The 2000 election must not be forgotten.
The world needs more ballots, not more bullets.
Cracks in the Coalition
The rest of the world begins to sour on the war.
Abortion Under Attack
Chipping away at the right to choose.
But Venezuela's "revolution" faces many obstacles.
Selling the War.
The IRA moves forward with decommissioningbut some loyalists don't want peace.
New Yorkers elect Bloomberg as their next mayor.
There's a Police Riot Goin' On
Anti-war marchers feel the chill in Connecticut.
Climate of Fear
Long Island activist is charged as a "terrorist."
Fred Korematsu made a federal case out of it.
MUSIC: No joy for New Order.
The Vagina that Roared
BOOKS: Susanna Kaysen's "sore spot."
FILM: Fat Girl and French Feminism.
Mind out of Time
The seven ages of Bob.
November 9, 2001
They Hate Our Freedom 7.5
The odd stun-gun, knife collection or loaded pistol may slip past the vigilant
security professionals at our nations airports, but not so our most dangerous
Nancy Oden, an official of the Green Party USA who has helped organize anti-war
protests, was seized at an airport in Bangor, Maine before she could board an
American Airlines flight to Chicago.
According to Counterpunch, military personnel armed with automatic weapons
surrounded Oden as she tried to get on the plane, saying that her name had been
flagged in the computer. They then advised other airlines that Oden
was forbidden to fly until further notice.
Making Lemonade 5.4
Lloyds, the London-based insurance giant, estimates that the attacks on
the World Trade Center will cost it nearly $2 billion. And its names,
the investors who back Lloyds risks with their own assets, are being asked
to pony up about $360 million.
So, are bowler-hatted toffs blowing their brains out in Belgravia? No, sir. According
to a report by the BBC, a newsletter for the Association of Lloyds Members
is forthrightly bullish. Names may now have a historic opportunity for profitable
underwriting, the newsletter gushes. All the fear and uncertainty that followed
the attacks should only bolster one of the strongest markets in living memory.
Aviation premiums, the publication notes with satisfaction, were up 400 to 600
percent as a result of the attack, and aviation war rates were hiked by 1,400
A Proper Dust-Up 4.7
took some out-of-the-box persuasion, but the Doubting Thomases at the Sallie
Mae Loan Corporation have finally gotten the point. They had been dunning a
bereaved mother for months, trying to collect payments on $35,000 in student
loans owed by her dead son. Owed, that is, while he was alive. The deceased,
God rest his soul, died in May of a drug overdose. His mother tried unsuccessfully
for months to impress this unfortunate fact on Sallie Maes bureaucracy.
Finally, in frustration she mailed a sample of the young mans ashes to the
companys office. The dusty missive touched off a rolling freak-out at Sallie
Maes Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania office, according to The Associated Press.
Certain they had been anthraxed, company officials called in the police and haz-mat
teams, and several employees had themselves tested for contamination.