• substanti8 commented on the blog post Happy Trails: Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow

    2011-07-14 18:52:28View | Delete

    Lynyrd Skynyrd with the Stars and Bars?  That seems totally inappropriate.

    Since Marcy’s writing is centered on issues of justice, I’ll recommend a much different send-off.
    (Please excuse the Obama adoration; it was the best copy of the song I could find).

    Lift Every Voice and Sing

    Facing the rising sun of our new day begun
    Let us march on ’til victory is won

  • substanti8 commented on the blog post Reggie Walton Unleashes the Rocket’s Red Glare

    2011-07-14 12:30:07View | Delete

    Nice post.  I despise abuse of power even more than cheating ballplayers (if we have both in this case).

  • “And in other news today, the Montreal Expos split a Sunday double-header with the Braves.”

  • substanti8 commented on the blog post BREAKING: Unusual Hasty Sunday Night Obama Statement

    2011-05-01 18:48:34View | Delete

    “And in other news today, the Montreal Expos split a Sunday double-header with the Braves.”

  • Oh look … they’re Norwegian Blue.  Lovely plumage.

  • substanti8 commented on the blog post A Lovely Day at the Beach

    2011-02-13 15:57:36View | Delete

    Marcy, you should have worn a T-shirt for your FBI file.

  • substanti8 commented on the blog post Egyptian Trash Talk

    2011-02-12 07:30:04View | Delete

    On the contrary, it was the Baby Boomer Generation that “fucked it all up.”

    Despite its potential for greatness, most of the motivation for Baby Boomer social achievement turned out to be banal self-interest.  Unlike the “greatest generation” that defeated fascism in Europe, the Baby Boomers’ primary question was, “What’s in it for me?”

    So when faced with a choice in 1980 between Jimmy Carter (who called upon Americans to sacrifice for the greater good) or Ronald Reagan (who promised prosperity with no limits), Boomers elected Reagan – which empowered a reactionary ideology that has unraveled almost every gain that the Boomers could claim.  We now live in a country with nearly unprecedented inequity, and our denial of science makes us the laughingstock of the world.

    Most Baby Boomers failed to question the growth paradigm that now fuels the destruction of the natural world.  They were too busy enjoying the fossil fuel party with everyone else.  The “Love Your Mother” bumper sticker on the VW bus did nothing to curb CO2 emissions or the sprawling invasion of suburbia.

    With all of their technological wizardry, the Boomers created a lifestyle that externalizes its costs on to future generations.  As the Earth enters a period of catastrophic anthropogenic warming and mass extinction, we are witnessing the greatest case of trans-generational injustice in human history.

    Cool, man.

  • substanti8 commented on the blog post Dear Egypt: We Love You for Your Freedom

    2011-02-11 20:17:23View | Delete

    The primary common ailment across the political spectrum in America is the misguided belief that “bigger is better.”  Republicans may talk a good game about opposing “big government,” but they actually only oppose it being used for certain things (such as social justice).  Power on the left – whether in Washington, on college campuses, or even in radical third parties – is similarly addicted to statism.

    So if you want to compare Egypt with the United States, you need to look first at the difference in SCALE, and you need to understand that the larger a country is, the less inherently democratic it is.  Avoiding that fact is like a failure to notice the emperor’s lack of clothes.

    But Americans have long been good at delusion.  I don’t expect this time to be any different, and I don’t expect any real lessons to be learned from the streets of Cairo.  Pundits will continue to spin their narrative of large scale – and perpetuate the myth of democracy for 300,000,000 people.

  • substanti8 commented on the blog post Egyptian Trash Talk

    2011-02-11 20:13:21View | Delete

    The primary common ailment across the political spectrum in America is the misguided belief that “bigger is better.”  Republicans may talk a good game about opposing “big government,” but they actually only oppose it being used for certain things (such as social justice).  Power on the left – whether in Washington, on college campuses, or even in radical third parties – is similarly addicted to statism.

    So if you want to compare Egypt with the United States, you need to look first at the difference in SCALE, and you need to understand that the larger a country is, the less inherently democratic it is.  Avoiding that fact is like a failure to notice the emperor’s lack of clothes.

    But Americans have long been good at delusion.  I don’t expect this time to be any different, and I don’t expect any real lessons to be learned from the streets of Cairo.  Pundits will continue to spin their narrative of large scale – and perpetuate the myth of democracy for 300,000,000 people.

  • Secrecy is fundamentally incompatible with democracy.  In contrast, the notion that any non-personal information should be withheld from the public is born of an authoritarian view of governance.

    The Empire is thoroughly corrupt and needs to be dismantled – for the good of humanity, today and in the future.

  • I thought Social Security was a self-sustaining system.  Oh yeah … jerks like Simpson voted to allow the Soc. Sec. Trust Fund to be raided, in lieu of taxing the rich.

  • substanti8 commented on the blog post “Made in America” in the 21st Century

    2011-02-08 11:36:13View | Delete

    The premise of the ad seems to be that global warming and peak oil don’t exist.

    Denial is a ridiculous foundation for rebuilding industry.

    Building more motor vehicles in a country where cars outnumber people is like hitting the accelerator as civilization goes over the cliff.  That is the more appropriate visual – rather then nostalgic nonsense.

  • substanti8 commented on the blog post SuperBowl XLV Trash Talk

    2011-02-05 19:20:06View | Delete

    My hunch is that the most important Green Bay player in the game will be their punter.

  • substanti8 commented on the blog post SuperBowl XLV Trash Talk

    2011-02-04 20:37:13View | Delete

    My understanding is that Green Bay is the smallest NFL market, and its team is the only one in the league that is community owned.  This makes the Packers the obvious choice for any anti-capitalist fans who like to mix their sports with politics (even though the game itself is a war metaphor, and capitalism thrives on war).

    Beyond all that, Aaron Rodgers is simply fun to watch.  Go Packers!

  • substanti8 commented on the blog post A Sputnik Moment without the Moon

    2011-01-26 16:20:05View | Delete

    But Obama won’t even name that threat by name.

    Wouldn’t want to wake the masses into realizing that “the economy” of endless growth is a pyramid scheme that steals from future generations.  That doesn’t fit into the script of “hope”.

  • substanti8 commented on the blog post “Austerity” Merriam-Webster’s Word of 2010

    2010-12-21 11:02:55View | Delete

    1.  Habeas corpus
    2.  acidification
    3.  disintegration

  • substanti8 commented on the blog post “Austerity” Merriam-Webster’s Word of 2010

    2010-12-21 10:47:20View | Delete

    Tax cuts for the rich are double-plus good.

    Propaganda and the Public Mind: Conversations with Noam Chomsky

  • substanti8 commented on the blog post Will WikiLeaks Be the Internet’s Titanic?

    2010-12-07 07:56:54View | Delete

    Thank you for sharing the history of amateur radio operators and the Titanic.  Excellent post.

    Julian Assange was also arrested for sex crimes in London three hours ago.  After initially investigating the charges and dropping the case (for lack of evidence?) in August, the Swedish prosecutor suddenly reopened the case this month.  I think that character assassination through sexual taboo is a favorite tactic of the security state.

  • substanti8 commented on the blog post UAW Sells Out American Workers for 800 Jobs

    2010-12-05 10:27:18View | Delete

    The Apollo Alliance doesn’t go far enough, because they’re not interested in changing the systemic problem of the capitalist growth paradigm.  But this commentary from their executive director is part of what I meant in my original comment.  Here’s an excerpt:

    America’s existing public transit investments already support more than 1.9 million jobs throughout the economy and generate more than $100 billion of economic activity.  These investments also generate environmental benefits, saving the equivalent of 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline and reducing carbon emissions by 37 million metric tons each year.

    And here is their Transportation Manufacturing Action Plan.

  • substanti8 commented on the blog post UAW Sells Out American Workers for 800 Jobs

    2010-12-05 10:08:50View | Delete

    when your argument falls flat … on practical grounds

    Yeah, I get that kind of response all the time from people who haven’t ridden a bicycle since they were 13 years old.  When pressed to defend their perception of bicycling, they ultimately reveal little understanding beyond the stereotypes of the car culture.

    And in case you missed it, this was my original argument:

    Instead of more cars, we should be building bicycles, trolleys and passenger railroads.

    Feel free to deny that other realities exist.

    I think you’re the one denying such realities.  If there were true cost pricing for private motor vehicles, changing jobs to reduce driving would seem much more reasonable.

    And choosing a “barrista” to represent all such alternative jobs is still a straw man.

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