May 1st, 2006

Chris Keeley

Why Europe Should Reject U.S. Market Capitalism -- William Pfaff

This tour-de-force by William Pfaff appeared in the International Herald
Tribune on April 29th 2006. It is a penetrating analysis of how the
United States, and Americans, are being manipulated by our own political
and economic oligarchs.

Given the sketchiness of my own economics background I deferred to my
mentor in such matters, Terry Arnold. Hereunder is what he sent back to
me. You must read the Pfaff article first

QUOTE: John: In developmental and humanitarian terms, the basic
problems with
American market capitalism are that it has become centered on its
principal beneficiaries, pursues a model that is resource concentrating
rather than distributing, and weds the political and economic elites
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Chris Keeley

Schoonmaker Breakfast 1898

Dear Chris - comment on one of your older printing of family pictures -
the so called Schoonmaker breakfast was the wedding breakfast of
Alberta Benedict French (former husband - divorced because of
desertion) to John D. Schoonmaker, Sr.  my grand-father - father of
JDSJr. - my father.  :ppve, Mom
On Sunday, March 26, 2006, at 08:50 PM, Christopher Keeley, LICSW wrote:

Chris Keeley

The Media: Ignoring Colbert

The Media: Ignoring Colbert

The Media: Ignoring Colbert

Peter Daou:

"The AP's first stab at it and pieces from Reuters and the Chicago Tribune tell us everything we need to know: Colbert's performance is sidestepped and marginalized while Bush is treated as light-hearted, humble, and funny. Expect nothing less from the cowardly American media. The story could just as well have been Bush and Laura's discomfort and the crowd's semi-hostile reaction to Colbert's razor-sharp barbs. In fact, I would guess that from the perspective of newsworthiness and public interest, Bush-the-playful-president is far less compelling than a comedy sketch gone awry, a pissed-off prez, and a shell-shocked audience.

This is the power of the media to choose the news, to decide when and how to shield Bush from negative publicity. Sins of omission can be just as bad as sins of on

Chris Keeley

Transcritp of Colbert's speech tonight

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Transcritp of Colbert's speech tonight.
Current mood: amused
Category: News and Politics

Here with a special edition of the Colbert report, Stephen Colbert.
Thank you ladies and gentlemen. Before I begin, I've been asked to make an announcement. Whoever parked 14 black bullet proof S.U.V.'S out front, could you please move them. They are blocking in 14 other black bulletproof S.U.V.'S and they need to get out.
Wow, wow, what an honor. The White House Correspondents' Dinner. To just sit here, at the same table with my hero, George W. Bush, to be this close to the man. I feel like I'm dreaming. Somebody pinch me. You know what, I'm a pretty sound sleeper, that may not be enough. Somebody shoot me in the face.Collapse )
Chris Keeley

Update: Thanks to Butter71 for links to the transcript and video! w00t!

Chris Keeley

Immigrant rights groups are calling on immigrant workers to not show up for work and to not buy anyt

A Day Without Immigrants: Millions Expected to Boycott Work, Not Consume to Protest Anti-Immigrant Bill
Monday, May 1st, 2006
Millions of immigrant workers are expected to boycott work and school today in support of nationwide May Day protests against anti-immigrant legislation being considered in Washington. Dubbed "A Day Without Immigrants" protests are planned in over 70 cities. Immigrant rights groups are calling on immigrant workers to not show up for work and to not buy anything all day. Today immigrants" rights groups have called for a nationwide "day without immigrants." In more than 60 cities around the country, hundreds of events are planned to demonstrate the importance of immigrant labor to the economy of the United States.
Walk-outs, boycotts, rallies, teach-ins, marches, and business closings are planned throughout the day. An international protest will takeplace at the San Diego, Tijuana border. In Chicago, massive rallies are planned, one of which will be held in Haymarket Square, where the original Mayday protests occurred in 1886.

In many cities, immigrants and their supporters will link hands at exactly 12:16pm a time meant to symbolize the December 16th passage of the draconian House Immigration Bill HR4437.Collapse )
Chris Keeley

on Easter Island you can see the birth, life, and death of the ancient culture — the womb of the moa

Easter Island: The Dream at the End of the World
IS it possible to get to Easter Island without traveling a very long distance? No; it is not. If you live in New York City you will fly to Santiago, Chile — 11½ hours — rest a day, and then take another jet plane 5 hours into the Pacific to reach your goal. (And the planes go from Santiago only a couple of times a week.) The trip may be an hour shorter if you live in New Zealand, but don't count on it.Collapse )
Chris Keeley

the repeating story of "The Sopranos": There's a

I Like to Watch
While "The Sopranos" repeats itself, "24" explores utterly fantastical
themes of corruption and deceit in the Oval Office!

By Heather Havrilesky

Apr. 30, 2006 | People repeat themselves. A lot. It can be a little bit
disappointing, actually, when you first hit that point in the
friendship or relationship where someone starts telling you the same
old stories or repeating the same old opinions over and over again. We
all do it, but that doesn't keep us from hoping that someone out there
will remain fresh and entertaining indefinitely.

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Chris Keeley

Ferment Over 'The Israel Lobby'' from The Nation

  Ferment Over 'The Israel Lobby'
  by Philip Weiss

Intellectuals can only dream of having the impact that John Mearsheimer
and Stephen Walt have had this spring. Within hours of their publishing
a critique of the Israel lobby in The London Review of Books for March
23, the article was zinging around the world, soon to show up on the
front pages of newspapers and stir heated discussion on cable-TV shows.
Virtually overnight, two balding professors in their 50s had become
public intellectuals, ducking hundreds of e-mails, phone messages and
challenges to debate.
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