Author Archives: Chris

U.K. expands their surveillance state

The U.K. Parliament recently passed the terrifying Investigatory Powers Act. From The Intercept: Perhaps the most controversial aspect of the new law is that it will give the British government the authority to serve internet service providers with a “data retention notice,” forcing them to record and store for up to 12 months logs showing websites […]


Before I begin, I want you to know that I hate these types of posts. You know, the ones where bloggers talk about why they haven’t been blogging, but I feel I owe you folks an explanation. I’m burned out on politics! The issues I’ve revisited time and time again on this blog – war, […]

Class warfare

Republicans put their heads together and decided the biggest problem facing America is … … Drumroll please … Rich people don’t have enough money!: The [the House Republican budget] plan would condemn millions to the ranks of the uninsured, raise health costs for seniors and renege on the obligation to keep poor children fed. It […]

“Defense” Department

From Twitter via John Cole: It’s amusing that it’s okay to say “war on drugs” and “war on poverty” but once the military is involved it sure can’t be a war. Link

Bob Herbert’s last column for the NY Times

Losing Our Way: The U.S. has not just misplaced its priorities. When the most powerful country ever to inhabit the earth finds it so easy to plunge into the horror of warfare but almost impossible to find adequate work for its people or to properly educate its young, it has lost its way entirely. Link

Wildly inappropriate

Another reason Jeffrey Immelt, G.E.’s CEO, shouldn’t be the chairman of Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness: General Electric, the nation’s largest corporation, had a very good year in 2010. The company reported worldwide profits of $14.2 billion, and said $5.1 billion of the total came from its operations in the United States. Its American […]

Not so quietly

Correction: Japan was quietly evacuating…

I’ve heard this before

Who wants to bet we’ll be reading similar headlines next year, and the year after, and the year after that…

Unanswered questions on Libya

From John Cole: When do we know we have “won?” Who are we protecting? What do we do if Qaddafi survives? What do we do when we figure out the people we are “saving” hate us, just slightly less than they hated Qaddafi? What about civilian casualties? How much is this going to cost? How […]

My bad

I went on vacation for 4 days, and the U.S. jumps into another war! Obama must have done this on purpose to escape a scathing blog post. Sorry guys.