Reading Time: 4 minutes An appraisal of American end-times predictions—and their apocalyptic track record
Reading Time: < 1 minute San Francisco radio host Pat Thurston interviews WhoWhatWhy editor Russ Baker on a variety of topics, including nasty talk radio, Rupert Murdoch, and Qaddafi
Reading Time: < 1 minute Sometimes, we just need to chill out. And appreciate what we’ve all got in common.
Reading Time: 17 minutes Here, we republish WhoWhatWhy editor Russ Baker’s 1998 Columbia Journalism Review article on the practices of Rupert Murdoch and News Corp. See how things have changed (or not) in 13 years….
Reading Time: 2 minutes Wouldn’t the fiscal crisis be a good time to question expensive, superficial “fact-finding” trips that don’t really find any useful facts? We could start with visits to foreign war zones.
Reading Time: 2 minutes Not to be too picky, but we sure wish the New York Times piece on South Sudan’s independence day could have been a little less awe-struck and a little more informative. Hint: there’s a valuable, gooey substance underneath.
Reading Time: 3 minutes Stop this celeb before he exaggerates again! Ashton Kutcher seems a nice enough fellow, but has a little more fact checking to do regarding the new hysteria on child sex trafficking.
Reading Time: 2 minutes A very quick take on the excesses of modern political talk, the radio shows that provide the platform, and what we must not forget
Reading Time: 3 minutes The authorities claim they’re intervening abroad for humanitarian reasons. Are we just getting hoodwinked, again and again? A look at the language of war talk.
Reading Time: < 1 minute Check out the new billboard for Coca-Cola. Talk about a wholesome way to get publicity! Go green.
Reading Time: 5 minutes The stories we’re hearing that supposedly “justify” the Libyan bombing are getting even more convoluted. Even Congress can’t figure it out. And the media keep on “disinforming” us.
Reading Time: < 1 minute After this documentary, you will never view energy the same again.
Reading Time: 3 minutes The desperate effort to depose Qaddafi has some new, credible supporters. John Kerry and John McCain give the curious Libyan mission-creep some added muscle. But like the administration, they don’t want to tell us the real reason this is so important.
Reading Time: 3 minutes British aging researcher David Gems says the aging process can be hugely mitigated. He also recognizes that there are ethical dilemmas in further extending life.
Reading Time: < 1 minute Video Gets Deservedly Bad Rap There are nasty, ugly, racist tv ads. And then there’s this. Click on picture above to watch the video. Story on this from Salon. ——–China’s Poisoned Children The Chinese government is covering up the fact that hundreds of thousands of children living near industrial areas in China are suffering Read More
Reading Time: < 1 minute The Dalai Lama is a very nice man. And he smiles a lot. But when a cheeky newsman tells a joke, it falls flat—like a pizza. Enjoy!
Reading Time: 6 minutes While the eyes of the US and the world were on Anthony’s wiener, a second salacious story, with far greater potential consequences, began making the rounds. It’s a doozy: Libyan madman Qaddafi ordering his troops to commit mass rape, and dispensing Viagra to ramp up the damage. Even the BBC is rushing into this one. But is it true? New doubts—and new reckless reporting.
Reading Time: 6 minutes Pro-invasion elements are whipping up new hysteria against Qaddafi. Now, it’s that he personally ordered hundreds of rapes by troops backing him. Think about it: would that be a wise course of action for someone who needs sympathetic opinion domestically (and internationally) now, more than ever? Who’s fact-checking this headline-making story? No one, it seems.
Reading Time: 3 minutes A new study suggests that the Born Again experience may correlate with brain problems—and with memory loss.
Reading Time: < 1 minute How about a prison where the prisoners run the show? Where they are armed? Where they can have sex, take a swim, catch a cockfight, use drugs? Where there’s surprisingly little violence? You definitely cannot make this up.