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September 10, 2010

Five Dollar Friday

Explanation of Five Dollar Friday here. Follow who else is giving on twitter.

The Real News month is now in its second week, so another $5 goes to them. I wish I could embed this, but it's not cooperating for some reason. Be sure to check it out—no normal news channel would present Thomas Ferguson talking in Baltimore about how Wall Street and the government combined to create the Baltimore of The Wire.

—Jonathan Schwarz

Posted at September 10, 2010 11:23 PM

The video worked for me.

Posted by: Mike Meyer at September 11, 2010 02:53 PM

I have never watched the programme "The Wire" but I can borrow it from the library and watch it. I do agree, Real News does a very good job of reporting on domestic AND International issues.

"Boarded up houses, broken glass windows, public school playgrounds full of junk and broken glass" is the scene on the south side of my city for at least 30 years ( to my personal knowledge ).
What is amazing AND distressing is that our elected officials talk only about the middle class. I have not heard anyone talk about the poor and permanent underclass.

Posted by: Rupa Shah at September 11, 2010 03:09 PM

Rupa Shah

I just recently finished watching all five seasons of The Wire via Netflix. It's a fantastic show, wise in its cynicism and seemingly realistic, and I almost couldn't stop watching, but be aware that it would be one constant bleep on network television and contains violence that is graphic and intense, both visually and emotionally. Personally, I found it very compelling, and often gripping, and all the characters seem human--junkies, dealers, cops, lawyers, port workers and union officials, and in later seasons educators and journalists. It's full of tremendous writing and acting alike. It's just a remarkable show depicting the ugly side of urban life and what's left of its institutions, but it doesn't flinch on the ugly.

Thomas Ferguson is a smart guy, but the problems that led to the destruction of so much of urban America long precede Wall Street's current ascendance and all the excesses of that. Then again, he obviously knows that.

Posted by: N E at September 11, 2010 08:59 PM

Just have to give a shout (Booyah!) for Thomas Ferguson's really good book Golden Rule. It's a well argued, well researched book about the role big money has played in creating and sustaining the 'adversarial' two party system in the US.

Posted by: scudbucket at September 13, 2010 10:25 AM

Yeah, ford/macArthur foundation dnc wurlitzers really need my five fuckin' bucks. I guess rejects from la nation need bmws, too.

Posted by: AlanSmithee at September 14, 2010 01:26 PM