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23 February 2008

Kavafis: Documentary on the Greek Poet



Here's some more info on Kavafis, or, in English, Cavafy.

Inside Islam

Africa Addio / Farewell Africa (English Subtitles)

The Art of Spain: The Moorish South

The Life of the Buddha

The Diversity of Development: Embryos and Evolution

"Science and History" -- John Heilbron interviewed by Harry Kreisler

Clips from Orson Welles' The Magnificent Ambersons, including the trailer

More here:

First Ten Minutes of F is for Fake, Welles' Last Movie

A great film: the first "film essay;" wholly original. And that's part of the endless levels of irony herein:

Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere's Fan

Interview with George Steiner, 2007



Orson Welles: The One-Man Band

ORSON WELLES: THE ONE-MAN BAND is a fascinating glimpse at this extraordinary man's final years made with the cooperation of Oja Kodar, Welles' longtime companion, to whom he bequeathed a wealth of unedited films and fragments when he died in 1985. Directed by Vassili Silovic.


22 February 2008

Turkey Invades Iraq

It was only a matter of time, of course. So nice -- from the Balkans to India, we have various stages of war, all becoming increasingly inter-related. To say nothing about other areas of the world!

Essentially, we've got a huge fight among various power blocs over a resource we shouldn't even be using while global warming, nuclear weapons, and emergent diseases like bird flu (remember that? -- still mutating away) -- any of which can end civilization (such as it is) or even cause our extinction -- are still mostly unaddressed.

No worries; continue shopping.

Center for Economic and Policy Research Resources...

Here are some neat resources at CEPR (pron. "seeper," I found out); I put the homepage in the "Worthy Endeavors" list to the left (scroll down; it's under the Label Cloud and Archive).

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Places specific tax or spending numbers in the context of the total U.S. budget. It converts dollar amounts into either dollars per capita or into a percentage of total revenues, total discretionary spending, or the total budget (including nondiscretionary spending).

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Compares the cost of owning a home relative to renting for a potential new homeowner. It reports the "Net Cost of Owning" — the expected amount of additional cash available to a renter.

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Compares current-law Social Security benefits to the Bush Plan based on "Progressive Indexing" and the 2005 State of the Union proposal, which includes private accounts paid for by 4 percentage points of the employee's payroll tax.

21 February 2008

Center for Economic and Policy Research Basic Economics Seminars

1: The Basics of Good Economics -- Framing the Issues Right

Powerpoint


2: Growth I -- Why Economists Worry About It So Much, and Why You Should Too

Powerpoint


3: Three Important Economic Distributions and the Politics that Shape Them

Powerpoint


4: Growth II -- The Long-Term Economic Failure in Developing Countries

Powerpoint

5: Trade -- What Are the Gains and Who Gets Them

Powerpoint

6: When Women Get Paid for Work: The Entry of Women to the Paid Labor Market

Powerpoint


7: Horatio Alger is Dead

Powerpoint

8: The Fed: What It Is, and Why It Matters

Powerpoint

9: Financial Bubbles: What They Are and What Should Be Done

Powerpoint

10: Intellectual Property -- Patents, Copyrights, and Other Protectionist Barriers

Powerpoint

American Friends Service Committee: End the Siege on Gaza Blog

Good info from some good people.

Election Madness, Howard Zinn, The Progressive

Clear thinking from Mr. Zinn. I label this "anarchism" because Zinn rightly points out the need for direct action; a key anarchist tactic.

Chomsky on the Rise of the South, Michael Shank | January 30, 2008

Part 2 of this interview.

Chomsky on Kosovo, etc., in 1999

20 February 2008

The Kid from Brooklyn on Starbucks

A classic:

Fitzy's Wicked Pissah Webcast on the Patriots' Loss

I think this speaks for everyone up here in New England. Note the new tag below; hope to add to that!

19 February 2008

Is this the Volksgerichtshof?

USSC manages to top its horrible decision to enthrone Bush by stopping the vote count in 2000. Note the Orwellian logic they support without comment from the lower court: you cannot bring suit against the government for secretly spying on you because you don't know whether they really did spy on you because it's a secret. Case dismissed.

I know, I know: the "People's Court" is a bad analogy. A better one would be the current kangaroo court in Guantanamo.

Update, 2/20: And right on cue...

  1. DN!: EXCLUSIVE: Rigged Trials at Guantanamo
  2. The Nation: "Rigged Trials at Gitmo" (Here's the LAT op-ed noted in the piece.)
  3. Scott Horton in Harper's: "Are the Gitmo Trials Rigged?" (or try here if he creates a new post)
Key quote:

When asked if he thought the men at Guantánamo could receive a fair trial, Davis provided the following account of an August 2005 meeting he had with Pentagon general counsel William Haynes--the man who now oversees the tribunal process for the Defense Department. "[Haynes] said these trials will be the Nuremberg of our time," recalled Davis, referring to the Nazi tribunals in 1945, considered the model of procedural rights in the prosecution of war crimes. In response, Davis said he noted that at Nuremberg there had been some acquittals, something that had lent great credibility to the proceedings.

"I said to him that if we come up short and there are some acquittals in our cases, it will at least validate the process," Davis continued. "At which point, [Haynes's] eyes got wide and he said, 'Wait a minute, we can't have acquittals. If we've been holding these guys for so long, how can we explain letting them get off? We can't have acquittals, we've got to have convictions.'"

Davis submitted his resignation on October 4, 2007, just hours after he was informed that Haynes had been put above him in the commissions' chain of command. "Everyone has opinions," Davis says. "But when he was put above me, his opinions became orders."

Cayman Islands Bank Gets Wikileaks Taken Offline in U.S.

Update: The smart puppies over at Wikileaks anticipated this recent US shutdown. You can find them at any of these (publicly divulged) mirror sites. Note the following:

SUPPORT OUR FIRST AMENDMENT CASE TO APPEAL JUSTICE WHITE'S ORDER TO CENSOR WIKILEAKS.ORG!

Back our defense fund by emailing supporters@sunshinepress.org with your pledge!
Thanks to Dissident Voice and Stephen Soldz for pointing this out.

Original: Wikileaks was the site that posted the leaked rules of engagement in Iraq. I'm sure this is just a coincidence. Support the troops, continue shopping, and remember: you don't have to do anything else except support Saint Obama. He will provide for his flock.

Is this Der Stürmer?

From the Miami Herald. Note the unintentional irony -- apparently, one of our core moral values is transferring tried-and-true anti-Semitic stereotypes onto Arabs:










Am I exaggerating? You decide: here's a lovely issue of Der Stürmer, from the German Propaganda Archive: (From the linked page:

"This is the cover to the most infamous issue of Der Stürmer, the 1934 issue accusing Jews of practicing ritual murder to secure the blood of Christians to use in Jewish religious rituals. The headline reads: Jewish Murder Plan against Gentile Humanity Revealed. The issue actually got banned by the Nazis after it had been out for a while, not because of anti-Semitic content, but because it compared alleged Jewish ritual murder with the Christian sacrament of communion. A full English translation of the issue was published in the United States in 1976 by a group in the 'Christian Identity' tradition.
Special Issue: May 1934")
I might add that the footer means, "The Jews are our misfortune!"


18 February 2008

CAPTURED ON TAPE: INTERROGATION AND VIDEOTAPING OF DETAINEES IN GUANTÁNAMO

Title links to the PDF of the report; here's Democracy Now! on it. Good old Izzy Stone-style journalism and digging through official documents. Hard work, as opposed to hobnobbing with the powerful.

17 February 2008

David Gross: The Coming Revolutions in Theoretical Physics

K. R. Eissler, MD: Four Freud Letters

From a friend...
Lecture on four letters of Freud, delivered in Philadelphia on 22 September 1990 by K. R. Eissler. To my knowledge it is the only recording of Eissler's voice publicly accessible. The lecture he gives, entitled "An Interpretation of Four Letters by Freud," is a brilliant one and provides us with a wonderful example of Eissler's public speaking. It occurred as part of a symposium held at the Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia on 22 September 1990; the symposium was entitled "Understanding Freud," and it eventually was published (same title) by NYU Press.