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A Rock and Roll Baby Comes Of Age June 24, 2007

Posted by littlebangtheory in Politics and Society.

Ta-Daaaaaaaa! …Uh, no, not Sting – Rolling Stone.


Check it out – it could be the 80s, with The Police and all. I used to love RS back then, but lost interest in the 90s when they seemed to focus primarily on MTV Cheese and Sleaze.

But lately they’ve been on a (rock &) roll, with no-holds barred pieces exploring the Machiavellian Machinations of Dubbya the Clown’s (mis-)administration.

OK, I know, it’s like spearing turds in a bucket. But still, I read stuff in the Stone these days that doesn’t seem to be showing up in the M$M, and I’m liking that A LOT, thinking that perhaps some young peeps are getting a little print-reinforcement for their Daily Show dose.

The June issue (#1029) has feature articles by Al Gore and Robert Kennedy Jr., but my absolute fave is “Six Years of Deceit,” a scathing review of the sordid facts and players behind “Our National Energy Policy.” (*gack*) Thank you, writer Tim Dickinson, for reminding us.

Here’s a photo of page 57 to whet your appetite if you haven’t already read it:


In case it’s too small for you, I’ll summarize the first one: Phil Cooney started out as ‘Climate Team Leader’ for the American Petroleum Institute, then was tapped by The Dick Cheney to serve as Chief of Staff for the White House Council on Environmental Quality. These are the hand-picked Back-room Bastards, under the direct control of The Dick, who usurped the EPA’s oversight of the climate change issue and shuffled all the competent scientists working for CEQ off to Buffalo, as it were. With “Mission Accomplished,” i.e. nothing done about CO2 emissions or global warming, Dr. Phil is now a “Corporate Whore Issues Manager” for ExxonMobil. Whooda thunk.

At any rate, there’s enough good stuff in this issue to warrant mentioning it to you nice folks who like to be told when it’s going to hurt.