Virtually Speaking Thursday

Virtually Speaking with Jay Ackroyd – 6p pac | 9p eastern

Pink is for Boys. Jay talks with Jo Paoletti about the contributions of nature and nurture in gender identity formation.

An Assoc Prof in the American Studies Dept at the Univ of Maryland, Jo Paoletti researches how consumer culture shapes identity and how “identity work” influences consumer culture.


Jo Paoletti:

Sarah Hoffman:

Labels are for Jars:

Anne Fausto-Sterling:

Peggy Orenstein:

Princess Free Zone:

Hanne Blank, author of Straight:

Tentatively titled: “Sex and Unisex: Fashion, Feminism and the Sexual Revolution;”Jo’s current book project – inspired by the War on Women – looks at the 1960s and ’70s.

Listen live and later:

U.S. court backs King Coal

Yes, there are many troglodytes posing as federal judges. Greenland is melting along with much of the ice at the North Pole. Middle America is reeling from a drought that next year will push food prices sky-high. The air is filthy with carcinogens and other nasties. But don’t mess with our coal-fired economic “recovery,” you treacherous tree huggers:

A US appeals court overturned a key Obama administration rule to reduce harmful emissions from coal-fired power plants on Tuesday.

The Columbia district circuit appeals court said in a 2-1 decision that the Environmental Protection Agency had exceeded its mandate with the rule, which was to limit sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions from power plants in 28 mostly eastern states and Texas.

The court sent the cross-state air pollution rule for revision, telling the agency to administer its existing clean air interstate rule – the Bush-era regulation that it was updating – in the interim. The EPA said it was reviewing the ruling.

The decision was cheered by Republicans who have made the EPA and President Barack Obama’s environmental policies a major campaign issue ahead of November elections. The agency is risking a fragile economic recovery by saddling US industries with costly new rules, Republicans say…

Fed yawns at new recession threat

From The Raw Story, another reminder of how oblivious the Federal Reserve is to the human cost of America’s ongoing economic disaster:

Policy makers at the US Federal Reserve are leaning toward more stimulus action “fairly soon” unless economic data turns around, minutes from their meeting three weeks ago showed Wednesday.

The minutes revealed most members of the Federal Open Market Committee were concerned about slowing growth and the vulnerability of the economy to external threats, particularly economic instability in Europe.

“Many members judged that additional monetary accommodation would likely be warranted fairly soon unless incoming information pointed to a substantial and sustainable strengthening in the pace of the economic recovery,” the record of the July 31-August 1 FOMC meeting said.

“A number of members noted that if the recent modest rate of economic growth were to persist, the economy would be less able to weather a material adverse shock without slipping back into recession,” it added.

I’m picturing a ship’s captain receiving an SOS from an ocean liner whose thousands of passengers will drown without immediate aid. The captain responds, Ben Bernanke-style: “We’ll get there fairly soon. Meanwhile, just tread water and keep your chin up.”

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