Today’s broadsheet from the FM website pressroom, with several sections of hot news. Lot’s happening in the world today, mostly either overlooked or misinterpreted by the mainstream media.
- Links to interesting news and analysis
- Update on the disintigration of the European Monetary Union
- News about new energy sources
- Today’s media misrepresentation, working to make us stupid
- Plus an Afterword
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(1) Today’s links
- Today’s hidden news: is the little-known origin of the Pearl Harbor attack: The Great Pacific War by Hector C. Bywater (1925), as described by in William H. Honan in “Japan Strikes 1941“, American Heritage Magazine, December 1970
- “Karzai Says Army Will Need Help Until 2024“, New York Times, 8 December 2009 — Rephrase as “Karzai believes Americans are stupid; says his Cayman Islands bank account will need …”
- “Palin’s Pals“, Christopher Hitchens, Slate, 7 Demcember 2009 — Analysis of Palin’s evasions and deceptions.
- “It’s a return to the Star Chamber as Europe finally tramples Magna Carta into the dust“, Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, Daily Telegraph, 6 December 2009
- “The difficult arithmetic of Chinese consumption“, Michael Pettis, 5 December 2009 — Don’t count on China’s consumers to restart the global economy.
(2) Update on the disintigration of the European Monetary Union
“Timebomb for the Euro: Greek Debt Poses a Danger to Common Currency“, Der Spiegel, 8 December 2009 — Excerpt:
As economic indicators have improved, concern about the financial crisis has abated. But the next big problem could be approaching. Greece’s public deficit is skyrocketing and the country may become insolvent. The effect on Europe’s common currency could be dire.
For more about this see “Can the European Monetary Union survive the next recession?“, 11 July 2008.
(3) News about new energy sources
- “Hydrogen generated by a synthetic catalyst“, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 8 December 2009 — Good news!
- “Oil sands development contributes polycyclic aromatic compounds to the Athabasca River and its tributaries“, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 8 December 2009 — Bad news! See this newspaper article for a nontechnical explanation.
- “Dark Side of a Natural Gas Boom“, New York Times, 8 December 2009 — Bad news!
(4) Today’s media misrepresentation, working to make us stupid
- “Shocker polls: That Sarah Palin-Barack Obama gap melts to 1 point“, Los Angeles Times, 8 December 2009
Shocking news for fools who believe that books tours and governing America have equal difficulty. That includes Glenn Reynolds, the Instapundit — presenting a steady diet of misinformation to mislead his readers.
For a debunking of this nonsense, see Media madness #1 – their lies and ignorance make us stupid (1 December 2009).
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