Various Reads

by matttbastard

Today looks to be a busy one in the meatworld, so here’s are some recommended reads to keep you distracted until I can find some time to throw up something substantial:

James Carroll, What the pirates say, Boston Globe

Javier Marias, Déjà Vu All Over Again, The New Republic

Marie Cocco, Where Are the Female Arnold Schwarzeneggers?, WaPo Writers Group

Azadeh Dastyari, The detained refugees Obama will not free, The Age

Robert Weissman, The 10 Worst Corporations of 2008, Multinational Monitor

Charles P. Pierce, Torn Up, Boston Globe Magazine

James Surowiecki, The Perils of Efficiency, The New Yorker

Tamura Lomax, William R. Jones Revisited: Is God a Racist Misogynist?, Religion Dispatches

Michelle Goldberg, Proposition 8, The Mormon Coming Out Party, Religion Dispatches

John Harwood, Change Is Landing in Old Hands, New York Times

Gary Younge, Americans have never felt so excited, and yet so depressed, The Guardian

Elaine Scarry, Presidential Crimes, The Boston Review

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Dividing the Spoils

by matttbastard

Um, Alison, I’m not sure if this what John Quiggin meant when he said “Citigroup’s global operations are too big for the US to handle alone.”

Still, your scoop does lend credence to the theory that modern capitalism was invented by pirates.

Ahem.

Related: For more on Citigroup’s woes (and how fucked we are), see The Wall Street Journal, Yves Smith, and Shaun Mullen, who wryly observes that “[b]eing shocked [by the economic freefall] implies that you still have faith in government and the markets.”

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