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Filmmaker Turns His Eye on Surveillance Culture

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 7th, 2009 5:40 am by HL

Filmmaker Turns His Eye on Surveillance Culture

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A Canadian filmmaker is combining his love of science fiction with his alarm over the ramped-up surveillance in his native Toronto by putting a specially fitted Web cam into his prosthetic eye—he lost his own in a childhood accident—and filming everything he sees.

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Parker Blackman: More Than a Rush Job

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 7th, 2009 5:39 am by HL

Parker Blackman: More Than a Rush Job
Conservatives are feverishly working to rewrite the last eight years and distance themselves from George W. Bush. As progressives, we can’t let their current attempt at an extreme makeover go unchallenged.

Deane Waldman: Is This What You REALLY Want?
Years ago for a lecture before the American Academy of Pediatrics, I made a slide titled “The Cheapest Solution To Congenital Heart Disease” that…

Chris Weigant: Friday Talking Points [68] — Obamacare Pre-Emptive Strike, And An Anti-Rush Slogan Contest
If you’re just browsing by for the Rush Limbaugh contest, you can just scroll down to the end, to talking point number seven. Because we’re…


Accounting for California’s Suicide

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 7th, 2009 5:37 am by HL

Accounting for California’s Suicide
What went wrong in California? I think we can all agree on at least three observations. First, California is by nature the most richly endowed region in the world. Nowhere else is there so much fertile land, watered by gravity-fed winter runoff from the majestic Sierra. California has ample supplies of oil and natural gas. Millions of acres of timber abound in its coastal and mountain forests. Temperate climate and weather allow outdoor activity almost year round. The coastline is over 1300 miles long — with two of the great natural ports of the world at Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay.


Who Are The AIG Counterparties? Here Are Some…

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 7th, 2009 5:36 am by HL

Who Are The AIG Counterparties? Here Are Some…
Over at TPM, Josh has been doggedly highlighting the refusal of both AIG and the federal government to reveal the identity of AIG’s counter-parties in its disastrous credit default swaps. And several lawmakers have in recent days pressed Tim Geithner…

The Scudder Memo: Half A Loaf Better Than None?
Here’s one other key aspect of the Rove-Miers testimony agreement that’s worth noting… The agreement declares that the famous “Scudder memo” will be made available “for Committee review only”. In other words, the committee won’t get to keep a copy,…

Schloz-Backed Voter Fraud Lawsuit Bites The Dust
Another nail in the coffin for those bogus GOP claims of voter fraud… Remember how Todd Graves was fired as US Attorney for the western district of Missouri, after he wouldn’t go along with a Bradley Schlozman-backed effort to sue…


Love and Marriage for an American Ex-Pat in Ghana

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 7th, 2009 5:34 am by HL

Love and Marriage for an American Ex-Pat in Ghana
G. Pascal Zachary’s memoir ‘Married to Africa’ bridges his life as an American journalist with a Nigerian Igbo woman, his polar opposite.

Obama Demands Better Health Care for All: "This Time, We Will Not Fail"
Obama has kicked off his ambitious goal of reforming health care and providing insurance to all Americans, delivering real change this year.

The Only Way to Avoid Wasting Many Billions More: Take Over the Banks
American banks have polluted the economy; it’s a matter of equity and efficiency that they now be forced to clean it up.


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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 7th, 2009 5:33 am by HL

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Two things to remember on March 8, 2009
The first is easy. Change all your clocks because we’re about to have more light again and the days will suddenly gain a spaciousness we lost during the winter. Yes, it’s Daylight Savings again. The second is harder. It’s…

The New Media–Three Thousand Miles Wide and an Inch Deep?
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Judith Miller: Give Iran Talks ?The Good College Try? But ?Military Action? Needed If They Fail

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 7th, 2009 5:32 am by HL

Judith Miller: Give Iran Talks ?The Good College Try? But ?Military Action? Needed If They Fail
Last night on Fox News, the Special Report “All-Star Panel” discussed a new Washington Institute for Near East Policy report calling for tougher sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program. Panel regulars Charles Krauthammer and Fred Barnes naturally argued that the U.S. should instead attack Iran’s nuclear facilities. But disgraced New York Times reporter turned […]

Last night on Fox News, the Special Report “All-Star Panel” discussed a new Washington Institute for Near East Policy report calling for tougher sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program. Panel regulars Charles Krauthammer and Fred Barnes naturally argued that the U.S. should instead attack Iran’s nuclear facilities.

But disgraced New York Times reporter turned Fox News analyst Judith Miller — a rare “All-Star” panelist — briefly broke ranks. “I’m with the president on this one,” she said. “I think that we had eight years of calling the Iranians names. … What we really need to do is give it the good college try to see if there is a deal to be done.” Yet, Miller quickly sank back into her neoconservative comfort zone, arguing that if all else fails, “military action” will be necessary:

MILLER: And let’s say it doesn’t succeed, and the Iranians continue on their merry way, trying to have a bomb and trying to have relations with the world. At least then America will be able to say we have tried negotiations without preconditions. We have done everything we can. And it will set the stage for really tough sanctions. And, if that fails, unfortunately, military action.

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It appears that old habits die hard when you’re hanging around the neoconservative crowd. As New York Magazine noted in 2004, “During the winter of 2001 and throughout 2002, Miller produced a series of stunning stories about Saddam Hussein’s ambition and capacity to produce weapons of mass destruction…almost all of which have turned out to be stunningly inaccurate.”

Miller’s neocon friends in the Bush administration (as well as Iraqi exile Ahmed Chalabi) fed her that false information, and she hung onto every word. In late 2002, citing unnamed officials, she co-wrote a New York Times article reporting that Iraq had “stepped up its quest for nuclear weapons and has embarked on a worldwide hunt for materials to make an atomic bomb.” Senior Bush officials then pointed to Miller’s story as justification for war with Iraq. Miller even claimed shortly after the invasion that WMD had been found in Iraq.

In 2005, Miller went to jail for refusing to testify in the Valerie Plame leak scandal (Plame ironically worked on countering Iran’s nuclear program). While Miller was in jail, Vice President Cheney’s chief of staff Scooter Libby — a staunch neocon in his own right — wrote to her about how much he admired her and urged her to “come back to work — and life.”


Former NASA Official Is Accused of Steering Money to Private Client

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 7th, 2009 5:31 am by HL

Former NASA Official Is Accused of Steering Money to Private Client
A former top NASA official was indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury for allegedly using a temporary NASA post to steer millions of dollars to one of the clients of his consulting business.

In Obama Tax Plan, A Shift of Wealth From the Top Down
It has been called a Robin Hood budget: The spending plan President Obama sent to Congress last week would give the poor new tax cuts, new college loans and a new health care system by taking nearly $1 trillion from the rich in new taxes.

Court Puts Off Decision On Indefinite Detention
The Supreme Court yesterday vacated a lower court’s ruling that the president has the right to indefinitely detain a legal U.S. resident as a terrorism suspect, and put off a decision on one of the most expansive legal claims of the Bush administration.

Recession Snags Plan for Wild Horse Sanctuary
The gauzy dream of Madeleine Pickens, the wife of billionaire T. Boone Pickens, to save thousands of wild horses from government slaughter and turn them free in an “ecosanctuary” is crashing against the reality of bureaucracy and recession.

Obama Speaks at Police Academy Graduation in Ohio
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Thank you. (APPLAUSE) Thank you. (APPLAUSE) Thank you so much. (APPLAUSE) Thank you, everybody. (APPLAUSE) Thank you. (APPLAUSE) Thank you very much. (APPLAUSE) Thank you. Thank you very much. Please, everybody, have a seat. (APPLAUSE) Thank you so much. What a wonderful …


General Motors is Toast

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 7th, 2009 5:29 am by HL

General Motors is Toast
Megan McArdle, The Atlantic

The Big Dither
Paul Krugman, New York Times

Wild Party Days Are Over for U.S. Banks
Sen. John Kerry, Bloomberg