Police shoot down an activist’s tiny flying video camera capturing footage of the uprising in Turkey; new documents reveal the role of rating agencies such as Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s in the 2008 meltdown; and you know things are bad in the U.S. when rather than pay for new car tires, people are renting them instead. These discoveries and more below.
On a regular basis, Truthdig brings you the news items and odds and ends that have found their way to Larry Gross, director of the USC Annenberg School for Communication. A specialist in media and culture, art and communication, visual communication and media portrayals of minorities, Gross helped found the field of gay and lesbian studies.
Surprising Findings from a Comprehensive Report on Gun Violence
Background checks are back. Last week, Vice President Joe Biden said that five U.S. senators—enough to change the outcome—have told him they’re looking for a way to switch their votes and pass legislation requiring a criminal background check for the purchase of a firearm.
Why China Let Snowden Go
In the single strange month he spent in Hong Kong, Edward Snowden evolved from a tourist to a fugitive to an icon, and, finally, an irritant.
Why Shouldn’t David Gregory Be Charged with a Crime?
Two weeks into the hullabaloo surrounding whistle-blower Edward Snowden and Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald, one thing is clear: They did not just reveal potentially serious crimes perpetrated by the government — including possible perjury, unlawful spying and unconstitutional surveillance.
Only in America
It’s time to start a new feature: small items that reveal a great deal about what life is like in the United States after the crash of 2007-08 and in the midst of the Second Great Depression.