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trevor paglen military satelites

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Active Military and Reconnaissance Satellites of the United States of America
Multimedia Installation

Trevor Paglen writes books about and takes pictures of US military activity – recently with a particular interest in CIA rendition activities.

Written by Peter Rudd

April 7, 2009 at 2:27 pm

high speed rail in america

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I find it hard to believe that the phrases high speed rail and united states will ever be truthfully used in the same sentence.  I hope I’m wrong, but the powers that exist conspire very strongly against it.  One way of changing the way we think about transportation is to see hard evidence that compares cars to trains for per capita expense and energy consumption.  I think trains would win.

Here is a map from the Obama plan.

Written by Peter Rudd

February 18, 2009 at 7:18 pm

there there

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February 13, 2009 at 2:07 am

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monbiot: the degradation of intelligence

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This is George Monbiot on the degradation of intelligence in the US.  Regardless of personal politics, it is a topic worth taking a dispassionate look at.  Topics include fundamentalism, darwinianism and slavery.  A really clear if biased discussion of a big problem for a society that continues to describe itself as free. 


From the article:

Like most people on my side of the Atlantic, I have for many years been mystified by American politics. The US has the world’s best universities and attracts the world’s finest minds. It dominates discoveries in science and medicine. Its wealth and power depend on the application of knowledge. Yet, uniquely among the developed nations (with the possible exception of Australia), learning is a grave political disadvantage.

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Written by Peter Rudd

February 8, 2009 at 11:13 pm

the spoils

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A map and an argument for who takes the spoils in two years when the country collapses. 

Written by Peter Rudd

February 4, 2009 at 10:31 pm