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Dear 1%: Here's a quick vocabulary lesson for you:



1. an organism that lives on or in an organism of another species, known as the host, from the body of which it obtains nutriment.
2. a person who receives support, advantage, or the like, from another or others without giving any useful or proper return, as one who lives on the hospitality of others.
3. (in ancient Greece) a person who received free meals in return for amusing or impudent conversation, flattering remarks, etc.

I'm just sayin'.


USA's new show "Sirens":

Gave it a try -- for five minutes. A definite

Hunger A 'Silent Crisis' in the USA


You must hear this!

A little something from Woody Guthrie:

"Inside Job" and " Capitalism: A Love Story": A Perfect Double Feature

That is all.

Attention ladies! Check out the latest GQ cover!

An excellent review of "Inside Job "

It's still one of the most lucid documentaries about a complex topic I have ever seen. DVD Verdict reviewer Roy Hrab, gives director Charles Ferguson kudos for that; but as an economist, he also points out a flaw that the rest of us probably find hard to see through the steam coming out of our ears: The banksters and Wall Street assholes are not the only ones at fault here. Yes, it's true they belong in jail, and yes, it's disgusting that they are not. But it's also true that corrupt politicians have not done their jobs and reined them in. They also deserve our ire, but Ferguson does not give them enough attention.

Then Hrab brings up and issue that gets far too little attention when the housing bubble is talked about, and a very sensitive one: The homebuyers themselves. Did they really have to let themselves get taken in by these slick con artists? Hrab tries not condemn them, but I have to admit I remember seeing signs back then for mortgages with no money down and hearing about people in low-paying jobs buying $300,000 homes and thinking it was odd. I guess some of them thought they could beat the housing market. True, they were unaware of the machinations going on in the background (CDOs and the the like). It is also true that the housing bubble was not the only thing going on that caused the collapse. But suppose the ordinary home buyer had said, "I work a low-wage job and you want me to buy a $300,000 house? Are you insane?" At least said ordinary home buyer could have saved himself.

Here's Roy Hrab's review:


Kitteh from Brazil knows how to answer the phone!

Wonder if he can take a message too.

The Indianapolis Blackstockings

A fascinating story from NUVO about the first black baseball team in Indiana in the late 1800s.


Funniest cat pic you'll see today. Guaranteed.

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