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  • Thursday, December 27, 2012 - 09:47

     

    A 21st century psychotherapist steps into a time machine and comes out in Atlanta in 1855. Having no other marketable skills, he hangs out a shingle and promises new remedies for mental illness. A well-dressed gentleman knocks on the door and inquires if the psychotherapist might...

  • Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 22:26

     

    New York City -- Is there anything less threatening than a morbidly obese cop on a motor scooter?

    Okay, 25 morbidly obese cops on motor scooters--that’s even more unthreatening. When I’m out in the streets chanting, “Show me what a police state looks like! THIS...

  • Monday, September 10, 2012 - 06:10

     

    I have known Nick Bryant since 1995. He was new to New York from Minnesota then, and looking to make a jump from reporting for a science news service to writing for a mass audience. I noticed that he was persistent and ethically motivated and I thought, “He might be a good reporter...

  • Friday, June 8, 2012 - 11:30

     

    Between college and graduate school, I worked for a year in a factory in Verona, Wisconsin, which is a few miles and a paradigm shift outside of Madison. It wasn’t the worst place to work. We had a union. We had benefits. We chopped, folded and riveted large sheets of metal and...

  • Thursday, May 31, 2012 - 13:26

     

    The History Channel mini-series “Hatfields & McCoys” reminded me of Clint Eastwood’s “The Unforgiven.” Both productions showed a lot of violence in all its fascination while making it squalid, absurd, arbitrary and devastating to the victims and everyone around the victims....

  • Monday, May 7, 2012 - 09:47

     

    In journalism and in life, it is best to admit it when you’re wrong, and I was wrong last week. In my haste to write something timely about the triumphant return of Occupy Wall Street to the front lines of protest on May 1, I assumed that Fox Five New York and the NYPD were...

  • Wednesday, May 2, 2012 - 14:23

     

    I got home at 10:00 pm on the nose, and the first thing I did was take off my shoes after 14 hours of May Day marching with 30-40,000 other conscientious objectors to capitalism. My feet hurt, okay? My second priority was turning on the local news, which happened to be Fox Five...

  • Friday, April 13, 2012 - 11:44

     

    With hindsight gained by googling “MoveOn” and “co-opt” after the fact, I can’t claim that nobody tried to warn me. Many websites with left and even liberal politics had said in so many words, “Be wary of this organization called the 99% Spring. It is a Trojan horse for the...

  • Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 15:33

     

    On Thursday, January 5, I was waiting for the elevator in the lobby of my building when I was joined by a woman who lives up the hall from me. She was carrying a grocery bag with The New York Times poking out the top. “Why did you buy it?” I asked. “They just raised the...

  • Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - 19:27

     

    Manhattan--After watching the Packers beat the Vikings on Monday Night Football, I had insomnia, so it was kind of an accident that I checked my email at 2 a.m. and discovered the police were clearing Zuccotti Park. Everyone had been expecting an eviction since...

  • Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 07:20

     

    Mike Whitney wrote a great column recently titled “Is It Immoral to Vote for Obama?” Based on Obama’s predilection to kill large numbers of people around the Middle East in pursuit of foreign policy objectives, Whitney argued, it would indeed be immoral to vote for him. He isn’t...

  • Monday, October 17, 2011 - 08:39

     

    Liberated Autonomous Manhattan -- In a century, community organizers will still be debating what to call Zuccotti Park/Liberty Plaza/Liberty Square. The surrounding skyscrapers will be covered with luxuriant tomato vines hanging from rooftop organic gardens. Electricity...

  • Friday, October 14, 2011 - 17:05

     

    Liberty Park -- For most of the night, the air hovered at the midpoint between high humidity and fog. For the rest of the night, rain poured down in silver sheets, reducing Occupy Wall Street to the Park of Many-Colored Lumps, each lump consisting of: one green/yellow/red...

  • Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 17:12

     

    Mayor Bloomberg has announced that Occupy Wall Street must leave Zuccotti Park/Liberty Plaza from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, October 14, allegedly so the city can clean it.

    Almost verbatim notices have been served on other occupations around the United States and the world...

  • Monday, October 3, 2011 - 16:42

     

    New York -- I took the subway down to Zuccotti Park on Saturday morning to go on the Slut Walk. Since it was on the official schedule of Occupy Wall Street, and since I had heard it promoted by various members of the Ad Hoc Caucus of Non-Male Identified Individuals, I...

  • Monday, September 26, 2011 - 22:40

     

    1) I had brunch on Sunday in Chinatown with a friend who works in local television news. He complained that the Occupy Wall Street people had sent over video that they said showed demonstrators getting maced. It didn’t show any such thing, my friend insisted. After brunch I walked...

  • Monday, September 19, 2011 - 17:16

     

    Free Wall Street, NY - For God’s sake, all you liberal, progressive, anarchist, socialist, communist, hippie, hip hop, yippie, punk whatevers of all aligned and unaligned varieties no matter what your age! There’s a little spark of something down in Zuccotti Park in the...

  • Wednesday, August 3, 2011 - 12:40

     

    News judgment being what it is these days, the corporate media gave more publicity to the Casey Anthony trial than they did to “The High Costs of Wrongful Incarceration,” a report by the Better Government Association and the Center on Wrongful Convictions about the practice of...

  • Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - 16:57

     

    “Project Nim” is a twisted mirror image of “Grizzly Man.” The former is about a guy who thinks he can make a wild animal human by raising it in civilization. The latter is about about a guy who thinks he can make himself a wild animal by living in the woods. The former gets tenure...

  • Friday, May 13, 2011 - 08:37

     

    I have three comedians on my iPod: Richard Pryor, George Carlin and Bill Hicks. All of them evolved as much into prophets as comedians, and all of them died younger than they should have from maladies that probably had something to do with the stress of being a live performer on...

  • Sunday, April 10, 2011 - 19:59

     

    In the past few months, Obama has had time to play golf. He’s had time to fill out his NCAA basketball playoff bracket. He’s had time to go to Chile, a country prone to terrible earthquakes, and sell them new nuclear reactors. He’s had time to go to Florida and tell Jeb Bush what...

  • Monday, March 28, 2011 - 20:36

     

    The prime minister of Japan has said that his government is “not in a position where we can be optimistic” about the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Is there any logical conclusion to draw from that statement other than that a large chunk of Japan is going to be...

  • Friday, January 14, 2011 - 00:28

    Review:

    The Anti-American Manifesto
    (Seven Stories Press)
    by
    Ted Rall

    Lots of books collect all the low-hanging fruit in the abundant orchard of corporate state crime and arrange it into a more or less...

  • Sunday, December 19, 2010 - 00:31

    So I’m sitting there ready to chill after a long day at my desk when the phone rings. The young woman at the other end of the line wants to know if I am who her computer says I am. Yeah, that’s me, I say. And she starts asking my opinion of how everything is going in New York state, the governor...

  • Tuesday, November 30, 2010 - 13:48

    War Is A Lie
    by
    David Swanson

    ...

  • Thursday, October 21, 2010 - 10:21

    So in August I went back to Wisconsin, which was glowing green under a brown cloud of mosquitos. Lotta water this past summer, and the most mosquitos since, oh maybe 1965, which is when the Schmoes first played in public at the ninth grade Halloween dance at Van Hise Junior High in Madison. We...

  • Tuesday, October 12, 2010 - 23:55

    Anyone who claims that if you don’t know your history, you are doomed to relive it, is boring.

    Anyone who claims that you are entitled to your own opinion but not your own facts is boring.

    “Anyone dumb enough to wanna be in the military should be allowed in,” said the late great...

  • Monday, September 27, 2010 - 23:21

    #1: I don’t know why the Left is so so jazzed about FBI raids on the anti-war movement. Shouldn’t we be thanking them for finding it? I mean, that was some serious investigative work. I’m 59 years old. I’ve been going to anti-war demonstrations most of my life. Since a few a biggies in the run...

  • Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 22:00

    So here we are in the eighth term of the Reagan administration, in the middle of a heat wave, in the middle of the hottest year on record, in the middle of a likely mass extinction event.

    It’s not quite time to say good-bye to your friends and family. It would be time to have a general...

  • Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 21:59

    So here we are in the eighth term of the Reagan administration, in the middle of a heat wave, in the middle of the hottest year on record, in the middle of a likely mass extinction event.

    It’s not quite time to say good-bye to your friends and family. It would be time to have a general...

  • Monday, June 21, 2010 - 06:43

    CUSTOMER: I wish to register a complaint.

    CLERK: Sorry, mate, it’s time for lunch.

    CUSTOMER: Never mind about that, my lad. I wish to complain about this pelican that I purchased not half an hour ago from this very Oval Office.

    CLERK: What’s wrong with it?

    CUSTOMER: I...

  • Wednesday, June 9, 2010 - 22:14

    Last March I went to the Left Forum in New York, which is a yearly gathering of liberals, progressives, anarchists, socialists, communists, hippies, punks, mystics, conspiracy theorists and anti-conspiracy theorists who are all trying to figure out how to get to a decent future from the indecent...

  • Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - 06:01

    The Texas State Board of Education is a lot like the weather. Everyone talks about it, nobody does anything about it.

    Except Judy Jennings. She’s running for the Texas State Board of Education in District 10, which stretches in vast zigzags from the ‘burbs of Austin to the ‘burbs of...

  • Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 08:47

    The Pentagon Channel is not the Military Channel. The Military Channel is Hitler plus top ten lists. You wanna know about the failed plot to assassinate the Fuehrer in 1944 and then learn the ten best attack submarines of all time--the Military Channel is your meat. It’s the NFL Network with a...

  • Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 12:57

    In the spring of 1994, I went to the Socialist Scholars Conference in New York where I encountered a large red-faced man with white hair. He had the look and manner of Santa Claus, minus the beard, and he was standing behind a table from which he was selling audio and video cassettes of lectures...

  • Tuesday, May 11, 2010 - 12:30

    That famous definition of a cynic as someone who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing has come to define this present moment of American politics.
    --Bill Moyers and Michael Winship

    I know that I criticize you [Bernie...

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