All Further Articles for 2010-03-12

Friday, March 12, 2010
To Wipe the Spit Off His Face, Biden Had to Say It Was Only Rain
From Haaretz, a look at the PR debacle - and illuminating moment - that was Biden's visit to Israel. The dance was delicate: Netanyahu apologized, not for another illegal incursion into East Jerusalem but for announcing it while Biden was there; Biden said thank goodness said incursion won't happen for a few years, and went home; within hours, Israel closed the West Bank, fearing protests. It's likely the U.S. will continue to turn a blind eye to Israeli excesses. But some argue the incident exposed in a newly raw way the need for Israel to confront its "settler-occupation demon" before it's too late.
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An Exceptional Country
Texas' so-called Board of Education has approved a right-wing version of history for its social studies curriculum that will teach kids about the NRA, the Moral Majority, the virtues of McCarthyism and "the unintended consequences" of affirmative action. They also canned Hispanic role models, the words 'democratic' and 'capitalism,' and no-good-commie Thomas Jefferson, who touted the separation of church and state.
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Forehead Tittaes
It takes a lot, in 2010, to come up with a "My eyes are up here, dude" joke that actually feels fresh. But this spoof ad for "Forehead Tittaes," starring Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard, actually pulls it off.
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Bush's Brain, Such As It Is
It's wrong, I know. It violates every principle of every religion or philosophy, and has proven itself over time to be grievously counter-productive: Violence begets more violence. Still. To hear Karl Rove, peddling the insidious pack of lies that is his new book, say that he's "proud" of waterboarding makes us wish for Karl Rove to undergo a little waterboarding. (We could throw Cheney in too.) "I'm proud that we used techniques that broke the will of these terrorists...I'm proud that we kept the world safer than it was, by the use of these techniques. They're appropriate, they're in conformity with our international requirements and with US law."
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If You're Going to San Francisco... Don't Bring Your Coal
San Francisco: A Coal-Free City! Bring grandma and stroll through Chinatown and Fisherman's Wharf free from the thousands of tons of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, and carbon dioxide emissions, as well as the particulate matter that lead to thousands of heart attacks and asthma attacks! Well, almost.
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Thursday, March 11, 2010
Planet War
From Foreign Policy, a stunning photo essay of 33 world conflicts , and the daily reality they engender for millions of civilians. Lest we forget. Above: Chad.
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