It's a rare dark and kind of miserable day here, good for reading and watching videos.
Thought I was just a perv, but I have been reading comment threads where several middle aged and older women confess to having old lady crushes on Chris Hayes. Its not just Cher who has succumbed. He can't help being a babe magnet. The way he pushes his glasses up his nose. Just kills me! So nerdy yet so winning, at the same time! Of course I hasten to add that Terry is, and always will be, my #1.
This is a long vid Chris and Ta Neheshi Coates did at MIT last week, which I found on Balloon Juice, a blog which I'm adding to my blogroll. This vid's a bit long for anyone but a groupie like me. I love watching vids like this from Lazi-boy central on my Kindle Fire.
One of his concerns is staying in touch if you live in the elite bubble, as he definitely does these days. Of course, for most of us, getting anywhere near elite people is damn near impossible. It's a matter of access. The carrying power of a blog like this is feeble, for instance. I have two Twitter followers, which must be some sort of record for having a miserable Twitter profile. Thanks, Hank and Leslie, for your presence!
When I talked to Chris at dinner on The Nation Cruise two years ago I didn't even know who he was. We discussed Swiss Social Security, which I collect. Is this the topic I would have chosen to discuss, had I known more about him? And then there was the embarrassment when I complained that he had not provided footnotes for his book, Twilight of the Elites. Geez. That really made me feel like a jerk, when I went up to get his signature on his book and he called me on it and said he was sorry. I still cringe when I recall that moment!
I'm bummed, a little, that we decided not to go on The Nation Cruise this year, but there is too much to do around the house. So I'll have to get my Chris and other liberal/progressives fix via the media. After the New Year we will send checks to The Nation and Democracy Now and go visit our cousins in Mexico later on around March. So it is not exactly deprivation we suffer.
There will be plenty to discuss next year, for sure, if we go on the cruise again. What I would wish is that they do an Alaska or Mexico cruise, which would be easier to get to from where we are. Or why not Hawaii! That would be perfect! I guess they are locked into Holland America, which has handled all their previous cruises, but a one week cruise on the Pride of America would be fantastic! And they would get more people from the west participating, too.
And Naomi has a posting about fressen. Now essen is the word for to eat in German and fressen is the word for to eat if you are an animal. Essen, capitalized, is food or the act of eating.
I was reminded of Bert Brecht's famous line: Erst kommt das Fressen, dann kommt die Moral. First the food, then the morals. But of course what this means is that people have to have enough to eat before they can afford to be high-minded. Brecht was always down to earth, in the best German fashion. This is from Wovon lebt der Mensch, a song from The Threepenny Opera.