"It is easy to confuse what is with what ought to be, especially when what is has worked out in your favor."
- Tyrion Lannister

"Lannister. Baratheon. Stark. Tyrell. They're all just spokes on a wheel. This one's on top, then that's ones on top and on and on it spins, crushing those on the ground. I'm not going to stop the wheel. I'm going to break the wheel."

- Daenerys Targaryen

"The Lord of Light wants his enemies burned. The Drowned God wants them drowned. Why are all the gods such vicious cunts? Where's the God of Tits and Wine?"

- Tyrion Lannister

"The common people pray for rain, healthy children, and a summer that never ends. It is no matter to them if the high lords play their game of thrones, so long as they are left in peace. They never are."

- Jorah Mormont

"These bad people are what I'm good at. Out talking them. Out thinking them."

- Tyrion Lannister

"What happened? I think fundamentals were trumped by mechanics and, to a lesser extent, by demographics."

- Michael Barone

"If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to."
- Dorothy Parker

Thursday, September 21, 2017

welfare reform

Deadbeat Democrats by Bryce Covert

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Samantha Bee

Life after Hate

new Medicare-for-All bill; identity politics

The Contents Of The New Medicare-For-All Bill by Matt Bruenig

Idylls of the Liberal: The American Dreams of Mark Lilla and Ta-Nehisi Coates by Asad Haider

corn cob fail: Drum, DeLong, PGL

Should-Read: Keven Drum: Here's Why I Never Warmed Up to Bernie Sanders: "As Bill Scher points out, the revolution that Bernie called for didn't show up...

...In fact, it's worse than that: we were never going to get a revolution, and Bernie knew it all along. Think about it: has there ever been an economic revolution in the United States? Stretching things a bit, I can think of two: (1) The destruction of the Southern slave economy following the Civil War. (2) The New Deal. The first of these was 50+ years in the making and, in the end, required a bloody, four-year war to bring to a conclusion. The second happened only after an utter collapse of the economy... unemployment at 25 percent....

We're light years away from that right now. Unemployment? Yes, two or three percent of the working-age population has dropped out of the labor force, but the headline unemployment rate is 5 percent. Wages? They've been stagnant since the turn of the century, but the average family still makes close to 30,000, only 27 percent are dissatisfied with their personal lives. Like it or not, you don't build a revolution on top of an economy like this. Period. If you want to get anything done, you're going to have to do it the old-fashioned way: through the slow boring of hard wood.

Why do I care about this? Because if you want to make a difference in this country, you need to be prepared for a very long, very frustrating slog.... There's a decent chance that Bernie's failure will result in a net increase of cynicism about politics, and that's the last thing we need. I hate the idea that we might lose even a few talented future leaders because they fell for Bernie's spiel and then got discouraged when it didn't pan out.... If you don't want your followers to give up in disgust, your inspiration needs to be in the service of goals that are at least attainable. By offering a chimera instead, Bernie has done the progressive movement no favors...

pgl said...

Sanders lost me when he derided "establishment" economists. I do not trust any politician that picks adviser that only tell him what he wants to hear.

Reply September 11, 2017 at 05:36 AM

Rick and Morty

Juggalos and montary regime change


Monetary Regime Change: Mission Accomplished by David Beckworth

Friday, September 15, 2017

troll wants a revolution

"But those who argue for incrementalism, who want to make the goal more modest, should be asked: “How much longer do millions stay without insurance? How much longer do families have to deal with the insecurity of sky-high health costs? How much longer can anyone’s savings be wiped out because of one accident?”
I am not for incrementalism. Nor is Kurt. In fact, I'm for something to the left of the Sanders proposal.
So when you say I am for incrementalism - you are doing what you always do. Lying. It is all you got. Pathetic!

morality in politics; medicare for all by Konczal

The loss of morality in America’s health-care debate by James Downie

Medicare for All, Budget Reconciliation, and a “Get One Reform Free” Coupon by Mike Konczal

Monday, September 11, 2017

identity politics

black nationalism versus identity politics = equality

What Liberals Get Wrong About Identity Politics by MYCHAL DENZEL SMITH


Intelligent money & valuing Bitcoin by Eric Lonergan

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Jacinda Ardern

In New Zealand, fired up the youth vote w/ free higher education and legalized medical  marijuana

Election September 23.

Immigrants as scapegoats


Thursday, September 07, 2017

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Sunday, September 03, 2017

MItterrand and neoliberalism

The Many Lives of Fran├žois Mitterrand by JONAH BIRCH

The Wire

Wire marathon on HBO. Season 1 episode 3, "The Deal," Avon Barksdale and I share the same birth date. (Same birthday as Jennifer Lawrence.) Also first appearance of Omar.

2020 Gillibrand and Harris

Kamala Harris and Kirsten Gillibrand will lead Democrats to 2020 victory by Michael Starr Hopkins (lawyer and member of the Clinton and Obama campaigns)