Rushing in Where Angels are Reluctant to Tread

As you probably know by now, I don’t mind making a fool of myself by expressing strong opinions on complex subjects with inadequate information to rely on. I long ago accepted my status as a bewildered bystander in life’s mystifying parade. And I am as bewildered now as I have ever been. A few people […]
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TV Manages the News by Ignoring Protests

If you watched the television stations that I watched this past weekend, you might think that nothing in the world was happening except in Japan. That’s all CNN covered, and the networks were almost as bad. I concede that the Japanese tsunami and the resulting danger from a nuclear meltdown are big news. And I […]
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The Absurd Notion that Nuclear Power is Safe

Can you imagine anyone deciding to build nuclear power plants above a crack in the earth’s crust? In a country so prone to earthquakes that, as a child, I was taught the inhabitants built their homes out of paper so they wouldn’t be crushed to death? Now, the homes in Japan are not built of […]
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The “Whited Sepulchres” of the Religious Right

The King James version of the Bible calls them “whited sepulchres,” while later translations use the term “whitewashed graves,” but I’m sure you know what Jesus meant when he described the Pharisees that way. They looked good on the outside but were rotten inside. If those pharisees were alive today, I bet they would be […]
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Yes, the Right is Using Chaos to Subvert Society

Back in September I blogged about Naomi Klein (above), the Canadian author and film maker who says power hungry people use catastrophes to pave the way for unpopular social change . I said that: I see Naomi Klein as a “futurist” because the trends she describes in her books point the way to likely events […]
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Just Maybe, “the People” Might be Waking up

Robert Reich is a shrewd and seasoned commentator. He was Bill Clinton’s labor secretary and is now a professor at the University of California at Berkeley. And when he announces the possible birth of  a “People’s Party” in America, I sit up and pay attention. The protests that erupted in Wisconsin over Republican Governor Scott […]
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We Have to Take “the News” with a Grain of Salt

Libya’s news is not like your news. The state has total control over the media in Libya. Here is David D. Kirkpatrick of The New York Times News Service, reporting from Tripoli: Sunday was just another day spent through the looking glass of the oil-financed and omnipresent cult of personality that Qaddafi has spent 41 […]
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Michele Bachmann is a Toxic Joke

In Jamaica they have a saying, “what is joke to you is death to me.” And here in America, I wish the TV programmers would understand that. I don’t know who decided to invite Michele Bachmann (above, left) on the Chris Matthews show, but they did America a great disservice. I suppose they figured Bachmann […]
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Trying my Best to Understand Conservatives

I find it extremely difficult to make sense of American conservatives. After all, I grew up in Jamaica, where both political parties evolved from trade unions; and my education was basically British, with the underlying class structure that implies. From that perspective, the conflict between the haves and have-nots is crystal clear. The haves want […]
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Obama Tries to Reason with Obdurate Oppressors

I look at those tiny eyes and I wonder, who is this man? Is he really from planet Earth? Or is he some infiltrator from outer space lacking any trace of human decency or any concept of the common good? All those science fiction tales of “lizard men” and “body snatchers” flash through my mind. […]
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