Remix Culture, David Byrne, Imelda Marcos


“…like this one, use news and archival footage to, well, show that every word of the song is true! Most of the lyrics on this one are lifted gently from interviews and quotations — the “please don’t” chorus especially. At some point as first lady, Imelda began to feel that she could help Philippine interests by charming world leaders into seeing things her way. “Handbag diplomacy” she called it — as she liked to imply that to solve a problem, she could bypass President Marcos and just grab a handbag and hop on a plane with some of her assistants. It sometimes worked! There was, for example, an Islamic-backed insurgency rising in the south of the Philippine archipelago, and she thought that a leader in that part of the world, Qaddafi in this case, might help pull the plug on that support if he saw things her way. Apparently he did — the funding stopped and the insurrection lost momentum, and she later described him as a pushover, a mama’s boy.”  – David Byrne

Taxes, Tax man, Taxi Driver

Brilliant. In a story on the Greek financial situation, the NY Times sourced and quoted Mr. Robbie Cullen a tax collector who, after increased income taxes and wage freezes, had to pick up a second job to make end meet., as a taxi driver.

”I can’t even keep up with my own debts, never mind the nation’s,” Cullen said, shopping for cut-rate sausage at a discount supermarket he disdained to visit in better times. ”I’ve got to spend 30 hours a week taxiing just to break even. Something else has got to give. I can’t give any more.” –Robbie Cullen, Tax Collector, and Taxi Driver on Ireland’s recent increased income Tax