I read the news today, oh boy. if Firedoglake is correct AARP has thrown its weight behind destroying what is left of the American "safety net." It is another example of the way an organization is able to gain power for a purpose and then the managers essentially sell out their people. With the exception of a few unions, I think that every progressive organization I am familiar with has done that.
I don't mean to imply that AARP is or ever was progressive, but its purpose was to lobby for the elderly and to support their needs. It has become little more than a corporation that has a lot of things to sell old people. And another lobby for the corporations.
I move on and see that the Greek prime minister is "shaking up" his cabinet because of the riots against the austerity programs his old cabinet put into place at the direction of Rulers of the Universe. There is of course no indication that there is going to be any change in the austerity programs. Which I guess is another example of the old saying: "in a democracy the people do eventually get the government they deserve" being wrong.
Our government is busy throwing around its dick in ways to further the wants of our personal ruling class, there is no cost benefit analysis that involves any rational evaluation of our nation's needs, but rather if there is any, it is one that involves the needs of the corporations who really run this country. There may not be even any remotely rational cost benefit analysis at all. Look at all the stuff all around concerning the world wide caliphate that is just around the corner, which will be caused by the alliance of the liberals and Muslim fundamentalists. Our excuse for continuing to bomb the Afghans, I guess.
I also see that the president's people have decided (not that I mean to imply that they have just decided) that the Austrian School knows how to handle recession and depression and Lord Keynes is just silly. I'm really not that well educated in economic issues although I've taken a few courses, so I may be over simplifying things, but what the hell. The 30s in the United States never happened, WWII never happened we never spent ourselves out of a depression with a lot of deficit spending which we they mostly paid off with huge taxes on the wealthiest. Never happened, doesn't work. It is as if these people are jumping around with their fingers in their ears going nah,nah,nah I can't hear you. They have decided what they need and in order to give lip service to the idea of democracy, they dress it up in a dress.
Of course there are books that argue that what happened really didn't happen it was all an illusion. Crap.
Right at the moment the only country I can think of that is any different is Iceland, but then they no longer have anything we really want, so they are allowed to go their own way. There may be the other problem (as far as our government is concerned) of the people being highly educated and so relatively impervious to our bullshit.
On the other hand this gives me a chance to segue into a brief movie review of Jar City, an Icelandic murder mystery I saw last night after another blogger on Balloon Juice recommended it and Netflix was streaming it. Like most of the mystery movies and mystery books from that part of the world that I have seen it is bleak and depressing and very good. (For a long time I thought that all Australian films were good since those were the only ones they exported to the U.S., but I was younger then.) I understand that they are in the dark for six months out of the year so I guess I can understand that they are a kind of brooding race. But in any case it was good and none of the people in it have to pay their bankster's bills for them. And it gives me a reason to post the trailer and a kind of way to end this rambling: