Oh well, the Jets won the bid for the stadium. And it's especially nice because NY1 reported that according to a "Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday, Fifty-three percent of city voters don’t want the stadium, and 38 percent approve of the project." Thanks Mayor. Check out the commentary from Neil DeMause, and this one from Mike Lupica.I do have one friend who is super excited. "I'm a Jets fan!" he said, "Of course I want the stadium,"
but that guy's related to an actual former Jets player. In case you're under any delusions about union support for this stadium, note this connected guy's role in bringing out the union support.
But enough about that. In old news, the kind I'm just catching up on, go check out this article about priorities in the AFL-CIO from In These Times on 3/25. There's a really interesting set of comments following the article which gets into a discussion of reasons for the 1970s economic turn. For even more discussion of what's going on, you might want to check out this blog: working life and of course, labor notes.
If you want to know more about that global downturn though, I suggest reading things by Giovanni Arrighi, such as this online article or this book.
and finally -- about Iraq:
There were at least two good round-ups of information about what's going in Iraq right now. One appears in today's Common Dreams, an article by Carolyn Eisenberg (who I heard speak at the American Historical Association conference, where she really rocked the house, as much as historians do that) and in this London Review of Books piece by Rory Stewart and this radio commentary from Rahul Mahajan.
and that's it for today.