Nurses in San Francisco make a statement about Wall Street; Hispanic media are faring better than their mainstream counterparts; and Steve Jobs leaves the world with a pricey legacy. These discoveries and more, below.
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Nurses Dish Up Some Politics
An open-air soup kitchen staffed by registered nurses in bright red union t-shirts feeding a line of hungry San Franciscan’s assembled outside a busy U.S. Federal Building is not something you see every day and it caused lots of heads to turn.
Get Ready to Duke It Out on Jobs
New York, Labor Day Weekend 2011: The magic wand is being readied in the White House as the President and his minions finally unwrap the mother of all jobs plans that will be revealed to the rest of us in a speech [this] Thursday before the cameras and Congress with the gravitas-packed aura of a State of the Union Address.
Reflections of a GOP Operative Who Left the Cult
Both American political parties are rotten—how could they not be, given the complete infestation of the political system by corporate money on a scale that now requires a presidential candidate to raise upwards of a billion dollars to be competitive in the general election?
Right-wing hack says helping poor people vote is criminal
Two days after Rolling Stone posted Ari Berman’s very good piece on how the GOP campaign against ACORN and “voter fraud” is actually just part of a coordinated effort to stop minorities and poor people from voting at all, right-wing “investigative journalist” Matthew Vadum has now explicitly endorsed disenfranchising poor people for the sole reason that they’re poor and will vote for people who will do things to alleviate their poverty.
The True Cost of 9/11
The Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks by al-Qaida were meant to harm the United States, and they did, but in ways that Osama Bin Laden probably never imagined. President George W. Bush’s response to the attacks compromised America’s basic principles, undermined its economy, and weakened its security.
Facts and myths in the WikiLeaks/Guardian saga
A series of unintentional though negligent acts by multiple parties—WikiLeaks, The Guardian’s investigative reporter David Leigh, and Open Leaks’ Daniel Domscheit-Berg—has resulted in the publication of all 251,287 diplomatic cables, in unredacted form, leaked last year to WikiLeaks (allegedly by Bradley Manning).
Hispanic Media Is on a Roll
Spanish-language media remain important to a changing, more acculturated, and more U.S.-born Hispanic population in the United States.
Your Face Rings a Bell
Facial recognition technology has become more advanced, and it’s increasingly popping up in two realms: law enforcement and commerce.
Steve Jobs’ Musical Legacy
Apple’s CEO always wanted to get something great to the customer without any obstacles – except that they should pay.