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Documents say detainee pushed near insanity

“WASHINGTON – A U.S. military officer warned Pentagon officials that an American detainee was being driven nearly insane by months of punishing isolation and sensory deprivation in a U.S. military brig, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. “While … Continue reading

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Mullah Omar Lives!

“LONDON (Reuters) – Taliban leader Mullah Omar on Monday urged U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan to withdraw or face a similar defeat to occupying Soviet troops a generation ago. “In a rare message, posted on militant websites and monitored … Continue reading

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TSA Terrorism

“Citing sources within the aviation industry, ABC News reports an overzealous TSA employee attempted to gain access to the parked aircraft by climbing up the fuselage… reportedly using the Total Air Temperature (TAT) probes mounted to the planes’ noses as … Continue reading

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Jesus God what kind of a country do I live in?

Where has Dr. Aafia Siddiqui been for the past five years? And what’s been happening to her? “On August 5, US newspapers carried the story of the capture of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani woman who was trained in neuroscience … Continue reading

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Pepe Escobar on Obama the “celebrity”

“NEW YORK – How mud-wallowingly deep may a multi-millionaire US presidential campaign go? Way deep – deeper and deeper. And this is only early August. “Republican Senator John McCain’s presidential campaign’s strategic decision is now all too obvious. Swift-boating Democratic … Continue reading

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More horror, more greed in Los Angeles

“‘California’s largest union local and a related charity have paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to firms owned by the wife and mother-in-law of the labor organization’s president, documents and interviews show. “‘The Los Angeles-based union, which represents low-wage caregivers, … Continue reading

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Georgia on my mind

Honestly! If you really want to know what’s going on in the world, you have to read the Asia Times. “GORI, Georgia (Reuters) – Georgia called for a ceasefire on Saturday after Russian bombers widened an offensive to force back … Continue reading

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First Spitzer

Now Edwards: “WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former U.S. Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards has admitted to having had an extramarital affair with a woman he met in a New York City bar in 2006, ABC News reported on Friday. “ABC said … Continue reading

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The way we live now

“On Monday, the first American war crimes trial in since World War II opened at Guantanamo, the United States presenting its case against Salim Ahmed Hamdan before a jury of US military officers. Hamdan, who at the time of 9/11 … Continue reading

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Mayerson GOTV: Yeah, irony, just vote for Dems in November, please?

I loathe American irony, but I found this apt: Voter Registration in all 50 States. Ginger doesn’t want to hear you didn’t know how to register to vote. She knows baby is muuuuuch smarter than that.

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The case against het marriage

This sounds more like Dee Patterson is making a case for divorce. I know For Better or For Worse is supposed to be some kind of paean to marriage and family but I’ve never seen it that way. Reading FBOFW … Continue reading

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Have wealthy white men gone insane?

“Finally, there are the “Tier 3” sex workers, who can charge in excess of $10,000 per rendezvous. They may have only four or five clients, and they typically charge their clients an additional monthly surcharge for their various needs—rent, clothing, … Continue reading

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Of course, I blame

Fablog and YouTube. Hmmm.

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The Hackenblog turns 5

Yeah, I’m shocked, too.

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The debt trap snaps shut

“Economists teach that if the economy is going into a recession, lower interest rates and give people money. That wisdom is so conventional that the only quibbling seems to be over timing, amount, and who gets the money. “But this … Continue reading

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Our man Savage

Dan Savage goes down to South Carolina and lives! Cognitive dissonance anyone? Are there enough voters like this in the country to get Huckabee elected? This is scarier than anything I can think of right now. Of course, I haven’t … Continue reading

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Ewtube

“Two ninth-grade girls at Newport Harbor High have been arrested in connection with the beating of a girl from a nearby intermediate school, a video of which was posted online at MySpace.com and YouTube.com. “Earlier reports indicated the 13-year-old assault … Continue reading

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The Internet might be more broken than we know

“A young man arrested in the deaths of two teenagers at a Mojave Desert bunker had posed with firearms and written darkly on an Internet blogging site of ‘killing people at random’ but had no clear motive for the shootings, … Continue reading

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Baby binding

Does this (video on right) seem wrong to anyone else? Via new dad supremo Mr. Dan Kelly.

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We have to inaugurate a Dem Prez in 2009

Even if it’s Hillary, even though Bill recently said the US should leave some troops in Iraq to protect the Kurds from the Turks (also here), which is one the worst ideas I’ve heard in a long time. Nothing against … Continue reading

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A loaded gun in his carry-on luggage trumps 100mph in a Prius

Huckabee’s son was packing a gun. A carry-on Glock at Little Rock airport. Huckabee’s Son Arrested With Gun at Little Rock Airport, AP on FoxNews, April 26, 2007 (via Jill at Skippy’s) Mad Kane is so much better at this … Continue reading

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Making it possible for children to be molested by his priest troubles Cardinal Mahony

“For many, (Michael Stephen) Baker came to symbolize the church’s failure in protecting its most vulnerable parishioners: He was a man who allegedly molested more than 20 youngsters in his 26 years as a priest and had confessed his problem … Continue reading

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55% of sub-prime mortgages could have been better deals for folks with a downpayment and better credit

Goddammit. “One common assumption about the subprime mortgage crisis is that it revolves around borrowers with sketchy credit who couldn’t have bought a home without paying punitively high interest rates. But it turns out that plenty of people with seemingly … Continue reading

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6A bails on LJ reaction

If I’m going to read this mess, by Elvis, I’m going to blog some of it. Proceed at your own risk:

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So much to fear, so little time

“It was Keynes, too, who anticipated and helped prepare for the ‘craving for security’ that Europeans would feel after the three decades of war and economic collapse that followed the end of the Gilded Age. Thanks in large measure to … Continue reading

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This just in! Humanity does not exist!

“In the early 1980s, Gray, who teaches European thought at the London School of Economics, was the most capable defender of Friedrich von Hayek as a social philosopher rather than just a propagandist for free-market policy. But he later became … Continue reading

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More fear, more terror, and ever more stupidity

There has got to be a better way to fight the war on terror: “In the UK: “A man who had gone into a diabetic coma on a bus in Leeds was shot twice with a Taser gun by police … Continue reading

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Hey, kids, it’s cruel and unusual and sick and twisted State sanctioned punishment for y’all

When most 14-year olds are worried about their grades, Antionio Nunez must be living every waking moment in utter terror: “The issue is being litigated in court. Last March, two criminal defense lawyers filed a petition for a writ of … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on water torture, aka waterboarding

So these thoughts will be out here and not in my head anymore: Waterboarding is torture. How is this or any kind of torture acceptable to the country the United States likes to think it is? Not unlike historical waterboarding: … Continue reading

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Hmmm…we have levees in California, don’t we?

“A long-simmering dispute about whether a leading engineering organization whitewashed the role of the Army Corps of Engineers in the failure of the levee system during Hurricane Katrina has broken into the open with a bitter YouTube spoof and a … Continue reading

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