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Archives from July 2011
The Fables of Obama
JOHN ESKOW
THE FABLE OF OBAMA AND THE SAND We are trekking through the Sahara at noon, canteens empty, dying of thirst. The Republicans cry: look! Look at the beautiful lake! We’re saved! Let’s kneel down and drink our fill! The scouts report: sadly, it’s a ...
If Congress Fails to Meet the Debt Deadline …
Brian F. Foley
If Congress doesn’t reach a deal to extend our debt ceiling, the economy might collapse, and We the People will become We the Paupers. As the author of a new “financial advice” book, I investigate below whether some time-tested money tips might still app...
Suicide Watch
Jack Random
As grains of sand drip one by one through the hour glass, marking time as we move toward the debt ceiling deadline, the political posturing takes on the appearance of a game of chicken or Russian Roulette. The comparisons are apt but as time slips on and the postur...
Bleed Space
David Ker Thomson
I walk the line. —Johnny Cash Cedarville, Ontario. Back to Grey County of the heart.  I filed from here in May last year, describing a crawl through a rare old cedar copse destined to disappear before the new tr...
Vermont’s Village Greens: an Alternative to Empire
Thomas H. Naylor
Where have all the village greens gone?  They have been destroyed one by one.  Oh, when will we ever learn, sang Pete Seeger, a long time ago. America needs a lot more village greens and far fewer unmanned drone aircraft, F-35s, and SUVs.  Village greens are sma...
Edgar Allen Poe Redux
Charles R. Larson
Let me say this up front: Mat Johnson’s Pym is one of the most inve...
“Hesher:” Signs of Life in a Home Plagued by Death
Kim Nicolini
Spencer Susser’s Hesher is a great little independent movie with a hard steel exterior and a tender heart. The movie features Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a kind of heavy-metal Shaman who arrives on the scene in a beat-up black van, a blur of tattoos and long hair. He barrel...
On Jan Brueghel’s “The Sense of Hearing”
David Yearsley
In contrast to their still-life ancestors from the 17th-century, modern visual depictions of music would best concentrate on technologies of sound and the regulation of the senses: instead of a lute reclining alongside a half-filled goblet, the artist would present an iPo...
Poets’ Basement
Charles Orloski
An Orange Peel by CHARLES ORLOSKI Today a technician displayed X-rays of my brain. It was orange, snarled spaghetti strands, something compound, had pre-frontal CEOs, thousands of sentimental sections, and a stri...
Naughty Children Need to be Punished
CHARLES R. LARSON
So you don’t like the way your Representatives and your Senators are acting? So you voted for Obama but now that you’ve seen his true colors you won’t vote for him again? So you think the Tea Party is running the country? Item: Airlines are ...
Youth Subdued
BRUCE E. LEVINE
Traditionally, young people have energized democratic movements. So it is a major coup for the ruling elite to have created societal institutions that have subdued young Americans and broken their spirit of resistance to domination. Young Americans—even more s...
Information Wars
THOMAS KNAPP
Late last year, I called the first shots in Cyber World War One. I got the timing completely wrong. In fact, I was off by about 27 years. The real first shot in that war — heard ’round the world and widely lauded, but its implications not really unde...
Cannabis Proponent Deemed Sane
FRED GARDNER
On July 25, 2011, after an imposed hiatus of 15 months, Allan Frankel, MD, resumed seeing patients and authorizing Cannabis use. The Medical Board of California had suspended Frankel’s license for reasons unrelated to Cannabis —and then sought to revoke it pe...
Ballpark Liturgy
ANDREW BACEVICH
Fenway Park, Boston, July 4, 2011. On this warm summer day, the Red Sox will play the Toronto Blue Jays. First come pre-game festivities, especially tailored for the occasion. The ensuing spectacle — a carefully scripted encounter between the armed forces and...
Thinking the Unthinkable
DAVID MACARAY
Even though union membership hovers at about a 12-percent (down from a high of 35-percent in the 1940s and 1950s), there’s a way of looking at these figures that gives us cheer.  With the U.S. population at more than 300 million, that 12-percent figure converts to ...
The Weird Battle Over the Debt Ceiling
DEAN BAKER
Policy debates in Washington are moving ever further from reality as a small elite is moving to strip benefits that the vast majority need and support. The battle over raising the debt ceiling is playing a central role in this effort. The United States is currently...
Is the US Ready to Talk the Taliban?
GARETH PORTER
The Taliban leadership is ready to negotiate peace with the United States right now if Washington indicates its willingness to provide a timetable for complete withdrawal, according to a former Afghan prime minister who set up a secret meeting between a senior Taliban...
Killing Our Guy in Kandahar
CONN HALLINAN
The assassination of Ahmed Wali Karzai in Kandahar July 12 is one of those moments when the long and bloody Afghanistan war suddenly comes into focus. It is not a picture one is eager to put up on the wall. Karzai, a younger half brother (because their father h...
The Strauss-Kahn Handlers Crank Out the Lawsuits
PAM MARTENS
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and aspirant to the ...
The Madness of His Method
BINOY KAMPMARK
Societies, if we are to take the Freudian line, prefer to subordinate chaotic urges in favour of dull order.  Civilization implies stability.  By the nineteenth century, human society was digesting a range of theories on ‘constants&rsqu...
Barack Obama, Changeling
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Damaged goods, send them back I can’t work, I can’t achieve, send me back Open the till, give me the change You said would do me good Refund the cost You said you’re cheap, but you’re too much...
Business as Usual in Colombia
JOSE DAVID TORRENEGRA
Not a week goes in Colombia without reports of assassinations and persecution of labor and political activists. Ana Fabricia Cordoba, gender activist and leader of displaced peasants, was shot dead on June 7th inside a street bus, after she foretold he...
My Lesson in Mindfulness
PAUL KRASSNER
In 1979, my life changed while I was covering the trial of Dan White for the San Francisco Bay Guardian. Former police officer White had confessed to killing the progressive Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk, who was...
Lies of the Libyan War
THOMAS MOUNTAIN
As exposed here on CounterPunch the lies used to justify the NATO war against Libya have surpassed those created to justify the invasion of Iraq. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch both had honest observers on the ground for months following ...