June 2011 Archives

Suspended Agitation


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     Woe is unto the world. It doesn't know whether to shit or go blind. The rule of law has been replaced by Murphy's Law. The story in Greece gets more and more curious. One of the latest proposals is to ask holders of Greek bonds to go along with a voluntary rollover, meaning we will pay you on Tuesday for a hamburger today, even though we already owe you for ten years of...

Man Down


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          Last week, in an incident that didn't get much attention in the national news, a man named Tom Ball set himself on fire in front of the county courthouse in Keene, NH. He left a fifteen-page suicide note explaining his actions. He was angry at the state child protection bureaucracy and the courts after a ten-year battle over a child abuse charge that became, for him, a Kafkaesque struggle with cruel authority....

A Distant Sound of Churning


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    In my last dream of a febrile night, I put my flat-screen TV on top of an old house in town and watched it crash onto the street. There was nothing inside it. The darn thing was empty. The ghost of Little Caylee wasn't even in there.     From the news this weekend, you'd think the world was in a coma, but I swear I heard ominous bassoon phrases through the night rain... something...

A Distant Sound of Churning


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    In my last dream of a febrile night, I put my flat-screen TV on top of an old house in town and watched it crash onto the street. There was nothing inside it. The darn thing was empty. The ghost of Little Caylee wasn't even in there.     From the news this weekend, you'd think the world was in a coma, but I swear I heard ominous bassoon phrases through the night rain... something...

The Creeping Nausea of American Exceptionalism


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       History, that coy dominatrix, loves to trick the credulous human race. In a moment when something we call "democracy" seems to be spreading through the dodgy precincts of the world like a contagion of virtue, the trend is actually going the other way in countries that have practiced it for a while.     That is certainly the case in Europe, especially Greece right now, where the mobs in Syntagma Square denounce their...
 
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