Monthly Archives: December 2010

Ralph Solonitz : Year of the Rabbit!

Cartoon by Ralph Solonitz / The Rag Blog / December 31, 2010.The Rag Blog

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Danny Schechter : The Media Hit Job on Helen Thomas

Former White House correspondent Helen Thomas. Image from Mediate.com.Media hit job of 2010:The vitriolic treatment of White Housecorrespondent Helen Thomas She may be a critic of Israel but never a hater of Jews, a distinction the world recognizes, but that … finish reading Danny Schechter : The Media Hit Job on Helen Thomas

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Marc Estrin : Mob ‘n Maul

Buddy Christ statue from the movie Dogma.MOB ‘N MAUL By Marc Estrin / The Rag Blog / December 30, 2010 We seem to be bombarded lately by “random acts of culture” both in the real world (if such a place … finish reading Marc Estrin : Mob ‘n Maul

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Keith Joseph : Surplus Labor and the Mystery of Capitalism

“Socially Acceptable Portrait of Karl Marx.” Hand-pulled print by Aimee Dingman. Image from EBSQ.Basics of Marxism:Surplus labor and the mystery of capitalism Exploitation occurs when the people who do the work and produce the surplus are different from the people … finish reading Keith Joseph : Surplus Labor and the Mystery of Capitalism

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Nina Lakhani : Cuban Medics in Haiti Put World to Shame

Cuban medic treats cholera victims in Haiti. Photo from AFP / Getty Images.Cuban medics in Haiti:Castro’s doctors and nurses arethe backbone of the fight against cholera By Nina Lakhani / The Independent / December 28, 2010 They are the real … finish reading Nina Lakhani : Cuban Medics in Haiti Put World to Shame

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Don Swift : Narcissism and the ‘Weeper of the House’

René Magritte’s “The False Mirror” (1928).A crying matter:Reflecting on the ‘Weeper of the House’ Narcissism speaks to problems of the heart or soul. By Don Swift / The Rag Blog / December 28, 2010 Speaker-designate John Boehner’s inclination to cry … finish reading Don Swift : Narcissism and the ‘Weeper of the House’

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Tony Platt : My Friend Betita Martinez

Betita Martinez. Photo from SF Gate.‘The heart just insists’:My friend Betita Martinez As the daughter of a dark-skinned immigrant from Mexico City and a blue-eyed North American, she felt racism in the air, ‘but I did not have words for … finish reading Tony Platt : My Friend Betita Martinez

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Harry Targ : Good Obama, Bad Obama: The Changing Frame

Photo from The Guardian, U.K.The story so far:Achievements and disappointmentsduring the Obama years By Harry Targ / The Rag Blog / December 27, 2010 Changing media frames of political reality I am an inveterate watcher of MSNBC, the “liberal” end … finish reading Harry Targ : Good Obama, Bad Obama: The Changing Frame

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VERSE / Larry Ray : John Boehner: A Crocodilian Crock?

Sir John of Orange: A portrait in courage?This, my last post of the year, dear readers, is a short few quatrains; prickly poetry that would probe the mind of the incoming GOP Speaker of the House, the emotionally delicate John … finish reading VERSE / Larry Ray : John Boehner: A Crocodilian Crock?

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Bruce Melton : I Want a Sequestration Machine for Christmas!

Photo by Bruce Melton / The Rag Blog.Climate intrigue and a change in prosperity:I want a sequestration machine for Christmas By Bruce Melton / The Rag Blog / December 23, 2010 Climate change is not just another dangerous dead-end road … finish reading Bruce Melton : I Want a Sequestration Machine for Christmas!

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Dr. Stephen R. Keister : Christmas Spirit and the Compassionate Doctor

“The Family Doctor,” lithograph by Grant Wood, 1941.Christmas past:The compassionate doctorand today’s medical culture By Dr. Stephen R. Keister / The Rag Blog / December 22, 2010 The Christmas season means many things to many people; however, as I approach … finish reading Dr. Stephen R. Keister : Christmas Spirit and the Compassionate Doctor

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