A few days ago nymole . . .

. . . challenged me to put up or shut-up. I eagerly accepted the challenge. The Democrats do have better ideas and a better narrative than the Republicans tax-cuts, tax-cuts and bomb everyone frame. And after the jump you can see my results. All the slogans or mottos or whatever you want to call them […]

Amazon Prime only $72 tomorrow only, new subscribers only

OK, I wouldn’t post this, but nymole wanted anything, so here goes… Amazon Prime Will Be $72 Tomorrow, Here’s What That Gets You Usually Amazon Prime is $99/year, but tomorrow they are having a special sale for new members only. If you don’t already have it, now’s the time. Even $72 for a year sounds […]

Furiday Catblogging: The ‘I’ of the Cat

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Saturday Jukebox: Erin go bragh!

Moonshiner – Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem



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    The site was founded in 2002 as a place to examine and discuss issues which affect us all, today and tomorrow. You will find various views expressed here – sometimes quite strongly – and […]

The Team

Editor-In-Chief: Sean Paul Kelley

Editors/Writers/Tech Tina – nymole – Raja – steeleweed Numerian – Don Henry Ford Jr Graham – Actor 212 – Michael Collins Brian Dowling – Synoia – adrena Jack Cluth – Wm Boardman – Rook

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The Money Party

Today will be my last day as editor in chief of the Agonist. I’ve appreciated and enjoyed serving in that role. Personal and professional obligations are pressing and I do not have the time required to continue. The Agonist has the foundation to move forward and a readership that generated close […]

Has Nation-Building Ever Succeeded ? (from the archives)

Thanksgiving week is historically a very dry period for blog writing, so I snooped around the Agonist archive to see if I could find anything worth reading around past Thanksgivings. Slim pickings indeed. But here’s one that got a lot of comments ~nymole

originally from Nov 22, 2009, by Michael Collins:

Has “nation building” […]

There’s no success like failure – Clapper to head inquiry

nymoley’s post about RT (Russia Today) sent me to the site. I like their treatment of Clalpper appointment to head the investigation into the NSA abuse of privacy. Why would they choose Clapper (please restrain your laughter)? Could it be that they want to determine the results of the inquiry before it even starts by […]

BBC Analysis: Isaac and New Orleans

Alastair Leithead, BBC News, New Orleans


“Hurricanes don’t just hit, they hang around, and from here in New Orleans it feels like Isaac is hanging around longer than most…

First light here in the high-lying French Quarter revealed little about the extent of the flooding – it will be hours before a proper assessment […]

A Lifetime of "Papers, Please."

Apparently 96 yr old former Arizona Gov. Raul Castro’s not-so-excellent checkpoint adventure (on the way to his birthday party in Tucson, as per his driver) wasn’t the first up-close-and-personal interaction he’s had with border officials:

An outspoken opponent to Arizona’s controversial SB 1070 ”œpapers please” law, Castro recalled the other two times he had to […]

Joseph Stiglitz: The Three Trillion Dollar War

Reposted from 2008….plus ca change….. -nymole

The True Cost of War

Aida Edemariam | Feb. 29, 2008

The Guardian – Fitful spring sunshine is warming the neo-gothic limestone of the Houses of Parliament, and the knots of tourists wandering round them, but in a basement cafe on Millbank it is dark, and quiet, and Joseph […]

Steeleye Span founding member Tim Hart dies at 61

Spinner – Tim Hart, a founding member of the British folk revival group Steeleye Span, passed away on Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) at his home on La Gomera in Spain’s Canary Islands. He was 61. Hart had been diagnosed with lung cancer and spent the year in the U.K. undergoing treatment before returning to […]

Life and Death on the Operating Table

Pauline Chen, MD | April 17 (snips)

NYT – Not long ago I finished reading the 1992 memoir “The Puzzle People” by Dr. Thomas E. Starzl, regarded by many as one of the fathers of transplantation.

Beginning with his childhood in LeMars, Iowa, Dr. Starzl describes his education and training under some of the legendary […]

Nation Instinctively Forms Breadline

After they heard Obama gave AIG another huge wad of their money, they knew it was time- nymole

The Onion – Drawn by a strange force they could neither resist nor describe, millions of Americans reportedly dropped what they were doing today and, acting as if by instinct alone, gathered into one massive nationwide […]