i just needed to “type this down”…. 51% –

i just heard this quote on NPR and it made me freeze – midsentence…..

“the global economy has lost 51% of its entire value in one year”


and we were just used to these numbers around music sales!

and it’s making me wish my grandmothers were alive to talk to about their take on it….since they lived through the great depression…were young newlyweds trying to start their lives….

51 percent.


Dear Red States

(a recent email i received author unknown)

Dear Red  States:

We’ve decided we’re leaving. We intend to form our own country, and we’re taking the other Blue States with us. In case you aren’t aware, that includes California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois and all the Northeast. We believe this split will be beneficial to the nation, and especially to the people of the new country of New California.

To sum up  briefly: You get Texas, Oklahoma and all the slave states. We get stem cell research and the best beaches. We get the Statue of Liberty. You get Dollywood. We get Intel and Microsoft. You get WorldCom. We get Harvard. You get Ole’ Miss. We get 85 percent of America’s  venture capital and entrepreneurs. You get Alabama. We get two-thirds of the tax revenue, you get to make the red states pay their fair share.

Since our aggregate divorce rate is 22 percent lower than the Christian Coalition’s, we get a bunch of happy families. You get a bunch of single moms. Please be aware that Nuevo California will be pro-choice and anti-war, and we’re going to want all our citizens back from Iraq at once. If you need people to fight, ask your evangelicals. They have kids they’re apparently willing to send to their deaths for no purpose, and they don’t care if you don’t show pictures of their children’s caskets coming home. We do wish you success in Iraq, and hope that the WMDs turn up, but we’re not willing to spend our resources in Bush’s Quagmire.

With the Blue States in hand, we will have firm control of 80 percent of the country’s fresh water, more than 90 percent of the pineapple and lettuce,  92 percent of the nation’s fresh fruit, 95 percent of America’s quality wines, 90 percent of all cheese, 90 percent of the high tech industry, most of the U.S. low-sulfur coal, all living redwoods, sequoias and condors, all the Ivy and Seven Sister schools plus Stanford, Cal Tech and MIT.  With the Red States, on the other hand, you will have to cope with 88 percent of all obese Americans (and their projected health care costs), 92 percent of all U.S. mosquitoes, nearly 100 percent of the tornadoes, 90 percent of the hurricanes, 99 percent of all Southern Baptists, virtually 100 percent of all televangelists, Rush Limbaugh, Bob Jones University, Clemson and the University of Georgia. We get Hollywood and Yosemite, thank you.

Additionally, 38 percent of those in the Red states believe Jonah was actually swallowed by a whale, 62 percent believe life is sacred unless we’re discussing the war, the death penalty or gun laws, 44 percent say that evolution is only a theory, 53 percent that Saddam was involved in 9/11 and 61 percent of you crazy bastards believe you are people with higher morals then we lefties.

Finally, we’re taking the good pot, too. You can have that dirt weed they grow in Mexico.

Peace out,

Blue States

October Mantra

when i used to work in music distribution we always used to be looking at “trends” – trying to figure out clever ways to spur sales of course….my favorite tidbit was that there was always a surge of sales for pink floyd’s dark side of the moon every june. try as anyone might nobody could figure that one out…..but october. october was always bad. and there was always a desire to come up with some power idea to spur sales in october. everyone knew it wasn’t a good month to release a record, first week sales were always lower than other times of the year….why we would ask….  what’s wrong with october?

i always thought it was semi-obvious. people hunker down in october.  they’ve just spent a ton of money on back to school shopping, or a ton of money on that summer vacation for the family – or in general on the fall fashion “needs” of those who live in a 4 seasons climate.  In october you already start thinking about holidays – (and if you live in chelsea the coffee guy at the corner of 17th&7th pushes this further as he hands you your coffee in a happy holidays branded cup on october 4th!!!) so you start to save a bit, the catalogs start arriving (i personally received 6 christmas catalogs this past weekend)

so october is time to save – to build up that christmas/hannukah/non denominational gift giving budget — only now – it’s been october for almost 2 months it would seem.  and people need to save up for that heating oil or gasoline rather than gift giving…so it would seem to me that even though there was teh bailout — its ill timed.  its not the time of year that people spend in general….and last night they mentioned how there is always the october factor in some of our worst financial crises (black friday)  and of course we are in an election year – so there is that  historical “october surprise” factor as well….

So – October.  The leaves fall…..as do other things….but i say…keep calm…carry on…..this sign was all over London during WW2 – i think it might be time for some sniping of it all over new york!!!!

doggone it i love bob herbert’s brain

Palin’s Alternate Universe

Published: October 3, 2008

Sarah Palin is the perfect exclamation point to the Bush years.

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We’ve lived through nearly two terms of an administration that believed it could create its own reality:

“Deficits don’t matter.” “Brownie, you’re doing a heckuva job.” “Those weapons of mass destruction must be somewhere.”

Now comes Ms. Palin, a smiling, bubbly vice-presidential candidate who travels in an alternate language universe. For Ms. Palin, such things as context, syntax and the proximity of answers to questions have no meaning.

In her closing remarks at the vice-presidential debate Thursday night, Ms. Palin referred earnestly, if loosely, to a quote from Ronald Reagan. He had warned that if Americans weren’t vigilant in protecting their freedom, they would find themselves spending their “sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was like in America when men were free.”

What Ms. Palin didn’t say was that the menace to freedom that Reagan was talking about was Medicare. As the historian Robert Dallek has pointed out, Reagan “saw Medicare as the advance wave of socialism, which would ‘invade every area of freedom in this country.’ ”

Does Ms. Palin agree with that Looney Tunes notion? Or was this just another case of the aw-shucks, darn-right, I’m-just-a-hockey-mom governor of Alaska mouthing something completely devoid of meaning?

Here’s Ms. Palin during the debate: “Say it ain’t so, Joe! There you go pointing backwards again … Now, doggone it, let’s look ahead and tell Americans what we have to plan to do for them in the future. You mentioned education, and I’m glad you did. I know education you are passionate about with your wife being a teacher for 30 years, and God bless her. Her reward is in heaven, right?”

If Governor Palin didn’t like a question, or didn’t know the answer, she responded as though some other question had been asked. She made no bones about this, saying early in the debate: “I may not answer the questions the way that either the moderator or you want to hear.”

The problem with Ms. Palin’s candidacy is that John McCain might actually win this election, and then if something terrible happened, the country could be left with little more than an exclamation point as president.

After Ms. Palin had woven one of her particularly impenetrable linguistic webs, Joe Biden turned to the debate’s moderator, Gwen Ifill, and said: “Gwen, I don’t know where to start.”

Of course he didn’t know where to start because Ms. Palin’s words don’t mean anything. She’s all punctuation.

This is such a serious moment in American history that it’s hard to believe that someone with Ms. Palin’s limited skills could possibly be playing a leadership role. On the day before the debate, the commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, Gen. David McKiernan, made an urgent appeal for more troops, saying the additional “boots on the ground,” as well as more helicopters and other vital equipment, were “needed as quickly as possible.”

The morning after the debate, the Labor Department announced that the employment situation in the U.S. had deteriorated even more than experts had expected. The nation lost nearly 160,000 jobs in September, more than double the monthly losses in July and August.

Conditions are probably worse than even those numbers indicate because the government’s statistics do not yet reflect the response of employers to the credit crisis that has taken such a hold in the last few weeks.

Where is the evidence that Governor Palin even understands these complex and enormously challenging problems? During the debate she twice referred to General McKiernan as “McClellan.” Neither Ms. Ifill nor Senator Biden corrected her.

But after Senator Biden suggested that John McCain’s answer to the nation’s energy problems was to “drill, drill, drill,” Ms. Palin promptly pointed out, as if scoring a point, that “the chant is ‘Drill, baby, drill!’ ”

How’s that for perspective? The credit markets are frozen. Our top general in Afghanistan is dialing 911. Americans are losing jobs by the scores of thousands. And Sarah Palin is making sure we know that the chant is “drill, baby, drill!” not “drill, drill, drill.”

John McCain has spent most of his adult life speaking of his love for his country. Maybe he sees something in Sarah Palin that most Americans do not. Maybe he is aware of qualities that lead him to believe she’d be as steady as Franklin Roosevelt in guiding the U.S. through a prolonged economic downturn. Maybe she’d be as wise and prudent in a national emergency as John Kennedy was during the Cuban missile crisis.

Maybe Senator McCain has reason to believe that it would not be the most colossal of errors to put Ms. Palin a heartbeat away from the presidency.

He’s got just four weeks to share that insight with the rest of us.

I’m Obsessed With CNN

It¹s true. I am obsessed with CNN. I¹ve been working on a project and in the
house for almost a week. I went out last night to a friend¹s house to watch
the debate. We stopped at the wine shop which was full and bustling of
other west villager nyc residents who too needed something to numb the pain
we were all about to experience. At my friend¹s we turned on the TV and he
chose MSNBC. At first I didn¹t notice. I was so engrossed in the actual
debate ­ but then it happened. I looked for the audience monitor. I looked
to see how those undecided voters in Ohio were responding and to my shock
there was nothing there ­ except the MSNBC logo.

I politely asked if we could change the channel….when I saw the little
line resembling an EKG for the public¹s mental health ­ my own heartbeat
fell back down to normal. And the room became converted to my CNN
multitasking way of living. I remember when the ticker first went up ­ Jon
Stewart did a piece on his show where he covered up almost the entire
screen, mocking CNNs need to show multiple information bits.

Flash forward to now ­ there is the ticker, there is the heartbeat, let¹s
not forget that at cnn/com you can blog live while the show is happening
(how much do I love hearing larry king shout about blogging and using the
word interactive ten times an hour!)

There is streaming video, there are the alternate views of what¹s going on
just in case you get bored with the way the producer is showing you the
event. It is fascinating. CNN wants me to watch, type, listen, read,
think, surf, respond ­ all in real time.

Why? I¹m not sure….but I¹m wondering if its working for them…it has to
be better than the MSNBC battles between anchors. Although I¹m glad Ali is
now a CNN team member. Now if ony they could snag Rachel Maddow….