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From No More Mister Nice Blog: I don’t know if yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling is really going to lead to the apocalypse predicted by so many, or if the corporate influence on American politics is already at its absolute maximum and this is merely going to alter the number of tools in the fat cats’ […]

Say goodnight

What with health care reform failing, banking regulatory reform a joke, 10% unemployment, climate change unchecked, everyone getting fat on government-subsidized corn products, and two messy wars still ongoing, you’d think things couldn’t get much worse for the ol’ U.S. of A. You would be wrong. The Supreme Court just overturned a century of precedent […]

Canada: Nice this time of year

With now only 59 votes in the Senate, Democrats may not be able to pass health care reform. Tonight’s Senate vote in Massachusetts is a ridiculous coda to an absurdly difficult battle, and frankly, I don’t think we learned anything. Americans still haven’t fully grasped the fact that their health care system is an international […]

Our peculiar sickness

There’s a really interesting book excerpt in the New York Times Magazine on the globalization of western-style mental illness. Most fascinating is the observation that mental illness is not constant across time and space. Different cultures have different kinds of mental illness, as do different periods of history. If there is a manifestation of insanity […]

You stay classy, ICE

From the New York Times: … as the administration moves to increase oversight within [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] , the documents show how officials — some still in key positions — used their role as overseers to cover up evidence of mistreatment, deflect scrutiny by the news media or prepare exculpatory public statements after gathering […]

SCOTUS swings for the fence

The Supreme Court is poised to strike down restrictions on corporate campaign money that have been in place since Watergate. The case – Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission – appears to hinge on freedom of expression and whether corporations and other non-breathing entities deserve the same first amendment rights as people. At stake is the […]

Bad signs

I find it deeply disturbing that members of a mainstream American political movement are arguing that the 5th Amendment should be suspended when dealing with certain kinds of criminals. Says some knucklehead over at National Review‘s Corner blog: A terrorist like Abdulmutallab is not a common criminal who should be told he has the “right […]

Terror inflation

The AP is reporting that the Nigerian underpants bomber has been indicted on charges of “trying to use a weapon of mass destruction.” (Indictment PDF) Which is really weird, because I thought he tried to set off explosives (specifically, PETN). Aren’t weapons of mass destruction chemical, biological, or nuclear in nature, and therefore capable of, […]