Saturday, April 25, 2009

Saturday Morning (Journalism) Quarterback

It's Earth Day!

To no one's surprise but the corporate media, there's thievery going on under the TARP. Goldman-Sachs shook tens of billions of dollars from taxpayers, and now they're whining all the way to the bank. This is a tyranny of bad economics. The bank bailout is a fraud that could bring down Obama.

The political class looks down on populism at its peril.

A senate panel revealed that Bush torture policies began in 2001, before they were even "legal". The Bush administration even had a torture wish list. Torturers needs to be punished; this is our national morality at stake.

Scientific American asks: what makes us human?

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Saturday Morning (Journalism) Quarterback

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

Happy tax day! We're losing over a hundred billion dollars a year to corporate off-shore tax havens.

Unemployment is basically at 15.6%.

We're in America's second gilded age. That's a bad thing.

Alternet asks: is Geithner's game up? He and Summers want to create more catastrophic debt bubbles. Dubai offers a terrible, modern-day lesson.

In environmental news: sea levels are rising. We have to decide which U.S. cities to save, and which to abandon.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Saturday Morning (Journalism) Quarterback

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

Poetry readership is at a 16-year low.

Alternet has a great article on what you need to know about the Food Safety Modernization Act.

The Nation brings us a great Bailout 101. America's big banks are an even bigger ponzi scheme than Madoff.

It's time to stop protecting the bankers from the pitchfork-wielding mob.

Finally, has science found the door to editing memory?

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Saturday Morning (Journalism) Quarterback

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

" If part-time and discouraged workers are factored in, the unemployment rate would have been 15.6 percent in March..."

Where is all the outrage about workers getting the shaft.

In frightful political news, Seymour Hersh is reporting that Dick Cheney has moles in the Obama administration.

In Science! news this week, lobsters and crabs DO feel pain, shades of David Foster Wallace. And, if everyone went vegetarian for just one day. Also, the super laser is up and running.

Trust your gut. We can't let these new economic reforms institutionalize financial power and corporate welfare. The biggest problem with our economic model? Oligarchy. The Merrill-Lynch bonuses were 22 times what AIG's were. That's one-third of their bailout money from TARP. And as for Geitner's new proposal, Joseph Stiglitz writes "not so fast."

Are military spending is woefully over budget.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Fun With Memes Vol. 2