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Cross posted at Lutin Muse Literary Magazine, October 2011 Written by Ye Olde Scribe Zombie picture courtesy veteranstoday.com Apologies to Gene Roddenberry for stealing his title-YOS 2020 the zombies dug their way out of their graves and everyone ran for cover. They bolted their doors. They trained their dogs to eat dead flesh, not all that hard to imagine if you have noticed that when it comes to dead, edible, things, dogs are vacuum cleaners. People were so scared septic tank suckers made a fortune.
Oh wait, that isn’t what the evidence shows: I keep hearing from Conservatives that the Obama Recovery Act hasn’t created one job. We hear The Boner ask, “where’s the jobs”, and yet not one piece of job-creating legislation or proposal has come out of the Republican-held House since they took power in January. When Bush left office, we were hemorrhaging 800 thousand jobs a month. That continued for the first three months of the Obama term before the Recovery Act started taking hold. Since that time, jobs have been added and the loss of jobs have been lowered. It isn’t a great picture yet, many of the people who lost their job still haven’t gotten a new one. The recovery has worked, but if it hadn’t been for the obstruction of the Republicans since 2009, we could have been a LOT farther along in our progress.
I came upon this review for a new book, “The Woman in the Mirror” by Cynthia Bulik PhD. Many women-regardless of income, size, shape, ethnicity, and age-are uncomfortable in their own skin. We fixate on our body image and try endless diets, implants, hair extensions, and new shoes, but it’s never enough. The problem is that girls and women have been socialized to mistakenly conflate body esteem and self-esteem. Body esteem refers to how you think and feel about your physical appearance: your size, shape, hair, and features. Self-esteem refers to how you think and feel about your personality, your role in relationships, your accomplishments, and your values-everything that contributes to who you are as a person. So far – so good.
Written by Andy Borowitz Dear American: American corporations have taken a beaten recently. We’ve been accused of everything from buying elections to subverting the Constitution to being puppet-masters of the Supreme Court. To these charges we say: Well, duh. As a wise man once said, “Corporations are people.” Therefore, to be treated like a person in America today, it stands to reason that you must become a corporation. That’s why, for a limited time, we are offering every man, woman and child in this country a chance to incorporate and become a card-carrying member of Corporation of American Corporations (CAC™). As a newly-formed corporation, you’ll immediately reap the benefits that such other CAC™ members as the Koch Brothers enjoy, such as: – Exemption from Federal, State and local taxes – Freedom to despoil America’s air, water, and birdlife – Exclusive opportunities to sell weapons to Iran So join us, won’t you? Wire the Corporation of American Corporations ™ a payment of $10,000, and start enjoying the rights and privileges that the U.S. Constitution used to grant to ordinary individuals. Don’t pass up this amazing offer. We promise you: it’s too big to fail. Sincerely, The Corporation of American Corporations™
So simple. So hard for them to understand. Free marketeer-ing is a Kool Aid drinking cult. The economy dies, they demand we drink more. With every sip more of the economy dies, except the “modern” (sic) day 1% robber barons. “Trickle down” only works if you prefer what splashes on you while standing on a urinal drain. Admittedly arguments like that get nowhere with members of the “free” market cult. Not even when it’s obvious that the “cure all” elixir they love to sell is a “just get out of the way” form of arsenic that could lead to a corporate culture that would kack the economy. Scratch that: has been kacking the economy. And they have been pouring that poison down the economy’s throat year, after year, after: both Republicans and “free” market Democrats like Bill Clinton. But perhaps there is another way to phrase your arguments with your local foam at the mouth dripping free marketeer fanatic. Ask them what’s the engine that drives any market. The answer? Incentive. Base your arguments around “incentive:” tossing the ball into a court they think they know very well, only they think a “free” market offers all, and the only, incentive…
HERD ABOUT IT? by Ana Grarian I expect that this is a rather typical day in the life of an activist……. 6AM Get up, feed the cat, start the coffee, walk the dog 7AM Watch last nights episode of Rachel Maddow 8AM Wash dishes, start laundry 9AM Breakfast 10AM Fold and put away laundry 11AM Catch up on email, Facebook, read news articles 12 NOON Walk dog, check mail, get fresh coffee 1PM Rush to get blog written 2PM Get dressed for work 8PM Dinner 9PM Walk and feed dog 10PM Check email, Facebook and check blog for comments. Read more articles, books, news reports 11PM Try to get some sleep I have the luxury of being a semi-retired activist employed in a lovely progressive
Shared for our readers by Ana Grarian. Small towns see increase in crime amid gas drilling boom Published: Wednesday, October 26, 2011, 10:03 AM TOWANDA, Pa. (AP) — In a modern-day echo of the raucous Old West, small towns enjoying a boom in oil and gas drilling are seeing a sharp increase in drunken driving, bar fights and other hell-raising, blamed largely on an influx of young men who find themselves with lots of money in their pockets and nothing to do after they get off work.