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The Jehoshua Novels


The story of our lives – Sources and Secrets

Earlier today the George Polk Awards Program in cooperation with CUNY TV and the Media Law Resource Center and the Media Law Resource Center Institute, held a live conference on the divide between the government and the press over coverage of national security issues. It attempted to examine the legal basis and scope of government [...]

Bill O’Reilly: Blue Nose

Bill O’Reilly frames his best asset

It’s odd that a man who claims among his favorite guests both Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart would have a problem with President Obama’s appearance in a comic interview on the website Funny or Die. But he does:

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12 Years a Slave

Photo Credit

It’s rare that Oscar sees things my way:

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Veto By Not Vetoing

Jan Brewer was really between a rock and a hard case this week, with the passage of SB1062, which I refer to as the Jim Peacock Law. I’m surprised how deftly she manuevered around it:

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Alarms At Carlsbad

Good to have Sean Paul back.

Here’s a conversation I had with Tina on Facebook, expanded. I think it’s worth posting, because it illustrates some things about reports on radiation-related matters.

Reuters (and others) are reporting an alarm in the air-monitoring system at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad. Here’s my read of [...]

Behind Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Opposition to the Geneva Agreement, Part Two

Fragmentation Netanyahu might have a bolder ambition in mind than merely preventing Iran from advancing its nuclear program. The Middle East is changing more rapidly than at any time since the end of the First World War and the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. Countries in the region are vanishing from the maps of the [...]

“But where do I go to read the news? “…The new NYT?

A Dell “paid post” in the new NYT below the fold:-)

“Enter the New” here Comments in the NYT itself are here

Opinions, please…

NYT Special – Novella like report on Benghazi Murders

U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and other U.S. personnel murdered in Benghazi, Libya

“To this day, some militia leaders offer alibis for Mr. Abu Khattala [the perpetrator of the attacks and deaths of U.S. personnel]. All resist quiet American pressure to turn him over to face prosecution. Last spring, one of Libya’s [...]

Cryptome releases hack of US and UK Syrian rebel supporters – Hersh critics

Cryptome is a web site devoted to promoting transparency by publishing leaks on a variety of current topics of the day. John Young and Deborah Natsios founded Cryptome in 1996. It is considered a precursor to Wikileaks. The site just posted a series of links from an anonymous source claiming that Elliot Higgins of the [...]

Tony and the Murdoch’s – War Criminals and the Woman They Shared

Wendi and Rupert Murdoch. Why didn’t Wendi and Tony tell Rupert they met up without him at his California ranch? WikiCommons

SchAdenfreude Alert!!! Why would Rupert Murdoch’s wife, Wendi Deng, and former Prime Minister Tony Blair spend two overnights (at least) together at one of Rupert’s mansions? Were they talking philosophy? Did Blair just [...]

UK Press Wars Go Global

“The British papers are the best in the world, and the worst in the world, sometimes in the same edition.” – Alistair Campbell, CNN October 7.

So on Oct 9, the Daily Mail lived up to Alistairs’ op-ed: Calls grow to prosecute Guardian over spy leaks: Now Clegg and May join condemnation of paper.

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Hersh on Osama raid – “one big lie”

Seymour Hersh’s interview with The Guardian is absolutely explosive. He states that the story about the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden is nothing but lies. He castigates the press, particularly editors, who do nothing to challenge the administration. Hersh recommends that the major television news operations shut down for bureaus here and overseas and [...]

Al Jazeera America ‘disappears’ Current.com

The new owners of Current Media LLC (Current TV, current.com) actively support Al Qaeda alligned Syrian rebels and provide a boatload of weapons that support rebel violence. The successor to Current is called Al Jazeera America.

CurrentTV becomes Al Jazeera America

Today, I clicked on a link to an article in Current.com, part of [...]

WaPo Drifts Down the Amazon

Well, Jeff Bezos, the creator of Amazon.com, has purchased the Washington Post:

The Washington Post Co. agreed Monday to sell its flagship newspaper to Amazon.com founder and chief executive Jeffrey P. Bezos, ending the Graham family’s stewardship of one of America’s leading news organizations after four generations.

Bezos, whose entrepreneurship has made him one of [...]

Post sale – Politics of Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com

It can only get better

The Atlantic ran an excellent article on the politics of Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com. I recommend it as a start on what may happen with the Washington Post. The first line was a little off, though. It said the purchase was a “shocking announcement.”

The sale [...]