March 26th, 2011


Rebuilding Japan, fake clouds, and larping

* Again, wow. Indiana prosecutor suggested faking an assassination attempt to discredit unions. Seriously.
* Good read: why we will be surprised by Japan's rebuilding.
* Glenn Greenwald on shifting Miranda rights.
* Paul Krugman on the problem with austerity plans.
* It's OK for a president to not be impulsive.
* "How Western diets are making the world sick."
* Wow. Qatar plans to build giant fake clouds to block the sun during the 2022 Olympics.
* Huh. What if the Parker & Stone Mormon musical is actually good?
* This gives me flashbacks: "LARP vampires walk among us."


reprinted without permission

"So here we are pouring shiploads of cash into yet another war, this time in Libya, while simultaneously demolishing school budgets, closing libraries, laying off teachers and police officers, and generally letting the bottom fall out of the quality of life here at home.

"Welcome to America in the second decade of the 21st century. An army of long-term unemployed workers is spread across the land, the human fallout from the Great Recession and long years of misguided economic policies. Optimism is in short supply. The few jobs now being created too often pay a pittance, not nearly enough to pry open the doors to a middle-class standard of living.

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