Archive for September, 2005

Learning from history

September 23rd, 2005 – 7:54 pm
Tagged as: Economics,Politics

Julia of Sisyphus Shrugged says: I would be duly appreciative if the usual suspects would stop making cautiously approving noises about the New Republican Openness to Helping the Poor. I’m pretty damn tired of repeating history because you idiots aren’t capable of learning from it. You’re public intellectuals, right? I have to assume you’re trainable. […]

The power of blogs

September 19th, 2005 – 8:37 pm
Tagged as: Politics

The Daou Report has a fascinating look at the power (or lack thereof) of blogs in the political sphere. Whereas rightwing bloggers can rely on their leadership and the rightwing noise machine to build the triangle, left-leaning bloggers face the challenge of a mass media consumed by the shop-worn narrative of Bush the popular, plain-spoken […]

The same old thing

September 19th, 2005 – 8:19 pm
Tagged as: Politics

Today’s issue of The Progress Report included an excellent analysis of how Bush and his pals want to use Hurricane Katrina as yet another excuse for pushing the same old economic policies. How does a nation with record deficits responsibly finance “one of the largest reconstruction efforts the world has ever seen”? Already, President Bush […]


September 18th, 2005 – 8:39 pm
Tagged as: Health,Politics

If G.W. Bush and his crew can’t handle a hurricane hitting the Gulf coast, how are they going to handle this? Bird flu, which originated in China and South-east Asia, is being spread by migrating wildfowl, infecting domestic poultry. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation warned this month that it will reach every continent. Last […]


September 18th, 2005 – 1:52 pm
Tagged as: Miscellaneous

In an effort to make the information on this weblog a bit more timely, I’ve added an item in the right column called Noteworthy, which is a feed of the entries I’ve most recently added to my Furl page (there’s also a RSS feed available). Furl is a site I’ve recently discovered that’s been useful […]

Bush policies still getting Iraqis killed too

September 14th, 2005 – 7:44 pm
Tagged as: Iraq

While the focus is on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, things are still going pretty badly over in Bush’s other big screwup. The death toll in Wednesday’s eight bombings in Baghdad rose to 150, with one bomb in Kadhimiyah accounting for about 114. I can only imagine that hundreds were wounded. It is the second […]

GYWO: Katrina

September 14th, 2005 – 7:32 pm
Tagged as: Politics

It’s the Hurricane Katrina edition of Get Your War On. Some of them are funny, some of them are angry, and the last one is just poignantly sad.

The future of New Orleans?

September 13th, 2005 – 10:17 pm
Tagged as: Economics,Politics

Witness the priorities of the rich. Remember Hurricane will be used to drive out the black poor? Well, the Wall Street Journal has news for you: The power elite of New Orleans — whether they are still in the city or have moved temporarily to enclaves such as Destin, Fla., and Vail, Colo. — insist […]

Four years later

September 11th, 2005 – 1:27 pm

Juan Cole on this fourth anniversary of 9/11. Bush has given us the worst of all possible worlds– a half-finished job against al-Qaeda, an Iraqi imbroglio that could still explode into civil or even regional war– and which serves as an al-Qaeda recruiting tool–, a government starved for funds, an enormous windfall for the rich […]

No First Amendment in NOLA?

September 8th, 2005 – 8:57 am
Tagged as: Media,Rights

From Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo we have this: At first the evidence was scattered and anecdotal. But now it’s pretty clear that a key aim of the Bush administration’s takeover of the NOLA situation is to cut off press access to report the story. First, there were the FEMA orders barring members of […]