Friday, March 28, 2008

Saturday Morning (Journalism) Quarterback

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

This week, Salon asks is fiction a girl thing while guys heart history? And, did comic books create more of a generation gap than rock 'n roll? Meanwhile, the New York Public Library trades naming rights to hedge fund billionaires.

Is Mexico awash in anti-emo violence?!

Amy Goodman (of Democracy Now!) brings us a report on what the government doesn't want you to know about global warming.

In economics this week, we start with yet another Republican Great Depression on the horizon. Are we headed for financial collapse? Is this it partially the consequences of legal bribery? Alternet reports on fair labor standards under attack, as well as the FED and crony capitalism.

Finally this week, the veganizing of Anthony Bourdain.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Saturday Morning (Journalism) Quarterback

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

What ever happened to public transportation?

This week marks the fifth Anniversary of the invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq. The Huffington Post reviews the cost of five years of "war". Salon looks into five years of Iraq lies and delusions, and five years of robbing Iraqi history.

After seven years of Neo-Conservative government, Alternet asks if President Bush have the right to kill civilians, and Buzzflash asks, is "Commander in Chief" a right-wing frame?

In honor of Saint Patrick's Day, the Boston Globe documents South Boston trending from Guinness to green tea.

Finally, in economics this week, The American Prospect wonders if we will we be the first generation not to surpass our parents. The Nation discusses how Iraq spending is a job killer. Salon looks into the crash in Republican economics and The Center for American Progress discusses bailouts for Wall Street, not your street.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Obit




Arthur C. Clark passed away today. Growing up, I used to love watching Arthur C. Clark's Mysterious Universe on TV. Whenever I saw that opening sequence in Sri Lanka of Clarke walking to his telescope and talking about his love of the mysteries of the universe, I always dropped what I was doing and watched for an hour. Usually while drinking OK Soda.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Saturday Morning (Journalism) Quarterback

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

This week we start with a roundup of stories from our occupations in the Middle East, with US aid to Afghanistan actually aiding insurgents who kill US soldiers. The Pentagon released (though did not publish) an exhaustive study that concluded there is no Al Qaeda-Iraq link!, something less than half of us seem to be aware of. The White House this week refused to close a loophole allowing contractors who work over seas to get away with massive fraud and waste of taxpayer dollars. Finally, The Nation reports on war and the working class.

The New York Times has a Dungeons and Dragons flowchart!

Salon has a great piece on the Americanization of Chinese Food.

In economics this week, Think Progress reminds us that President Bush is delusional. The Financial Times of London brings us a pair of stories on the growing weakness of the dollar, and the FED delaying the economic day of reckoning. The American Prospect reports on the American recession and growing economies. Barbara Ehrenreich pens a great column on the fall of the American consumer, and Alternet wonders if GDP reflects economic health?

Finally this week, professing literature in 2008.

Friday, March 07, 2008

Saturday Morning (Journalism) Quarterback

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

We start (or end, as the case may be) this week with Thom Hartmann's review and commentary on Ha-Joon Chang's Bad Samaritans: The Myth of Free Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism.

In a special roundup this week, we take a look at a selection of corporate accountability stories. Should defense contractors count votes? What about the future corporate threat to water? The Federal Government is working against local food movements. The American Prospect looks into why health insurance doesn't work. Should biotech pigs go to market? The Nation looks into the dark history of banana cultivation. Monsanto corp. doesn't want you to know everything to do with your milk. Finally, Buzz Flash delves into a selection of FISA myths.

In economics this week, McNewspaper has an actual story (for once) on the economic state of the union. Alternet reports on the cost, beyond comprehension, of the occupation in Iraq. The Financial Times Of London suggests reform of tax haven abuse. Finally, is middle-class society an owned society?

The horrifying, quasi-fascist story Don Siegelman.

Finally, and most importantly this week, Cryptomundo looks at the evolution of the Yeti over the time.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Obit




Gary Gygax – inventor of Dungeons and Dragons passed away today. I was a total D&D freak when I was a kid, and even found my old leather bag of multi-sided dice when I was cleaning some storage out this past summer.

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Saturday Morning (Journalism) Quarterback

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

This week in environmental news, the Norwegians have finished the Doomsday Seed Vault in the arctic, and Salon has a great story on climate science.

Noam Chomsky weighs in on terrorism and perception.

In economics this week, The American Prospect says President Bush is only half to blame for the economy, Alternet also chimes in. Talking Points Memo wonders why liberals surrender their kids to conservative hostage takers, and the Financial Times Of London reports the dollar has hit a new low. Think Progress reports on the cost of Iraq and its relation to the economy.

Attacks on Barack Obama from both sides this week brought out stories on the myth of the wussy poet and the audacity of hoplessness.

Finally this week, an important story on the dangerous precipice occupied by fascism (the merging of corporate and government interests, by definition) in regards to free speech.