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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
Percentage increase in the annual number of polio cases in Pakistan since 2005:
A bowl of 4,000-year-old noodles was found in northwestern China; and a spokesman for the Chinese Academy of Sciences said that “this is the earliest empirical evidence of noodles ever found.”
A federal judge sentenced the journalist Barrett Brown to 63 months in prison for sharing a link to information stolen from the private-intelligence firm Stratfor by a hacker in 2011. “Good news!” Brown said in a statement. “They’re now going to send me to investigate the prison-industrial complex.”
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