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  • Torture is normal. You should know this

    Torture is normal. You should know this
    Today the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released (here's the PDF) a voluminous report on the U.S. military and intelligence community's torture of suspects during the ongoing "War on Terror." The CIA and its minions are reportedly releasing a counter-narrative, arguing that "enhanced interrogation techniques" save lives and led to the capture of Osama Bin Laden.
  • Tourist Attractions

    Tourist Attractions
    Beware getting too attached to Baltimore, as doing so may ruin your love of anyplace else. It happened famously to the late poet Ogden Nash, who, in explaining why he and his wife cut short their Manhattan residency to return to her hometown, wrote,...

    Baltimore for Kids

    Baltimore for Kids
    As a kid, I thought Baltimore sucked. I grew up in the Northwest suburbs and only ventured into “the city” for O’s and Colts games at Memorial Stadium—where I thought I was slick using the binoculars to ogle cheerleaders until...

    Q&A: Inaugration Eve with Jon Langford (and his bodyguard)

    | Image by John Ryan Hours before the inauguration of President Barack Obama, musicians and crew are scrambling backstage to catch their bus after the Big Shoulders Ball, at Washington's Black Cat. Jon Langford, of the Mekons and the Waco Brothers, who...

    Member of "Baltimore Four" reviews "Hit & Stay" on 45th anniversary of Catonsville Nine action

    David Eberhardt, 72,  was a member of the Baltimore Four, who poured blood on draft files in Baltimore to protest the Vietnam War in 1967. For that he spent 21 months in federal prison, mainly at Lewisburg, Pa. He is a poet with three books of poetry....