Saturday, May 30, 2009

Saturday Morning (Journalism) Quarterback

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Report: the unreleased Abu Ghraib photos show images of rape.

Bill Moyers asks: How can expect an industry that profits from sickness and disease to police itself?

In economic news, Salon looks at our addiction to debt. Also, Andy Kroll looks into the bank bailout as the greatest swindle ever sold. Goldmann-Sachs distracted us and pocketed billions from our treasury.

And, is Larry Summers taking kickbacks from the banks he's bailing out?

In environmental news, Chris Hedges has a great column on Natural gas companies having managed to convince Congress and the EPA that millions of gallons of toxic water left underground or collected in huge open pits pose no threat to watersheds, yet wells in 11 states have already been poisoned. Not to mention, the Dems have unleashed a slew of anti-environmental policies that would have enraged any reasonable conservationist during the Bush years.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Saturday Morning (Journalism) Quarterback

The Top Five Worth-Reading Stories From This Week In Stories Worth Reading

The healthiest foods on Earth.

It's beginning to look like pesticides are the sole reason behind colony collapse disorder. Perhaps reinforcing this idea: Worldwide honey bee populations increase as U.S. populations continue to fall. Corporate agriculture is already the reason behind thousands of farmer suicides in India.

As the smash and grab anglo-saxon economies fail, the French economy is doing moderately well (all things considered). Counterpunch ponders the real lesson of the economic collapse.

In the torture saga, Noam Chomsky has a great article for Common Dreams.

Finally, pretty words from Secretary Geithner about debt reductionand change in the Wall Street compensation schemesthat got us into this mess, but it's up to us to keep his feet to the fire.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Saturday Morning (Journalism) Quarterback

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In economic news: the coalition of libertarian zealots, Jeffersonian conservatives, center-right Democrats and bankers and brokers who orchestrated the bank bailouts are coming for your social security payments. Early road aid from the stimulus is leaving out some of the neediest communities.

When it comes to health care reform, why is there a single-payer taboo? Speaking of taboo, New Scientist has a great article on the science of voodoo. Finally - can corporations own your genes?

In environmental news; due to global warming Papa New Guinea is evacuating islands no longer safe for human habitation. Agriculture, by the way, is one of our worst and most dangerous polluters. Between 2002 and 2007, the U.S. lost 43,603 real farms - we can't let agribusiness control our food supply.

Lastly, an amazing article from the Tom Dispatch: nothing happens in Eurasia without an energy angle.

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Saturday Morning (Journalism) Quarterback

The Top Five Worth-Reading Stories From This Week In Stories Worth Reading

American interrogators may have tortured dozens of people to death.

Paul Krugman addresses falling wage syndrome. Meanwhile, Truthdig wonders if it's time to utter the "s" word. The American Prospect begins a five part series on private risk as public concern. Meanwhile, Think Progress reports that that financial institutions paid lobbyists more than $42 million to defeat cram-down legislation. Also, read the president's plan to confront off-shore tax havens.

Counterpunch breaks down Obama's war budget.

In both environmental and economic news, a growing number of industries — including electric utilities, auto makers, and oil and natural gas refineries — “are lobbying for free pollution permits under legislation capping greenhouse-gas emissions.

Finally: are we so addicted to meat that we can't see where swine flu came from?

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Saturday Morning (Journalism) Quarterback

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Chris Hedges asks: has Obama missed his moment? He's letting the same Clinton-era hacks that got us into this mess try and dig us out. Meanwhile, a top Congressman admits that Congress is run by the banks and this somehow isn't news?

As the more Bush-era crimes come to light, it seems that Bush officials used torture to try and link Saddam to 9/11. Also, Salon reports that new evidence is emerging of a secret US torture prison. [In a brief bit of editorializing: the conservatives in media are doing a masterful job of spinning this debate: torture (waterboarding) IS illegal - we (America) have that in law, and have prosecuted people for it in the past (Japanese soldiers for example). The question is: did the Bush administration have their lawyers justify waterboarding that they OK'd, possibly to tie 9/11 to Iraq? If no, so be it. If yes, crimes were committed. The debate IS NOT about whether it worked and "kept us safe". Which is what the conservative media have managed to turn this into. And its un-American, in my view.]

Scientists now say that we may have a latent gene that can make us immune to HIV. In related news: the private health insurance industry is killing our economy.

In environmental news: imagine a world without seafood on the table.

Finally this week, a great article from Uri Avnery, referencing Sinclair Lewis, on the growth of Zionist fascism. And at The American Prospect, Dana Goldstein has a great article about the difficulty of dealing with Ahmadinejad, a man who who sadly wraps legtimate criticisms of Israel around the insanity of Holocaust denial.