Monday, November 4, 2013


I asked each to name their political heroes.Will Guzzardi said, among others, the late Minnesota Sen. Paul Wellstone and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Toni Berrios answered, “My dad.” -- Sun-Times
The super spyboys have had a good run, but now the real world is bursting their bubble with pushback and ridicule. Something’s gotta give and it will. -- The News Dissector
Anna Louise Strong
The latter state [Washington] was a hotbed of radicalism, especially in Seattle, where in 1916 activist Anna Louise Strong was elected to the school board. A militant supporter of left-wing causes and campaigns, she aligned with labor unions during the city’s general strike and famously declared:  
“They say the Pharaohs built the pyramids. Do you think one Pharaoh dropped one bead of sweat? We built the pyramids for the Pharaohs and we’re building for them yet.” -- The Nation
Bill Gates is the leading philanthrocapitalist, and he has many emulators — nowadays, having your own policy-oriented think tank is a far more effective status symbol among the super-rich than the mere conspicuous consumption of yachts or private jets. -- NYT, "Plutocrats vs. Populists"


  1. Regarding Bill Gates and his wannabes: they have their yachts and private jets too - those aren't going away as status symbol anytime soon. It's just that it costs a lot more to buy the DOE than it does to buy a measly yacht or two. And just how many yachts could one person possibly buy anyway? When you're sitting on billions, you need something flashier.


  2. Why did Arne give millions in federal grants in Sept 2013 to TfA (over $8 million) and the Milken boys (over $2 million) to train teachers & principals? He froze new IES grants to public universities in June 2013 due to the sequester.


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