Today on the list: Twitter for your Jewish mother, why the health care bill supporters are full of it, inheriting 9/11 and more.
On a regular basis, Truthdig brings you the news items and 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.
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How I Became a Keynesian
Until last September, when the banking industry came crashing down and depression loomed for the first time in my lifetime, I had never thought to read “The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money,” despite my interest in economics.
Distortions in the Health Care Debate
Proponents of the bill have continuously claimed—falsely—that progressive opponents object to the bill because they’re petulant purists who didn’t get everything they want and are therefore willing to sacrifice expanded access to health care in pursuit of ideological dogma.
Solving the Water and Energy Crisis ... in One Swell Poop
Upward of 3 million people die annually from diarrhea, dysentery and parasitic diseases—all for the want of clean water. Meanwhile, each year in the water-rich United States, 2.1 billion gallons of the world’s most precious liquid are used, not to water thirsty crops or slake parched throats, but to flush human waste from home toilets to municipal sewers. While harvesting rainwater and recycling graywater are fine strategies, it’s time to get to the seat of the problem. We need a Toilet Revolution.