Thursday, February 24, 2011

Roundup Time

Another roundup! I almost apologized since I've been posting so many lately, but you guys seem to like them and I'm a bit busy this week. And by a "bit," I mean completely swamped.

Random picture:

This infograph compares the distribution of income growth between 1948-1979 and 2000-2007. I think the simplicity is really striking and you can get more info here.


Pentagon Faces Class-Action Lawsuit for Failure to Protect Service Members From Rape:
On February 15, 2011, the Pentagon was slammed with a class action lawsuit filed by 15 women and two men who are victims and survivors of rape in the military. Filed in the Eastern District of Northern Virginia by attorney Susan Burke, the lawsuit contends that Donald Rumsfeld and Robert Gates, as secretaries of the Department of Defense (DOD), "failed to investigate rapes and sexual assaults, failed to prosecute perpetrators, failed to provide an adequate judicial system as required by the Uniform Military Justice Act and failed to abide by Congressional deadlines to implement Congressionally-ordered institutional reforms to stop rapes and other sexual assaults."
Circle of fire:
Here’s a story they tell in Libya. Three contestants are in a race to run five hundred metres carrying a bag of rats. The first sets off at a good pace, but after a hundred metres the rats have chewed through the bag and spill onto the course. The second contestant gets to a hundred and fifty metres, and the same thing happens. The third contestant shakes the bag so vigorously as he runs that the rats are constantly tumbling and cannot chew on anything, and he takes the prize. That third contestant is Libya’s leader, Colonel Muammar Qaddafi, the permanent revolutionary.
The NYT's journalistic obedience:
They're inserting into their stories misleading government claims, and condescendingly summarizing Pakistani "speculation" about Davis' work, all while knowing the truth but not reporting it.
Why Is Chris Hedges A Lone Voice In Criticizing Huffington Post’s Business Model?:
So why isn’t anyone on the Left (outside of Chris Hedges and a few others) willing to discuss the fact that a supposed ‘champion for the American worker’ is reportedly netting $20-30 million dollars as her personal take from the AOL acquisition, off the backs of non-paid writers? The liberal blogosphere is a group hellbent on formulating candid opinions on just about anything and everything, but instead of hearing outrage, you hear … (listen closely) … crickets.
Random Quote:
“So they wanna cut everything from family care to prenatal care to child nutrition. It’s like the Republican Congress is saying ‘You can’t prevent an unwanted child; you can’t get care if you do get pregnant; and we won’t give you any help feeding the kid after it’s born. But that two minutes when that skull is crowning? Your baby is the most precious thing on Earth.’” —JON STEWART, on the GOP’s wholesale attack on women, women’s health programs, reproductive rights and, again, women, on The Daily Show

Fox news actually has an honest report about Wisconsin:

Black Doll White Doll:

Anderson Cooper did a report on this very subject back in August that I saw while waiting in the airport. I'd definitely recommend checking it out, but this video highlights the gist of the problem.

Ricky Gervais: Atheism Shouldn't Offend:


  1. The Black Doll White Doll video was very thought provoking.

    Enjoy your weekend!


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