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"We condition the poor and the working class to go to war. We promise them honor, status, glory, and adventure. We promise boys they will become men. We hold these promises up against the dead-end jobs of small-town life, the financial dislocations, credit card debt, bad marriages, lack of health insurance, and dread of unemployment. The military is the call of the Sirens, the enticement that has for generations seduced young Americans working in fast food restaurants or behind the counters of Walmarts to fight and die for war profiteers and elites."
War is Betrayal. Persistent Myths of Combat
, an essay by
of Truthdig. Responses within.
on Aug 9, 2013 -
From the mid 40s to the mid 50s
Coronet Instructional Films
were always ready to provide social guidance for teenagers on subjects as diverse as
preparing for being drafted
, as well as to children on
following the law
the value of quietness in school
appreciating our parents
. They also provided education on topics such as the connection between
attitudes and health
what kind of people live in America
how to keep a job
supervising women workers
the nature of capitalism
the plantation System in Southern life
. Inside is an annotated collection of all 86 of the complete Coronet films in the
as well as a few more. Its not like you had work to do or anything right?
on Nov 1, 2012 -
Ana Utopia Giordano photoshops portraits of
for today's standards of the feminine ideal.
on Apr 13, 2012 -
"It’s been nearly 6 years since the series finale of The West Wing, and more than 12 since the one-hour drama, which [Aaron] Sorkin created and largely wrote, first walked and talked its way through NBC’s Wednesday-night lineup; and yet you might think the series never ended, given the currency it still seems to enjoy in Washington, the frequency with which it comes up in D.C. conversations and is quoted or referenced on political blogs.
In part this is because the smart, nerdy—they might prefer “precocious”—kids who grew up in the early part of the last decade worshipping the cool, technocratic charm of Sorkin’s characters have today matured into the young policy prodigies and press operatives who advise, brief, and excuse the behavior of the most powerful people in the country.
on Mar 11, 2012 -