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The Age of Treason

Glenn Beck loves them. Tea Partiers court them. Congressmen listen to them. Meet the fast-growing “patriot” group that’s recruiting soldiers to resist the Obama administration.

Private 1st Class Lee Pray and a small group of fellow soldiers at the Fort Drum Army base in upstate New York are angry about the recent direction of the federal government. They are actively stockpiling weapons, running drills, and outlining a plan of action for the day "the shit hits the fan"—the day they will be forced to go AWOL to their "fortified bunker," and if it becomes necessary, to turn their guns against fellow soldiers. "I’m willing to fight to the death," Pray said. | Lucian Read / Mother Jones | More Photos >>

Justine Sharrock, Mother Jones | THE .50 CALIBER Bushmaster bolt action rifle is a serious weapon. The model that Pvt. 1st Class Lee Pray is saving up for has a 2,500-yard range and comes with a Mark IV scope and an easy-load magazine. When the 25-year-old drove me to a mall in Watertown, New York, near the Fort Drum Army base, he brought me to see it in its glass case—he visits it periodically, like a kid coveting something at the toy store. It’ll take plenty of military paychecks to cover the $5,600 price tag, but he considers the Bushmaster essential in his preparations to take on the US government when it declares martial law. | Updated | More >>

Related: The Axis of the Obsessed and Deranged | NYT 10.02.27

Canada Grabs Gold, Star Settles for Silver | 10.02.28

Whether or not the men’s hockey team beats the U.S. in the gold medal final and despite lagging far behind the Americans in the overall medal count, the Canadian Olympic Committee’s Own The Podium program can claim almost complete vindication after matching the Winter Olympics record for the most gold medals won by a country.

You just won’t hear that from The Toronto Star. | Updated | More >>

Health Care Summit Happily Brings Period Of Bipartisan Illusioneering To An End | 10.02.26

Jason Linkins, The Huffington Post | The two or three people in the world who believed that lawmakers were going to emerge from yesterday’s Health Care Summit having forged a brave new path of bipartisanship or a collective decision on a new Pope must be feeling disappointed today. | Updated | More >>

Is China really so scary? | 10.02.28

Steven Mufson and John Pomfret, The Washington Post | This new Red Scare says a lot about America’s collective psyche at this moment. A nation with a per capita income of $6,546—ensconced above Ukraine and below Namibia, according to the International Monetary Fund—is putting the fear of God, or Mao, into our hearts. | Updated | More >>



The Big Zero

Illustration: ASG

Paul Krugman, The New York Times | Maybe we knew, at some unconscious, instinctive level, that it would be an era best forgotten. Whatever the reason, we got through the first decade of the new millennium without ever agreeing on what to call it. The aughts? The naughties? Whatever.

But from an economic point of view, I’d suggest that we call the decade past the Big Zero. It was a decade in which nothing good happened, and none of the optimistic things we were supposed to believe turned out to be true | Updated | More >>

Related: New Slip in Housing Prices Undercuts Fragile Optimism | NYT 09.12.29

The Ooglay Truth | 09.12.31

Anti-terrorism needs a nanny state; The worst architect building of the decade; Consider the opposition prorogued; Bye-bye Blue Cross? AND: Modern conservatism, in a nutshell | Updated | More >>

Army History Finds Early Missteps in Afghanistan | 09.12.30

James Dao, The New York Times | The early and undermanned effort to use counterinsurgency is one of several examples of how American forces, hamstrung by inadequate resources, missed opportunities to stabilize Afghanistan during the early years of the war, according to the history, “A Different Kind of War.” | Updated | More >>

Related: China, Willing to Spend, Wins Trove of Afghan Copper | NYT 09.12.29

Who’s running the TSA? No one, thanks to Sen. Jim DeMint | 09.12.28

Margaret Talev, McClatchy Newspapers | An attempt to blow up a trans-Atlantic flight from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas Day would be all-consuming for the administrator of the Transportation Security Administration — if there were one. | Updated | More >>

Related: Capitol Hill’s Most Unhinged Republicans | MoJo 09.12.29

Kinda Funny: Good Riddance | 09.12.31

Paul Fell / artizans.com via CBC News

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CBC’s Smart Shift Web site: What’s the deal with IBM?

Cross-Promotion A screenshot from CBC’s Smart Shift Web site, sponsored by IBM. This story in the site’s "Case Studies" section, "A smart new travel companion," which has no byline, profiles IBM’s implementation of an iPhone application for Air Canada. The article, styled like a CBC news story, lists the features of the new application, and its subhead reads: "Success! The new app takes off."

CBC News’s new Web site, called Smart Shift: Conversations for Change is clearly labeled as “presented by IBM.” But what does the century-old US$109 billion business consulting firm get out of this partnership with Canada’s national public news source? And what do CBC.ca readers receive in the end? | Updated | More >>

The Fall of Greg Craig | 09.11.19

Massimo Calabresi and Michael Weisskopf, Time | Obama turned to Craig to roll back Bush-era policies in the war on terrorism. But by September, Craig had been sidelined by pragmatists. | Updated | More >>

Stephen Harper and the politics of suspicion | 09.11.19

Don Newman, CBC News | Parliament used to work because of majority governments but also because MPs made it function. That is not the case today. The fraying was not—it might surprise some I’m sure—the fault of the Bloc Québécois. Rather it came from the Reform party led by Preston Manning. | Updated | More >>

The Wisdom of Crowds | 09.11.23

Crowdsourcing was the New Coke; JavaScript’s sloooow in Firefox; Overrated minds on display; Sarah Palin’s real threat; AND: Wait, wait... | Updated | More >>



Too Many Chiefs

Sure, he’s a sellout. But Joe Lieberman is a product of an over-complicated American political system that makes voters just another special interest.

In one fell swoop, Joe Lieberman, once Democratic candidate for vice president, then neocon stoolie, and now so-called “moderate” independent senator from Connecticut, both put the Democratic health proposal’s essential public option in doubt and proved James Madison wrong.

What a sellout. After Lieberman announced he would join a Republican filibuster against any health reform bill that included a public insurance option, Norman Lear called him a backpfeifengesicht, or a person whose face should be slapped, "Because the smirking arrogance oozing from that face is all the assurance you need that whatever the man is thinking and doing cannot be good for you, your children, your friends, your children’s friends, or anyone else you care about." Stephen Colbert’s take-down was particularly hostile, noting that Lieberman changed face after 10 years of support for health reform despite the fact that an overwhelming majority of his constituents supported the public option:

Joe’s party is Connecticut for Lieberman, not Lieberman for Connecticut. Big difference. You see, Joe is a true independent: He’s independent of parties, he’s independent of voters. So I say stick to your principles Joe. And as soon as you can, let us know what those are.

Harsh and deserved. But this isn’t just Joe’s story. It’s Max’s, and Olympia’s, and Arlen’s and Kent’s—all senators who have both baffled analysts and stood in the way of progress on health care in one way or another for the simple, galling reason that they can. It’s the story of Founding Father Madison’s Federalist ideas gone wild, creating a government so complicated that politics has become the exclusive sport of the wily and the well-funded, the common good be damned. And since every sport has its losers, I might as well mention the also-rans: Accountability and you. | Updated | More >>

Munyaneza gets life for Rwandan war crimes | 09.10.29

CBC News | In an unprecedented decision, Justice André Denis wrote the sentence is severe because "the law considers the crimes committed by the accused to be the worst in existence." | Updated | More >>

Lawyers: Photos show Khadr “innocent” in death of US soldier | 09.10.29

Michelle Shephard, The Toronto Star | Classified photos show Toronto-born Omar Khadr lying buried and hurt in a trench during a firefight in Afghanistan that killed a U.S. commando. His lawyers say that proves he couldn’t have thrown the lethal grenade. | Updated | More >>

Ongoing Agony of the Banks | 09.10.29

The New York Times | If the federal government’s strategy to save the banks was meant to get them back into the business of lending to American consumers and businesses, it has not worked yet. | Updated | More >>

Today In The History of This Website... | 09.10.28

Today, on the once sorrowful Feast of The Blue Screen of Death,

did Andrew, once burdened with old files, decrepit javascript and non-validating markup, proclaim his Web site, saveandrewgarib.com, complete in archives, and valid in the eyes of W3C The Infallible, in both HTML and CSS, excepteth for some crap about oncontextmenu or something about which he giveth not a shit,

and he did rejoice,

in the year of Unix 39, the 28th Day of the Tober of Oct, 1256688000.

Ameneth.



Reverse Robin Hood

The Bailout Helps Fuel a New Era of Wall Street Wealth

The New York Stock Exchange, September 2008. The Wall Street Bailout was supposed to fix the credit markets and, in turn, the rest of the economy. But credit isn’t flowing and U.S. unemployment tops 10%—while the bank rebound. | Justin Lane / European Pressphoto Agency via NY Times

Graham Bowley, The New York Times | How can some banks be prospering so soon after a financial collapse, even as legions of people worry about losing their jobs and their homes?

It may come as a surprise that one of the most powerful forces driving the resurgence on Wall Street is not the banks but Washington. Many of the steps that policy makers took last year to stabilize the financial system—reducing interest rates to near zero, bolstering big banks with taxpayer money, guaranteeing billions of dollars of financial institutions’ debts—helped set the stage for this new era of Wall Street wealth. | Updated | More >>

Tories won’t update information and privacy laws | 09.10.15

Joan Bryden, The Toronto Star | OTTAWA—The Harper government has quietly nixed recommendations to expand and modernize Canada’s access-to-information and privacy laws. | Updated | More >>

Lobbyist Pushing to Represent Sudan | 09.10.10

Dan Eggen, The Washington Post | A prominent Democratic fundraiser and ally of Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) is attempting to secure a lobbying contract with the pariah regime in Sudan, which has embarked on an aggressive effort to enlist U.S. support against allegations of genocide and war crimes. | Updated | More >>

Related: Obama drops plan to isolate Sudan leaders | NYT 09.10.16

Related: Pentagon convenes Sudanese war-crime cases | Miami Herald 09.10.19

Elephant, Now In Room | 09.10.19

Pulling the pulling-the-race-card card; Brow-beating Beyoncé; Self-promoting Tories won’t save the Liberals; Why we need government-run news; AND: FUDGE!!!!! | Updated | More >>

Photos: Summer’s Over | 09.10.01

Might as well just say it: It’s not coming back. <sniff> | More Photos >>



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Too Many Chiefs

In one fell swoop, Joe Lieberman, once Democratic candidate for vice president, then neocon stoolie, and now so-called “moderate” independent senator from Connecticut, both put the Democratic health proposal’s essential public option in doubt and proved James Madison wrong. | More >>

The Prophet That Wasn’t

Is Ron Paul really the spirit behind the Tea Party protests? ALSO: Charging for software, and other horrible things; Different planets saw different Obama speeches; And the numbers still suck | More >>

Going for Broke

Robert Wright thinks there can be a ‘grand bargain’ on evolution. But there’s no such thing as a compromise in a culture war. | More >>

Torturer’s Shill

Michael Ignatieff outright condemns torture in his book, “The Lesser Evil.” So why do the rest of his arguments sound like John Yoo? | More >>

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