Thursday, October 2, 2008

10/02/08 Link Dump

Articles of the Day:

Reinvestments in Cities, Not Bailouts. So says Neal Pierce from the WaPo.
Today many Americans (and culture war conservatives) prefer flying their flags to admitting how deep our 21st century crises have become. Yet the facts are there. The national security is at risk because of our massive foreign oil addiction, rapidly rising energy costs, Katrina-scale storms and global warming, weakening manufacturing power and a slow, pernicious hollowing out of the middle class.

That makes the Apollo Alliance’s call for “a New Deal, Marshall Plan style commitment to clean energy and good jobs” a bit hard to dismiss as more “liberal” “tax and spend” politics. If we can afford seemingly endless hundreds of billions to bail out unwise investors, how can we not invest forward in our own people and economy?

Indeed, the bailout plan itself cries out of a more creative “Chapter Two.” There’s rather broad support for rescuing our financial institutions from their follies and a fiscal free fall that could afflict us all.

SacBee: How Do We Become Less Car Dependent:

We can learn how the Germans accommodate growth, not by expanding suburban sprawl but by improving existing cities [Ed. note: See, QUALITATIVE over QUANTITAVE]...Car independence has been a central part of the Portland vision, and today the city boasts some of the nation's highest rates of walking and bicycling, despite miserable weather half the year.
Freakanomics Blog: What will Suburbia Look Like in 40 years?

My main man JHK's Take:

“The suburbs have three destinies, none of them exclusive: as materials salvage, as slums, and as ruins.”
A ridiculously good article proving for quality journalism one must go outside the States (or just browse a little harder online) from Der Spiegel, on Bush's Legacy and the Epochal moment of the decline of American Dominance.

A new America is on display, a country that no longer trusts its old values and its elites even less: the politicians, who failed to see the problems on the horizon, and the economic leaders, who tried to sell a fictitious world of prosperity to Americans.