Sunday, September 13, 2009

A Links List

So much news today, that people are liable to miss something.

Afghan Detainees given Rights. Now they actually get lawyers. Perhaps this indicates a radically new approach to Afghanistan?

Serena Williams makes Fox top story. Given that the Serena Williams incident certainly raises the specter of race (one wonders if the line judge might have felt threatened by, say, Justine Henin), I am just going to put it out there that the story may have made Fox's top headline for reasons other than an appeal to the tennis-watching demographic. True, the New York Times uses the same bizarre picture, but it doesn't have the caption, "Serena Threatens: I would take this ball and shove it down your throat". And it even has its own reporters covering the story.

Tea Party March on Washington. 60,000-70,000 is the number ABC gives, everyone else says "tens of thousands". Strange that it's not on the NYTimes page, since it generally leans liberal, but this is fairly blatant. Definitely a show of force, but it's hard to tell what the impact will be, especially given the very visible extremism in the gathering.

Water and Waste. I was wondering what the visible effects of the Bush EPA would be, and this is definitely one. Believe it or not, if you don't regulate companies, they will do the most cost-effective thing--dumping toxic sludge into whereever is most convenient. More non-obvious is that the often underfunded state EPA's often take cues and resources from the national entity, so when I wouldn't be surprised if EPA quality drops during Republican administrations even in formerly reliable states.

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