As food stamps were cut, millionaire Tom “Kristallnacht” Perkins explained the plight of the wealthy; athletes are looking to unionize; and how will Supreme Court justices believing in “natural law” affect their legal decisions? 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.
More Damning Signs of Chris Christie’s Corruption
The political press devoted nearly all of its attention on Tuesday to President Obama’s State of the Union address, which meant embattled New Jersey Governor Chris Christie had a rare respite from what has been, for weeks now, unrelentingly negative coverage.
Socialite Strips Naked, Jumps from Roof of Beverly Hills Building After Facelift
Sandra D’Auriol, 53, reportedly snapped after she woke from the nip-and-tuck procedure by Dr. Brian Novack, a popular plastic surgeon to the stars. D’Auriol - a jeweler who once worked for Asprey, which supplies the Royal Family - stripped naked and went to the roof of the 15-story building, where she jumped to her death.
The Return of Capital
Thomas Piketty’s new book, Le capital au XXIe sieÌcle (which is supposed to be released soon in English as Capital in the 21st Century), is creating quite a stir. It is the subject of the latest column by Thomas B. Edsall and was recently reviewed by Branco Milanovic.
Athletes Move to Unionize
The Internet – or at least, the piece of the Internet where people pay moderate attention to college sports – blew up Tuesday afternoon with the news that some number of Northwestern University football players are seeking to unionize.
A First Look at First Look Media
It has been three months since Glenn Greenwald left The Guardian in the wake of his Edward Snowden scoop to join a new media property with the eBay founder and chairman Pierre Omidyar, offering scant detail about what the new venture will look like.
Obama’s NSA Speech Makes Orwellian Surveillance Patriotic
When considering the revolutionary history of the United States, most would think of fighting for freedom, the enshrinement of basic human and civil rights in a constitutional government of the people, by the people and for the people.
When Judges Believe in ‘Natural Law’
At least two Supreme Court justices think there’s a divine legal code underlying the Constitution. How will this influence the outcomes of Hobby Lobby and other cases where the plaintiffs claim a moral high ground?