Monthly Archives: May 2010

This new Michael Caine vigilante revenge vehicle “thrills and titillates without any socially redeeming value.” And it does it with hints of “Reefer Madness.” But the film echoes recent events in the news — in Kingston, Jamaica, where police have … finish reading 

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Marc Estrin : Night Dreams of Another Life

Photo by Eric Pouhier / Wikimedia.Listening to our local Leiermann:Night dreams of another life By Marc Estrin / The Rag Blog / May 31, 2010 Every now and then — and again last night — I am awakened at 3 … finish reading Marc Estrin : Night Dreams of Another Life

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TCEQ Blowing Smoke? : Protecting the Texas Environment

Image from Pegasus News / Dallas/Ft.WorthTexas’ lack of compliance:EPA challenges TCEQ over air quality By Ted McLaughlin / The Rag Blog / May 30, 2010 The state agency that is supposed to assure that pollution does not endanger the citizens … finish reading TCEQ Blowing Smoke? : Protecting the Texas Environment

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FILM / ‘Harry Brown’ : Shallow Pastiche Mirrors the News

Michael Caine in Harry Brown.What is Harry Brown trying to tell us? It thrills and titillates without any socially redeeming value. It blames the kids on the streets for the drug war and ignores the manufacturing of violence happening in … finish reading FILM / ‘Harry Brown’ : Shallow Pastiche Mirrors the News

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What is Harry Brown trying to tell us? By Ed Felien / The Rag Blog / May 30, 2010 It was 95 degrees and I thought I’d take the afternoon off and slip into an air-conditioned theater and watch Michael … finish reading 

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Obesity And Osteoarthritis: Is There A Connection? Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that affects nearly 27 million residents of the United States, making it the most common form of arthritis [1]. Joint pain is the foremost symptom of osteoarthritis … finish reading 

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VERSE / Larry Piltz : New Atlantis and Banglateche

“Earth could not answer; nor the Seas that mourn…” Illustration by Adelaide Hanscom and Blanche Cumming (1905) for “The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam,” tr. Edward Fitzgerald / Wikimedia Commons. New Atlantis and Banglateche By Houma Cayenne Here beside my breathing … finish reading VERSE / Larry Piltz : New Atlantis and Banglateche

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Worse or Worser? : Barrier Grief in Louisiana

An oil soaked brown pelican attempts to takes flight on Louisiana coast. Photo by Gerald Herbert / AP.Worse or worser?Gulf grief, contractors, and media mania By Greg Moses / The Rag Blog / May 29, 2010 Shock and awe, misdirection, … finish reading Worse or Worser? : Barrier Grief in Louisiana

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Medea Benjamin : Getting Naked in Houston to Expose BP

CodePink demonstrators at BP headquarters in Houston, May 24, 2010. Photo from CodePink / Flickr.Naked truth:Exposing BP’s criminal behavior By Medea Benjamin / May 28, 2010 See gallery of photos, Below. HOUSTON — Diane Wilson, a fourth generation shrimper from … finish reading Medea Benjamin : Getting Naked in Houston to Expose BP

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The ‘Nation-Building’ Mirage : A Trillion Dollars and Counting

U.S. Marine in Afghanistan. Photo by Goran Tomasevic / Reuters.From anti-terrorism to ‘nation building’:Paying dearly for Bush’s wars By Ted McLaughlin / The Rag Blog / May 28, 2010 In October of 2001, President Bush invaded Afghanistan. About a year … finish reading The ‘Nation-Building’ Mirage : A Trillion Dollars and Counting

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Vietnam and Afghanistan : Still Waist Deep in the Big Muddy

American soldiers carry a wounded comrade through a Vietnam Swamp. Photo by Paul Halverson, 1969. Image from The Veterans Hour.Afghanistan, and the specter of Vietnam:Waist deep in the big muddy By Harry Targ / The Rag Blog / May 27, … finish reading Vietnam and Afghanistan : Still Waist Deep in the Big Muddy

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Ray Mungo : The Pope is Toast

Pope Benedict on Palm Sunday. Photo from AP / examiner.com.Pope is Toast, Boy Diddley, and Me By Ray Mungo / The Rag Blog / May 26, 2010 The ongoing circus of revelations pinning responsibility for covering up boy-diddling by priests … finish reading Ray Mungo : The Pope is Toast

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