Archive for January, 2004

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday

January 19th, 2004 – 8:56 pm
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In honor of Dr. King’s birthday, posted this piece to remind us that the world he strove for involved more than just racial equality. On Monday, the United States will celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. with a federal holiday. We will hear stories of his battles with segregation, his eloquent speech […]

Kim Stanley Robinson on capitalism

January 19th, 2004 – 8:55 pm
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An interview at Science Fiction Weekly with the very talented Kim Stanley Robinson includes this excellent quote: […] Your career-long critique of capitalism is strongly in play here; in your opinion, why don’t science and capitalism constitute a productive combination? Robinson: Well, nothing can constitute a productive combination with capitalism. It’s parasitic by definition. A […]

Investors vs. labor

January 16th, 2004 – 11:42 pm
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There’s an excellent analysis over at the Washington Post of how the changes to the tax code that Bush pushed through benefit investment over work. If you work for a living in George W. Bush’s America, you’re a sap. Take a quick look, or a long one, at the tax code as Bush has altered […]

Well said

January 13th, 2004 – 8:43 pm
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Over on Electrolite there was a great comment by Graydon in the discussion of this post: ‘Reshaping the Middle East’ is the sort of alleged objective that gets into history books under the heading of ‘how much more fortunate it would have been had these people had their femurs gnawed out by clue weasels instead’. […]

The truth about the Bush administration

January 13th, 2004 – 7:01 pm
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Columnist Paul Krugman thinks the time has come for Bush-backers to admit the awful truths about our fearless leader. People are saying terrible things about George Bush. They say that his officials weren’t sincere about pledges to balance the budget. They say that the planning for an invasion of Iraq began seven months before 9/11, […]

A scathing look at the war on terror

January 13th, 2004 – 7:00 pm
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A new report from the US Army War College describes the war on terror as a strategic error and says it is unsustainable in its current form. In the wake of the September 11, 2001, al-Qaeda terrorist attacks on the United States, the U.S. Government declared a global war on terrorism (GWOT). The nature and […]


January 12th, 2004 – 9:25 pm
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Here’s [Realplayer required] a brilliant Daily Show segment that pretty much sums up the level of professionalism much of the media is exhibiting about the 2004 election. [via Atrios]

Thanks a lot, AARP

January 12th, 2004 – 8:45 pm
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The AARP spent a lot of time defending itself after it supported the bad Medicare reform bill last year. They insisted that the changes would be good for seniors. Does this sound good to you? Some companies with many retired workers are expected to post big earnings gains for 2003 or 2004, thanks to accounting […]

No job for you

January 9th, 2004 – 7:59 pm
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You may have heard your local news talking head saying that the unemployment rate dropped to 5.7 percent, but did you realize that was only because 309,000 people dropped out of the labor force? No matter how good the numbers look for Wall Street, if there aren’t jobs then it’s not much of a “recovery.” […]

Taking the whole world down with us

January 9th, 2004 – 7:35 pm
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How bad is the U.S. deficit getting? Bad enough that even the IMF is worried. With its rising budget deficit and ballooning trade imbalance, the United States is running up a foreign debt of such record-breaking proportions that it threatens the financial stability of the global economy, according to a report released Wednesday by the […]