The Future of American Industry: Why the New Deal... →
Here’s a piece I did for the online student news source, Next Gen Journal. They’re a great place for students from all over to come and join in a talk involving culture, news, politics and student issues. I’m very excited. Here’s the link to NGJ’s Tumblr. Follow them, keep up! There’s much potential! My piece is, essentially, about how the New Deals from the...
I'm no Libertarian, but there is still a problem... →
justinreadsthenews: Ron Paul has officially surpassed Michele Bachmann in the GOP presidential nomination race, according to a recent poll. Now I know he’s technically a Republican, but I feel like he aligns with Libertarian views quite well, and as far as I can tell no one would argue with that. However, there is one HUGE problem that this article touches on that I think needs to be explored...
A weird day for quakes? Well, not really. Lost in the hullabaloo about the quake...– NPR
A new foreign relation? (lame pun) →
I stumbled upon (literally, not a cute reference to the aggregating website) this website/blog, Wannabe Hacks, of a curious bunch of five young journalists who are traversing through the world of journalism in the modern age. I thought it was fascinating, and I love the confident, old-school-crime approach to the blog with the members with names such as “The Intern” and “The...
What people recognize is that there’s a fear that the United States is in an...– GOP presidential contender Michele Bachmann in a radio interview, stating that Americans are worried about the rise of the Soviet Union, which ceased to exist 20 years ago. (via officialssay) Oh. My. God.
The Justice Department is investigating whether the nation’s largest credit...– U.S. Inquiry Eyes S.&P. Ratings of Mortgages (via ryking) So…why didn’t they do this before? Because they’ve gotta flip the blame and make S&P the bad guy? Yes, S&P gave bad mortgage ratings. But remember—no one stopped them, because the short-term benefit was suffice...
Some gun-toting runners use fanny packs. These are less than optimal since the...– Gun Running, Slate.com I feel like these alleged runners should probably just find a better place to run. In other news: Rick Perry is crazy and could be the Republican candidate for the presidency. Tickets to Germany, anyone? -Abigail
Warren Buffett on taxing the wealthy →
“Back in the 1980s and 1990s, tax rates for the rich were far higher, and my percentage rate was in the middle of the pack. According to a theory I sometimes hear, I should have thrown a fit and refused to invest because of the elevated tax rates on capital gains and dividends. I didn’t refuse, nor did others. I have worked with investors for 60 years and I have yet to see anyone — not...
Politicalprof: Stop Coddling the Super... →
politicalprof: Warren Buffet published the following editorial in The New York Times. It should be read. PP ———————- OUR leaders have asked for “shared sacrifice.” But when they did the asking, they spared me. I checked with my mega-rich friends to learn what pain they were expecting. They, too, were left…
8 Reasons Young Americans Don't Fight Back: How... →
kateoplis: How exactly has American society subdued young Americans? Student-Loan Debt. Large debt—and the fear it creates—is a pacifying force. […] Public universities continue to be free in the Arab world and are either free or with very low fees in many countries throughout the world. The millions of young Iranians who risked getting shot to protest their disputed 2009 presidential...
Print is the new vinyl.– John Bracken, director of digital media, Knight Media Foundation, speaking to an audience at Asian American Journalists Association. Via Poynter. (via futurejournalismproject)
London calling →
(Photo source: The Daily Telegraph) As everyone can see, there has been growing and multiplying violent sentiment in London, or more specifically, neighborhoods and areas around London. It all started, allegedly, after the killing of a man named Mark Duggan. After riots started in Tottenham in northern London, the violence spread to other areas, with fire and looting a-plenty. Now, there are...
"What Happened To Obama?" →
”But with his deep-seated aversion to conflict and his profound failure to understand bully dynamics — in which conciliation is always the wrong course of action, because bullies perceive it as weakness and just punch harder the next time — he has broken that arc and has likely bent it backward for at least a generation.” Drew Westen’s searing review of Obama’s progress...
Pantsless Progressive: The S&P Downgrade: The Text →
moorehn: United States of America Long-Term Rating Lowered To ‘AA+’ Due To Political Risks, Rising Debt Burden; Outlook Negative We have lowered our long-term sovereign credit rating on the United States of America to ‘AA+’ from ‘AAA’ and affirmed the ‘A-1+’ short-term rating. We…
Tonight, in GIFs
pantslessprogressive: S&P News Media: Tea Party Republicans: Me: Everyone everywhere: Well-worded (or GIF-ed). I give it an AA+.
Dow Jones Industrial Average Closes Down More Than... →
Indicative of something, amirite? Clarification: what’s going on in this country is not, and WILL not, work. This is not just a long-term problem. What’s happened affects the short-term as well, and the consequences will be grim and immediate.
A criminal trial subpoena is not a free pass for the government to rifle through...– Leonie Brinkema, US Federal Judge. United States of America v. Jeffrey Alexander Sterling. In a case involving an ex-CIA agent accused of revealing classified national security information, the US government tried to force New York Times reporter James Risen to reveal his sources for his 2006...
Couple saves 40 children in Norway massacre →
While the detail of this couple being lesbian really is irrelevant and contributes little to the story, this is an interesting revelation about the attack in Norway by Anders Behring Breivik. Everyone heard about his harrowing anti-Muslim extremist actions at a children’s camp in Utoya Islandand in Oslo, both in Norway, but I can safely say not many people heard about this brave couple. I...
Debt ceiling agreement reached!
Link. (Bloomberg) (Photo: Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times) Congress has been on-again off-again debating about the debt ceiling agreement that, without passing, would have lead to a potential government default. Now, as everyone can assume, going into default would affect us in ways we can’t even imagine, so it is this type of legislation that needs to be put on top and prioritized...