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Entries by Tom Engelhardt from 11/2012

The Name of the Hurricane Is Climate Change

| Posted 11.06.2012 | Green

Just like those running asbestos, lead paint, and tobacco companies who knowingly continued to do harm for profit after the scientific verdicts on their products were in, energy executives undoubtedly are more aware of what the burning of fossil fuels actually means than most of the rest of us.

How Presidential War Came Out of the Shadows -- and We Went Into Them

| Posted 11.08.2012 | Politics

In the last decade a high-tech, privatized, covert version of war has become presidential property, fought at the White House's behest by robots, warrior corporations, and two presidentially controlled "private" forces.

The Meaning of a Do-Nothing Election

| Posted 11.13.2012 | Politics

This country is stuck in a hell of its own making that passes for everyday life at a moment when the world, for better and/or worse, is coming unstuck in all sorts of ways.

The Fall of the American Empire (Writ Small)

| Posted 11.20.2012 | Politics

It couldn't be clearer now that the "fall" of David Petraeus is playing out as farce of the first order. What's less obvious is that Petraeus, America's military golden boy and Caesar of celebrity, was always smoke and mirrors, always the farce, even if the denizens of Washington didn't know it.

The War of the Image Managers

| Posted 11.29.2012 | Politics

Just what are we to make of the decade of military hagiography we've just passed through? What did it mean for two generals to soar to media glory while the wars they commanded landed in the nearest ditch?