The federal deficit is a major topic of conversation these days, both in the media and around the nation’s water coolers and copiers. In fact, many freshmen Republican Representatives and Senators believe that they have been sent to Congress specifically to shrink the deficit and the related national debt. But it’s become clear to me […]
The Weekly Carboholic: ACCCE hired Bonner, but didn't notify Congress of forgeries when they were discovered
ACCCE hired Bonner, but didn’t notify Congress of forgeries when they were discovered Cash for Clunkers doesn’t do much for climate National Academy of Sciences: we need independent GHG emission confirmation Climate disruption may, or may not, make disease worse Before the House voted on the American Climate and Energy Security Act (ACES) earlier this […]
While cable news dutifully devotes nonstop coverage to the latest random criminal cases — kidnappings, shootouts, murderous love triangles, car chases — it’s telling when a supposed break in one of the biggest manhunts in FBI history, for a terrorist who murdered and poisoned multiple American citizens with anthrax, takes a backseat to nearly every other story. That is, if it’s mentioned at all.
Even as details, leaks and a burgeoning list of questions bubbled to the surface last week, demanding serious scrutiny, the big three broadcast networks were equally blasÃ©. Some nights skipping mention of the unfolding story altogether, as did last Tuesday’s editions of CBS Evening News and ABC World News (though both that evening reported the eminently newsworthy story of a thrill-seeking English couple who married while being strapped outside separate airplanes). On the same night, Brian Williams afforded 39 precious seconds to the anthrax investigation on NBC Nightly News.
By Martin Bosworth Last month the Associated Press cast a harsh light on a dark secret of many big public industries–that workers have far too much access to personal data of customers, and misuse and abuse it accordingly Vast computer databases give curious employees the ability to look up sensitive information on people with the […]
Telecoms want immunity from prosecution for illegal spying–and Bush and the Democrats may just get it for them
By Martin Bosworth The Sept. 20 Newsweek had an illuminating look at the secret lobbying campaign being waged by the major telecom companies to retroactively block lawsuits against them for their participation in the NSA/Bush regime illegal wiretapping program: The campaignâ€”which involves some of Washington’s most prominent lobbying and law firmsâ€”has taken on new urgency […]
Bush has nominated retired New York Federal Judge Michael Mukasey to replace Alberto Gonzales at the helm of the Justice Department. At a glance, this seems like about the best the Democrats could have hoped for, although it’s too early to say who’s really “won” here. Bush was clearly motivated to avoid a public defeat, […]