In our age there is no such thing as 'keeping out of politics.' All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia.-- George Orwell
“I would rather be a swineherd at Amagerbro and be understood by the swine than be a poet and be misunderstood by people.” ― Søren Kierkegaard, Either/Or: A Fragment of Life
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It seems Yahoo mail has finally discovered its last inch of ad space in its present format. Now as you click out of mail a video is presented for your enjoyment, with a an exclamation that you've not watched it yet.
Listen, everybody is susceptible to advertising--Edward Bernays demonstrated that a long time ago--but isn't the point to use a little cunning in the process?
Shouldn't it have some purpose other than annoyance? A "last chance for gas" sign at the edge of town has meaning for instance, doesn't it?
Well, somebody must like Yahoo's new addition because there it is filling my screen as I'm desperately trying to get out of mail, but that somebody isn't me.
A virulent if familiar censorship is about to descend on the US election campaign. As the cartoon brute, Donald Trump, seems almost certain to win the Republican Party’s nomination, Hillary Clinton is being ordained both as the “women’s candidate” and the champion of American liberalism in its heroic struggle with the Evil One. This is drivel, of course; Hillary Clinton leaves a trail of blood and suffering around the world and a clear record of exploitation and greed in her own country. To say so, however, is becoming intolerable in the land of free speech. JP
Many liberals think any attack on Hillary is in poor taste, misogynistic, and unfair to a "great stateswoman."
Um...No, it isn't, and no she ain't. Now, if I said she deserves a spanking, that would be misogynistic. And sexist, unless I meant it metaphorically--as in spanked at the ballot box.
No wonder young people are flocking to Bernie. Hillary can't stop being the senator from Wall Street. These are her constituents, her donors. That's why she has to do policy contortions to keep from hitting Wall Street too hard. That's why she has no program at all to halt, let alone reverse runaway inequality.--Les Leopold
I have no problem whatsoever believing Hillary is more concerned about her own personal wealth, and that of her friends, than the well-being of the U.S.
Five Broken Cameras, Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi, 2011
This is about a Palestinian man who films the destruction of his village’s olive groves by the Israeli army. His cameras keep getting broken by the Israelis, hence the title, but he just kept filming. I think he was feeling: “There’s an incredible wrong being done to my people, I’m going to film it, even if I die doing it.” Then he linked up with an Israeli film-maker, who edited the footage. I remember people saying he shouldn’t have worked with an Israeli, but I thought it was so great that they came together and made something very powerful which showed us what is really going on in Palestine. KF
The Sooners are certainly the best team the Ducks will have played this season, which is the way it's supposed to work as 1 and 2 seeds square off.
Hield will get his points, so the question becomes can Oregon stop the role players that surround the gunner from Norman.
Hield is fast and excels at running to an open spot and producing a catch and shoot play. From anywhere on the floor. He can also drive to the rim to finish on his own, and he's a good passer. In short, he can do it all.
But it is his range as a shooter with a quick release that makes him so impressive.
Oregon doesn't have a player with comparable skills, though Dillon Brooks can take over a game--just not as readily and consistently as Hield does it.
Should be a helluva game as long as Oregon plays as a balanced team.
We're in the annual lull of the Madness, the dead time between the rounds of 68 and 16, when a junkie such as I needs a fix.
This is an aspect of March Madness I loathe, though in fairness to the kids who play the games, it allows the remaining teams time to rest and regenerate.
That is pure accident of design, however, as what really counts is television. Television drives the profit motive that has consumed college sports since the advent of ESPN and the forced march of competing networks into the sports broadcasting business.
The Madness has been CBS's baby for a long time, and what CBS says is sacred.
Which brings us to something new for me to bitch about. It wasn't all that long ago that the Sweet 16 unfolded during daylight hours. Now the starting times have been pushed back for primetime viewing on the east coast.
Duke fans can't be too happy about that. Their team will tip off against Oregon in Anaheim at about 11 p.m. Thursday night. Bedtime for most people.
I'm not happy having to wait for five days between games, and neither am I happy about the late starts the new sports economics command.
But as a junkie, I'll tap my toes impatiently and wait for the dance to continue.
The atrocities in Brussels — and they are horrific, criminal atrocities — are not occurring in a vacuum. They are not springing from some unfathomable abyss of motiveless malevolence. They are a response, in kind, to the atrocious violence being committed by Western powers on a regular basis in many countries around the world. And just as there is no justification for the acts of carnage in Brussels (and Paris and Turkey and elsewhere), there is likewise no justification for the much larger and more murderous acts of carnage being carried out by the most powerful and prosperous nations on earth, day after day, year after year. The Western powers know this. For many years, their own intelligence agencies — in study after study — have confirmed that the leading cause of violent “radicalization” among a small number of Muslims is the violent Western intervention in Muslim lands. These interventions are carried out for the purpose of securing the economic and political domination of Western interests over lands rich with energy resources, as well as their strategic surroundings. That they have not even the slightest connection to “liberating” people from religious or political persecution, or making the world “safer,” is glaringly transparent. They are about domination, pure and simple.
The rest of the story by Chris Floyd.
I'm not at all sure how Oregon survived St. Joseph's, but the Ducks pulled out a win tonight in Spokane to advance to the Sweet 16--the lone Pac-12 team to make it.
Oregon didn't play well, shot poorly, except when it counted the most as time dwindled.
It seemed like Oregon got a lot of good looks at the basket, but nothing fell for most of the game--one of the team's poorest shooting exhibitions of the season.
But the Ducks prevailed, setting up a showdown with the much despised defending national champs, the Duke Blue Devils.
It is often said--and you could go back and document the fact--that a team has to survive a close one, a clunker, early in the tourney in order to get to the final four, so perhaps tonight was Oregon's near disaster.
Perhaps it bodes well.
I think the Ducks will play better in Anaheim and advance.
It's early, but the Yale/Baylor game is already the game of the day.
#12 Yale beats #5 Baylor in the first round! Nothing will beat this today, I'd venture.
An amazing game in March Madness.
An interesting aside is that Duke and Yale are matched up in the next round. The great former Dallas Cowboy and Yale alum, Calvin Hill, gets to root for his Bulldogs while his son, former NBA great and Duke alum Grant Hill, gets to cheer on the Duke team.
Nothing like a rivalry in a family. Duke also won today, beating N.C. Wilmington.
If you're not cheering for Yale after today, you too must be a Duke Blue Devil.
One more sort of selfish reason to pull for Yale. If Oregon can win its first two games the Ducks' Sweet 16 opponent would be the winner of the Yale/Duke game.
Holy cow! Holy Cross will play Oregon in Spokane Friday evening after beating Southern tonight in the First Four play-in round in Dayton, Ohio.
Holy Cross is 15-19, a team that one might say gelled late. It was 5-13 and going nowhere at one point in the season. But because conference championship games give late risers a chance to get into the field, the Crusaders are in.
Michigan and Tulsa are up next in the final First Four game. The Wolverines feature a Portland kid, Kameron Chatman.
That alone has me pulling for Michigan, because otherwise I wouldn't care about this game. Should be a close one, which is always a good thing from a fan's perspective.
Let us go then you and I into the realm of the East Coast pundits.
If Oregon manages to get past the winner of Wednesday night's first four playoff between Holy Cross and Southern, the Ducks are picked to lose to the winner of Cincinnati/ St. Joseph's in the second round.
Some basketball experts are saying that 2016 Wooden Award favorite Buddy Hield of Oklahoma is the best collegian to play since Buddy Dooley brought the game into the modern era. Dooley is generally acknowledged to be the first player to ever perform a "whirlybird," i.e., execute a 360 degree dunk in an official contest.
In the U.S. there is the added dead weight of the war industry. We have spent or obligated $4.4 trillion for the wars in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq. In 15 years of war we have produced hundreds of thousands of dead, millions of refugees, wholesale devastation in countries such as Iraq and Afghanistan, tens of thousands of Islamic terrorists, a series of failed states that stretches from Iraq and Syria to Libya, and obscene profits for the arms manufacturers, who constitute the only real reason these wars are still being fought. The national treasury is being drained for military adventurism that makes us one of the most reviled nations on earth. At some point the entire house of cards, including the speculative financial markets, will collapse. And then, as John Milton wrote in “Paradise Lost,” “engorged without restraint,” we will eat death. Mr. Hedges goes off once more.
RALEIGH, NC—Flatly declaring to audience members that she stood on stage as no more than a human being with nothing to hide, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton reportedly appeared Friday before a campaign rally completely nude in a bid to once and for all prove her authenticity.
The rest of the story.
Hillary Clinton outraged LGBT activists on Friday with her comments at Nancy Reagan’s funeral praising the former first lady for helping start a “national conversation” about HIV – remarks that critics say ignore the Reagans’ deeply troubling legacy on the 1980s Aids crisis.
Christ, not even my memory is that short. Ronnie and Nancy were dullards whose legacy we are suffering even now as a nation and people in multiple crises.
Clinton is so awash in political purpose that she can do nothing more than demean humanity. With her every denial or false utterance, she alienates those with good sense. That she had to be reminded of what actually happened in the 1980s is a stunning indictment of her corruptibility.
Please somebody, just stop this woman before it's too late. Before she decides Bush Jr. had a strong response to Katrina, or didn't start an unnecessary and disastrous war in Iraq.
(Wait...she wasn't very smart about Iraq to begin with...)
Stupid fucking rich people piss me off.
Docspeak: I think your symptoms are caused by Ramsay Hunt syndrome (multiple cranial nerves affected by herpes zoster) in addition to post-herpetic neuralgia.
Translation: You are fucked. I think. Here are some drugs that may or may not work. See you in two weeks.
The queen of head is dead. At 94, the life of Nancy Reagan, the pin-up girl for the genocidal War on Drugs, finally blinked out. Rat Pack actor Peter Lawford, who frequently appeared on Ronald Reagan’s General Electric Theatre, wrote in his memoir that Nancy gave the best blowjobs in Hollywood. It’s one of the most benign things you could say about the woman who saw herself as a kind of Catherine the Great for the American Imperium. Already the airwaves are throbbing with misty tributes to the Reagan years, an age that never really was. Here then is a corrective to the manufactured history of Ron and Nancy and their court that Alexander Cockburn and I wrote on the centenary of Reagan’s birth. –JSC
Across the south people were marching and sometimes dying for civil rights, though you didn’t have to march or even reach the age of majority to qualify for murder, as shown by the 1963 bombing deaths of four young African American girls, at church, in Birmingham. After Kennedy’s assassination, Lyndon Johnson, Democrat of Texas and a son of the hardscrabble south, seized JFK’s cautious civil rights agenda and turned it into a juggernaut. “If you get in my way I’m going to run you down,” he told his old Senate mentor, Richard Russell of Georgia, and it’s surely one of the great mysteries not just of American politics but of human nature in general that Lyndon Johnson, a man born and formed in one of America’s most enduring tar pits of xenophobia, would be the crucial force multiplier for civil rights.
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