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Avatar v. Red Cliff

Avatar turns out to be the one about the white guy who gets mixed up with Noble Savages and likes them so much he goes native, right before the big battle. So no surprises about the plot. But what about…

Dec 21, 2009 | Comments (33)

NASA Satellites Can See California's Wealth Transfer All The Way From Space

The problem with the water debate, to the extent there is one, is the way it’s spun. Long dominated by eco-warrior do-gooders, the fight for water has been framed as boringly and abstractly as possible. How is the “environment” supposed…

Dec 16, 2009 | Comments (14)

Slums of Detroit: A Look At The Heart of America's 2nd Most Deserted City

I was in Detroit to visit my girlfriend’s family for Thanksgiving and decided to take a look around. Knowing my tastes, locals told me to head for a burnt-out slum called Highland Park, HP for short, as it’s hands-down the…

Dec 14, 2009 | Comments (116)

Anne Applebaum Is A Dingbat

Anne Applebaum is a dingbat. I don’t throw that word “dingbat” around lightly, folks. But I just made the mistake of clicking a link that led me to an Anne Applebaum column, and seriously dude: Anne Applebaum? She’s a dingbat….

Dec 8, 2009 | Comments (182)

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Will Be Jailed For Food: To Poorest Americans Incarceration Is An All-Inclusive Welfare Getaway Opportunity

Article originally published by Vice magazine Prospects have never been good for ex-cons. Even during good economic times they hover between 50 and 75 percent unemployment, and generally take home about nine grand a year. No wonder 70 percent of…

Dec 3, 2009 | Comments (41)

The eXile Guide To Aging

This article was first published in The eXile in November, 2002. Look down at your hand. Flex the tendons, watch them ripple under the skin. What a nice design! So silent and quick. That’s what they never get in these…

Nov 30, 2009 | Comments (26)

Elite Versus Elitny

This article was first published in The eXile on June 23, 2003. As Russians openly strive to become elitny, America’s dominant oligarchs and feeble intellectuals live in a state of grotesque denial about their elitism. Billionaires act like hicks and…

Nov 29, 2009 | Comments (39)

Bailed-Out AIG Goons Force Poor to Choose Between Running Water and Food

This article was first published on AlterNet What are we getting in return for the bailout? So far, predatory credit card rates, exorbitant bank fees and obscene Wall Street bonuses. But we’re being robbed in other, sneakier ways, too. It…

Nov 26, 2009 | Comments (36)

California's Student Body Isn't Being Fleeced Just By Wall Street Scammers, But By Grandma and Grandpa As Well

This article was first published by TruthDig (truthdig.com). In recent days, students have been rallying and barricading themselves inside buildings on University of California campuses to protest a 32 percent hike in tuition fees. Last Wednesday and Thursday, scuffles broke…

Nov 25, 2009 | Comments (45)

Scrubbing Major Hasan: The Strange & Silly Media Rewrite Of The Fort Hood Shooting Spree

This story was first published on AlterNet. What happened to all the initial reports that accused Fort Hood killer Maj. Nidal Hasan snapped because he was distraught over the Army’s refusal to grant him either a discharge or an exemption…

Nov 25, 2009 | Comments (19)

The Real Reason Why Putin Arrested Yukos Oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky: An eXile Classic

This article was first published in The eXile on November 13, 2003. Reading the Western press accounts of the Khodorkovsky arrest has at times been as unpleasant as one of my famous giardia attacks. I’m not sure which version is more ridiculous:…

Nov 21, 2009 | Comments (9)

Murder Rampage In The "Perfect Petri Dish of Capitalism": Tom Delay, Free Trade & "Going Postal" In Sapian

The American “going postal” virus just spread to the U.S. territories in the South Pacific, after a gunman killed 4 people and wounded at least 8, including a group of South Korean tourists, before blowing his brains out at the…

Nov 20, 2009 | Comments (14)

The Story of How Beverly Hills Billionaire Farmers Stewart and Lynda Resnick Have Privatized California's Water Supply

This article was first published on Alternet.org A group of water oligarchs in California have engineered a disastrous deregulation and privatization scheme. And they’ve pulled in hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars without any real public outrage. The amount of…

Nov 19, 2009 | Comments (26)

Lefties With Testes-2: Hilarious Video Of Tea Party Dumbshits Getting Their Asses Kicked By Sign-Waving Longhair...Could It Be That Liberals Finally Get It?

The Tea Party blogosphere is all abuzz with whiny articles about how they’re being oppressed by “violent liberals,” and they’re using this video (which deserves a laugh track and Benny Hill theme song accompaniment) as proof of the Liberal Tyranny….

Nov 17, 2009 | Comments (42)

How To Solve The Housing Glut: Ship Poor People Into Abandoned Suburbs and Privatize Inner-city Projects

How about this for a plan for sprucing up our nation’s crumbling housing projects: ship lazy black folks out to the subprime suburbs, privatize their apartment buildings and hand them over to real estate developers. That’s what T.A. Frank, a…

Nov 17, 2009 | Comments (25)

2012: Apocalicious!

Sometimes you just want to see a lot of people die, but if you did anything about it in real life, you’d get entangled in a lot of red tape. So you head off to the cinema instead and watch…

Nov 15, 2009 | Comments (21)

Victorville and Surrounding Areas Take The Bronze For Biggest Drop In U.S. Real Estate Prices

Here’s yet another depressing area in which Victorville excels: According to the latest Housing Hall of Misery stats released by the National Association of Realtors, the greater San Bernardino metropolitan area came in 3rd place in the race to the…

Nov 14, 2009 | Comments (22)

Triumph Of Der Cheese: Berlin Throws Der Sheisse-est Anniversary Party Ever

This story first appeared on Alternet.org It was immediately obvious wandering through Berlin last weekend that the celebrations of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall were in trouble. In Alexanderplatz subway station, the main eastern transport…

Nov 13, 2009 | Comments (13)

Disney’s "A Christmas Carol" Sucks As Expected, But At Least It's Dark

I’m morbidly devoted to the works of Charles Dickens. It’s a childhood aberration. At a young age I started reading whatever books were on the family shelves and bonded with Dickens and Twain before I had a fully formed cranium,…

Nov 9, 2009 | Comments (8)

How The West Hijacked The Berlin Wall Revolution

One of the great ironies of the fall of the Berlin Wall 20 years ago is that the East German protest leaders who led the uprising did not want unification with West Germany.

Nov 9, 2009 | Comments (54)