Think Again
Jul 03, 2009
By Alan Stoga

UnemployedFor weeks, pundits and politicians have been talking optimistically about the “green shoots” of economic recovery, as though the worst of what’s now called the “Great Recession” is over. However, with the announcement that 467,000 more jobs disappeared in June—and the unemployment rate ratcheted up to 9.5 percent—it’s clear that the end is nowhere in sight.

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Jun 29, 2009
By Matthew Schaeffer

Bernie MadoffDisgraced financier Bernie Madoff will be spending the remainder of his life behind bars for operating one of the largest financial scams in Wall Street history. In handing down the 150-year sentence, Federal Judge Denny Chin called the 71-year-old’s crimes, which bilked thousands of investors out of an estimated $65 billion, “extraordinarily evil.”

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Jun 12, 2009
By Alan Stoga

Hispanic kids in Memorial Day paradeOne of the myths in the debate about Hispanics and immigration is that all Mexican-Americans and other Latinos are recent arrivals. (See FLYP’s Bienvenidos to the New America). The reality is different: Hispanics were living in what eventually became the United States before the American Revolution, and the 1930 Census reported that there were 1.3 million people of Mexican origin living in the country.

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Jun 11, 2009
By Lindsey Schneider

Saturn's ringsAs the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft continues its exploration of Saturn and its moons, it seems every new transmission provides scientists with a fresh bounty of intergalactic marvels.

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May 15, 2009
By Alan Stoga

Peer SteinbrueckFLYP’s criticism of the government’s recent big bank stress tests as being less than objective has been echoed by German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrueck. In an amazing breach of the usual governmental habits of speaking obscurely, Steinbrueck said the stress tests are “therefore worthless because the central bank exercised influence as well as the Treasury."

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May 12, 2009
By Lindsey Schneider

dictionaryThe media has been abuzz for the past few weeks over the approaching inclusion of the millionth word into the English language. The Global Language Monitor, an organization in Austin, Texas, predicted that the great event would happen at precisely 10:22 a.m. on June 10.

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May 06, 2009
By Sean Piazza

Matthew Shepard MemorialThis past month, for all intents and purposes, might be referred to as one of the watershed moments of the gay rights movement.

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Apr 29, 2009
By James R. Gaines

On his 100th day in office, President Barack Obama told a town hall at Fox Senior High School in Arnold, Missouri, that the challenges of the present “call on us to clear away the wreckage of a painful recession—but also, at the same time, lay the building blocks for a new prosperity. And that’s the work that we’ve begun over these 100 days.”

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Apr 28, 2009
By James R. Gaines

swine flu in MexicoThe “swine flu” that has broken out in the U.S. and Mexico is in fact a virus combining the RNA of pigs, birds and humans. Too little is yet known about its characteristics and spread to make a definitive judgment about the threat it represents—especially in the U.S., where cases have followed a normal course for influenza and no one has died.

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Apr 03, 2009
By Alan Stoga

Obama, Burlusconi and Medvedev at the G-20 summitSummits are one thing, jobs are another. Even as world leaders at the G-20 summit congratulate themselves on avoiding a catastrophe—but not actually agreeing to very much—unemployment in America has continued to soar.

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