07 Mar 2014

Firedoglake Book Salon Preview: After Legalization: Understanding The Future Of Marijuana Policy, by Jon Walker

On Sunday, I will host Jon Walker, author of the first book to look a decade and a half into a future where cannabis use will be governed by sets of local, state and national regimes that will be quite different from what we now experience or observe. It will

05 Mar 2014

Max Blumenthal and Justin Raimondo: The 21st Century’s First “Premature Anti-Fascists”?

Back in the 1990s, British-American classicist, Bernard Knox, related how he became aware of the term “premature anti-Fascist.”  Knox was interviewing in 1946 for entry into the PhD program at Yale.  Knox had just left his distinguished wartime service in the U.S. Army: The [interviewing] Professor, who had himself served in

01 Feb 2014

New Presbyterian Study Guide: Zionism is a “false theology”

In mid-January, the Presbyterian Church (USA) announced publication and distribution of a new package titled Zionism Unsettled: A Congregational Study Guide.  The 74-page booklet with accompanying CD-ROM is intended to be a “how-to guide for class leaders and focused discussion prompts make it an ideal resource for multi-week exploratory education

30 Jan 2014

Scarlett Johansson Breaks Up with Oxfam, Leaves Note on Pillow

Oxfam wakes up and finds a note from Scarlett Johansson on the pillow. pic.twitter.com/VpkdHEIh1g — bangpound ebooks (@bangpoundebooks) January 30, 2014 Wednesday evening, actress Scarlett Johansson brought the nine-day dilemma over the conflict between her seven-year relationship with the global relief organization, Oxfam, and her new commercial relationship with the

23 Jan 2014

Is Scarlett Johansson’s SS Super Bowl Deal Blood Money? – UPDATED

Actress Scarlett Johansson‘s next premiere will be in an ad aired at Super Bowl XLVIII, on February 2nd, during the 4th quarter.  The sponsor, Sodastream, is an Israeli company whose main facilities are illegally located in Area C of the Occupied West Bank of Palestine, in the industrial zone known

20 Jan 2014

The Cannabis Bowl –

http://www.flickr.com/photos/91866586@N05/12047442226/in/photolist-jmAhR9-i7iYYh-8BS2W8-9H23gq-8UA5NB-gyb3uk-dW4eqW-85Hc1K-8UA5NF-9auSAu – will be held in New Jersey in two weeks. Maybe both NJ Gov. Chris Christie and Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer will be there. Scarlett Johansson will be featured in ads for SodaStream, an illegal Israeli company, with its main plant on stolen Palestinian land outside of Israel itself.

19 Jan 2014

“Singing in Tongues” Youtube in Steambath by GOP AK Senate Primary Candidate May Complicate Race

Alaska blogger, journalist and writer Amanda Coyne has posted a Youtube of one of the four GOP Alaska U.S. Senate Primary candidates.  In it, the longshot entry in the four-way race may have inadvertently helped her low budget campaign more than anything she intentionally produced might have done.  In places,

12 Jan 2014

Thank You, Ariel Sharon

Thanks for turning me from a Zionist into a post-Zionist. It was late November, 1982.  I had been at sea on one tug boat or another since early July.  As we pulled into Puget Sound, headed toward Elliot Bay, towing our barge and its stacked and lashed down cargo of

04 Jan 2014

Saturday Art: David Rovics’ Song for Chelsea Manning

Two and a half years ago, minstrel and progressive activist David Rovics composed and recorded his Song for Bradley Manning.  The song and its official video were among the first credible works of art created in acknowledgement of the service Manning performed as whistleblower and patriot. Since its creation, Rovics

03 Jan 2014

Saturday Art: Will 2014 Be the Watershed Year for Cultural Boycotts of Israel?

I.  On December 27th, Gaza’s University Teachers’ Association and the Gaza Palestinian Students for the Academic Boycott of Israel wrote to young Norwegian songwriter, Moddi, asking him to cancel his upcoming 2014 concert, in Tel Aviv on February 1st.  Friday the young and rapidly upcoming artist responded, in a Facebook