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Earth-Like Planet May Exist

European astronomers said Monday that they may have found a celestial body with the right characteristics to host life: a “Goldilocks” planet circling a star at a distance that is not too hot, not too cold, but just right for liquid water to exist.

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New Egyptian Cabinet Sworn In

Egyptian military officials swore in a new, temporary Cabinet on Thursday in response to rising pressure from protesters demanding a faster transition away from the Mubarak regime. (more)

Posted on Jul 21, 2011 READ MORE


New Year Ball
timessquarenyc.org

A Grim Outlook for 2007

A majority of Americans believe 2007 will bring a terrorist attack on the U.S., a major natural disaster and an increase in global warming, according to a new AP poll. Less than a third believe the U.S. will withdraw from Iraq, while 25 percent expect the second coming of Jesus.

Posted on Dec 31, 2006 READ MORE


New Jersey Backs Same-Sex Unions

Hurrah for the Garden State, whose state Supreme Court ruled today that same-sex couples are entitled to “the same rights and benefits enjoyed by opposite-sex couples under the civil marriage statutes.”

Posted on Oct 25, 2006 READ MORE


Apple cube
From Apple Gazette

Bogus Controversy Over Apple’s Building

Several high-profile blogs have been spreading a report that Muslims are offended by Apple’s new building in NYC. Problem is, the alleged anger is basically bogus. Read about the fake controversy here.

Posted on Oct 14, 2006 READ MORE


Elephant backsides
Left: NYT Mag; right: Time (composition: Blair Golson / Truthdig)

Elephant Backsides on Parade

Weird: Both Time magazine and The New York Times Magazine are using images of elephant backsides to illustrate cover stories this week—but for wildly different purposes: Time is writing about the breakdown of Republican society, and The N.Y. Times Mag is writing about the breakdown of actual elephant society. (more…)

Posted on Oct 9, 2006 READ MORE


Standard-Bearers: Dean and Mehlman, Profiled

In the last two weeks, The N.Y. Times has run lengthy, worthwhile profiles of DNC Chair Howard Dean (free today) and RNC Chair Ken Mehlman (need TimesSelect access).

Posted on Oct 2, 2006 READ MORE


James McGreevey

Gay Governor’s ‘Confession’

Former New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey, who stepped down after he was outed in 2004, speaks to Jon Stewart about his new book and how living in the closet prepared him for the duplicity of politics.

Posted on Sep 29, 2006 READ MORE


Clinton Sick of Rove?s B.S.

The Huffington Post has a nice roundup of Bill Clinton gems gleaned from a massive New Yorker piece by David Remnick.  After spending some quality time with the former president, Remnick was able to extract some surprisingly frank comments, including: ?I am sick of Karl Rove’s bulls—t.?

Posted on Sep 19, 2006 READ MORE


Lonelygirl15
From YouTube.com

The Lonelygirl That Really Wasn’t

The woman who has been posting insanely popular video blogs on YouTube under the handle Lonelygirl15 has been exposed as an actress working with a film crew in what appears to be the early serialized version of a movie.
A fascinating sleuthing story here.

Posted on Sep 13, 2006 READ MORE


Richard Sexton and Stephen Colbert

Colbert Plays the Name Game in Jersey

Stephen Colbert sat down with Richard Sexton on Tuesday to discuss his congressional candidacy against the confusingly named incumbent, James Saxton.  As can be expected, hijinks ensue, including Colbert’s generous offer to smear Sexton’s opponent for him and a mock concession call not to be missed.

Posted on Sep 13, 2006 READ MORE


Paul Cummins: Fighting the Wrong Battles in Education Reform

The co-founder of the trailblazing Crossroads and New Roads schools in Santa Monica argues that if we can?t fund cuts in class sizes and improve educational resources, nothing else we do will matter a whit.

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Gladwell Debunks Conservative Pension Plan Myths

Conservative free-market gospel has it that government should butt out of the economy. To understand the devastation that philosophy has wrought in America?s private pension system, check out this Malcolm “Tipping Point” Gladwell article.

Posted on Sep 5, 2006 READ MORE


Robert Scheer: Clinton Ended Welfare, Not Poverty

Bill Clinton doesn’t seem to know the difference between getting mothers and their children off the welfare rolls and getting them out of poverty.

Posted on Aug 29, 2006 READ MORE


State of New Orleans
From ThinkProgress

One Year Later: The Real State of New Orleans

President Bush may be giving speeches about how the federal government is standing with the people of the Gulf Coast, but as ThinkProgress points out, the facts speak for themselves:

  • Sixty percent of homes still lack electricity.
  • Less than half of the city?s pre-storm population of 460,000 has returned.
  • Nearly a third of the trash is yet to be picked up.
  • Also, check out this superb Katrina timeline.
  • UPDATE: Watch MSNBC footage of Katrina’s devastation.

    Posted on Aug 29, 2006 READ MORE


    Times Withholds Article in Britain

    The New York Times blocked UK readers from accessing an online article about new details in the British terror case. Instead, readers in England saw this explanation, “British law ... prohibits publication of prejudicial information about the defendants prior to trial.?

    Posted on Aug 29, 2006 READ MORE


    Racial ‘Survivor’

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    81 years of cartoons on a hard drive
    thenewyorkerstore.com

    Storied Magazine Makes Historic Sales Pitch

    The New Yorker is selling its complete archive, “every article, poem, short story, and cartoon (and every advertisement) that has appeared in the magazine since 1925,” on an external hard drive for $300.  It’s a novel move for a media company, many of which have been wary of releasing digital versions of content to the public, for fear of piracy.

    Posted on Aug 27, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush with FEMA's Michael Brown
    pbs.org

    Actions Speak Louder Than Empty Promises

    A year after the levees broke, Bush has again acknowledged his government’s failure to protect and rescue the citizens of New Orleans, promising “the federal government will learn the lessons of Katrina.”  Although the president pledged $110 billion for reconstruction, one of Louisiana’s senators has criticized the slow progress of rebuilding: “Countless neighborhoods appear as if the hurricanes were just yesterday, and they serve as harsh reminders of how our nation was so unprepared.”

    Posted on Aug 26, 2006 READ MORE


    Survivor cast
    cbs.com

    Ghetto Survivor

    The next season of “Survivor” will have a new twist that has already drawn criticism.  Four teams are to be divided along racial/ethnic lines?blacks, whites, Asians, and Latinos.  The individual who wins gets a million-dollar prize.

    Posted on Aug 25, 2006 READ MORE


    Rudy Giuliani
    From Amazon.com

    Book: Giuliani Was No Hero

    What if former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani wasn’t the hero everybody thought? What if, like Bush, Giuliani had ignored myriad pre-9/11 warnings about terrorism? What if he thus left the city ill-prepared to respond to such a disaster? That’s the provocative thesis of a new book written by two top-flight investigative journalists.

    Posted on Aug 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Stem cell research
    BBC News

    Win-Win for Stem Cell Research

    A U.S. research team has developed a method for creating stem cell lines without destroying human embryos by removing a single cell, leaving the embryo intact.  If the technique proves to be effective, it should deflate the nonsense rhetoric of right-wing strategists who argue that the surplus embryos used by scientists?destined for disposal anyway?should not be used for lifesaving research.

    Posted on Aug 24, 2006 READ MORE


    The Next Lamont?

    Maybe not.  Although Jonathan Tasini would like to be the next maverick primary candidate to beat an entrenched pro-war Democrat?Hillary Clinton, in this case?he’s failed to garner anything near the support Ned Lamont managed against Joe Lieberman.

    Posted on Aug 23, 2006 READ MORE


    King Kofi
    From the Huffington Post

    A Right-Winger Reads The N.Y. Times

    This animated feature is leading the pack at the Huffington Post’s Contagious Festival; it’s a satirical look at what conservatives see when they pick up The New York Times.

  • Check out last month’s Jury Prize (it’s the “Freeway Blogger”)

  • Posted on Aug 18, 2006 READ MORE


    Hezbollah rebuilds

    ‘Daily Show’—Hezbollah’s Next Project: Rebuilding New Orleans

    “Daily Show” correspondent John Oliver reports that the militant organization has had so much success rebuilding Lebanon that it’s eager to take on the reconstruction of New Orleans. Louisiana residents are hopeful. Hey, at least Hezbollah’s not FEMA.

    Posted on Aug 18, 2006 READ MORE


    Hersh: U.S. Aided Israel as Prep for War on Iran

    The Bush administration was “closely involved in the planning of Israel?s retaliatory attacks” on Hezbollah, the inestimable Seymour Hersh alleges in The New Yorker. Furthermore, writes Hersh, Bush & Co. saw the Israeli attacks “as a prelude to a potential American preemptive attack to destroy Iran?s nuclear installations.” Administration officials have denied the charges. Read the whole thing. (more…)

     

    Posted on Aug 14, 2006 READ MORE


    World Cant Wait
    From WorldCantWait.org

    Roster of Prominent Americans Calls for End of ‘Bush Regime’

    A wide array of artists, politicians, academics and journalists endorsed a full-page ad in the N.Y. Times on Thursday that calls for a day of mass resistance Oct. 5 to “drive out the Bush regime.”

  • The signers include: Jane Fonda, Gore Vidal, Sean Penn, Alice Walker, Lewis Lapham, Susan Sarandon, Rep. John Conyers, Rep. Maxine Waters, Cornel West, Margaret Cho and Paul Haggis.

  • Posted on Aug 3, 2006 READ MORE


    N.Y. Times Endorses Lamont

    Giving the nod to Ned Lamont in the upcoming Conn. Senate primary, the paper’s editorial board railed against Sen. Joe Lieberman’s “warped version of bipartisanship, in which the never-ending war on terror becomes an excuse for silence and inaction.”

    Posted on Jul 30, 2006 READ MORE


    56% Want Deadline for Leaving Iraq

    According to a new New York Times/CBS poll, 56% of Americans support a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.  Of that group, more than half support a withdrawal even if it leads to insurgent control of the country.

    Posted on Jul 27, 2006 READ MORE


    N.Y. Court: Gays Too Good as Parents to Marry

    The New York Court of Appeals stated last week that it upheld a gay marriage ban because gay couples make more stable parental units than heterosexual couples—and thus the latter need the benefits of marriage to assist them. The reasoning behind this is wild, but it’s also insidious. Check it out.

  • Update: Nebraska just reinstated its gay marriage ban.

  • Posted on Jul 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Kim Cattrall
    From Craig Blankenhorn / HBO / N.Y. Times

    The Taming of a Slur

    The N.Y. Times reports that the word “slut” has gone the way of “queer” and “pimp” before it—from derogatory to affectionate. A prime mover behind the trend: Kim Cattrall’s portrayal of the slutty Samantha Jones on HBO’s “Sex and the City.” (h/t: Huff Po)

    Posted on Jul 13, 2006 READ MORE


    Joe Lieberman
    From manifoldreality.org

    Lieberman to Conn. Voters: Drop Dead!

    Well, we knew this was coming, but now it’s official: Sen. Joe Lieberman has created a new political party that he will use to appear on the November ballot if he loses the Democratic primary in August.

  • As such a move would amount to sticking his thumb in the eye of Conn. voters, the name of his new political party is deliciously ironic: Connecticut for Lieberman.

  • Maybe he should have picked something more representative of his backing: Lieberman for Lieberman

    Posted on Jul 10, 2006 READ MORE


  • New York and Georgia Rule Against Gay Marriage

    Just when it appeared that there might be a glimmer of hope in the darkness…New York and Georgia go and remind us that when it comes to gay marriage, the USA is still in the Dark Ages.

    Posted on Jul 6, 2006 READ MORE


    Anne Frank comparison

    Memo to Pundits and Pols: No More Holocaust Comparisons

    That’s the advice of a Washington Post reporter, who says that no one should ever compare anything to the Nazis, Hitler or the Holocaust. Even if you’re talking, as Sen. Dick Durbin recently was, about the prisoner mistreatment scandal at Gitmo, it will always backfire. Other examples:

  • FreeRepublic.com and Accuracy in Media pull the “Anne Frank card” on the N.Y. Times.
  • CNN Host Glenn Beck uses a Holocaust comparison for the N.Y. Times, too.
  • Posted on Jul 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Feinstein: I Wasn’t Briefed Beforehand on Bank Program

    The White House says it briefed Congress on its bank records collection program long ago, but Senate Intelligence Committee member Diane Feinstein says she was briefed only after it became clear that the N.Y. Times was going to run its story on the program.

    Posted on Jul 2, 2006 READ MORE


    David Addington
    From MSNBC

    Cheney’s Legal Hit Man

    He’s been described as “the most powerful person you’ve never heard of,” and “Cheney’s Cheney.” He’s David Addington, the vice president’s chief of staff, and he’s behind the legal arguments to support presidential-sanctioned torture, the attempt to discredit Joe Wilson, and the bogus Niger uranium story. The New Yorker has a must-read profile.

    Posted on Jun 30, 2006 READ MORE


    Powell - Times Bashing

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    Times Bashing
    Dwayne Powell

    Richard Clarke: How Gullible Does Bush Take Americans to Be?

    The president’s former counter-terrorism chief says the White House wants “the public to believe that it had not already occurred to every terrorist on the planet that his telephone was probably monitored and his international bank transfers subject to scrutiny.”

    Posted on Jun 30, 2006 READ MORE


    N.Y. Times Paperboy

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    Court Ruling: Gitmo Brass Shrugs, Bush Lawyer Shudders

    The admiral in charge of the Guantanamo military detention center said he doubts Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling on presidential authority will have any effect on his operations. But a Bush administration lawyer wasn’t as sanguine, saying about the decision, “It’s very broad, it’s very significant, and it’s a slam.”

    Posted on Jun 29, 2006 READ MORE


    Colbert Weighs In on N.Y. Times Bank Records Controversy

    Stephen Colbert said the N.Y. Times could learn a thing or two about secrecy from Superman, who continued to be “a pretend journalist”—“like Brit Hume.”

    Posted on Jun 29, 2006 READ MORE


    N.Y. Times arrested
    Mike Luckovich

    Robert Scheer: A Disgraceful Attack on the New York Times

    The Bush administration is starting to sound like a two-bit dictatorship by insisting that the media shouldn’t have the right to report on the government’s prosecution of the so-called “war on terror.”

  • UPDATE: The House passed a resolution condemning the N.Y. Times for its reporting.
  • Posted on Jun 27, 2006 READ MORE


    President Bush and N.Y. Times editor Bill Keller

    Bush Condemns, Keller Defends Bank Data Story

    President Bush said the N.Y. Times’ disclosures about the administration’s bank data-mining program did “great harm to the United States of America.” The Times’ editor, Bill Keller, said “nobody should think that we made this decision casually, with any animus toward the current administration, or without fully weighing the issues.”

    Posted on Jun 26, 2006 READ MORE


    Rep. Peter King

    Rep. Peter King: Charge the N.Y. Times With Espionage

    Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) tells Chris Matthews that he’s calling on Atty. Gen. Gonzales to begin a criminal investigation into the newspaper for publishing details of President Bush’s financial information-mining program.

    Posted on Jun 26, 2006 READ MORE


    The N.Y. Times’ Modest Proposal to the GOP

    From one of today’s Times editorials: “Given the topics that have preoccupied Congress lately, one wonders why the Republicans don’t simply propose a catchall bill aimed at illegal gay liberal Mexican flag burners and be done with it.”
    Why not indeed?

    Posted on Jun 23, 2006 READ MORE


    Global Warming in Venice, N.Y.

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    Swift and the CIA
    Swift: swift.org / CIA: fas.org

    Feds Secretly Reviewed Bank Data to Fight Terror

    Under a post 9/11 Bush administration program, CIA agents officials have gained access to financial records from a vast international database called SWIFT, examining banking transactions involving thousands of Americans without specific warrants in each case. (This program is working in parallel with the NSA’s warrantless eavesdropping system)

  • The N.Y. Times has the scoop
  • The Washington Post has government officials confirming the story
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    Posted on Jun 23, 2006 READ MORE


    Successor to Zarqawi Is Announced

    Al Qaeda in Iraq said in a Web statement that a militant named Abu Hamza al Muhajer had been chosen as the group’s new leader. Nothing is immediately known about Muhajer, except that his last name is Arabic for immigrant, implying that he is not Iraqi.

    Posted on Jun 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Joe Conason: Fire Chertoff, for Starters

    Department of Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff may have again revealed his incompetence by slashing New York’s anti-terror funding, but the problems plaguing that agency reach far deeper than one man. 

    Posted on Jun 8, 2006 READ MORE


    West of Jesus

    Wave Rider

    Truthdig contributor Steven Kotler describes in The New York Times Magazine how the mere act of going surfing pulled him out of a near-suicidal battle with Lyme disease and kick-started a quest to explore the nexus of surf, science and spirituality.

    Posted on Jun 5, 2006 READ MORE


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