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9624. Trillium - 2/17/2014 2:16:55 AM

A friend who grew up in Venezuela sent this to me and asked that it be shared as widely as possible. I'm not usually quick to fall into line for those sorts of requests, but this one moved me:

what's going on in Venezuela

9625. Wombat - 2/17/2014 6:58:39 AM

Ah, life in the socialist paradise that is post-Chavez Venezuela. Right Bhelpuri?

9626. bhelpuri - 2/17/2014 7:42:22 PM

CIA dirty tricks, obviously. #YanquiMischief

9627. bhelpuri - 2/17/2014 7:42:26 PM

CIA dirty tricks, obviously. #YanquiMischief

9628. Wombat - 2/17/2014 8:09:49 PM

Of course. #NoMoreColdWar

9629. arkymalarky - 3/5/2014 1:09:09 AM

Wow. Republicans admiring Putin? Now we see what type of qualities they value in a leader. Scary. Certainly wouldn't want them ever to have the chance to have the leadership in the US again if that's how they think good leaders should behave. Better red....

9630. judithathome - 3/5/2014 1:40:19 AM

I know...it's deplorable.

9631. alistairconnor - 3/6/2014 1:29:30 AM

Sorry. I couldn't resist this one.

9632. Trillium - 3/6/2014 4:17:23 AM

Argggh. Okay, I laughed.

9633. judithathome - 3/7/2014 12:14:51 AM

As did we all, I'm sure.

Unfortunately...it's not a laughing matter.

9634. arkymalarky - 4/15/2014 2:22:31 AM

What's next in Ukraine?

9635. Wombat - 4/15/2014 5:20:54 PM

I don't know. Ukraine is in a potentially terrible position.

9636. bhelpuri - 8/25/2014 5:43:35 AM

I discovered just now that Pseuder has set up a blog: pseudoerasmus.com, in which is explored and addressed many of the same topics that have engaged him for years. A bit deadly serious + eye-wateringly voluminous for me, but still some good stuff there.

Most fascinating to me is the rather decent series of banner photos, noth flashy but consistently decent. Where do they come from? Our man's own ouevre? Hidden depths and all that...

9637. alistairconnor - 9/10/2014 3:32:03 PM

Yeah it looks pretty good... a fair proportion of narcissistic stream-of-consciousness, but one expects no less from the Pseud.

9638. bhelpuri - 10/27/2014 3:32:27 PM

The New Yorker fudges around the obvious - the US has been increasingly oligarchic in its internal functioning since Reagan.

9639. iiibbb - 10/27/2014 8:54:31 PM

We live in an idiocracy

9640. iiibbb - 10/27/2014 8:57:07 PM

Or possibly the best term would be oligarchic-idiotheocracy

9641. arkymalarky - 10/28/2014 1:36:00 AM

when we were working our butts off to support rural schools, poor and minority communities, and equal funding we were demonized and the chamber of commerce was meeting privately--yes, privately--with groups of legislators, directly impacting legislation. I told my superintendent at the time that as long as we were on the other side of the door we wouldn't get anywhere. our greatest success was getting a poison pill into Governor Huckabee's pet bill. since then I've seen and read a lot and it is scary. this situation has been flying under the radar for years. no way ANY grassroots group, including the tea party, influences decisions at even local levels. it's a corporatocracy and has been moving toward that since the 1980s.

9643. arkymalarky - 10/28/2014 1:38:07 AM

what's happening with the internet and FCC is. as telling as anything wrt where things are headed IMHO.

9644. bhelpuri - 10/28/2014 12:32:55 PM

of course it is not just the US. China is oligarch-run and corporatist to the max, and India just held the most expensive election in world history in which big business finally wrested the reins of government into its own hands.

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