December 07, 2011

Wednesday's Daily Brief

Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Rebecca MacKinnon On Internet Freedom
Assad Denies Bloody Crackdown
OECD Countries With The Widest Gap Between Rich And Poor
How Much Do City Students Know?
Occupy Wall Street: A Generation Of 20-Somethings Airs Its Grievances, Its Frustrations
Robert Reich: The Most Important Economic Speech of His Presidency
President Barack Obama finally sounds like the candidate many of us thought we had elected in 2008. Hopefully his second term will promise to take on the growing inequities and game-rigging practices that have been undermining America for years.
Michael Moore: The Winter of Our Occupation
And now it is winter. Wall Street rejoices, hoping that the change of seasons will mean a change in our spirit, our commitment to stop them. They couldn't be more wrong.
Christine Lagarde: The Arab Spring, One Year On
Almost one year ago, countries in the Middle East region embarked upon a historical transformation. Today, the state of play remains uncertain, with the setbacks and intensity of disruptions larger than expected.
George Lakoff: Words That Don't Work
Progressives had some fun last week with Frank Luntz, who told the Republican Governors' Association that he was scared to death of the Occupy movement and recommended language to combat what the movement had achieved. Be wary though. It's a trap.
Karl A. Pillemer, Ph.D.: Top 10 Lessons for Living from the Wisest Americans
In contemporary society, we don't often ask our elders for advice. We're much more likely to talk to professionals, read books by pop psychologists or motivational speakers, or troll the internet for solutions to our problems. This is a serious mistake.