Against the Current, No. 99, July/August 2002
Conventional Wisdom and Nuclear Wisdom
— The Editors
Is Working a "Major Life Activity"?
— Barbara Harvey
Oregon Farmworkers' Decade of Struggle
— Michael Connor
GE's PCBs: Who Will Tell the Fish
— Marlaine Browning
KFC: Corporate Fetishism and Fecal Soup
— Purnima Bose and Laura Lyons
Race and Class: The Color-Blind Myth
— Malik Miah
— Karin Baker
After Jenin, An Eyewitness Report
— Charity Crouse
Vieques: Hasta La Vista, Navy!
— Sara Peisch
Revelations in Digna Ochoa Murder
— from Mexican News and Analysis
A French Left Revival from the Ashes?
— Patrick Le Trehondat and Patrick Silberstein
Radical Rhythms: Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road
— Kim D. Hunter
Camera Lucida: Progressive Fantasies
— Arlene Keizer
Rebel Girl: The Price of Assimilation
— Catherine Sameh
Random Shots: Of Drugs and Diamonds
— R.F. Kampfer
A Critical Look at Empire
— Charlie Post
Militant Islam in Central Asia
— Dianne Feeley
When Poetry Ruled the Streets
— Christopher Phelps
Victor Serge: The Course Is Set on Hope
— Bryan Palmer
Before Motown, Back in the Day
— David Finkel
- In Memoriam
An Appreciation of Stephen Jay Gould
— Ansar Fayyazuddin
John Watson and Tommy Flanagan, Special Detroiters
— Herb Boyd
MARX CHARACTERIZED RELIGION as the opium of the people. For some cults, it seems to act more like viagra.
Parents are often told, by friends and relatives, what nice polite children they have. No doubt Lizzie Borden’s mother and father got the same kind of compliments.
In the original “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend,” we are told that a kiss won’t “help you at the Automat.” Now it won’t “feed the cat.” Sic transit gloria.
It’s been revealed that the mail-box bomber was planting his explosives in a smiley-face pattern. There has to be a better way to say “Have a nice day.”
Ariel Sharon says he is willing to negotiate with the Palestinians over the formation of an independent state — for decades or centuries if necessary.
Must be pretty quiet at the Israeli Tourism Bureau lately.
As part of their very long investigation of the Jimmy Hoffa disappearance, the FBI has inspected all the meat-packing plants in the Detroit area. Let’s not speculate about that.
One BBC commentator remarked that the Queen Mum lasted so long because she’d been well pickled in gin.
The play “Copenhagen” leaves open the question of whether German scientist Werner Heisenberg supported or sabotaged the Nazi A-bomb program. It’s highly suitable that Heisenberg should end up with an uncertain reputation.
Nuoc mam (Vietnamese fish sauce) makes very good bait for a raccoon trap (Havahart of course).
Words of Wisdom
In “The Raw and the Cooked,” Jim Harrison sums up his outlook on life’s choices very neatly: “Either do it or don’t. You’re going to regret it both ways.”
“Criminals don’t molest kids. Leave that to the priests.” –The General,” 1999.
Never marry anyone you wouldn’t want to sit next to on a three-day bus trip. –Anonymous
Hey Venezuela, is that your final answer?
The American Dairy Council is planning a Spanish language version of their “Got Milk?” advertisements. Those of us who speak Spanish can see some problems there. (“Leche” has two meanings, and wearing it on the face makes it worse.)
The state of the streets makes it allowable for a Detroiter to drive a SUV without looking pretentious.
ATC 99, July-August 2002