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Links 1 through 10 of 162 by Hugh Blackmer tagged argybargy

...<b>The business coalition sees the service coalition as composed of useless moochers, and the service coalition sees the business coalition as greedy bastards</b>. If it were merely a clash of objective interests, it really wouldn’t be much of a clash. A healthy business environment needs schools and hospitals and public infrastructure to backstop it, and nobody is made happy by a business cycle downturn. There’s tension at the margin, but it’s not a zero-sum world. Layered on top is, I think, a raw level of gut-level dislike — <b>both kinds of people think the other kind of people are clueless about what really matters in life</b>.

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"...Who though is this “we”? It is the deepest, most festering wound of 9/11..." (via a now-vanished post at Forbes)

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"...scuttlers were routinely demonised by politicians and sections of the press. Victorian gang members were derided as ruffians, brutes, barbarians, savages and "juvenile terrorists"... The demise of the gangs owed less to draconian policing and punishment than to a more forward-thinking response pioneered by former Guardian journalist Alexander Devine, a police court missionary (an early form of probation officer). His "working lads' club" for Hulme and Chorlton-on-Medlock, opened in 1887, inspired a generation of Mancunians and Salfordians to invest substantial amounts of both time and money in new facilities for education, training and recreation for youths in some of the poorest neighbourhoods in Britain."

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[Mi na gweng mek piipl afa dem kament-dem, nat fi nuobadi. Nebba, unu onastan?]

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"It’s as if Washington’s leading political players, aided and abetted by the media’s love of the horserace, had eaten LSD-laced brownies, then gone on stage before an audience of millions to enact a psychotic spectacle of American decline..." But READ THE WHOLE THING

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Juan Cole nails it: "Americans live in a late capitalist society where the rich have gotten many times richer and the middle class has gotten poorer, where Wall Street bankers have stolen us blind and blamed us for living above our means, where persistent unemployment is worse than in the Great Depression, where most politicians and some judges have been bought by corporations or special interests, where authorities actively conspire to keep people from voting, where the government spies on citizens assiduously without warrant or probable cause, and where the minds of the sheep are kept off their fleecing by substituting celebrity gossip, sex scandals, and half-disguised bigotry for genuine news..."

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summary of dolorous realities, which I find most persuasive

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Fine analysis, doubtless to be useful again and again as the years pass.

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"The public has the right to take pictures of public buildings from public spaces..." (from http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/27/see-officer-i-can-too-take-that-picture/ which is worth reading on its own)

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Has anybody said it better? "Couldn’t our “news” channels give us some background, interviews, etc., about these key developents? It is almost as if the “news” corporations are trying to keep us away from real news by giving us fluff and narrow shouting matches. It is almost as if they think it is better if the public of the world’s most powerful country were not very well informed about US policy, labor protest movements abroad, and the dynamics of politics in US allies..."

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