July 16, 2005

Resistance Is Feudal

Digby explains the state of delusion that key members of the Bush cabal maintain permanent residence in:

...Anyway, it's imnportant to remember that within this administration are a whole bunch of people who think that the CIA is made up of a bunch of hippies who don't understand How The World Works.

What's interesting about them is that they have always been wrong about everything. If there was no other reason not to back the war in Iraq, it was that it was being pushed by people who have either hugely overestimated every single threat this country has faced for the last 30 years or gotten the nature of the threat completely upside down. ...

Atrios finds a former New YorkTimes bureau chief talking about what should be done with sources that act in bad faith. Also, he digs up the non-disclosure agreement for classified information.

Over at Pandagon Amanda is PO'd about basically the same junk they used to tell women after WWII so they'd leave the paying jobs to the guys. Which nowadays is usually either a privilege for the better off, or a tremendous sacrifice for the less fortunate. She then joins Fred the Slacktivist in shredding H.G. Wells newest critics, and dude, even if they didn't know it was a book written in 1898, they should at least know that the radio version by Orson Welles went on the air long before the president who started the war that they claim War of the Worlds criticizes, was born.

The Slacktivist will also go on to delight you with his creationism snapshots, follow the breadcrumbs forward through the series, which first post endearingly explains a version of young earth creationism by means of a plot device from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Salon interviews the author of a new book about why big agriculture is a big disaster, starving people and destroying communities right along with the health of the land they depend on. And it may also represent the first time I've heard a journalist (which the author of the book happens to be) point out that the reason why most people starve is because they *have no money* to buy food. It's a simple point, but I guess a lot of people's jobs depend on not understanding it.

Body and Soul is on holiday, but before Jeanne left, she took a good, long look at news stories about ten men who died in a hot truck in Iraq.

Enron looks to be settling its $74 billion debt with $1.52 billion in payments.

Seeing the Forest: Did the governator get a $5 million payoff? Has Bob Somerby been driven Unshrill? While we're distracted in Iraq, should we really be looking at China? Is three years of blogging capable of driving people mad? Tune in next week for the answers to these and ... We interrupt this regular linkfest to inform you regretfully that the question mark key at this terminal is hyperventilating and requires a hiatus, as does the terminal operator. The shrill, unholy madness, it comes, it ... Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Krugman R'lyeh wagn'nagl fhtagn! Aaaiii!!!

So if you're jonesing for more information, check out Avedon Carol's Sideshow for the definitive list of what else you should be reading.

Posted by natasha at July 16, 2005 03:00 AM | Recommended Reading | Technorati links |

Ya' know, I had almost given up on expecting at least _one_ Lovecraft reference on this blog... ;-)

Posted by: palamedes at July 16, 2005 08:41 PM

Outstanding Information. The War in Iraq was a disaster from the beginning. The experts all said that it was a mistake to think it was win-able.

The reality is we are there in harms way.
Not to make our Losses meaningless, I suggest we formulate a Tri-State plan for Iraq: giving separate autonomy to the Shiite, Suni and Kurd populations, respectively. We can withdraw many troops by positioning them along the corridor from the Persian gulf to the Oil Wells. This 100 mile sector is totally defendable and would assure a safe and reliable solution to the Iraq question. I cannot support a continued presence there, which is neither safe for our troops or the Iraqi people. Feel free to write me on this issue. -David Jon

Posted by: David Jon at July 17, 2005 05:48 PM

Palamedes - I've referenced the Shrillblog before, and hence Lovecraft. Shame on you for not reading our every post ;P

David - Ah yes, but then the Turks will invade the Kurdish region and all hell will break loose.

Posted by: natasha at July 18, 2005 12:27 AM