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Digest for July 21st

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for July 21st from 14:13 to 15:11:

  • Feministe » Foul Festering Rot At The Heart Of America – There is a foul festering rotten core at the heart of the American polity. This core is comprised of pure undiluted hatred: for women, for anyone of non-European origins, for foreigners, for non-Christians, for “intellectual elites”, for pretty much everyone. This core has its roots in American slavery and has existed as a defining element of our polity since the Founding.
  • Nine Reasons to Investigate War Crimes Now | Rights and Liberties | AlterNet – Despite the reluctance to open what many see as a can of worms, there are fresh moves on many fronts to hold top U.S. officials accountable for war crimes.
  • Jill Sobule: Give Me Credit – I pay for music. I use iTunes…a lot. It's just too easy, and I can do it from the iPhone. But you would think that for $0.99 along with the song you could also get information on, not only who the composer of the particular song is, but also on the musicians, producer, and yes, being the geek I am, the engineer. Oh… and I want the lyrics. I love to read them as I hear a song for the first time.
  • Jayne Lyn Stahl: “Whole and Separate” – How dare any government, state or federal, to force its way between a woman and her doctor, and transform medical practitioners into cops with scripts in their ongoing surge of ideology.
  • Jamal Dajani: Seven Tips to Obama – Here are seven recommendations that Obama's team of 300 advisors might have missed.
  • Wayne Besen: Extremist Makeover – With great irony, the man who made his living by revealing the glorious gay past was quietly reinventing his own personal history. He had allegedly given up sex with men and was rapidly moving towards Orthodox Judaism.
  • Rob Harper: The ‘N’ Word is Never Acceptable – Buzz up! * Share * Print View * Comments No matter what any one says, whether they are black or white or even God himself (not that he would use the word), it is never, ever OK to use the 'N' word.
  • Op-Ed Columnist – It’s the Economic Stupidity, Stupid – Op-Ed – NYTimes.com – Mr. McCain still doesn’t understand that we can’t send troops to Afghanistan unless they’re shifted from Iraq. But simple math, to put it charitably, has never been his forte. When it comes to the central front of American anxiety — the economy — his learning curve has flat-lined
  • Talking Points Memo | Did He Really Just Do That? – The Reuters piece hints at it. But if Obama is going to be in Iraq this weekend, this is a major breach on McCain's part. As a knowledgeable insider notes …
  • Is America too big to fail? – International Herald Tribune – Since World War II, the United States has been the center of global finance, and it has used that position to virtually dictate the conditions under which many other nations – particularly developing countries – can get access to capital. Letting weak companies fail has been high on the list.

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