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The stump speech: out on the trail, the president offers some straight talk on how to save our forests from the trees

The stump speech: out on the trail, the president offers some straight talk on how to save our forests from the trees Ian Frazier The federal government can help…. But the government has got to do more than just spend money…. It seems like to me we ought to put a strategy in place to […]

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“Self” indulgence. – Book on American medicine

“Self” indulgence. – Book on American medicine – book review Gary Greenberg Better Than Well: American Medicine Meets the American Dream By Carl Elliott. W.W. Norton. 320 pages. $26.95. It’s been 10 years since Peter Kramer listened to Prozac and relayed to the rest of us its overwhelming question: What are we to make of […]

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Water for profit: contamination, riots, rate increases, scandals. From Atlanta to Manila, cities are confronting the true cost of water privatization

Water for profit: contamination, riots, rate increases, scandals. From Atlanta to Manila, cities are confronting the true cost of water privatization – the price of water Jon R. Luoma Even before the water turned brown, Gordon Certain had plenty to worry about. With his north Atlanta neighborhood in the middle of a growth boom, the […]

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13 Hillbilly Giants – music

13 Hillbilly Giants – music – Brief Article Robbie Fulks. Bloodshot. Country-music iconoclast Robbie Fulks once critiqued modern-day Nashville with the song “Fuck This Town.” On the remarkable 13 Hillbilly Giants he salutes the genre’s wilder, weirder days with covers of obscure gems devoted to lust, regret, and the curse of alcohol. Flying fiddles, weeping […]

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The crude doctrine: Azerbaijan would seem the perfect place to test President Bush’s commitment to remaking the Muslim world. But its ruler has something that trumps democracy—control of billions of barrels of oil

The crude doctrine: Azerbaijan would seem the perfect place to test President Bush’s commitment to remaking the Muslim world. But its ruler has something that trumps democracy—control of billions of barrels of oil David Case It’s a sunny Sunday afternoon in early spring, and fashionably dressed Baku residents are strolling along the city’s Caspian Sea […]

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Up close and personal: high-tech identification devices could produce reams of data on law-abiding citizens—but may be useless in fighting terrorists – Outfront

Up close and personal: high-tech identification devices could produce reams of data on law-abiding citizens—but may be useless in fighting terrorists – Outfront – Brief Article Brendan I. Koerner With America on full alert for the foreseeable future, interest in biometric scanners–devices that verify a person’s identity by measuring unique features such as nasal curvature, […]

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Editors’ note

Editors’ note Monika Bauerlein WHAT IS AMERICA? It is a chunk of land; it is a racial and cultural kaleidoscope; it is a market. But more important and essential than any of these definitions, and the basis for them all, America is a legal and moral framework. It is the expression of those self-evident rights […]

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Broadcast buccaneer

Broadcast buccaneer Rob Gurwitt PETE TRIDISH IS only 34, but he’s got a cast-iron way of connecting with people decades older: He asks them about their favorite radio experiences. On a cold winter’s night in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, where 50 people have gathered at the First Congregational Church to talk about starting a community radio […]

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Soldiers of good fortune: they fly helicopters, guard military bases, and provide reconnaissance. They’re private military companies—and they’re replacing U.S. soldiers in the war on terrorism

Soldiers of good fortune: they fly helicopters, guard military bases, and provide reconnaissance. They’re private military companies—and they’re replacing U.S. soldiers in the war on terrorism Barry Yeoman AT A REMOTE TACTICAL training camp, in a swamp 25 miles from the world’s largest naval base, six U.S. sailors are gearing up for their part in […]

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the best political ads you never saw

Damned spots: the best political ads you never saw In 2004, Errol Morris made dozens of brilliantly simple pro-Kerry, anti-Bush TV spots for MoveOn.org. What happened next was a lesson in why political consultants suck. As Morris explains, “I make my money doing branding, marketing, and advertising. That’s my bread and butter. The one intuition […]