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ArtLung posts tagged with “politics”

  • American Innovation: Sushi

    I have mentioned before how much I esteem Thomas P.M. Barnett. In a recent blog post he points out a USA Today story about a new term in American Islam: Sushi The quote from the USA Today story: He calls himself “Sushi,” the popular term for a combination of Sunni and Shiite. Once the glib…

  • Freedom trails economic freedom

    I love how concise Thomas Barnett can be: Watch Vietnam’s rerun of China’s relationship with U.S.: Vietnam will face all the same pushback China has and continues to receive: yes, you’re turning capitalistic but not democratic at the same time. What should Triet do? Exact same game plan: He will also respond to criticism of…

  • Iran: “I ask you, is he irrational?”

    Thomas PM Barnett remains my favorite geopolitical thinker. Embedded in his talk (downloadable as a Podcast) from Pop!Tech is a short talk on Iran. He makes a metaphor about Iran that feels very true, and with that short metaphor explains their desire for nuclear weapons: Two thirds of the oil that comes out of the…


  • Crackpot Junk Mail, 1992

    From my scrapbook archives, a Book of Revelations bit of nuttery 14 years later. Where’s those end times?

  • Interesting Speech, About Global Warming And Aliens

    And it will make you think. Caltech Michelin Lecture: “Let’s be clear: the work of science has nothing whatever to do with consensus. Consensus is the business of politics. Science, on the contrary, requires only one investigator who happens to be right, which means that he or she has results that are verifiable by reference…

  • Your Civic Duty

    Go read this November 2003 article from The New Yorker: War After The War: What Washington doesn’t see in Iraq by George Packer. It’s thought provoking and troubling. Yeah, I’m late to it, but it’s great. It was my father who pointed me to it. Go.

  • Some jokes write themselves.

    Hootie and the Blowfish has officially endorsed John Edwards in his campaign for the Presidency of the United States of America.

  • Excellent Civic Metaphor about Money and the Occupation of Iraq

    The Oreo Metaphor Animated Movie from truemajority.org is well worth a look.

  • Election Day + Racquetball

    Work today. Also, I need to figure out when I’m going to vote — hey that was easy. I think I can vote before work. Other news: racquetball tonight. Also, the office is much cleaner now. Oh, and I added some Smorg items yesterday: my July 4th walk, further documented in the blog, also, a…

  • California Quarter – U-Design-It!

    The Governor of California is soliciting designs for the California US Quarter Dollar at his website, www.governor.ca.gov

  • More on Moore in San Diego

    Kynn has posted an article covering in depth the recent Michael Moore book tour event in San Diego, check it out: Michael Moore vs. The Police, I had mentioned it a few days ago, and Moore himself has written about this interesting incident: Mike’s Book Tour Diary: Police Raid, Shut Down My Book-signing in San…

  • Supposedly…

    Dark Knight Returns (DK2 #3) will come out on Wednesday. I’ve talked about this before. The themes in this latest series are of media manipulation, surveillance, coercion, and of the compromises made to be part of “the establishment.” I’m looking forward to this 3rd of 3 issues.

  • Civil Liberties Quote of the Day

    Civil Liberties Quote of the Day (source): When your government, employer, landlord, merchant, banker and local sports team gang up to picture, digitize and permanently record your every activity, you are placed under unprecedented control. This is not some alarmist Orwellian scenario; it is here, now, financed by $20 billion last year and $15 billion…

  • I blogged about an image…

    I blogged about an image whose subject was the airliner uprising on September 11th – and that I think it had emotional heft because that incident is something we don’t have pictures of. Looks like Neil Young has written a song about it called “Let’s Roll” — and I really want to listen to it….

  • Quote of the day:

    Proponents of Bush’s kangaroo court say: Don’t you soft-on-terror, due-process types know there’s a war on? Have you forgotten our 5,000 civilian dead? In an emergency like this, aren’t extraordinary security measures needed to save citizens’ lives? If we step on a few toes, we can apologize to the civil libertarians later. Those are the…

  • Item in the New York Times: As U…

    Item in the New York Times: As U.N. Meets, bin Laden Tape Sets Off Alarms. This is a good note. Lots of news out there, but this one should raise some alarm bells. The take-home message for me is: Osama Bin Laden has read his Sun Tzu He is cultivating his friends and his enemies…

  • I am dismayed that this hopeful post was somewhat unfounded…

    I am dismayed that this hopeful post was somewhat unfounded. I was hopeful to see the US engaging in a smart PR/information war in the middle east is not succeeding as we might hope. I wish we were playing our cards better. We suffered a calamitous and vicious attack, at the hands of people who…