Links 1/14/12

Lambert Strether is an old-school blogger from Corrente.

Australian man describes terrifying ordeal after vicious kangaroo attack Telegraph.

Nine Euro Nations’ Ratings Cut, Seven Affirmed by S&P Bloomberg.

VA Federal judge refuses to add Perry, Gingrich, and Huntsman to the R primary ballot after they failed to qualify. None of these campaigns are serious, for all the coverage they get in our famously free press. Can you imagine Karl Rove allowing this to happen?

America’s incredible shrinking labor force FT. Continued success for the elite faction’s policy of choice on DISemployment.

The costs of DISemployment Billy Mitchell.

Depressions are depressing Salon.

Occupy Wall Street Joins Occupy The Dream: Is It Cooptation, or Growing the Movement? Black Agenda Report. BAR has been consistently right, early, on Obama. This is their beat. Watch this one.

“Wild Old Women” Close San Francisco Bank Of America Branch CBS San Francisco. Wheelchairs, walkers. Note to the Tactical Action Commmittee: They didn’t need to break any windows.

TSA Air Marshal Arrested in Mugging of Boston Occupier Wired. Stick to mugging the passengers, please.

Citizens United video documentary to target Occupy Salon.

Direct Democracy and voters Macrobusiness. And Part I.

SOPA’s Congressional supporters ProPublica. With contact information.

SOPA sponsor Lamar Smith’s site violates Creative Commons license in its background art Suburban Guerilla.

Smith backs off domain name blocking in SOPA Variety.

The Missionary Church of Kopimism New Yorker.

Izvestia: Reporters or Stenographers? Roundup PressThink. Truth vigilantes. Dear Lord.

Google ‘improperly’ accessed Kenyan rival Mocality’s database Guardian. Evil is as evil does.

FTC Said to Expand Antitrust Probe to Add Google+ Service Bloomberg. Dittoez. I don’t want to join any service that would have me as a member.

Israeli Mossad officers recruited operatives belonging to the terrorist group Jundallah by passing themselves off as American agents Foreign Policy, “‘It’s amazing what the Israelis thought they could get away with,’ the intelligence officer said.” Shocked, shocked.

Phil Angelides joins a mortgage startup Reuters. Ask not for whom the door revolves.

Apple Opens Suppliers’ Doors to Labor Group After Foxconn Worker Suicides Bloomberg.

America isn’t a corporation Krugman. “Government should be run like a business” is a Big Lie in the same class with “Government is like a household.”

Whither India? VoxEU.

Totally drug-resistant TB emerges in India Nature.

British science needs “integrity overhaul” Nature.

Water Risk in Supply Chains Draws Investor Scrutiny Bloomberg.

Mexican tycoon breaks parking attendant’s teeth when they refuse to help him change the tire on his car McClatchy. 1%ers behaving badly.

‘The law is clear’: Judge jails 84-year-old billionaire for contempt after failing to finish Michigan-Canada bridge project Daily Mail. 1%ers behaving badly.

Goldman Sachs Mortgage exec Jeffrey Verschleiser rents 94-room hotel for a three-day tweenager party Matt Taibbi. 1%ers behaving badly.

Antidote du jour: Corrente contributor Valley Girl’s Maine coon cat, Tootsie:

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About Lambert Strether

Readers, I have had a correspondent characterize my views as realistic cynical. Let me briefly explain them. I believe in universal programs that provide concrete material benefits, especially to the working class. Medicare for All is the prime example, but tuition-free college and a Post Office Bank also fall under this heading. So do a Jobs Guarantee and a Debt Jubilee. Clearly, neither liberal Democrats nor conservative Republicans can deliver on such programs, because the two are different flavors of neoliberalism (“Because markets”). I don’t much care about the “ism” that delivers the benefits, although whichever one does have to put common humanity first, as opposed to markets. Could be a second FDR saving capitalism, democratic socialism leashing and collaring it, or communism razing it. I don’t much care, as long as the benefits are delivered. To me, the key issue — and this is why Medicare for All is always first with me — is the tens of thousands of excess “deaths from despair,” as described by the Case-Deaton study, and other recent studies. That enormous body count makes Medicare for All, at the very least, a moral and strategic imperative. And that level of suffering and organic damage makes the concerns of identity politics — even the worthy fight to help the refugees Bush, Obama, and Clinton’s wars created — bright shiny objects by comparison. Hence my frustration with the news flow — currently in my view the swirling intersection of two, separate Shock Doctrine campaigns, one by the Administration, and the other by out-of-power liberals and their allies in the State and in the press — a news flow that constantly forces me to focus on matters that I regard as of secondary importance to the excess deaths. What kind of political economy is it that halts or even reverses the increases in life expectancy that civilized societies have achieved? I am also very hopeful that the continuing destruction of both party establishments will open the space for voices supporting programs similar to those I have listed; let’s call such voices “the left.” Volatility creates opportunity, especially if the Democrat establishment, which puts markets first and opposes all such programs, isn’t allowed to get back into the saddle. Eyes on the prize! I love the tactical level, and secretly love even the horse race, since I’ve been blogging about it daily for fourteen years, but everything I write has this perspective at the back of it.


  1. Max424

    I wonder if to a male Maine Coon Tootsie is considered a looker. Let me confer with my own Maine Coon Max.

    “Max, does Tootsie’s mien make your heart go pitter patter?”

    “Moooow!” says Max.

    That means “Yessss!” in Coon speak. Of course, it also means, “HELP!” and “FOOD!”

    “Max, can you be more specific?”

    “It’s hard to tell, Boss-man, from just a picture. I’ll need to meet her.”

    1. tom allen

      Wait. The Maine coon’s name is “Tootsie.” Are you sure it’s female? Perhaps you should watch more Dustin Hoffman movies. :-P

      1. Clonal Antibody

        The cat is female, and a rescue cat to boot! ( I cheated, and went to Correntewire and peeked!)

      2. Valley Girl

        Tom Allen- LOL. “Tootsie” was her name when I adopted her. I liked it and dedcided to keep it. Tootsie’s footsies are special, hence the name, I assume. Her front paws have “thumbs”, and she is very adept at picking up “toys”- straws, twist ties, etc.

    2. Valley Girl


      Well, before this potential romance goes any futher, Tootsie needs to see a picture of Maine coon Max. She has already identified a potential soul mate on flickr, but one never knows… lol

  2. ambrit

    Well, it’s happening at last, super drug resistant TB in India, the perfect venue for an epidemic. The Nature squib suggests mismanagement of treatment as a primary driver for drug resistance selection. Well of course it is! On any reasonably well run big construction job I’ve been on, the Superintendant EXPECTS multiple things to go wrong, and plans accordingly. Medicine is no different.
    The money quote comes at the end. When trying to explain why there isn’t a Big Pharma development race going on, one source mantions that “..there were not enough potential profits..” to drive corporate decisions to produce. I guess that’s why I’m still a closet Technocrat at heart; forward looking decision making usually provides the best outcomes for everyone. After all, aren’t most of the people here good and fed up with narrow horizon thinking, (Me! Me! Me!) and short termerism, (let the next bunch worry about it!)
    Rereading the above and reflecting the thought strikes me; since it doesn’t look like Obama is going to get Primaried, then it’s time to #Occupy Charlotte during the convention. Then, while The Whole World Is Watching, those who care about the world can use their Martyrdoms, and make no mistake there, the response will be extreme, to show the rest of the world the real lay of the land. By the way, where are our modern protest singers when we need them?
    Thanks for leting me rant. It’s quite therapeutic!

      1. LeonovaBalletRusse

        Rene, why not stealth protest? Can we not rig up a “follow the bouncing ball” sing-a-long with the Song of the Hungarian Democratic Protest Movement? See:

        “Nem Tetszik a rendszer” (I don’t like the system) on You Tube at:

        I wonder how many CIA Mormons have boned up on Hungarian language skills.

        Turn the tide.

    1. LeonovaBalletRusse

      ambrit, you’re right about everything.

      Where are all those *re-enactors* pining to Occupy 1776? Well, here’s their big break. Is this not the real American Dream: *We the People Quash the Power* for real, in our lifetimes in 2012, just like We the People did in 1776? Yes, Occupy Charlotte – Occupy Freedom – Occupy Real – Occupy America – Occupy Democracy for the 99%.

      Jack London – “The Iron Heel” – is about Identity Politics writ LARGE: The global .01% and their 1% Agency: THIS the Power to be Vanquished by We the People in 2012.

      WE THE PEOPLE 1776/2012: IF NOT NOW, WHEN?

      Who will be OUR President, our George Washington, when the world turns in Charlotte 2012? the Patriots William K. Black and Yves Smith/Susan Webber? Let’s start making the list for creating the Clean Slate 2012. And this much we must make clear: *No Grifters Need Apply*. And of course, no *Royalty* of any kind, AGAIN!

      1. ambrit

        Dear LBR;
        Sometimes when I’m starting to get depressed about the whole thing, I realize that NC and the affiliated sites are our modern iteration of the Committees of Correspondence. The people are uneasy and angry, but unfocused. As examples like the California Epic campaign in the 30’s show, the shaping of public perception can drive the process. That’s why I try in my small way to point out the “Facts” for what they are to those I come in more than casual contact with each day. I get a lot of abuse in return, but occasionally, that questionmark look shows up in someones eyes. Then it’s all worthwhile.
        As for #Occupy Charlotte, sometimes the people need to see that they are not crazy nor alone in doubting the Official Version of Reality. Symbolism has its uses.
        I’m not Fearless Freep, consarn it, but I’m learning a little each day to live with the fear and loathing.

  3. Middle Seaman

    The report on the Mossad was written by Mark Perry who served as an unofficial advisor to PLO Chairman and Palestinian President Yasser Arafat from 1989 to 2004.

    Perfect qualifications for an unbiased report on Israel.

    1. 80on40

      If the FP article offends your tastes I suggest Juan Cole & Informed Comment.
      Dirty tricks belong with Mossad not world Judaism. Besides, nerry a peep of
      this will hit MSM who cannot spell Zionism.

      1. Parvaneh Ferhadi

        On the other hand: Lots of neocon authors who have previously worked for the likes of George W. Bush, Condoleeza Rice, and McCain etc write for FP. Also FP belongs to the Washington Post and a previous editor was Moses Naím, a Venezulean who once was Venezuelas Minister of Trade (before Chávez came to power) and was an executive director of the World Bank.
        So FP probably has a neo-con, pro-Isreal leaning which makes this article doubly suspicious.

    2. gepay

      Probably what is false about the article is not that the Israelis recruited and trained terrorists to operate in Iran but that the US wasn’t in collusion. Thus when an Iranian nuclear scientist is assassinated the US can say, oh no, we would never do a thing like that.

      1. Parvaneh Ferhadi

        This has nothing to do with the Iranian scientist, but with a possible – and increasingly likely – attach on Iran, which will, after all appearances, be sold as an Israeli attack to the public (even though the U.S. and U.K give full support and have full knowledge and do approve) to which Iran responds and since the U.S. has pledged to defend Israel no matter what – a retaliatory attack on Israel will drag in the U.S. and probably NATO as well – which will be assured by the appropriate false flag attacks.
        It’s more a sales strategy for the public than anything of substance – the fact that this story has been reported around the world in mainstream-media also hints to that.

  4. Jim3981

    “VA Federal judge refuses to add Perry, Gingrich, and Huntsman to the R primary ballot after they failed to qualify.”

    WHOA! hope every state does this.

    My feeling is that Perry, Gringrich, Santorum, are only in there to keep Ron Paul from getting the nomination by splitting the vote.

  5. jsmith

    One really wonders how far from the tipping point the American public is in realizing Israel is NOT an ally of the United States.

    Israel is a protofascist, apartheid police-state and the actions of its leaders and US supporters have done nothing but decrease the security and chances for peace for the average American citizen.

    Israel has shown time and time again that it will renege on any agreement entered into with the US, it will spy and steal secrets from the US, it will take financial and military support from the US without offering anything in return and its leaders regularly ignore/ridicule the US.

    It’s time to sever our ties with this pariah state as it is no longer in the interest of the vast majority of the citizens of the United States.

    1. René

      @ 04:45

      In the January 16, 2004 edition of Stars and Stripes, the late Admiral Thomas H. Moorer, former Commander of U.S. 7th fleet wrote the following;

      “On June 8, 1967, Israel attacked our proud naval ship, the USS Liberty, killing 34 American servicemen and wounding 172. Those men were then betrayed and left to die by our own government. Israeli reconnaissance aircraft closely studied the Liberty during an eight-hour period prior to the attack, one flying within 200 feet of the ship. Weather reports confirm the day was clear and unlimited visibility.
      The Liberty was a clearly marked American ship, in international waters, flying an American flag and carrying large U.S. Navy hull letters and numbers on its bow. U.S. military rescue aircraft were recalled-not once, but twice-through direct intervention by the Johnson administration.
      Secretary of Defence Robert McNamara’s cancellation of the Navy’s attempt to rescue the Liberty, which I confirmed from the commanders of the aircraft carriers America and Saratoga, was the most disgraceful act I witnessed in my entire military career. To add insult to injury, Congress, to this day, has failed to hold formal hearings on Israel’s attack on this American ship.”

      1. ex-PFC Chuck

        Here are a couple more links in the USS Liberty “incident”:
        A Chicago Tribune piece, 2007:
        A piece by Richard Sale on Pat Lang’s blog:
        A post at “What Really Happened”:
        A report written under the auspices of the USS Liberty Veterans Assn.:

        This deliberate attack, almost certainly approved at the highest levels of the Israeli government, and the Johnson Administration’s cowardly response to it was truly disgusting from start to finish.

      2. citizendave

        In Body of Secrets: Anatomy of the Ultra-Secret National Security Agency, James Bamford devotes a chapter to the USS Liberty (“Blood” pp 185-239).

        I have never seen any official explanation of US conduct in that incident, much less any convincing explanation.

        1. Walter Wit Man

          Something is going down.

          It’s reminding me of Vietnam all over again. Watched “Evidence of Revision Part 2” recently which covers the Gulf of Tonkin incident:

          Not having lived through it I was surprised to the extent that they simply lied about what happened. Not only was the U.S. already attacking but it pretend to be offended at something they made up!

          1. Walter Wit Man

            The section re the Gulf of Tonkin incident, including Johnson’s admission that the U.S. was engaged in covert operations in Vietnamese terriritory, blowing up bridges and stuff, begins around 37:25.

        2. blueanthrax

 on iphone. yes this will be the right moment for obama to lead the american people to victory. oil will be at $200 and dollars will be needed so the fed can do qe3 with all the swap lines with others central banks around the world. with all the hardware of the 5th and 7th fleets near iran its now look really close. ron paul will then dissapear from the screen and ahmedinajad will happily replace him 24/24. the next public enemy #1 will then detonate a nuclear device bought from north korea and the ww3 will officially begin.

    2. tom allen

      “Israel is a protofascist, apartheid police-state and the actions of its leaders and US supporters have done nothing but decrease the security and chances for peace for the average American citizen.”

      Oh, I see. Unlike the United States of America. Look, I’ll take the mote out of my brother’s eye, but not until I take the beam out of my own.

      Or did the president not just sign a bill legalizing indefinite internment? Do we not assassinate our own citizens? Do we not put up walls on our borders and shoot people who cross them? Guess I closed my eyes to all that, amirite?

      1. jsmith

        Yes, America is also a proto-fascist police state and – minus the overt apartheid of its brethren – instigates many of the ills the world currently suffers from.

        What’s your point?

        That I can’t point out that our own corrupt, protofasicst government’s subservient attitude towards its corrupt, protofascist, apartheid “ally” doesn’t do the people who reside within the Amerian police-state a lick of good and actually needlessly complicates our relations with the vast majority of the planet’s denizens?

        Is that really what you’d like to say?

        Or is it that even though AIPAC is seemingly the most powerful lobby in the United States besides the defense industry, that we should try and pretend that support for Israel among the American political class is NOT an anomaly, that this tiny country somehow continuously finds the support of 100% – minus Ron Paul – of our elected leaders?

        What other “lobby” or ally enjoys such universal support from our politicians?

        None, beside the defense industry.

        You can find politicians against guns, tobacco, pharma, finance etc etc, but you will find nary a word written/spoken questioning the state of Israel.

        Is that what you’d like to say?

        So, just becasue we – the US – are no beacon on the hill doesn’t mean that I as a US citizen can’t ALSO comment on the posting of a story about the duplicitous nature of Israel’s intelligence agencies.

        I mean, I truly understand your “hasbara-esque” use of moral equivalency to paint Israel in a better light – i.e., the US is bad, too – but again, that’s neither here nor there as I was commenting on the Mossad story as posted above.


        1. LeonovaBalletRusse

          A+++ — that “moral equivalency” dog won’t hunt.

          AS IF We the People at NC didn’t know that we have a criminal, fascist “government” — our government hi-jacked by foreign powers through the AGENCY of their puppets in our three branches of government of, by, for the People. Isn’t that what We the People are railing against day and night at NC?

      2. Walter Wit Man

        I agree. Isreal is probably a willing patsy/accomplice.

        They will take the heat for their partners in the U.S. So the focus may be shifted to Israeli involvement and away from American involement.

        And unlike some patsies, Isreal is fairly well protected from getting caught. Its protected by the U.S.

        p.s. I also wonder if Isreal is being used in a similar fashion w/ regard to 9/11 investigations. We have people like Richard Clarke now “revealing” that up to 50 people in the C.I.A. knew the hijackers were coming in the country and speculating the CIA may have been trying to infiltrate al qaeda here in the U.S.: This, lays the cover story for Isreali involvement because the U.S. is thought to use foreign services like the Mossad for operations on U.S. soil, so that’s the logical next step to Clarke’s allegations. We also know the stories about the dancing Isrealis and the Isreali art students; these people could very well have been responsible for 9/11, or patsies, or both.

        1. blueanthrax

          how about the anthrax letters dated 9.11.2001 ? Was that pre-planned or only used after the fourth plane shot down and the wtc7 forced to be demolished without a obvious cause?

    3. Dave of Maryland

      I agree. What is the point?

      The US is awash in Israeli spies, aka dual US/Israeli nationals.

      In its turn, Israel is awash in Soviet, now Russian spies. Dual Israeli-Russian nationals.

      Judging by how hopeless US Kremlinologists have always been, it’s clear that Russia is not awash with our spies.

      Which makes AIPAC a front for Russia. Not Israel.

      Is this important? Consider. He who controls US military satellites controls the US military.

      Now can we get the Israelis out of Washington?

      1. ambrit

        Dear neo-realist;
        I think you are underestimating the arrogance and hubris of the American elites here. “The prople will do what we tell them” seems to be the meme. We now have a fully functional police state apparatus in the United States. “Neutralizing” opposition to the next big war could well be its ‘shake down cruise’ if you will.

  6. financial matters

    Important points not only for India…

    Whither India? VoxEU.

    “”Growth cannot be taken for granted. The link between demographics and growth is not automatic. A demographic dividend could morph into a demographic disaster, if people are not healthy, educated, and trained.

    Growth, however, is not an end in itself. Policymakers should not think of growth separately from inclusion. Increased income disparities should not be viewed as the price to pay for higher growth. A development response that aims to promote growth first and then deal with human misery later is not sustainable.””

  7. timotheus

    Re: Occupy the Dream. When OWS criticizes Obama for being a lapdog of the banks, how long will it take Simmons & the preachers to drag out the you-are-all-white-hippies card?

    1. jimmyj

      Siwwy wibbewwals. Hoisted by their own Magic Negroes. Anyone paying attention for the last ten years would know that the whole purpose behind the Faith Based Initiatives thing (which Obama is also behind) was to buy off the clergy Saudi Arabia style. And driving through the hood you don’t have to guess to know who runs anything worth running. The gigantic new temples with brand new and growing publicly funded charter schools attached to them show anyone interested who the government is smiling upon. They are now given considerably more power and influence over our lives in the form of being access points to government services and are not democratically elected or publicly held accountable for even basic stuff like, wait for it, discrimination based on religion. And some of these churches won’t even talk with you about a business relationship unless you are a member. Classic patronage stuff. So OWS did not form an alliance with the black community. It formed an alliance with a grotesquely wealthy entrepreneur and assorted lords and masters of their own personal fiefdoms, all of whom are, by trade, extremely charismatic.

  8. ex-PFC Chuck

    Re: The link to Jay Rosen’s Press Think about Izvestia’s “Truth Vigilantes” piece: Krugman had a blog post yesterday (for reason’s I don’t understand but for which I’m thankful, the RSS links to his posts don’t take me through the paywall) about Republican lying that he was explicitly told not to use the “L” word.

      1. Ignim Brites

        Not likely. Not enough of them. And former Catholics have the lowest reproduction rates in the world. No, we need to take an evolutionary biology perspective and start a major scientific effort to find the lemming gene and understand why it is being expressed now. Before population falls off a cliff. But for now, while it is mild, we can continue to call NPG progressive.

    1. craazyman

      my population is shrinking. I used to be 1.4 and now I’m only 1.1. This may be a recession though.

      @Kangaroo — what was the kangaroo’s side of the story?

      @ OWS movie by Citizens United — It will never be as good as “Don Juan de Marco” a work of absolute genius, which you can see on Youtube if you want. I’d rather just watch that again than endure the OWS video nonsense.

      @India — I have a bad feeling about this one. I used to live for years with a woman born in India. She said they were all crazy over there. I think almost everybody is, everywhere, but in certain culturally specific ways. Have ridden my India exposure down from 24 to 15 or so. Not looking for a return to the top any time soon.

      @America isn’t a corporation P. Krugman — Is that a fact or an opinion? Just kidding.

      @1% behaving badly — can’t even bring myself to read about it anymore. It’s like going to church and hearing a hellfire sermon. I’d rather just waste time doing nothing. Kind of like what I’m doing, right now. haha

      1. Anonymous Jones

        I had a buddy in college who was quite remarkable: astute and wise, especially for his age. We thought enough of him to nickname him “Knoweldge.”

        Every once in a while someone would say something along the lines of “That girl is crazy.”

        He’d pause, give a quizzical look and say, “You’ve not yet realized that everyone is crazy. The trick in life is to figure out what kind and adapt.”

  9. sidelarge

    And this is the European leaders’ reaction to the downgrade waves from S&P.

    More cuts and more “fiscal compact” and, well, that’s all.

    So, they care so much about what S&P did, but don’t care AT ALL about why they did it, which they clearly stated in their report, which clearly singles out the eurozone’s exclusive obsession with austerity as the primary concern.

      1. Jim

        You want inflation?

        Well, the only way to have it is via MASSIVE unsterilized purchases by the ECB – which would explicitly violate the German constitution.

        Let’s have a referendum in Germany asking the German voter if he will shoulder a higher inflation rate for the sake of the South.

        If the referendum fails, then no inflation.

  10. MyLessThanPrimeBeef

    Private equity.

    We need more public equity guys.

    No, I don’t mean borrowing money in order to get inside a public entity (vs. a private entity) in order to loot it. It’s all too easy to do that and set things up so that you get paid whether that public entity (in contrast to the failed private entity for a private equity guy) fails or not. We already have too many of those. They are called ‘politicans.’

  11. rd

    Re: Water supllies and supply chains

    The Northeast Rust Belt was developed in the 1700s and 1800s because of its abundant surface and ground water supplies. I suspect that the same factors will trigger its rebirth over the next century as many currently low-cost areas are found to be unable to sustain their populations and industries.

  12. aesop


    A Cat pounced on a Cock, and cast about for some good excuse for making a meal off him, for Cats don’t as a rule eat Cocks, and she knew she ought not to. At last she said, “You make a great nuisance of yourself at night by crowing and keeping people awake: so I am going to make an end of you.” But the Cock defended himself by saying that he crowed in order that men might wake up and set about the day’s work in good time, and that they really couldn’t very well do without him. “That may be,” said the Cat, “but whether they can or not, I’m not going without my dinner”; and she killed and ate him.

    The want of a good excuse never kept a villain from crime.

          1. Valissa

            btw, the comment section isn’t coming up at all on the new John Henry post. It seems the wormhole has expanded.

        1. JTFaraday

          In my browser, the entire poset doesn’t even load. It loads up to the slideshare slide show and then it stops.

  13. William

    I’d be super peeved if some dum human gave me a name like that. A Maine Coon?. . . Tootsie fergodssake? There oughta be a law. . .

  14. barrisj

    Re: 1%ers “acting badly”…surely you mean “acting according to character”. In fact, the current ethos governing the behaviour of the superrich is noblesse desoblige, if I may coin a neologism.

  15. Valissa

    LOL, I love it! Ron Paul ties GOP in knots

    I think it’s important to understand what Ron Paul symbolizes in the political discussion and how needed that is, and also to realize that just because he puts forth certain political positions in speeches doesn’t mean he would be able to make those things happen if he got elected. Presidents end up reacting to the world of power relations they inherit, and the existing political and policy structures they inherit, with very little room (if any) for enacting campaign policy talk.

    1. Walter Wit Man

      Here’s what I think is the original report in the L.A. Times:,0,5991473.story

      I googled to see who was reporting this critical news and it was tumble weeds. As the L.A. Times article reports, the Pentagon wants to deploy the troops quietly and the American media is doing its job by not reporting it.

      I guess the decider has decided and we just have to zip our lips or sink ships, or something.

      1. ambrit

        Dear Man;
        Well, loose lips and all that, but, just a couple of ‘dirty bombs’ along the southern littoral of the Persian Gulf and the largest petrochemical agglomeration in the world will be permenantly off line. (Hint: Above mentioned industrial complex is just fifty or a hundred miles from Iran, which has both the short range missles, and the fissile material to pull it off.) I think it was Frank Herbert who wrote, “The ability to destroy something gives you control over it.”
        If all this pro war propaganda is real, we’re in for a bumpy ride.

  16. Aquifer

    Thanx for the water article! We need to worry more about “peak water” than “peak oil”, IMO.

    Re Krugman’s riff on running gov’t like a businees, i have been on that rant for some time – government most certainly should NOT be run like a business …

    But for those who think it should, I have often thought it curious that they keep wanting to cut taxes – isn’t that the “revenue” side of a business, and aren’t businesses always supposed to keep trying to “raise revenue”?

    1. Lambert Strether Post author

      Back in 2003, when the political blogosphere exploded, there wasn’t a lot of concern for decorous or deferential language. There was also the idea that “we are the media.” We didn’t want to become David Broder; we wanted to get rid him, and Pravda, too, There was little affiliation with established Washington institutions like think tanks or foundations, and while most of the blogs (at least on the Democratic side, where I came up) were quite partisan, there was the sense that we could try to tell the truth without worrying about how it would affect this or that candidate. More, truth-telling was not only the right thing to do, but the pragmatic thing; the only thing that would save us. That’s old school, especially the truth-telling part. In other words, back in the day, there were a lot more bloggers like Yves, who IMNSHO is “old school.”

  17. Hugh

    Tried to post a longer comment and again it got eaten. Do let us know when things are fixed and what went wrong.

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