Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, “Marry Jane’s Last Dance”

Undoubtedly, one of the best rock and roll songs

"When the media obsesses over politicians’ sex lives, it show that it doesn’t think politics is a very important profession. If I were Chris Matthews, I would feel sad that I devoted my life to something so obviously unimportant."

Doug Harlan J

History according to Sarah Palin

Via Amanda Marcotte:

I think it helps to understand that, for right-wing populists, this thing we call “history” is less about real people who did real things in the real world, and more like just the Bible Part II. It’s a myth that can be manipulated to suit their purpose, which is usually to establish themselves as the only Real Americans. When Palin says she got it right, I believe she believes that, because her story wasn’t really about Paul Revere. Her story was a thinly veiled allegory of the Tea Party worldview, and in it, Tea Partiers are Paul Revere and the British stand in for Obama, the foreign usurper who is out to take their guns.

The Waning Erotic Capital of Women

A purely supply-and-demand explanation of the growing sexually permissive society:  Sex is Cheap.

In summary, decrease in the supply of men with a constant demand for sex decreases the price of sex.  The easy access to pornography and birth control lower the cost of the sex itself and any discerning taste, arguably.

The idea that sex ratios alter sexual behavior is well-established. Analysis of demographic data from 117 countries has shown that when men outnumber women, women have the upper hand: Marriage rates rise and fewer children are born outside marriage. An oversupply of women, however, tends to lead to a more sexually permissive culture. The same holds true on college campuses. In the course of researching our book Premarital Sex in America, my co-author and I assessed the effects of campus sex ratios on women’s sexual attitudes and behavior. We found that virginity is more common on those campuses where women comprise a smaller share of the student body, suggesting that they have the upper hand. By contrast, on campuses where women outnumber men, they are more negative about campus men, hold more negative views of their relationships, go on fewer dates, are less likely to have a boyfriend, and receive less commitment in exchange for sex.

Possible consequences?

And yet while young men’s failures in life are not penalizing them in the bedroom, their sexual success may, ironically, be hindering their drive to achieve in life. Don’t forget your Freud: Civilization is built on blocked, redirected, and channeled sexual impulse, because men will work for sex. Today’s young men, however, seldom have to. As the authors of last year’s book Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality put it, “Societies in which women have lots of autonomy and authority tend to be decidedly male-friendly, relaxed, tolerant, and plenty sexy.” They’re right. But then try getting men to do anything.

I am not wholly convinced but it does offer some substantiating evidence.  Behaviorally, if one is to apply a “sexual economic” analysis, I fail to see where male loathing is a product of that. I would think it increase intragroup competition and hostility.  Lastly, all economics is based on rationality.  Obviously, humans aren’t always rational. The article seems to suggest that given the permissive nature of sexual relationships alongside heterosexual women’s frustrations with their male partners, they continue to make irrational costly decisions.  My experience at Smith, as it has for many, has in part been a large test in self-respect.  While the author suggests that women still have a great deal of “erotic capital” to spend on advancing themselves occupationally, I don’t see why we cant increase it to simply build a better society overall.

Basic Keynesianism

Signs, despite of claims otherwise, suggest the second depression:

In policy circles, there seems to be an absurd faith that demand in the economy will arise out of nowhere if we are just virtuous enough in reducing the deficit. That is not the way the economy works. Demand must come from some discrete source and it is very difficult to see where that might be if the country continues on a path of deficit reduction. 

To see why this is the case, first note that nearly 70 percent of demand in our economy is from consumption, but consumption has been growing slowly for two reasons. The first is that the economy has been creating few jobs. Furthermore, in a weak labor market workers do not have the bargaining power to push up their wages. The slow growth in jobs and stagnant wages mean that most families, who get nearly all their income from working, are seeing little growth in income. Slow growth in income means slow growth in consumption.



With these other sectors accounted for, this leaves the government as the only remaining candidate for boosting the economy. But additional stimulus is not even on the agenda in Washington. Instead, we are seeing cutbacks at all levels of government. These cutbacks led to a loss of 29,000 jobs in May. The pace of job loss is only likely to increase when states impose another round of cuts on July 1, the beginning of a new fiscal year for most of them.

All of this suggests a bleak picture for the unemployed. The economy must create 90,000 jobs a month just to keep even with the growth of the labor force. To be sure, the dismal 54,000 job performance for May was partly an issue of timing, with jobs showing up in April instead of May. But even taking the last three months together yields an average growth rate of just 160,000. At this pace, it would take more than a decade to get back to normal levels of unemployment.

Moreover, there are more factors pointing to slower growth than faster growth going forward. In addition to the state and local cuts kicking in next month, the new fiscal year for the federal government begins October 1. This is also likely to involve further cuts in spending. And the payroll tax cut is scheduled to end 3 months later, as is the extension of unemployment benefits. At some point, the pain of high unemployment across the country may lead to some new thinking in Washington, but until that time, welcome to the second Great Depression. 

alternative contact

What do you tell your emergency contacts when they ask for your emergency contacts?

goals for the summer

in no particular order

-reduce the clutter that is bounding me; become mobile and less dependent on materials goods

-become less self-loathing without sacrificing my realist perspective and nihilistic personality 

-find a job. thats not THAT important though

- become more agreeable looking…yeah yeah goal #2

-read/write/paint more 

-sleep/care/be less

Day 4

Feelings of anxiety heightened by a medication induced tenseness.

Feelings of hunger precluded by apathy—the closest feeling, although not totally fitting.

Feelings of uncertainty burdened by an invasive sense of false certainty pervading my nerves.

I am feeling crushed by an external weight flattening the person underneath with such force it exudes an ever more prominent solitude.

Nouvelle Vague—Bela Lugosi’s Dead (Bauhaus) from Bande A Part

A bit of Cat Power mixed with Metric, that gives a sort of PJ Harvey fell.