i want it all for free, halftone lemon, the tragedy of lady douthat

I want something. I want it to operate perfectly. To be reliable, but I do not want to pay for it and do not care that my contrariness will have implications for other citizens or future generations. Saving U.S. Water and Sewer Systems Would Be Costly

Such questions are becoming common across the nation as water and sewer systems break down. Today, a significant water line bursts on average every two minutes somewhere in the country, according to a New York Times analysis of Environmental Protection Agency data.

In Washington alone there is a pipe break every day, on average, and this weekend’s intense rains overwhelmed the city’s system, causing untreated sewage to flow into the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers.

[  ]…For decades, these systems — some built around the time of the Civil War — have been ignored by politicians and residents accustomed to paying almost nothing for water delivery and sewage removal.

[   ]…“I don’t care why these pipes aren’t working!” one of the residents yelled. “I pay $60 a month for water! I just want my toilet to flush! Why do I need to know how it works?” ( a resident’s reply to a suggested rate increase to upgrade the water and sewerage system)

[  ]…“This rate hike is outrageous,” said Jim Graham, a member of the city council. “Subway systems need repairs, and so do roads, but you don’t see fares or tolls skyrocketing. Providing inexpensive, reliable water is a fundamental obligation of government. If they can’t do that, they need to reform themselves, instead of just charging more.

The citizen and councilman’s recipes for a fix are of the eye of newt and leg of frog variety. Magic, hopes and a proper spell by a certified coven will remedy the situation. Did these people get their civic textbooks via the Texas Board of Education.

halftone lemon

A snip from New York Times columnist Ross Douthat on the artistic interpretations of war ,

Our nation might be less divided, and our debates less poisonous, if more artists were capable of showing us the ironies, ambiguities and tragedies inherent in our politics — rather than comforting us with portraits of a world divided cleanly into good and evil.

Warning for saner readers you might need to take shower after reading this part,

The narrative of the Iraq invasion, properly told, resembles a story out of Shakespeare. You had a nation reeling from a terrorist attack and hungry for a response that would be righteous, bold and comprehensive.

Was there a Shakespeare play where the French attack the coast of England and the English attack Holland in retaliation. Is that the tragedy to which poor Ross alludes. Daniel Larison replies to Douthat,

Yes, the problem might be that we do not have artists capable of rendering contemporary architects of a war of aggression that was based on shoddy intelligence, ideological fervor and deceit in a sufficiently subtle, even-handed manner. If only Hollywood were better at portraying the depth and complexity of people who unleashed hell on a nation of 24 million people out of an absurd fear of a non-existent threat! Life is so unfair to warmongers, is it not?

I do not agree with Larison word for word but the whole column is worth clicking over for. I love the guy in comments who compares Bill Clinton’s lies about getting a hummer to George Bush’s lies about Iraq – the one lead to the other. If only I could start giving out awards for fabulous false equivalencies. Hey, the next time Bill Clinton’s penis explodes and kills over  four thousand people and maims or wounds another twenty thousand get back to me.

look for the old lantern

Has anyone seen Sarah Palin’s integrity. It was last seen wandering in shady cove off Delusional Highway, Palin resurrects bogus ‘death panels’ and ‘rationing’ claims

Australia – to be known forever as the land that gave us Rupert and the painful Murdoching of the world’s news has discovered that much of the news is corporate spin, Over half your news is spin

Hard questions, because this is what came out in the wash: after analysing a five-day working week in the media, across 10 hard-copy papers, ACIJ and Crikey found that nearly 55% of stories analysed were driven by some form of public relations. The Daily Telegraph came out on top of the league ladder with 70% of stories analysed triggered by public relations.

Murdoch bought the tabloid The Daily Telegraph in 1972. In the U.S. Murdoch currently owns the Fox Propaganda Channel and DirecTV, among other news outlets.

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