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"Death Bonds": Wall Street's Shocking New Plan To Reap Billions Off Dying Americans

This article first appeared in Alternet Now we know why America’s oligarchs are fighting to keep the rest of us stuck in the world’s worst health care system: the more we die, the more billions Wall Street will earn. A recent…

Sep 10, 2009 | Comments (47)

Extra! Extra! Yasha Levine Makes Headlines In Victorville!

Exiled editor Yasha Levine has officially hit the Big Time. The front page of Victorville’s Daily Press newspaper featured a profile of our fearless Domestic War Correspondent, his life, his wisdom, and his work, as well as a Q&A sidebar to…

Sep 9, 2009 | Comments (20)

Dr Pepper's Wet Dream: Water, Government Subsidies and Transfer of Wealth in the Middle of the Desert

VICTORVILLE, Calif. — On a sun-baked afternoon in October 2008, a group of soft-drink executives and city officials gathered for a groundbreaking ceremony at an old Air Force base on the outskirts of the city, 100 miles east of Los…

Sep 9, 2009 | Comments (27)

Extract: Mike Judge Fail

Extract is so bad its rottenness becomes a source of fascination, which is a good thing, because there’s nothing else to sustain your interest while the 89 minute dud drags by. It’s all Mike Judge’s fault, that much is clear….

Sep 6, 2009 | Comments (10)

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Behind the Real Estate Bullshit: Socialism & Scams Drive Housing Market Optimism

If you search your favorite news aggregate for “US housing market”,  you’ll find a whole mess of headlines guaranteed to make you feel good about that crappy McTractHome you might have bought at the height of the real estate orgy….

Sep 3, 2009 | Comments (25)

Afghanistan Syndrome: There Are More Americans Fighting In Afghanistan Today Than The Soviets Deployed At Their Peak

This article first appeared in Alternet. America now has more military personnel in Afghanistan than the Red Army had at the peak of the Soviet invasion and occupation of that country. According to a Congressional Research Service report, as of March…

Sep 3, 2009 | Comments (70)

This Is Why Workers Shoot Their Employers

This is infuriating: According to today’s New York Times, most low-wage workers in America are victims of routine theft. The thieves: wealthy employers, who steal on average 15% of their low-wage employees’ pay by routinely underpaying them for their work,…

Sep 1, 2009 | Comments (61)

Tarantino's Homage To The European Race

So I finally saw Inglourious Basterds the other night. I’ll admit, I was more than ready to avoid Tarantino’s new film, even after reading Eileen’s enticing review. The film sounded wrong on every level–what could possibly be good about another…

Aug 30, 2009 | Comments (50)

Russian Youths Riot In Closed City After Cops Bludgeon Teenager To Death

Here’s a gnarly little story out of Russia I just stumbled across on Newsru.com. This death porn tale comes from a town in the Urals named “Snezhinsk,” which means something like “Snowville.” It’s one of Russia’s last “closed cities,” where…

Aug 28, 2009 | Comments (20)

Mary Jo Kopechne On Sen. Ted Kennedy's Tragic Death: An eXiled Online eXclusive!

On this tragic day, Exiled Online caught up with one of Sen. Ted Kennedy’s closest confidants, the late Mary Jo Kopechne, whose intimate relationship with the late Senator was interrupted nearly 40 years ago. Exiled: Thank you for joining us…

Aug 26, 2009 | Comments (54)

Parasites: We Have Bankers, Crabs Have Translucent Sea Lice

Today we are going to study a little sea feller known as the Sacculina carcini, a flea-like shapeshifter that enslaves crabs. The Sacculina really is a perfect example of Intelligent Design. If man was made in the Lord’s image, then…

Aug 25, 2009 | Comments (5)

Memphis: Where Steve Jobs Goes To Eat His Fellow Americans

Memphis, Tennessee lives way outside any law. Black, Hispanic, and neo-Nazi street gangs control neighborhoods throughout the city with no cops allowed in, not that most people would want them around. The downtown area has a higher concentration of deranged…

Aug 24, 2009 | Comments (58)

One Degree Of Larry Summers: Meet Larry’s Ex-Boss, A Billionaire With A Blood Feud

The best way to understand Larry Summers, the man who’s shaping America’s economy from his director’s chair at the National Economic Council, is to meet the people he hangs out with. Once you get to know Larry Summers’ crowd, nothing…

Aug 24, 2009 | Comments (32)

Inglourious Basterds: Interesting? Boring? Both?

When I heard Quentin Tarantino was making a Dirty Dozen-like action film set in WWII, I groaned in spirit. With all the amazing eras and dazzling historical figures and slaughterhouse horrors not yet represented in cinema, we’re going to visit…

Aug 23, 2009 | Comments (36)

Uncivil War: Cousin Against Cousin

How does your extended family shake out politically? Me, I come from a rabid tribe of right-wingers containing a renegade band of fulminating lefties, plus a couple of pleasant and reasonable moderates nobody listens to. Fortunately we’re all scattered across…

Aug 19, 2009 | Comments (23)

Living With Cons and Paupers in Canada's Arctic Waters

I came to extreme poverty late in life, and did very badly at it. I should have done some kind of crime. But what kind? That’s what I couldn’t figure out. What kind of crime can you actually do, if…

Aug 18, 2009 | Comments (67)

District 9: Not Bad!

There are a couple of strokes of genius in District 9 that renew one’s hopes for the future of genre film. One is casting Sharlto Copley, who’s not a trained actor, as protagonist Wikus van der Merwe, a dweeby South…

Aug 16, 2009 | Comments (23)

Washington Post Links FreedomWorks, Tea Party, Koch Family, Only 5 Months After Ames & Levine

News Flash! Five months after Yasha Levine and I broke the story linking the rightwing billionaire-PR nexus between FreedomWorks, the Koch family, CNBC, Eric Odom and the Tea Party movement, the Washington Post finally caught up with us. In an article…

Aug 16, 2009 | Comments (11)

Mexican Drug War Dispatch: Viva La Narco Counterculture Revolución

Hello there! Hola to the few who still check out this column to learn about crazy antics of America’s favorite suppliers. Yeah, I know I haven’t been updating you for a while on account that I’m getting lazy (weed ain’t…

Aug 14, 2009 | Comments (23)

Mad Midget 2: Matthew Vadum Yaps With A Vengeance

Matthew Vadum, the rightwing butterball savaged in The Daily Show last year for race-baiting, doesn’t like me very much. But he ain’t the type who keeps it to himself. Nuh-uh. America’s favorite little waffendwarf read my last post about him,…

Aug 13, 2009 | Comments (25)