Before I re-light the political lamp, I am still trolling for images. Keep those eyes open for tribal chats/barbeques! Also, I could use images of (1) people collaborating around a whiteboarded project, (2) blatantly Hindi technical workers (e.g. Bangalore software rajas), (3) GROOVE-style meeting in action.
The Lamp is lit
In light of the present political climate... and as a diptych to the movie "Good Night & Good Luck"... I hope people will have a look at Gregory Benford’s story "Things Could Be Worse" currently posted on the web at:
Yes, it will cost you a few cents. But this story, set in a parallel universe in which Joe McCarthy becomes president and starts suspending laws and creating American gulags, deserves widespread reading.
Another extremely cogent take on Iraq from another general (former head of the Central Command):
More from Russ Daggatt: “It was announced earlier this week that this country's current account deficit ("the most complete scorecard of the United States' international trade performance") ballooned to a record $804.9 billion last year, up more than 20% over the previous year. "It's going to start to snowball. ... We're at a tipping point," says Catherine Mann of the Institute for International Economics.
. . No industrial nation has ever run a deficit this size, equal to 6.4% of economic output.
. . This year, the deficit will be at least $950 billion before topping $1 trillion next year, says Brad Setser of Roubini Global Economics."
(Senate Republicans defeated an effort to impose budget rules that would make it harder to increase spending or cut taxes, a move that critics said that showed Republicans were posturing in their calls for greater fiscal restraint.)
* So rapid is the rise of the US national debt, that the last four digits of a giant digital signboard counting the moving total near New York's Times Square move in seemingly random increments as they struggle to keep pace.
The national debt clock, as it is known, is a big clock. A spot-check last week showed a readout of 8.3 trillion -- or more precisely 8,310,200,545,702 -- dollars ... and counting. But it's not big enough. Sometime in the next two years, the total amount of US government borrowing is going to break through the 10-trillion-dollar mark and, lacking space for the extra digit such a figure would require, the clock is in danger of running itself into obsolescence. Read the rest of this article, to both laugh and cry... cry especially over the inability of conservatives to see what’s in front of their eyes. http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/afplifestyleusbudgetclock
* Like the Great Big Immigration Fuss! All this sturm und drang... Letting Karl Rove set up yet another of his set piece battles, beckoning undocumented workers into the streets to wave Mexican fags and thus sparking the best round of Culture War since the Great Big War Against Christmas”... And no liberals catch on. They simply keep on letting Rove play the tune and dancing to it.
If ANYONE were to go to NASCAR America with an utterly clear and simple, in-your-face message...
...that Bill Clinton’s FIRST act in office was to double the Border Patrol...
... and Bush’s first was to fiercely cut it!
Oh, this would not turn NASCAR America into democrats suddenly or automatically. Not all by itself. But it would be the kind of short, sharp shocking factoid that plants doubt. I find this kind of jiu jitsu move (avoiding the standard buttons) leaves my conservative friends slack-jawed and speechless.
It is the sort of CONCISE bullet that hits the most vulnerable spot, the aorta of loyalty to a party and a movement that does not love them back.
NEEDED: A historical tracing of Rovean “Cultur War Triggers.” Someprofessor should do this, but an amateur could do a first cut. Simply start in 2000... or earlier... and track the cyclical appearance of divisive “issues” like (most recently) the Great Big War on Christmas, which was followed by the tepid “min-war on the Easter bunny...” then by the Immigration Fuss. I cannot believe there hasn’t been a tracking done, that shows how rhythmic it all is, with the clear intent of keeping red-state Americans fuming toward “liberals instead of noticing the hand in their pockets and the knife in their backs.
I’d imagine this could be tracked pretty easily, by graphing the hit-traffic on some hot button web site, corelating with the topic-of-the-moment. Such a chart could do a world of good.