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Monthly Archive: January 2011

Jan 24 2011

How the KKK got its name and uniform

From That Mitchell and Webb Look.

Jan 24 2011

Recent cracks in the oligarchy

(For previous posts about the oligarchy, see here.) I wrote earlier about how cracks appeared in the oligarchy during the late stages of the Vietnam war. In that case, the oligarchy split between those businesses for whom the war remained a good thing because their businesses directly benefited from the war effort, and those for …

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Jan 23 2011

100 best movie quotes of all time

Jerry Coyne provides links to film clips that show the 100 best movie quotes of all time. Can you guess which one is #1? Here’s the first twenty. Rather than quibble with the list or its rankings (after all, these were done by some anonymous person and reflect just his or her opinions), I found …

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Jan 23 2011

The latest idiocy

Apparently the willingness of people to be duped by hucksters into believing that inanimate objects wield magical powers that can improve their lives has resulted in the popularity of something called ‘Power Balance’ bands, a silicone band containing a hologram. It seems like all it takes is for some celebrity to endorse some nonsense for …

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Jan 23 2011

The no-fly list as a means of coercion

Gulet Mohamed, whose story I have written about before, is back in the US. His case illustrates how the US government, headed by that noted constitutional scholar Barack Obama, subverts the constitutional protections of its citizens by using the no-fly list to coercively detain and interrogate citizens in other countries which have far fewer protections, …

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Jan 22 2011

Media filters at work

Apparently that portion of the press conference where Chinese president Hu Jintao was asked about human rights issues was blacked out in the state-run China media. Damian Grammaticas, the Beijing correspondent of BBC News, says smugly, “Just hearing a Chinese president deal with direct questions on human rights is incredibly rare. In China the heavily …

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Jan 22 2011

Single payer health insurance system in India

There is a common misunderstanding that the single payer system of health insurance means that the government provides all the health services. That is not true. There are many systems of single payer in which doctors and hospitals are private. It is just that the multiplicity of for-profit health insurance firms that do not add …

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Jan 21 2011

Bill Maher on the US Founding Fathers

Jan. 14, 2011 Clip – New Rule: Founding Fathers (via onegoodmove)

Jan 21 2011

The nature of oligarchic power

One of the famous sayings of Chairman Mao in his Little Red Book was that “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.” That saying still holds true. The US oligarchy has disproportionate influence within the transglobal oligarchy because it has the military strength of the US behind it. This is why we …

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Jan 20 2011

Constitution-free zone

You are most vulnerable to having your civil liberties (supposedly guaranteed by the Bill of Rights in the US constitution) ignored when you are entering the country, because the US Customs and Border Patrol (a division of the Department of Homeland Security) seems to have been given extraordinary powers in order to ‘protect’ the country. …

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