Saturday, August 29, 2009

Saturday Morning (Journalism) Quarterback

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

The real unemployment rate is at 16%, and the banks deemed "too big to fail" have grown even bigger. If a bank is too big to fail, its too big to exist.

The intellectual and professional wing of the democratic part needs labor, and vice-versa. Without progressive politics and labor economics, liberalism cannot stand.

Glenn Greenwald has a great article on what every American should learn from the IG's torture report. Also, Thomas Paine vs. the Republican's torture defense.

The corporate food industry is desperate to tar Michael Pollan and the organic movement. Also, Mother Jones looks into the retrovore's dilemma.

Finally, small mid-western states will be the hardest hit by climate change.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Saturday Morning (Journalism) Quarterback

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

Economic recovery will not follow historic models this time. Part of the reason is that America has become a nation of serfs serving a rich oligarchy. The Obama moment has begun giving us the worst of all worlds, but, this should serve as a lesson to we in the progressive community.

Can new growth save the Amazon? Also, mercury was found in in every fish tested in every stream or river in America.

A great article on art and generations.

Will U.S. troops be forced out of Iraq by democracy? HOPEFULLY. Meanwhile, Afghanistan has taken a giant step backwards. Meanwhile, U.S.-trained Iraqi militias are torturing and killing gay and lesbian Iraqis.

Finally, Rupert Murdoch is using our public airwaves to help Ralph Reed, Dick Armey and for-profit insurance fight against reform.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Saturday Morning (Journalism) Quarterback

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

Why corporations and petro-states are buying up farmland in the developing world.

There are for-profit health insurance execs on the board of every major journalism/media outlet in America.

Right-wing shock troops are doing corporate America's dirty work. The "me first, screw you" crowd aren't even trying to hide it anymore. What's the misinformed masses are screaming about is already the status quo. And just why is the debate being conducted on the corporate right's terms?

The latest income inequality numbers are truly startling.

Finally, is it meat eating that's awful for our planet, or just our cruel corporate agribusiness?

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Saturday Morning (Journalism) Quarterback

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

The founder of Blackwater has been implicated in murder.

The only way to fix healthcare is a public option. Any other road is just a defense of corporate, for-profit insurance. Not the incredible shrinking reform we're seeing now.

Health insurers may have already won.

How did we become a society of junk food gluttons? Also, is high-fructose corn syrup also tainted with mercury?

The Bush administration even opened the definition of organic to agricorporations.

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Saturday Morning (Journalism) Quarterback

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

Are corporate CEOs, by nature, sociopaths?

In economic news, the Chinese (read: our creditors) are worried that America has become a free-market banana republic.

The fertile crescent is going to disappear this century.

The food industry is fighting a three-cent soda tax despite our staggering obesity epidemic. The corporate media and insurance company puppets have hijacked the health care debate.

Is cooking the thing that makes us human? Also, food allergies get curiouser and curiouser.