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Monthly Archive: January 2011

Jan 20 2011

For some, it is undoubtedly the best of times

When I read stories like this, my first reaction is to check whether it is April 1 or from the Onion because this level of ostentation cannot possibly be real. But apparently it is.

Jan 20 2011

Who makes up the oligarchy?

Commenter Jeff, in response to an earlier post, posed the question: Who or what constitutes the oligarchy and when did they come into being? Another commenter to that same post, named simply G, asked: What needs to be done to change things? I’ll address the first question here and keep the next for a subsequent …

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Jan 19 2011

Ron Paul schools CNN ‘journalist’ on WikiLeaks and politics

Jan 19 2011

Tackiness in Arizona

I have written before that people tend to go overboard in their public expressions of grief. Ted Rall thinks that as a nation we are descending into tackiness when it comes dealing with the aftermath of tragic events. He cites the memorial service in Arizona as an example of our tendency to turn even solemn …

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Jan 19 2011

When cracks appear in the oligarchic system

Knowledge seeks to be free. While oligarchic suppression of unauthorized messages can be very thorough, it can never be complete. There will always be people who have a strong urge to know the truth and disseminate it and they will find ways to do so. We have seen in the past that even under tightly-controlled …

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Jan 18 2011

What happens after Wiley Coyote gets the Roadrunner

Jan 18 2011

Hypocrisy on internet freedom

Glenn Greenwald lists some of the hypocrisies of the US government when it comes to internet freedoms. He leads off with the one concerning cyberwarfare. While the US government condemns it, it does nothing when Israel openly boasts about using it against Iran. So as is the usual pattern, it is never the principle that …

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Jan 18 2011

If all the atheists left America…

(via Machines Like Us)

Jan 18 2011

Film review: Good Hair (2009)

Hair is an important issue in the black community, getting way beyond the level of attention that people of other ethnicities give it. I first became aware of this fact a long time ago back in Sri Lanka as a student when I first read The Autobiography of Malcolm X (1964). As a young man …

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Jan 17 2011

How the US treats its citizens/Glenn Greenwald fundraiser

Glenn Greenwald continues to highlight the plight of US citizen Gulet Mohammed in Kuwait, which I wrote about before. The Kuwaiti government was willing to release him provided he had a ticket for a direct flight to the US. His family provided it and he was taken to the airport where he was denied boarding …

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