March 24th, 2008

Chris Keeley

Penny Dreadful

They’re horrid and useless. Why do pennies persist
by David Owen 

Several years ago, Walter Luhrman, a metallurgist in southern Ohio, discovered a copper deposit of tantalizing richness. North America’s largest copper mine—a vast open-pit complex in Arizona—usually has to process a ton of ore in order to produce ten pounds of pure copper; Luhrman’s mine, by contrast, yielded the same ten pounds from just thirty or forty pounds of ore. Luhrman operated profitably until mid-December, 2006, when the federal government shut him down.

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Published on Thursday, March 20, 2008 by The Nation

Hillary’s Nasty Pastorate

by Barbara Ehrenreich

There’s a reason Hillary Clinton has remained relatively silent during the flap over intemperate remarks by Barack Obama’s former pastor, Jeremiah Wright. When it comes to unsavory religious affiliations, she’s a lot more vulnerable than Obama.

You can find all about it in a widely under-read article in the September 2007 issue of Mother Jones, in which Kathryn Joyce and Jeff Sharlet reported that “through all of her years in Washington, Clinton has been an active participant in conservative Bible study and prayer circles that are part of a secretive Capitol Hill group known as “The “Fellowship,” also known as The Family. But it won’t be a secret much longer. Jeff Sharlet’s shocking exposé The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power will be published in May.

Sean Hannity has called Obama’s church a “cult,” but that term applies far more aptly to Clinton’s “Family,” which is organized into “cells”–their term–and operates sex-segregated group homes for young people in northern Virginia. In 2002, Sharlet joined The Family’s home for young men, forswearing sex, drugs and alcohol, and participating in endless discussions of Jesus and power. He wasn’t undercover; he used his own name and admitted to being a writer. But he wasn’t completely out of danger either. When he went outdoors one night to make a cell phone call, he was followed. He still gets calls from Family associates asking him to meet them in diners–alone.

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The Odd Couple

 
The Odd Couple

GNARLS BARKLEY

 

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Got some bad news this mornin,’ ” Cee-Lo Green sings, “which in turn made my day.” The about-face in this symmetrical couplet, near the start of Gnarls Barkley’s second album, is entirely in character. Like his partner, the producer Danger Mouse, Cee-Lo has a special place in his heart for the counterintuitive: miserable exuberance, sweeping miniatures, songs that sound both chipper and haunted.

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Competing films about the reggae star Bob Marley, above, are sparring over his music and the timing

Competing films about the reggae star Bob Marley, above, are sparring over his music and the timing of their release dates, Reuters reported. The adversaries are the makers of a Weinstein Company drama and a Martin Scorsese documentary. Marley’s family, including his son Ziggy Marley, executive producer of the Scorsese film, has refused to license any of his music for the Weinstein film, even though Marley’s widow, Rita Marley, is its executive producer. The Scorsese documentary is being produced by Tuff Gong Pictures, owned by the Marley family, and Steven Bing’s Shangri-La, which has licensed Marley songs. The family members say they believe the Weinstein drama’s release date, expected to be late 2009, would conflict with the planned opening of their documentary, February 2010. (Marley was born on Feb. 6, 1945; he died in 1981.) Chris Blackwell, president of Blue Mountain Music, publisher of Marley’s music, said he expected an agreement soon under which Weinstein would take a stake in the documentary and agree to postpone its drama.