Monday, July 22, 2013

READING FOR THE WEEK (July 22, 2013)

Here's what Manhattan would look like inside the Grand Canyon (New York Magazine).

World's scariest bridges (Travel + Leisure).


Darrell Issa ... wannabe, fool, and all around clown (NY Times).

The Return of Lawrence Summers, Mr. Spectacular Failure (Creators).

So Dick Cheney's daughter, Liz Cheney, is running for U.S. Senate in Wyoming. Here's 10 fun facts about the person who makes nepotism look worse than it already is (Mother Jones).

The 10 mind numbingly dumbest things ever said about abortion and women's rights (Rolling Stone).

Charles Koch Foundation: If you earn $34,000 per year you're in the top 1%. What they ignore is that if you work full-time in a minimum wage job in America you won't earn more than $16,000 per year, and that you need to live in a place like Bangladesh to enjoy the benefits of being in the top 1% (Huffingpost).


Is your money safe in an insured bank account? With the new reality of banks shifting bank losses on to depositors means you should think again (Truthout).

Another reason to ditch the banks and bank with credit unions ... If you put $250 in a Chase bank account and get 12.5 cents a year (at 0.05% APR) you will likely be charged a $4.00 per month fee if there is no activity in your account (Buzzflash/Truthout).

Too Big To Fail banks pushing to crush credit unions - and remove the competition - by going after credit union tax exemption (LA Times).

MORE MARKET STUFF (you should know about)

Monsanto's patent appeal rejected by the Indian government, saving farmers, food, and lives (Nation of Change).

Think the private sector gets it right? Think again ... The obscenities of capitalism and America's free marketeer lunatic fringe is getting it wrong, big time (Nation of Change).

Wealth and inequality in America ... Perception vs. Reality (Youtube). Hat tip to Jose for reminding me about this.


Yes, President Obama knows what he's talking about when it comes to Trayvon Martin (Daily News).

In a "chilling" ruling, Chevron is granted access to activists' private internet data (Common Dreams).

"Go Public" ... the antidote to the billionaires war on public schools (Truthout).

Russia to arrest openly gay tourists (Travel and Escape).

In the WTF category ... The leaked NSA slide show the Department of Homeland Security doesn't want their employees to read. So, yeah, it's so secret that even when it's public knowledge you're not supposed to see it (Washington Post).

- Mark 

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