Posts Tagged ‘Rolling Stone’

West Virginia: Life in the Spill Zone

March 13, 2014

West Virginia: Life in the Spill Zone

“Life in West Virginia wasn’t all that easy to begin with. It is the third poorest state in the country; almost 18 percent of its population lives below the poverty line. Many people in the spill zone are now spending a chunk of their paychecks simply to have access to clean water — a necessity so fundamental it’s one that people in a developed country should expect.”

— “Don’t Drink the Water: West Virginia After the Chemical Spill,” Heather Rogers, Rolling Stone

Related:

“Chemical Valley,” Evan Osmos, The New Yorker

“What’s that smell in West Virginia water?” ScienceBlog

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Earth Day Echoes

April 22, 2011

Earth Day Echoes

April 22nd  has been celebrated as Earth Day since 1970. A holiday that raises humankind’s awareness of our responsibility for the natural health of our planet. Sounds good, right?

Not in some ways:

“The 15 Corniest Pro-Environmental Songs,” Stacey Anderson, Rolling Stone

 

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Best Bass Players?

April 1, 2011

 Best Bass Players?

“Rolling Stone Readers Pick the Top Ten Bassists of All Time.” See it here, with video clips.

Rolling Stone asked readers to vote on the top ten bass players of all time, and the results demonstrate the weakness of the “crowdsourcing” concept. Even limiting the selection to Rock/Pop/R&B players of the electric bass, a list without James Jamerson, Bootsy Collins, Leland Sklar, or Bob Babbitt simply cannot be taken seriously.

 

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Wall Street Scoundrels Skip Jail

February 18, 2011

Wall Street Scoundrels Skip Jail

“Nobody goes to jail,” notes Matt Taibbi. “This is the mantra of the financial-crisis era, one that saw virtually every major bank and financial company on Wall Street embroiled in obscene criminal scandals that impoverished millions and collectively destroyed hundreds of billions, in fact, trillions of dollars of the world’s wealth — and nobody went to jail.”

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Tea Party

September 30, 2010

Tea Party

“A hall full of elderly white people in Medicare-paid scooters, railing against government spending and imagining themselves revolutionaries as they cheer on the vice-presidential puppet hand-picked by the GOP establishment. If there exists a better snapshot of everything the Tea Party represents, I can’t imagine it.”

More:

“Tea & Crackers,” Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone (long and well worth reading).

“Proof that the Tea Party and GOP base are the same thing,” Steve Kornacki, Salon.

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