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  • pagostino commented on the diary post The Moronic Media and Mass Psychosis by pagostino.

    2013-07-21 17:25:43View | Delete

    I am holding a first edition of the book in my hand from Antheneum: New York, Library catalog 62-7936 and the title reads: THE IMAGE or what happened to the American Dream. Maybe subsequent publications had a different Title. You are right that the creation of the United States was never intended to be a [...]

  • pagostino wrote a new diary post: The Moronic Media and Mass Psychosis

    2013-07-21 08:19:05View | Delete

      Why bother writing down anything at all when everything and everywhere about me there is nothing but images? I suppose it’s because it allows me to produce and re-produce my own thoughts. I’m also old enough to be somewhat suspicious of images, either graven or not. There is a gem of a book written [...]

  • pagostino wrote a new diary post: The Politics of “fooled but not swindled”

    2013-06-08 05:06:44View | Delete

    In De Rerum Natura  the rationale used by governments to track all forms of communications between its citizens can be found in Lucretius’s poetic verse. Lucretius explains that “I write…

    Clear verse about dark matters. This is not A senseless affection; there’s reason to it. Just as when doctors try to give to children A bitter medicine, they [...]

  • pagostino commented on the diary post How ‘This American Life’ Got Disability Wrong by Michelle Chen.

    2013-03-29 07:32:05View | Delete

    Thank you for the rebuttal/blow back. When you say that NPR’s “perspective is marred by ideological blinders…” it points to much broader issue than just this particular story. The decision on what topic to air or not to air involves a necessary and unavoidable bias regardless of the accuracy of its content. And in NPR’s [...]

  • pagostino commented on the diary post NPR Trashes The Disabled. by TomThumb.

    2013-03-28 16:20:22View | Delete

    NPR had a piece this evening on Guatemala’s judicial prosecution of crimes committed in the 80s and not once, not once, in the whole piece was it mentioned that American Corporations, the CIA and the Reagan administration were complicit in training “Death Squads”, destabilizing the country in the name of fighting Communism, etc…Instead they choose [...]

  • pagostino commented on the diary post NPR Trashes The Disabled. by TomThumb.

    2013-03-28 09:32:57View | Delete

    I have been wondering with so much under-reporting of the corruption, inefficienceies, waste, and collusion between corporations and gov’t why NPR choice to feature this story even if it was 100% accurate and not a distortion. Casting a shadow over a program designed to help the most helpless instead of going after the powerful Interests [...]

  • pagostino wrote a new diary post: The Politics of Shyster-ism

    2013-03-17 05:53:29View | Delete
     

    I don’t recall coming across the term Shysterism in any of my political science classes back in my college days to describe a type of government that takes its meaning from the definition of the word Shyster:  “someone who acts in a disreputable, unethical, or unscrupulous way, especially in the practice of low politics [...]

  • pagostino commented on the diary post Treachery of the Political Class by pagostino.

    2013-03-04 08:39:28View | Delete

    Hi Joan,

    Gratified that you would like to quote from piece. Use and distribute as you please.

    Thanks,
    Paolo

  • pagostino wrote a new diary post: Treachery of the Political Class

    2013-03-03 19:06:51View | Delete

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/school_projects/3346086713/   Giuseppe Mazzotta, in his ninth lecture on the Divine Comedy  (http://oyc.yale.edu/italian-language-and-literature/ital-310 ) discusses Dante’s De vulgari eloquentia  in connection with the disintegration of language that accompanies the pilgrim as he descends deeper into the pit of Hell. Dante’s “ethical map” in Canto XI includes a poetical  portrayal of fraud and treachery. As Professor Mazzotta points out, whereas fraud is found among [...]

  • pagostino commented on the diary post Italy’s elections and the Five Star Movement by David Seaton.

    2013-02-27 18:30:31View | Delete

    Excellent post. My sister lives near Milan and teaches at a nearby University voted for 5 Star, while her son, around 30 voted conservative – which kind of puzzles me. Couldn’t agree more with you about the historical/institutional/structural barriers that exist in this Country that make a similar translation of popular discontent into electoral results [...]

  • pagostino commented on the diary post Leisurely Sunday Drive by pagostino.

    2013-01-27 09:27:06View | Delete

    My dad, a tailor from Italy, managed to save enough to buy a used 72 Toyota Corona Mark II Station and take his family of six children on Sunday drives, and to the doctor, school and all the other places that you had to go to and for which there was no public transportation for [...]

  • pagostino wrote a new diary post: Leisurely Sunday Drive

    2013-01-27 07:33:04View | Delete

    Thumbnail A Sunday drive with the whole family packed together in the old station wagon staring out the back window at the yachts plying the inter-coastal waterway and pointing out to each other the palatial homes that sat on the beach shore as we drove north on AIA; stopping at McDonald’s for hamburgers and fries on [...]

  • pagostino commented on the diary post Cornel West Explains Why He’s Bothered By Obama Taking The Oath On MLK’s Bible by marcospinelli.

    2013-01-22 17:58:21View | Delete

    Thanks for post…love Cornel West’s passion and intellect

  • pagostino commented on the diary post I think I’m getting the fear by Cynicman.

    2013-01-20 14:07:15View | Delete

    After listening to MLK on the “Drum Major Instinct” on the blog link just before your piece, I got depressed too. I got depressed because there isn’t a morally forceful voice like MLK to shake the crusty harden slime off the eyes of the political elites. What we have before us is a public space [...]

  • A dose of Brook’a former NYT colleague Chris Hedges and a bit of economics from Richard Wolff would do the Brooks a world of good – but then he would have to get off his high horse and face a reality outside his hermetically sealed Washington Belt world…

  • pagostino wrote a new diary post: Stranger in a Strange Land

    2013-01-01 10:24:14View | Delete

    In 1961 Robert A. Heinlein created the unforgettable character of Valentine Michael  Smith. My daughter, who is about the same age as I was when I first read Stranger in A Strange Land, gave me the new uncut version with 60K words that were edited out of the original as a Christmas present.  It was [...]

  • pagostino commented on the diary post I Thought That I Heard You Sing by Isaiah 88.

    2012-12-14 16:39:24View | Delete

    Good post. You undoubtedly are familiar with the works of Chris Hedges, your thoughts are much in accord. On a recent clip on youtube Hedges related a story of how he managed to slip Howard Zinn’s a People’s History in a course he was teaching within a prison.

  • pagostino commented on the diary post Obama’s obfuscation, Freud, and Portugese bread by pagostino.

    2012-12-14 16:28:42View | Delete

    Thanks for the Shelly quote. Not sure I digested it all. I had a friend who wrote his doctoral dissertation on Percy. I tried to read it, but it seemed more about argumentation among different Shelly scholars, instead of the work itself…so much written about someone who died at the ripe old age of 29…

  • pagostino commented on the diary post Obama’s obfuscation, Freud, and Portugese bread by pagostino.

    2012-12-14 16:21:42View | Delete

    In reply to wendydavis: That’s the problem with Freud, one of many, his terms have very specific meaning within the psychoanalytic perspective he developed. But once you understand his terminology, it really opens up a unique approach to studying certain topics. Freud sees culture, which he uses interchangeable with civilization, as possible only through the [...]

  • pagostino commented on the diary post Obama’s obfuscation, Freud, and Portugese bread by pagostino.

    2012-12-14 15:34:10View | Delete

    I often get told by friends when I start my diatribes against NPR to chill and just let it go. But it’s like a stone in my shoe, it just bothers the hell out of me. Anyway, thank goodness for Democracy Now! If you didn’t listen to the program this morning, there was a great [...]

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