I wish we were still on vacation. I miss it.
And I have a question.
What the hell happened to Danny Schechter?
For the third week in a row, he's got a column that you really have to read. Not to laugh at. He's been on a streak for three weeks now. It's almost like we've got the old, pre-2008 Danny back. This is from his essay at ZNet:
The United States today has a vast intelligence apparatus, on the ground, in the sky and even in space. Technically it puts the old Soviet Union to shame, and sucks up millions of terabytes of data daily.
But, that doesn’t mean that what is reported is understood. The analysts seek to make sense of it but the policy makers are often so locked into templates of action and pre-formulated strategies that insure the input doesn’t lead to course corrections or changes in direction. They operate with a kind of intellectual “locked-in” disease that freezes out new ideas.
The system is manned by ideologists and choked with ideology, constantly leading to so-called intelligence ‘failures’ that fill many library shelves. Yet even when post mortems are filed, few in the commanding heights of our national security apparatus is willing to look back and draw lessons. They are too busy, lazy or just hacks (as opposed to hackers.)
One reason: so much money is invested in covert media operations that spin and distort reality that the people inside the “deception machine” believe the news that they themselves plant and fabricate. Perception guides reality more than reality guides perception.
Isn't that good writing?
Meanwhile my nose is running from the heat of that orange sauce. Elaine just told me, it's a mixture of mayo and chili sauce. I told her I was going to look it up online and she told me what it was. If I'd known she knew, I would've thought to ask her. She'll eat sushi but she's not an addict the way I am.
In fact, she made some rosemary and sweet potatoes dish for herself and our daughter. They loved it.
(We don't let our daughter have sushi due to the fact that she's five and there's mercury in so much of the fish.)
Now this is Chris Marsden (WSWS) on the Olympics opening musical numbers:
It is to film director Danny Boyle’s credit that his Olympic Games opening ceremony aroused such a hostile reaction from a section of the Conservative right.
Boyle’s ceremony was ambitious, often spectacular and sometimes engaging. Public reaction internationally was positive and in the UK, where the myriad references were more familiar, yet more warm and appreciative.
It is not hard to see why.
Boyle’s initial historical tableau, inspired by poet William Blake’s millenarian vision, showed a “green and pleasant land” recast in the burning heat of the industrial revolution. When dealing with the 20th century, his actors and dancers portrayed suffragettes, Jarrow hunger marchers, anti-nuclear activists and Caribbean immigrants arriving on the Windrush in 1948.
His cultural pageant began with Edward Elgar’s “Nimrod” and included Charles H.H. Parry’s hymn “Jerusalem” and “Abide with Me”, sung beautifully by Emeli Sande. It centred, however, on pop music. Not only the more obvious commercial giants, but bands that have had a cultural impact: The Rolling Stones and The Beatles, yes, but also The Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Specials.
I like Danny Boyle's movies. Shallow Grave is one of my all time favorites as is 28 Days Later. I even like A Life Less Ordinary. And I appreciate that he tried to say something at the Olympics; however, that message was not clear. I'm sorry. Maybe it was to British audiences? If so, fine. They were the host. But if this was supposed to excite me about England or inform me about their history, it didn't do that.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"