Montana Politics

The Top Five for May 9


With a nod to that demon writer's block, I present the first installment of news that you might not have read, but maybe should.

  • Romanesko writes about a piece by David Edelstein in New York magazine that was 99% plagiarized. Edelstein did it on purpose, to highlight the ease of plagiarism in the Internet era and to test detection capabilities. At least he wasn't writing for the New York Times…
  • Fond of that Playstation or fancy new cell phone? Johann Hari argues, in a must read piece , that your electronic gadget may well be partially responsible for rape and genocide in the Congo. Devastating, powerfully written.
  • Mary Walsh makes the case for the UN Security Council acting on the Iran situation. Unfortunately, Bill O'Reilly cannot approve, as the French are still on the SC.
  • Think Progress has an amazing assessment of the importance of civil liberties to combat terrorism, from the former CIA Deputy Director of Intelligence. Think Rumsfeld agrees?
  • Salon (ad/registration required) has an interview with Pete Singer to discuss his new "The Way We Eat". Singer, still unafraid of controversy, attacks speciesism and compares our willingness to ignore the suffering of animals with the Nazis willingness to ignore the suffering of the Jews.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is an eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.
His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.
In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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