Thursday, June 5, 2008

BREVITAS



GALLERY: WOODEN BIKES AROUND THE WORLD

Sherry Ricchiardi, American Journalism Review The decline in coverage of Iraq has been staggering. During the first 10 weeks of 2007, Iraq accounted for 23 percent of the newshole fornetwork TV news. In 2008, it plummeted to 3 percent during that period. On cable networks it fell from 24 percent to 1 percent, according to a study by the Project for Excellence in Journalism. The numbers also were dismal for the country's dailies. By Acuna's count, during the first three months of this year, front-page stories about Iraq in the Bee were down 70 percent from the same time last year. Articles about Iraq once topped the list for reader feedback. By mid-2007, "Their interest just dropped off; it was noticeable to me," says the public editor. . . By March 2008. . . only 28 percent of Americans knew that 4,000 military personnel had been killed in the conflict. . . Eight months earlier, 54 percent could cite the correct casualty rate.

The Opposition parties in the House of Commons joined together to adopt a recommendation which, if implemented, would make it possible for U.S. Iraq War resisters to obtain permanent resident status in Canada. The recommendation was adopted by a majority of members of Parliament from the Liberal, Bloc Québécois, and New Democratic Parties. The Conservatives voted against the motion. Canadian Newswire

Green Party leaders and candidates say that the health care reform plans offered by Democratic candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are designed to benefit insurance and pharmaceutical corporations -- including contributors to their own campaigns -- rather than American people who need coverage and treatment. The Green Party and its candidates strongly support the Single-Payer national health care plan, also called Medicare For All.

Barack Obama should not pick Hillary Clinton as his vice-presidential nominee, former president Jimmy Carter has told the Guardian. "I think it would be the worst mistake that could be made," said Carter. "That would just accumulate the negative aspects of both candidates.". . . "If you take that 50% who just don't want to vote for Clinton and add it to whatever element there might be who don't think Obama is white enough or old enough or experienced enough or because he's got a middle name that sounds Arab, you could have the worst of both worlds." Guardian UK

THE UNRETIREMENT OF REVEREND WRIGHT

HOW OUR SEXUALITY IS BEING RESTRICTED ONE BAD LAW AT A TIME

Although he once held sway over an estimated $200M fortune that included vast tracts of land in Malibu, former Tonight Show sidekick, Star Search host and octogenarian television personality Ed McMahon is fighting off foreclosure since being served with a nasty notice of default on a $4.8M loan secured against his Beverly Hills mansion. Also, Ed McMahon is still alive. . . Located in the same swank guard-gated community where Gwen Stefani and Britney Spears own pricey properties, McMahon's McMansion measures 7,013 sf with 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms and sweeping views over Los Angeles. The property, which once had a (now fixed) toxic mold problem, has been for sale for about two years and has had several price chops to its current asking price of $5,750,000. Radar

Campaigners on the Greek island of Lesbos are to go to court in an attempt to stop a gay rights organisation from using the term "lesbian". The islanders say that if they are successful they may then start to fight the word lesbian internationally. The issue boils down to who has the right to call themselves Lesbians. Is it gay women, or the 100,000 people living on Greece's third biggest island - plus another 250,000 expatriates who originate from Lesbos? The man spearheading the case, publisher Dimitris Lambrou, claims that international dominance of the word in its sexual context violates the human rights of the islanders, and disgraces them around the world. He says it causes daily problems to the social life of Lesbos's inhabitants. In court papers, the plaintiffs allege that the Greek government is so embarrassed by the term Lesbian that it has been forced to rename the island after its capital, Mytilini. map of Lesbos. . . The term lesbian originated from the poet Sappho, who was a native of Lesbos. Sappho expressed her love of other women in poetry written during the 7th Century BC. But according to Mr Lambrou, new historical research has discovered that Sappho had a family, and committed suicide for the love of a man. BBC

BROKAW'S CRUMMY DEFENSE OF THE MEDIA'S IRAQ COVERAGE


PRINGLES INVENTOR BURIED IN ONE OF HIS CANS

AMERICA'S LOVE AFFAIR WITH SELF STORAGE

GALLERY: WOODEN BIKES AROUND THE WORLD

WILL HARVARD DROP ACID AGAIN? PSYCHEDELIC RESEARCH RETURNS TO CRIMSONLAND

1 Comments:

At June 5, 2008 4:49 PM, Anonymous let me out of here said...

I thin here I must nominate for best examples of expensive cynical buffoonery John Ashcroft and Rich Chrismer. You'll remember Ashcroft as Attorney General and the incumbent Mo. senator who lost the 2000 election to a dead man. However Ashcroft , as Mo. Attorney General spent a fortune in taxpayer money trying to overturn a federally mandated St. Louis school dseg program. Meanwhile Chrismer, longtime nutcase abortion foe, spent many taxpayer funds passing anti-abortion "laws" he knew would be overturned.

 

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