“The only difference between the Republican and Democratic parties is the velocities with which their knees hit the floor when corporations knock on their door. That’s the only difference.”—Ralph Nader (via cjal)
Well…there are some differences between Republicans & Democrats…but when Big Business comes a callin? Yeah, that’s about right. #SadButTrue
Honestly, there isn’t too much to add to the noise going on around the wonderful 90 minutes we had at Wembley this evening. Darshan Joshi had prepared you to take in football’s zenith while Dominic Vieira told you Messi would be the difference. We were, at last, treated to a spectacle that will immediately go into the figurative history books as one of the most entertaining European finals ever. It was the anti-Europa League final, an anti-Champions League clásico.
As I sat down to watch the match, I tried to make out what the Barça fans in the crowd were spelling. I expected “We Love Barcelona”, but instead “We Love Football” appeared. Though deemed simple and even pretentious by some, its appropriateness for the events that were about to unfold became apparent just after kick off. Both teams, through mutual unspoken consent, had agreed this game would be a selfless appreciation of the beautiful game. Sir Alex Ferguson said after the match, “[Barcelona] deserved [to win the Champions League final] because they play the right way, and they enjoy their football.”
Messi. The back of the shirt says it all, Messi + 10, that’s FC Barcelona. A world class team, there’s no doubt about that, 8 of the starting players are World Champions and both fullbacks are quality. But the real difference about this side will be that short and shy, highly talented Argentinean walking onto Wembley tomorrow night. All eyes will be staring and admiring him, with or without the ball, Messi possesses the capability to produce a goal out of nowhere. He’s the team’s deadliest weapon, United’s greatest fear and the one who can decide this epic final. London, get ready!
Saints quarterback Drew Brees ponders the timeline and presents a different starting point for the league’s first work stoppage in 24 years. It is Aug. 20, 2008, the day longtime union leader Gene Upshaw died of pancreatic cancer. Few people knew about Upshaw’s illness, and his passing created a temporary void within the Players Association.
“Ever since Gene Upshaw passed away — I’m just going to lay it all out there — the owners saw blood in the water,” Brees said Wednesday after a players-organized workout at Tulane University. “They felt like, ‘This is our opportunity to take a significant piece of the [financial] pie back at all costs, a piece that we will never have to give back again. This is our chance, while they don’t have leadership, while they’re scrambling to find a new executive director. This is our time.’
“I can point to about five different things to prove to you that they were ready to lock us out. They opted out of the last year of the [CBA] deal; they hired Bob Batterman [who oversaw a lockout of NHL players]. They tried to take the American Needle case to the Supreme Court to basically give them an antitrust exemption or single-entity status, but were defeated 9-0; they established new TV deals to pay them in the event of a lockout, but we were able to put a freeze on that money because they did not negotiate in good faith and broke the law. And they had an internal NFL document that was leaked — a decision tree — that said smack dab in the middle of it ‘financial needs in a lockout.’ That was in 2008, OK? So you’re telling me that they had no plans to lock us out and really wanted to get a deal done? I don’t think so.”
Brees was just getting started.
“Their philosophy was, We’re going to give you a very subpar deal, a slap-in-the-face deal, and hope that you’ll accept it because hopefully we’ve intimidated you enough into thinking that this is a take-it-or-leave-it deal, and you’re just going to succumb to the pressure,” he said. “Well, guess what. We’re a lot more informed and educated than in the past, and we’re much better businessmen than you think and we’re going to stand up for what is right and what is fair. Fifty-fifty is fair. It’s been fair for the last 20 years and I think the game has done pretty well over the last 20 years. I think franchise values have gone up at a pretty good rate over the last 20 years. So you can’t sit here and tell me that the system is broken.”
@danmanco not surprised with these fools. Hope Armstrong finally admits. Nothing special, just parts of the MASSIVE drought of integrity that the USA is dealing with right now, cutting thru all arenas, professions and aspects of life.
He won’t until the last minute. Lots of clear and lots of muddled issues.
Finally saw the Tyler Hamilton “60 Minutes” piece this morning. If you’ve followed cycling at all this is all old news that was reported and immediately stonewalled by the suspects. It’s not just cycling or just USA athletics either. In the USA, it’s MLB baseball, NFL American football, and world-wide it’s all Olympic-based sports plus more.
“Could Twitter make me stupid? Absolutely. If I only followed funny cats that speak with poor grammar, I’d be on my way to a vapid state of mind in no time. But I don’t. I follow dozens of news outlets and writers; I follow chefs, neuroscientists and the president of the United States; and of course, I follow Mr. Keller.”—
NYT blogger Nick Bilton • Publicly taking his boss, Bill Keller, to task about his Twitter-bashing column earlier today, where he suggested allowing his daughter to use Facebook was like giving her crystal meth. Keller got a chance to respond in an update at the end of Bilton’s piece, where he tried to clarify what he was going for (as well as jokingly threatening to fire his talented blogger). “If Facebook is displacing real friendship, if Twitter is diminishing actual conversation,” he says, “then maybe that’s a good reason to limit how much of your life they consume.” You know, here’s the funny thing about Facebook and Twitter: For the people in your social circle, you can turn the service off and contact many of the people you’re talking to on Facebook and Twitter in the flesh. And the people you can’t, you can reach via the service. These services don’t take away from our knowledge. They expand our reach, as long as they’re not used to excess (a point both Bilton and Keller agree on). Bill just doesn’t explain this point very well at all. source (via • follow)
And Bill Keller just keeps on digging himself a deeper hole of digital ignorance. Amazed he, Punch, and Janet haven’t already killed it…Please retire already…
There is a fear by many, Mr. Keller included, that these devices will wipe out our ability to remember and force us to become dependent on the virtual world. Luckily for us humans, our brains do not work this way. Research shows that the human brain is capable of adapting to new technologies in less than a week, irrelevant of age or intellect.
As I’ve written in the past, Maryanne Wolf, the director of the Center for Reading and Language Research at Tufts, points out that our brains were never even designed to read. This “technology” is something that we have to train our brains to do.
In the same way that we hack our brains to read, we are not going to flush away our powers of memory by adopting tomorrow’s technologies.
Part three of “The Berlin Trilogy." This song and the video for "Boys Keep Swinging" still crack me up from the obviously ironically sexist lyrics to the video’s Bowie in drag as a brunette, redhead, and blonde…a matronly blonde with a cane who blows a kiss to the camera at the end. Brilliantly subversive for U.S. sensibilities at the time.
The Lodger “LP” was interesting as “Berlin Bowie” incorporated a lot of Turkish melodies throughout while Germany was (still is) coming to grips with Turkish immigration (via “guest workers”) and Germans of Turkish decent.
Part one of “The Berlin Trilogy.” This is pure synthesizer bliss. On Low, this track is followed by Warszawa, Art Decade, Weeping Wall, and Subterraneans, some of the most influential ambient music pieces ever created. This four song “suite” always soothes.
This is some of the most oddly comforting music for me as it reminds me of the 70s and my pre-adolescence/teenage years and my crazy cool step brother who was always introducing me to the most cutting edge music available in the hinterlands where I grew up.
So this “LP” along with Bowie’s “Berlin Trilogy” of Low, Heroes, & Lodger is what I’ve been listening to this week. And it’s fit with the grumpy, rain-soaked NYC vibe going on.