"...it's not the training to be mean but the training to be kind that is used to keep us leashed best." ~ Black Dog Red

"In case you haven't recognized the trend: it proceeds action, dissent, speech." ~ davidly, on how wars get done

"...What sort of meager, unerotic existence must a man live to find himself moved to such ecstatic heights by the mundane sniping of a congressional budget fight. The fate of human existence does not hang in the balance. The gods are not arrayed on either side. Poseiden, earth-shaker, has regrettably set his sights on the poor fishermen of northern Japan and not on Washington, D.C. where his ire might do some good--I can think of no better spot for a little wetland reclamation project, if you know what I mean. The fight is neither revolution nor apocalypse; it is hardly even a fight. A lot of apparatchiks are moving a lot of phony numbers with more zeros than a century of soccer scores around, weaving a brittle chrysalis around a gross worm that, some time hence, will emerge, untransformed, still a worm." ~ IOZ

Nov 16, 2011


We don't watch a lot of television, but my ten year old and I have made a ritual of watching NBC's "Community"  and "Parks and Recreation" together. He rather thoroughly enjoys "Community." Yesterday, he found out that NBC would not be returning it to the spring line up. He was sad. Pet fish being flushed down the toilet, or burying the family cat, sad.

Gave me an opportunity to explain to him the problems with depending upon very wealthy people for one's entertainment and amusement. Gave us the space to discuss the consequences of tethering one's enjoyment to the cultural output of a corporatocracy's cult of success - in this instance, as ratings - and growth.

Thank you, NBC. Thank you very much.

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