March 31, 2005

Stranger Than fiction

The ePluribus Media project has some ideas about how to run a different kind of news organization, head on over and see what you think.

A dKos diarist wonders why there hasn't been much coverage of a major oil spill on Alaska's North Slope over the weekend. My guess is that if people get to talking about it, it could kill the chances of opening the wildlife refuge to

Ezra Klein is pro-Dean, pro-Starbucks, and thinks that Democrats have a lot to learn from the Republican pyramid scheme as outlined by Bill Bradley.

The Slacktivist thinks he's been blogging too long, when this is his response to the Easter liturgy. Also, he talks about the 'increase in violence', which everyone knows is happening, even though it isn't. Finally, the Schiavo case has brought out a lot of very nice people.

Suburban Guerilla notes in passing that the election was stolen, and points out a Mark Kleiman post suggesting that the Schiavo case has brought out a bipartisan coalition of self-promoting loudmouths.

The Decembrist rakes over the narrowly compassionate breed of Miss America conservatives.

Trish Wilson is following the birth control prescription debate, as well as the conversation about the culture of hypermasculinity.

The owner of the Washington Times, the inimitable Sun Myung Moon would like to get rid of this flawed democratic system we have.

Dave Johnson at Seeing the Forest is concerned about the possible housing bubble, he lines up a series of posts over at the Left Coaster on how the liberal media myth is created, and he has his own take on Bill Bradley's article.

The U.N.'s Millenium Ecosystem Assessment is out, and it's bad, bad, bad. I'll try to write about it in more depth soon, but it looks like it's worth perusing.

Nothing could bring together the Middle East's three quibbling faiths in complete agreement except, apparently, a shared opposition to gay people. Charming.

Over at Blog Reload, TheHim wonders why pot seems to make people liberal.

There was this take on the neocon revolution at the Guardian, emphasis mine:

... The restless determination of the Bush administration to reorder global affairs is well-illustrated by a classified document prepared by the US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld as a prelude to a massive review of Pentagon spending. It requires the military to build a far more proactive force focused on changing the world rather than responding to specific conflicts such as the Korean peninsula. It sees the development of very differently trained troops who would be able to intervene on a much more widespread basis. "The idea is that you would have lots of teams operating in lots of places throughout the world," a senior defence official was reported as saying. At the same time, there is an absolute belief that the US must maintain such a large lead in crucial technologies that growing powers - in other words, China - will decide that it is simply too expensive to try to compete. Welcome to the new world order as seen from Washington.

Yeah, small problem with that plan. A tragic weakness in the foundation, as with so many of their other projects. If you don't properly support education, and you start losing the foreign graduate students that fill out your university research teams, eventually your country stops being a beacon of innovation. Before, we could count on luring people who'd studied in other countries over here with high salaries, but that was before multinationals decided to start fleeing in quantity, and before places like China and India began reforming their business climates.

I've said it before, I'll say it again. When we stop making things, stop inventing things, and stop being the consumer of last resort, what use is the rest of the world going to have for us?

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