- who the hell would possibly buy an album of tom waits covers by a movie star? who the hell listens to tom waits albums, these days? too many people, if you ask me. a bunch of ersatz tom waits posturing from ex-punks in old time-y hats is about as engaging as a head cold. but maybe i’m just bitter becuz waits auditioned and apparently passed over a friend of mine recently.
- seriously, though. brecht? i mean, sure… but really, this isn’t a brecht moment we need to be having. we need to be having a godard moment, which is why it’s so effing ahhhhsum that they are re-releasing La Chinoise.
- Dean Baker’s “Beat the Press” blog over at the American Prospect should rightly be called “Examples of Why Patrick Has Ceased Reading the New York Times”? Or the Washington Post, as the case may be….
Failing to Meet a Pension Obligation Isn’t “Like” Breaking a Contractual Promise, It is Breaking a Contractual Promise
The Washington Post has an extraordinarily cavalier attitude toward commitments to workers. Today it has an article in which it reports on the status of public pension funds. At one point it quotes a researcher at the Pew Center on the States as saying that defaulting on the pension funds would make public officials feel “like you are breaking a contractual promise.”
Defaulting on pension obligations to workers certainly should make public officials feel like they are breaking contractual obligations, because that is exactly what they would be doing. These workers worked for their pay and their pensions.
While the Post implies that meeting these obligations is a matter of choice for public officials, (earlier the article asserts that fund managers will “have to choose whether to continue paying out or renege on benefits promised to retirees”) in reality, they have little choice except declaring bankruptcy. If governments do not meet their legal obligations to retired workers, then the workers will be able to go to court and seize public assets such as the city halls, police and fire stations and school. They will be able to sell off this property to collect the benefits owed them by the governments.
- somebody got raenie the new thalia zedek cd for her birthoversary day: it sounds like Come. but it also reminds me, here’s something i’ve been meaning to say: Damn it, i think that violin can be at least as disasterous for guitar-based music as saxophonones. It gestures towards the genre universe where “baroque” and “romantic” have surpassed “filthy” and “ethereal”* as the going conceits.
- Madness in Bolivia, see a report from NewLeftReview luminary Forest Hylton here. I will forego opining, inviting Lupine Dave instead to assume the mantle of Pundit Prince. I am interested to hear if Price’s defense of the market-based liberal democracy in Latin America extends beyond Chavez and his purported personality cult, over to Evo Morales and the Bolivian Movement Towards Socialism. Your ball, Pricelass.
- happy anniversary, boithday, Mother’s day to the woman i love.