So, this week’s crunch is over, to be followed by a slightly smaller crunch in the beginning of next week. But for now, I am scot-free! So expect bloggage out the wazoo – most notably tonight, where as last week Experience will debate The Fresh Face of Change. Only this time, it’s reversed. It promises to be awesome.
Of course, while I have been neglecting my no-doubt faithful readers, many others in the blogosphere have not, so with your indulgence, I’d like to link to a bunch of posts from the past week or so that I’ve found very illuminating, insightful, surprising, or worthwhile, for your general edification. I realize that this is somewhat lazy on my part, and I will start writing my own things momentarily, but I really want to give props to some of the bloggers out there, and also point out these posts that some people will undoubtedly not have read.
The Greater Depression
- Stories on this topic will either be welcomed or unnecessary, I imagine, according to this latest info from the Pew Research Center, which says that the current economic crisis is one of the most-followed news stories of the past two decades. It also has a chart showing percentages of people who identify as following any particular news event “closely”; the aforementioned one is at 70%, below 9/11 and the Challenger disaster but above the Colombine shootings and Baby Jessica. It also has a number of poll-ish things about current events – for example, public approval for Obama has risen steeply in the past few days, while approval for McCain and Palin has markedly decreased. Go check it out! (H/T Framing Science)
- A couple of choice articles from Alternet: 11 Racist Lies Conservatives Tell To Avoid Blaming Wall Street For The Current Economic Crisis deals primarily with the CRA (if you don’t know what that is, go read the article), but also just good background info on the current situation, how conservative views about social class and race and economics are seriously wrong-headed, and more! For serious, go read it. Another one, 9 Reasons Why It’s Bad For You That The Bailout Passed In The Senate, analyzes the infamous bailout and provides a different perspective than that of most politicians you’ll hear talking today. Note: There have been several other good articles from this website in the past few days; I would advise anybody who is more interested in the subject to spend a couple minutes browsing the site.
- A Forbes article is worth reading just for the following quote on the Infamous Bailout:
In fact, some of the most basic details, including the $700 billion figure Treasury would use to buy up bad debt, are fuzzy.
“It’s not based on any particular data point,” a Treasury spokeswoman told Forbes.com Tuesday. “We just wanted to choose a really large number.”
What About the Women?
- A fairly basic article enumerating the reasons why Palin is anything but woman-friendly; notable for its closing line, “Women voting for McCain-Palin is like chickens voting for Col. Sanders”. If you wonder why Palin gives most feminists hives, go here.
- A couple of posts from Hoyden About Town about the lengths the Catholic Church and American Republican Party will go to promote outdated ideology over actual people’s lives. Really, the hatred and utter disregard for women’s lives (and in the latter case, those of children as well) is something that I think a lot of people don’t realize is going on to the degree that it actually is; when you see it actually spelled out for you, it’s breathtaking. This is the kind of story that reminds me to write a post analyzing the language used for the topic of reproductive rights, and how most people calling themselves ‘pro-life’ are incredibly deluded or disingenuous.
- Emily Bazelon at Slate has an article up about why watching Sarah Palin is painful for women, and the unfortunate effect that her candidacy may have on national politics.
- Renee at Womanist Musings has a post on how since the American invasion, the quality of life has dramatically decreased for Iraqi women. Anybody who thinks that we went over there to “liberate” or “save the women from their oppression” is seriously off their nut, at least insofar as to how that nice fantasy relates to what has actually happened. I urge anybody for whom this information is actually news to go research it more, as this article is good but there’s lots more stuff out there.
General Politicking and Election News
- Melissa over at Shakesville compiles a list of John McCain’s most asshole-y moments. While I think it’s important to not go too far in the opposite direction and elect another president that people would just like to have a beer with, evidence of McCain’s regular disregard for diplomacy, social graces, and caring about people who are not John McCain is compelling and important. I mean, do you really want to look back and long for the days when our president would only, say, sexually harass the German Chancellor (the only woman leader at the G8 conference), instead of, I don’t know, punching out the Dalai Lama?
- Kathleen Parker, the conservative woman I mentioned in passing a couple of posts ago who wrote an op-ed criticizing Palin, was shocked, SHOCKED I tell you, that people sent her hate mail. Ding over at Bitch, Ph.D makes the point that being villified for merely expressing an opinion deviating from the conservative party line has been par for the course for quite some time now, and it’s kind of pathetic that Parker has only chosen to write about it now that it’s affecting her (I paraphrase; ding is more articulate).
- A very interesting site on projecting electoral votes, wins, etc. for the November election. Right now, it’s looking good for Obama to win, but hop on over there to see much more detailed, state-by-state, analysis, and more!
Well, that’s enough for now, I suppose. Keep in mind, this list is subjective and based largely on posts that I remembered from the past couple of days, blogs that I happen to read, my computer not having enough RAM for me to make this post any longer without scratching my eyes out, etc. If any or all of these topics pique your interest, go out and read about them! A well-educated populace is the best protection against bamboozelement (doesn’t that sound pithy?). See you in a little bit with the Debate To End All Debates.