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here we go again…

NPR Is Not Left Wing Opposite of Right Wing Media Machine | Common Dreams.

That’s why our favorite new word is “agnotology.” According to the website WordSpy, it means “the study of culturally-induced ignorance or doubt,” a concept developed in recent years by two historians of science at Stanford University, Robert Proctor and his wife, Londa Schiebinger.
Believing that global climate change is a myth is one example of the kind of ignorance agnotologists investigate. Or the insistence by the tobacco industry that the harm caused by smoking is still in dispute. Or the conviction that Barack Obama is a closet Muslim, and a radical one at that, who may not even be from America.
Those first two illusions have been induced by big business in a cynical attempt to keep pumping profits from deadly pollutants, whether fossil fuels or nicotine. The third, dreamed up by fantasists of the right wing fringe, is in its own way just as toxic and has been tacitly, sometimes audibly, encouraged by certain opponents of President Obama who would perpetuate any prevarication to further blockade his agenda and deny him and fellow Democrats reelection.
None of them is true; rather, they fly in the face of those of us who belong to what an aide to George W. Bush famously called “the reality-based community [who] believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.'” He told journalist Ron Suskind, ”That’s not the way the world really works anymore. We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality.”
I’m loving this blog by Kristin Wartman. There is not enough public discussion about health and nutrition in America.

Revolution is as unpredictable as an earthquake and as beautiful as spring. Its coming is always a surprise, but its nature should not be.

Revolution is a phase, a mood, like spring, and just as spring has its buds and showers, so revolution has its ebullience, its bravery, its hope, and its solidarity.


t r u t h o u t | A Social Agenda for all Americans.

t r u t h o u t | Dennis Kucinich: Why Is It We Have Finite Resources for Health Care but Unlimited Money for War?.

Why I Voted NO | CommonDreams.org.

Obama’s Big Power Play | Mother Jones.

Sarah Palin’s Purity Problem | Mother Jones.

Truthdig – Arts and Culture – Steve Fraser on the Crisis of Capitalism.

Swine & Dandy: What if we did as much to prevent rape as we do to prevent H1N1? | Bitch Magazine.

Ultra Violet » Storm in a T-Cup & The Language of Experience.

Quoted: Kenji Yoshino on Covering and Conformity [Racialicious Read-Along] | Racialicious – the intersection of race and pop culture.

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more about “The Dark Side of Planet Earth on Vimeo“, posted with vodpod


Business as usual – Vedanta mine plans threaten India’s poorest | Arundhati Roy | guardian.co.uk.

Op-Ed Columnist – Not a Victim, but a Hero – NYTimes.com.

Truthdig – Reports – What if the Big Cheese Had Been White?.

Truthdig – Reports – Happiness Consultants Won’t Stop a Depression.

The Cowboys of Kabul | Mother Jones.  How a pair of bankrupt Texas grandparents cashed in on Afghanistan’s contracting bonanza.

“The Land Where Rapists Go Free” – FeministingCommunity.

“The Land Where Rapists Go Free”  is part of a series called Global Diaries that the journalist Mariane Pearl does for Glamour magazine. (Marianne Pearl is the wife of Daniel Pearl who was killed in 2003 by terrorists in Pakistan, she wrote the book A Mighty Heart that was later adapted into film). Global Diaires are amazing peieces written profiling women in the US and around the world. In the series Pearl usually focuses her attention on a problem that is disproportionately affecting women and then profiles a local female leader trying to make a difference.

When I first read the title for the piece, “The Land Where Rapists Go Free”, I thought the piece would be on the topic of victims of rape in a low-income country such as the Congo but instead found myself reading about this horrible injustice here in the US:

But I’ve come here to report on another tragedy that gets far too little attention: According to U.S. Justice Department figures, more than one in three Native women will be raped in her lifetime, and they are two and a half times more likely to be sexually assaulted or raped than non-Native women. And these estimates are widely assumed to be low because so many rapes go unreported. “We found anecdotally that the rates could be much, much higher,” says Trine Christensen, a senior researcher with Amnesty International, which published a groundbreaking report on Native women and sexual violence last year. As Charon Asetoyer, an activist on the Yankton Sioux reservation, puts it, “The bottom line is that it’s open season on Native women. Nearly every woman on the reservation has been affected.”

Gold’s Gym declares July “Cankles Awareness Month” – Feministing.

Feminist art ‘the most important artistic movement since World War II’ – The F-Word.

Blake Gopnik – What Is Feminist Art? – washingtonpost.com.


When lonely men and misogyny collide – Feministing.

Phenomenon – Love in 2-D – NYTimes.com.

Do Women Make Better Bosses — And Whistleblowers? – carol smith – Jezebel.

Marriage: For Adults Only – wedded bliss – Jezebel.

The Young and the Restless: Texas Monthly August 2009.



Ezra Nawi: An Activist in Need | CommonDreams.org. by Naomi Klein /Noam Chomsky /Neve Gordon

U.S. needs better industrial policy :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Jesse Jackson.

Truthdig – Ear to the Ground – How Many Crazed Gunmen Is it Going to Take?.

Truthdig – Reports – Hold Your Applause.


t r u t h o u t | Visitors and Hosts in Pakistan. I only kind of get scared for Sarah going to Pakistan sometimes…

t r u t h o u t | Gimme That Old-Time Religion.

t r u t h o u t | Kennedy Plan Guarantees Health Insurance for All.

Four Women Journalists, One Goal | RaceWire. “Sarcasm aside, the reality is striking: according to the Committee to Protect Journalists, 125 journalists have been imprisoned worldwide, and 16 have been killed.”

The Rise of Street Literature By Almah LaVon Rice. From ColorLines

Spotlight: Adelina Anthony By Roya Rastegar. From ColorLines, one of Angie’s friends.

Can You Love a Child of Rape? | Mother Jones. Fifteen years after the Rwandan genocide.

Fingers Crossed: Saved by The Bell Reunion | Mother Jones.


Use Jobless Time to Build Better World | CommonDreams.org. by Barbara Ehrenreich.  I’m on it.

Steele: “I’m the Gift That Keeps on Giving” | Mother Jones.

t r u t h o u t | Cheney Backs Limbaugh Over Powell on GOP Future

Truthdig – Ear to the Ground – Obama Leaves Polar Bears Out in the Cold.

Truthdig – Reports – Pete Seeger Carries Us On. by Amy Goodman

Truthdig – Reports – Becoming What We Seek to Destroy

Sociological Images » What Does The Sex Industry Look Like?

Jezebel – Wanda Sykes Kills, Republicans Rage & Osama Hides – Wanda sykes white house.

Jezebel – Texas Charging Rape Victims For Rape Kits – Rape. yay Texas!

Weekly Feminist Reader: Mother’s Day Edition – Feministing.


First off I would like to say, Amy Goodman will be here IN COLLEGE STATION tonight, but tickets are $100! Not because she’s asking for money, but because the radio station bringing her is using it as a fundraiser…what about those who are scraping by on only inspiration?!

Ok, I’m done whining.  Maybe.

Washington Forum Draws Worst Greenhouse Polluters | CommonDreams.org. and Greenpeace responds…

Planet Earth: Too Big to Fail | Greenpeace USA.


t r u t h o u t | Are Women Being Denied Justice?.

Can we afford to eat ethically? | Salon Life.

from Jezebel:  In Salon this weekend, Siobhan Phillips described the month she and her husband spent eating “ethically.” Her experiment got us thinking about whether the burdens of a sustainable diet fall disproportionately on women.

Jezebel – You, Madam, Are No Bettie Page – Veronica Orso-Flores.

Ten Unscientific and Sexist Reasons Women Can’t Drive – Feministing.

Could Pakistan Dissolve Altogether? | Mother Jones.

Why can’t conservatives admit George Bush broke America? | Salon.

Broadsheet – Salon.com. I’m going to keep posting articles ripping the study done by UT professor on women’s “market value and marriage.”

“Marriage will be there for men when they’re ready,” he explains to all those women who may not yet have been made aware of the fact that they have a biological clock that is destined to one day toll for them. Women’s “market value” — this is in a marital sense, not a professional one, just in case you were unclear on that — declines as they age, but men’s rises, because of their growing economic resources and maturity. (Regnerus does not address the possibility that women’s economic resources and maturity also increase with age, because, obviously, those things have nothing to do with the value of girls. For girls, value is about how young and pretty they are and also their eggs. Duh.)

But Regnerus points to the great sadness of all the women who “suppress” their fertility in their 20s — “their most fertile years” — just to find themselves having to “beg, pray, borrow and pay to reclaim it in their 30s and 40s.” I mean, thank God they made so much money getting that J.D. and climbing toward professional success, right?

The right floats off to Neverland. No girls allowed! | Salon.

April 28, 2009 | Is it secession, then? Tell me, sir — is it war? At a faux populist, or rather Fox populist, “tea party” in Austin on April 15, Texas Governor Rick Perry warned that “we’ve got a great union. There’s absolutely no reason to dissolve it. But if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, you know, who knows what might come out of that. But Texas is a very unique place, and we’re a pretty independent lot to boot.”

Will my native state say to the United States what Governor Perry was once caught on tape saying to a journalist: “Adios, mofo”? I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the other 49 and the District of Columbia should not get their hopes up yet. Perry is unlikely to declare the restoration of the Republic of Texas.

By flirting with the language of treason, the governor, who faces a tough primary challenge from the more moderate Kay Bailey Hutchison for the 2010 Republican gubernatorial nomination, was simply pandering to the base of the Republican party in Texas. In my childhood that base consisted of transplanted Rockefeller Republicans from the Northeast who were more liberal than many Texas Democrats. Today the Texas GOP is defined by the political descendants of the Confederates and the segregationist, anti-New Deal Dixiecrats, with a healthy admixture of militia types who worry the enlargement of Interstate 35 is part of a UN conspiracy to create a NAFTA Superhighway. They could be compared to dinosaurs, if only dinosaurs were not a figment of the imagination of Darwinists and other liberals.

But Perry is also thought to be considering a run for the presidency, and his secessionist rhetoric would play just as well with the GOP base outside of Texas. Since Ronald Reagan nobody has been able to obtain the Republican nomination for the presidency without vilifying the U.S. government in terms that would please the late Jefferson Davis. But like the original Confederates, today’s neo-Confederates don’t really have any objection to the federal government — as long as they control it. It’s only now that they have lost a couple of elections that they are pretending to discover that the government recently run by George the Second was a tyranny worthy of George the Third. The inauguration of Barack Obama has occasioned an outbreak of separatist posturing on the right, most of it fundamentally insincere, all of it petulant and juvenile.


For example, on April 6, a week before Rick Perry publicly contemplated the secession of Texas, Patri Friedman, the grandson of the free-market fundamentalist economist Milton Friedman, published an online manifesto in the libertarian Cato Institute’s Cato Unbound, calling on libertarians to give up on democracy in the United States and … move into San Francisco Bay.

“Democracy is the current industry standard political system, but unfortunately it is ill-suited for a libertarian state,” Friedman writes. For one thing, “at most 16 percent of people have libertarian beliefs.” Yup, that could be a problem. Friedman concedes: “Libertarians are a minority, and we underperform in elections, so winning electoral victories is a hopeless endeavor.”

The solution? Create a new country as tiny and insignificant as the libertarian minority itself. Friedman explains why he and a few others founded the Seasteading Institute: “Seasteading is my proposal to open the oceans as a new frontier, where we can build new city-states to experiment with new institutions. This dramatically lowers the barrier to entry for forming a new government, because expensive though ocean platforms are, they are still cheap compared to winning a war, an election, or a revolution.” Can’t argue with that.

In addition: “A lower barrier to entry means more small-scale experimentation. Also, the unique nature of the fluid ocean surface means that cities can be built in a modular fashion where entire buildings can be detached and floated away. This unprecedented physical mobility will give us the ability to leave a country without leaving our home, increasing competition between governments.” I for one can’t wait to see the bidding war for Patri Friedman’s loyalty between Atlantis and Lemuria.

The plan is to build and colonize platforms similar to offshore oil rigs. It’s worked before. In the 1960s, Roy Paddy Bates turned a pirate radio operation on an abandoned British maritime fort in the North Sea into the Principality of Sealand, which still exists as a tourist trap. Like Friedman, the founders of microstates generally are not big on democracy as a form of government. Bates anointed himself Prince Roy of Sealand, while a Western Australian wheat farmer who declared his own Hutt River Principality installed himself and his wife as Prince Leonard Casley and Princess Shirley. Prince Patri of Seastead? Unfortunately, today as in the past monarchs still wage war over the control of tiny domains. When a Las Vegas millionaire, Michael Oliver, tried to create the Republic of Minerva by building an artificial island near Tonga, he was thwarted by none other than the king of Tonga himself.

It appears that Prince Patri’s proposed new sovereign country or countries will be in or near San Francisco Bay, so that the hardy pioneers can enjoy the nearby amenities provided by the continental nation-state they despise, without paying taxes for them. Not to mention the fact that these affluent people in their offshore gated community would be free riders on U.S. military security. If they really love independence, let these democracy-despising secessionists sink their anchors off the coast of Somalia and fend off pirates without the assistance of that despotic institution, the U.S. Navy.

Patri’s Seastead Institute has received funding from Paypal founder Peter Thiel, who also funds the Methuselah Foundation, which seeks to end aging and make everyone immortal. In a companion essay on April 13 on Cato Unbound, Thiel endorses Friedman’s rejection of democracy: “I stand against confiscatory taxes, totalitarian collectives, and the ideology of the inevitability of the death of every individual [!]. For all these reasons, I still call myself ‘libertarian.'” He goes on to say that “I no longer believe that freedom and democracy are compatible.” Why is democracy incompatible with freedom? According to Thiel, one problem with democracy is that women have the right to vote: “Since 1920, the vast increase in welfare beneficiaries and the extension of the franchise to women — two constituencies that are notoriously tough for libertarians — have rendered the notion of ‘capitalist democracy’ into an oxymoron.” What could more beautifully illustrate the pubescent male nerd mentality of the libertarian than Thiel’s combination of misogyny with the denial of aging and death? We had a nice John Galt libertarian paradise in this country, until girls came along and messed it up!

Thiel continues: “In our time, the great task for libertarians is to find an escape from politics in all its forms — from the totalitarian and fundamentalist catastrophes to the unthinking demos that guides so-called ‘social democracy.'” After considering the possible mass migration (if that is not a contradiction in terms) of libertarians to cyberspace and outer space, he opts for Fantasy Island: “The fate of our world may depend on the effort of a single person who builds or propagates the machinery of freedom that makes the world safe for capitalism. For this reason, all of us must wish Patri Friedman the very best in his extraordinary experiment.”

Here’s an idea. Thiel could use his leverage as a donor to combine the Seasteading Institute with the Methuselah Foundation and create a make-believe island where girls aren’t allowed to vote and where nobody ever has to grow up. Call it Neverland. It would be easy for libertarian refugees from the United States and the occasional neo-Confederate to find it. Second star to the right, and straight on till morning.

Texas, what is wrong with you this week?!


Whenever I move [when I finally find a job…] I’ll do a first impression essay like these…Chloë Sevigny, David Dinkins, Andy Samberg, Cindy Sherman, and More Share Memories of Their Early Days in New York — New York Magazine.

Amy Sedaris: “The first thing I saw when I came to New York was a man leaning up against a wall, shitting. Perfect!”

Jezebel – Analyzing The Absurdist Art In The New Teen Vogue – Teen Vogue.

“Observe And Report” Date Rape Scene Sparks Outrage (VIDEO).

and the follow up…Friday Feminist Fuck You: Seth Rogen – Feministing.

Scarlett Johansson: The Skinny.

Christine Hassler: How To Be Jobless Without Feeling Useless. Yay, all the answers!

Truthdig – Reports – Castro’s Racial-Paradise Myth.

American Happiness | Mother Jones.

Photo Essay by Brian Ulrich

“In 2001, citizens were encouraged to take to the malls to boost the U.S. economy through shopping,” he says, “thereby equating consumerism with patriotism. The Copia project, a direct response to that advice, is a long-term photographic examination of the peculiarities and complexities of the consumer-dominated culture in which we live.”

MoJo Forum: Is Organic and Local So 2008? | Mother Jones.

t r u t h o u t | Why Workers Need the Employee Free Choice Act.

Ask Professor Foxy: Is Faking Always Anti-Feminist? – Feministing.

Lacrosse’s Westward Expansion Hits a Snag | Sports | SPLICETODAY.COM. Well, at least it has hit CO so my dad can live happy with his MLL and NLL season tickets!!