In case you haven’t gotten into the habit of checking out the newest This Modern World each and every week, here are links to the last few: This Modern World: Clear-eyed Conservative Realists This Modern World: Karl Rove Presents This Modern World: Rummy on a Roll
Archive for September, 2003
Over the weekend I started reading a book called The Best Democracy Money Can Buy by Greg Palast. I’m one chapter in, and I already really like both his attitude and his devotion to relying on research rather than just his own opinions. The first chapter is a detailed look at how the state of [...]
How’s the American economy doing during the reign of Bush II? Let’s look at the latest numbers on poverty and income: About 1.7 million more people dropped below the poverty line from 2001 to 2002, while median income went down as well, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The bureau reported a 1.1 percent decline, [...]
I really like the tone of this article over at the Moscow Times about the whole electronic voting fiasco. It’s a shell game, with money, companies and corporate brands switching in a blur of buyouts and bogus fronts. It’s a sinkhole, where mobbed-up operators, paid-off public servants, crazed Christian fascists, CIA shadow-jobbers, war-pimping arms dealers [...]
I’m back after a great trip to Toronto, and hopefully I’ll be able to catch up on all of the fun things that went on here in the U.S. while I was gone.
As stated in this article on the BBC web site: In an interview with Israel Radio, Deputy Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said it was now only a practical question of how to get rid of Mr Arafat. “His expulsion is an option, his liquidation is another option. It is also possible to confine him to [...]
Once again no agreement has been reached among the permanent members of the U.N. Security Council about a timetable for transferring power in Iraq to a true Iraqi government (rather than a handpicked band of pro-U.S. puppets). Apparently those damned French (and Russians and Germans) think that this is something that should happen quickly, while [...]
The last This Modern World was another great one, straight from Republican fantasyland. The scary part is that I can actually see them trying a strategy like this.
American soldiers at a checkpoint in Falluja decided to panic and open fire on some Iraqi policemen, killing eight of them. In fact, they apparently kept firing for 45 minutes, despite the surviving policemen yelling that they were, in fact, police. The U.S. later issued an apology which didn’t even actually admit that we killed [...]
Speaking of the WTO and “free trade,” there’s an excellent new op-ed ad from the people at TomPaine.com today which calls into question the idea that trade organizations and agreements actually benefit the people of the world. It’s followed by a bunch of interesting articles on the topic, all well worth a read.