I used to maintain a weblog that documented my obsessive net-working post-September 11th. When I mothballed it I assumed that once the inevitable bombing of Iraq began, I would return to my grim labours. The war-fever cranked up, but my gumption didn’t. I’ve continued my relentless wanderings through the darkest contours of the Internet, and […]

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George Soros on a new kind of speculative madness… I see a parallel between the Bush administration’s pursuit of American supremacy and a boom-bust process or bubble in the stock market. Bubbles do not grow out of thin air. They have a solid basis in reality but reality is distorted by misconception. In this case, […]

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Against my better judgement, I watched a few minutes of the emperor’s press conference last night, and was taken aback by his odd tone of voice and speech patterns, notably quieter and slower than normal. Had Rove & Co. coached him to use a gentle presentation — to soften up the obstinate and maniacal message […]

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A couple weeks ago at the neighborhood magazine shop I was siezed by the uncontrollable urge to purchase a stack of worthy, if pricey, independent publications. To spread the responsibility for my free-spending ways, I urged my partner to pick out one for herself, my treat, choosing something she likely wouldn’t buy were she paying […]

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There’s life in the old boy yet. Some excerpts from Norman Mailer’s Only in America: Political leaders and statesmen are serious men even when they appear to be fools, and it is rare to find them acting without some deeper reason they can offer to themselves. It is those covert motives in the Bush administration […]

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