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Andrew Meyer, a student at the University of Florida, wanted to ask Senator John Kerry a question during a forum held on Monday: was he, like President Bush, a member of Yale’s Skull & Bones secret society?
I personally don’t care much about Skull & Bones, which some people believe rules the world but to me looks like a club for a bunch of privileged jerks biding their time before they actually start ruling the world. (On the other hand, it is alarming that Skull & Bones’ members include the notorious nuclear power plant operator Montgomery Burns.) Still, it would have been interesting to hear Kerry’s answer, and he seemed ready to give one.
Unfortunately, he never got the chance as police moved in and tasered Meyer before dragging him away. Watch democracy in action, Florida-style.
More from Ken Silverstein:
Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy
Postcard — October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
Acres of hemp grown by “patriotic‚” U.S. farmers in 1942 at the behest of the U.S. government:
A study suggested that the health effects of exposure to nuclear radiation at Chernobyl were no worse than ill health resulting from smoking and normal urban air pollution.
Greenpeace apologized after activists accidentally defaced the site of Peru’s 2,000-year-old Nazca Lines when they unfurled cloth letters reading “time for change” near the ancient sand drawings. “We fully understand,” the group wrote in a statement, “that this looks bad.”
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