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Is this how democracy ends?
The parent in this relationship is the American state itself, which allows the voters to throw a tantrum and join forces with the worst behaved kid in the class, safe in the knowledge that the grown-ups will always be there to pick up the pieces.
usa  rogues  politics  elections  decline  fall  FallenAngels  culture  inertia 
november 2016 by amaah
Doctor Simbo (Part I: Close Encounters)
My family history is replete with close calls with the wages of political violence in Ghana.First of a series.
Ghana  culture  history  violence  blood  murder  coup  memory  politics  Sierra  Leone  Liberia  war  observation  rogues  perception  Africa  The  Rough  Beast  Things  Fall  Apart 
march 2015 by amaah
A Resource Action
You've been surplussed. That was the word used. This is a resource action. That was the phrase used. some real-time poetry from the archives
Things  Fall  Apart  work  waste  observation  loss  The  Rough  Beast  perception  job  poetry  toli  USA  personal  life  IBM  irony  language  culture 
june 2013 by amaah
Prospect Harbor Journal - In Maine, Last Sardine Cannery in the U.S. Is Clattering Out
ostensibly another piece about the decline and fall of American manufacturing, what got to me was the story of the woman who had been working for 54 years in this sardine cannery... 54 years!...In a sardine cannery! I can't get past this. Instead of seeing the triumph of the human spirit in this I am wondering about the soul deadening effects of most labour...
work  manufacturing  USA  life  decline  fall  industry  outsourcing  competition  capitalism  globalization  economics  food  production  via:nate 
april 2010 by amaah
Journals of the Crisis Year
Decline and fall ... "the rationally self-interested John Galt clones who seem to inform Judge Posner’s views are decidedly less believable characters than the rich-kid conformists Lahde indicts. And in a way, Lahde’s mixture of sympathy and contempt for his fellow financiers bodes better for the future of the American economy than does Posner’s soft bigotry of subprime moral standards. This is not an ancillary concern. If capitalism has failed, and socialism has failed, and the only remaining option is some improved version of the drab “mixed economy” that currently exists, then we are living in a perilous ideological vacuum."
observation  review  literature  economics  bubble  crisis  panic  depression  culture  capitalism  decline  fall  shellgame  usa  buyer'sremorse 
march 2010 by amaah
New Ships Idle, Waiting for Cargo to Fill Them
spare a thought for the container... Slump in World Trading Costing Container Shipping Lines Billions
containers  shipping  economics  depression  business  strategy  fall  decline  trade  globalization  transportation 
january 2010 by amaah
Tattered French African empire looks toward China
"Why are we still here? By naïveté, by nostalgia, no doubt, out of solidarity with Africans. I think we're here because we've always been here. Nowadays it is the Chinese who are coming, and I guess we'll see," Barateau said with a sigh.
France  Chad  Africa  China  GreatGame  policy  politics  history  culture  strategy  investment  empire  power  competition  corruption  decline  fall 
december 2009 by amaah
In War and Hardship, Relishing a Taste of Nostalgia
another example of austerity nostalgia... Rise of Album of World War Songs Shows Britons’ Nostalgia for Other Hard Times
nostalgia  england  culture  britain  art  decline  fall  observation  music 
september 2009 by amaah
Austerity nostalgia and ironic authoritarianism in recession Britain
Britain has reacted strangely to the crisis of neoliberalism. The country’s seemingly endemic nostalgia, particularly for the Second World War, has long been exploited by Thatcherites and Blairites; but its recent political use shows, in an especially acute form, the contradictions produced by an economy of consumption attempting to adapt to thrift, and to normalize surveillance and security in an ironic, depoliticized cultural politics. This can be traced through a single artefact, the Keep Calm and Carry On poster, which has spread all over Britain in the wake of the spectacular demise of the Blair-era boom. Unlike many forms of nostalgia, the memory invoked by the Keep Calm and Carry On poster is in no way based on lived experience. The poster is an example of the phenomenon given a capsule definition by Douglas Coupland in the early 1990s: ‘Legislated Nostalgia to force a body of people to have memories they do not actually possess.’ nostalgia for the state of being repressed
nostalgia  culture  britain  depression  bubble  economics  England  art  irony  cynicism  decline  fall  observation  perception  memory  selectiveamnesia  design  aesthetic 
september 2009 by amaah
The Pride of Empire
The British want to cling to the glories of their past. They are into nostalgia. Films about World War II or TV costume classics for onward dispatch to PBS can be sure of good audiences. And there's always James Bond, punching above Britain's weight. Maybe nostalgia conveniently cloaks a continuing inability to find a role between the Channel and the Atlantic?... But ambivalence complicates nostalgia... Roderick McFarquhar on Piers Brendon's The decline and fall of the British Empire
review  literature  britain  England  empire  history  decline  fall  greatgame  colonialism  nostalgia  culture  observation  perception 
september 2009 by amaah
From the Booker to the BBC: why our culture is escaping into the past
On the British tendency to wax nostalgic...
Does this disinclination to provide telling depictions of the here and now of how people live in Britain really matter? It does to the extent that an obsession with the past could be seen to go hand in hand with a loss of faith in the young, who have been insistently trivialised by two generations nostalgic for their own youth.
nostalgia  culture  england  literature  art  memory  history  decline  fall 
september 2009 by amaah
Anomie in the UK: The Steep Decline of the British Economy
this depression is bringing out the Dickens in writers everywhere, this time it's Der Spiegel ruminating about the fall of the UK
economics  observation  decline  fall  bubble  credit  crisis  England  politics  panic  finance  depression  uk  britain 
february 2009 by amaah
What comes after lofts and the suburbs?
David Galbraith expounds on the human press of New York city... food for thought... During weekdays, every horizontal surface takes a beating that compares to a continuous exodus from a stadium event. Road surfaces are a patchwork quilt of tarred repairs, near indestructible travertine slabs outside corporate HQs are cracked and worn and the Fulton St. subway looks like an abandoned ruin, on account of the fact that it is the exact opposite. Even the cookie-cut design of the Starbucks on the corner next to J & R shows signs of decay in the varnish that has worn from the floorboards, rendering it unlike the sanitized Starbucks elsewhere that are stamped from exactly the same mold.
observation  newyork  London  city  urban  culture  population  policy  life  flow  adaptation  change  decay  maintenance  fall  bubble  sustainability  resilience  design  architecture  development 
january 2009 by amaah
Mindless Speculation
"The fellow with the fufu usually moves over to the man with the soup, never the other way around." Geopolitics and Estate Planning toli
observation  economics  culture  decline  fall  USA  bubble  power  politics  toli 
october 2008 by amaah
Mood Markers
Three songs and a stanza... "usury age-old and age-thick
and liars in public places."
music  quotes  culture  observation  decline  fall  anger  economics  USA  toli 
october 2008 by amaah
Amid Economic Crisis, Middle East Financial Hubs Faring Well
Europeans in investment banking and other financial fields already have been flocking to the oil-flush Persian Gulf for months, propelled by the hope that emerging economies of the East will ride out any global recession better than New York or London. In a phrase often cited by British brokers and bankers, "it's Shanghai, Mumbai, Dubai, or goodbye."
bubble  economics  USA  decline  fall  trends  crash  observation 
october 2008 by amaah
A call to account: In search of a Dickens or Trollope for our times
Now, above all, is the time for alert and ambitious novelists to make a killing in the City; to clean up at Canary Wharf. Stripped of its mysteries, the story-arc of the past decade – of expansion and explosion – stands revealed along straightforward, almost classical lines. Nemesis has duly caught up with hubris. Pride came before the fall. And, as the binge ends in crash, the hangover will last for years – for everyone.
observation  culture  crash  bubble  literature  decline  fall  writing  ShellGame  economics  hubris 
october 2008 by amaah
Regarding the dishwasher
It is as if everything is broken, and everyone knows it, and we perpetually postpone the reckoning.
observation  culture  decline  fall  malaise  humour  ThingsFallApart 
october 2008 by amaah
Living in the Ruins
The edge of panic in the voice of a friend telling me about the 401(k) she's not looking at catches the story for me. It's visceral and scary and, let's face it, whether this is the half-forgotten past coming back to bite us or the future kneecapping us, it's depressing as hell.
bubble  depression  psychology  economics  decline  fall  USA  observation  culture  ObserversAreWorried 
october 2008 by amaah
America the Banana Republic:
Now ask yourself another question. Has anybody resigned, from either the public or the private sectors (overlapping so lavishly as they now do)? Has anybody even offered to resign? Have you heard anybody in authority apologize, as in: “So very sorry about your savings and pensions and homes and college funds, and I feel personally rotten about it”? Have you even heard the question being posed? O.K., then, has anybody been fired? Any regulator, any supervisor, any runaway would-be golden-parachute artist? Anyone responsible for smugly putting the word “derivative” like a virus into the system? To ask the question is to answer it.
politics  USA  ShellGame  bubble  decline  fall  economics  culture  observation  hatchetjob  ObserversAreWorried 
october 2008 by amaah
The News Blues
dilating on decline and fall... I really should finish my 'things fall apart'
observation  culture  decline  fall  USA  media  journalism  FallenAngels 
october 2008 by amaah
The End of Arrogance
Der Spiegel report on "America Loses Its Dominant Economic Role"... Weakness tends to bring out something akin to contempt at the previous slights and overbearing lecturing.. Sample headings: "Bush's Failed Leadership" and "Wall Street's Central Values: Avarice and Greed"
economics  politics  USA  finance  bubble  subprime  bush  decline  fall  perception  europe 
september 2008 by amaah
A Weary Titan?
On decline and fall... These are always very interesting questions. They are especially interesting in the United States today, at a time when Russia has vowed to modernize the army of Venezuela and China is hoisting astronauts in a space program aimed at returning to the moon.
economics  history  decline  fall  strategy  credit  crisis  England  USA  GreatGame 
september 2008 by amaah
The Sole Superpower in Decline
the rise of a multipolar world in which new powers are challenging different aspects of American supremacy -- Russia, China, Venezuela and Iran, emergent powers are primed to erode American hegemony, not confront it, singly or jointly.
USA  power  history  politics  energy  oil  BlackGold  policy  strategy  resistance  GreatGame  decline  fall 
august 2007 by amaah
Bad girls oust wild men as the sinful darlings of Hollywood scandal sheets
"The Brat Pack has become the Britney Pack." The Brits are really getting off on the current American spectacle. It's funny what things people seize on when the zeitgeist changes, it's not the economics, politics or the war, it's small things and celebrit
culture  USA  sociology  observation  perception  Schadenfreude  celebrity  behaviour  decline  fall  gender  journalism  media  social  FallenAngels  SmallThings 
july 2007 by amaah
Gil Scott-Heron - Winter in America
Virtuosity. Gil Scott-Heron and his Amnesia Express performing live in concert on March 14, 1990 in London, UK.
music  soul  jazz-funk  poetry  lyricism  live  concert  video  GilScott-Heron  wist  amnesia  USA  America  culture  history  decline  fall  B-movie  prescience  observation  perception  cool  urban  griot  social  insight  virtuosity  SocialLiving  griots 
july 2007 by amaah
More entering US Army with criminal records
Nearly 12 percent of Army recruits needed a special waiver for those with criminal records. The. increase in moral waivers reflects the difficulty of signing up sufficient numbers of recruits to sustain an increasingly unpopular war in Iraq
USA  decline  fall  Army  standards  morality  values  crime  war  policy  rogues  Bush  politics  power  bottomfeeding  shellgame  Iraq 
july 2007 by amaah
Conrad Black faces lengthy jail term
Long overdue comeuppance of a gremlin par excellence. The disgraced media mogul, Conrad Black, faces a lengthy stretch in an American jail after a court convicted him of looting millions of pounds through a fraudulent scheme to embezzle funds from shareho
Business  Journalism  England  USA  Rogues  neocons  parasites  fraud  grifters  gremlins  decline  fall  Canada  DailyTelegraph 
july 2007 by amaah
Tattered French African empire looks toward China
"Why are we still here? By naïveté, by nostalgia, no doubt, out of solidarity with Africans. I think we're here because we've always been here. Nowadays it is the Chinese who are coming, and I guess we'll see," Barateau said with a sigh.
France  Chad  Africa  China  GreatGame  policy  politics  history  culture  strategy  investment  empire  power  competition  corruption  decline  fall 
july 2007 by amaah
You ceased to be the President of the United States
Did so without the slightest concern that even the most detached of citizens must look at the chain of events and wonder: To what degree was Mr. Libby told: break the law however you wish — the President will keep you out of prison?
rogues  neocons  crime  bush  dubya  politics  usa  power  corruption  impunity  values  morality  decline  fall  gremlins  parasites  trickster  FallenAngels 
july 2007 by amaah
Obstruction of Justice, Continued
Bush's decision yesterday to commute Libby's prison sentence isn't just a matter of unequal justice. It is also a potentially self-serving and corrupt act. Was there a quid pro quo at work? Was Libby being repaid for falling on his sword and protecting hi
rogues  neocons  crime  bush  dubya  politics  usa  power  corruption  impunity  values  morality  decline  fall  gremlins  parasites  trickster  FallenAngels 
july 2007 by amaah
How can Blair possibly be given this job?
I suppose that astonishment is not the word for it. Stupefaction comes to mind. I simply could not believe my ears in Beirut when a phone call told me that Lord Blair of Kut al-Amara was going to create "Palestine". I checked the date - no, it was not 1 A
hubris  huhudious  USA  Bush  Dubya  Blair  England  policy  politics  strategy  hype  ego  neocons  rogues  establishment  inbreeding  bottomfeeding  groupthink  aristocracy  decline  fall  Israel  Palestine  MiddleEast  FallenAngels  strangebedfellows  rant  hatchetjob 
june 2007 by amaah
Analysis or stenography?
I noticed that In the 957 words that made up Helene Cooper's June 21 2007 article "U.S. Is Urging Blair to Be Lead Mideast Envoy", there was no mention of the phrase "Gordon Brown" nor indeed "next Prime Minister of Britain". Analysis or hubristic blather
hubris  USA  journalism  huhudious  Bush  Dubya  Blair  England  policy  politics  strategy  hype  rant  NewYorkTimes  ego  neocons  rogues  inbreeding  bottomfeeding  groupthink  aristocracy  decline  fall  FallenAngels  hatchetjob  toli 
june 2007 by amaah
America's tech moment of truth
ominous signs: Asia became the center for industrial manufacturing several years ago and is now making inroads into high-technology, cutting-edge manufacturing for things like chips "We're falling behind rather rapidly," Scalise said.
USA  decline  fall  technology  competition  economics  business  investment  trends  observation  globalization 
june 2007 by amaah

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