Weekly Review — October 6, 2009, 12:00 am

Weekly Review

[Image: Caught in the Web, 1860]
Caught in the Web, 1860.

The International Monetary Fund said that the global economy was improving and that banks would probably have to absorb another $1.5 trillion in losses in addition to the $1.3 trillion already written off. There remained, the IMF said, “risk of a reintensification of the adverse feedback loop between the real and financial sectors.” At Anadolu University in Istanbul, a student threw a white Nike shoe at IMF managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn and shouted, “Get out of the university, IMF thief!” NYTNYTU.S. unemployment rose to 9.8 percent, underemployment rose to 17 percent, and the average American workweek shrank by six minutes. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, raising its earlier estimates, reported that eight million jobs had vanished in the recession so far, the largest mass layoff since the end of World War II. “This is what a recovery looks like,” said former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan. Ninety-nine of the hundred largest metropolitan areas had lost jobs in the past year. The exception was the area around McAllen, Texas, a border town where per-capita income is $12,000 and the incidence of heavy drinking is sixty percent higher than the national average. President Obama called the new jobs figures “sobering.” John “Bootsie” Wilson, the last surviving member of the Silhouettes, the soul group that sang the 1958 hit “Get a Job,” died. NYTBloombergPittsburgh Business TimesNYTNew YorkerCNNYouTubePhiladelphia Daily NewsNYTSarah Palin announced that the co-author of her forthcoming memoir Going Rogue will be a fundamentalist Christian named Lynn Vincent. “Many Muslims are kind and gentle people,” Vincent co-wrote in an earlier book, “but about one in ten, according to scholars who study Jihad, have declared war on our way of life.” Alaskan porcupines were in heat, Juneau Empireand David Letterman told a long joke about his affairs with coworkers.Entertainment WeeklyLovebugs near Hilton Head, South Carolina, emerged en masse to mate and die. The Beaufort Gazette

An earthquake in Indonesia killed more than six hundred people, floods in India killed 271, a tsunami in the Samoas killed more than 160, and soldiers in Conakry, Guinea, fired on pro-democracy marchers, killing 87. “What upsets me most,” said opposition leader Sidya Toure, “is that they destroyed my library.” TelegraphLATCNNUSA TodayAP via LATThe United Kingdom opened a new Supreme Court with carpets by Sir Peter Blake, who also designed the cover of Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,BBCand one hundred thirty-one walruses in northern Alaska died in a walrus stampede. Alaska Daily NewsChicago’s Field Museum announced that it would exhibit the body of a one-month-old woolly mammoth, possibly dislodged from Siberian permafrost by climate change, Chicago Tribuneand Catholics and Episcopalians brought pets to church to be blessed, in honor of St. Francis of Assisi.Rome churches bless animals; â??This is a way to remind ourselves that (animals), too, are part of his creation.â??Columnist William Safire, who called himself a language “maven”â??a word of Yiddish origin, first popularized in a 1960s ad for pickled herringâ??died, NYTNYTand Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accidentally revealed that his original, Jewish surname is Sabourjian, Persian for “weaver of the prayer shawl.” Telegraph

Scientists announced the discovery of a 4.4-million-year-old hominid primate skeleton that is 1 million years older than the Australopithecus afarensis known as Lucy. The bipedal creature, named Ardi, had more useful big toes than we have. WPNYTScienceScienceNational Geographic BlogsNational GeographicKraft Foods agreed not to call a new mix of Vegemite and cream cheese “iSnack2.0,” after Australian consumers complained. The creator of the name, said one protestor, should be made to run down the street “wearing nothing but a generous lathering of old-fashioned Vegemite as retribution for his cultural crime.” Asia TimesTimes UKBBCChicago lost to Rio de Janeiro in a bid to host the 2016 Olympics. “If they have Obama,” said soccer superstar Pele, “we have Pele.” TelegraphChina celebrated the sixtieth anniversary of the founding of the socialist People’s Republic of China under the democratic dictatorship of the Communist Party and Chairman Mao, AFP via Googleand the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, under chairman Max Baucus, finished its proposed health-care reform bill, after striking down the “public option” favored by 57 percent of Americans. The Senate Finance version of the bill will now be analyzed by the Congressional Budget Office, then melded with a more liberal version by the Senate Health Committee, and sent to the Senate floor for debate. Las Vegas Review-JournalNYTWPChicago TribuneAP via Miami HeraldKaiser Health NewsKaiser Health NewsLATWPElk in the Rocky Mountains were gathering their harems for mating, and tourists gathered to listen to their eerie bugling. “At the end, they let out two to three grunts and spray urine on their abdomen, chest, and neck,” explained Bob Kreycik, a retired veterinarian in Loveland, Colorado. “The more they smell, the more the cows like it.” Loveland Reporter-HeraldBoulder Daily Camera

Share
Single Page

More from Sam Stark:

From the February 2015 issue

A Weimar Home Companion

Walter Benjamin on the air

Commentary January 21, 2011, 3:43 pm

United We Brand!

Weekly Review September 28, 2010, 12:00 am

Weekly Review

Get access to 165 years of
Harper’s for only $45.99

United States Canada

CATEGORIES

THE CURRENT ISSUE

July 2016

The Ideology of Isolation

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

American Idle

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

My Holy Land Vacation

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

The City That Bleeds

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

El Bloqueo

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Vladivostok Station

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

view Table Content

FEATURED ON HARPERS.ORG

Post
"We all know in France that as soon as a politician starts saying that some problem will be solved at the European level, that means no one is going to do anything."
Photograph (detail) by Stefan Boness
Post
Tom Bissell on touring Israel with Christian Zionists, Joy Gordon on the Cuban embargo, Lawrence Jackson on Freddie Gray and the makings of an American uprising, a story by Paul Yoon, and more

Freddie Gray’s relatives arrived for the trial in the afternoon, after the prep-school kids had left. By their dress, they seemed to have just gotten off work in the medical and clerical fields. The family did not appear at ease in the courtroom. They winced and dropped their heads as William Porter and his fellow officer Zachary Novak testified to opening the doors of their police van last April and finding Freddie paralyzed, unresponsive, with mucus pooling at his mouth and nose. Four women and one man mournfully listened as the officers described needing to get gloves before they could touch him.

The first of six Baltimore police officers to be brought before the court for their treatment of Freddie Gray, a black twenty-five-year-old whose death in their custody was the immediate cause of the city’s uprising last spring, William Porter is young, black, and on trial. Here in this courtroom, in this city, in this nation, race and the future seem so intertwined as to be the same thing.

Artwork: Camels, Jerusalem (detail) copyright Martin Parr/Magnum Photos
[Report]
How to Make Your Own AR-15·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Even if federal gun-control advocates got everything they wanted, they couldn’t prevent America’s most popular rifle from being made, sold, and used. Understanding why this is true requires an examination of how the firearm is made.
Illustration by Jeremy Traum
Article
My Holy Land Vacation·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

"I wanted to more fully understand why conservative politics had become synonymous with no-questions-asked support of Israel."
Illustration (detail) by Matthew Richardson
Article
The City That Bleeds·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

"Here in this courtroom, in this city, in this nation, race and the future seem so intertwined as to be the same thing."
Photograph (detail) © Wil Sands/Fractures Collective

Percentage of British citizens who say that Northern Ireland should remain part of the United Kingdom:

27

In the United Kingdom, a penis-shaped Kentish strawberry was not made by snails.

The Playboy mansion in California was bought by the heir to the Twinkie fortune, and a New Mexico man set fire to his apartment to protest his neighbors’ loud lovemaking.

Subscribe to the Weekly Review newsletter. Don’t worry, we won’t sell your email address!

HARPER’S FINEST

Mississippi Drift

By

“Matt was happy enough to sustain himself on the detritus of a world he saw as careening toward self-destruction, and equally happy to scam a government he despised. 'I’m glad everyone’s so wasteful,' he told me. 'It supports my lifestyle.'”

Subscribe Today