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War is Hell -- Unless You're Halliburton

July 26, 2005 - In case you missed it: in this time of shared sacrifice for war, Halliburton announced last Friday (pdf) that subsidiary KBR's quarterly revenues from Government and Infrastructure work increased 284 percent from 2004 to 2005.

Payday Lending: Still Going, and Going, and Going...

June 20, 2005 - Bob Geary of the Independent Weekly reports that payday lending in North Carolina is alive and well. This upstanding "industry" preys on people living paycheck-to-paycheck, giving them "advances" on future wages with effective interest rates of up to 400 percent.

Happy Juneteenth!

June 17, 2005 - This Sunday, June 19, African-Americans across the South and beyond (and others who recognize the holiday) will celebrate Juneteenth. This is the 140th anniversary of what many call "America's Second Independence Day," marking the day in 1865 -- over two years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation -- that slaves in Texas were finally set free.

South Carolina Straw Poll: The Real Story

June 17, 2005 - I was at meetings in South Carolina the last two days -- meeting some great progressive advocates in the state -- and somehow Wednesday night found myself at a fundraiser for the Richland County Democratic Party in Columbia, the state capitol. I was waved in free with my Southern Exposure media credentials.

Thank You, Facing South Readers

June 10, 2005 - Today marks Facing South's 4-month anniversary in the blogosphere. It was four months ago that we posted our manifesto about the need for a fresh new take on key issues and prospects for progressive change in the South.

The Hurricanes are Coming

June 1, 2005 - June 1 marks the first day of Atlantic Hurricane Season, and in the wake of last year's destruction at the hands of Charlie, Frances and Jeanne, things don't look good for 2005: