Wrapup: I’ve got a new “Think Again” column on healthcare reporting called “Why Not the Best?” here.
On the Beast, I did this post on the Democrats and their fear of 1994, here.
National Security Archive Update, July 17, 2009
And I didn’t do anything about it, but I’m concerned about this:
Pentagon classification authorities are treating classified historical documents as if they contain today’s secrets, rather than decades-old information that has not been secret for y ears. Today the National Security Archive posted multiple versions of the same documents–on issues ranging from the 1973 October War to a nti-ballistic missiles, strategic arms control, and U.S. policy toward C hina–that are already declassified and in the public domain. What earlier declassification reviewers released in full, sometimes years ago, Pentagon reviewers have more recently excised, sometimes massively. The overclassification highlighted by these examples poses a major problem t hat should be addressed by the ongoing review of national security information policy that President Obama ordered on May 27, 2009. New presumptions against classification that may be added to an executive order on national security information will not, in isolation, end overclassification. Rigorous oversight, accompanied by improved training a nd consequences for improper classification are essential.”
Alter-reviews: Sal on the new Ian Hunter and volume two of Matthew Sweet and Susannah Hoff’s “Under the Covers.”
Ian Hunter: Man Overboard
I was 10 years old in 1974 and on one miserable and unpleasant afternoon, I was followed home from school by three 7th graders who wanted to beat the crap out of me because they saw me purchase The Hoople, Mott The Hoople’s then current album, in Golden Disc, the record store on Bleecker Street, right across from my grammar school. For the entire walk, they threw cans, rocks, and sticks, but mostly kept chanting “Homo!” Wasn’t easy being a 10 year old Ian Hunter fan in 1974 Greenwich Village. I thankfully didn’t get beat up, but more importantly, the record made it home unscathed. I didn’t care about my skull. Just don’t touch the record. While that doesn’t say much about Man Overboard, the brand new release from Ian Hunter, it does illustrate how long I’ve been a fan, and just what I would endure to hear something new from Hunter and the boys.
Onto the new record. Few artists have kept my interest so solidly for so long as Ian Hunter. One reason is that he doesn’t have any truly bad records. Another, is his graceful transition from glam artist, to 80s pop star, to 90s recluse, to respected singer-songwriter. Man Overboard is the third release in 8 years from Ian and a core group of NY musicians known as the Rant Band and it could be the strongest yet.