'Kamikaze Party'

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NSA hacks Mexican President's Email

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Aid Resumed to Pakistan

Renewed Optimism

Sharif urged end to drones

Musharraf arrested in Pakistan


Tripartite Syria

Refugees Flood Kurdistan

Free Syrian Splinters

Prophecy Propels Shia

Hezbollah's Gamble in Syria


No time for 'Flat Earth Society' for Obama on Climate


Venezuela 'Snowden's last chance' to avoid extradition

Bolivia offers asylum

Claims NSA/German link


Elon Musk's Mission to Mars

Tesla hitting arcane road blocks


Force Feeding Policy Revealed

Guantanamo Hunger Strike Spreads

Despair at Guantanamo


West Texas: Chemical Deregulation Explained


Plea to stop killer robots


China nudging US out of Iraqi oil

Escalating Violence in Iraq

al-Maliki fingers Turkey and Syrian Rebels

Nostalgia for Sunni Rule

New Party in South Africa

Ramphele vs ANC corruption


Bush Deaf to 9/11 Warnings

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Mysterious Malware Stumps Experts

3-D Printing at 33rpm

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Child 'cured' of HIV

Higgs Boson Data Strong

Bee venom loaded nanoparticals kill HIV

Dark Phlogiston?

3-D Printing 'Megatrend'

Lunar Area Manned Missions Anticipated

Life Deep in Ancient Reservoir

Nanophotonic Steam Advance

Neural Interface Products

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Every black hole contains a new universe?

Baby Quantum Internet

Darknet Rising

Uncensored Space Internet

'No universal grammar'

Accidental universe: Science's crisis of faith

Epic Fish Collapse

SpaceX to go for Mars

Gobsmacked by Vanishing Glaciers

New Malaria Vaccine

Historic Brain Visual Translation

HIV enzyme riddle cracked by video gamers

New Drug Targets Any Viral Infection


Mind the Machines
Charley Bravo - 8/1/11

One interesting upshot of the debt ceiling soap opera: Soon Republicans will argue that government spending promotes jobs and economic vitality. That's because the new "trigger mechanism" looming over the proposed November joint congressional budget committee includes an additional $600 billion in military cuts.

Sure the foreground tale of woe will feature wailing and gnashing of teeth over jeopardizing our "readiness" and "security" with abstract figures pulled out of "thin air". Lindsey Graham has already played this tune. But palpable absurdity will force a shift. The United States is not under attack. Eleven super carrier battle groups and a redundant nuclear triad are not holding the line in Iraq or Afghanistan. Ultimately both the the euphemism of "defense" and their real concerns will become more explicit: Pork and economic stimulus for congressional districts and whole states.

Perhaps it's already interesting that Graham inveighs against imposing mechanized, abstract trump cards as political solutions. But it's doubtful the conceptual significance of this tack will register with either Graham or the nihilistic tea baggers. Rapt in quasi-religious principle worship, they even threaten filibuster for the sake of the soulless mechanism of a balanced budget amendment. In their spiritual warfare with the abomination of worldly philosophers., the art of politics and an economic patient in need of treatment are ignored out of an infatuation with a certain Palin and a machine that goes "ping".

And yet, even with their "victory" in altering "politics as usual", something heretofore rather lacking in all the debt drama enters the dialogue: our bloated military machine.


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Greenwald, Future of News?

To Have is to Owe

How the Snowden Saga Will End

Attack of the MOOC's

Anarchists of the House

Political Islamic Mosaic

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The Charade of Darrell Issa

Decades of Displacing Palestinians

Guardian: The NSA Files

Talks with the Taliban

The Core of the Palestinian Crisis

Insider Dope on FOX News

Why Obama is not Nixon

Who Lied to ABC on Benghazi?

Phasing out 'totalitarian consumerism'

Austerity & Moral Hazard

Taibbi: "Everything is Rigged"

Grad Student Shocks Austerity Movement

Was Wittgenstein Right?

Contagious Vigilante Feminism

Secret Funding for Climate Denial

Aljazeera Focus of Scrutiny

From Arab Spring to global revolution

What Zero Dark Thirty Really Leaves Out

Interview with Israel's 'most hated man'

Divided States of America

Revolt of the Rich

"Was the Arab Spring Really Worth It?"

The GOP's diminishing demographic

Assad's 'Plan B'

Marxism's renaissance

Let's just say it: The Republicans are the problem

Republican questions GOP abdication of reality

Data Mining You

We Can Live with a Nuclear Iran

Protest Planet



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