July 12, 2008

Adventure and Hilarity

I'm going to be traveling almost continuously from now until August 4th. It'll be a thing, hopefully fun. I may post some from Netroots Nation and expect I'll probably be back, but I'm considering an open-ended sabbatical from online politics and don't plan to announce anything more about it (I know, you were just hanging on this news, anyway.) It's just not clear to me what my goals are in all this anymore. Even if blogs don't suck, they're a medium with structural constraints that have become more apparent over time. Fwiw.

Anyway, in the meantime, Chairman Markey of the House Global Warming Committee has a few choice words for the White House 'editing' of this year's report on global warming. Also, some guy named Tom Slee is taking techno-utopians and free market fundamentalists to task for their blinkered approach to environmental concerns, and rescues stories like "that there are 7-level residential high rises in Yemen made from mud-brick that have lasted for 500 years".

Update: Oh yes, and there are terrifying immigration raids being made all over the place. Here's an eyewitness report, and here, indications of what might be a larger trend of immigrants returning home because they no longer feel welcome and the economy is terrible.

Though I'd always thought, it being America and all, that it was sort of cool that people from all over wanted to come here. Wasn't that the reason we went on and on with this 'greatest country' stuff, because the myth was that everybody and their family, once upon a time, dreamed of moving here? No more, no more. No more of you. No immigrants, please, we're American.

But we should update the statue, you know? I'm a firm advocate of truth in advertising ... "Keep now your tired, your poor, those tacky thieves who want to steal our jobs, the boat-building waders to our shore. Keep these, your homeless, all your filthy refugees, I've cut the ladder to the golden door!"

Posted by natasha at July 12, 2008 12:37 PM | Random Mumblings | Technorati links |

I especially like the fact that the immigration raids are specifically designed to raise the cash (via monetary penalties) on the employers so that the DHS can keep adding more to their enforcement arm. Just like our prisons, this is a method of increasing how much we pay for security -- $5 billion budget in 2007 and 16,500 employees in 2007. Now that they've proved they can conduct massive raids and get 100% conviction rates from a fool-proof fast-track technique, it's guaranteed to just become larger. All on the backs of some frightened, poor workers who are trying to support their families in horrific, hellish sweatshops.

What a wonderful country we've become.

Posted by: Mary at July 13, 2008 01:50 PM

Hope you come back to this eventually, Natasha. I don't often comment, but you often post thoughtful links here.

Think how much safer we'll be when all those people go back home, though, Mary. Then we'll be able to work in those hellish conditions, thanks to the courts having largely stripped us of any protections for being whistleblowers.

Posted by: Cujo359 at July 13, 2008 06:30 PM

"we march, we rest,
and march again..."

Posted by: Huskarl at July 13, 2008 11:01 PM

Even if blogs don't suck, they're a medium with structural constraints that have become more apparent over time. Fwiw.

Blogs suffer from fewer structural constraints whole lot less than other mediums out there. The only thing keeping traffic down is blog readers' reading habits. Having said that, and in spite of Appell's rant, there has been a tendency to neglect the local and go global. I've been thinking about that for some time and consciously spending more time at local politics blogs. I think this trend will only increase after the election, for many people and for obvious reasons, assuming the election goes as well as we all hope. All politics is local.

Posted by: LWM at July 14, 2008 03:17 PM

I hope you come back too since I like your blog and read it often. I understand about wanting an internet break, though. Its good to get out of the web and into reality now and again.

Posted by: Diane at July 16, 2008 01:57 PM

Well, dammit, I just got here!

At any rate, thanks for your lovely recommendation back in February, Natasha, and we in the M.O.B. mob hope to see you swinging by the joint again soon.

(you never know when we'll have fresh republicunt on the barbeque...)

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