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Gridlock
From enterstageright.com

A Brit Ponders America’s Love Affair With Cars

Next time you’re stuck in gridlock, keep in mind that many American cities had fantastic public rail systems until Big Auto bought up all the tracks and scrapped them to make way for cars. The Observer reminds us that “it did not have to be like this.”

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Airbus A380
From The Guardian

World’s Largest Airliner Has Bar, Lounge, Shopping Area

The Airbus A380, the world’s largest airliner, touched down for the first time at London’s Heathrow Airport on May 18. It can carry 800 passengers, nearly 400 more than the Boeing 747. It has a lounge, fully reclining bed-chairs, a shopping area and a bar.

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Pink’s Ode to ‘Stupid Girls’

In her new video, Pink wages a full-frontal assault on society’s embrace of airheads like Paris Hilton. A cut above most music videos out there.

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Fast Food Nation

‘Fast Food Nation’ Trailer Hits the Net

Greg Kinnear stars in the movie, based on Eric Schlosser’s mega-selling anti-fast-food book. Looks worthwhile.

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New Italian Leader: Iraq War ‘Grave Mistake’

Italy’s incoming prime minister, Romano Prodi, said the war had encouraged global terrorism and he has vowed to pull his country’s troops from Iraq.

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Gen. Michael Hayden

Hayden ‘Wasn’t Comfortable’ Over Iraq Intel? What a Catharsis!

It was the worst intelligence failure since Pearl Harbor, but all we get is a measly “no sir, I wasn’t comfortable” from the would-be CIA chief about the White House’s trumping up of intelligence to sell the Iraq war.
Yeah, that ought to about heal all our nation’s wounds….

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Michael Hayden
AP / Gerald Herbert

Hayden: ‘We Just Took Too Much for Granted’ in Iraq

That’s what Gen. Hayden said about the prewar Iraq intelligence failures. But there was no contrition for the domestic wiretapping activities he oversaw at the NSA. In contrast, he strongly defended the programs.
Well, now that he’s taken responsibility, at least we know what we’re in for if he gets confirmed.

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Tom Friedman
From dissidentvoice.org

Tom Friedman’s Elastic Deadlines

The N.Y. Times’ foreign affairs columnist has been saying that “the next six months” in Iraq will be the “decisive” ones—for the last two and a half years. FAIR documents a “long series of similar do-or-die dates that never seem to get any closer.”

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Jon Stewart and Ramesh Ponnuru

Stewart Eviscerates Anti-Abortion Author

“The Daily Show” host drops rhetorical bomb after bomb on Ramesh Ponnuru, whose book “The Party of Death” argues against abortion rights. Our favorite: Stewarts’ comparison of collateral damage in Iraq and in abortions.

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Hayden Denounces Media Coverage of CIA Activities

Gen. Michael Hayden bemoaned the “endless picking apart” of CIA operations in the news media during today’s confirmation hearing on his nomination to head the intelligence agency.
If the architect of the NSA domestic wiretapping program gets this promotion, it will be like a Jon Stewart joke gone horribly wrong.

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Liberty Laid Low

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Shouting Match Over Gay Marriage Amendment

After a Senate committee approved a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., strode out of the room, and Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., bid him “good riddance.”

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Ex-Bush Official Sentenced For Vote Suppression

The senior official in Bush’s reelection campaign got 10 months for his part in a phone-jamming scheme to keep New Hampshire Democrats from voting in a 2002 election.

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Howard Dean
From 4president.org

Dean Misstates Party’s Platform on Gays

The Democratic chairman, speaking on Pat Robertson’s network, said that the Dems’ platform declares “marriage is between a man and a woman”—when, in fact, it doesn’t. Gay rights groups are angry.
Update: Pat Robertson, by the say, said that God told him that America would be hit by tsunamis in 2006.
OK, Dean misspoke, but what a sad commentary that he was having a serious conversation with a delusional hate-monger like Robertson, anyway.

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Missouri Town May Evict Unwed Couples With Kids

Current law in Black Jack, Mo., prohibits more than three people from living together unless they are related by “blood, marriage or adoption.” The City Council rejected amending that law to include unmarried couples with children.
We’re speechless.

 

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From ThinkProgress

U.S. Secretly Supporting Somali Warlords

Some of the warlords we are supporting—purportedly to keep Al Qaeda from establishing a beachhead in the African nation—were the same ones who helped to bring down American Blackhawk helicopters in 1993.

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Teens Kissing
From the Washington Post

Teen Sex Less Risky in Europe Than U.S.

Western European teens have fewer pregnancies, and lower levels of STDs, than their American counterparts. Why? Because teens in Europe have easy access to contraceptives, confidential healthcare and comprehensive sex education. Teen sex is seen as a healthy thing. (Compare that to America’s puritanical, ineffective abstinence programs.)

 

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Senate Backs Fence, Access to Citizenship

The Senate has voted to build 370 miles of triple-layer fencing along the Mexico border, but also has endorsed a chance at citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants.
Interesting mixed message, but perhaps the best that could be hoped for, given the political climate.

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Big Oil Launches Attack on Al Gore

A think tank bankrolled in part by oil companies has launched a disinformation campaign against Gore’s “global warming alarmism” in his movie “An Inconvenient Truth.”

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Gore lecture
From a123.g.akamai.net

Gore 2008 Buzz Is Growing

As Al Gore crisscrosses the country to promote his new global warming movie, Democrats are speculating with feverish intensity about the former veep’s political future.
Update: Arianna appears to be on board, and even Franklin Foer of The New Republic is gushing about Gore’s movie.

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Da Vinci Code
pub.tv2.no

‘Da Vinci’ Secret Is Out: Most Critics Hate It

After all that hand-wringing by Christian leaders about the deleterious influence that the movie would have on the faithful, it turns out that the film is stillborn.

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Judge Strikes Down Ga. Ban on Gay Marriage

Don’t get too excited. The judge made the ruling on procedural grounds—not on a question of civil rights.

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Kick the Oil Habit

Kick the Oil Habit

Check out this sobering video, which spells out the moral imperative we face to wean ourselves from dependence on oil. Robert Redford will be talking about this new campaign on Larry King tonight (May 17.)

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Colbert and John Gibson

The Colbert Show Solves the ‘Under’-Population Problem

Stephen Colbert listens as Fox News host John Gibson explains that the world needs “procreation,  not recreation.”

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Joe Conason: On Immigration, Too Late for Bush’s Good Intentions

“Bush has proved so incompetent as president that he lacks credibility. Sending thousands of troops southward now in an effort to appear tough only underscores his failure.”

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Bush’s Immigration Troops

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Bush’s Immigration Plan

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Choice Point
gregpalast.com

Will the Real ‘Big Brother’ Please Stand Up…

When the government can’t legally dig up your medical records, call histories and voter registration information, it turns to the data mining company ChoicePoint—which has sucked up over $1 billion in federal contracts.
Do. Not. Miss. this article on how the frightening industry of data mining works.

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Robert Scheer: Bush More Right Than Wrong on Immigration

“It is good news that the public is finally hip to Bush’s con, yet it is worrisome when surprisingly sensible proposals by the president on immigration are automatically rejected because of the source.”

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AT&T envelope
From AMERICAblog

Has AT&T Sent Out the Most Ironic Mailer Ever?

You won’t believe the envelope that the phone company has apparently been sending out. If it’s not a hoax, the irony is so thick that not even an NSA eavesdropper could penetrate it.

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Jon Stewart and the NSA

Jon Stewart Takes On the NSA

“The Daily Show” host tees off on the recent report of the NSA’s phone call database. “It turns out that there was one specific type of domestic call the government was keeping tabs on. All of them.”

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Abe Rosenthal
AP

Larry Gross: Abe Rosenthal’s Reign of Homophobia at The New York Times

Former New York Times Executive Editor Abe Rosenthal, who died this month, was a raging homophobe—a failing that proved tragic when the AIDS crisis erupted on his watch. Gay and lesbian studies pioneer Larry Gross explores what happened when America’s paper of record ignored one of the major civil rights stories of our time.

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Forever Pregnant

Salon writer Rebecca Traister sounds off on new “Orwellian” federal guidelines that treat all women as pre-pregnant—regardless of whether or not they plan on being so any time soon. “Healthcare authorities,” she writes, are “letting you know why your health as a woman really matters”—i.e. as baby incubators.

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    Pentagon Burning on 9/11
    From the BBC

    U.S. Releases 9/11 Pentagon Video

    Bowing to a Freedom of Information request, the U.S. government has released a video of what is apparently (thanks, reader Lorenzo) American Airlines Flight 77 slamming into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. The group that made the FOIA request did so to dispel conspiracy theories.

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    Chertoff Disparaged Idea of Sending Troops to Border

    Six months ago, Bush’s Homeland Security chief said this about stationing National Guard troops on the Mexico border: “I think it would be a horribly over-expensive and very difficult way to manage this problem.”

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    Tony Snow
    From ThinkProgress

    Answering His First Question, Tony Snow Misleads Press

    Amazing. (Or maybe not.) The new White House press secretary (a former Fox News host) kicked off his tenure with a misleading statement about Bush and the NSA program.

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    Molly Ivins: Could Lunacy Explain Bush’s Policies?

    “Craziness would make a certain amount of sense. I mean, you announce you are going to militarize the Mexican border, but you assure the president of Mexico you are not militarizing the border…. It’s quite possible that lunacy and politics are closely related.”

    Posted on May 15, 2006 READ MORE


    BellSouth: We Didn’t Give Data to NSA

    The phone company says that, despite the claims made in the USA Today story, it never provided phone records to the NSA.

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    Bush immigration speech
    AP Television News

    Bush’s Immigration Plan Pleases No One

    That’s the N.Y. Times’ take. If you want to read expert analysis on the politics and policies behind Bush’s speech, check out Truthdig’s Marc Cooper’s article.

    Posted on May 15, 2006 READ MORE


    American flag at the U.S.-Mexico border
    info-news.org

    Marc Cooper: Bush’s Immigration Speech Is Bad Policy, Bad Politics

    One of the nation’s leading experts on immigration policy writes that Bush’s May 15 speech “had nothing to do with actual border policy and everything to do with domestic electoral politics.”
    Instead of sending National Guard troops to the border, “Bush could have saved the taxpayers a load and sent a few battalions of Boy Scouts to do this job.”

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    Rumor: Tony Blair Will Step Down

    The British leader has been battered in the polls as of late, and in the UK it’s a lot easier to remove a head of government than it is here. AMERICAblog has the gossip (and that’s all it is now.)

    Posted on May 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Smokestacks
    From chinadigitaltimes.net

    Report: 162 Million Africans at Direct Risk From Global Warming

    A charity group warns that over 100 million people in sub-Saharan Africa could die by the end of the century if global warming continues its march unabated.

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    Naomi Watts Joins Fight Against AIDS

    The Oscar-nominated actress joins fellow thespians Angelina Jolie, Nicole Kidman and Michael Douglas in using her celebrity to help make the world a better place. “Given these stark realities, I could no longer stand on the sidelines,” she told reporters.
    It’s nice to be able to post a cynicism-free blog entry every now and then.

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    NSA Man
    Powell

    Poll: Majority Disapprove of NSA Database

    The vast American populace can’t always be counted upon to show good sense, but in this case, at least, vox populi has gotten it right.

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    Telecom Companies Masquerading as Concerned Citizens

    Companies like AT&T and BellSouth are backing an organization claiming to be saving the Internet by keeping it free of “burdensome and unnecessary regulation.” But that’s nonsense. They’re the ones that want to put toll lanes on the Internet. (These are the same companies that reportedly handed over America’s phone records to the NSA.)
    Buzzflash sorts it out.

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    Porn Industry Beats Hollywood to Internet DVDs

    Pornography titan Vivid Entertainment will sell adult films through the Internet that can be burned to DVDs and watched on TVs. “Leave it to the porn industry once again to take the lead on this stuff,” says a think-tank analyst.

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    America Becoming Haven for Designer Babies

    Foreign couples are flocking to the U.S. to take advantage of medical techniques—banned in most countries—that allow the dictation of a baby’s sex.

     

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    Feds Tracking ABC News Phone Calls in Leak Hunt

    A “senior law enforcement official” has told ABC News that the government, in trying to root out confidential sources, is tracking the phone numbers the news organization calls.
    Maybe we should just start calling him George “Big Brother” Bush.
    Update: An official acknowledges its “backtracking” of journalists’ phone records.

    Posted on May 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Muammar Gaddafi
    From wikipedia.org

    Oh Gaddafi! My Gaddafi!

    The U.S. has restored diplomatic relations with Libya and removed it from a list of countries designated as state sponsors of terrorism.

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