tom moody

another obama legacy

Matt Stoller, a blogger for the now-disappeared sites MyDD and Open Left, became a Congressional staffer (for Alan Grayson) and joined the DC establishment. :( He can still write a fiery screed, such as this one for the Amazon Washington Post, titled "Democrats can’t win until they recognize how bad Obama’s financial policies were."

While the Hillary Left moans about Russia and Trump's supposed "illegitimacy," Stoller gets at the heart of why the Dems lost.

- tom moody

January 15th, 2017 at 7:33 am

Posted in general

it's too soon to be complacent

Several liberal blogs I read, anguished about the "inexplicable" election loss of the noble, honest, highly competent Hillary Clinton, have eagerly jumped on revelations by the "IC" (euphemism for US spy agencies) that the Soviet Union, that is, Russia, influenced the outcome of the contest!

It was understandable that the Russians would want a socialist anti-militarist in the White House, but it's going a tad far to think they could have engineered the Sanders win. Sanders is more of a Roosevelt Democrat than a "commie" -- he's not against capitalism per se. There was certainly plenty of "dirt" on Clinton to turn Democrats against her at the primary stage, without alleging foreign influence. And it's obvious that once Sanders was in, he didn't need any additional help in the form of "hacking" to beat Trump.

It's too soon to be complacent about President-elect Sanders' hard-fought election victory -- we need to support him now, against this propaganda "soft coup" by disgruntled Washington insiders. Pass this post along, share it on social media, send it to newspapers, write letters to the editor -- support President-elect Sanders!

- tom moody

January 14th, 2017 at 9:25 am

Posted in art as criticism

cyan news stand

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January 12th, 2017 at 4:38 pm

Posted in photos - cell

current ebook list

Q. Tom, what's in your Kindle?
A. Uh, Jeff Bezos is an *ssh*le monopolist who owns the Washington Post (fake news dispenser) and seems bent on hooking consumers into addictive rent-extraction schemes, so I use the Kobo reader for ebooks now.

Q. (Sigh) OK, Mr. Man of Principle, what's in your Kobo ebook reader?
A. Joseph Conrad, Nostromo, Chance, Under Western Eyes, Lord Jim, The Secret Agent, Victory (all good, all available DRM-free from Feedbooks.com)

Mark Olden's Poe Must Die and Kevin Baker's Paradise Alley both take place in the slummy, scary New York of the mid-1800s. Pigs running wild in the streets, Hot Corn Girls, Croton hydrants...

Ross McDonald's books pre-Lew Archer: The Dark Tunnel, Trouble Follows Me, Blue City, The Three Roads

George V. Higgins, The Friends of Eddie Coyle, The Digger's Game, Cogan's Trade

James M. Cain, Double Indemnity (the movie version turns claims analyst Edward G. Robinson into a sympathetic character and friend to the main heel, making it less bleak than Cain's cold-blooded book), The Postman Always Rings Twice

Philip Pilkington, The Reformation in Economics (just purchased -- DRM-free epub -- looking forward to this book by an erstwhile Naked Capitalism contributor)

- tom moody

January 12th, 2017 at 4:38 pm

Posted in general

utopia and dystopia in architecture (a capsule)

Louise Belcourt, Mound #28, 2015, oil on canvas, 66 x 85 inches

Will likely not make it to Locks Gallery in Philadelphia for Louise Belcourt's show so this is a "jpeg review."

The recent film Midnight Special, a leaner, meaner version of John Carpenter's Starman [caution: spoilers], imagines a race of perfected humans in a dimension "above" ours, who "have watched us for years." At the end of the movie we're given a glimpse of their architecture, very tech-y, CAD-designed, eco-friendly structures twisting and soaring above the landscape. Belcourt's urban vision above, for me, better approximates what an evolved humanity might build. Kinder, gentler, more integrated and integral than the film's Eiffel-meets-Saarinen machine confections.

On the other side of the design-wheel, opposite Belcourt's mound cities of neopolitan ice cream but not that far off from some of Midnight Special's skyscraper para-buildings, we have this clanking artifact from the real world, spotted by James Howard Kunstler (fortunately not yet built -- this is only a rendering -- but awaiting city approvals -- in Los Angeles -- near the airport):

Friendly aliens, if you are watching us, please intervene now.

- tom moody

January 9th, 2017 at 8:33 am

left disarray

Corporatist Clinton bitter-enders vs populists -- The Elephant in the Room Is a Donkey (Reflections on Kamala Harris) (Gaius Publius, Down with Tyranny)

Sam Seder once wisely said that during the Bush era, almost every Democrat and Democratic supporter looked like a solid progressive. It's only when Obama becomes president that you can see the difference between the Ezra Kleins of the world and the Elizabeth Warrens (my paraphrase).

But the recent Democratic primary widened those rifts — between the austerity-loving corporate enablers and the actual populists — and they may not close this time under the next Republican president. After all, in the face of real defeat — yes, I know, "she won the popular vote," but still, defeat pretty much up and down the line — the battle still rages in the Democratic Party. And it should.

Identity politics wrangling -- Nascent Anti-Trump Coalition Already Fracturing? (Nat Parry, Essential Opinion)

One early sign of the anti-Trump coalition’s fracturing came when a group of women decided after Hillary Clinton’s defeat that they would organize a “Million Women March” to commiserate the first major-party female presidential nominee’s electoral loss to Donald Trump, a misogynist.

The day after the election, a Hawaii woman named Teresa Shook created a Facebook event and invited a few dozen of her friends to march on Washington on Jan. 21, the day after Trump’s inauguration. The idea was picked up by a Hillary Clinton Facebook fan page called Pantsuit Nation, with more than three million members, and suddenly there were multiple event pages with thousands of women signing up.

The original name of the march, however, was hastily dropped after the organizers were accused of “cultural appropriation.” Apparently the organizers hadn’t considered that the name “Million Woman March” was already used in 1997 by a demonstration organized for black women.

We need to pull together to fight orange hitler! But wait, who is "we"?

- tom moody

January 7th, 2017 at 11:39 am

Posted in general

krugman hysteria

A friend emailed a poorly-written Paul Krugman (NYT) column about Trump/Russia. The Clinton camp first floated this "Russian hacking" meme to distract from the unfavorable DNC leaks and now it's expanded to cover the entire election.
My reply:

I can't tell if you're being serious in your last message, but please don't send me any more emails with the words "Putin" or "Russia."
The DC elite's attempt to revive the Cold War in the aftermath of the election seems foolish.
Watching the entrenched Washington cliques fight it out with the incoming billionaire posse is fun but not with geopolitics (and nukes) involved.
Krugman should know this but his unabashed Clinton support has thrown him "off his nut."
I hope all is well, otherwise.
Best, Tom

- tom moody

January 7th, 2017 at 9:11 am

Posted in general

generic bank

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January 4th, 2017 at 10:47 pm

Posted in photos - cell

fascist or bag-holder

If you read the Huffington Post (not advised), the president-elect is either a fascist... or a Nazi.
If you read certain other publications, he will be the designated bag-holder when the economy blows up.

James Howard Kunstler (subtle as ever):

The American people have been punked by their own government and their central bank, the Federal Reserve, for years and the jig is now up. In 2017 both will lose their authority and legitimacy, a very grave matter for the survival of this republic.

Insiders surely have seen this coming for a long time. The people running this so-called Deep State of overblown and overgrown institutions probably acted at first with the good intentions of keeping the national lifestyle afloat. But in the end (now approaching) they stooped to too much duplicity and deceit in the desperate attempt to not just preserve the system, but to protect their own reputations and personal perquisites. And now there ought to be some question with the election of 2016 that they have engineered all of this system fragility to blow up on Mr. Trump’s watch, so they can blame him for it. It was going to blow up anyway. But had Hillary Clinton won the election, at least the right gang would have had to take the blame — the people in charge for the past twenty years. Instead, Donald Trump has been elected Designated Bag-Holder.

Nomi Prins:

In November, Donald Trump’s victory further elevated stock markets, especially sectors most likely to be deregulated by the incoming billionaire club administration, like banks.

Yet, the idea that any President can control the economy with a tweet and a set of disparaging or aggrandizing comments is foolish. Once the hype of a reality TV show president subsides into prevailing political and economic uncertainty, stock and bond markets will end the year crumbling in the dust of broken promises.

But Keith Olbermann said he was Hitler...

- tom moody

January 4th, 2017 at 10:46 pm

Posted in general

begin the new year with an...

ambient bro starter pack

full-sized image posted by jonathn on dump.fm
email if other credits need to be added

- tom moody

January 3rd, 2017 at 5:14 pm