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Is Progressive Hero Eric Schneiderman Selling Out (Or Getting Sold Out)? A Closer Look At Obama’s New “Financial Fraud” Task Force

The wee problem is that this committee looks like yet another bit of theater for the Administration to pretend, yet again, that it is Doing Something, while scoring a twofer by getting Schneiderman, who has been a pretty effective opponent, hobbled.

Jan 25, 2012 | Comments (21)

More Great Moments In Libertarian History: Ancient Sumerian Word For “Libertarian” Was “Deadbeat”, “Freeloader” (Updated!)

The real meaning of the amagi cuneiform isn’t about abolishing “big government” or abolishing the Fed–nope, it’s about abolishing debts to free citizens from debt slavery. What the history-failures at Liberty Fund hilariously mistranslated was that the term “return to mother” is Sumerian-speak for “jubilee”–as in “debt forgiveness” or “freedom from debt.”

Jan 24, 2012 | Comments (84)

Max Blumenthal: Washington Post Scrubs Quote Smearing Iran War Critics, But Ex-Camp Guard Jeffrey Goldberg Runs With It Anyway

This article is cross-posted from with permission from the author Max Blumenthal For nearly a month, a group of foreign policy researcher-bloggers at the Center for American Progress (CAP), an influential liberal think tank based in Washington DC, have faced an unrelenting smear…

Jan 24, 2012 | Comments (14)

Dangerous Jails: Do Deputy Gangs Inside the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Have a Free Pass to Rampage?

LASD insiders say that, for years, Undersheriff Paul Tanaka—not Lee Baca—has ruled the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department though a system built of favoritism, pay-to-play campaign donations, and loyalty rewarded over competence. Now he has assumed command of the department’s two internal investigative units—Internal Affairs and the Internal Criminal Investigations Bureau—a move that many close to the department view as a hostile takeover.

Jan 23, 2012 | Comments (14)


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The Fed, Paul Krugman & The Economic Bullshit Artistry In Election Year 2012

So, who you gonna believe, a Nobel Lauraete, taking on his election year hack role as a Democrat, or your lying eyes, looking at miles and miles of abandoned manufacturing areas across the midwest and northeast, and shuttered main streets across the country where Wal-Mart, packed with Chinese manufactures monopolizing a good chunk of “personal consumption” in those communities?

Jan 18, 2012 | Comments (62)

Great Moments In Libertarian History: NAMBLA Spokesman Declares Himself “Libertarian”

Browsing through some old copies of the late, great Spy magazine, I found this interview with the former spokesman for the North American Man/Boy Love Association (NAMBLA), Joe Powers, in which he declares himself a Libertarian. Here’s the article spread,…

Jan 18, 2012 | Comments (36)

The Problem With Matthew Yglesias

Earlier this week, I got into a little Twitter battle with Matthew Yglesias after the prominent blogger tweeted out “”EXCLUSIVE: The activities of individual business executives have no relationship to the level of economy-wide employment.”

Jan 17, 2012 | Comments (32)

The Scum Also Rises: Joshua Foust & Friends Smear Crusading Lesbian Russian Reporter Elena Kostyuchenko As “Dumb Hag”, “Rumor-Monger”…Foust’s Boss Works For Chevron…

So it’s back to the depressing topic of Atlantic Monthly blogger and paid PR flak for defense contractors, Joshua Foust–something I’d rather avoid, but the scumbags won’t let me. Foust and his minions have managed the impossible–they’ve outdone themselves in…

Jan 16, 2012 | Comments (35)

River’s Edge Redux: Interview With Jared Lee Loughner’s Tucson Friends

A year ago this week, a 22-year old Army reject with a shaved head and a 9mm opened rapid-fire on a Congressional meet-and-greet outside a Tucson shopping mall, killing six and wounding 14, including a non-fatal headshot against Democratic Rep….

Jan 10, 2012 | Comments (65)

My First “Occupy LA” Arraignment Hearing: Los Angeles Stalls Legal Action Against Arrested Occupy LA Protesters…(Updated)

Last Thursday I got up at 7:00 a.m. and drove NASCAR-style to make it in time to my arraignment hearing at the Central Arraignment Court in sunny downtown Los Angeles 8:30 a.m.–only to find out that I’d wasted my time….

Jan 10, 2012 | Comments (24)

Papua New Guinea Through The Eye Of A Pig

MT HAGEN, PAPUA NEW GUINEA – I’ve been spending this past month in the Papuan Highlands, in a paranoid little town called Mt. Hagen. My motel’s pretty typical for New Guinea: there’s a huge, corrugated-iron wall around the perimeter with…

Jan 6, 2012 | Comments (34)

J. Hoberman Fired: Happy New Year!

Film critic J. Hoberman got axed from the Village Voice today, and old-school cineastes are rending their garments in grief and crying “Oh the humanity!” Personally, I hate J. Hoberman and the film criticism he rode in on, and I…

Jan 5, 2012 | Comments (30)

Announcement: eXiled to Launch Media Transparency Project — Contributions and Leaks Invited

We were going to wait ’til the snow melted, but a recent spate of corrupt hack-shill attacks on Team eXiled has prompted us to decide to make an immediate launch of a new project: a no-holds barred campaign to identify…

Jan 3, 2012 | Comments (63)

Glenn Greenwald Of The Libertarian Cato Institute Posts His Defense Of Joshua Foust…The Exiled Responds To Greenwald

The eXiled received this comment from Glenn Greenwald on the Joshua Foust article by Mark Ames. Greenwald has been undertaking the sordid work of defending his fellow libertarian Joshua Foust, despite Greenwald’s supposed principled stand against war-mongering, conflicts-of-interest and covering…

Jan 3, 2012 | Comments (88)

Failing Up With Joshua Foust: Meet The “Evil Genius” Massacre-Denier Who Shills For War Profiteers

Last week, some troll named Joshua Foust attacked my article about the massacre in Kazakhstan on December 16. I really had no idea who Foust was until I started getting emails from readers telling me “some guy with a goatee…

Dec 31, 2011 | Comments (134)

A Film-Lover’s Suicide

While critics go through the farce of compiling their Best Films of 2011 lists, I’m working on my suicide note. Here’s the latest draft:

Dec 30, 2011 | Comments (48)

Velvet Disappointment: Vaclav Havel’s Complicating Final Chapter

Václav Havel’s death last week was less surprising than the reminder he was still alive. How he came close to reaching the Czech median life expectancy of 76, I have no idea. The perpetually wheezing, intermittently pneumonic Havel had been…

Dec 30, 2011 | Comments (30)

War On OWS: Berkeley Police Threaten To Shoot Protesters With Same Deadly Tear Gas Grenade Launcher Used Against Palestinian Protesters…

A video recorded during last week’s early-morning raid on Occupy Berkeley shows a burly Berkeley cop strutting around with a repeat-fire tear gas grenade launcher, menacingly pointing it at protesters without provocation. At one point the bloodlusting cop threatens to shoot pointblank the guy with the camera…

Dec 26, 2011 | Comments (21)

Russian Opposition Leader Alexei Navalny: Uniting Nationalists and the Urban, Educated Middle Class

On December 5, the day after Russia’s Duma elections, the anti-corruption crusader and popular blogger, Alexei Navalny, told a raucous crowd, “I want to say to you: Thank you. Thank you for playing you part as a citizen. Thank you…

Dec 26, 2011 | Comments (28)

NYPD Continues to Harass, Arrest Video Streamers & Journalists Covering the Occupy Movement

I gotta say, this newfangled live phone cam streaming technology is off the hook. Now anyone with an Android and an unlimited data plan can stream amazing embedded protest footage from anywhere to anyone–all of it in real time. Forget…

Dec 22, 2011 | Comments (25)

Tracking the Domestic War on Press Freedom: List of Journalists Arrested Covering the Occupy Movement

Free Press’ Josh Stearns has put together, and continues to maintain, a great up-to-date resource that’s keeping track of all the journalists arrested while covering the Occupy movement. As of today that number stands at 36, and includes the recent…

Dec 21, 2011 | Comments (5)

The Massacre Everyone Ignored: Up To 70 Striking Oil Workers Killed In Kazakhstan By US-Supported Dictator

With violence and government crackdowns making headlines from so many familiar parts of the world, there’s hardly been a peep in the media about the biggest and ugliest massacre of all: Last Friday in Kazakhstan, riot police slaughtered up 70…

Dec 19, 2011 | Comments (32)

Occupy Atlantic Avenue! The Night Before the Occupy Boston Clearance

BOSTON–Occupy Boston! It was one of the last big ones to get cleared out, as I understand. I wasn’t there for the police clearance operation–but I was there the night before, when OB chumped down Boston Mayor Tom Menino, at…

Dec 19, 2011 | Comments (5)

The eXiled’s Mark Ames On The Alyona Show: “It’s Going To Get Ugly”

Exiled editor Mark Ames went on The Alyona Show to talk about why the financial sector keeps expanding even after the collapse of 2008, American decadence, the Occupy protests, and why “It’s going to get ugly” in this country… Watch…

Dec 19, 2011 | Comments (29)

Watch Live Stream Occupy New York Protests Running In The Streets

Watch livestreaming of today’s protest:

Dec 17, 2011 | Comments (8)