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Give ’em Enough Rope

Posted in Uncategorized by mrkd on 21 January 2010

Today’s ruling upends the nation’s campaign finance laws, allowing corporations and labor unions to spend freely on behalf of political candidates.

What I really want to see from this is full-on corporate endorsement of candidates, absolute commitment past the point of product placement in tv spots to actually inserting a company’s logo onto candidate signs — “Joe Jones for Congress” next to an American Flag and GE’s cursive circle.

This could work, too: a candidate endorsed and funded by Goldman Sachs is presented as someone with sound ideas of fiscal responsibility. The Pepsi candidate is focused on young people’s interests. The Wal-Mart candidate is someone who wants to build solid jobs in smalltown America, and his primary funder recognizes his ability to serve the interests of the rural people who depend on big-box stores for their goods, services, and livelihood.

What I suggest is a simple co-mingling  of the money and the message. Get in front of the inevitable scandal that emerges every time a reporter shovels out the striking truth that (audible gasp) a guy running for the state Senate is funded in large part by an energy company by having said company’s marketing team run the candidate’s campaign. Don’t just admit that you fund the guy — flaunt it. Decry the people who complain that he’ll only serve the company’s interest by reminding them that you, the power company, supply power and therefore know more about it than just about anyone, and you feel that this candidate has a feasible, practical, serviceable energy policy that will help everyone within the company’s umbrella. It’s time for America’s companies to take a more active role in shaping this nation. Or at least a more visible role.

Now: what are the restrictions on foreign companies? Can Gazprom get in on this?


I Did Not Know That

Posted in Uncategorized by mrkd on 13 January 2010

In the case of chimps, their mating habits are probably the source of the fierce evolutionary pressure on their Y chromosome. When a female comes into heat, she mates with all the males in the group, setting up competition within her reproductive tract between the sperm of different males.

As my friend Mike notes, it’s like the Thunderdome, except more than two sperm enter.

This crudeness has been extracted from a very interesting piece in the NY Times about the Y chromosome’s rapid-cycling evolution, a recently discovered phenomenon that explodes the old belief of the male gene being in a state of decay. The new, scientific masculinism: competition makes babies, man genes determine change in the species, only the strong survive. Everything old is new again, I guess.

Too bad the religious guys who like subjugating women — that’s fundamentalist Christian and Muslim, for those of you playing along at home — don’t dig on the human-chimp connection. If they believed in science, they’d have some good ammunition here for the male-dominated society, ie Strong Man Make Strong Baby, Strong Man Make Strong Species, Woman Take Strong Sperm.