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87 Years Of Solitude

87 Years Of Solitude

Novelist Gabriel García Márquez died Thursday in Mexico City at the age of 87; he was one of the giants of modern literature, with a 1982 Nobel Prize and one undisputed classic, One Hundred Years of Solitude, the book that most people think of when they think of “magical realism” — and even if that term maybe gets over-used with other Latin American writers, it’s a fair cop for García Márquez. Weird stuff happens, and it’s just part of the everyday strangeness of life in his fiction — and besides, how weird is a levitating priest compared to the reality of South American politics and history? Also, he wrote one of the best first paragraphs of any novel:

“Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Col. Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice. At that time Macondo was a village of 20 adobe houses built on the bank of a river of clear water that ran along a bed of polished stones, which were white and enormous, like prehistoric eggs. The world was so recent that many things lacked names, and in order to indicate them it was necessary to point.”


And of course there’s the idiotic U.S. ban on García Márquez, so that he wouldn’t be able to taint our innocent country with his dangerous leftist ideas and support for Cuba (except, of course, through his writing, but you if can’t punish books, at least you can beat up on the writer). There’s one more thing to thank Bill Clinton for: that travel ban was lifted in 1995 and Clinton invited García Márquez to visit him in Martha’s Vineyard.


OBAMACARE ENROLLMENT, projected vs. actual (by month)


nuff said, now bring on Single Payer!


Elizabeth Warren Book Is A Liberal Call To Arms That Rips Tea Party 'Magical Thinking'

WASHINGTON -- Elizabeth Warren's new book isn't just a memoir -- it's a full-throated endorsement of modern, populist liberalism and a scathing indictment of anti-government "magical thinking" by the tea party.


"We can't bury our heads in the sand and pretend that if 'big government' disappears, so will society's toughest problems. That's just magical thinking -- and it's also dangerous thinking," Warren writes. "Our problems are getting bigger by the day and we need to develop some hardheaded, realistic responses. Instead of trying to starve the government or drown it in the bathtub, we need to tackle our problems head-on, and that will require better government."


JP Morgan Admits Trickle Down Economics Has Completely Failed

Remember how the country was sold the idea of “trickle down” economics? “Oh, if we just give the wealthy more, they will create wealth for the poor and middle classes by increasing spending, investing in new factories, hiring more workers, etc, etc, etc.” In reality, after over 30 years of trickle down, or “supply side” economics, we are looking at just the opposite: the rich have gotten richer, and middle class incomes have stagnated. Now, even some in the financial community are admitting that trickle down economics is a failure.

According to an April 17 story on Bloomberg.com,

While the wealth of American households has jumped more than $25 trillion since early 2009 amid rising equity and home prices, the pass-through to consumer spending is lagging the $1 trillion fillip that would have been anticipated historically, according to Michael Feroli, chief U.S. economist at JPMorgan Chase & Co. in New York.

Feroli’s numbers show that since the end of the recession, households have spent only 1.7¢ of each extra dollar they earned in wealth. That compares to an average of 3.8¢ for the years from 1952 to 2009. Simon Kennedy, the author of the Bloomberg story, offers a possible explanation for the difference:

One reason for the adjustment may be that those enjoying gains in wealth are already rich, so have less propensity to increase spending incrementally.

That’s a polite way of saying, “The rich are getting richer, but they already have everything they want and need, so they’re not spending much of their new wealth.”


Senator Reid-WON'T BACK DOWN-Explains WHY Armed Militia At Bundy Ranch Are "Domestic Terrorists"

Harry Reid appeared on local television Friday night to explain his reasoning behind the claim that the armed militia members at Bundy Ranch are domestic terrorists.

Senator Reid tells the truth
The simplicity of his answer took the entire table by surprise, I think, because there were a couple of beats of silence before the other host asked him to expand on his thoughts, which he also did.

Host: Talk to me a little more about that, Senator, in the sense of...what triggered the pullout? I mean, you're obviously privy to intelligence. What was it that they were doing up there that would make you call them domestic terrorists?

Aside: Perhaps it would be good for the press to actually Google the term so they understood the definition before asking such a stupid question.

Reid: The National Cattlemen's Association has a wonderful branch in Nevada. I met with them last week. They pay their taxes. They pay their fees. They follow the law.

Bundy doesn't believe the American government is valid, he believes the United States is a foreign government. He doesn't pay his taxes. He doesn't follow the law. He doesn't pay his fees.

And, if anyone thinks, by any figment of their imagination that what happened up there was just people rallying to someone who was oppressed, 600 people came in. Armed. They had practiced, they had maneuvered, they knew what they were doing. They set up snipers in strategic locations with sniper rifles. They had assault weapons. They had automatic weapons, and they boasted about the fact that they put women and children -- in fact, one retired sheriff from Arizona boasted that he put women and children so they would get hit first.

MORE plus video:



Paul to Reid: Cool it on Bundy ranch

"I don't think calling people names is going to calm this down," Paul said on Fox News. "I think it's liable to stir it up. So I think all parties, including Sen. Reid, should calm the rhetoric a little bit. Let's try to have a peaceful resolution to this."

more reason for Reid to NOT BACK DOWN:
Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/e2-wire/203860-paul-tells-reid-to-cool-rhetoric-on-nevada-ranch-dispute#ixzz2zLBwMFjY

GOP Sen: Bundy Ranch Supporters Are 'Patriots,' Not 'Domestic Terrorists'

CIA torture architect • Interview: 'I'm just a guy who got asked to do something for his country'

CIA torture architect breaks silence to defend 'enhanced interrogation'

• Interview:

James Mitchell: '"I'm just a guy who got asked to do something for his country by people at the highest level of government, and I did the best that I could."

Psychologist who designed CIA's post-9/11 torture program insists he has nothing to apologise for – and attacks 'people with a Jack Bauer mentality who don't understand how intel works'

The committee’s report found that the interrogation techniques devised by Mitchell, a retired air force psychologist, were far more brutal than disclosed at the time, and did not yield useful intelligence. These included waterboarding, stress positions, sleep deprivation for days at a time, confinement in a box and being slammed into walls.

But Mitchell, who was reported to have personally waterboarded accused 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, remains unrepentant. “The people on the ground did the best they could with the way they understood the law at the time,” he said. “You can't ask someone to put their life on the line and think and make a decision without the benefit of hindsight and then eviscerate them in the press 10 years later.”



Chris Christie’s $300m pension proposal broke state anti-corruption laws

Source: Pando Daily

Chris Christie’s $300m pension proposal broke state anti-corruption laws (And now the intended recipient threatens to sue Pando)

A PandoDaily investigation has discovered evidence that Gov. Chris Christie’s pending deal to award a $300 million pension management contract to a controversial hedge fund is in violation of state anti-corruption laws.

New Jersey state pay-to-play statutes prohibit state contractors from directly or indirectly financially supporting the election campaigns of state officials. Those statutes also explicitly prohibit the use of outside groups or family members to circumvent that ban.

Additionally, separate Department of Treasury rules appear to prohibit public pension contracts from being awarded to investment firms whose employees have made significant financial contributions to political entities organized to operate in New Jersey state elections. Those laws also bar investment firms doing business with the state from making contributions “for the purpose of influencing any election for State office.”

Yet, late last month, the New Jersey State Investment Council moved to award a controversial $300 million investment contract to Chatham Asset Management, despite the fact that Chatham’s principal, and a woman living at his address and sharing his surname, donated more than $50,000 to a Republican election group that oversaw major portions of Gov. Christie’s 2013 re-election operation. The proposed investment is already highly controversial given the hedge fund also reportedly owns a stake in the Atlantic City casino, Revel.

Read more: http://pando.com/2014/04/18/chris-christies-300m-pension-proposal-broke-state-anti-corruption-laws-and-now-the-intended-recipient-threatens-to-sue-pando/

“…The day shit is worth money, poor people will be born without an asshole.”

“…The day shit is worth money, poor people will be born without an asshole.”

– Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, The Autumn of the Patriarch

The Selling of Christ

Banksy making a valid point about society and its treatment of holidays such as Christmas and Easter.

When you look at this image, you automatically notice three things: the image is mostly black and white, the gifts are the only things that have color, and there is no cross. If you are familiar with Banksy, you should not be surprised to see that the picture is almost colorless. Most of Banksy’s works are in black, white, and one other random color. The black and white is used to bring the audience’s attention to the colored parts of the image. In this case the third color is pink, which brings the viewer’s attention to the gifts. Banksy wants you to focus on the gifts because he wants you to see how Jesus and them clash together; they don’t go together. This is attacking the materialism that has taken over Christian holidays by illustrating that the two do not belong together. The exclusion of the cross symbolizes the exclusion of religious meaning behind the holidays. The combination of the presents and lack of cross basically tells the viewer that materialism has replaced the role of religion in Christmas and Easter, which means that the holidays lost their meaning in today’s culture. Though I may not agree with Banksy’s use of the Crucifixion, he makes a pretty convincing argument about today’s society and consumer holidays.

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