Saturday, June 27, 2009

Saturday Morning (Journalism) Quarterback

The top five stories worth reading from the week in worth-reading stories

It's too soon to start buying into the chorus of economic recovery.

As the president faces a dilemma over Iran, and the battle for the republic, we would do well to remember that Iran had a democracy once – the first in the middle east – before we took it away.

Nate Silver has a great analysis of how opposition to a public insurance plan is directly proportional to bribes, er, campaign contributions from the health insurance and pharmaceutical lobby.

Our system currently looks for any excuse, real or made up, to dump patients for profits. It's a rigged deck. Insurance companies have forced consumers to pay billions they themselves should have paid.

The New York Times has a great article on geothermal powers benefits and risks.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Saturday Morning (Journalism) Quarterback

The top five stories worth reading from the week in worth-reading stories

THE key Al Qaeda detainee "made up stories" to stop the torture he was under, proving that Dick Cheney lied about the program last year.

Nuclear agencies and corporations are trying to steal Navajo land.

The American economic empire is bankrupt. The BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) are meeting to discuss ways to unseat the dollar as the world's reserve currency. There are ten things we can do to start building the new economy. Three reasonable steps to market reform.

80% of the world's wheat crops are in danger. Also, is eating meat unnatural? Plus, are pesticides causing Parkinson's disease?

In science! news, MSNBC has a great article on biocentrism this week.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Saturday Morning (Journalism) Quarterback

The top five stories worth reading from the week in worth-reading stories

More allegations of grotesque torture in U.S. hands for possible political gain by the Bushies.

Barbara Erenreich has a great column on those people too poor to make the news.

Health insurers want you to keep smoking. We need to reform health care and we need to do it right. Health care professionals are telling congress they want single payer. 113 million Americans want a public option and our hapless Dems aren't doing a thing.

The New York Times has a great article this week on the making of trillion dollar deficits. We're never going to reclaim our economy for the people with spineless Democrats in power who wont stand up to the banking lobby.

Finally this week, the age of cheap and plentiful oil is over.

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Saturday Morning (Journalism) Quarterback

The top five stories worth reading from the week in worth-reading stories

Breaking crypto news!

Students aren't customers, education is not a commodity.

If laid-off workers who have given up looking for new jobs or have settled for part-time work are included, the unemployment rate would have been 16.4 percent in May, the highest on records dating to 1994. Our economy is going to keep tanking until we stop shoveling billions to rich people. Meanwhile, the dollar has fallen off a cliff.

In Science! news, a new hominid species, bearing modern facial features, has been discovered and could be over 12 million years old. A team of Chinese scientists have confirmed the existence of millions year old mountains below the antarctic ice, and finally, a new planet has been discovered that's as big as the star it orbits.

Finally, in environmental news, Chevron is facing a 27 billion dollar case that it poisoned thousands of acres of the Amazon.