Monthly Archives: April 2014

Italy – Silvio Calls Social Democrats Nazis, Ignores Fascists In His Own Coalition – Why Do We Take Him Seriously? – 26 April 2014

http://www.dw.de/berlusconi-gaffe-for-germans-concentration-camps-never-existed/a-17593907 Can someone tell me why the world puts up with Silvio Berlusconi? Really, asking I already sort of know the answer to that – because people can accept a citation of moral-sounding reasons to promote the amoral. It’s a … Continue reading

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France – US – Snowden Provides Sarkozy An Alibi – 21 April 2014

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/comment/2014/04/how-edward-snowden-saved-nicolas-sarkozy.html Here’s a good example of foreign Snowdenism, in all its infuriating messiness. The slippery ex-President of France, Nicolas Sarkozy, who was being investigated for possibly having taken money for his 2007 campaign from Moammar Gaddafi, is now wrapping himself … Continue reading

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US – Princeton Study – Ivy League Researchers Would Like Nothing More Than For You To Blame Government For Your Economic Oligarchy – But It Was Government That Was Protecting Us From It – 21 April 2014

http://upw-prod-images.global.ssl.fastly.net/nugget/ 5351897b694847b925000048/attachments/1-75e513e105eaea7f97e74b746ca9486f.jpeg Regarding my hostility to that annoying Princeton America-is-an-oligarchy study…here’s why I’m pissed off at the idea that “science” has proven American institutions are useless. America _is_ an oligarchy economically. This graph, showing galloping income inequality, demonstrates that. There … Continue reading

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US – I Want To Like Robert Reich – But If He’s Going To Be A Wonk, Could He At Least Be A Strategic Wonk? – 20 April 2014

http://www.alternet.org/economy/robert-reich-7-reasons-why-minimum-wage-should-be-raised-15-hour Okay, okay, is there anyone else who has a problem with the former US Secretary of Labor telling us that the minimum wage should be raised to $15/hr? Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s great he’s saying that, … Continue reading

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US – Russia – Glenn Greenwald Is Okay With Storming American Kremlins… – 20 April 2014

http://www.businessinsider.com/glenn-greenwald-defends-snowden-putin-pr-stunt-2014-4 Okay, this one just makes me giggle. “On Twitter, Greenwald took a jab at those who would suggest the appearance proves Snowden, who took refuge in Moscow after being charged under the espionage act last June, is a Russian … Continue reading

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Ukraine – Russia – New Russia? Or Old Geopolitical Disdain? – The Trick Is To Make Western Ukraine So Awesome The “New Russians” Will Want To Be “Old Ukrainians” – 19 April 2014

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2014/04/18/understanding-novorossiya-the-latest-historical-concept-to-get-worried-about-in-ukraine/ The idea that the rebellious part of Ukraine is really something that historically has been its own country is increasingly being pitched as a thing in Russia. This country is allegedly called Novorossiya, or New Russia. Russians have a … Continue reading

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