Sunday, October 31, 2010

Golf Courses

"President Hugo Chavez said some of Venezuela’s golf courses should be expropriated and used for other purposes."--Bloomberg News

President Chavez's show, Alo Presidente.

In a time when oil is scarce, golf courses will either revert to wilderness or be converted to farms, with or without the government commandeering the land.

Happy Halloween from Bluebeard Cod.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Cockburn vs. Proyect

In his column praising the TEA Party, Alexander Cockburn slags Louis Proyect:

"Who says these days that in the last analysis, the only way to change the status quo and challenge the Money Power of Wall St is to overthrow the government by force? That isn’t some old Trotskyist lag like Louis Proyect, dozing on the dungheap of history like Odysseus’ lice-ridden old hound Argos, woofing with alarm as the shadow of a new idea darkens the threshold."

Proyect responds:

"This is the kindest thing I have heard from a Nation Magazine writer ever since Marc Cooper called me a 'prolific buffoon'. ...
I should add that I spotted Alex’s fulmination not 5 minutes after sending in $25 to the Counterpunch fund-drive."
As for myself, I'm taking CounterPunch's appeal (below) in stride. As of day eleven, 605 donors have given a total of $32,500. At this rate, CP should meet or even surpass its goal in three weeks.

"CounterPunch needs your financial support! Either we meet our fundraising goal of $75,000 over the next three weeks or we'll be forced to drastically curtail the operation of our website.That’s the bottom line reality for us, every year. We’re not sitting on big reserves. We operate on a very thin margin."

Instead, I'm more inclined to feed Swans. As I learned from another Louis Proyect post, Swans is also holding a fundraiser for $2,500 (a mere 3.33% of CounterPunch's goal).

Some background on Swans.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Bret Easton Ellis to Appear on "Che Tempo, Che Fa"

As he tweeted, "On the final night of the Imperial Bedrooms world tour I find myself on an Italian talk-show with...Phil Collins. Somehow this makes sense."

The website of the talk show, Che Tempo, Che Fa.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Blog Updates

I added Baptist Planet to the Politics section of the list of links. Professor Zero is now a private blog. Since it's still online, it will stay in the Politics section. Professor Zero, who now goes by Huehueteotl, has a research blog, Seminario for short, which I have added under the Education section.

Monday, October 04, 2010

Get Out of the Car

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Yesterday I saw Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. Although it's not as good as the original, it explains the financial bubble of 2008 very well.

(Factoid: Oliver Stone's son Sean, who played Gekko's son Rudy in the original movie, has a cameo as "Hedge Fund Trader #1.")

Full Bore to the Vanishing Point

Discussion of the movie here.

Dealbreaker's articles on the movie.

Friday, October 01, 2010

Link Update: FindLaw's Writ

I just added FindLaw's Writ to the BLAWgs section of my list of links.

Seedy Rahm