Algorithms and Red Wine

Life is lived anecdotally, not algorithmically. And anecdotal evidence is not allowed in the new digital corpocracy. As one poster on Democratic Underground put it, “Anecdotal now has this enforced meaning such that no one is supposed to believe what they experience, what they see, hear, taste, smell, etc.

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Understanding America’s Class System

You do not need to see an egg-sucking dog in action to know what to expect — or not to expect. The track record of the political class is an open book. As the layer of millionaires buffering the elites who pay for their campaigns, they’ve done their jobs. They approved the Bush administration’s massive tax cut for the rich.

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Live from Planet Norte

We can be sure however, that it has to do with consuming. Everything in America has to do with consuming. So much so that we find not the slightest embarrassment in calling ourselves “the consumer society.” Which is probably just as well, since calling ourselves something such as “the just society” might have been aiming too high?

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Lost on the Fearless Plain

Safely in the American national illusion, where all the world’s a shopping expedition. Or a terrorist threat. No matter, as long as it is colorful and wiggles on the theater state’s 400 million screens. Plug in and be lit up by the American Hologram.

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From Wall Street to Skank Street

Gunther on bailouts and stimulus money: “The stimulus money will work if enough suckers believe it will work. But it’ll only work for a while, until we run out of stimulus money. Then somebody’s got to print some more and get ‘em to believin’ again. It’s like poking a frog in a frog race for one jump at a time. You ain’t gonna ever see the finish line”

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Moon Over Gringo Gulch

Canuck and gringo alike, they all hated George W. Bush. For the most part, the Americans are staunch Democrats, even the retired cops here (who also smoke pot — I’ve yet to meet one who did not). The big guy in the blue polo shirt asks Boob Loaf Woman: “Did you hear the one about the Republican senator who married a crack whore? Inside of six weeks he brought her down to his level.”

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