Category Archives: Rants

Merry Christmas from the people behind the scenes

From the garment workers of Bangladesh who died to give you those ‘everyday low prices’ you love so much at Walmart to the religious prisoners of China who made those holiday decorations you bought on Black Friday at Kmart, the slave laborers of the world wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, […]

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The planned obsolescence of America

OK, I was just ranting out loud in my living room when it occurred to me that I had a blog, and that, instead of subjecting my family to my negative energy, I could subject you to it. So, prepare yourselves… About seven years or so ago, Linette and I bought a new washing machine […]

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How Big Money and Big Media Undermine Democracy

I have very little to add in the way of comment, but I wanted to let all of you know that Bill Moyers just interviewed John Nichols and Robert McChesney, the authors of the new book Dollarocracy: How the Money and Media Election Complex is Destroying America, and it’s incredibly fascinating stuff… And, by “incredibly […]

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Claiming it’s about taking pride in their community and history, a group of Ypsilanti Township residents moves to change the name that their community has had since its inception, dropping the “Ypsilanti”

I imagine it has more to do with gaming property values than it does with anything else, but, according to our friends at the Ann Arbor News, there’s a group of Ypsilanti Township residents actively pushing to rename their community. It would seem they want jettison the “Ypsilanti” in favor of something that, in their […]

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Spare the slut, Shame the tongue… My thoughts on Miley Cyrus

The first thing I said when I heard about Miley Cyrus’s performance at last night’s MTV Video Music Awards was, “I wonder what form the resulting meme will take?” Well, just a few hours later, I got my answer… The animated, tongue-out twerking of famous works of art, as though each were

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