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Tom Junod Gets It

Thank goodness someone with a regular column does:

I agree that these “real scandals” are scandals indeed, and cause for ongoing concern about the health of the republic. But they are not the real scandal. In yesterday’s iteration of his ongoing online conversation with Gail Collins, David Brooks said that Petraeus “didn’t do anything that the legendary C.I.A. director Allen Dulles didn’t do dozens of times over. Dulles had an affair with a member of the royal family of a foreign government, for crying out loud.”

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I think the single-payer movement should try to make a push in certain states

States that have shown signs of certain strains of leftism, states that seem to welcome an expanded welfare state.

Looking over how everything went down last night, I find a surprising degree of comfort in ballot initiatives that passed and didn't pass. Minnesota didn't ban gay marriage. Washington and Maryland and Maine all legalized it. Massachusetts permitted medical marijuana. Washington and Colorado legalized marijuana outright, putting them to the left of the Netherlands on drug policy. When was the last time a part of the US was to the left of anywhere else, on anything? Read below the fold...

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If Obama Wins the Election due to Sentiments Lingering from Sandy

Sentiments that concern the role of government, however inaccurately he aligns with them, I have to conclude that some cosmic force wants him to be our President. Whether it's my God, someone else's god, or another sort of entity altogether, he's in the Oval Office because something's keeping him there. He's benefited from some pretty spectacular instances of good fortune in the past, but a fucking hurricane propelling him to a second term? That takes the cake. Read below the fold...

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And it couldn't have happened to a nicer scumbag

Get fucked, Il Cavaliere.

The Milan court sentenced him to four years but later cut it to one year because of an amnesty law.

Mr Berlusconi condemned the sentence as "intolerable judicial harassment". He will remain free pending appeals.

He and others were accused of buying US film rights at inflated prices via two offshore companies under his control.

It is the first time Mr Berlusconi - who has faced a number of trials - has been convicted of any crime concerning his business activities.

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Friday Energidote: Kitegen's Prototype Stem

And now for something completely different.

We have our plantidotes, petidotes, and insectidotes here on Corrente, but at least once I thought I might put forward an antidote that humans have made, an antidote to more than one sort of poison. Read below the fold...

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The Archdruid Pans the American Political Process

Pans it down to its nuts and bolts, in fact. At least the modern ones. A broad criticism of political primaries, and a celebration of caucuses, follows:

More generally, it’s fair to say that very few of the significant political leaders of American history between Jackson’s time and the beginning of the 1960s could get elected in today’s money-driven environment. If we’re going to have a corrupt political system—and we are; no political system anywhere will ever be more honest than the people it governs—we might as well have one that produces leaders more capable than the airbrushed marionettes who infest the American political scene these days.

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Barney Frank whines about the effectiveness of partisanship

The House's umpteenth attempt to repeal Obamacare passed today, to no one's surprise. Barney Frank, everyone's favorite errand boy for big finance, took a moment to complain about it to Esquire, and I was struck by his analysis of his enemies: Read below the fold...

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Rest in Peace, Ray Bradbury

I owe my poet's soul to Ray Bradbury as much or more than any other writer. I still remember how powerful Dandelion Wine was at nine years old.

The following recollection isn't mine; it's from an anonymous poster on a literature board. But I'd hate to let it go forgotten.

I grew up about a block away from the library across from L.A. High, where Bradbury went to school. It is the library mentioned in >>2698556.

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Alexis Tsipras is so far not Nick Clegg or Eric Schneidermann

I've grown weary of politicians talking and then betraying their people. I have likewise grown weary of token gestures that do nothing to help the many or hurt the elites. As a whole I assume politicians will easily betray their promises.

At least for now, though, the leader of Syriza in Greece is backing up his talk: Read below the fold...

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Anti-Bullying

So there's this new movie "Bully" out, a documentary all about bullying in modern schools.

The movie is a series of stories about the effects of bullying. It follows a kid in school, on the bus and includes a meeting with the parents and school. It also follows a girl who took her mother’s gun on the bus because she was so frustrated by the bullying, and the film spends time with parents whose children killed themselves from the incessant bullying they received by their peers.

Bullying is a very real problem, and I applaud the recent public spotlight it has received. But let's take a look around the United States. Read below the fold...

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Confronting Violent Suppression

Things are getting even uglier in Syria. Bashar is brooking no challenge to his reign, and what started as nonviolent protests have broken down into a very bloody and deadly tumult.

It's giving me cause to ponder what might happen to protests of a similar scale with similar demands in the United States. In talking about Occupy's eventual fate, the specter of heavy military reaction has been raised before, but what I have never seen, or perhaps what has eluded me, is a frank discussion of how to proceed in the aftermath of a violent response to large nonviolent demonstrations. Read below the fold...

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