“There’s a difference between the statements ‘America has the best health-care system in the world’ and ‘With enough money, you can purchase the best health care in the world in America.’ … People should ask themselves a very simple question: Do they think they are likelier to lose their job and fall into the health-care situation of the uninsured? Or are they likelier to become an influential politician and enjoy the health-care options available to the most powerful people in the world? If you’re a United States senator, America may have the best health-care in the world. But if you’re an ordinary person with the same vulnerability to bad luck that we all have, you’re better off being in Canada, or France, or Japan, or somewhere that doesn’t take your insurance away when Wall Street causes the economy to crash.”—Ezra Klein (via azspot)
Chris Lehmann’s takedown of David Brooks over at The Awl is a thing of beauty. Brooks is very occasionally insightful, but woe are we who live in a world where he’s considered either “rational” or “conservative”, and his tendency to herald narrative at the expense of real institutional analysis is everything that’s wrong with media culture. (By no means limited to the right wing: Thomas Friedman established his position as king of the neoliberal hill by excelling at this.)
“This is what Republicans always do. When in power, they massively expand the power of the state in every realm. Deficit spending and the national debt skyrocket. The National Security State is bloated beyond description through wars and occupations, while no limits are tolerated on the Surveillance State. Then, when out of power, they suddenly pretend to re-discover their “small government principles.” The very same Republicans who spent the 1990s vehemently opposing Bill Clinton’s Terrorism-justified attempts to expand government surveillance and executive authority then, once in power, presided over the largest expansion in history of those very same powers. The last eight years of Republican rule was characterized by nothing other than endlessly expanded government power, even as they insisted — both before they were empowered and again now — that they are the standard-bearers of government restraint.”
Holy Jesus. As if things weren’t bad enough for Blake Griffin.
This is like when the Imperial Fleet came out of hyperspace too close to Hoth and Darth Vader force-choked Admiral Ozzel to death for incompetence only to replace him with the smug sycophant, Captain Piett, who would go on to get his ass kicked all over space by that suave, Colt-45 sippin’ motherfucker, Lando Calrissian. (In this analogy, Lando Calrissian is most likely Memphis’s Lionel Hollins, both because Hollins has coached the Grizzlies in the past, and is now commanding them again, much like Lando used to own the Millenium Falcon and resumed captaincy of her for the attack on the 2nd Death Star, and also because, like Lando, Lionel Hollins is a suave motherfucker.)
The city of Juarez is no longer a city. What’s happened there over the past 15 years has made it something much more, and much less. For starters, daily life, the daily economy of the city has completely broken down. But I’m already getting ahead of myself.
In the mid 90’s, Juarez was famous for an incredible series of unsolved femicides. And before it, ‘femicide’ as a term was something that we almost didn’t need to have a word for; in most cultures, dating back to the beginning of time, the murder of women by men has been more reprehensible than the murder of other men. But Juarez, special valley on earth, was the exception. Over 500 women were murdered, their murderers never tried, never arrested, in most cases, never even pursued.
In the mornings and evenings, I fiddle with my Korg Kaossilator on the subway instead of reading The Economist like I should be. Here is this morning’s crunchy soundtrack, 94 BPM in A, as recorded in the first car of the R train between Canal and Whitehall.
“We’re all tremendously thrilled to get this nomination. ‘In The Loop’ was just a simple little film about how Tony Blair’s an idiot, so it’s nice to see Tony Blair’s idiocy get such international recognition. ‘In the Loop’ was just a low-budget independently funded film, so the nomination must be proof that with limited resources but an enormous amount of profanity, you can achieve anything. Personally, it means that I will become unbearably arrogant in my belief I should have complete artistic control over all my projects, to the point that I must never be let near a camera again.”—Armando Iannucci Related: “Bonk me purple.” [via Balk] The Only Prepared Statement We Will Run* - Carpetbagger Blog (via marklisanti)
Priceless. And a what a flick. Top 3 of the year for me, along with Hurt Locker and District 9.
I get the occasional ‘Peter Sheik likes your post’ and I think “Whoa, what if he thinks I’m a creeper because I post about Kacie a lot.” Haha. Just so you know, if you ever see this, I am not a creeper. I just admire Kacie. (: