Wednesday, April 28, 2010
We Have Met the Enemy and He Is PowerPoint
A PowerPoint diagram meant to portray the complexity of American strategy in Afghanistan certainly succeeded in that aim.
By Elisabeth Bumiller
April 26, 2010 | New York Times
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Book's Astounding Allegation: Chernobyl Radiation Killed Nearly One Million People
Sunday, April 25, 2010
"We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn't want to meet. I imagine they might exist in massive ships, having used up all the resources from their home planet. Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonise whatever planets they can reach."
He concludes that trying to make contact with alien races is 'a little too risky'. He said: "If aliens ever visit us, I think the outcome would be much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America, which didn't turn out very well for the Native Americans."
And if you've ever listened to Sarah Palin or Tom Tancredo, then you know we should also beware terrestrial aliens who are nomads looking to conquer and colonize whatever countries they can reach.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Listen up, all you conservative cavemen (and cavegals) who want to go back to the Laura Ingalls Wilder days of the Little Red Schoolhouse (minus that little b**tch Nellie, I presume): Your beloved model of locally funded and run primary schools has sunken into a fiscal crisis so deep even Michael Landon's angel can't pull it out. That dern economic cycle that you stake your life on means that kids unfortunate enough to be kids today get a worse education.
Aint the free market grand?Come on, we're smarter than this. Public education should be centrally controlled and financed. Kids -- the future of our nation's economic productivity, and the guarantors of your beloved Social Security and Medicare, you Boomers -- should not be at the mercy of the business cycle.
Meanwhile, the Marxist, failed, redistributive stimulus bill that has brought affluent white seniors to the point of, well, actually leaving their homes, has been responsible for saving more than 342,000 school jobs, about 5.5 percent of all the positions in the nation's 15,000 school systems. "That's just socialism!" I can hear Glenn Beck sobbing from his mansion. I hope he and Nellie will share a desk in hell.
Districts Warn of Deeper Teacher Cuts
By Tamar Lewin and Sam Dillon
April 20, 2010 | New York Times
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
|When God was handing out brains Chomsky heard him say 'brains' and didn't go to buy a ticket.|
"Don't take assumptions for granted. Begin by taking a skeptical attitude toward anything that is conventional wisdom. Make it justify itself. It usually can't. Be willing to ask questions about what is taken for granted. Try to think things through for yourself. There is plenty of information. You have got to learn how to judge, evaluate and compare it with other things. You have to take some things on trust or you can't survive. But if there is something significant and important don't take it on trust. As soon as you read anything that is anonymous you should immediately distrust it." [Emphasis mine. - J]Great example of Ameri-centric bias in our media:
"If you read in the newspapers that Iran is defying the international community, ask who is the international community? India is opposed to sanctions. China is opposed to sanctions. Brazil is opposed to sanctions. The Non-Aligned Movement is vigorously opposed to sanctions and has been for years. Who is the international community? It is Washington and anyone who happens to agree with it. You can figure that out, but you have to do work. It is the same on issue after issue."And on his disdain for liberal intellectuals, who enable the brutalization of our politics:
"I don't bother writing about Fox News. It is too easy. What I talk about are the liberal intellectuals, the ones who portray themselves and perceive themselves as challenging power, as courageous, as standing up for truth and justice. They are basically the guardians of the faith. They set the limits. They tell us how far we can go. They say, 'Look how courageous I am.' But do not go one millimeter beyond that. At least for the educated sectors, they are the most dangerous in supporting power."
Noam Chomsky Has 'Never Seen Anything Like This'
By Chris Hedges
April 19, 2010 | truthdig