The Grey Lady Turns Green

By: Sunday July 27, 2014 12:38 pm

On the day after the day the NYT finished its internal discussions about the failures of cannabis prohibition the Grey Lady comes out as a green lady.

 

Medium Blue: The Politics of MSNBC — Book Salon Preview

By: 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.

Podcast: The Double Standard That Police Display Towards Protests Supporting Palestinians

By: Sunday July 27, 2014 9:33 am

Thousands of people have been demonstrating in support of Palestinians and against Israel’s assault on Gaza in major cities across the United States. Police have shown some willingness to facilitate protests, but organizers have also experienced a double standard in the way police handle Palestinian supporters versus Israel supporters. Multiple examples of this double standard, in fact, have surfaced in recent weeks.

Your Mother Needs You! Bristol Bay, Alaska

By: Sunday July 27, 2014 8:03 am

Alaska’s Bristol Bay contains “an extraordinary ecosystem that supports an ancient fishing culture and economic powerhouse.” That extraordinary ecosystem is atop the Pebble deposit which “holds copper, gold and molybdenum . . . valued at an estimated $300 billion a few years ago.” And, as you no doubt suspected, there’s an outfit—Pebble Partnership, which owns mineral rights to the Pebble deposit—chomping at the bit to begin extraction in the Pebble deposit that lies beneath the pristine Bristol Bay.

Detroit, Gaza, and the Continuing Erosion of Traditional Media

By: Sunday July 27, 2014 6:45 am

The story of the Detroit water crisis is getting a familiar treatment in the media. Once again a major story of mass activism at home is getting relatively short shrift while international stories get saturation coverage. In the same way that protests abroad dominated American headlines while those in Madison were largely ignored, efforts to stop the water shutoffs are barely recognized in favor of news from Ukraine and Gaza.

Sunday Talking Heads: July 27, 2014

By: 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.

Late Night: When The Music’s Over

By: Saturday July 26, 2014 8:00 pm

Recently I’ve been exploring the deep, dark and dirty business of extracting substances from the earth for profit, and have written a few articles for you, sharing the results. Throughout that time, one particular poem has been rumbling around in my head. It’s embedded in a wonderful musical experience to enjoy, or most likely re-enjoy, with you.

Saturday Art and Archaeology: Copán

By: Saturday July 26, 2014 7:00 pm

A major architectural and artistic wonder of the Mayan realm is found at Copán, in Honduras. While it had a rule of vast areas the Mayan center at Copán came to an end around 1000 A.D. for causes that are the subject of speculation but no certitude. It was built and lasted for generations detailed on the Hieroglyphic Staircase and stayed a ruling ceremonial center beginning somewhere in the area of 600 B.C. until its sudden decline.

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