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Tonight, we plan to celebrate New Year's Eve by staying at home, lighting a fire, listening to music, and reading together I'm going to reorganize the Citizen K. Neither of us like to go out on NYE, especially here with the night rain making the drunks' drives home even more challenging This morning, I'm going to an Obama transition-sponsored community meeting on health care reform. The position overview sent out in advance needs a great deal of work: The writers appear to believe that the essential challenge is the need to modernize a dilapidated system without altering its fundamentals.
There is no mention of health care as a right and it dances around the corrosive role played by private insurance The Soul of New Orleans : "The city has been through hell, but somehow the heart of this town is still beating.
At this moment, Citizen K. While the sound is a throwback, the lyrics aren't: "Big Easy" is a harrowing account of lovers separated during the terror of Hurricane Katrina:. Posted by K. I appreciate that I'm not getting any younger and that much new rock and rap music doesn't speak to me by virtue of differences in life experience.
That hardly disqualifies it from excellence, but it does disqualify me from grasping it well enough to give it either a thumbs up or a thumbs down. That being said, I'm nonetheless struck by the exceptionally high quality of music released in by older artists, even if I am predisposed to appreciate it.
Seven of the performers on the following list are over 60, and three of them are over Other older artists who released outstanding music in include Jackson Browne, Dr. If I had to pick, the best live performance I saw last year was by the year old Lloyd. It's enough to make me believe that my most creative days lie ahead. He has become the master curator of his own work.
Black Ice and PropaneErik Friedlander. TravelingSteve Poltz. Recapturing the BanjoOtis Taylor.Al Queda is not a group or organization so much as it is an idea. That is to say, the power and danger of Al Queda comes less from its plots and actions than from its ability to inspire others to act.
A look at history, whether we choose the soviets in Afghanistan, Nazi Germany and imperial Japan during the Second world war, the American revolutionary war, or perhaps the second US invasion of Iraq as our model, shows us that an insurgency armed with an ideology can and will fight against overwhelming odds and at great cost.
In short, an ideologically driven force grows stronger, not weaker, as it becomes outmatched militarily. It does so by inspiring other poor, disenfranchised, desperate souls to follow the same path.
This works especially well when backed up by a network of religious schools, as is the case in Pakistan, where Al Queda has its roots. Any serious military action taken against the militants simply reinforces their ideology.
To complicate matters, a long-term occupation like we used in Iraq would likely accelerate the radicalization of Pakistani youth. Therefore, it would appear the best way to fight this ideology is to create and present an alternative view, and convince those likely to be swayed by extremist ideology the young, impoverished, and desperate that ours represent a better course of action.
We cannot hope to defeat an idea with guns and bombs. This lesson has been learned by occupying nations throughout history, and unless we change tactics, the United States is set for another Vietnam in Afghanistan. This post was originally a response to this articlewhich I found on Digg. It is on the issue of global governance and global government, which I find fascinating. So, here goes. Nobody really reads this blog at all, but I do have one beef with this article that I would like to lay out.
Perhaps by writing it down, I may better understand my own position on the issue. Or at the very least, not a consensus agreement among those in international relations, philosophy, etc. When I was in college, I remember debating a professor on this point, and defending the thesis that Global Governance would lead to Global Government, but that the transition would be slow enough that it would occur democratically, through treaties between nation-states, international business networks, and non-governmental organizations.
I went on to argue that this transition, should it be chosen willingly by those affected, is not a guaranteed evil. I still believe that some form of Global Governance of which Global Government is but one variety will eventually come to pass. As the article brings up, the issues facing humanity are larger than any one government is capable of dealing with. If such issues truly do threaten the survival of our species, or if inter-national relationships become beneficial to the point of overcoming of their deficiencies, then we will likely see the rise of some form of Global Governance.
That said, the form that this governance system will take is entirely up to the inhabitants of Earth to decide. Fascist and unfree societies do not come into existence without the support tacit or otherwise of the citizenry. Similarly, no Global Governance, and certainly no Global Government, can be created without the consent of the governed. If we take on those in power, if we become the media, if we are willing to fight for that which we hold dear, there is no reason that Global Governance or Government must destroy rights and suppress freedom any more than existing nations do.
Now, if you think existing institutions already repress freedoms to an intolerable extent, then the task is more arduous, but ultimately the goal is the same — to create a system where the rights and freedoms of all are protected from those who would seek to deny them, without itself denying these same freedoms. The line is a delicate one, indeed. You have asked the people of this nation what they want to see out of this nation, and out of your administration.
Here is my submission, and I encourage anyone who comes across this site to write to Obama as well. I would like to see this country, over the next 8 years, fully rectify the numerous constitutional and legal crises brought upon us by decades of abuse by the congress and the executive branch. I would like to see this nation punish those who have tortured in her name, those who took us into unending and expensive wars, and who broke our laws. We elected you to set this country back on a course of international neutrality; a course we left generations ago.Adulting can be hard.
Watch the video. An examination of the research by forensic psychiatrist Dorothy Otnow Lewis who investigated the psychology of murderers. An extraordinary look into the controversial political career of Imelda Marcos, this documentary tells a cautionary tale of a powerful female leader whose questionable sense of reality divided a nation.
How We Got Gay tells the incredible story of how gay men and women went from being the ultimate outsiders to occupying the halls of power, with a profound influence on our cultural, political and social lives.
A former hip hop executive decides whether to make public her rape by one of the most powerful men in the music industry. An in-depth look at the unsolved Loughinisland massacre, where six Irishmen were murdered, presumably by a Unionist paramilitary group, while watching the World Cup at the local pub in Loughinisland, Northern Ireland.Citizen K 18th party
Featuring local activists including Mark The iconic Merce Cunningham and the last generation of his dance company is stunningly profiled in Alla Kovgan's 3D documentary, through recreations of his landmark works and archival footage of Cunningham, John Cage, and Robert Rauschenberg. The life of Mikhail Gorbachev, the eighth and final President of the Soviet Union in chronological order.
Amidst air strikes and bombings, a group of female doctors in Ghouta, Syria struggle with systemic sexism while trying to care for the injured using limited resources. Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney delivers one of his strongest explorations of global politics in considering the strange case of Mikhail Khodorkovsky.
Once believed to be the wealthiest man in Russia, Mikhail Khodorkovsky rocketed to prosperity and prominence in the s, served a decade in prison, and became an unlikely leader of the anti-Putin movement.
In tracking Mikhail Khodorkovsky 's story, Alex Gibney creates a compelling portrait of post-Soviet Russia, a nation caught between radically divergent political models - and where fortunes can transform overnight. The collapse of the USSR ushered in an era of chaos and opportunity. With laws lagging behind socioeconomic change, Russia fomented a kind of gangster capitalism. Mikhail Khodorkovsky took advantage of the privatization of state assets, created Russia's first commercial bank, and built Yukos, Russia's biggest oil company.
His success in business was accompanied by a level of political influence that would Written by Toronto International Film Festival. Caught this at Hamptons festival last month. I wanted to let it settle in and do a bit of research before writing a review.
I know who Khodorkovsky is and that he was one of the post-Soviet oligarchs who went afoul of Russian Dictator Putin, but not the timing and full detail. Put is a dangerous scumbag and I am happy to say so, but this film has some serious problems as well. It really doesn't address the context, not eh absence of a working legal regime as well as the need for actual financial markets, and just gives an indictment of patriotism when the Khodorkovsky phenomena had nothing to do with capitalism, but rather was a simple looting of assets, compounded with a feedback loop of paid corruption of government, one sees in any system that doesn't have a legal and democratic framework.
As far as the charges against him, his trial and imprisonment -- the viewer doesn't really get a sense for the film makers that both offenses can be true: the charging could have been politically motivated, due process could have been absent or flawed; but at the same time it is clear he was guilty of massive theft and crimes.
Really if you want to understand this, read the findings of the European Court of Human Rights, which heard Khodorkovsky's appeal to that court, and which found that while there were process issues aplenty -- that the charges against him were well grounded. Now I am not saying the makers make an innocent hero out of Khodorkovsky, but rather that his crimes are kind of winked at in the film. I am also troubled by the way the term capitalism is thrown around in the film.
Russia has never been capitalist. It sure wasn't capitalist or liaise faire when Khodorkovsky's garnered his supply cornering in oil fields.
It was a gangster socialist government when it was socialist as the United Soviet Socialist Republics, a closed socialist system in when Khodorkovsky was Deputy head of Energy Ministry in the early 's, and he was enabled by the loan for shares that had nothing to do with capitalism or markets. In fact you have to be a careful viewer to even notice that the subject is a former Soviet Socialist government deputy minister and a creature created by Soviet socialism as is Putin.
The Khodorkovsky story is important, as is what tells us about Putin, but I suggest reading some basic short pieces in WSJ, Financial Times or even the Guardian on him instead of this very incomplete, and at times glib, film. Sign In.Posted by K. Labels: New York.
Happy National Punctuation Day Labels: National Punctuation Day. The airport, that is, not the president. We're in the middle of a five-hour layover in an airport best described by the words "hot," "dingy," and "stale. Prepare to believe: The Creation Museum is open for business. Unfortunately, the gift shop is pretty dull. No "Prepare to believe" t-shirts or coffee mugs, for example.
I mean, who could resist one of those? You can get a DVD that exposes global warming for the hoax it is. But I have to ask: Why is the museum open on Sunday? Well, I suppose that God's work is never done Saturday, September 20, The Scent of Fear.
William Greider writes: For the first time in this unfolding financial crisis, I felt personally scared by the news. Not about my money, but about the potential for catastrophe.
The house of global finance is on fire and everyone is running for the exits, no sure way to turn them around. What's next?
The question itself is ominous, because there are no good answers. The rest is here. I've heard Greider speak.
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He's neither a bomb thrower nor a polemicist. He's a thoughtful, low-keyed man not given to alarmist pronouncements. If he's scared, the rest of us might want to take heed John McCain is simply not up to this challenge.To take only one point, the war in Iraq, Bush has already been vindicated.
The war had changed the whole dynamic of the Middle East in our favor. Al-Qaida, that once powerful global network of death merchants, has been decimated.
Iraq, once an enemy, is now a friend and ally. Americans, once portrayed as the enemy, are now seen by Iraqis as real people, friends, protectors and helpers.
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There is another benefit to this war. America has show the willingness to act, take risks, pay a price and assume the mantle of world leadership. This is what the world has needed.
Bush is one of the greats. Plainly, this person mainlines the White House Kool-Aid. Pulling this apart is easier than knocking over a house of cards. It's just as much fun, so here goes:.
Monday, June 30, Queen Maeve's Tomb. The "mountain" of Knocknarea rises a little over feet in elevation. Situated west of Sligo town, Knocknarea overlooks the Atlantic Ocean to the north and the iconic Ben Bulben to the east.
Around 25oo B. The tomb may or may not be the resting place of Queen Maevean accomplished woman whose prowess in battle and in the bedroom won her an important place in Celtic mythology. Whether she reposes on the top of Knocknarea or not, the tomb is definitely there, and on a clear day is easily seen from miles away.
How can an even half-sentient human being remotely consider taking tripe like this seriously? And, yet, people do.Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Citizen K by Mark Singer. From the author of the bestselling "Funny Money," the saga of a master drug smuggler, convicted bomber, suspected murderer, jailhouse lawyer, and media manipulator, whose story about supplying marijuana to a future vice president is only the beginning.
This is a portrait of an elusive man and a social history that crisscrosses the republic over the past three decades. Get A Copy. Hardcoverpages. Published October 20th by Knopf first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions 1. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Citizen Kplease sign up. Lists with This Book.