Saturday, October 16, 2010

Why Germany Has It So Good -- and Why America Is Going Down the Drain | | AlterNet

Why Germany Has It So Good -- and Why America Is Going Down the Drain | | AlterNetn his new book, Were You Born on the Wrong Continent?, Thomas Geoghegan makes a strong case that European social democracies -- particularly Germany -- have some lessons and models that might make life a lot more livable. Germans have six weeks of federally mandated vacation, free university tuition, and nursing care. But you've heard the arguments for years about how those wussy Europeans can't compete in a global economy. You've heard that so many times, you might believe it. But like so many things, the media repeats endlessly, it's just not true.

Friday, October 15, 2010

New Statesman - 50 People Who Matter 2010 | 23. Julian Assange

New Statesman - 50 People Who Matter 2010 | 23. Julian AssangeFor all the lip-service paid to Edmund Burke's idea of a fourth estate, the media remain an extension of the established order. The current wars demonstrate this. Instead of exposing the lies that have led to the carnage, journalists, with honourable exceptions, have amplified and echoed them. Scott McClellan, George W Bush's former press secretary, says his administration relied on the media's "complicit enablers".

Monday, October 11, 2010

  Surprise -- The Very Dark Side of U.S. History         :      Information Clearing House: ICH

  Surprise -- The Very Dark Side of U.S. History         :      Information Clearing House: ICH: "The American people are largely oblivious to this hidden tradition because most of the literature advocating state-sponsored terror is carefully confined to national security circles and rarely spills out into the public debate, which is instead dominated by feel-good messages about well-intentioned U.S. interventions abroad"