Friday, February 8, 2013

Something to Know - 9 February

Jeff Danziger
1.  Here is Thom Hartmann on the subject of Ayn Rand.  It's short and sweet, and tries to capture the essence of the lady and her views on Capitalism, Democracy, and who Atlas is and where that concept plays out in our system of values.  You be the judge of her and the zealots who follow here.  I have, long ago, made my own assessment:

2.  If you have not seen the movie Zero Dark Thirty, and have some awareness of the upcoming Oscars, and the current heaping of awards on Ben Affleck as a director, but failing to get any nod as a nominee for Oscar, you may want to read this.  You may want to read it even more if you have seen the movie.   There is a lot of stuff that troubles the CIA and the government (which did not provide any support in the making of the movie - because ZD30 did not agree to change the script to their liking):

3.  George Will, in his inimitable style, I think is saying that the banking system really should be broken up into smaller units.  He agrees that the present system has produced behemoths that really are regarded as too big to fail:

4.  Charles Blow lays it all out on what is wrong with the Republican's actual behavior.  Yes, they speak of not being the "party of stupid", and how they need to reach out to women and minorities, and basically conform to ideas put forth by the Democrats.  That being said, the Republicans are actually keeping on being stupid, and ignoring any unified action.  After the President's State of the Union Address, Marco Rubio is present the GOP's address, and now today, we've learned that Rand Paul will present the Tea Party address.  Well, so much for a unified picture.  The Republicans will keep on being stupid as they lose more ground:

5.  Dick Cavett springs forth with his perception (based on recent emails to him and others), that there still exists a hopeful outlook on getting a grip on gun violence.  However, he does admit that the best thing one could do to be safer is to move to another country:


There is no order in the world around us, we must adapt ourselves to the requirements of chaos instead.

 by Kurt Vonnegut

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