Tuesday, May 13, 2008

READER COMMENTS

THE CORPORATE CURSE

--- You insights about fear in our society are spot on. For myself, I seem to walk the fine line between going too far in opposing some our corporate policies, while fearing how to cover my son's student loans if I get myself fired.

Anyway, since you provided a link to some of your music, thought I would provide a link to my wife's music. - Gary Overgard

And fine Celtic harp sound it is. . . .Sam

--- Shockingly-good article, Mr. Smith. I think you pretty much nailed it when you mentioned that even the true believer Christian had been co-opted by corporate culture. This cultural slave then went to justify his own slave master by finding Biblical "proof" of its Heaven-ordained status. Brilliant. Tragic. Sublime. - Greg Pyatt

--- I think the all-hail-the-mighty-dollar philosophy of the last 20 or so years has come about because the amount of funny money floating around in the financial sector has come back from the Asian central banks, into the U.S credit markets and grown exponentially compared with the value that the rest of the economy produces.

This has caused an enormous power shift to public companies and others who can issue endless debt and buy up all sorts of honest little companies and ruining them with armies of B.S. spewing MBAs. These same companies fund the non-profits, etc. who have to beg indirectly at the feet of the all mighty financial sector and its borrowers for money.

--- Great essay. Spot on. I'm afraid that things will never go back to what they once were. History - and reality in general - cannot be made to enter the bottle once it has escaped. Your corporate structure of culture is here to stay albeit not in the same form. It triumphed because it was stronger in some ways (not necessarily in the long run) but in some crucial ways. I believe it will not survive the dissolving of the nation-state that also is happening in this age. Rather it will in the end compliment it, i.e. large corporations, multinational corporations etc. will adopt some of the ways that signify states (and the citizen relationship the nation retains with its humans). Policing, protection of outside attack, environmental responsibility, taxing etc. will become a conglomerate of private (corporate) and public (nation) responsibility.

- While I agree wholeheartedly with what you say I was saddened to find that your blog only renders correctly in a browser owned by one of the most egregious corporations on the planet - Microsoft - and not in a free browser such as Firefox. That is free as in libre, not free as in 'no charge'.

Open Source software is one of the few effective counters to corporatism in the world of technology. I am happy to see its principles being extended into other areas, for example the biosciences. There is hope that this beast can be defeated, but it is going to take a long time to do it - without a bloody revolution.

MAKING IT EASIER TO FIND RON PAUL SUPPORTERS

--- Is there a reason for posting this news, other than to imply that Ron Paul is a kook, or all Paul supporters are kooks? This gated community called Paulville has nothing to do with Ron Paul and doesn't represent his beliefs. He is working to change the direction the country is going, not to have us isolated. These gated-libertarian people can do what they want, but shouldn't be calling it Paulville.

--- They can call it anything they want; the real point here is that Sam is not engaging in responsible reportage by determining whether or not Paul endorses the use of the name. If he doesn't, then Prorev is yet again guilty of smears by association, a tactic that I've noticed is not (unfortunately) either rare or unusual on this site. It mightily impairs both Sam Smith's and his publication's integrity and credibility to have to resort to it, however.

HYPER HYBRID HITS THE ROAD

--- Because not weird or "ugly" equals conventional. And there's not a whole lot you can do with conventional design as far as aerodynamics and rolling resistance goes. Aptera is explicitly trying to minimize drag, hence the shape. In this case I believe they chose to go hybrid simply because it is more efficient than a straight gas engine.

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIBERAL AND CONSERVATIVE POPULISM

-- Both of you seem to need a refresher course in deductive reasoning. Sam posted an article he believed to be of potential interest to his readers without applying any editorial comment or implying one way or another whether Ron Paul himself endorsed it. Too many commenters here attribute beliefs to Sam that are actually the beliefs of the original author of the article.

PENTAGON USES CREMATORY FOR DEAD VETS . . . AND DEAD PETS...

--- Why is this a problem? Emperor W has been shitting on live troops for years in broad daylight, sneaking their bodies back into the country in the dead of night (out of media eye) and basically acting like a retarded Caligula since the day his appointment began . . . Given the regard W has for the troops (and the American people) we're lucky he doesn't let Halliburton put the bodies in the dissolving tanks and use the resulting mixture as MREs for the other troops in IraqighanistanNam.

--- I'd rather have mine or a loved ones' ashes intermingled with an animal's, any day of the week, than a vast number of humans I could name. . .

--- Why should anyone care what happens to an empty shell? - Worf

--- It may be just because I'm not old fashioned, but, really, why is this a big deal? Does anyone remember "ashes to ashes, dust to dust?" Animal dust is just like human dust. Shouldn't people be more worried about not letting the soldiers die in the first place?

DON'T CRY FOR ME, ARKANSAS

- What your needle stuck in a rut? Waterwater? This is penny ante compared to the games of this administration. I hope Geneva gets the lot of them, and tries them all on European TV just like the Nuremburg trials. Hang the lot of them. Whitewater?

- The May 7 essay on the corporate curse is one of the best pieces you have written ever. Thank you so much for it. Marsh Brownfield

BUSH SIGNS DEMOCRATS' BILL SETTING UP DNA DATABASE

- Long Live The Fourth Amendment, The Fourth Amendment Is Dead. The Dems sponsored this? Ralph Nader continues to be right. - robbie

DNA DATA BASE

I have a friend serving life without parole for a murder he didn't commit. Were there a national DNA base, it would easy to check the identity of a male, not the defendant, whose blood was found under the

victim's fingernails. So far, twenty years, the State of Maine has taken the position that this fact was not known to the jury was unimportant. A quick check of a national registry here might free an innocent man a lead to the conviction of the actual killer. I have to say, there is a strong case on both sides

--- Few people seem to realize the vast difference between comparing a suspect's (or potential exonoree's) DNA with incriminating DNA where any strain that doesn't match is hard evidence of innocence with comparing a crime scene DNA with a data base wherein the attempt is to find enough of a match to convince a court that guilt is statistically probable. As the size of a data base increases, so does the probability of finding similar DNA. Problems arise when prosecutors present similarities as definite matches.

Aside from cases wherein unrealistic probabilities are provided as fact, think about the FBI's history as Gestapo - Stassi type political police. Do you trust these guys not to fake a match when it suits them? I don't.

THE COST OF PREJUDICE: 2-3 BATTLE BRIGADES

Two words: Cherry Marines. Ask any Marine of high rank about the Wesson Oil parties. They'll either clam up, or run from you. . . unless you are in a bathhouse and the water's just too delightful. . . Then you'll hear a story.

THE SORT OF APPOINTEES YOU CAN EXPECT IF MCCAIN WINS

--- And Barry Obama is being advised and guided by Zbigniew Brzezinski and Robert Rubin---this election is a sham.

--- I wouldn't call it a sham, I'd call it meet the new boss, same as the old boss. No matter who gets in, it's gonna be more of the same.

--- Anyone who still believes that American politicians make their own decisions based on their personal beliefs is living in a fantasy world. They all act only on the orders they receive from the billionaires that donate to their campaigns. - FoE

TWO MAJOR UNIONS MAKE SECRET AGREEMENTS WITH CORPORATIONS...

--- Oh, great. Gotta wonder if these folks are trying to destroy themselves and all other unions.

2 Comments:

At May 14, 2008 10:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please note that the the third comment under "The Difference Between ..." should actually be the third comment under "Making it Easier to Find Ron Paul Supporters".

 
At May 28, 2008 6:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Which should be retitled "Making Poor Arguments in Support of Sam Smith's Ongoing Egregious Smearings of Ron Paul".

 

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