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The Buying of the President 2004: Who's Really Bankrolling Bush and His Democratic Challengers -- and What They Expect in Return
Sam Smith's Great American Political Repair Manual: How to Rebuild Our Country So the Politics Aren't Broken and Politicians Aren't Fixed
American Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortune, and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush
Death in the Air: Globalism, Terrorism & Toxic Warfare
The Velvet Coup: The Constitution, the Supreme Court and the Decline of American Democracy
Into the Buzzsaw: Leading Journalists Expose the Myth of the Free Press
Just consider what current events will sound like two thousand years from now -- the greatest nation on Earth bombing some of the smallest and weakest for no clear reasons, people starving in parts of the world while farmers are paid not to plant crops in others, technophiles sitting at home playing electronic golf rahter than the real thing, and police forces ordered to arrest people who simply desire to ingest a psychoactive weed. People of that era will also likely laugh it all off as fantastic myths...
It is time for those who desire true freedom to exert themselves -- to fight back against the forces who desire domination through fear and disunity.
This does not have to involve violence. It can be done in small, simple ways, like not financing that new Sport Utility Vehicle, cutting up all but one credit card, not opting for a second mortgage, turning off that TV sitcom for a good book, asking questions and speaking out in church or synagogue, attending school board and city council meetings, voting for the candidate who has the least money, learning about the Fully Informed Jury movement and using it when called -- in general, taking responsibility for one's own actions. Despite the omnipresent advertising for the Lotto -- legalized government gambling -- there is no free lunch. Giving up one's individual power for the hope of comfort and security has proven to lead only to tyranny.
You had to take those pieces of paper with you when you went shopping, though by the time I was nine or ten most people used plastic cards. . .It seems so primitive, totemistic even, like cowry shells. I must have used that kind of money myself, a little, before everything went on the Compubank.
I guess that's how they were able to do it, in the way they did, all at once, without anyone knowing beforehand. If there had still been portable money, it would have been more difficult.
It was after the catastrophe, when they shot the president and machine-gunned the Congress and the army declared a state of emergency. They blamed it on the Islamic fanatics, at the time.
Keep calm, they said on television. Everything is under control.
I was stunned. Everyone was, I know that. It was hard to believe. The entire government, gone like that. How did they get in, how did it happen?
That was when they suspended the Constitution. They said it would be temporary. There wasn't even any rioting in the streets. People stayed home at night, watching television, looking for some direction. There wasn't even an enemy you could put your finger on.
. . . Things continued on in that state of suspended animation for weeks, although some things did happen. Newspapers were censored and some were closed down, for security reasons they said. The roadblocks began to appear, and Identipasses. Everyone approved of that, since it was obvious you couldn't be too careful. They said that new elections would be held, but that it would take some time to prepare for them. The thing to do, they said, was to continue on as usual.
By the time Oscar reached the outskirts of Washington, DC, The Louisiana air base had benn placed under siege.
The base's electrical power supply had long since been cut off for lack of payment. The aircraft had no fuel. The desperate federal troops were bartering stolen equipment for food and booze. Desertion was rampant. The air base commander had released a sobbing video confession and had shot himself.
Green Huey had lost patience with the long-festering scandal. He was moving in for the kill. Attacking and seizing an federal air base with his loyal state militia would have been entirely too blatant and straightforward. Instead the rogue Governor employed proxy guerrillas.
Huey had won the favor of nomad prole groups by providing them with safe havens. He allowed them to squat in Louisiana's many federally declared contamination zones. These forgotten landscapes were tainted with petrochemical effluent and hormone-warping pesticides, and were hence officially unfit for human settlement. The prole hordes had different opinions on that subject.
Proles cheerfully grouped in any locale where conventional authority had grown weak. Whenever the net-based proles were not constantly harassed by the authorities, they coalesced and grew ambitious. Though easily scattered by focused crackdowns, they regrouped as swiftly as a horde of gnats. With their reaping machines and bio-breweries, they could live off the land at the very base of the food chain. They had no stake in the established order, and they cherished a canny street-level knowledge of society's infrastructural weaknesses. They made expensive enemies. . .
Louisiana's ecologically blighted areas were ideal for proles. The disaster zones were also impromptu wildlife sanctuaries, since wild animals found chemical fouling much easier to survive than the presence of human beings. After decades of wild subtropical growth, Louisiana's toxic dumps were as impenetrable as Sherwood Forest.
Saturday, July 26, 2003
shrubco/Ashcroft's lack of faith in US justice system sabotages Moussaoui trial [a]Perhaps most crucially, why is it that the attorney general has such grievous doubts about the justice system that he refuses to allow Moussaoui to depose Binalshibh? Throughout this trial, national security has clashed with legal due process -- but Binalshibh should not have been the issue to scuttle the trial. The DOJ excuse -- that allowing Moussaoui to depose his witness poses a blanket threat to national security -- rings hollow. For one thing, the prosecution has already proffered to Moussaoui much of the information Binalshibh would provide in a written document. For another, Brinkema ordered that Moussaoui could only conduct a videotaped deposition of Binalshibh via secure hookup with a built-in time delay, so prosecutors could shut things down if secret messages were being passed. And if Moussaoui and Binalshibh are both poised to be locked up (or worse) for life, then why are we so terrified of the possibility that they might pass information back and forth? What is Ashcroft really afraid of here?
So the judge and prosecutors are trapped in a game of chicken: Prosecutors want the judge to do something that would force them to remove the proceedings to a closed tribunal while pinning the blame on her. Brinkema wants the government to do something that will make it impossible for the trial to proceed. Ultimately, neither wants to be held responsible for what will be perceived as the crushing failure of the U.S. justice system.
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shrubco & CIA censored incriminating parts of Congressional 9/11 report
But few in the government, of any stripe, want the truth about what was known or suppressed to see the light of day. Even the American people -- except for the relatives of victims, of course.
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Sad story -- and probably a more common one soon
Classic American dream crash-and-burn story of NJ Mom and teen daughters robbing bank to "save house" when father/stepfather hospitalized for heart failure
Too bad they didn't just wait for the tax cuts...
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I see popular ghostwriter, Houston-based sportswriter and shrubco disinfo flack Mickey Herskowitz will be hawking his no doubt probing and deeply researched bio of notorious Nazi bagman and Harriman protegé Prescott Bush Duty, Honor, Country: The Life and Legacy of Prescott Bush on C-SPAN 2 this weekend
And that demented harridan has a slot too. Hoo-ahh!
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Friday, July 25, 2003
Coca Cola steals water and poisons ground of Indian village near plantVillagers, politicians, environmentalists and scientists have accused the firm of robbing the community of the area's most precious resource.
They say the area's farming industry has been devastated and jobs, as well as the health of local people, have been put at risk.
Cadmium is a carcinogen and can accumulate in the kidneys, with repeated exposure possibly causing kidney failure.
Lead is particularly dangerous to children and the results of exposure can be fatal. Even at low levels it can cause mental retardation and severe anaemia.
Professor Henry said: "What most worries me about the levels found is how this might be affecting pregnant women in the area. You would expect to see an increase in miscarriages, still births and premature deliveries."
Mr Gupta said local farmers had been grateful for the fertiliser because many could not afford brand-name products of their own.
"It's good for crops," he said. "It's good for the farmers because most of them are poor and they have been using this for the past three years."
Coca-Cola say they will continue to supply the sludge to farmers.
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Mass media discovers people don't magically change into the Cleaver family when entering national parks
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Report on intel failures re 9/11 raises questions about shrubco moves going far enough
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US admits doctoring corpses of "Saddam's sons" -- showing lousy judgment aside from the clueless insensitivity to the Arabic mores of the population the pics are aimed at convincingA U.S. military official said "facial reconstruction" was used to repair wounds, particularly to the face of the elder son Uday, which had disfigured the bodies shown originally to the public in photographs taken by soldiers after the battle.
An uncharacteristic beard on the body of Qusay, seen in those U.S. pictures, had been shaved off, leaving a mustache.
Inside the tent, U.S. officials said it was standard practice to use morticians putty to prepare bodies for viewing and was not intended to fool the Iraqi people.
But while it may be common in the United States, the move is unheard of in the Arab world. That could affect Washington's efforts to quash Iraqi conspiracy theories that the bodies are not in fact those of the once powerful and hated sons of Saddam, who is believed to be still in hiding in Iraq.
U.S. officials have already played down the importance of visually identifying the men, saying their dental and medical records positively identified the brothers. Four top Saddam aides have also made positive identification, they say.
"You can make anyone look like anyone else," one U.S. official said, insisting the medical evidence was compelling.
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Nuns to get at least 6 years for defacing missile silo
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Thursday, July 24, 2003
"It is about money, pure money and nothing else."
Hunter Thompson predicts "long parade of cannibals" attending Bryant fiasco [drudge]
ESPN column, worth a look -- most of it is about shrubco's (and the US's) plunging Doomspiral.
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Wednesday, July 23, 2003
Blair "spin chief" Alastair Campbell (key player in the David Kelly scandal) called "disturbed and dangerous" by Guardian deputy editor whom Campbell called "scum" and played mind games with at a cocktail party
I think there's little doubt Kelly was murdered. Read the xymphora post linked first above and the one following for more.
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Calvi case re-opened (background)
See also The Vatican Exposed (link in left column).
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NY Times says advertising not
high tech mind-controla bad thing because it "helps us make sense of the world" [u]
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Maybe we could send Wolf Blitzer for an internship?
Perhaps we could import the young reporters of Troç, the Albanian youth TV channel and finally have some news worth watching in the US [u]The entire Troç project has been conceived to emphasize maximum participation of young people. In all aspects young people are "calling the shots" and adults are facilitating their vision. This is a very important aspect of Troç unique style. Because young people are choosing the stories and determining the shape and style of the programme -- all the time with adult guidance and training to ensure professional standards -- the show presents a refreshing break from most of the rest of Albanian TV. Currently the airwaves in Albania are flooded with imported programmes from Italy and America and local broadcasters are mostly working hard to mimic these styles. The growing numbers of people who watch Troç enjoy its youthful, relaxed and direct approach. There are no vested interests, no politics, no motives just straight talk "Troç".
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From Peter Stothard's new book Thirty Days, for which poodleboy allowed total access: [u]Stothard was the constant fly on the wall, sometimes in critical meetings, sometimes just outside the door. The book naturally focuses on Blair, and some say Stothard was a bit too kind to him.
But President Bush and top U.S. officials were often on the stage. For example, Stothard is there April 7 when Blair greets Bush for a summit in Belfast, Northern Ireland. British troops had secured Basra that day.
Blair asked Bush if he'd had a good trip. " 'Yes,' Bush replied, 'I go to sleep, wake up and here I am in Merry Old Ireland.' " Stothard mildly notes that "Northern Ireland is not normally known as 'merry,' " and that, in any event, they were not in the Irish republic, but in Great Britain.
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Query for readers
I was reading the Tarpley/Chaitkin Bush bio and they mention Frederick Wiseman's Titicut Follies in relation to MK Ultra experiments. Anyone know any reference that supports this?
The book claims much that isn't footnoted, so though I know the bulk of it is on the money, un-referenced details like this undercut it's credibility.
Titicut Follies was the legendary Wiseman's first documentary (1967), about the conditions at the State Prison for the Criminally Insane in Bridgewater, Massachusetts."Why do I need this help? You're ruining me!" So begins a dialogue between a bundle of nerves prisoner and a short, Germanic man, apparently of letters, who controls the prisoner's fate. Standing in the desolation of the institution's yard, the authority figure attempts to convince the prisoner that if he were "sent back to prison today, [he would] be back to Bridgeport today or tomorrow." As if to emphasize the point and to garnish it with an air of legitimacy, the authority figure, who would appear to be a psychiatrist, asserts, "If you don't believe me, you can spit in [my] face." Pressing the matter still further, the prisoner asks, "How do you know that I am a schizophrenic- paranoid?" to which the doctor retorts, "Because you had psychological testing."
And so goes the absurdity captured in the theatrical revue of a mental institution called "Titicut Follies." Examining the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Bridgewater, an institution for the criminally insane, Frederick Wiseman chronicles the daily lives of the prisoners and staff in "cinema verite" style.
Granted access to the institution for 29 days of filming, Wiseman captures images and interactions that are both macabre and revolting. Whether it be guards badgering a prisoner for voiding on the floor of his cell, a doctor telling a prisoner "to chew" his food as he is force fed through his nose with a tube, or an interaction between prisoner and doctor as described above, Titicut Follies is a powerful and disturbing examination of the world of a mental institution which, among other things, questions the traditional boundaries separating the deviant from the conformist.
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Tuesday, July 22, 2003
New strategy: criminalize the homeless [u]A growing number of cities, including Los Angeles, Seattle and Atlanta, are criminalizing activities of the homeless, according to the National Coalition for the Homeless. More than 60 cities are introducing measures to make it illegal to beg or sleep on the streets, to sit in a bus shelter for more than an hour or to walk across a parking lot if the person doesn't have a car parked there.There I go, promoting class war again.
In Los Angeles, the objective is to clear out Tent City, an area where prostitution, drug dealing and even open defecation have hampered decades-old plans to draw shoppers, businesses and development.
Setting the stage to move forward on a plan to convert long-vacant office buildings into upscale lofts and shops, city officials in recent months have posted signs notifying homeless people that they are breaking the law by sleeping on the street, and police have been rounding up violators.
The city also has proposed two ordinances that would prohibit churches, civic associations and other unauthorized groups from feeding the homeless and would make it a crime for the homeless to erect tents on the street.
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Southwest Airlines to videotape all passengers at all times -- and keep tapes for 10 years [u]
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Quote of the week
You know there are some people who are just losers. There are some
countries that are just losers. And if you forgive them the debt, it
doesn't make a lot of difference. - James Wolfensohn, President of the
World Bank [Undernews]
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Monday, July 21, 2003
Congress forces the National Security Agency (NSA) to stop hemorrhaging tax dollars in scrambled, scattershot attempts to use outsourced tech to help them catch up with um freeware encryption for instance [last 2 posts via Cicentre]
A good example of how rapid advances in computer tech in the last 10 years have made bureaucratic behemoths and arrogant hierarchies spit and sputter with creaky cold war impotence.
Expect Homeland Security and such to be a similar boondoggle.
Not that these outdated strategies would be an effective way to counter terrorism anyway.
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21st century schizoid spies
Formerly top secret National Reconnaissance Office (NRO -- satellite surveillance etc.) now has a webpage with cartoon figures for kids to cozy up to -- but still haughtily avoids public accountability
Corey Corona and Dana Drop?
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English beaches have 100 years left
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Next year's G-8 meeting on secluded Georgia Island already making news
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Ever wonder why school sucks? What the people who developed the American public school model were thinking? Read this. [u]In 1888, the Senate Committee on Education was getting jittery about the localized, non-standardized, non-mandatory form of education that was actually teaching children to read at advanced levels, to comprehend history, and, egads, to think for themselves. The committee's report stated, "We believe that education is one of the principal causes of discontent of late years manifesting itself among the laboring classes."Here is John Taylor Gatto's site -- he's the guy who wrote the book (The Underground History of American Education: An Intimate Investigation into the Problem of Modern Schooling ) the above article is based on, as well as Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling.
By the turn of the century, America's new educrats were pushing a new form of schooling with a new mission (and it wasn't to teach). The famous philosopher and educator John Dewey wrote in 1897:
Every teacher should realize he is a social servant set apart for the maintenance of the proper social order and the securing of the right social growth.
In his 1905 dissertation for Columbia Teachers College, Elwood Cubberly -- the future Dean of Education at Stanford -- wrote that schools should be factories "in which raw products, children, are to be shaped and formed into finished products...manufactured like nails, and the specifications for manufacturing will come from government and industry."
Boy would I love it if these were best sellers -- I've been pissed off at the US educational system since I was 14. And it sounds like Gatto's gotten down to some of the original reasons why.
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How deep is the hole shrubco is digging? [u]The White House Office of Management and Budget officially pegged the 2003 budget deficit at a record $455 billion, up sharply from $158 billion in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2002. It is expected to rise to $475 billion in fiscal 2004, even without additional costs for the occupation of Iraq. The deficit is then expected to dip swiftly to $213 billion in 2007 before rising again in 2008, the last year of the White House forecast.
"We are truly in a structural deficit as it's usually defined," said Rudolph G. Penner, a Republican and former director of the Congressional Budget Office, "and this is not going to right itself."
There has been a dramatic reversal of the government's fiscal fortunes since President Bush took office in 2001. That year, the government posted a $127 billion surplus, and the CBO projected surpluses between 2003 and 2008 totaling $2.9 trillion. That means projections have shot downward by $4.8 trillion.
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Tiny anti-Chechen war movement in Russia hangs toughToday most Russians want the government to look for a way out of the stalemate. According to a June poll of 1,600 people by the VTsIOM polling agency, 61 percent believe it's time to start peace talks. The poll had a 3.4 percent margin of error.
Only a tiny fraction of those who told pollsters they oppose the war have participated in a protest. Activists blame disillusionment with politics since the heady days of the Soviet collapse.
"The illness of our democracy is that it's every man for himself," said Andrei Nalyotov, coordinator of the Anti-War Action Committee.
Another factor is the pervasive hatred of Chechens in Russian society. The popular stereotype of a Chechen is a wily and dishonest trader, probably linked to organized crime.
Many people say they oppose the war only because Russian soldiers are dying - more than 4,500 had been killed as of December, according to rarely released official statistics - while the anti-war movement calls attention to the suffering of Chechens.
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xymphora on how the unspooling scandal of shrubco's Likudated Iraq con parallels/mirrors WatergateIf the Watergate parallels play out we should see an ongoing series of small leaks each in response to a White House attempt at deception. The scandal will eventually focus on the process of the cover-up, and the additional illegalities which will no doubt have to occur. In no event can Bush admit that American foreign policy is controlled by and for the exclusive benefit of Israel, so he will have to ask people to lie. We'll also be hearing a lot of the concept of 'executive privilege', as he attempts to keep conspirators from testifying. Eventually, he'll have to start sacrificing some of the neocons in an attempt to make the problem go away. Someone will get caught in a lie, or will try to save themselves from allegations of treason, and will start to squeal. Moderate Republicans will start to get cold feet, and things may get quite dicey for Bush. On the other hand, and what is far more likely, the disgusting American media will order that reporters stop working on this story and the whole thing will disappear.I don't think this last will happen, because the fix is already in.
Included in the post is a link to an online text of Len Colodny and Robert Gettlin's exposé on Watergate, Silent Coup, which is essential reading I haven't gotten around to. It's also available for a song used at half.com.
The other book which delves behind the Woodstein screen is Jim Hougan's Secret Agenda: Watergate, Deep Throat & the CIA, though even Hougan has said that the later book by Colodny & Gettlin was better.
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David Kelley's last email doesn't sound suicidal [Urban Survival]In an email to American author Judy Miller, sent just before he left his home for the last time, he referred to "many dark actors playing games".The article assumes he was a suicide, but this is way fishy to me.
But, according to Miller, Dr Kelly gave no indication he was depressed or planning to take his own life.
He told her he would wait "until the end of the week" before deciding his next move following his traumatic appearance before a House of Commons select committee.
Yesterday, Miller said she believed the "dark forces" Dr Kelly was referring to were in the secret services and Ministry of Defence.
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Sunday, July 20, 2003
CIA/Intel agencies squaring off against shrubco
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Unsurprisingly, distance learning is booming
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Americans mulling move to Canada
Me too. But I was born there.
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from Sassafrass (9/23/02)
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Opinions that will ruffle feathers, from someone who clearly knows their way around information and the blogosphere."
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In the eyes of posterity it will inevitably seem that, in safeguarding our freedom, we destroyed it; that the vast clandestine apparatus we built up to probe our enemies' resources and intentions only served in the end to confuse our own purposes; that the practice of deceiving others for the good of the state led infallibly to our deceiving ourselves; and that the vast army of intelligence personnel built up to execute these purposes were soon caught up in the web of their own sick fantasies, with disastrous consequences to them and us.
-- Malcolm Muggeridge
Next the statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting the blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.
-- Mark Twain
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They were past the motels now, condos on both sides. The nicer ones, on the left, had soothing pluraled nature-names carved on hanging wooden signs, The Coves, The Glades, The Meadowlands. The cheaper condos, on the right, were smaller and closer to the road, and had names like roaring powerboats, Seaspray, Barracuda's, and Beachcomber III.
Jackie sneezed, a snippy poodle kind of sneeze, God-blessed herself, and said, "I bet it's on the left, Raymond. You better slow down."
Raymond Rios, the driver and young science teacher to the bright and gifted, didn't nod or really hear. He was thinking of the motels they had passed and the problem with the signs, No Vacancy. This message bothered him, he couldn't decide why. Then Jackie sneezed and it came to him, the motels said no vacancy because they were closed for the season (or off-season or not-season) and were, therefore, totally vacant, as vacant as they ever got, and so the sign, No Vacancy, was maximum-inaccurate, yet he understood exactly what it meant. This thought or chain of thoughts made him feel vacant and relaxed, done with a problem, a pleasant empty feeling driving by the beaches in the wind.
from Big If by Mark Costello
Bailey was having trouble with his bagel. Warming to my subject, I kept on talking while cutting the bagel into smaller pieces, wiping a dob of cream from his collar, giving him a fresh napkin. "There's a pretense at democracy. Blather about consensus and empowering employees with opinion surveys and minority networks. But it's a sop. Bogus as costume jewelry. The decisions have already been made. Everything's hush-hush, on a need-to-know-only basis. Compartmentalized. Paper shredders, e-mail monitoring, taping phone conversations, dossiers. Misinformation, disinformation. Rewriting history. The apparatus of fascism. It's the kind of environment that can only foster extreme caution. Only breed base behavior. You know, if I had one word to describe corporate life, it would be 'craven.' Unhappy word."
Bailey's attention was elsewhere, on a terrier tied to a parking meter, a cheeky fellow with a grizzled coat. Dogs mesmerized Bailey. He sized them up the way they sized each other up. I plowed on. "Corporations are like fortressed city-states. Or occupied territories. Remember The Sorrow and the Pity? Nazi-occupied France, the Vichy government. Remember the way people rationalized their behavior, cheering Pétain at the beginning and then cheering de Gaulle at the end? In corporations, there are out-and-out collaborators. Opportunists. Born that way. But most of the employees are like the French in the forties. Fearful. Attentiste. Waiting to see what happens. Hunkering down. Turning a blind eye.
from Moral Hazard by Kate Jennings
HANKY PANKY NOHOW
When the sashaying of gentlemen
Gives you grievance now and then
What's needed are some memories of planing lakes
Those planing lakes will surely calm you down
Nothing frightens me more
Than religion at my door
I never answer panic knocking
Falling down the stairs upon the law
There's a law for everything
And for elephants that sing to feed
The cows that Agriculture won't allow
Hanky Panky Nohow
Hanky Panky Nohow
Hanky Panky Nohow
-- John Cale