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Gore Vidal: Reflections on 9/11

The legendary man of letters sees echoes of Rome’s devolution from republic to empire in America’s imperial misadventures since the Sept. 11 attacks.

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Marie Cocco: ‘Scare Tactics’ on Social Security

“One could reasonably ask why talking about Social Security is a scarier tactic than the White House campaign slogan, which amounts to ‘elect Democrats and die at the terrorists’ hands.’ But never mind.”

Posted on Sep 18, 2006 READ MORE


Jabari Asim: Black American Males, or Short-Timers

What does it say about our culture that African-American men living in the nation’s inner cities have a life expectancy roughly equal to that of people of similar age living in West Africa?

Posted on Sep 17, 2006 READ MORE


Essential Reading From Sam Harris and Daniel Ellsberg

Check out these two new (unrelated) reports by men who embody the Truthdig mission of drilling beneath the headlines:

  • Daniel Ellsberg: “Time to Drive Out the Bush Regime”—The man who gave the world the Pentagon Papers delivers an impassioned plea to a new generation of activists to heed the lessons of Nixon and even Hitler when taking stock of the Bush administration?s nuclear ambitions.
  • Sam Harris: “God’s Rottweiler Barks”—The bestselling author of ?The End of Faith? gives a fiery response to Pope Benedict XVI?s speech on the interplay between faith and reason.

  • Posted on Sep 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Daniel Ellsberg
    From Benslade.com

    Daniel Ellsberg: Time to Drive Out the Bush Regime

    The man who gave the world the Pentagon Papers delivers an impassioned plea to a new generation of activists to heed the lessons of Nixon and even Hitler when taking stock of the Bush administration’s nuclear ambitions.

    Posted on Sep 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Pope Benedict XVI
    AP/ Jens Meyer

    Sam Harris: ‘God’s Rottweiler’ Barks

    The bestselling author of “The End of Faith” responds to Pope Benedict XVI’s speech on the interplay between faith and reason. Harris: “It is ironic that a man who has just disparaged Islam as ‘evil’ and ‘inhuman’ before 250,000 onlookers and the world press is now talking about a ‘genuine dialogue of cultures.’ ”

    Posted on Sep 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Andy Borowitz: Rocket Scientists Not as Smart as Originally Thought

    The satirist reveals that rocket scientists, according to a report by the American Association of Brain Surgeons, are less intelligent than you might imagine.

    Posted on Sep 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Keith Olbermann
    From MSNBC

    Truthdigger of the Week: Keith Olbermann

    Truthdig salutes the MSNBC anchor, whose strident monologue at Ground Zero last week ripped to rhetorical shreds the assertion of Vice President Cheney that critics of the government “validate the strategy of the terrorists.” (Jump for video and a full transcription, along with other fiery clips)

    Posted on Sep 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Ann Richards
    From tsl.state.tx.us

    Molly Ivins: Remembering Ann Richards

    The Texas-based columnist reminisces about the former Texas governor, who died Wednesday from cancer. “Anyone who ever heard her speak at an AA convention knows how close laughter and tears can be.”

    Posted on Sep 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Ellen Goodman: Horror or Hope in Vegetative Patient Study?

    British researchers reported that a totally unresponsive 23-year-old woman showed signs of awareness on a brain-imaging test. What we can’t know, however, is whether someone actually wants to keep living like that.

    Posted on Sep 13, 2006 READ MORE


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