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An astronomer who has worked on a number of NASA projects, Ken lives in Baltimore, where he devotes his scientific training to observations and inferences about current affairs, politics and the media.
(7 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 16, 2008 Readjustments in Pipelineistan
Georgia has long been viewed as an alternative -- indeed, the only alternative -- to trans-Russian transport of Central Asian oil and gas to western markets. Those days are over.
(18 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 12, 2008 The False Narrative of "Voter Fraud"
A false election narrative of "voter fraud" is currently under construction in various swing states and being built by the Republican party and their media organ, Fox News.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, August 14, 2009 AG Holder's Former Employer
It was assumed the troubling case surrounding Don Siegleman's conviction would surely draw attention soon.
To date, it has not...
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, February 25, 2007 Pipelines and Imperial Missions
Just as the invasion of Iraq was never about weapons of mass destruction, so too is White House agitation against Iran not really about nuclear power or even nuclear weapons. It may look like that, of course, because great pains are taken to make it look that way. This is entirely intended, just as dire warnings of "mushroom clouds" were intended to spark support for the invasion of Iraq.
SHARE Saturday, December 16, 2006 The Old American Century: Twenty Years of Realist Foreign Policy
With the release of the Iraq Study Group report, which has almost everyone expressing various degrees of chagrin, the "realists" have moved back onto the stage of American foreign policy. But who are these people and why are they called realists? What is so real about what they advocate, both for the current debacle in Iraq and the larger venture of American-led globalism?
SHARE Saturday, March 17, 2007 Another Redirection
The rolling pin of White House scandal continues to splay out an ever widening pastry of malfeasance, fraud, jobbery and inquity.
SHARE Monday, August 21, 2006 Lamonterrorism
Lamont's primary win is really a win for Lieberman, Republicans, the White House and, of course, terrorists. Who knew? Don't worry, the corporate media and the White House will make sure that you do.
SHARE Wednesday, October 4, 2006 Seesaw season
With the November elections looking to be a serious threat to Republican majorities in the House and Senate and Iraq polling as the number one disaster the Bush administration and a Republican Congress had delivered upon the American people, there has been an amazing see-saw of stories, counter stories and, when that wasn't working out, refraction and distraction moved onto the scene.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, September 15, 2006 The Winds of November
People ask whether we can endure two more years of Bush, as though, once he's gone, things will suddenly get all better. It is a silly view of our current political climate that doesn't understand that Republicans do not intend to have control wrested from them.
SHARE Wednesday, May 17, 2006 The New New Threat
While the motivation for the release of the 9/11 video is patently obvious, the immigration discussion now enthralling an easily distracted media and its attendant chattering class is something that has been on the back burning for sometime -- on slow burn -- just waiting for the proper time for Bush to finally enter the fray...
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 4, 2006 The McCain Amendment: Expected Exception
It now appears that the possibility of McCain's amendment doing "very little" was overstating the case. The Bush administration is now arguing against the ban and doing so with another contemporaneous amendment that McCain himself happily voted into law.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 23, 2006 Iraq is not enough
The failed conditions of Iraq apparently matter not to advocates of Middle East regime change. Failure there simply means, this time we'll do it right.
SHARE Saturday, June 16, 2007 The dinsinformation pipeline and the Iraq Oil Law
the subject of this post: more vague disinformation about the Iraq Oil Law appearing in New York Times and put there by that venerable apparatchik Michael Gordon, a once amiable co-conspirator of the detestable Judith Miller on the stream of NY Times WMD disinformation.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 3, 2007 Media Myth Making: "Free and Fair" elections
At the end of this year, the mainstream media narrative regarding exit polls has been all but sealed: they are not the reliable gauges they once were. In fact, mainstream efforts have centered around discrediting exit polls when their results indicated that something untoward might have taken place in a given election, especially in an election in which the US government and the corporate establishment have vested interests
SHARE Wednesday, May 17, 2006 The New New Threat
While the motivation for the release of the 9/11 video is patently obvious, the immigration discussion now enthralling an easily distracted media and its attendant chattering class is something that has been on the back burning for sometime -- on slow burn -- just waiting for the proper time for Bush to finally enter the fray and really stir things up.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, March 2, 2006 "Diplomacy" in Pursuit of War
Bolton praises India's nuclear weapons program while Bush tools around the country striking up deals for more nuke tech.
SHARE Saturday, May 27, 2006 The Irrational Voice
Regarding Iran, the official position of the White House has been to advocate diplomacy in the nuclear dispute while not actually engaging in direct talks with Tehran and leaving the "negotiations" to proxies. While ridiculous, this position further evinces that the White House really isn't interested in actual diplomacy at all.