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Remembering Ben Bradlee

(bbcnews.com)
Journalism / Watergate
>BBC’s Naughtie calls Bradlee: “The kind of editor every journalist dreams about.”

Michigan becomes 5th US state to thwart direct Tesla car sales (cnbc.com)
Business / Protectionism
>GM applauds the move that mandates a franchised approach to car sales. Tesla vows it isn’t over.
Kenny G Stirs Controversy With Visit to Hong Kong Protest (nytimes.com)
Occupy Central / China
>While Beijing complained, the protesters thought it was a plot to get him to play “Going Home” so they’d leave.
Earth on pace for hottest year ever recorded (torontostar.com)
Environment / Climate Change
>September was fourth month in 2014 with record heat. A predicted El Niño would ensure a record year.

FRESH CUTS

Ebola: Has ‘America lost its mind?’

From hhs.gov

Fear is not the appropriate response, but it is very American, in the sense that nothing happening in the world seems to matter until it happens to us. This is a classic American pitfall, where we reach for a mask of ugly paranoia because of our own self importance.

University of Chicago’s Harold Pollack says that given the facts about the disease, and the infinitesimally small rate of infection in the United States, we should be more concerned about how alarmist our media is making the situation. “If you’re just tuning in,” he added, “you might believe that America has lost its mind.”

The phrase “abundance of caution” has been prevalent in stories about Ebola. People vomit on airplanes all the time, but now, we lock them in bathrooms. We close schools and bridal stores for a disease that is not communicable except through direct contact with bodily fluids. That’s not “caution;” it’s rationalized paranoia.

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Voter’s gamble in a casino where election officials rig the game

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Trust broken, empowerment renewed – the new Obama legacy

(Adapted from White House photo)

OTHER RECENT ESSAYS

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder (adapted from British Foreign and Commonwealth Office Flickr photo) and Texas Gov. Rick Perry (adapted from photo by Jonathan Mallard)

Holder’s Texas Two Step: voter ID challenge begins

Broom Dance

What do women want? Not Republicans

Ferguson, Day 4, Photo 26

Racism and Ferguson: a systemic problem requires a systemic solution

From Flickr/Public Domain

Real crisis at border is one of American conscience

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On the Video

John Oliver’s team demonstrates one way to get SCOTUS to allow cameras in court (HBO)

Compelling video of man rescued from house fire (Fresno Bee)

Rick Scott delays debate over fan at Charlie Crist’s feet (WFOR via PostTV)

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Obamacare-getcovered

Michelle Nunn for US Senate

Michelle Nunn for Senate

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Got Brains? Need Laughs? The incomparable, independent satire of
Julianna Forlano.
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