December 13th, 2007

Apollo 4 on column of fire

Font change

I’ve just changed the name of the font I am working on from Ĉielarko (Rainbow) to Societo, after the Royal Society. Also I have gone back and am adjusting the outlines for closer resemblance to the original printing, which actually was my original intention.
Apollo 4 on column of fire

Waterboarding

I’ve never been drowning but have experienced a stopped airway, and I give up already. You don’t even have to show me the instruments of torture. Just tell me what you want to know, I’ll give it to you.
Apollo 4 on column of fire

Advice from Brent Budowsky

Brent Budowsky has some advice for us: ‘Don’t believe a word that is uttered by these former CIA employees now doing the media rounds, and don’t believe a word of the various excuses, evasions and triangulations by administration officials or Democrats and Republicans in Congress.’
Apollo 4 on column of fire

How to deal with the Democratic leadership

Thom Hartmann points out, I think correctly to some degree, that the Democratic leadership suffer from battered-wife syndrome and need positive reinforcement.

However, as Glenn Greenwald has excellently chronicled, the Democratic leaders already seek and get positive reinforcement from the Beltway political class.

Those are the same people as batter the Democrats, but they also give out lustily devoured positive reinforcements, many of which are handed out for defying the Democratic base. That’s quite a system to overcome by positive reinforcement alone.

Moreover, and this may be more important, to get the required numbers of citizen-participants in reinforcing the behaviors of the Democratic politicians, the citizen-participants have to be very angry and in a defiant mood. It is much simpler to organize around anger and defiance than around ‘Oh, that’s a good politician! Aren’t you a good politician!’ wag wag wag wag.

So, I have my doubts about the predominantly positive approach and prefer to confront.

I think maybe Thom Hartmann is taking the analogy to battered wives farther than it can go. I can’t imagine a relation with battered wives as being all that analogous to a relation with Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, et alia. It’s a good analogy, but a very, very rough one.

(And BTW if you are Thom Hartmann reading this, to hell with your pat-on-the-head ‘Well said!’ It makes me anxious how you give that out, as if I can’t depend on you to tell me when I have said something badly.)