Weekend Reading List

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

For this weekend’s reading list we have stories on the impressive scope of President Obama’s achievements, the $635 billion we have wasted militarizing police forces, why full employment is good for the working class, why environmental funders need to focus on building a grassroots movement, and a debunking of climate deniers.

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The Incomplete Greatness of Barack Obama – a thorough accounting of how President Obama has achieved more in the first three years of his Presidency than any other President has in decades. Here is our list of accomplishments achieved by the Obama Administration and Congressional Democrats in 2009 and 2010.

The Cost of America’s Police State – a report on the nearly $650 billion we have spent since the September 11 attacks militarizing police forces throughout the US against a threat that is largely non-existent.

The Case for Full Employment – an analysis showing how having full employment – i.e., the lowest unemployment rate consistent with stable inflation – as the goal of our economic system benefits working and middle class Americans and reduces economic inequality.

Cultivating the Grassroots: A Winning Approach for Environment and Climate Funders - a critique of how funders of environmental causes have focused too much on top-down, D.C. based strategies and not enough on building a grassroots movement to support and push the environmental agenda

Why the Global Warming Skeptics Are Wrong – a debunking of myths offered by climate deniers regarding whether climate change is occurring, how humans are causing climate change, how it will impact us, and whether climate scientists are profiting off concerns about climate change.

Weekend Reading List

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

For this weekend’s reading list, we have articles about the need to engage in cost-benefit analysis of domestic homeland security spending, how the media encourages the fact-free nature of conservative political discourse, a collection of articles about the impacts of private foundations on education policy, and the right wing effort to smear climate scientists.

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Terror, Security, and Money – an article about how there has been virtually no cost-benefit or risk assessment carried out in evaluating the more than $1 trillion in domestic homeland security spending since September 11, 2001.

Inside the GOP’s Fact-Free Nation – an overview of how the conservative media amplifies and encourages the fact-free approach to politics taken by much of the Republican Party today

The Best Resources for Learning About the Role of Private Foundations in Education Policy – a blog post from Larry Ferlazzo that compiles a list of articles providing a critical view of the role of large foundations in promoting charter schools and other education “reform” policies

Climategate: What Really Happened? – an article by Kate Sheppard at Mother Jones about the right wing’s attempt to smear climate scientists