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Former Intel Officer: U.S. ‘Trying to Create an Iraq That American Voters Will Ignore’

A former Dept. of Defense staffer says that the U.S., in building megabases in Iraq, has all but given up on policing the country, and will send its troops out only to quell large riots. “The overarching U.S. strategy is to avoid the kind of big eruptions that get media attention.”

Posted on May 26, 2006 READ MORE


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Invisibility Cloaks in Sight

New advances in “metamaterials,” which change how light bends around an object, could make Harry Potter’s invisibility cloaks reality, The Guardian reports.

Posted on May 26, 2006 READ MORE


The Devil Wears Prada
Courtest 20th Century Fox

For Interns, Blogging Brings Perils, Profits

On the eve of the premiere of the underling-dishes-all movie “The Devil Wears Prada,” the N.Y. Time surveys the landscape of interns whose work-related blogs have brought them both pay and pink slips.

Posted on May 26, 2006 READ MORE


Dead Iraqi civilians
From Lucian Read / WorldPictureNetwork

U.S. Military: Marines Killed Iraqi Civilians

The U.S. military is set to report that a small number of Marines in Iraq carried out extensive, unprovoked killings of civilians, reports the New York Times. The paper says it may be “the gravest case involving misconduct by American ground forces in Iraq.”

Posted on May 26, 2006 READ MORE


Anatomy of the Iran/Jewish Arm Badge Story

Want to know the genesis of that bogus story about Iran requiring Jews to wear arm badges? Apparently a public relations firm specializing in promoting neocons was instrumental in placing the story in the National Post. Check out the full account here.
And then some credulous blog editors—like yours truly—linked to the story before realizing how shoddily sourced it was. Mea Culpa big-time

Posted on May 25, 2006 READ MORE


Jon Stewart and Bill O'Reilly
From Comedy Central

‘Daily Show’ Viewers Better Informed Than O’Reilly Watchers

During his May 23 show, Bill O’Reilly claimed that many young Americans have “no idea what’s going on,” stating that they get their news from Jon Stewart. Problem is, studies show that Stewart’s viewers are better informed than most other media consumers—considerably better than viewers of “The O’Reilly Factor.”

Posted on May 25, 2006 READ MORE


Senate Passes Landmark Immigration Reform Bill

The legislation would mark the most significant changes in immigration law in two decades. The bill contains a guest-worker program and offers undocumented workers a path to legal residence and even citizenship (after paying fines). It is far more immigrant-friendly than the House version. Now comes the fight over reconciling the two bills.

Posted on May 25, 2006 READ MORE


Al Gore
Courtesy Paramount Classics

Gore: America in ‘Category 5’ Denial on Global Warming

Al Gore, in an interview with The Nation, says that no meaningful change will happen on the global warming front until the public starts demanding it of their leaders. And right now, the people have other things on their minds.

Posted on May 25, 2006 READ MORE


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Illustration by Mignon Khargie / Salon.com

Spare the Quarter-Inch Plumbing Supply Line, Spoil the Child

Salon chronicles a growing Christian fundamentalist parenting practice of hitting and otherwise harming one’s children to “train them up.” The practice is directly linked to the death of a 4-year-old who was suffocated underneath blankets to keep him from leaving his bed. (Reg. req’d.)

Posted on May 25, 2006 READ MORE


Karl Zinsmeister
From aei.org

Bush’s Appoints Washington Editor as Policy Adviser

It seems Bush has a thing for “Karls” as policy advisors. On the heels of Karl Rove’s departure from his policy-advising position at the White House, the president has chosen Karl Zinsmeister, editor in chief of the magazine published by the conservative think tank American Enterprise Institute. He has had some eyebrow-raising things to say on the subject of race over the years. (Biographical info on Zinsmeister here.)

Posted on May 25, 2006 READ MORE


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