Archives du mois de July 2008

2008/07/25 23:57

Le pèlerinage de l’enfant béni

Le Times de Londres nous livre la version biblique du voyage d’Obama.

Quelques extraits:

And it came to pass, in the eighth year of the reign of the evil Bush the Younger (The Ignorant), when the whole land from the Arabian desert to the shores of the Great Lakes had been laid barren, that a Child appeared in the wilderness.

The Child was blessed in looks and intellect. Scion of a simple family, offspring of a miraculous union, grandson of a typical white person and an African peasant. And yea, as he grew, the Child walked in the path of righteousness, with only the occasional detour into the odd weed and a little blow.

Puis:

And so it was, in the fullness of time, before the harvest month of the appointed year, the Child ventured forth - for the first time - to bring the light unto all the world.

He travelled fleet of foot and light of camel, with a small retinue that consisted only of his loyal disciples from the tribe of the Media. He ventured first to the land of the Hindu Kush, where the

Taleban had harboured the viper of al-Qaeda in their bosom, raining terror on all the world.

And the Child spake and the tribes of Nato immediately loosed the Caveats that had previously bound them. And in the great battle that ensued the forces of the light were triumphant. For as long as the Child stood with his arms raised aloft, the enemy suffered great blows and the threat of terror was no more.

Ou encore:

The Great Prophet Algore of Nobel and Oscar, who many had believed was the anointed one, smiled and told his followers that the Child was the one generations had been waiting for.

And there were other wonderful signs. In the city of the Street at the Wall, spreads on interbank interest rates dropped like manna from Heaven and rates on credit default swaps fell to the ground as dead birds from the almond tree, and the people who had lived in foreclosure were able to borrow again.

Black gold gushed from the ground at prices well below $140 per barrel. In hospitals across the land the sick were cured even though they were uninsured. And all because the Child had pronounced it.

Vraiment, le texte est tout simplement délicieux et il est ici.


Billets similaires

2008/07/25 15:47

La crise du crédit selon Megan McArdle

Ma libertarienne préférée:

 

Le papier de Brooks dont il est question est ici.

Le blogue de Megan est ici.

Voyez-la aussi régulièrement à bloggingheads.tv


Billets similaires

2008/07/22 10:44

Qui a dit qu’Obama était le candidat de gauche? (suite)

En tout cas, selon Fareed Zakaria, en affaires étrangères, Obama est le conservateur réaliste et McCain-Bush sont les idéalistes radicaux.

Obama never uses the soaring language of Bush’s freedom agenda, preferring instead to talk about enhancing people’s economic prospects, civil society and—his key word—”dignity.” He rejects Bush’s obsession with elections and political rights, and argues that people’s aspirations are broader and more basic—including food, shelter, jobs. “Once these aspirations are met,” he told The New York Times’s James Traub, “it opens up space for the kind of democratic regimes we want.” This is a view of democratic development that is slow, organic and incremental, usually held by conservatives.

Obama talks admiringly of men like Dean Acheson, George Kennan and Reinhold Niebuhr, all of whom were imbued with a sense of the limits of idealism and American power to transform the world. “In his view of history, in his respect for tradition, in his skepticism that the world can be changed any way but very, very slowly, Obama is deeply conservative,” wrote Larissa MacFarquhar in her profile of him for The New Yorker. “There are moments when he sounds almost Burkean. He distrusts abstractions, generalizations, extrapolations, projections. It’s not just that he thinks revolutions are unlikely: he values continuity and stability for their own sake, sometimes even more than he values change for the good.”


Billets similaires

2008/07/22 09:57

Qui est responsable de la crise du crédit?

Les prêteurs sans scrupules qui ne se sont pas occupé de savoir si leurs clients étaient vraiment en mesure de rembourser ou les consommateurs irresponsable qui ont fait fi de leur responsabilité personnelle en vivant au dessus de leurs moyens?

Selon David Brooks, il faut surtout examiner l’évolution de la culture ambiante qui dicte ce qui est “normal” et “acceptable” en société… un phénomène qui influence (souvent inconsciement) le processus décisionnel des acteurs respectifs autant qu’il est défini et amplifié par leur comportement.

what happened to McLeod, and the nation’s financial system, is part of a larger social story. America once had a culture of thrift. But over the past decades, that unspoken code has been silently eroded.

Some of the toxins were economic. Rising house prices gave people the impression that they could take on more risk. Some were cultural. We entered a period of mass luxury, in which people down the income scale expect to own designer goods. Some were moral. Schools and other institutions used to talk the language of sin and temptation to alert people to the seductions that could ruin their lives. They no longer do.

Norms changed and people began making jokes to make illicit things seem normal. Instead of condemning hyper-consumerism, they made quips about “retail therapy,” or repeated the line that Morgenson noted in her article: When the going gets tough, the tough go shopping.

McLeod and the lenders were not only shaped by deteriorating norms, they helped degrade them. Despite all the subterranean social influences, there still is that final stage of decision-making when individual choice matters. Each time an avid lender struck a deal with an avid borrower, it reinforced a new definition of acceptable behavior for neighbors, family and friends. In a community, behavior sets off ripples. Every decision is a public contribution or a destructive act.

Il est plus utile, selon moi, d’examiner le phénomène de façon compréhensive que de blamer la cupidité, l’irrresponsabilité ou la naïveté d’un groupe ou l’autre… Cette dernière approche sert davantage à se conforter et se déculpabiliser qu’à offrir des pistes de solution.


Billets similaires

2008/07/19 08:06

Parti dans la nature

Lac

Parce que c’est bon de sortir de la ville des fois.


Billets similaires

2008/07/18 07:11

Dans les bas-fonds de l’Amérique rouge

Le pamphlet d’un politicien de comté. Non, ce n’est pas une blague; il l’a écrit lui-même.


Billets similaires

2008/07/17 20:56

Citation de la semaine

Je pense que c’est le temps de fumer le calumet de la paix et de mettre de coté nos différends. c’est seulement une démonstration d’amitié vous savez…

-Paul McCartny en entrevue à Radio-Canada au sujet de la controverse (ridicule) qui entoure son passage lors du 400e de Québec la fin de semaine prochaine.

La tratuction est de Radio-Canisse, le verbatim est comme suit:

“[The thing to do is] you know, smoke the pipes of peace and… to just put away your… you know, the hatchets… ’cause I think it’s uhm… a show of friendship, you know?


Billets similaires

2008/07/17 19:56

Du cinéma sur votre iPhone?

L’avis de David Lynch:


Billets similaires

2008/07/16 22:23

Sullivan célèbre

Les États-Unis viennent de retirer ce vestige réactionnaire de l’ère Reagan qui empêchait les étrangers séropositifs d’entrer au Pays.

Il pourra enfin réaliser le rêve qu’il chérit depuis 25 ans de devenir citoyen du pays qu’il aime.

Good for you, Andrew!


Billets similaires

2008/07/16 19:20

The Times They Are A-JibJab’d

À une époque où ils étaient encore des pionniers dans ce genre de truc, ils ont produit la parodie la plus remarquée de la campagne de 2004 … que j’avais tout à fait adorée, d’ailleurs.

Mais pas autant que ce qu’ils nous offrent cette année:


Billets similaires

2008/07/15 23:59

La compagnie des parapluies est sauvée d’la banqueroute

Car même s’il ne mouile pu pantoute, pantoute… vous pouvez toujours vous en servir contre les agresseurs:

Paraitrait qu’il s’agit de l’arme de choix des gardes du corps du président des Philipines.

On ne vous laissera pas entrer dans un avion avec votre coupe-ongles, mais comme le souligne copieusement la page du produit, le parapluie incassable qui tranche un melon en deux d’un simple geste passe sans problême.

En tout cas, je ne regarderai plus jamais les gens qui traine un parapluie par une journée ensoleillée de la même façon.

c/c au Dish


Billets similaires