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Spotlight of David Van Horn. Sources include: Comments for ideological criminal, David Van Horn's Facebook Posts, David's bookshelf: all, Delicious/dvanhorn, Uploads from dvanhorn, and ideological criminal. http://www.ccs.neu.edu/home/dvanhorn/rss/

AFP: Israeli patrol boat collides with aid ship off Gaza AFP: Israeli patrol boat collides with aid ship off GazaSource: www.google.comAnother activist on the Gaza-bound boat, former American congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, said the Israeli actions had been deliberate. "Our mission of solidarity and humanitarian relief was deterred by the Israelis purposefully to keep us from delivering the medical supplies to Gaza," McKinney told... http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=1482210959&share_id=43208637179#s43208637179

AFP: Israeli patrol boat collides with aid ship off Gaza

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gLuXFpr0sUCImA3s-B62ULBFcbUw

Damaged Gaza aid boat docks in southern Lebanon

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRghMmgQ1kA

On the Way Out, the SEC Chief?s Non-Mea Culpa - ProPublica On the Way Out, the SEC Chief?s Non-Mea Culpa - ProPublicaSource: www.propublica.orgHe presided during the collapse of the investment banking system and the biggest Ponzi scheme in history, but according to head of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Christopher Cox, none of that was his fault. http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=1482210959&share_id=41980248835#s41980248835

On the Way Out, the SEC Chief?s Non-Mea Culpa - ProPublica

http://www.propublica.org/article/on-the-way-out-the-sec-chiefs-non-mea-culpa-1224#6866

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What We Say Goes: Conversations on U.S. Power in a Changing World author: Noam Chomsky name: David average rating: 4.02 book published: 2007 rating: 0 read at: date added: 12/30/08 shelves: currently-reading review: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/41265635?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

Pirates and Emperors, Old and New: International Terrorism in the Real World author: Noam Chomsky name: David average rating: 4.09 book published: 2003 rating: 0 read at: date added: 12/30/08 shelves: to-read review: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/41265589?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

OCHA: Gaza Humanitarian Situation Report 28 Dec 2008 16:00

http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/rwb.nsf/db900sid/MUMA-7MS2K9

The Fateful Triangle: The United States, Israel and the Palestinians author: Noam Chomsky name: David average rating: 4.09 book published: 2000 rating: 0 read at: date added: 12/30/08 shelves: to-read review: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/41265117?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

Inevitable Revolutions: The United States in Central America author: Walter Lafeber name: David average rating: 4.10 book published: 1993 rating: 0 read at: date added: 12/30/08 shelves: to-read review: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/41265100?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

Year 501: The Conquest Continues author: Noam Chomsky name: David average rating: 4.47 book published: 1993 rating: 0 read at: date added: 12/30/08 shelves: to-read review: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/41265085?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

The U.S. Press and Iran: Foreign Policy and the Journalism of Deference author: William A. Dorman name: David average rating: 4.00 book published: 1988 rating: 0 read at: date added: 12/30/08 shelves: to-read review:

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http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/41264974?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

The Longest War: The Iran-Iraq Military Conflict author: Dilip Hiro name: David average rating: 3.83 book published: 1990 rating: 0 read at: date added: 12/30/08 shelves: to-read review: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/41264966?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

Hope and Folly: The United States and Unesco, 1945-1985 (Media and Society) author: William Preston name: David average rating: 0.0 book published: 1989 rating: 0 read at: date added: 12/30/08 shelves: to-read review: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/41264961?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

¡Cochabamba! Water War in Bolivia author: Oscar Olivera name: David average rating: 4.00 book published: 2004 rating: 0 read at: date added: 12/30/08 shelves: to-read review: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/41264946?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

Achieving Human Rights author: Richard Falk name: David average rating: 0.0 book published: 2008 rating: 0 read at: date added: 12/30/08 shelves: to-read review: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/41264906?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

Statement by Prof. Richard Falk, United Nations Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in the Occupied Statement by Prof. Richard Falk, United Nations Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in the Occupied Source: www.unhchr.chThe Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip represent s evere and massive violations of international humanitarian law as defined in the Geneva Conventions, both in regard to the obligations of an Occupying Power and in the requirements of the laws of war. Falk is the UN human rights investigator that was recently expelled by Israel. http://www.democracynow.org/2008/12/17/days_after_calling_israeli_blockade_of http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=1482210959&share_id=42111702419#s42111702419

Statement by Prof. Richard Falk, United Nations Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories

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http://www.unhchr.ch/huricane/huricane.nsf/view01/F1EC67EF7A498A30C125752D005D17F7?opendocume nt=

Democracy Now! | 25 Years of the Harper's Index

http://www.democracynow.org/2008/12/23/25_years_of_the_harpers_index

25 Years of the Harper's Index 25 Years of the Harper's IndexSource: www.democracynow.orgHarper?s Magazine is marking the twenty-fifth anniversary of its popular monthly feature, the Harper?s Index. The Index reports sometimes funny, often sobering, political realities through statistics and unusual figures."Minimum number of times that Frederick Douglass was beaten in what is now Donald Rumsfeld?s vacation home: twenty-five." http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=1482210959&share_id=55168819417#s55168819417

Bail Out the People Movement

http://www.bailoutpeople.org/jan17.html

Bail Out the People Movement Bail Out the People MovementSource: www.bailoutpeople.orgThe Bail Out the People Movement invites you to come together on Jan. 17, 2009 to talk, share and plan to fight back. If there was ever a time for us to recommit ourselves to Dr. King?s struggle for economic social justice. http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=1482210959&share_id=41837199117#s41837199117

Gaza massacres must spur us to action Gaza massacres must spur us to actionSource: electronicintifada.n...A short time earlier, US-supplied Israeli F-16 warplanes and Apache helicopters dropped over 100 bombs on dozens of locations in the Israeli-occupied Gaza Strip killing at least 195 persons and injuring hundreds more. Many of these locations [...] in the middle of civilian areas. The US government w... http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=1482210959&share_id=41942567788#s41942567788

ei: Gaza massacres must spur us to action

http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article10055.shtml

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FBI?s Complete File on Martin Luther King, Jr.

http://www.thememoryhole.org/2008/09/fbi_mlk_file/

Carol Chomsky; at 78; Harvard language professor was wife of MIT linguist - The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/obituaries/articles/2008/12/20/carol_chomsky_at_78_harvard_language_ professor_was_wife_of_mit_linguist/

Carol Chomsky; at 78; Harvard language professor was wife of MIT linguist - The Boston Globe Carol Chomsky; at 78; Harvard language professor was wife of MIT linguist - The Boston GlobeSource: www.boston.comBrilliant and accomplished, Carol Chomsky taught for many years at Harvard's Graduate School of Education and wrote oft-cited articles about how young children learn to read. And yet, she possessed talents that didn't easily fit on a curriculum vitae. http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=1482210959&share_id=45004942422#s45004942422

Katrina's Hidden Race War Katrina's Hidden Race WarSource: www.thenation.comWhite vigilante justice tore through New Orleans after the storm. But no official investigation has shed light on the violence. See also: http://www.democracynow.org/2008/12/19/katrinas_hidden_race_war_in_aftermath http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pF92IrCbp5U

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At Siemens, Bribery Was Just a Line Item - ProPublica At Siemens, Bribery Was Just a Line Item - ProPublicaSource: www.propublica.orgIn this Frontline interview, Reinhard Siekaczek, a former Siemens executive, describes how bribery was "customary" at the company This article is a joint report by ProPublica, PBS?s FRONTLINE, the The New York Times, and the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley. A related documentary will... http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=1482210959&share_id=40339138890#s40339138890

At Siemens, Bribery Was Just a Line Item - ProPublica

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http://www.propublica.org/feature/siemens-bribery-1220

US Complicity in Timor

http://www.thenation.com/doc/19990927/nairn

US Complicity in Timor US Complicity in TimorSource: www.thenation.comIn his Nation dispatch from East Timor on March 30, 1998, Nairn disclosed the continuing US military training of Indonesian troops implicated in the torture and killing of civilians.Brought to you by the future Director of National Intelligence. http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=1482210959&share_id=50831692237#s50831692237

Noam Chomsky interviewed by Gabor Steingart Noam Chomsky interviewed by Gabor SteingartSource: www.chomsky.infoLooking at it in perspective, the fact that there would be a financial crisis was perfectly predictable, its general nature, if not its magnitude. Markets are always inefficient. http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=1482210959&share_id=45205556722#s45205556722

SEC Admits it Missed Repeated Warnings on Historic $50B Financial Fraud SEC Admits it Missed Repeated Warnings on Historic $50B Financial FraudSource: www.democracynow.org The Securities and Exchange Commission has admitted it missed repeated opportunities to discover what may be the largest financial fraud in history, a multi-billion-dollar pyramid scheme operated by Wall Street legend Bernard Madoff. ... http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=1482210959&share_id=39337864647#s39337864647

Democracy Now! | Days After Calling Israeli Blockade of Gaza "A Crime Against Humanity," UN Human Rights Investigator Richard Falk Detained, Expelled from Israel

http://www.democracynow.org/2008/12/17/days_after_calling_israeli_blockade_of

Democracy Now! | As Madoff Scandal Wipes Out Charities and Foundations, SEC Admits it Missed Repeated Warnings on Historic $50B Financial Fraud

http://www.democracynow.org/2008/12/17/as_madoff_scandal_wipes_out_charities

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Democracy Now! | Federal Report Finds $100B Failure in US Reconstruction of Iraq

http://www.democracynow.org/2008/12/17/federal_govt_report_finds_100b_failure

Bush Abortion Rule Finalized Despite Opposition - ProPublica

http://www.propublica.org/article/bush-abortion-rule-finalized-despite-opposition-1218

The United States Has Essentially a One-Party System, Noam Chomsky interviewed by Gabor Steingart

http://www.chomsky.info/interviews/20081010.htm

William Blum: Vote First, Ask Questions Later William Blum: Vote First, Ask Questions LaterSource: www.counterpunch.orgThe world is in terrible shape. I don't think I have to elucidate on that remark. How nice, how marvelously nice it would be to have an American president who was infused with progressive values and political courage. http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=1482210959&share_id=54503391210#s54503391210

William Blum: Vote First, Ask Questions Later

http://www.counterpunch.org/blum12032008.html

Alexander Cockburn: Hail to Chicago, Beacon of American Values Alexander Cockburn: Hail to Chicago, Beacon of American ValuesSource: www.counterpunch.orgThe Washington Post congratulates Obama for steering clear of the slime of Chicago politics, but what actually happened is that Obama moved to richer pastures. Not for him Tony Rezko?s dingy billfold, but the dignity of anticipatory bri. . . uh, campaign contributions from the Pritzkers, the Crown f... http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=1482210959&share_id=41398417357#s41398417357

Alexander Cockburn: Hail to Chicago, Beacon of American Values

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Two Cheers for Rod Blagojevich, Frank Rich

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/14/opinion/14rich.html?ex=1387083600&en=7bc4d3c0f83b9e5e&ei=5124& partner=facebook&exprod=facebook

Two Cheers for Rod Blagojevich Two Cheers for Rod BlagojevichSource: www.nytimes.comGov. Rod Blagojevich of Illinois is a timely national whipping boy for an era of corruption and profound lack of accountability. http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=1482210959&share_id=52879697795#s52879697795

Comment on Friel and Falk: The Record of the Paper by admin

Falk in the news: Israel blocks UN rights official http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7784348.stm

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BBC NEWS | Middle East | Israel blocks UN rights official BBC NEWS | Middle East | Israel blocks UN rights officialSource: news.bbc.co.ukThe Israeli authorities have prevented a senior UN human rights official from entering the country, accusing him of being seriously biased against it. http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=1482210959&share_id=44223821335#s44223821335

Israel blocks UN rights official

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7784348.stm

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Secrets and Lies: The Persecution of Muhammad Salah Secrets and Lies: The Persecution of Muhammad SalahSource: ideologicalcriminal....The government?s prosecution of Muhammad Salah?a test case meant to demonstrate how bedrock constitutional principles governing the admissibility of coerced confessions and secret evidence at trial, closed courtrooms, and cross-examination rights could be stretched in the post-9/11 era to make U.S. ... http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=1482210959&share_id=43833032166#s43833032166

Secrets and Lies: The Persecution of Muhammad Salah

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Secrets and Lies: The Persecution of Muhammad Salah (Part I) Michael E. Deutsch and Erica Thompson Journal of Palestine Studies, Vol 37, no. 4 (Summer 2008), p.38Secrets and Lies: The Persecution of Muhammad Salah (Part II) Michael E. Deutsch and Erica Thompson Journal of Palestine Studies, Vol 38, no. 1 (Autumn 2008), p. 25 The U.S. war on terror launched in the wake of the 11 September 2001 attacks cleared the way for the George W. Bush administration's pursuit of neo-conservative foreign and domestic policy objectives already on the drawing board. The tragedy also served to extend and deepen the U.S.-Israeli partnership in the U.S. war on terror, both at home and abroad. Within this context, the government's prosecution of Muhammad Salah-a test case meant to demonstrate how bedrock constitutional principles governing the admissibility of coerced confessions and secret evidence at trial, closed courtrooms, and cross-examination rights could be stretched in the post-9/11 era to make U.S. trials resemble Israeli military tribunals in the occupied territories-is an outstanding example of a U.S.-Israeli joint venture in the legal realm.

http://ideologicalcriminal.ballistichelmet.org/?p=89

Fed Refuses to Disclose Recipients of $2 Trillion Fed Refuses to Disclose Recipients of $2 TrillionSource: www.bloomberg.comDec. 12 (Bloomberg) -- The Federal Reserve refused a request by Bloomberg News to disclose the recipients of more than $2 trillion of emergency loans from U.S. taxpayers and the assets the central bank is accepting as collateral. http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=1482210959&share_id=62979937344#s62979937344

Fed Refuses to Disclose Recipients of $2 Trillion

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601109&sid=aGvwttDayiiM&refer=home

Croakwashing? | Center for Media and Democracy

http://www.prwatch.org/node/8061

Naomi Klein: Outside Agitator

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Naomi Klein: Outside AgitatorSource: www.newyorker.comResponding to the financial crisis, Klein says, ?This is a progressive moment: it?s ours to lose.?MacFarquhar's message seems to be: finally, a leftist that wears make up. Nonetheless, some of Klein's own substantive message seeps through. The article is better if you read it as you should read straight news stories in The New York Times, ie. backwards. I particularly liked Klein and, her husband, Lewis's attitudes on the hyper-successful marketing of Obama. We all knew where we stood with McCain, but people, especially young people who are sophisticated consumers (which I frankly expected more of), have drank the Obama kool-aid, believing he is truly our friend and a progressive leader. This was brought to you in part by an ex-hero of mine: Shepard Fairey. Because of this, I consider Obama as the most dangerous pacifier of domestic activism I've seen in my life. Rather than focus on the institutional role he must play, so many have been charmed by the empty, amorphous marketing that has created the Obama cult of personality. http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=1482210959&share_id=49239503625#s49239503625

Edward S. Herman: Neoliberalism and Bottom-Line Morality Edward S. Herman: Neoliberalism and Bottom-Line MoralitySource: www.zcommunications....From the Reagan era onward I have been impressed with how regularly liberal and left-leaning economists I knew, who went to work in industry and finance, very soon became pro-business, anti-labor, and politically right wing. ... http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=1482210959&share_id=52998906022#s52998906022

Neoliberal and Bottom-Line Morality, Edward S. Herman

http://zcommunications.org/zmag/viewArticle/19835

Outside Agitator: Naomi Klein

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2008/12/08/081208fa_fact_macfarquhar?currentPage=all

Israeli forces kill two children in Gaza air strike ** Posted using Viigo: Mobile RSS, Sports, Current Events and more ** According to Al Mezan's field investigations, at approximately 2:25pm, on Tuesday, 2 December 2008, an Israeli scouting drone fired a missile towards a group of children who were playing near their houses, which are located north to the Gaza International Airport in al-Shouka area, east of Rafah. As a result, two boys were killed: 16-year-old Ramzi Ibrahim al-Dehini and 15-year-old Omar Mosa Abu Udeh. http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/electronicIntifada/~3/473805102/article10007.shtml

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author: Cormac McCarthy name: David average rating: 4.22 book published: 1979 rating: 0 read at: date added: 12/03/08 shelves: currently-reading review: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/39215091?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

Empire of the Sun author: J.G. Ballard name: David average rating: 3.97 book published: 1990 rating: 5 read at: 2008/12/03 date added: 12/03/08 shelves: review: Wow. Ballard's first hand account of growing up in Shanghai as World War II broke out. He was immediately separated from his parents and spent the rest of the war on his own and in various internment camps. This is a motherfucker of a book. http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/38032462?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

Garrison Keillor, America the cool Garrison Keillor, America the coolSource: www.salon.comWe are being admired by Swedes! We don't have to pretend we're Canadians. We elected Barack Obama! http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=1482210959&share_id=47615912081#s47615912081

Obama advisers: No charges likely vs interrogators Obama advisers: No charges likely vs interrogatorsSource: www.google.comBarack Obama's incoming administration is unlikely to bring criminal charges against government workers who authorized or used harsh interrogation techniques during the George W. Bush presidency. http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=1482210959&share_id=36343134108#s36343134108

ei: President-elect Obama and the prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace ei: President-elect Obama and the prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peaceSource: electronicintifada.n... http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=1482210959&share_id=35315918982#s35315918982

ei: President-elect Obama and the prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace

http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article9969.shtml

Ex-CIA Officials Tied to Rendition Program and Faulty Iraq Intel Tapped to Head Obama's Intelligence

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Ex-CIA Officials Tied to Rendition Program and Faulty Iraq Intel Tapped to Head Obama's Intelligence Source: www.democracynow.orgJohn Brennan and Jami Miscik, both former intelligence officials under George Tenet, are leading Barack Obama's review of intelligence agencies and helping make recommendations to the new administration. Brennan has supported warrantless wiretapping and extraordinary rendition, and Miscik was involv... http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=1482210959&share_id=47419759048#s47419759048

Dear Colleague: Common and Uncommon Observations

author: Yi-Fu Tuan name: David average rating: 4.00 book published: 2002 rating: 4 read at: 2008/11/18 date added: 11/18/08 shelves: review: One of the most thoughtful and curious authors I've read. This book is a collection of very short ( http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/37355282?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

Honeymooners: A Cautionary Tale author: Chuck Kinder name: David average rating: 4.50 book published: 2001 rating: 5 read at: 2008/11/10 date added: 11/10/08 shelves: review: this book is about chuck kinder's friendship with raymond carver, fictionalized about as much as say bukowski's women. it is one of the saddest portraits i've ever read. hilarious, but sad. a wonderful book. i read this book when it came out in 2001. at the time, i didn't know the connection with raymond carver -- or even who raymond carver was. kinder, and his struggle with writing this book, are the basis for michael chabon's main character in wonder boys. (kinder was one of chabon's teachers at u pittsburgh.) http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/29950207?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

Student Detained After Refusing to Shake Hands with Israel?s President

http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2008/11/04/18548822.php

Student Detained After Refusing to Shake Hands with Israel?s President : Indybay Student Detained After Refusing to Shake Hands with Israel?s President : IndybaySource: www.indybay.org On November 2, Hebrew University student Ali Bahar was detained for three hours after refusing to shake hands with Israeli president Shimon Peres. Visiting the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Peres was congratulating students on the opening of the academic year. ... http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=1482210959&share_id=51386002632#s51386002632

Obama picks pro-Israel hardliner for top post

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http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article9939.shtml

ei: Obama picks pro-Israel hardliner for top post ei: Obama picks pro-Israel hardliner for top postSource: electronicintifada.n...Emanuel is Obama's first high-level appointment and it's one likely to disappointment those who hoped the president-elect would break with the George W. Bush Administration's pro-Israel policies http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=1482210959&share_id=33983619677#s33983619677

The Quiet American author: Graham Greene name: David average rating: 4.04 book published: 1955 rating: 4 read at: 2008/11/06 date added: 11/06/08 shelves: review: My first Graham Greene book. Now I see what all the fuss is about. http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/36650967?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

A Life of Learning, Yi-Fu Tuan

http://www.acls.org/Publications/OP/Haskins/1998_YiFuTuan.pdf

Buda's Wagon: A Brief History of the Car Bomb author: Mike Davis name: David average rating: 3.67 book published: 2007 rating: 4 read at: 2008/10/31 date added: 10/31/08 shelves: review: Davis' brief history documents the car bombs exponential curving explosion from the 1920's-era bombing of Wall Street through modern IED-laden Iraq, and really it is a history of almost all armed struggles since at least the 1980's. The car bomb has been both the "air force of the poor" and a tool of choice for discriminating clandestine forces of developed nations. This is a fascinating book that easily could have been 1000 pages longer, which is both a feature and a bug. For much of the context to the conflicts Davis addresses, you'll have to look elsewhere. But with excellent end notes, at least it isn't difficult to figure out where to start. http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/36238635?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

Against Obama Against ObamaSource: www.thenation.comNever has the dead hand of the past had a "reform" candidate so firmly by the windpipe. http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=1482210959&share_id=30825519193#s30825519193

Beauty Talk and Monsters (Native Agents)

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author: Masha Tupitsyn name: David average rating: 4.42 book published: 2007 rating: 0 read at: 2008/10/26 date added: 10/26/08 shelves: review: I gave up on this one. http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/9078973?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

Skels: A Novel author: Maggie Dubris name: David average rating: 4.43 book published: 2004 rating: 5 read at: 2008/10/26 date added: 10/26/08 shelves: review: This is the second Dubris book I've read, and for my money, one of the best living novelists. http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/32442698?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

Secrets and Lies: The Persecution of Muhammad Salah (Part I) Secrets and Lies: The Persecution of Muhammad Salah (Part I)Source: www.palestine-studie...The story of Muhammad Salah chronicles the U.S. decision to criminalize the Palestinian resistance movement and, ultimately, to team up with Israel in a joint ?war on terror.? U.S. criminal statutes were ?weaponized? to achieve Bush administration objectives; racketeering lawswere deployed to crimin... http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=1482210959&share_id=31239988036#s31239988036

Secrets and Lies: The Persecution of Muhammad Salah (Part I)

http://www.palestine-studies.org/journals.aspx?id=10022&jid=1&href=fulltext

Focus on Israel and Palestine film and lecture series Focus on Israel and Palestine film and lecture seriesSource: announcements.neu.edu http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=1482210959&share_id=47454211072#s47454211072

Life and Letters: In the Ring: Reporting & Essays: The New Yorker

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2008/10/06/081006fa_fact_mailer?currentPage=all

In the Ring, Norman Mailer In the Ring, Norman Mailer Source: www.newyorker.com http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=1482210959&share_id=82755245436#s82755245436

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Harper at MIT CSAIL Harper at MIT CSAILSource: www.csail.mit.eduMechanizing the Metatheory of Programming Languages http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=1482210959&share_id=28943957198#s28943957198

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Deregulation?s history of empty promises Deregulation?s history of empty promisesSource: www.fair.orgThe leaders of the nation?s largest cable and telephone companies are telling lawmakers something familiar: New national policies are required to connect everyone to what they call a ?superbroadband? Internet highway. If Washington supports their politica http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=1482210959&share_id=27975768459#s27975768459

Deregulation?s history of empty promises

http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=3423

Just Metzner'd Just Metzner'dSource: flickr.comPhotos from Erin and Jared's wedding. http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=1482210959&share_id=33540731791#s33540731791

David Foster Wallace (Harper's Magazine)

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http://harpers.org/archive/2008/09/hbc-90003557

Obama: The Price of Being Black - The New York Review of Books

http://www.nybooks.com/articles/21771

Obama: The Price of Being Black - The New York Review of Books Obama: The Price of Being Black - The New York Review of BooksSource: www.nybooks.comObstacles to getting blacks to vote have always been formidable, but this year there will be barriers?some new, some long-standing?that previous campaigns have not had to face. http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=1482210959&share_id=12455949943#s12455949943

Restoring the Right to Vote | Brennan Center for Justice

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Restoring the Right to Vote | Brennan Center for Justice Restoring the Right to Vote | Brennan Center for JusticeSource: www.brennancenter.or...The right to vote forms the core of American democracy. Our history is marked by successful struggles to expand the franchise, to include those previously barred from the electorate because of race, class, or gender. ... http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=1482210959&share_id=25244194118#s25244194118

CJR: It Really Is That Bad

http://www.cjr.org/the_audit/it_really_is_this_bad.php

CJR: It Really Is That Bad CJR: It Really Is That BadSource: www.cjr.orgPeople ask me if the business press has acted responsibly in describing the panic currently consuming global financial institutions and markets?what with the use of words like ?momentous,? ?unprecedented,? ?historic,? etc.?and I tell them yes. ... http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=1482210959&share_id=35108994918#s35108994918

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Worst Crisis Since '30s, With No End Yet in Sight - WSJ.com

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Worst Crisis Since '30s, With No End Yet in Sight - WSJ.com Worst Crisis Since '30s, With No End Yet in Sight - WSJ.comSource: online.wsj.comThe financial crisis that began 13 months ago has entered a new, far more serious phase. Lingering hopes that the damage could be contained to a handful of financial institutions that made bad bets on mortgages have evaporated. New fault lines are emerging beyond the original problem -- troubled su... http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=1482210959&share_id=31820106506#s31820106506

The News Literacy Project

http://www.thenewsliteracyproject.org/

The News Literacy Project The News Literacy ProjectSource: www.thenewsliteracyproject.orgThe News Literacy Project http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=1482210959&share_id=34870203242#s34870203242

The war they all agree on | SocialistWorker.org The war they all agree on | SocialistWorker.orgSource: socialistworker.orgDespite new evidence of atrocities carried out by U.S. forces and their allies in Afghanistan, the two U.S. ruling parties are escalating the war. http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=1482210959&share_id=40955468488#s40955468488

The war they all agree on | SocialistWorker.org

http://socialistworker.org/2008/09/11/the-war-they-agree-on

David Foster Wallace (Harper's Magazine) David Foster Wallace (Harper's Magazine)Source: harpers.orgPDFs of all of DFW's writing for Harper's. http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=1482210959&share_id=41404242896#s41404242896

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www.nytimes.com www.nytimes.comSource: www.nytimes.comA punch in the stomach. My hero... Fuck. http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=1482210959&share_id=31245686989#s31245686989

David Foster Wallace, Influential Writer, Dies at 46 - Obituary (Obit) - NYTimes.com

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/15/books/15wallace.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

Invisible Violence

http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=2937

ei: A new Palestinian strategy or the same failed one?

http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article9815.shtml

Op-Ed Columnist - Palin and McCain?s Shotgun Marriage - Op-Ed - NYTimes.com

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/07/opinion/07rich.html?ex=1378440000&en=20cbb79ef0bedc51&ei=5124& partner=facebook&exprod=facebook

Ron Paul to call for voters to rebuff both Barack Obama and John McCain | Top of the Ticket | Los Angeles Times

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FIRE - Red Alert: Brandeis University FIRE - Red Alert: Brandeis UniversitySource: thefire.orgToday, Brandeis University joins FIRE's Red Alert list, a distinction afforded to colleges and universities that act with severe and ongoing disregard for the fundamental rights of their students or faculty members. ... http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=1482210959&share_id=30707357580#s30707357580

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The Death of Media: And the Fight to Save Democracy (Melville Manifestos) author: Danny Schechter name: David average rating: 4.17 book published: 2005 rating: 4 read at: 2008/09/09 date added: 09/09/08 shelves: review: Schechter's little book on the death of media and the emerging new media is thoughtful, reasoned, and inspiring. Worth reading even if you already know what's up. http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/32183668?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

The Future of Ideas: The Fate of the Commons in a Connected World author: Lawrence Lessig name: David average rating: 3.97 book published: 2002 rating: 0 read at: date added: 09/09/08 shelves: to-read review: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/32442408?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

RNC in a minute RNC in a minuteSource: video.236.com http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=1482210959&share_id=30657227693#s30657227693

Op-Ed Columnist - Palin and McCain?s Shotgun Marriage - Op-Ed - NYTimes.com Op-Ed Columnist - Palin and McCain?s Shotgun Marriage - Op-Ed - NYTimes.comSource: www.nytimes.com John McCain?s speed-dating of Sarah Palin reaffirmed that his decision-making process is impetuous and, in its Bush-like preference for gut instinct over facts, potentially reckless. http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=1482210959&share_id=26856652042#s26856652042

Informed Comment

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Failing to Use the 1st Amendment to Defend the Bill of Rights Failing to Use the 1st Amendment to Defend the Bill of RightsSource: www.fair.orgThe striking new midtown Manhattan tower of the New York Times seats all of the writers and editors together in one giant dual-story open plan. But this, it seems, is not enough to forge story conversations between neighb http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=1482210959&share_id=25040368562#s25040368562

Nieman Watchdog > Commentary > How deep is the candidates? faith in the Constitution?

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Nieman Watchdog > Commentary > How deep is the candidates? faith in the Constitution?Source: www.niemanwatchdog.o...John Hanrahan writes that the moderators in the presidential debates need to ask a question like this one, first posed by reporter Charlie Savage: ?Is there any executive power the Bush administration ... http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=1482210959&share_id=34341963627#s34341963627

Failing to Use the 1st Amendment to Defend the Bill of Rights

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The Real Power of Human Energy The Real Power of Human EnergySource: www.rebelliouspixels.comThis remix corrects the identity of the Chevron corporation and its Orwellian multi-million dollar ?Human Energy? greenwashing campaign. In this corrected commercial the company?s true nature is exposed for what it is, a heartless profit-driven oil machine. The Chevron corporation is not only an eco...Wow. I've been a fan of Jonathan McIntosh's photography for several years; these new "corrections" are strong. http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=1482210959&share_id=37713875588#s37713875588

banksy tags New Orleans on 3rd katrina anniv banksy tags New Orleans on 3rd katrina annivSource: flickr.comThis recent New Orleans stuff is heart breaking. Be sure to see his Palestine stuff too. http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=1482210959&share_id=24673567998#s24673567998

Richard Feynman explains the feeling of confusion Richard Feynman explains the feeling of confusionSource: www.youtube.comFeeling of confusionSo I always feel stupid. http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=1482210959&share_id=29632882130#s29632882130

Mark Bittman on what's wrong with what we eat | Video on TED.com Mark Bittman on what's wrong with what we eat | Video on TED.comSource: www.ted.comTED Talks In this fiery and funny talk from the EG Conference, New York Times food writer Mark Bittman weighs in on what's wrong with the way we eat (too much meat, too few plants; too much fast food, too little home cooking). ...I use Bittman's cookbook all the time and watch his videos on nytimes, but this was fantastic: home cooking is a radical act. http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=1482210959&share_id=23933134157#s23933134157

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I-Witness Video Blog: St. Paul Police use bogus "hostage" claim to seek entry to I-Witness Video off I-Witness Video Blog: St. Paul Police use bogus "hostage" claim to seek entry to I-Witness Video offSource: iwitnessvideo.infoall Freemen ... have a Right publickly to remonstrate the Abuses of Power, in the strongest Terms, to put their Neighbours upon their Guard, against the Craft or open Violence of Men in Authority, and to assert with Courage the Sense they have of the Blessings of Liberty http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=1482210959&share_id=25654479150#s25654479150

Is the Internet an Effective Forum for Public Debate? Is the Internet an Effective Forum for Public Debate?Source: www.youtube.comComplete video at: http://fora.tv/2007/10/27/Battle_of_Ideas_Digital_Commons Liberal author and columnist Alexander Cockburn argues that the so-called "Digital Commons" has not evolved into an effective forum for public debate. ... http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=1482210959&share_id=72804805143#s72804805143

Critical Mass Bicyclist Assaulted by NYPD Critical Mass Bicyclist Assaulted by NYPDSource: www.youtube.comcontext: http://www.glassbeadcollective.org/cm0307.htm This video has been made possible by an anonymous tourist and members of the Time's Up! Environmental Group, Glass Bead Collective, and I-Witness Video. http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=1482210959&share_id=26569308428#s26569308428

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America author: Erik Larson name: David average rating: 3.93 book published: 2003 rating: 3 read at: 2008/09/05 date added: 09/05/08 shelves: review: Really this is two books, weaved together by, as far as I can tell, alternating chapters. One is that of the World's Fair (but is it?) in Chicago in 1893 revolving mostly around Daniel Burnham, the fair's chief architect. The other is that of Dr. H. H. Holmes, America's first documented serial killer. The former is a fascinating story of a time when Americans still dreamed big. The fair was largely conceived in response to the Paris fair of 1889, the one that gave the world the Eiffel tower. The American architects sought primarily to out Eiffel Eiffel, putting Chicago (and the US) on the cultural forefront. It succeeded, despite an abundance of impossibilities. The fair had a number of historical consequences. Architectural innovations in foundations lead to the proliferation of skyscrapers. Spray paint was invented to quickly paint the fair buildings. The labor movement was largely advanced by the demands workers put on the fair organization. The country moved from DC to AC power because of the fair. Our answer to Eiffel came in the form of a wheel from a guy named Ferris. Shredded Wheat, bellying dancing, etc. It's really a fascinating and worthwhile story. The other story is not. As I was reading the Holmes story, I kept thinking the writing was a bad imitation of Capote. So it was no surprise to see In Cold Blood listed as a source of inspiration in the end notes. But it just doesn't add up. Larson makes frequent use of the ten o'clock news style "hangers" trying to leave you in suspense, but only left me irritated. And although Holmes was clearly a psychopath, I never really felt the terror (unlike In Cold Blood). I would've much rather seen a more in depth book about the fair. In particular I would like to've read more about the architectural influence of the fair buildings. It clearly had an large impact on building design and city planning. And these things are touched upon, I just wanted more. http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/31314611?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

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Democracy Now! | Eight Members of RNC Activist Group Lodged With Terrorism Charges Democracy Now! | Eight Members of RNC Activist Group Lodged With Terrorism ChargesSource: www.democracynow.orgRamsey County prosecutors have formally charged eight members of a prominent activst group with conspiracy to riot in furtherance of terrorism. The eight members of the RNC Welcoming Committee are believed ... http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=1482210959&share_id=24978737319#s24978737319

Amy Goodman Arrested at RNC Amy Goodman Arrested at RNCSource: www.youtube.comDemocracy Now's Amy Goodman, Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar were arrested by the Minneapolis Police Department. Charged with conspiracy to riot. Footage from Rick Rowley and Brandon Jourdan. http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=1482210959&share_id=75003390060#s75003390060

Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster author: Michael Eric Dyson name: David average rating: 3.91 book published: 2006 rating: 0 read at: date added: 08/29/08 shelves: to-read review: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/31545106?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

Math You Can't Use: Patents, Copyright, and Software (Hardcover) author: Ben Klemens name: David average rating: 4.12 book published: 2005 rating: 1 read at: date added: 08/11/08 shelves: to-read review: I thought this book was confused and poorly written. I don't know -- maybe I just have a bad attitude (Hawley liked it!?). The author bastardizes the Curry-Howard isomorphism, one of the more important observations on the connection between formal logic and programming languages (of a very specific kind), which has a very technical meaning to it. I guess it's nothing new, in popular literature there are an uncountable number of cringe worthy discussions of uncertainty, relativity, incompleteness, etc. But now this fucker has stepped on my turf. I had a hard time taking him seriously after that and couldn't bring myself to finish it. http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/10322401?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

Bright Shiny Morning author: James Frey name: David average rating: 3.67 book published: 2008 rating: 0 read at: date added: 08/11/08 shelves: currently-reading review: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/29854783?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

The Man Who Knew Infinity

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author: Robert Kanigel name: David average rating: 3.85 book published: 1992 rating: 3 read at: 2008/08/02 date added: 08/06/08 shelves: review: A lovely biography of Ramanujan. http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/27807353?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

When You Are Engulfed in Flames author: David Sedaris name: David average rating: 3.92 book published: 2008 rating: 2 read at: 2008/07/30 date added: 08/06/08 shelves: review: I bought this book in the airport (of course). I was just in from Barcelona to Newark, and faced a five hour wait before my connection. And since Sedaris is at his best when you're jettlagged on the ass end of international travel, irritated, brain dead, and over caffinated, naturally I was somewhat relieved to find a new Sedaris book among the crap at the airport bookstore. But after that it was mostly a series of dissapointments. Turns out, I had already read most of this book---most of it appeared in the New Yorker. Also it turns out, I don't really like David Sedaris. Sure, he's funny. But you're basically reading the diary of a man who more or less does nothing but write in his diary and then makes a living being shuttled around the world to read out loud from this diary. It might be funny, but there's no there there. It's just corn syrup and food coloring. http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/27786557?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

Snuff author: Chuck Palahniuk name: David average rating: 3.02 book published: 2008 rating: 1 read at: 2008/08/06 date added: 08/06/08 shelves: review: This book is like actual pornography: mostly boring and unbelievable. Read Miller's Opus Pistorum instead. http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/29455794?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

Subculture: The Meaning of Style (New Accents) author: Dick Hebdige name: David average rating: 3.99 book published: 1981 rating: 4 read at: 2008/07/20 date added: 07/20/08 shelves: review: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/15564335?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

Surveillance Means Security!: Remixed War Propaganda author: Micah Ian Wright name: David average rating: 4.00 book published: 2006 rating: 0 read at: date added: 05/16/08 shelves: to-read review: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/22387965?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

Geoffrey Millard | Interview With Seymour Hersh

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/021408A.shtml

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Balloon Juice: A Juxtaposition

http://www.balloon-juice.com/?p=9672

YouTube - john.he.is

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Programming in Haskell author: Graham Hutton name: David average rating: 4.40 book published: 2007 rating: 0 read at: date added: 02/11/08 shelves: to-read review: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/15138343?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

With Trotsky in Exile: From Prinkipo to Coyoacâan author: Jean Van Heijenoort name: David average rating: 3.00 book published: 1978 rating: 3 read at: 2008/02/10 date added: 02/10/08 shelves: review: OK, so probably not for everyone. Jean van Heijenoort served as Trotsky assistant and bodyguard, starting when he (JvH) was 20 and Trotsky had been exiled to Turkey. JvH worked with Trotsky for the next seven years before returning to the foundations of mathematics. He's responsible for maybe the most important book in the field of symbolic logic and the foundations of computer science (although most computer scientist don't know this): From Frege to Godel. He was later killed by his fourth wife, shot in the back of the head in a murder-suicide. Oh, and he was a professor of philosophy at Brandeis for a number of years. Anita Feferman wrote a biography of his life called Politics, Logic, and Love (there seems to be an alternative version of the book From Trotsky to Godel, but the one I read was Politics, Logic, and Love). It's a bit greasy, as all too many biographies are, but it's worth a read. So to say the least, the guy had an interesting life. Maybe hero is the wrong word, but I've admired his story for some time, and there's at least some superficial overlap in our interests/politics/etc. With Trotsky in Exile is meant not really as a memoir, although it is, but perhaps with less sentimentality and reflection than you might hope, but rather it is intended to supplement (and correct) the collective history on Trotsky's years in Turkey, France, Norway, and finally Mexico after his exile, by providing van Heijenoort's unique perspective. If you're interested in Trotsky, I'm sure there are more general and comprehensive books that should be read first. Me, I'm interested in van Heijenoort himself, so this book was a must and it delivered. http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/15018905?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

War: The Lethal Custom author: Gwynne Dyer name: David average rating: 4.00 book published: 2006 rating: 0 read at: date added: 02/10/08 shelves: to-read review: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/15114031?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

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The Wretched of the Earth author: Frantz Fanon name: David average rating: 4.32 book published: 2005 rating: 0 read at: date added: 02/10/08 shelves: to-read review: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/15114015?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

The Tetherballs of Bougainville: A Novel author: Mark Leyner name: David average rating: 3.81 book published: 1998 rating: 2 read at: 2008/02/08 date added: 02/09/08 shelves: review: I've been trying to track down somebody I like as much as DFW, and Leyner gets thrown in with him occasionally. Like I saw him, DFW, and Jonathan Franzen on an old Charlie Rose show. In it, Leyner says he tries to really "delight" his reader, which he expands on in Tetherballs itself, in which the main character, Mark Leyner, is reading the film review he wrote of his own movie (aptly named The Tetherballs of Bougainville) that he never made, but only reviewed (all of which is taking place in the screenplay he has written the night before being awarded the best-screenplay award from his high school -yeah, it's one of those): "This is a movie that consistently subordinates meaning to titillation. And it is a movie that perpetually teeters between puerile perversity and puerile sentimentality. But between the perversity and the sentimentality, like a gleaming sliver of light emerging from between abutting slabs, there is---dare I say it---an element of /grace/." Except there isn't (and simply uttering "this book has an element of grace" doesn't actually it endow it with said element). I mean there are some laugh out loud funny moments, but more often than not, I was fucking bored as shit and in parts I felt kind of embarassed for Leyner. Like when the main character and his monkey, who is really his incognito father, write a number of best-selling novels under pseudonyms like "Michael Chabon", "Donna Tartt", "Douglas Coupland", "Jennifer Belle"---and yes, you get the idea, but no, the fucking list goes on and on because Leyner has to drag every thing out until you want to puke blood---"Colin Harrison", "Tibor Fischer", "Jeffrey Eugenides", "Jonathan Franzen", "Junot Diaz", "Martin Amis", "Bret Easton Ellis", "Mona Simpson", "Peter Hoeg", "David Foster Wallace", and more. I suppose this passes for delight in the same way that reading the phone book does. There's some really funny shit in here, but a) that's not enough to make a book good and b) Leyner seems to do everything he can to drown what's good in the book under this overwhelming, self-referencing / -consuming / -defecating absurdity. http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/12045416?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

In Persuasion Nation author: George Saunders name: David average rating: 3.99 book published: 2007 rating: 3 read at: 2008/02/09 date added: 02/09/08 shelves: review: I read half this book, decided it was funny and absurd, but not really my cup of meat. So I put it down and read Mark Leyner's The Tehterballs of Bougainville, which produced a kind of violent reaction on a glandular level. After that I returned to In Persuasion Nation and suddenly it seemed so much more approachable. The last three stories are the strongest, and I think Saunders is at his best when he is his most autobiographical---in this case with Bohemians. Sure, that's probably not what you read a GS book for, but I don't care. Anyway, the point is the book really comes on strong at the end, and I ended up really enjoying it. On the back cover it says GS was awarded a McArthur genius grant for "bringing to contemporary American fiction a sense of humor, pathos, and literary style all his own." I looked up pathos---I mean, I more or less knew the word, but probably couldn't have written down a sufficient definition, so I wanted to double check. My beat up old Webster's says: "the quality or power of evoking pity or compassion." Yep, that's what Saunders has in spades. http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/12480011?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

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Masochism: Coldness and Cruelty & Venus in Furs author: Gilles Deleuze name: David average rating: 3.91 book published: 1991 rating: 1 read at: 2008/02/03 date added: 02/03/08 shelves: review: I give up. It was just too boring. http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/9082269?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

ESCAPISM author: Yi-Fu Tuan name: David average rating: 3.86 book published: 1998 rating: 5 read at: 2008/01/26 date added: 02/03/08 shelves: review: I had no idea this is what "Geographers" wrote about. Maybe it isn't. Tuan looks at what it means to be human, with all its weirdness, contradictions, and possibility. What is imagination? Culture? Sex? Violence? Art? Escape? It's the smartest, plainest, most earnest book I've read in years. http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/12085443?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

Pastoralia author: George Saunders name: David average rating: 4.28 book published: 2001 rating: 0 read at: date added: 01/14/08 shelves: to-read review: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/12479953?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

The Innocents author: Taryn Simon name: David average rating: 4.58 book published: 2003 rating: 4 read at: 2008/01/01 date added: 01/13/08 shelves: review: Another great book of photos by Taryn Simon. The subjects have all been convicted of crimes and subsequently, often years later, cleared. Many are photographed at the site of their alleged crime. It is really chilling stuff. See her other book Hidden and Unfamiliar, for sure. http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/12440620?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

Taryn Simon: An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar author: Taryn Simon name: David average rating: 4.77 book published: 2007 rating: 5 read at: 2008/01/01 date added: 01/13/08 shelves: review: When I was in Frankfurt in late September, I went to the Museum für Moderne Kunst and happened to catch the opening of Taryn Simon?s An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar. I was blown away. Simon?s photography is both stunning in its asthetics and astounding in its subjects. Moreover, the irony of having to travel to Germany to get a glimpse of a young and powerful artist exposing the unseeable in American culture and society was not lost on me. I didn?t make the connection at the time, but I knew of Simon?s earlier work from a New Yorker article about her book The Innocents, whose subjects have been accused and convicted of crimes they did not commit, often photographing them at the site of the crime. Simon?s work is smart beyond her years; each piece carries with it its full semantics and rattling insight into the pathology of everyday American life, and yet the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/12440457?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

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The Braindead Megaphone author: George Saunders name: David average rating: 3.91 book published: 2007 rating: 4 read at: 2008/01/01 date added: 01/13/08 shelves: review: There is a nice confluence between this book and DFW's Consider the Lobster-- in particular the last of Wallace's essays, which is on American talk radio, segues seamlessly into the Saunders' first essay, "The Braindead Megaphone", which is as good an essay on the dumbing influence of mainstream media as I've ever read. Oh, and it's fucking hilarious, which when you think about it, why shouldn't it be? So I had never read GS before, neither his fiction nor non-fiction, and DFW is a hard act to follow, let me tell you. But they write with a similar style, both tending to write about writing what you are now reading and often openly discussing the difficulties of being lucid, which (paradoxically?) makes for more lucid writing. Saunders is less "brainy", if you want to call it that. Whereas DFW is nervous in the high-strung neurotic sense and is constantly worried about seeming pretentious, which itself is a kind of pretension, GS is more comfortable in his skin, his open-mindedness, pacifism, and general wonder in the world. The gems for me were: the title essay, the essays on writing---namely "Thank You, Esther Forbes", "Mr. Vonnegut in Sumatra", and to a lesser extent (gem-wise, not writing-subject-wise) "The Perfect Gerbil" and his introduction to Huck Finn (that's got to stroke the ego, eh?), which he more or less steals (pays hommage, whatever) to Vonnegut's Slaugherhouse Five by opening with his own difficulties undertaking the---understably---daunting task of writing an intro (which you are at this moment reading) to what might be the greatest American novel ever written (if you believe Hemingway, for example). Some of the other essays---more overtly satirical---I liked, but is just Not My Cup of Tea and reads more like Jack Handey's stuff in Shouts & Murmurs of the New Yorker. What's left are his travel essays for GQ, which frankly I wouldn't have been heart-broken to miss. Again though, I should say it was good and as far as typical travel writing goes its really good; just NMCoT. In short, what you'd really like is not more GS books, but more people like GS inahbiting the world---or at least the US. He approaches writing with humor, humility, doubt, and an appreciation for how difficult it is to get through the things that really suck in life. Until everyone swallows the reflective-thoughtful-nice-funny-person pill, let's be grateful at least we can read GS' books. http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/12045241?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

Deschooling Society (Open Forum) author: Ivan Illich name: David average rating: 4.17 book published: 1999 rating: 4 read at: 2008/01/01 date added: 01/13/08 shelves: review: Illich questions the basic assumption that most liberal (or for that matter non-liberal) people in the US have: more educational = more gooder. Attacking the idea that compulsory schooling is constructive, Illich offers one of the more radical analyses of the educational system I've ever heard of of, much less read. What, after all, is the relation between schooling and learning, if any? As someone who has spent a huge portion (like one over one) of their life in school and now teaches at a university, I found this book seriously compelling. You might not swallow Deschooling wholesale, but Illich shines the light on so many of the unspoken (I know I'm mixing metaphors here) axioms of the educational system---always a healthy endeavor---and challenges us to either defend or discard. http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/11182263?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

Consider the Lobster: And Other Essays

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author: David Foster Wallace name: David average rating: 4.12 book published: 2005 rating: 4 read at: 2008/01/01 date added: 01/12/08 shelves: review: Since I've loved everything else I've ever read by DFW, which has been everything else he's ever written (except for that 1990 book he co-wrote on rap, which I didn't even know existed until a few days ago), I don't know why it took me so long to finally get around to this one. But of course I loved it. So what does one say about DFW? Shit, I don't know. It makes me uncomfortable to even try, so I'll only say this: I feel really sorry for whoever it is that has to write his book jackets, and whoever it is did a remarkably horrible job on this one. OK, I'll say one more thing: it speaks to a writer's ability when they can review an English usage dictionary and you think it is the most profound book review you've ever read, and one of the more profound essays on writing you've ever read, and despite the fact that you read this essay on a red-eye from Portland to Boston and were zombie-tired walking home at some god awful early hour, you went out of your way to try to find this usage dictionary at your local independent bookseller so as to commence reading it cover to cover. Some things to ponder: what do these essays have in common? They're written and published over a really broad time period, many pre-9/11, and as Adam points out, there is a serious nerdishness to them (see above re usage dictionaries), and they're---I think---his most overtly political and self-doubtful essays. Worth it, for sure. http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/9079278?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

Before Night Falls: A Memoir author: Reinaldo Arenas name: David average rating: 4.19 book published: 2001 rating: 0 read at: date added: 01/11/08 shelves: to-read review: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/12277800?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

How to Be Alone: Essays author: Jonathan Franzen name: David average rating: 3.66 book published: 2003 rating: 0 read at: date added: 01/09/08 shelves: to-read review: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/12045320?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

Democracy in America (Penguin Classics) author: Alexis de Tocqueville name: David average rating: 4.01 book published: 1835 rating: 0 read at: date added: 01/01/08 shelves: to-read review: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/11419182?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

You Don't Have to Fuck People Over to Survive author: Seth Tobocman name: David average rating: 4.25 book published: 1999 rating: 4 read at: date added: 12/29/07 shelves: review: This book has a great spirit and sense of humor. Really lovely stuff. Came across it by chance in a used bookstore in Somerville. http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/11227969?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

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The Record of the Paper: How the New York Times Misreports US Foreign Policy author: Howard Friel name: David average rating: 4.00 book published: 2004 rating: 4 read at: 2007/12/01 date added: 12/28/07 shelves: review: Howard Friel and Richard Falk?s The Record of the Paper: How the New York Times Misreports Us Foreign Policy (Verso, 2004) is a blistering indictment of the New York Times coverage of foreign policy over the past fifty years, with particular emphasis on the years following September 11, 2001, the invasion and subsequent occupation and torture of Iraq, up until the manuscript?s deadline of June 2004. The book also examines the US backed coup attempt of Hugo Chavez, the World Court case of Nicaragua versus the US, the Gulf of Tonkin and the Vietnam war. It chronicles the paper?s record of ignoring international law (from September 11 2001 to March 21 2003, the editorial page never mentioned the words ?UN Charter? or ?international law? in the seventy editorials on Iraq), the consequences of it?s editorial policy of ?non-crusading? journalism (as ?former reporter and a former editor [John L. Hess and Aurthur Gelb, respectively:] at the Time have pointed out, the Times applied its ?non-crusading? standard of editorial policy equally to housing corruption in New York City and to Hitler?s campaign in Europe?), and its legacy of ?impartial? news coverage, which leaves the Times ideological on both sides of any given issue (see the chapter on Michael Ignatieff?s case for and against torture before and after Abu Graib for a devastating example of this). But more importantly, Friel and Falk highlight the relevant facts and considerations that necessarily become unspeakable by extension of the Times? neglect of international law. (Read more at ideological criminal). http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/9211623?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

Friel and Falk: The Record of the Paper

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Howard Friel and Richard Falk?s The Record of the Paper: How the New York Times Misreports Us Foreign Policy (Verso, 2004) is a blistering indictment of the New York Times coverage of foreign policy over the past fifty years, with particular emphasis on the years following September 11, 2001, the invasion and subsequent occupation and torture of Iraq, up until the manuscript?s deadline of June 2004. The book also examines the US backed coup attempt of Hugo Chavez, the World Court case of Nicaragua versus the US, the Gulf of Tonkin and the Vietnam war. It chronicles the paper?s record of ignoring international law (from September 11 2001 to March 21 2003, the editorial page never mentioned the words ?UN Charter? or ?international law? in the seventy editorials on Iraq), the consequences of it?s editorial policy of ?non-crusading? journalism (as ?former reporter and a former editor [John L. Hess and Aurthur Gelb, respectively] at the Time have pointed out, the Times applied its ?non-crusading? standard of editorial policy equally to housing corruption in New York City and to Hitler?s campaign in Europe?), and its legacy of ?impartial? news coverage, which leaves the Times ideological on both sides of any given issue (see the chapter on Michael Ignatieff?s case for and against torture before and after Abu Graib for a devastating example of this).But more importantly, Friel and Falk highlight the relevant facts and considerations that necessarily become unspeakable by extension of the Times? neglect of international law. For example, the following facts could not be uttered in regards to the US invasion of Iraq without appeal to international law, paraphrasing from the text: The US and UK repeatedly threatened the use of force against a UN member state without Security Council authorization in violation of UN Charter Article 2(4), which stipulates, ?All members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state [?]?.No Security Council resolution issued since 1991 has authorized the threat or use of force against Iraq.Iraq has not attacked any state since 1990; it has never attacked or threatened to attack the US or UK.Claims that Iraq intended to attack the US or any state indirectly by providing WMD to terrorist networks were speculative and self-serving and lacked credible evidence.The ?preventive? use of force, including an armed attack against Iraq, as a response to prospective terrorist threat from Iraq violated the UN Charter and fundamental principles of international law with respect to the prohibition of the use of force.Failure to comply with disarmament obligations is insufficient as cause for threat or use of force according to UN Charter Article 51.No Security Council resolution has stipulated failure to comply with disarmament obligations as being sufficient as cause for threat or use of force.The resort to force in the absence of a resolution and any credible evidence of an imminent threat of armed attack violated not only the UN Charter; it also constituted a war of aggression and, thus, a crime against peace under the Nuremberg precedent. All of these points, of course, are central to any evaluation of US policy towards Iraq, and even though the US ?in large part established [the Nuremberg] precedent as an expression of global condemnation of Nazi aggression, the Bush administration not only violated Nuremberg-related law by invading Iraq, it do so without even a mention from the New York Times that such laws were violated or even existed.? Thus the Times is guilty of ?not only a conspiracy but the commission of a war of aggression under international law.? So, dual to their exposition on the Times is a full measure of US foreign policy against the rubric of international law. As they state in the Introduction: It is our judgment, supported by a consensus of international law experts from around the world, that the United States government has repeatedly violated international law with respect to its war-making over the past half-century or so, resulting in unjustifiable death and destruction, as well as diminishing the quality of world order. The exposition of a case against the last fifty years of US foreign policy according to international law makes the book worth reading in and of itself. The authors first citation is to a privately circulated memorandum by the international law expert, Howard N. Meyer, ?On Not Taking International Law Seriously?. The essay lays out the book, more or less, in miniature, both in terms of the US violation of international law and the Times silence. I was able to find an expanded small collection of letters by Meyer, ?No Regrets About Ignoring International Law?, which is available as a doc from the Project to Enforce the Geneva Conventions. I?ve made it available in pdf and html on ideological criminal. If you only have a minute, read the essay. If you

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have a couple hours (and you should), read the book, it?s good. One can tell that the book was put together in a fairly hasty manner. It?s clear that the book is covering events up until the final moments of publishing. There are typographical problems. There are editing problems. The two authors never seem to find a common voice. There are very clearly two tones in the book, the predominant one of international legalese and another more impolitic one that shoots from the hip with awkward analogies (you decide which is which). There is a fair amount of copy & paste from previous critiques by the author with regards to US foreign policy and international law, but none if it is unwelcome or unnecessary. Friel and Falk have a companion volume, Israel-Palestine on Record: How the New York Times Misreports Conflict in the Middle East, and I would expect a fair amount of redundancy (or perhaps it is more accurate to say ?scaffolding?) in this volume. But so what? The books are interesting beyond any superficial flaws. Moreover, the framework of international law is essential to our understanding of current events yet completely absent from mainstream analysis. Friel and Falk are able to speak comprehensively about current events and their context in a timely way. They offer a view of what newspapers could look like if they upheld their mandate. Friel and Falk conclude by suggesting an editorial policy to replace its current ?non-crusading? one with one borrowing language from the federal judiciary, which applies ?strict scrutiny? on issues of fundamental Constitutional rights, whereas a criteria of ?rational basis? is applied for limiting non-fundamental rights for the sake of public health and safety. So for example, [T]he Times applied, at best, only a ?rational basis? test to whether the United States should bomb North Vietnam in response to the reported attacks on US ships in the Tonkin Gulf, when a ?strict scrutiny? test would have showed that bombing North Vietnam violated international law under these circumstances. Applying a strict scrutiny standard journalistically to the US involvement in Vietnam, beginning at least since 1954, might have prevented, or at least discouraged, the full-blown war in Vietnam that followed, because it might have made the government?s twenty-year record of violating international law and misrepresenting important facts with respect to Vietnam impossible to sustain, or even initiate. In short, an editorial policy of ?strict scrutiny? would apply the most rigorous standards of journalistic review to news events and conditions that implicate war and peace, human survival, human rights, the global environment, and fundamental principles of the UN Charter and US Constitution. That doesn?t sound so bad, does it?

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The Struggle for Water: Increasing Demands on a Vital Resource (Sourcebook on Contemporary Controversies) (Sourcebook on Contemporary Controversies) author: Aaron Fishbone name: David average rating: 5.00 book published: 2007 rating: 5 read at: date added: 12/28/07 shelves: to-read review: Just wanted to point out Aaron's book for everyone who knows him (and everyone who doesn't, but should). http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/11165968?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

The Sokal Hoax: The Sham That Shook the Academy

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author: Lingua Franca name: David average rating: 4.22 book published: 2000 rating: 0 read at: date added: 12/03/07 shelves: to-read review: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/9910430?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

Civilization and Its Discontents author: Sigmund Freud name: David average rating: 3.67 book published: 1930 rating: 0 read at: date added: 12/03/07 shelves: to-read review: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/9910242?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

The Essence of Capitalism: The Origins of Our Future author: Humphrey McQueen name: David average rating: 4.00 book published: 2003 rating: 0 read at: date added: 12/03/07 shelves: to-read review: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/9910104?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

Hidden and Unfamiliar

When I was in Frankfurt in late September, I went to the Museum für Moderne Kunst and happened to catch the opening of Taryn Simon's An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar. I was blown away. Simon's photography is both stunning in its asthetics and astounding in its subjects. Moreover, the irony of having to travel to Germany to get a glimpse of a young and powerful artist exposing the unseeable in American culture and society was not lost on me. I didn't make the connection at the time, but I knew of Simon's earlier work from a New Yorker article about her book The Innocents, whose subjects have been accused and convicted of crimes they did not commit, often photographing them at the site of the crime. Simon's work is smart beyond her years; each piece carries with it its full semantics and rattling insight into the pathology of everyday American life, and yet the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. The MMK was also exhibited photographs from Larry Clark's haunting Tulsa, which documents methamphetamine use among Clark and his friends, including a photo of a young pregnant woman shooting up meth. Another connection I didn't make at the time was that Clark is the director of the film Kids.

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I, Claud: Memoirs of a Subversive (Counterpunch) author: Claud Cockburn name: David average rating: 0.0 book published: 2008 rating: 0 read at: date added: 11/17/07 shelves: to-read review: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/9256267?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

Israel-Palestine on Record: How the New York Times Misreports Conflict in the Middle East

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author: Howard Friel name: David average rating: 5.00 book published: 2007 rating: 0 read at: date added: 11/17/07 shelves: to-read review: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/9242926?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

Another Century of War? author: Gabriel Kolko name: David average rating: 4.00 book published: 2002 rating: 5 read at: 2004/01/01 date added: 11/17/07 shelves: review: I regard Kolko as the best of modern historians. This little book says more to put the current conflicts in the context of historical hegemony, short-sighted opportunism, and the consquences of "realist" politics, than any other tome regardless of heft. Published in 2002, before the invasion and occupation of Iraq, it still offers a firm foundation for analysis of that and most likely any future conflict the US will engage in. http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/9242682?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

Scahill: Blackwater

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Jeremy Scahill won me over when we was reporting for Democracy Now! on the 2004 presidential election. Wesley Clark was in New Hampshire campaigning just days before the primary. The usual campaign coverage is a about as informative as a dog turd. Everyone is in softie mode- journalists, politicians, public citizens. And in the midst of it, a young reporter walks up to Clark who is making his way down the street kissing babies, etc. And Scahill opens: "In Yugoslavia, you used cluster bombs and depleted uranium...". (See the rest of the confrontation here).

So when his book Blackwater was announced, about the mercenary firm of the same name made famous by images of burnt remains of employees hanging over the Euphrates, I knew I had to read it. All in all, the book was great. It is clear and sober, yet a pleasure to read (Not nearly as academic-and therefore boring-as Peter W. Singer's Corporate Warriors, although I recommend that book highly for a thorough and detailed portrait of how the system of mercenary armies arose and now operates, politically, financially, and historically). Scahill has a written voice that is far less confrontational than his spoken one, and yet the cutting analysis is still there. He is someone who thinks, and sadly we can't say this about many of the journalists out there. Scahill represents hope for the future of investigative journalism. And unlike some of his colleagues, he checks his emotional baggage at the door, giving us a book far more substantial and potentially influential. In fact, one of the few criticisms I have of the book are not about Scahill's writing, but the publisher's marketing. It's published by Nation Books, and is blurbed by (among others) Joseph Wilson, Chris Hedges, Naomi Klein, Michael Moore, and Arundhati Roy. In other words, the usual gang. None of them have much expertise in the field, and all convey a sense of "yeah, another howler from the Left." Anyone who makes it past the cover is already a believer. But in between the covers, the book is far more accessible than to just Mother Jones readers. It should have been put out by a university press and blurbed by actual experts (like Peter W. Singer). It deserves to be taken seriously. One of the more enjoyable aspects of the book are the occasional sprinklings of observations from Michael Ratner, president of the Center for Constitutional Rights, who has a way of calling a spade a shovel-with all the euphemisms and opaque language surrounding the thriving mercenary industry, Ratner has a way of getting the language right. In speaking of the unprecedented deployment of private mercenaries domestically immediately following the landfall of Hurricane Katrina, Scahill quotes Ratner (page 332): These kind of paramilitary groups bring to mind Nazi Party brownshirts, functioning as an extrajudicial enforcement mechanism that can and does operate outside the law. The use of these paramilitary groups is an extremely dangerous threat to our rights. Yeah, what he said.

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Disabling Professions (Ideas in Progress) author: Ivan Illich name: David average rating: 3.83 book published: 1978 rating: 0 read at: date added: 11/16/07 shelves: to-read review: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/9204178?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

Reflections on Violence (Dover Books on History, Political and Social Science)

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author: Georges Sorel name: David average rating: 3.42 book published: 2004 rating: 0 read at: date added: 11/16/07 shelves: to-read review: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/9204145?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

Human apparatchiks

Below is a brutal and hilarious affront to the Brandeis administration, written as a letter to the editor of the campus newspaper, The Hoot, in response to the recent actions taken against Donald Hindley, professor of Politics. The incident is recounted in Inside Higher Ed's article Sending in the Class Monitor. Letter to the editor: Response to human apparatchiks Dear Editor, I was distressed to read that the administration is assigning human apparatchiks to monitor Brandeis classrooms to assure linguistic conformity and political orthodoxy. Surely, the administration knows that the technology of authoritarian surveillance has advanced far beyond the primitive methods employed by the likes of J. Edgar Hoover and Erich Honecker. A laptop and a webcam can do the job far more cheaply and efficiently. Just position one unit per class in the back of the room, then patch the feed into a mainframe system located in Bernstein-Marcus. This simple expedient would not only provide an accurate audio-visual record of conversational malfeasance by faculty and students, but the real-time surveillance would allow the administration to dispatch agents immediately into the classroom to stop the utterance of verboten words or ideas. -Prof. Thomas Doherty (AMST).

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Namesake author: Michel Goldberg name: David average rating: 4.00 book published: 1987 rating: 4 read at: 2007/04/01 date added: 11/13/07 shelves: review: My PhD adviser's favorite book. A moving personal history of Michel Goldberg, a man who plotted (and had the chance) to kill Klaus Barbie. http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/9081948?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran, and the United States author: Trita Parsi name: David average rating: 4.42 book published: 2007 rating: 0 read at: date added: 11/13/07 shelves: to-read review: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/9082376?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

Ubik

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author: Philip K. Dick name: David average rating: 4.08 book published: 1969 rating: 4 read at: 2007/08/01 date added: 11/13/07 shelves: review: PKD was new to me. Sure, I'd seen the movies, I've caught all the references in literary and pop-culuture, but I'd never actually read anything of his. "Sci-Fi" is not my thing. But then again, I've never really given it a chance, or even known what it is. So I started with Dick, and Ubik, and I liked it. http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/9081352?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

Infinite Jest: A Novel author: David Foster Wallace name: David average rating: 4.23 book published: 1997 rating: 5 read at: 2000/08/01 date added: 11/13/07 shelves: favorites review: A momentous first novel (unless you count his graduate thesis). I was instantly enamored with DFW and he is no less of a essayist or short storyist (?) than a novelist. http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/9080943?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

Women: A Novel author: Charles Bukowski name: David average rating: 3.94 book published: 2001 rating: 5 read at: 1998/06/01 date added: 11/13/07 shelves: favorites review: One of the best. Maybe my favorite. http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/9080504?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

Post Office author: Charles Bukowski name: David average rating: 4.09 book published: 1971 rating: 5 read at: date added: 11/13/07 shelves: favorites review: One of the best. http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/9080424?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

Children of Light author: Robert Stone name: David average rating: 3.67 book published: 1986 rating: 1 read at: 2007/02/01 date added: 11/13/07 shelves: review: Having now read Stone's Children of Light, I can say I no longer have higher hopes for his fiction. It was one of the most hollow novels I've ever read. Remarkable, perhaps, for having such a quality in spades. Maybe I'm reading the wrong things. I'll give him one more chance with something early like A Hall of Mirrors or Dog Soldiers. And that's it. http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/9079394?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

Prime Green: Remembering the Sixties author: Robert Stone name: David average rating: 3.33 book published: 2007 rating: 1 read at: 2007/02/01 date added: 11/13/07 shelves: review: See my review on ideological criminal: Stone: Prime Green. http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/9079341?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

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The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy author: John J. Mearsheimer name: David average rating: 3.89 book published: 2007 rating: 0 read at: date added: 11/13/07 shelves: to-read review: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/9079201?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

Privacy on the Line: The Politics of Wiretapping and Encryption, Updated and Expanded Edition author: Whitfield Diffie name: David average rating: 0.0 book published: 2007 rating: 0 read at: date added: 11/13/07 shelves: to-read review: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/9079167?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

The God Delusion author: Richard Dawkins name: David average rating: 4.03 book published: 2006 rating: 2 read at: 2007/02/01 date added: 11/13/07 shelves: review: See my review on ideological criminal: Dawkin's: The God Delusion. http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/9078793?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

Kingdom Come author: J.G. Ballard name: David average rating: 3.44 book published: 2006 rating: 4 read at: date added: 11/13/07 shelves: review: My first Ballard book. And it certainly won't be my last. I got interested after a review in the Financial Times; also, I'm a fan of the films adapted from his work. Kingdom Come is the story of fascism budding in the suburbs of London around the mega mall structures that have come to replace any kind of municipality. The book is interesting, sometimes in spite of itself. Ballard's narrative is flawed and lacking at points, yet the theme and hypotheticals of the novel make up for whatever is missing from the literary treatment. http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/9078450?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse author: Ali Abunimah name: David average rating: 4.30 book published: 2007 rating: 5 read at: 2007/03/01 date added: 11/13/07 shelves: review: One of the best books I've read (and I've read a bunch at this point) on Israel/Palestine and how to move forward. Abunimah is a clear and young voice of compassion and reconciliation in a world of elderly and infirm voices who espouse a tortured logic. If you're of the mind that the only way to peace in Israel/Palestine is a one state solution, you should read this book. If you're not, it goes double that you should read this book. http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/9078069?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

Exit Ghost

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author: Philip Roth name: David average rating: 3.50 book published: 2007 rating: 4 read at: 2007/11/01 date added: 11/13/07 shelves: review: Ever since I read Portnoy's Complaint in high school, Philip Roth has been one of my favorite authors. Exit Ghost is the final chapter in the Zuckerman story. Impotent and incontinent, Zuckerman returns to New York City, where the no-longers and the not-yets hash it out. In many ways, the parabolic end point to The Ghost Writer, I'd suggest reading that first, which is a fantastic novel all on its own. http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/9077354?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

The Road author: Cormac McCarthy name: David average rating: 4.08 book published: 2006 rating: 4 read at: 2006/11/01 date added: 11/13/07 shelves: review: Long before the Oprah interview, or the Pulitzer, my dad sent me a little black book-- the latest from Cormac McCarthy, of border trilogy fame. I sat down to start reading it at about 9 pm. Around 4 in the morning, I was done. I couldn't put it down. Maybe the last time that happened to me was when I read Capote's In Cold Blood when I was undergraduate on vacation in South Carolina. http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/9077118?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army author: Jeremy Scahill name: David average rating: 3.80 book published: 2007 rating: 4 read at: 2007/11/01 date added: 11/13/07 shelves: review: Scahill won me over when we was reporting for Democracy Now! on the 2004 presidential election. Wesley Clark was in New Hampshire campaigning just days before the primary. The usual campaign coverage is a about as informative as a dog turd. Everyone is in softie mode-journalists, politicians, public citizens. And in the midst of it, a young reporter walks up to Clark who is making his way down the street kissing babies, etc. And Scahill opens: "In Yugoslavia, you used cluster bombs and depleted uranium...". So when his book on Blackwater, the mercenary firm made famous by images of burnt remains of employees hanging over the Euphrates, was announced, I knew I had to read it. All in all, the book was great. It is clear and sober, yet a pleasure to read (Not nearly as academic--and therefore boring--as Peter W. Singer's Corporate Warriors, although I recommend that book highly for a thorough and detailed portrait of how the system of mercenary armies arose and now operates, politically, financially, and historically). Scahill has a written voice that is far less confrontational than his spoken one, and yet the cutting analysis is still there. He is someone who thinks, and sadly we can't say this about many of the journalists out there. Scahill represents hope for the future of investigative journalism. And unlike some of his colleagues, he checks his emotional baggage at the door, giving us a book far more substantial and potentially influential. In fact, one of the few criticisms I have of the book are not about Scahill's writing, but the publisher's marketing. It's published by Nation Books, and is blurbed by (among others) Joseph Wilson, Chris Hedges, Naomi Klein, Michael Moore, and Arundhati Roy. In other words, the usual gang. None of them have much expertise in the field, and all convey a sense of "yeah, another howler from the Left." Anyone who makes it past the cover is already a believer. But in between the covers, the book is far more accessible than to just Mother Jones readers. It should have been put out by a university press and blurbed by actual experts (like Peter W. Singer). It deserves to be taken seriously. http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/9075791?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

No Country for Old Men

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author: Cormac McCarthy name: David average rating: 4.01 book published: 2005 rating: 4 read at: 2007/11/01 date added: 11/13/07 shelves: review: Another gift from my dad, maybe from a year ago, that I just got around to reading. After seeing the preview for the Coen brother's adaptation, I knew I had to read it before seeing the movie (which I can't wait to see and is now out). I read McCarthy's The Road when it came out and was blown away. This one is equally dark and hopeless, just on a smaller scale. Anthony Lane, reviewing the film, wrote of the book in the New Yorker: "If I want wry lawmen and smart, calculating fugitives, I'll get them from Elmore Leonard; and, if I want Leonard, I'll take him neat, rather than slow-filtered, drop by drop, through a layer of Faulkner, then laced with the Book of Jeremiah." Frankly, I like the drip treatment of McCarthy, and as far as I can tell, he's operating on a whole other literary level than Leonard. There's poetry in McCarthy's prose. http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/9075250?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

The Abstinence Teacher author: Tom Perrotta name: David average rating: 3.31 book published: 2007 rating: 1 read at: 2007/11/01 date added: 11/13/07 shelves: review: My dad sent me this book, and also the DVD of "Little Children", which is based on his novel of the same name. Here's what I wrote him after reading it: I went to the theater but it was packed, so I opted out, went to a coffee shop and read Perrotta's book, which I finished this morning. Really bad. If you haven't read it yet, I wouldn't bother. There was something that bothered me about Little Children that I couldn't put my finger on until now. Perrotta is trying to be the moralist of suburbia, but his values are shallow and his insights banal, and I think mostly wrong. Not to mention, in the case of The Abstinence Teacher, a real snoozer-- 350 pages to describe a confrontation between a single soccer mom and born again recovering addict soccer coach who leads the kids in a prayer after one of their games. Maybe I've spoiled myself having just read McCarthy and Roth back to back, both masters of the austere. In comparison, this book is just farty. http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/9074702?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

Cathedral author: Raymond Carver name: David average rating: 4.48 book published: 1983 rating: 5 read at: 2007/10/01 date added: 11/13/07 shelves: review: Another collection of Carver's short stories. I recognized some of the characters and plots from Robert Altman's Shortcuts, and as good as that movie is, it doesn't compare. But read the books and watch Altman's interpretation. Both are worthwile. http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/9074482?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

What We Talk About When We Talk About Love: Stories author: Raymond Carver name: David average rating: 4.41 book published: 1989 rating: 5 read at: 2007/10/01 date added: 11/13/07 shelves: favorites review: Carver was new to me. Erin sent me this and Cathedral with a note saying "either you'll love these, or I don't know you"-- and she knows me pretty well. Carver is a master of the short story. He writes small moments with small words and a plainness that can break your heart. Outstanding stuff. I wish only that I had found him earlier. Many thanks to Erin. http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/9074221?utm_medium=api&utm_source=rss

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Habits of being

Reading bell hooks today, I came across this: In retrospect, I see that in the last twenty years I have encountered many folks who say they are committed to freedom and justice for all even though the way they live, the values and habits of being they institutionalize daily, in public and private rituals, help maintain the culture of domination, help create an unfree world. In the book Where Do We Go From Here? Chaos or Community, Martin Luther King, Jr. told the citizens of this nation, with prophetic insight, that we would be unable to go forward if we did not experience a "true revolution of values." He assured us that the stability of the large world house which is ours will involve a revolution of values to accompany the scientific and freedom revolutions engulfing the earth. We must rapidly begin the shift from a "thing"-oriented society to a "person"-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism and militarism are incapable of being conquered. A civilization can flounder as readily in the face of moral and spiritual bankruptcy as it can through financial bankruptcy. Today, we live in the midst of that floundering. We live in chaos, uncertain about the possibility of building and sustaining community. The public figures who speak the most to us about a return to old-fashioned values embody the evils King describes. They are most committed to maintaining systems of domination-racism, sexism, class exploitation, and imperialism. They promote a perverse vision of freedom that makes it synonymous with materialism. They teach us to believe that domination is "natural," that it is right for the strong to rule over the weak, the powerful over the powerless. What amazes me is that so many people claim not to embrace these values and yet our collective rejection of them cannot be complete since they prevail in our daily lives. From Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom.

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The Yes Men

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The Yes Men have struck again (photos, videos, and links): Imposters posing as ExxonMobil and National Petroleum Council (NPC) representatives delivered an outrageous keynote speech to 300 oilmen at GO-EXPO, Canada's largest oil conference, held at Stampede Park in Calgary, Alberta, today [June 14, 2007]. The speech was billed beforehand by the GO-EXPO organizers as the major highlight of this year's conference, which had 20,000 attendees. In it, the "NPC rep" was expected to deliver the long-awaited conclusions of a study commissioned by US Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman. The NPC is headed by former ExxonMobil CEO Lee Raymond, who is also the chair of the study. (See link at end.) In the actual speech, the "NPC rep" announced that current U.S. and Canadian energy policies (notably the massive, carbon-intensive exploitation of Alberta's oil sands, and the development of liquid coal) are increasing the chances of huge global calamities. But he reassured the audience that in the worst case scenario, the oil industry could "keep fuel flowing" by transforming the billions of people who die into oil. As Jon puts it on the heads list: The Yes men have consistently found some of the best ways to deal with hard hitting topics. Their use of humor to humiliate organizations is brilliant, and we should all be thankful to them. If only there was more of this going on. It seems that the use of truthful information and satire against blatantly assholic organizations really has potential (especially when it's directed at a large group of their sheep). Or, as Marissa succintly puts it: These guys don't fuck around, and they are smart and hilarious to boot. I first came across the Yes Men at an art exhibit at MASS MoCA. They were running a video projector of The Yes Men documentary. In it, the Yes Men give a talk at a WTO "future of textiles" meeting in Finland. During the talk, Andy tears of his velcro-seemed business suit to reveal a golden body suit. A large golden phallus inflates from between his legs (at the exhibit, they had the suit fitted on a mannequin with phallus constantly inflating and deflating). The phallus sends signals to devices implanted in the textile workers anuses and gives immediate feedback to the boss donning the suit. It's one of the funniest and smartest actions I've ever seen. For a limited time, ballistichelmet is now hosting the movie for your viewing pleasure. Jon also pointed out a recent documentary, Bringing Down A Dictator, he saw on the student movement Otpor (Serbian for "Resistance") that helped bring down Milosevic in 2000 using humor and satire in a similar way to the Yes Men. A few more links to Yes Men videos (thanks to Jon): Democracy Now! video - The Yes Men have struck again. On Tuesday, a man claiming to be a representative of Halliburton gave a presentation at the "Catastrophic Loss" conference at the Ritz-Carlton in Amelia Island, Florida. Conference attendees include leaders from the insurance industry. We speak with the Yes Men's Andy Bichlbaum, who took part in the hoax. (transcript).This is a little satire from the Yes Men fooling around and seeing if people will sign a petition in favour of preemptively annulling all gay marriages. very funny!The Yes Men strike again. Impersonating a Dow Chemical spokesman on BBC, "Jude Finisterra" promises a huge compensation for the thousands of victims of the Bhopal disaster in which Dow Chemical's subsidiary Union Carbide India was responsible for in 1984.The Yes Men Andy Bichlbaum is interviewed after the media finds out about his Dow Chemical impersonationThe Yes men and their take on the oil industry. Again I am reminded of the situationalist spirit and the book Lipstick Traces seems all the more relevant to

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the best of today's activism.

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Tanya Reinhart

Tanya Reinhart has apparently died of a stroke in New York. Reinhart was one of the few critics of Israel that I felt could consistently be relied upon for sharp, correct, and just analysis of Israeli policy and advocacy for Palestinian rights. So many other intellectual big hitters have let me down, but not her. Her books, Israel/Palestine: How To End the War of 1948 and The Road Map to Nowhere: Israel/Palestine Since 2003, have been listed on ideological criminal's very short "Recommended Books" list since the beginning. Israel/Palestine in particular is perhaps the best account of the conflict and a must read for anyone interested in the context of the occupation and a way forward to a just peace. Concise, unflinching, demystifying and well-written, I can't recommend it highly enough. Her voice will be missed. The world needs far more of her intellectual integrity and sense of justice. Noam Chomsky, her PhD adviser, has written a eulogy which appeared on CounterPunch today, and Democracy Now! played excerpts from a 2004 interview and a February 2007 talk given as part of the Israel Apartheid Week.

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