Hi all – so much to write about, but I’m off on a short holiday in Massachusetts to attend a wedding and relax after covering the convention. I’ll write more soon!
As of an hour ago, I’m officially on vacation until September. Tomorrow morning I’m putting on my journalist hat (and cape?) and will be covering the Democratic National Convention from Denver.
Phew! That’ll be more than enough work for me. I’ll keep you posted – look for my first Youtube video on Friday.
There are many stupid members of Congress, but Bill Sali might be numero uno. From ThinkProgress:
Rep. Bill Sali (R-ID), who is participating in the GOP’s ongoing “Drill Now” energy stunt, has a unique idea about how to bring down gas prices: extracting oil from trees. In a meeting in his Capitol Hill office, Sali reportedly told a candidate for Idaho’s House of Representatives, Byron Yankey, that there “‘could be up to 40 barrels of oil’ in a single tree.”
I didn’t catch this last month, but enjoyed reading the Talk to the Newsroom where the Times’ two Olympics editors answered questions. Truth be told, I enjoy this feature immensely, but it was particularly interesting to see the sorts of questions readers asked about covering the Olympics.
Flash forward a month and the Times ran a worthwhile and fairly critical story of how the Chinese government has walled off “undesirable” areas of Beijing so Olympic visitors can’t see them. The story is balanced, though I tend to think the situation in China is worse for the average citizen than we know.
First, a Chinese official comments:
A planning official, Zhi Wenguang, said, “We extended an existing wall to improve the overall environment for Olympic events.”
That, of course, is quite a bit of Doublespeak (and interestingly until I read that Wiki entry I thought Orwell coined the term). The view of local business owners seems more accurate:
Now a wall conceals a little cove of entrepreneurship where several
migrant families sell socks, book bags, pants, noodles and shish kebabs
cooked in a spicy soup. One family behind the wall sells ice cream,
popsicles and cold drinks from a refrigerator on wheels.
Fengxia, a neighbor who owns three shops, said she believed that
officials and developers were using Olympic beautification as a pretext
to strangle their business and put pressure on them to leave.
I’m really enjoying seeing my friend Jonn get into the whole blogging scene. He’s a talented writer and a fantastic storyteller, both in print, in person, and via photos. I really liked his photo essay about the proliferation of benches outside of stores around the city.
From their glossary of political terms:
“Democracy: A moderately representative plutocracy.”