What have you been doing all weekend? If the answer isn’t reading about Fox’s goofy polls, the man who hid 44 lizards in his pants and great moments in Orwellandia, hop on past the jump for the weekend list and catch up.
On a regular basis, Truthdig brings you the news items and other odds and ends that 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.
Obama Violates His Own Criteria for a ‘Just War’
President Obama, the Afghan war escalator, received the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway, and proceeded to deliver his acceptance speech outlining the three criteria for a just war, which he himself is violating.
Time’s Up for Psychiatry’s Bible
Books are by and large riding out the online revolution that is devastating the sales of many newspapers, magazines and other printed works. But this week we report on a volume that has outlived its usefulness.
Milestones in Airport Security
A German man was arrested Sunday as he tried to board a flight from New Zealand when officials discovered a small menagerie of rare lizards hidden in his underpants—44 in all.
Average American Consumes 100,000 Words a Day
A study released Wednesday from the University of California, San Diego, reports that the average American consumes a whopping 34GB of data and 100,000 words of information per day.
The veneration of holy relics has long been an easy target for Protestants, atheists, and just about anyone who didn’t fall into the hard-core Catholic fold.
Spanish Speakers Unite to Unveil New Grammar Book
More than 500 years after Spaniards first set out to colonize distant lands, guardians of Spanish from 22 countries have finally drawn up joint rules for a language spoken by more than 500 million people.
Daytime Soap Operas: Why the Bubble Burst
There is no joy in the soap-opera world this week. Soap devotees are slowly coming to the realization that their precious—if far-fetched—stories are now on the endangered TV species list.
Why Don’t the Powerful Get Grilled Like This?
Rachel Maddow today is receiving well-deserved praise for a devastating interview she conducted last night with Richard Cohen, an “ex-homosexual” therapist who is head of the “International Healing Foundation,” which purportedly helps gay people become straight.
Our Murderers in the Sky
War is hell, as the saying goes. Murder, on the other hand, is a crime. In this age of the “long war” pitting the United States against the forces of global terror, it is critical that the American people be able to distinguish between the two.
Obama’s Big Sellout
Barack Obama ran for president as a man of the people, standing up to Wall Street as the global economy melted down in that fateful fall of 2008.
Generations, like people, have personalities. Their collective identities typically begin to reveal themselves when their oldest members move into their teens and 20s and begin to act upon their values, attitudes and worldviews.
Israel Denies Bedouin Right to Elections
Some 35,000 Bedouin residents of Israel’s southern Negev have been denied the right to hold their first local council election after the Israeli parliament passed a law at the last minute to cancel this month’s ballot.