Tuesday, July 28, 2009


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Monday, July 13, 2009

The Court's conservative activists

The Real Court Radicals - Washington Post

The radicals' guiding credo? Oh so coincidentally, it's the same as the conservative credo: "Money always gets its way."

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Poverty is not a crime

A Homespun Safety Net - The New York Times

For the last time: lots of people can fail to "make it" EVEN WHEN THEY DO EVERYTHING "RIGHT." Sometimes Americans' chirpy economic optimism -- their unwillingness to let go of the fairy tale that everything will come up roses if you just work yourself to the bone for your employer (assuming you can find one) and you perpetually keep a big, uncritical smile on your face ("Stay positive!") -- is mentally disabling.

More Families Are Becoming Homeless - Washington Post

LATE ADDITION: Codifying our society's contempt for "failure": Is It Now a Crime to Be Poor? - The New York Times

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Sick(o): Radicalizing the truth

How the public's thinking is manipulated by a highly trained professional class. Remember this when you listen to anything shoveled out by official "spokespeople:" government flaks, industry spinners, or feckless media stenographers.