“NEO-COLD WAR MADNESS”

That’s where the U.S. government and “mainstream” commercial “news” media are taking us. . . . So says Robert Parry at his Consortiumnews.com, and he knows a hell of a lot more about what’s going on in the world than the “pundits.”

(A thought: Is so much in our society becoming sham that every single word will eventually have to be in quotes?)

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MEET THE NEW DEMOCRAT–SAME AS THE OLD REPUBLICAN

Kos of Dailykos.com rightly terms Governor Cuomo a Republican on matters economic, and is not displeased at the Governor’s sudden realization that he could be in for a mass defection on his left.

–lowered taxes on the rich

–gleeful union busting

–nix to public financing for elections

Can we talk?

Kos does.

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BALLET REVIEW BREEZES IN WITH THE SPRING

In perfect synchronicity, our Spring 2014 issue planes down upon the desks and library shelves of not just the U S of A, but the entire dance-loving world.

Have I written anything for this issue?

Yes.

Direct your fingers to my response to Elizabeth Kendall’s Balanchine and the Lost Muse.

And my interview with Dorothee Gilbert.

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SOTOMAYOR BLASTS ROBERTS

It’s not like Roberts didn’t blow his cover a long time ago. He’s the quintessence of judicial activism, and his zeal in leading America  back into racially segregated economically polarized aggressively disenfranchised anomie is brazen.

Sotomayor in her dissent to the latest Roberts assault on civil society undoubtedly prefigures many to come in the future,  unless Obama can somehow find the grit to declare this bench so hopelessly compromised that it must be disregarded. A radical Supreme Court justifies and necessitates radical action on the part of the Chief Executive.

Sahil Kapur at Talkingpointsmemo.com highlights a searing snip.

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GREED IS UGLY AND OFTEN QUITE DRAB AS WELL

Outrageously hiked rents mean an increasing number of vacant storefronts in the West Village.  And of course greed on this scale is frequently self-defeating in the long run: the West Village begins to look shabby, forlorn, and thus less desireable to prospective (high) renters.

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ME TOO

HoundDog at Dailykos.com previews Elizabeth Warren’s A Fighting Chance a week ahead of the official pub date.  Warren writes that Obama and Geithner’s apathy toward the plight of the jobless and foreclosed made her want “to scream with frustration.”

It will be required reading.  And how refreshing and rare to see any politician in this country actually acknowledge what millions of our citizens are experiencing and try to do something about it.

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VAI SHIPS VOL.2 NEXT WEEK

And they exhume history: For Volume 3, they’ve found something that I don’t think anyone has seen in sixty years or even seems to have remembered.

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VAI BRINGS ON THE REFERENCE PERFORMANCES

Volume 1 of New York City Ballet in Montreal has arrived at VAI’s Pleasantville headquarters.  So order from them directly, or order from Amazon and you’ll get delivery a little later this month, by which time Vol. 2 will also be on its way.

Yes I wrote the liner notes, but no, I don’t get a percentage, so this is a purely disinterested recommendation!!

Really great performances.

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U.S. AT THE TIPPING POINT

Tom Magstad at Nation of Change lays out exactly what’s at stake, and why & how our Supreme Court must be reformed.

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PERFECTING CLASS WARFARE

Something very ugly going on: the GOP’s war on working people in this country is now–with a vengeance–seeking to pit the commonweal against anybody with an interest in culture.  As Eric Alterman reports in The Nation, Representative Trey Gowdy defamed Obamacare’s liberation of people trapped in jobs they hate but stick with so they can get health insurance.  “What the liberals and the Democrats want you to believe is, ‘Well, but you’ll have time to write poetry.’”

Writing poetry, you see, is something BAD.  And it’s the people who write poetry or who allow other people to write poetry who are preventing the masses of unemployed from getting jobs.

Yeah, right.

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