Cognitive Dissonance

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Living under Communism in China made me a fervent enthusiast of capitalism. I believe that over the last couple of centuries banks have enormously raised living standards in the West by allocating capital to more efficient uses. But anyone who believes in markets should be outraged that banks rig the system so that they enjoy profits in good years and bailouts in bad years.

The banks have gotten away with privatizing profits and socializing risks, and that’s just another form of bank robbery.

Nicholas Kristof, “America’s Primal Scream”

Kristof hits the mark in this column. In light of the mass arrests across the nation, let’s remember how this has grown since its beginning on September 17th. The Occupy movement has gone global in about a month.

September 17th was the beginning. October 15th is not an ending. It marks the commencement of occupying everywhere.

(Source: The New York Times)

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The really dangerous American fascist… is the man who wants to do in the United States in an American way what Hitler did in Germany in a Prussian way. The American fascist would prefer not to use violence. His method is to poison the channels of public information. With a fascist the problem is never how best to present the truth to the public but how best to use the news to deceive the public into giving the fascist and his group more money or more power… They claim to be super-patriots, but they would destroy every liberty guaranteed by the Constitution. They demand free enterprise, but are the spokesmen for monopoly and vested interest. Their final objective, toward which all their deceit is directed, is to capture political power so that, using the power of the state and the power of the market simultaneously, they may keep the common man in eternal subjection.
U.S. Vice President Henry A. Wallace, quoted in the New York Times, April 9, 1944

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This Sunday morning Gawker points us to a sordid story in the wedding section of the New York Times. It turns out that rich white people leave their spouses. And then they talk about it to the Paper of Record! She was a “glamorous” anchor at WNBC; he was the president of media sales at Time Warner and a “triathlete.” They both had children at the same Upper West Side pre-kindergarten. It’s “part ‘Brady Bunch’ and part ‘The Scarlet Letter,’” the Times tells us. They say they never cheated: “I did a terrible thing as honorably as I could,” said the man who left his wife and three children. THEN HE TOLD THE MOST FAMOUS NEWSPAPER ALL ABOUT IT SO WHEN HIS KIDS GROW UP THEY CAN GOOGLE HIS NAME AND SLAM THE DOOR OF THEIR ROOMS AND SIDE WITH THEIR MOTHER.

God, I hate people. The write-up in the New York Times is all like, “Hahaha, these kids witnessed the implosion of their families in the name of twue wuuuuvvvv. Awwww.” I feel like this story is just self-promotion. Not saying they should necessary be ashamed, but damn, that’s brazen. Observe:
Why would you sign up for this? Why would you apply to air your family business? WHY ARE YOU SO DAMN PROUD OF YOURSELVES?"I will always feel terribly about the pain I caused my ex-husband," said the woman. "It was not what I ever would have wished on him."

Then why make him relive it all? In ink! With photos!! It seems like someone wants a movie deal.  
That was my thought here….Read the NYT write-up here.

This Sunday morning Gawker points us to a sordid story in the wedding section of the New York Times. It turns out that rich white people leave their spouses. And then they talk about it to the Paper of Record! She was a “glamorous” anchor at WNBC; he was the president of media sales at Time Warner and a “triathlete.” They both had children at the same Upper West Side pre-kindergarten. It’s “part ‘Brady Bunch’ and part ‘The Scarlet Letter,’” the Times tells us. They say they never cheated: “I did a terrible thing as honorably as I could,” said the man who left his wife and three children. THEN HE TOLD THE MOST FAMOUS NEWSPAPER ALL ABOUT IT SO WHEN HIS KIDS GROW UP THEY CAN GOOGLE HIS NAME AND SLAM THE DOOR OF THEIR ROOMS AND SIDE WITH THEIR MOTHER.

God, I hate people. The write-up in the New York Times is all like, “Hahaha, these kids witnessed the implosion of their families in the name of twue wuuuuvvvv. Awwww.” I feel like this story is just self-promotion. Not saying they should necessary be ashamed, but damn, that’s brazen. Observe:

Why would you sign up for this? Why would you apply to air your family business? WHY ARE YOU SO DAMN PROUD OF YOURSELVES?
"I will always feel terribly about the pain I caused my ex-husband," said the woman. "It was not what I ever would have wished on him."
Then why make him relive it all? In ink! With photos!! It seems like someone wants a movie deal.  

That was my thought here….Read the NYT write-up here.

Filed under New York Times Fuckery Rich people I'm just saying... Look at your life Look at your choices

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Budget Puzzle: You Fix the Budget || The New York Times

Today, you’re in charge of the nation’s finances. Some of your options have more short-term savings and some have more long-term savings. When you have closed the budget gaps for both 2015 and 2030, you are done. Make your own plan, then share it online.

See if you can do better than the U.S. Congress! 

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