29 Feb 2012

FDL Membership: Finding An Activist Home

You know that feeling, when you arrive somewhere you’ve wanted to be? That satisfaction? The ahhh of having arrived? That’s how I felt about FDL when I finally started commenting here after lurking through just about all of 2007 and parts of 2008. What I saw here at FDL was

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29 Feb 2012

Late Late Night FDL: Can’t Take Anymore

Radio Free EarthCan’t Take Anymore. Josh from Radio Free Earth will be joining us in the comments tonight using the moniker rfearth. Please join me in giving him a hearty Firedoglake welcome.

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29 Feb 2012

Avoiding Veal Pen Progressivism

This is derived from a site about “Uncle Tom Atheism.” Basically I tried to replace “Uncle Tom Atheists” with Corporatist Democrats/Obama Apologists/Hack Democrats and “atheists” with Firebaggers/Progressives. Some work better than others. If nothing else, these websites are kind entertaining… http://atheism.about.com/od/atheistbigotryprejudice/tp/UncleTomAtheists.htm http://atheism.about.com/od/atheistbigotryprejudice/tp/AvoidingUncleTomAtheism.htm   Without further ado, You Might Be Inside

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29 Feb 2012

The WaPo MMT Post Explosion: Dean Baker’s Second Try On MMT (3)

This is the third and last installment of a critical review of Dean Baker’s second reaction to the debate kicked off by the WaPo’s piece on Modern Monetary Theory, written by Dylan Matthews. The first two installments starting with this one, discussed Dean’s views on using the monetary channel to

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29 Feb 2012

Why the ‘Hoo-Ha’ About DHS ‘Spying’ on the Occupy Movement Is Reasonable

WikiLeaks published a Homeland Security Department (DHS) report yesterday that showed DHS had been monitoring the Occupy movement. Naturally, those that had been participating in Occupy protests reacted to the news. They were outraged that DHS would suggest that growing support for the Occupy movement increased the possibility of violence.

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29 Feb 2012

Watercooler: The Magic of “29”

So it’s Leap Day today, that fix we use every four years in February to correct for astronomical variances and keep the calendar all hunky dory. So I popped “29” into youtube’s search box to just see what I could find for a Watercooler  and found this most amazing personal

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29 Feb 2012

Late Night FDL: It’s 3 AM. Do You Know What Your Legislature Is Doing?

If you ever see a piece of legislation whose blatant big-business-oriented evil is just too carefully crafted to have come from the brains of your local Republican talent, poke around the thing a bit: it may well have been cribbed from, or at least inspired by, an ALEC model bill. The bill designed to take away the right of self-determination from Minnesota’s cities and counties may or may not have an exact ALEC original, but it sure has the whiff of ALEC-ness all over it. Governor Dayton needs to make it go away, now.

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29 Feb 2012

The Actual Problem With Income and Debt Has Nothing to Do With Wall Street Bonuses

An article in Bloomberg describes the adjustments Wall Street denizens are having to make because their average bonuses are down 14 percent this year. Meanwhile, in the real world, one in five people didn’t have enough money to feed themselves in 2011. I know I don’t see a report in Bloomberg about this every other week, but I have to believe it has a bit more news value than whether the investment banker can afford his second home.

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29 Feb 2012

Why the ‘Hoo-Ha’ About DHS ‘Spying’ on the Occupy Movement Is Reasonable

WikiLeaks published a Homeland Security Department (DHS) report yesterday that showed DHS had been monitoring the Occupy movement. Naturally, those that had been participating in Occupy protests reacted to the news. They were outraged that DHS would suggest that growing support for the Occupy movement increased the possibility of violence. They were upset that Homeland Security put together a report that suggested the Occupy movement posed “risks” or “threats” to “critical infrastructure” in the country.

John Hudson of The Atlantic, however, finds the “hoo-ha” about DHS “spying” on the Occupy movement “adorable,” and by that he has a banal and condescending view of the Occupy movement’s reaction to the report.

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29 Feb 2012

Frontline’s Fukushima “Meltdown” Perpetuates Industry Lie That Tsunami, Not Quake, Started Nuclear Crisis

If the first rule of reporting is anything like medicine–“do no harm”–than Frontline’s Fukushima coverage is again guilty of malpractice. While “Inside Japan’s Nuclear Meltdown” is not the naked apologia for the nuclear industry that Frontline’s January offering, “Nuclear Aftershocks,” was, some of the errors and oversights of this week’s episode are just as injurious to the truth.

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