February 17, 2010

Miscellany 2/17

Around the web this week...

High unemployment is going to be with us for a while... In The Atlantic, How a New Jobless Era Will Transform America

This Esquire feature on Roger Ebert is guaranteed to have you counting your blessings. Talk about making lemonade.

Recently released aerial photos of the World Trade Center attacks on 9/11 are stunning, particularly this one (pop-up image) of one of the towers caught in mid-collapse. The photos, taken from an NYPD helicopter, are being released slowly by ABC after the network acquired them via a FOIA request. Why that was necessary after eight years is beyond me. The pilot comments here.

It's the first anniversary of the stimulus package, and there are lots of links at this roundup by Matthew Continetti. House Minority Leader John Boehner's office released their own report on the stimulus (pdf), complete with many examples of the bogus government accounting of the numbers of jobs "created or saved", along with stories of fraud and waste in the spending of the borrowed bucks. (Pssst...next time call it a "jobs bill"). UPDATE : More from Jen Rubin.

In the NYT Sunday Book Review, a short essay on Why Orwell Endures

Read this account of city government ineptitude, apathy, corruption and paralysis...but only till your head explodes...San Francisco...The Worst Run Big City in the U.S.

"School reform is neither a liberal or conservative issue"...Larry Sand writing in City Journal...We're All Right-Wing Bastards Now

Posted by dan at February 17, 2010 10:55 PM