Archive for July, 2004

The Computer Ate My Vote Day, July 13th

July 12th, 2004 – 8:21 pm
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Just in case we actually do have an election this November, it’d be nice if every vote counted. [via Boing Boing]

Reasons to still care about Enron

July 11th, 2004 – 9:21 pm
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The always brilliant Billmon has returned from hiatus with an impressive post about the arrest of Enron’s Ken Lay. He starts of by talking about how the media seems to be determined not to really give a damn about the whole thing. I’ve been reading some of the mainstream media coverage of the indictment of […]

This Modern World: The Liberal Media Compares the Candidates

July 11th, 2004 – 8:43 pm
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Last weeks This Modern World was a great one.

Planning an end to democracy

July 11th, 2004 – 8:38 pm
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This sounds rather ominous: As a result, sources tell NEWSWEEK, Ridge’s department last week asked the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel to analyze what legal steps would be needed to permit the postponement of the election were an attack to take place. Justice was specifically asked to review a recent letter to Ridge from […]

Yep, it’s still the economy, stupid.

July 6th, 2004 – 8:51 pm
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Paul Krugman talks about the fact that what the Bush administration is touting as good economic news really isn’t very good at all. If you want a single number that tells the story, it’s the percentage of adults who have jobs. When Mr. Bush took office, that number stood at 64.4. By last August it […]

Getting help from the Israeli torturers

July 5th, 2004 – 10:39 am
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Juan Cole talks about the implications of the statement by Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski, the woman who was in charge of the infamous Abu Ghuraib prison, that Israelis were involved in the torture that took place there: That the US employed Israeli expertise in its torture of prisoners at Abu Ghuraib would, for most Arab […]

More police power does not make us safer

July 4th, 2004 – 8:43 pm
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A couple of weeks ago, noted security expert Bruce Schneier had an excellent piece where he talked about how unchecked governmental power is just as much of a security threat as terrorism: We need to carry on these principles of fair and open justice, both because it is the right thing to do and because […]

A leftist case for patriotism

July 4th, 2004 – 8:24 pm
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On this Independence Day, here’s an article about some of the many American radicals and progressive reformers who were proud to also call themselves patriots. Most Americans are unaware that much of our patriotic culture — including many of the leading symbols and songs that have become increasingly popular since September 11 — was created […]

Moving toward the new Dark Ages

July 3rd, 2004 – 10:31 am
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This is just scary. Lacey’s pharmacist and Kelley’s doctors are among hundreds, perhaps thousands, of physicians and pharmacists who now adhere to a controversial belief that birth control pills and other forms of hormonal contraception–including the skin patch, the vaginal ring, and progesterone injections–cause tens of thousands of “silent” abortions every year. Consequently, they are […]

Crossing yet another line

July 3rd, 2004 – 10:19 am
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The Bush-Cheney campaign has decided to once again try to slip around the edge of that pesky separation between church and state, probably because they’ve realized that without a big outpouring of support from conservative churchgoers their campaign is going nowhere fast. President Bush, seeking to mobilize religious conservatives for his reelection campaign, has asked […]