There are a lot of things that make
the USA very 'special and unique",
as we used to say...
I've lived near the border for much
of my life, and inevitably soaked
up a lot of American information.
I've also eaten a lot of good food there,
heard some great music, had some fine liquor and met some brilliant eloquent people.
One of the things that makes the USA
so different from a lot of countries
is that when push comes to shove,
there are (really) only two political parties.
I've often wondered about that over the years...
One of the things I've wondered is whether
or not this is what has led many Americans
to fetishize the difference between
these two parties - so it would seem like (a) there really was a BIG difference and (b) choosing between what seems, from a distance, to be two virtually identical parties could assume the dimensions of a spiritual crusade.
Then the other day, I came across
this info graphic about taxation
under Bush, and under Obama...
I don't think it explains everything,
by any means, but if one's looking
for differences it's never a mistake
to follow the money...
I don't know about you, but I was totally
sucked in by Google...
... that whole "do no evil" thing sounded pretty right-on, but given their devolving position
on the necessary fundamental of net equality*,
I don't think I'm going to lose sight
of the fact that Google is a twenty
billion dollar corporation, and it's actually just like all the rest...
* is it just me, or is 'net neutrality'
a deliberate obfuscation?
...words to live by anytime, but especially true perhaps when one is facing an armed invasion
by Nazis. this simple, classic-looking poster
was developed by the British government
when England was facing just such a possibility in the early days of World War Two.
... this poster now seems beautifully retro,
both as a piece of design and as a reminder
of the whole idea of the 'stiff upper lip' that characterized Britain during it's last great days
as a world power...
it was rediscovered in 2000,
and since then has been remixed
into a wide range of variations on a theme...
... translated into terms that some feel
are more relevant to the times
we're living in today....
... and other even more telling examples
of the shifts in attitudes, beliefs and expectations that characterize life in the new millenium...