From the June 24, 2007, New York Times:
They’ll Break the Bad News on 9/11
By FRANK RICH
BY this late date we should know the fix is in when the White House’s top factotums fan out on the Sunday morning talk shows singing the same lyrics, often verbatim, from the same hymnal of spin. The pattern was set way back on Sept. 8, 2002, when in simultaneous appearances three cabinet members and the vice president warned darkly of Saddam’s aluminum tubes. “We don’t want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud,” said Condi Rice, in a scripted line. The hard sell of the war in Iraq — the hyping of a (fictional) nuclear threat to America — had officially begun.
An interesting article from the Sunday Washington Post:
In Finland’s Footsteps
If We’re So Rich and Smart, Why Aren’t We More Like Them?
By Robert G. Kaiser
Sunday, August 7, 2005
Life in Finland, one of the world’s best functioning welfare states and least known success stories…
From the June 22, 2007, New York Times:
Open Wide and Say ‘Shame’
By A. O. SCOTT
It has become a journalistic cliché and therefore an inevitable part of the prerelease discussion of “Sicko” to refer to Michael Moore as a controversial, polarizing figure. While that description is not necessarily wrong, it strikes me as self-fulfilling (since the controversy usually originates in media reports on how controversial Mr. Moore is) and trivial. Any filmmaker, politically outspoken or not, whose work is worth discussing will be argued about. But in Mr. Moore’s case the arguments are more often about him than about the subjects of his movies.
“The George W. Bush public lands legacy. If you want to drill, or cut trees, or open a gas line — the place is yours. Most everything else has been trashed or left to bleed to death.”
From the June 23, 2007, New York Times:
This Land Was My Land
By TIMOTHY EGAN
MOUNT HOOD, Ore. Most Americans don’t own a summer home on Cape Cod, or a McMansion in the Rockies, but they have this birthright: an area more than four times the size of France. If you’re a citizen, you own it — about 565 million acres.
The crux of the biscuit is this: “No one in the subprime business wants to ask the question of whether they need to re-mark [revalue] all the assets.” If/when that happens, it will “reverberate.” And I won’t even say anything about the self-dealing the I-banks do, originating mortgage bonds on one desk and selling them at a huge profit to another desk, who is buying them with clients’ money (and charging clients a huge fee to do it). So it’s “heads I win, tails you lose” for Bear and the others. Cheers!
The New York Times
June 21, 2007
Not Buying It
By STEVEN KURUTZ
ON a Friday evening last month, the day after New York University’s class of 2007 graduated, about 15 men and women assembled in front of Third Avenue North, an N.Y.U. dormitory on Third Avenue and 12th Street. They had come to take advantage of the university’s end-of-the-year move-out, when students’ discarded items are loaded into big green trash bins by the curb.
See the following article, which says the U.S. is going to take 70 Iraqi refugees into the country in the next month. The article says the to maximum number that will be accepted to the USA is 7,000. That is out of 4.2 million Iraqis displaced by Bush’s war. That’s insane. So Bush starts an illegal war, his buddies profit from it, Bush displaces millions of innocent people, accepts a few as refugees, then sends CNN out to do a self-congratulatory piece of propaganda on it. I mean the tiny country of Sweden takes in more Iraqi refugees than a “super power”? Only in Bush’s Amerika does that make sense. Click through to read the articles these facts came from.
An interesting article from iCringely:
The Final Days of Google: It is going to be an inside job
by Robert Cringely
May 24, 2007
Back in the 1990s Bill Gates said the company that would eventually beat Microsoft probably had yet to be founded, by which he meant that Microsoft was in such a strong position that only something truly disruptive — a whole new business — would have a chance to unseat Redmond. Some people think the company Bill was describing back then might be Google. I don’t know if that’s the case or not, but it leads me to ask this question: If Google, itself, is to be eventually beaten by some other company, does THAT company yet exist? I don’t think so. But unlike the scenario envisioned by Gates, I have a pretty good idea where we’ll find the founders of that Google-beating start-up. I think they are working right now at Google.
Libby gets prison, Bush may face dilemma
Ex-Cheney aide gets 21/2-year sentence in probe of a former CIA operative’s outing. Pressure for a pardon may hit president soon.
By Richard B. Schmitt
Times Staff Writer
June 6, 2007
WASHINGTON — Former vice presidential aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby faces the prospect of becoming the first high-level White House official to go to prison since the Nixon administration, after a federal judge sentenced him Tuesday to serve 2 1/2 years for perjury and obstruction of justice.
So, I just bought an brand new Acer notebook computer for $379. First thing I’m going to do is reformat the hard drive and install Linux. That’s right, I’m throwing away Microsoft’s crap Vista, Internet Explorer, Outlook, Office, etc. You hear me, Bill? We don’t want or need Microsoft’s junk anymore. We’re sick of your prices, crashes and viruses. Linux, Firefox, Thunderbird and Open Office are all free, open-source replacements. And they are BETTER. Sorry, Bill. This IS the beginning of a trend. Buh-bye expensive proprietary junk. Hello cheap/free open-source goodness. Click through to read the article / blurb.
Libby sentenced to 30 months in prison
• NEW: Cheney says he is “deeply saddened” by conviction
• Judge to rule next week on whether Libby can remain free during appeal
• Lewis Libby sentenced to 30 months in jail, $250,000 fine
• Libby was convicted in March of perjury, obstruction of justice
WASHINGTON (CNN) — I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, was sentenced Tuesday to 30 months in prison for lying to investigators looking into the leak of a CIA operative’s identity.