That is all
The rich got so goddamn rich, in other words, because the signature policies of the Great Right Turn were designed to make them rich. And, as the world knows, these policies weren’t limited to Republicans; Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama—plus, of course, their resident economists and cabinet members—all more or less endorsed the basic tenets of the free-market faith. They are all implicated.
So inequality, now that we’re having a “conversation” about it, must of course turn out to be massively complicated, something no one could possibly have seen coming — sort of like the 2008 financial crisis, come to think of it. Furthermore, it must be seen as another technical problem, a matter for the experts to solve, like the budget deficit or entitlement spending.
Thomas Frank, “Paul Krugman Won’t Save Us: We Need a New Conversation About Inequality”
I like this piece a lot. It sums up a bit of the annoyance I have with a lot of liberal commentary that I like in general, but which also reframes class struggle as an academic debate over various technocratic policy choices. The rich have been waging class warfare against us since they took over from the aristocracy as the dominant class. We need to look beyond diagnosing a problem and contemplating how to fix it. What we need to look at is how to seize power, real power, ourselves.
Saying that Black Sabbath is the best stoner rock of all time is not exactly a controversial statement
Friday while drinking and playing youtube dj after the scapegoat show, I criticized a friend for misspelling “oi!”, because he left out the exclamation mark. It’d be great if it was spelled with an interobang.
Does this work:
Works for me.
why can’t hurricane names be culturally diverse
because white people destroy everything.
On the off chance that anyone’s really interested in hurricane naming, I try to explain how it works. Tropical storms in the North Atlantic are assigned names from a set of six alphabetic lists of 21 names each (Q, U, X, Y, and Z are skipped) that rotate each year. The lists were drawn up in 1979, and every year the people responsible for the lists decide which storms were notorious enough to get their names retired. Those names are then replaced with new names.
Since each year starts at A, and we see an average of about 16 storms per year (although that’s been rising due to global warming) S doesn’t see much use. There have been only two S names that have been retired since 1979, so Shaniqua might be in for a bit of a wait. Closer to the beginning of the alphabet, they seem to be trying to work in more Spanish and French names, because the region covers the Caribbean and Central America. Not many of the names strike me as typically African-American, aside from Chantal, which came up in 2013 and will again in 2019.
A similar process is used with six totally different sets of names for the Eastern North Pacific. For some reason, those lists include names for X, Y, and Z, but those rotate every two years.
The rest of the world is divided into several regions that use names that reflect the countries in those regions. The Central North Pacific region looks to have Hawaiian names, for example.
I’m guessing that Nguyen would be a Vietnamese name. Vietnam contributes two names to each of a set of five lists for the Western North Pacific and South China Sea region. 13 other countries do the same, for a total of five lists of 28 names each. These names are used one after the other, never skipping to the beginning of a list. While Nguyen (which I’ve only ever seen as a surname, not a given name) isn’t on the list, Vietnam’s ten contributions are: Son-Tinh, Lakima, Bavi, Conson, Sonca, Trami, Halong, Vamco, Songda, and Saola.
Muhammad would probably be saved for a Muslim country if it chose to use it, but I’m guessing that none would want to associate the name of their prophet with a tropical storm. Also, it doesn’t look like any countries on the Arabian peninsula where I’d imagine Muhammad is most popular get to contribute names to any lists.
You can find all the lists in the world here, if you’re interested.
The Lord is a warrior and in Revelation 19 it says when he comes back, he’s coming back as what? A warrior. A might warrior leading a mighty army, riding a white horse with a blood-stained white robe … I believe that blood on that robe is the blood of his enemies ‘cause he’s coming back as a warrior carrying a sword.
And I believe now - I’ve checked this out - I believe that sword he’ll be carrying when he comes back is an AR-15.
Now I want you to think about this: where did the Second Amendment come from? … From the Founding Fathers, it’s in the Constitution. Well, yeah, I know that. But where did the whole concept come from? It came from Jesus when he said to his disciples ‘now, if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.’
I know, everybody says that was a metaphor. IT WAS NOT A METAPHOR! He was saying in building my kingdom, you’re going to have to fight at times. You won’t build my kingdom with a sword, but you’re going to have to defend yourself. And that was the beginning of the Second Amendment, that’s where the whole thing came from. I can’t prove that historically and David [Barton] will counsel me when this is over, but I know that’s where it came from.
And the sword today is an AR-15, so if you don’t have one, go get one. You’re supposed to have one. It’s biblical.
[G]entrification isn’t new — it’s actually baked into the economic forces that have been driving urban development since the 1950s. If we want to address gentrification’s ills, we need to address this force that undergirds it.
After decades of depression and war, newly opulent Americans turned to the economic philosophy of neo-liberalism. Neo-liberalism allowed Americans to exercise their right to proudly consume beyond their means. Neo-liberalism began flourishing in the 1970s as deindustrialization, globalization, and the regime of international finance restructured to fit these phenomena. In the economic context of cities, neo-liberal ideology encourages free enterprise, open competition, deregulation, and the dismantling of public goods. It relies on the private market for quotidian matters such as education, health care, housing, transportation, and even amusement. Instead of being seen as rights or services, these become commodities for purchase.