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India Menuez: This Is What Amy Looked Liked

I just wasted ten bucks on this film, Something in the Air / Apres Mai, that The New Yorker’s Richard Brody rightfully trashed…

which can be found here:


Here are some choice qoutes, and by the way, I want my money back. I only read this review after seeing the movie and all of the other reviews seemingly liked the movie. I and Mr. Brody HATED it. Here are some choice qoutes:

In lieu of original creative energy, it offers a complacent sincerity peopled with dewy, modelish youths and adorned with markers of a political, literary, and artistic culture that it doesn’t explore or examine or transform at all but, rather, displays as part of a living museum of a storied time.

Its brief political citations from classic works representative of the era’s prominent ideologies set up simplistic lines of conflict and make big choices appear all too easy in retrospect; the movie is bathed in nostalgia, which it fuels by way of the intellectual equivalent of product placement.

Instead, the movie appears as a living example of the cherished-project theory: namely, that the dearer a planned movie is to a filmmaker, the closer the subject is to a filmmaker’s heart, the longer the filmmaker has nourished the dream of making it, the more likely it is that the filmmaker will be unable to approach the material with the necessary ruthlessness and will lapse into self-satisfaction and even self-parody.


In any event, in respect to this blog post’s title and after seeing the above movie, I found an actress who reminded me of Amy.

This is what Amy looked like:

New Peaks Will Rise

New Peaks Will Rise

We Can’t ‘GO’ It Alone, or

“Yes we can!”

(crowd applause)

Not in response to court orders

but in response to Keeping up with the pace of business

and maintaining an acceptable

l e v e l

of (mis)understandable nonsense (which is what it all is)

in the form of fictitious financial capital

as valuable as Hasbro’s monopoly money


a recent independent study found an existing anti-reality vaccine

given in a course of three shots

may be effective in only two-

with help from the Human Trials Transformation Initiative

the initiator can turn into the verifier and assure mutual destruction

by holding fast to strong beliefs in neoliberalism


We Can’t ‘GO’ It Alone, or

“Yes we can!”

and don’t worry, fair market competition

will not exist (crowd applause)

Above the ridge new peaks will rise

redundancy is resilience

which ensures system availability

 in the event of inevitably failed

meritocratic markers and markets, and

accelerating precarity 


We Can’t ‘GO’ It Alone, or

“Yes we can!”

“Yes we can!”

“Yes we can!”

(crowd applause)

To the neoliberals of the world who show no regard for human life…

Cognitive Democracy
Henry Farrell (George Washington University)
Cosma Rohilla Shalizi (Carnegie-Mellon/The Santa Fe Institute)

“But the economical advantages of commerce are surpassed in importance by those of its effects which are intellectual and moral. It is hardly possible to overrate the value, in the present low state of human improvement, of placing human beings in contact with persons dissimilar to themselves, and with modes of thought and action unlike those with which they are familiar. Commerce is now what war once was, the principal source of this contact.

However, such contact is largely incidental—- people engage in market activities to buy or to sell to best advantage, not to learn. As markets become purer, in both the Hayekian and neo-classical senses, they produce ever less of the contact between different modes of life that Mill regards as salutary. The resurgence of globalization; the creation of an Internet where people who will only ever know each other by their account names buy and sell from each other; the replacement of local understandings with global standards; all these provide enormous efficiency gains and allow information about supply and demand to flow more smoothly. Yet each of them undermines the Millian benefits of commerce, by making it less likely that individuals with different points of view will have those perspectives directly exposed to each other. More tentatively, markets may themselves have a homogenizing impact on differences between individuals and across societies, again reducing diversity. As Albert Hirschman shows, there is a rich, if not unambiguous, literature on the global consequences of market society. Sociologists such as John Meyer and his colleagues find evidence of increased cultural and social convergence across different national contexts, as a result of exposure to common market and political forces.

In addition, it is unclear whether markets in general reduce power inequalities or reinforce them in modern democracies. It is almost certainly true that the spread of markets helped undermine some historical forms of hierarchy, such as feudalism (Marx). It is not clear that they continue to do so in modern democracies. On the one hand, free market participation provides individuals with some ability (presuming equal market access, etc.) to break away from abusive relationships. On the other, markets provide greater voice and choice to those with more money; if money talks in politics, it shouts across the agora. Nor are these effects limited to the marketplace. The market facilitates and fosters asymmetries of wealth which in turn may be directly or indirectly translated into asymmetries of political influence (Lindblom). Untrammeled markets are associated with gross income inequalities, which in turn infects politics with a variety of pathologies. This suggests that markets fail in the broader task of exposing individuals’ differing perspectives to each to each other. Furthermore, markets are at best indifferent levelers of unequal power relations.”

Occupy Everything: For We Won’t Pay for Your Crisis

OCCUPY EVERYTHING. That’s what a woman said while giving a speech to a crowd standing in Washington Square park in NYC. The crowd assembled there for the first time last weekend to hold a General Assembly and to possibly set up another encampment. I was there. Zuccotti  Park, the sight of the original encampment, had become overcrowded and they needed new space.

Its been a week since then and Occupy Wall Street is beginning to branch out into other parts of the city. Smaller Occupy Wall Street Solidarity encampments  have also been set up in cities and towns across the nation…

All I Want for Christmas is the Death of Neoliberalism

Its hard to say what other encampments are like; I can only speak for NYC and Philadelphia as they are they only ones I’ve visited and participated in…

NYC is focused and uncompromising and they keep bringing to light NEOLIBERALISM and ECONOMIC INEQUALITY time and again and I can’t do anything other than offer support. You can’t hit the nail on the head any more squarely.  This country suffers from cultural hegemony rooted in neoliberlism which results in ridiculously staggering economic inequality which is then used as leverage by the powerful few to write the rules to ensure that the current social, economic, and political relations are reproduced in their favor.

In some ways, I think Occupy Philadelphia is rooted in the same beliefs and goals as the Occupy Wall Street movement but at the same time it wants to assert its own identity.

What’s in a Name?  Liberal, Left Out

The funny and telling thing about these occupation movements are their avoidance of the terms “Left” or “Liberal”. Because that’s essentially what this is all about. The values being promoted by these movements are essentially rooted in Liberal thought and none of them are particularly new. In this country, the Right has been so strong in dominating the national discourse, especially through the Reagan 80’s and the 90’s cultural wars, that to have anything to do with being Left or Liberal became a liability that few wanted to possess. This movement marks the first time in a long time that Left / Liberal values are being promoted forcefully and unabashedly-even if those terms are not being used.

Again, Always Historize or Don’t

They last thing I wanted to point out was the Media’s ahistorical account of Occupy Wall Street and this past Saturday’s, 15 Oct 2011, global day of action. In short, the media keeps presenting Occupy Wall Street as a precursor to similar Occupation and Protest actions taking place around the world, in Europe and the Middle East particularly. FOR THE RECORD, the reverse is true. Occupy Wall Street was influenced by events outside of the United States. Europe and the Middle East felt pain from and responded to the tyrannical global economic system first. The tactics (occupations), targets (financial capital), effects (precariousness, lifetime student loan debt entrapment), etc… were all used and highlighted outside of the United States before they migrated here. Between Philadelphia and NYC, I’ve heard many protesters themselves make the claim that the Occupy Wall Street movement was spreading overseas. Wake up people.  Gain a broader view of this picture- its needed in order for this movement to have any success.