Friday, December 16, 2011

Christopher Hitchens, Noam Chomsky and drunks (plus other alternative news links)

Posted By on Fri, Dec 16, 2011 at 2:45 PM

Every so often we pull together some recommended stories from other alternative news media. Here are 10 for your weekend reading pleasure.

Hitch, RIP
Writer Christopher Hitchens died yesterday after a battle with cancer. The Village Voice, where Hitch once wrote, published one of his more recent stories for the paper, titled "Soft Gore," about Al Gore's 2000 presidential run.

Hitchins also spoke at the Association of Alternative Newspapers annual convention in 1998 and apparently drank during the entire speech. You can watch the speech in its entirety (thanks, CSPAN), read the behind the scenes story of that speech, and learn what Hitchens thought of "Free Will Astrology," which the Indy publishes every week.

Sheriff Joe
Phoenix New Times has a long-standing feud with clownish Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The Department of Justice recently gave the paper more ammunition by declaring Arpaio "oversaw the worst pattern of racial profiling by a law enforcement agency in U.S. history, a DOJ expert concluded."

Noam Chomsky
The "father of modern linguistics" gave a speech at a Massachusetts middle school during which he suggested the Occupy Movement move on to its next tactic. The Boston Phoenix reports Chomsky applauded the Occupy efforts so far as "brilliant," and suggested it consider "political organizing in the neighborhoods."

O, Christmas tree
Willamette Week discovers that Oregon's vast Christmas tree harvest relies on helicopters—and Mexico.

Salt Lake City Weekly has a cover story about one man's drug-fueled journey through the Mormon film business. It starts with the comedian naked in an Orem field at 4 a.m.

Football, Inc.
If you're not already outraged at college football headlines, Miami New Times looks into how insiders use the college bowl system to manipulate colleges and universities.

San Antonio Current put together a list of cinema's best drinking moments. It includes the This is Spinal Tap line: ""You can't really dust for vomit."


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