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How the Hype Became Bigger Than the Presidential Election | Politics News | Rolling Stone

“Think about it: Banning poll numbers would force the media to actually cover the issues. As it stands now, the horse race is the entire story – I can think of a couple of cable networks that would have to go completely dark tomorrow, as in Dan-Rather-Dead-Fucking-Air dark, if they had to come up with even 10 seconds of news content that wasn’t centered on who was winning. That’s the dirtiest secret we in the media have kept from you over the years: Most of us suck so badly at our jobs, and are so uninterested in delving into any polysyllabic subject, that we would literally have to put down our shovels and go home if we didn’t have poll numbers we can use to terrify our audiences.”

via How the Hype Became Bigger Than the Presidential Election | Politics News | Rolling Stone.

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Inequality in the US: Interview with Economist Joseph Stiglitz – SPIEGEL ONLINE

I’ve been saying this for years. Not only do your privileged at birth influence your eventual success, even those coming from privileged families are no longer able to find work. The American dream has long been dead.


“Stiglitz: This belief is still powerful, but the American dream has become a myth. The life chances of a young US citizen are more dependent on the income and education of his parents than in any other advanced industrial country for which there is data. The belief in the American dream is reinforced by anecdotes, by dramatic examples of individuals who have made it from the bottom to the top — but what matters most are an individual’s life chances. The belief in the American dream is not supported by the data.”

via Inequality in the US: Interview with Economist Joseph Stiglitz – SPIEGEL ONLINE.

‘Cover Your Eyes,’ Iranian Woman Tells Chastising Cleric Before Beating Him Up : The Two-Way : NPR

“Of course, when the same type of incident is reversed — a ‘badly veiled’ women beaten in public by police — it’s simply a necessary enforcement of the dress code.”

via ‘Cover Your Eyes,’ Iranian Woman Tells Chastising Cleric Before Beating Him Up : The Two-Way : NPR.

Media don’t get #MuslimRage – CNN.com

“In Indonesia, a nation of over 200 million, several hundred people took part in protests. Just a few months ago, 50,000 Indonesians bought tickets to see a Lady Gaga concert before it was canceled. So, what does this say about Muslims in Indonesia?

In Egypt, a nation of over 80 million, about 2,000 people protested on Friday. Of those protesters, a few hundred were arrested by the police.

In Lebanon, no protests occurred until Monday. Why? Because the pope had been visiting the country, and the leader of Hezbollah, which the U.S. has labeled as a terrorist group, didn’t want to do anything to interfere with the pope’s historic three-day visit.

A small number of protesters should not define the entire Muslim population of over a billion. The media should know this and report the truth accordingly.”

via Media don’t get #MuslimRage – CNN.com.

13 Powerful Images of Muslim Rage

 

Awesome! I love this article and the photos.

“MUSLIM RAGE,” screams Newsweek’s new cover story about last week’s violent anti-American protests. Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the well-known anti-Islam activist, is here to tell “us” (The_West) how to “end it.” And it’s true, isn’t it? All Muslims are constantly raging about everything. So to pay tribute to Ali’s article — which describes the protesters as “the mainstream of contemporary Islam” — and the subtle, smart cover that accompanies it, we’ve collected 13 striking, powerful images of MUSLIM RAGE.

via 13 Powerful Images of Muslim Rage.

‘This Does Not Represent Us’: Moving Photos of Pro-American Rallies in Libya – Politics – The Atlantic Wire

Why is this so hard for us to believe? Not all Americans are fundamentalists, and not all Middle Easterners or Muslims are fundamentalists.

Just like not all Americans are like the people who made the weird anti-Islam movie that is sparking protests in Muslim nations, not all people in Libya are like the ones who killed U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens. Some of the people of Benghazi, where Stevens was killed, held a demonstration against terrorism and to show sympathy for the U.S. Libya Alhurra TV, an Internet TV channel founded at the start of the Arab Spring in 2011, posted Facebook photos of a rally there showing support for America and sympathy for Stevens. Here are some of those pictures: via ‘This Does Not Represent Us’: Moving Photos of Pro-American Rallies in Libya – Politics – The Atlantic Wire.

StarTribune.com Mobile | News, weather, sports

“At the Legislature and in other states that have taken up the national GOP push for a photo ID requirement at the polls, the issue has taken on a highly partisan color. As a result, to many people, the voting amendment is about giving or denying an advantage to one party over another.

But this amendment has broader implications. It’s also about whether or not Minnesotans see those at the margins of life as their fellow citizens.

“We’d like to de-partisanize this, and make it about the people it affects,” Marx said. That won’t be easy. But when Lutherans and Catholics work together in Minnesota, miracles are possible.” via StarTribune.com Mobile | News, weather, sports.

For Museum, Long-Lost Picasso Is Too Costly To Keep : NPR

So cool! Can you imagine discovering that a piece of art in storage is actually a Picasso? I love when these types of discoveries are brought to the surface. It reminds me of how much we do not yet know about the past, and as such, the enormity of future possibilities.

“Lo and behold, the piece in the museum’s storage area was a rare gemmail, one of only 50 Picasso made. It’s called Seated Woman with Red Hat, and it’s iconic Picasso, with thick black lines that mimic his brushstrokes.” via For Museum, Long-Lost Picasso Is Too Costly To Keep : NPR.

For Kansas City, Google Internet Drive Becomes Civic Cause – NYTimes.com

 

“On Saturday, Ms. May, the neighborhood council director, and Google workers set up a tent outside the Ivanhoe community center and urged passers-by to sign up, with the center using a private donation to pay the $10 deposits and giving out Rice Krispies treats. One woman who registered herself offered to register her neighbor’s address as well.” via For Kansas City, Google Internet Drive Becomes Civic Cause – NYTimes.com.

Alumni Donations?

 

I understand that in the grand scheme of things giving money to my former universities will ideally provide younger students with the same opportunities that I had. I also understand the urge to give money, especially to my undergraduate department.

But right now, nothing makes me more irate Read more…

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