Monday, June 7, 2010

things of the day

Awards only go to boring books, says Martin Amis. While it's true that many writers do their best work in their thirties, generalizations do not necessarily apply to individuals.

The Myths and Politics of Grandpa Munster - WFMU's Beware of the Blog. Al Lewis clearly suffered from Reagan's Disease. This may be an occupational hazard of theatre: your life is just another role. (Thanks, RAB!)

Schneier on Security: How to Spot a CIA Officer

On Poverty, Policy, and Real People | Working-Class Perspectives: "According to a 2007 report from the U.S. Census, only 21.5 percent of people in poverty don’t work. Today, the percentage may be higher, but given the unemployment rate, that’s not surprising, and we can’t read it as evidence of laziness. Indeed, the New York Times has been running a terrific series on “The New Poor,” presenting stories and analysis of how a complex mix of accident and policies are driving people from the middle and working classes into poverty. For a good example, read a recent report in theNew York Times about how state cuts to child care subsidies are making it impossible for some low-income women to hold on to their jobs."

Fred Branfman: A Warning From Noam Chomsky on the Threat of Elites - Truthdig: "Clinton is to be praised for being the first U.S. president to take personal responsibility for impoverishing an entire nation rather than ignoring his misdeeds or falsely blaming local U.S.-imposed regimes. But his confession also means that his embrace of the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the World Trade Organization and NAFTA “neo-liberalization” destroyed the lives of many more millions well beyond Haiti, as U.S. support for heavily subsidized U.S. agribusiness damaged local agricultural economies throughout Latin America and beyond."

Funniest comment in a thread where one of the Wiscon anti-racists was going "OMG! Anyone who uses "lynch" as a metaphor is a racist!": "1990 called. It wants its political correctness back."

YouTube - Stornoway - 'Zorbing' Official Video:

via The Drawing Board (blog): Tunes for a Monday morning