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Theater of the Absurd

March 23, 2005 - Several Southern Imax theaters are refusing to show a science documentary called "Volcanoes of the Deep Sea" for fear it might offend audiences. At first glance, it's hard to figure how the film insults Southern sensibilities. The New York Times calls it "an underwater epic about the bizarre creatures that flourish in the hot, sulfurous emanations from vents in the ocean floor," which pretty much describes half the Southern congressional delegation, so why would a few sea monsters scare us? The Charlotte Observer explains:

CEOs Face the Music

March 15, 2005 - Bernard Ebbers, ex-CEO of WorldCom (now MCI), was just found guilty on all counts for his role in causing the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history, costing investors billions and workers their jobs. (The company, now located in northern Virginia, was based in Mississippi when the accounting scandals broke.) Hear all the pathos captured in "The Day WorldCom Died."

A Southern Strategy for Unions

March 15, 2005 - Hoping to win an upcoming vote at a Toyota plant in Georgetown, Ky., the UAW softens its image in an effort to gain a toehold in a region normally hostile to organized labor.

Nuking Mississippi

March 12, 2005 - It really happened in the 1960s. Called (for some reason) Project Dribble, the purpose was to give U.S. scientists experience in detecting underground nuclear tests in the Soviet Union.

Big Tent

March 11, 2005 - Democratic strategists Steve Jarding and Dave "Mudcat" Saunders are working on a new book, Foxes in the Henhouse, that USA Today describes as "a bare-knuckled blueprint for how Democrats can w