In addition to discussions on Gaza, the CIA vs the Senate, and Ebola, there is a lot of talk about Nixon’s resignation 40 years ago on the Sunday shows.
|By: Elliott Saturday August 2, 2014 10:50 am|
“Returning at century’s end to Philadelphia to care for her aging mother, the author discovers the childhood back story that took her abroad and realizes that Americans are largely ignorant of their international image. 9/11 sparks curiosity about the role of religion in attitudes toward death, leading to the discovery of commonalities between Eastern philosophy and modern science. In ‘A Taoist Politics: The Case for Sacredness’ they validate the direct democracy espoused by the Occupy Movement and the Arab Spring.”
|By: Elliott Saturday August 2, 2014 4:00 am|
This corny tweet cheered me up yesterday (you have to admit life’s been a bit of a downer lately), and it got me thinking maybe I need to step up my random acts of kindness game.
|By: Elliott Monday July 28, 2014 8:00 pm|
And now for something completely different…
|By: Elliott Sunday July 27, 2014 10:56 am|
Barack Obama wasn’t the only beneficiary of the calamitous Bush years. Something of an industry punchline since its formation in 1996, MSNBC suddenly gained a comprehensible voice during the era, while pinning its hopes upon the inspiring senator from Illinois. Obama’s victory spelled success for the network, which saw a sizable ratings increase and began positioning itself as a viable alternative to the right-wing propaganda of Fox News. However, a close inspection of the station’s programming and an analysis of their celebrity hosts generate troubling questions about the state of the American media.
|By: Elliott Sunday July 27, 2014 2:00 am|
Not sure if CNN’s State of the Union scheduled a cage match or not, we’ll see.
|By: Elliott Saturday July 26, 2014 11:32 am|
“Love and compassion are at the heart of domestic labor, yet historically, domestic workers have been rendered invisible—by society and in the eyes of the law. Mostly foreign-born women, these workers have been excluded from labor protections that workers in the rest of the economy take for granted. However, in the past decade, a growing movement has emerged calling for domestic workers to share in the same rights guaranteed other workers, which is likely to lead to one of the most critical and encompassing labor battles of the twenty-first century.”
|By: Elliott Sunday July 20, 2014 10:50 am|
During the 1960s and 1970s, teachers, sanitation workers and many other public employees rose up to demand collective bargaining rights in one of the greatest upsurges in labor history. These workers were able to transform the nature of public employment, winning union recognition for millions and ultimately forcing reluctant politicians to pass laws allowing for collective bargaining and even the right to strike. Strike Back uncovers this history of militancy to provide tactics for a new generation of public employees facing unprecedented attacks on their labor rights.
|By: Elliott Sunday July 20, 2014 2:00 am|
As for the Sunday shows, Secretary of State John Kerry does the Full Ginsburg this week, he’s everywhere.
THE big topic is the shootdown of Flight MH17, and some coverage of Gaza, plus a touch of the refugee children massing at the border ready to rid America of her freedoms. Cecile Richards is on with Bill Moyers, and Susie Madrak’s with Jay Ackroyd on Virtually Speaking. See you later this afternoon for FDL’s Book Salon, Strike Back: Using the Militant Tactics of Labor’s Past to Reignite Public Sector Unionism Today.
|By: Elliott Saturday July 19, 2014 11:59 am|
In her comic, scathing essay “Men Explain Things to Me,” Rebecca Solnit took on what often goes wrong in conversations between men and women. She wrote about men who wrongly assume they know things and wrongly assume women don’t, about why this arises, and how this aspect of the gender wars works, airing some of her own hilariously awful encounters.
She ends on a serious note— because the ultimate problem is the silencing of women who have something to say, including those saying things like, “He’s trying to kill me!”