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Humor and Hypocrisy from the World of Politics

Alright Republicans, We Give Up. (From the diaries -- kos) Dear Republicans, Over the past week, we have seen your passionate protests and heard your concerns about Democratic proposals for health care reform. We have considered your insightful and well reasoned arguments, and on behalf of progressives everywhere, I am here to say: OK! In accordance with your cogent and potent criticisms, these are the terms of our concession: We will not euthanize your grandmother. ... yep, we did. We will not allow the government to have direct access to your bank account. With these concessions having been made, I trust that we can now move forward on health care reform with a broad, bipartisan consensus. Congratulations, Republicans.

zunguzungu I Don't Even Want To Be Alive Anymore | The Onion - America's Finest News Source I know there are a lot of people out there who are upset about some of the things I've been saying on my radio program lately. My comments about the situation in Haiti have hurt and angered many Americans who genuinely care about the plight of the Haitian people, and that hurt and anger will likely never go away. Many of you are probably wondering, "What would compel a human being to say things like that?" Well, here's your answer: I am a very bad person. And, to tell you the truth, I don't really want to be alive anymore. Try to look at it from my point of view. I don't enjoy that stuff. The irony is that, even if I did die, the hell I would surely be sent to could not possibly be any worse than the bottomless pool of excrement I already paddle around in like some demented, shit-covered walrus. What the fuck is wrong with me? I live in constant terror and that terror informs my every word, thought, and action. What I should really do is just commit suicide. But what can I say?

Fragments actuels Marvel Comics Apologizes for Offending Tea Partiers in 'Captain America' Story -- Politics Daily Washington Reporter Marvel Comics' "Captain America" -- about a superpatriot who fought Nazis in World War II and chased flag burners during the Vietnam War -- is one of the longest-running, best-loved comics in American history. But, Marvel recently apologized for having a story align too closely to the politics of the moment, Yahoo News reports. While infiltrating a right-wing, anti-government militia group known as the "Watchdogs," Captain America encounters mobs of what appear to be Tea Party protesters. In one scene, Captain America and his African-American sidekick, The Falcon, observe an anti-tax protest from a rooftop, which features a gathering of mostly white faces carrying signs with slogans like "Stop the Socialists!" Responding to the outrage that ensued, Marvel editor Joe Quesada said he could "absolutely see how some people are upset about this," but said there was "zero discussion to include a group that looked like a Tea Party demonstration.

 LiquidFeedback – Interactive Democracy Observatoire des inégalités 197,3 millions de personnes étaient au chômage dans le monde en 2010, soit 6,1 % de la population mondiale contre 5,6 % en 2008, selon un rapport du Bureau international du travail (lire en ligne ). Le nombre de personnes sans emploi a augmenté de plus de 20 millions depuis le début de la crise économique et financière. Les pays riches paient le plus lourd tribu : le taux de chômage dans les pays développés atteignait 8,8 % en 2010, contre 6,1 % en 2008. Il reste cependant moins élevé en 2010 dans ces pays qu’au Moyen Orient (9,9 %) et en Afrique du Nord (9,6 %). En Afrique subsaharienne, le taux de chômage est plus faible que dans les pays développés et est resté stable malgré la crise (un peu plus de 8 % de la population active). La hausse importante du chômage dans les pays développés concerne principalement les jeunes : entre 2008 et 2010, le taux des 15-24 ans est passé de 13,3 % à 18,1 %. 6,5 % des femmes sont au chômage contre 5,8 % des hommes en 2010.

Qu'est-ce que le travail ? | Les dossiers Un entretien lumineux et profond avec le philosophe André GORZ (1923-2007) sur l'emploi, le temps libre, et plus encore. Indispensable ! Au sens anthropologique, on appelle habituellement «travail» l’activité par laquelle les humains façonnent et transforment leur milieu de vie. C’est d’abord la malédiction biblique : le monde n’est pas naturellement propice à la survie des humains, il n’est pas «un jardin planté pour eux», disait Hegel. La vie humaine est «improbable», écrivait Sartre, elle rencontre cette improbabilité comme un ensemble d’adversités, de maladies, de raretés. Au sens philosophique, le concept de «travail» englobe les dimensions multiples de l’activité humaine. Après le ponos, il y a la poiesis : le travail de l’artisan, de l’artiste, du «producteur». Enfin, il y a le travail comme praxis, que Hannah Arendt appelle «l’agir» (Handeln). Il peut sans doute y avoir des chevauchements et des interpénétrations entre ces dimensions de l’activité humaine. La peur du vide

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