By John Solomon
How the government's punishing of the exposure of official wrongdoing can linger for years
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
"Thor" opens on a starry night in the New Mexico desert. Two scientists - Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard) - and their assistant, Darcy (Kat Dennings), are out hunting for evidence of a rare cosmic phenomenon they think could provide a bridge to another dimension.
At hand is a book that is a classic - and blatantly egregious - instance of a publisher pulling a bait-and-switch sting on an unwary reader. Judging from the title, one would assume it deals with the famed food maven and her husband. Well, one would be wrong: Julia Child is but a bit player in the volume, which is essentially the story of her Office of Strategic Services (OSS) colleague and longtime friend Jane Foster, a California socialite whose appetite for far-left causes led her to the fringes of - if not total immersion into - Soviet espionage.