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By Eileen Jones
Facebook Friends: God Died to Get Away From Us

Maybe somebody could explain Facebook to me. I’m on it and I still don’t get it. I hate it without understanding it, like a dog barking at a vacuum cleaner. Facebook’s in the news for violating people’s privacy and selling…

May 23, 2010 | Comments (67)

By Mark Ames
Top Billionaire Hedge Funder Sees Himself As a Hyena Devouring Wildebeests

This article first appeared in Alternet. Ray Dalio is a billionaire hedge fund manager who makes more money in a single day than most Americans will earn in their entire lifetimes. That’s because hedge funds are the top of the…

May 22, 2010 | Comments (62)

By Yasha Levine
How PG&E Plans To Screw The Golden State By Enshrining Its Corporate Energy Monopoly In the California Constitution

First published on Alternet Welcome to Gilded Age 2.0, a time when government has become an appendage to the super-rich, used by industrialists, financiers and corporate robber barons to monopolize the economy and strip regular citizens of power and money….

May 18, 2010 | Comments (24)

By Alexander Zaitchik
The Crying Conservative: How Glenn Beck Taught His Feminine Side To Turn Tricks

The following is an adapted excerpt from Alexander Zaitchik’s book, Common Nonsense: Glenn Beck and the Triumph of Ignorance, just released by Wiley & Sons. Every July 4, Glenn Beck emcees the Stadium of Fire celebration in Provo, Utah. The…

May 14, 2010 | Comments (36)

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By Eileen Jones
Iron Man 2: Everything Money Can Buy

Iron Man 2 is such a huge hit, it’s clear everybody’s going to see it regardless of critical praise or condemnation. Each of us can—or will soon be able to—fulminate about why it’s good, bad, or meh. We don’t need…

May 10, 2010 | Comments (43)

By John Dolan
Stupid, Part 5: Back to Berkeley for the Big Epiphany

This is the 5th installment of John Dolan’s work-in-progress “Stupid (Or, How To Lose Money Running A Speed Lab).” Read the previous installment “Every Flake A 20 Dollar Bill” by clicking here. Butler knelt by the beaker while the white…

May 9, 2010 | Comments (11)

By Robert Parry
Rise & Fall Of "The Washington Times" : A Tale Of Ex-Nazis, Cocaine Smugglers & Moonie Cultists Who Created Right-Wing Republican Propaganda Organ...And Brought It Crashing Down...

Black rat snake in Washington Times newsroom. This article is reprinted from Consortium News As an investigative journalist, I’m not much for catchy political metaphors, but the revelation that snakes and rodents are infesting the Washington Times building as the Rev….

May 2, 2010 | Comments (30)