Are you like, a 1st ammendment girl? the Onion imbroglio
CNN: Did 'The Onion' take satire too far?
John King USA|Added on September 29, 2011
CNN's Candy Crowley and panel members discuss a fake tweet about a hostage incident released by "The Onion." I think if you take satire too far you lose your Satire License.
L.A. Times, "Onion story on Capitol Hill hostages sparks probe"
And finally, the link in question:
Congress Takes Group Of Schoolchildren Hostage: 'We Need $12 Trillion Or All These Kids Die'
Jonathan Turley, via John Caruso:
But perhaps the biggest blow to civil liberties is what he has done to the movement itself. It has quieted to a whisper, muted by the power of Obama's personality and his symbolic importance as the first black president as well as the liberal who replaced Bush. Indeed, only a few days after he took office, the Nobel committee awarded him the Nobel Peace Prize without his having a single accomplishment to his credit beyond being elected. Many Democrats were, and remain, enraptured.
Slate, Does Southwest Airlines Overpolice Its Passengers?
Jonathan Cook, Counterpunch, "The Dangerous Cult of the Guardian"
Two from Salon:
Thomas Rogers, "The theft of the American pension"
and Glenn Greenwald, The FBI again thwarts its own Terror plot:
Are there so few actual Terrorists that the FBI has to recruit them into manufactured attacks?
The FBI has received substantial criticism over the past decade -- much of it valid -- but nobody can deny its record of excellence in thwarting its own Terrorist plots. Time and again, the FBI concocts a Terrorist attack, infiltrates Muslim communities in order to find recruits, persuades them to perpetrate the attack, supplies them with the money, weapons and know-how they need to carry it out -- only to heroically jump in at the last moment, arrest the would-be perpetrators whom the FBI converted, and save a grateful nation from the plot manufactured by the FBI.
William Cavanaugh, Only Christianity can save economics
The financial crisis was not driven by materialism so much as by a desire to transcend material constraints.
To put it another way, far deeper than the desire for more "stuff" is the desire to overcome the limitations of the material world, of the human body and of death, and thus to be free from the scarcity and risk and dependence of a life that is materially based.
Maybe I'm missing something here. I don't understand what the difference is between materialism and trying to "transcend material constraints." I may write a bit more about this essay later.