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Have recently started subscribing to Bill Moyers Podcast via iTunes. Perfect hour for my usual 3 1/2 mile walk.  Heard a very interesting conversation with James Galbraith (son of John Kenneth Galbraith) on our current economic crisis.

Galbraith argues that modern America has fallen prey to a wealthy, government-controlling “predatory class”:

Today, the signature of modern American capitalism is neither benign competition, nor class struggle, nor an inclusive middle-class utopia. Instead, predation has become the dominant feature — a system wherein the rich have come to feast on decaying systems built for the middle class. The predatory class is not the whole of the wealthy; it may be opposed by many others of similar wealth. But it is the defining feature, the leading force. And its agents are in full control of the government under which we live

Don’t stop there though as Moyers follows up with an interview with Mark Johnson and his ambitious Playing for Change:Peace through Music project. Some great music there. Moyers is easy to listen to – worth subscribing to.

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I got a kick out of this post from Violent Acres . Working daily with the public, I can identify. You might be taken aback a bit by the language (doubtful in today’s world, of course), but in this case, the customer who deems themselves as “always right” deserves a few choice words, me thinks.

The phrase ‘The Customer is Always Right’ is the single worst philosophy that has ever been adopted by American culture. It gave an entire generation of people the green light to be as impolite, unreasonable, and demanding as their little hearts desired because they were always going to be considered right. It destroyed the entire concept of courtesy and rendered manners obsolete. People began to treat their peers in the service industry like incompetent morons, lacking in feelings or human dignity, who deserved to be browbeaten and abused for no other reason than they had the audacity to run out of a particular brand of coffee. Furthermore, instead of suffering negative repercussions for their appallingly disrespectful behavior, they are awarded with free coupons and plenty of ass kissing. In reality, they should be shunned and humiliated for behaving like such self absorbed little children.

Read the rest of the article – especially if you are one of those “demanding” jerks.

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Jobs and eyesight

Well, it’s been over 2 months since I’ve posted something, so thought I’d better let folks know I’m alive. Been trying to hunt down a decent job without any great success over the past few months. Working at a bookstore seasonally and may continue further past the seasonal work, but no place to get rich, that’s for sure.

Also trying to get used to some new progressive lenses – gads – the mid distance and far distance aren’t bad, but the close up reading sucks. I get a width of about 3-4 words and everything on both sides of that is blurry. Looking out of the corner of the idea to read the rest of the line doesn’t work – talk about slowing down one’s reading! yikes! Anybody have any thoughts on this, I’m all ears. 🙂

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