Why The House Won’t Investigate The News Corp Hacking Scandal

Someone, please explain this to me. Donald Issa (R-CA), appearing on Fox News (a News Corp subsidiary) to explain why the House of Representatives won’t investigate the News Corporation hacking scandal:

Well, thank you for being fair and balanced… This is being looked at by the Justice Department. This is being looked at by the Senate, and we’re keeping and eye on it. But at the same time, this is a story about a unit in another country, and we want to make sure we don’t enter the ground that is most inappropriate for us, which is we don’t start picking on media whether they’re the left or the right just because we can.

But at least he can appreciate that Fox is ‘fair and balanced’!



Michelle Bachmann Explains Hurricane Irene

What. The. Fuck:

I don’t know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We’ve had an earthquake; we’ve had a hurricane. He said, ‘Are you going to start listening to me here?’ Listen to the American people because the American people are roaring right now. They know government is on a morbid obesity diet and we’ve got to rein in the spending.

Michelle Bachmann explains at a campaign stop in Florida where earthquakes and hurricanes come from.


A Nation Of Have-Nots Playing Pretend

“Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.”

John Steinbeck


Self-Propelling Cannibalism Machine

On the trading floor knowledge is no longer distanced, invisible, authoritative: it springs into presence on the waiting screens, always connected to a keyboard. Coercion has not disappeared from society, but at the desks it’s not an issue: communication networks exist to suggest and transmit every decision. No internalization of the law is achieved or even demanded by the flickering screens. What happens is a multiplication of self-reflections, an outpouring of subjectivity into electronic connections. Communication produces infinite variations on a single theme: an explosion of pulsating terminals that build cities around themselves, the mirror-architecture of contemporary capitalism. The screen-relation spreads throughout the globalized societies, at a pace with megagentrification. At each stop it releases smiling wizards into the expanding trap of their own creativity.

via The Philosophy of Finance at Continental Drift


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