Scorched Earth: Making the GOP Do What It Says | Files: PoliTicks | Tags:

[Originally posted 09NOV2004 to the DailyKos Diaries.] I’ve been giving a lot of thought about how I would council the Federal Democratic Minority. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far: Return to the first principles of politics. If politics is the way a society distributes resources then political contest […]

Scorched Earth: Making the GOP Do What It Says | Files: PoliTicks | Tags:

I’ve been giving a lot of thought about how I would council the Federal Democratic Minority. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far: Return to the first principles of politics.If politics is the way a society distributes resources then political contest is all about who takes from whom. The […]

November 2 2004, 11:49pm | Files: PoliTicks | Tags:

Fuck. I’m sorry, folks. We didn’t do what we needed to do. The markets will be down tomorrow because there isn’t a clear winner in the US election (apparently Wall Street hates uncertainty). No matter what the pundits say, it’s unlikely we’ll know the outcome until all the absentee ballots […]

Freak Power Endorsement of John Kerry | Files: PoliTicks | Tags:

Hunter S. Thompson, the good doctor of Gonzon journalism, has issued his endorsement of John Kerry, a candidate it will be fun to vote for. If Richard Nixon, who Thompson called Hitler in 1972, were running against George W. Bush, the Doctor would happily vote for him. “If Nixon were […]

Future topics for the OpenDNA Project | Files: Under Construction | Tags:

Article Ideas dug out of a retired MLP directory (originally posted 04FEB2004): Open Design, Native Architecture The established forms of our society, economy and state consist of both a fundamental superstructure and a changeable body. The former is the radical core that establishes the rules and defines the parameters of […]

Centrist vs… | Files: Quotes | Tags:

…I am, as far as I can tell, more or less a centrist, equally repelled by either extreme of the political spectrum. Indeed, I believe that the spectrum forms a full circle, with right and left merging, as they meet at their respective extremes, into luminous batshit evil. —William Gibson. […]

On Losing a Billion Dollars | Files: Quotes | Tags:

A friend of mine who runs hedge funds recently tried to explain to me how really astronomical amounts of money can go missing more easily than smaller, more comprehensible amounts. “Nobody really understands what 1.4 billion dollars means, what it looks like, or where it might go.” —William Gibson. 17 […]

Changing a Lightbulb | Files: Quotes | Tags:

How many Bush administration officials does it take to change a light bulb? None. There’s nothing wrong with that light bulb. There is no need to change anything. We made the right decision and nothing has happened to change our minds. People who criticize this light bulb now, just because […]

A Ray of Sunshine | Files: On The Line, PoliTicks | Tags: ,

The barrister writes: Just in case you thought you weren’t doing very well, Elizabeth Warren, a Harvard law professor and co-author of “The Two-Income Trap: Why Middle-Class Mothers and Fathers Are Going Broke,” wrote in 2003: “This year, more people will end up bankrupt than will suffer a heart attack. […]