January 2010

How We Lived on It (12)

January 31, 2010

Our presence in Buenos Aires suggests a stirring return to How We Lived on It (7), and its tribute to the Tango. Number 12 is in a not dissimilar vein. Photographs by Jacques-Henri Lartigue Model & Muse: Renée Perle Music from the film The Moderns, by Alan Rudolph, score (The Moderns: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [...]


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On the Road

January 30, 2010

Julia and I will be traveling in Argentina & Uruguay over the next two weeks – we just landed in Buenos Aires yesterday – so posting will be a little erratic. I will try to keep it up, though, and interesting. Since I’m with a pack of voracious photographers, I’m going to flatter them with [...]


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Culture Matters

January 29, 2010

The late comedian Sam Kinison had a classic, foul-mouthed routine about common sense advice to the regular victims of famine in certain remote areas of the world – something to the effect of YOU KNOW WHY YOU’RE STARVING? YOU LIVE IN A DESERT! THERE’S NO FOOD THERE! NOTHING GROWS THERE! NOTHING IS GOING TO GROW [...]


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Indian Country Betting on the Future

January 28, 2010

Indian Gaming, like reservations, is a complex subject. I address it now because of the coming premiere at the Sundance Film Festival of Casino Jack and the United States of Money, Oscar winner Alex Gibney’s documentary on Jack Abramoff and his lobbyistg scamming of everyone, including, as always, his own clients – various Indian Tribes [...]


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That’s What They Think, Thursday 1/28/2010

January 28, 2010

Jeff Weintraub, Comments and Controversies – Pass the Damn Bill He’s been saying it all week long: Democrats, don’t be punks. Corey Kilgannon, The New York Times – Serpico on Serpico For film aficionados and New Yorkers of a certain age: Frank Serpico today. How a whole life can turn on one series of events. [...]


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The Convergence of the Twain – A Mind Game’s Post

January 27, 2010

And as the smart ship grew In stature, grace, and hue In shadowy silent distance grew the Iceberg too. Thomas Hardy, “The Convergence of the Twain” Judeosphere has only been back to blogging a few weeks, but he is quickly making his mark again with very sharp and important posts. A couple of days ago [...]


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Indians Caught in the Middle

January 26, 2010

It is generally observed by those who believe that Native Americans receive far too much sympathy for the effect on their cultures of the European arrival in the Western Hemisphere – as if it served as the argumentative coup de grâce – that Indian Tribes throughout the Western Hemisphere warred with each long before and [...]


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Mind Games: The Movie

January 25, 2010

Well, not really. It’s actually “mind games, the photographs,” but that doesn’t provide the same hook. Mind Games, the movie, by the way, would be the September 30, 2000 France2 video of Muhammad al Durah, a Palestinian boy in the arms of his father, purportedly being shot by Israeli soldiers – an event that was [...]


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That’s What They Think, Monday 1/25/2010

January 25, 2010

Judeosphere – Human Rights Watch’s Conflict of Interests There are none so blind. HRW continues its descent. See, also, here. Adam Holland – Ron Paul lets his freak flag fly: says CIA coup has occurred. Paul’s pot reveals another crack – for the those who just haven’t yet been able to see him in the [...]


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How We Lived on It (11) – Six Feet Under Finale

January 24, 2010

Final six minutes. The finales of so many great television series disappoint. This is one of the few that did not. Song: “Breathe Me” by Sia.


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Next, Corporate Marriage

January 23, 2010

My post about the just rendered Supreme Court decision on campaign spending limitations, Corporations Are People Too, has received some comments that require response enough to deserve a post. Basically, the argument is that, no, really, corporations are people too, and liberals are frauds for arguing otherwise. I have already acknowledged that the law has, [...]


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Eating Poetry* (VIII) – Our Other History

January 23, 2010

From The Great World by David Malouf: He was speaking of poetry itself, of the hidden part it played in their lives… How it spoke up, not always in the plainest terms, since that wasn’t always possible, but in precise ones just the same, for what is deeply felt and might otherwise go unrecorded: all [...]


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Corporations Are People Too

January 22, 2010

Yesterday a five-judge liberal conservative activist majority conservatively radically respected overturned a century of multiple Supreme Court precedents and with respect contempt for the original intent of the framers, more fully than ever declared that corporations are people deserving of “special rights” – the right to buy elections. (You don’t have enough money to buy [...]


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Mind Games: a Demonstration

January 22, 2010

Robin Shephard, in his analysis of a BBC documentary on Jerusalem, offers us an example of bias and distortion at work. “Under international law,” [Jane Corbin] tells us earnestly, “East Jerusalem is occupied territory; its status shouldn’t be changed.” Well, good to know that we haven’t wasted much time before she introduces her very own, [...]


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That’s What They Think, Friday 1/22/2010

January 22, 2010

Hendrik Hertzberg – One Year: Beware of Sudden Downdrafts What he said. And I said yesterday, only mo better. Obama, healthcare, what’s going on and down. Daniel Indiviglio – Goldman Shareholder Revolts With Lawsuit Where the anger should be. Rob Capriccioso, Indian Country Today – Elouise Cobell, woman warrior The woman behind an Indian victory. [...]


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Democrats Are Punks.

January 21, 2010

I’m not a fire breather. I’m really not. Really. I’m not. I thought Moveon.org had something to do with Monica Lewinsky getting over it already. The Daily Kos? Can I find that on the newsstands? (The what?) But Democrats are punks. Really. They are. In Politics and Shame I argued how the Democrats had voted [...]


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That’s What They Think, Thursday 1/21/10

January 21, 2010

Henryk M. Broder, Der Spiegel – Muhammad Cartoonist Defiant After Attack (H/T normblog) Tell me again what Europeans learned from World War II? Josh Marshal, TPM – Second Thoughts for Barney Frank If healthcare reform doesn’t pass, we’ll know whom to blame now. Matthew Yglesias – Our Broken Institutions “They had an interesting theory that [...]


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Absurd Man

January 20, 2010

January 4th was the 50th anniversary of the death of Albert Camus in a car crash, an end all too facilely characterized and diminshed as “absurd.” He was 46 years old, and he had already won the Nobel Prize for Literature. If you missed it, and care to, you can read about the meaning of [...]


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That’s What They Think, Wednesday 1/20/10

January 20, 2010

Jonathan Cohn, The Treatment – Pelosi Isn’t Panicking. Her Party Should Listen Democrats are rarely tough like Republicans. Here’s hoping there are two who are. Spencer Ackerman, Firedog Lake -These Were Not Suicides At Guantanamo We tortured and mudered. It won’t go away. ShrinkWrapped – How Do Universities Breed Terrorists? You have to care for [...]


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Photography for Social Change: Project 5

January 19, 2010

SILENT AUCTION OF MORE THAN 100 IMAGES BY PROMINENT PHOTOGRAPHERS Auction Will Raise Money for Documentary Photography FEBRUARY 20, 2010 at THE STEPHEN COHEN GALLERY Actor and photographer Aaron Eckhart will join Julia Dean, founder of The Julia Dean Photo Workshops, for an exhibit and silent auction of more than 100 iconic images taken by [...]


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Not Lost in Cambodia, Just Lost

January 18, 2010

Last week I wrote about Andrew Anthony’s article in The Observer, “Lost in Cambodia,” on the horridly naive supporter and apologist for the Khmer Rouge, Malcolm Caldwell, whom the Khmer Rouge murdered for his efforts. Now Oliver Kamm has a follow up. Anthony’s article noted the influence on Caldwell of Noam Chomsky’s skepticism about the [...]


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