Today’s links to interesting news and analysis — with a new feature, daily good news!
- Provocative commentary: “The COINdinistas: Last Year’s News“, Kelley B. Vlahos, AntiWar, 12 January 2010
- Dumbest post of the week, even among right-wing propaganda: “The High Cost of No Price“, Veronique de Rugy, 12 January 2010 — The rest of the developed world has equal or larger government funding of health care, and spends far less. The opposite of what her theory predicts.
- “Moody’s Says Greece, Portugal May Face ‘Slow Death’“, Bloomberg, 13 January 2010
- Interesting review of 2 new books by or about Sarah Palin: “Sarah and Her Tribe“, Jonathan Raban, NY Review of Books, 14 January 2010
- A powerful article I recommend reading: “Lights Out on Liberty“, Mark Steyn, National Review Online, 14 January 2010
- “Getting Away with Torture“, David Cole, NY Review of Books, 14 January 2010 — See note below.
Note: For more information about torture see Something every American should read (25 March 2009) and We close our eyes to torture by our government. The Brits are stronger. (9 April 2009), and So many Americans approve of torture; what does this tell us about America? (30 April 2009).
Today’s topical post is about Haiti, and how our good efforts have helped screw it up: Teach a man to fish, and you understand what we have done wrong in Haiti (23 May 2008)
Update: about equality in America — an urban legend of the right
“Inequality, Living Standards, and the Middle Class”, Scott Winship (Pew Economic Mobility Project), Progressive FIX, 12 January 2010 — Part One and Part Two. For more about inequality, see these posts:
- A sad picture of America, but important for us to understand, 3 November 2008
- America’s elites reluctantly impose a client-patron system, 5 November 2008
- Inequality in the USA, 7 January 2009