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Greg Palast

Greg Palast is an investigative journalist and author of New York Times bestsellers "Armed Madhouse" and "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy". He has been called "The most important investigative reporter of our time" by Tribune Magazine. Palast won the George Orwell Courage in Journalism Award for his BBC documentary, "Bush Family Fortunes." He has also received numerous other awards for his journalism.

Oil and Indians Don’t Mix

There’s an easy way to find oil. Go to some remote and gorgeous natural sanctuary, say Alaska or the Amazon, find some Indians, then drill down under them. If the indigenous folk complain, well, just shoo-them away. Shoo-ing methods include: bulldozers, bullets, crooked politicians and fake land sales.

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STICK YOUR DAMN HAND IN IT!

Only now, two decades on, Exxon has finally begun its payout of the court award — but only ten cents on the dollar. And Uncle Paul’s boat? No matter. Paul’s dead. So are a third of the fishermen owed the money.

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Obama is a two-faced liar. Aw-RIGHT!

Republicans are right. President Barack Obama treated them like dirt, didn’t give a damn what they thought about his stimulus package, loaded it with a bunch of programs that will last for years and will never leave the budget, is giving away money disguised as “tax refunds,” and is sneaking in huge changes in policy, from schools to health care, using the pretext of an economic emergency. Way to go, Mr. O!

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Why An Asshole is Always in Charge

John Thain is the guy that looks like a Clark Kent doll you saw grinning from page one of your paper Friday morning. Thain was just fired by Bank of America because the square-jawed executive demanded a $30 million bonus after losing $5 billion in just three months at the bank’s Merrill Lynch unit.

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Obama’s “Way-to-Go, Brownie!” Moment?

Has Barack Obama forgotten, “Way-to-go, Brownie”? Michael Brown was that guy from the Arabian Horse Association appointed by George Bush to run the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Brownie, not knowing the south shore of Lake Pontchartrain from the south end of a horse, let New Orleans drown. Bush’s response was to give his buddy Brownie a “way to go!” thumbs up. We thought Obama would go a very different way.

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