We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I was always skeptical of the claim that most of those in prison are there for nonviolent drug offences. But it's a lesson in propaganda because I was starting to believe it - or at least lessen my skepticism - after being told that lie over and over.
The racism meme is a similar example, but more sinister. The object is to anger less sophisticated blacks like the one who complained to me in traffic court one time that the judge was collecting all the fines he was handing out to speeders.
this is more like a list of people or professions the authors don't like. we learn that 4% of CEOs (but not directors, COOs, preznits or managing partners?) are psychopaths, 4x the number in the general population.
can't speak for all professions on the list, but I know that none of the authors understand the job of lawyers in an adversarial system.
the reference to the “Always Be Closing” scene from Glengarry Glenross is interesting because there's a hint before the epic rant starts that the speech is an act. but regardless, Baldwin's character is sent down from HQ to motivate the salesmen, and this works in real life whether the target audience believes the threats or knows its an act and feeds off the energy. so I don't think the authors understand or are just cherrypicking.
Donny "The Bear Jew" Donowitz
Raiders of the Lost Web....Thanks! I bookmarked that for more careful attention later.
NRA Ad... The NRA is always very good at what they do. Just don't automatically expect them to help with anything other than Gun Rights.
Netflix premiered a new film: Beasts of no nation.
Sobering. Throughout it, and it's a hard film to watch, I thought, 'These people (villagers) need to arm themselves' . It's really warring tribes, but instead of spears, they have AK47's.
That Iran video is intense. I was born in the 70s and vaguely remember the revolution (especially the hostage crisis), but never had any real concept of what the country was like prior.
There's a lot of interesting stuff in VS Naipul's book Among the Believers. He goes to Iran shortly after the revolution to interview people about what happened. Many of the interviewees were young people who claimed to believe they were inaugurating a leftist, progressive revolution, and then felt stunned and betrayed by the Islamicization of the country.