Here and Now.
Talk like an Egyptian: My guide on how to stop saying stupid things about Egypt. (Sarthanapalos.wordpress.com)
- “If they get Democracy they will elect extremists”. Imagine if the world said that about America. The Tea Party threatens world stability, as did the Bush administration. How would you like if others used that as a threat to support an autocrat who made all opposing parties illegal? In truth, US politics threaten world stability more than Egypt does. Second, the implication is that democracy is not to be trusted in the hands of “certain” nations, people and religions is offensive, racist and ignorant. You do not claim to value human rights, democracy and freedom and then you make exclusions based on race, nationality and religion. Don’t say this shit.
If food shortages and skyrocketing food inflation are at the heart of Egyptian popular discontent, here's 25 other countries to worry about. (Gregory White, Business Insider)
More upheaval in oil-producing regions is proof we need U.S. high-speed rail. (Scott Thill, AlterNet)
Super Bowl preview: What makes the NFL work is...socialism. (Bill Maher, HuffPost)
Following in big brother's footsteps, Mercedes Johnston to pose for Playboy. (Libby Rumelt, Nerve)
It's unclear how Mercedes landed this gig, considering her major claim to fame (besides being Levi's sister and thus Tripp's aunt) is blogging about how awful Bristol Palin is. I doubt there's a high demand to see Bristol's almost sister-in-law naked, especially since until today probably seven people outside the state of Alaska knew Levi Johnston even had a sister. You know what people probably do want to see? A naked Bristol Palin, the girl who handed these siblings their original fifteen minutes of fame.
The three real reasons Americans are more anxious than ever before. Among them: the Bowling Alone phenomenon (with half of Americans living alone, no more sense of community); and today's flood of information, much of it negative, that overwhelms us. (You know the expression: Getting information from the Internet is like taking a sip from a fire hydrant.) (Taylor Clark, Slate)
Why cartoonist Lynda Barry prefers longhand. (Sean Rogers, Walrus)
Billionaire Tea Party fanciers David and Charles Koch. (AP, Reuters)
Ayn Rand is exposed as hypocritical Social Security recipient who likely based her hero Howard Roark on 1920's serial killer William Edward Hickman. Rand, in turn, is hero to the likes of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), G.O.P.'s advertised voice of reason on downsizing government; and Clarence Thomas, who even requires his clerks to read The Fountainhead. And to Alan Greenspan, forgotten but not gone, who literally worshipped at the great lady's feet in youth as a member of her charmed circle. (Joshua Holland, AlterNet)
If it's house value and passable urban-revival prospects you seek, Detroit (and Cleveland and Pittsburgh, et al) are looking good as retirement communities. Really. (Linda Stern, Reuters)
It's true what they say, that you can buy a house in Detroit for the value of a used car.
This one, for instance: 18926 Asbury Park, Detroit, 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, garage, 882 sq. ft.,
lot size 40 x 119 ft., built 1939, property taxes $3,215. Asking $8,000 (U.S.).
Averse to fixer-uppers? Here's 490 New Town St., Detroit, a two-story Colonial with 3 bedrooms, 4
baths, a 2-car garage, 1,954 sq. ft., lot size 7,630 sq. ft., built 1993, property taxes $2,423. Extra
features include fireplace, Jacuzzi and gazebo off the deck. Asking $84,900. (Comparable
Toronto building, price, urban location, lot size: asking $680,000, fetching $720,000.)
Source: Point 2 Homes