Saturday, November 22, 2008

Saturday Morning (Journalism) Quarterback

The top five stories worth reading from this past week in worth-reading stories:

We start this week with a great article from The American Prospect on the push for attention in Obama's agenda.

In economic swindl..I mean, bailout news: Treasury and the FED have handed out two trillion dollars. Where is it?! Alternet reports that there are borderline illegal deals going on and Democrats have only themselves to blame for the failure of Detroit. The Nation chimes in that Free-Marketers are proposing a Detroit shock doctrine themselves.

The New Republic looks into an great inside-the-numbers look at the economic collapse and debt exchange and why exactly does the economy grow better under higher taxes?

Why downturns in the art market matter.

Finally this week, big banks are trying to buy up public water systems and experts are predicting drinking water shortages by 2080.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Suds Poetics

Shampoo Issue 34 is due out shortly, featuring Idiolexicon's own me! as well as my good friends Mike (Young) and Andy (Nicholson). Check it out in the sneaky preview section over at Shampoo.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Saturday Morning (Journalism) Quarterback

The top five stories worth reading from this past week in worth-reading stories:

This week in science: is this the world's oldest temple, dating from 11,000 years ago?

In food this week, Alternet asks: is eating a political act? Also, Wired reports that fast food is just another name for corn.

In amazing news, an accidental breakthrough in AIDS research! And, in related policy wonk news: the upcoming battle over health care.

Also this week, college loan debt is getting out of hand.

Finally, in financial swindle news, Consumerist reports Goldman Sachs may be ripping off non-profits and charities. Forbes says the financial meltdown already has taxpayers on the hook for 5 trillion, and in fact the bailout is turning into a trillion-dollar crime. All this while American workers are already over-worked and vacation-starved.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Saturday Morning (Journalism) Quarterback

The top five stories worth reading from this past week in worth-reading stories:

Yes we can! It's important for progressives to remember that this is only the beginning - now isn't the time to let up! Roosevelt wasn't elected as a progressive - it was the movement around him that carried the cause from the bottom up. The myth that we're a conservative country is falling apart.

Vanity Fair has a great story this week on politics, power and money.

The New York Times reports on the Bush regime: so little time, so much damage.

In economics this week, almost a million jobs were lost this year so far. The Nation reports on how to end the recession and Time says we need a new New Deal.

Finally, from National Geographic this weekL are there extra-universal structures?

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Morton Feldman was a student of Stepan Wolpe, a Marxist who took seriously the idea that art's primary purpose should be to empower the working class. One day, Feldman and Wolpe were in Wolpe's studio, looking out the window and talking about music. Wolpe was trying to tell Feldman that his music was too esoteric, to inaccessible. Wolpe pointed out the window at the street below and said, "What about the man on the street?" Jackson Pollock was crossing the street.


Saturday, November 01, 2008

Saturday Night Main Event



Pia Fraus perform

Saturday Morning (Journalism) Quarterback

The top five stories worth reading from this past week in worth-reading stories:

This week, Alternet reports on the hidden water costs of our industrial economy.

In economic apocalypse news, The Consumerist says the bank bailout? Still a swindle. The Nation says: swindle. Alternet says swindle. Maybe it's time for a trillion-dollar tag sale at the Pentagon. Maybe it's time to talk about how Universal Health Care changes everything.

Almost 10 million homeowners are "underwater".

Don't look now, but there's a wave of inflation coming. Salon asks, what should you do with your money?

Finally this week, Anil Dash on what Sarah Palin is saying.

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