VA Nurse Investigated for “Sedition” for Criticizing Bush

From The Progressive:

After her computer was seized, Berg wrote a memo to her bosses seeking information and an explanation.

Mel Hooker, chief of the human resources management service at the Albuquerque VA, wrote Berg back on November 9 and acknowledged that “your personal computer files did not contain the editorial letter written to the editor of the weekly Alibi.”

But rather than apologize, he leveled the sedition charge: “The Agency is bound by law to investigate and pursue any act which potentially represents sedition,” he said. “In your letter . . . you declared yourself ‘as a VA nurse’ and publicly declared the Government which employs you to have ‘tragically misplaced priorities and criminal negligence’ and advocated, ‘act forcefully to remove a government administration playing games of smoke and mirrors and vicious deceit.’ ”

Berg, who is not talking to the press, is “scared for her job” and “pretty emotionally distressed,” says Peter Simonson, executive director of the ACLU of New Mexico.

“We were shocked to see the word ‘sedition’ used,” Simonson tells The Progressive. “Sedition? That’s like something out of the history books.”

Air America May Declare Bankruptcy


I never listened to it.

Air America Radio will announce a major restructuring on Friday, which is expected to include a bankruptcy filing, three independent sources have told ThinkProgress.

Air America could remain on the air under the deal, but significant personnel changes are already in the works. Sources say five Air America employees were laid off yesterday and were told there would be no severance without capital infusion or bankruptcy. Also, Air America has ended its relationship with host Jerry Springer.

A Beginner’s Guide to Supervillainy

Cracked Magazine’s guide to becoming a supervillain. This issue, they concentrate on crafting the perfect lair:

The Volcano Shaped Like Your Head


Isolated and awe-inspiring. A floor built on molten lava makes it easy to heat in the wintertime and an open volcanic crater makes a nice breeze during the summer. Plus, having an open rivers of superheated liquid rock makes hero disposal a simple one-step process.


Unless your looks are routinely described as “craggy” or “mountainous,” expect to invest a lot in landscaping. Plus, these things tend to attract nosy European spies like you would not believe.


Odds are, if you’ve got the kind of money to retrofit an active volcano into a working lair, you’ve probably got a hideout already. But it makes for a delightful summer lair, and if you don’t mind the occasional jackbooted thug from your Army of Minions getting devoured by the local fauna, the investment’s worth it.