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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 (53)

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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)

Tony Scott: Now That He’s Dead, His Films are All Great!

Dear General Public, I’ve had to speak to you before about your gruesome reverence for dead celebrities. Every famous person who dies is instantly idolized out of all recognition. The same ugly venal toad of a has-been star or notoriously…

Aug 21, 2012 | Comments (42)

Media Bum Fights: Iraq War Liar Jeffrey Goldberg Accuses Iraq War Cheerleader Fareed Zakaria of Plagiarizing Him, Too…

As we previously reported, Fareed Zakaria was reinstated by CNN/Time magazine to his post of corporate lackey. But at least one of Zakaria’s colleagues is not happy about it. About a week ago, Iraq War liar/Palestinian prison camp guard Jeffrey Goldberg…

Aug 21, 2012 | Comments (2)

Watch: Mark Ames and Yasha Levine Talk To RT’s Kristine Frazao About S.H.A.M.E.’s Expose of NPR Host Adam Davidson

Earlier today, eXiled editors Mark Ames and Yasha Levine talked to RT’s Kristine Frazao about the S.H.A.M.E. Project’s recent expose of NPR host and New York Times columnist Adam Davidson. Watch the segment below:

Aug 20, 2012 | Comments (25)

Copper: We’re Shocked, Shocked to Find There’s Dirt in This Slum!

There’s a new ten-part series running on Sunday nights called Copper that’s getting all kinds of notice for its Gangs of New York-ish set-up. That’s why I watched it, hoping to see some of that potentially great 19th century slum…

Aug 20, 2012 | Comments (15)

SHAME BLOG: TIME & CNN Restore Fareed Zakaria’s Most Favored Corporate Lackey Status

Who needs accountability in the journalism world when that would just get in the way of Zakaria’s important job: Being a dancing circus poodle for warmongers, neoliberals and multinationals. In other words, those who, like Zakaria, escaped accountability for their failures (and their thieving).

Aug 17, 2012 | Comments (23)

New York Observer Picks Up S.H.A.M.E. Project Exposé On NPR Host Adam Davidson’s Conflicted Ties To Wall Street Sponsors

In case you missed it: The New York Observer picked up the S.H.A.M.E. exposé on NPR host Adam Davidson last week, and came to the conclusion that S.H.A.M.E. “made a compelling case that Davidson is—if not complicitly, then inherently—conflicted.”

Aug 15, 2012 | Comments (16)

A KOCH AND A SMILE: Zach Galifianakis is Genetically Inclined to Suck

“The Campaign” is a different kettle of fish puke. There’s a weirdly unfunny flatness permeating the entire film: flat writing, flat jokes, flat directing, and above all, Zach Galifianakis’ non-presence, a flatness so flat it’s like convex comedy…

Aug 13, 2012 | Comments (56)

The Corruption of Malcolm Gladwell: S.H.A.M.E.’s Investigation Expanded for eBook Edition

Check out Yasha Levine’s new Kindle book: The Corruption of Malcolm Gladwell. The book expands on S.H.A.M.E.’s initial investigation into the life and journalistic corruption of New Yorker staff writer Malcolm Gladwell, providing new information and plenty of examples of his covert, pay-to-play corporate advocacy that you won’t find anywhere else.

Aug 11, 2012 | Comments (15)

Paul Ryan’s Guru Ayn Rand Worshipped A Serial Killer Who Kidnapped and Dismembered Little Girls

To celebrate today’s announcement that Ayn Rand fanboy Paul Ryan will in a few months’ time be a heartbeat from the presidency—and to honor this special moment, marking the final syphilitic pus-spasms of America’s decline and fall–we are reposting for…

Aug 11, 2012 | Comments (99)

Adam Davidson’s Journalistic Corruption: NPR Host Boosts for Wall Street, While Taking Undisclosed Banking Money

While Adam Davidson has recently come under increasing scrutiny for using his NPR platform to promote the narrow interests of the super-wealthy in this country, little attention has thus far been given to Davidson’s corruption—his numerous financial conflicts of interest that seriously undermine his claims to being a journalist, and instead reveal Davidson as a glorified product spokesman for his Wall Street sponsors.

Aug 10, 2012 | Comments (4)

War Nerd Classic: In Praise Of Sikhs, “The Coolest Warrior Tribe Around”

I think I’ve finally found a religion I can convert to. I’m thinking of turning Sikh. And we’ll just slide right by all the puns popping into your little heads, if you don’t mind. The Sikhs are just the coolest warrior tribe around. Take their scripture.

Aug 8, 2012 | Comments (142)

NPR’s “Planet Money” Mired In Adam Davidson’s World of Corruption

Over the years, Davidson has whitewashed the occupation of Iraq, praised sweatshop labor, attacked the idea of regulating Wall Street and argued for “squeezing the middle class”–all while taking undisclosed money from banking interests.

Aug 7, 2012 | Comments (26)

The Best Film List Ever (Not)

I can’t do Best Film lists. Somebody recently asked me to—a former student—it was sweet of him and all—but I can’t. They’re so embarrassing.  You no sooner put down a title than you feel like an idiot—really, this is the…

Aug 6, 2012 | Comments (97)

It’s Hip! It’s Cool! It’s Libertarianism!

Calling yourself a libertarian today is a lot like wearing a mullet back in the nineteen eighties. It sends a clear signal: business up front, party in the back. You know, those guys who call themselves “socially liberal but fiscally…

Jul 31, 2012 | Comments (182)

Mister McFahk Goes To Fuckberg: The Continuing Saga Of Amb. Michael McFaul’s Epic Struggle With Language

So the tweet from the US Ambassador to Russia cheerfully reads:

“Hey I’m heading to Fuckberg to the InnoProm Exhibition”

And with that tweet, McFaul launched a New Cold War…

Jul 23, 2012 | Comments (41)

The Dark Knight Rises vs. The 99%

Dear Reader,

This whole review’s a spoiler, so if you’re not prepared to handle an all-spoiler review, take a hike. (You know the drill.)

Yours in despair,

Eileen J.

Jul 22, 2012 | Comments (146)

The HuffPo Business Model: Deliberately Obliterating the Separation Between Paid Advertising and Real Reporting

HuffPo is not a news organization at all, says Huffington Post’s president and chief revenue officer. It is a “social-media company” that exists to “help our marketers beam their messages throughout the internet, across the galaxy, the internet, and the world.”

Jul 20, 2012 | Comments (30)