Author Archives: Matt Borondy

Congressional Hearings on Guantanamo

From the wires…WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court’s rebuff of the Bush administration’s Guantanamo military tribunals knocks the issue into the halls of Congress, where GOP leaders are already trying to figure out how to give the president the options he wants for dealing with suspected terror detainees.That way forward could be long and difficult. Congress […]

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Feds drop request for library records

From the AP wires:Federal authorities have dropped their demand for records from a library computer, but not without warning the librarians who refused to release them that under other circumstances their failure to cooperate “could have increased the danger of terrorists succeeding.” … “While the government’s real motives in this case have been questionable from […]

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Toni Schlesinger

toni schlesinger

“I love the continuous action of New York. The same way I love being in a dark theater space, a film, a casino, a newsroom. Nothing stops, nothing ends, nothing dies. I love the celebration of artificial life that is implicit in cities, all human-made.”

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Campaign for an Oil Free Congress

Over at there’s a sort of vague anti-Big Oil campaign going on. The rationale:Since 1990, Big Oil has given more than $190 million to members of Congress and 75% ($142,635,314!) of those donations have gone to Republicans. Those donations guarantee an energy policy that serves the oil industry’s interests over the public interest. Until […]

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What Some of us are Reading

Matt Borondy: I’m checking out the new Leonard Cohen (Book of Longing), Maddox’sAlphabet of Manliness, Joan Didion’s Year of Magical Thinking and Hillary Carlip’s Queen of the OddballsChristian Bauman: Ditto on Didion (finished), starting Nick Hornby On the Way DownJessica Rowland: I’m reading Siddhartha by Herman Hesse to give me some meditative inspiration while I […]

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The End of Net Neutrality?

Big Telecom companies want to control the internetIn the days ahead, if we abandon Net Neutrality and some big honcho in New York City decides websites like this one aren’t worth putting on his company’s search engine, or provider package, it could be lost.These corporations very well could decide what is and what isn’t available […]

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Mia Fontaine

Mia Fontaine

When you’re struggling, it’s often hard to see past wherever you’re at; feeling happy or "normal" seems like such an impossibility, there’s no incentive to change.

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Nickel and Dimed Again

The Republican-controlled Senate refused Wednesday to raise the minimum wage, rejecting an election-year proposal from Democrats for the first increase in nearly a decade.

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More on Gore’s "Truth"

From the Madison Capital Times via Common Dreams:The brutal reality is this: If we don’t stem the carbon dioxide emissions, we will see nations’ entire coastlines under water from the rise in sea levels due to melting glaciers, other nations with such severe droughts that their populations risk starvation, and the extinction of millions of […]

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A Spy’s Fate, or "What Birnbaum’s Reading"

A Spy’s Fate by (supposedly the godfather of Cuban noir) Arnaldo CorreaA Practice of Deceit by Elizabeth BenedictSam Harris’s Atheist Manifesto at TruthDig.comThe Lost by Daniel MendelsohnGoing Sane: Maps of Happiness by Adam PhllipsDon’t I Know You? by Karen ShepardThe Economics of Attention by Richard LanhamJoe Bageant’s weblog on Terry Gross, which begins:Having come to […]

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Global Responses to Global Threats

The Oxford Research Group has released a new report…This major new report is the result of an 18-month long research project examining the various threats to global security, and sustainable responses to those threats.Current security policies assume international terrorism to be the greatest threat to global security, and attempt to maintain the status quo and […]

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Infatuated with not-quite-current books

Infatuated as ever with not-quite-current books, I just finished Janet Malcolm’s wonderful study of writer and subject, The Journalist and the Murderer. It opens with a killer first line, but I’ll quote the entire opening graf because it is just that good:Every journalist who is not too stupid or too full of himself to notice […]

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Mary Cheney

I heard Mary Cheney on NPR the other day while driving through the Mojave. She was pimping her newly released memoir, Now It’s My Turn (which isn’t selling well), and bashing John Edwards and John Kerry while expressing strong support for the war in/on Iraq. On Fox News, she spoke out against the federal marriage […]

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From Her Lips to God’s Ears

The local “indie” radio station here in Gainesville has been playing a song about Condoleezza Rice quite a bit. It goes a little something like this:“After all this death and destructionDo you really think your actions advocate freedom?The president’s giving a speech in GeorgetownTo remember the voice of a slain civil rights leaderDo you understand […]

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Jesus’ Son

I was psyched to find that my local used bookstore finally put a copy of Jesus’ Son (by Denis Johnson) on the racks. I’d read it before (as well as seen the movie starring Billy Crudup) but didn’t own it until it was recently made available to me for a few schekels.Here’s a quote:“Down the […]

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