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Water Wars: Billionaire Thugs Scheme To Pull Off Katrina-style Wealth Transfer That Could Destroy California

Imagine the devastating flooding of Hurricane Katrina multiplied by epic sandstorms, drought and economic collapse of the Dust Bowl. Now picture it happening an hour east of Apple’s headquarters in Silicon Valley and spreading all the way down to the Mexican border. It’s not as far-fetched as you think. A routine 6.7-magnitude earthquake would be enough to set it off…

Mar 23, 2010 | Comments (20)

Rightwing Shill David Brooks Thinks Tea Baggers are “Wal-Mart Hippies,” Counterculture Revolutionaries of the New Millennium

This story was first published on Alternet. There is a fresh interpretive fad in the young field of Tea Party Studies: The New Right of 2010 as the New Left of the 1960s. According to this nascent meme, today’s conservative…

Mar 22, 2010 | Comments (40)

Zach Galifianakis Is A Plagiarist Hack. If You Think He’s Funny, You Must Stop Thinking.

Every day I make the same mistake: reading other people’s errors. Today’s Error: “Zach Galifianakis is funny.” They’ve even named him the “2nd Funniest Actor In Hollywood.” Zach Galifianakis is not funny. And if you think he is, you must stop…

Mar 20, 2010 | Comments (106)

eXiled Radio: Mark Ames Goes Crossfire Against A Right-Winger Who Hates Democracy

Mark Ames gets his thrombo on debating (by way of shouting) with right-wing radio host Chuck Morse and liberal radio host Patrick O’Heffernan on their AM radio show “The Fairness Doctrine.” Hear them reach for blunt, heavy objects as they…

Mar 19, 2010 | Comments (34)

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Alex Chilton Is Dead. The Rate Of Mammal Extinctions Accelerates.

Alex Chilton died of a heart attack a few hours ago. It’s a wonder his heart held out this long. Alex Chilton’s story always scared me more than the others–I’d figured he was already dead, for some reason–because in the…

Mar 17, 2010 | Comments (29)

eXile Editor Yasha Levine Nominated For “Best Web Article” Award By The Western Publishers Association

See that trophy above, the one that looks like an upside-down bottle of VOSS designer water? That’s what the Western Publishers Association, a trade group for magazine publishers operating out in the wild west, wants to hand eXile Editor Yasha Levine…

Mar 17, 2010 | Comments (8)

Special St. Patrick’s Day “Economic Meltdown” Report: Ireland–Portrait of a Celtic Tiger as a Spotted Pond Turtle

So it’s that time of the year again. That time of the year when you put on the stupid, oversized green hat, get outrageously drunk, approach a young man/woman/shaved-ape in a bleary haze and ramble on about how your third-cousin’s…

Mar 16, 2010 | Comments (68)

Toxic Shock: Delayed Reaction to the Oscars

I woke up for the second morning in a row with a vague feeling that something terrible had happened. Then I remembered I watched the Oscars.

Mar 9, 2010 | Comments (36)

Colorado Springs: Home of the Original “Obamaville”

I had just moved into a house in the northern suburbs of Colorado Springs, and was getting to know one of my new roommates, a very attractive female in her mid 20’s. This was promising. At some point though, the…

Mar 9, 2010 | Comments (73)

International Women’s Day Special: Girls Of The Siloviki

Today is March 8, meaning it’s International Women’s Day in the former Warsaw Pact nations. It brings back mixed emotions–gagging, for starters, just remembering the revolting cheesiness of those fat, vain Russian TV hosts showing off their toasting skills in…

Mar 8, 2010 | Comments (15)

Tim Burton’s Alice: You Don’t Slay?

Burton’s Alice in Wonderland is messed up in some ways—we’ll get to that in a second—but it’s seriously beautiful at intervals that command attention. There’s a war theme in it that’s pursued with surprising gravity. Example: the Mad Hatter (Johnny…

Mar 7, 2010 | Comments (41)

eXile Classic: 20 Reasons We’re Ashamed To Be Americans

This article was first published in The eXile on March 6, 2008. In this post-Russian presidential election issue, while the righteous American editorialists wag their fingers at Russia’s farcical elections, we want to hold up a giant mirror (with loudspeaker…

Mar 5, 2010 | Comments (41)

eXiled Alert! An All-Out Drug War Erupts In Mexico: Deadly Firefights, A Prison Raid, Casualties On All Sides…

I told you I’d be updating the situation if it got hot, so here I am, because some heavy shit went down yesterday, when the army ran into the Zetas north of Monterrey. I don’t think that any of your…

Mar 4, 2010 | Comments (18)

The Story of How Los Angeles Keeps Raping One of the Most Beautiful Spots in California

The city of Los Angeles recently announced plans to transform Owens Valley into one of the largest sources of solar power in America, outfitting the region with a massive energy farm that would span 80 square miles and generate up to 10 percent of California’s total electricity output. It truly is a monster…

Mar 2, 2010 | Comments (29)

Mexican Drug Cartels Raid Massive Rave Parties, Crack Down On Rival Pushers…

“Raise your hand if you like weed,” the gang leader asked the raver crowd. But nobody raised a hand or so much as moved. They were too scared. So he repeated his question, this time while firing a quick burst from his…

Feb 28, 2010 | Comments (30)

We’re So Doomed: Paul Krugman Briefly Demonstrates Why Liberals Are Stuck In General Custer’s Army

I didn’t plan on posting anything today, but then I made the  mistake of clicking open today’s piece by everyone’s favorite bearded-liberal, Paul Krugman, titled “You’re So Vain.” In just a few short paragraphs, Krugman unintentionally reveals why liberals are…

Feb 27, 2010 | Comments (48)

ATLAS SHRIEKED: Ayn Rand’s First Love and Mentor Was A Sadistic Serial Killer Who Dismembered Little Girls

This article first appeared in Alternet. There’s something deeply unsettling about living in a country where millions of people froth at the mouth at the idea of giving health care to the tens of millions of Americans who don’t have…

Feb 26, 2010 | Comments (220)

Vanity Fair Profiles The eXile: “Gutsy …direct, visceral… serious journalism… abusive, defamatory… poignant…paranoid…and right!”

Read the sensational Vanity Fair profile on The eXile, and founding editors Mark Ames and Matt Taibbi:

Feb 24, 2010 | Comments (57)

Texas Tea Party Candidate Profited From Federal Government Subsidies, Sweetheart Municipal Contracts

This article was first published by TruthDig (truthdig.com) The Tea Party Revolution has struck the Texas gubernatorial race, with the insurgent Republican candidate, Debra Medina, gaining in the polls and threatening the leading candidates, incumbent Gov. Rick Perry and Sen….

Feb 24, 2010 | Comments (24)

“You Are Delusional”: Dylan Ratigan Calls Out Joe “I Lie 4 Healthcare Money” Wilson

In case you mighta mistaken South Carolina Republican Joe “You Lie!” Wilson for a principled populist who stuck his neck out on behalf of regular folks, this makes it clear that Wilson is nothing but a healthcare industry buttboy, and…

Feb 23, 2010 | Comments (2)

The Paranoid States Of America: 12-Year-Old Girl Arrested For Doodling…A Week After 25 High Schoolers Arrested For Food Fight…

File this under “Seriously Fucked Up”: While most of America has been hiding under the covers afraid they might have to confront the ghost of Joe Stack, shooing him away by pretending he was something else–”He was a Tea Bagger!”/”He…

Feb 23, 2010 | Comments (51)

Shutter Island, Or The Hole in Scorsese’s Brain

On Shutter Island, there’s a lighthouse where patients are supposedly taken to be lobotomized. The movie has about thirty-five shots of this lighthouse against a gloomy sky, so many that you begin to wonder if director Martin Scorsese has had…

Feb 21, 2010 | Comments (38)

Separated At CPAC?

Real CPAC closetcases marry nutsack-nosed homophobes God here. Just wanted to pipe in and say I really enjoyed the CPAC conference. Yeah, gotta keep Myself active, you know how it is. Anyway, I figure since everyone at the CPAC conference…

Feb 19, 2010 | Comments (11)

Maryland Minority Report: Drunk Drivers of the Future Busted Today

Most rational people believe that drinking and driving are wrong.  Most rational people believe that drinking and driving involve operating motor cars on public highways.  Most rational people have never dealt with a Maryland court. One man, in Worcester County…

Feb 16, 2010 | Comments (18)

The Nation: How The Orange Revolution’s Neocon Hero Poisoned Ukraine

This article first appeared in The Nation.com… If you’ve been wondering what ever happened to that wonderful Orange Revolution in Ukraine–because let’s face it, it was probably the last feel-good moment America collectively experienced in an otherwise bummer-packed decade–Sunday’s presidential…

Feb 15, 2010 | Comments (47)