Hannah Blog

April 20, 2014

Talking about wealth.

Filed under: another perspective,Down the drain — hannah @ 6:22 am

Not really an edifying topic for Easter Sunday, but what the heck!
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April 19, 2014

Money, another obscurant

Filed under: another perspective,Down the drain,Economy — hannah @ 5:38 am

The money is not wealth. It is worth nothing. It is a mere figment of the imagination, a tangible symbol. However, money makes it possible to transfer wealth by stealth. That is, behind the shield of money we have legal thievery, which could not be accomplished out in the open.
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April 8, 2014

Rumsfeld speaks to Errol Morris

Filed under: Down the drain — hannah @ 6:15 pm

Brief excerpts. The documentary is now in theaters and can be purchased or rented from Amazon.

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April 7, 2014

Rumsfeld utters platitudes

Filed under: Down the drain — hannah @ 4:09 pm

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I have excerpted some snippets of Rumsfeld’s commentary, mainly about the war in Iraq. Things happen and time will tell……
Rumsfeld is wrong in that George W. Bush put nothing in place. Congress demanded and paid and Congress continues to demand and pay for secrecy, spying, detention and the expulsion of innocents. If anything is validated, it’s that the executive executes what the people’s representatives order up.
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April 5, 2014

Are you tired of being punished, America?

Filed under: Congressional races,Down the drain — hannah @ 5:40 am

Then vote the blood suckers out of Congress.
You know who they are.
They’re the austerity mavens, the “hard choices” (hard cheese) clan, the power lusters and “no free lunchers.”
How did they get the upper hand? They lied and lied and lied some more. For all we know, Donald Rumsfeld had himself cloned and then donned a hundred masks.
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April 4, 2014

Don’t blame the climate.

Filed under: Down the drain,Economy — hannah @ 9:02 am

Climate change is not to blame for thirst and starvation. Don’t blame the climate; blame the people who refuse to share and insist on wasting a third of all the food that’s currently produced.
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March 29, 2014

Preventing Crime: U.S. v. Castleman

Filed under: Down the drain,Good morning — hannah @ 7:43 am

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I’ve argued for some time that, if we are serious about preventing serious crime, then we address behavior at an early stage — i.e. when it’s just abusive and not the cause of serious injury. Now the Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, has agreed that a proved abuser of another’s rights can be properly deprived of the right to own a tool, whose sole purpose is to perpetrate an assault from a distance. Mr. Castleman of Tennessee is prohibited from owning a gun because over a decade ago he was convicted of having abused a spouse.
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March 28, 2014

Secrecy

Filed under: another perspective,Down the drain — hannah @ 5:20 am

I hadn’t interacted with mid-level public officials, i.e. career personnel, in a long time (two decades), so it came as a surprise, when I recently jumped back into the fray, to discover the culture of secrecy that has apparently developed. People only answer the direct question they are asked and the secrecy is almost palpable. It surprised me ’cause that’s not what I remember from before and it led me to wonder about what’s changed. And what I’m thinking at this point is that it may well be an unintended consequence of the constant attacks on the bureaucracy, mostly by incompetent politicians for no good reason. The targets of the Cons’ barage don’t resort to secrecy to hide mistakes, but just to keep themselves and the good work they are doing out of sight.

Where in normal circumstances secrecy is the refuge of the scoundrel, when good people are under constant attack, secrecy becomes a matter of self-preservation. So, people don’t let on what they are working on just to keep on working. Which, of course, means that the good being done gets missed.

March 27, 2014

Pathetic Rayonier

Filed under: another perspective,Down the drain — hannah @ 12:52 pm

They’ve got fifty percent of the brown out and still people aren’t satisfied.ARK suit

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/03/27/1287779/-Riverkeeper-Sues-Rayonier

March 24, 2014

Krugman op-ed.

Filed under: Down the drain,Economy — hannah @ 7:00 am

Today’s offering in the New York Times leaves me unmoved. Referring to U.S. oligarchs because that’s a prominent classification in the former U.S.S.R. strikes me as lame.
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