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Chris Hedges on ‘Illusion,’ Corporatism and Inverted Totalitarianism

In this interview with Vermont Public Radio’s Neal Charnoff, “Empire of Illusion” author and Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges emphasizes what makes his book’s argument different from that of the stereotypical elder who disapproves of emerging artistic and cultural forms: “I’m not attacking culture, I’m attacking corporatism,” he tells Charnoff. (continued)

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Booze Pirates Fleece Puerto Rico With the Help of Congress

A transfer of billions of dollars in federal aid from public projects in Puerto Rico to one of the world’s largest liquor conglomerates over the next 30 years continues to move forward without any objection from Congress.

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Obama and Senate Dems
AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Obama Tells Senate Dems to Step Out of the ‘Echo Chamber’ (Update: Video)

President Barack Obama gave Senate Democrats a pep talk Wednesday, rallying the battle-fatigued and dispirited among them by reminding of the need to “finish the job” concerning health care and financial reform and recommending that they refrain from taking their cues from cable TV news and the blogosphere. Instead, Obama said, they would do well to get out and talk to ordinary Americans.

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cosmopolitan.com

Scott Brown Wants to Make It Official

He’s already the stuff of “SNL” parodies, so Massachusetts’ newly minted Sen.-elect Scott Brown might as well go ahead and drop the “-elect” part from his title. Brown sent letters to state officials Wednesday prodding them to get on with the election certification process so he could be sworn in Thursday.

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Iranian rocket

Iran Launches Rocket, West Looks On With Suspicion

Iran’s launching of a new rocket Wednesday raised concerns in the U.S. that Tehran might have plans in the works beyond a patriotic show of space prowess (read: nuclear ambitions). Meanwhile, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is claiming that he’s open to talks about enriching Iranian uranium outside his country.

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Spitzer and Colbert

‘Colbert Report’: Eliot Spitzer Has Nothing to Lose

Eliot Spitzer is attempting to work his way back into the public’s good graces, and the former New York governor braved “The Colbert Report” on Tuesday night, only to be roundly “condemned” by Stephen Colbert. However, Spitzer has a certain likability, Colbert admitted, which might have something to do with having nothing to hide anymore. (continued)

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Pink Pork Edition

Why pork is the new Viagra, tech companies need to stop treating women like girls and what documentarians do when the cameras are off. All this and more on today’s list.

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Baby Sitter Blues

With 70 percent of children living in households where all adults are working, we need to reexamine the disparity that makes child care a luxury working families can’t afford.

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Volcker
AP / Gerald Herbert

Volcker Rules

Finally President Barack Obama has come to his senses on financial regulation. His endorsement of what he calls the “Volcker Rule” for once puts him squarely on the side of ordinary Americans as opposed to the banking bandits who have so thoroughly fleeced the public.

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Bump
youtube.com

Pseudo-Reality Web Show Zooms In on Abortion Issue

Would any pregnant woman want American viewing audiences to decide whether she should keep or abort her baby? Luckily, even the producers of the new Web-based show “Bump” know that that kind of programming wouldn’t fly, but they did go so far as to dramatize that idea by using actors in various prenatal scenarios to stage their stories for an online voting audience.

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Mel Gibson Is Done With Apologizing, Calls Reporter an A-Hole

Is it unfair to bring up Mel Gibson’s troubles? After all, it’s been more than three years since the superstar allegedly blamed those “fucking Jews” for “all the wars in the world.” Gibson loses it in this interview, saying “I’ve done all the necessary mea culpas.”

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Howard Zinn: The People’s Historian

Howard Zinn, legendary historian, author and activist, died last week at the age of 87. His most famous book is “A People’s History of the United States.”

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White House / Pete Souza

Who Will Be the New Global King of the Hill?

China and India stopped being part of what was called the “third world” when the “second world,” the communist world, disappeared in a shattering of global illusions in 1989.

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Flickr / TheTruthAbout

Study Suggests Fish Oil Can Ward Off Psychotic Episodes

Schizophrenia is one of the most baffling of mental illnesses, but a group of scientists studying the phenomenon in Austria may have hit upon a significant discovery that could help young potential schizophrenics prevent the onset of full-blown psychosis, and the treatment comes in a familiar form: fish oil supplements.

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Original image: Flickr / LukaIsntLuka

If Corporations Are People, Can They Run for Congress?

A progressive communications firm in Maryland is planning on sticking it to the Supreme Court by running for Congress. After all, if corporations have the same rights as individuals, why can’t they run for office?

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Best Documentary Nominees

The Motion Picture Academy has assembled an impressive slate of feature-length documentaries this year, from the inside story of the Pentagon Papers to an on-the-ground look at Burma’s Saffron Uprising. Here are the trailers for all five extraordinary films.

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Dalai Lama
Wikimedia Commons / Yancho Sabev

China Warns Obama Against Meeting With Dalai Lama

The Chinese government has issued a warning to the White House that there will be consequences of a diplomatic nature if President Barack Obama goes ahead with a rumored plan to meet the Dalai Lama in Washington later this month. A representative from the Chinese Communist Party hinted vaguely at undesirable outcomes ... (continued)

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AP / Greg Baker

Google Might Not Be Sorely Missed in China

It certainly did sound dramatic, the whole idea that execs at Google were throwing down the virtual gauntlet and threatening to pull out of China after clashing with the government over censorship, but it turns out that there hasn’t exactly been an uproar among the Chinese about the possibility of losing Google’s services.

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Punxsutawney Phil

Celebrated Groundhog Sees Shadow, Human Handlers Claim

It’s a tad goofy, this Groundhog Day tradition—and PETA, campaigning for an animatronic Punxsutawney Phil, would even say it’s inhumane—but if weather forecasts by clairvoyant rodents are your thing, we, who just spent part of the morning researching the origins of Groundhog Day, certainly aren’t going to judge.

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DoD / MC1 Chad J. McNeeley

Pentagon May Not Wait for Congress on Gays in Military

Only Congress can overturn the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, but the military may unilaterally make it harder to enforce—or at least hold up its end of the deal by actually not asking. The Pentagon will reportedly stop acting on accusations of homosexuality by third-party snitches and gay-baiters and will disempower anyone but generals and admirals to discharge people. Update

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A-B-C ... PTSD

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iToys [A Cartoon From China]

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Scott Brown
AP / Charles Krupa

Another Lone Wolf Joins the Pack

When I heard Scott Brown, the newly elected senator from Massachusetts, describe himself as a “Scott Brown Republican,” I groaned. It sounded as if he’s coming to Washington to be part of the problem, not part of the solution.

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Rotten Minds, Shriveled Hearts and Human Souls

Should progressives hold themselves to a higher standard than the name-calling and intellectual violence that conservative bloggers routinely engage in? Much could rest on the answer to this question.

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Screen capture from Gawker.com

Get Ready for the GOP’s New Talking Points

Certain vigilant operatives from the blogosphere have caught wind of some key words and phrases that we might soon be hearing on Fox News, as Republican pollster and memo composer Frank Luntz has let fly with his latest manifesto on how to spin the news about happenings on Capitol Hill to the GOP’s advantage.

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Paul Krugman Explains to Roger Ailes Why Fox News Is Garbage

It’s all well and good to snipe at the opposition from Microsoft Word, quite another to tell the guy sitting next to you that he’s a propagandist. Kudos to Paul Krugman for bringing a little more fact-checking and a little less elbow-rubbing to the Sunday morning talk show circuit.

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Flickr / Scott McLeod

Study: Older People Need Fewer Zzzs

Here’s another reason why baby boomers are still running various sectors of society: They need less sleep. According to a new study published, fittingly, in the journal Sleep, people in their 60s don’t need to snooze for quite as long as their younger counterparts. This may partly explain why Jay Leno is still on the air.

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Limbaugh Says $250,000 Isn’t Wealthy

For all their talk of deficits, conservatives don’t ever want to pay for them. Rush Limbaugh says people making more than $250,000 a year—who may just have to brace for a tax hike to keep our budget shortfalls somewhere in this galaxy—do not qualify as wealthy.

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coffin on car
AP / Karim Kadim

Female Suicide Bomber Kills 54 in Baghdad Attack

A female suicide bomber set off an explosives-lined vest in a crowd of pilgrims in northeast Baghdad on Monday, killing 54 people and wounding 109 and fueling fears of more violence before next month’s key elections, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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Obama's budget announcement
whitehouse.gov

Obama Announces $3.8 Trillion Budget for 2011

President Barack Obama on Monday announced his proposed 2011 budget, which includes boosted spending for creating jobs and waging wars, a potential tax on big banks, funding for infrastructure on the state and city levels ... and a whopping $1.6 trillion deficit for the fiscal year.

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Flickr/Robert Scoble

Jobs, Googlers Spar Over ‘Evil’ Quip

Nothing like a good word war between übergeeks to stir things up: Apple CEO Steve Jobs made an incendiary jab this weekend at his counterparts over at Google, accusing them of going against their company mantra, “Don’t Be Evil.” The current and former bigwigs at Google weren’t going to take that lying down.

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Aldrin on the moon
Wikimedia Commons / NASA

Obama Shifts Gears on Moon Plans

As if there wasn’t enough to attend to on Earth at the moment, President Barack Obama also has to focus on U.S. plans in space. As members of his administration announced Sunday ... (continued)

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‘TV Will Set You Free’ Edition

Gordon Brown’s law addiction, what Americans really, really, really want (really?), and how TV is going to save the world whether you watch it or not. These stories and more on the list.

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AP / Elaine Thompson

The Creed of Objectivity Killed the News

Don’t blame the Internet. The bloodless and soulless journalism of the traditional media left newspapers on the wrong side of the growing class divide and their readers.

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Flickr / aresauburn™

Justice Department Investigating Alleged Blackwater Bribes

The Justice Department is reportedly looking into whether private security firm/mercenary agency Blackwater Worldwide attempted to buy off Iraqi officials following a shooting rampage in Baghdad. Blackwater employees have so far escaped criminal charges for the Nisour Square massacre that killed 17 Iraqis. (continued)

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Thank You, Justice Alito

Justice Samuel Alito’s inability to restrain himself during the State of the Union address brought to wide attention a truth that too many have tried to ignore: The Supreme Court is now dominated by a highly politicized conservative majority intent on working its will.

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Go Daddy’s Banned Homophobic Super Bowl Ad

Sadly, this ad probably wasn’t banned because it’s lame and not funny, but CBS did Go Daddy a favor keeping this humor fail off the air.

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Late Night Hosts Gang Up on Leno

NBC’s “Tonight Show” meltdown has given plenty of fodder to the network’s late night competitors, who, for the most part, seem to side with Conan O’Brien over Jay Leno.

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Flickr / UK in Afghanistan

‘Very Challenging Year’ for Afghanistan

According to NATO’s newly appointed chief civilian representative, 2010 in Afghanistan will see more violence and casualties, but will also mark a turning point in the fight against the Taliban.

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Flickr / SmackNHawaii

China Seizes Lead in Alternative Energy

The Chinese have leapt past Western competitors in the race for alternative energy, becoming the world’s largest makers of wind turbines and solar panels. And they’re not done yet.

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Wikimedia Commons

U.S. Turns Up the Heat on Iran

The Obama administration is increasing the speed at which the U.S. is deploying military defenses in the Persian Gulf, putting ships and anti-missile systems in the area in response to worries about a possible Iranian missile attack and in an effort to put pressure on Tehran.

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Baptist Do-Gooders in Trouble in Haiti

Call it vigilante relief work or kidnapping, 10 American Baptists are in jail in Port-au-Prince after attempting to take 33 children out of Haiti in what they claim was an effort to “do the right thing.”

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Wikimedia Commons

Bin Laden Hearts the Environment

Osama bin Laden has found a new cause—the environment. Criticizing the U.S. and other industrial economies, bin Laden has released an audiotape that blames former President George W. Bush for not signing the Kyoto treaty and global corporations for their environmental degradation.

Posted on Jan 30, 2010 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons

Rebuilding Haiti to Take Generations

The United Nations has offered a sobering estimate of how long it will take to rebuild Haiti: With the country starting “below zero” and relief and redevelopment logistics still a “nightmare,” efforts to bring Haiti to its pre-earthquake days will take generations.

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Wikimedia Commons

U.S.-Taiwan Arms Sale Irks China

The U.S. State Department has defended a proposed deal to sell $6.4 billion in weapons to Taiwan, claiming the exchange would aid “security and stability” between the island and its mainland big brother, China.

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Wikimedia Commons / Ansgar Walk

Federal Government Going Greener

The U.S. government is finally jumping on the green bandwagon, announcing it will make efforts to cut energy use and reduce emissions by 28 percent by 2020, a move that could save $8 billion to $11 billion. The reduction figure is based on 2008 levels.

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Obama
White House / Pete Souza

Not So Fast, Chris Matthews

Many argue that Obama’s election to the presidency and status as global “supercelebrity” are signs that we have entered a post-racial moment in which everyone and everything are mixed. Among these believers is Chris Matthews of MSNBC.

Posted on Jan 29, 2010 READ MORE


Bill Gates
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation / Prashant Panjiar

Gates Announces Huge Vaccine Pledge

Bill Gates made a big announcement at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Friday. The Microsoft entrepreneur-turned-philanthropist revealed that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will donate $10 billion over the next 10 years to the cause of fighting disease around the globe through vaccines and immunizations.

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Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Whither Bipartisanship?

On this week’s “Left, Right & Center,” usual suspects Robert Scheer, Tony Blankley and Matt Miller (Arianna Huffington is in Davos for the World Economic Forum) weigh in about President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address and ponder the timely and, to some, troubling question: Is bipartisanship dead?

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