Category reblogs

Failing the Marshmallow Test

Originally posted on Notes from an Amazon Warehouse Slave:
It’s a slow day at Amazon. At most jobs this would mean an easy day. At Amazon it means more stress. As an Amazon Sortation Associate, I’m expected to scan at least 180 boxes an hour. That’s difficult enough when the conveyor belts are overloaded with…

Casablanca (1942): Pseudo Anti-Fascism, Real Sexism, Genuine Racism

Originally posted on Writers Without Money:
Originally made to lend the war against the Nazis an air of Hollywood glamour, and directed by the ideologically baffling Michael Curtiz, who shortly thereafter would go onto make the openly pro-Stalinist Mission to Moscow, Casablanca might best be called a “pseudo-anti-fascist romance.” While it has aged better than…

On Being a Failed Writer

Originally posted on Writers Without Money:
At the age of 50, I am a failed writer. Except for a few articles on CounterPunch, everything I’ve published has been self-published. I’ve worked tens of thousands of hours, written hundreds of thousands of words, and have never made a dime. Had I spent the same amount of…

Silence of the Lambs (1991) Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

Originally posted on Writers Without Money:
A decade after having its reputation damaged by the Church Committee and revelations about Cointelpro, the FBI turned to turned to Hollywood. In films like The Untouchables (1987), Mississippi Burning (1988), and The Fugitive (1993), federal agents no longer spy on anti-war-activists or put microphones under Martin Luther King’s…

The Myth of Internet Security

Originally posted on The Most Revolutionary Act:
Web Warriors National Geographic (2008) Film Review Web Warriors is a documentary about the vulnerability of major computer-controlled power, communication, transport and military grids to attacks by hackers, viruses and worms that have the potential to bring regional and national economies to a standstill. The goal of the…

Reading the Landscape: 45

Originally posted on Writers Without Money:
The Sears Roebuck store at the foot of the Watchung Hills near Plainfield, NJ has one of the most interesting murals I’ve ever seen in a nondescript chain store. Beneath the painting is a plaque. The type is too small for a blog sized photo, but I’ll cut and…

Motherhood, Leftism and Feminism

“Going back to the kitchen radicalized me.” Why women should reject a system that depends on unpaid domestic labor.

In Praise of The Gong Show

Originally posted on Writers Without Money:
As the time spent with the screen approaches or surpasses the time spent outside it, so the parables, overt or otherwise, of men trapped in their own creations or those of others, of individuals trapped in the television pile up in increasing quantities. They pile up without our noticing…

Democrats are Unwittingly Killing Themselves and Want To Take You With Them

I was going to write my own take on the continuing Democratic Party obsession with Russia, but I spent all day shoveling snow and I’m tired. Fortunately this blog entry sums up what I think pretty well. I have no idea if the Russian government attacked the DNC. Other than the idea that Julian Assange […]

Money Hates Your Heineken and Wants to Fuck

Originally posted on Writers Without Money:
? “You can get money for blood, Blood money for doing no good, But they won’t take my love for tender” -Elvis Costello, Clean Money “Pimp put on weight from fighting them off, In the mall, you see it and like it, it’s yours, Thats a nice fit, you…