Wednesday, June 15, 2011
NPR sucks again
Thank you to Ava for her great post "Sexual assaults at the VA (Ava)" last night. I always appreciate a night off but I also appreciate when she reports on Congress.
I did post Monday night and that was theme night. I'm swiping from C.I.'s Tuesday "Iraq Snapshot" for this:
Last night Cedric's "Barry's got plenty of ideas -- always bad ones" and Wally's "THIS JUST IN! ROUGH WATERS!" went up. That was their joint-humor post. The non-humor posts last night revolved around a theme: write a book you have and that you've selected at random: Mike's "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" (Pauline Kael's movie critiques), Trina's "Collected Stories" (Tennessee Williams' Collected Stories), Rebecca's "pigs at the trough" (Arianna Huffington book), Kat's "Rock Encyclopedia" (the classic text), Ann's "4 men, 1 woman" (Gore Vidal's Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace), Marcia's "Embassytown" (China Mieville's new novel), Elaine's "Left Bank and Other Stories" (short stories by Jean Rhys), Ruth's "The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes" (novelizations of Disney films in an attempt to increase reading among children -- this is a novelization of a Disney film starring Kurt Russell), Betty's "Lorraine Hansberry: The Collected Plays" (the title says it all but for any who might not place the name immediately, she is the playwright who wrote A Raisin in the Sun) and Stan's "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy" (Greg Palast's classic book).
I thought it was interesting that Betty and I both ended up with playwrights.
I enjoyed all the posts. I hope you did as well.
I also enjoyed the snapshot today and wanted to note that because C.I. does so much Congressional hearing reporting. She did the confirmation hearings for Bush's two Supreme Court appointees. And I believe that was in 2005. But it's really in 2006 when Congressional hearings become a staple at The Common Ills and this year she's covering so many hearings. I think she could actually not do another hearing the rest of the year and have reported as much as she did the year before. That's because she's doing so many of them.
And it's one of those things that makes TCI stand out all the more.
NPR's All Things Considered stood out today, too. For airing the stupidest story yet. There are 2 million jobs not being filled! In manufacturing! It's the lousy US education system's fault!
Uh, no. The problem is big business and if the NPR reporter and the gas bag he interviewed had thought it through, they would have realized that.
There's no need to change the school systems. What need to happen is business needs to provide on the job training. These are manufacturing jobs but, NPR insists, they require you're being able to operate multiple machines. So?
The business needs to train for that. The way -- as even the report noted -- they used to.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Wednesday: