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15 Sep 2009 Leave a comment
What’s really happening with these protests is that the genuine rage and not unreasonable economic insecurity of these citizens is being stoked, exploited, distorted and manipulated by movement leaders for entirely different ends. The people who are leading them—Rush Limbaugh, the Murdoch-owned Fox News, Glenn Beck, business-dominated organizations of the type led by Dick Armey—are cultural warriors above everything else. They’re all in a far different socioeconomic position than the “middle-income Americans” whose anger they’re ostensibly representing. Their principal preoccupation is their cultural contempt for various groups (illegal immigrants, the “undeserving” poor, liberals) and their desire to preserve the status quo whereby the prime beneficiaries of government policies remain themselves: the super rich and the interests that control Washington. It’s certainly true that many of these protesters are driven by the standard right-wing cultural issues which have long shaped that movement—social issues, religious fears, cultural and racial divisions, and hatred for “liberals” as Communist-Muslim-Terrorist-lovers. For many, all of that is intensified by the humiliation of being completely thrown out of power, at the hands of the first black President. But much of it is fueled by the pillaging of the corporations and Wall St. interests which own their government.
Actual rich people can’t ever be the target. It’s a classic peasant mentality: going into fits of groveling and bowing whenever the master’s carriage rides by, then fuming against the Turks in Crimea or the Jews in the Pale or whoever after spending fifteen hard hours in the fields. You know you’re a peasant when you worship the very people who are right now, this minute, conning you and taking your shit. Whatever the master does, you’re on board. When you get frisky, he sticks a big cross in the middle of your village, and you spend the rest of your life praying to it with big googly eyes. Or he puts out newspapers full of innuendo about this or that faraway group and you immediately salute and rush off to join the hate squad. A good peasant is loyal, simpleminded, and full of misdirected anger. And that’s what we’ve got now, a lot of misdirected anger searching around for a non-target to mis-punish . . . can’t be mad at AIG, can’t be mad at Citi or Goldman Sachs. The real villains have to be the anti-AIG protesters! After all, those people earned those bonuses! If ever there was a textbook case of peasant thinking, it’s struggling middle-class Americans burned up in defense of taxpayer-funded bonuses to millionaires. It’s really weird stuff.
11 Sep 2009 Leave a comment
I need to get a cellphone. I don't want a two-year plan, which is what many of the major carriers want. A family plan would be great, so we can get the father-in-law a phone. Also a plus would be a phone that could run Android. The cost of the phone is not my main concern, it's the monthly – I'd like to get something pretty low since I hardly make any calls, maybe two or three a day (less than ten minutes).
22 Jul 2009 Leave a comment
Know what sucks? When you spend your younger years fighting for gay rights and just trying to survive as a homo in the early 20th century, then grow up to discover your body isn’t as strong as it once was — and are too fearful of America’s discriminatory health care industry that you end up dying alone than seeking help. From director Stu Maddux comes Gen Silent, shining a light on an altogether neglected segment of GLBTs: Seniors, many of them without kids to care for them now, who were taught to run from hospitals, not to them.
08 Jul 2009 Leave a comment
San Tung Chinese Restaurant in the Inner Sunset.
23 Jun 2009 Leave a comment