Reporters, friends, countrymen: we have this on hearsay. Don’t know if it’s an urban legend, but here it is… Whispers inside the Beltway say the WaPo is sitting on the story that not only was Cheney drunk when he shot his pal (in the face), but that everyone involved waited so long to report the […]Read More..
Ever wonder about the fact that many of the abusive guards at Abu Ghraib were reservists whose normal day jobs were as prison guards back home? Some apples turn bad on their own, but I’ve got a feeling that there’s something inherent in the prison system that turns otherwise regular ole people into bad apples.Read More..
I like Cholene’s comment enough to bring it up front and center: I liked your point about the port deal; namely that it’s pretty embarrassing that we can hand our ports, data management (contracted to the usual defense contractors and then they outsource without oversight to other nations) and other government functions over to the […]Read More..
Harking back to the issue of a United Arab Emirates company assuming control of several U.S. shipping ports: folks, just cuz it is possible to use widespread anti-Arabism among the American public to create negative PR for the Bush administration does not mean that we ought to do so. Some means, at least, are not […]Read More..
U.S.-based mining giant Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. has a heart as bloodless and stingy as a lump of cold metal. Papuans are protesting the company’s policy (enforced via Indonesian military lackeys) of preventing poverty stricken locals from panning for gold residues in tailing piles that have already been abandoned by mine operations. If […]Read More..
For lots of people, the only concious environmental action they take is recycling. As easy as it can be, some folks need an extra nudge to keep at it. A couple years ago, Patrick FitzGerald and Ron Gonen started RecycleBank to use a touch of economic incentive to encourage folks to do the right thing. […]Read More..
The NYTimes has a couple stories today that are worth shaking one’s head at. On the one hand we’ve got another glimpse at Bush’s Big Brotherhood: In a seven-year-old secret program at the National Archives, intelligence agencies have been removing from public access thousands of historical documents that were available for years, including some already […]Read More..
One of the buzztopics among progressives following the 2004 election has been the need for the left to develop a stable of think tanks to gain ground in the propaganda wars with the VRWC. George Lakoff has joined the fray with a new tank focusing on how to give issues a positive progressive frame.Read More..