2008 Archives

Posted at Thom Hartmann on Dec. 18, 2008

Three Cups of Tea for Rick Warren

Rick Warren is providing the invocation for the presidential inauguration. As a pastor whose books have been read by tens of millions of Americans and whose voice is respected by an equal or larger number, he has tremendous influence and power.
Posted at Buzzflash on Nov. 25, 2008

Reinventing Collapse: The Soviet Example and American Prospects By Dmitry Orlov

I read two books yesterday. The first was Joseph Tainter’s “The Collapse of Complex Societies,” a dense, profound, and insightful academic/archeological discussion of why civilizations have a stubborn habit of crashing. Following that, I read Dmitry Orlov’s “Reinventing Collapse,” about how the USSR collapsed and how the US is on the verge of doing the same – for many of the same reasons – any day now. What Tainter did for academics and archeology wonks (I confess I’m one), Orlov did for you, me, and Joe The Plumber.
Posted at Thom Hartmann on Nov. 4, 2008

If I Can

Thirty years after the Civil War ended, former Colonel Alexander K. McClure began compiling sayings of the man he believed was a great national healer, Abraham Lincoln.
Posted at Thom Hartmann on Oct. 31, 2008

One-Party Rule? (Don't Buy It.)

"Sending Jeff Merkley to the U.S. Senate could give one party a blank check … again," says an announcer in an ad for Sen. Gordon Smith of Oregon, a Republican in a close race with Merkley, a Democrat.
Posted at Buzzflash on Oct. 11, 2008

Blood and Oil (DVD) By Michael Klare

If you want to understand what’s really behind the current goings-on in the former Soviet state of Georgia, immediately buy Michael Klare’s DVD, produced by the Media Education Foundation, “Blood and Oil.”