Friday September 04, 2015
Reading the summary of the just-released report on the Central Intelligence Agency's interrogation program is a deeply depressing experience. The accounts of torture in the name of national security are shaming and revolting. They are bound to incline any decent person to the view that torture is wrong, always and everywhere.
The Greek fiscal crisis erupted five years ago, and its side effects continue to inflict immense damage on Europe and the world. But I'm not talking about the side effects you may have in mind - spillovers from Greece's Great Depression-level slump or financial contagion to other debtors. No, the truly disastrous effect of the Greek crisis was the way it distorted economic policy, as supposedly serious people around the world rushed to learn the wrong lessons.
The long awaited report is out and it is even worse than we expected. I refer to the notorious CIA torture report. How could they? And just to get information of questionable value!
What human could even think up these heinous actions, much less carry them out? Furthermore they did it in our name. The highest level of our government approved.
Hail the lowly bar code. By enabling retailers to track sales and inventory, it allows them to order goods from warehouses and manufacturers only when needed, reducing overhead and costs. Just-in-time production is a signal achievement of our digitized age.
Did you know that Democrats drink more than Republicans? Or that they are likelier to choose clear liquors, whereas Republicans tend toward the darker ones? That voters who skew most Republican favor Jim Beam? That those who skew most Democratic go for Seagram's gin?
Hillary Clinton, if she decides to run for president, would be among the oldest contenders for the office. Nonetheless, she has strong appeal among younger Americans.
In the responses to my "When Whites Just Don't Get It" series, I've been struck by the lack of empathy some whites show for members of minority groups. So imagine if the world were reversed. Then "the talk" might go like this:
"Son, sit down. You're 13, old enough to have a conversation that I've been dreading."
An old bumper sticker offered a stinging response to the Bush-Cheney regime’s enthusiasm for waterboarding: “Impeach Bush,” it urged. “Torture Cheney.”
Bush and Cheney escaped unscathed. The Senate has just released an astonishing report detailing the depths of their depravity, but neither is likely to end up before a judge.
Heads are finally rolling because of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ assorted waitlist scandals.
The Senate Intelligence Committee, chaired by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, released a report Tuesday condemning the use of torture on detainees, claiming it entailed far more brutal conduct than the "enhanced interrogation techniques" previously disclosed, in quest of information that could have been obtained without it.