August 2012 Archives

Male Energies


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     History will notice -- even if we are too chickenshit to face it now -- that the extraordinary turpitudes of US politics today represent an unprecedented failure of American manhood. It's everywhere and pervasive along the spectrum of party politics, as untruth is everywhere and pervasive in American life.     The Republican case is too painfully obvious - Congressman Todd Akin being only the latest buffoon from the vast red state flyover cultural...

The AFTA Act of 2012


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     Over the years, I've spotlighted America's telephone system as the single best example of the diminishing returns of technology in everyday life. This sort of negative "blowback" occurs when you apply technological innovation to make a system work better, and you actually make it worse.     As I tell it, we've spent four decades and untold billions of dollars to computerize every phone system in America. The objective was to "improve communications." The...

Pure Americana


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      At the core of the manifold paradoxes swirling around American governance is the harsh reality that we just can't keep running our shit the way it has evolved to run. Neither candidate for president is honest enough to spell this out and indeed both act as though easy work-arounds exist for sustaining the unsustainable.      In the case of Mr. Obama, it's paying limitless TBTF ransom money to overgrown banks to avoid...

That Old Martial Spirit


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     A great orgasm shuddered through the money world last week when Mario Draghi paused between scamorza con arugula tidbits to remark that the European Central Bank (ECB) would stop at nothing to keep the financial blood of Europe circulating. Of course you wonder how many pony glasses of Campari he knocked back before that whopper came out. The markets squirmed with glee. I suppose it feels good to have quantities of smoke blown...
 
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