Monthly Archives: March 2009

Kansas Middle School Displays Student-Made “KKK Board Game” During Open House

by matttbastard Wow. Just…wow. A KKK Board Game. Proudly on display at a Kansas middle school open house. In 2009. Seriously?! Yes, seriously–a KKK board game: Oh, and just to fully complete the cycle of racefail, meet the motherfucking asstacular … Continue reading

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Free Amanda Palmer!

by matttbastard Background here and here, h/t Neil Gaiman via tweet. Recommend this post at Progressive Bloggers

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Newsflash: Public Anger Gets Results.

by matttbastard Earlier this week, Der Spiegel published a sobering article about how the global economic crisis is battering the Friedmanite petri dish that is post-Soviet Eastern Europe: After joining the EU, the Baltic countries in particular made enormous progress … Continue reading

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The Shock Doctrine 6: Crimes and Misdemeanors

by matttbastard Chapter 5: “Entirely Unrelated” How an Ideology was Cleansed of its Crimes (Previous posts here, Sarah’s posts here.) Why is it that capitalism’s crimes are divorced from the ideology itself, while Marxism is joined at the hip to … Continue reading

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Specter to American Workers: “Drop Dead!”

by matttbastard Well, so much for Arlen Specter’s emancipated testicles: In June 2007, the vote on the Employee Free Choice Act was virtually monolithic: 50 Senators, Democrats, voted for cloture and 48 Republicans against.  I was the only Republican to … Continue reading

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F*ck Me with a Freshly Sharpened Pitchfork.

by matttbastard Update 03/23: Make sure to check out Sarah’s post on Spitzer, populism, and The Experts. On today’s episode of Fareed Zakaria GPS, an ‘expert panel’ was convened to discuss ‘populist’ outrage in the wake of AIG and other … Continue reading

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The Shock Doctrine 5: Recurring Dreams

by matttbastard (Previous posts here, here, here and here; Sarah’s posts here.) Chapter 4: Cleaning the Slate: Terror Does its Work In her post outlining Chapter 4 of The Shock Doctrine, Sarah highlighted the rush to conformity and, especially, normative … Continue reading

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Kyle Payne: Douchebasket

by mattttbastard Re: the unwelcome return of Kyle Payne, pseudofeminist sex predator (y’all remember Kyle Payne, right?  Mr. Sensitive Male Sex Predator? Yes, that Kyle Payne), what Ren said: You need to stop talking about sexism, violence against women, and … Continue reading

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Adding Pikes and Tumbrils to the Populist Arsenal

by matttbastard Hilzoy sharpens her pitchfork (what? Hil so owns a pitchfork — and, from what I’ve heard, has quite the loverly garden) and pins the AIG bonus issue–and out-of-touch Wall Street execs—to the wall: [T]he real issue isn’t bonuses. … Continue reading

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The Shock Doctrine 4: Parallel Lines

by matttbastard Chapter 3: States of Shock: The Bloody Birth of the  Counter-revolution (Previous posts here, here and here; Sarah’s posts here.) I think those programs were absolutely essential to the success we enjoyed of being able to collect the … Continue reading

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