Friday News, Views, and Blues

Here are  some links of note for this Friday, October 2, 2009.

Perhaps the Public Option isn’t dead yet.. Steve Benen of the Washington Monthly has more on a statement made yesterday on the Public Option by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, calling them “encouraging words”, but says it should “be taken it with a grain of salt”.. He goes on to explain.

The problem, of course, is that the “public option” means different things to different people, and Reid conceded yesterday that it’s a “relative term.”

Benen also wrote an interesting post on how REPUBLICANS SURE DO LOVE EMERGENCY ROOMS..

The nation’s unemployment rate reaches the highest level in 26 years. Robert Reich has a really good, honest message: “ The Truth About Jobs That No One Wants to Tell You“. It’s a really smart post, and he’s right.

Chicago was eliminated from the race to host the 2016 Olympics. It’s now between Rio de Janeiro and Madrid.

If you missed this post by Informed Comment’s Juan Cole yesterday, go take a peek: Top Things you Think You Know about Iran that are not True. Professor Cole follows that up with today’s post: “Obama pwns Bush-Cheney on Iran; First day of Talks Yields Significant Confidence-Building Steps“.

Glenn Greenwald writes on yesterday’s meeting with Iran in Geneva: Iran: More accomplished in one day of negotiations than in 8 years of threats.

From Raw Story, a judge says the CIA can cover up destruction of interrogation tapes.

A judge cited national security concerns in ruling Wednesday that the CIA does not have to release hundreds of documents related to the destruction of videotapes of Sept. 11 detainee interrogations that used harsh methods.

Bill O’Reilly suggests Senator Al Franken was elected due to ACORN voter fraud. Franken must be doing something right.. There’s an interesting article at Truthout from September 27th, 2009 called “The Republican War Against ACORN” by Jason Leopold that explains some history. Rachel Maddow also did a segment talking about this: “The Truth About The Lies About Acorn” (from September 24th).

Former McCain campaign manager Steve Schmidt is now openly saying it would be “catastrophic” if Palin were to win the Republican nomination in 2012. (Duh…)

I haven’t done one of these Friday posts in a while, so I’m going to throw in a few older links.. If you haven’t read the article in the cover story on Sibel Edmonds in the American Conservative (Who’s Afraid Of Sibel Edmonds), go read it. BradBlog has the story with links to the actual article. Brad has followed her story since the beginning. Since this article came out, both an FBI vet and a CIA vet have come out supporting what she is saying and calling her credible. Interesting how the MSM (Corporate media) has totally ignored this story.. It’s probably one of the biggest stories in decades, and yet it’s like it didn’t even happen.. By the way, Sibel now how her own blog where she posts regularly. It’s called 123 Real Change – “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing”. Check it out. There’s a cartoon by Paul Jamiol featured yesterday.

There’s more ‘shoe-throwing’ going on. This time in Turkey, and at IMF Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

This story was fascinating.. (that is, as long as you aren’t a fundamentalist Christian who still believes the earth is only 6,000 years old..)
Ardipithecus: We Meet At Last:

Some 4.4 million years ago, a hominid now known as Ardipithecus ramidus lived in what were then forests in Ethiopia. Fifteen years ago, Tim White of Berkeley and a team of Ethiopian and American scientists published the first account of Ardipithecus, which they had just discovered. But it was just a preliminary report, and White promised more details later, once he and his colleagues had carefully prepared and analyzed all the fossils they had unearthed. “Later,” it turned out, meant 15 years…

Hot.. I am just really glad that with the evolution taking place over these millions of years, we lost all that gross body hair..

Michael Moore’s film “Capitalism: A Love Story” opens nationwide today. Truthdig has a review.

Jim Hightower talks about Wall Street Plans to Tap into $26 Trillion Life Insurance Market, Cashing in When People Die

The bankers who brought us the disaster of 2008 have created a new financial instrument called “life settlements” — call it morbid capitalism.

Don’t forget, tonight’s music night at TheZoo!

And now for the blues…

Jammin’ The Blues


6 thoughts on “Friday News, Views, and Blues

  1. Well, this is like old times! More info than I can get around to (if I was going to work, that is).
    I hope you’re still listening to Hartmann. He’s in Germany this week, doing Brunch With Bernie, right now.

  2. Funny you should include the story on Ardipithecus ramidus and Hartmann just mentioned the same thing in his “Geeky Sscience” segment. The pieces of the puzzle of human evolution continue to come together. One day we’ll know conclusively.

    I wonder if all the politicians implicated in the corruption detailed by Sibel Edmonds could be charged with “Honest Services Fraud” like Don Seigelman. The question is, who would bring the charges?

    “The nation’s unemployment rate reaches the highest level in 26 years.”
    Why do I keep doing the math on this and coming up with 1983? If it was so bad, so far into Reagan’s first term, and yet it was still Carter’s fault, how can Obama be to blame for the economy only eight months in?

  3. Great post, muse! I’m glad to have that back. Now I will have to be more active again, when I come back in two weeks, you are inspiring!

  4. More on Ardipithecus ramidus from, of all places, Real Time!

    “They found the earliest known skeleton of a human ancestor, something that lived in Africa 4.4 million years ago. Republicans are demanding to see its birth certificate!”

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