In an orgy of self-referential self-referencing, I hereby link to my latest post at PajamasMedia, which itself links to an earlier post of mine here at zomblog:

Outside Job: Using the Oscars to legitimize a political theory

The last time I posted on this topic (over two years ago), it elicited a great deal of outrage and finger-pointing on the part of those who disagreed with me. Let the argument continue!

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    You are right on with your long winded posts, but being a visual person, I miss all of the nice crazy pictures of even crazier protesters. Where did all of the crazy protesters go? Is it that they are all happy because Bush is out of office? Berkely is still there! More pictures please!

  2. 2zombie on Mar 1, 2011 at 5:16 pm:

    Jeff –

    Sorry to say, the era of protesting in the Bay Area is gone — or at least on long-term hiatus. There was a huge upsurge in the lefty protest scene between 2003 and 2008, but after that — mostly silence. The momentum shifted to the other side, and it was Tea Partiers doing the protesting, not lefties (for the most part). But the number of Tea Party protests in the central Bay Area are few and far between.

    You’ll have to wait until a Republican gets elected, or until Obama invades somewhere, for a new wave of left-initiated protests to break out. Not much I can do about it! Believe me, I try to find stuff worth photographing, but aside from a few tired old annual events, it’s been very slim pickins these last two or three years. Sad but true.

  3. 3Maddy on Mar 1, 2011 at 6:17 pm:

    But what about the housing bubbles in Ireland and Spain?

  4. 4Scott on Mar 1, 2011 at 7:52 pm:

    Excellent piece as usual, Zombie. Check out the administration’s bid to re-spin Fannie/Freddie too…essentially allowing private firms to do motgage lending “unfettered” but with an FDIC-style government entity to “back” these loans in case of default.

    You know, if private lenders were left to, I don’t know, LEND without government (read: liberal political) influence, we probably wouldn’t have had the financial crisis in the first place, as private lenders cannot afford loan losses in the double digits. Why in the WORLD would they lend to people who can’t pay them back? Greenlining is one problem of many…I remember well GW Bush prattling on about homeownership being a dream all must realize. Sigh. Too much government intervention spoils the stew…

  5. 5eots on Mar 2, 2011 at 2:42 pm:

    Great post, Zombie.
    Also this: “I know I’m tilting at windmills here: the budget of my original post was exactly $0, and I’m up against an Academy-Award-winning film with a production budget of $2 million and which took over two years to complete.”
    I’m not sure why they need 2 mil to make a documentary, and who financed it. Remember how in the 90s filmmakers were bragging about producing feature length films for 30K?

  6. 6Ringo the Gringo on Mar 2, 2011 at 4:42 pm:

    Great post, zombie. The primary way that the media, and in this case movie propagandists, slant the narrative is not so much by reporting lies, but by simply omitting salient information. But don’t worry, you are not alone, many people understand exactly what started the financial crisis.

    As to the hey day of Lefty protests being over, I’m not so sure you’re right. Something tells me there is a new era just around the corner, although more oriented around Unions. I also have a feeling that Tea Parties are going to be met with anti-Tea Party, counter-protests more often than they have been in the past, which could potentially get ugly. And with the Middle East in turmoil there is always the possibility that Israel will become involved in some sort of altercation – or God forbid, another war. And when Israel is involved you always get the most rabid demonstrations, at least here in Los Angeles.

  7. 7Ringo the Gringo on Mar 3, 2011 at 9:36 am:


    “But what about the housing bubbles in Ireland and Spain?”

    Here’s Theodore Dalrymple on Ireland’s fiscal crisis:

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