Saturday, October 25, 2008

saturday reads

Bill Moyers Journal: James K. Galbraith

Princess Sparkle Pony: Own It, Bitches

Hack: Confessions of a Presidential Campaign Reporter

Current Events via Jean-Léon Gérôme

Merritt-ocracy: The Paulson Sporting Doctrine

Friday, October 24, 2008

friday reads

Jon Swift: Great Moments in Election-Year Blogging

A group of top American communication professors have crafted and signed a statement calling on the McCain campaign, primarily, to stop its negative campaigning. “The purposeful dissemination of messages that a communicator knows to be false and inflammatory is unethical. It is that simple,” the statement says.

The successor of the Austrian far-right leader Jörg Haider was dismissed yesterday after he revealed a “special” relationship “far beyond” friendship with his former mentor.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

thursday reads

Growing inequality in US cities could lead to widespread social unrest and increased mortality, says a new United Nations report on the urban environment.

Spencer Ackerman: Finally, an Exit Strategy

The United States ranks 36th in press freedom according to Reporters Without Borders.

The Constitution-Free Zone: Using data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau, the ACLU has determined that nearly 2/3 of the entire US population (197.4 million people) live within 100 miles of the US land and coastal borders.

David Sedaris on undecided voters:

I look at these people and can’t quite believe that they exist. Are they professional actors? I wonder. Or are they simply laymen who want a lot of attention?

To put them in perspective, I think of being on an airplane. The flight attendant comes down the aisle with her food cart and, eventually, parks it beside my seat. “Can I interest you in the chicken?” she asks. “Or would you prefer the platter of shit with bits of broken glass in it?”

To be undecided in this election is to pause for a moment and then ask how the chicken is cooked.

"Europeana" to debut next month.

W Is for Failure

The Walking House

By Mr. Fish

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

wednesday reads

Police departments in cities across the country are beefing up their ranks for Election Day, preparing for possible civil unrest and riots after the historic presidential contest.

An air strike by international forces mistakenly killed nine Afghan soldiers on Wednesday, the defence ministry said, in the latest in a string of errors to hit the campaign against Taliban militants.

Sen. Ted Stevens corruption case goes before the jury today.

Patriotic protester tries a citizen's arrest of Karl Rove.

The Republican National Committee has spent more than $150,000 to clothe and accessorize Caribou Barbie and her family since her surprise pick by John McCain in late August.

Chandrayaan-1 blastes off.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Ship's Captain

First Openly Gay Racehorse To Compete Sunday

tuesday reads

Chris Hedges: The Idiots Who Rule America

Homeless numbers 'alarming'

An ugly line has been crossed in this presidential campaign, one in which some people don't mind calling Barack Obama a dangerous Muslim, a terrorist and worse.

OH Secretary of State's Website Hacked

Dan Froomkin

It's hard at this point to look ahead to the presidential election and its aftermath without looking back at the wreckage. And so, in the continued avalanche of newspaper endorsements of Democrat Barack Obama, a successful presidency is frequently being defined as the precise opposite of the current one.

Hmmm. I thought that Obama had the youth vote sewn up.

Real America

Monday, October 20, 2008

monday reads

Early Voting starts today in Travis county - through October 31st.

Afghanistan: Fighting In A "Hornet's Nest"

Congressman Dennis Kucinich calls for probe of bonuses for Wall Street aid recipients.

Nick Turse: The Rising Body Count on Main Street : The Human Fallout from the Financial Crisis

The Office of Legal Counsel coughs up another hairball.

Juan Cole's take on Colin Powell's endorsement of Obama.

Ethan Persoff has posted ten frightening Halloween masks for you to download, print and scare the neighbors.