09
Feb

Read the FBI File on Steve Jobs

Jobs was apparently once considered for an appointment to the Export Council by George H. W. Bush. The FBI did a thorough investigation of him and produced this report.

A description from one of Jobs’ ex-girlfriends seems to summarize what people thought of him: “visionary and charismatic individual who was at the same time shallow and callous to people in his personal relationships.”

19
Dec

Martin Amis Goes on the GOP Campaign Trail

The narrative on the absent Jon Huntsman is “absent.” So apart from the two likely finalists, chameleonic Romney and avaricious Gingrich, we were left with Rick Santorum (“work in progress”), Ron Paul (“shame he’s so elderly”), the gorgeous corpse of Rick Perry (“can only count up to two”), and the equally decorative, and equally discredited, Michele Bachmann (“very creepy husband”).

02
Nov

Jon Corzine’s Scandal  - “Madoff All Over Again”

Andrew Ross Sorkin explains Corzine’s potentially illegal activity at MF Global. 


02
Jun

Global Commission on Drug Policy: War on Drugs a Failure, U.S. Should Legalize

From a BBC News article

The Global Commission on Drug Policy report calls for the legalisation of some drugs and an end to the criminalisation of drug users.

The panel includes former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, the former leaders of Mexico, Colombia and Brazil, and the entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson.

The White House rejected the findings, saying the report was misguided.

As well as Mexico’s former President Ernesto Zedillo, ex-Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso and former Colombian President Cesar Gaviria, the 19-member commission includes the former US Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker and the current Prime Minister of Greece George Papandreou.

The panel also features prominent Latin American writers Carlos Fuentes and Mario Vargas Llosa, the EU’s former foreign policy chief Javier Solana, and George Schultz, a former US secretary of state.

It cites UN estimates that opiate use increased 35% worldwide from 1998 to 2008, cocaine by 27%, and cannabis by 8.5%.

The commission is especially critical of the US, saying it must abandon anti-crime approaches to drug policy and adopt strategies rooted in healthcare and human rights.

If you have not done so already, be sure to sign Avaaz’s petition to end the war on drugs. 566,000 signatures and counting.

Avaaz Petition 

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