by HOWARD LISNOWFF, Counterpunch Ashley Smith’s “A Socialist in the Senate? The Unfortunate Truth about Bernie Sanders,” (November 15, 2006) tells the tale of how the political Left gets thrown under the relentless wheels of the military-industrial complex by supporting candidates who do not consistently serve the interests of peace. The decimation of the forces for peace is predictable as they are sacrificed and offered up to the gods of electoral politics. The marginalization in each electoral cycle of the Left is a testament to how relentless the political/economic system…read more
Vogtle: at $65 billion and counting, it’s a case study of nuclear power’s staggeringly awful economic
Vogtle Units 3 (left) and 4, July 30, 2015. After 41 months of construction, the project is 39 months behind schedule. Photo by High Flyer, special to Savannah River Site Watch. By Michael Mariotte from GreenWorld Georgia is one state that you would think would be wary of nuclear power economics. The first two reactors at Georgia Power’s Vogtle site, which came online in the late 1980s, were a record 800% over budget. That is a number that is almost impossible to grasp. Nothing goes 800% over budget–in the real world,…read more
Yea, it’s in a funny way, but does dispel many of the rumors (falsehoods) about hymens and sex. “People picture the hymen like it’s one of those paper banners at a sports game,” the video’s host, Emily, explains. “They think it covers up a lady’s vagina, and then when she has sex for the first time, it gets busted … Everything about that is wrong.” That misconception can lead to some pretty terrible things for women — all the way up to, in some parts of the world, humiliating “virginity tests”…read more
In 1959, a white journalist traveled the Deep South posing as a black man. The conditions horrified him.
In 1959, Texas journalist John Howard Griffin darkened his skin and lived for six weeks as a black man in the segregated South. In this week’s episode of the Futility Closet podcast we’ll describe his harrowing story and what it showed about the true state of race relations in America. John Howard Griffin (June 16, 1920 – September 9, 1980) was an American journalist and author, much of whose writing was about racial equality. He is best known for darkening his skin and journeying through Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia to experience segregation in the Deep South in 1959. He wrote…read more