Monthly Archives: February 2009

Sharpening the Pitchfork

by matttbastard Oh FFS, part deux: “Last February, an heir to the Johnson & Johnson fortune wrote on the Huffington Post, ‘For the mega-rich, recession brings with it the ability to live well at a lower cost and with less … Continue reading

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Yappy MacKay: Nipping at the Heels of the Russian Bear

by matttbastard Oh FFS: Canadian fighter jets scrambled to intercept a Russian plane approaching Canadian airspace shortly before U.S. President Barack Obama visited Ottawa, the defence minister said Friday. Peter MacKay said he wasn’t accusing Russia of deliberately timing the … Continue reading

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Shorter Rick Santelli: “My wife feels you’re glib, Matt.”

by matttbastard The preceding exchange–especially Dylan Ratigan’s asinine contention that Rick Santelli is “channeling an emotion that everyone in America is feeling”–ties in with what Glenn Greenwald was saying the other day about how the Beltway press corps is still … Continue reading

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Der Spiegel: Former Peace Negotiators Call for End to Hamas Boycott

by matttbastard This is big: They were part of the peace settlements in Cambodia, Somalia and Bosnia, they negotiated with militant groups like the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka or the IRA in Northern Ireland and a few of them … Continue reading

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The Shock Doctrine 2: Clean Slates

by matttbastard Chapter One: The Torture Lab Ewan Cameron, the CIA and the maniacal quest to erase and remake the human mind (previous posts in this series here and here; Sarah’s take on chapter one is here) “Economic growth may … Continue reading

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A Quick Note

by matttbastard Due to travel considerations (and, um, the Academy Awards  *cough*) this week’s Shock Doctrine posts from Sarah and I will be delayed until tomorrow.  Which gives y’all an extra day to read Chapter One (slackers).  And, if you  … Continue reading

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On Diversity, The New York Post, and Cartoons That Just Aren’t Funny, Man.

by matttbastard My partner-in-crime, Sarah Jaffe, is on deadly point re: cartoonist Sean Delonas and the now-infamous New York Post race fail: Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post said on MSNBC (at about 3:55 of the video) that the problem … Continue reading

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The Doctrine in Action

by matttbastard Hooray for shock therapy in Afghanistan: Senior British, US and local aid workers have described a number of problems [with reconstruction in Afghanistan] including bribery, profiteering, poor planning and incompetence. The overall effect has been to cripple the … Continue reading

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A Study in Contrast

by matttbastard Yours: Ours: Um, wanna trade? You can keep Wolf. Recommend this post at Progressive Bloggers

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“The Party of Hoover”

by matttbastard (Image: Kyle Cassidy, used under a GNU Free Documentation License) Specter speak, you listen: Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., one of the three Republicans who voted for the [stimulus] legislation, said the GOP risks becoming “the party of Hoover,” … Continue reading

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