Saturday, July 25, 2009

Saturday Morning (Journalism) Quarterback

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

Subprime brokers are resurfacing as shady loan fixers.

Why NOW is the time to raise taxes on the rich. They've been pulling a con job on taxes for 30 years. Executives already receive one-third of all pay in the U.S.

Salon concludes a three-part series on the causes of, and fixes to, the economy.

Counterpunch has a great article on judician apartheid.

In Science! news: the demise of the neanderthal still eludes us. Also, do environmental pollutantspose a role in the diabetes epidemic?

Monday, July 20, 2009

Saturday Morning (Journalism) Quarterback

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

(A little late this week - I spent three days in a hammock reading Charles Olson and Michael Pollan beside a lake in New Hampshire.)

Is Obama drinking Friedman's Kool-Aid?

Rachel Maddow did a great story this week on The Family, a secretive Washington religious organization.

The current economic downturn has revived an old debate about the utility of economic downturns. Also, Alternet talks about how bad the economy will really get.

While deficit spending is needed to claw our way out of this recession, we need to keep our eye on debt, and start cutting back on wasteful spending.

More revelations this week of the reckless force Israel used against Palestinian civilians.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Saturday Morning (Journalism) Quarterback

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

Common Dreams has a great article about the organic monopoly and the myth of "natural" foods.

We need an economic wake up call.

We have two standards of detention in America: Nonviolent activists and Muslims are held in draconian conditions, while the man charged with killing Dr. George Tiller trumpets from jail the extreme anti-abortion movement’s campaign of intimidation, vandalism, arson and murder.

Goldmann-Sachs has been behind every market manipulation since the great depression.

Finally this week, Newsweek reports that Eric Holder may be leaning towards doing the right thing.

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Saturday Morning (Journalism) Quarterback

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

Bob Herbert has a great column on the horrific tale of Mohammed Jawad. Glenn Greenwald also writes on the suppressed information regarding the number of people tortured to death by us - America.

It will take a global recovery for a global recession.

Nate Silver has a great analysis on how arguing global warming in terms of GDP doesn't see the big picture. Reducing the world's GDP by "only" 5%, as Conservatives argue, could wipe out 44% of the world's population.

The modern world, as Kafka predicted, has become a world where lies become true. And facts alone will be powerless to thwart the mendacity spun out through billions of dollars in corporate advertising, lobbying and control of traditional sources of information.

Finally this week, Amnesty International reports that Israel used children as human shields during their assault on the people of Gaza.