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A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Michael Winship

And so it's over. One hundred days later. The Writers Guild strike. We ended it Tuesday night when our members voted by 92.5% to lift the restraining order that first put us out on the streets with our picket signs on November 5.

I got home to New York Saturday morning around 1 a.m., after several days in Los Angeles where final contract language arduously was hammered out with the representatives of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). This, after a series of small, informal meetings between three of our negotiators and two of the studio heads, Fox's Peter Chernin and Bob Iger of Disney. Leslie Moonves of CBS was a frequent participant, too.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Burt Hall

Tuesday, 12 February 2008 06:08

We Are Being Roved!

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Barbara

This says it all and explains away much of what’s happening within and without the presidential primary campaigns!

“Next Up for the Democrats: Civil War” (Frank Rich, NY Times Op-Ed).

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
By Peter Michaelson

Conservative writer David Brooks' recent column, "Two Cheers for Wall St.," depicts hedge funds as necessary financial innovations that smooth out volatility and manage risk. Brooks excludes from his reckoning, however, the negative impact upon us all when neurotic money lovers have so much influence over the economy.

In his fault-free economic model, Mr. Brooks isn't troubled by Wall Street marauders, financial gamblers, subprime thrill-seekers, hack business writers, or spineless regulators. Don't worry about the need to rein in these subprime people because, as Mr. Brooks says, "the market corrects itself."

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Danny Schechter
Mediachannel.org

I have something in common with Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. We had all been engaged in community organizing.

The college-age Hillary Clinton wrote her senior thesis on a community organizer named Saul Alinsky, a brilliant grassroots strategist, the author of a small-d democratic manifesto called Reveille for Radicals. The thesis was later defensively removed from circulation when right-wing attackers tried to use it as part of full-court-press Clinton bashing. She writes admiringly of Alinsky but criticizes his approach as anachronistic, affirming the need to work in the system, not outside of it. No surprise. (Ironically, her academic advisor was a professor named Alan Schechter, a namesake, not a relative.)

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Michael Winship

Torn between two coastlines, feelin' like a fool, to paraphrase the old Mary MacGregor song. Sunday, I was stuck on an airplane, flying from New York to Los Angeles, during one of the most exciting Super Bowls in history.

The thrill of the game was reduced to occasional, terse updates from the flight crew. Scores only, no details of the NY Giants' splendid victory until I could hear the news in the cab on the way to the hotel and then see the highlights on ESPN when I got to the room.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Martha Rosenberg

 

 

http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2008/02/04/6839/

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION

Martha Rosenberg is a Staff Cartoonist for the Evanston Roundtable.

 

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Martha Rosenberg

[Editor's note: While this story is about Chicago, similar stories reign throughout the United States.]

Chicago -- In Mike Royko's town, it's been a while since you boarded a bus or train at rush hour and met the "newsprint curtain." In its day, the wall of newspapers spread-eagled in front of intent readers was such an institution, poet Allen Ginsberg satirized it by poking a hole in his paper and peering through.

Wednesday, 30 January 2008 03:26

Martha Rosenberg: Shut up and take your pill

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Martha Rosenberg

 


http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2008/01/29/6688/

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION

Martha Rosenberg is a Staff Cartoonist for the Evanston Roundtable.

Wednesday, 30 January 2008 01:51

Michael Winship: Forgotten But Not Gone

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Michael Winship

And so, as the sun slowly sets on Florida and its GOP primary, we bid adieu to Rudy Giuliani and sardonically begin the betting pool on when third wife Judith Nathan bids adieu to Rudy. Or vice versa.

Nothing so much distinguished Giuliani's presidential race as his leaving it. His concession speech Tuesday night was perhaps the most graceful of his campaign, his decision to endorse McCain best for all concerned. Both McCain and runner-up Mitt Romney trounced Rudy in the Sunshine State by more than two to one.

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