Morning Media Summary


“Earlier today, the site was maliciously attacked. Many of you were either unable to access the site or received an intrusion message.”

Falling Demand for Brains?:
“About 15 years ago, before I became a regular columnist, the Times asked me and a bunch of other people to contribute to a special edition celebrating the 100th anniversary of the NYT magazine. The stated rule was that the pieces should be written as if submitted in 2096, looking back at the magazine’s second century.”

Rumor: Facebook resumes talks with Skype:
“You may soon be able to start a Skype video call with your friends on Facebook. The latest rumor suggests that Facebook and Skype have resumed talks about integrating the video conferencing technology on the social network.”

Global Warming / Environment / Energy:

The reverse of UN’s disastrous “oil for food” program: Ethanol uses 40% of US Corn Crop:
“Global Food Prices Jump To Record Level Because of Higher Corn Prices – or the alternate title: Cornholing the future”

Insurance / Gambling:

Key Pro-Gambling Supporter Tables Issue For Now In New Hampshire:
“Senator Lou D’Allasandro has been pushing for gambling expansion in New Hampshire for several years. The senator, however, has agreed to table the issue during the current session, meaning that gambling expansion will not occur until at least later this year.”

Health / Safety:

Number of healthcare reform law waivers climbs above 1,000:
“The number of temporary healthcare reform waivers granted by the Obama administration to organizations climbed to more than 1,000, according to new numbers disclosed by the Department of Health and Human Services.”


Crude Oil Increases: 106.86:


NC GOP lawmakers target tobacco settlement money:
“The manufacture of Camels and Lucky Strikes kept tax dollars flowing in North Carolina during Big Tobacco’s heyday. Now lawmakers are asking if they should take long-protected cigarette company settlement money – while possibly settling a humbling chapter in the state’s past.”


Moore: Protesters have ‘aroused a sleeping giant’:
“Protesters in Madison have “aroused a sleeping giant” in the national fight for workers’ rights, filmmaker Michael Moore told thousands at the Capitol Square on Saturday, as rallies opposing Gov. Scott Walker’s budget proposals wrapped up their third week.”

HECO strike: 1,300 workers walk off the job amid outages:
“Hawaiian Electric Co. used managers and outside contractors to repair storm-damaged power lines yesterday after its unionized work force walked off the job over a contract dispute.”

House Oversight Committee likely to investigate White House for treating non-union employees worse than unionized after GM bailout:
“Republican Reps. Mike Turner of Ohio and Dan Burton of Indiana are asking House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, California Republican, to dig into the Obama administration’s decision to cut more than 20,000 private-sector workers’ pensions and eliminate their health and life insurance plans during the General Motors (GM) bailout in 2009.”

Transportation/ Land Use:

Editorial: Deliberate speed toward high-speed rail:
“Indiana should follow U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood’s advice and get its act together on high-speed rail.”