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Recovered History: How Wall Street-Funded Self Help Propaganda Greased the Real Estate Bubble

I was passing through the Mojave Desert and by chance stopped by a local thrift store in Joshua Tree. I’m glad I did, because I spotted a book that I just had to own. At $0.50, it was priced to sell….

Oct 19, 2012 | Comments (56)

Seven Psychopaths and One Pissed-off Reviewer

  Seven Psychopaths is one of those movies that’s too cute by half. If I hadn’t been so fried, I’d have paid more heed to the warning signs—the arch title, the “quirky” poster images, the fact that Tom Waits is…

Oct 14, 2012 | Comments (34)

The Nobel Prize in Economics? There Is No Nobel Prize in Economics

The Nobel Prize in Economics is not a real Nobel. It wasn’t created by Alfred Nobel. It’s not even called a “Nobel Prize,” no matter what the press reports say.

Oct 12, 2012 | Comments (51)

Progressive Turncoats: Pro-Labor Politician from East Los Angeles Fronting For Koch Brothers, Wall Street Fraudsters and Wal-Mart Oligarchs…

“Money is the mother’s milk of politics,” Gloria Romero tells me on the phone. “It’s flowing to both sides. Government isn’t about drawing lines. It’s not about saying you’re on that side and you can’t come over.”

Oct 10, 2012 | Comments (13)

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Do Your Part: Help SHAME the Media Establishment

Ever since our launch just a few months ago, the SHAME Project has been running like a buzz saw through the media establishment . . . it just needs support from readers and fans like you to keep up the pace. Can you help?

Oct 8, 2012 | Comments (11)

Romney’s “Liberal” Daddy Called Supporters Of Equal Rights Amendment “Moral Perverts”

Mitt Romney’s father, former Gov. George Romney—the supposedly “liberal” “cool” Republican who was destroyed by Nixon’s dirty tricks—publicly denounced supporters of the Equal Rights Amendment as “moral perverts,” labeling the movement a homosexual conspiracy to destroy the American family.

Oct 6, 2012 | Comments (20)

Ames Was Right Again: Obama Was A Boring Technocrat In 2008 Debates, But You Were Too Stupid To Notice

You poor Obamabots only just discovered a few nights ago what a crushingly dull technocrat Barack Obama is—but you’re still making the mistake of assuming that his snoozer performance against Mitt Romney during Wednesday’s debate was some sort of aberration….

Oct 6, 2012 | Comments (27)

Megan McArdle’s Fake Full Disclosures: What the Daily Beast Correspondent Doesn’t Want You To Know About Her Koch Work

There have only been a handful of instances over the years when Megan McArdle felt compelled to issue a “full disclosure” about her journalism conflicts of interest. And every time, these “full disclosures” have been used as smokescreens to give readers the false impression that McArdle was being up-front about her conflicted relationships.

Oct 1, 2012 | Comments (29)

Barry Ritholtz Calls S.H.A.M.E.’s Expose of Megan McArdle “One of the Most Brutal Takedowns I Have Ever Seen” and “Absolutely Must Read Material”

This past Friday, S.H.A.M.E. Project’s expose of Megan McArdle got a shout out from financial blogger/commentator Barry Ritholtz, who called our profile of the Newsweek/Daily Beast hack “one of the most brutal takedowns I have ever seen.” Ritholtz—author of the excellent…

Sep 24, 2012 | Comments (23)

The Master: Are You Serious?

  As soon as The Master was released, every day it was, “Ja see it? Ja see it yet? Whadja think? Ya gotta go see it.”  Nag, nag, nag. So to give writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson credit, he’s got crass…

Sep 23, 2012 | Comments (82)

Nicholas Kristof Didn’t Join Colleagues To Back NYT Overseas Employees in Union Fight

This article is cross-posted from In These Times On September 13, two-time Pulitzer-Prize-winning New York Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristof penned an op-ed titled “Students Over Unions” bashing the Chicago Teachers Union’s current strike. Kristof writes, I’d be sympathetic if the union focused solely…

Sep 20, 2012 | Comments (10)

The Daily Beast’s Megan McArdle: A Covert Republican Party Activist Trained By the Billionaire Koch Brothers

S.H.A.M.E. just published a brand new shill profile. Its latest subject: Megan McArdle, who was just hired on this September as Newsweek/The Daily Beast’s “special correspondent on economics, business and public policy.” In case you’re wondering, yes, that’s her in the image…

Sep 19, 2012 | Comments (34)

Freakonomics Author Steven Levitt: Enemy of Chicago School Teachers

On Monday, September 10, the Chicago Teachers Union—the oldest teachers union in America—went on strike. Teachers are striking for better pay, smaller class sizes and more job security. They are striking against school privatizations, teaching to standardized testing and the general…

Sep 12, 2012 | Comments (52)

Max Blumenthal: Meet The Right-Wing Extremist Behind Anti-Muslim Film That Sparked Deadly Riots

While Bacile claims to be in hiding, and his identity remains murky, another character who has been publicly listed as a consultant on the film is a known anti-Muslim activist with ties to the extreme Christian right and the militia movement. He is Steve Klein, a Hemet, California based insurance salesman who claims to have led a “hunter-killer team” in Vietnam.

Sep 12, 2012 | Comments (66)

The War Nerd Returns With A Special Survey Of Obama’s Wars: “Good Fighter, Can’t Cheerlead Worth A Damn”

When you look back at Obama’s wars, you get a pretty clear idea what went wrong over the last four years…Obama just doesn’t understand his job as war chief of this big crazy tribe…

Sep 11, 2012 | Comments (81)

Journalists at the RNC Either Suck Up To Power, Or Risk Attack…

Being a reporter with a video camera at a GOP convention and doing anything other than sucking up to power . . . well, that just might be the most dangerous journalism job in America today. Hell, people are in danger of being lynched just for reporting while being black.

Sep 7, 2012 | Comments (44)

“Bernie Bernbaum Does America” — Mark Ames Goes To Salt Lake City To Expedite Mormon Apocalypse & Dispatch The DNC

Some of you might be wondering what I’m doing in Salt Lake City…

Sep 7, 2012 | Comments (30)

Joe Costello: Centralization and its Discontents

Cross-posted from OfByForBook.com The great nullity at the center of American politics, disallowing all constructive dialog, is actually quite simple. It is the inability of the right, conservatives, libertarians, Republicans, whatever they wish to call themselves to acknowledge the growth…

Sep 5, 2012 | Comments (46)

Hara-kiri: A Good Day for Self-Disembowelment

I was feeling pretty low, so I watched Takeshi Miike’s Hara-kiri: Death of a Samurai. A movie about ritual self-disembowelment was a fitting end to the week I had. So I was more than happy to sit there drinking in…

Sep 3, 2012 | Comments (35)

HuffPo America: From Arianna Huffington’s Unpaid Massage Therapists to Obama’s Bridge to Work Program

This article is cross-posted from In These Times Since its inception, the Huffington Post has relied heavily on unpaid bloggers. Huffington Post co-founder Ken Lerer said in 2007 that a key part of the plan of the website was to…

Sep 3, 2012 | Comments (14)

W. H. Auden: The Worst Famous Poet Of The 20th Century

Auden is the worst famous poet of the 20th century. He simply cannot write a decent line, let alone a decent poem. Some of his very worst poems are among those “classics” found in every anthology of Modern poetry. They’ll…

Aug 28, 2012 | Comments (51)

Going Postal At The Empire State Building: Jokers, Joshua Foust & Revenge of the Nerds

But there is one element that the two rampage killings share: American Twerpdom… and the unrecognized psychosis that twerpdom can produce when all around you you’re being judged by a culture that lionizes John Galt fratboys and Tucker Max pus bags…

Aug 26, 2012 | Comments (118)

Tracy Lawrence: The Foreclosure Suicide America Forgot

In the months since Tracy Lawrence was found dead in her Las Vegas apartment at the age of 43, her story has only taken on more significance—even as her death has been forgotten. This is a story that demands our attention, a story we must not allow ourselves to forget.

Aug 23, 2012 | Comments (27)

How Pussy Riot Troupe “Voina” Got The eXile Censored in 2008: The Lost Story

It is the first time in the 11-year history of The exile, that our newspaper has ever been censored. What’s odd about it for us is that the “Fucking For Medvedev” spread, while not exactly family-friendly, is hardly the most shocking thing we’ve ever printed; we’ve run a cover depicting a nearly-nude Putin fucking Bill Clinton from behind, another cover depicting Putin as a midget in the Hitlerjugen getting his head patted by a pleased Fuhrer, and a cover demanding that President Yeltsin “Die Already!” during one of his many illnesses.

Aug 22, 2012 | Comments (15)

Crime & Pussy Riot: The Russian Soul, World War III, & How Pussy Riot Troupe Got The eXile Censored In 2008

Which brings me to the part of the Pussy Riot story that the Western won’t touch: A huge number of Russians, many of them decent Russians, many of them the type we consider “our” Russians — want to get medieval on the Pussy Riot girls, string them up in Red Square, and make it hurt.

Aug 21, 2012 | Comments (50)