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Posted on Nov 30, 2009

No bargains here, just the news and notes that caught the eye of esteemed scholar and infomaniac Larry Gross.

(Almost) every day, 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.

We’ll continue to update this entry with new items as Larry sends them to us, with the newest bits on top.

Things You Didn’t Know to Worry About: ‘Meeping’ in Public Schools
In defiance of the ban on the word “meep,” at least two Massachusetts high school seniors wore blue “Free meep” T-shirts to school yesterday, saying they would like to sell these shirts to raise money for a scholarship or grant.

Military Takes Recruiting to Kindergarten
How old is old enough for students to be approached by military recruiters?

Prescriptions Now Biggest Cause of Fatal Drug Overdoses
Debra Jones didn’t begin taking painkillers to get high. Jones, 50, was trying to relieve chronic pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis.

Department of Hmm ...
“Party Crashers” had five-year relationship with Obama before state dinner.

Palin Flew in Private Jet While Pretending to Be on Bus Tour
On her book tour, Sarah Barracuda pretends to be one of the people. But she’s really winging across the country on a private jet.

Great Moments in Safety Research
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Summers Handled Harvard’s Funds as Badly as Ours
Advisers told Summers, others not to put so much cash in market; losses hit $1.8 billion.

Department of Deja Vu
Current and planned U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan, laid alongside the buildup in Vietnam, 1960-1965.

AOL’s Assembly Line
AOL’s new high-tech method of mass-producing news and other online content raises some interesting questions.

When Artists Dry Up
Samuel Johnson wrote less as he grew older, a fact that vexed his friends. One night in 1766 they ganged up on him and asked why he’d fallen silent.

The death of uncool
It’s odd to think back on the time—not so long ago—when there were distinct stylistic trends, such as “this season’s colour” or “abstract expressionism” or “psychedelic music.” It seems we don’t think like that any more. There are just too many styles around, and they keep mutating too fast to assume that kind of dominance.

The Future of TV
We’ll be ordering up our own video, ads and products on a Web convergence device. But who will reap the revenue?

Housing Meltdown, Ground Zero
Talk about a devastated landscape ... Any which way you look, the housing numbers are relentlessly bad.

Aetna Prepares for Loss of 600,000 Members as It Raises 2010 Prices
Back when it was the largest private health plan in the country, Aetna downsized its membership by millions but boosted profits during an overhaul of its business several years ago.

Barack Obama: Manchurian Candidate Version 2.0
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They’re Getting Tired of Being Taken for Granted
Supporters of marriage equality have decided the enemy isn’t those who oppose it but the politicians who string them along with empty promises of consideration.

Afghanistan: Our 177th Colony
During a televised football game Sunday, an announcer welcomed the members of the U.S. military viewing the game in 177 nations around the world. When the news came on, the topic was the same one it’s been for weeks, speculation as to whether and how much a single individual will escalate war by sending tens of thousands of additional troops to nation number 177, Afghanistan.

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Derisionist History
Avi Shlaim burst upon the scene of Middle Eastern history in 1988, with the publication of “Collusion Across the Jordan: King Abdullah, the Zionist Movement, and the Partition of Palestine.”

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I’ll say that I have just turned my attention to larry’s ‘page’ and while I think I
can spot what I consider of import just as well, I guess I will look a larry’s page
and gauge what I might have to contribute or say even as I still think what
truthdig displays all that I would contribute to at any time or day except for
that ‘upper left hand part of truthdig’s ‘flashing neon sign’ of interest.

So here I go.

Hell, here I am trying to ‘comment’ to one of larry’s attention grabbers and I am
asked to log in, why should I have to log in to something I am logged into to
try and give an opinion?

So I refuse, for now, to log in to another branch of some stuff I think will have
me logging into so many things that I will have to turn off my computer, format
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It twill be better to simplify this process so maybe I’ll try again later.

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