Bernie Sanders Rocks

January 24, 2016

Alternative rocker Lissie talks about her new album and–guess what?–Bernie Sanders:

Inheriting the Wind Department:

November 18, 2012

I Am Jewish and I Want Israel to Stop Killing Palestinians

A Pillar Built on Sand” is John Mearsheimer’s careful and scrutinizing assessment of the current and ongoing–and characteristically cruel–devastation of the Palestinian Gaza Strip by Israel’s military, at the London Review of Books‘ website.

Half donkey, half elephant, and all turkey, Election Day once again looms like a gigantic, querulous vulture over this once great nation . . .

November 4, 2012

. . . casting its grotesquely contorted shadow like some cosmic, Lovecraftian evil upon the future, it’s fetid, Robber Baron breath wafting over the world, its horrific gobble-gobbling sending shivers of  raw adrenal hysteria across corporate airwaves and cables, the faint hope of the Occupy movement flickers on . . . .

Half Donkey Half Elephant All Turkey

Stiffed” at the London Review of Books‘ website is David Runciman’s take on The Occupy Handbook and the socio-political phenomenon which spawned it. Runciman isn’t particularly hopeful about the whole Occupy thing, and he’s especially disdainful–or at least acutely critical–of the raft of Occupy-inspired slogans based on percentage-points–although some may be effective rallying cries (“We are the 99%!”) and others obnoxious political gaffs (Romney’s “47%” foot-in-mouth affliction), Runciman doesn’t see much that is real in most of the numbers. It’s a pretty thoughtful article and an interesting read, even if I think that the Occupy movement has more resilience than Runciman’s assessment credits it.

Another Silence . . .

August 2, 2012

Gore Vidal, 1925–2012

Gore Vidal

At The Paris Review‘s website.

Why They “Hate” Us Reason #1,074 and Counting; or, Hepatitus B for Bin Laden

June 10, 2012

Hepatitus B

Observing the U. S. media’s recent response to the conviction and sentencing of CIA sock-puppet Dr. Shakil Afridi in Pakistan, who actually fabricated and implemented a phoney Hepatitus B vaccination program which was carried out on Pakistani children in order to locate the U. S.’s now-deceased (via extra-legal assassination) top boogieman, the impeccably intelligent Glenn Greenwald gets inside some of the tortuous machinations of “The Imperial Mind ” in a recent edition of his column at

I recall way back in the last millennium, around 1979, how the supposed news media typically handled what was then designated the Iranian Hostage Crisis, and even back then, when I was but a mere stripling youth unable to grow a proper mustache, it was clear to me that there was a profound and pervasive double-standard at work–where the lives of U. S. citizens where held at a higher value than the lives of non-U. S. citizens; while we were expected to deplore the victimization of the former and empathize and tie yellow ribbons around every unsuspecting and defenseless oak tree and so on in their name, the latter were well-nigh invisible to the cameras and commentary of the (then only three) major commercial television networks.

“It’s all different when it’s done to America rather than by America. That’s the great prize for being the world’s imperial power: the rules you impose on others don’t bind you at all.” That’s Greenwald today, citing the unquestioning and essentially uniform viewing angle of, among others, NPR and The New York Times.

The planet spins.

Yet Still More Chomsky . . .

June 6, 2012

Occupy the FutureMore from the Chomsky backlog: “Noam Chomsky, A Rebellious World or a New Dark Age?” at TomDispatch introduces Chomsky’s “Plutonomy and the Precariat,” excerpted from Chomsky’s new book Occupy, available via Zuccotti Park Press. Here Chomsky’s does a lot to answer the question “Why Occupy?” which gets thrown down by the uncomprehending–or rather, by those who persistently and often mendaciously declare their bafflement when confronted with the raw democracy of the movement.

“We’re really regressing back to the dark ages. It’s not a joke.  And if that’s happening in the most powerful, richest country in history, then this catastrophe isn’t going to be averted — and in a generation or two, everything else we’re talking about won’t matter. Something has to be done about it very soon in a dedicated, sustained way.”

Still More Chomsky

June 5, 2012

Another thing I’ve had lying on the shelf for a bit–and again at AlterNet–is this: “Noam Chomsky on America’s Economic Suicide.” It is also the text of an interview, this one conducted by veteran Lefty journalist Laura Flanders, at GRITtv.