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Monday, January 21, 2008

Moreover, or That was a nice break from the raging preggo

I'm reading two books that couldn't be more apropo in light of the economic train wreck unfolding before our eyes.
FREE LUNCH by David Cay Johnston

RICHISTAN by Robert Frank
Really a great duo -- Free Lunch sets up the economics of the situation (comparing it to the Great Gatsby era of nouveau riche and fortunes made amid the unregulated Industrial Revolution off the backs of the labor classes -- all of which set the stage for the Great Depression) and Richistan sort of brings you into the world of the elite who are riding the new wealth boom (the nouveau-nouveau riche, if you will) and how they’ve created their own micro-economy based on trickle down/voodoo economics (once again with fortunes built off the backs of the poor bastards who actually pay their share of taxes and don't benefit from any of the 35k lobbyists currently swarming the capitol).
And just for good measure:
Documentary: Taxi to the Dark Side
About how quickly government embraced the idea of torture and marketed it to a frightened public post-9/11. Explores stories of how honest and well-intentioned service men and women got caught in the moral balance. Esp considering the Dem Congress isn't doing shit to repeal these tactics and are turning a blind eye themselves, this is more than just your standard attack on the Bush Administration's inept war policies.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I'll get back to watching Hillary's mechanical attempts to impress black people at the National Black Caucus debate.


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