Monday, 10/11/10, Public Square


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19 responses to “Monday, 10/11/10, Public Square

  1. “Economist Peter Diamond, an economist nominated by President Barack Obama to serve on the Federal Reserve’s board of governors, was one of three people to win this year’s Nobel Prize in economics.

    Senate Republicans are holding up Diamond’s nomination over what they say is his limited experience in macroeconomic policy. Diamond’s nomination requires another vote of the Senate Banking Committee before the full Senate can consider it.”

    • The above YouTube will take too much time to watch — I know everyone is busy — but, especially today we should take the time it takes!

      • wicked

        Sad. Very sad.

        I learned some about the Cherokee Nation when I was doing research for a book. It’s amazing how much research is NOT used, and because the story wasn’t about the issue of NA, I included very little.

        My focus was on the Cherokee in Oklahoma, specifically the Tahlequah area. I’d always believed this area was a Cherokee reservation, but it no longer is. That which we used to know as reservations are now called Tribal Jurisdiction Statistical Area, used for the Census. There is only one large reservation in OK, and it’s the Osage Tribe, near the Kansas border.

  2. NYT writes: “Inside Job,” a sleek, briskly paced film whose title suggests a heist movie, is the story of a crime without punishment, of an outrage that has so far largely escaped legal sanction and societal stigma:

    HuffPost writes: “Will Inside Job Start a Popular Rebellion?”

    This sounds like a must-see film.

      • paulasayles

        Awesome. Saw the review on Friday and am going to make a point of taking the time to see this before it fades out of theatres.

        Contrary to the wishful thinking at HuffPost, I don’t think too many people are going to see this movie. I think those that already know how the thing happened might go, but those that believe the myth that it was solely caused by risky lending to inner city minorities, those folks aren’t interested in hearing the whole story or they would know it already. That is the unfortunate truth.

      • wicked

        What’s even just as unfortunate is that it affected all people, no matter what political party, no matter who they vote for, no matter whether they believe in God or the FSM.

        I’m not sure I could sit through the whole thing without my blood pressure skyrocketing. But maybe I’ll see it after all and take my son-in-law. He needs to see how all this mess began, instead of parroting the (incorrect) things he hears.

  3. paulasayles

    I laughed about the ecard that Will posted. It’s funny because it is very true. Not only did Columbus NOT “discover” America (others came before him), but he did exactly what the card said. If you’ve ever seen Eddie Izzard’s stand up act called “Dressed to Kill,” he talks about how arrogant Europeans went around the world planting flags and calling lands their own, simply because they had a flag. That’s funny too.

    But, as Wicked’s and fnord’s videos show, there really isn’t anything funny about what came from the discoveries and empire building. We have a disturbing relationship with the Native peoples of this country, we revere them, we celebrate them and we marginalize, starve and manipulate them. There is truly nothing funny about it.

  4. tosmarttobegop

    In the series “the people speak” there is a part where a Spaniard monk wrote of how the native people were treated by the invading soldiers and the numbers of natives being killed in only a matter of a few years.

    One story was of a captured chief who was about to be burnt at the stake and a priest was trying to convert him to Christianity. In part the priest told him that he was about to die and if he did not convert he would go to Hell instead of Heaven where all Christians go!

    The Chief looked about him and then asked, “are you all here that are killing my people and about to kill me all Christians?”.

    The Priest said yes we are all Christians here!

    Then the chief said, And Christians do not go to this Hell?

    Again the Priest said that is true that there is no Christians in Hell.

    The chief then simply replied, Then I will be glad to be going to this Hell!

  5. tosmarttobegop

    On man has anyone else watched “Shutter island”? I watched it today for the first time.
    WOW, a true sign of excellent writing, twists and misdirection’s!

    I will not spoil it for anyone, but that last line once it sunk in hit me like a sledge hammer:
    “Looking around here, it brings up the question of which would be better.
    To live as a monster or to died as a good man?”.

    After you see what the movie is about and the end of what is truly about.
    that question has a whole deeper meaning than the words appear.

    • wicked

      Like The Sixth Sense, I already know the take-away with Shutter Island. Kinda ruins it, not to mention that I’m not a Leo fan. Glad you enjoyed it, though!

  6. tosmarttobegop

    I was with my wife when she watch Six sense for the first time and had to bite my tongue all the way through the movie to keep from revealing he secret! So cool But yes and not I had not seen Shutter island from the beginning. But there was enough hints to make me believe it was actually what it was seeming.
    But still enough to make me question if it was not so.

    That last line suddenly took on a different meaning with the split though, one being a good man who is trying to do the right thing. And being the monster he so hated that it made him turn into the good man.

    Faced with the reality of either living with the reality he was a monster or ending his known existence as the good man he imagined himself to be. He chose to “die” his known existence as the Good man.