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Deficits in life, but not in deaths| Along the (head)Lines

In Along the (head)Lines on 27 January 2011 at 10:31 am

I guess I will be needing the snow boots after all. [NYT]

Stress isn’t limited to those in the job market; College freshman are experiencing an all-time low in self-evaluation (perhaps because they went to WKU?). [NYT]

Egyptian youth calling and end to Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule: “It was the young people who took the initiative and set the date and decided to go.” [NYT]

Obama administration in support of the riots: Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday that “the Egyptian government has an important opportunity . . . to respond to the legitimate needs and interests of the Egyptian people.” [Washington Post]

Uganda gay rights activist beaten to death after suing local newspaper: “He was killed by someone who came in his house with a hammer, meaning anyone else could be the next target.” [BBC]

Second underage girl named in prosecution against Italian prime minister: “Using the services of prostitutes is not a crime in Italy, but paying a prostitute aged under 18 is an offence.” Mr. Berlusconi says allegations are politically motivated, and that he has done nothing wrong. [BBC]

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Obama aims for “big things” | Along the (head)Lines

In Along the (head)Lines on 26 January 2011 at 9:51 am

President Obama’s State of the Union address, verbaitim. “We do big things” is the new “tear down this wall.” [NPR]

In Chicago, Rahm Emanuel back on the ballot. [NYT]

The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission calls the 2008 recession “avoidable”, driven by low interest rates, mortgage giants, and the failure of regulators: “The crisis was the result of human action and inaction, not of Mother Nature or computer models gone haywire.” [NYT]

In the UK, one of five graduates is unemployed, the highest in more than a decade. [BBC]

Number of troops killed in Afghanistan by roadside bombs 60% higher in 2010, as many as the number in the previous three years combined. [Washington Post]

Egypt-Lebanon-Tunisia worrisome for spreading U.S. pro-democracy influence. [NYT]

Also in Egypt, violent demands for Hosni Murbarak to step down from office [NYT]; meanwhile, Twitter is a no-go. [Village Voice

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Intro, Preface | MEmorial

In MEmorial on 25 January 2011 at 8:44 am

ulmer //

All the concerns about the decline of the public sphere or the destruction of civic life caused by the society of the spectacle are focused by the question of commemoration: how a collectivity remembers who or what it is. (xxi)

links //

May 20: Costeau on the Oil Spill []

Of course we should be alarmed, but the present hysteria angers me. How many times must we be surprised by the latest catastrophe? Will only a Doomsday event motivate us? It is crystal clear to me that we need to look at our attitudes and make fundamental changes. Crisis management is no management at all. Crises are absolutely inevitable if we continue to ignore the fact that nature is far more complex and unpredictable than we can imagine.

We all know that for now, we must stop the leak, clean up the mess, monitor the impacts, stay calm and stick to the facts. We need to take care of the thousands and thousands of people whose lives are being destroyed in a domino effect, and make sure the people who were incompetent are held responsible economically and politically.

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Failed politiking & a dose of religion, too | Along the (head)Lines

In Along the (head)Lines on 25 January 2011 at 7:57 am

Officials still unaware of who was behind the Moscow Airport bombing. But one thing is clear: “They’d like to be bombing planes and they can’t, so they’re bombing airports.” [NYT]

Among the dead from the bombing is former acclaimed writer Anna Yablonskaya, one of the “new young voices of Russian drama.” [BBC]

Rahm Emanuel ousted from Chicago’s mayoral ballot: “Mr. Emanuel failed to meet a state code stipulating that candidates for mayor reside in the city they hope to lead for at least a full year before an election.” [NYT]

Who will get the Presidential nod at this evening’s State of the Union address? [Washington Post]

Creating jobs is the State of the Union’s “number one focus.” [BBC]

Hezbollah and allies won enough support for candidate Najib Miqati as leader of Lebanon, “unleashing angry protests.” Final ballot will be cast Tuesday. [NYT]

Australia charges three Indonesian men for the Christmas Island shipwreck last month: “The three men – aged 22, 60 and 32 – were charged with ‘facilitating the bringing to Australia of a group of five or more persons’, police said.” [BBC]

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Explosions abroad, shootings at home | Headline Composite

In Headline Composite on 24 January 2011 at 11:04 am

Breaking: Explosion in Moscow airport this morning being treated as a terrorist attack. Occured at 4:32 pm local time. [NYT] Up to 31 dead reported so far. [Washington Post]

Anticipating President Obama’s State of the Union address, Republican’s warn that they will not tolerate any increases in spending. Representative Eric Cantor: “Every dollar should be on the table.” [NYT]

Chinese President Hu Jintao has begun declining power; presumed successor is Xi Jinping; Mr. Xi is expected to keep China moving in the same Communist direction. [NYT]

Jared Loughner, Arizona shooter, due in federal court today on charges of murder and attempted murder. [Washington Post]

NY summit teaching Muslims “how to fight prejudice and fear” spreads McCarthy-like discomfort in the meantime. The topic: “What could be done to stop planned congressional hearings on alleged hidden radicalism among American Muslims and mosques?” [Washington Post]

New FDA food traceability rule rolling into action. Idea is that with use of a mobile device, one will have the ability to access data and see where food is coming from. [Washington Post]

UK government initiative, led by Professor Sir John Beddington, asks governments to act swiftly to aid the world hunger crisis. With the rising population, Beddington warns: “We have 20 years to arguably deliver something of the order of 40% more food; 30% more available fresh water and of the order of 50% more energy.” [BBC]

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Bank of America down; Britney up | Headline Composite

In Headline Composite on 21 January 2011 at 12:18 pm

Obama names Jeffrey R. Immelt, chairman and chief executive of General Electric, as chairman of new Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, succeeding Paul A. Volcker. [NYT]

Gabrielle Giffords transported to Houston, Texas for rehab. “But despite her steady progress, doctors say Ms Giffords still has a long road to recovery and are not sure what, if any, disability she will have.” [BBC]

Tony Blair speaks publicly about his Iraq regrets, though some criticize him for saying such too late. “I wanted to make that clear, that of course, I regret deeply and profoundly the loss of life, whether from our own armed forces, those of other nations, the civilians who helped people in Iraq, or the Iraqis themselves and I just wanted to say that because it is right to say that and it is what I feel.” [BBC]

Bank of America posts lost of $1.2 billion for the quarter, higher than the posted $194 million loss during the same period in 2009. [Washington Post]

Haiti’s Jean-Claude Duvalier formally charged with embezzlement and corruption on Tuesday; speaking of his emergence from exile, he said: “I don’t think this was a very successful trip.” [NYT]

Fears that Google is the next Microsoft: “But the sudden rise of Facebook has exposed Google’s failures in areas like social networking and threatens its vast share of the online advertising market. Meanwhile, although Google has had success in new areas like mobile and display advertising, it has struggled to branch out into other businesses like television” (Co-founder Larry Page takes over for Eric E. Schmidt). [NYT]

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JFK’s inaugural still not good enough; but neither is Skins (phew!) | Headline Composite

In Headline Composite on 20 January 2011 at 9:00 am

From the NYT:

Obama meets with China’s President Hu Jintao, seeking a richer relationship between the U.S. and China–one that emphasizes human rights, not just the exchange of goods.

MTV’s Skins is under criticism for violation of childhood pornography laws. MTV says the show “addresses real-world issues confronting teens in a frank way”; too bad the frankness might be illegal.

3 Democrats join the Republic effort to repeal the health care overhaul, with the House of Representative’s 245 to 189 vote on Wednesday. The article also cites Gabrielle Giffords as still being hospitalized, and thus unable to vote.

There is only one Christian left in Iraq; Mayor Fawzi: “I would give my life for the life that used to be here to come back.”

From the Washington Post:

Today is the fiftieth anniversary of “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” Despite the date, the address is still not considered as good as Lincoln’s second or FDR’s first.

22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner indicted to three counts: one count of attempted assassination (Giffords), and two more counts of attempted murder.

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