The Guardian Exclusive:
For three years it has chronicled Mexico’s drug war with graphic images and shocking stories that few others dare show, drawing millions of readers, acclaim, denunciations – and speculation about its author’s identity.
Blog del Narco, an internet sensation dubbed a “front-row seat” to Mexico’s agony over drugs, has become a must-read [...]
News sources are always a challenge. It is even more difficult when looking for decent citizen journalists, particularly in foreign countries. I’ve been reading an excellent blog out of Egypt for a while, The Egyptian Chronicles. The blogger is Zeinobia, an Egyptian woman, maybe a student or college faculty member. Events in Egypt are dynamic [...]
I love what Jodie Foster did last night at the Golden Globes. It was a magnificently snarky yet polite way of telling people to f-off. The juice quote, as far as I’m concerned: But now I’m told, apparently, that every celebrity is expected to honor the details of their private life with a press [...]
OK, now that things have settled down a bit, I’m ready to take on what I think will be the key issue over the next few weeks: filling Obama’s Cabinet. John Kerry should be a slam-dunk for Secretary of State. Yes, the Swift Boaters are rearing their ugly heads again, but now that John Corsi [...]
What Turned Jaron Lanier Against The Web?
Whole article is worth reading – and thinking about.
Lanier was one of the creators of our current digital reality and now he wants to subvert the “hive mind,” as the web world’s been called, before it engulfs us all, destroys political discourse, economic stability, the dignity of [...]
… is for John Hinderaker to experience one moment of complete, unambiguous clarity.
The assault weapons ban must be put back in place, immediately. If President Obama has to risk looking like “He’s comin’ fer our gunz,” then so be it. We shouldn’t have to explain to the parents of the next school shooting, “It wasn’t the right time to talk about banning assault rifles and semi-automatic pistols.” [...]
The film is about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, culminating in the raid in 2010 in which OBL was killed. No one disputes that. That’s what the film is about. The scenes of detainees being tortured are obviously within that context. Now, it’s true that people in the CIA and others associated with the [...]
I’ve been thinking this for some time, haven’t said it, so I know I don’t get credit, but both Mark Hibbs and Julian Borger said it today: IAEA inspectors had the same questions about that AP graph purporting to show Iranian nuclear weapon calculations that a number of bloggers and other commentators, including me, brought [...]
Back in 1992, all-around idiot Francis Fukuyama posited the end of history. His rationale was, now that the Soviet Union was dead and the then-nascent Chinese economy was tooling up to be globally competitive, the ideology of liberal democracy married to capitalism would take hold and the world would enter a glorious era of unicorns [...]
Obama didn’t explicitly reference the Christian God in his thanksgiving speech!!!!
Maybe he didn’t want to exclude the millions who are Hindu, Muslim, Atheist, Wiccan, Agnostic and a thousand other colors of faith or non-faith. I mean, what is he – President of all Americans or National High Priest?
But oh boy are the [...]
The short answer is, no. But there’s a case to be made for couples therapy:
In Europe’s case, the motor for secession is ethnicity. In America, however, it’s a politics turned toxic. The 2012 election encouraged the idea that the U.S. is split into two camps that are politically and culturally alien and with opposing [...]
This isn’t about Petraeus/Kelley/Broadwell/Allen. Well, tangentially, because that was the topic that created this chain of thought in my mind. But I want to look at a deeper point. I don’t really care what adults do in the privacy of their own homes and my only real comment on the whole sordid mess is that [...]
I really don’t have much to say about the Petraeus resignation and scandal, except a few observations. First, a hint to public officials everywhere: if she’d (or he’d) be out of your league if you were a civvy and both of you were in a bar, then leave it alone. Go home, jerk off [...]
(Note to my Agonist readers: Nobody Asked Me, But…is a weekly feature at my own blog, Simply Left Behind where I discuss news stories that you might have missed during the week. Sometimes, I’ll suspend the usual format for a rant or an in-depth observation. This is one such time.)
I wish to make the [...]