How weird of a place is Robyn in right now? Her fanbase includes: the chunk of listeners who love her for her Real Music indie-pop, especially ("Dancing on My Own" / "Be Mine!" / "Hang With Me" / now "Call Your Girlfriend" -- this train has had many stops), and now the chunk of listeners who liked her thirty seconds of punching on the Grammys and her subsequent "promotion" to Katy Perry opening act. Oh, and don't forget the maybe five people who mainly think of "Show Me Love." And that is how we get fake feuds. But see, all these Robyns can coexist in one person! And that one person gave an interview to VH1's Morning Buzz explaining just that:
Right there at the start, Robyn once again dismisses the Katy Perry non-feud, although she does so with pretty much the exact wording she gave to MTV, so you do have to wonder a bit. We also get to see a bit more of her fantastic one-take "Call Your Girlfriend" video, complete with pseudo-Pop Up Video tidbits.
And then the interviewer asks the one question we never knew we needed to know: what body parts are represented by each of Body Talk's three EPs? Robyn's ready with the answer: part 1 is her feet (dancing?), part 2 is her "poom-poom" (horniness? Also, this totally won't make her critics stop calling her too cutesy.), and part 3 is her "heart" (emotions! Aww.) So now you know. And now you should go re-listen to them all with this in mind. Perfect excuse!
The beggars banquet is getting crowded MEANWHILE
International Herald Tribune November 21, 2008 | Timothy Egan The New York Times Media Group Timothy Egan The New York Times Media Group International Herald Tribune 11-21-2008 The beggars banquet is getting crowded MEANWHILE Byline: Timothy Egan The New York Times Media Group Edition: 1 Section: OPINION
VALLEJO, California --
This city is broke. Bankrupt. A ward of the courts. The police have pared their ranks, and every day two fire stations temporarily close, a rolling blackout of basic services. Do we bailout Vallejo?
What about Philadelphia, Atlanta or Phoenix? They want $50 billion in emergency loans.
Years ago, when a close friend of mine lost his 75-year-old family retail business in Pittsburgh with the collapse of the steel industry, the U.S. government was nowhere to lend a hand to small business owners. go to web site ford motor stock
When aluminum factories in Spokane, Washington, folded after a corporate raider picked them to the bone, destroying the best middle- class jobs for blue collar workers in the city where I grew up, the government's advice to people losing their homes, cars and dignity was: Learn how to say, "You want fries with that?"
And when this city of 120,000, one of the few places in the Bay Area where someone with a middle income could live well, filed for bankruptcy earlier this year, it became little more than a talking point in the debate over bloated public employee unions.
We like to think the free market picks our winners and losers. What was left of that illusion was swept away with words that will begin many a master's in business theses in future years: "When President Bush nationalized the banking industry back in 2008 ... "
So, now we have arrived at that moment where taxpayers will play God with the U.S. economy. What has been going on in Washington over the last month makes European-style planned economies look entrepreneurial by comparison.
Let's be honest about this monumental exercise we're going through. These are not Band-Aids or bridge loans or bridges to a new tomorrow we're talking about here. A trillion dollars, more or less, is moving from Us to Them because they're supposed to keep Us from going under like Them.
Get it? Nobody else does, especially the people running it. Thus far, the bailout has been a disaster, in keeping with the Bush practice of abject incompetence in everything they touch - a final kiss-off from The Decider.
The blue-suited beggars in Washington this week were executives of the Big Three American auto-makers. See how they squirmed: dodging questions about whether they should get taxpayer money when they build cars overseas, about why they continue to make vehicles that nobody wants . go to website ford motor stock
Ford Motor stock was trading near $1 on Wednesday - you want fries with that? When even Mitt Romney, who pandered to Michigan voters this year about not losing another job, is willing to throw America's auto-makers under the bus, you know the bell has tolled for thee, Detroit.
They will likely get nothing from this lame-duck Congress. The bankers and insurance companies were lucky they came before bailout fatigue .
Next week it'll be somebody else - universities, state governments, maybe even newspaper owners crushed in the move of readers to the Web.
The auto companies, and cities like Vallejo, are in trouble for a couple of reasons. The foreclosure crisis and the credit squeeze are freezing money everywhere, at a time when companies and governments are responsible for employee benefits well beyond what they can carry. This was never sustainable. And now the pyramid has crumbled.
This points to the need for a so-called Big Bang solution when a new administration and fresh Congress start to govern. If business, or even mid-sized communities like Vallejo, were free of some of their social burdens they would be more nimble when downturns occurred, the argument goes.
General Motors supports more retirees than current workers. If you're a taxpayer without health insurance, or paying $12,000 a year on the open market to cover your family's health, you wonder why you should offer bailout billions for somebody with a rich safety net. The arguments are endless loops, turning citizen against citizen, the haves against the have-nots.
Why not go green, go for universal health care, go for economic stimulus - all with one big vision? Imagine if the $700 billion were there for a fresh overhaul of the American economy, rather than being siphoned off by the very people who created the problem?
Maybe we should cut the spigot off while there's still water in the tank. Save it for tomorrow, for January, for fresh thinking. Otherwise, the beggars banquet will only get more crowded.
Timothy Egan writes Outposts, a column at nytimes.com.
Timothy Egan The New York Times Media Group