Today's New York Times includes a short story (prominently featured online at 9 am) trumpeting the "big profit" Goldman Sachs is reporting. The NYT notes that some analysts may see this as a sign of a recovering economy.
But read in the context of Matt Taibbi's recent Rolling Stone expose of the decades of profiteering at Goldman Sachs, in which the company has taken money from all Americans over the course of the last five or six economic crashes, it looks more like GS has just taken us for yet another ride, thanks to its friends throughout the financial industry, government, and "independent" financial regulatory organizations.
Cambiata played their final show (well, at least until the triumphant reunion tour) on Friday, July 10, at the Station. Local photog Robbie Kanner of Vision For Viewers was there, and generously allowed us to make this slideshow of his work:
Scholar and author Christina Hoff Sommers, who works for the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank, has a piece on the Chronicle of Higher Education's Web site. It's not surprising that Hoff Sommers -- who has drawn the ire of liberal feminists for years by espousing a contrarian difference theory that suggests, among other things, that boys have been disadvantaged by attempts to achieve gender equality in the classroom -- takes a large chunk of feminist literature to task in her missive.
In this week's issue of the Portland Phoenix, we publish a round-up of various assaults on free speech around New England, which we call the Muzzle Awards.
Two Muzzle winners are from Maine:
First, there's Waterville Democratic state senator Lisa Marraché, for her attack on the Maine Heritage Policy Center's MaineOpenGov.
The Phoenix editorial this week suggests that President Obama has a few things to learn from Robert McNamara. And they're not exactly happy lessons.
It's true that I don't usually dislike being right. But when it means the people of Maine are less informed than they ought to be, I do.
I'll give the Press Herald credit for having today's top story be about Maine, even if it is a "lookee-here" story that a national television program is going to interview someone from Maine
I'm going to go out on a limb here and make a prediction. Of course, the very fact that I'm making such a prediction may have the effect of making it false, depending on who reads it and what they do. My prediction is that tomorrow's Portland Press Herald's front page - you know, the page we look at hoping to learn what was the most important thing that happened in Maine yesterday - will spend a ton of space on Michael Jackson's funeral.
Maybe those online petitions and Facebook groups do work.
Word on the street is getting pretty thick - and from fairly reliable sources - that there will be a Trader Joe's opening in Portland - possibly in the old Wild Oats space on Marginal Way - at some point in the not-too-distant future.
Nothing official from TJ's yet, but we'll tell you what their publicity folk say when they call us back.
Dinner at Grace was a great way to end First Friday. It's an incredibly beautiful space, and the view from the choir loft is really something - a great perspective on the bar and on the kitchen, too.
Starters were really strong - even the lettuce in the salad seemed special, and the scallops tartare and fried clams (from the bar menu) were like none we had ever tried.
In this week's Portland Phoenix, I wrote a piece about FairPoint and how bad its service is, as well as the fact that the company is projecting it may soon have to file for bankruptcy protection.
In that article, I also noted that FairPoint's public-relations department isn't much better at responding than its customer-service department appears to be.
If you are, now might be your chance to throw your hat in the ring. John Cacoulidis, who has a signed agreement for the rights to purchase the buildings - which expires later this month - has just spent $10 million buying some other real estate in greater Portland. Dennis Bailey, spokesman for Rich Connor, the Press Herald's new owner, hadn't heard about the deal when we called to ask him about how it might affect the pending Press Herald property sale.
Something to keep your eyes on.
In today's NYT:
"And then there is We the People. Attention all young Americans: your
climate future is being decided right now in the cloakrooms of the
Capitol, where the coal lobby holds huge sway. You want to make a
difference? Then get out of Facebook and into somebody’s face. Get a
million people on the Washington Mall calling for a price on carbon.
Many of you came to see the film Burma VJ at SPACE Gallery last week, and many more of you may be interested in finding out more about the Burmese monks who spoke after the film.
Recently, a New York Times photographer spent some time with the monks and prepared a beautiful video report.
Also, if you want to support the monks, you can visit their Web site