From H5N1, on the probable consequences of financial meltdown:
The hot-zone countries will have no money left for anything except their militaries. The developed countries will focus on rescuing their billionaires, moaning about gas prices, and keeping lipstick on their pigs...
Tom Paxton, 40 years... (thanks to Dave's Whiteboard for the original pointer)
Mose Allison, via Christopher D. Sessums:
From Bruce Sterling's blog, where he presents a translation of a German Freedom Not Fear campaign manifesto. Right ON!
I missed Taylor Mali's reading of his Totally Like Whatever, You Know? the first time it came around (NPR, in 2005), but good old Mark Liberman over at Language Log points to it in a nutritious posting on Uptalk anxiety. And whaddya know, YouTube hazzit too:
I have to keep reminding myself NOT to become embroiled in electoral nonsense that has almost nothing to do with MY life, but I do keep getting sucked in to caring about the events of the passing stream of the Grand Cloaca of the Media.
Can it be that BOTH Rush Limbaugh AND Barack Obama have it exactly right?
Rush: Palin = Babies, Guns and Jesus (quoted here and elsewhere)These two may be clearer in the context of Doc Searls' post which cites Lakoff, and reminds me to listen yet again to Christopher Lydon's conversation with Lakoff which ought to give your ears something to chew upon.
Barack: "I think people's families are off-limits, and people's children are especially off-limits. This shouldn't be part of our politics. It has no relevance to Gov. Palin's performance as governor or her potential performance as a vice president." (CNN had this one)