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Thursday, February 24, 2005
Hunter Stockton Thompson & other Different Lives
Fear, Loathing, and Great Reporting
Dr. Hunter S. Thompson is most remembered for over-the-top writings and
personality. But it's worth remembering that he was also a damned fine
reporter, with a gift for details and one of the best crap detectors in
by Sam Smith
(February 22, 2005) -- One of the brightest lights in the American firmament blinked out Sunday. Word of Hunter Thompson’s death arrived at our house via the crawl on the network happy news this morning, and there’s irony enough in that fact alone.
Hunter Stockton Thompson, the Good Doctor, is most remembered for his over-the-top tours des excès – "Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas" being the most famous. But it’s not the gonzo high spots I’ll remember him for. What has gotten so lost in the legend that Thompson became (and the self-parody he sometimes lapsed into later in his career) is that he was a damned fine reporter.
www.smh.com.au/news/Obituaries/ Journalisms-official-crazy/ 2005/02/22/1109046921418.html
There's a bunch more online, and some nice collections. I've gathered a bunch together, but need to arrange & consolidate them.
Whew! How's that for The Onion.
The Soapbox By James W. Henley
"I Support the occupation but I don't support our troops"
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Why did nobody report this?
Well, as it happens, these parents were homeschoolers, so there were no
mandated reporters to tell the state that the children were coming to school
emaciated and with cattleprod marks and sans toenails.
As a matter of fact, the Dollars were doing such a fabulous job as the
completely unsupervised caregivers and homeschoolers and "biblical"
chastisers of five children that they decided to become open a completely
unsupervised Christian school
Before they were accused of torturing five children, John and Linda
Dollar ran a private Christian school out of their home near Knoxville.
The Mountain View Christian School opened in fall 1999 in rural
Strawberry Plains, about 15 miles east of Knoxville ...
Children aren't that big. They're kinda likely to fall through when you take
out all the boards between the cracks.
The Labor Department is going to investigate why they've agreed to notify
Wal-Mart fifteen days in advance of inspections as part of a settlement
against Wal-Mart for underage labor violations.
Yep. In order to keep from getting prosecuted, Wal-Mart was forced to agree
that the Labor Department would stop checking if they're breaking the law
The inspector general of the Labor Department has decided to investigate its agreement to give Wal-Mart Stores 15 days' notice before investigating any stores facing complaints of child labor violations, according to department officials.
The inspector general's decision comes after lawmakers and children's advocacy groups criticized the department's settlement of child labor complaints against 24 Wal-Mart stores in Connecticut, New Hampshire and Arkansas. Without admitting any wrongdoing, Wal-Mart agreed to pay $135,540 to settle complaints involving 85 youths.
08:44 am February 21st, 2005
Alternative Minimum Tax
The A.M.T. effectively sets up a parallel tax system for all households, in which few deductions are allowed. Taxpayers whose alternative tax is higher than their regular federal income tax must pay the alternative one.
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