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Disappearing Acts A crushingly sad article about the mass extinction we are all participating in, with photos from Nick Brandt and others.
posted on Dec-8-18 at 3:19 PM

Secret shuts down San Francisco, NYC, and other cities lose weird, raunchy, anonymous zeitgeist
posted on Apr-29-15 at 10:21 PM

... a story appeared on a wall
posted on Feb-8-13 at 9:35 AM

Larry Ellison is buying 98% of Lanai , one of the Hawaiian Islands. Best way to protect the island and the commons? or bad precedent and an example of the tyranny of small decisions?
posted on Jun-20-12 at 6:48 PM

Soros on the banking crisis:
"A deep recession is now inevitable and the possibility of a depression cannot be ruled out. When I predicted earlier this year that we were facing the worst financial crisis since the 1930s, I did not anticipate that conditions would deteriorate so badly." - Soros lays out some ideas about what can be done to fix the markets ... Planet money had another nicely done piece on the debacle last Friday.
posted on Nov-10-08 at 12:42 PM

Super funny money turning up on the world stage
Along with pranks going on in the gulf this week, some funny stuff going on with US Currency as well - Perhaps part of the explanation of the seemingly endless run on gold?
posted on Jan-13-08 at 11:51 PM

shock doctrine at work
Fisk documents the dismantling of Iraqi culture - Klein exposes the history behind the destruction.
posted on Sep-17-07 at 12:22 AM

Christian Embassy at the Pentagon and on the hill. Scary.
more here. "We're the aroma of Jesus Christ?"
posted on Aug-12-07 at 7:02 PM

Wall Street Journal owners officially considering joining the Borg
Minority owner Jim Ottoway vehemently opposed. One wonders what the opinion of a Senator from New York is?
posted on May-31-07 at 11:01 PM

Telephone excise tax refund
Get your $60 + bucks back from the government... and do something good with it (beware talking website). Via the always excellent Ian Masters today.
posted on Apr-8-07 at 12:57 PM

Is now captured Robert A. Levinson a spy? a government agent?
Perhaps someone on non-official cover (NOC)? or just a guy doing some research for a book in Iran. The WaPo cuts through the mumbo jumbo here.
posted on Apr-3-07 at 11:01 PM

Hometown Baghdad Web documentary series about the life of 20 somethings living in Baghdad - an interesting addition to the list of more famous web threads on life in Baghdad.
posted on Mar-29-07 at 3:19 PM

Randy Cunningham, Jerry Lewis... Duncan Hunter?
Is Duncan Hunter - the California Congressman who staged the cynical pull out of iraq vote/stunt last spring, the next powerful washington insider to be implicated in the growing list of corrupt or questionable California Congressmen?
posted on Jun-9-06 at 9:24 AM

Wangari Maathai discusses saving the environment in Nigeria
and how religion influenced its destruction and subesquent efforts at saving it. A beautiful portrait of a beautiful determined woman doing her part to help save the planet.
posted on Apr-17-06 at 12:34 PM

Berlusconi going down? another leftist leader elected - another victim of bush policies or of his own hubris? (via war and piece)
posted on Apr-10-06 at 9:43 AM

New Republican backed ads say our troops should be used as flypaper
and attempt to advance the iraq/al queda link. More on the Progress for America Voter Fund and their links to the swift boaters here. Are they airing these to counter the Bush administrations own admissions that the things are actually worse on most fronts in Iraq than before the war?
posted on Feb-10-06 at 10:06 AM

Rumsfeld likens Chavez to Hitler - expels diplomat in tit for tat
meanwhile the American Family Association calls for a boycott of Venezuelan owned Citgo (obviously encouraging more support for gulf arab regimes). The Venezuelan grandmother I recently spent a Sunday with was very happy with Chavez - and proud of him despite his faults and corruption in the country. What's with Rummy and friends?
posted on Feb-3-06 at 12:00 PM

Bush tapping journalists?
“As reported below, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell – based on some information she clearly hasn’t yet made public – is asking if Bush specifically wiretapped CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. The fact that the question was asked so publicly and so specifically means that Mitchell knows something.”
posted on Jan-4-06 at 10:05 PM

Pentagon has yet to ban contractors from using forced labor
"A proposal prohibiting defense contractor involvement in human trafficking for forced prostitution and labor was drafted by the Pentagon last summer, but five defense lobbying groups oppose key provisions and a final policy still appears to be months away, according to those involved and Defense Department records." ...this is "zero tolerance" ?
posted on Dec-27-05 at 4:09 PM

Patriot Act used to arrest environmental activists
"Federal marshals arrested six environmental activists in a series of coordinated raids in four states yesterday, Dec. 8, in apparent response to a string of arsons in Oregon and Washington attributed to the Earth Liberation Front (ELF)" ... has the patriot act produced any arrests in the country related to 9-11?
posted on Dec-15-05 at 2:45 PM

sony tries counter culture to sell playstations - and gets beat down
or was it all part of the plan?
posted on Dec-8-05 at 8:02 AM

Mainstream former federal judge speaks out
Former CNN talking head and Texas federal judge Catherin Crier speaks out in defense of the courts, and mainstream america... if Ms. Crier is now the left - how far to the right have we drifted?
posted on Nov-15-05 at 10:13 PM

family at war an excellent documentary of a family who lost their son in iraq - particularly moving is the soldiers determined, soft-spoken mother who is examining the reasons for her loss.
posted on Nov-14-05 at 9:33 AM

more flickr fun
someone has a little too much time on their hands - the result is cool.
posted on Nov-7-05 at 2:06 PM

novak loses it some are guessing because the host had warned him he would be asked about the valerie wilson outing ...
posted on Aug-4-05 at 3:43 PM

are we doing enough to protect the unborn?
where are the demonstrations at the gates of petro-chemical companies?
posted on Jul-14-05 at 12:22 PM

it was rove
"MSNBC Analyst Says Cooper Documents Reveal Karl Rove as Source in Plame Case"
posted on Jul-2-05 at 10:29 AM

more iraqgate: "Ministers were told of need for Gulf war ‘excuse’" "MINISTERS were warned in July 2002 that Britain was committed to taking part in an American-led invasion of Iraq and they had no choice but to find a way of making it legal."
posted on Jun-12-05 at 1:33 PM

john bolton and group sex
do these revelations make him more or less qualified to serve as the united states ambassador to the UN?
posted on May-11-05 at 1:31 PM

a closer look at the new director of national intelligence: john negroponte
"Velasquez says she and other relatives met with the ambassador around March 1983. "It was like a bucket of cold water," she said. "Our hopes were high, because we knew the influence that the embassy had with the government. But he denied knowing anything, and said it was an internal affair of Honduras. We got out of there wanting to cry.""
posted on Mar-21-05 at 2:39 PM

global graffiti tour
great stuff from all around the world. almost makes you want to run out and buy a tube of krink.
posted on Feb-21-05 at 6:18 PM

shooting in tal afar, iraq
what will become of these poor children?
posted on Jan-19-05 at 3:11 PM

new york art show shuttered due to controversial portrait of the president
beginning of the end of free speech?
posted on Dec-15-04 at 8:51 AM

dolphins protect human swimmers
"A pod of dolphins circled protectively round a group of New Zealand swimmers to fend off an attack by a great white shark, media reported on Tuesday."
posted on Nov-23-04 at 9:33 AM

Machine Error Gives Bush Extra Ohio Votes An error with an electronic voting system gave President Bush 3,893 extra votes in suburban Columbus, elections officials said.

Franklin County's unofficial results had Bush receiving 4,258 votes to Democrat John Kerry's 260 votes in a precinct in Gahanna. Records show only 638 voters cast ballots in that precinct.

do the math.
posted on Nov-5-04 at 10:51 AM

bruce mau's massive change
"Design has emerged as one of the world's most powerful forces. "
posted on Oct-24-04 at 9:38 AM

Condi Rice and pre-war intel hype
The tubes were "only really suited for nuclear weapons programs," Condoleezza Rice, the president's national security adviser, explained on CNN on Sept. 8, 2002. "We don't want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud."

But almost a year before, Ms. Rice's staff had been told that the government's foremost nuclear experts seriously doubted that the tubes were for nuclear weapons, according to four officials at the Central Intelligence Agency and two senior administration officials, all of whom spoke on condition of anonymity. The experts, at the Energy Department, believed the tubes were likely intended for small artillery rockets.

Are these women right to be angry with the Bush administration?
posted on Oct-3-04 at 7:45 PM

‘Staying the Course’ Isn’t an Option "If Bush is re-elected, there are only two possible outcomes in Iraq:

Four years from now, America will have 5,000 dead servicemen and women and an untold number of dead Iraqis at a cost of about $1 trillion, yet still be no closer to success than we are right now, or The U.S. will be gone, and we will witness the birth of a violent breeding ground for Shiite terrorists posing a far greater threat to Americans than a contained Saddam."
posted on Sep-26-04 at 6:34 PM

project hello
"... To give homeless individuals a name, and in the process, encourage others to treat them with dignity, respect, and compassion. "
posted on Sep-21-04 at 6:22 PM

nice fonts in a simple yet exceedingly well designed wrapper. via newstoday
posted on Sep-15-04 at 6:23 AM

"FBI espionage probe goes beyond Israeli allegations, sources say ... The linkage, if any, between the two leak investigations, remains unclear. But they both center on the office of Undersecretary of Defense Douglas Feith, the Pentagon's No. 3 official."

Juan Cole pulls back the curtains on the neo-cons and Franklin here ... if you have friends or family in the US military is this the guy(s) you want calling the shots??
posted on Aug-29-04 at 9:05 PM

"The men who killed the contractors were not turned in,
and very few weapons were surrendered, but the Americans agreed to a deal nonetheless."

A letter from Falluja, and a forshadow of US approach to iraq in the months and years to come? One wonders about about the potential blowback ...
posted on Jul-2-04 at 9:11 AM

what kind of planet will we leave future generations
as the human race gets "richer? and if those future generations will look back fondly at our stewardship or with disdain?
posted on Jun-13-04 at 10:37 PM

pendulum continues to swing back to the left
Meet Congresswoman Stephanie Herseth (D-SD)
posted on Jun-2-04 at 12:17 AM

pop vs. soda
what might the "other" terms be? you are from the far north of minnesota or south central new mexico - what do they call "pop" or "soda" in your neck of the woods?
posted on May-27-04 at 11:57 AM

ice photographs
beautiful photos from d. hirmes
posted on May-24-04 at 9:50 AM

Douglas Feith - "What has the Pentagon's third man done wrong? Everything."
How many people know who Feith is? As the #3 man in the Pentagon, and a key architect of the war in Iraq, with many interesting affiliations more should. ,
posted on May-21-04 at 8:36 AM

graffiti? street art?
the beautiful artwork and website of ernest pignon-ernest. (flash required) via heavy-backpack
posted on May-11-04 at 10:31 AM

A conversation with Marianne Pearl
is one of the more moving interviews I have ever heard and was certainly a highlight of the weekend. She is a beautifully calm person with seemingly the right approach to an awfully violent world.
posted on May-2-04 at 8:39 PM

the biggest website rip-off of them all
paid for with your tax dollars. the CPA rips the excellent brookings institution. via the sleuths at tpm
posted on Apr-21-04 at 10:56 AM

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