Sunday, July 19, 2009

Suggested Sunday reading (7/19)

These stories always intrigue me (how do they live so long), but this "World's oldest man dies" story is genuinely interesting: Henry Allingham was a World War I veteran, who died Saturday at age 113. He was the last living member of the original Royal Air Force. He was 7 or so years old when the Wright Brothers first took flight.

Speaking of death, I don't have much to add to all the news and commentary about Walter Cronkite's death, so I'll recommend these two items if you haven't yet read or seen them: The Daily Beast has posted "7 memorable Walter Cronkite broadcasts," definitely worth watching, and Glenn Greenwald has a column on Salon.com called "Celebrating Cronkite while ignoring what he did," about journalism then vs. journalism now.

A couple other stories worth mentioning:
  • Ted Kennedy writes about health care reform for Newsweek, "The cause of my life."
  • The New York Times has an interesting article that looks back at Anita Hill to now with Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation hearings, called "Women on the Verge of the Law: From Anita Hill to Sonia Sotomayor."
  • Check out this post on evolvewomen.com: "How free are we really? Reflections of a former post feminist."
  • The Sydney Morning Herald (in Australia) reports on a study about the wages of male and female managers. Guess who makes less money?
  • Kellie Copeland, the executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, wrote a letter to the Cleveland Plain Dealer: "Keep abortion politics out of congressional discussions on health care reform."
  • Check out the latest crazy from the RNC's Web site, courtesy of AmericaBlog. (NSFW. Seriously.)
  • Lastly, feminist.org reports "Court Filing Allows Asylum for Battered Women." Great news. I mentioned another story about this in last week's Sunday reading column, before the Obama administration filed this brief. That story has more details about this woman's case.


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