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Wanted: More and Better Protesters

You know things are dire when I go to a protest rally. It’s one of the signs of the apocalypse, the one right before the seas turn to blood. I hate rallies. You stand out there feeling like a complete…

Posted on: February 27th, 2011 | Comments (76)

After Cairo, Twitter Still Sucks

Two years ago, I wrote an article for AlterNet about Twitter, then in its boost phase. As usual, I had been slow on the social media draw, and had no idea what people were talking about in 2008 when they…

Posted on: February 11th, 2011 | Comments (29)

Reagan’s Cheshire Snarl

“I know these people in my goddamn blood!” –Hunter S. Thompson’s Attorney I’ve had Reagan all my life. In 1967, 13 years before the rest of you got President Reagan, he became governor of California. It was the terrarium in…

Posted on: February 5th, 2011 | Comments (78)

Charlie Sheen and the Pursuit of Happiness

Charlie Sheen is in the news a lot lately because he can’t handle his liquor. Or his drugs. Or his porn stars. He’s a problem-partier; you know how there’s always one who freaks out on illicit substances, and cries, or…

Posted on: January 29th, 2011 | Comments (53)

This Is Our "Capricorn One" Moment

This article was first published in Vice. If President Obama’s SOTU address left you feeling vaguely suicidal but you’re not sure why, a quick comparison to the previous Great Depression president’s SOTU address might clear it up and help you to…

Posted on: January 28th, 2011 | Comments (30)

Dead Celebrities 2010: A Good Gloat Spoiled

One of the pleasures of the run up to New Year’s Eve is reading the list of celebrities who’ve died during the past year. You can gloat over the demise of people you always hated who’ve been taking up space…

Posted on: December 31st, 2010 | Comments (42)

Mark Ames and Yasha Levine Respond to Libertarian Blogger Glenn Greenwald

Note: This letter, printed in The Nation on November 24, 2010, is a response to Glenn Greenwald of the libertarian Cato Institute‘s attack on an article we published, titled “TSAstroturf: The Washington Lobbyists and Koch-Funded Libertarians Behind the TSA Scandal.” *** Normally…

Posted on: November 24th, 2010 | Comments (87)