to the attack on ACORN. consider how FOX portrays ACORN through its visual images when it smears ACORN. it focuses on not only African Americans that volunteer, but also the ethnic Americans that have come to get help.
we must consider that if the shoe was on the other foot, would the same reactions apply? to some degree, I hope so. consider how we bring to justice those who have broken the law that are white. in the case of enron, and the ongoing financial recession, or the country club in philadelphia that initially threw out a number of black children for using their pool, or the case of governor sanford, etc. many view them as bad apples, rather than potentially indicting a system that supports this behavior, at the same time, when ACORN states that it was a few bad apples, many excoriate the entire system that ACORN is.”
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Commented Sep 20, 2009 at 01:45:37 in Politics

“just to let you know that both cheney and rumsfeld actually got started much earlier in the johnson administration during the vietnam war.

on another note: yoo did sign the official legal justification, but a lot of it was crafted by rumsfeld with multiple notes on the side. and both yoo and gonzalez do (though they continue to "forget", but it points obviously to) make deference to those that they ultimately answer to.

and yes, technically, mr. yoo was no more than a glorified paralegal or legal clerk, to some degree. and like scooter libby, yoo's the next scapegoat.”
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Raymond Clark III Arrested, But Many Questions Remain

Commented Sep 20, 2009 at 01:39:56 in Politics

“thank you for pointing that out. my apologies. i didn't mean to make that term associate it with guilt in my post and thank you for making me aware of that, but in regards to mr. dershowitz's statement which I thank you for repeating:

"He was surely a suspect then..." This statement does imply guilt by hindsight. I am being a bit picky here (but aren't all lawyers picky?), but if he wishes to argue the problem of "person of interest", doesn't the word "suspect" , which he uses, become problematic? Mr. Clark may be connected to the case, and upon his arrest, he has now become suspect, but at the time that I read the article, mr. clark was not arrested a second time.
But I also make the case that mr. dershowitz, and his retelling of the evidence, and his statement: "The evidence of Clark's complicity in Le's death now seems substantial...", makes it plain to me that though he makes a good argument against the idea of "person of interest", mr. dershowitz, on evidence that (at the time) was leaked to the press in the most general of terms, has already concluded guilt.”
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Sever the Link Between Populism and Racism

Commented Sep 20, 2009 at 01:27:55 in Media

“no, the attempt here that the article describes, is that there is a Systematic attempt to "clean" America's history of racism by David Brooks. no citizen is a racist, but some (i.e. neo-nazis, kkk, etc.) have made statements that they are, and their actions have solidified their statements. but also that our view of history does not include the warts of US history. this is what mr. brooks whitewash.
one can say that "why does this matter?". history is not just something that (unfortunately in our education system does not bring to the forefront) we learn and forget, but that our actions today, no matter the generation, has roots in a past that has not been well-explained to us. our idea of citizenship is wrapped up along racial, economic, social, educational, and communal lines. a lot of these public institutions that we have known for so long do have some footing in times of social conflict along racial lines and only now at this time we realize, they must be redefined.”
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Sever the Link Between Populism and Racism

Commented Sep 20, 2009 at 01:19:03 in Media

“Just to add to this argument, Brooks also glosses over the number of Indian treaties that were negotiated at that time, between the Jeffersonian era to the Jackson era. And one of Jackson's greatest crimes is what Brooks never talks about: the Trail of Tears.”
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Sever the Link Between Populism and Racism

Commented Sep 20, 2009 at 01:16:44 in Media

“I can't speak entirely for the extreme left, but I do see your point. But, to bring out a subtle issue, there may be a different process of thought, or at least a different set of assumptions, that these points and concepts go through in order to create an ideology in that person. I have not met another progressive, or liberal, that fundamentally agrees with everything I believe in. We argue terms, we argue context, we argue in the area of speculation, and then philosophy and social concerns. At the same time, extreme leftists are difficult to have a dialogue with because many of them have concerns that there is no present context for.
On the opposing side though, every extreme radical right expounds on the same point, and in many ways, they became interchangeable. The only conservative republican that I have had dialogue with, that was interesting in any way, and actually got somewhere, was a centrist.”
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Paulson's Decision Cost Lehman, Then the World

Commented Sep 20, 2009 at 01:07:37 in Business

“I agree with your statement, but if I may suggest that it may be a combination of the two. Many insiders (as revealed by the SEC in regards to their junior staff, as well as others on Frontline and other media outlets) that some of them knew and took advantage (conspirators), some of them knew and didn't care (complicity), and some of them knew and botched it up (incompetency).

And yes, they are all laughing on their way to the bank.”
Nancy Leigh: Katherine Heigl Adopts Korean Baby Girl

Nancy Leigh: Katherine Heigl Adopts Korean Baby Girl

Commented Sep 20, 2009 at 01:02:56 in Entertainment

“I have not directed the comments at Ms. Heigl, but at the institution itself that exploits this Korean underclass that has to be addressed internally.”
Nancy Leigh: Katherine Heigl Adopts Korean Baby Girl

Nancy Leigh: Katherine Heigl Adopts Korean Baby Girl

Commented Sep 20, 2009 at 01:01:19 in Entertainment

“Thank you for your comment.
However, I do stand behind what I have written. Though we wish that there are no artificial differences, like you describe, I disagree with the belief that differences are erased here in the US. I am glad, though, that the child found loving parents. But I do question this institution, because in that period of history, whether we want to admit it or not, many of these institutions were founded on specific ideas of race and class.
In many ways, this is a difficult argument to make, but I stand by it for historical reasons. There's a past and a future here that, from discussions with many adoptees (not just Korean) that find this most problematic. And in this time, among many minorities, this question is an ugly question, but I've noticed that many come down on the same side.
Anecdote aside: I make the point in my posts (and I state it again, if it wasn't clearer in previous posts) that this system (and it's not just isolated to Korean adoptees) does follow how we instituted slavery here in the US when it first came about. Ranging from choices, speaking specifically to economic terms, to choices of geographical distances.
I have no problem in regards to family, and imo, my problem is specifically in terms that profit is made from these transactions. I believe anything as precious as children being adopted, it should be given freely.”
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ACORN Housing's Response to Conservative Attacks

Commented Sep 20, 2009 at 00:45:40 in Politics

“the other thing that's noteworthy about ACORN'S response is that as they institute an independent investigation, as well as cleaning their own house, they begin to notice connections. they make that wonderful connection as to the logistics of these videos (that were all by the same videographer, but in multiple locations, so where was his funds coming from in that short span of time); and that they string it into their history as one of the multiple attacks throughout their history that have such disparate claims (even now), when they have made clear as to their mission as an organization.”
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