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Month: March 2011

Hunter S. Thompson Explains Oliver North’s Role in the Iran-Contra Affair

Hunter S. Thompson Explains Oliver North’s Role in the Iran-Contra Affair

U.S. Marine Corp Lt. Col. Oliver North was indicted on sixteen felony accounts stemming from his involvement in the Iran-Contra Affair.  In his testimony before a joint Congressional Committee, he admitted to lying and to shredding government documents, and he said he joined the covert Iran-Contra operation because he thought it was a neat idea. Hunter S. Thompson followed the hearings closely and published many columns about the whole sordid affair and those involved in it.  I am posting his work…

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Oliver North Critical of Obama Striking Libya without Congressional Approval

Oliver North Critical of Obama Striking Libya without Congressional Approval

Lt. Col Oliver North, who was a key player in the Iran-Contra arms-for-hostages deal that supplied arms to the Nicaraguan rebels has criticized President Obama for not getting congressional approval to join the allied forces in a strike against Qaddafi in Libya. Congress explicitly prohibited U.S. involvement in the Nicaraguan war, and the Reagan Administration ignored their order.  So now a key player in the illegal operation is criticizing President Obama for not getting congressional approval?  Yes he is… watch:…

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GOP’s Fear of NPR

GOP’s Fear of NPR

It‘s all so painfully familiar.  A newly elected, Republican majority in the House of Representatives, filled with zealotry, hubris and self-righteousness, sets its sights on the relatively paltry amount of taxpayer funds (0.012% of the federal budget) that go to National Public Radio and the Public Broadcasting Service.  It’s 1994 all over again, except that the ultra-conservative element aka the Tea Baggers within the GOP caucus is even more extreme. To listen to these GOP ideologues, NPR and PBS are hotbeds…

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Krugman Coins my New Favorite Word: Ignoramitocracy

Krugman Coins my New Favorite Word: Ignoramitocracy

In a post about how the Republicans exist to oppose all Democratic policies and all Obama’s highly qualified agency appointments, Paul Krugman has come up with a word that describes perfectly the Republicans ideal form of government:  Ignoramitocracy. Part of what’s going on here is simply opposition for the sake of opposition. But as Pollack says, the underlying problem is that anyone with actual expertise and any kind of public profile — in short, anyone who is actually qualified to…

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Japan’s Nuclear Reactors have Poisoned the Water Supply

Japan’s Nuclear Reactors have Poisoned the Water Supply

From a story in today’s New York Times about the poisoned water supply: Radioactive iodine detected in the capital’s water supply spurred a warning for infants on Wednesday and the government issued a stark new estimate about the costs of rebuilding from the earthquake and tsunami that slammed into the northeast of Japan this month. Ei Yoshida, head of water purification for the Tokyo water department, said at a televised news conference that infants in Tokyo and surrounding areas should…

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Capsula at SXSW and they Have a New Album

Capsula at SXSW and they Have a New Album

If you are in Austin, Texas tonight as I write this and you are lucky enough to find a way into the Red Eyed Fly, then you are watching Capsula live, and I am not.  (I am watching the Washington Huskies play the Georgia Bulldogs in the NCAA Tournament). I’ve posted about Capsula before, and I picked their 2009 album Rising Mountains as the best album of 2009.  They have a new album out called In the Land of Silver…

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WaMu Execs Killinger, Rotella & Schneider Sued by FDIC

WaMu Execs Killinger, Rotella & Schneider Sued by FDIC

My wife and I were eating dinner at our favorite Seattle restaurant a few months after Washington Mutual collapsed.  The chef/owner came out to chat with us during the meal, and WaMu came up as a topic of conversation.  Our friendly Italian chef told us that what he thought Kerry Killinger needed was “a tune up.”  I said, “a tune up?”  He says, “yeah a tune up.  You know… like with a baseball bat.” The FDIC won’t be going after…

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Diane Arbus, Photographer

Diane Arbus, Photographer

Diane Arbus was born in New York City on this day in 1923.  She and her husband Allan started a commercial photography business in 1946.  She quit the business in 1956 and started using a twin-lens Rolleiflex camera that produced square images with great detail. This 1962 photograph of a child in Central Park holding a toy hand grenade is one of my favorites. Go here to view a selection of her works.

Ed Markey Ridicules the Republicans’ Attack on Science

Ed Markey Ridicules the Republicans’ Attack on Science

This week citizens of the world witnessed the powerful Japanese earthquake and disastrous tsunami that followed.  It was a shocking lesson in the physical sciences of gravity, motion, and plate tectonics.  Republicans haven’t repudiated the findings of scientists in these fields because they can see that, although scientists can’t yet predict when earthquakes will occur, they can predict the devastating results. Republicans can’t see the the harmful buildup of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere and, because they can’t see it,…

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Let’s start deficit reduction by eliminating the Double Irish and Dutch Sandwiches

Let’s start deficit reduction by eliminating the Double Irish and Dutch Sandwiches

For the past year or so the business magazines have discussed the way in which U.S. corporations use offshore shells to dodge some $60 billion in U.S. corporation taxes each year.  The most prevalent strategy has earned the sobriquets “Double Irish” and “Dutch Sandwich” because they rely on the laws of Ireland and its relationship with the Netherlands.  I developed a schematic or pert chart to make it clear to myself It works like this.  Company 1, an American corporation–Microsoft…

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