a good citizen's cap

Apr 26

(Source: stacykranitz)

Apr 08

How Big Banks Created a Fed to Serve Their Own Interests -

Nomi Prins is a journalist and senior fellow at Demos, and author of five previous books, including “Other People’s Money” and “It Takes a Pillage”. Alex Amend of Demos provided additional research for this excerpt.

Woot.

Apr 03

[video]

Mar 29

The fifth cat -

A British government risk assessment report concluded that killing cats infected with bovine TB was “the most sensible course of action” because they were a risk to their owners and to any veterinarians treating them. They can shed bacteria both by coughing and through wounds until their infections are brought under control.

However, according to a veterinary report on the Newbury cluster in the journal BMJ, five of the owners decided to treat their cats with antibiotics. Three of the animals recovered, one was later put down and the fifth disappeared.

Oct 07

“I made no connection with purism,” he says. “I looked at the art of it and I said, ‘Goddamn. How long has this room been here? Why didn’t I ever see this wing of the house of life?’ ” 

http://www.vqronline.org/articles/2013/fall/sharlet-belafonte/?src=longreads

“I made no connection with purism,” he says. “I looked at the art of it and I said, ‘Goddamn. How long has this room been here? Why didn’t I ever see this wing of the house of life?’ ”

http://www.vqronline.org/articles/2013/fall/sharlet-belafonte/?src=longreads

Jun 17

(via antiutopia)

May 13

[video]

Apr 26

RIP George

Mar 06

sunsetgun:

Chet Baker in the bathtub. Howlers of the Dock. 1960.

sunsetgun:

Chet Baker in the bathtub. Howlers of the Dock. 1960.

Mar 02

The White House became, quite simply, a political dive.

Some choice words for Republican leadership in the 20s. Via Ferdinand Lundberg’s ride through America’s Sixty Families (1937)

Even  in  their  superficial  aspects  the  successive Republican  Administrations (of Harding, Coolidge, Hoover) were  suspect.  They  differed  from  each  other  only  in the name  of  the  White  House  occupant.  Warren  G.  Harding  was an  amiable  drunkard  who  left  a  legacy  of  scandal  mere  allusion  to which  constitutes  a  breach  of  good  taste;  Calvin  Coolidge  simply did  what  he  was  told  by Andrew  W.  Mellon  and  by  Dwight  W. Morrow,  his  political  godfather;  Herbert  Hoover  was  an  erstwhile  vendor  and  promoter  of  shady  mining  stocks  who  before  the  war  had  been reprehended  by  an  English  court  for  his  role  in  a  promotional  swindle.   

"Harding,"  said  Alice  Longworth,  daughter  of  Theodore  Roosevclt,  in  a  summary  that  must  be  considered  scientifically  exact,  "was     not  a  bad  man.  He  was  just  a  slob." Coolidge,  according  to  Senator  Medill  McCormick,  part  owner  of  the  rabidly  Republican  Chicago Tribune,  was  a  plain  "boob."    He  was  so  shunned,  as  Vice-­President,  that  when  he  became  Chief  Executive  he  made  Senator  Frank  B. Kellogg,  the  only  man  in  Washington  who  had  spoken  a  kind  word  to  him,  his  Secretary  of  State.  

The  third  of  the  Republican  postwar Presidents (Hoover),  in  H.  L.  Mencken’s  judiciously  insulting  phrase,  was  a “fat  Coolidge,”  sweatingly  tremulous  under  the  domination  of Thomas  W.  Lamont  of  J.  P.  Morgan  and  Company,  whom  he  invariably  consulted  over  the  long-­distance  telephone  before  ever  announcing  any  decision  of  moment.  Of  Coolidge’s  ignorance  of  common  affairs,  which  was  transcended  only  by  Harding’s…

The  exceptionally  low  caliber  of  the  Coolidge  mentality  was never  better  illustrated  than  in  1921  when,  as  Vice-­President,  he  wrote  for  a  woman’s  magazine  a  series  of  articles  under  the  title,  ”Enemies of  the  Republic:  Are  the  Reds  Stalking  Our  College  Women?”