July292013

flavorpill:

Cheap politicking is a sort of coprophagic feedback loop, where newspapers and talk-show hosts feed the agenda of politicians, who feed it back to whichever media mouthpieces fit their particular agendas. In the end, it helps no one — we all end up eating shit, regardless of whether we’re Republican, Democrat or Monster Raving Loony Party.

One way or another, this loop has to be broken, otherwise all of America suffers — a divided, paralyzed legislature is good for precisely no one. Especially when we’re 13 years into a century that promises to be a whole lot more challenging for this country than the halcyon post-war years and the cultural and economic dominance that followed. If you believe its cultural mythology, America used to be good at getting stuff done. In its current state, it’s good at demagoguery and bewilderment.

Why Everyone — Liberal and Conservative — Should Root for the End of Rush Limbaugh

May272013
indypendenthistory:

In 1931 the rains stopped and the “black blizzards” began. Powerful dust storms carrying millions of tons of stinging, blinding black dirt swept across the Southern Plains—the panhandles of Texas and Oklahoma, western Kansas, and the eastern portions of Colorado and New Mexico. Topsoil that had taken a thousand years per inch to build suddenly blew away in only minutes. One journalist traveling through the devastated region dubbed it the “Dust Bowl.

indypendenthistory:

In 1931 the rains stopped and the “black blizzards” began. Powerful dust storms carrying millions of tons of stinging, blinding black dirt swept across the Southern Plains—the panhandles of Texas and Oklahoma, western Kansas, and the eastern portions of Colorado and New Mexico. Topsoil that had taken a thousand years per inch to build suddenly blew away in only minutes. One journalist traveling through the devastated region dubbed it the “Dust Bowl.

(via indypendenthistory)

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