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The greatest recycling effort to come

Fifteenth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress<, Charles Simic, in the NYT Review of Books, the blog:

Widespread ignorance bordering on idiocy is our new national goal. It’s no use pretending otherwise and telling us, as Thomas Friedman did in the Times a few days ago, that educated people are the nation’s most valuable resources.

I translate this mention of the Mustache to “He takes the pigeons’ paycheck then argues to be their King.” Simic is too busy to bother so he goes on.

An educated, well-informed population, the kind that a functioning democracy requires, would be difficult to lie to, and could not be led by the nose by the various vested interests running amok in this country… For starters, there’s more money to be made from the ignorant than the enlightened, and deceiving Americans is one of the few growing home industries we still have in this country. A truly educated populace would be bad, both for politicians and for business.

Bad for Sarah Palin. For Ted Cruz. Michele Bachmann. Steve King. All these barracuda are richer than Midas because they learned to preach viciousness to the mob. It’s not so much the tawdriness of politics as it is the business of fame.

In the past, if someone knew nothing and talked nonsense, no one paid any attention to him. No more. Now such people are courted and flattered by conservative politicians and ideologues as “Real Americans” defending their country against big government and educated liberal elites. The press interviews them and reports their opinions seriously without pointing out the imbecility of what they believe. The hucksters, who manipulate them for the powerful financial interests, know that they can be made to believe anything, because, to the ignorant and the bigoted, lies always sound better than truth:

Christians are persecuted in this country.
The government is coming to get your guns.
Obama is a Muslim.
Global Warming is a hoax.
The president is forcing open homosexuality on the military.
Schools push a left-wing agenda.
Social Security is an entitlement, no different from welfare.
Obama hates white people.
The life on earth is 10,000 years old and so is the universe.

We’re overrun with the mole people. Anybody have any idea what to do with them? Will they spontaneously form seawalls, or do they float? What about thickeners for concrete? Maybe drainage channels? Wind breaks?

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Glass Man, Glassarino, the Glasserator

I’m picturing Jimmy the Greek rising from the dead. Jimmy sees Usain Bolt run a 9-flat 100 meters on Hades Cable and he arises from his sarcophagus. Bloomberg News gives him some column inches because he’s click-bait. “I Told You They Had Big Thighs” he thunders. Can’t blame the guy for trying.

Dow 36,000 Is Attainable Again
By James K. Glassman | Bloomberg.com

The Dow Jones Industrial Average set a record this week, but it’s still far from the mark that economist Kevin Hassett and I forecast in our 1999 book, “Dow 36,000.”

You thought Glassman died with the likes of eToys dot com. But no, he’s alive. And he’s giving us a scenic tour of his professional Waterloo:

We wrote in the introduction that “it is impossible to predict how long it will take” to get to 36,000. Then, in the same paragraph, we rashly made a guess anyway: “between three and five years.”

Today, the far edge of that time frame is clearly in reach.

Five years is within our reach but let’s just see after the first four. The workings of time favor the numeral over the douche-fiat. But is it at all possible to know? Who can say? I wouldn’t hazard a guess — let’s just call it “Noon Tomorrow.” I see the French Emperor is on a tear and it’s anybody’s guess where Belgium could end up. Bill Buckner grabs it and, hey, the World Series is over.

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