Henry Ford famously remarked about the Model T: “Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black.” No one likes the idea of a false choice or a rigged game, but the thought is even more egregious when it comes to politics.
When a fake political choice is offered it's not the color of the car we drive that hangs in the balance but whether or not the banks get bailed out or the future of the health care system or whether or not the country will go to war. It is literally a matter of life and death. This is why the oligarchs go to such lengths to make it look like we have a choice. No one wants to hear “Tails we win, heads you lose” from a slick-talking, fancy-suit-wearing corporate or political millionaire (or billionaire), even if that's what it really boils down to.
Occasionally, the false nature of our political “choice” is highlighted in a funny or interesting way. Take George Carlin's famous bit about political choice in America: “The things that matter in this country have been reduced in choice: there are two political parties, there are a handful...
Sanity will likely return once the markets have had time to process the move, but the wild market volatility displayed this week shows just how unbalanced these markets have become and just how delicate the situation is.
This is, of course, the New Cold War narrative, and although a lot of the attention has been shifted onto Russia this year, China has for years been painted as the new Red menace for the 21st century.
If politics makes strange bedfellows, economic crisis makes even stranger ones. Venezuela is already tens of billions of dollars in debt to China and uses half of its oil shipments to that country to pay down existing debt...
The fact of the matter is simple: there is an economic war being waged on Russia. and that war is starting to take its toll on the Russian economy.
In an echo of the recent Scottish independence referendum, a scare campaign by the Swiss National Bank and all of the main political parties is largely to blame for the turnaround in voter opinion from early polls.
It walks and talks like a government; It quacks like a government; it has a flag and an anthem and all the other trappings of a state. It even dresses like a government... But it isn't really a government.
Given that the audience that still relies primarily on TV for their news is approaching death and given that the phenomenon of people giving up on TV entirely to get all their media online... does anyone but the most deluded TV network execs and newspaper editors doubt that the era of the dinosaur media is over?
Not one Westerner in a hundred could identify the area in question on a map, let alone tell you its significance, but that doesn't make the consequences of a renewed Azerbaijani/Armenian conflict any less grave.
In 2010 the FCC released its Open Internet Order as a response to public fears about the possibility of ISPs abandoning net neutrality. It was an ambitious order that included strict regulations against blocking or slowing down websites arbitrarily.
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