They’re Heere- BWAHAHAHA!!! News anchor and “serious journalist” Peter Jennings will be hosting a news special about… UFOs. And it’s not even sweeps yet! When May hits, watch for Jennings to do special, hard-hitting reports about NASCAR while wearing a thong.
Love Hurts (.pdf)- “Murder at the hands of a romantic partner is a leading cause of death among African-American women between the ages of 15 and 24.” Damn. Sad and infuriating article about domestic violence by African-American men against African-American women, that examines how the actions and lyrics of high profile hip-hop artists might play a role.
Toronto Police Complain About The News- “Bad Cop, No Donut” is a brief weekly radio program that reports on police abuse that happens in North America. The show airs on a Canadian college radio station, and surprise surprise, the Toronto police chief is trying to pressure the college into pulling the plug on the show. He calls it “hate mongering.”
Only one thing to do, of course. Listen to, and promote the show. I’m reaching out to all my radio contacts.
The show’s a good listen. Lot more crime committed by police than you’d probably think.
Germans Trust Putin More than Bush- wow. You know who Germans trust more than George W. Bush? A former KGB operative. You know you’re unpopular when people like you less than the secret police.
Raising children as vegans ‘unethical’, says professor- wow, what a lousy article. Scientist does experiment in which some impoverished African kids are given meat in addition to their regular, unbalanced diet (other kids get additional food as well, but not with same nutrients). Meat-eating kids are healthier than other kids at end of study. Scientist heralds the benefits of meat, claims that “Animal source foods have some nutrients which are not found anywhere else”, and announces that “There’s absolutely no question that it’s unethical for parents to bring up their children as strict vegans.”
Okay, when scientists start throwing around phrases like “ethical” and “absolutely no question”, alarm bells start going off in my head. Most scientists I know are so conscious of the multitudes of variables, factors, and points of view that they would never say that something was absolutely true or false, and would dodge any sort of question about ethics.
So we need to look at just one other about this study and see it start to unravel.
After condemning vegans for their nutritional deficiencies, “She accepted that adults could avoid animal foods if they took the right supplements.” Wait, what the fuck? She’s gonna talk about “meat-only” nutrients and wail about the need to eat meat, and then say “or you could take some vitamin supplements instead?”
Oh, how was this study funded? “Partially supported by the National Cattleman’s Beef Association.”
Social Anxiety: Privatization Unpopular At State Level- as Bush continues to plot to throw you in the poorhouse by
dismantling privatizing reforming Social Security, this report shows that when state governments have followed similar programs, that no one seems to want them, and that the workers who adopt them end up with less money
Nurses, teachers take on Schwarzenegger- steroid-bloated quote-machine Arnold Schwarzenegger calls California’s beseiged teachers and nurses “special interests” as he screws them over. Those greedy nurses and teachers, binding our wounds and teaching our children! Where do they get off asking for better nurse-to-patient ratios and school funding?!
Could his disdain have anything to do with the fact that these two fields are dominated by women? Nah.
Poor, White and Pissed: A Guide to the White Trash Planet for Urban Liberals- pretty much what the title promises. The point of view of a self-deprecating good ol’ boy about working class, white, Southern culture.
“My people are not the people in the cubicle next to you at work (though they might well be cleaning it at nights when you are sleeping.) Mine are not people complaining about paying off their college loans or who got the best parking spot at their office campus complex. They are people with different problems entirely. Mostly related to truck payments. Or people like my old tree service boss Danny, who cut off a finger working with a chain saw, wrapped it in a McDonald’s foil wrapper and ran to the hospital to get it sewn back on. Or any of the thousands of people in this town who smash apples into apple sauce or boil them into vinegar at National Fruit Products, performing soul grinding shift work year after year with no opportunity to ever be promoted, or obtaining health care at all. Just the seasonal layoff when all the apples are smashed and the millions of gallons of vinegar bottled. Working class people going nowhere in a town that smells like vinegar…
The political left once supported these workers, stood on the lines taking its beatings at the plant gates alongside them. Now, comfortably ensconced in the middle class, the American left sees the same working whites as warmongering bigots, happy pawns of the empire. That is writing working folks off too cheaply, and it begs the question of how they came to be that way — if they truly are. To cast them as a source of our deep national political problems is ridiculous. They are a symptom of the problems, and they may be making it worse because they are easily manipulated, or because they cannot tell an original idea from a beer fart. But they are not the root cause by any means. The left should take its cues from Malcolm X, who understood the need to educate and inform the entire African-American society before tackling the goal of unity. Same goes for white crackers. Nobody said it would be easy.”
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