Monthly Archives: August 2015

Bailout deal allows Greek oligarchs to maintain grip – The Guardian

Originally posted on Yanis Varoufakis:
The Guardian summed up my annotated version of Greece’s Third MoU with this title. Click here for the Guardian’s webpage or read on… Greece’s former finance minister Yanis Varoufakis has accused European leaders of allowing…

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Losing it at the movies is now so much 19th Century Security Theatre

New literal forms of Security Theater make going to the movies so 19th Century where life is a panopti-diorama, old chum. By ann summers From the theatrical large-scale hand-cranked diorama giving urbanized music hall culture new life to the post-WWII … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: August 18, 2015

In countries with socialized health care, one price a society has to usually pay for such a valuable social service is accepting some limitations on torts related to medical malpractice. This protection for doctors in all but the most egregious … Continue reading

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Back-Rank Checkmate of Hillary Clinton

by Bob Stone 18 U.S.C. 1924 reads:   (a) Whoever, being an officer, employee, contractor, or consultant of the United States, and, by virtue of his office, employment, position, or contract, becomes possessed of documents or materials containing classified information of … Continue reading

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How posse comitatus or Commadus’s posse is already here

by ann summers Regardless of the degree of derangement, lone gunmen are always the decentralized form of terror, whether domestic manslaughter or random carnage. The problem despite some neologistic tendencies by the MIC to organize fear or procurement of weapons … Continue reading

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Word Cloud: CHORTLE

by Nona Blyth Cloud As an antidote to all the preliminary Primary Screaming dominating the news, I highly recommend Sarah Vowell’s wonderful books, which are a combination of Tours of Historical Sites, Vowell’s Interactions with her Family and Others, and … Continue reading

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Instant Poll: Grand Juries

The Sacramento Bee is reporting that California Governor Jerry Brown has signed SB 277 into law. Those of you outside California might not have heard of SB 277 but that is likely to change. SB 277 bans the use of … Continue reading

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Question of the Week, August 11, 2015

Over the last decade, SCOTUS and in some ways Congress have expanded the notion of corporate personality well beyond that originally intended for the corporate form. This is reflected in cases like Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, No. , … Continue reading

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The Election of 2016 is a remake of Arsenic and Old Lace

By ann summers What if Strindberg wrote Hellzapoppin’ or as we’ve seen, 10 Downing Street wrote a memo about WMDs or President Obama gave Syria away like the Sudetenland with the current Iran Nuke deal? With all due respect to … Continue reading

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Word Cloud: WRATH

by Nona Blyth Cloud There are some poets who have a universal appeal, whose hauntingly beautiful words we turn to again and again for succor and an uplifting of spirit. Then there’s Diane Wakoski. “This book is dedicated to all … Continue reading

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