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Zombie Politics and Other Late Modern Monstrosities in the Age of Disposability. Monsters of disaster are special kinds of divine warning.

Zombie Politics and Other Late Modern Monstrosities in the Age of Disposability

They are harbingers of things we do not want to face, of catastrophes, and we fear they will bring such events upon us by coming to us. - Jane Anna Gordon and Lewis R. Gordon[2] At present, Americans are fascinated by a particular kind of monstrosity, by vampires and zombies condemned to live an eternity by feeding off the souls of the living. Zombie Zeitgeist: Why Undead Corpses Are Dominating at the Box Office. October 8, 2009 | Like this article?

Zombie Zeitgeist: Why Undead Corpses Are Dominating at the Box Office

Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. What's with all the zombies lately? That could be a question about one of the hippest retro fads that pop culture has going these days. ‘Zombies’ protest privatization outside president’s office. A member of Students United against Sweatshops protests in the President’s office.

‘Zombies’ protest privatization outside president’s office

Giroux on the War on the Young. Giroux on the War on the Young by Dick Dunbar August 22, 2013 Review of Henry A.

Giroux on the War on the Young

Giroux, America's Education Deficit and the War on Youth, Monthly Review Press, 2013. Henry Giroux is a key figure in the critical pedagogy movement, editor of the Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies with his wife Susan Searls Giroux, and a prolific writer, speaker and public intellectual. Three-D Issue 21: Terminal Thinking: Corporate University and Creativity.

Jason LeeUniversity of Derby Through the use of cultural theory and popular culture, creative writing and recent higher education history, in this article I ask is it possible to actually think and be ‘innovative’ in a corporate university, and examine the current issues at stake in Higher Education through a personal lens.

Three-D Issue 21: Terminal Thinking: Corporate University and Creativity

In Lacanian terms ‘I think where I am not, therefore I am where I do not think’ (Eagleton 6). Kierkegaard claimed, ‘the particular cannot be thought’ (Eagleton 164). For Wittgensteinian, thought is caught in grammatical functions, or is merely a grammatical function. Spinoza, an influence on Wittgenstein, viewed thought as part of God. It is as if universities could and should remain outside the prevailing ideology. Globally, the commercialisation of education is often thought of as the hegemonic thrust, or absorption, from America. After yet another economic meltdown, ethics as a discipline is all the rage, and yet ethics in terms of the social agenda is negated. Despite Cuts, Kentucky Community College Head Gets Lucrative Deal. James McNair / Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting Enrollment at the Kentucky Community and Technical College System is down to its lowest level in five years, while tuition revenue and state funding are at eight-year lows.

Despite Cuts, Kentucky Community College Head Gets Lucrative Deal

Tuition is going up and spending cuts are well under way. “The colleges, especially over the past six years, have had to tighten their belts both on the personnel and operating expense side,” said KCTCS’ chief finance officer, Ken Walker. The Death of American Universities. As universities move towards a corporate business model, precarity is being imposed by force.

The Death of American Universities

Flickr / WorCehT The following is an edited transcript (prepared by Robin J. Sowards) of remarks given by Noam Chomsky last month to a gathering of members and allies of the Adjunct Faculty Association of the United Steelworkers in Pittsburgh, Penn. On hiring faculty off the tenure track. The Great American Bubble Machine. The first thing you need to know about Goldman Sachs is that it's everywhere.

The Great American Bubble Machine

The world's most powerful investment bank is a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money. In fact, the history of the recent financial crisis, which doubles as a history of the rapid decline and fall of the suddenly swindled dry American empire, reads like a Who's Who of Goldman Sachs graduates.

Wall Street's Big Win. Invasion of the Home Snatchers. The Feds vs. Goldman. 10 of the Nuttiest Statements Elected Officials Have Made in the Health Care Battle. November 6, 2009 | Even by the standards of our typically debased public discourse, one has to step back and marvel for a moment at the sheer, unmitigated craziness the debate over health care reform has elicited from the right wing.

10 of the Nuttiest Statements Elected Officials Have Made in the Health Care Battle

It hasn't been the usual conservative boilerplate -- blather about "tort reform" or dubious "analyses" predicting the latest proposal would break the budget and blow up the national debt. We've been treated to some truly extreme, and sometimes bizarre, arguments about American health care and even lied to about what the proposed health reform bills contained. 'You Can't Govern if You Don't Believe in Government' In a May 25, 2001 interview, Grover Norquist told National Public Radio's Mara Liasson, "I don't want to abolish government.

'You Can't Govern if You Don't Believe in Government'

I simply want to reduce it to the size where I can drag it into the bathroom and drown it in the bathtub. " Norquist got his wish. Democracy - and at least several thousand people, most of them Democrats, black, and poor - drowned last week in the basin of New Orleans. The Uninsured: A Primer – Key Facts about Health Insurance on the Eve of Coverage Expansions. In 2012, over 47 million nonelderly Americans were uninsured. Nearly all of the elderly are insured by Medicare, yet nearly 640,000 of the elderly were uninsured in 2012. A majority of the nonelderly receive their health insurance as a job benefit, but not everyone has access to or can afford this type of coverage. Few people can afford to purchase coverage on their own through the non-group market.

Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) fill in gaps in the availability of coverage for millions of people, in particular, children. Media should opt out of forwarding Lieberman's dubious public option claims. Media outlets continue to uncritically report Sen. Joe Lieberman's (I-CT) statement that he will oppose cloture for the Senate health care reform bill because he believes the opt-out public option provision Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has said will be included in the bill would increase the national debt and burden the taxpayers. However, while Reid's bill has not yet been released, every proposed bill with a public option thus far has required that those who enroll in the plan cover its costs through premiums, rather than have the plans be paid for through federal revenues.

Wall Street's Bailout Hustle. REPORT: "Fair and balanced" Fox News aggressively promotes "tea party" protests. Despite its repeated insistence that its coverage is "fair and balanced" and its invitation to viewers to "say 'no' to biased media," Fox News has frequently aired segments encouraging viewers to get involved with "tea party" protests across the country, which the channel has described as primarily a response to President Obama's fiscal policies. Media Matters has compiled an analysis of Fox News' promotion of these events. Despite its repeated insistence that its coverage is "fair and balanced" and its invitation to viewers to "say 'no' to biased media," in recent weeks, Fox News has frequently aired segments encouraging viewers to get involved with "tea party" protests across the country, which the channel has often described as primarily a response to President Obama's fiscal policies.

Specifically, Fox News has in dozens of instances provided attendance and organizing information for future protests, such as protest dates, locations and website URLs. E-mail 'analysis' of health bill needs a check-up. By Angie Drobnic Holan Published on Thursday, July 30th, 2009 at 5:08 p.m. It may be the longest chain e-mail we've ever received. A page-by-page analysis of the House health care bill argues that reform will end the health care system as we know it: "Page 29: Admission: your health care will be rationed!

... Page 42: The 'Health Choices Commissioner' will decide health benefits for you. Parties, Causes and Political Power. This article is from Issue 55 of Soundings. By the time the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill was published in summer 2013 it had become little more than a brutal attempt to shut down civil society influence on electoral politics. Any work in the public domain that could be seen to address matters of public policy would be covered by far stricter rules than previously; but corporate lobbying would be virtually untouched. And although there will be some adjustments to the Bill before it finally becomes law, it will undoubtedly retain its character as a strategic move by government to place a firewall around the establishment’s monopoly on political authority.

This attempt to constrain non-party campaigning groups also represents a tacit admission by politicians that much political legitimacy lies outside the party system. The Bill can be understood as a response by political parties to an existential threat. A revulsion against power. New York Times Uncovers Conservative Attacks, Then Prints One: All on Front Page. Truthout doesn’t take corporate funding - that’s how we’re able to confront the forces of greed and regression, with no strings attached.

Dead among the Living: Zombie Politics in the Age of Casino Capitalism. Zombie values find expression in an aesthetic that is aired daily in the mainstream media, a visual landscape filled with the spectacle of destruction and decay wrought by human parasites in the form of abandoned houses, cars, gutted cities and trashed businesses.— Henry Giroux Zombie culture hates big government, a euphemism for the social state, but loves big corporations and is infatuated with the ideology that, in zombieland, unregulated banks, insurance companies, and other megacorporations should make major decisions not only about governing society but also about who is privileged and who is disposable, who should live and who should die.— Giroux The storms have been gathering for a few years now, and in one tidal wave centuries-old institutions, traditions, and values are being leveled out of existence, washed over by the roaring seas of neoliberalism.

#6. Rep. Virginia Foxx: 'There Are No Americans Who Don’t Have Health Care. Virginia Foxx: Health care reform worse than terrorism. Bachmann: We Have to ‘Slit Our Wrists, Be Blood Brothers’ Against Health Care Reform. Bachmann: ‘Slit our wrists, be blood brothers’ to beat health care reform. GOP senator warns of ‘minor revolution’ over health care. Sen. Misleading GOP Health Care Claims. Republicans in Washington seem to be shifting into overdrive to keep a health system overhaul from passing Congress before the August recess. Yesterday, July 22, brought two more deceptive assaults (that we know of) on the pending bills, one from Minority Whip Eric Cantor and the other from the top GOP member of the House Immigration Subcommittee, Steve King of Iowa. We Ration. We Ration. We Ration. We Ration. Barack Obama health plan: British experts defend NHS against US Right-wing attacks.

10 Myths About Canadian Health Care, Busted. February 5, 2008 | Mythbusting Canadian Health Care, Part II: Debunking the Free Marketeers. Thousands Line Up for Promise of Free Health Care. The Most Outrageous U.S. Lies About Global Healthcare. GOP warns of 'explosion' if Dems use reconciliation to force health reform. GOP's John Boehner warns of health-care rationing. Rep. King: Health Care Reform "Not A Major Issue" For Americans. Limbaugh's Lies Sabotage the Health Reform Debate. Right-Wingers Are Stirring Up Xenophobia to Swiftboat Health Reform. Legal experts debunk conservative media's claim that health reform proposals are unconstitutional. Legal experts debunk conservative media's claim that health reform proposals are unconstitutional. Pawlenty May Invoke The 10th Amendment To Block Minnesotans From Receiving Federal Health Care. Pawlenty Backs Away From Tenther Claims: 'I Wouldn't Go So Far As To Say It's A Legal Issue.

Update II: GOP senators plan move to stop health care reform in Georgia. Rally 'Round the "True Constitution" Howard Dean: The Media's Treatment of Palin's Outrageous "Death Panel" Claims. Health care's six money-wasting problems - Aug. 10, 2009. Jon Stewart Vs. Town Hall Crazies. False ‘Death Panel’ Rumor Has Some Familiar Roots. Media conservatives try to resurrect "death panel" myth. White House Insists It Didn't Give Away The Store To Big Pharma. "Death panel" architect a pro-life Republican from Georgia? Pelosi: GOP Frightened Of Health Care Reform's Political Power. Poll: Public wants Congress to keep working on health care. On Healthcare, Americans Trust Obama More Than Congress. Majority of Democrats, Republicans, Don't Understand Obama Health Care Proposal. Marketing Has Eye on Kids' Tastes for Food, 'Net.

FDA Scrutinizes Food Labels, Cereals, Smart Choices Program Could be Misleading. Soda Tax: Coca-Cola CEO Argues Lack of Exercise, Not Soda, Is to Blame for Obesity. Study: Least Healthy Cereals Most Marketed to Children. Heart Association Wants You To Cut Out Most Sugar. 'King Corn': Is Corn Making You Fat? Are Danger Foods for Real? Are Food Dyes Fueling Kids' Hyperactivity? Cancer Debate Fails to Sour Artificial Sweetener Aspartame. 10 Healthy Foods You've Never Tried. Additives, Allergies and ADHD: Is There A Connection? Fact Sheet: Learn About the Recent Introduction of Genetically Engineered Foods. Statement From the Frito-Lay Company. Statement From the Coca-Cola Company. Health News & Articles. A first: 1 in 100 Americans jailed - Crime & courts. Sentenced to Life Without Parole at 17 for Killing Abusive Pimp, Sara Kruzan May See Freedom.