John Atcheson

John Atcheson is author of the novel, A Being Darkly Wise, an eco-thriller and Book One of a Trilogy centered on global warming. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, the Washington Post, the Baltimore Sun, the San Jose Mercury News and other major newspapers. Atcheson’s book reviews are featured on Climateprogess.org.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - 9:09am
Let Them Eat Bullets: The Corporate Gun Tyrants
On December 13th, a mentally ill man entered an elementary school and attacked 22 students and at least one adult. On December 14th, a mentally disturbed young man entered another elementary school and began to randomly attack students and adults. The first one happened in Chengping China. All of the victims of the assault are expected to live.
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Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 7:22am
Conservative Myths and the Death of Marlboro Man
Those of a certain age remember TV ads featuring the Marlboro Man – a rugged individual who rode a horse through an America that even then had long since disappeared. He was self-reliant. No moocher. Didn’t need government handouts. Didn’t need government. What he needed was cigarettes.
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Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - 6:52am
It's the Physical Cliff, Stupid
OK. There’s the fiscal cliff – a self-inflicted economic hotfoot, but nothing irrevocable.
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Tuesday, November 13, 2012 - 8:58am
Lunatic, Counterfactual Rantings of the Mythical "Center"
Seems like everyone is calling for bipartisanship. Voters, Democrats, Republicans... well almost everyone.
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Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 7:27am
The National Voter Qualification Test: A Modest Proposal
Republicans have been concerned about voter fraud. A far more dangerous threat to our democracy is voter ignorance. Maybe it’s time for a poll test to assure that voters know a little about the issues that say they care about. Let’s give it a whirl. OK, everyone got a number two pencil ready? Begin. 1) If deregulation, tax cuts for the rich, and easy money caused the Great Recession, the fix is:
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Friday, October 12, 2012 - 7:21am
Five Simple Realities Missing from the Campaign
The campaign lurches on, the adds stream endlessly into our living rooms, the robo-calls clamor incessantly for our dollars, candidates get bought and sold, the press obediently acts as if there’s substantive stuff going on, and the real issues of our times go unaddressed. This is what passes for an election, these days. Let’s look at some of the realities that are lost in this money-fueled nonsense.
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Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 6:40am
Is Climate Change Hell Now Inevitable?
"Men's courses will foreshadow certain ends, to which, if persevered in, they must lead," said Scrooge. "But if the courses be departed from, the ends will change. Say it is thus with what you show me!" Ebenezer Scrooge, to The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, in “A Christmas Carol.”
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Monday, September 3, 2012 - 12:27pm
The Real Welfare Problem: Government Giveaways to the Corporate 1%
While Romney and Ryan lie about welfare (and just about everything else), and Obama and the Democrats demurely mumble objections, there is a real welfare horror story going on in America.
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Friday, August 31, 2012 - 6:39am
We Are Writing the Epilogue to the World We Knew
The data continue to roll in, and they are telling us we are in the process of bringing an end to the world we evolved in, and creating a new, harsher world. We will be forced to devote more and more of our resources trying to adapt to this new world, and less on development. While politicians fiddle, the world burns. While the press plays he-said, she-said, the ice melts, the seas rise.
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Thursday, August 23, 2012 - 10:45am
In Order To Form a Less Perfect Union: The Politics Of Fear, Outrage and Distraction
Once again, the Republicans are managing to distract the country from their extremely unpopular economic positions – positions that help the uber rich and corporations at the expense of low and middle income wage earners. While Ryan’s stance on rape is getting scrutinized with a micrometer, his nation raping budget is flying under the radar.
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