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Hey, at least it’s not Greece!

Hey, at least it’s not Greece! published on

The United States has surprised absolutely nobody by coming in 27th place in a study of how decently 31 OECD countries treat the common man.

The world’s richest, most powerful empire is trounced by everyone except disaster zones such as Greece and third world taco stands such as Chile and Mexico.

The City on the Hill does especially badly in poverty prevention, health, and education, and while Wall St bankers and other white collar criminals stuff their faces with caviar and camembert, fully a fifth of its children are living in poverty.

On the apparently positive side, Amerika ranks slightly better in terms of “ social cohesion and non-discrimination,” but I suspect all that means is you are less likely to get called a nigger, but more likely to be treated like one on the basis of class rather than race.

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Forget the Children, Save the Bankers!

Forget the Children, Save the Bankers! published on

Bumped into this song in a Democracy Now broadcast and found it both amusing and true. Ry Cooder’s “No Banker Left Behind” is (presumably) a clever and sarcastic play on “No Child Left Behind” and tells it like it is.

Cooder is best known, to your host at least, as the guy who wrote those great soundtracks for Wim Wender’s “Paris, Texas”, and Walter Hill’s “Last Man Standing”, but turns out he has a political string to his guitar as well.