15 August 2006 @ 01:57 pm
"But our collective shudder is by now practically instinctive. Since Sept. 11, 2001, we have conditioned ourselves to spike every triumph in the struggle against terrorism with a shot of anxiety. Try as we might to secure the perimeter, we walk in the shadow of risk."

Good read: Seymour Hersh gives us the behind-the-scenes look at the administration's involvement in Israel's response to Hezbollah.

Has five years of the war on terror made things worse?

Why haven't we made more headway fighting AIDS at home?

* Bush is vying for more control of the National Guard.
* Dana Milbank laments the 'separation of press and state.'
* The rebuilding of Lebanon has been set back years, as refugees return home to survey what's left. George F. Will wonders what was accomplished.
* The fighting in Lebanon exposed the fault lines of conflict in the region.
* "Anti-Americanism isn't going away until the U.S. puts some fairness in its foreign policy."
* Foiling the British plot was done the old-fashioned way.
* "Leave it to Vice President Dick Cheney to turn the results of a fair and honest election into some kind of sinister scenario." (More here.)
* The federal government buys a controversial 43-foot cross memorial.
* Evangelicals crank up the voter registration drives for the fall elections.
* A different look at crime in America.
* We win! "There are now more overweight people across the world than hungry ones."
* Scientists fear more frequent disasters thanks to global warming.
* The challenge of dealing with new airline security measures for an orchestra.
* The rock underground in Egypt.

Diversity spreads nationwide. Er, except West Virginia. Heh.

Bookmark this: EW.com presents its full coverage of this fall's movies.

Let's not forget ten things we didn't know this time last week.
PMMJ: Muppet News Flashcheetahmaster on August 15th, 2006 06:00 pm (UTC)
"An evil symbiosis does exist between Muslim terrorists and American politicians, but it is not the one Republicans describe. The jihadists need George W. Bush to sustain their cause. His bloody crusade in the Middle East bolsters their accusation that America is out to destroy Islam. The president has unwittingly made himself the lead recruiter of willing young martyrs.

"More to the point, it is equally true that Bush desperately needs the terrorists. They are his last frail hope for political survival. They divert public attention, at least momentarily, from his disastrous war in Iraq and his shameful abuses of the Constitution. The 'news' of terror - whether real or fantasized - reduces American politics to its most primitive impulses, the realm of fear-and-smear where George Bush is at his best."

-William Greider
maia: Animal: Chainsmaroonmd on August 15th, 2006 06:24 pm (UTC)
Too many good links, not enough time!!
Lizammitnox on August 15th, 2006 06:43 pm (UTC)
(not enough time before your internets go away?)
maia: What's Upmaroonmd on August 15th, 2006 07:09 pm (UTC)
Yes and No. Despite being pretty much stuck at home, I'm a very busy girl. ;-p
PMMJ: Clippy!cheetahmaster on August 15th, 2006 06:49 pm (UTC)
That's why i bring up like ten Firefox tabs of articles when the interweb is up, so when it dies again I can catch up on reading. :}
maia: Bondage Bearmaroonmd on August 15th, 2006 07:08 pm (UTC)
ooo! That's a good idea!!
Just Me: *gasp!*skkyechan on August 16th, 2006 01:39 pm (UTC)
Good God, I'm a minority in my own state?? :o