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Will Durst’s 2014 Xmas Gift Wish List

In which our intrepid correspondent gets a rash from rubbing up against more strange bushes. Now read this:Christmas Open (Dec 25, 2014) Santa’s On His Way. Track Him Here (Dec 24, 2014) Camden, MO Cop Shoots And Kills Family’s Golden Retriever (Dec 24, 2014) Winner Of Eggnog Chugging Contest Winds Up In ICU (Dec 24, [...]

My Tenth Annual Christmas Podcast

I wrote this during the amazing Summer and Fall of 1986, when I wrote two books, two screenplays and a slew of short stories and essays in my Hollywood office on Kingswell, in what turned out to be Walt Disney's original studio. In 2005 we produced it for KOPT-AM radio in Eugene. Continue reading ?

Podcast: The ‘Cuban Five’ — On Their Case & Release from US Prison as Part of a Prisoner Swap

The release of the last three members of the “Cuban Five” as part of a prisoner swap marking a shift in United States policy toward Cuba was a victory for people all over the world, who had been seeking justice and freedom for them. The “Cuban Five” are five men, who were sent to Miami [...]

Will Durst: Bush 3, U.S. 0

In which our intrepid correspondent gets a rash from rubbing up against more strange bushes. Now read this:Bush Is Not A Word; It Is a Sentence (Dec 17, 2014) Jeb Bush’s 6 Greatest Gaffes (Dec 17, 2014) Jon Huntsman Claims Jeb Bush Evokes GOP Nostalgia (Dec 17, 2014) Terri Schiavo’s Husband Speaks Out On Jeb [...]

Economics Daily Digest: Sharing economy, CEO pay, pension cuts

By Rachel Goldfarb, originally published on Next New Deal Click here to subscribe to Roosevelt First, our weekday morning email featuring the Daily Digest. The Bloomberg Advantage: Konczal on Uber (Bloomberg) Roosevelt Institute Fellow...Show More Summary

Podcast: The Torture Report, Its Ramifications & the Torture That Continues Under Obama

The Senate intelligence committee finally released the summary of its report on the CIA’s rendition, detention and interrogation program this past week. It detailed a criminal conspiracy involving the torture the CIA used against detainees in the global “war on terrorism” and the lengths to which CIA officials and interrogators had gone to cover up [...]

Will Durst: Snow Good, Water Bad

In which our intrepid correspondent is shocked, shocked, he says, to find out the CIA was lying.

Podcast: Chicago Police & Why the US Needs a Domestic Law Specifically Criminalizing Torture

There currently is no law in the United States, which specifically criminalizes law enforcement who engage in torture. The United Nations Committee Against Torture has protested the fact that there is no law in the United States, however, three times now the US government has maintained that such a law is not required because there [...]

Will Durst: Top Ten Comedic News Stories Of 2014

In which our intrepid correspondent looks back over the most recent annus horriblus and mocks. As is his way.

Will Durst: Thanksgiving 2014

In which our intrepid correspondent, in the spirit of the season, gives back. Now read this:Will Durst: The Guiltiest Holiday (Nov 14, 2014) Will Durst: How I Spent My Summer Vacation (Sep 7, 2014) Will Durst: Tumbling Dumpsters (Aug 15, 2014) Will Durst: Slacker Congress (Aug 8, 2014) Will Durst: Stuck On Stuck (Jul 18, [...]

Will Durst: Obama And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

In which our intrepid correspondent drowns his sorrows with snark. Now read this:Candidate For Governor Got 22 Percent Of The Vote And Only Spent $35 (Nov 6, 2014) Don’t Look For Compromise (And Other Midterm Thoughts) (Nov 6, 2014) GOP Gerrymandering: Dems Never Had A Chance (Nov 6, 2014) Dennis Kucinich: Democrats Blew An ‘Historic [...]

Thousands Of Protesters Target ‘Redskins’ Name Before Game In Minnesota

Thousands gathered in Minneapolis in what was possibly the largest demonstration ever against the name of Washington's football team. The post Thousands Of Protesters Target ‘Redskins’ Name Before Game In Minnesota appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Here’s How Oil Industry Members Reacted When Told To Use ‘Fear And Anger’ To Win Fracking Fight

"It's brilliant in its simplicity," said one audience member. "The way you're going is really neat," said another. "This has been very, very helpful," said one more. The post Here’s How Oil Industry Members Reacted When Told To Use ‘Fear And Anger’ To Win Fracking Fight appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Will Durst: We Burn Witches, Don’t We?

In which our intrepid correspondent offers up a Second Amendment solution to the Ebola crisis. Now read this:African Boys Attacked At NY School, Called ‘Ebola’ (Oct 27, 2014) Restaurant Owner Changes Name Over Ebola Fears (Oct 27, 2014) Ebola Nurse Released (Oct 27, 2014) Conservatives Link Ebola Scare To Undocumented Immigrants (Oct 26, 2014) White [...]

Never Mind That Two People Were Shot On The Steps Of A NC Courthouse: EBOLA!

As I write this, it is shortly before 1 pm.  About 10 minutes ago, I caught the following Tweet.   The link takes you to a one-sentence report from AP. Shooting at North Carolina courthouse; lockdown for county employees, searching for suspects. So, I scanned the major news sources. Nothing. The top story today? BREAKING: [...]

Will Durst: Scary Masks

In which our intrepid correspondent smashes up two frightening calendar events. Now read this:Koran-Burning Pastor Wears ‘Nuke ISIS’ Shirt To Court (Oct 9, 2014) Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter Falsely Claims ‘At Least’ 10 ISIS Fighters Apprehended On Texas Border (Oct 9, 2014) Ebola Patient’s Mourning Newphew Compains Of Unfair Treatment (Oct 9, 2014) U.S. To [...]

Will Durst: Rocktober!

In which our intrepid correspondent is able to dig out some funny from a very serious subject.

Podcast: As Congress Buys Into More War, CODEPINK Becomes the Conscience of America

The past week was filled with officials coming before members of Congress to sell President Barack Obama’s strategy for escalating war in Iraq and Syria. It worked. Congress approved the arming and training of rebel forces in Syria to fight ISIS. Show More Summary

Will Durst: Where’s My iPony?

In which our intrepid correspondent feels bad for his smart phone being wielded by such a dumb user. Now read this:Woman Falls Asleep On Charging iPhone And Is Severely Burned (Aug 26, 2014) TV Crew Tests App Identifying ‘Sketchy’ Neighborhoods And Is Promptly Robbed (Aug 10, 2014) President Obama To Sign Bill Unlocking Cellphones (Jul [...]

Podcast: ‘Urban Shield’ & the Ramping Up of Police Militarization in the United States

One week ago, Alameda County in California hosted an annual major police gathering supported by corporations and law enforcement and security agencies from the local, state and federal level. Corporations displayed their military-grade...Show More Summary

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