…no, no, enough! not un oeuf…

…it just keeps coming, the drivel…

Random ruminations…

The NYT does it again. At Rio’s Beaches, Kicks Go Over the Net. The nugget,

Futevolei is a Brazilian version of volleyball in which players use any move that would be legal in soccer to get the ball back over the net. A soft touch and powerful legs are critical.

Now, what if we were to tell these latter day neo-Columbuses that the head also features, not the hands nor the feet, using the same net. Then again these folk must keep ‘discovering’ the long existing; and for that the world being ‘discovered’ must be ever grateful. The prerogative of the exceptionalists is noted, neither respected nor feared.

And we have that pet peeve, Fifa and Brazil are failing threatened armadillo, say conservationists. ‘Armadillo’ harks back to the colonial times. The word of yesteryear, used even today, by still many of us, tatú. Otherwise, The Guardian commendably treats with a critical environmental issue. Another possible headline, ‘The tatú is as endangered as the indigenous people (The First Nations)’ – but guaranteed to attract far fewer readers? And as we know, these innocent creatures had also headed north from their South American habitat to a tragic fate – but for these migrants,  roadkill in US states as Texas.

And the one that puts the ‘endangered’ US citizens and their social and economic fate ‘front and centre’ in the matter’, is an article in the FT (paywall after a few ‘reads’) by Larry Summers. Another cruel hoax? Yet again? As any can learn in even Wikipedia about Summers, where we get this excerpt on the Exceptional Economist of the 1%,

…Summers rejoined public service during the Obama administration, serving as the Director of the White House United States National Economic Council for President Barack Obama from January 2009 until November 2010, where he emerged as a key economic decision-maker in the Obama administration’s response to the Great Recession. After his departure from the NEC in December 2010, Summers has worked in the private sector and as a columnist in major newspapers…

 [bold added for emphasis]

His role as protector of the 1% at the expense of the plebs has been amply documented, also with the US tv show, Frontline with its video evidence. So what profound wisdom does the Knight in Shining Armour for the 1% have to impart to the great unwashed? Says The Great One, The rich have advantages that money cannot buy. Couple excerpts,

So in judging policies relating to inequality, the criterion should be what their impact will be on the middle class and the poor.

 [snip]

These observations on health and the ability to provide opportunity for children suggest that the differences between the rich and everyone else are not only about money but about things that are even more fundamental: health and opportunity.

So then, we have the Exceptionalist Economist who had been in key policy-making positions in the US government for decades, and who catered then exclusively to the oligarchs is today diagnosing problems in the US society and economy, and now has the audacity to propose solutions for the struggling US middle class and the poor? And the response of the majority of this continually abused, seemingly masochistic US citizenry?

…a very open secret: as just one example, in 2009 Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett published their The Spirit Level, most of which had treated with inequality and social, health and related issues – primarily in the US and the UK, with several other nations for comparison…

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