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Billionaire Cannibals Murder 22,000 Americans Every Year

This article first appeared in Alternet. The right-wing anti-Obama-care movement is OK with killing off tens of thousands of Americans each year. That’s what this is all about: The right-wingers and their corporate sponsors are protecting a medieval and violent…

Aug 13, 2009 | Comments (41)

DESERT DISPATCH: McMANSIONS FOR McDONALDS

I’ve been thinking about sleaze and corruption lately. It’s hard not to. Out here in windy, sun-baked Victorville, underhanded swindles are about as common a sight as the tumbleweeds blowing around the Mojave Desert. The biggest scam now is the…

Aug 12, 2009 | Comments (26)

Blackwater: Stop Acting Surprised

One thing you notice more and more the longer you hang around this sleazy world is the way mainstream types can’t admit to the obvious. They always have to act shocked. So it’s like, “Bond Mogul Convicted of Fraud”-oh, the…

Aug 11, 2009 | Comments (97)

My Subprime Suburb's Hidden Identity: How I Learned That My McMansion Was A Bastard Child of the 80s

The richness of Victorville’s fossil record never fails to surprise an amateur scam-historian like myself. See, all this time I thought I had been living in a brand new tract home development built on the virgin sands of the Mojave…

Aug 11, 2009 | Comments (10)

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Mark Ames On MSNBC's "Morning Meeting"

Last week, eXiled Online editor Mark Ames made two appearances on Dylan Ratigan’s new MSNBC show, “Morning Meeting.” Here are a couple of clips for your viewing pleasure. Here’s the first clip from August 6th, talking about the rampage shooting in Pittsburgh:

Aug 11, 2009 | Comments (15)

Colonel Klink's Tea Party Martyr: Uninsured Anti-Obamacare Thug Begs For Medical Care Handouts

St. Gladney de St. Louis clutches a “Don’t Tread On Me” flag and suffers quietly… Those Tea Party thugs are a lot like Colonel Klink’s Nazis: they’d be funny in a cheap sitcom way if they weren’t causing the rest…

Aug 10, 2009 | Comments (13)

FusterClucked Again: The Commercial Real Estate Crash Is On

News about the economy has gone from apocalyptic to merely bad. Stock indexes and commodity prices have been on a five month tear. Hints are showing up that at least the worst of the home mortgage disaster might be over. Unemployment is still…

Aug 10, 2009 | Comments (10)

Border Wars: A Day in the Life of a Virtual Vigilante

This article first appeared in Vice Magazine It is a sweltering afternoon in May on a patch of empty Arizona desert straddling the US-Mexico border. There is not a soul in sight, no one to mind the cloud of dust…

Aug 8, 2009 | Comments (32)

China Executes More Corrupt Millionaires... While In America, AIG Swipes Another $249 Million In Bonuses

There’s a reason why the Chinese are ascendant while America is in decline. Because the Chinese walk upright and aren’t afraid to apply justice to the pigs who are ruining their country; while at the same time, Americans bow and…

Aug 7, 2009 | Comments (23)

Megan McArdle's Hypocrisy Exposed: Portrait Of A Libertarian As A Taxpayer-Subsidized Brat

Just when you think you’ve seen so much hypocrisy that nothing can shock you, along comes Megan McArdle. McArdle, who blogs for the Atlantic Monthly, presents herself as a principled libertarian, fiercely denouncing any attempt to provide any sort of government-funded…

Aug 6, 2009 | Comments (38)

Revenge Of The Nerd: What The Media Won't Tell You About The Rampage Killer Who Attacked A Pittsburgh Aerobics Class

This is one of the clearest and most painful “going postal” rampage massacres I’ve studied, and I’ve looked at a lot of them. The reason is that the murderer, George Sodini, left behind a diary that makes everything as clear…

Aug 5, 2009 | Comments (170)

Decline & Fall Of America: JPMorgan Fleeces Alabama Hicks With "Shit Bonds," National Guard Called In

America’s collapse into a Third World banana republic is accelerating: Alabama’s most populous county, Jefferson County, is so broke it’s closing down courthouses and laying off so many cops that it’s now planning to call in the National Guard to…

Aug 5, 2009 | Comments (28)

Citigroup PSA: After All The Money We Stole, Here Are A Few Sucker Belt-tightening Tips Everyone Can Use

I was channel surfing last night when I stumbled upon a couple of Citi commercials—or PSAs, since taxpayers own more than 30% of Citi—that offered viewers a number of depression-era, cost-cutting lifestyle suggestions. With the billions in bonuses Citi has paid out to…

Aug 1, 2009 | Comments (14)

JOURNALISM FACE-OFF: RUSSIAN SHADINESS VS. AMERICAN "OBJECTIVITY"

A few weeks ago, the Daily Mail wrote about a low-ranking British diplomat named James Hudson who was caught on hidden camera by the FSB (formerly the KGB, formerlier the MVD, formerlierer the NKVD, formerliest the Cheka) getting it on with two Russian hookers in…

Jul 28, 2009 | Comments (15)

In the Loop: So Many Swears

Finally, fa-HINE-ally, someone has made a proper comedy. Armando Iannucci, to be exact, with In the Loop, his annihilating satire of recent Anglo-American misadventures in the Middle East. It’s getting fantastic reviews and it deserves every one of them. It’s…

Jul 26, 2009 | Comments (13)

Are Subprime Cities On Their Way To Becoming America's Very Own Gulag Archipelago?

It’s 5 AM in Victorville, California, and I haven’t slept in 48 hours. Outside my second-story window, the sun is rising up over the jagged mountains across the desert. In the three months I’ve lived here, I’ve seen more sunrises…

Jul 21, 2009 | Comments (66)

Harry Potter and the Blah-di-blah-blah

So Harry Potter, the latest one. Making a lot of money. Yep. How many more to go? Ten? Oh, only two? Well, good, that means they’ll finish up before the kids turn thirty.

Jul 19, 2009 | Comments (28)

Mono-Highbrow: A Lowbrow Critique

I’ve been reading anthologies again, God help me. It’s all about money, as in we ain’t got none. So it’s back to teaching, and that means reading the anthologies that attempt to take a bunch of innocent kids through the…

Jul 18, 2009 | Comments (49)

A Mexican Love Story: The Zetas And Their Corrupt Cop Bitches

Ok, so it’s been a while since the last update to this column. It is not that I’ve been THAT busy, I’ve just been a victim of my own laziness (I suspect it’s related to my pill and smoke habit…

Jul 15, 2009 | Comments (8)

People Start to Die

In a world without miracles, death is a miracle. A bad one. It makes no sense at all. This creature, your relative—Hell, your dog—was a constellation, a huge Venn diagram of metonymies, with a middle name and opinions and allergies…

Jul 13, 2009 | Comments (48)