Hero, the word, as defined by Websters;
a mythological or legendary figure often of divine descent endowed with great strength or ability.
As defined by Collins English Dictionary;
1.a man distinguished by exceptional courage, nobility, fortitude, etc
a man who is idealized for possessing superior qualities in any field (classical mythology) a being of [...]
Inside this rather boring if frightening story about the problems at hedge fund SAC Capital, lies this sentence (highlighted):
A legal deadline looms for prosecutors to bring a criminal case against Mr. Cohen related to charges against Mathew Martoma, a former SAC portfolio manager accused of illegally trading in the shares of two drug companies, [...]
Chris Hedges’ article on his recent meeting with Assange is a mix of interview and essay, Assange’s statements and Hedges’ thoughts and expansion thereon are well worth reading – and thinking about.
(Excerpts of the audio here).
I respect entrepreneurs who build something from nothing, particularly the vast class of entrepreneurs in the United States who build small businesses and smaller medium sized firms. They are the backbone of any employment growth we have with very little help from the government(s). It’s all Wall Street and very little Main Street. (Image: Creative [...]
Two DC Media Ceremonies Contrast Courage, Comfort
By Andrew Kreig April 30, 2013.
The annual Ridenhour Prize luncheon for courageous journalism contrasted sharply last week with the yearly White House Correspondents Dinner gala for corporate-run news organizations, top political figures, other celebrities, and their financial backers. The Ridenhour Prizes, named for the Vietnam War veteran [...]
The Guardian Exclusive:
For three years it has chronicled Mexico’s drug war with graphic images and shocking stories that few others dare show, drawing millions of readers, acclaim, denunciations – and speculation about its author’s identity.
Blog del Narco, an internet sensation dubbed a “front-row seat” to Mexico’s agony over drugs, has become a must-read [...]
I guess Malcolm Smith (nominal D-NY) can be forgiven. After all, he watched as Michael Bloomberg purchased the mayoralty three times.
Smith’s problem is, he tried to buy the office of the Mayor at the five-fingered discount:
At one stage, Mr. Smith was part of a Democratic power troika that lavished goodies on an [...]
Great Britain’s three political parties just made a deal to provide a degree of regulation for the British press. The deal produces a Royal Charter that establishes a press regulator at arms-length from the government plus a regulation regime that the major media companies can join.
The charter is an outgrowth of [...]
News sources are always a challenge. It is even more difficult when looking for decent citizen journalists, particularly in foreign countries. I’ve been reading an excellent blog out of Egypt for a while, The Egyptian Chronicles. The blogger is Zeinobia, an Egyptian woman, maybe a student or college faculty member. Events in Egypt are dynamic [...]
Columbia Journalism Review slams Times for “outright lie” about its commitment to environmental coverage.
Climate Progress, By Joe Romm, March 4
This weekend two of the premier newspapers in the country basically abandoned the story of the century — climate change — as a specialized beat. The NY Times shut down its Green Blog (fast [...]
At least one change for this year
The 85th Academy Awards won’t have the traditional Oscar “trophy girls” of award shows past carrying the trophy to the podium. This year they have been replaced by aspiring film students.The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and MTV’s 24-hour college network, mtvU, [...]
Huffington Post, By Garbrielle Dunkley, February 6
Former Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) has been in talks with Fox News regarding a possible role as a contributor to the network, Politico’s Mike Allen confirmed Wednesday.
Brown announced on Friday that he would not run in the special election in Massachusetts this June to fill Secretary of [...]
Ta-Nehisi Coates on David Mamet’s recent gun-nut revisionism (“The Founding Fathers, far from being ideologues, were not even politicians,” etc) for Newsbeast:
All jest aside, I find the process that produces this sort of work to be utterly amoral. I’ve said this before, but this is the kind of writing that would get you [...]
I would just like to endorse every fricking word in this Charles Pierce post. Thank you, Charles. If I wasn’t so stuck up on myself coming across as something akin to a “serious person”, this is what I’d hope every one of my posts would read like.
When it comes to public intellectuals who are intrinsically linked to opened doors of perception former longtime Harper’s editor and current Lapham’s Quarterly editor/founder Lewis Lapham is probably not the first name that springs to mind. But in this wide-ranging Reason TV interview Lapham discusses drug legalization and how it relates to his recent [...]