Saturday: Beyonce, Bridesmaids, and Big Business

Morning, news junkies…hope you are off to a nice, relaxing Memorial Day weekend. I’m going to keep my two cents brief this Saturday, so grab a cup of whatever and let’s go!

Is Beyonce’s New Video Feminist?

I saw this item on AlterNet the other day and found the discussion in the comments interesting. I have to say, the author of the article itself didn’t put forward very compelling arguments for her stiletto feminism (and I love my purple suede stilettos), but her piece did alert me to NineteenPercent’s response to Beyonce’s “Run the World (Girls),” which I recommend checking out.

What ‘Bridesmaids’ Can Tell Us about Small Businesses and the Recession

New Deal 2.0’s Mike Konczal uses Kristin Wiig’s storyline–her character loses a bakery she started during the recession–as a teachable moment on Keynesian economics, complete with nifty graphs. He concludes that “Full employment is the friend of new business owners. It would be great if either of our political parties would emphasize that in a time of 9% unemployment.” Amen to that. (I did get to see Bridesmaids last weekend, btw. It lived up to the hype!)

Why the Rich Love High Unemployment

Mark Provost’s guest post at George Washington’s blog, outlining precisely why neither of our political parties is emphasizing full employment. (See also lambert at corrente… DISemployment: Letting the Rattner out of the bag.)

Judge strikes down corporate donations ban

The oligarchy racks up another win, just in time for 2012. As ThinkProgress noted yesterday:

Today’s decision extends beyond the egregious Citizen United decision because Citizens United only permits corporations to run their own ads supporting a candidate or otherwise act independently of a candidate’s campaign. Cacheris’ opinion would also allow the Chamber of Commerce and Koch Industries, for instance, to contribute directly to political campaigns.

Chernobyl Times Ten: Fukushima and the Radioactive Sea

Via Counterpunch. Highly depressing but important read from Harvey Wasserman:

“When it comes to the oceans, says Ken Buesseler, a chemical oceonographer at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, “the impact of Fukushima exceeds Chernobyl.”

The greatest living surrealist has left the planet“…RIP Leonora Carrington (1917-2011)

I enjoyed this brief but thoughtful blog post on Leonora Carrington’s passing, and the LA Times blog posted two neat photos–one of a bronze sculpture by Carrington exhibited along Mexico City’s Avenue Reforma in 2008, and another of Carrington celebrating her ninety-fourth birthday earlier this year. Also from an essay last year by art historian Alan Foljambe:

Rather than rebelling in a violent way against those who would control her, Carrington creates a parallel reality in her paintings in which, represented by animals and female deities, she is in a position of strength where she is not in danger of being used as a vehicle for the schemes or motives of someone else. Rather than confronting reality and attempting to overcome it, Carrington retreats from the struggle and creates another reality in which she feels more at home.

The gendered expressions of mental illness and violence

This is a topic that I think relates back to much of the dynamics underlying gender politics. Teaser from Historiann’s commentary:

There are of course seriously mentally ill women who suffer from similar paranoid delusions and fixate on individuals the way the Tucson gunman did. For example, a story in this week’s The New Yorker by Rachel Aviv (sorry–subscription wall) offers a nuanced, tragic description of the progress of mental illness in a woman whose disease sounds quite similar to Loughner’s. Yet, she didn’t pick up guns and kill a crowd of people. Instead, she retreated into a New Hampshire farmhouse and slowly starved to death.

James Carville: Obama is looking like a 2008 Republican

In 1992, Bill Clinton famously proclaimed himself to be an Eisenhower Republican. By that measure, I’d say President Obama is a pre-2008 John McCain Republican.

But this much is sure: The policies of the eventual Republican nominee, that is, anybody left running for it by the time of the vote, will be right in line with those of Sarah Palin. It’s pretty remarkable that the next election is going to boil down to a competition between the 2008 Republican presidential candidate and his vice presidential nominee.

It’s not that Obama is a socialist born somewhere other than Hawaii, or that he possesses a Kenyan anti-colonial mentality — but that some Republican needs to stand up and say, with some legitimacy, that Obama is taking all of the GOP’s ideas.

Well, there you have it. NOTA 2012.

How Cornel West Did the Obamites a Favor

BAR’s Glen Ford hits it out of the park once again. Excellent analysis of the situation. I myself have always preferred to focus more on Obama-the-politician and leave Obama-the-man for his family and friends to concern themselves with.


  • Dipnote: Welcome to Shelbyville (Welcome to Shelbyville airs this week on PBS; check your local listings. It’s also being streamed for free through May 31st on PBS’s website.)

Just a quick geek link before I wrap up…NYT: Evidence of Water Beneath Moon’s Stony Face

…throwing a wrench into the Giant Impact hypothesis.

This Day in History (May 28)

Pioneering woman scholar Abby Leach was born in 1855:

In the 1870s, there were many more opportunities for women in education than there had been a decade earlier–Vassar, Mt. Holyoke, Smith, and Wellesley had been all been founded by 1878. Still, the major men’s colleges of the day entertained no thoughts of educating women. Harvard held annual entrance examinations for women in New York City, but they only told the women who took them whether they would have gotten into Harvard were they men. Abigail Leach changed all that, however, when she arrived on the doorstep of three Harvard professors—William W. Goodwin, James B. Greenough, and Francis J. Child—in 1878 and asked them to instruct her in Latin and Greek. The men were so impressed by her courage and persistence that they agreed. Soon they would be impressed by her intellect as well.

Also see Abby Leach vs. Grace Harriet Macurdy.

What’s on your blogging list today?

[originally posted at Let Them Listen; crossposted at Taylor Marsh and Liberal Rapture]

30 Comments on “Saturday: Beyonce, Bridesmaids, and Big Business”

  1. fiscalliberal says:

    Yves Smith has a pretty good BNN video on housing status and Obama vulnerability.

  2. RIP Gil Scott-Heron:

    Gil Scott-Heron died Friday afternoon in New York, his book publisher reported. He was 62. The influential poet and musician is often credited with being one of the progenitors of hip-hop, and is best known for the spoken-word piece “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.”

    Gil Scott-Heron: We Beg Your Pardon…

    • Minkoff Minx says:

      We also lost Jeff Conway this week:

      Jeff Conaway – Telegraph

      Jeff Conaway, who has died aged 60, was a Hollywood actor best known for his role as Kenickie, leader of the T-birds, in the film Grease (1978), starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. Conaway regularly appeared on hit television shows, including four seasons playing the out-of-work actor Bobby Wheeler in Taxi, alongside Danny DeVito, Andy Kaufman and Judd Hirsch.

      • Fannie says:

        Iinteresting, because he looked so much like my dream man of the 50’s………..R.I.P Jeff.

    • Fannie says:

      Definitely one black man who represented the 60’s and 70’s and 80’s. R.I.P.

  3. bostonboomer says:

    Excellent roundup. I’m not sure where to start. Maybe I’ll go check out the Glenn Ford piece first. I dread reading the one about Fukushima…

    • Minkoff Minx says:

      I dread reading the one about Fukushima…

      Oh I know, right? I’m expecting a new twist on the show Deadliest Catch. (That’s the Discovery series about crab fishing in Alaska.) The crabs will be “Godzilla” size, with claws that can send out bolts of radioactive green lightning and can knock a fisherman off the boat.

      • That piece on Fukushima is a tough one, but it’s a must-read… it’s very comprehensive and ties a lot of different developments on Fukushima and on the global nuclear industry together.

    • Woman Voter says:

      Yes, indeed and the Beyonce Women Run The World Lies video was priceless. I am sooooo glad their are more young women like you out there WONK…you know I am your biggest fan.

      Oh, and this made me laugh:

      Hillary Clinton welcomes Christine Lagarde’s IMF candidacy (or as Still4Hill puts it, “Clinton Favors Female Leadership in the Wake of Male Failure.”)

      …I needed a laugh and yes, it is sooo true.

    • Woman Voter says:

      The scariest part is the media blackout and you have to wonder why countries aren’t trying to help more there by making it a learning experience.

      • The US corporate media follows our govt’s lead…

        From the Wasserman piece:

        The US has ceased measuring contamination in Pacific seafood. But for centuries to come, at least some radioactive materials dumped into the sea at Fukushima will find their way into the creatures of the sea and the humans that depend on them.

  4. Minkoff Minx says:

    I am not too sure about this one:

    Human Rights Campaign endorses Obama for second term ( : Washington, D.C. News)

    Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest gay and lesbian rights group, has endorsed President Barack Obama for a second term, which has some people wondering if they’ve jumped the gun.

    It is like the Nobel Peace Prize…don’t you think?

    • Woman Voter says:

      Yup, considering that after all the media efforts, even Bloomberg has now said he is for Gay Marriage.

    • paper doll says:

      Marching orders are being sent out already ! Perhaps it’s Obushama Inc. who is jumping the gun…someone tell them it’s next year! lol! But that modern corporations for you : doing stuff too soon or too late .

    • okasha says:

      Jumped the gun? Who cares?

      Lost their damn minds? Definitely.

    • This is not a surprise… a couple weeks ago LGBT donor elites signaled they’d be backing O for 2012. It read like a propaganda piece coordinated with OFA.

  5. grayslady says:

    A must read article by Kevin Drum entitled “Why the Democratic Party Has Abandoned the Middle Class in Favor of the Rich” ( Bottom line: labor unions used to represent a strong enough economic populist institution to counter congressional wealth-favoring tendencies. When unions split with Democratic groups pushing for social change (civil rights, feminism), the party faithful became fragmented and the Dems began courting the business community instead of the voters.

    • Woman Voter says:

      I have heard from two friends with membership in large unions and they are not happy with the health insurance increases and other issues and many say they won’t vote for him for a second term. I noticed the media isn’t mentioning this and wondering why?

      I have seen an MSNBC personality mention the Public Option that Obama blocked, and wondering if the lie of Obama supporting it will pop up in a couple of months.

    • Thanks for the link, grayslady.

      Kevin Drum has been an enabler in the Dem sellout, but it’s good if he’s catching on.

  6. Woman Voter says:

    Update: Deadly bomb blast hits Pakistan
    A bomb attack in northwest Pakistan has killed at least eight people.
    The attack happened as Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, wrapped up her visit to the country.

    • Fannie says:

      The terrorist just can’t contain themselves…..I hope Hillary is ok, and pray for her safety.

      • Woman Voter says:

        I think the trip by Kerry didn’t do the trick and since the operation the Taliban has been killing people in Pakistan. Perhaps they need a media campaign that lets the Pakistani people see that the Taliban kill Pakistanis and that they don’t bring good to any region they occupy. Also, the corruption needs to be addressed and the monetary aid sent needs to actually reach those in need. Until the latter happens, those living in poor areas will continue to fall victims of ideology to the Taliban.

      • foxyladi14 says:

        I go to the gratefulness candle site she has her own group the HRC group and light candles for may not help but it makes me feel better. 🙂

  7. Linda says:

    gackk…This is brief? This is hours of concentrated reading and thinking, WTV.

    Just like you!

    Although, I had read BAR’s assessment of West and agree that it was spot on.

  8. Sima says:

    That video response to Beyonce was AWESOME. Thanks for linking to it!