Bourgeois Deviant

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Good Quote

Via Apartment Therapy:
In the West, you have bigger homes, yet smaller families; you have endless conveniences -- yet you never seem to have any time. You can travel anywhere in the world, yet you don't bother to cross the road to meet your neighbors...I don't think people have become more selfish, but their lives have become easier and that has spoiled them. They have less resilience, they expect more, they constantly compare themselves to others and they have too much choice -- which brings no real freedom.

H.H. Dalai Lama
Obviously, this has been said many times, many ways by many different people. It has become more true for me as we've moved to Suburbia so as to get more space for the fam, but as a result, I have less time to spend with them. Ahh, suburbia.

I just thought it was poignant given the holiday season of giving.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007


I have the fear. Fear for my Netflix viewing soul. I just read this. A price hike would suck. Truly. A fuller story here. And the actual USPS bitching can be seen here(PDF).

As you may have read, we've had a few beefs with ye olde Postal Service. Add this one to the list. Looks like I'll be writing another letter to them. And to Netflix. Maybe you should too!

Via Apartment Therapy & Wired

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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Early Indoctrination

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BFD in the backyard. Ahh, suburbia.

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Must Read

From Ross Gelbspan on Grist.

One frequently overlooked potential casualty of accelerating climate change maybe our tradition of democracy (corrupted as it already is). When governmentshave been confronted by breakdowns, they have frequently resorted to totalitarian measures to keep order in the face of chaos. It is not hard to imagine a state of emergency morphing into a much longer state of siege, especially since heat-trapping carbon dioxide stays in the atmosphere for about 100 years.

Add the escalating squeeze on our oil supplies, which could intensify our meanest instincts, and you have the ingredients for a long period of repression and conflict.

Ominously, this plays into the scenario, thoughtfully explored by Naomi Klein, that the community of multinational corporations will seize on the coming catastrophes to elbow aside governments as agents of rescue and reconstruction -- but only for communities that can afford to pay. This dark vision implies the increasing insulation of the world's wealthy minority from the rest of humanity -- buying protection for their fortressed communities from the Halliburtons, Bechtels, and Blackwaters of the world while the majority of the poor are left to scramble for survival among the ruins.

The only antidote to that kind of future is a revitalization of government -- an elevation of public mission above private interest and an end to the free-market fundamentalism that has blinded much of the American public with its mindless belief in the divine power of markets. In short, it requires a revival of a system of participatory democracy that reflects our collective values far more accurately than the corporate state into which we have slid.

Unfortunately, we seem to be living in an age of historical amnesia. One wonders whether our institutional memory still recalls the impulses that gave rise to our constitution -- or whether we have substituted a belief in efficiency, economic rationalization, and profit maximization for our traditional pursuit of a finely calibrated balance between individual liberties and social justice.

For the full article, click here.

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I took this in in the entry way of the building I am working in. Its function is clear, but really, this is incredibly wasteful. If the bag is made out of compostable material, that's one thing. However, I doubt it. Convenience can be a dirty word these days.

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Monday, December 10, 2007

Quote of the Day

Back in the saddle, the Bourgeois Deviant walks into the office, asks a colleague how is weekend was. The colleague had gone to see the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. When asked how it was, midst glowing reviews, he said this:
Its kind of like being in North Korea.

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