The Downside of the Boom

North Dakota took on the oversight of a multibillion-dollar oil industry with a regulatory system built on trust, warnings and second chances. The cooperative approach doesn’t seem to generate results.

NYT -In early August 2013, Arlene Skurupey of Blacksburg, Va., got an animated call from the normally taciturn farmer who rents her family […]

Why Sherman was right to burn Atlanta

The New York Time’s Phil Leigh really deserves this smack-down, the kind only the war nerd Gary Brecher can provide:

There are times when the sheer ignorance and ingratitude of the American public makes you sick.

This week marks the 150th anniversary of Sherman’s March from Atlanta to the Sea, which set off on […]

Thomas Frank : How ’70s and ’80s cynicism poisoned Democrats and America

Nixon’s lies and Reagan’s charms created the space for Clinton, Carter and Obama to redefine (and gut) liberalism

Salon, By Thomas Frank, November 16

“The Invisible Bridge” is the third installment in Rick Perlstein’s grand history of conservatism, and like its predecessors, the book is filled with startling insights. It is the story of a […]

U.S. Catholic Bishops Hope To Calm Anxiety Over Pope Francis

AP, By Rachel Zoll, November 10

Baltimore (- no irony) — America’s Catholic bishops came together Monday to project an image of unity, after a Vatican meeting on the family unleashed an uproar over the direction of the church.

Last month’s gathering in Rome on more compassionately ministering to families featured open debate — alarming […]

Military Personnel Trained by the CIA Used Napalm Against Indigenous People in Brazil

Truthout, By Santiago Navarro F., Renata Bessi and Translated by Miriam Taylor, November 9

For the first time in the history of Brazil, the federal government is investigating the deaths and abuses suffered by Indigenous peoples during military dictatorship (1964-1985). The death toll may be twenty times more than previously known.

Just as in World […]

Reagan’s apology to Thatcher over Grenada revealed

BBC, November 10

A recorded conversation between an apologetic Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher over the invasion of Grenada has been published for the first time.

“We regret very much the embarrassment that’s been caused to you,” the US leader said during the call.

Baroness Thatcher was angered that she was not consulted before the […]

Friday Catblogging from the archive: Jan 6, 2012

SPK: Cats Blackie and Brownie catch squirts of milk…

Think Tank Memories

Renegade Economists: October 1, 2014: DOUBLETHINK TANKS, TAR SANDS, WATER & IMPERIALISM.

Michael Hudson, October 9

Karl Fitzgerald: This week on the Renegade Economists we’re joined by Professor Michael Hudson, the author of The Bubble & Beyond, Super Imperialism, and a host of other books. You can read his work at www.Michael-Hudson.com. Certainly our favourite […]

Ian Welsh: “The Philosophy of Decline and Collapse”

From Ian’s October 27 blog entry: …For years I lived in a state of rage. Not even anger, but rage. Rage at those like Bush and Blair who were mass murders. Rage at those who did not stop him who could have. Rage at those who believed all the lies: whether about economics or […]

Carolyn Kizer, Pulitzer-Winning Poet, Dies at 89

NYT – Carolyn Kizer, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet whose verse, overtly political and bitingly satirical, came, as she fondly put it, with “a sting in the tail,” died on Thursday in Sonoma, Calif. She was 89. The cause was complications of dementia.Ms. Kizer’s first collection, “The Ungrateful Garden,” published in 1961, left little doubt […]

Wednesday morning’s lunar eclipse…

(Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images)

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U.N. report: ISIS uses women, girls as sex slaves

Al Arabiya, October 2

The United Nations on Thursday said the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has committed mass killings, kidnapped women and girls and used them as sex slaves and employed children as fighters, in systematic violations that may amount to war crimes.

In a report based on nearly 500 interviews, […]

How Democracy Dies

Tocqueville taught that restless private obsessions would degrade civic commitments close to home.

The American Conservative, By Patrick J. Deneen, September 12

If there are two things that one is likely to hear from college faculty today, they are that 1. Students are too careerist, and 2. We need a more democratic society. They worry […]

‘Before Stonehenge, there was Woodhenge and Strawhenge’

High-tech 3D digital map reveals vast ritual monuments complex

RT, September 10

Eddie Izzard, it seems, was right about the Druids. Before Stonehenge, there were indeed other “henges” on Salisbury Plain.

Thanks to a new, state-of-the-art 3D digital map, scientists have revealed that Stonehenge was surrounded by a sprawling landscape of chapels, burial mounds, […]

Up to 2,100 Photos of US Soldiers Abusing Prisoners May Soon Be Released

Vice News, By Jason Leopold, September 4

Would the release of 10-year-old detainee abuse photographs, such as one depicting US soldiers pointing a broom handle at a hooded detainee’s rectum, incite terrorist organizations and threaten national security?

That’s a question government attorneys will have to answer next week when they explain to a federal court […]

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