Reading Time: 6 minutes Pro-invasion elements are whipping up new hysteria against Qaddafi. Now, it’s that he personally ordered hundreds of rapes by troops backing him. Think about it: would that be a wise course of action for someone who needs sympathetic opinion domestically (and internationally) now, more than ever? Who’s fact-checking this headline-making story? No one, it seems.
Reading Time: 3 minutes A new study suggests that the Born Again experience may correlate with brain problems—and with memory loss.
Reading Time: 1 minute How about a prison where the prisoners run the show? Where they are armed? Where they can have sex, take a swim, catch a cockfight, use drugs? Where there’s surprisingly little violence? You definitely cannot make this up.
Reading Time: 12 minutes Finally, if you look hard enough, you can start seeing the back story to the urgency to remove Qaddafi. It’s an ugly story—and all the ugliness is not on Qaddafi’s side, not by a long shot.
Reading Time: 4 minutes Astonishing criticism of Israel’s leadership from its former spy chief. Let’s recognize this moment, the complex notions it expresses about Israel, and the possibilities raised.
Reading Time: 2 minutes An offer of astounding sacrifice by seniors in Japan’s nuclear aftermath. Anger can be a healthy thing, sometimes. And cuts in children’s health care that don’t even make sense fiscally.
Reading Time: 2 minutes With its nuclear disaster, Japan learned a hard lesson about finding less risky, more creative energy solutions. But this overpopulated island nation was already exploring some bold new directions. Like the most advanced eco-town in the world.
Reading Time: 13 minutes When the promising young American artist Stanley Glickman reluctantly accepted a drink from some pushy Americans who chatted him up in a café in Paris, he had no idea his beverage would send him into permanent Alice in Wonderland. A little-known story about MKULTRA, US government LSD experiments on American citizens, and one such citizen.
Reading Time: 3 minutes Today, the corporate media cautiously informs the public of some cell phone health risks. But if you were reading here, you knew about these risks long ago. And you knew the health consequences were potentially far greater and broader.
Reading Time: 7 minutes On Memorial Day, there’s a lot of talk about “supporting our troops” and “honoring our dead.” But one thing is left out of the discussion—the real story behind why they die.
Reading Time: 2 minutes As we enter yet another presidential election season, let’s consider the 1986 message from the band Timbuk 3, that “Presidential elections are planned distractions.” Is that just clever rhyming, or is there something to it?
Reading Time: 4 minutes Why would one of Israel’s most powerful firms be helping out Iran? Why don’t we hear more about the grip on Israel’s economy and political system of a handful of firms? And why don’t we hear more, in general, about private companies’ behind-the-scenes influence in the world’s democracies?
Reading Time: 1 minute In this classic bit from early 90s, the comedian/commentator Bill Hicks weighs in on the First Gulf War, George HW Bush, manipulating the masses, and more.
Reading Time: 3 minutes Prison recidivism: Can you make people go straight by being especially tough on them? A new study says no—quite the opposite.
Reading Time: 5 minutes On torture and secrecy, Obama is carefully treading a path laid by his predecessor. What gives?
Reading Time: 1 minute Are you familiar with the Tuskegee experiment? Imagine something comparably awful, but unknown to this day….
Reading Time: 11 minutes Wonder why the Senate couldn’t bring itself to clamp down on oil industry freebies? Because the “black gold” outfits can be one scary bunch. How scary? You have no idea….
Reading Time: 5 minutes We know, we know. All we do is nag, nag, nag. Negative reports, unsettling notions, terrifying discoveries. Well, here’s some good news. But don’t expect it every day.
Reading Time: 1 minute Russ talks to Thom Hartmann about Bush’s personal motivation for invading Iraq…Thom asks about revelations found in Family of Secrets
Reading Time: 1 minute Actor John Lithgow reads Newt Gingrich press release. The stuff of Shakespeare