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WHY POLICE DROPPED GORE CASE

WHAT DRIVES CLIMATE CHANGE DENIERS?

OBAMA TO HAVE FIRST CHILD SOLDIER TRIED SINCE WORLD WAR II

BIG TIME INSURANCE FRAUD UNDER INVESTIGATION

CIVIL RIGHTS, EDUCATION GROUPS HIT OBAMA'S SCHOOL POLICY


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ACTIVISM
 
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WHERE'S THE COUNTER CULTURE WHEN WE NEED IT
WHERE CHANGE REALLY COMES FROM
AMERICA 2.0
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NON-POLITICAL SIDE OF POLITICS
MUSIC & CHANGE
BECOMING & BEING AN ACTIVIST
MOVEMENT TIME
 
America 2.0
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ALTERNATIVE CURRENCIES
BALLOT INITIATIVES
DEVOLUTION OF POWER

ELECT THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
ENDING CORPORATE PERSONHOOD
ENDING USURY

ENDING THE WAR ON DRUGS
LEAVING THE SECOND AMENDMENT ALONE
LOCAL DEMOCRACY

GETTING THE VOTE COUNT RIGHT
INSTANT RUNOFF VOTING
JURY RIGHTS

PUBLIC CAMPAIGN FINANCING
RESTORATIVE JUSTICE & COMMUNITY COURTS
SINGLE PAYER HEALTHCARE
URBAN STATEHOOD

American notes
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HARVARD LAW SCHOOL RETAINS SUPER MAJORITY ON SUPREME COURT

DEATH BY POWERPOINT ADDS TO MILITARY'S CASUALTY RATE

FOUNDATION GIVING DROPPED 8% LAST YEAR

HOW TO PRONOUNCE WISCONSIN PLACE NAMES

MULTI-GENERATIONAL HOUSEHOLDS HITS 50 YEAR RECORD

AMERICA'S CANNED BEER FETISH

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AMERICAN NOTES
DEPARTMENT OF GOOD STUFF
ELITE ETHNOGRAPHY
 
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APOLOGY TO YOUNGER AMERICANS. . .
AUTISTIC CONFEDERACY
THE CORPORATE CURSE
CRASH OF AMERICA
FOOTBALL AND EMPIRE
LETTER TO THOMAS JEFFERSON
RAFTING DOWN THE MAINSTREAM. . .
WHO'S AN AMERICAN?
REFLECTIONS ON PATRIOTISM
LISTENING TO AMERICA UNPLUGGED. . .
THE WORST & THE DUMBEST: THE ESTABLISHMENT THAT BROUGHT DOWN AMERICA'S FIRST REPUBLIC .. .

Arts & culture
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ADVANCED ART TECHNIQUES: BOADWEE RECTAL SQUIRT METHOD

MOVIE & RECORD COMPANIES INTENSIFY WAR AGAINST THEIR CUSTOMERS

FILM BOYCOTT, ANYONE? MOVIE INDUSTRY SUING TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DOWNLOARDERS

AVERAGE AMERICAN CONSUMES 100,000 WORDS A DAY

ARTS ATTENDANCE FALLING

UMBERTO ECO ON THE VIRTUES OF LISTS

PASSINGS: JEANNE-CLAUDE

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ARTS
MUSIC
MEDIA & WRITING
PHOTO GALLERIES
 
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HOW TO KEEP PEOPLE GOING TO MUSEUMS
MUSIC AND PROTEST
GIULIANI ON ART, HITLER ON ART
 
Media
ARTS JOURNAL

BP disaster

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DID COAST GUARD FOUL UP OIL RIG FIRE FIGHT?

BP CHANGES FACE, BUT NOT ITS STORY

BP TRYING TO BUY OFF SOUTHERN SCIENTISTS TO HELP IN ITS DEFENSE

GALLERY: GRIM PHOTOS OF THE BP DISASTER

WHY THE OIL SPILL DISASTER DIDN’T HAVE TO BE THIS BAD

ALL IN THE FAMILY: BP & COAST GUARD SHARE PR TALENT

RIG WORKER WARNED BP WEEKS BEFORE EXPLOSION

KNOWN WELL PROBLEMS DATED TO FEBRUARY

BP'S OTHER DISASTER IN WAITING

HOW THE DUTCH WOULD HAVE HANDLED THE SPILL

JP MORGAN CHASE & BLACKROCK OWN OVER A THIRD OF BP

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Bush watch
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BUSH NEWS, ARTICLES & LINKS
THE BUSH INDEX
BUSH FAMILY TIMELINE
BUSH NEIGHBORHOOD CRIME WATCH
BUSH ART

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NOW ARIZONA IS GOING AFTER OVERSLEEPING STUDENTS

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN BANS ANTIWAR FORUM, CLAIMING 'SECURITY CONCERNS'

AMERICAN COLLEGE PAPERS BEING GRADED IN MALAYSIA

FORMER COLLEGE PRESIDENT PUSHES FOR 18 YEAR OLD DRINKING LIMIT

HUMANITIES JOB OUTLOOK EVEN BLEAKER

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Cities, housing & transportation
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WALL STREET, NOT TEACHERS AND FIREFIGHTERS TO BLAME FOR URBAN FISCAL WOES

THE CO-WORKING MOVEMENT

LIVING SMALL: A 12X36 HOME

REPORTING DUO EXPOSE MAJOR URBAN POLICE FRAUD

THE NYPD TAPES: WHAT REALLY GOES DOWN IN THE 81ST PRECINCT

CALIFORNIA TOWN BACKS DOWN ON EMINENT DOMAIN AFTER TOWN REBELS

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MORE URBAN NEWS
NEIGHBERHOODS & DEVOLUTION OF POWER
 
Essays on cities
PRESERVING CULTURE & COMMUNITY AS WELL AS WE DO HISTORY. . .
MAKING CITIES BLACK & POOR
SAVING CITIES FROM THEMSELVES. . . .
URBAN STATEHOOD: WHY WE NEED MORE STATES. .
WHY SMART GROWTH ISN'T AS SMART AS IT THINKS IT IS
MEMO TO A NEW MAYOR
BRINGING DEVOLUTION TO THE 'HOOD. . .
A NEW BOTTOM OF THE NINTH: NEW ORLEANS & URBAN PLANNING
 
Essays on transportation
IMPROVED RAIL SERVICE
THE PROBLEM WITH HIGH SPEED RAIL . . . MORE

Climate change
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ONLY TWO PERCENT OF CLIMATE SCIENTISTS DOUBT MAINSTREAM CONCLUSIONS

CITIES ADD OWN PROBLEMS TO GLOBAL WARMING

RECORD SUMMER HEAT IN INDIA

GREENLAND RISING AS ICE MELTS

NASA OFFERS KEY EVIDENCE OF CLIMATE CHANGE

GLOBAL WARMING, MELTING ICE CAPS COULD HELP TRIGGER MORE VOLCANIC ERUPTIONS

LAST DECADE THE WARMEST SINCE MODERN MEASUREMENTS BEGAN

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CLIMATE CHANGE NEWS
 
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A POKER PLAYER'S GUIDE TO THE ENVIRONMENT

Corporados
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THE HIDDEN HISTORY OF CORPORATIONS

THE MOST DANGEROUS MEMBER OF THE WALL STREET MOB: PETER PETERSON

BLOOMBERG'S FOUNDATION TRANSFERRED $300 MILLIION TO OFFSHORE TAX HAVENS

GOLDMAN SACHS BOSS VISITED OBAMA WHITE HOUSE FOUR TIMES

MASSEY TO MINERS: TAKE TIME OFF FOR FUNERALS, LOSE YOUR JOB

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MORE NEWS OF THE CORPORADOS
 
Essays
DERIVATIVE AMERICA & THE ENRON GENERATION
 

Cyber notes
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21-YEAR-OLD TAKES ON TOWING COMPANY; 10,000 FOLLOW FIGHT ON FACEBOOK

INTERNET USE BY COUNTRY

FACEBOOK BY THE NUMBERS

100% UNVERIFIALBE VOTING SYSTEM PLANED FOR PENNSYLVANIA

JOHN CLEESE EXPLAINS PROPORTIONAL VOTING

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WASHINGTON AT HOME: THE CAPITAL TOO FEW KNOW
DC ALMANAC
DC STATEHOOD
DC ESSAYS
SEX AND CRIME IN DC
BLACK DC HISTORY
THE CLUB: HOW WASHINGTON REALLY WORKS
BARRY, MARION
DC HISTORY
PETEY GREENE STORY ON FILM
GUNS IN DC
DC MOMENTS
WASHINGTON IN QUOTES
WHY WASHINGTON DOESN'T WORK
END OF AN ERA FOR THE REVIEW'S EDITOR

Devolution of power and the local
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THE ISSUE THAT'S KILLING THE LEFT

FLORIDA AMENDMENT WOULD GIVE VOTERS SAY IN DEVELOPMENT

RECOVERY ACT INTERFERES WITH STATE BUDGETING

LOCAL DEMOCRACY AS WELL AS LOCAL LETTUCE

AMERICA IS BECOMING LESS TRANSIENT, MORE LOCAL

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DEVOLUTION
 
Communities
COMMUNITY PRESERVATION
NEIGHBORHOOD DEVOLUTION
RELOCALIZING AMERICA
BRINGING DEVOLUTION TO THE 'HOOD
GETTING NEIGBORHOOD COMMISSIONS STARTED
LOCAL DEMOCRACY AS WELL AS LOCAL LETTUCE
 
Essays
COOPERATIVE COMMONWEALTH
BRINGING BACK THE DEVOLUTIONARY LEFT
BRINGING POLITICS HOME

Drug busts
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OBAMA SIGNS ANTI-BLACK COCAINE SENTENCING BILL

POLL: WAR ON DRUGS A FAILURE, LEGALIZE POT

MICHAEL BLOOMBERG SHOWS THE TEA PARTY HOW TO HANDLE THOSE BLACKS & LATINOS

BANKS FINANCED MEXICAN DRUG CARTELS

THE EFFECT OF DECRIMINALIZING DRUGS IN PORTGUAL: DRUG USE & CRIME DOWN

OREGON RECLASSIFIES POT AS HAVING MEDICAL USE

News
MORE DRUG NEWS
MARIJUANA NEWS
 
Essays
OBAMA'S MANY VIEWS ON MARIJUANA
THE STORY THE MEDIA WON'T TOUCH
THE METH HYPE
WHY DO WE HAVE A WAR ON DRUGS, ANYWAY?
THE CONTRAS & COCAINE
 
Media
MARIJUANA NEWS
NARCO NEWS BULLETIN
 
Groups
DRUG POLICY ALLIANCE
LAW ENFORCEMENT AGAINST PROHIBITION
STOP THE DRUG WAY
MARIJUANA POLICY PROJECT
NATIONAL DRUG STRATEGY NTWK
NORML
STUDENTS FOR SENSIBLE DRUG POLICY

Ecology & nature
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BRITISH BIRDS ON FARMS DROP BY MORE THAN HALF IN FOUR DECADES

ONE THIRD OF U.S. COUNTIES FACE WATER SHORTAGE

UPPER LAYER OF ATMOSPHERE SHRANK FOR REASONS UNKNOWN

MARCH THRU JUNE SET GLOBAL TEMPERATURE RECORDS

BIG BEASTS DISAPPEARING FROM AFRICAN PARKS

PLANNED NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS WOULD BE BUILT WITH FOREIGN LABOR

News
NATURE & ECOLOGY ARTICLES & LINKS
CLIMATE CHANGE NEWS
SUSTAIN YOURSELF
ECO SHOTS: PHOTOS OF OUR WORLD
 
Essays
A POKER PLAYER'S GUIDE TO THE ENVIRONMENT
REMINERALIZING THE EARTH
 
Media
ACRES USA
TREE HUGGER

Entropy update
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ELITE ETHNOGRAPHY: AUSTERITY CHIC

TWELVE REASONS THE US IS NOT NUMBER ONE

GAO FINDS DELIVERING MAIL 'NOT VIABLE'

COMPLETE GUIDE TO DRIVING A TOYOTA WHEN IT DOESN'T WORK LIKE A CAR IS MEANT TO

NYC SCHOOL PANEL MAY APPROVE POP TARTS, BUT BAN BROWNIES AND ZUCCHINI BREAD

PARENTS BANNED FROM PLAYGROUND BECAUSE THEY HAVEN'T HAD CRIMINAL RECORDS CHECKS

Essays
WHEN THE TOP CAVES IN
THE CRASH OF AMERICA
APOLOGY TO YOUNGER AMERICANS
THE QUIET STORM: BLOWIN' IN THE WIND OF CULTURAL DECAY
THE AUTISTIC CONFEDERACY
THE WORST & THE DUMBEST: THE ESTABLISHMENT THAT BROUGHT DOWN AMERICA'S FIRST REPUBLIC

Financial crisis

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NEW FINANCIAL BILL EXEMPTS SEC FROM FREEDOM OF INFORMATION LAW

GOLDMAN SACHS SENT $4 BILLION IN BAILOUT FUNDS OVERSEAS

INSPECTOR HITS ADMINISTRATION'S CLOSING OF AUTO DEALERSHIPS

WHY THE STIMULUS HAS BOMBED

REVIEW COMMISSION ATTACKS AIG BAILOUT

IF YOU WANT SOME REAL WINGNUTS, TALK TO WALL STREET CEOS

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MONEY NEWS
THE CORPORADOES
 
Banks
WHY IS AIG SO IMPORTANT?
CAP THE SIZE OF BANKS
WHY NOT A PUBLIC OPTION IN BANKING?
BANKS THAT WORK: CREDIT UNIONS
HOW NORTH DAKOTA'S BANKING SYSTEM WORKS
THE CASE FOR NATIONALIZING BANKS
 
Economics
NUMBER BUNCHING: WHAT THINGS COST
BAD ADVICE & THE FINANCIAL CRASH
HOLISTIC ECONOMICS
BORN AGAIN ECONOMICS
 
Housing
WHERE THE HOUSING TROUBLE BEGAN
SHARED EQUITY HOME PURCHASES
FORECLOSURES
COMMUNITIES ORGANIZING AGAINST FORECLOSURES
PHILADELPHIA EASES FORECLOSURE CRISIS WITH COURT PLAN
COMMUNITY LAND TRUSTS
 
Lending
ETHICAL SUBPRIME LENDING
CHANGE PRO-LENDER STATE LAWS
 
Money
WHAT BANKS, ACADEMICS, THE MEDIA AND POLITICIANS DON'T TELL YOU ABOUT MONEY
PRINTING MONEY
USE OF ALTERNATIVE CURRENCIES GROWING
ALTERNATIVE CURRENCY
THE CASE FOR A GOVERNMENT RUN PENSION SYSTEM
NEED MORE PUBLIC FUNDS? CHECK THE MILITARY BUDGET
 
Public works
WHAT A REAL STIMULUS MIGHT LOOK LIKE
ALL PUBLIC WORKS ARE NOT THE SAME
 
Media
DEAN BAKER
DIRT DIGGER'S DIGEST
ROBERT KUTTNER
ROBERT REICH
 
Groups
CTR FOR ECONOMIC & POLICY RESEARCH
ECONOMIC POLICY INSTITUTE
 

Flotsam & Jetsam
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WHEN THE TOP CAVES IN

THE VANISHED POLITICIAN

LIBERALISM IS DEAD. . .TIME TO MOVE ON

WHAT'S A REGIME?

FRACTURE & FUSION: THE ANGER & WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT

THE O BOMB: WHY IS OBAMA DOING SO BADLY?

SomeRulesForWriting L.L.C. (SRFW)!

IF YOU WANT TO BE CORRUPT, DO IT RIGHT

NOTES FROM A LOUSY TIME

POLITICS IN THE TIME OF MYTH

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POCKET PARADIGMS
SAM'S FAVORITE QUOTATIONS
A MEMOIR OF HARVARD
RADIO DAYS
THE HOOLIGAN NAVY

Freedom & Justice
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AMTRAK WRONGLY ARRESTS PHOTOGRAPHER, PAYS FIVE FIGURE SETTLEMENT

MARYLAND CITIZEN FACES 16 YEARS FOR PHOTOGRAPHING COP IN PUBLIC PLACE

OBAMA ADMINISTRATION BANS ENTRY OF HARVARD FELLOW CRITICAL OF COLOMBIAN GOVERNMENT

BRAZIL, UNLIKE U.S., USES COMMON SENSE ON COPYRIGHT

SUPREME COURT CRIMINALIZES PEACEKEEPING

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S CRUEL & UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT

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MORE CIVIL LIBERTIES NEWS
REVIEW'S CIVIL LIBERTIES ARCHIVES
FREEDOM INDICATORS
Essays
POST-C0NSTITUTIONAL AMERICA: AN UPDATE
HOW TO STAY FREE
ESSAYS ON CIVIL LIBERTIES & JUSTICE
ENDING THE LEGALIZED BRIBERY OF OUR ELECTIONS
POST-C0NSTITUTIONAL AMERICA: AN UPDATE
CLUES YOUR COUNTRY MAY BE TURNING INTO A FASCIST STATE
MISSION CREEP
HOMELAND INSECURITIES
WHOSE LAND IS IT, ANYWAY?
SECURING THE HOMELAND: FREEDOM AS A LOCAL OPTION
TALK ON CIVIL LIBERTIES TO A HIGH SCHOOL
THE REAL HOLOCAUST DENIAL
OPOSING AND CREATING
HOW MUCH DO WE LEARN FROM EVIL?
MINUTES OF THE WANSEE CONFERENCE
 
Solutions
ELECT THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
JURY RIGHTS
MISSOURI MODEL OF JUVENILE JUSTICE
THE FALLACIES OF GUN CONTROL
RESTORATIVE JUSTICE
MAKING AFFIRMATIVE ACTION WORK
 
Corporate personhood
MOVE TO AMEND
RECLAIM DEMOCRACY
 
Groups
AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION
ELECTIONIC PRIVACY INFORMATION CENTER
OTHER LINKS TO A FREE LAND

Health & science
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AMERICANS' OBESITY RATING TO BE IN SEARCHABLE NATIONAL DATA FILE

OBAMA HIRES MAJOR HEALTH INSURANCE EXEC TO HELP RUN HEALTHCARE MEASURE

HOW BIG PHARMA RIGS MEDICAL EDUCATION

THINGS THEY FORGOT TO TELL US: HEALTH PLAN MAY TURN AWAY SICK

OBAMA SELECTS HEALTHCARE RATIONER WITHOUT GOING THROUGH CONGRESS

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HEALTH & SCIENCE NEWS & LINKS
NEWS ON THE DRUG INDUSTRY
NEWS ON HEALTHCARE POLICY
HEALTH INDICATORS
 
Essays
WHY THE NEW MEDICAL RECORDS ACT IS A MAJOR PRIVACY THREAT
A PAGE FOR BIG PEOPLE
 
Health inurance
NATIONAL HEALTH PLANS
ARTICLES ON NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE
FEDERAL HEALTH CARE MANDATE UNCONSTITUTIONAL?
CANADIAN HEALTHCARE MYTHS
 
Groups
PHYSICIANS FOR A NATIONAL HEALTH PROGRAM

Homeland insecurities
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TSA GOES WACKY

TSA HAS SECRET NO DEPORTMENT LIST

TAKING PHOTO IS AN ACT OF TERRORISM

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HOMELAND INSECURITIES NEWS

Idea mill
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THE SPIRAL OF SILENCE

COMMUNITY ENDOWMENTS

AYN RAND: GLENN BECK IN PRINT

AMERICA'S INDIVUALISM MYTH

DO KINDER PEOPLE HAVE AN EVOLUTIONARY ADVANTAGE?

Hidden issues
HIDDEN ISSUES
BRINGING DEVOLUTION TO THE 'HOOD
IDEOLOGY OF SCALE
PRESERVING CULTURE & COMMUNITY AS WELL AS WE DO HISTORY
AND PROTEST
WHAT LAWYERS & JUDGES WON'T TELL YOU ABOUT JURIES
WHERE'S THE COUNTER CULTURE WHEN WE NEED IT?
WHY BANNING HUMAN NATURE DOESN'T WORK
 
Ideas
CARE & FEEDING OF THEORIES
ESSAYS ON A VARIETY OF THINGS
INVENTION
PRACTICING ANTHROPOLOGY WITHOUT A LICENSE
POCKET PARADIGMS: A few words about a lot of stuff
WHAT'S A HUMANITIES?
HOW MUCH DO WE LEARN FROM EVIL?
IN TECHNOCRACY WE TRUST
LETTER TO THOMAS JEFFERSON
 
Surviving post constitutional America
GETTING THROUGH THE BAD TIMES
GLOBAL DUMBING: THE POLITICS OF ENTROPY
HANDLING THE BULLIES
LOSING TIME, LOSING SPACE
THE AUSTISTIC CONSPIRACY
OPPOSING & CREATING
A THINKER'S GUIDE TO CONSPIRACY THEORIES
PARIAH ECONOMY AND THE RISE OF SOCIAL BIGOTRY
QUIET STORM: THE COLLAPSE OF OUR CULTURE
RUNNING OUT OF CHANGE
THINGS TO DO IN THE BAD TIMES

Media & writing
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MEDIA HAS STOPPED CALLING WATERBOARDING TORTURE

WASHINGTON BEING LEFT UNCOVERED BY NEWS MEDIA

HELEN THOMAS' SISTERS: MEDIA GOT IT WRONG

THE OTHER MESSAGE OF HELEN THOMAS

HOW THE WASHINGTON POST'S OMBUDSMAN THINKS LABOR PROTESTS SHOULD BE COVERED

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MEDIA NEWS & LINKS
 
Essays
ESSAYS ON WRITING & JOURNALISM
POST LITERATE AMERICA
WORDS AND MEANING
CLICHE CHALLENGE
JACK ANDERSON: A MEDIA ORIGINAL
WHY JOURNALISM ISN'T A PROFESSION
FLOGGING THE BLOGS WON'T CLEAR THE FOG
LETTER TO DONALD GRAHAM
JOURNALISM: WHAT GOOD OLD DAYS?
THE CANNONIZATION OF KATHERINE GRAHAM
USA TOMORROW
A MATHEMATICAL MODEL OF BILL O'REILLY

Journalists
DEAN BAKER
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ALEXANDER COCKBURN
ROBERT FISK
AMY GOODMAN
GLEN GREENWALD

CHRIS HEDGES
NAT HENTOFF
JOSHUA HOLLAND

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DAHR JAMAIL
GREG KAUFMANN
ROBERT KUTTNER

MARA LEVERITT
WAYNE MADSEN
RUSSELL MOKHIBER

GEORGE MONBIOT
GREG PALAST
RICHARD PRINCE

ROBERT REICH
JAMES RIDGEWAY
JONATHAN ROWE
JEREMY SCAHILL

DANNY SCHECHTER
ROBERT SCHEEER
DAVID SIROTA

NORMAN SOLOMON
SAM SMITH
DAVID SWANSON

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Target boycotted for supporting anti-gay politics

Hotel workers demonstrating

A Green New Deal coalition

BOOKS
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Spirit of Rebellion by Jarod Roll (University of Illinois). In Missouri in the 1930s, black and white farmers inspired by Pentecostal revivals joined forces to fight for economic justice.

Inseparable: Desire Between Women in Literature by Emma Donoghue

Where Did the Party Go?

VIDEOS
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Kristen Schaal's debut on David Letterman

A little Korean girl shows how to really play the guitar

Political ad of the year

FILMS
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Plunder: The Crime of Our Time: The criminal side of the financial crisis

Countdown to Zero. . . .Another review

The Most Dangerous Man in America Daniel Ellsberg risked life in prison to leak secret Pentagon documents showing the government's deception about the Vietnam War.

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AMERICA'S GREATEST UNDERACHIEVERS

America's greatest underachievers, based on comments or actions that can reasonably be characterized as dumb, mean, sick or just bizarre.

Bottom of the pack

Current leading underachievers include BP, Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, Lindsay Lohan

Recent underachievers

Nevada gubernatorial candidate Brian Sandoval (R) was asked by a latino TV station whether he was worried that his kids might be profiled if they were in Arizona. He replied that he wouldn't because they don't look hispanic.

John Boehner on the financial reform bill: "This is killing an ant with a nuclear weapon"

Ben Stein thinks 15 million unemployed generally have 'poor work havits and poor personalities."

The anonymous Palin aide who told Politico: "“For Washington consultants to sit around and personally disparage the governor anonymously to reporters is unfortunate and counterproductive and frankly immature."

Minnesota Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer claimed that waiters are overpaid. Reports TPM: He ended a town hall meeting early last night (at a restaurant) after an attendee "tipped" Emmer by pouring a bag of 2,000 pennies in front of him.


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CAMERON CALLS GAZA STRIP A 'PRISON CAMP'

NICK CLEGG CALLS IRAQ WAR ILLEGAL

AFGHANISTAN: LOSING THE POLLS AS WELL AS THE WAR

HAMAS AND HEZBOLLAH TURN TO NON-VIOLENCE

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OLDER MID EAST NEWS
 
Essays
TIME TO STOP BEING AFRAID OF ISRAEL
THE OIL CONNECTION
WHERE'S BIN BEEN?
AN ALTERNATIVE 9/11 REPORT
 
Media
AFTER DOWNING STREET
ANTI-WAR
ELECTRONIC INTIFADA
ELECTRONIC IRAQ
 
Af-Pak War

THE PENTAGON'S AFGHAN MINERAL HYPE

53% SAY AFGHAN WAR IS NOT WORTH ITS COST

EVEN SOME CIA OFFICERS SAY DRONE ATTACKS ARE COUNTERPRODUCTIVE

LIBERALS HIDING FROM AFGHAN WAR ISSUE

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AF-PAK NEWS
THE OIL CONNECTION
 
Essays
WHY AFGHANISTAN IS SUCH A BIG DEAL
WHY THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN IS ILLEGAL
HOW THE WAR GOT OFF ON THE WRONG FOOT

Iran

SAUDI ARABIA GIVES ISRAEL CLEAR SKIES TO ATTACK IRANIAN NUCLEAR SITES

THE MYTH OF IRAN'S NUCLEAR POWER

TOP GENERAL: IRAN WOULD HAVE TO BE INVADED AND OCCUPIED TO STOP NUKE PROGRAM

THE REAL DANGER WE FACE IN IRAN

DOES THE IRANIAN THREAT SOUND FAMILIAR?

TOP WRONG BELIEFS ABOUT IRAN

AHMADINEJAD READY TO TALK WITH U.S.. . .BUT ONLY IN PUBLIC

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IRAN NEWS
 
Esays
HOW NOT TO DEAL WITH IRAN

Iraq

TONY BLAIR'S CABINET WARNED HIM ABOUT IRAQ

FALLUJAH HAS HIGHER CANCER RATES THAN HIROSHIMA AFTER A-BOMB ATTACK

TONY BLAIR'S OWN CABINET WARNED HIM ABOUT IRAQ

IRAQ WAR VET: "WE WERE TOLD TO JUST SHOOT PEOPLE,
AND THE OFFICERS WOULD TAKE CARE OF US"

OBAMA SEEKS TO DELAY IRAQ PULLOUT

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IRAQ NEWS, ARTICLES & LINKS
 
Essays
IRAQ WAR ONE
THE REVISION THING: Iraq war told entirely in official lies
SIGNS ON THE ROAD TO ABU GHRAIB
COSTS OF THE IRAQ WAR
SENATOR BYRD'S WARNING
THE COALITION OF THE SHILLING
HOW TO TELL WHEN YOU'VE WON

Israel & Palestine

THE MOST UNDEMOCRATIC SENATOR

ISRAEL'S TERRORIST ATTACK ON FLOTILLA WAS INTERNATIONAL CRIME

SIGNS OF DEMI-SEMITISM

TWO STORIES ISRAEL DOESN'T WANT YOU TO REMEMBER

AMERICA'S ROLE IN THE FLOTILLA ASSAULT

ISRAEL TROOPS BOARD HUMANITARIAN VESSEL, KILL AND WOUND PASSENGERS

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REVIEW STORIES ON ISRAEL & PALESTINE
 
Essays
HOW TO JOIN THE ISRAELI OCCUPATION BOYCOTT
TIME TO STOP BEING AFRAID OF ISRAEL
AIPAC
OUTSOURCING FOREIGN POLICY TO ISRAEL
MIDEAST WATER
PALESTINE CHRONICLE

Mix

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OBAMA SIGNS ANTI-BLACK COCAINE SENTENCING BILL

MOST EFFECTIVE ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION POLICY: DOING NOTHING

SENATE REFUSES DISCRIMINATION SETTLEMENT WITH BLACK FARMERS

THE END OF MALE DOMINANCE IN THE MARKET PLACE?

THE DRAMATIC DROP IN WOMEN'S SPORTS COVERAGE

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NEWS OF THE MIX
 
Essays
THINGS IRISH-AMERICAN PROTESTANTS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT IRELAND
THE POLITICS OF ETHNICITY, GENDER AND ZIPCODE

Age
CATO & EB WHITE ON THE VIRTUES OF OLD AGE

Senior media
THE UNSILENT GENERATION
ENTITLED TO KNOW
Black
BLACK DC HISTORY
MISSISSIPPI SUMMER 1964
TAPE CONFRONTATION AT GLEN ECHO AMUSEMENT PARK, 1960
BARRY, MARION
PETEY GREENE STORY ON FILM
 
Black media
BLACK AMERICA WEB

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Telling it like it is. . .

For over 40 years the Review has been a consistent critic of the Reaganesque economy that led to the 2008 financial collapse.

We reported on NSA monitoring of U.S. phone calls in 1998, years before it became a major media story.

In 2003 Sam Smith wrote an article for Harper's comprised entirely of falsehoods about Iraq by Bush administration officials.

The Review started a web edition in 1995 when there were only 20,000 web sites worldwide. Today there are about 70 million active sites. The Review ranks in the top three percent of all American sites. It began an e-mail edition in 1994.

The Review became the first publication to report in depth on what would become known as the Clinton scandals. Before Clinton's nomination, we listed more than a score of institutions and individuals - nearly all of whom would be linked to criminal misdoing before the end of the Clinton administration

Our 1990 article on the savings & loan bailout scandal was selected by Utne Reader as one of the ten most under-covered stories of the past decade.

In the 1980s, Thomas S Martin predicted in the Review that "Yugoslavia will eventually break up" and that "a challenge to the centralized soviet state" would occur as a result of devolutionary trends. Both happened.

In the 1980s, we reported on the dangers of computerized voting and suggests possible solutions including an independent review of software and an adequate audit trail.

Beginning in the 1970s, we argued that the war on drugs was wrong and would not work. It hasn't.

We argued for light rail and other transit alternatives in the 1970s that were later widely adopted.

In the 1970s we published a first person account of a then illegal abortion

In 1971 we published our first article in support of single payer universal health care

In 1966 we published two articles on auto safety by Ralph Nader

Our arguments for DC statehood in 1970 led to the creation of the DC Statehood Party, now the DC Statehood Greens.

In 1965 we called for the end of the draft.

We proposed bikeways in the 1960s.

We proposed community policing in the 1960s

We opposed and helped the battle against the planned freeway system that would have made DC like an east coast Los Angeles.

We published first person reports from the Mississippi pivotal civil rights summer of 1964.

For many years we provided alternative coverage of the arts, with writers such as Tom Shales (now with the Washington Post and a nationally syndicated TV critic) and Patricia Griffith, later president of the Pen/Faulkner Foundation, was also among the paper's arts critics.
Our arts section later became the Washington Review of the Arts that lasted for 25 years and won numerous awards.

We featured the work of photo editor Roland Freeman, the first photographer to win a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Freeman would become a leading photographer of the civil rights movement.

We long published the only urban planning comic strip in America, drawn by DC architect John Wiebenson.
Until its author was released from prison, we published what was then the only column written from behind bars for a non-prison publication.

In November 1990 we devoted an entire issue to the ecologically-sound city and how to develop it. The article was republished widely -- from Utne Reader to the Atlanta Constitution and the San Francisco Examiner.

Over the years many interesting writers and cartoonists have graced our pages. Among them: Eugene McCarthy; We have also featured the work of such alternative cartoonists as Ron Cobb, Tony Auth, Tom Tomorrow and Bill Griffith and the columnist Dave Barry long before they were picked up in the journalistic mainstream.

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Sam Smith has been a lonely populist voice in Washington, a journalist who's chronicled the waste, the misdeeds, the scandals, and spending that make Washington Washington. Smith is a natural-born iconoclast who refuses to give up being a barnstormer - Jacki Lyden, NPR

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Smith is an island of reason and information in a sea of narcissistic blather. -- City Paper, Washington

Sam Smith is an antidote to mindless speed reading. He makes you pause between paragraphs in order to mull over the captivating morsels he is placing in your imagination. - Ralph Nader

There are butts that need kicking in this country . . . Sam Smith is handing out the boots. -- Alex Steffen, The Stranger, Seattle

Smith offers [a] community based, participatory politics that's neither left nor right wing but the whole bird. . . . His work is not different from what quality journalism ought to be: truth-seeking, independent, fair-minded and debunking. -- Colman McCarthy, Washington Post

His saucy judgments remind one of the way H. L. Mencken handled presidential campaigns." -- Robert Sherrill, The Texas Observer.

The Tom Paine of the Nineties -- Chuck Stone

Lucid . . . Keep going, Sam -- Mario Cuomo

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The online Progressive Review is the latest version of one of America's longest lasting alternative journals, begun by Sam Smith in 1964 as The Idler when there were just a handful of such publications in the U.S. It morphed into the DC Gazette and then became the Progressive Review.

Sam Smith had the longest running act on the off-Broadway of Washington journalism, editing alternative journals longer than almost anyone in the country. He covered the capital during all or part of ten presidencies.

He started in 1957 as a 19 year old radio reporter covering everything from fires and murders to the White House and Capitol Hill. He has also written four books - - three of them at the request of editors - and helped to start six organizations including two political parties (the national Green Party and DC Statehood Party).

He has appeared on nearly 700 radio and TV talk shows ranging from NPR and Pacifica to the Bill O'Reilly Show. He has been an elected neighborhood commissioner, school parents' association president, Coast Guard officer, semi-professional musician, and plaintiff in seven public interest law suits, three of them successful and one of them reaching the Supreme Court.

In 2009 the Review moved its headquarters to Freeport, Maine

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Your editor has been a musician for many decades. He started the first band his Quaker school ever had and played drums with bands up until 1980 when he switched to stride piano. He had his own band until the mid-1990s and has played with the New Sunshine Jazz Band, Hill City Jazz Band, Not So Modern Jazz Band and the Phoenix Jazz Band.

NOTES ON THE MUSIC

Here are a few tracks:

SAM SMITH'S DECOLAND BAND

SHINE

JELLY ROLL

Bob Walter, trumpet; Jimmy Hamilton, clarinet; Paul Hettich, bass; Sam Smith, piano. Bob Resnik, drums, trombone unknown

PHOENIX JAZZ BAND led by Bob Walter

APEX BLUES   George James sax

WISER MAN  Sam piano & vocal

OH MAMA  Sam piano & vocal

HILL CITY JAZZ BAND led by Bob Walter

SIT RIGHT DOWN & WRITE MYSELF A LETTER Sam piano & vocal

WHEN YOU'RE SMILING Sam piano, Bob Walter vocal

The recording of the Phoenix Jazz Band was made at the Central Ohio Jazz Festival in 1990 and features George James on saxophone on 'Apex Blues', band leader Bob Walter on trumpet, Coleman Hankins on clarinet and your editor on piano, among others. The sound effects come from the audience.

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Why Bother, in a wonderfully engaging and erudite manner, addresses the great question confronting democracy, community and justice -- and that is civic motivation. Prepare to be motivated. Sam Smith is an antidote to mindless speed reading. He makes you pause between paragraphs in order to mull over the captivating morsels he is placing in your imagination. - RALPH NADER

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An American original. . . He's got a big old cussed independent streak that keeps you guessing and hence keeps you reading. - CRISPIN SARTWELL

The alienated young, the over-worked 30-something, the free-thinking 40 year-old, the downsized 55-year-old worker, the senior who society has put out to pasture are all part of an America that finds itself a fugitive from the law of averages -- the tens of millions who don't fit the media-driven stereotype of a booming, contented country. Living in a culture that has reduced their role to that of compliance and consumption, these Americans increasingly react with anger, anxiety or apathy.

In this highly readable short book, journalist and social critic Sam Smith takes on this crisis not as a political issue but as a personal one: how does the individual survive in such a place? Drawing from a wealth of sources and experience ranging from philosophy and anthropology to the Internet and rock zines, from Kierkegaard and Camus to Humphrey Bogart and Rage Against the Machine, Smith confronts directly despair and survival, approaches to personal rebellion, speaking truth to power, suicide and false faith, the loss of democracy, and what to do when nobody cares whether you do it or not.

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Published by Indiana University Press in 1994, this was the first book to raise serious questions about the character and politics of Bill Clinton. Said one reviewer, "I had to be forcibly restrained from quoting yards of it." Order direct from THE REVIEW

CAPTIVE CAPITAL

Published 30 years ago, Captive Capital is still considered a must read for people wishing to learn the history, culture and politics of Washington DC. Covers the period from before the riots to the granting of a locally elected government. Also chapters on local history, neighborhoods, ethnicity and statehood.

Captive Capital could be an excellent gift for any friend just moving to town. Or any friend who has managed to live here for some time without learning anything about Washington . . . One of the few efforts I have seen that manages to deal with black people and white people without insulting either, and without appearing to be written for one or the other. -- Bill Raspberry, Washington Post

Smith's analysis of the class dimensions in the community challenges the clichés and generalizations that most white writers stumble over. . . Altogether, the book presents a fascinating story of history-in-the-making. It is absolutely 'must' reading for all who are interested in this city's history, its political or private life, or the contributions and personal assets of both the black masses and the black leaders. -- James Tinney, Afro-American

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