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Ainda no discurso de Bobby Jindal:

Today in Washington, some are promising that government will rescue us from the economic storms raging all around us. Those of us who lived through Hurricane Katrina, we have our doubts.

Como sabem, durante toda a crise do Katrina o prato de resistência republicano foi o de que os responsáveis pela resposta à crise deveriam ser as autoridades locais, e não o governo federal em Washington. Não deixa de ser curioso que de repente Washington apareça como o grande vilão do Katrina, pela boca do governador republicano da Louisiana…

O homem é uma peça. Jindal-Palin 2012! Pleeeease… 🙂

No Balkinization, a última receita para salvar o jornalismo investigativo:

It will take decades to revitalise investigative journalism if we allow the present corps of reporters to disintegrate. This is happening at an alarming rate. A Pew study indicates that 15,000 journalists lost their jobs in the US in 2008, with reductions of more than 20% at large newspapers. These grim numbers are harbingers of a worldwide crisis that undermines the very foundation of liberal democracy. Any serious solution should focus exclusively on this problem – the collapse of investigative journalism, not the fate of particular delivery systems.

The problem with a BBC-style solution is clear enough. It is one thing for government to serve as one source of investigation but quite another for it to dominate the field. A near-monopoly would mean the death of critical inquiry.

There are serious problems with private endowments as well. For starters, there is the matter of scale. Pro Publica, an innovative private foundation for investigative reporting, is currently funding 28 journalists. It is hard to make the case for a massive increase in private funding when university endowments are crashing throughout the world, imperilling basic research. More fundamentally, a system of private endowments creates perverse incentives. Insulated from the profit motive, the endowments will pursue their own agendas without paying much attention to the issues that the public really cares about.

Here is where our system of national endowments enters the argument. In contrast to current proposals, we do not rely on public or private do-gooders to dole out money to their favourite journalists. Each national endowment would subsidise investigations on a strict mathematical formula based on the number of citizens who actually read their reports on news sites.

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Tenho minhas dúvidas.

cmush

Quem precisa do Irã, quando se tem Bobby Jindal?

Lembram-se de Bobby Jindal?

Muita gente por aí andou celebrando o rapaz como o The One republicano, quando ele foi eleito para governador da Louisiana:

Yes, folks, he is a Republican that was serving as a member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Louisiana’s 1st congressional district, who will be replacing a bleeding heart Democrat in a state that just went through the biggest natural tragedy in American history.

Pois é.  Que bom que a Louisiana não tem vulcões:

[o pacote de estímulo] includes $300 million to buy new cars for the government, $8 billion for high-speed rail projects, such as a ‘magnetic levitation’ line from Las Vegas to Disneyland, and $140 million for something called ‘volcano monitoring.’ Instead of monitoring volcanoes, what Congress should be monitoring is the eruption of spending in Washington, DC.“” [grifo meu]

Isso foi, tecnicamente, uma “resposta” de Jindal ao discurso do State of the Union do Obama.  Felizmente, pessoas de mais bom senso usaram o NIMBY-reverso para amansar o louco _ como por exemplo o prefeito de uma cidadezinha que vive à sombra do Mt. Saint Helen:

Does the governor have a volcano in his backyard?” Royce Pollard, the mayor of Vancouver, Washington, said on Wednesday. “We have one that’s very active, and it still rumbles and spits and coughs very frequently.”

A boa notícia, dada pelo Serviço Geológico norte-americano, é que aproximandamente 10% de todas as erupções vulcânicas ocorridas nos últimos 10.000 anos aconteceram…nos Estados Unidos da América.

Depois disso eu só tenho a dizer o seguinte: Idelber, sai daí enquanto é tempo, rapaz!

Nevermore.

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