PMMJ (cheetahmaster) wrote,

"Now, politicians and businessmen are always in a position to do each other lucrative favors. Government is relatively clean when politicians are sufficiently afraid of scandal to resist temptation. But when a political machine controls all branches of government, and those officials charged with oversight are also reliably partisan, politicians feel safe from investigation. Their inhibitions dissolve, and they take full advantage of their position, until the scandals become too big to hide."
-Paul Krugman

Frank Rich: "To understand how the Bush administration has lost the public opinion war on Iraq it may be helpful to travel in H.G. Wells's time machine back to Oct. 30, 1938."

"Censored stories written by an American journalist who sneaked into Japan soon after Nagasaki was leveled by a U.S. atomic bomb have surfaced."

* Would more troops help in Iraq? (With bonus graphic.)
* David Corn's excellent analysis of the Downing Street memo controversy.
* Is Bush's economic agenda in trouble too?
* Lawmakers again look to split up the ninth circuit court.
* Looking at three possibilities for Bush's Supreme Court nomination.
* More connections between public broadcasting and the administration, this time in connection to the newly-created ombudsman's office.
* John Danforth with a message from the moderate Christian majority.
* David Brooks on what makes Bill Frist run.
* Nicholas Kristof on a free woman in Pakistan.
* The NYTimes public editor discusses their coverage of covert operations.
* An unknown but legendary reporter passes on.
* Today's showboat sportsmen have athletes becoming entertainers.
* Oprah vs. Faulkner.
* The movie industry gears up for the fight against online piracy.
* A summer of mythology at the movies.

"The result is a new gray area that is rendering gaydar - that totally unscientific sixth sense that many people rely on to tell if a man is gay or straight - as outmoded as Windows 2000."

Ricky Jay's new book, showcasing the history of magicians, sideshow performers, and more.

Ten things we didn't know this time last week.

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    "The Secret Douglas Adams RPG people have been playing for 15 years."

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    "The problem for a terrorist group like Al Qaeda is that its recruitment pool is Muslims, but most Muslims are not interested in terrorism. Most…

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