Saturday, January 31, 2009

Saturday Morning (Journalism) Quarterback

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

Science is back!

Are we civilized enough to hold our leaders responsible for war crimes?

The GOP continues with its bad-faith economics, and we're on the verge of a debt disaster. Here are twenty-five people at the heart of the financial collapse. Also, FDR offers us a cautionary tale to help guard against these bailout hoaxes.

Counterpunch reports we can fight the economic crisis by cutting the defense budget, and The Financial Times says let's be careful with this stimulus debacle. And why are we listening to Republicans when tax cuts got us into this mess? It's time for an economic policy that makes sense.

Finally, Alternet asks: are we on the brink of a food crisis?

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Saturday Morning (Journalism) Quarterback

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

History.

In sober economic news, this crisis is global and we need to confront it as such, and The Financial Times proposes four fixes. Counterpunch wonders if an aggregator bank solve part of it, and could there be a trillion dollars being held by corporations outside of America? MSNBC reports on banks skirting their charters and Salon says it's time for an economic bill of rights.

In science! news, Texas is America's largest buyer of textbooks, so this "debate" over evolution is serious. And, the New Scientist reports on possible proof of another universe.

It's also come to light that NOT prosecuting Bush and Cheney for war crimes is in itself a violation of U.S. law.

Finally, The Nation reports that there's a foreclosure fightback a goin' on.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

History

For weeks now I've known that we, a mostly-collective American "we," had elected to the Presidency an African-American. I've known this intellectually since November, but, it wasn't until I was watching the inauguration over the internet with several coworkers in my office that I realized it in my heart.

Aretha Franklin was singing before a crowd of almost two million people, and my coworker started joking about the giant bow on her hat. We all sort of chuckled, but I said, "You know what? If you're Aretha Franklin, you're entitled to wear whatever you damn well want."

For some reason, that was when I realized that the President of the United States, the man I campaigned for, a black man, was making history and I was witnessing it.



Obama delivered a grounded speech that both rebuked the past eight years of Conservative governance, while laying bare the incredible and daunting challenges at hand. His subtle line about not sacrificing our ideals for expediency harked back to Ben Franklin's famous line about "those who sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither," but stood in complete contrast to George Bush's torture regime, illegal domestic wiretapping and occupation of Iraq.

I'll be the first one to admit to cynicism: George W. Bush has been President of the United States for my entire voting life. I've never, as a thinking adult, known otherwise. And after one day in office, some of my hardened cynicism is starting to thaw.

On his first day, Obama has: pledged a halt to the Gitmo kangaroo courts; reversed the perverse Bush-era secrecy rules to make good on his pledge for more open government; and a White House pay freeze and landmark lobbying regulations. This is only day one, and there's still a lot of work to do, but I have a little hope again.

We need to keep our new President's feet to the fire and keep advocating for progressive causes as we have the past six years. It's good to remember that FDR didn't run on a progressive platform, it was popular progressive and liberal sentiment that drove his administration. Now isn't the end of the road. It's more like a well-deserved coffee break.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Saturday Morning (Journalism) Quarterback

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

We start this week with a report stating the media is just along for the ride on the Bush legacy tour.

So, why is the prime minister of Israel giving our secretary of state orders? Glen Greenwald reports that terrorism IS Israel's strategy and Alternet reports they're enacting the holocaust on Palestine Defense Minister Vilnai promised. Our hands are not clean in this. TruthDig reports Israel is speaking the language of death.

In science! news, the top 11 compounds found in US drinking water, and New Scientist asks is our world a giant hologram?.

The Nation has a great story on the fight over antiquity, and The New Republic questions a misleading biography of Yehuda Amichai.

Finally this week, in economic news, the 401k experiment has failed, but, can labor help save the American dream? Jeffrey Sachs makes the case for bigger government and The Financial Times asks is Obama's plan still inadequate?

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Saturday Morning (Journalism) Quarterback

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

In America, right now,
11.1 million people are unemployed, and 8 million are underemployed.

Also this week, our the most important story the Boston Phoenix has ever published revolves around cryptids!

Alternet looks into the the long and bloody history of Israel and America. Salon says our mythical image of Israel blinds us to its faults and even neoconservatism has gone to die in Gaza.

The American Prospect looks into how George W broke the government, and Salon surveys the damage done. Also, big finance is laughing all the way to the bank. Is this the final report card on the Reagan years? The New York Times reports it's time to fight off the second great depression and Newsweek says markets can't govern themselves. This is the end of the financial world as we know it.

The Atlantic looks into the Founder's great mistake.

Finally (close your eyes, right-wing echo chamber) the end of white America?

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Saturday Morning (Journalism) Quarterback

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

2008 was another brutal year for liberty.

Alternet reports that the financial crisis has sent tuition sky-high.

In Gaza leaders lie, civilians die and history is ignored. This is not right, and this is not a debate framed in reality. This is killing without consequence. This is madness.

Salon reports that the deregulation party is over. 6.9 trillion dollars of wealth was lost from the economy in 2008. Also, was the "credit crunch" a myth used to sell a trillion-dollar scam?

Finally, can we get past the protein myth that keeps people from giving up meat?

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