Connecting the Dots

Majority of Americans Uncertain About ‘Occupy Wall Street’ Goals

But More Approve Than Disapprove of the Protests A new Gallup poll has some heartening results for the Occupy Wall Street movement, in that more Americans approve than disapprove of the protests, although it shows that the lack of an effective communications strategy and coherent goals could jeopardize the movement’s effectiveness (see Further Analysis below).…

Robert Reich Debunks Six Big Republican Lies About The Economy

Is Social Security a Ponzi scheme as Republican Presidential candidate Rick Perry claims? Noted author and former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich debunks that claim and five other lies the right-wing tells about taxes, government and the economy. Reich was speaking at the “Summit For A Fair Economy” in Minneapolis, Minnesota on September 10, 2011.…

Why Do Working Class People Vote Against Their Economic Interests?

Poor But Proud: Twenty Years Later Auburn History Professor Wayne Flynt Answers the Central Political Question of Our Time by Glynn Wilson AUBURN, Ala. — In a state where intellectuals are generally scorned as “elitists” — or as former governor and presidential candidate George Wallace liked to call them for his own opportunistic political reasons,…

On the First Day of Spring, All is Not Right With the World

The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson The birds are singing. The bees are buzzing, and the dogwood blooms are popping out here on the official first day of spring, known in science as the vernal equinox, the day each year when the day and night are almost exactly 12 hours long as the Sun crosses…

How Happy is America and What Can We Do to Make it Happier?

Hint: The Conservative South is Less Happy Than the Rest of the Country The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson Only in America, a country founded on the ideals of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” is there a statistical measure of “well-being” where highly paid social scientists spend a lot of time and money…

Blackbird Die-Offs: Another Silent Spring?

Could the BP Oil Gusher in the Gulf Be to Blame? “The sedge is wither’d from the lake, and no birds sing.” – John Keats, “La Belle Dame sans Merci” The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson When natural history writer Rachel Carson published Silent Spring in 1962, she was violently assailed by threats of lawsuits…

The Top Stories and People of 2010

“There is no good on earth, and sin is but a name.” — Nathaniel Hawthorne, Young Goodman Brown (1835) “Even a liar can be scared into telling the truth, same as an honest man can be tortured into telling a lie.” — William Faulkner, from Light in August (1932) The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson…

Tea or Coffee? On Tax Cut Deals and Ethics Reform

The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson The coffee tastes more than a little bitter this morning. It is no sweet tea to see your worst political predictions come true. I have been railing for the past five and a half years about the need for a coalition to come together to fight the complete corporate…

Environmental Groups Hail Forest Agreement with Georgia Paper Company

Skeptics Raise Questions by Glynn Wilson You will be glad to find out today that perhaps your favorite brand of toilet paper may no longer come from wood harvested out of some of the South’s more important hardwood forests. But the deal that led to that agreement raises some interesting economic and political questions that…

Tear Down Some Dams, Let the River of Information Flow

“When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.” – Benjamin Franklin “What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate.” – Paul Newman as Luke, in Cool Hand Luke “Keep close to Nature’s heart … and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”…

Poor But Proud: Voting to Remain Poor Still Plagues the South

The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson The news could not be any worse. I honestly wish there was some good news to report. Sorry to say, there’s not any. Well, the Crimson Tide did manage to pull out a victory over Ole Miss in Tuscaloosa on Saturday, football being about the only thing worth mentioning…

Who Should the People of the Gulf Coast Trust for Payback?

The Federal Government or the State Court System? David Underhill of the Mobile Alabama Sierra Club protests BP in Panama City, Florida Legal Analysis by Glynn Wilson David Underhill of the Mobile Alabama Sierra Club, who recently protested a public forum sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Interior by wearing duct tape over his…

You Can Lead A Horse to Water…

You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink. – English proverb A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read. – Mark Twain The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson For the record, I’ve never owned a horse. I’ve ridden a few, but I still don’t know…

Let’s Not Kiss This War Goodbye

The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson On Sunday, June 13, 1971, the day the New York Times published its first installment of the Pentagon Papers story on the Vietnam war, I was going on 13, living in the suburbs east of Birmingham, Alabama. About the only news I recall keeping up with in those days…

Is the American Political Divide the Media's Fault?

Five Years Ago Today, this Web Press was Born to Counter the Fourth Estate Brooks Boliek The Boliek house in Takoma Park, Maryland, where this site was started five years ago today… The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson THE BUNKER – Five years ago today, I huddled in front of a little apple red iMac…

Howell Raines, Fox News and Journalism Objectivity

Connecting the Dots by Glynn Wilson Former New York Times editor and Alabama native Howell Raines popped out of his Pocono Mountains retirement this week to take on Fox News in the editorial section of the Washington Post. His point was that newspaper reporters should take on Fox News for the biased way the cable…

King Won’t Intervene in Gambling Cases – Yet

Toy Boy Troy Shows Up in Public Connecting the Dots by Glynn Wilson Alabama’s unqualified attorney general Troy “Toy Boy” King held a televised news conference in Montgomery today to announce that, even though he claims the legal authority, he will not intervene to stop Gov’nah Bob Riley’s warrantless war on computerized bingo, the biggest…

How the Internet Changed the World, For Good and Bad

And What You Can Do About It Now Connecting the Dots by Glynn Wilson During the 1995-96 academic year, I spent most of my time sitting in the Gorgas library at the University of Alabama scanning the New York Times on microfilm and reading stories about the environment along side public opinion polls. I spent…

How to Save Democracy, the Press and the Legal Profession

Technology U by Glynn Wilson I’m just going to come right out and say it. I know how to save the press and democracy — and the right to sue in this country. The question is will the right people listen? Will they listen in time? For an excellent discussion on where we are, check…

Technology U: Prometheus Unbound

“Life’s but a walking shadow…a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury signifying nothing…” – William Shakespeare, Macbeth by Glynn Wilson The Big Picture Do you ever feel the pressure of change in your life? Do you ever get the feeling that new technology is coming on so fast you can’t keep…