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May 2009

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The Age of Persuasion

May 05, 2009 – Comments (1)

The secret to Tiger Woods’ success as a golfer is that he can make a golf ball soar, spin, curve, ... heck, he can make it deal cards if he wants to. But what’s the secret to Obama as a brand? Well, ... perhaps this will clear up a question or two:

Barack Obama is a brand. And the Obama brand is designed to make us feel good about our government while corporate overlords loot the Treasury, our elected officials continue to have their palms greased by armies of corporate lobbyists, our corporate media diverts us with gossip and trivia [....]

Buying Brand Obama
http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/20090503_buying_brand_ob...

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Book Plug!

May 05, 2009 – Comments (0)

As for the Canadian and Albertan governments...they are flying blind, with no plans for bitumen development beyond simply allowing oil companies to liquidate it as quickly as possible, and obediently fulfilling their obligations under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to keep the U.S. economy supplied with all the oil it needs, at any cost.

Review: 'Tar Sands' by Andrew Nikiforuk
http://www.energybulletin.net/node/48842

C., ... who keeps repeating here often - since January 1998, that, the Alberta's Government continues to repel common sense, ignores science, scoffs at democracy, ... continues to clear the way for the oil and gas and coal industries, at any cost. No trouble at all, ...
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Lily-livered wimp!

May 03, 2009 – Comments (8)

It does not matter. He talks tough often, but when there is big money involved, he is for bailing! He now skirts the fact that true capitalism dictates that you are suposed to man up and own the lesson the market teaches you. Is this what capitalism has come to? No trouble, no shame...

Buffett says government is doing the right things
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090502/ap_on_bi_ge/us_berkshire...

It's pure theater now!

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Smash The Mirror!

May 01, 2009 – Comments (1)

"When we look into a mirror, we think the image that confronts us is accurate. But move a millimeter and the image changes. We are actually looking at a never-ending range of reflections. But sometimes a writer has to smash the mirror - for it is on the other side of that mirror that the truth stares at us." - Harold Pinter
http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/2005...

Anyway, ... here we have another Andrew Bacevich rant, ... a most realistic look at American history and futures.

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... So goes the preferred narrative of the American Century, as recounted by its celebrants.

The problems with this account are twofold. First, it claims for the United States excessive credit. Second, it excludes, ignores or trivializes matters at odds with the triumphal story line.

The net effect is to perpetuate an array of illusions that, whatever their value in prior decades, have long since outlived their usefulness. In short, the persistence of this self-congratulatory account deprives Americans of self-awareness, hindering our efforts to navigate the treacherous waters in which the country finds itself at present. Bluntly, we are perpetuating a mythic version of the past that never even approximated reality and today has become downright malignant. Although Richard Cohen may be right in declaring the American Century over, the American people--and especially the American political class--still remain in its thrall.

Constructing a past usable to the present requires a willingness to include much that the American Century leaves out. ...


Farewell, the American Century
http://www.thenation.com/doc/20090511/bacevich

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