This Shawn Colvin song is from the very first CD I ever owned (I won it from a local radio station):
I’m afraid if I keep reading things like this, I might want to slit my wrists and I would hate that.
What We Believe
Sat, Jan 29, 2PM SLT (pacific), 5pm eastern
Jay Ackroyd and Stuart Zechman present the voices of liberalism, of individual citizens speaking out about what American liberalism (or progressivism) means to them, and to our country’s future. Featuring recorded and live voices of members of the VSS media panel, citizen activists and electeds.
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STUART “Centrism IS an ideology” ZECHMAN - is a provocative member of the blog commentariat, most frequently posting at TIME’s Swampland. An entrepreneur and technologist, he brings those perspectives to a New Liberal analysis of policy and politics.
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Economic injustice is very bloody and very expensive when the victims revolt. Perhaps it’s cheaper to give people a cut of the profits in the first place.
I still love this album. Rita Coolidge:
There’s no question that Israel is the stone in the pond whose ripples wash over Americans. Our national security problems are mostly attributed to our unwavering and unthinking support of Israel. People in the Middle East are obviously pissed off about that.
So when it comes out that America has made a mockery of Palestine’s desperate capitulations in the hope of winning a peace settlement, well, people get even more pissed off. Because as it turns out, the Palestinians have offered just about everything the Israelis wanted — and got shit on, not just by Israel, but by the U.S.
I’ve had a theory for a while that the oil situation is much worse than we can even imagine, because I can’t imagine what else would be driving such short-sighted foreign policy in the Middle East. Unless our leaders really are just that stupid, and I’d rather not think about that.
We’re not seeing a lot of this on the teevee, because they wouldn’t want us to get ideas. Looks like courage really is contagious:
Thousands of university, college and school students – joined by workers – are marching in London and Manchester against Tory cuts to education, fee rises and attacks on jobs and services.
The revolution in Tunisia and uprising in Egypt have clearly inspired the marches. Marchers have chanted, “Egypt, Egypt everywhere.”
A student in Manchester has made a placard reading, “Egypt, Tunisia thank you for the inspiration”. In London one said, “Walk like an Egyptian.
Socialist Worker spoke to protesters in London as they assembled to march.
Aisha, an FE student from Camden in north London said, “I’ve been on all the demonstrations, but some of my friends are here who haven’t been out on the protests before.
“I like the slogan ‘This is only the beginning’, because it’s going to be a long fight against this government.”
Theo, a school student from south east London, took part in the Day X walkouts last year.
He said, “Lots of people who want to go to university won’t be able to and people will definitely be affected by the cuts to EMA [Education Maintenance Allowance]. The government is making the wrong people pay – the bankers are getting hundreds of thousands in bonuses.”
For workers, the student protests have been an inspiration.
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