21 Dec 2009

The F Word: Who You Callin’ Moderate?

The Senate held a historic vote on health care reform last night at 1 AM. Splitting exactly along party lines–that is, if you call Joe Lieberman a Democrat–the health care bill made it through a cloture vote and is one step away from final passage and the conference committee.

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17 Dec 2009

The F Word: Union Labor is Sexy Too

President Obama gave a speech this week touting weatherization as a “sexy” way to save money and make the world a greener place. His audience included Senators, mayors, and labor leaders, and he cracked
jokes in between serious discussion of insulation, job creation, and clean energy.

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16 Dec 2009

The F Word: Sex Worker’s Rights are Worker’s Rights

If you see a bunch of people in your neighborhood carrying red umbrellas, it might not be about the weather. December 17th is the international day to end violence against sex workers, and the red umbrella has become a symbol of sex worker rights and safety.

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16 Dec 2009

GRITtv Live: Is Capitalism Worth Saving?

With the economic collapse last year, many mainstream voices suddenly started to talk about alternatives to capitalism. The economy seems to be stabilizing a bit, but as we’ve discussed many times, people are still suffering and jobless. Yet Citigroup is getting more tax breaks, and Ben Bernanke is Time’s Man of the Year.

Can capitalism be saved, and is it worth saving? We’re thinking big this Wednesday with Nicole Gelinas of the Manhattan Institute and Max Fraad Wolff of the New School.

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15 Dec 2009

The F Word: Holiday News Jingle

It’s holiday season. And besides I’ve been feeling too grumpy to take the news “straight.” So I came up for a ditty for today. You’re welcome to send us yours. Here’s mine:

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09 Dec 2009

The F Word: Art World Still Needs Guerrilla Girls

A new young artists prize was announced recently. Whoopee! In a society that does all too little to encourage those who encourage us to imagine, and think and feel in new ways, a new fund supporting artists, especially young artists, is cause for celebration.

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09 Dec 2009

GRITtv Live: Can We Learn from Polanski?

Roman Polanski was arrested in Switzerland on a 31-year-old statutory rape charge earlier this year, and many Hollywood stars immediately rallied to his defense. Earlier this summer, Michael Jackson died and the world mourned despite the shadow cast by multiple charges of child molestation. As Polanski remains under house arrest,

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08 Dec 2009

The F Word: Why Do We Trust The Church On Health?

For over forty years, power-drunk Catholic leaders have accused independently-minded women of committing all manner of crimes and immoralities. It’s ironic, considering church leaders’ role in pervasive, prolonged and systematic child abuse.

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07 Dec 2009

The F Word: Media Monsters Threaten Net Freedom

Comcast, the nation’s biggest cable and broadband Internet company, has plans to take over NBC Universal.

The result would be a new kind of media monster that would not only produce some of America’s most popular entertainment but also control viewers’ access to it.

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05 Dec 2009

A Voice from Afghanistan

Barack Obama announced this week that the US would be sending 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan. (No word on how many private contractors would be accompanying them.) He did not explicitly use the Afghan women as justification, but many politicians have, claiming that we cannot leave the women to their fate.

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