Your Ordinary World: Christmas Hangover edition, with links to stories you should catch up on now that the daily grind replaces merry & bright. Read, share, and discuss.
How good are things?
41 years after Youngstown’s “Black Monday” meant 5,000 lost jobs immediately and tens of thousands more to follow, the Mahoning Valley endures another day of 4-digit job loss with closure of General Motor’s Lordstown complex.
Linky Friday is Ordinary Times’ Friday tradition of bringing you various links from across the web and around the world. This week, “All in Due Time” is the theme, with music interludes and plenty to read, share, and discuss.
Saul DeGraw offers up some blunt talk to those who say that’s what they want from their leaders.
Declining oil prices would suggest disaster for the environment but is that really the case?
Burt Likko fills in for Will Truman for this week’s aggregation of dozens of links to themed web randomness!
Allison Benedikt accuses her colleagues who send their kids to private school for turning their backs on the promise of public education.
Flip through a few American newspapers and magazines, and it’s hard not to come to the conclusion that there’s a cultural obsession with fertility. (“Where Have All The Babies Gone?” “America’s Baby Bust.” “More Babies, Please.”) Against the backdrop of a never-ending, wheel-spinning conversation about work-family balance, there are stories like this New York Times…
I want to elaborate on something Elias touches on in his recent Salon piece. Declaring the Republican Party paralyzed by their on strategy of obstructionist nihilism, Elias explains,
This gives a brief (if overly patronizing and insensitive) summary of what bothered me about HBO’s new show: Girls. I didn’t know much about it going in, other than I was pretty excited. Anyone who’s been watching Game of Thrones has probably seen a trailer for it in the last month, and the pilot finally aired…
In the past quarter-year or so, the economic news for the United States has been unpredictable. The end of 2011 and the very beginning of 2012 brought reports of sustained if not extraordinary growth, but it was the jobs numbers that inspired so many to once again adopt the cautious optimism that was so premature…
Hey, wow, it’s Joe Klein and he’s being almost completely right about something:
I’m sure many of you have had your fill of new perspectives on the financial crisis and the conditions that led to it; I thought I had, too. But I find the piece “Infinite Debt” by Thomas Geoghegan to be absolutely essential reading. Harpers gates it’s content for subscribers only, but this video interview with…