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New adventures in chemistry

The Strattera is a bust, and now we’re on to Wellbutrin, which is maybe the only anti-depressant I read about of which the ADD community speaks favorably. But because I have such pronounced reactions to drugs, I’m to start out taking it every other day.

It’s sort of interesting. The psychiatrist is trying to piece together the clues from my past drug reactions and see where the brain pothole is. She’s upset when I describe the Stattera as “our little experiment.”

“Oh no, you make it sound like you’re some kind of guinea pig!”

I gently point out to her that I am, in fact, a guinea pig, and that since these drug trials are a crap shoot, it is most certainly accurate to describe this process as an “experiment.” She looks upset.

“I’m a writer,” I remind her. “I like to use the right words.”

So here we go. Follow the yellow brick road…


Chris Hedges:

The phrase consent of the governed has been turned into a cruel joke. There is no way to vote against the interests of Goldman Sachs. Civil disobedience is the only tool we have left.

We will not halt the laying off of teachers and other public employees, the slashing of unemployment benefits, the closing of public libraries, the reduction of student loans, the foreclosures, the gutting of public education and early childhood programs or the dismantling of basic social services such as heating assistance for the elderly until we start to carry out sustained acts of civil disobedience against the financial institutions responsible for our debacle. The banks and Wall Street, which have erected the corporate state to serve their interests at our expense, caused the financial crisis. The bankers and their lobbyists crafted tax havens that account for up to $1 trillion in tax revenue lost every decade. They rewrote tax laws so the nation’s most profitable corporations, including Bank of America, could avoid paying any federal taxes. They engaged in massive fraud and deception that wiped out an estimated $40 trillion in global wealth. The banks are the ones that should be made to pay for the financial collapse. Not us. And for this reason at 11 a.m. April 15 I will join protesters in Union Square in New York City in front of the Bank of America.
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Now, just imagine the right-wing outrage if this had been, say, Ed Rendell. This is very, very interesting:

There’s a Mike Huckabee mystery that won’t go away.

Send a public records request seeking documents from his 12-year stint as Arkansas governor, as Mother Jones did recently, and an eyebrow-raising reply will come back: The records are unavailable, and the computer hard drives that once contained them were erased and physically destroyed by the Huckabee administration as the governor prepared to leave office and launch a presidential bid.

In 2007, during Huckabee’s campaign for the GOP presidential nomination, the issue of the eradicated hard drives surfaced briefly, but it was never fully examined, and key questions remain. Why had Huckabee gone to such great lengths to wipe out his own records? What ever happened to a backup collection that was provided to a Huckabee aide?

Huckabee is now considering another presidential run, and if he does enter the race, he would do so as a frontrunner. Which would make the case of the missing records all the more significant. These records would shed light on Huckabee’s governorship—and could provide insight into how a President Huckabee might run the country. Meanwhile, observers of Arkansas’ political scene—including one of Huckabee’s former GOP allies—say the episode is characteristic of a politician who was distrustful and secretive by nature.

In February, Mother Jones wrote to the office of Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe seeking access to a variety of records concerning his predecessor’s tenure, including Huckabee’s travel records, calendars, call logs, and emails. Beebe’s chief legal counsel, Tim Gauger, replied in a letter that “former Governor Huckabee did not leave behind any hard-copies of the types of documents you seek. Moreover, at that time, all of the computers used by former Governor Huckabee and his staff had already been removed from the office and, as we understand it, the hard-drives in those computers had already been ‘cleaned’ and physically destroyed.”

He added, “In short, our office does not possess, does not have access to, and is not the custodian of any of the records you seek.”

Cornel West

Via Raw Story:

Black intellectual and Princeton professor Cornel West was once a vocal supporter of President Barack Obama. Today, that’s changed — a lot.

Speaking to Russia Today, West explained that in his view, Obama has morphed into “a centrist leaning toward the right” who acts as “a puppet of big business” at home and promotes “liberal neoconservatism” in lands abroad.

Amid it all, West said that Americans of all political stripes are in the throes of a “radical democratic awakening,” at least partially brought about by the lack of change brought by the so-called change candidate, Mr. Obama.

Deep thought

Even though Republicans only control the House, and not the Senate or the White House, they still continue to implement policy and run the government.

Maybe there’s something wrong with our system of government.

Isn’t it great

When rich talking heads suggest cutting Social Security — for our own good, of course? And check out the comments, people aren’t buying what Brooks is selling.

Last night’s show

Fascinating talk with Rafe Noboa y Rivera, Iraq war vet and journalism student, about Libya and the media. Click here to listen.

Monopoly capitalism

Tra la la! Don’t let it be forgot/ That once there was a spot/ For one brief shining moment that was known as/ America.

Do you think the poor are lazy?

Go read.

Aren’t you glad

You voted for Democrats, so they wouldn’t vote in Republican policies?

Oh, wait.

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