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Cops beating protesters tonight

While my guitar gently weeps

The boys:

Vox populi

Erin Burnett, formerly of CNBC and now a CNN anchor twit who is also (surprise!) newly engaged to a Citigroup exec. So naturally, they assigned her to cover Occupy Wall Street:

Here’s some background about this former NBC News business reporter and current CNN news host, from an article last week:

[Burnett] is set to tie the knot with Citigroup executive David Rubulotta. . . .

The American-born journalist started her career as a financial analyst for worldwide investment banking and securities firm Goldman Sachs.

During her time at the company she was headhunted by CNN for the position of writer and booker for the network’s hit show Moneyline.

When Burnett later became Vice President of Citigroup/CitiMedia, she met Rubulotta, who currently serves as an executive with the company.

Last week, as MediaBistro reported, “CNN feted its newest anchor [] at Robert restaurant at The Museum of Arts and Design in Columbus Circle, just a few hundred feet from CNN’s NYC headquarters, overlooking Columbus Circle and the southwest corner of Central Park.”  Among the many fabulous guests celebrating Burnett’s new “news” program was JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon.  Do you think any of this might have anything to do with her scorn for Wall Street protests and her perpetual defense for the nation’s oligrachs?  Would it ever occur to CNN that perhaps a former Wall Street banker at Goldman Sachs, currently engaged to a Citigroup executive, might not be the best person to cover those protests?  Of course not: that’s exactly the bias that makes her such an appropriate choice in the eyes of her Time Warner bosses.

R.I.P.

Steve Jobs, 56.

Angel of the morning

Chrissie Hynde:

Live stream March on Wall Street

Today is the big one with the unions and community groups:

At 7 pm tonight, David McKenna, a.k.a. Odd Man Out, will read “Chokepoint,” from Idiot Lights, his collection of thematically related short stories set in Atlantic City and Philadelphia.

The reading is at:
Rutgers University-Camden
Walt Whitman Arts Center, 2nd Floor
101 Cooper St.
Camden, NJ

Education reform

A reminder that education “reformer” Michelle Rhee can’t be trusted, and that she’s up to no damned good in Pennsylvania:

To understand the attack on public education in Pennsylvania, begin with Rachel Tabachnik’s comprehensive report on the partnership between far right-wing funders like the DeVos family with Michelle Rhee’s national StudentsFirst organization, and the Pennsylvania StudentsFirst organization, which shares the same name as Rhee’s group, but has very different people running it.

The Pennsylvania Students First organization is actually an affiliate of American Federation for Children (AFC), chaired by Betsy DeVos, as it states on the website. A donation to Students First PAC was received from Joel Greenberg, a board member of AFC, on the date the PAC was formed. Approximately 5 million dollars from Greenberg, a co-founder of Susquehanna Investment Group (SIG), and two of the other SIG co-founders, Jeffrey Yass and Arthur Dantchik, would follow between March 10 and May 11, 2010. Most of this money was, in turn, contributed to the campaign of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Anthony H. Williams. Graphic at right is the AFC board of directors.

It would be simple enough to dismiss the Pennsylvania organization as a cynical effort to piggyback onto the national Rhee organization, which still seems to meet with the approval of liberals who aren’t paying attention, except that Michelle Rhee is bear-hugging projects of that organization and gracing them with her appearance and support. For example:

Virtually Speaking

Wednesday, Oct 5 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking Science | MSNBC’s Alan Boyle(Cosmic Log) talks with Sean Carroll,  Caltech theoretical physicist who focuses on the structure and evolution of the universe. He’s the author of “From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time,” a popular-level book on cosmology and the arrow of time, as well as a graduate textbook on general relativity. He’s blogged for the past seven years and currently hangs out with a few fellow scientist/bloggers at Cosmic Variance. Later this month [OCTOBER] he’ll be talking about “the laws of nature and the meaning of life” at the annual New Horizons in Science conference in Arizona.

Sean and Alan reality check some of the stranger scientific concepts bubbling up in popular culture, ranging from time travel to extra dimensions and faster-than-light particles. Produced in cooperation with MICA. Listen live and later on BTR

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Yesterday, I read new remarks by Dennis Kucinich about so-called free trade and thought, damn, I’d vote for this guy over Barack Obama in a heartbeat. More here.

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