Wednesday, September 12, 2007

down and out...

Feeling less than stellar lately. Not terribly motivated, both on and off of the bike. A month plus of travel and no regular exercise really has me feeling fat and slow. Coupled with some stressful shit at home and work, I'm just having trouble getting motivated.

Usually the bike is my tool to vent frustration, but getting schooled hardcore at cross practice, at the fat-cave, and at grass track is really just driving me further into the ground. Now I may have to go to fucking Taiwan again in the middle of cross season. Racing Bs? What was I thinking.

All I can say is I hope I pull out of this downward spiral and get my shit together. This is not me, and I'm sick of feeling shitty.

On to not whining: I wanted to mention something I heard on NPR. I have been a regular listener in the past, but lately it's been more like NP-WAR - all Iraq all the time. BORRRING. Anyone with half a brain knows everything about that war has been fucked from the start. Rambling on and on about it on NPR is like Jerry Falwell preaching to a busload of choir girls. So now I just check in periodically to see what they are talking about.

This was a nice segment: Robert Reich speaks to the conflict that Americans at large cope with: we want cheap shit, but we're unwilling to pay the social costs. His take on things is pretty pragmatic, logical, and I think he's got a message from which the general public could benefit. Sadly it's NPR and that'll never happen. I ripped this off of about his latest book:
In this compelling and important analysis of the triumph of capitalism and the decline of democracy, former labor secretary Reich urges us to rebalance the roles of business and government. Power, he writes, has shifted away from us in our capacities as citizens and toward us as consumers and investors. While praising the spread of global capitalism, he laments that supercapitalism has brought with it alienation from politics and community. The solution: to separate capitalism from democracy, and guard the border between them. Plainspoken and forceful, if somewhat repetitious, the book urges new and strengthened laws and regulations to restore authority to the citizens in us. Reich's proposals are anything but knee-jerk liberal: he calls for abolishing the corporate income tax and labels the corporate social responsibility movement distracting and even counterproductive. As in 2004's Reason, Reich exhibits perhaps too much confidence in Americans' ability to think and act in their own best interests. But he refuses to shift blame for corporations' dominance to the usual suspects, instead pointing a finger at consumers like you and me who want better deals, and from investors like us who want better returns, he writes. Provocatively argued, this book could help begin a necessary national conversation.
Sorry to bore you.

Go see Superbad. Listen to Harvey Danger. Peace, grease, and sleaze.


Silas said...

You know what makes me feel better, reading Harry Burger write about conquering his social problems:


lightbringer42 said...

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