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Maya Arulpragasam at the Super Bowl

Image via The New Yorker

So M.I.A. shocked and awed the conservative Parents Television Council, “the nation’s most influential advocacy organization protecting children against entertainment sex, violence and profanity”. Apparently, she even shocked the original shock and awer Madonna herself, who can’t stand being upstaged at her own show. What has become of America, whose most famous and enduring act was a gigantic bird-flip to colonial Great Britain way back in the 18th century?

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Lessig: Killing it over & over & over

via Striking The Root of Wall Street Corruption from Sean McDaniel on Vimeo.

Michael Hudson says…

“The financial sector in America basically has become a criminalized sector.”

via Michael Hudson

Noam Chomsky: American Decline: Causes & Consequences

The eminent American philosopher John Dewey once described politics as “the shadow cast on society by big business,” warning that “attenuation of the shadow will not change the substance.” Since the 1970s, the shadow has become a dark cloud enveloping society and the political system. Corporate power, by now largely financial capital, has reached the point that both political organizations, which now barely resemble traditional parties, are far to the right of the population on the major issues under debate.

via Chomsky.info

Recall Walker

Governor Scott Walker speaks at Wisconsin State Fair.

It’s the Oligarchy, Stupid!

Al Jazeera segment examining inequality in America.

via Max Keiser

Who will stand up for the corporations?

Here’s some damning evidence of our nation’s emerging status as a corrupt third-world oligarchy:Chart of Corporate and Wage/Salary recovery after last 5 major recessions

Notice the unequal recovery in national income share of corporations vs. wage/salary earners. Also notice how the ratio has changed from a fairly equal recovery in the 70′s and 80′s versus the 21st century recessions. Obviously, corporations are doing very poorly and we need tax cuts and less regulation to help them be more competitive. And let’s not forget to cut benefits and safety nets for those rapacious wage slaves!

via Northeastern University study: “The ‘Jobless and Wageless Recovery’ from the Great Recession of 2007-2009″

Weiner: It’s the pictures, stupid!

Despite having broken no laws and being the instigator of one of the tamest sex scandals ever, Anthony Weiner has embroiled all of us in a firestorm of pathological finger-wagging, shaming and prurience that’s been the equivalent of a national vomit-burp. He didn’t do anything with a cigar, he apparently wasn’t soliciting or using a wide stance, he didn’t technically cheat or dump his wife or father multiple love children. So, we have to wonder why this particular titillation has engendered such a firestorm of condemnation and shaming when so many others have done so much worse and gotten off so much easier?

And I say, it’s the pictures. Not just one picture, but many. In various embarrassing stances and states of undress and weird facial expressions and states of tumescence. Like a gift-wrapped press package of hubris, corruption, obsession and recklessness. I don’t blame Weiner. I think in the next generation of politicians we may be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t have their anatomy floating around in digital form. In this sense we can see that Weiner is on the cutting edge of the next technological deviance. And I think a victim of both his lack of appetite control but also the technology and its inherent nature.

I always come back to Marshall McLuhan’s statement about the content of a medium versus the nature of a medium. And I think we continue to see that he was correct in surmising that the true revolution of media is not in what it carries but in how and how this then enfolds and changes our very nervous system, which is to say our brains, which is to say ourselves. The medium itself is the message.

I think it’s obvious Mr. Weiner has some issues and I find the media feeding frenzy around the situation nauseating. My hope was that he would stay and fight but now I see that the frenzy would have continued and for his, his wife and child’s and the country’s sake, I’m glad it has ended.

God Bless America!

Not cool Urban Outfitters

One of Stevie's Etsy Pieces

Shameless plagiarism of indie artisan Truche on Etsy.

via i make shiny things : Not cool Urban Outfitters, not cool..