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Eternal Flame

There's always the hope that if you sit and watch for long enough, the beachball will vanish and the thing it interrupted will return.
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Occupy

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by digby

Brave New Films has produced a great video. Pass it on:

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Kow-towing to the confederates

Kow-towing to the confederates

by digby

I keep hearing that Rick Perry isn't a racist just because he had a hunting camp that was once called Niggerhead or because he called for secession in the wake of the election of the first black president. He says the name was changed not long after his family leased the place and his secession talk was supposedly in reference to the Republic of Texas rather than the civil war. Ok fine. I don't know what's in his heart.

But can we at least admit that Perry isn't exactly one of those powerful Southern politicians who has taken it upon himself to change the ethos of racism in his own state as others, far braver than he, have done? He has been Governor since 2001 and they are still arguing about the confederate flag, with Perry turning to jello whenever he's been faced with it:

Eleven years ago, when the NAACP stepped up a campaign to remove the Confederate battle flag from statehouses and other government buildings across the South, it found an opponent in Rick Perry.

Texas had a pair of bronze plaques with symbols of the Confederacy displayed in its state Supreme Court building. Perry, then lieutenant governor, said they should stay put, arguing that Texans "should never forget our history."

It's a position Perry has taken consistently when the legacy of the Civil War has been raised, as have officials in many of the other former Confederate states. But while defense of Confederate symbols and Southern institutions can still be good politics below the Mason-Dixon line, the subject can appear in a different light when officials seek national office...

A related issue may rise this fall when Texas decides whether to allow specialty license plates featuring the Confederate flag. The plates have been requested by the Sons of Confederate Veterans, a nonprofit organization Perry has supported over the years. A state board he appointed will decide.

The NAACP says its initiative against "glorification" of slave-state symbols remains ongoing. "The romanticism around the Old South," said Hilary Shelton, director of the NAACP's Washington Bureau. "It's a view of history that ignores how racism became a tool to maintain a system of supremacy and dominance."

Perry campaign spokesman Mark Miner did not return messages seeking comment on the matter. But Granvel Block, the Texas Division commander of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, said the organization appreciated Perry's position on such issues.

"I would give him high praise for saying it," Block said. "Honoring your ancestors, it's something that the Bible teaches."

The Confederate battle flag has been chief target for the NAACP. The organization called for a boycott of South Carolina in 2000 for flying the banner over its statehouse. The state moved the flag to a capitol memorial. In 2003, Georgia replaced its state flag, which included the Confederate battle standard, with one that combined other elements from previous state flags. Other institutions have scaled back their displays of Confederate heritage. The University of Mississippi retired Colonel Rebel as its on-field mascot.

In January 2000 the NAACP asked Texas to remove the Confederate battle flag from plaques in the entryway of a building housing the state Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, saying it undermined the notion of judicial equality. One of the 11-inch by 20-inch bronze plaques featured the seal of the Confederacy and the other the image of the battle flag and quotations from Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Perry wrote to the Sons of Confederate Veterans in March 2000 that, "although this is an emotional issue, I want you to know that I oppose efforts to remove Confederate monuments, plaques and memorials from public property."


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It will be interesting to see if anyone asks him about his position on the proposal to put the confederate flag on the license plates at the next debate.
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Politico analysis by David Atkins

Politico analysis
by David Atkins ("thereisnospoon")

Politico is just now noticing the significant rhetorical shift from the White House is a headline article hilariously titled "Has Obama found his inner populist?" The article itself is vacuous and scarcely worth the read, doing little to evidence that the President has an "inner populist" streak. Nor does it even do the simple task of truly documenting evidence of the real shift in the President's tone over the the course of the last month.

The appeal of Politico is baffling. Most of what Politico does is Drudge link-baiting (Politico gets more hits from Drudge than it does from Google.) The rest of the website features political analysis that scarcely rises to college freshman level, albeit with slightly more sophisticated writing style.

It's one thing for television and radio news to be vacuous and nearly useless. Those media are not exactly suited to in-depth reporting. But the Internet should provide the perfect medium for quality journalism and real insights. The fact that Politico is considered one of the prime spots on the web for political news and analysis in America is just another sign of everything that is broken about the media in this country.

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Payroll Debit Cards -  Less Choice, Lower Wages

by Angie Wei, California Labor Federation

Bank of America's new $5 monthly debit fee, unveiled Friday, sparked howls of protest from furious bank customers now threatening to walk away to more consumer-friendly banking options. No one knows exactly how many will follow through on the threat, but according to one poll, a $5 monthly fee will drive 66% of debit users towards alternative methods of payment—cash, credit cards, or “other.” Agree or disagree with the 66%, but at least everyone can agree that it’s good consumers can freely decide to spend however they want and bank wherever they choose, right? Wrong.

Thanks to unaffordable fees, credit checks and other obstacles, big banks have shut out about a million California households from access to any banking services whatsoever. These “unbanked” workers, unable to receive direct deposit, have in recent years found employers replacing paper paychecks with mysterious “payroll debit” cards—electronic cards that charge massive fees only a banking lobbyist could love. Employers issue cards directly to workers, wages are loaded onto an account managed by the bank, and every payday, the nickel and diming begins anew.

Workers unable to afford paycard fees don’t get to just take their business elsewhere. Unlike typical bank customers, these workers are simply stuck with whatever bank the employer chooses, and this lack of consumer choice creates a market distortion with a predictable result: sky-high fees that no retail banking consumer would ever accept.

Here’s a quick sample of some actual fees California workers can face under these contracts: $15 per month whether a worker uses their debit card or not. Every point of sale transaction costs an additional $2 and every in-network ATM withdrawal claims another $2. Replacement cards are $35, and if fees wipe out the last of a worker’s wages, the bank can take a $45 “negative balance” penalty. Even balance inquiries are $.50 and calls to a live operator cost $3 each.

For the vast majority of us, charges this unreasonable would be more than enough to propel us into the arms of a credit union or community bank less focused on punitive fines and high fees.  But the 8% without bank accounts live and work without this alternative. These employees choose from the following options: paycard issuers, equally predatory check cashing services, or a strictly cash-based existence. Fortunately, legislation offering a fourth possibility recently passed the legislature and currently awaits action from Governor Brown.

SB 931 (Evans) would authorize payroll cards, but only when the cardholder agreements meet certain conditions. For example, the card contracts couldn’t charge fees to load a payroll card or participate in the program. Card contracts will also no longer be allowed to charge workers for access to online account information and transaction histories. SB 931 guarantees an employee’s free choice between a paper check, direct deposit, or payroll card, and establishes the right of a payroll card-compensated worker to withdraw all wages once with no fees. Workers under SB 931 are also allowed four free in-network withdrawals, one free out-of-network withdrawal, and two free point of sale transactions. Modest protections, to be sure, but even these minimal standards would mean major help for minimum wage and low-wage workers.

Though millions of California workers need SB 931’s protection, the issue’s prominence and this bill’s reach extend far beyond California. Nationwide, all eyes are on our state to watch whether responsible regulation and a pro-worker Governor can beat back lies and threats from dozens of banking industry lobbyists. A victory here would mean renewed efforts elsewhere to protect the wages and living standards of America’s most vulnerable workers.  

The Governor here faces a clear choice—unlike workers paid on payroll cards. On one side is an industry that’s essentially declared war on the middle class, on the other is what’s left of a middle class ravaged by years of that industry’s greed. On one side are the world’s richest banks and their empty threats to abandon the gigantic California payroll card market, on the other are very real workers facing very real threats of bankruptcy, foreclosure, or worse, ironically from the hands of those very banks. Governor Brown, we’re counting on you to stand up to bankers bleeding hard earned wages from the workers on which our economic recovery will depend. We’re counting on you to sign SB 931.

Click here to send a message to the Governor in support of SB 931.


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Salmonella in chicken: Multiple missed opportunities for prevention [The Pump Handle]

The Center for Public Integrity's iWatch News has put together an excellent - and alarming - story on salmonella in chicken. Jeffrey Benzing, Esther French and Judah Ari Gross outline the problem this way:

Salmonella is found in a range of food products, including meat, produce and eggs. Chicken is the single biggest source of infection among cases where a food has been identified, causing about 220,000 illnesses, 4,000 hospital stays and at least 80 deaths annually in the U.S., according to an analysis of CDC data by the Emerging Pathogens Institute at the University of Florida.

But gaps in government oversight - including meaningful testing and enforcement - along with inconsistent practices among farms and processing plants and varying levels of industry commitment to spend money on the problem have all led to a fractured effort, leaving the ultimate responsibility for food safety with the consumer.

Salmonella jumps from one link in the chicken chain to the next, with multiple openings for contamination along the way.

Controlling salmonella in poultry is an effort that ought to begin at the farm, where the birds are raised, but federal inspections don't happen until the birds get to the processing plants. And at that stage, the article notes, food-safety strategies and successes vary from plant to plant:

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Get More Pageviews: How To Encourage Visitors To Click More

The secret of success in constructive blogging, is getting more page views. This will make sure readers do get involved in your site and click more, resulting in an increase in the traffic and page views. Search Engine Optimization gets better if a reader stays for long on your site, thus decreasing the bounce rate. There are many ways to appeal a reader click more on your site, but out of all those tools and methods, I tried to pick up the most effective and suitable to every blog/ site. These methods are being seen in practice on even the blogs of the gurus, which proves that what you are going to learn today, would be reliable.

Related Posts

The best method in this regard is having a list of posts related to the one that was just read. There are several plugins found on the blogging platforms for this purpose that adds a list of posts under a post. These posts are selected on the basis of categories or tags of the post above. This method does increase your page views as by the end of the post, the readers has got enough interest in the topic that they are ready to read more about it. You can also give a little tweak to this method by highlighting those posts to catch attention. Apart from that, some blogs have related posts underneath a post along with their thumbnails. These are then easy to integrate are more appealing to readers for they would then click on it. An example of this can be seen on Demortalz here in the image below.

demortalz image thumbnails

You can use following plugins to show related posts underneath a single post:

Interlinking

Normally a visitor enters your blog on the recent post and then either leaves immediately or might read a post or two more. Interlinking is a method that keeps the reader on the blog for a long bit of time which will decrease the bounce rate. You can link different keywords from a post to other relevant posts, categories or tags. This gives the readers more chance of clicking a link and hence increases page views of your blog. Different plugins are there to do the job but as for WordPress, they now have it integrated within their hyperlink option. Not only linking the new posts to the older ones, but you should also link your old posts to the new ones, whenever you get time. This method has more chances of success than the related posts at the end of  a post. Apart from that, when we link the keywords to the relevant articles, it increases their Page Rank which will result in more page views too. This can be done by browsing through the search engine keywords sources to your blog in your analytics. The keywords that brings traffic to your various posts can be linked to them in other posts. This will show google that those posts are more relevant to these keywords. Hence, it will increase the chance of driving  more organic traffic via those keywords. The best example of this can be seen on the blog ShoutmeLoud down below. shoutmeloud interlinking

You can use following plugins to do interlinking between:

Popular Posts

This is one of the appealing method for every reader do get attracted towards something that is famous. We have sidebar widgets on WordPress platform and something similar can be there on the other platforms. Try to have bold letters in this area to make it more catchy and include up to 5 most visited posts on the list. The common name given to this list is ‘Popular Posts’ but you can select something else associated to your blog/ website too. These highlighted posts will receive more traffic thereby increasing your page views. A good example of this can be seen on SmashingHub in the below image. smashinghub popular posts widget

You can use following plugin to do interlinking between:

Categories

If your blog has more content and less pictures, you might want to give a try to this method. Often we have the follow-up links at the end of our posts in order to turn our readers into subscribers. If you follow the same method on your blog and those links at the end of the posts are increasing your followers, then you should try to have categories there too. What happens here actually is; when you write an article on a specific topic, try to search related articles under the same category on your blog and give a link at the end of the post saying, ‘if you want to read more on ‘category’, you can check out the articles related to the topic here. This method is widely used by Redmondpie in their posts regarding iPhone tweaks where they give the option to the readers if they want more regarding tweaks.

redmondpie categories posts

Excerpts

This might not be the a very effective method for the said purpose but as we are talking about increasing page views, hence here it is. Showing excerpts on the home page of your blog with a link to ‘read more’ will inspire the readers to click and read the full article. This will obviously increase your page views. Other than that, having excerpts on your home page is a good method for managing your home page. All the new posts aligned accurately and the readers get to have options to read either the very latest article or 2 to 3 before that. Designzzz can be a good inspiration in this regard for I personally like their ‘Read More’ link, being it is more appealing.

designzzz excerpts on homepage

Links in RSS Feeds

I cannot give you the real statistics but there are lots of readers who has subscribed to the RSS feeds of several websites and blogs. This actually decreases our number of page views or visitor because many RSS readers now give them the option to read the whole new article there on the reader. Take example of Google Reader where if I have subscribed to the feed of a blog, it brings up the whole new article on my reader. This way I don’t need to visit the blog to read anything. The solution to overcome this thing is by enabling links in your RSS feeds. When I talked about interlinking up there, I might have forgotten to mention that you should try to have as many ‘good’ interlinks in your first paragraph as you can. Now, when you will enable links on your RSS feeds, the subscribes might click on the links, hence bringing them to your blog at-last. Another option that can be useful here is by showing excerpts in your feeds, rather than the whole article. An inspiration here can be iDownloadBlog where they have links in their feeds as well as show excerpts (shown in the image below).

idownloadblog links and excerpts in rss feeds

I agree there are more techniques for increasing page views where mostly the quality of content is appreciated. But writing quality content will surely drag them once again, but won’t make them dig more for sure. I would love to hear your experiences about what method you came across that worked effectively for you, in the comments below.

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Twitter crimes and savvy worship

Twitter crimes and savvy worship

by digby

Fergawdsakes:

James Taranto criticizes Jim Roberts, an assistant managing editor for The New York Times, for retweeting Think Progress’ link to its post comparing the Wall Street protests to the Boston Tea Party. Retweeting a link to a liberal blog like Think Progress “would be unremarkable coming from, say, the editor of the Times editorial page,” Taranto writes. “From Roberts, however, it reinforces perceptions that the Times’s news coverage is biased in favor of the left and against the Tea Party.” Taranto notes that many journalists disclaim that retweets don’t necessarily constitute endorsements; he sometimes tweets to material he disagrees with. Roberts, however, usually links to news stories, Taranto argues, while the Think Progress post is “pure opinion … One imagines that Roberts doesn’t mean to be partisan — that he thinks TP is making an interesting, salient point whose merits are obvious to all right-thinking people.” Roberts retweeted Think Progress’ link to the Journal story, prefacing it with “This RT is NOT an endorsement.” Zach Seward, the Journal’s editor of outreach and social media, says of Taranto’s story: ”It’s a cheap shot and contradicts itself.”

Really? Well I'll take your NY Times retweet and raise you a CNN tweet delete! (I'm sure Taranto thinks tha this is evidence of CNN's liberal bias as well.)

I would direct him to this fascinating discussion at Nieman Watchdog about the media's relationship to the growing protest movement. An excerpt:

Will Bunch, senior writer for the Philadelphia Daily News who covered the Wall Street protests early on, gave as good an explanation as we’re likely to get during a recent appearance on Keith Olbermann’s “Countdown” program on Current TV. Commenting on the early non-coverage or condescending coverage of the Wall Street protests, Bunch said: “A lot of people in newsrooms still are not in touch with the real pain and the real suffering of 25 million who are unemployed and underemployed.” Paraphrasing PressThink weblog editor Jay Rosen, Bunch said: “It’s kind of un-cool for a journalist to take these people who want to change the world seriously.” Olbermann chimed in that if the more than 1,000 people on the first day of the Wall Street protests had been Tea Party-ers protesting Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s monetary stimulus policies, it would have been “the lead story on every network.”

Rosen, who also teaches journalism at New York University, coined the term “the church of the savvy” for Washington journalists who regard savviness – rather than being right or wrong – as “the prime virtue.” As Rosen has observed: “The savvy don’t say: I have a better argument than you...They say: I am closer to reality than you. And more mature.” To the savvy, “the center is the holy place: political grace resides there. The profane is the ideological extremes. The adults converse in the pragmatic middle ground where insiders cut their deals. On the wings are the playgrounds for children.” The savvy position themselves as “practical, hardheaded, unsentimental, and shrewd where others are didactic, ideological, and dreamy...”

Many journalists, it seems, pay lip service to the First Amendment, but turn their backs or grow disdainful when people actually exercise these rights in the streets. In such a climate, idealistic activists such as those at the tar sands pipeline and Wall Street protests, obviously, can be safely ignored by the major news media or condescended to as not being rooted in the practical, real world. Real grown-ups don’t need to protest.


I'm sure that Taranto wants desperately to keep it that way. His paycheck, after all, depends upon it.
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Japan Nuclear Disaster Update # 37: Glow in the dark fish, and the meaning of “Power” [Greg Laden’s Blog]

As a result of our last posting on Fukushima, we had a discussion initiated by commenter Daedelus2u about radioactive istopes of Cesium becoming concentrated in fish. I thought I'd take this opportunity to expand on that discussion a little. This relates to the possibility that radio-nucleotides spilled or spewed from a nuclear reactor site (as per normal or following a meltdown and China Syndrome, as in the case of Fukushima) can become part of our diet especially in fish, and how much concentration of radio-nucleotides we might expect.

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Why Harvard should claim 1/5th of the blame for the mess we’re in—guestpost by Jon Stokes


Ezra is featuring some thoughts by veteran organizer Rich Yeselson on his blog today that are well worth reading. I think his insight about face to face involvement is particularly interesting. I'm hearing from people who are involved in the protests that the energy is all coming from being there in person --- that people are learning about the issues from one another. I confess I'm a little bit surprised by this because I had thought that social media and the internet would have filled much of that gap, but apparently not. (For instance, the Paul contingent are kids who like Ron Paul's stance on the war but have also absorbed his lunatic economic message without understanding that it's antithetical to their complaints, so there's quite a bit of education to be done.)

As for goals, Yeselson has some very insightful advice I think:

The phrase, “we are the 99 percent” nicely encapsulates the potential of OWS to become a movement of democratic extension. But right now, the precise demands of the Wall Street demonstrators include grandiose ideas like abolishing consumerism. A bit vague, and can even Lloyd Blankfein get it done by the end of the next quarter? As Harold Meyerson [wrote Tuesday] in The Washington Post, other groups around the country with a different leadership structure are making more concrete demands, including the modification of student and household debts and the imposition of a financial transaction tax.

Reworking debt should be distinguished from either “demand the impossible” notions, like abolishing consumerism, or smart lefty wonkmanship, like a financial transaction tax. I won’t dispute that an FTT is good policy, but neither it nor posturing about stopping other people from buying stuff that you find tasteless changes the lives of ordinary people in a clear and measurable way. It won’t affect how much they are paid and how they deal with their boss, or how they use public accommodations, or whom they choose to live happily ever after with. But CNN is very serious about getting a big piece of that very valuable Old White Guy audience:

It's so great they gave Burnett her own show. She's just the right gal for the moment, which with all her Wall Street experience and economic savvy:

Here's an example of her insights back in January of 2009:

Here's "wall street analyst" Erin Burnett just a few minutes later talking about the layoff announcements today:

Burnett: It is pretty concerning because when you look at that stimulus plan you could be looking at somewhere between 800 and 900 billion dollars spent and how quickly are you gonna get job announcements, job creation out of that bill. That is a big question right now on Wall Street.

O'Donnell: Yeah, and I know Democrats and President Obama's team using that to make that argument that we've got to get this done quickly.

There is some good news out there about the housing market.

Burnett: Yes there was, and this is funny, I guess it's the world we're in right now Norah. This is going to sound horrible but it's actually better news than expected. Home prices were down 15% from a year ago, but existing home sales overall were up, and what really sticks out here was inventory, how much of the stuff we've got to work through before we are to get back to a healthy market. We saw a big drop there, we have 9.3 months of inventory which means at the current selling rate it would take 9.3 months to actually work through everything but that is a big improvement from where we were just a month ago.

So there are a few signs of improvement, raising to some the question of how big and how quick this stimulus actually needs to be to stimulate. The economy's trying to turn itself around.

She's an expert on finance donthcha know. Take this brilliant observation:

I think people should be careful what they wish for on China. You know, if China were to revalue its currency or China is to start making, say, toys that don't have lead in them or food that isn't poisonous, their costs of production are going to go up, and that means prices at Wal-Mart here in the United States are going to go up, too. So I would say China is our greatest friend right now. They're keeping prices low and they're keeping prices for mortgages low, too.

This was good too. Question to Larry Summers:

"In the longer term, are you willing to stand up and say, 'Hey, America, your pensions are going to be smaller, your Medicare benefits are going to be lower, your Social Security retirement age is going to go way up and your benefits are going to go lower even if you paid in?'Are we at the point where the government has to say, 'These are painful facts, and we might lose re-election by telling you, but we're going to telling you the truth?'"

Say what you will about Summers, but this was an awesome retort:

"Erin," replied Summers, "listening to you, it sounds like it's an exercise in sadism, who can cause the most pain."

I could go on. I've been writing about Burnett for years and she's always a very, very earnest defender of plutocrats everywhere. And God knows we need to see even more of that.

Oh, and by the way her report on the protest tonight was just as contemptible.


Update: I guess congratulations are in order

She has a large male following due to her extraordinary beauty and brawn as business news anchor and reporter for CNBC.

And many of them will no doubt be disappointed with the news that 34-year-old Erin Burnett has become engaged.

Here's a fascinating read about The Man Called Petraeus called "The dangerous allure of Washington hero worship". (The first part called "The Petraeus projection: The CIA director's record since the surge" here.)

It goes into great detail about how he's completely failed at his job yet is still revered as a demi-God. I particularly enjoyed this insight, since it applies to so many people:

But even an understanding of the collusion between senior officials and journalists does not fully explain the extraordinary position Petraeus occupies in the American psyche. To understand why journalists and the public avert their eyes from Petraeus’ record of failure since Iraq, one must turn to the realm of psychology, and particularly the phenomenon of projection, one of the most powerful forces driving human behavior.

While the technical definition of psychological projection is attributing one’s own repressed negative traits to others, a “positive projection,” whereby one projects desires for security, love, respect, understanding and other desirable traits onto others, is equally strong.

Anyone who has ever fallen in — and out — of love can understand the unconscious power of projection. As a therapist friend says, “You fall in love with a projection not a person, and the first task of building a relationship is to separate the two.” When we first “fall in love” we inevitably project onto our love-object (whom we may not really know) our desires to love and be loved, valued, cared for and admired. It is only after time that we discover the person behind the projection, a process that often leads to primal bitterness at the failure of one’s projections.

Unconscious projections are particularly strong in the case of powerful politicians and military leaders. Ernest Becker, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book “The Denial of Death,” has theorized that the origin of hierarchy itself lies in our unconscious desires to be protected from death — the reason why for most of human history leaders, for example, claiming “the divine right of kings,” have exercised both secular and sacred power.

People naturally project their desires to be protected onto military leaders like Petraeus, especially at this moment in our history. Americans were understandably terrified by the Sept. 11 attack and naturally looked to someone like Petraeus for protection. In addition, we live in a largely hero-less age. Presidents have launched war on false evidence or engaged in adultery. Popes have covered up child abuse. Baseball players have cheated with steroids. Bankers have grabbed huge bonuses after wrecking the economy. We have gone from Franklin Roosevelt to Bill Clinton, from Dwight Eisenhower to George W. Bush, from David Sarnoff to Rupert Murdoch, from Martin Luther King Jr. to Al Sharpton. It is thus understandable why so many Americans, lacking other heroes, have projected their deep desires to be safe and protected onto Petraeus.

Projection itself is not necessarily harmful, of course. Many have been inspired to noble and selfless needs by their projections about their leaders, nation or religion. People who project deep feelings onto actors, musicians or athletes are at worst engaged in harmless fantasy.

But projections can also be quite dangerous. Human history is replete with catastrophes caused by humans either projecting their own repressed negative traits onto hated “others.” In the cases of military leaders from Napoleon to Gen. Westmoreland, people have projected their positive desires onto once-heroic leaders whose subsequent lack of judgment brought ruin to their nations.

I have beaten this particular man on a white horse for so long that I doubt anyone's listening anymore. But I have long considered David Petraeus to be a dangerous man, mainly because he occupies this space in American politics that makes him immune to the usual criticism. As the piece points out, virtually every institution in the world has lost credibility except for the military --- and Petraeus in particular. And he's not only not the hero that everyone persists in seeing him, he's quite bad at his job.

Obama deftly took him out of the political mix for 2012, and by all accounts he has genuine high regard for his abilities, which is disturbing in itself.But if things keep going the way they are going, the nation may very well turn it's eyes to this man in four years. And that's not good.

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