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Lessons from fashion’s culture

I often argue with people about the stifling effect of lifelong copyright, but I could never come up with a good example of why. Now I have one.

Copyright law’s grip on film, music and software barely touches the fashion industry … and fashion benefits in both innovation and sales, says Johanna Blakley. At TEDxUSC 2010, she talks about what all creative industries can learn from fashion’s free culture

Since I fell for you

Bonnie Raitt’s cover of the Lenny Welch song:

Crazy love

Rita Coolidge covers Van. From her self-titled debut:

Moral hazard

I forgot to write about this yesterday – there was so much shit hitting the fan at once. But yes, it brings new gloss to the concept of a two-tiered justice system, doesn’t it? Particularly since those losing their homes through banking fraud and deception were told to suck up and deal, lest you not learn your lesson.

And the constitutional law professor doesn’t know or care what that does to our republic.

Nothing but a miracle

Daryl Hall and Diane Birch:

Breakfast

Organic onions and peppers in an omelet with mild cheddar from a local farm, all from Greensgrow. Yum.

Geeze

How ironic is this?

Everybody knows

Dave Johnson reports from England.

The rationale

I’d read something several months ago that stuck in the back of my mind, and I simply couldn’t retrieve it. I knew it had something to do with why Obama does what he does, but I couldn’t locate it, either online or in my brain.

I finally remembered. It was something at least reasonably credible that described a meeting Obama had with some multinational type, who carefully explained to him that he had to break the back of the American economy, driving us down to a low-wage, low-benefits society — so we could compete with Third World countries for jobs.

And you know, I really do think this is what is going on. The Harvard guy, easily impressed by the elites, dazzled by the fact that he’s one of them, and a man without clearly defined goals or vision, bought that version of reality.

Rather than do the hard work of bringing other countries up to our standards, he’s decided we have to be broken. And he thinks it’s what’s “best” for us. He’s doing it because he cares. He sees social programs as simply postponing the the day when the workers (not the special people, like him and his friends) are living in tin shacks without running water, and he wants to wean us off the safety net.

Notice how toothless these trade treaties are? They’re not benefiting us, but then, they’re not meant to help us. They’re meant to help corporations, which are the real constituencies.

There are ways to change this. He could stop the economic and trade policies that make it almost impossible for American manufacturing to compete. He could put money into public infrastructure. He could push for something resembling an international minimum wage.

He could be the president of the entire world, and make everyone’s lives better, instead of just the upper classes. But he won’t. He won’t push for those things because they might work.

We need to figure out what to do about that.

Carry on

CSN&Y:

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