January 21, 2007

The Usual Suspects Roundup

From the Journalism That Matters sessions and the National Conference on Media Reform, an ePluribusMedia journal commentary by Ilona and Aldon Hynes' notes from the conferences.

Avedon Carol writes at The Sideshow about good, on the record journalism and how to do it. A call to action if ever there was one.

Ezra Klein with a useful link on how to save money when buying condoms.

Atrios notes that James Carville is back working on the Clinton campaign. For love of hot showers, can we please have done with James Carville as a Democratic campaign advisor? Please? Is it not enough that Carville shivved Kerry on election night in 2004? Is it not enough that he dissed Howard Dean shortly after the 50 state strategy yielded early fruit in the 2006 midterms? How much more of him do we really have to put up with?

Maia gives us good blog at Alas, A Blog with a post on a speech that was supposed to have been given at the March on Washington and explains why she's pro-choice.

Pandagon: Amanda writes about the kickoff of the National Advocates for Pregnant Women summit, explaining the need to embrace reproductive justice and the right to pleasure as all of a piece with women's self-determination and dignity. Nigeria passes a comprehensive ban on gays whose cruelty boggles the mind. What maternity homes for pregnant teens used to mean and might again.

Seeing the Forest digs up good video with a Daily Show segment where Stewart and Oliver discuss the 'don't look down' plan for Iraq and while pointing to Sen. Clinton's announcement video, point out the malicious origins of much of the public perception of Clinton and other Democratic party leaders.

Cumulative DailyKos: Plutonium Page posts a tribute in pictures to the president's belief in the sanctity and dignity of human life. Irishwitch writes about the new wingnut buzzphrase, the contraceptive mentality, and why it's (as usual) poisonous and sex-negative. Vyan notes that we can all pat ourselves on the collective back for having private, for-profit immigrant concentration camps up and running in the U.S.; they're starting small, but I'm sure they've got big plans. Tryptamine explains institutional discrimination, as opposed to the personal kind. Bernardpliers mentions that the Greenland ice sheet is melting very fast, alarmingly fast, so fast it could give a person the jitters in the absence of caffeinated beverages. Techno clarifies the difference between finance capitalism and industrial capitalism. Jerome a Paris on The Economist's unconcern about inequality; they can see the inequality, measure it, all that, it's just that they rather like it. Nyceve continues her long-running series of diaries on the health care industry, branching out into a new theme of murder by spreadsheet with a follow up on grotesque realities. Major Danby weighs in with a colorful and invective filled rant about how to get the Iraqis to like us more, and did I mention the invective?

Common Dreams: Is anyone listening to all of this citizen activism? Livestock are a key cause of global warming and deforestation, which it pains me inordinately to type. I'm moderately suspect of the scope of their conclusions, but this article declaring government to be more at fault than corporations for the problems of globalization makes some interesting points. Also, Bush the Empire Slayer.

Alternet: Energy fascism looms on the horizon. Ugly Betty. Will Democrats in Congress take on corporate globalization issues such as child labor and corporate expatriates? Attempts to inject sanity into the debate over how to deal with Iran aren't being helped by Christian Zionists looking to trigger Armaggedon; bloody eschaton immanentizers. John McCain is a flip-flopper on Iraq, big surprise from the man who bear-hugs the guy who insulted his adopted daughter. Feminism explicitly does not mean 'my gender, right or wrong.' Iraqis had better health care under Saddam, but one would be hard pressed to find anyone whose health care has been improved by the Bush administration.

BBC: The grim toll of pollution in China's coal belt. The opening piece in a planned investigation of globalization and its impacts. Africa's first female president, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia, instituted tougher rape policies, though they're proving hard to implement in a country with only a bare semblance of a judiciary and damaging superstitions about HIV. You know the fish stocks are in trouble when Japan comes to the table over tuna conservation. Violence continues in Nepal after protests were held against the parallel Maoist government and Maoist rebels attacked a police station. Greek pagans reviving the worship of the ancient Greek pantheon insist on recognition as a legitimate religion. Key evidence has disappeared in the trial of Italian police for violence against protestors during the 2001 G8 summit in Genoa. Germany's Merkel tries to sell the unpopular E.U. constitution to the public.

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