Wednesday, November 12, 2008


and while we were watching the right hand...

military literacy test results: '42-'44,96%; '51,81%; '73,73%

thought provoking; particularly in regard to research funding and marketing

who woulda thunk it

change, eh?

"Financial Meltdown 101" -- Getting a grip on the economic catastrophe that rocked the country during the fall of 2008 is no easy feat, what with so many players, back-room deals, bills, upswings and meltdowns to consider. To that end, Truthdig has put together a comprehensive multimedia timeline that explains how we got into this mess and how we might avoid repeating history in the near future.

Robert Scheer on Obama's Hawks"Cold War Hawks Nesting With Obama" -- So, Vladimir Putin was right: It was Georgia that started the war with Russia, and once again it was President Bush who got caught in a lie. No surprise, but it is a reminder of just how eager some are for a new Cold War and how indifferent they are to the truth of the matter.

"America the Illiterate" -- The change from a print-based to an image-based society has transformed our nation. All the traditional tools of democracies, including dispassionate scientific and historical truth, facts, news and rational debate, are useless instruments in a world that lacks the capacity to use them.

Stanley Kutler on Obama and LBJ's Legacy"From LBJ to BHO" -- The 36th president of the United States seems strangely absent in the current celebrations. Perhaps Lyndon B. Johnson is not fondly remembered, but his triumphs paved the long road to Barack Obama’s historic presidency.

Robert Fisk on Obama Inheriting Bush’s Mess"Paying for Eight Years of Bush’s Delusions" -- How is Barack Obama going to repair the titanic damage which his vicious, lying predecessor has perpetrated around the globe and within the U.S. itself?

William Pfaff on Accountability and the Financial Crisis"
Some Blame Must Follow the Financial Collapse" -- “We all made mistakes,” say the bankers. “Now we must look to the future.” But the profiteers who turned up the heat on the global economic meltdown must be held accountable.

Eugene Robinson on the Ailing Republican Party"The GOP’s Long, Rough Road" -- I could make the argument that all is not lost for the Republican Party—that last Tuesday’s across-the-board defeat wasn’t an unmitigated disaster. But it would be a pretty dumb argument, and I doubt many readers would take it seriously.

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