16 Nov 2013

Saturday Art: Elegy for JFK

The Anchorage Civic Orchestra will be giving our 2013 Fall Concert on November 22nd.  Back in late August, when we began our once-per-week rehearsals, a member observed that our concert will occur on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The theme of our concert is

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10 Nov 2013

Attacks on Max Blumenthal’s “Goliath” Escalate, Veer into Wingnut Land – Updated

The initial attack on Max Blumenthal’s new book, released October 1st, Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel (currently No. 2 on Amazon’s history of Israel best seller list), was led by Eric Alterman, writing for the November 4th edition of The Nation.  Alterman condemned the book, using the now

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08 Nov 2013

VIDEO: TEPCO Animation Showing Proposed Spent Fuel Removal from Fukushima Reactor

Tokyo Electric Power Company posted an animated video yesterday, in which they soothingly show how they intend to remove the spent fuel rod assemblies from the storage pools in Reactor 4.  Reactor 4 was off-line at the time of the 2011 quake and tsunami.  It is the easiest of the

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02 Nov 2013

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Max Blumenthal, Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel

When it comes to telling the inconvenient set of truths that increasingly set Israel apart from what we consider to be a Western democracy or a society akin to the USA or western Europe, no good deed remains unpunished. Max Blumenthal, in two books published four years apart, has exposed two authoritarian Old Testament-based cultures for their anti-democratic underpinnings. The first book, unveiling strange Christian and Christianist currents in our political world was widely praised. The second, examining somewhat similar forces in Israeli political, religious, cultural and educational life, is being widely damned.

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02 Nov 2013

Shell Hopes to Resume Alaskan Arctic Drilling in 2014

Royal Dutch Shell announced to shareholders last week that they are contemplating a resumption of oil drilling in Arctic waters adjacent to Alaska this coming summer season: “We have not yet confirmed if we drill in 2014, but we do expect to file an exploration plan shortly, maybe in the

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01 Nov 2013

Book Salon Preview: Goliath, Life & Loathing in Greater Israel by Max Blumenthal – Part Three: The Complete Real News Interviews

This past week, Max Blumenthal, author of Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel, sat for five interview with The Real News‘ Paul Jay.  I posted part one here in mid-week.  All five segments have now been posted at The Real News.  Saturday afternoon, Firedoglake will host Blumenthal on the

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30 Oct 2013

Book Salon Preview: Goliath, Life & Loathing in Greater Israel by Max Blumenthal – Part Two: The Book’s Reception – Updated

Join the FDL Book Salon with Max Blumenthal, hosted by Edward Teller this Saturday at 2:00pm PST. Max Blumenthal’s new book, Goliath:  Life and Loathing in Greater Israel, was released October 1.  It is his second book. Republican Gomorrah:  Inside the Movement That Shattered the Party was his first. Released in

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30 Oct 2013

Book Salon Preview: Goliath, Life & Loathing in Greater Israel by Max Blumenthal – Part One: The Book

Join the FDL Book Salon with Max Blumenthal, hosted by Edward Teller this Saturday at 2:00pm PST. In 2009, soon after finishing his bestselling look at authoritarian underpinnings of the evangelical core of the USA’s militant new right, Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement that Shattered the Party, Max Blumenthal went to

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23 Oct 2013

Sheldon Adelson Wants Obama To Nuke Tehran

After watching the crowd react to Sheldon Adelson’s proposal Tuesday evening to nuke Tehran, I started to visibly shake.  I haven’t been this upset in a while.  Maybe it is because one of the books I’m reading right now is Command and Control, by Eric Schlosser, about how close to

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19 Oct 2013

Eric Alterman, the Smearmeister, Attempts to Slime Max Blumenthal

Mini pundit, Eric Alterman, has a long history of simply smearing journalist colleagues, when he can’t come up with a persuasive argument against their views.  Here’s Alexander Cockburn, over a decade ago, recounting one of his experiences with Alterman: On the last Nation cruise I was on a panel about

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