Rage to Reform | CommonDreams.org. By vandal contributor: Medea Benjamin
Dave Eggers’ Oral Fixation
The pirate-loving novelist and 826 Valencia founder talks Studs Terkel, Sudanese refugees, and his favorite works of oral history.
[What if Dave Eggers is my “oral fixation”? I really do try and spit his name out as often as possible…usually when handing someone a copy of A.H.B.W.S.G.]
Syracuse New Times – The Central New York Alternative, Local Bands & Events Calendar – Alternative Universe. “Leaders and Champions of Alternative Media” as I sit and take in my daily Amy Goodman.
The fallacy that economic growth can lead to improved human welfare underpins the global financial crisis. Now, we need to move beyond ‘growth at all costs’ and reorganise the economy based on the quality of life rather than quantity of consumption.
Democracy Now! | Headlines for March 26, 2009….particularly the following. Um, duh. Sometimes it takes a woman to point out the most obvious, thanks fellow Tracy Flick, Hillary [yet still called, far reaching…].
Clinton Admits U.S. Drug War Failure
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has admitted U.S. drug policy has not only been a failure but has in fact fueled Mexico’s drug war. Speaking to reporters at the outset of her trip to Mexico, Clinton said: “Clearly what we’ve been doing has not worked…
I feel very strongly we have a co-responsibility. Our insatiable demand for illegal drugs fuels the drug trade. Our inability to prevent weapons from being illegally smuggled across the border to arm these criminals causes the deaths of police, of soldiers and civilians.” Clinton’s comments are being called the most far-reaching by a senior U.S. official in accepting responsibility for the rampant drug trade.
Schott’s Vocab – Schott’s Vocab Blog – NYTimes.com. New favorite! I like the “Recession Beard.”
Pressure on President Obama to recast the failed American approach to Israel-Palestine is building from former senior officials whose counsel he respects.
For example, after Liz Carpenter worked for the Johnson administration she wrote a book about her experiences working at the White House. The book was out for a while, did pretty well. One evening she met Arthur Schlesinger at a cocktail party. He came over to her and smiled and said “Like your book Liz. Who wrote it for you?”
Now, clearly dear Arthur meant this as his little joke. If she had stammered and blushed, he would win the point. He could then say, “see, you just can’t joke around with these women.” If she’d pounded her fist on the table and threatened to call a lawyer, he could say the same thing.
Instead what Carpenter did was to say in response, “Glad you liked it, Arthur. Who read it to you?”
All she did was take his format and adapt it for her own purposes.
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