July 11, 2004


HIV is spreading to new US populations and skyrocketing in alarming ways worldwide. But Bush cut US representation to an international AIDS conference 75% because Tommy Thompson was heckled last time.

In other news, Bush will be the first president since Harding to snub the NAACP because their leaders have been mean to him.

How, for the love of Mike, do people this thin-skinned actually manage careers in politics? It just can't be fathomed.

Kerry and Edwards team up for their first joint interview, and a Newsday reporter notes the southern bump Edwards brings to the ticket. This line alone was worth it: "Zogby International found that Edwards' selection as John Kerry's running mate has cut Bush's lead in the region from 18 percentage points to 3..."

Billmon writes about the shallow journalism on Enron surrounding the Ken Lay indictment, as if it was all really no big deal. As if none of the people involved were still in government, as if none of them were still stonewalling, as if states aren't still actively trying to recover from the aptly described unarmed robbery. As if, in fact, it were just a vaguely interesting piece of gossip happening in another country far away, whose news remains mysteriously important to mention on occasion.

The annexes to the Taguba report on Abu Ghraib are out, and things were even worse than previously told. From complete breakdowns in discipline and chain of command, to serving prisoners food containing dirt, rats, and bugs.

Tony Blair was talked out of resigning last month over concern that he's become an electoral liability after disastrous local council elections. With Blair, I'm torn between being ticked at him for helping Bush start this blasted war, being glad that this hotheaded administration had a childminder around, and wishing we had someone like him in office here when I read things like his recent speech on education.

Salon reviews Larry Flynt's new book wherein it's charged that Dubya once paid for an abortion for a girlfriend back when it was still illegal.

How To Save The World talks about The Corporation, both the book and documentary by that name, and some of the history of the institution.

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