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The Eyes of Richard Cheney

The Eyes of Richard Cheney

  • August 26, 2014
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Some years back, Faye Dunaway starred in a kinky thriller called The Eyes of Laura Mars.    Dunaway plays a glamorous fashion photographer who specializes in taking pictures of stylised violence, only to develop a second sight that enables her to see actual murders through the eyes of a real-life killer.   At first sight...

Ferguson: The Future in the Present?

Ferguson: The Future in the Present?

  • August 16, 2014
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The response of  the police of Ferguson, Missouri in response to protests at the apparent extrajudicial execution of black teenager Michael Brown has once again drawn attention to what the Economist has called the ‘hyper-military culture’ of the US police.

This culture has drawn the attention of civil liberties campaigners for some time,   in over-the-top...

Dan Hodges Wins the Afghan War

Dan Hodges Wins the Afghan War

  • March 18, 2014
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The Telegraph‘s Dan Hodges has offered his readers some spectacularly dumb reflections on  the British contribution to the Afghan war.  It would be more accurate to describe   Hodges’s column as a collection of words thrown together and arranged into sentences rather than thoughts, since there is little evidence of thinking at all in this...

Of Floods, Gays and Wars

  • February 16, 2014
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National security is not a concept I generally have much respect for.   As we’ve seen more than once over the last decade or so, it’s a term that governments like to use to cow and overawe civil society through the constant invocation of threats and emergencies, that become a justification for domestic repression and...

Dick Cheney’s Heart

  • October 19, 2013
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So Dick Cheney has revealed to a CBS News interviewer that his cardiologist once had the wireless component of his heart defibrillator disabled in order to prevent terrorists from sending a signal that might kill him.       Apparently something   similar happens in the Homeland series, which I don’t watch, but the former...

Terror Zombies Ate My Brains

Terror Zombies Ate My Brains

  • December 12, 2012
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“There’s nothing to fear but fear itself,” says Denis Hopper in Wim Wenders’ classic take on Patricia Highsmith The American Friend – an observation that really ought to be attached as an epigraph to the report by US Senator Tom Coburn’s jaw-dropping report into the waste and inappropriate use of Department of Homeland Security (DHS)...

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